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Charles & Hugh Vance & Hoges 1700s PA & VA (Opequon valley)
Posted by: jeffrey oleander (ID *****6846) Date: December 24, 2007 at 10:14:19
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I was trying to chip at a Vance brick wall, i.e. trying to confirm that Hugh Vance, was the son of Charles Vance, get at his wife, Sarah's last name, and who Charles Vance's parents were (John? Andrew?), and how they were connected to other Vances in the areas where these two lived in PA and VA.

I'd found some other Vance lines in that area that traced back to Germany (Wantz, actually) and WigtonShire, Scotland, the same area whence some of the other members of Charles's and Hugh's congregants came (and it looks like they were originally Norman, spelling the name as "Vans" for just a couple generations and "de Vaux" before that).

In that process, I noticed some connections between Hoge and Vance, both in the Presbyterian church and marriages, but still no obvious connection of Hugh and Charles Vance to these others.

So, I made an extract that tries to focus on the connections of all kinds, and that is attached. If any of you can sleuth out something more substantial, please, let me know.
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William Harper got married in the Back Creek Presbyterian Church on 1786-05-09. Moses Hoge & Hugh Vance officiated at some of the children's weddings.
John Harper m1: UNKNOWN m2: Margery Robinson
Samuel Harper m: 1794-10-30 to Sarah Cunningham
Alexander Harper m: 1793-04-17 to Mary Slater
Jennet Harper m: 1783-06-24 (Hugh Vance officiating) to Robert Brown
William Harper m: 1786-05-09 at Back Creek Presbyterian church to UNKNOWN

Early American Presbyterians
Rev. Hugh Vance (1735-1791)
He was born in 1735 and received a B.A. at Nassau Hall, 1767 September. He was next a student of Divinity at Pequea, PA under reverend Robert Smith. (His father, Charles Vance was a pastor at Pequea.) Hugh Vance was licensed by Donegal Presbytery, 1769-10-13, and sent to itinerate 20 places in Pennsylvania and Virginia. 1770-04-11, he was given the same circuit, but chiefly Tuscarora, Falling Water and Elk Branch; 1770-10-11, he was called to Tuscarora and Back Creek which he chiefly served in the Fall and Winter. 1771-04-10, he was called to Falling Water for one fourth of his time, salary, thirty pounds, Pennsylvania currency. He declined the Falling Water call, and 1771-08-21, Donegal Presbytery met at Tuscarora church and ordained him and installed him pastor of Tuscarora and Back Creek. He often supplied Falling Water, but that he was pastor there is contrary to the express record. He continued in the one pastorate until his early death, 1791-12-31. He is buried in Tuscarora grave-yard, his stone erected by "his affectionate friends in Berkeley county VA". He succeeded John Hoge as the chief workman in Frederick and Berkeley counties VA; his zeal and diligence, even east of Blue Ridge, is attested by the preceeding list. "Live the life, if you would die the death of the righteous" says the tomb-stone.

1775-05-10 Hugh Vance bought 99 acres of land on Dry Run branch of Tuscarora Creek from Thomas McCoy, which was sold by his widow and children on 1807-10-26 to Matthew Ransome. He also owned land on Marsh Creek, York county PA; if inherited, that was likely his birth-place which is otherwise unknown, as is his relationship to the Vances on the Opequon. His will dated 1791 December 12 names his wife, Elizabeth Park, two sons and 4 daughters, of whom Sarah married George Harlan, and a slave, Alice (he once owned slave, Rose, bought in 1789). His farm and home were well stocked, 5 horses, 4 hogs, 28 sheep, 13 cattle, 141 books, etc. besides the books retained by the family. Six sets of books were bought at the sale by Rev. Moses Hoge for 6 pounds; 113 books brought 65 pounds. Alice was appraised at 40.
After 1782 the Elk Branch Church was supplied by ministers of the Presbytery, chiefly Hugh Vance, pastor at Tuscarora, and Robert  Cooper, pastor at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, until it came under the care of the Rev. Moses Hoge in 1787.  In 1792 [after the death of Hugh Vance], the Elk Branch Church was in a state of decay, and the growth of the Jefferson County congregations under Mr. Hoge and the missionaries of the Synod, now of Virginia, required a rearrangement.
In 1737 in all of what is now Berkeley County, there were only a few hundred settlers. There were still a few Indians in the area, enough in fact that the first settlers to worship here felt it necessary to bring their weapons to divine services. The settlers in this area were mainly independent Scotch and Irish Presbyterians, who built a log meeting house, two in fact which pre-date our present stone structure...

Tuscarora officially came into existence in 1740 as a member of the Donegal Presbytery, and Mr. Williams preached to the people of Tuscarora for twenty-three years before his death in 1760. Before there was a permanent minister, three supply ministers served this congregation: Robert Cooper, John Craighead and John Hoge.

But 1770-08-23, Hugh Vance was ordained and installed as the first "called" pastor of the united congregation of Tuscarora and Back Creek (now known as Tomahawk) for the sum of 112 pounds, five shillings, Pennsylvania currency. The elders who served during Rev. Vance's pastorate were William Campbell, Joseph McKay, Robert Mercer, John Campbell, Matthew Rippey, Samuel Park, James Riddle and John Hart.

In 1776 something happened that would change the course of history for a long time to come. It was a petition signed by 98 men from Tuscarora and 50 from Back Creek. It was presented to the Speaker and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In essence the petition said that the Presbyterians objected to tax money being used to support the church. They were opposed to a state church. None other than Thomas Jefferson used that petition and others like it to formulate the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, which was later used as a basis for the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution that guarantees us, as American citizens, freedom of religion.
"The Planting of the Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia Prior to the Organization of Winchester Presbytery" 1794-12-04 by James R. Graham, D.D. (1904 George F. Norton Publishing company Winchester, VA)
There is an old tradition that the first white man who took up his residence in this Valley was Morgan Morgan, a native of Wales, who, in 1726, settled at what is now Bunker Hill, in Berkeley County, and "built" (says Dr. Hawkes in his _History of the P.E. Church in Virginia_) "the first cabin that was reared on the south side of the Potomac, between the Blue Ridge and the North Mountains". Six years later, viz: in 1732, Joist Hite, in company with 16 families, came from Pennsylvania and settled at or near what is known as Bartonsville, 6 miles southwest of Winchester, which, Dr.. Foote says, "was the first regular settlement west of the Blue Ridge in Virginia". Vol. I., p. 101. Three years later still, a colony of much more interest and importance to us, settled in that same neighborhood. William Hoge, the ancestor of the family of that name, which through 4 successive generations has been so distinguished in the ministry of our church, himself "an exile for Christ's sake from Scotland in the days of the persecution" had come to America some years before, settling first in Amboy, NJ, then in Delaware, then in Dauphin county PA, and, removing thence, settled, about the year 1735, near what is now Kernstown, three miles southwest of Winchester. The families of Glass, Vance, White and others, whose descendants are still among us, either accompanied him here or joined him soon after his arrival, and united with him in the organization of the Opecquon Church [Opequon church], "the oldest congregation (says Dr. Foote) west of the Blue Bidge". Their House of Worship was erected on land given for the purpose by Mr. Hoge.

The church whose name appears next in the Records is " The Old Opecquon." The history of this church, so far as is known, down to 1772, when the pastoral relation of Rev. John Hoge was dissolved, has already been given with considerable fullness (pp. 18 to 28)...

Mr. Hoge, who retained his residence in Frederick county for several years, and of whom his old parishioners were very fond, seems still to have been their main reliance for preaching. He was the one first appointed by Presbytery when the vacancy occurred, and almost the only one to supply their pulpit for the next 3 years, after which his name no longer appears in the minutes in connection with the church. But Mr. Vance, pastor of Tuscarora; Mr. McKnight, pastor of Elk Branch, and Mr. Thompson, of Kittocktin; with Messrs. Slemmons, Craighead, Balch, Linn and others from north of the Potomac, were sent to them, and some of them were sent quite frequently...

