Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen
Daniel Eldon Van Woert, of the town of Oneonta, was born February 19, 1855, on the old home farm where he has resided all his life, and a part of which he owns, his possessions consisting of 200 acres. The place is well improved and has good and substantial buildings, showing Mr. Van Woert to be a successful manager. in connection with general farming he also raises stock and carries on the dairying business, making Holstein stock a specialty. He is a son of Andrew Van Woert, who was born in the town of Oneonta, on the farm upon which Peter, his nephew, now resides. He was born July 4, 1822, and died on the farm where he had always lived, April 19, 1890, aged sixty-seven years. He was a dairyman as well as a farmer, and in his day raised a great many Durham cattle. After buying the interests of his brothers and sisters in the original farm he became the owner of the 475 acres it contained. He was well known as a successful man, and continued to manage the farm all his life. He was in politics a Democrat. he was married to Susan Scrambling, who was born in the town of Oneonta, June 3, 1821, and died October 10, 1890, aged sixty-nine. Her entire life was spent near the place of her birth, the place being known as the Dreamland Tract, and which was secured by her great-grandfather prior to the Revolutionary War, from Sir John Johnson, an Englishman, who obtained it from an Indian chief in the following manner: Sir John was a favorite among the Indians, and wore a handsome pair of red leather leggings. The chief thought awhile, then assented, but remarked: We will neither of us dream again." One thousand acres of this land came into the possession of Mr. Scrambling, whose Christian name is not known, the great grandfather of Mrs. Van Woert. This was about 1775. The war coming on Mr. Scrambling had to return to his native home, the Mohawk Valley for safety. During the war he was killed by some treacherous Indians near his own home, and his two sons, David and Henry, were captured and taken as prisoners of war into Canada. AFter peace was declared they returned to the States, and joined their older brothers, who had taken possession of their father's 1,000 acres of land in what is now the town of Oneonta, Otsego County, and known as the Dreamland Tract. The land was divided among those sons, of whom one, David, was the grandfather of Mrs. Van Woert. He continued
to reside on his portion as long as he lived, improving it and making of it a good home, and dying at eighty-five years of age. David Scrambling and his wife were the parents of quite a large family. On of their sons, George D., was the father of Mrs. Van Woert, and was born and reared on that farm, living upon it his entire life, and died at the age of fifty-four years. he was a Democrat in politics, a Presbyterian in religion and a good and useful citizen. he was married, in Otsego County, to Eunice Woodburn, who was born in Rhode Island, and who came with her parents, David and Susan (Burlingame) Woodburn, to this county when a little child. They settled on a farm, upon which her parents lived until their death, when old people. Mr. Woodburn was a cousin of Horace Greeley. Mrs. Eunice Scrambling died when about seventy years of age. She was a Presbyterian in religion, and was the mother of elven children, nine of whom grew to mature years. Six of them are still living, viz: Allen, of Oneonta; Sarah M. and Albert, also of Oneonta; Amanda of Rockwell Mills, Chenango County; Delilah A., of Oneonta and Elmira. The paternal grandfather of our subject ws John Van Woert, born in Albany, December 21, 1781. He was married to Lany Young, of Albany County, and they resided there on a farm, owning at one time nearly half the land upon which the city of Albany now stands. They removed to the town of Oneonta, and were among its early settlers. They settled in the woods, cleared the land, and erected the buildings which still stand. John Van Woert was one of the leading farmers of the town, and ran a dairy in connection with his farm. He also owned prairie land in Michigan. He and his wife reared a family of two sons and four daughters. All have now passed away. They were members of the Baptist Church at Oneonta, and Mr. Van Woert was in that village when it consisted of three stores and one hotel. Mr. Van Woert was a Democrat, and several members of the family were soldiers in the War of 1812. The father of John Van Woert was Adrian Van Woert. He was born in Europe, of Dutch ancestry. Daniel E. Van Woert was educated in the public schools of Oneonta, and attended the
academy at New Berlin two terms. He was married at the age of twenty-four to Alice
Buell, who was born in the town of Franklin, Delaware County, October 14, 1857. She
is the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth (Northrop) Buell, both of the town of
Franklin. Mr. Buell was a cooper by trade, and reared a family of three daughters,
viz: Alice, wife of our subject; Mary, wife of Augustine Olmstead, and Lotta, wife
of Marzy V. Perry. Mr. Van Woert has two brothers and one sister now living, viz:
George, a farmer, living in the town of Oneonta, and married to Lurissa Shephers;
Frances, wife of Edgar Starr, a farmer of the town of Otego; John a farmer of this
county, and married to Minnie Giles. Daniel E. Van Woert has a family of two
children, viz: Lena Bell, born December 29, 1880, and Libbie May, April 5, 1883.
Both attend school. Mr. Van Woert is a Democrat in politics, and both he and his
wife are Methodists in religion. They are sterling and representative citizens of
their town and county.