Descendants of Robert Vance
VANCE was born before 1765, location unknown.
There is a very strong probability that his name was actually William Robert,
but the only absolute proof of his existence is the 1810 federal census for
Peters Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, which lists Robert Vance as
head of household with 2 males aged 10 under 16 (James, Isaac); 3 males aged 16
under 26 (John William, Robert and unknown); 1 male aged 45 and up (Robert
himself); 1 female aged 10 under 16 (Martha); 1 female aged 16 under 26
(unknown); and 1 female aged 45 and up (Elizabeth, Robert’s wife). The unknown
male and female aged 16 under 26 might not be children of Robert’s, but some
other relatives or individuals living with the family. There were many Vances in other townships in Washington
County, Pennsylvania in 1810 and
that the Peters Township Vance is the Vance in question is evidenced by the
fact that also living in Peters
Township in that census
year was Andrew Crites, father of Mary Elizabeth Crites who married Robert’s
son John William circa 1813. Evidence that William may have been the 1810
Robert’s first name is offered by land records. William Vance of Washington County, Pennsylvania
purchased the northeast quarter of Section 18, Township 4, Range 1 in Washington Township,
Guernsey County, Ohio on 3 June 1815. On 6 August 1816 this
land in Washington Township, Guernsey
County, Ohio was
officially granted to William Vance, now deceased, and through another deed
this land was granted to his heirs. On 6 April 1820 Robert Vance [son]
purchased this same land from John and Mary Vance and James Vance of Guernsey
County, Ohio, and Elizabeth Vance, Edward and
Martha [Vance] Dougherty and Isaac Vance of Washington
County, Pennsylvania. Robert/William Robert [elder] obviously
purchased other land in Washington Township, Guernsey County,
Ohio, for his wife Elizabeth sold to her son John acreage in the
southeast quarter of Section 18, Township 4, Range 1
on 14 October 1816. She received these patents from the U.S. land office in October 1815
(likely Robert was deceased by that date). Much more research into land records
and their implications is needed in order to definitively prove any
suppositions regarding the progenitor of this family.
Robert, or William Robert, married Elizabeth
[--?--] circa 1786. Their known children were as follows:
2 i. John William2
VANCE, born in August 1790 in Delaware; married Mary Elizabeth CRITES.
3 ii. Robert VANCE, born 1791 in Maryland; married
4 iii. Martha VANCE, born circa 1797 in Pennsylvania; married Edward DOUGHERTY.
5 iv. James VANCE, born circa 1798 in Pennsylvania; married
first Mary WILKINS; married second
6 v. Isaac VANCE, born 1 March 1800 in Allegheny
County, Pennsylvania; married Nancy [--?--].
7 vi. Elizabeth VANCE, born circa 1807 in Pennsylvania; married Joseph WILKINS.
2. John William2
was born August 1790 in Delaware.
The 1850 and 1860 censuses gave Delaware as
his birthplace, however there is some possibility his
birth state may have been Maryland
instead since that birthplace was given in at least one source each for his
younger brothers Robert and Isaac.
Around 1813 John William married Mary Elizabeth CRITES in Washington
County, Pennsylvania. John, a farmer, died at age 79 on 3 February
1870 in Jefferson Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, at the home of his daughter
Elizabeth Vance Kimball, and was buried on the farm of his brother Robert in
Washington Township, Guernsey County, Ohio.
John may have come to Guernsey County around 1814 from Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Land records show that on 30 October 1814 John Vance of Washington
County, Pennsylvania purchased
Section 17, Township 5, Range 1 in Washington
Township, Guernsey County, Ohio.
As mentioned above, on 14 October 1816 John Vance of Washington
County, Pennsylvania purchased the
southeast quarter of Section 17, Township 4, Range 1 in Washington
Township, Guernsey County, Ohio
from Elizabeth Vance of Washington
By 1840 John owned 320 acres of land in Section 17 in Washington Township
and he appeared on the censuses of 1850 and 1860 in that township. John left a will written 20 June 1862 and
probated 22 March 1870. In it he left to his wife one-third of all the grain
raised on the farm and one-third of all the profits arising from the sale of
real estate, and all household and kitchen furniture as well as one horse, one
cow and all the sheep. She also had use
of the property until she died or remarried.
After her death he wished that the real and personal property be sold
and the proceeds divided equally among Andrew Vance, Elisabeth Kimble [sic], Emy [sic] Owens, John Vance, Joseph Vance, and Mary Agness Lewis. He
asked that the children of his deceased son Robert be given $50 each. Daniel Owens was named executor and Jesse E.
Read and James Wallace were witnesses.
