She was from Randolph County, NC; and she is said to have been the daughter of the High Sheriff of Randolph County. It seems probable that she was the daughter of Isaac Lane and Mary Wood. Isaac was Sheriff of Randolph County from 1800 to 1825, and he was a Colonel in the Militia. He was also a surveyor and he laid out the town of Asheboro in 1840. His father was John Lane, a lawyer. Mary Wood's father was Zebedee Wood. He was the representative for Randolph County from 1786-87 and 1788-89, and he served as state senator for Randolph County in 1791-93. John Lane and Zebedee Wood were two of the officers of the court to give Andrew Jackson his examination for the bar. Zebedee Wood had a son, Clement, who was born physically challenged, and he provided in his will that Mary was to care for him. Clement died in 1825 and left two orphans: John Wood, who became the ward of Eli Coble, and Hetty Wood, the ward of John B. Troy.
Kara Spence has information that Nancy Lane's parents were Alfred Lane and Martha Pulliam.
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