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mother-in-law Boone's Station, KY 1789 Texas From my family's genealogy records

Tonight, February 13, 2008, I heard a program on PBS, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. He mentioned that his ancestors were owned by a man named Abraham Van Meter in Kentucky, and another guest's ancestors were owned by a cousin named Van Meter in Virginia. I recognized the name Van Meter as a family name. In my genealogy notebook I found an Abraham Van Meter, born on 13 June 1744 in Virginia; married Elizabeth Kline circa 1769; died 1789 near Boone Station, KY, killed by a Native American. There is s notation that he owned 1000 acres near Boone Station, KY. They had four daughters: Letitia (Lettie); Catharine; Sarah; and Elizabeth. Could this be the same Abraham Van Meter mentioned by Henry Louis Gates Jr. ?

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