Eliza Jane Helmick

19 October 1848–28 September 1881 (Age 32)
DeWitt, Illinois, United States

The Life of Eliza Jane

When Eliza Jane Helmick was born on 19 October 1848, in DeWitt, Illinois, United States, her father, Elihu Helmick, was 26 and her mother, Mary E Trimble, was 25. She married William Simpson Vance on 20 September 1867, in DeWitt, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in De Witt, DeWitt, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Brown Township, Champaign, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 28 September 1881, in Kellerton, Ringgold, Iowa, United States, at the age of 32, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Foosland, Champaign, Illinois, United States.

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William Simpson Vance
Eliza Jane Helmick
Marriage: 20 September 1867
Willis Franklin Vance
Clara Olive Vance
Francis "Fannie" Ethel Vance
Walter E Vance

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20 September 1867
DeWitt, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

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.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 9

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.
1858 · A House Divided

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

Name Meaning

German:1. Americanized spelling of German Helmich . 2. from an Old Prussian name, Helmik.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Eliza J Helmich in household of Elihu Helmich, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jane Helmic in household of Elihu Helmic, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Nancy E North in household of Elihu Helmick, "United States Census, 1880"

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