David Van Kleeck (1839 - 1902)



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on in Samsonville, Ulster County, New York United States

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Palentown Cemetery, in Rochester, Ulster County, New York US


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Father: Jeremiah Van Kleeck
Mother: Sally Avery
Siblings: Francis Van Kleeck and Jeremiah Van Kleeck, Jr.

Wife: Rachel Emily Osterhout
Children with Rachel: Abram Van Kleeck and Henry Francis Van Kleeck

Wife: Adaline Van Leuven


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farmer, blacksmith


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Civil War veteran: Company B, 120th N. Y. infantry.

David enlisted in the Union Army in 1862. He was enrolled August 10, 1862 in Company B of the 120th Regiment of the New York Volunteers and was discharged June 2, 1865. His description was given as follows: "Age 23 years; height 5 feet 6 inches; complexion, Dark; hair, Black; eyes, brown"

He was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness - "... struck on the left side of the sturnam [sic] by a gun in the hands of a soldier from which injury he has never recovered. Also that at Fairfax Courthouse in 1862 he was taken sick with Typhoid Fever which has also helped to contribute to his physical disability."

"... he was treated in hospitals as follows: 1st in Reg. Hos. for Fever at Fairfax Courthouse from there sent to St. Allucious Hos. at Washington. Then to the Episcopal Hos. Philadelphia & remained nearly a year in 1862 & 1863. Thence to Chestnut (hard to read that word - may be "Chester" instead) Hill Philadelphia. Thence to Fort Schuylar. After being injured in the Wilderness 1st Reg. Hos. thence to Rhode Island, Portsmouth Grove & remained about a year in 1864 & 65."

(quotes taken from Declaration for Original Invalid Pension dated August 29, 1877)

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1839 - In the year that David Van Kleeck was born, the "Night of the Big Wind" hit Ireland on January 6th. It was the most damaging cyclone to hit Ireland in 300 years. In North Dublin, around 20% to 25% of homes were damaged or destroyed, and 42 ships were wrecked. Winds hit over 115 miles per hour.

1846 - He was only 7 years old when on April 25th, conflict widened in Texas' border disputes with Mexico, following the US annexation of Texas. On May 13th, the United States declared war on Mexico and the Mexican-American War officially began.

1851 - When he was just 12 years old, from May through August, the Midwest was hit with record rain, causing the Great Flood of 1851. Iowa was hardest hit - the town of Des Moines was flooded and mostly destroyed. Many rainfall records held for over 160 years.

1877 - By the time he was 38 years old, on March 2nd, the U.S. presidential election of 1876 was ended with the selection of Rutherford B. Hayes as the winner. Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote in November 1876 but 20 votes in the electoral college were in dispute. An informal agreement was made in which Hayes agreed to remove federal troops from South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana, ending Reconstruction in the South. So, on March 4th, Rutherford B. Hayes became the 19th President of the United States.

1902 - In the year of David Van Kleeck's passing, the first Rose Bowl game was played in Pasadena, California. Called the "Tournament East–West football game" at the time, the Michigan Wolverines (East) played the Stanford Indians (West) - the Wolverines won 49 - 0. (The Stanford captain requested an end to the game with 8 minutes remaining.) The Tournament of Roses Parade began in 1890 and the football game began as a way to boost tourism in the area.

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edit David Van Kleeck & Rachel Emily Osterhout
September 9, 1865 - July 23, 1902 (death)
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David Van Kleeck & Rachel Emily Osterhout
September 9, 1865 - July 23, 1902 (death)
edit David Van Kleeck & Adaline Van Leuven
May 8, 1928 (death)
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David Van Kleeck & Adaline Van Leuven
May 8, 1928 (death)

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David Van Kleeck, father to 2 children, died on July 23, 1902 in Samsonville, New York at 63 years old. No cause of death has been entered. He was buried in Palentown Cemetery, Rochester, New York. He was born on February 21, 1839. He was born to Jeremiah Van Kleeck and Sally Avery, with siblings Francis and Jeremiah. David married Rachel Osterhoudt on September 9, 1865 and Rachel died on July 23, 1902. They gave birth to Abram Van Kleeck and Henry Francis Van Kleeck. He married Adaline Van Leuven and David died on May 8, 1928.


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