Source: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana (Page 429-430). A complete family group sheet has been posted on our website (link on the right of this page). Dr. William Law Van Horn is the second great grandfather of the Family Roots and Branches Blog author Larry Van Horn.
William L. Van Horn, M.D. Ph.M., of Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, is the eldest of ten children of T.D. and Margaretta (Law) Van Horn, and was born in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, October 28, 1857.
His father (Thaddeus Damascus Van Horn, see below) was born in Port Gibson, Mississippi, and his mother was a native of Missouri. When but a small boy T. D. Van Horn was taken to Tallahassee, Florida, where he grew to manhood and received his early education.
During the year 1843 he married Miss Mary Ann Faust, who became the mother of four children: James Faust, Thaddeus Damascus; Mary Permelia and Thaddeus Damascus; James Faust and Mary Permelia now surviving.
In 1851 T. D. Van Horn moved to New Orleans and became the manager of the New Orleans Crescent, the leading whig paper of the South. His first wife dying in 1853, he married Miss Margaretta Law, August 12, 1856. He was the manager of the Crescent until the breaking out of war, when he was commissioned by Governor Moore as aid-de-camp on the staff of the Third brigade of the state troops ans was by him assigned to duty on Colonel Scott’s staff, and afterward aid-de-camp on the staff of General Wheeler.
After the war he assisted in the re-establishment of The Crescent of which he was business manager until the close in 1869. In 1870 he organized the Lafayette bank of New Orleans and was elected cashier, which position he resigned two years later, when he was elected cashier of the Metropolitan bank, retained that position for sixteen years and a half, and then resigned. He is now cashier and bookkeeper of the New Orleans States, one of the leading persons of the city.
He is a very popular and highly respected citizen, and in one way or another has been connected with many important interests and institutions in the Crescent City. As a Mason, he is widely known having taken the thirty-second degree. He has held all of the offices in his lodge of which he is a life member.
Dr. William L. Van Horn began life for himself at the age of sixteen as an apprentice of the drug trade in New Orleans, and at the same time began the study of medicine. He became a student of medicine and pharmacy at the Tulane University of Louisiana, in 1876, and graduated there from both branches in 1879, and during that year began practicing his profession in New Orleans, Louisiana. A year later he removed to Columbia (Caldwell Parish), Louisiana, where he has built up a lucrative practice, in connection with which he conducts a profitable drug business.
He was married in 1880 to Mary Francis, daughter of Judge R. D. Bridger, of Columbia, Louisiana, who bore him one son and one daughter, both of whom are now dead. Mrs. Van Horn died at Pineville, Louisiana, in 1883, the family having recently removed to that place.
After her death the Doctor returned to Columbia, Louisiana., and in January, 1886, married Miss Mattie Parry Mallory, of Panola County, Texas. By this marriage he has had five children: William L., Mattie R., Oliver H., Marguerite Lillian and Vannah Elliot.
Front Row (L-R): William Law Van Horn, Mattie Rosebud Van Horn, Mattie Parry Mallory-Van Horn, Oliver Herbert Van Horn. Back Row (L-R): Vannah Elliott Van Horn, Marguerite Lillian Van Horn.
The Doctor has acquired considerable property, being the owner of an elegant residence and a large store and business house in Columbia, and of 160 acres of good land situated in a suburb of that town. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, of the Knights of Pythias and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His professional standing is first class, and his skill as a physician and surgeon is recognized throughout north Louisiana. He is the leading practitioner of Columbia and the parish of Caldwell.
His skill and integrity have both been recognized by the parish and town by his election twice to the office of coroner of the parish and councilman of the town of Columbia, also by the various insurance companies. He was elected by the New York Life Insurance company, the Mutual Life of New York, the Pennsylvania Mutual of Philadelphia, the Equitable Life of Massachusetts and the Endowment Rank, Knights of Pythias, as their medical examiner in Caldwell parish. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church south.
