In memory of
John Hance
who died
Oct. 6’th 1856
58 Yrs. 9 Mos. & 9 Dys.
Sleep, fond and affectionate husband and father,
for we know thou art at rest.


John Hance
Birth: Unknown
Death: 6 October 1856
Burial: Cold Water Cemetery, Florissant, St. Louis County, Missouri

Family members buried in Cold Water Cemetery:
Wife: Catherine Hance
Grandchildren: Kittie Douglas, Marie Douglas, and Morris Douglas

• The children of their daughter Martha (who married Benjamin Douglas), Marie, Kittie, and Morris Douglas, are buried in Cold Water Cemetery.
• Adam Hance was born in Coblin, a French Province of Alsace. He came to America and settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1722 where he married a German woman. He was a patriot in the Revolutionary War. They had six children: Henry, Peter, Matha, Priscilla, William, John. John married Kitty (Catherine) Hewett and settled in Montgomery County, Missouri, in 1832.

The children of John and Catherine Hance and were:
• Henry W. who lived in St. Louis.
• Charles was in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He lost an arm during his service.
• Edward who was a painter by trade.
• Virginia C., who married Joseph C. Brand.
• Jane who married a Mr. Freeman and died at Glenwood, Missouri.
• Martha married Benjamin Douglas, a farmer of St. Louis County, Missouri.
• Melcina who married Charles Lewis of St. Louis County, September 9, 1854 (SLGS Marriage Records Vol. 1.
The above information was obtained from “A History of Pioneer Families of Missouri,” by Wm. S. Bryan.

1850 Census: District 82, St Louis, Missouri; Roll: M432_414; Page: 474A; Image: 426 and Page: 474B; Image: 427. Household Members: John Hance 52, Catharine Hance 38, Malvina Hance 20, Virginia Brand 19, Jane Hance 17, Henry Hance 16, Charles Hance 13, Martha A. Hance 11, Edmond Hance 7, and Joseph Brand 23. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Will of John Hance:
Missouri Probate Court (St. Louis City); Probate Place: St Louis, Missouri. Record of Wills, Vol F, 1852-1861; page 41.