Hi, My name is Carol Ann Auty and I have been trying to find out an answer to a mystery regarding my ggrandmother Mary Lance and her brother John for years now. I am hoping that maybe some family member can help me unravel the mystery. Martha Isabel Killian married my gggrandfather Thomas Jacob Dotry Lance. There are two children Mary and John Lance that show up on all census reports living with Martha and Thomas and their natural children. I am trying to figure out if Thomas was married to Amanda EJ Redmond first (like it says in the LDS listing) and did Amanda and Thomas have these two children? Or did Thomas and Martha adopt and raise someone else's two children? What ever really happened, Martha must have been special to raise Mary and John as her own and I am grateful that she did because Mary is my ggrandmother and without her I would not have had my wonderful grandmother Martha Estella Stanley or my wonderful Mother Betty Grace Weaver nor would I be or my children and grandchildren. There is a family folk lore that Mary Lance was Cherokee Indian and I would not doubt that as my grandmother looked undoubtedly Indian! I am pasting in a little genealogy report to give you a clearer prespective on what I am saying. I hope some one in the Killian/Lance/Redmond/Redman families will find this intriguing and maybe try to help me get over this brick wall. Maybe some one still lives in the area's where all this took place. I live in Massachusetts and have run up every lead I can think of along with my telephone bills:)
Thank you so much and I hope to hear from you, Carol
Child of THOMAS LANCE and CATHERINE STARNES is:
THOMAS JACOB DOTRY LANCE (THOMAS, JOHN SR. LENTZ, JOHANNES PETER, HANS PETRUS, HINRICH) was born Abt. 1835 in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC, and died Abt. 1909. He married acording to LDS WFT (1) AMANDA E. J. REDMAN WFT Est. 1852-1884. She was born WFT Est. 1831-1851, and died WFT Est. 1852-1935. Thomas then married (2) MARTHA ISABEL KILLIAN August 26, 1868 in Fannin Co., GA by Wm. Franklin, MG, She was born Abt. 1836 in Union Co., GA, and died in WA. She was the daughter of Daniel Killian and Mary Washam.
Children of THOMAS LANCE and MARTHA KILLIAN are:
i.MARY LANCE, b. March 15, 1867; d. February 07, 1960.
ii.JOHN LANCE, b. Abt. 1868.
iii.CLAUDIA S. (CLAUDY) LANCE, b. Abt. 1870; m. A.R. WEAVER, October 02, 1890, Fannin Co., GA; b. Abt. 1866, GA.
iv.JOSEPHINE LANCE, b. Abt. 1871; m. UNKNOWN LONG.
v.LOIS HASSELTINE LANCE, b. Abt. 1876, Talking Rock, GA.
Notes:Mary and John are not the natural children of Martha Isabel, although census records show that she raised them from infancy.
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