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Sturtevant, Gene
[Susanna Alden Richards Van Valkenburg],   pp. [unnumbered]-69 PDF (1.3 MB)


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-     Susanna Alden Richards Van Valkenburg
              Author-Gene Sturtevant
                      Oshkosh
    Susanna Alden Richards Van Valkenburg was born
in 1838 and an outline of her long and useful life follows:
She is a descendant in a direct line from the first settlers
of the colonies, whose illustratious names star the story
of America. The history of Plymouth County, Massachu-
setts, tells us that Samuel Allen and his wife came to
this country from Bridgewater, Somerset County, Eng-
land, in 1620, being the first Allen family to locate on this
continent, at Braintree, Massachusetts.
    Patriotism and love of country were bred in the soul
and flesh of the first settlers of America, and Mrs. Van
Valkenburg has nobly fulfilled the traditions of the Allen
and Alden families from which she sprung. The story
of her Revolutionary ancestry and some of the incidents
of her life cannot be more fittingly related than in her
own words.
    "Solon Richards, my father, was born in Cumming-
ton, Massachusetts, October 11, 1776, and married Sus-
anna Alden Allen, the daughter of Jacob Allen, the 3rd.
The latter was the son of a Revolutionary patriot, Jacob
Allen, the 2nd., and followed his father to war when he
was but eleven years old. He was sent home to his
mother, but immediately ran away again and returned to
camp. His father, who was a captain, permitted him to
remain, and he served his father as orderly, until he,
Captain Jacob Allen, was killed at the battle of Burgoyne,
September 19, 1777. The son served his country until
the close of the war. In the year 1784 he married my
grandmother, Susanna Alden, a descendant of John Al-
den, whom Longfellow immortalized in his "Courtship
of Miles Standish." The story was held as one of special
interest in my mother's family, long before the poet
tossed it from his glowing pen.
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