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Nance Ancestry

My later father William Herman Johnson used to say, "We have some Nance back in there somewhere" and in March 2015, that Nance ancestry was found on findagrave.com! While Find-A-Grave must be used judiciously, I have found supporting documentation.

The name NANCE has been seen as Nans, Nantz and Naantz as well. According to Chris Nance's post on NANCE (surname) From Around the World regarding DNA research, the Y-DNA Haplogroup I2a Isles B1 Nance line has likely origin in England from 1100 to 1600, and possibly more ancient origins in France or Germany before 1100. The Lyon(s) Family is the closest related to that Y-DNA. The Lyon(s) migration history is from France to Scotland then to America. In the Phylogenic Tree for I2a Isles, Nance is toward the bottom middle. Burks is part of Lyon and Sharp is part of Nance. We need more Nance and Lyon men from France and the UK to Y-DNA test.

 

Some have Richard Nance (b. 1604-d.1665) of St. Keverne, Cornwall, England, as the father of William, but Y-DNA does not support a relation between the American Nances and those from Cornwall. Thanks to Christopher Nance and Sonia Nance-Roberts for this information. The article "A FAREWELL TO ILLOGAN" - Are we actually descended from the St. Clement Nances? also supports the Y-DNA conclusion that American Nances are not descended from the Cornish Nances. For more information, you can see what was on this page and the discussion that led to its change 18 January 2016, by referring to this Facebook discussion. On August 5, 2016, after further DNA testing, it was found that Richard Nance (b. 1604) is the progenitor of American Nances, but that he is not connected by Y-DNA to the Cornish Nances. Chris Nance suggests that he does not match the Y-DNA due to either NPE (non-parent event) or that he was the bastard son of a Nance woman. For more information, refer to this Facebook discussion.

Richard Nance (b. 1604)
  Thomas Tinsley, Sr.
b. 1618
             
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  William Nance, Sr.   Elizabeth Tinsley
(also seen as
Margaret Tinsley
or possibly
Mary Elizabeth Tinsley)
             
  b. 1648
James City, Henrico Co., VA
d. 1727
James City Co., VA
Buried in
Nance's Shop Cemetery
in Charles City, VA.
m. 1685 b. ca. 1650
d. ?
James City Co., VA
Buried in
Nance's Family Plantation
in James City Co., VA.
The burial locations are suspect as couples would typically have been buried in the same location.        
                       
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    Daniel Nance, Sr.   Elizabeth
(maiden name unknown)
             
    b. 1680
Nance, Charles City Co., VA
d. 1750
Nance, Charles City Co., VA
Buried in
Nance's Shop Cemetery
in Charles City, VA.
m. ? b. 1686
d. 1750
             
                       
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      Daniel Nance, Jr.   Mary
(maiden name unknown)
According to The Nance Memorial: A History of the Nance Family in General, But More Particularly of Clement Nance, of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and Descendants, Containing Historical and Biographical Records with Family Lineage by George Washington Nance (p. 339): Daniel Nance, junior, of Prince George county, 200 acres both sides of Picture Branch adjoining upper line of John Nance on the north side of Picture Branch. June 20, 1733. No. 1 5, page 88.
      b. 1706
Prince George Co., VA
d. 13 June 1784
Randolph Co., NC
Will: p.1, p.2
m. ? b. 1710
d. 1771
           
                       
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        Thomas Nance, Sr.   Elizabeth Ann Hudson          
        b. 1740
Mecklenburg Co., VA
d. August 1811
Randolph Co., NC
Will: p.1, p.2, additional page
m. ca. 1760 b. 1744 in VA
d. 1808
Randolph Co., NC
         
                       
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The Nance Memorial: A History of the Nance Family in General, But More Particularly of Clement Nance, of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and Descendants, Containing Historical and Biographical Records with Family Lineage by George Washington Nance (p. 329) mentions Robert Nance "[l]ived in Mecklinburg county, Virginia. He had three nephews, Hudson, Marshall, and Thomas, who settled in Randolph county, North Carolina, about 1795." Hudson is mentioned in his father's will. Hudson Nance, Sr.   Elizabeth "Betsy" Hubbard        
A page from Hudson's 193-page estate document mentions his children, including "Anna Kearns ^his daughter, widow of John Keerans". Hudson died intestate and the court proceedings over his estate lasted several years, a span which included the death of his son-in-law John C. Kearns 2 years later. b. 3 March 1766
Mecklenburg Co., VA
d. 18 October 1856
Randolph Co., NC
Buried at North Bend Cemetery
in Jackson Creek, Randolph Co., NC
m. ca. 1790 b. 27 May 1769 in VA
d. 18 August 1860
Randolph Co., NC
Buried at North Bend Cemetery
in Jackson Creek, Randolph Co., NC
Will: p.1, p.2
       
                       
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John Crawford Kearns (Keerans), Sr.
  Anna "Annie" Nance          
        b. 27 May 1794
Randolph Co., NC
d. 2 September 1858
Randolph Co., NC
Buried at Salem UMC Cemetery
Martha, Randolph Co., NC
tombstone
m. ? b. 30 June 1797 in NC
d. 24 December 1874
Randolph Co., NC
Buried at Salem UMC Cemetery
Martha, Randolph Co., NC
tombstone
Estate Document
Anna is mentioned in her mother's will. NOTE: This page relies mostly on Find-A-Grave for its information. Find-A-Grave is known to not always have valid information, so consider this information bearing that in mind. In the meantime, I search for supporting documentation.
                       
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descendants
           
Developed in March 2015.