Enslaved People of the Vance Family

Bedford & Rutherford Counties, TN

James Vance (1793 - after 1870)

James lived on the Vance's Reems Creek property probably until he went to Bedford County Tennessee, outside Nashville, with Zeb's uncle Samuel. It is unclear if he was living with Samuel in Tennessee between 1810 and 1813 or if he only moved there after being willed to Samuel by his father.[12] He remained on that Vance property until at least 1865 and, in her will of the same year, Christina Weaver Vance asked her executors to take care of Jim and ensure a dignified burial when he died.[52] James is listed as a blacksmith in the 1870 census and can both read and write. He lives with a black female, Leah, who was born in Tennessee in 1822. She is most likely his daughter. She is a cook by occupation and can also read and write.[51]

Simon Vance (1798 - after 1870)

Simon lived on the Vance's Reems Creek property probably until he went to Bedford County Tennessee, outside Nashville, with Zeb's uncle Samuel. It is unclear if he was living with Samuel in Tennessee between 1810 and 1813 or if he only moved there after being willed to Samuel by his father.[12] He is not mentioned in Christina Vance's 1865 will and so may have been sold prior to that or willed to someone else by her husband in 1849.[52] Following emancipation, Simon lived in Coffee County Tennessee, bordering Bedford County to the east, with Vanna Vance, a black woman born in Virginia around 1817. They were most likely married. Simon is a domestic servant and Vanna keeps house. Simon can read, but not write.[53]

Dory (before 1813 - d?)

Dory was willed to Zeb's Uncle Samuel in 1813.[12] No other information is known about him.

Jane (b? - d?)

Jane was willed to daughter Jane Vance Davidson in Priscilla Vance's will of 1835, although it was noted that she was already living with the Davidsons in Bedford County, Tennessee.[42] Since she was not mentioned in David Sr.'s will of 1813, she may have been born after that date. If she was older and was bought by the Vances rather than being born into slavery with the family, she may have lived with the Davidsons in Haywood County before 1814.[54]

This is probably the same Jane to whom Aggy "sends her love" in an 1830 letter sent from Priscilla and Mira Vance to Jane Davidson in Bedford County.[8] No other information is known about her.

Wilson (b? - d?)

Wilson was willed to Zeb's aunt Sarah Vance McLean in Priscilla Vance's will of 1835 and listed as already in her possession.[42] He probably lived with the McLeans in Logan County, Kentucky, and later Rutherford County, Tennessee. Aggy also "sends her love" to Wilson in an 1830 letter sent from Priscilla and Mira Vance to Jane Davidson in Bedford County, which borders Rutherford County.[8] No other information is known.

John (b? - d?)

In 1865, Christina Weaver Vance willed John to her daughter Margaret.[52] No other information is known about him.

Thomas (b? - d?)

In 1865, Christina Weaver Vance willed Thomas to her daughter Margaret.[52] No other information is known about him.


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