Ellender was born in 1817. She was the daughter of Robert Spearman and Ellender Smith. In 1850, Ellen is enumerated on the federal census with her father and brother Rutherford at which time her birth place is identified as Alabama. . Ellen's father died in 1851 and she married John O. Vann, 3 Jun 1852, in Yalobusha County, Mississippi.  In all subsequent records Ellen is identified as having been born in South Carolina. Generally, the earliest record made when a parent is living tends to be most accurate, but in the present case either South Carolina or Alabama is plausible. Ellen passed away in 1885. 
↑ "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4LV-7JC : 14 August 2019), Ellen Shearman in household of Robert Shearman, Yalobusha county, Yalobusha, Mississippi, United States; citing family 90, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/160434537 : accessed 14 August 2019), memorial page for Ellender “Ellen” Spearman Vann (18 Feb 1817–20 Sep 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 160434537, citing New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Coffeeville, Yalobusha County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by S. Spearman-Labarrie (contributor 47325775) .