Biographical Sketch of William H. Van Valkenberg

William H., son of Glen and Theodosia (Lobdell) Van Valkenberg, was born in Columbia county, in 1836, died in Ontario county, in 1905. He came with his parents in 1841, on the packet boat to Wayne county. They were farmers. In 1870 he came to Ontario county, where he bought the old Flower farm and lived on it until his death. He was one of Phelps’ representative business men. He was a member and trustee of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a member of the grange. He married, in 1861, Charlotte A., daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Finch) Sheldon. Her father was a farmer of Wayne county, New York, and her mother a resident in Chatham, Columbia county. Their other children were: George, of Iowa; Emily. married Dr. O. C. Parsons, of Newark, Wayne county, New York; Augusta, married John Westfall. Children of William H. and Charlotte A. (Sheldon) Van Valkenberg: 1. May E. 2. Margaret A., married Nathan Oakes; children: Albert, Nathan and Carlton. 3. Edith, married William Spangle, a division freight agent of the Pennsylvania railroad; children: Wilson and Lyell.

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