James E. Vance for years a well known and highly esteemed resident of the locality north of town, passed away at his home two miles north of Eddyville on Tuesday, July 27, 1915, at the age of seventy-six years, eight months and three days.
James Ennis Vance was born in Fayette County, Indiana, November 24, 1838. He removed to Iowa with his parents in 1840, and has since resided in this state.
He was united in marriage to Mary E. Stanley May 17, 1866, and they had ever since lived in Harrison township, Mahaska County. To this union were born three daughters, two of whom, Jessie A. and Clara L., have preceded him to the other shore.
Those left to mourn his loss are his beloved wife; one daughter Maggie, wife of Allie Belzer; one grandson Leonard Belzer; one sister Mrs. Lydia Rouze; one brother Z. T. Vance, the latter of Farmington, and a host of relatives and friends.
The funeral was held at the family home last Thursday afternoon. Elder Geo. W. Barnett, of the Christian church, speaking words of comfort to the bereaved relatives and friends. The remains were laid to rest in Highland cemetery, the funeral being quite largely attended.
Family links: Parents: James Vance (1794 - 1866), Mary Polly Ennis Vance (1806 - 1895); Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Stanley Vance (1831 - 1916); Children: Allie Belzer (____ - 1962), Clara Vance (1869 - 1897); Siblings: Samuel L. Vance (1819 - 1894) [half-brother], Sarah Vance Hagerty (1822 - 1887) [half-sister], Zachary Taylor Vance (1846 - 1922), Louisa E. Vance Rouze (1849 - 1938).
Burial: Highland Cemetery, Eddyville, Mahaska County, Iowa, USA
↑ First-hand information as remembered by Allan Carruthers, Saturday, February 21, 2015. Replace this citation if there is another source.
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