Rev. Philip V. Fithian, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Princeton in 1772... After his licensure in 1774, he, and Rev. Andrew Hunter, whose relatives lived in this Valley, were commissioned by the Synod to visit some of the frontier missionary fields...

spring and summer of 1775. The War of the Revolution was then impending, and he found the whole country active with excitement and preparation. Of his visit to Opecquon he writes:

"Sunday, May 28. Opickon Church. A large and genteel society, mostly Irish. I preached two sermons; the people very attentive."... He seems to have been the guest of Mr. Glass, of whom he writes:

"May 31. Mr. Glass was blessed while he was filling up his family, so far as to have 8 daughters in continual succession and but 3 sons. I visited a brother of his a mile off at the head of Opickon Creek, a solid, lusty farmer... Several visits we made today, among others to one Colville. He is clerk for the Society, raises the tune and in the primitive genuine Presbyterian whine and roll, begins the first note of the music with a deep strained gutteral from the last word of the reading, without any intermissions. This, however, in these societies is universal. I am here under the necessity of close study, as the people do not allow of reading sermons..."...

Of the Sessional Records of the Cedar Creek Church for nearly a century not a scrap can be found. There is, however, a deed given by Lord Fairfax in 1762, during the pastorate of Rev. John Hoge, "conveying 100 acres of land to William Vance, William Evans, James Colville, James Hogg, and Andrew Blackburn, elders of the Presbyterian congregation [of Cedar Creek] and their successors, for building a meeting house thereon", etc. The House of Worship subsequently built on that land, we may assume, was the second one erected; and that it was afterward replaced by the stone edifice in which the church worships now. This old deed is of special interest as preserving the names of the members of the Session at that date.

The first mention we find of this church in the Records of Donegal, is in connection with its failure to meet its obligations to its pastor-a failure which was shared by Opecquon [Opequon]. In their united call to Mr. Hoge he was promised an annual salary of £70; of which amount Opecquon was to pay £ 45 and Cedar Creek £ 25. These sums, we suppose, indicate the comparative financial ability, as well as the membership, of the 2 congregations...

..."Monday, June 5... Mr. Colville gave me yesterday's collection. I am gratified to find that when the number at church was so small so many remembered me. There were thirty-four pieces of silver in cut money, quarters of dollars, pistareens and half bits. The whole donation for the two sermons was three dollars (£1, 2s., 6d.), After dinner we visited old Mrs. Sarah Vance."

It was within the bounds of the Cedar Creek Church that Dr. Moses Hoge was born and reared. His father was the James Hoge whose name is in the deed of Lord Fairfax to this congregation and whom the deed desiginated as one of the Elders of the church. His home was near Middletown, on the great road from Winchester to Staunton. As a man of vigorous intellect and devoted piety, he probably was not inferior to any in that large Hoge connection, so many of whom have been distinguished both in church and State. Dr. Archibald Alexander regarded him as one of the most intellectual men he had ever met. He visited him in his home in 1791, where he was detained for several days, and writes of him in his autobiography: "We stopped at Mr. Solomon Hoge's, the brother of Moses, where also his aged father resided. Though eighty-four years of age, his intellect was in full vigor and he delighted in theological discussion. He gave me a narrative of the state of the Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania during his youth. He informed me that as soon as he was twenty-one years of age, he carefully read every article of the Westminster Confession of Faith to see if he could adopt the whole; which he was able freely and deliberately to do. He was now in connection with the Seceder Church. He did not tell me how this came about; but some years afterwards, Dr. Hoge told me that his father left the Presbyterian Church on account of the "Adopting Act", which permitted candidates to make exceptions when adopting the Confession. I do not know that I ever got so much instruction from any one in the same time as from this old gentleman. Difficulties which I had about some points, he entirely removed to my satisfaction...

The church with whose name we next meet is "The Old Tuscarora". This church is about two miles west of Martinsburg, on the Tuscarora Creek, from which it takes its name. This creek rises at the eastern base of the North Mountain, flows through Martinsburg, and, a few miles east of that city, empties into the Opecquon. It is one of the important water courses of Berkeley county.

That the name of this church does not appear in any existing Ecclesiastical Records until April 6, 1760 [1760-04-06], will excite some surprise, as the accepted local tradition is that its existence precedes that date by at least 15, if not 20, years. Henry Howe, in his "Historical Collections of Virginia" claims "that the spot on which the Tuscarora Meeting House now stands, is the first place where the Gospel was publicly preached, and Divine worship performed, west of the Blue Ridge." This claim can hardly be sustained; and yet the strong probability is, that Tuscarora is one of the oldest churches in the Valley of the Shenandoah. That we have no mention of it until 1760 is due, no doubt, to the loss of Presbyterial Records of the preceding 14 years.

The next minute, April 28, 1762 [1762-04-28], is still more significant as to the strength this church had already attained. It reads that "the congregations of Tuscarora in Virginia and Falling Waters supplicate for supplies, and for laborers for some time to come", showing a growing discontent with a system that sent them supplies only rarely, and at long intervals and for short periods. In response to this unusual request Mr. Hoge was ordered to supply them 9 Sabbaths, and Mr. Roan to assist him during the month of August.

From this date (1762) until 1771 supplications for supplies for Tuscarora in Virginia are made at nearly every stated meeting of Presbytery, and at some of the adjourned meetings also; and in answer to these requests, Presbytery appointed for a longer or shorter term, and with greater or less frequency, the following supplies, viz.: Messrs. McGan, Roan, Slemmons, Cooper, Craighead, Alexander, McCreary, Hoge, Balch, Lewis, Lang, Vance, Thompson, Duffield and Rhea...

After many failures to obtain a pastor, Tuscarora at length called Mr. Hugh Vance. Mr. Vance was received as a candidate by Donegal Presbytery, 1769-04-11, and was put upon his "trials" and licensed to preach August 30 of the same year. He was appointed several times to preach at Tuscarora, and his preaching was so acceptable that in 1770 October, a call from the United churches of Tuscarora and Falling Waters was laid before Presbytery, placed in his hands and accepted. On Tuesday, 1771-08-21, the Presbytery met at the Tuscarora Church and ordained him to the full work of the ministry, and installed him pastor of the Tuscarora and Falling Waters churches.

This minute (1771-08-21) gives us an important date in the history of Presbyterianism in Virginia. That was the first meeting of Donegal Presbytery south of the Potomac River, and the pastorate then constituted was the second one formed within our Presbyterial bounds. The one first formed (in the Opecquon [Opequon] field) ended the next year, viz: 1772.

Of the Rev. Hugh Vance not very much is now known, beyond the fact that he was pastor of the Tuscarora church for 20 years. He was born in 1736, and probably in Pennsylvania. It is said, though the statement is not confirmed, that he was of the family of Vances that came to this Valley in 1735, or 6, with Glass, Colvin, White and others. It does not seem that he was ever much distinguished as a preacher, or that he wielded any great influence as a presbyter. Yet he was very highly respected by his brethren in the ministry and beloved as a pastor. He was industrious and zealous in his work, faithful to his duty in his own charge, and always ready to give his services to destitute points around him, whether far or near...

When Rev. William Hill visited him in 1791 September, he found him "on the borders of the grave, in the last stages of consumption". And yet when Mr. Hill preached the next day at Tuscarora he says "Mr. Vance rode out and lay in one of the pews while I preached." He died 1791-12-31, and his remains are buried in the old grave yard at Tuscarora...

In the minute (1771 October) which records his ordination, it is also said that he was installed pastor of Tuscarora and Falling Waters.

But in a previous minute (1770 October) his call is said to have come from Falling Waters and Back Creek. Then in the History of Carlisle Presbytery, by Dr. Norcross, he is mentioned as pastor of Tuscarora and Back Creek; and during the whole period of his 20 years ministry in Berkeley County. Falling Waters is continually asking and obtaining supplies from Presbytery as if vacant...

The year after Mr. Vance's death (1792) "supplications were sent to Presbytery from Tuscarora for themselves, and on behalf of Martinsburg and Back Creek;- and the next year (April, 1793 [1793 April]) Tuscarora and Falling Waters unite in a call for the Rev. John Boyd, who is ordered to supply these two churches until the next meeting. At the next meeting, 1793 October, the call was placed in his hands and accepted. 1794-04-09 he was ordained and installed pastor of Tuscarora and Falling Waters, and remained in charge of these two churches until 1801-04-16, when his pastoral relation was dissolved, and 2 years afteward he was dismissed to the Presbytery of New Brunswick...

The Back Creek Valley lies between the Little and Big North Mountains, in the western parts of Berkeley and Frederick counties. The stream from which it derives its name rises in southwestern Frederick, runs a northerly course for 50 miles or more and empties into the Potomac...