Mary, John’s wife, was born in 1792 in Peters
Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Andrew and Catherine
(Enfreit/Enfrect/Ehrenfried) Crites/Creutz/Krites. Her
great-grandfather and grandfather came to the U.S.
in 1752. Mary’s sister Dorothy married
Michael Hayes and their daughter Rebecca Hayes married George Morrow, the son
of Elisha Morrow, in 1859. My
great-great grandfather James Henry Vance was living with the Elisha Morrow
family in the 1850 census in Birmingham, Guernsey County, and may have learned the
shoemaking trade from him. Mary died
between 1863 and 1867 in Guernsey
Known children of John William2 VANCE and Mary Elizabeth CRITES were as follows:
8 i. Robert J.3
VANCE, born in 1815 in Pennsylvania; married Catharine DWIGGINS.
9 ii. Andrew
Vance was born circa 1817 in Ohio and married Margaret SIMMERMAN circa
1845. She was born circa 1820 in Ireland. By the 1860 federal census
the couple resided in Bristol Township, Trumbull County,
Ohio with their three children: Thomas Newton, called Newton, born
in January 1847 and died between 1920 and 1930 in Trumbull County;
William B., born circa 1851; and Harriet A., born circa 1857. Circa 1873 in Trumbull County Newton
married Ella F. [--?--] who was born in November 1850 in Ohio. They had a son Verne J., born in
February 1876; and a daughter Edith H., born in August 1877 and died before
1910. Verne married Mae [--?--] circa 1896. She was born in May 1878 in Ohio. The couple had a
son Bennett N., born 14 May 1898 in Trumbull
County and died in January
1978 at age 79. Verne and Mae divorced and he married second Jessie [--?--] who
was born circa 1870 in Ohio.
Mae remarried Willis Shaffer, proprietor of a laundry in Warren,
Trumbull County, and Bennett was enumerated with
them in the 1920 federal census. In the 1930 federal census Bennett was
proprietor of a garage with wife Patsy, age 30, and children Jean, age 8;
Martha Mae, age 6; and Bennett, Jr., age 3 years and 2 months.
10 iii. Elizabeth Ann VANCE, born 14 April 1822 in Guernsey County, Ohio;
married Davis KIMBALL.
11 iv. John R. VANCE, born in 1823 in Guernsey County, Ohio;
married Jane BRUMLEY.
12 v. Amy VANCE, born 16 April 1825 in Guernsey County, Ohio;
married Daniel OWENS.
13 vi. Joseph D. VANCE, born 25 December 1832
in Washington Township,
Guernsey County, Ohio; married Mary Elizabeth
14 vii. Mary Agness VANCE, born 8 March 1838 in Guernsey County, Ohio;
married Edward M. LEWIS.
15 viii. James A. VANCE was born in 1844 in Guernsey County, Ohio,
and died in 1867 in that county at age 23.
He was buried in Center Baptist Cemetery,
County. James, who
appeared on the census of 1860 in Washington
Township, Guernsey County,
was not mentioned in his father's will written in 1862.
was born between 1792 and 1795 in Pennsylvania,
based on differing ages given in census records of 1850, 1860 and 1870.
However, a brief biography in “The Household Guide and Instructor with
Biographies of the Presidents of the United States and a Brief Outline of the
History of Guernsey County, Ohio,” published in 1882, says that he was born in
Maryland in 1791 and spent part of his youth in Washington County, Pennsylvania
before coming to Washington Township, Guernsey County, Ohio in 1825. He was on the
tax list for that year, but it is likely he came to the county earlier. On 6
April 1820, “Robert Vance of Guernsey County purchased the northeast quarter of
Section 18, Township 4, Range 1, from John Vance and Mary his wife, and James
Vance of the County of Guernsey and State of Ohio, and Elizabeth Vance, Edward
Dougherty and Martha his wife, and Isaac Vance of Washington County and State
of Pennsylvania.” The parties concerned were his siblings. By 1840 Robert owned
151 acres in Section 18.
Robert died 6 April 1877 in Washington
County and was buried on his farm in Washington Township. He left a will written 9 June
1875 and filed 24 April 1877 in which were cited Catherine, his wife, and
children Elizabeth King, Mary Mahan, Martha Gilpin, Robert, Daily, Lydia
Carson, Adaline Bear, Elenor
Law and Lucretia Benson. The will did not mention
daughters Catherine and Margaret or son John.
Robert married Catherine DAILEY 12 September 1816. She was born in 1798
the daughter of Nathan Dailey. Catherine
died 5 December 1877 at age 79.
Known children of Robert2 VANCE and Catherine DAILEY, all born in Washington Township,
Guernsey County, Ohio, were as follows:
i. Elizabeth3 VANCE (out of birth order) was born circa 1838 and married William KING. She went by the name of Betsey.
17 ii. Mary
Ann VANCE was born 18 January 1820 and married James
MAHAN 21 March 1839 in that Guernsey County,
Ohio. She went by the name of Polly.
James’ date of birth, as provided thru census records, ranges from 1804 per the
1870 census, to 1810 per the 1860 census, and 1818 per the 1850 census. It is
known for a fact that he was born in Ireland
and died between 1870 and 1880 in Bristol
Township, Trumbull County, Ohio.
The family had moved to that county from Guernsey County
some time after 1851, probably at the same time that Mary Ann’s cousin Andrew
Vance, son of John William Vance, moved there (see #9 above). Mary Ann and
James had eight known children: Mary, Edward T., Adanijah
E., Dailey Vance, James L., Milton R., Fanny J., and Alice L. Mary Vance was born circa 1842. Edward T. was born in August 1845 and
married Grace L. GARDNER 2 July 1880 in Trumbull County.
Grace was born in June 1857 in Ohio,
the daughter of Philas W. and Cornelia Gardner. The
couple had a son Arthur J., born in March 1887; and a daughter Marguerite, born
in December 1891 who married Myron E. Klingeman.
Edward died some time between 1910 and 1930 and his wife died after 1930. Adanijah E. Vance was born in August 1847 and died between
1920 and 1930 in Trumbull
County. On 13 January
1875 he married Mary A. FINK who was born in February 1851 in Ohio
and died between 1910 and 1920 in Trumbull
County. The couple had
two daughters, Edna B., born in February 1877, and Essa
F., born in August 1884 who married Archie Loop. Dailey Vance was born in
November 1849 and died between 1920 and 1930 in Trumbull County.
Circa 1886 he married Artelissia [--?--] who was born
in 1853 in Ohio.
By 1900 they had had five children, four of them still living, including Ward
born in August 1887. James L. Vance was born circa 1851. Milton R. Vance was
born in November 1854 and married Phebe SHAFFER 14
September 1881 in Trumbull
County. Phebe was born in April 1863 in Ohio, the daughter of Peter and Catherine
Shaffer. She died between 1920 and 1930. They had children Nora M., who married
[--?--] Johnson and in 1930 was widowed and residing in Youngstown, Mahoning
County, Ohio along with her daughters Marguerite and Geneva and father Milton.
They also had sons William, born in April 1889, and Ross H., born in July 1896.
Fanny J. Vance was born in August 1858 and married Elijah D. BEAN 10 August
1884 in Trumbull County. They had a son Carl O., born 24
August 1894 and died in November 1975 at age 81, and the family resided in Freeport Township,
Harrison County, Ohio. Elijah was born in July 1858 in Harrison County, the son of Harry and Elizabeth
Bean. Alice L. Vance was born circa 1861.
18 iii. Martha VANCE was born 1 June 1822 in Guernsey
County, Ohio and died between 1870
and 1876 in Adams County, Ohio. She married first 13 August 1846 in
Guernsey County Charles REDING, a physician, born circa 1811 in Pennsylvania, and they
had a son William E., born in October 1850. Charles died between 1852 and 1855
in Guernsey County
and Martha married second Jonathan GILPIN 20 December 1855 in Guernsey County.
Jonathan, who was born 9 October 1814 in either Virginia
or Ohio, the son of Samuel G. and Sarah
Elizabeth (Carpenter) Gilpin, had been married previously to Nancy Ripley in
1836 in Tuscarawas
County and had 10
children. Soon after marriage Martha and Jonathan moved to Blue Creek Township, Adams
County, Indiana where
their first child Nancy Margaret was born 6 December 1856. It is there they
also had daughter Mary Elizabeth, born 14 March 1859, and son Robert Elwood,
born 26 June 1862. After Martha’s death Jonathan married next Mary M. Jones 7
September 1876 in Adams
County. He died 16
February 1879 in Adams
County at the age of 64.
William E. Reding, Martha’s firstborn, married Mary
Ella DAVIS 21 July 1870 in Adams
County. The daughter of
William Davis, she was born 4 March 1849 in Ohio
and died 18 November 1914 in Decatur, Adams County
at age 65. William and Mary Ella had children Frances A., born circa 1872; Ola
B., born in February 1880; and Orpha M., born in
January 1885 who married Arthur M. BARTLING.
19 iv. Robert VANCE Jr, born 12 July 1824;
married Eliza Jane CAMPBELL.
20 v. Dailey VANCE, born 22 September 1826; married Jane
21 vi. Catherine VANCE, born 24 March 1829;
married Charles E. WATT.
22 vii. Lydia Ann VANCE, born 5 September 1831;
married Thomas CARSON.
23 viii. Margaret VANCE was born 18 November 1833. She was not
mentioned in her father’s 1875 will and so may have died by that date.
24 ix. Eleanor
Dailey VANCE was born 18 April 1836 and died between 1880
and 1900. On 30 June 1853 in Guernsey County she married Francis LAW, the son of Henry and Content Law, who
was born in February 1825 in Ohio and died
between 1900 and 1910, likely in Canadian
Township, Blaine County, Oklahoma
where he resided in 1900. Soon after marrying, Eleanor and Frances moved to Illinois, settling first in Clay County.
By 1870 they resided in Washington
County. The couple had
children Catherine M., born circa 1854; Calvin Mathew, born circa 1857; Francis
Elmer, born in February 1860; Addie, born circa 1863; Content, born 12
September 1866; Henry, born in January 1872; twins Emma and Annie, born 6
October 1873; and son Eldorus D., born in July 1878.
All were born in Illinois.
Francis Elmer Law, known as Elmer, married circa 1883 Margaret A. [--?--] and
in the 1900 federal census they were enumerated in Valley
Township, Canadian County, Oklahoma
where Elmer farmed. By 1910 they lived in Geary, Blaine County, Oklahoma
and Elmer was a house carpenter. The couple had no children. Content Law
married first Calvin Lowery COULTER 20 September 1883 in Washington County, Illinois.
Calvin was born 28 January 1862, the son of James and Anna Catherine (Everett) Coulter of Tennessee, and died 14 August 1904 at
age 42 in Washington
County. He was buried in Liberty
Cemetery in that county.
Their children were Minnie Belle, born 2 July 1884 and died 26 January 1929 at
age 44 who married Harry L. PITCHFORD; Francis James, born 18 November 1885 and
died 30 May 1986 at age 100 who married Mable CLARK; Charles Leonard, born 4
January 1888 and died 29 August 1963 at age 75 who married Elizabeth WHEELESS;
William Clarence, called Clarence, who was born 20 July 1890 and died 27 April
1921 at age 30 who married Nina Rhea STEPHENS; John Hazzard,
who was born 21 July 1892 and died 19 January 1897 at age 4 who was buried in
Liberty Cemetery; and Harold Darnell, born 20 May 1894 and died 18 January 1895
who was buried in Liberty Cemetery. Content supposedly married second Louis
Stephens 26 December 1912 but cannot be found in census records after 1910. She
died 4 June 1952 at age 85 and was buried in Liberty Cemetery, Washington
County. Henry Law married circa 1905 in Blaine County,
Oklahoma Fannie J. BARCLAY who was born circa
1872 in Kentucky.
The couple had no children. Emma Law married James Andrew COULTER in 1890 in Washington County, Illinois.
James was born 16 July 1868 in Illinois, the
son of William and Margaret Jane (Foster) Coulter, he of Tennessee
and she of Illinois.
The couple had four sons: Claude Law, born in August 1894 and died in 1961at
age 67 who married in Oklahoma circa 1829 Inga PEDERSON; Lewis E., born 23 June
1896 and died 18 June 1917 at age 20; Elmer, born 8 April 1898 and died 25 June
1906 at age 8; and Ivan J., born 14 October 1899 and died 9 August 1902 at age
2. Emma died 13 September 1903 at age 29 and James died 14 February 1902 at age
33. Both were buried in Liberty
County along with sons Lewis, Elmer and Ivan. Eldorus
D. Law married circa 1899 Clara M. [--?--] who was born in January 1881 in Missouri. They resided
with Eldorus’ widowed father Francis Law and his
brother Henry Law in Canadian Township, Blaine
County, Oklahoma in
the 1900 federal census. Eldorus and Clara had
children Juanita B., born circa 1902; Alma V., born circa 1903; Etha C. M., born circa 1904; Eldorus
D., Jr., born circa 1906; Clifford J., born circa 1908; Vance, born 14 June
1912 and died in November 1982 at age 70; Myra, born circa 1915; and Verna,
born circa 1916, all in Canadian Township, Blaine County.
x. John VANCE was born circa 1840 per the 1850 census. He
was not mentioned in his father’s 1875 will and was perhaps deceased.
xi. Sarah Adeline VANCE, born 4 December 1841;
married William M. BEAR.
27 xii. Lucretia VANCE, born 15 August 1844;
married David Francis BENSON.
was born circa 1797 in Pennsylvania, and died
of typhoid pneumonia 9 January 1880 in Mount
Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa at age 83. On 12 February
1818 she married Edward DOUGHERTY who was born 28 December 1789 in Derry County, Ireland. He may have been the son
of John and Martha (Hayes) Dougherty who in 1792 came to the United States, settling first in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania,
and later in Washington County,
Pennsylvania. Martha and Edward moved from Washington County
to Guernsey County, Ohio in 1823, and in 1836 Edward became a
naturalized citizen. In the 1850 federal census Martha, Edward and five of
their 10 children were in one household in Washington
Township, Guernsey County.
In 1856 they moved to Mount Pleasant,
Henry County, Iowa. Edward died 6
December 1874 in Mount Pleasant
at age 84.
Known children of Martha2 VANCE and Edward DOUGHERTY were as follows
(out of birth order; spelling of surname varies from person to person, from
Dougherty to Daugherty. Dougherty spelling used as default unless some strong
indication Daugherty adopted.):
V.3 DAUGHERTY was born 4 February 1819 in Washington County, Pennsylvania
and seems to have used the ‘a’ spelling. He was the only child of Martha and
Edward who did not settle in Iowa at some
time, dieing instead in New Birmingham, Guernsey
County, Ohio 2
January 1892 at age 72. Robert, a
cabinet maker, married Rachel [--?--], who was born in August 1825 in Ohio, and they had nine children, all born in Guernsey County. Asa
Nelson Daugherty was born in May 1845 and died after 1920, likely in Jackson, Madison County,
Tennessee where he moved some time after 1880. Circa 1868 he married Mary A.
MILNER who was born in January 1850 in Guernsey County.
Their children were Caroline, born circa 1869; Frank H., born circa 1871; and
Ralph Perry, called Perry, born in July 1879 who moved to Tennessee with his parents. Edward Milton
Daugherty was born in February 1847 and at age 53 was still single and resided
with his widowed mother. He was a shoemaker. Harvey
B. Dougherty (may have used the ‘o’ spelling) was born in May 1849 and circa
1876 married Margaret [--?--] who was born in December 1851 in Pennsylvania. They moved
to Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa where many of Harvey’s aunts, uncles and
cousins resided and had a daughter Ethel, born circa 1879 and died before 1900.
By the 1900 federal census the couple lived in Rock Island,
Rock Island County, Illinois. Harvey was a carpenter. Mary Martha Daugherty
was born in April 1851 and married John THOMAS, a grist miller, who was born
circa 1847 in Ohio.
In the 1880 federal census they were enumerated in Jefferson
Township, Guernsey County
with daughters Myrtle O., born circa 1874, and Etta E., born circa 1875. Hiram
A. Daugherty was born circa 1853 and married 5 November 1875 Selesta C. MCCULLEY, the daughter of William and Sarah McCulley, who was born circa 1858 in Ohio. Martha J.
Daugherty was born in April 1856 and at age 44 was still single and resided
with her widowed mother. Samuel K. Daugherty was born in 1858 and died 17
January 1887 in Guernsey
County at age 29. He
married Mary A. THOMPSON 9 September 1878 and they resided in New Birmingham, Guernsey County where in 1880 Samuel was a hotel
keeper. Mary was born circa 1859 in Ohio.
The couple had a daughter Grace E. born in September 1879. David Oscar
Daugherty was born in 1861 and married Harriet L. THOMPSON 18 December 1881 in Guernsey County. Harriet, called Hattie, was born
in March 1862 in Ohio.
The couple had a daughter Maud born 6 February 1884 and died before 1900, and a
son Samuel Ray, called Ray, born 12 March 1887 and died 9 August 1863 in Los Angeles County, California
at age 76 who married Martha Washington Wilcox circa 1913 in Oklahoma. Ida M. Daugherty was born in March
1864 and married John R. HAYS 31 August 1887 in Guernsey County.
John was born in December 1860 in Ohio.
The couple had a son Frank H., born in October 1888.
29 ii. Elizabeth
DOUGHERTY was born in Guernsey County, Ohio
circa 1825, per the 1850 census, and circa 1835, per the 1860 census.
30 iii. Martha DOUGHERTY was born in Guernsey County, Ohio
circa 1831, per the 1850 census; circa 1838 per the 1860; and circa 1835, per
the 1870. She moved to Henry County with her parents, however, she returned to Ohio some time in early 1880 and was enumerated with her
brother Robert in New Birmingham, Guernsey
County, Ohio in the
federal census that year.
31 iv. John E.
DOUGHERTY was born circa 1833 in Guernsey
County, Ohio, and died in Fairfield, Jefferson
County, Iowa 27 May
1897. John was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield.
He married first circa 1857 in Henry County, Iowa Amanda M. DAVIS who was born
in 1834 in Muskingum County,
Ohio, the daughter of William M.
and Leah Davis. She died 26 March 1875 at age 41 in Fairfield,
Jefferson County, Iowa,
and was buried in Evergreen
Cemetery. The couple had
children Clarrendon O., born in 1856, died 14 May
1880 in Fairfield at age 24, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery; Ida Alzada, born 13 August 1858 and died 15 November 1947 at
age 89 in Eskridge, Wabaunsee County, Kansas who
married 15 July 1889 Louis M. LA DUKE; Eva S., born circa 1861; and William F.,
born in September 1866 who married circa 1890 Rachel PETERS, born in February
1871 in New York. They had a son John C., born in April 1891 in Kansas, with whom they resided in Chicago,
Cook County, Illinois in 1900. By 1910 they moved to Oakland, Alameda
where William worked as a stone cutter.
v. Isaac DOUGHERTY was born circa 1835 in Guernsey County, Ohio. He cannot be pinpointed in census records
after 1850 until 1900 when he was enumerated in Fairfield,
Jefferson County, Iowa as head of household with his
23-year-old daughter Maud M. In the 1910 census he was in Burlington,
Des Moines County, Iowa, a widower, age 75, living with Maud
and her husband Frank A. CRAIL. Frank was born in Iowa in May 1872, the son of Benjamin F. and
Helen Crail. He and Maud married circa 1900. Isaac’s
wife was perhaps born in West
Virginia, and his middle initial was very likely ‘N’
as per the 1910 census.
vi. Edward DOUGHERTY was born in April 1838
in Guernsey County, Ohio. Circa 1866 in Henry County, Iowa he
[--?--] who was born circa 1842 in Illinois and died between 1880 and 1900 in
Albia, Monroe County, Iowa. They had a son William Elmer, born in September
1867 in Henry County
who by 1900 was married for a year to Marion
[--?--] of Canada and was enumerated in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan as a
furniture salesman. They also had a daughter Myrta
D., born in March 1869 in Henry County who married 17 June 1891 in Monroe
County, Iowa William B. GRIFFIN who was born in January 1861 in Missouri. In the 1900 federal census the
couple was in Albia, Monroe
County with son John W.,
born in April 1894. Also in the household was Myrtle’s widowed father Edward.
In 1910 they remained in Albia, where William was sheriff, and in the household
in addition to John they had children Maisy F., born
circa 1901; and William B., Jr., born circa 1903. They also were boarding two
prisoners and the jail turnkey.
vii. James DOUGHERTY was born circa 1820 in Washington County, Pennsylvania
and married Nancy HUFFMAN 30 March 1843 in Guernsey County, Ohio.
She was born circa 1823 in Ohio.
The couple had sons Edward, born circa 1847, and Eli F., born circa 1853, both
in Guernsey County,
then went west to Mount Pleasant,
Henry County, Iowa where they had daughter Mary E., born in 1860. James worked
in Iowa as a
blacksmith, a dry goods merchant, and manufacturer of washing machines.
viii. William Fletcher DOUGHERTY was
born in August 1826 in Guernsey County, Ohio and died between 1900 and 1910, likely in Mount Pleasant, Henry
County, Iowa. Circa 1849 in Guernsey County he married Harriet J. [--?--] who was born
circa 1825 in Ohio.
In the 1850 federal census the couple resided in Cumberland
in Guernsey County with their firstborn son, and
Fletcher, as he was known, worked as a cabinet maker. Around 1856 Fletcher,
Harriet and family moved with his parents and other siblings to Mount Pleasant, Henry
County, Iowa. There he worked as an undertaker, a furniture manufacturer and
eventually a dealer in organs and pianos. Fletcher and Harriet had five known
children, all sons. Charles E. Dougherty was born in February 1850 in Guernsey County. Circa 1872 in Henry County, Iowa
he married Mary A. E. [--?--] who was born in May 1854 in that state. The
couple had sons William J., born in August 1875, who married Florence E.
[--?--] of New York and by 1910 resided in Seattle, King County, Washington
where he was in insurance; and Bertram E., born circa 1877. James Dougherty was
born in July 1852 in Guernsey County,
Ohio. In 1877 in Henry County, Iowa he married
Mollie EMERSON, the daughter of Sylvester Emerson, who was born in June 1858 in
couple had a son Harry Emerson Dougherty, born 19 December 1877 in Henry County.
James and Mollie divorced and circa 1893 she married James A. Schriner. David Ellsworth Dougherty, called Ellsworth, was
born 31 July 1863 in Henry County, Iowa and died 24 January 1935 at age 71 in Des Moines, Polk
County, Iowa. He was
buried in Laurel Hill
Cemetery in Des Moines. Circa 1884 David married Sarah Elleyn ROCKWELL who was born 12 February 1861 in Ohio and died 6 October
1948 at age 87. She was buried in Laurel
The couple had nine children: Mabel B., born in July 1885; David E., born 3
February 1887 and died in South Dakota in October 1968 at age 81; William
Ernest, born in March 1888; Benjamin H., born 11 1890 and died in Missouri in
January 1971 at age 81; Hazel A., born in April 1892; Roy, born in January
1894; George, born 27 July 1898 and died in July 1972 in Iowa at age 74; Harry
W., born 8 March 1900 and died in December 1976 in Missouri at age 76; and
Bessie, born circa 1903. Fletcher and Harriet also had two sons, Theodore who
was born circa 1856, and Harlan, who was born circa 1861, who have not been
located beyond the 1870 federal census.
ix. David D. DOUGHERTY was born in
Guernsey County, Ohio circa 1829 and went west with the family to Mount
Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa where he married Sallie GHOST some time between
1870 and 1874. She was born circa 1835
the daughter of Philip Ghost. The couple had a daughter Katie C., born circa
1875 in Henry County. David was a cabinet maker.
was born circa 1798 in Pennsylvania.
He married first Mary WILKINS 6 August 1822 in Guernsey County, Ohio,
and second Elizabeth RAINEY 28 February 1837. James died between
mid-June and October 1842 in Guernsey
James had settled in Guernsey
County, Ohio by 1820 according to
a land deed in which he was named, and his name appeared on the federal
censuses of 1830 and 1840 in Washington
Township, Guernsey County.
He left a will written 15 June 1842 in Guernsey County
and witnessed by Robert Vance, his brother, and George Frazier. In it he gave
his wife Elizabeth all of his property for use until her death at which time
the land was to be divided equally among his children Ozias,
Ruth Ann, Elizabeth, James, Mary and Margaret. The will was probated in October
1842, and John Dwiggins and Edward Daugherty (his
brother-in-law) were named executors of his estate. The executors petitioned the Court of Common
Pleas of Guernsey County to order that real estate of James Vance, deceased, be
sold to pay debts he left. The court so ordered and sale of part of the
southwest quarter of Section 13, Township 4, Range 1
was advertised and sold at public auction on 27 April 1846 to Henry Frazier for
$90. Terms of the sale were one-half cash in hand and the balance in six months
from the day of sale, with interest.
It is not known for certain when Mary, James’ first wife, was born, but
based on their marriage date she was likely born between 1801 and 1804.
Supposedly the Wilkin/Wilkins family was from Washington
County, Pennsylvania, then migrated to Harrison County,
Ohio, near Cadiz,
before moving to Jefferson Township, Guernsey
County. Mary was likely
the sister of Joseph Wilkins who married James’ sister Elizabeth in 1825.
Known children of James2 VANCE and Mary WILKINS, all born in Washington Township,
Guernsey County, Ohio, were as follows:
33 i. Ozias3 VANCE, born circa 1823; married first Nancy
ENGLE; married second Elizabeth FINDLEY.
34 ii. Ruth Ann VANCE, born circa 1824; married Jesse E. REED.
35 iii. Elizabeth
VANCE, born circa 1830; married James
36 iv. James Henry VANCE, born 14 May 1831;
married Mary Jane SAPP.
Elizabeth Rainey, James’ second wife, was born circa 1808 in Pennsylvania. It is very likely that Rainey was her married
name and that she brought children to her marriage with James. In the 1850 federal census she was listed as
head of household in a dwelling three doors away from her deceased husband’s
brother John Vance and his family. With her were Mary and Robert, children with
James, and William Rainey, age 18, who may be a nephew or a son by a previous
marriage to a Rainey, if that was not her maiden name. After James’ death Elizabeth married Joseph
Vermillion in December of 1851. Joseph was some 34 years Elizabeth’s senior and had been married before to a woman
who died in 1846. Joseph’s will, probated 11 June 1860, left everything to his
children by his first marriage and nothing to Elizabeth. It is not known if Elizabeth remarried after
Joseph’s death, or when and where she died.
