Sarah Ann Harrell Chance

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James Chance
1795 - 1863
His Wife
Sarah Ann (Harrell) Chance
1800 - 1862

Both Emigrated from Hines County, Miss.
In 1838 and Died in Milam County, Texas.
James Chance served as a Private in
Captain Isaac Townsend's Company,
De Clouet's Regiment, Louisiana Militia,
War of 1812
Full Name: Sarah Ann Harrell Chance
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:U  Number:12
Reason for Eligibility: Wife of James Chance 
Birth Date: 1800 
Died: May 20, 1863 
Burial Date: Reinterred 1935 
CHANCE, SARAH ANN HARRELL (1800~1862)Sarah Ann Harrell Chance married James Chance on June 29, 1818 in Saint Francisville, Louisiana, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Harrell who had moved to Louisiana from South Carolina. The Chance family and the Harrell family were neighbors in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.

After 1825, James and Sarah Ann Chance moved to Hinds County, Mississippi and resided there until they moved to the Republic of Texas, Jamesí brother, Samuel having arrived earlier in 1822. James was granted 640 acres of land on may 14, 1839 by the Land Commissioners for the County of Milam, he having proved he had resided in the Republic of Texas for three years.

On November 18, 1840, James with eighty-six others petitioned the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas for land for a permanent county seat in Milam County.

James and Sarah Ann Chance passed away in Milam County, Texas. Sarah Ann died April 3, 1862, and James died May 20, 1863. The James Chance home place was sold January 27, 1865 at the Courthouse door in Cameron, Texas. It was located at the mouth of Pond Creek in Milam County, Texas.

James and Sarah Annís total number of children is unknown, but six of them are as follows.

Sarah Chance was born on April 20, 1819. She married Samuel Slater on July 30, 1835.

Martha Chance was born November 13, 1822. She married George B. Green on April 14, 1839.

Harriet Chance was born ca. 1830. She married Jesse C. Lister on March 9, 1851.

James Chance, Jr. was born ca. 1832. His wife was named Amanda.

William Chance was born ca. 1834.

Elizabeth Chance was born ca. 1837.

According to federal census records, James and Sarah Ann Chance had other children. One of them could have been Jacob chance (1825-1849) who is buried in the Old City (or Pioneer Ė Cameron) Cemetery where a William Chance is also buried. There are two unmarked graves between Jacob and William. James and Sarah Ann Chance could have been removed from these places in this cemetery when they were reinterred in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

Information provided by Ms. Estelle I. Havis.
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