Member Biography

Joseph C. Vance 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1804-1805       16 Republican
1805-1806       16 Republican
1806-1807       16 Republican
1807-1808       16 Republican

COUNTIES: Washington  


03/24/1750 - 03/06/1832

Joseph C. Vance Sr. (R16) Washington County 1804-1808

Early Life:

Joseph C. Vance Sr., born March 24, 1750, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia; son of William and Mary Colville Vance; moved, Smith township, Catfish (now Washington), Washington, County Pennsylvania, 1774; married, Anne Vance, 1775 (d.1788) children, William, John, Joseph Jr., Elizabeth, Jeannette and Mary, married, Mary Moore Vance, children, Anna Mary Vance Brady, Hannah Morgan; Indian wars of the 1780s and 1790s, he participated in various expeditions and built the stockade fort known Vance's Fort; Presbyterian, Cross Creek church; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1802-1804; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1804-1808, died, March 6, 1832 (aged 82), Cross Creek, Washington County, Pennsylvania; interment Cross Creek Cemetery Cross Creek, Washington County, Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1802-1804. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 16th District, Washington County, 1804-1808.


Son, Joseph Vance, Jr., Thirteenth governor of Ohio.  

At the gates of Fort Vance, on October 14, 1778, Reverend James Powers preached the first sermon known to have been heard west of the Alleghany mountains.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "V""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

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Joseph Vance Sr. (1750-1832) - Find a Grave Memorial