James B Van Vliet


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Mary Ethel Huffman

James B Van Vliet 2

  • Born: 9 Aug 1862, Canada
  • Marriage: Mary Ethel Huffman on 17 Oct 1916 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Died: 4 Apr 1950, Frankfort, Kansas at age 87

bullet  General Notes:

Immigrated to the U.S. in 1870. Became a citizen in 1920.
Father: English, born in Canada
Mother: born in New York

of Vleits, Kansas

"VLEITS (73 miles west of Atchison)

When the present Missouri Pacific line was being constructed through this section of Marshall County in 1868 the railroad set out a box car to serve as a station for a small settlement, named "Ewingsport" in honor of an influential farmer. When the railroad asked the citizens if they didn't have a shorter name they obliged by calling their community "Vleits" in tribute to another farmer whose land adjoined the railroad right-of-way. Corn is the principal crop raised in the vicinity of Vleits. "

Have seen spelling of: Van Vliet, Van Veilt, Van Vielt, Van Vleet, etc.


James married Mary Ethel Huffman, daughter of Peter Troutman Huffman and Julia Theodosia Thierry, on 17 Oct 1916 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA. (Mary Ethel Huffman was born on 8 Jan 1881 in Chrisney, Spencer County, Indiana and died on 30 Jun 1935 in Vliets, Kansas.)

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