William Henry Provence


Brief Life History 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 Blue Township, Jackson, Missouri, United States in 1880 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 Sr
Roe Provence
Ida Provence
George H Provence
William Martin Provence
Daniel Edward Provence

Sources (14)

  • Henry Provence, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Henry Provence - Government record: birth: 1848; Bond, Illinois, United States
  • William Proreduce, "Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 June 1869Bates, Missouri, United States
  • Children (6)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 6

    Bleeding Kansas was a time period between the years 1854 and 1861 with a series of violent confrontations over whether slavery would be legal in Kansas Territory.


    Age 9

    Historical Boundaries: 1857: Bourbon, Kansas Territory, United States 1861: Bourbon, Kansas, United States

    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

    English (of Norman origin): variant of Province 1, a cognate of 3 below. This surname is very rare in Britain.

    Probably also an altered form of Provance 1 and hence a variant of Purviance , a surname of (ultimately) Scottish origin. Compare Provance 1.

    In some cases possibly also French: habitational name from Provence, a region in southern France (see Provencal ). Compare Province 3 and also 1 above.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Death record here is wrong.

    William Henry Provence was my great grandfather. He did not die in Fort Scott Ks. He died out in western Kansas and was buried along the trail. We believe his grave was moved to and actual cemeter …

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