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HENRY VAN RIPER, JR. coppersmith, P.O. Vallonia, was born May 15, 1840, in Paterson, N.J., and is a son of Henry and Hannah (Garabrant) Van Riper, natives of New Jersey, and three of their family now survive: Preston, who married Josephine Parks; Aaron, who married Mary Cligensmith, but who bore the name of Hazen from that of the family by whom she was reared, and Henry. Our subject was educated at Paterson; in September, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Seventh Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. McKernan, serving three years in the Army of the Potomac; was wounded at Gettysburg, and was discharged in September, 1864. He was married in 1863 to Annie Walsh, a native of Ireland; they have seven children: Hannah, Henry, William, David, Jennie, Annie B. (Mrs. Curtis), and Gertie. They lost two children, Lillie and an infant. Our subject learned coppersmithing in Paterson, N.J., and has been employed since 1869 in the copper and tin shops of Meadville. He is a member of the K. of P. and A.O.U.W. Is politically a Republican.