Fayette County Genealogy Project

Vance Cemetery - Upper Tyrone Twp.

Compiled from records by Karen Souhrada

Private Cemetery: Nathaniel King farm, formerly the Wade farm, and originally known as the Moses Vance farm. The following statement is made about the cemetery: "This cemetery was destroyed by the Pittsburgh West Virginia Railroad Company when they constructed their branch through this section, about the year 1935. There are only two stones remaining, and they are large flat table stones, in excellent condition, with inscriptions that are very legible, and as follows:"

In memory of Elizabteh Vance, consort of Moses Vance, who departed this life, 9/8/1849, age 76 years.
Moses Vance, who departed this life, 6/27/1829, age 56 years.

Postscript and History:

"A descendant of the Moses Vance Family, who retained a copy of their original family Bible, states several of the Moses Vance descendants were buried in this same cemetery, but no doubt their stones were destroyed when the railroad constructed their branch, or they could have been moved elsewhere, but the above two stones remain under a group of trees.

We shall add here the bible records as follows (Reference: MOSES VANCE FAMILY, found in "History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania", pages 401, 784, 787, by Franklin Ellis):

Bible Record
Moses Vance, b. 5/23/1773; died 1/27/1829; married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob & Elizabeth Strickler, settlers in Tyrone Township in 1797.
Elizabeth Strickler, b. 1773; died 9/8/1849, and both (husband and wife) are buried on the Nathaniel King farm.
Their Children:
John Vance, b. 1/11/1797; d. 3/12/1886; married Mary Strickler, daughter of Abraham Strickler.
Jacob Vance, b. 11/7/1798; d. 11/4/1883; married Charlotte Hardy
Samuel Vance, b. 7/30/1800
Frances Vance, b. 3/27/1802
William Vance, b. 12/6/1804
Crawford Vance, b. 3/13/1806; married Susan Clayton
Margaret Vance, b. 3/29/1808
Alfred Vance, b. 4/22/1810
Elisa Vance, b. 9/22/1813; single
George Vance, b. 1/12/1815; single"