My Father's story of Abner Vance I can remember my Father talking about Abner Vance my G,G,G,G,Grandfather. The story was passed down over the years from one generation to another. Not saying this is true, but this is what I was told by a great man!!My Father!!
Abner Vance was born in North Carolina in the mid 1700's. He was referred to as Rev. Vance! He spent his time traveling around the wilderness preaching, and hunting. He was a Daniel BOONE type longhunter, which meant he spent a lot of time away from home. He came to Southwest Virginia in the late 1700's, settling in Russell Co. He hunted, farmed, trapped and done some surveying to support his family.
His daughter Elizabeth fell in love with a man that did not have good intentions toward her. To make a long story short, he ruined her reputation. Abner and Susannah, his wife, tried to get the man to marry Elizabeth, but he refused. After a brief argument, Abner shot the man and killed him. He supposidly hid out in Logan Co. WVa. for some time before coming back to Russell Co. and turning himself in, believing that he would be aquitted of the crime of murder under the circumstances. Friends, and family members also believed he would be found not guilty. He was an upstanding citizen of the surrounding community, and everyone knew him as a kind, family man, with a strong feeling for protecting his family, which is the way most Father's feel toward their children.
This strong feeling for his family is what eventually led to his downfall, as I am sure the same thing has led to the downfall of many a good man through out the years.
In the end he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang. He was hanged on July 16, 1819 in Washington Co. Va. His daughter Elizabeth never married, but had several children, one of them was "BAD" Jim vance, that was involved in the Hatfield and McCoy feud. Another of them, Nancy married Ephraim Hatfield, and was the mother of Anderson "DEVIL ANSE" Hatfield. Is this story about Abner true? I don't know! I only know what I was told!! Let me hear your version about the events leading up to the death of Abner Vance! I really would like to hear from you. My e-mail Address is:*****firstname.lastname@example.org