Friday's Random 5 & Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Houston Vance




  1. William Houston Vance, (my 2nd cousin, twice removed) born In Perry County Arkansas,  was the son of Samuel & Sarah Albey Vance.
  2. His sister and only sibling,  Diana Emma Vance, was five years older than he was. He and his sister were left motherless before William was four years old, and his father married twice more- Janey Coker in 1904 and M.C. Ray in 1914, although Samuel is listed as widowed in both the 1910 and 1920 census. 
  3. Diana passed in 1914, after a brief marriage.  As far as I can tell, William was a life long bachelor. 
  4. By 1920, he had served as a soldier in the US Army during WW1 and by 1930 he was residing with his father in the Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases.  His father passed there two years later. 
  5. I find no trace of William Houston Vance between the 1930 census and his death. He died in a veterans hospital in Fort Meade, South Dakota. He was buried in the National Cemetery at Little Rock.  According to the report of internment, no next of kin attended his funeral.