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Rev John Henderson Vance

Rev John Henderson Vance

New Galilee, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Feb 1920 (aged 93)
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Chautauqua, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 65324151 · View Source
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Reverend John Henderson Vance was born on March 26, 1826 in New Galilee, Beaver County, Pennsylvania to Robert Vance, Jr. and Margaret (Moore) Vance. He married 1) Mary Ann Carnes on January 15, 1851. She died 2 years later at the age of 20. They were the parents of at least one child - Amanda Elvira. John married 2) Sarah Jane Hill on April 5, 1855. They were the parents of William Hill, Mary Louise, Charles Taylor, and John. Sarah died on September 25, 1862. John H. married 3) Mary Jane Sturgeon on May 31. 1864. They were the parents of John Peate, Glenn Grant, Grace Blance, Eleanor Maude, and Susan Bessie. John died on February 10, 1920 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

From Book I The Methodist Episcopal church at Ashville

"When Elder Vance was a circuit rider, as he was in his early years, requiring a month to make the round of his charges, among other things numerous to one of his calling, he sold organs and books, played the violin, and gave singing lessons whereever they were desired. In one of his classes, he had a pupil Ira D. Sankey who later became one of the great hymn writers of the church. It was not long after he studied under Elder Vance that he wrote the "Ninety and Nine".

On one occasion while serving as pastor in a neighboring community, as the deacons passed the collection plates, it so happened that not so much as a penney was contributed by anyone in the congregation. Seeing the result, Elder Vance said, "well thank the Lord, we got the plates back anyway."

The following biography is from an unknown source and unverified:

"Reverend John H. Vance, father of Glenn G. Vance, was born March 26, 1826, and now resides at Chautauqua, New York. He is the oldest member, in point of active service, of the Erie conference of the Methodist Episcopal church. He entered the ministry when twenty-two years of age and retired after a long and active life spent in the service of his fellow men. His charges were throughout Eastern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania, where he is a well-known figure.

When a young man, he was employed on the canal between Rochester, Pennsylvania, and Cleveland, Ohio, and while so employed was intimately associated with James A. Garfield, as a driver.

The Rev. John H. Vance was married three times. His first wife was Mary Ann Carnes, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Warnock) Carnes, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, one child being born to them, who is now Mrs. A. Ella King, of Corry, Pennsylvania. His second wife was Sarah Jane Hill, daughter of Fergus and Sarah (Graham) Hill. To them three children were born, the oldest being Rev. William H. Vance, of Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. Mary L. Phelps, of Chautauqua, New York; and Charles T. Vance, who died about the age of twenty. His third wife was Mary Jane Sturgeon, of Fairview, Erie county, Pennsylvania, and their children were; John P., who died January, 1897, in Chicago; Glenn G.; Grace B., wife of Edgar L. Fox of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; Eleanor M., wife of Clyde A. Weld, of Ashville, New York; and Susie B., who died February, 1914, at Chautauqua, New York..."

On the internet:
John Henderson Vance - Mar.26th,1826 - Feb.10,1920. He was the sixth of Margaret Moore Vance and Robert Vance III's ten children. Brother of Mary Jane Vance, Sarah Ann Vance, Nancy Vance, David Vance, Elijah Vance, Robert McGrady Vance, Alexander Pinkerton Vance, Margaret Vance, and Samuel McCoy Vance. There are stories of him driving horses on the canal with Ulysses S. Grant, and supposedly his son Glenn's middle name resulted from that association.

In 1850 he was licensed as a Methodist minister. As a tribute to his ministry, there are two stained glass memorial windows to John Henderson Vance. One is located at Hurlbut Memorial Church in Chautauqua, NY., and the other in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ashville. He was widowed three times,and had a total of nine children as a result of his three marriages. His first marriage was to Mary Anne Carnes on Jan.15th,1851. They were married a little over two years before her death May 25th,1853. They had one daughter, Amanda Elvira Vance. His second marriage was to Sarah Jane Hill on Apr. 5th, 1855. They were married about seven and a half years before her death Sept. 25th,1862. They had three children, William Hill Vance, Mary Louise Vance, and Charles Taylor Vance. His third and final marriage was to Mary Jane Sturgeon on May 31st, 1864. They were married for 43 years before her death Dec. 5th, 1907. They had five children, John Peate Vance, Glenn Grant Vance, Grace Blanche Vance, Eleanor Maud Vance, and Susan Bessie Vance. Reverend John Henderson Vance passed away in Greensburg, PA. Feb. 10th, 1920 at the age of 94. He was buried in Chautauqua beside his third wife, Mary Jane.

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