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VANCE, Charles F. (Civil War) was born on the place where he now lives, section 17, Hartland Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin, January 3, 1863. He attended the district schools and assisted on the farm. His parents were John and Harriett Maria (Sargent) Vance. His father was born in Grotten, Vt., and his mother in Warner, N.H. His father moved to Massachusetts when a young man. He was a stonecutter and bridge builder and followed that business in a number of different states. About 1857 he came to Wisconsin, settled in Pierce County and purchased the quarter section of land where our subject now resides. He died in 1894 at about sixty-six years of age. He was an officer in the Presbyterian Church, and a Republican in politics. He enlisted in 1865 in Company G, Fiftieth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the Civil war and afterwards on the frontier, and was discharged January 1866. His widow is still living at the age of eighty-two and makes her home with her son, Charles. Mr. Vance has always made the homestead place his home and has added many improvements, building a large and substantial farm dwelling. There is no better farm in the county, and he has devoted all of his time in farming and stock raising. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Republican in political views. He married April 30, 1882, Celia E. Styles, who was born in Ontario, Canada, and came to Pierce county with her parents, John and Eliza Styles, when about nine years old, about 1878, and settled in Hartland township. Her father was a farmer all his life and died at the age of fifty years, and her mother died about 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Vance have had six children, all born on the home farm, four of whom are living, to wit: Inez L. was born February 18, 1889. She is a graduate of Ellsworth High School and is now teaching in Trenton Township. Vyven J. was born August 4, 1893. Hazel M. was born August 8, 1896. Lawrence was born November 25, 1906. Two children (twins) died in infancy. (taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909).