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Descendants of Thomas Provance

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN WILLIAM2 PROVANCE (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1722 in unknown, and died Abt. 1782 in Unknown. He married (1) ELIZABETH THOMPSON. She was born Unknown, and died Abt. 1781 in Fayette County, PA. He married (2) SARAH YARD Unknown in ?, daughter of JOSEPH YARD and SUSANNAH SPENCER. She was born Abt. 1724, and died 1796 in Green County, PA.

Notes for J

John William Provance was a resident of Springhill Township in 1772 which was in Bedford County,
PA. Green County and Washington were also thought to be part of Springhill Township.

In 1772 and until Westmoreland County was established in 1773 Bedford County encompassed all
of Southwestern Pensylvania.

Some Historians say that Sarah Yard Wright married Thomas Provance,but if
you look at Sarah's will probated July 26, 1796 there is no way the recipients
correlate with Thomas Provance.
Recipients in Sarah Yard Provance's will were
Stepson ---------- John Province(Son of John William) Grand son--- Samuel Wright
Grand son ------- David Wright Grand Dau.-- Permilla Rockhold
Step Dau. ------ Marget Casto Step Dau --- Jane McClelland
Grandchildren-Children of Rachel Hargis Grd.Child. Children of Mary Province
Son-----Joseph Yard Province Son -- Benjamin Wright
Eliz. Wright-- Benjam. Wrights Dau. Permilla Rockhold Dau. Sarah
Hillin Gautherd Frances Gautherd
Elzabeth Gautherd Sarah Douglas
Sarah Wright Mary Wright
Elizabeth Province Sarah Elizabeth Province
Sara Wright Dau. of Ben. Wright

Some of the oldest land titles in Southwestern Pennsylvania in the latter 1700's
was warranted to John W. Province Oct. 11, 1771 surveyed 1772, 342 acres.
Oct. 11, 1771 366 acres warranted to Joseph Yard Province, surveyed in 1772.
At this time Joseph couldn't have been more than seven years old. Joseph Yard
Provance was born 1764. It is believed by many Historians that Joseph Yard
Provance was the son of John William Provance.
Excerpt Taken from the Compendium of American Genealogy. First Families of America. Washington Rich ( 1819 - 1860 ), of New Geneva, Fayette County,
Pa,: Married 1842, Salina Provance ( 1822 - 1904 ; Joseph Y. (5) married Rachel Spencer; John Wm. (6), Amer. Rev.; Married Sarah, Dau. of John Yards, from England; James Purviance (7); John (8), of Virginia.
This Marriage is entered on the last page of the Old Testament in Joseph Yard Provance's Bible.
Today we find many differences in the spelling and pronunciation of Provance.
It is most likely that many of the Provance S were illiterate back in the late 1700's
and early 1800's. My Great Great Grandfather Jesse Provance, son of Joseph Yard Provance changed his Sir name to Province. I find that many of the Provances that stayed in Pennsylvania spell their name Provins.
To name a few: Provance, Provence, Province, Provin and Provins.
It seems after Joseph Yard Provances death that several of his sons migrated
to different parts of the United States. My Great Great Grandfather Jesse migrated to Monroe county, Ohio, then to Marietta, Washington County, Ohio. then from there he migrated to Westmoreland, Potawatomie County,Kansas and lived there until their death.
John William Provance: Born 1722 Died Abt. 1785 Is listed in the DAR Patriots
Index for the Revolutionary war along with his son Joseph Yard Provance..
John William Provance is also known to have been in The Lord Dunmores War.
Charles Shepherd II
Son of Stella Grace Province Shepherd
The DAR have John William Provance's death listed about 1785. I have seen no
history of John William after the Revolutionary war. John William was a Frontiersman and fought in two wars. I am of the opinion that maybe he perished
in the Revolutionary war. I would like to know if any one has any information on this subject.
Charles Shepherd II

History source: Daughters of the American Revolution
Uniontown,PA Library
History of Ten Mile Country/
Thomas Provance Will
Sarah Yard Wright Will
Children of J
  i.   MARGARAT3 PROVANCE, b. 1756, Unknown.
  ii.   JOHN WILLIAM PROVANCE JR., b. Abt. 1742.
This is the John William Province named in Sarah Yard Provoance's Will
John William Provance Jr is named along with his father John William
and Joseph Yard Provance In the DAR Patroit list as having serverd in the
Revolitionary War

  iii.   JANE PROVANCE, b. Unknown, Unknown; m. MCCLELLAND; b. Unknown.
Children of JOHN PROVANCE and SARAH YARD are:
3. v.   JOSEPH YARD3 PROVANCE, b. March 31, 1764, Frederick County, Virginia; d. May 16, 1843, Fayette County, PA.
  vii.   PARMELIA PROVANCE, b. November 25, 1772, Fayette County, PA.
Was one of the children named in Sarah Yard"s Will

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