Two of Jennie's brothers were Rhesa G. Van Cleef, grocer, and an old pioneer of Iowa. He was born in Ohio, in 1817, and emigrated to Iowa in 1849. In 1884 he was a resident of Guthrie Center. His mother was Susana (Conley) Van Cleef and d. March 27, 1883. Rhesa was born in Boone county, IN, on January 17, 1842 and was the second son of his family. In 1869 he came to Guthrie county where he farmed until 1873; he then engaged in the grocery business. He married Barbara E. Jones, a native of Ohio.
Another brother was William G. Van Cleef and he was born in Benton county, IA July 3, 1852. He first moved to Missouri for 1 1/2 years and then went to Panora, where he followed the business of photography and also worked one year at the barber business. In 1877 he moved to Guthrie Center. He married in Dallas county to Miss Florence Metcalf of IN. (excerpts from the History of Guthrie & Adair Counties, Iowa, Springfield ILL, Continental Hist. 1884 Guthrie Center)