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Joseph Bell Chance
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1800
Tennessee, USA
Death: 1840
Burleson County
Texas, USA

Joseph Chance, the son of William Alexander and Nancy Chance, was born near Nashville, Tennessee. In November, 1820, he married Nancy Braden in Wilson County, Tennessee, and they had four children. He and his family migrated to Texas on February 27, 1830, and settled on a league and a labor of land in Stephen F. Austin's second colony. This was in an area that is now part of Washington and Burleson counties.

Mr. Chance served as a delegate from the Hidalgo District to the Convention of 1833. In early 1835 his name appeared on a petition to the Mexican government to establish Washington Municipality. After participating in the "Grass Fight" as part of Capt. James G. Swisher's Company of Volunteers,he raised his own company of volunteers, the "Washington Guards", and was elected their captain. He did not participate in the Battle of San Jacinto but was detached to guard the baggage at the camp near Harrisburg on April 21, 1836.

He later surveyed 67,000 acres of land in the virgin wilderness that became parts of the present Bosque, Hill, McLennan, and Robertson counties. Joseph died shortly after May 23, 1839, in a part of Washington County, that is now situated in Burleson County. His actual grave site is now lost. 
Created by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
Record added: Apr 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67833695
Joseph Bell Chance
Added by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
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- Mervin D. Peters
 Added: Jan. 16, 2012

- Dee Mack
 Added: Sep. 12, 2012
175 years after the Battle, I salute you and your contributions to the Republic and State of Texas.
- Robert "Scott" Patrick
 Added: Apr. 3, 2011

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