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John W. Van Vleet (1820-1900), was born in Maryland. The family surname has a few variant spellings Vanvleet and Van Vliet are quite common.

In 1848, he married Rhoda Maria Graham (1830-1894), daughter of Archibald D. Graham and Ruth Dickerson Graham. They had three children : John H. (1849-),  Charles W. (1851-), Carrie (1862-).

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 and his conspirators to trial and were found guilty.

John W. Van Vleet correspondence with the Chapman Brothers postmarked Waterloo, New York, April 26, 1889, cork cancel. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive.

He died on May 27, 1900, at Rochester, New York.

Bibliography :

Democrat and Chronicle, Sunday, February 14 (1886) : 6
Democrat and Chronicle, Frday, March 12 (1886) : 6