The Vance Family

From the Vance Family Display at the Avery County Historical Museum

The Vance's of Plumtree

In 1887, Thomas Beauregard Vance married Sara Cordelia Wiseman.  T. B. Vance was born at Linville River in 1865.  He participated in the Mica industry of Avery County, was postmaster of Plumtree and kept one of the best stocked stores in the area.   

Obituary of Thomas Beauregard Vance Sr. as it appeared in the AveryCounty Newspaper

Thomas Beauregard Vance was born at Altamont on the 9th day of October 1861, and died at his home at Plumtree Friday evening, September 28th, 1928 at 7:20 o'clock.
The deceased was the oldest living son of Thomas D. Vance and Elmire Dellinger Vance and was one of a family of eleven children all but three of whom are still living. The others are as follows:
Charlotte D. Jones, Umatilla, Fla; Mrs. Mary E. Key, Sumerville, PA, J E Vance, Johnson City, TN, D T Vance, Plumtree, R B Vance, Allendale,SC, Mrs. Eula Childs, Ingalls, NC, Mrs. J. L. Banner, deceased, C M Vance, Belen, NM, Miss Julia Vance, Johnson City, TN, Ed N. Vance, Plumtree, NC and Marcus D Vance, deceased.
In 1887, the deceased was married to Sara Wiseman who with eight sons and one daughter survive him. The children are Ira, Ernest, Pat, Hobart, Ted, Hale, Ethel, Joe and Junior.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the church at Plumtree and was conducted by Rev. T W Clapp assisted by Rev Hall and was attended by a great crowd of sorrowing and sympathizing friends including nearly all of the businessmen of Avery County and many from Mitchell, many of whom had closed their places of business out of respect for the memory of the deceased.
The pall bearers were the six sons of Mr. W. C. Burleson, his former business associate; R. M., Dr. W.B., Frank, Henry, D P, and S L.
A profusions of beautiful floral tributes to his memory were born by large number of young ladies and over a hundred automobiles joined in the procession that bore the remains from the church to the graveyard.
For nearly forty years, the deceased has been one of the leaders in the development of the intrests of Avery County. For four years he was a member of the firm of Jones and Vance at Elk Park, the remainder of the time has been spent at his loved home in Plumtree.
In 1891 he was the leading spirit in the concern that built the second oldest mica mill in the world. Two or three years later he sold his interest and in 1894, he and a brother D. T. Vance started in a very small way to grind mica under the name of Vance Brothers. In 1900, the firm dissolved partnership and Mr. Vance has since conducted his business in his individual name, building up a splendid and profitable business in the mercantile line as well as in other lines in which he was interested. Mr. Vance was a public spirited man and was the source of strength that carried many of his neighbors over the hard places in life that sometimes beset all.
While the family has lost so much, their loss is shared in an unusually large measure by the entire community and to a large extent by the entire county. He is enjoying the rewards of a well-spent life.




Obituary of Sarah Elmira Vance (Mrs. T. B. Vance)

Mrs. T. B. Vance

Funeral services for Mrs. T. B. Vance, age 81,one of Plumtree's oldest residents, who died at her home Friday morning after a lingering illness were held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Plumtree Presbyterian Church. The Rev. T. W. Clapp officiated assisted by the Rev. J. P. Hall. Burial followed in the Yellow Mountain cemetery at Plumtree.
Mrs Vance was a member of the Plumtree Presbyterian church where she joined about 65 years ago and remained an active member until her declining health about two years ago. She was a native and life-long resident of the Plumtree section and attended the old Plumtree Academy.  About sixty years ago she was united in marriage to Thomas B. Vance who passed away in 1928. Mrs. Vance was well known throughout Avery and Mitchell counties.
Surviving are one daughter, Miss Ethel Vance of Plumtree six sons, Joe, Ira, and T. B Jr. of Plumtree; Hale of Boone, Pat of Elk Park, and Hobart Vance of Adel, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. D. T. Vance of Plumtree and Mrs. Mannrssa Wiseman of Spoal: three half-sisters; Mrs. Fred Burleson of Spear, Mrs.. Tom Watson of Plumtree and Mrs. Sam Smith of Three Mile; three half-brothers; Will Justice of Spear,. John Justice of Montezumea, and James Gudger Justice of Oregon; 19 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Active Pallbearers were Ivor Vance, Friel Vance Sam Vance. Diester Watson, Cecil Burleson, Sam Smith. Jr., Howard Smith and Paul Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. W. B. Burleson, Frank Burleson, Henry Burleson, Vester Stafford, J. P. Hughes, R. B. Gaddy, Arthur Thompson, Ray Thompson, T. J. Greene, R. M. Burleson, E. C Guy, E. G. Eller, J. H. VonCannon, Sam Ray, Howard Dugger, Brooks Holtsclaw, B. H. Winters, Bob Brinkley, Bill Brinkley, Ronald Hughes, Claude Hughes, Charlie Hughes. Jim Phillips and Frank Phillips.
Flowerbearers were Patsy Vance, Gail Vance, Janice Avery, Joan Vance, Elizabeth Vance, Mrs. Sam Odom, Mrs Lewie Aldridge, Mrs. Ed Lee Avery, Gwen Avery, Addie Burleson, Rachel Franklin, Maxine Franklin, Mrs. Virginia Ryan, Mrs. Sammy Smith, Mrs. Howard Smith, Mrs. Ted. Smith, Mary Smith, Mrs. John Vanover, Barbara Vanover, Mrs, Friel Vance, Mrs. Sam Vance, Mrs. Ivor Vance, Mrs. Ralph Pyatte, Mrs. Deiter Watson. Mrs. Herman Buchanan, Mrs. Lucy Honeyeutt Mrs. Edna Burleson, Mrs. Milton Vance, Mitze Watson, Mrs. Mrs. Clay Wiseman, Lira Wiseman, Lucille Wiseman, Mrs. George Nesbitt and Lucy Vance. Webb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements



Sara Wiseman Vance's grandson, Tom, remembers his grandmother, Sarah Vance, having one eye. The story he was told is that when her father came home from the Civil War he had never seen his child. He lit a candle and bent over the cradle to see her. Hot tallow dripped from the candle and destroyed her eye.

Sarah always dressed in black and because she knew where the rocks were in the Toe River, she was able to walk across the river without getting wet. Everyone said she was a witch because of this.

After the death of Mr. Vance, which she called her husband, she always set a place at the table for him and no one was allowed to eat at that place.


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