Nance, George W.

Born: 1798-03-29 Virginia

Died: 1889-03-20 Menard County, Illinois

Flourished: 1834-1838 Menard County, Illinois

Nance emigrated from his native state to Green County, Kentucky, sometime after the War of 1812. While still living in Kentucky, Nance married Elizabeth Martin, with whom he had fourteen children, nine born in Green County. Nance and his family moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, sometime before 1834. In 1836, he purchased land near Rock Creek in that portion of Sangamon County that would soon be subsumed into Menard County. His last five children would be born in Menard County. In 1847, Nance acquired property near Forest City in Mason County, Illinois. In 1850, he was living in Menard County and employed as a farmer. His real property was valued at $600. In 1860, he owned real estate valued at $1,800 and had a personal estate of $980.

Gravestone, Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, IL; George W. Nance, The Nance Memorial: The History of the Nance Family in General (Bloomington, IL: J. E. Burke, 1904), 254-55; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, Menard County, 69:181, Mason County, 70:90, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Menard County, IL, 295; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Menard County, IL, 312; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Menard County, IL, 70.