Isaac Newton Van Nuys
(November 20, 1836 – February 12, 1912) was an American
<!---his career was in California (for 40+ years), not N.Y.---> businessman, real estate developer, banker, and agricultural entrepreneur. He founded the community of Van Nuys
in the San Fernando Valley
of Southern California
in 1911. As a major figure in regional history and development, there are schools, streets, libraries, and a Liberty Ship with the name of Van Nuys.
Isaac Van Nuys was born in West Sparta, New York
, the son of Peter Van Nuys and Harriet Kerr. His father was born in Millstone, New Jersey
, on February 7, 1808. He moved to West Sparta, in 1822, where he became a farmer and eventually owned . He also served as a town supervisor and justice of the peace. He died January 2, 1875. The mother of Isaac Van Nuys was born in Cayuga County, New York
, on April 13, 1809. Peter and Harriet were married on November 19, 1829. They had seven children, Caroline M. Van Nuys (born June 4, 1833); Isaac N.; A. Vinton Van Nuys (born June 8, 1840); Ella L. Van Nuys (November 22, 1842-July 22, 1843); Harriett E. Van Nuys (January 9, 1844-August 9, 1871); Webster B. Van Nuys (born February 8, 1847); and Herbert K. Van Nuys (born April 22, 1852).
Isaac attended the academy at Lima, in which he was a student for one year. His relatives emigrated from the Netherlands
and located on Long Island, New York
In 1865 at age 30, Van Nuys moved to California, the first Van Nuys to... Read More