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  • Abraham VanZandt Miscellanous Info

    I received this 2000 from a man in Florence, SC.

    Most of my stuff came from Mary Harrigan in the late 80’s. By chance, she lived only two blocks from where I grew up in Springfield, Delaware County during the 50’s and 60’s. I had a relative in the area that whole time and did not know it.

    Abraham VanZandt

    He was the first elected sheriff of Delaware, Co, PA. Republican ticket 16 November 1863.

    Death notice spells Vanzant. When I was young name was spelled this way. After WWII my uncle decided it should be spelled Vanzandt. Apparently there was some research then.

    John of Clifton Heights number 2 child of Abraham decendants still use Van Zant.

    Abraham’s family must have lived in the Rockdale Aston area where John P. Crozier had mills.

    Family history states Abraham set up No. 1 Mill in Upland. The dates agree.

    The first Upland Public Grammar School established 1853 – 1856 in house on N.S. Street next to Caleb Pusey House on the West commenced 4 May 1853.  A. Williams, Instructor.

    March 1854 Abraham Rowland Vanzant, Jane, Eliza Louisa, Emeline were students during March, June, July and August. Went to Cartersville School, Chester, Twp, before 1854  Page 139 April 1861. Rowland’s last day in school. 1858 Emeline, Louisa Vanzant move away. “Sad to lose good scholars.”

    1863 Elected Sheriff Delaware County for 2 years. Del Co Republican notes V 39 pg 26  118-129 then he was manager of Osborn Levis Mills, Upper Darby Pa. Many year and he was very prosperous.

    1876 his last public appearance. Read the Declaration of Independance at Flag Raising Centennial Celebration. 1888 assessor at time of his death. 28th Ward. He died of pneumonia.

    Member of Leiperville Lodge IOOF Harrisburg, PA  All records lost in Flood Agnes 1972.

    Lay preacher Methodist Church. Superintendent of Sunday School in Avondale. Jan.. Sunday School established by Mr. Sam Leiper.

    Abraham had been a member of Madison Street Methodist Church, Chester , Pa. All records were destroyed and words added BAD BLOOD.. Abraham most likely got involved with a female church member.

    Mary Ann his wife is reported to have a very bad temper.

    Abraham was buried from Son George Rice Vanzant’s house 8th and Church Streets Upland, PA then from Church. Ministers from Upland Methodist and Trinity Methodist in attendance as were the members from the Lodge.



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    Published on May 28, 2012 · Filed under: 2012, Abraham Williams VanZandt;
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