Alexander Milton “Alec” Vance

Alexander Milton “Alec” Vance

Birth
Pierce City, Lawrence County, Missouri, USA
Death 12 Jul 1943 (aged 71)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot 7-48-8
Memorial ID 43333782 · View Source
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Alexander Milton Vance “Alec” was born May 15, 1871 in Pierce City, Missouri to James Andrew Vance and Rachel Scott Vance. In 1880 (age 9), Alec lived in Capps Creek, Missouri with his parents and three siblings, Josiah S (11), Julia (7), and James A (3). Another sibling, Earl, was born in 1884 but passed away at age 20 in 1904.
He graduated from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) in 1893 with a degree in civil engineering, which became his life profession. He worked for the railroad, as a land surveyor, a paving contractor and eventually for the state land office in Texas. He was the Texas State Reclamation Engineer for several years before his retirement and served as vice chair of the State Planning Board.
He married Mary Violet Dean in Mt. Vernon, Missouri on September 24, 1898. The marriage record says they were married by a “Minister of the Gospel” and that Alec was 27 and Mary was 19; census records show Mary as 16 when she got married. Mary was from Cloverport, Kentucky. It was said that while Alec was working for the railroad in Kentucky, he saw Mary Dean on a farm and, thinking that she might make a fine wife, he returned to marry her.
In 1910 Alec and Mary Vance lived on Commercial Street in Pierce City, Missouri, where Alec worked as a civil engineer. By 1920 the family had moved to the Highland Park area of Dallas, Texas. Alec’s mother, Rachel Scott Vance, came to live with them that year after James died. In 1922 the family experienced the sad misfortune of losing daughter Violet, who died at age 19 in 1922. This was said to be suicide. In the 1930 census, the family lived at 3813 Miramar, Dallas, with son Milton who was single and an attorney, son Dean a dentist who was married and daughter Mary Lee widowed.
In 1935 Alec and Mary lived in Austin where he worked as a State Reclamation Engineer. The 1940 census shows them in Houston at the ages of 68 and 58 living with son Milton.
Alexander Milton Vance died at the age of 71 in Austin, Texas on July 12, 1943. He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Austin, Texas.


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  • Created by: Jan Wukasch Pelosi
  • Added: 20 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43333782
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Milton “Alec” Vance (15 Jul 1871–12 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43333782, citing Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Jan Wukasch Pelosi (contributor 47041603) .