Benjamin Wallace Van Wickle[1]

Male 1851 - 1908  (56 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Wallace Van Wickle 
    Born 3 Sep 1851  Lyons, Wayne, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Feb 1908  Los Banos, Merced, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 14 Feb 1908  Los Banos, Merced, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1526  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2014 

    Family 1 Francis,   b. Abt 1852, , , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1880 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F687  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Harriet Elizabeth Osborne,   b. 6 Apr 1863, London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1898, Sanger, Fresno, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1893  Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Herbert Rue Woodward,   b. 6 Mar 1898, Sanger, Fresno, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1969, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F868  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Ethel Cornellia Hilgrove,   b. 10 Dec 1878, Georgia, United Statesna or Isleton, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1955, of Los Banos, Merced, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1898  Fresno, Fresno, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Carrie C. Van Wickle,   b. 5 Sep 1899, of Lucerne, Kings, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1982, Fresno, Fresno, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Sephese Van Wickle,   b. 27 Jan 1901, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1998, Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     3. Gladys Van Wickle,   b. Abt 1903, of Los Banos, Merced, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1918, Los Banos, Merced, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 15 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F350  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Censuses:
      1860 US: Mattewan P.O., Antwerp Township, Van Buren, Michigan, p. 987, 14 Aug 1860, dwelling 984:
      John R. Vanwikle, 40, joiner, $700, $400, NY.
      Mary A., 34, NY.
      Benjamin W., 9, NY.
      Ida B., 1, MI.

      1870 US: Hart, Oceana, Michigan, 15 Oct 1870, p. 694a, dwelling 194:
      John Vanwickle, 51, carpenter, $1,000, $600, NY.
      Mary A. 44, keeping house, NY.
      Wallace, 18, carpenter, NY.
      Ida B., 11, MI.

      1880 US: Hart, Oceana, Michigan, 21 Jun 1880, dwelling 268, NA T9-0599, FHL 1254599, FHL 1254599, p. 541B:
      Wallace Van Wickle, marr., 28, NY NY NY, sash and door.
      Francis Van Wickle, marr., wife, female, 28, NY NY Eng, keeping house.

      1900 US: Lucerne, Kings, California, p. 344A:
      Benjamin W. Van Wickle, Sep 1862, 37, m. 2 years, Michigan, NY, NY, Jack and door maker.
      Ethel C., wife, Dec 1878, 21, m. 2 years, CA, Maine, IL.
      Harry, son, Sep 1899, 9/12, CA, Michigan, CA. (This is probably the daughter Carrie.)

