- Vance Surname Origins
- Vaus/Vans in Scotland
- Patrick Vance in America
- Vances in Virginia
- Cyrus Vance's Ancestry
- Reader Feedback - James Vance to Canada
- Wentz/Vance in America
Vance Surname Origins
According to the antiquarian Sir James Dalrymple: "The ancient surname of Vans in the later charters, called DeVallibus, is the same with the name Vaux in England and is one of the first surnames that appeared there after the Conquest."
In Scottish heraldry it was recorded that: "Few of the ancient names of Scotland can trace their origin to so distinguished a foreign source as that of Vans, or more properly Vaus or DeVaux."
The Gazetteer of Scotland stated: "In the twelfth century the Anglo-Norman family of DeVallibus or DeVaux obtained a grant of the manors of Golyn and Dirleton and parts of Fenton;" and later: “The home of the family at Dirleton in East Lothian was transferred to Barnborroch (or Kirkinner) in Wigtonshire."
Vaus/Vans in Scotland
The Vans in Scotland were originally de Vaux and then Vaus. The first in Scotland was said to have been Phillip de Vaux in the 1150’s.
de Vaus obtained the lands of Barnbarroch in Wigtonshire in 1384 and
from him has been more readily traceable.
DNA testing has suggested that this Barnbarroch Vaus line was
not only a
family in its own right, but also a branch of a Scottish superfamily to
large groups of Elliotts, Glendennings, Littles, and McClains.
Vaus/Vans of this line were:
Vaus (died in the 1460’s)
Vaus (died in 1482)
Vaus (died in
Vaus (died in battle in 1547)
Patrick Vaus (died in 1597)
Vans (died in 1642)
- and Sir John Vans (died in 1673).
Patrick Vance in
came to America from Donegal in the 1750’s and settled in Cumberland
Pennsylvania. Per the 1768 tax list
Patrick had a three hundred acre farm and owned four horses, six cows
twice. The first time was to Sarah
Taylor with whom he had six children.
Sarah sadly died soon after the birth of their sixth child. In 1778 Patrick married again, to Elizabeth
Houston by whom he was to have an additional nine children.
home in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania,
a large and impressive two-story structure, still exists and presently
as the corporate headquarters for a quarry company.
the mid-1790’s Patrick and his family
moved south to the sparsely settled area of North Carolina west of the
Ridge Mountains (now Jefferson county, Tennessee). There
he purchased 640 acres, established a
farm, and lived until his death in 1803.
Vances in Virginia
The Rev. James Vance, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, Virginia, said the following:
The Rev. Hugh Vance was pastor of the Tuscarora and Back Creek Presbyterian churches in Virginia from 1771 until his death twenty years later.
Cyrus Vance's Ancestry
Clarksburg was where Cyrus Vance was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1917 in an old family mansion (now demolished) at the corner of Pike and Sixth Street. Vance came under the wing of his cousin John Davis, a noted Clarksburg attorney and Democratic Presidential candidate in 1924.
Reader Feedback - James
Vance to Canada
The James Vance who came from Wigtonshire in Scotland and settled in Oxford county, Ontario in Scotland was one of five brothers: David, Robert, George, James and Joseph. We have a family record that says that four came initially. It appears that a fifth came later - maybe that was James? Joseph was my great great grandfather and he arrived around 1836.
Christine Goodnough (email@example.com)
Wentz/Vance in America
Examples have been:
- Johann Diel Handle Wentz, a German immigrant who married Elizabeth Casner in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania in 1750. He became Vance during his lifetime.
- and John Philip Wentz, a German immigrant who lived and died (in 1795) in York county, Pennsylvania. His descendants became Vance in the early 1800's.