Based on DNA evidence,the Nationality and Origin of the Vinzant Family is the same as Vanzant and probably Dutch or German.Allen Vinzant spent many hours in the early 1960’s searching for the name Vinzant in all of the phone books in three different libraries.The result was five Vinzant families in France, one in Australia, and one in Rome, Italy.(Currently in 2008, the numbers are different, but the locations for Vinzants are still true).The one in Australia was identified as a Vinzant from Nebraska who became an Australian “war groom” after World War 2.
Primary family names for research are Vinzant (also spelled Vansant, VinZant), Stark, and Wright.James Vinzant is believed to have been born in Maryland, moved to Kentucky (before 1800), then Ohio (about 1806), then Putnam County, Indiana.
In addition, our maternal ancestors were Hostetler (Hochstetler).A book, Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler The Immigrant of 1736, by Rev. Harvey Hostetler, D.D., 1191 pp, published 1912, Brethern Publishing House, Elgin Illinois (reprints available), lists more than 10,000 descendants--including my grandfather and his firstborn son.
Allen Leroy Vinzant has a separate web page in FTM's Genealogy Site and is the source for data on the Vinzant family.