      BIOGRAPHY:
      1. Published biography (see source at end): "Benjamin Wallace Van Wickle. A natural mechanic of great ability and ingenuity, Benjamin Wallace Van Wickle, as manager of the Los Banos Planing Mill, is intimately associated with the development and advancement of the lumber interests of this part of Merced county. Using good judgment and wise forethought in his manufactures and dealings, he has built up an excellent business in this locality, now practically controlling the trade on the west side of the valley. A native of New York, he was born, September 3, 1851, in Lyons, Wayne county, which was also the birthplace of his father, John Rue Van Wickle. His grandfather, John R. Van Wickle, was born in New Jersey, where the immigrant ancestor of the family from which he was descended settled on coming to the United States from Holland. Subsequently removing to New York, he improved a farm in Lyons, and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death. Brought up in Lyons, N.Y., John Rue Van Wickle learned the millwright trade when young, and followed it in that locality for many years. Removing from there to Michigan, he was busily employed in erecting grist and sawmills, also taking contracts for building, continuing in active pursuits until seventy years of age. Retiring then, he located in Oceana county of the state, where he resided until his death, at the venerable age of fourscore and four years. He married Mary A. Hipp, who was born and bred in Penfield, Monroe county, N.Y. Her father Horace Hipp, was at that time engaged there in business as a brewer. He afterward removed to Norwalk, Ohio, where he was extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits for a number of years. He spent his last years in Michigan, dying in Van Buren county. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. John Rue Van Wickle two sons and two daughters were born, and of these one daughter and one son are living. The mother died in Michigan when fifty-four years old. Spending the days of this boyhood and youth in Van Buren county, Mich., Benjamin Wallace Van Wickle acquired his early education in the public schools of Mattawan. In 1868 he went to Hart, Oceana county, Mich., then in his seventeenth year, securing work in a saw mill. An accident happening to the owner of the mill, David Benham, who was also the sawyer, Mr. Van Wickle, although so young, took charge of the saw, and ran it winters for nine years, in the summer seasons having charge of the sash and door factory for this employer. In 1877 Mr. Van Wickle assumed the position of foreman in a sash and door factory at St. Joseph, Mich., and remained there two years or more, when, on account of the ague, he left that locality. Going immediately to Butte, Mont., he was for three years foreman in a large planning mill belonging to the Montana Lumber & Produce Company. The ensuing year he was foreman for the Idaho Lumber Company, at Ogden, Utah, after which he was for six years in the employ of the Eckles Lumber Company, having entire management of their business interests throughout Utah. Coming to Los Angeles, Cal., in 1893. Mr. Van Wickle was for a year foreman in Lindsey's Mill, at Redondo Beach, and when Dillon Brothers built their mill at Los Angeles he became its manager, holding the position two years. Removing to Fresno county in 1896, he was foreman for the Sanger Lumber Company for a year, and was afterward with Hollenbeck & Bush, in Fresno, until 1900, and from that time until 1902 was foreman in William Crocker's planning mill, in San Francisco. Accepting a position with Miller & Lux in 1902, Mr. Van Wickle has since been foreman and manager of the Los Banos Planing Mill, and in this capacity has met with characteristic success, building up an extensive and remunerative trade, and becoming widely and favorably known as one of the leading millmen of the San Joaquin valley.
      In 1893, in Ogden, Utah, Mr. Van Wickle married Harriet Osborne, who was born in England. She died in Sanger, Cal. Three children were born of their union, one of whom is living, namely, Howard. In 1898, in Fresno, Mr. Van Wickle married for his second wife Ethel Hillgrove, a native of Sacramento county, and they are the parents of three children, namely: Carrie, Sephese and Gladys. Politically Mr. Van Wickle is a stanch Republican, and fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows." (Source: History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California. An Historical Story of the State's marvelous Growth from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A.M., Author of A History of Los Angeles and Vicinity, History of Southern California, Secretary and Curator of the Historical Society of Southern California, Member of the American Historical Association, Washington, D. C. Also containing Biographies of Well-Known Citizens of the Past and Present. The Chapman Publishing Co. Chicago, 1905. Genealogical Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 979.4 H2gj Pt 1 FHL US/CAN Book.)

      MARRIAGE:
      1. Per 1880 census, he appears to have been married prior to Harriett Osborne in spite of what biography says as quoted above.

      2. Marriage after Harriett Osborne to Ethel E. Hilgrove per Marr. Cert. of 9 Oct 1898, Fresno, Fresno, CA; Photocopy in poss. of Chris R. Petersen, Anchorage, AK. Age 24 in 1898. She was born about 1874 in California.

      3. Misc. Marriage Records Index (Weber Co. Book 1, p. 621) per FHL film 820172.

      DEATH:
      1. Death Certificate; 1908; State of California Department of Health Services, Sacramento,CA; 8-004450; Certified copy in poss of Chris R. Petersen, 1994; Note: Length of Residence in CA 16 years and of those 16 years 5 years 4 month in Los Banos. (Copied wrong?)

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, www.familysearch.org.
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      Benjamin Wallace Van Wickle
      Male

      Event(s):
      Birth:  03 SEP 1851   Lyons, Wayne, New York
      Christening:
      Death:  12 FEB 1908
      Burial:

      LDS Ordinances:
        Sealing to Spouse:  19 DEC 1997   SEATT
      Ethel Cornellia Hillgrove

      Marriages:
        Spouse:  Ethel Cornellia Hillgrove
        Marriage:  09 OCT 1898   Fresno, Fresno, California

      Messages:
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      Search performed on 16 Nov 2003