Lansing Letters, 1886

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Researched and Donated by Nancy Robinson

The following letter addressed to John V.A. Lansing, Esq., Amsterdam, NY, was written to his wife, Julia Ann (Van der Mark) Lansing & her family from her sister Mary Jane (Van der Mark) Vandenbergh, wife of Abraham F. Vandbergh of Rochester, NY. Included in the envelope was a handwritten copy of a letter addressed to A.F. Van Denbergh, Rochester from S.C. Whiton, NYC regarding a possible inheritance from the English ancestors of their mother, Fannie Wentworth. There were many Wentworth's in England. Fannie may have been descended from Elder William Wentworth as apparently were quite a few American Wentworths. It would be interesting to know if their endeavor was successful.

Letter One:

Rochester, Dec 30th, 1886

Dear Sister & Bro., Niece & Nephew,

I will send you a few lines to say we are all well and hope this may find you the same. We received a letter from the lawyer and we will send you a coppy of it. You can take it for all it is worth, it looks as tho there was or is something t it but don't think much about it. We will let you know as soon as we hear anything more. Don't say any thing about it outside, for it is better to keep it to ourselves. I am sure I do wish it might be all right. How is Josie & John and did you all have a nice Christmas. Hope you will have a happy new year. Write soon and let us know what you are doing and what you think about this.

We all send our love to all.

Your Sister,

Letter Two:

New York Dec. 27th 1886
A.F. Vandenbergh
Rochester, NY

My dear Sir:

I this morning received a letter from my English correspondent, Howard Payne, Esq. by which I ascertain that the Wentworth family have figured somewhat in the English Court of Chancery although not much of late.

An account was opened in an action by a "Wentworth" against a man by the name of Chevall in 1856 and a payment made on the 13th of May 1859 as appears by the London Gazette.

Prior to that date the English Wentworth's figure in the Court of Chancery eight times, and in an advertisement appeared for the names of the heirs of the Wentworth family.

I have sent today for a copy of this advertisement, which I will send to you upon its receipt. Do not get to much inspired over this information. We might even after finding the money there, have much difficulty in finding legal proof of your wife's dissent.

You may rest assured that I will do the best I can in the matter.

Yours respectfully,
L. C. Whiton

(Louis C. Whiton was a Manhattan lawyer according to 1880 & 1900 US census records)

The following is taken from the IGI, Amsterdam Headlines and various census records:

John V. A. Lansing, b. July 1831, New York
wife, Julia Ann Vandermark, b. 4 Feb 1838, New York, Niskayuna, Albany Co., NY,
dau of Evert Vandermark & Fanny Wentworth

Mary Jane Vandermark b. 20 Dec 1835, Niscayuna, Albany, NY,
dau of Evert Vandermark & Fanny Wentworth
married 7 Dec 1857, Abraham F. Vandenbergh, son of Cornelius & Helen Vandenbergh

Evert Vandermark, b. 13 Aug 1797, Albany, d. 15 May 1893,
son of John Vandermark & Cornelia Van De Bergh
married 16 Jul 1819, Albany, Fanny Wentworth, b. 2 Jul 1800, Niskayuna, d. 10 May 1860,
dau of Henry Wentworth & Hannah Romer

Other children of Evert & Fanny: Jacob (30 Sept 1828), Cornelia (15 Mar 1831), Jacob E. (22 Jan 1833, d. 1893), Sylvester E. (17 Feb 1834), Lawrence V.R.M. (27 Aug 1841)

Birth: Abt 1835
Of Omega, CA
Spouse: Julie Ann VANDERMARK (AFN: GB4F-K9 )
Marriage: 4 Jan 1860, Niscayuna, Albany, NY

1880 US Census, Amsterdam NY
Lansing, John V.A., 48, Fire Insurance Agt., NY, NY, NY (1832)
Lansing, Julia A., 42, Keeps House, NY, NY, NY (1838)
Lansing, Julia J., 16, At School, California, NY, NY (Aug 1863)
Lansing, Mary V., 11, At School, Nevada, NY, NY (1869)
Lansing, John H., 7, NY, NY, NY (1874)

Amsterdam Directory, 1887-1890
John V.A. Lansing, bookkeeper, 27 Walnut

Headline Date: October 19, 1898
News: Marriage of John H. Lansing of this city and Miss Mary L. Hodge of Fonda

Amsterdam Headlines
Died 16 Sept 1902
John V.A. Lansing

August 23, 1905 News: Married: George S. Banta and Miss J. Josephine Lansing. George S. Banta, son of Jacob & Hannah Banta

1910 US Census, Amsterdam NY
2 Lincoln Ave
Lansing, John H., Head, 37 M1 11, NY NY NY Purchasing Agent Rug Mill
Lansing, Mary L., Wife, 33, M1, 11, 2/2, NY NY NY
Lansing, Dorothy V., Dau, 6, NY NY NY
Lansing, F. Pauline, Dau. 6, NY NY NY
Miller, Victoria, Servant, ?6, NY NY NY, Servant

1910 US Census, Amsterdam NY
19 Union Street, Amsterdam
Lansing, Julia A., Head, 72, Wid, 5/2, NY NY NY Own Income

1910 US Census, Amsterdam NY
77 Wall Street, Amsterdam
Banta, George, Head, 56 M2, 4, NY NY NY Broker Cotton Mill, Sup
Banta, J. Josie, Wife, 54, M1 4 California, NY NY Bookkeeper Bank
Banta, Luther, Son, 16, S, NY NY NY

Amsterdam Headline:
31 Jan 1915
News: in this city, Julia A. Van De Mark, widow of John V. A. Lansing, aged 77.

Headline Date: July 7, 1921
News: Unexpected death of George S. Banta.

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