Bedford Twp. Pg. 276-277
The subject of this sketch, S. V. Van Arsdale, who is now passing his declining years in the village of Raritan, with all the comforts of life spread around him, was one among the first few enterprising band of pioneers who came to this county in "days that tried men's souls," and through whose influence the pillars of society were founded on the principles of virtue and knowledge. He was born in New York in 1815, and is the third child of a family of six children, and three only of who are living. His sister, Catharine, wife of Garrett Staats, resides in New Jersey; Peter B. resides in Fulton county, Illinois, and S. B. Van Arsdale resides at Glen Garden, New Jersey. His father having died in 1836, and his mother May 26, 1847, he came to Illinois, settling in Fulton county, in 1850. There he bought some land and began to improve and make a farm. During his settlement there he made a visit to Henderson county and was attracted with its natural advantages for agricultural pruposes, but not until some time after this could he be induced to remove to the new eldorado. They returned to Fulton county and in a short time sold their farm there, and in the spring of 1856 came up and bought 160 acres of land on Sec. 22. He improved it and traded it for 180 acres on Sec. 7. Having bought a residence in town, he retired from business. He was married in New Jersey, 1836, to Miss Joanna V. Bergen. Six children was the result of the union: Abraham, the eldest, born March 1, 1838, married Miss Mary Ann Huston, daughter of George Huston, one of the first early pioneers of Bedford precinct; they have four children and live south of Raritan. Peter, born May 9, 1842, married Miss Amanda J. Huston; they have three children. J. B. Van Arsdale, born October 30, 1844, married Miss Ann M. Lewis; she having died, he married Sarah M. Brokaw. Peter served three years as a soldier in the late war, as a member of the 14th Ill. Cav. Mr. Van Arsdale's grandfather, Abraham Van Arsdale, was born in Somerset county, New Jersey, December 2, 1750. He as a magistrate. His father was born in Holland, and emigrated to America in an early day and settled on Long Island. He was an only son, as was Mr. Van Arsdale's father. He was buried in Harlingen cemetery, Somerset county, New Jersey. Mr. Van Arsdale's grandmother, Margaret Keneday, was born in America. In Mrs. Van Arsdale's father's family were the following: James, the eldest, was born September 14, 1804; John, March 12, 1808; Joanna, June 7, 1813; Mariah, April 18, 1815; Peter and Philip Bergen, twins, March 5, 1818. Mr. and Mrs. Van Arsdale are members of the Reformed church.


Honey Creek Township, Page 353
CHARLES VAUGHN
was born in Monmouthshire, Great Britain, November 26, 1833. He commenced life as a farm laborer at the age of nine years, at a consideration wholly incommensurate with the services given. He emigrated to America with his parents in 1849. His father died the same year, and was buried at Sharonville, Warren county, Ohio. In Ohio he worked as a farm laborer. Not liking the situation he came to Henderson county in 1851, landing August 26, where he has ever since lived. He received some education in provate schools in Europe and finished in Illinois. Mr. Vaughn, March 18, 1858, marred Miss Novella Bethany Bonham, a daughter of Thomas M. and Sarah Bethany, of Mount Vernon, Ohio. They are the parents of nine children, five of whom are living and four are dead: Estella Jane, born February 13, 1859; Rezella C., born October 27, 1860, died January 30, 1863; Beverly Charles, born Mary 4, 1862; James Ulysses, born November 7, 1864, died March 10, 1866; La Fayette B., born August 15, 1866, died September 3, 1867; Thomas Earnest, born January 7, 1868; Sarah Novella, born December 20, 1869; William Claude, born October 28, 1871; Florella M., born August 7, 1874, died October 2, the same year. Mr. Vaughn is a straight republican. He has been deputy assessor of the county for the last fifteen years. He is a member of Carman Lodge of Masons, No. 732. His mother, during her widowhood, was kindly and tenderly cared for. She died March 8, 1870.


Bedford Twp., Page261-262
Henry D. Voorhees, retired farmer and justice of the peace, of Bedford precinct, was born in Somerset county, New Jersey, 1820, and was married to Miss Elizabeth Nevius in 1842. Eight children was the result of this union, as follows, named in order: Daniel, Joseph, David, Sarah, Elen, John H. and James. His wife having died he was married a second time to Mrs. Elizabeth S. Suydam in 1872. Mr. Voorhees came to Henderson county in 1855, and settled on eighty acres of land on the W. 1/2 of the S. W. 1/4 of sec. 1, in Bedford precinct. He improved the place and lived upon it until 1858, when he removed to Raritan. An accident, resulting in the loss of his right arm, has been an inconvenience to him, yet he writes a fine hand with his left hand and still workds some on his farm near Raritan. He was elected justice of the peace in 1861, and with the exception of three years has constantly held the office. He has also held the office of school treasurer for nineteen years. They are connected with the Reformed church. Mr. Voorhees was educated in New Jersey, where he learned the blacksmith trade, which he followed at Raritan after coming to this county. He began life poor, and is one of a few who have wrung success out of hard labor and good management. He is of German descent, his grandparents having come from Holland in an early day.


Bedford Twp., Pg. 273-274
Jaques Voorhees, one of the early pioneers of Bedford, was born in Somerset county, New Jersey, August 21, 1825, and was raised to farming. At the age of twenty-one he came with his father's family to Greene county, Illinois, in 1847. They made the journey through with teams and wagons and were twenty-four days on the road. On arriving at Greene Castle, Indiana, they were delayed and compelled to wait on account of high water. After waiting two days for a ferry to take them over the river, they went to work driving stakes in the river, by which means they managed to take their wagons to the other side, after which they swam their horses across. The next year after his arrival in Illinois he returned to his native state, and in 1850 celebrated his marriage with Miss Sarah Voorhees, after which he returned to Illinois, settling first in Fairview, Fulton county, where he bought a farm and remained until 1855. He then removed, settling near Raritan. At this time the whole country was one vast prairie. He bought 160 acres of choice prairie land of John Huston, on Sec. 10. After a residence of two years he left the farm and moved to town and engaged in the mercantile business, in company with Abram Gulick. He continued the business until 1876, when he sold his interest to Adam Crist. Eight children have been born to bless the happy home of Mr. and Mrs. Voorhees: Mary Jane, Henry N., Lucian A., Eddie and Edwin, twins, Abram J., Elmer E., and Emerett. Mary J., Eddie, Abram and Emerett are deceased. Mr. Voorhees is of German descent, his grandfather, Abram J. Voorhees, was Holland Dutch. He was born in Somerset county, New Jersey, in 1798. His parents emigrated to America in an early day, and settled in New Jersy. His mother was of French descent; her maiden name was Mariah De Harp. His grandmother on his mother's side was Margarett Howell, and on his father's side Sarah Wycoff. Jaques Voorhees, father of our subject, was first married to Miss Sarah Allen. She died while our subject was young. He was married a second time, to Miss Sarah Schenck. She having died in 1849, he married Nancy Slack. by this union they had six children. Mr. Mrs. Voorhees are connected with the Baptist church of Raritan.


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