Mattie Parry Mallory-Van Horn
Dr. William Law Van Horn and Family
Husband Dr. William Law Van Horn (41)
Birth* 28 Oct 1857 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Marriage* 12 Feb 1880 Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Marriage* 23 Jan 1885 Mattie Parry Mallory (47) (b. 17 Jan 1866, d. 31 Oct 1942); Panola County, Texas
Death* 9 Jun 1897 Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas
Father* Captain Thaddeus Damascus Van Horn (42) (b. 20 Oct 1820, d. 5 Apr 1905)
Mother* Margaretta Law (55) (b. 2 Apr 1840, d. 3 Jun 1918)
1st Wife Mary Frances Bridger (53)
Birth* 22 Nov 1857 Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Death* 16 Jul 1883 Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Burial* __ Jul 1883 Columbia Hill Cemetery, Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Father* Honorable Robert Dixon Bridger (57) (b. 25 Apr 1835, d. 7 Feb 1890)
Mother* Mary Frances Redditts (4954) (b. 13 Jan 1838, d. 1 Sep 1870)
Two Known Children to Dr. William Law Van Horn-Mary Frances Bridger
M Thaddeus Robert Van Horn (54)
Birth* 19 Sep 1881 Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Death* 7 Jun 1882 Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Burial* __ Jun 1882 Columbia Hill Cemetery, Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
F Infant Van Horn (56)
Birth* circa 1883 Louisiana
Death* circa 1883 Louisiana
2nd Wife Mattie Parry Mallory (47)
Birth* 17 Jan 1866 Panola County, Texas
Marriage* 23 Jan 1885 Panola County, Texas
Death* 31 Oct 1942 Munsey Park, Nassau County, New York
Burial* __ ___ ____ Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, Square 3 Plots 152/153/half 154, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Father* Dr. William Wesley Mallory (4775) (b. 1830, d. before 1870)
Mother* Rosannah Margaret Parry (4776) (b. 1836, d. after 1880)
The Five Known Children of Dr. William Law Van Horn-Mattie Parry Mallory
M Willie Law Van Horn (39)
Birth* 1 Dec 1885 Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Marriage* 26 Apr 1909 Jessie Witt (40) (b. 10 Jun 1890, d. 26 Feb 1979), daughter of Private John Christopher Witt (79) and Henrietta Elizabeth Lange (80); Kerr County, Texas
Son: 7 Aug 1911 Witt Lange Van Horn (34); Medina City, Bandera County, Texas
Son: 30 May 1913 Victor Clark Van Horn (44); Medina County, Texas
Divorce* 21 Nov 1914 Jessie Witt (40); Bandera County, Texas
Marriage* __ Jun 1916 Bertha Mae Bowers (8647) (b. 19 Jan 1892, d. 30 Jan 1965); Longview, Gregg County, Texas
Daughter: 3 Aug 1917 Mattie Elizabeth Van Horn (8648); Tarrant County, Texas
Death* 20 Feb 1960 U.S. Navy Hospital, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas
Burial* 23 Feb 1960 Seaside Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas
F Mattie Rosebud Van Horn (49)
Birth* 14 Oct 1888 Louisiana, United States.
Marriage* 10 Sep 1904 Robert McCulloh Eckols (9616) (b. after 10 Oct 1883, d. 7 Oct 1904); New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Marriage* 12 Nov 1907 Walter Brashaer Capron (4928) (b. Oct 1885, d. 8 Jan 1921), son of Joseph Capron (8517) and Sarah L. [--?--] (8518); New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
They had one child a daughter: Helen Loraine Capron (4929) b. 16 Jul 1909 ; New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana; d. 28 Feb 1999, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co, Virginia. Married Malcolm Field Pratt (date and location unknown). He was born 12 Mar 1898 in Somerville, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts and died 11 Mar 1959, location unknown.
Mattie Rosebud Death: __ Feb 1960, location unknown
M Oliver Herbert Van Horn (50)
Birth* 28 Nov 1889 Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Marriage* 14 Dec 1911 Alma Marie Clerc (9617) (b. 31 Oct 1893, d. 26 Dec 1966), daughter of Emile H. Clerc (9623) and Marie A. Cazentre (9624); New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Son: __ ___ 1914 Leslie Andrew Van Horn (9618); New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Marriage* __ ___ 1928 Cleoma Myrtle Eckols (4952) (b. 13 Jul 1909, d. 22 Feb 1984),daughter of Elizabeth [--?--] (27992); San Antonio, Bexar County,
Daughter: 13 Oct 1931 Yvonne Cleoma Van Horn (6626); Bexar County, Texas
Death* 12 Jun 1953 Houston, Harris County, Texas
Burial* __ Jun 1953 Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, Square 3 Plots 152/153/half 154, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
F Marguerite Lillian Van Horn (51)
Birth* 8 Jan 1892 Louisiana, United States.
Marriage* 4 Nov 1912 Mayo Walter Black (9619) (b. 11 May 1888, d. between 1918 and 1920); New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Marriage* aft 1920 George William Lamb (4953) (b. Dec 1873 d. Jan 1966)
Death* 20 Oct 1982 Pinellas County, Florida
M Vannah Elliot Van Horn (52)
Birth* 17 Dec 1895 Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Marriage* after 5 Jun 1917 Susan Edna Drake (4945) (b. 25 Aug 1917 1888, d. 21 Dec 1965); San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Son: 10 Apr 1927 Lt. Colonel Vannah Elliott Van Horn Jr. (4946); San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Death* 29 Mar 1942 Mexico City, Districto Federal, Mexico.
Burial* __ Apr 1942 Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana