|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1859|
|Death: ||Oct. 9, 1956|
Cynthia's mother, Jane Ellen (Bell) Vance, died when she was in her twenties, and Cynthia went to live with her Bell grandparents when she was two years old.
I'm grateful for her memories of the time she went to MO with them near the end of the Civil War. As a storyteller, she had few equals and would often weave a bit of flavor into her tales to benefit her listeners. She was full of energy and had a zest for living.
Her first husband was John Foster Preston, the son of John Foster & Christina (Socrider) Preston. The Prestons had moved to MO from OH to escape the cold weather. From MO they moved to Henrietta, Clay Co, TX.
John & Cynthia were married in Henrietta on January 20, 1878. Their children, all born in TX, were Sarah Ellen, Smith, Dora, Walter Robert, & Mary Etta. They left TX & moved near Ft. Douglas, in Johnson Co, AR, where they bought a farm. John died from typhoid fever on March 6, 1888, & was buried on their farm.
Her second husband was George Dodson. George, the only child of William Stephen & Mary (Woodward) Dodson, was born in Limestone Valley, Newton Co, AR. They had two children while living there: James "Jim" Calvin, & his older brother, William "Bill" Henry Thomas Edward.
It was hard to make a living in AR, so they sold the farm & moved to Collin Co, TX, where they lived in various places before buying a farm. They had four more children: Archie, Cora, Millie, & Jessie.
From TX they moved to Bryan Co, OK, where they spent the rest of their lives.
The story of Cynthia's life is fascinating. Many of her grandchildren, who have shared remembrances of her, have all expressed a desire to be just like her. They remember her saying, "I'm going to live to be 100, turn to an Ol' gray mare, and live forever."
Her biography is in "Dodson, One Family's Journey," & "The Family of James and Caroline Bell."
Martin Van Buren Vance (1835 - 1880)
Jane Ellen Bell Vance (1835 - 1861)
John Foster Preston (1854 - 1888)
George Bell Dodson (1863 - 1944)
Sarah Ellen Preston McDonald (1878 - 1964)*
Smith Oscar Fritz Preston (1881 - 1912)*
Dora Preston McFerrin (1883 - 1981)*
Walter Robert Preston (1885 - 1968)*
Mary Etta Preston (1887 - 1902)*
William Henry Thomas Edward Dodson (1889 - 1965)*
James Calvin Dodson (1892 - 1961)*
Archie Dodson (1895 - 1898)*
Cora Bell Dodson Sinor (1897 - 1947)*
Millie Melissa Dodson Shindler (1899 - 1952)*
Jessie Elizabeth Dodson Graham (1902 - 1992)*
William Henry Vance (1855 - 1934)*
James Calvin Vance (1857 - 1953)*
Cynthia Caroline Vance Dodson (1859 - 1956)
Andrew Vance (1866 - ____)**
Minda Elizabeth Vance Rowbotham (1873 - 1971)**
Edmond D Vance (1875 - 1932)**
Plot: Section 4, Row 18
Created by: Virginia Brown
Record added: Mar 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35055063