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H. M. VANCE, stock dealer, Findlay, was born in Findlay, this county, February 1, 1833; son of Wilson and Sarah (Wilson) Vance, pioneers of Hancock County, and nephew of Gov. Joseph Vance, of Ohio. He is the only survivor of a family of eight sons and four daughters. The Vances come of pioneer stock in the State, from Virginia. Wilson Vance was born in Mason County, Ky., January 19, 1796, son of Joseph Colville and Sarah (Wilson) Vance, natives of Virginia (Loudoun County), and of Scotch-Irish ancestry. They removed to Kentucky in 1788, and to Ohio about 1800, settling in Greene County, and in 1804 moved to Urbana, Ohio. In the fall of 1821 Wilson and Sarah Vance came to Findlay, this county, where, besides serving as merchant, farmer, etc., he filled many important official positions. After a useful and honorable life he passed away September 30, 1862, respected by all who knew him. He was a strong Whig in politics, and never voted with either of the present parties. The subject of this sketch has spent the most of his life in Findlay, engaged in a variety of useful industries. He married, November 2, 1855, in Franklin County, Ohio, Flora, daughter of Alexander Shattuck, and by this union has one son and four daughters: Sally, wife of Walter G. Higgins, of Fremont, Neb.; May, wife of Charles Bigelow, of Findlay Township, this county; Carrie, wife of Samuel S. Howard, a resident of Chicago, Ill.; Mary J. and Cloys Wilson, at home. Mrs. Vance is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In politics Mr. Vance is a Democrat. [Source: History of Hancock co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]


CHARLES E. VAN HORN, farmer, P. O. Vanlue, born April 17, 1843, in Amanda Township, Hancock Co., Ohio, is a son of Charles and Sarah (Twining) Van Horn, natives of Pennsylvania, and who were among the successful pioneer farmers of Hancock County, Ohio. Our subject was educated in Amanda Township, this county, reared on a farm, and became one of the prosperous farmers of his county. October 17, 1866, he married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Rebecca Smith, natives of Virginia, who settled in Wyandot County, Ohio. This union has been blessed with five children, of whom Annie A. and Lorena Garnet are living; the others died young. Mr. Van Horn, who is one of the prosperous farmers of this county, lives on the old home farm originally entered by his father, and on which he has made many modern improvements. It contains 100 acres of excellent land, and is under good cultivation. Mr. Van Horn is a charter member of Mt. Blanchard Masonic Lodge, No. 519, and member of the Commandery of Tiffin, also of the Ancient Order of Scottish Rites, of Cincinnati, Ohio. [Source: History of Hancock co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]


JAMES M. VAN HORN
, farmer, P. O. Vanlue, born January 11, 1829, in Bucks County, Penn., is the son of Charles and Sarah (Twining) Van Horn, natives of Bucks County, Penn. The. Van Horns were originally from Holland, the earliest record of them in this country dating back to 1640, when they settled in New York. Abraham Van Horn, the great grandfather of our subject, came to Bucks County, Penn., with a number of his sons, who purchased, in 1720-22, the first land held by the family. His grandsons, Charles and Samuel, afterward came to Ohio. Charles Van Horn, born in Bucks County, Penn., was the youngest of twelve children, none of whom are now living. He married, in 1826, Sarah Twining, and by this union there were ten children. In 1832 he stopped one year in Jefferson County, Ohio, and came to Hancock County, Ohio, in 1833, settled in Amanda Township, bought 110 acres of land, entered another ninety-six acres, began pioneer life, and became one of the leading and successful farmers of his day. His children were George W., James M., Robert, Mary (wife of H. McUmber), Martha (widow of Mathias Marvin), Harrison (deceased September 28, 1837), Phebe (wife of Dr. J. A. Grove), Sarah (wife of William Carothers), Charles E. and John. James M Van Horn was married in October, 1848, to Mary M., daughter of David and Elizabeth Morehart. By this union there are ten children: Sarah E. (wife of George Russell), Harriet A. (wife of A. F. Wise), W. S. (a physician in Mount Blanchard, married Agnes A. Allison), James V. (married to Diana Wagoner), Martha J. (wife of S. B. Vansant), Iro, Elma F., Melinda, Lincoln, Ralph W. Our subject has a fine farm, and is one of the leading farmers of Amanda Township. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and also of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His brother, John, who was born January 19, 1846, in Amanda Township, this county, married in March, 1872, Miss Anna Parker, by whom he has three children: Sarah, Earl and Virgil. Ho owns a part of the old home farm on which his parents lived for many years. He is of a cheerful disposition, and, surrounded by his pleasant family, resides near Blanchard Crook. [Source: History of Hancock co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]


SMITH VAN HORN, farmer, P. O. Mount Blanchard, born August 26, 1826, in Bucks County, Penn., is a son of Samuel T. and Phebe (Twining) Van Horn, natives of Pennsylvania. Samuel T. Van Horn came to Ohio in 1834. He was twice married. His first wife, nee Phebe Twining, bore him five children: Jacob (deceased), Charles, Isaac, Sarah (wife of William Richardson, of St. Joseph County, Ind.), and Smith, our subject. His second wife was Mrs. Sarah Delph, a widow, and by her he had two children: Mary J. (wife of Alfred C. Russell, in Michigan), and John, in Jackson County, Oreg. Samuel T. Van Horn resided one year in Monroe County, and then moved to Big Spring Township, this county, where he passed the remainder of his days. Smith Van Horn received his education in the county schools, and became an efficient teacher. Of twenty years of his early life, the first ten were spent in teaching during winters and farming during summer, and occasionally going to school a term either in fall or spring. The last ten were devoted to teaching and superintending union schools during the entire school year. Was once offered the mathematical chair of the Moore's Hill College, Indiana. He married, November 22, 1857, Martha E. Wiseman, and to this union four children have been born: Alma, wife of William Watermire; Flora, Minnie M. and Bessie. In 1869 Mr. Van Horn purchased from his father-in-law a fine farm of 112 acres of land. He is a Republican in politics; has held the office of school director twelve years; was a member of the township school board most of that time, and is an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He acquired his education and property by his own exertions, and has been successful. His library is one of the finest in Amanda Township. [Source: History of Hancock co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]


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