Van Slyke, Alvin, was born in Pendleton, December 13, 1838, a son of John B, and Mary (Ail) Van Slyke, natives of Sullivan, Madison county, N. Y. John B. Van Slyke was born in October, 1805, and has spent the greater part of his life on the farm in Pendleton; his wife was born in 1818 and died December 8, 1893. Of this family besides the subject were Hattie A., widow of Daniel Rupert; Ellen E. Dalenbaagh; Wilbur W. of Michigan; Washington, farmer at Pendleton, and Mary E., died at the age of four. The parents of J. B. Van Slyke, Garret and Nancy (Maybee) Van Slyke were natives of Schoharie county and after several moves finally settled on the Ridge in Pendleton, where he died at the age of fifty three and his widow at eighty-three. He was taken prisoner in Canada during the Revolutionary war. In 1871 Alvin Van Slyke married Harriet, daughter of Joseph F, andJulie (Beebe) Ellis of Wheatfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Van Slyke have been born five children: Fannie L., Maud E. (married Arthur V. Tripp), Mabel J., Wilber J. (died in infancy), and Edith H. (died April 19, 1882, aged five months). Mr. Van Slyke followed farming until 1886, when he engaged in the coal, grain and feed business at Beech Ridge. He is a Republican in politics and has been highway commissioner and supervisor for four years; he is a member of Centennial Lodge No. 14, A. O. U. W., at Tonawanda.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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