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Faithy Ann Roberts Bradfield Vance

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My great-grandmother was Faithy Ann. Her name is shown as Fathy Ann in the Family Bible which I believe belonged to her mother Mary Louisa Houser (Houser/Howser) Dickson (Dixon) Roberts. Faithy was born 20 April 1865 in Marble Township of Saline County, Arkansas. She was the eighth and youngest child born to Thomas Jefferson and Mary Louisa "Polly" Roberts.

Faithy grew up in Saline County with her father "T. J." and her mother Polly in a beautiful part of Saline County. She married Philip Bradfield 5 February 1884 in Garland County, Arkansas, and lived in Saline County where Philip was a farmer and newspaperman. They were the parents of three children: Ida May, Essie Maude, and Louisa Elizabeth "Bess" Bradfield. A biographical sketch of Philip appeared in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis: The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1889.

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Sadly, Philip died in 1898, and he is buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Saline County.

It is assumed that Faithy moved back to live with her mother after the death of her husband. Faithy then married Robert Campbell "R. C." Vance 28 May 1899 in Saline County. R. C. was a widower with three or four children living.

Robert C. Vance is shown with his wife Faith, stepdaughters May, Maude and Bessie Bradfield, and children Enoch H., Nettie, and Perry Vance in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census in Marble Township of Saline County. Robert is shown as a teacher and farmer. This census shows that Faith had given birth to four children with three living. The name of the fourth child was Herbert O. and was a child of Philip.

Faithy became pregnant in 1901, and it seems that she and Robert were no longer getting along. As Faithy was the youngest, she was probably pretty well spoiled by her parents and older siblings. It appears Robert and Faithy had bought a farm several miles from her mother, and I feel this probably played a part in their disagreements. She moved back to live with her mother and one of her sisters, Mary Lenora "Nora," a spinster. Faithy gave birth to twin sons 24 September 1901 in Blocher of Saline County. These two babies were named Clayburn Lee and Reyburn Peay. (Reyburn was my grandfather.) Faithy suffered complications from this birth and passed away 5 October 1901 in Blocher. She is buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery next to her first husband, Philip. The babies were raised by their maternal grandmother and aunts. Her daughters were raised by Bradfield relatives.

The three photographs above are of Faithy. The third is a large portrait hanging in my guest room. Faithy looks remarkably like my daughter Lauri (whose middle name is also Ann). The second photograph looks like my daughter, Denise. It is believed Faithy was expecting her second daughter, Essie Maude, when the third photograph was taken.


Vance--Faithy Ann Vance was born in Saline County April 20, 1865; died October 5, 1901. Sister Vance was the youngest daughter of T. J. and Mary D. [sic] Roberts. She was first married to Phillip Bradfield in 1884, and to this union was added four children, one of which with father, preceded her to the glory world. She was afterwards married to R. C. Vance (1899), and with him leaves two little babes (twins). Sister Vance professed religion and joined the M. E. Church South, in 1884. She was truly a good Christian woman. No one knew her but to love her and respect her. Her patience and courage was manifested by her ability in rearing to almost womanhood three Christian girls. God bless and keep these jewels, and all the friends and loved ones of Sister Vance. "It is the Lord's way, his will be done."  F. W. Harvey   [from the Arkansas Methodist]

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