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I28 ~ HIS T O R Y OF TEXAS.
next worked on the ranch of Mr. Beard in
Burlemon county, Texas, four months; was
engaged as clerk for A. 1M. Dodd, whereLexington
now stands, and Messrs.Vance & Dodd
then opened a store on the present site of
Long Point, Washington county. Two years
later Mr. Vance sold his interest to his partner,
purchased a wagon and sold goods over
the sparsely settled districts of this section.
At that time a distance of twenty miles frequently
intervened between houses. In 1854
lie opened a store in ltamblin's Settlement,
Milain county, and also purchased the stock
of goods of a Mr. MIellally, six miles from
that place, thus giving Mr. Vance a monopoly
of the trade in this section, which, by fair
and honorable dealings with his neighbors,
lie retained during his residence there.
In 1855 Mr. Vance moved a part of his
goods to Lexington, Burleson county, where
he purchased a ranch, and stocked the same
with cattle and horses. Ile resided and carried
on tl:e mercantile business in Lexington
until 1857, and in that year moved to his
ranch and gave his attention entirely to the
stock business. lie drove beef cattle to Galveston
and New Orleans, and also drove the
first herd of cattle to market in this county.
During 1857-8-9 a severe drouth occurred
in this county, and Mr. Vance was forced to
take his cattle and horses to Bee county,
where he purchased a ranch ten miles north
of Beeville. At one time he was offered
$18,000 for his herd, but did not sell until
1866, when he received $1,000 for a part of
his stock. In 1863 . Mr. Vance joined
Douglas' company of moving battalion,
Texas State troops, was stationed at Burnet
and Houston, but was never personally engaged
in battle. In 1865 he began merchandising
at Lexington, where he opened orb of
the first stores after the close of hostilities,
and continued that occupation until 1873.
During the latter part of his residence in
that city, he purchased a stock of goods at
Circuitville, of which he placed his step-son,
J. A. Simons, in charge. In 1873 our subject
began business in Lamapsas, in company
with a Mr. Thomas. They lost their entire
stock of goods by the flood of that year.
Having a stock of groceries, which had not
reached Lampasas at the time of the flood,
Mr. Vance took the same to Rockdale, opened
the first store in the place, and while there,
was also engaged in buying cotton.. In the
spring of 1874 he returned to Lampasas,
where his family had resided, and in the following
spring moved his goods from Circuitville
to Taylor, this county. Messrs. Vance
& Co. and Wiley & Potter opened 'the first
dry goods stores in the city, although there
were two or three saloons and one boardinghouse
here at that time. 'In 1886 Mr.Vance
retired from the firm, since which time he
has been engaged in real-estate business, and
in buying and feeding stock. [le has two
farms in Bnrle3on county, a handsome residence
in this city, and other property. In
1865. he was elected County Commissioner
of Burleson county, and has also held other
In 1854 Mr. Vance was united in marriage
with Mrs. A. D. L. Simons, nee Hewlett.
Her family came originally from Scotland,
and her father, Lemuel Hewlett, was a soldier
in the war of 1812 from South Carolina.
He was wounded in the battle of New Orleans,
and his death occurred in Kentucky,
at the age of eighty-nine years. Mr. and
Mrs. Vance had four children: Charles R.,
deceased, at the age of twelve years; John
T., engaged in the hardware business in Lexington,
Kentucky; Sallie R., wife of J. L.
McCartey, of Colorado; and Robert S., de
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