When I started this post, I really didn’t know if I had any connections to New Jersey. A quick search of my database pulled up a few events that occurred in New Jersey, one being the birth of my third great-grandaunt’s husband, Vanrancelar Cash VLIET. (Note: There are many variations on the spelling of his first name, but this is the one I chose.)
According to the book History and Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut , Vanrancelar was born on 20 March 1829 at Oxford Township in Warren County, New Jersey.1 The book also lists his parents as “William V. and Martha A. Vliet;” his death certificate, as reported by his son, further states Martha Axford as his mother.2 Beyond this, I had no other information on Vanrancelar or his parents. So I did a little digging.