Biography of Charles E. Van Pelt

Charles E. Van Pelt
Company F
1844-After 1882

CAPT. CHARLES E. VAN PELT, Postmaster at Seward, came to Nebraska in the fall of 1868, locating in Lincoln, and in the fall of 1869 took up a homestead in Lancaster County, one mile east of the State University at Lincoln. After living there for two years, he bought off the rest of his time, and moved into the city, and in 1879 moved to Seward, being there appointed Postmaster in May, 1881. The subject of this sketch was born in Highland County, Ohio, June 28, 1844 and is the son of Mahlon and Elizabeth Van Pelt. His mother's maiden name was Arthur.

Mr. Van Pelt enlisted in 1861, at Hillsboro, Ohio, and served in the first three months' call, and the same year enlisted in the Sixtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, being taken prisoner in September, 1862, at Harper's Ferry; was soon afterward paroled and was finally discharged in Chicago, in 1862, having been sent to the southwestern army. He then went to Paducah, Ky., where he was commissioned a Captain of Company F, Forty-eighth Mounted Infantry, by Gov. Robertson, and was afterward transferred to the Seventeenth Kentucky Regiment and passed the Board of Military Examination at Louisville, being discharged in November, 1866. He was married in 1864 at Princeton, Ky., to Miss Ada Henry, daughter of Maj. C. B. Henry, Cashier of the Southern Bank of Princeton.

History of the State of Nebraska: Seward County. Chicago, Illinois: A. T. Andreas, 1882.

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