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John Vance

Birthplace: Cocke, Tennessee, United States
Death: Died in St. George, Wshngt, Ut
Place of Burial: St George, Washington, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Vance and Margaret Vance
Husband of Sarah Lavinia Vance and Elizabeth Vance
Father of Isaac Young Vance; Margaret "M" Lawson; William Perkins Vance; Nancy Ann Vance; James Vance and 6 others
Brother of Mary Vance; Elizabeth Young; Nancy Agnes Vance; Sarah Vance; Sarah Vance and 7 others

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About John Vance

Biographical Summary:

VANCE, JOHN (son of James Vance, born Sept. 30, 1761, and Margaret Reno, both of Tennessee). He was born Nov. 8, 1794, in Tennessee. Came to Utah Oct. 2, 1847, Jedediah M. Grant company.

Married Sarah Perkins Feb. 10, 1817, Jackson (now Putnam) county, Tennessee, (daughter of Ute Perkins and Sarah Gant of Tennessee), who was born Jan. 11, 1801.

Their children:

  1. Isaac Y.;
  2. Margaret, married John Lawson;
  3. William P., married Ann Hidson; m. Hannah Richardson;
  4. Nancy Ann, married William Wordsworth;
  5. James;
  6. three boys d. childhood;
  7. John, Jr., married Miss Bunting.

Married Elizabeth Campbell March 7, 1837, McDonough county, Illinois. (daughter of Ezekiel and Jane Campbell of McDonough county, former a pioneer Oct. 2, 1847, Jedediah M. Grant company). She was born Jan. 25, 1800.

Their children:

  1. Martha Jane born Sept. 25, 1839, m. William H. Kimball;
  2. Mary Elizabeth b. Nov. 2, 1844, m. John Thornton Gilmer;
  3. Lehi Moroni, d. child.

Family home Salt Lake City.

Bishop at Winter Quarters. Assisted in bringing immigrants to Utah. Counselor to Bishop Perkins of 7th ward, Salt Lake City; high councilor; visiting teacher of 7th ward.

School commissioner and justice of peace. Farmer. Died Jan. 24, 1882.

SOURCE: Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah


"...I, John Vance was the son of James Vance and Margaret Reno, and was born in Cook County, East Tennessee, on the 8th day of November, 1794.

At the age of 2 years, my father moved to Davidson County, West Tennessee, near Nashville. Some two years after he move to Smith County, Middle Tennessee, where I had an Uncle Thomas Vance with a large family. Some two or three years afterwards my father moved to Jackson county, adjoining, where I grew to manhood and married Sarah Perkins, daughter of Ute and Sarah Gaunt Perkins, who lived in the adjoining (White) county. I married February 10, 1817 and remained in Jackson County till about the year 1824, then moved to Morgan County, Illinois, remaining there some five years. Then moved to McDonough County, Illinois, where in 1836 my wife died, having born me eight children: Isaac Y.; Margaret; William P.; Nancy Ann; James; Ute P.; Lewis R, and John Jr. (Ute P. and Lewis R. died in childhood) I then on the 2nd of March 1837 married Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Ezekiel and Jane Campbell. She bore me three children - Martha Jane; Lehi Moroni and Mary Elisabeth. (Lehi Moroni died in childhood)

My Father James Vance was born September 30th 1764.

My Grandfather Samuel Vance was born in Ireland, but in childhood emigrated to Penn...."


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John Vance's Timeline

November 8, 1794
Cocke, Tennessee, United States
February 10, 1817
Age 22
Jackson, Madison, Tennessee, USA
December 28, 1818
Age 24
Clay, Tennessee, United States
November 19, 1820
Age 26
Putnam, Jackson Co., Tn
October 20, 1822
Age 27
Jackson, TN, USA
September 18, 1824
Age 29
Morgan, Illinois, United States
November 24, 1826
Age 32
Age 33
Morgan, Il
Age 36
of McDngh, Il
December 25, 1834
Age 40
of McDngh, Il