Known children of James2 VANCE and Elizabeth RAINEY, all born in Washington Township,
Guernsey County, Ohio, were as follows:
i. Mary3 VANCE was born circa 1838.
38 ii. Margaret
VANCE was born circa 1840.
39 iii. Robert Vance was born circa 1842 and died between 1880
and 1900, likely in Indiana. He was not mentioned in his father's will, so
perhaps he wasn't born until some months after his father's death. Robert appeared on the census of 1860 in Perry Township,
Tuscarawas County, Ohio, age 17, a farm laborer, living with
George Hartung and family. In close proximity was the family of his
cousin John Vance, age 37, the son of John and Mary (Crites) Vance. Robert
married first 23 November 1864 in Guernsey County,
Ohio Martha W. EDWARDS who was born circa 1842
in Guernsey County
and died 25 September 1872 in Adams
County, Indiana. They
had children George C., born circa 1866; daughter Jessie E., born circa 1868;
and Shelby L., who was born in August 1871 in Adams County, Indiana and married
Lulu MANN circa 1898 in that county. After Martha died Robert may have married
second Sarah E. Porter, 5 June 1873 in Adams County.
It is known for a fact that he did marry Mrs. Nancy MAJORS 22 April 1880 in Adams County.
Her maiden name was likely Williams, and she had a daughter Flora Majors, born
in July 1869 in Indiana who married Aladan Riley circa 1892 and with whom Nancy, a widow, was
residing in Bluffton, Wells County,
Indiana in the 1900 federal
a shoemaker, died of apoplexy 1 July 1871 in Meigs,
at age 71 years and 4 months, according to his death record. This would make his date of birth 1 March
1800. His death record also gave place of birth as Allegheny
County, Pennsylvania, however the
census of 1870 says Maryland. He married Nancy
[--?--] between 1821 and 1827 in Pennsylvania. She was
born circa 1800 in Pennsylvania and died after
1880, likely in Meigs County.
Isaac Vance of Washington County, Pennsylvania was named as one of a group selling land to
Robert Vance of Guernsey County,
Ohio on 6 April 1820 – the
northeast quarter of Section 16, Township 4, Range 1.
Others named were John and Mary Vance, James Vance, Elizabeth Vance and Edward
and Martha Dougherty, all of Guernsey
County. A later land record dated 2 July 1827 shows
Isaac and Nancy Vance of Washington County, Pennsylvania selling a half quarter
section of land on the northwest corner of Section 21, Township 4, Range 1,
Washington Township, Guernsey County, to Hugh Burrows. By 1850, Isaac and Nancy were in the federal
census in Salisbury Township, Meigs County, Ohio.
Known children of Isaac2 VANCE and Nancy [--?--] (there may have been more
older children) were as follows:
i. Joseph3 VANCE was born circa 1833 in Pennsylvania. On 20 June 1867 in Meigs County, Ohio
he married Caroline J. GARNER, the daughter of Silas and Danisel
Garner of Virginia, who was born circa 1847 in
County. Their children,
all born in Salisbury Township, Meigs County, Ohio,
were Henry B., called Harry, born circa 1868; Jo Estelle, born in 1870, and
John Ellsworth, born circa 1876.
41 ii. William
VANCE was born 13 March 1835 in Pennsylvania. On 22 September 1859 in Meigs County, Ohio
he married Mary Jane HUGGINS who was born circa 1842 in Ohio. Their children
were Amanda J., born circa 1863; Alice M., born circa 1865; Mary A., called
Minnie, born circa 1867; and Ida Rowena, born in March 1870, all in Meigs
County. Mary Jane died between 1871 and 1879 and
William married second Addie BOOTH 23 September 1875. Addie was born circa 1855
William died 16 April 1900 in Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio
at age 65. He was a miner, according to his death record.
42 iii. Joshua W.
VANCE; born circa 1839, likely in Pennsylvania; married
was born circa 1807 in Pennsylvania
and married Joseph WILKINS 22 December 1825. She died before 1845
in Guernsey County, Ohio.
By the 1850 federal census, Washington
County, Joseph, who was born circa
1807 in Pennsylvania, was married to Eleanor
Bell, born circa 1819 in Ireland.
The couple had children Marion, born circa 1845; Rebecca, born circa 1848;
Isabella J., born circa 1851; and Sarah C., born circa 1857. Joseph, Eleanor
and family moved to Harrison Township, Blackford
between 1852 and 1860.
Known children of Elizabeth2 VANCE and Joseph WILKINS, both born in Guernsey County, Ohio,
were as follows:
i. Margaret3 WiILKINS was born circa 1833.
44 ii. Joseph
WILKINS was born circa 1835.
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