Re: James D. Province Ohio/ WV
Hello Lori and friends,
All of this is extremely interesting to me
since I have been wondering if James Provin
and Sarah Shepard could be the parents of my
Thornton Provins. I am told the s is added
to mean "son of". A Province told me that.
But, he failed to explain why ce was added
to Province, if his thoughts are certain.
This James Provins married Sarah Shepard.
Sometime between 1822 and 1824, they moved
their family to Mansfield, PA which I have
never heard of. Now, I've been to Mansfield,
OH. I'm wondering if it was a misprint. Alas,
they had a son named William and I cannot
tell if this was his first name or his middle
name or his only name, besides Provin. None
of these Provin children, esp. males, had
an s on the end of their surname. They were
all spelled Provin. Out of all the spellings
I can find only two in France. These two
are Provens and Provins. Perhaps related and
as we all know, perhaps not. I wish I knew.
But they named their 8th child, a son,
Shepard Lucius Provin. There is a town named
Shepard nr Lawrence County, OH. I am wonder-
ing if they actually moved to Mansfield, OH
and then on se, and named the town, Shepard.
It's either Shepard or Shepardsville or both.
I haven't been down there in a long time.
Can anyone tell me about James Provin? He was
married to Marcey Clark. His father was James
Provin and his mother was Sarah Shepard.
Their children were:
1 Eunice born 1778MA died 1868MA
2 Sarah born 1780MA
3 James born abt. 1781MA died 1825 NY
4 Shepard Provin born 1792MA died 1844PA
5 Clark Provin born 1787 died 1863 IL
I wonder about James. I see Clark listed as
Proven and Provin in Gallia Co., OH censuses.
And, then there's Shepard, who died in PA
where Thornton Provens/Provin[s] was born
abt. 1810/1811. Shepard lived in the right
time frame to be the father.
What do you think, Lori?