The location of this church was probably the same as that which for a century the Presbyterians on Back Creek have occupied, viz : on the west side of the creek, near Tomahawk Spring, about 4 miles southwest of Hedgesville, and perhaps seven or eight miles west of Martinsburg. The large stone building now in use is the one in which this congregation has worshipped for a century or more.

The name of this church is first found in the same minute of Donegal Presbytery, in which the name of "Tuscarora in Virginia" first occurs, 1760-04-06; and, like Tuscarora, it appears then as a place accustomed to receive supplies, and where worship had been already established. That its name does not appear earlier is no doubt due, as in so many other cases, to the loss of the Records of the previous 14 years.

In 1760 April, "Mr. Hoge is ordered to supply Back Creek"; and 1760-10-21 this church, through an Elder or Commissioner, sent to Presbytery for the purpose, makes "a verbal supplication" for preaching; and Mr. Hoge then, and on several subsequent occasions, is appointed their supply. For the following 9 years Presbytery furnished this church repeatedly with supplies in connection with either Tuscarora or Falling Waters, with which churches its associations have always been intimate.

In 1770 October, Mr. Hugh Vance, who had just been licensed, was appointed to supply Back Creek; and at the same meeting a call was laid before "Presbytery from Back Creek and Falling Waters for Mr. Vance to become their pastor. While there is no direct statement in the Records that Mr. Vance was ever installed pastor of Back Creek, there is much indirect evidence that such was the fact. The historian of his Presbytery, Dr. Norcross, says that he was installed. In 1775 April, Mr. Lang is ordered by Presbytery to write to Back Creek church, urging it to pay the arrears due on Mr. Vance's salary; and the following June Mr. Fithian speaks of the Back Creek church as "Mr. Vance's Meeting House". It is quite certain that during the 20 years of Mr. Vance's pastorate in Berkeley County, he preached statedly to the Back Creek people, and was regarded by ail, and he himself acted, as their pastor. During all that period no application from them goes up to Presbytery for supplies, but as soon as his death occurs (1791-12-31) we find them (1792) as a vacant church, supplicating Presbytery for a preacher...

Mr. Fithin wrote: "Sunday, [1775-06-18]. Over the North Mountain I rode to Mr. Vance's meetinghouse at Back Creek. The sacrament was administered. Ninety-three communicants. Vast assembly. This North Mountain is very high, at the top almost bare. The view below on each side is rich and beautiful. On each side we see ridges of hills, and ridges on ridges still succeed until you cross the Alleghany."...

The accepted tradition is, that about the year 1745 a Presbyterian congregation, composed largely of Irish immigrants, was formed at Lower Falling Waters, in Berkeley county, and that towards the close of that century their house of worship was removed to a point about three miles east of where the Falling Waters church now stands. This was about 7 miles north of Martinsburg, and not far from the ford by which so many of the early immigrants found their way into the Shenandoah Valley...

In 1771 Mr. Hugh Vance, recently licensed, was settled as pastor of Tuscarora; but as we have already stated (pp. 53 and 54) there is very great confusion in the Records as to the relations of Falling Waters to this pastorate. It is first stated, [1770 October], "Mr. Hugh Vance is called to be pastor of Falling Waters and Back Creek". Then, in [1771 August], the minute states Presbytery ordained Mr. Hugh Vance and installed him pastor of Tuscarora and Falling Waters; but no mention is made of Back Creek. And yet in the history of Donegal and Carlisle Presbyteries by Dr. Norcross, Mr. Vance is named as pastor of Tuscarora and Back Creek [from 1771-08-21 to 1791-12-31]...

On Saturday they visited Rev. Hugh Vance, who gave them "liberty to visit and preach in the neighboring vacancies". Availing themselves of this liberty the day after, he writes in his diary as follows:

"Sunday, [1775-05-21]. Mr. Hunter and I preached at Falling Waters Meeting House. It stands on the Potowmack, is well situated, and I am told is a numerous society. The people gave good attention, sang the Scotch, or, as they called them, 'David's Psalms'. The congregation is chiefly made up of country Irish and half Scotch, most of them Presbyterians. We dined at one Bowland's. Two wagons fully loaded went past, going with families to back settlements."

As Mr. Hunter was at home, the Presbytery the next month ([1775 June]) appointed him to preach for several Sabbaths at Falling Waters...

In 1793 April], Falling Waters and Tuscarora united in a call for the Rev. John Boyd. He was ordered to supply them for 6 months, and in October of that year accepted the call; and [1794-04-09], was installed their pastor.

Of this minister very little is known, beyond the fact that he was licensed [1791-12-21], by Donegal Presbytery, and that he was pastor of Falling Waters and Tuscarora churches [from 1794-04-09 to 1801-04-17], a period of 7 years...

The name [Patterson's Creek] first appears in the Presbyterial Records for [1768 April], when Mr. Roan is appointed to preach on Patterson's Creek, and on the South Branch of the Potomac, and at Cape Capon...

there are several appointments made for Elk Branch. Among the ministers sent for the next 6 or 7 years -- and some of them were sent very frequently -- were Messrs. Cooper, Balch, Slemons, Vance, Craighead, Rhea, Lang, Hoge, McKnight, Thompson, Hunter, McConnell and others...

In connection with this volume, Dr. A. Alexander relates an interesting fact ("Life" pp. 119, 120). While in the Lower Valley in 1791-1792, he writes: "I preached frequently for old Mr. Vance, of Tuscarora, who then lay upon his death bed. In this congregation I met with one Robert Campbell, whose memory was prodigious. The Rev. Dr. McKnight had formerly been his pastor and was held by him in great admiration. Campbell could repeat many of the Doctor's sermons verbatim. When Dr. McKnight resolved to publish several sermons on Faith, he had lost the manuscript of one among them. He had recourse to Mr. Campbell, who supplied what was missing, and, as I was informed, with great exactness."...

The name "Culpeper" appears in the Donegal Records as early as [1771 April], when the Rev. Hugh Vance was appointed a supply for the third and fourth Sabbaths in November; but this appointment is to the County, without the designation of any particular place. The next spring (1792) Rev. Messrs. Thompson, Slemons, and Craighead were sent to supply several places in the county specially named, as "Gourdvine", "Rappahannock", and "The North Branch of the Rappahannock". Two months later Mr. Thom was directed to visit "Gourdvine". These were all different places, but all of them in Culpeper County.

In [1775 October], Rev. Hugh Vance is directed to "supply captain Conn's at Culpeper C.H.". This is the first distinct reference to the place where a Presbyterian church was afterward established. The other points in the county, which seem to have been supplied only tentatively, are now dropped from the Records; and Culpeper C.H. is the place henceforth named. In [1776 October], Mr. Vance is again sent to "Conn's at Culpeper C.H.", and again to "Culpeper C.H." in [1777 April]. One year later ([1778 April]) Culpeper C.H. makes supplication for supplies; and in answer, different ministers are sent into Virginia to spend several months in evangelistic work, and presumably to supply specially at this point...

Kittocktin church; when in the absence of Mr. Thompson it first asked for supplies, the Presbytery sent them Rev. James Lang and Licentiate John McKnight. In December, 1776, Rev. Samuel Waugh, and in [1777 April], Rev. Hugh Vance, were ordered to supply them. The next year, 1778, Mr. Waugh was allowed to spend the entire Summer in evangelistic labor in Eastern Virginia; and again in the summer of 1779 he itinerated for 3 months, chiefly in that region, and there is little doubt that this church enjoyed a full share of his labors...

Gum Spring is in Loudoun County, about twelve miles south of Leesburg, and seven miles east of Middleburg, on the great turnpike road from Winchester to Alexandria...

In answer to its request for supplies in 1776, Rev. Hugh Vance was sent...

From the time the Opecquon church was organized, efforts had been made to obtain a pastor, but without success. In 1754 Licentiate John Hoge, the cousin of Rev. Moses Hoge, D.D. [both grand-sons of William Hoge], was called, and the next year was ordained and installed. He retained his pastoral relation until [1772 April], when he was released. The vacancy thus created continued until 1781, but during that period the church was supplied at intervals by Rev. Messrs. Vance, McKnight, Balch, Slemons, Thompson, Craighead and Linn, appointed by Donegal Presbytery...

Charlestown gets its name from colonel Charles Washington, who owned the land on which it was laid out. He was the brother of general George Washington. The town is older than the county, of which it is the county seat. It was established in 1786, and one year after we meet the name for the first time in Ecclesiastical Records. A supplication for ministerial supplies was sent up from this place to Carlisle Presbytery in 1787...

