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We are currently researching the Van Ness family of Alabama and Ohio

I am looking for information about the parents of George Henry Clay Van Ness(Henry Van Ness), b1839 Florence, AL. We have collected quite a bit of information on Henry from his Civil War service records(Roddy's Cavalry, Tishomingo County, MS) and his residence in Cincinnati after the war. However we have limited information about his parents. Only his mother, Mary Ann (Evans) Van Ness is listed in the 1840 and 1850 census with him.

1840 Franklin County, AL census:
Ann Vanniss - 2 males under 5, one female 20-30

1850 Lauderdale County, AL census:
Venness, Mary 36 KY Seamstress
George 11 AL

The 1880 census for Hamilton County, Ohio lists Henry Van Ness with his mother's birthpace as AL, which conflicts with the 1850 census.

Mary Ann died about 1854, but we do not know where(assuming Florence,AL or surrounding counties).

According to family letters, his father,Peter Van Ness, was born in Holland, immigrated to NY and then moved to Alabama. The 1880 census for George henry Clay Van Ness shows his father was born in Holland. His father, according to family letters,is believed to be Peter Van Ness, who was born in , seems to have left no traces in the area. We have been looking in NW Alabama, NE Mississippi, and Southern Tennesse and have found no Van Ness. We are not sure if he died or they divorced and he moved away.
One possibility lies in a family letter, that says that around the time of Henry's death(d.1890), some lawyers visited his wife claiming to be from New York and they said that the family was owed some money. Since she did not have the money to have a lawyer look into it, nothing became of it.

The 1880 census for Hamilton County, Ohio lists Henry Van Ness with his father's birthpace as "Holland".

Henry married Ruth Virginia Stevens in Hamilton County, Ohio

Henry Van Ness as a pilot

Photo of Henry and Ruth Virginia Van Ness

Descendants of George Henry Clay Van Ness

Generation No. 1

1. GEORGE HENRY CLAY2 VAN NESS (PETER1) was born 05 Jul 1839 in Florence, Alabama, and died 05 Feb 1890 in Madison, Indiana. He married RUTH VIRGINIA STEVENS 01 Apr 1875 in Cincinnati, Ohio15, daughter of JOHN STEVENS and RUTH GENOWAYS. She was born 23 Jan 1849 in Fulton Twp. Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati) and died 19 Feb 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio . 121 L 32517.

More About GEORGE HENRY CLAY VAN NESS: Burial: Wesleyan Cemetery Sec P Lot 49 Cinti., Ohio


1900 Census shows Jenny VanNess, a widow, living at 2243 Gladstone, Cincinnati. She is employed as a dress maker. Rents home. Had 7 children - 4 lived.

More About RUTH VIRGINIA STEVENS: Burial: Spring Grove Cem. Cincinnati, Ohio Sec 12 L 32519

Children of GEORGE VAN NESS and RUTH STEVENS are: i. ALLEN3 VAN NESS, b. 17 Oct 1876, Cincinnati, Ohio; d. 14 Mar 1922, Cincinnati, Ohio; m. MARY AMELIA SCHWEINEFUSS25, 22 Jan 1901, St. Stephens Chyrch, Cincinnati, Ohio; b. 23 Nov 1878, Cincinnati, Ohio; d. 18 Jul 1960, Cinti.,Ohio.

More About ALLEN VAN NESS: Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery S 121 L22 Cause of Death: Tumor of Mediastinum

More About MARY AMELIA SCHWEINEFUSS: Burial: St Mary's Cemetery36 Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Tumore of Mediastinum

ii. BURNETT VAN NESS b. 04 Mar 1880, Ohio; d. Cincinnati, Ohio; m. VERNA WARE 10 Oct 1900, Cincinnati, Ohio; b. 1882, Cincinnati, Ohio; d. 03 Dec 1961, Cincinnati, Ohio.

More About BURNETT VAN NESS: Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio

More About VERNA WARE: Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati, Ohio

iii. GEORGE HENRY CLAY VAN NESS.JR. b. 01 Apr 1879, Cincinnati, Ohio; d. 14 Oct 1952, Cincinnati, Ohio; m. (1) EMMA LOUISE RINGENBERGER Abt. 1900; b. 01 Apr 1879; d. 13 Nov 1973; m. (2) EMMA LOUISE RINGBERGER 29 Nov 1900, Cincinnati, Ohio; b. 01 Apr 1879; d. 13 Nov 1973.


This George Henry Clay is obviously a "Junior" to hs father -- although they never used the terms "Sr." or "Jr."

iv. FLORENCE O'RETTA VAN NESS81, b. 23 Dec 1885, Cincinnati, Ohio; d. 26 Oct 1977, Cincinnati, Ohio; m. CLARENCE EDWIN BURCK 17 Oct 1904, Cincinnati. Ohio; b. 20 Mar 1883, Cincinnati, Ohio; d. 24 Feb 1961, New Jersey

More About FLORENCE O'RETTA VAN NESS: Burial: Mt. Moriah Cemetery

More About CLARENCE EDWIN BURCK: Burial: Mt Moriah Cem. Union Twp Clermont Co., Ohio Christening: 09 Jul 1883, St. Lucas Evan Ch. Cinti. Ohio