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www.childers-shepherd.org, 28 Dec 2009
Robert Brank Vance was an older brother of Zebulon Baird
Vance (Governor of North Carolina during the Civil War).

He was a Clerk of Court and merchant in Asheville, NC. In the
Civil War, he joined the Confederate troops, became a colonel,
leading with Col. William B. Creasman the
29th Regiment, North
Carolina Infantry, and was eventually promoted to
brigadier-general. After the war, he ran for congress and served
for six terms.

For more information, see this account, from which the above
information was taken:

http://www.heritagewnc.org/people/vance_robt_brank.htm
Robert Brank Vance
24 April 1828 - 28 November 1899