Resting a few days at Cedar Creek, with his friend Legrand, he, on Thursday, the 15th of September, 1791 [1791-09-15], entered the field in which nearly the whole of the remainder of his life was to be spent. On that day he preached at Bullskin; the next day in Charlestown "to a small congregation", and at night "at Mr. John White's, an old Israelite, indeed, whose house could not contain the people, whose attention was very great." On Saturday he preached at Mr. Peter Martin's, and spent that night with Moses Hoge at Shepherdstown, for whom he preached the next morning (Sabbath), and in the evening for Mr. Vance at Martinsburg. The next day (Monday) he preached at Tuscarora, and on Wednesday, the 21st, at Winchester, in the church he afterward occupied for so many years. "Many could not get into the house, and had to return home without hearing the sermon." The next Sunday he assisted at the communion at Cedar Creek, and on Wednesday, the 28th, he met the Synod, and the Commission of Synod, in Winchester, where he was taken sick, and could not resume his labors until November...

It follows, as a matter of course, that such a zealous and faithful pastor as Hugh Vance, would not fail to furnish all possible church privileges for the people of his own charge among whom he lived. When Mr. Hill preached in Martinsburg Sabbath evening, [1791-09-19], there is no intimation that such a service was anything unusual...
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David Vance sr m: Sarah UNKNOWN
James Vance b: 1715 d: 1751 m: Elizabeth Glass
major William Vance b: c. 1718 d: 1788 m: Mary Colville Gilkeson
David Vance jr b: 1721 in Ireland d: 1768 in VA m: Janet Colville?
Mary Vance m: James Rannels

James Vance b: 1715 d: 1751 m: Elizabeth Glass
Samuel Vance b: c. 1740 d: 1799 m: Jane Rannels
Mary Vance b: c. 1742 m: Robert Wilson
William Vance b: c. 1745 d: c. 1792 m1: Nancy Gilkeson m2: Mary Colville
Sarah Vance b: c. 1749 d: 1810-03-14 in VA m: major John Gilkeson
James David Vance b: c. 1752 d: 1816-12-31 in VA m: Mary Glass

major William Vance b: c. 1718 d: 1788 m: Mary Colville Gilkeson
Elizabeth Vance b: 1754 d: 1844-04-14 in VA m1: Edward Hoge m2: William Marquis
Joseph Vance b: 1750 d: 1832 m: Anne Vance (daughter of David Vance jr & Sarah Colville?)
David Vance b: 1752 d: 1816-10-04 m: Margaret UNKNOWN

David Vance jr b: 1721 in Ireland d: 1768 in VA m: Janet Colville?
David Vance III b: 1749 d: 1816-12-19 m: Sarah Quimby
Anne Vance b: 1751 d: 1788-04-17 m: Joseph Vance (son of major William Vance & Mary Colville Gilkeson)
Mary Vance b: 1752 d: 1806 m: Andrew Greer
John Vance b: c. 1756 in VA d: 1814 in OH m1: UNKNOWN m2: Mary Wallingford
Joseph Colville Vance b: 1759-03-24 in VA d: 1809-08-05 in OH m: Sarah Wilson
Jannett Vance b: 1763 d: 1842-07-22 in OH m: Miles Wilson
Martha Vance b: 1766 in VA d: 1866 in OH m: Solomon Vail
Samuel Vance (son of Andrew Vance & Jane Hoge) b: 1691 in WigtonShire, Scotland d: 1789-05-26 in Abington, VA m: 1727 in Fermanagh, Ireland to Sarah Coleville b: 1706 in Derry, Ireland d: 1772 in Abingdon, VA
David Vance b: c. 1745 in Winchester, Frederick county VA d: 1813 in Vanceville, Reems Creek, Buncombe county NC

Andrew Vance (son of John Vance & Mary Williamson) b: 1666 in Ireland d: 1740 in Frederick county VA m: 1699 in Fermanagh, Ireland to Jane Hoge b: 1660 in Ireland d: 1730 in Frederick county VA
Samuel Vance b: 1691 in WigtonShire, Scotland d: 1789-05-26 in Abington, VA m: 1727 in Fermanagh, Ireland to Sarah Coleville b: 1706 in Derry, Ireland d: 1772 in Abingdon, VA

John Vance b: 1650 in Coagh, Tyrone, Ireland d: 1710 in Ireland m: 1679 in Fermanagh, Ireland to Mary Williamson b: 1662 in Antrim, Ireland d: 1710 in Ireland
Andrew Vance b: 1666 in Ireland d: 1740 in Frederick county VA m: 1699 in Fermanagh, Ireland to Jane Hoge b: 1660 in Ireland d: 1730 in Frederick county VA
Elizabeth Vance b: 1680 in Carrick Fergus, Antrim, Ireland m: 1699 to Joseph Jackson
John Vance (son of doctor Lancelot Vance) b: c. 1659 in Ireland d: after 1735 in Ireland
UNKNOWN Vance b: c. 1690
James Vance d: 1772 in Ireland m: Mary Hoge (daughter of William Hoge)
Andrew Vance b: c. 1695 in Ireland d: 1740 in VA m: Jane Hoge (daughter of William Hoge)
"How We Came To Be Americans" by Elman L. Jackson & Bertha M. Jackson
The Vances settled with quite a number of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians near the Opequon Creek which is located between what is now Winchester, Virginia and Martinsburg, West Virginia...
Patrick Vans of Wigtonshire.

Andrew and James probably came first to America in the early 1700s or earlier as young adventurers. They then returned to Ireland where they were married and began families. Andrew married Jane Hoge and James married Mary Hoge. Later, possibly about 1710-1714 they returned to America with their family.

Andrew and James were not ministers. They were closely allied to the profession as their father-in-law, Reverend William Hoge, was a minister as was their brother-in-law. The Reverend Charles Vance was a York county, Pennsylvania minister. He was probably a cousin of Andrew and James and they were acquainted...
contact: Tim Vance 1998-09-24
I recently visited the Opequon cem. outside of Winchester, VA...
Here interr'd the body of James D. Vance who departed this life Dec. 21st, 1816 in the 64th year of his age...
Here intombed the body of Elizabeth Vance who died July 20th 1811 in the prime of life...
In memory of Robert Vance who departed this life June 29th 1834 in the 59th year of his age...
W. Vance 1792...
M. Vance 1791...
Here interred the body of James Vance who departed this life October 19th 1814 in the 36th year of his life...
Here interred the body of Sally Vance who departed this life March 28th, 1815 in the 33rd year of her age...
Here interr'd the body of Gilkeson D. Vance who departed this life July 21st, 1816 in the 16th year of his age...
Elizabeth Marquis, Died April 14th, 1844, buried beside her first husband Edward Hoge who died in 1782...
Elizabeth Glass wife of James V. Glass died Oct. 12th, 1825 in the 40th year of her age...
Isabella S. Glass died Nov. 11, 1837, 21 years old...
Sarah Ann Glass daughter of Rev.Joseph & Ann Glass born 7-9-1805, died Oct. 2nd, 1837...
Eliza Wilson Foote Daughter of Rev. Joseph & Ann Glass, wife of William Henry Foote, born Beckley Co. Jan. 2nd, 1800, died April 20th, 1885...
Ann, wife of Joseph Glass Daughter of John Mcallister, Born, October 7th, 1780, died December 27th, 1831...
Rev. Joseph Glass, son of Joseph, and grandson of Samuel the imigrant, died Oct. 27th, 1821, aged 47 years...
Robert D. Glass, born, Dec. 12th, 1771, died Dec. 12th, 1844...
Elizabeth Glass wife of Bob Glass Died Sep. 1839, in the 54th year of her life.
This is written on a monument in the cemetary:
In memory of the many soldiers of the revolution interred at Opequon Church of whom only seven are known:
Major John Gilkeson..
Capt. William Chipley..
Capt. Samuel Gilkeson...
Capt. James Simrall...
Capt. Samuel Vance...
Capt. William Vance...
Private james Hamilton....
Most is written exactly as it was on the stones. Tim.
contact: Janet Kasunick 1998-11-07
I found the information about Hanna Vance in
a two-volume documentation in the Connellsville PA history room. The name of the book is (I think) "The Brothers Crawford". As I said, there are two volumes. I have John Vance as her father and her mother as Elizabeth Glass.
contact: Madaline H. Preston 1999-06-20 19:10
Wm. Hoge sr, owned property near Kernstown on a branch of the Opequon named Hogue Run. In 1745 he sold two acres to a group of men (some of whom were Quaker... at one time) near the Presbyterian Meeting House "where it now stands" for a burying place,... and enough timber to repair the Meeting House."
If anyone has any knowledge about this meeting house or an existing grave site that may have been connected with it, would you please help me out?
Thank you, Mitzie
contact: Jack R. Louthan 1999-06-20 22:03
Check this book: _Hopewell Friends History 1734-1934 Frederick county VA_ Records of Hopewell Monthly Meetings and Meetings Reporting to Hopewell. Compiled from Official Records and Published by a Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends, Assisted by John W. Wayland. Originally Published Strasburg, Virginia 1936. Reprinted with Permission of the Hopewell Monthly Meeting - Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore, 1875, 1993.

