John Alma Vance

23 March 1847–22 November 1886 (Age 39)
Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States

The Life Summary of John Alma

When John Alma Vance was born on 23 March 1847, in Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States, his father, Isaac Young Vance, was 28 and his mother, Martha Eleanor Yager, was 24. He married Mariah Forbush on 14 June 1869, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850. In 1870, at the age of 33, his occupation is listed as farmer in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, United States. He died on 22 November 1886, in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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John Alma Vance
Mariah Forbush
Marriage: 14 June 1869
Mary Eleanor Vance
John Alma Vance
Martha Alzina Vance
Cadie Maria Vance
Hyrum Sanford Vance
William Orrin Vance
Arthur Alonzo Vance
George Franklin Vance

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 June 1869Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    Historical Boundaries: 1850: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States* 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States *Renamed Salt Lake in 1868
    Age 7
    On May 30, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed. It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide whether or not they wanted to allow slavery within their borders. This Act repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
    Age 12
    Historical Boundaries: 1859: Sanpete, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Sanpete, Utah, United States

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: apparently a spelling pronunciation of Vans, a misreading of Vaus (see Vause ), in which -u- has been miscopied as -n-. If true, it is probably limited to the Vans or Vaus family of Wigtownshire. It may be this surname that appears in Ireland from the early 17th century, especially in Ulster, but it could alternatively be the English name in 2 below.English: if not a transcription error for Vause (a surname well evidenced in Warwickshire and Leicestershire), a variant of Vann , with post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

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    Story Highlight

    The Life's Story of John Alma Vance as found in A History of James Vance, John Vance, Isaac Young Vance, John Alma Vance and Their Wives and Children, 2010, pp. 65 - 77, by Donald B. Gilchrist.

    John Alma Vance He was the father of Hyrum Sanford Vance, the author’s own grandfather. According to John Vance as recorded on p. 26 of this paper as well as in the Journal History of the Church for …

    Sources (26)

    • 1880 John Vance, "United States Census, 1880"
    • John A Vance in entry for Mary Eleanor Larsen, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • 1850 John Vance in household of Isaac Y Vance, "United States Census, 1850"

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