James  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: James  Chance
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:U  Number:11
Reason for Eligibility: Veteran, War of 1812; Veteran, Republic of Texas 
Birth Date: December 30, 1795 
Died: May 20, 1863 
Burial Date: Reinterred in 1935 
CHANCE, JAMES (1795~1863) was born in Montgomery County, Georgia on December 30, 1795.

James’ second great-grandparents, William “Will” and Elizabeth Chance came to America from England with Lord Baltimore and settled on the Eastern Shore of Maryland during 1668. James’ great-grandparents were Richard and Eleanor (Pearson) Chance of Talbot County, Maryland, and his grandparents were William and Elizabeth (Oldfield) Chance who lived in Dorchester County, Maryland.

James’ father, Vincent Chance was born March 17, 1758, Dorchester County, Maryland. During 1765, the family moved from Maryland to New Bern District, North Carolina where Vincent served in the American Revolutionary War. Vincent married Miss Sarah Taylor on April 17, 1777 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Taylor, who died in Craven County, North Carolina on February 7, 1784.

Of the seven known sons born to Vincent and Sarah (Taylor) Chance, James was the youngest. He grew up in Montgomery County, Georgia and Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, his parents having moved from Georgia to Louisiana during the summer of 1804. During the War of 1812, James served in Captain Issac Townsend’s Company, De Clouet’s Regiment, Louisiana Militia. His brothers, William, John, Stephen, Samuel, Vincent, Jr., and Eli also served from Louisiana.

James married Miss Sarah Ann Harrell 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, James’ 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 Ann’s 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 – 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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