Particulary look on page 25 of "Chapter II The Fathers of the Colony."

"William Hogg, 411 acres. This land lies just southwest of the village of Kernstown and about four miles from Winchester. William Hogg, Hoge, or Hogue, as the name was variously spelled, was living in Chester county PA, where he was taxed in East Nottingham twp from 1718 to 1730, after which year he removed to Virginia. His first wife was Barbara Hume, who was the mother of all his children.

William Hoge died before August 8, 1749 [1749-08-08]. On that day his will was filed and recorded in the Frederick county clerk's office, but was not probated. His widow, Mary Hoge, declined accepting the provisions thereof, and claimed her dower. The land came into the possession of the Rev. John Hoge, the heir-at-law, he being the eldest son of his father John Hoge, who in turn was the eldest son of William Hoge. On this land stands the old Opequon Presbyterian Church, organized by the Rev. James Anderson in 1737, and which, except for one or two short periods, has served that denomination to this day.

In 1745 William Hoge conveyed to the trustees of this church two acres for a burying ground, but did not as frequently stated, donate the church lot, which pas purchased in 1795 by the trustees from Adam Kern and Christina, his wife, who at that time owned most of this old patent.

On the site of the original home of William Hoge stands the large mansion house, now the home of Mrs. Hardy Grim, and which was built about 1850 by Stephen Pritchard, whose family owned the tract for many years. In the graveyard west of this house are buried many of the Hoges and Pritchards.

William and Barbara Hoge left many descendants, among whom may be found ministers, college presidents, statesmen, and teachers, many of whom became nationally known. The minute books of Hopewell Monthly Meeting and the Frederick county records make frequent reference to his sons John, William jr, Alexander, James, and George."

William Hoge sr m1: Barbara Hume
John Hoge
William Hoge jr
Alexander Goge
James Hoge
George Hoge
[Jane Hoge]
[Mary Hoge]

John Hoge
reverend John Hoge
contact: Jack R. Louthan 1999-06-21 21:24
The following is from Chapter XIII, _Friends of Eminence_, page 179 in the book:

"Of the dissenting sects, the Presbyterians were probably the first to effect a church organization after the setting up of Hopewell; and, although they enjoyed the services of visiting ministers at considerable intervals, Dr. Graham says (_Planting of Presbyterianism in the Northern Neck of Virginia_ page 26) that no pastor was regularly settled among them until 1754, when the Rev. John Hoge became the pastor of the Opequon Church at Kernstown, and supplied them at intervals until 1772. No other Presbyterian pastor came to be settled in the lower Valley until the Rev. Hugh Vance was installed at Tuscarora in 1772."

For info, the Rev. John Hoge was the grandson of William Hoge sr, mentioned in my first email...
contact: D. Roberts 2003-06-09
Robert de Vaux I b: c. 1035...

John Vance b: 1650 in Coagh, Ireland d: 1710 in Ireland m: Mary Elizabeth Williamson b: 1630 in Ireland d: 1710
Andrew Vance b: 1666 in Ireland d: 1740 in Frederick county VA m1: Jane Hoag [Jane Hoge] [daughter of William Hoag/Hoge/Hogue] m2: Susan Thorn
Elizabeth Vance

Andrew Vance b: 1666 in Ireland d: 1740 in Frederick county VA
m1: Jane Hoag [Jane Hoge] [daughter of William Hoag/Hoge]
Ephraim Vance b: 1715 in NC d: 1790 in NC m: 1735 to Theodosia Hewlings (daughter of Jacob Hewlings & Dorothy Eves) b: 1721 in NJ d: 1760
Johna Vance
Andrew Vance II
Alexander Vance
Ann Vance
David Vance
John Vance
m2: Susan Thorn
Samuel Vance
contact: Tommy Stratemeyer sr 2007-03-17
I have a John Vance who married mary williamson, john was born in ireland and together they had a son named andrew vance, born about 1666 inireland, he was married to Jane Hoge, and they had a son named samuel vance who married sarah colville, and they had a son named samuel vance also, he married anne penquite, this samuel was born 10 dec 1728 in wrightstown, bucks co. pam there are also alot of siblings also with this family line.

John Vance b: in Ireland m: Mary Williamson
Andrew Vance b: c. 1666 in Ireland m: Jane Hoge (daughter of William Hoge)

Andrew Vance b: c. 1666 in Ireland m: Jane Hoge (daughter of William Hoge)
Samuel Vance b: 1728-12-10 in Wrightstown, Bucks county PA m: Anne Penquite
Andrew Vance (son of John Vance & Elizabeth Williamson) b: c. 1666 in county Tyrone, Ireland d: c. 1750 in Frederick county VA buried: Donegal churchyard, Lancaster county PA
m1: 1690 in county Antrim, Ulster, Ireland to Jane Wilson Hoge (daughter of William Hoge) b: c. 1670
Ephraim Vance b: 1699 in county Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
Samuel Vance b: 1691 in county Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
John Vance b: 1693 in county Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
Andrew Vance b: 1695 in county Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
Alexander Vance b: 1697 in county Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
Ann Vance b: 1700 in county Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
William Vance b: 1705 in Coag, county Antrim, Ulster, ireland
m2: c. 1731 in Frederick county VA to Elizabeth Calvin b: c. 1680 in Frederick county VA
Ephraim Vance (son of Andrew Vance & Jane Wilson Hoge) b: 1699 in county Antrim, Ulster, Ireland d: after 1760 in NC m: before 1732 in Frederick county VA or Fermangh, Ireland to Theodosia Hewlings b: 1715 in Burlington county NJ
Levi Vance b: 1734 in NC
Alexander Vance b: 1732 in Frederick county VA
Elizabeth Deliz Vance b: 1736 in Isle of Wight county VA
Thomas Vance b: 1740 in Isle of Wight county VA
Abner Vance b: 1759 in NC
Andrew Vance b: c. 1690 in ireland d: 1754 m: 1709 in Ireland to Jane Hoge (daughter of William Hoge) b: in Ireland
major William Vance b: 1718 in Scotland d: 1788-04-08 in Smith twp Washington county PA buried; Cross Creek cem. PA m: Mary Colville Gilkerson
captain John Vance
David Vance b: 1721 in county Tyrone, Ireland d: 1768 in Frederick county VA m: Sara Colville
James Vance b: 1715 in Ireland d: 1751 at Opequon, Frederick county VA m: in Frederick county VA to Elizabeth Glass (daughter of Samuel Glass & Mary Gamble) d: 1781
Samuel Vance b: 1710 in Ireland d: 1778 in Agingdon county VA buried: Sinking Spring cem. Washington county VA m: Sara Colville b: in Ireland d: at Abingdon county VA buried: Sinking Spring cem. Washington county VA
Alexander Vance
Andrew Vance

James Vance (son of Andrew Vance & Jane Hoge) b: 1715 in Ireland d: 1751 at Opequon, Frederick county VA m: in Frederick county VA to Elizabeth Glass (daughter of Samuel Glass & Mary Gamble) d: 1781
Samuel Vance
captain William Vance
Mary Vance
Sara Vance
James David Vance

