Re: California Veterans 1776-1783
Joseph Yard Provance's father was John William Province (these are the spellings I have). His mother was Sarah Yard Wright, daughter of Joseph & Susannah Yard. She was born 11-25-1772, Fayette Co., PA, died 1796, Greene Co., PA. The Wright Name is from her 1st marriage to Jonathan Wright. There is some confusion as to how many and who the children are. Identifiable children are Thomas, Jane, Margaret, John William, Jr., and Joseph Yard. Sarah Yard's will is in Greene Co., but better copies can be found in Kanawha Co., WV.
Joseph Yard married 1st Margaret Elizabeth Castro and 2nd Rachel Reed Spencer. I have 23 children for him: John William, Benjamin E., David, Sarah, Joseph, Elizabeth, Lydia, Patience, Samuel, Thomas, Jane, Phoebe, Jesse, Simeon, Uriah, Mary Ann, Elisha, Benjamin Franklin, Theron, Selina, Uanna, Rachel and Joseph. I know Joseph and Benjamin are repeated but by the time the second of that name came along, the first had died.
John William Province's father was Thomas Province who lived in Fredrick Co., VA, in the area now known as Berryville, Clark Co., VA. His will is in the Fredrick Co. Courthouse, Winchester, VA, Will Book A, Page 224. Dated 5-5-1767. His wife was Sarah.
Their children were: John William, Elizabeth Jane, Eleanor, Hannah, Lettice, Mary, Ann, & Thomas. There may have been an older daughter not mentioned in the will, but a grandson John Cooper was listed.