Note from Tim Vance:
Today 29-Oct-2003 I went to the Vance Family Cemetery at Red Ash, Virginia in Tazewell County. I spent a little over 7 hours cutting brush, and raking the Cemetery. I cleaned a path from the bottom of the hill up to the Cemetery, no problem walking up there now. I took some pictures while there, a few when I first got there, and a few before I left. I still need to do some more work there, and next year I plan to put up a fence around the cemetery. Fencing this one is not as important as fencing the one on Glen Burke Mountain, if we have a fence up around it, it will be a lot easier for the loggers to see! Anyway I hope you enjoy the pictures of the Vance Family Cemetery located in Red Ash.
And remember any donation to help get these cemeteries cleaned and then maintained so they don't get overgrown again would be appreciated. Today I broke my sling-blade so I need to buy another one. I need to get another rake and hoe, I left mine up on Glen Burke Mountain so I wouldn't have to carry them back and forth up and down the Mtn. as I work on the cemetery, today I borrowed a rake. Once they are cleaned it will be easier to keep them cleaned. If maintenance is done on them on a regular basis they will not become overgrown again, and in such bad shape.
So consider a donation to clean, restore, and maintain these cemeteries, and to help keep Abner Vance's Homepage the biggest personal genealogy site on the web!
You can send the donations to:
P.O. Box 428
Richlands, Va. 24641
I took this picture at the Vance Family Cemetery at Red Ash, Virginia on 29-Oct-2003, this Cemetery was last cleaned in the year 2000 by myself (Tim Vance) and my son's Timothy Joshua Vance, and William Harley Vance III. I now have the time to clean, restore, and maintain these old cemeteries. I was standing at the foot of Fields Joshua Vance's grave looking toward the grave of John Wesley Smith (Brother of Abinda Louise "Smith" Vance) when I took this picture. If you look close in the foreground you can see the fieldstone marking the grave of Bertha Elender (Vance) Griffith, she is the daughter of Fields Joshua and Abinda Louise (Smith) Vance, and the wife of Payne Griffith. As you can see the cemetery is in need of some cleaning. This picture was taken by Tim Vance.
I took this picture 29-Oct-2003 at The Vance Family Cemetery at Red Ash, Virginia in Tazewell County. This was after I done some brush cutting, and raking. I am standing about 20 feet from the grave of John Wesley Smith (Brother of Abinda Louise "Smith" Vance) looking toward the rest of the cemetery. Looking to the left (I think I have this right) The stone farthest away is the grave of Abinda Louise "Smith" Vance wife of Fields Joshua Vance, daughter of Jackson Smith (Buried on Red Root Ridge Va. Taz. Co.) and Serepta Leticia "Hicks" Smith (Buried on Red Root Ridge Va. Taz. Co.) Still looking on the left, the next stone coming toward me "The tallest stone" is the grave of Fields Joshua Vance husband of Abinda Louise "Smith" Vance, son of William Harley Vance (Buried on Glen Burke Mtn. Va. Taz. Co.) and Margaret Louise "Helton" "Vance" Christian "Maggie" (Buried on Glen Burke Mtn. Va. Taz. Co.) Still looking to the left, the closest stone to me is the grave of Bertha Elender "Vance" Griffith, daughter of Fields Joshua and Abinda Louise "Smith" Vance, wife of Payne Griffith. Now look to the right just across from the grave of Abinda Louise "Smith" Vance, this is the grave of Clint R. Vance "Preacher" the son of Fields Joshua and Abinda Louise "Smith" Vance. The husband of Nelle "Boothe" Vance. Fields Joshua and Abinda Louise "Smith" Vance are my Grandparents. The black thing at the foot of Fields Joshua Vance's grave is my backpack. This picture was taken by Tim Vance.
I took this picture on 29-Oct-2003 at the Vance Family Cemetery in Red Ash, Virginia, Tazewell County. Yes! It's me! I sat the camera on top of the fieldstone marking the grave of Fields Joshua Vance, I was at the foot of the grave. This was before I got started working. Picture Taken by Tim Vance.