John Patterson b: c. 1683 in ireland m: c. 1705 in Ireland to Ann Scott b: c. 1683 in Ireland
James Patterson
captain John Vance (son of Andrew Vance & Jane Hoge) b: 1712 in Ireland d: 1760 at Opequon, Frederick county VA m: Elizabeth UNKNOWN
John Vance
Elizabeth Vance
Hannah Vance b: 1735 m: colonel William Crawford b: in VA d: 1782 burned by Amerindians
Alexander Vance
Andrew Vance
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contact: Alice Ament Davidson Gedge
Charles Vance b: c. 1706 in Lancaster county PA d: between 1773-03-23 & 1773-08-18 in Cumberland twp York county PA m: c. 1725 to Sarah UNKNOWN b: circa 1710 in Lancaster county PA d: after 1773
Hugh Vance b: 1735 in PA d: 1791-12-31 in Martinsburg, Berkeley county VA (now WV) m: 1773-09-28 in Mercersburg, Cumberland county PA to Elizabeth Park (daughter of John Parks & Mary Patterson) b: circa 1737 d: 1815-12-13 in Champaign county OH
Thomas Vance
Robert Vance
Sarah Vance
Hannah Vance b: 1726 d: 1787-12-18 in Berkeley county VA (now WV) m: c. 1747 in PA to William Patterson (son of Robert Patterson & Margaret UNKNOWN) b: 1721 in county Donegal, Ireland d: 1782-04-17 in Berkeley county VA (WV)
Mary Vance

Will of Charles Vance, 1773-08-18; York county PA Will Book C pages 174-176 "Research of Phyllis Worrall, Virginia Lovett & others"

"IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. The 23rd Day of March & Year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy three [1773-03-23]. I, Charles Vance of the Township of Cumberland County of York & Province of Pennsylvania being weak in body but of perfect Mind & Memory Thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die Do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament That is to say Principally & first of all I recommend my Soul into the Hands of God who gave it And my Body to the Dust to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors Nothing doubting but that at the last Day they shall be reunited by the mighty power of God And touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased almighty God to Bless me in this life I do bequeath give devise & dispose of in the following manner, Viz. Imprimis It is my Will & I do Order that all my Just Debts & Funeral Charges be paid & fully satisfied.

Item It is my Will & I do Order that the plantation whereon I now live together with my Goods & Chattels be Sold one Year after my Decease or sooner if it will better suit my Legatees, except one Cow and a bed for my Wife My Books & Household furniture

Item It is my Will and I do order that the Sum of one Hundred & Fifty Pounds lawful money be laid out upon Interest & the Interest to be paid to my dear & loving wife Sarah during her natural life & likewise it is my Will that she have a Cow, a Bed & Furniture proper to it together with one Pot & such other Household Furniture as may appear Necessary.

Item I give & Bequeath unto my eldest son Hugh the Sum of Fifty Pounds lawful money which in consideration of former Expenses with him I allow to be his full Share of my Estate.

Item I give and bequeath unto my second son Thomas the Sum of One Hundred Pounds to be paid him in Cash or laid out for him on Land which he shall Choose.

Item I give and bequeath unto my youngest son Robert the Sum of twenty shillings lawful money which in consideration of his immoral behavior in departing from me & bringing a reproach upon the Family I apprehend to be his full proportion of my estate.

Item I give and bequeath unto my three daughters viz. Sarah, Hannah and Mary the sum of One Hundred Pounds lawful money to each provided So much remain after former Bequeathments to be paid as soon as Money can be collected to each their proportion of what money may be in the Hands of my Executors. It is my Will that no money be collected until it becomes legally Due and further if anything remain of my Estate after these Bequeathments it is my will that it be equally divided amongst my Legatees except four pounds which I allow to be given to repair the Meeting Houses of Toms Creek & Piney Creek to be equally divided between them. And the disposal of my Books I leave to the discretion of my Executors to be by them divided among my Legatees And as to the Hundred & Fifty above ordered to be laid out on Interest, it is my will & I do Order that after my wifes decease fifty pounds of it be given to my Son Thomas & fifty pounds to my Son Robert at the discretion of my Executors if they find his conduct deserving, & the remainder I allow to be equally divided among my other Legatees viz. Hugh, Sarah, Hannah and Mary. Finally I do constitute ordain and appoint my two Sons Hugh and Thomas joint executors of this my last Will & Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannull all and every other and former Wills, Testaments, Legacies Bequeathments and Executors by me in any wise before named willed or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.

Signed, Sealed published, Pronounced and declared by the said Charles Vance as his last Will and Testament in presence of us subscribers. Hugh Fergus, Hill Willson, Ann Vance." Signed by his mark C by Charles Vance.

"MEMORANDUM That Letters Testamentary in common Form were Granted to Hugh Vance and Thomas Vance of the Estate of Charles Vance late of York County Yeoman Deceased, Inventory to be Exhibited into the Registers Office at York at or before the eighteenth Day of October next and an Account or Reckoning at or before the eighteenth Day of August next Given under my Hand and the Seal of said office at York the 18th day of August 1773. Sam'l. Johnston, Dep. Reg."

Hugh Vance b: 1735 d: 1791-12-31 m: 1773-09-23 m: Elizabeth Park d: circa 1825 (Patriot in the Revolution)

Charles Vance d: after 1773-03-23 m: Sarah UNKNOWN

"1738-01-23 Kent county Delaware Probate Records 1680-1800. Pg. 85. James Vance will made. Heirs: Cousins, Hannah Killpatrick (wife of John Killpatrick), George Vance, Charles Vance, Alexander Vance; half brother Charles Stewart; Uncle Alexander Vance, Patrick, Elizabeth Vance, children of Mary Vance. Executors-friends James Gorrell, Robert Rowland. Witnesses Alex Farquhar, Benjamin Ogle, George Grier. Probated 1738-02-01."
but is this "our" Charles Vance?

1739 Charles Vance mentioned in Pequea, PA Ref: Notable Southern Families

1739 Charles Vance of Pequea was an elder of Donegal Presbytery, Lancaster County, PA Source: VA Genealogies by Hayden pg. 458--Research of Jan Francis

1741 Charles Vance was on the Cumberland Twp. Tax Roll of York county PA

1749-03-17 Lancaster county PA Charles Vance 150 acres land. Ref: Vol. XXIV, Warrantees of Land, PA Archives, 3rd series p. 550

1758-08-16 Charles Vance acted as a witness in Carnarvon twp Lancaster county PA Deeds.

1764-07-07 Charles Vance acted as a witness in Deed Abstract Earltown, Carnarvon twp.

1765 Charles Vance filed claim on 300 acres located on Marsh Creek, York county PA. Ref: PA Settlers Upon Manor of the Maske, Adams county (Adams county created from York county in 1800)

1765- Charles Vance had land along the PA-MD boundary consisting of 441 acres which was surveyed for him in 1765 May. This land was in Cumberland twp York (now Adams) county PA Ref: The Historical Society of York county. Found in Clarence Vance collection at McClung Library, Knoxville, TN by Kathleen Mason.

1771 Charles Vance on Cumberland twp York county PA Tax Roll

1790-06-12 "His son Hugh Vance of Parish of Norbonne, VA was named Executor of Charles Vance of Cumberland twp York county PA. This is a Quit Claim, which also names Robert Vance, James McCalister, Hannah Patterson and John Park, to a tract of land of Charles Vance, dec'd, in Cumberland twp York county PA to attorney William Stuart." Research of Phyllis Worrall

Contact: john nelson
In 1773 Hugh Vance made a trip across the Alleghanies "in the interest of the church".. He was married 1773-02-02 in Franklin county PA to Elizabeth Park. In 1775 Hugh and Elizabeth lived at the foot of the North Mountain. Hugh "partakes of the VA spirits and hands around the sociable bowl."

