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Thomas Provence
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Birth: 1793
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar., 1867
Bell County
Texas, USA

Thomas Provence-Province was born abt 1793 in North Carolina. He was married in 1814 to Mary Stokes in Madison County Alabama. Thomas parents were John Provence ( John was born about 1767/1768 in Greene County Tennessee and he died after 1835 but before the 1840 census in Madison County Alabama) and Thomas mother was Love Barnard. Love was born about 1774 in Nantuckett Mass and she died in Cherokee County Texas in 1849.
We know that Thomas served in two separate wars: The first was the war of 1812 when he served along with his father John Provence (both were Privates) in the 7th Regiment (also known as Perkins Battallion) of the Mississippi Militia. The Commanding Officer of the 7th was Lt. Colonel Peter Perkins and he was from what eventually became Madison County Alabama. At this time there was no State of Alabama. The Mississippi Territory was made up of states that would eventually become Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia. A lot of the men in the 7th were from Madison County area including Thomas and his father John. On the military records their last names are spelled Province.

In addition Thomas Provence also served with several of his relatives (including two of his brothers Albert and John Provence Jr.) in the Illinois State Militia during the Blackhawk Indian wars in 1832 in Franklin County Illinois. In the 1830 census Thomas was in Illinois with his family (including two of his adult brothers one named John (after their father) and another brother named Albert. In fact Thomas middle son James A Provence was born in Illinois. Thomas had several cousins and aunts and uncles (from both his fathers family and from his mothers family )living in Franklin County Illinois and they all served together in the Blackhawk Indian war. Thomas and his family returned to Madison County Alabama by the time the 1840 census was taken as they were all listed in the 1840 census in Madison County Alabama. WE know that Thomas father John died sometime between 1835 and when the 1840 census was taken.

Thomas and his children all spelled their last name either Provence or Province. Thomas Provence and Mary (Stokes) Provence had 7 children (Seborn, Susannah, Margaret, James A., Thomas Marion, Frazier Vandalia, and Madison Provence. Thomas and Mary moved with most of their children to Texas about 1857-1859 to the areas of Titus County (this is where they first settled ) but then after or during the civil war the family all started moving around in Texas. Their daughter Margaret and her family moved to Bell County and Frazier and his new wife and kids along with one brother Thomas Marion (and his new wife Amanda) moved into Wise and Parker County Texas. We could find no trace of James after the civil war and we believe he may have died during the war or shortly after the war ended (However we were able to trace James's two sons George and John). The children that moved to Texas the same time as Thomas and Mary were Frazier Vandalia (Known as F.V.), Thomas Marion, James (and his wife Susan), and two daughters Margaret (Provence) Hamilton and her husband William, and Susannah (Provence)Barnard and her husband Brazilla Barnard. We believe that Thomas and Mary's youngest son Madison probably died before or during their move to Texas.

Thomas was living with or staying with his married daughter Margaret (Provence) Hamilton and her husband William Hamilton in Bell County Texas when he died in March 1867. Thomas grave marker reads "Thos Provence died Mar 1867, Aged about 75 years" on one side. The other side has the death information on one of his grandsons Jacob Hamilton. The family apparently used one marker to mark two graves. Thomas is buried in the Hamilton family plot in this cemetery. We can find no record for Mary (Stokes) Provence after the 1860 in Titus County Texas and believe she probably died sometime before Thomas did in 1867. 
Family links: 
  John Provence (1767 - 1840)
  Love Barnard Province (1774 - 1849)
  Mary Stokes Provence (1793 - 1865)
  Thomas Marion Provence (1833 - 1895)*
  Frazier Vandalia Provence (1839 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship
McDowell Cemetery
Bell County
Texas, USA
Created by: C Provence
Record added: Jul 03, 2008
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Thomas Provence
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