Calvin VanBebber

M, (1 January 1819 - 14 November 1911)
     Calvin VanBebber was born on 1 January 1819 at Clayton, Obion County, Tennessee. He was the son of Jacob VanBebber and Catherine Ann Guthrie. Calvin VanBebber married, at age 31, Barthena A. VanBebber, daughter of James VanBebber and Elizabeth Betty Yoakum, on Thursday, 17 January 1850. Calvin VanBebber died on 14 November 1911 at Hopland, Mendocino County, California, at age 92 years, 10 months and 13 days.
     The following article about Calvin was published on 17 November 1911 in the Ukiah Republican Press, printed in Ukiah, California. This article stated:

     Civil War Veteran Answers Last Call

     Calvin Van Bebber died at his home in Hopland, November 14th, 1911. Born in Clayton County, Tennessee, January 1st, 1819, he was one of those sturdy pioneers who settled in Missouri when that region was inhabited only by savages. Mr. Van Bebber was one of the first to respond to the call for volunteers when the Mexican War broke out. Under Captain Bragg, afterward General Bragg of the Confederate army, he fought in all the engagements which General Taylor commanded. Mr. Van Bebber was present at the battle of Buena Vista and heard General Taylor give the famous command which made the general president of the Untied States: 'Give them a little more grape, Captain Bragg,'

     When the Civil War came on Mr. Van Bebber was the first man of his neighborhood to espouse the cause of the stars and stripes. In two of the heaviest battles in the department of the Mississippi he was the only surviving member of his squad, his command falling about him like acorns. Having to pass over a battle field after a battle he has walked for hundreds of yards where he could step only on the dead bodies of his fallen foe.

     After the Civil War he fought through three Indian wars. He was under General Custer, but chanced to be on detached duty when that famous general was massacred by the Sioux in June, 1876. He was discharged from the army that year and removed to Sacramento; from there he went to Humboldt bay; whence he came to Hopland 25 years ago.

VAN BIBBER PIONEERS E-NEWSLETTER, Vol. 4 No. 3 x January 2001, Editor x Gary R. Hawpe, Submitted by Wendall W. Wallace x [email protected].

Children of Calvin VanBebber and Barthena A. VanBebber

Last Edited=31 Jul 2011