I would also appreciate learning anything at all about Nancy VanSant's parents. I have learned a few things concerning her that could be clues:
First, my great-great grandfather was Wilbourne Henderson VanSant. Nancy Taylor VanSant Bowling named a son Wilbourne Henderson Bowling.
Next, both Nancy & my great-great grandfather were born in Virginia (she Tazewell, he Russell County) and both lived & died in Elliott (originally Morgan) County, Kentucky.
Wilbourne Henderson VanSant married Lavisa Susan Hunter and they had 8 children. The first two were named James & Elizabeth. James was born 1843, Elizabeth 1846 - I have this from the 1850 Morgan County, Kentucky census.
Finally, at the Virginia Digital Library site I found an 1856 obituary for Elizabeth VanSant, wife of James VanSant who died April 22, 1856.
I don't know anything about this James & Elizabeth VanSant of Virginia yet, but think the fact that Wilbourne Henderson VanSant named his first child James and his second one Elizabeth just might be clues to the names of his parents. That Nancy T. VanSant Bowling named a child Wilbourne Henderson makes it seem probable that she and my great-great grandfather might have been siblings. (She was born 1813, I believe; and he was born 1819.)
Also, I have a small bit of data from an 1896 publication which states that W.H. VanSant's father was an early settler in Pennsylvania who migrated to Maryland then to Virginia. (The source is "Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky" published by John M. Grisham Co., Chicago, Illinois, published 1896, page 182.)
These are merely clues and I, too, am interested in learning whatever more I can about this particular VanSant family.
Dorothy Van Sant Little
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