William Henry Provence

1848–1892 (Age 44)
Bond, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Provence was born in 1848, in Bond, Illinois, United States, his father, George Washington Provence, was 40 and his mother, Susannah Keown, was 33. He married Mary Elizabeth Todd on 15 June 1869, in Bates, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Arkansas, United States in 1870 and Breckenridge Township, Jackson, Arkansas, United States in 1880. He died in 1892, in Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas, United States, at the age of 44.

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William Henry Provence
Mary Elizabeth Todd
Marriage: 15 June 1869
John Wesley Provence
Roe Provence
Ida Provence
George H Provence
William Martin Provence
Daniel Edward Provence

Spouse and Children

15 June 1869
Bates, Missouri, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    George Washington Provence


    Susannah Keown




    James Keown Provence


    Eliza Provence


    H Edward Provence


    Emeline Provence



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World Events (8)

1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 0

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 8

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 13

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

French and English: variant of Province .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William H Provence in household of Jackson Provence, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Henry Province, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Province, "United States Census, 1880"

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