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Great-Grampa’s Brother James Vance

When Great-Grandpa was killed in a hunting accident, the newspaper article mentioned that he was visiting his brother out West at the time. This would have been James, who lived near Neepawa, Manitoba. Two generations later our Uncle Steve met … Continue reading

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Who Was Donald Vance?

The Case of the Missing Brother Doesn’t that sound like the good title for a mystery story? And indeed, this may well prove to be an unsolvable mystery. Of course we must first have a death… The genealogist pored through … Continue reading

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David and Robert Vance

David Vance, son of Joseph and Sarah Vance and brother of our great grandfather, married Margaret Bullard on March 31, 1873. She was the daughter of John and Delia Bullard. According to the marriage registration she was about 23 and … Continue reading

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Joseph and Margaret Vance

On thing about the duplication of names in our family tree, they sometimes tell you a lot. For example, there was a John Vance and his wife listed in the 1861 Oxford County, ON, census and their oldest two children … Continue reading

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Family Bible Records

The Vance Family Bible is one of those cumbersome old tomes meant as a showpiece on a mantle. Its dimensions are 11 x 13 x 4.5″ thick — not something you’d carry along to Church every Sunday. It was presented … Continue reading

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1950s Vance Family Reunions

Somewhere in a blizzard of papers I found this clipping. Here we see the Family Reunions our Ontario cousins had once upon a time. The Robert Vance mentioned here was a brother to our Great-great-grandfather Joseph. Thus Mrs Leach’s grandfather … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up the Clutter

Clean Up the Clutter by Linda C Butler Sometimes we need a fresh start and a new beginning and we need to create space in our lives for the projects we want to do.  We need to prune out the … Continue reading

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John Smith’s Family

Mary Vance, seated, and her sister Thomison Ronald I mentioned in an earlier post that John Smith was kidnapped by a press gang of the British navy when he was nine years old and forced to serve on a ship until … Continue reading

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Grandpa Meets His Match

Allen Vance and his father Sam arrived in the Northwest Territories in the fall in 1899 to check out the area. Sam’s brother was already homesteading near Neepawa, Manitoba; no doubt the prospect of 160 acres for $10 was appealing. … Continue reading

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Uncle Charlie Turner’s Family

As I mentioned before, our grandmother’s brother Charles Archibald Turner settled northeast of Bethany (around the Grandview area of Manitoba.) and he married Annie Leonard Dec 26, 1906. Here is a list of his children and their birthdates. Myrtle Joyce … Continue reading

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