Posted By: Chris Tonn (email)
Date: 11/17/2013 at 17:06:03
CALEB VANDEVENDER, section 28, Washington Township, is one of the oldest settlers in the township. He came to Webster County in 1854, and entered and settled on the place where he now lives the same season, and he and his wife still live in the house which he built of lumber which grew on his place. He and his wife sawed the timber and rived the shingles of which their dwelling is made. Mr. Vandevender was born in Ontario County, New York, in 1804, a son of Christopher Vandevender, a native of New Jersey, and a pioneer of Western New York, as he was of Ohio, to which State he removed when Caleb was a boy. When Caleb was a young man he went back to the State of New York, and was engaged in boating for about two years. Later he returned to the State of Ohio, and married Isabella Malott. In 1845 they removed to Steuben County, Indiana, where they lived nine years, and in 1854 came to Webster County. But few of the early settlers remain, and Mr. and Mrs. Vandevender may be regarded as the oldest settlers now living in the township of Washington. Mr. Vandevender was married previous to his present marriage, his first wife dying in Ohio. Mr. Vandevender has four children by his first marriage, and four by his present marriage.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Webster and Hamilton Counties, Iowa 1888, pg 521
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