John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment of his series.
Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is 19th century Rochester, NY coin collector John Van Vleet.
John W. Van Vleet (1819-1900), some records say he was born in Maryland, and another Georgia. The family surname has a few variant spellings Van de Vliet, Van der Vliet,
Vanvleet and Van Vliet are quite common. He seems to be the descendent of early colonial American Dutch settlers.
He was a coin collector who was victimized by a group who falsely accused him of counterfeiting. Nothing is known of his numismatic collection.
In 1848, he married Rhoda Maria Graham (1830-1894), daughter of Archibald D. Graham and Ruth Corwithy Dickerson Graham. They had three children : John H. (1849-18-), Charles W.
(1851-19-), Carrie (1862-19-).
In 1860, he lived in Waterloo, Seneca County, New York, where he worked as an insurance agent.
He was a frequent correspondent with the Chapman Brothers purchasing coins throughout the 1880's.
In 1885, he was arrested for making counterfeit money. He was tried and the charges were dismissed. Highly motivated Van Vleet undertook a thorough investigation to discover
his accusers. He eventually brought Arthur W. McNames, a Waterloo, New York, dentist and his conspirators to trial, and they were found guilty. That story ran in the Sunday
edition of the Democrat and Chronicle, February 14th (1886) : 8
He died on May 27, 1900, at the Homeopathic Hospital Rochester, New York.
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