Berkeley county Deed Book 3, p. 359 Martinsburg, Berkeley county VA (now WV)
"1775-indenture between Thomas McCoy and Hugh Vance Witnesseth that the said Thomas McCoy for and in Consideration of the Sum of 5 shillings paid by Hugh Vance -- sell to Hugh Vance all that tract Parcel of Land situate lying and being on Dry Run in the said county containing 99 acres"

Will of Hugh Vance, copied from book of Wills in Martinsburg, WVA: 1792-01-17, Devisees: Elizabeth (wife), John, James (sons), Sarah, Polly, Elizabeth, Nancy, Mary (daughters) and others. (note: had daughters named Nancy and Mary)
Berkeley county Deed Book 20, Page 324, Martinsburg, Berkeley county WVA: On 1807-10-26, Elizabeth Vance, widow of Hugh Vance, David Hanna and Nancy his wife, George Harlan & Sarah his Wife, Betsy Vance and James & their heirs all in consideration of the sum of eleven hundred and Eighty Pounds Current Money of PA to be paid by Matthew Ransome granted bargained & sold a Certain Piece Parcel or Tract of Land Situate lying and being in the said County of Berkeley near Martinsburg on Dry Run Containing One hundred & eighteen acres & thirty three square poles of Land and all houses Orchards ways waters Water Courses which they had inherited from the estate of Hugh Vance. (Note: I don't understand this "David Hanna and Nancy his wife" because David married Margaret "Peggy" Smith in Champaign county OH, 1807-05-07)

Hugh Vance (son of Charles Vance & Sarah UNKNOWN) b: c. 1735 in Lancaster county PA d: 1791-12-31 in Martinsburg, Berkeley county VA (now WV) buried: Tuscarora Presbyterian church-yard near Martinsburg, Berkeley county VA (now WV) m: 1773-09-28 in Mercersburg, Cumberland county PA to Elizabeth Park (daughter of John Park) b: c. 1737
Sarah Vance b: 1774-07-18 in Berkeley county VA d: 1811-12-04 m: 1802-03-23 probably in Berkeley county VA to George Harlin b: 1776-02-16 d: 1851-05-01
John Vance b: 1776
James Vance b: c. 1778
Nancy Vance b: c. 1780
Mary Vance b: c. 1782 in Berkeley county VA
Elizabeth Vance b: 1786 d: 1815 November in Clark county OH m1: 1806-03-10 in Berkeley county VA to David Ripp2y? (son of Mathew Rippey & Elizabeth Lowrey) m2: Stephen Davidson

Contact: Alberta Lisk
12. Robert Patterson (son of John Patterson & Mary UNKNOWN) b: c. 1693 in Donegal Bay, county Donegal, Ireland d: in York county PA m: Margaret UNKNOWN b: c. 1693.
i. Mary Patterson b: 1717 m: John Parks b: c. 1715 d: 1784.
6. ii. William Patterson b: 1721 in county Donegal, Ireland d: 1782-04-17 in Berkeley county VA (now WV) m: c. 1747 in PA to Hannah Vance (daughter of Charles Vance and Sarah UNKNOWN) b: 1726 d: 1787-12-18 in Berkeley county VA (now WV).

14. Charles Vance b: c. 1706 in Lancaster county PA d: 1773 in Cumberland twp York county PA m: Sarah UNKNOWN b: c. 1710 in Lancaster county PA d: after 1773.
7. i. Hannah Vance b: 1726 d: 1787-12-18 in Berkeley county VA (now WV) m: William Patterson c. 1747 in PA, (son of Robert Patterson and Margaret UNKNOWN) b: 1721 in county Donegal, Ireland d: 1782-04-17 in Berkeley county VA (now WV).
ii. Sarah Vance b: c. 1728 m: c. 1743 James McAllister b: c. 1722.
iii. Thomas Vance b: c. 1732.
iv. Hugh Vance b: 1735 in PA d: 1791-12-31 in Martinsburg, Berkeley county VA (now WV) m: 1773-09-28 in Mercersburg, Cumberland county PA to Elizabeth Park (daughter of John Parks & Mary Patterson) b: c. 1737 d: 1815-12-13 in Champaign county OH.
v. Robert Vance b: after 1736 d: 1811 in KY m: Catherine Fry b: after 1726.
vi. Mary Vance b: c. 1738.
contact: Josephine Lindsay Bass & Becky Bonner
reverend Charles Vance (brother of Samuel Vance and Mary Vance) b: c. 1706 in Lancaster county PA d: 1773 in Cumberland twp York county PA (Presbyterian minister & farmer) m: c. 1725 in Lancaster county PA to Sarah UNKNOWN b: c. 1710 in Lancaster county PA
Hanna Vance (Hannah Vance)
Hugh Vance
Thomas Vance
Robert Vance
Sarah Vance
Mary Vance

Virginia Marriages to 1800: Virginia Rockbridge County Spouse: Buntain, Moses and Vance, Mary Marriage Date: 1784-03-19

Will of Charles Vance, 1773-08-18; York county PA Will Book C pages 174-176 "Research of Phyllis Worrall, Virginia Lovett & others"

"1738-01-23 Kent county DE Probate records 1680-1800 pg 85. James Vance will made. Heirs: cousins: Hannah Killpatrick (wife of John Killpatrick), George Vance, Charles Vance, Alexander Vance; half brother Charles Stewart; uncle Alexander Vance, Patrick, Elizabeth Vance, children of Mary Vance. Executors: friends James Gorrell, Robert Rowland. Witnesses: Alex Farquhar, Benjamin Ogle, George Grier. Probated 1738-02-01." Is this Charles Vance mentioned in DE the same Charles Vance?
Text of the Will of Nathan Evans [Sr]
In the name of God, Amen: I, Nathan Evans of Caernarvon Township, County of Lancaster, and Province of Pennsylvania,
Millwright, Being weak in body (by reason of old age and bodily infirmities) but of sound mind and memory, thanks be to God for it, therefore calling to mind the mortality of the body, and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do this 26= day of May A. D. 1762 [1762-05-26], make and ordain this my last Will and Testament; and principally, and first of all, my soul I commit to God who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust to be buried in my grave with a marble tombstone, Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection my soul and body shall be united again by the mighty power of God; and as touching my world goods, wherewith it has pleased God to bless me, after my lawful debts first paid, I bequeath and dispose of in manner and form following, viz:
First: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Susannah Evans the half of my plantation whereon I now dwell, my dwelling house and half of the old barn, during her natural life, and all my household goods and plenishings, the said goods and plenishings to be for her during her life and at her disposall at her death...
Nathan Evans
Signed, sealed, published and pronounced in presence of us
Mary Davis, Charles Vance, Hugh Vance
buried: Bangor Episcopal Church, Churchtown, Lancaster County, PA
_History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania_ 1886 Warner, Beers & company, Chicago
AREA HISTORY: History of Adams county, Chapter V, Adams county PA
Agnew, James and Thomas Douglas, in trust for Presbyterian meeting-house in forks of Plum Run, 5 acres, 1765-04-17.
James Russell, 1740 May
John Russell, 1740 May
Hugh Scott, 1740 September
Hugh Scott, 180 acres, 1765-04-16
John Scott, 1740 May
John Scott, 125 acres, 1765-04-16
William Scott, 1741 April
William Scott, 300 acres, 1765-04-17
Charles Vance, 300 acres, 1765-04-16

Charles Vance b: c. 1714 probably in Lancaster county PA d: 1773-08-18 in Berkeley county VA m: c. 1750 in York or Lancaster county PA to Sarah UNKNOWN b: c. 1718 probably in Lancaster county PA
Hugh Vance b: c. 1751 probably in Lancaster county PA
Thomas Vance b: c. 1753 probably in Lancaster county PA
Joseph Vance b: c. 1755 probably in Lancaster county PA
Sarah Vance (Sally Vance) b: c. 1757 probably in Lancaster county PA
Hannah Vance b: c. 1761 probably in Lancaster county PA
Ann Vance b: c. 1763 probably in Lancaster county PA
Robert Vance b: c. 1765 probably in Lancaster county PA
Mary Vance b: 1759-08-23 in Lancaster county PA d: 1836 November in Pickaway county OH
Charles Vance (AFN: WHLJ-TB)
Sex: M
Submission: AF92-107366

Charles Vance b: c. 1725 probably in Lancaster county PA d: 1773-08-18 in Cumberland or York county PA m: c. 1750 in York county PA to Sarah UNKNOWN
Submission Search: 3123250-0805105191031
CD-ROM: Pedigree Resource File - Compact Disc #119; Pin #923748, 923749
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Mary Hannah b: between 1755 & 1780 (daughter of William Hannah) m: 1802-12-15 or 1803-12-15 in Berkeley county VA (now WV) (Moses Hoge officiating; bond dated 1802-12-14 under Mary Hanna and dated 1803-12-14 under Mary Hanny) to William Scott
1. Jacob De Louzada b: c. 1670 in Spain or Portugal d: 1729-06-12 in NY, NY (Sephardic Jew) m: 1698 to Rachel De Almeida b: 1673 in Spain or Portugal d: 1708 December in London, England...
4.... Abraham Luzader b: 1757-12-20 in Bound Brook, Somerset county NJ d: 1825-12-14 in Guernsey county OH m: 1768-06-14 to Leah Hoge b: 1767-10-23 in PA
Abraham Luzader (son of Aaron Luzader II and Mary Bartley) b: 1757-12-20 in Somerset county NJ d: 1825-12-14 in Cambridge, Guernsey county OH m: 1786-06-12 or 1787-06-12 in Greene county PA to Lea Hogue (daughter of George Hoge & Elizabeth Blackledge) b: 1767-10-23 in Greene county PA d: 1850-06-06 in Cambridge, Guernsey county OH
History of Champaign county OH; Urbana & Urbana twp by J.W. Ogden pg 324
A sketch of the settlement and prosperity of the city of Urbana, and of the territory bearing the same name, would be, substantially, a record of the county in all the features which underlie its growth. The county was organized in 1805, and, in the same year, surveys were made and lots laid off, by Joseph C. Vance, on Section 23, for which William Ward held a patent. The town, as originally platted, contained 212 inlots, 6 rods in front abutting streets and running back 10 rods, and two tiers of lots on the western border and one tier on the southern border, aggregating twenty-two lots, ranging in size from an acre and a half to two acres, with suitable streets. Lots No. 201 and 202 were donated for educational and religious purposes, but were used, in part, for a burial-ground...

