George W. Vanarsdall Biography


The Revolutionary War marker above is for George W. Vanarsdall’s grandfather, Cornelius O. Vanarsdall, who brought his family to Mercer County, Kentucky, after the war.  He is buried in the Old Mud Meeting House Cemetery.  I think it very interesting he was a spy for his New Jersey regiment.  Thankfully he was not caught!  

from Mercer County, Kentucky, Biographical Sketches

George W. Vanarsdall was born  April 29, 1827.  His father, Cornelius B. Vanarsdall, a native of New Jersey, removed in early childhood with his parents to Mercer County, Kentucky, and located on Salt River.  He was a farmer, a Methodist, a Union man, and died in 1862, at the age of sixty-six years.  He was the son of Cornelius O. Vanarsdall of New Jersey, a farmer, and carpenter, great framer, church and barn builder, Methodist and Democrat, who died about 1839, aged over eighty years.  He married Betsey Vanarsdall, and their offspring were John, Cornelius B., Abram, Jacob, Polly (Harris), Jane (Boice), Peter, Alexander, Lucy (Adkins) and Isaac.  Cornelius B. married Polly, daughter of Jacob Smock, of Mercer County (died in 1865, aged over sixty years), and from their union sprang Ann (Brown), Elizabeth (McGrath), James M., Harriet (Mitchell), George W., John W., Nannie and Edward M.  George W. Vanarsdall married, December 18, 1849, Miss Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Sharp) Adams of Mercer County (born in 1830), and to them have been born Charles, Emma C., William A. T., J. Wesley, U. S. Grant, Mary N. and Benjamin F.  In youth Mr. Vanarsdall, a native of Mercer County, learned the carpenter trade, which he followed with fair success for thirty years.  Being cast upon his own resources he struggled against adverse circumstances until by industry and frugality his labors have been crowned with an ample competency.  He is now engaged in farming and stock raising, having 245 acres of land in a high state of cultivation.  He is a member of the Christian Church, and in politics is a Republican.

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