Vance Family Cemetery

Located in R8W, T3S, Sec. 13 in Hernando, north of Robinson Street, two blocks west of U.S. Highway 51.  When the cemetery was surveyed in the 1980s, it was described as “behind the home of Mr. & Mrs. Lee Gooch.”  Additional information added by Tim Harrison.




Eliza A. Vance – 1815 – 1876.  Wife of Judge J. W. Vance.
Born in Alabama, she was first married to an uknown Mr. Clarke and had two children: George T. Clarke (see below) and Eliza A. Clarke (1840, AR).  She married (second) John W. Vance (see below) on July 1, 1844 in DeSoto County, MS.  She was the mother of six additional children: John W. Vance (see below), Susan Y. (1846), Sallie B. (1848), Pierce (1850), Mary (1855), and George C. (1858).  They are listed in the 1850 (p. 382), 1860 (p. 84) and 1870 (p. 9) DeSoto Census records.

J. W. Vance – 1813 – 1872.
John W. Vance was born in Kentucky.  He married (first) Mary Elizabeth Pruitt in Warren County, Kentucky on December 17, 1833.  The couple had two children: Mary J. (1837) and Rienzi H. (1840 – 1916; a Confederate soldier who served in Co. I, 29th Mississippi Regiment).  John is listed in the 1840 Warren County, KY Census (p. 87) with a wife and two children under five years of age.  He moved to DeSoto County in the early 1840s.  He married Eliza A. C. Clarke (a widow – see above) on July 1, 1844.  By her he had six additional children (see above).  He was an attorney by trade, and served as Probate Judge in DeSoto County for a time.

John Vance – 1845 – 1870.
John W. Vance was born in DeSoto County, the eldest child of Judge John W. Vance and Eliza A. Clarke.  He was a Confederate soldier, serving in Co. I, 29th Mississippi Regiment, along with his half brother, Rienzi.  He was wounded on May 14, 1864 at Resaca, Georgia.  He died prior to the 1870 Census.  He never married.

George T. Clarke – 1838 – 1858.
He was born in Alabama.  He was the son of Eliza Clarke Vance by her first husband.  He is shown on the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 382) along with his sister, Eliza A. Clarke (b. 1840, AR), his mother and the Vance family.


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