Biography of John M. Vanauken
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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman, the son of Aaron Vanauken, and one of a family of nine children, was born in Knox, Albany Co.,
N. Y., March 3, 1816. His parents were both natives of New York, although his mother was of German descent. When seventeen years of age, John Vanauken began to do battle with the world on his own account. In the spring of 1846 he purchased the land which he now occupies, including one hundred and fifty five acres on section 33, Bangor township, Van Buren Co., Mich. It was entirely unimproved, but in the lapse of years a wonderful change has been wrought, and
"Where once frowned a forest a garden is smiling."

At the age of twenty five, Mr. Vanauken was married to Miss Phebe A. Dawley in the town of Lyons, Wayne Co., N. Y., of which State her parents were natives. Nine children blessed this union, of whom but three are living, a son and two daughters. Mrs. Vanauken died in November, 1857, and in 1860 Mr. Vanauken was married to Mrs. D. J. Northrop, a member of the Kingston family, of Jefferson Co., N. Y. She had come very early to Michigan. Her death occurred April 22, 1869, and Mr. Vanauken's household is now presided over by his youngest daughter, Mrs. Stowe. Mr. Vanauken has about seventy acres under cultivation, and is in every respect a thorough and enterprising farmer. He has dealt to some extent in fine stock, and takes much pride in having the best varieties. He at one time sold a pair of steers, two years old, whose combined weight was three thousand and twelve pounds. In polities he is a Republican, and in religion liberal. One of his sons served three years in the war of the Rebellion. Believing that "whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well," Mr. Vanauken has risen from comparatively poor circumstances to an enviable position as regards true worth and prosperity, and his own labors have accomplished this end.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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