The election of Urbana Township, given as the first election held in the township, was held in Urbana 1811 October 8. Zephaniah Luce, William Stevens and William Glenn were Judges, and Joseph Hedges and Daniel Helmick, Clerks of the election. At this election, eighty-seven votes were cast, the names being... Samuel Hoge...
will book #1 pg 25 Joseph Rippey's will filed in Frederick county VA 1771, that portion which became Berkeley county VA in 1772.
Frederick county in VA.
In the Name of God Amen, I Joseph Rippey of the Parish of Norbourn in the County of Frederick, in the Colony of Virginia, being at present tho weak of body yet of perfect mind, and Memory thanks be to Almighty God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this frail and Mortal life, and that it is appointed for all men once to die, and after death to come to judgment, Do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following (viz) first an principally I recommend my Soul to Almighty God, my Creator who gave it, assuredly trusting I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sins and obtain Eternal Life, in and through the precious Death and merits of Jesus Christ, my Blessed Savour and Redeemer, and my Body to the Earth, from whence it was taken, undoubly believing that I shall receive the same again at the general resurrection at the last day through the Mighty power of God whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself, And as for such worldly goods and Estate, with such it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I leave and bequeath as followeth, Imprimus, I will that all my just debts and funeral charges by fully paid and Satisfied. Item. I give and bequeath to my Loving wife Ellen Rippey (for and during her natural life) my present Dwelling House, and one half of my Land and plantation whereon I now live, and likewise my Negro Man named Som and my Negro woman called Hannah, and likewise two or more horses which she shall chuse of my Stock and what Cattle and other Stock, so many as she thinks proper to Keep, while she shall live on the said place the whole prerogative and profit of the said Negroes and creatures to belong to her my said loving wife Ellen Rippey for and during her natural life, while she shall live on the said place, and if she my said wife shall rather chuse to live with one of her Daughters that then my will is that the said Land and plantation be rented out at the discretion of her my said wife, and my executors hereafter named, and the rent arising therefrom to be paid to her my said wife, and further if she my said wife chuse to live with on of her Children and not encumber herself with the plantation, then my will is that she have one horse which She shall chuse of my stock and Likewise one or two cows if she thinks fit to take them and the same to be at her own disposal. Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved son Mathew Rippy, the one half of all that tract or parcel of Land and plantation whereon he now lives to be and to remain his from this time, and I likewise Give and Bequeath to him my said son Mathew Rippey the other half of the said tract of Land and plantation and my half of the Waggon at the decease of my said wife Ellen Rippey to him his heirs and assigns forever, And further, my will is that all the remainder of my moveable Estate be so ordered to the best advantage at the discretion of her my said wife Ellen Rippey and my Executors, hereafter named as well my cash and all my outstanding debts, the Same to be Collected and well ordered as aforesaid and the whole to be equally divided between my said wife and all my sons in law my said wife having an Equal part with one of the Children And as my desire is that my said Negro Men Tom should not come under strangers, my will is that my son in law Samuel Parkes have the first refusal of him at the price of Seventy Pounds the Same to be taken out of his Legacy and if it be more than his part he to pay the overplus to the other Legatees and if he the said Parkes shall refuse to take him, that then my will is that my son in law John Snodgrass have the next offer of him on the Same terms or any of the said Legatees and upon the Same terms, And lastly I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my two sons in law Samuel Parkes and John Snodgrass Joint executors of this my Last will and testament revoking and making void all former and other wills, Testaments, Legacies and Executors Ratifying and confirming this and this only to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand an seal this 2nd Day of November one thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy one. [1771-11-02]

Joseph Rippey (L.S.)

Signed Sealed and acknowledged by the Testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of
David Garrard
Mathew Rippey
M Morgan.
At a Court held for Berkeley County the 15th day of March 1774, [1774-03-15]

This last will and testament of Joseph Rippey Deceased was exhibited in Court by Samuel Parkes and John Snodgrass the executors therein named and proved by the Oaths of David Garard and Mathew Rippey, Witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the Said Executors certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form,
Will Drew Clk Court.

Matthew Rippey
Jane Rippey m: 1797-11-21 to George Lowry
Joseph Rippey m: 1798-09-11 to Elizabeth Davis
David Rippey m1: 1798 to Elenor Yeates m2: 1806-03-10 to Elizabeth Vance
Mary Rippey m: 1789-02-05 to John Reed
Elizabeth Rippey m: 1808-06-01 to John Hoge
Nancy Rippey m: 1813-08-17 to Zachariah Sanks
John Rippey
Samuel Rippey
Matthew Rippey jr
Rebecca Rippey

Mathew Rippey sr signed the Petition of Dissenters of the Tuscarora Congregation in 1776 (see Berkeley Journal Issue 2, page 28-29). The Rippeys were members of the Gerrardstown congregation. Matthew Rippey furnished supplies during the Revolutionary War (_West Virginia Revolutionary Ancestors_ by Anne Waller Reddy, page 67).

In 1835 May, Matthew Rippey jr died and left a will devising to his sister Nancy Sank $200.00. All his personal property and real estate were to be sold with all the money from the sale of his estate to sister Rebecca Rippey (WB 12, pg 430). Both personal property and real estate of Matthew Rippey jr were offered for sale by Ebenezer Coe who had qualified as executor of the estate. advertisement of the estate sale appeared in _The Martinsburg Gazette_, 1838-08-22

1838-08-22 at Gerardstown, Berkeley county VA
The Rippey plantation was not sold but kept by Rebecca Rippey. In January 1847 Rebecca Rippey brought a suit in Chancery against the executor of William Wilson and the heirs of Samuel K. Wilson and John Park's trustees. It was stated that Dr. Ebenezer Coe had paid off the old Deed of Trust to John Park Wilson of Cumberland county VA, executor of William Wilson. Both trustees in the 1822 deed were deceased. The heirs of Samuel K. Wilson were James Wilson, Washington Tabb and Mary his wife and the widow Mary Wilson who were all non-residents of the State. The heirs of trustee John Park were Samuel Park, John Park and Mary Park. Object of the court suit was to obtain a release on the Deed of Trust and recovery of the land (Old Chancery Case No. 687, Rebecca Rippey vs John P. Wilson).

Special Commissioner David Holmes Conrad gave a new deed on the plantation to Rebecca Rippey (DB 51, p. 108). After the death of Zacharia Sanks, his widow Nancy Sanks, returned to Berkeley County and resided with her sister Rebecca Rippey. When she died in 1846 she left everything to her sister Rebecca Rippey (WB 15, p. 197). Rebecca Rippey died in 1847. She appointed Dr. Ebenezer Coe her executor and directed that all real estate and personal property be sold. She made the following bequests: to Rev. David Lowry $1,000.; to grand nephew Lewis Oler Lowery $200.00; to Elizabeth Jane and Samuel Reed children of deceased Mary Reed $200.00; to sister Elizabeth Hoge $1,000.00; to her daughter Tebecca S. McIntire and Nancy R. Hoge $200.00 each; to Matilda Lloyd and Margaret R. Hickman also daughters of Elizabeth Hoge $150.00 each; to John Rippey son of deceased brother John Rippey $600.00. Everything else went to the Winchester Old School Presbyterian Church (WB 15, p. 415).
William Hoge b: 1660 in Musselburg, Scotland d: 1749-08-08 in Winchester, Frederick county VA m: 1695 in Perth Amboy, NJ to Barbara Hume (daughter of James Hume & Marjorie Lambert) b: 1670 in Paisley, Scotland d: 1745 in Winchester, Frederick county VA

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