Charles Hill posing with his book, "Blood Mountain Covenant"
 
Charles E. Hill, with his book
“Blood Mountain Covenant; A Son’s Revenge”

 
 
          
 
Suches
 
 
 
To the right of the Suches directional sign, about 150 feet down into a small ravine, lies Wolf Creek and the actual site of the murder of Reverend John H. Lance.  To the left of the sign and about a mile up the mountain is Lance Cove, the site of the original Lance homeplace.  This is at the intersection of Highway 180 West and Highway 129.  These two roads did not exist at that time (1890).
 
 


     Yellow Mountain
 
In the distance lies Yellow Mountain, where the Swaims and Cannups resided.  The name comes from the intense autumnal yellow hue of the poplar trees that cover the mountain.
 
 
 
 
  xNottely River
 
The Nottely River, near the Allison homeplace in Choestoe.  On the left bank was the site of the two room cabin where Jim Lance and his bride, Jane Henson, moved to on their wedding day in November 1883.
 
 
 
 
  xLance Homestead
 
To the left of Wolf Creek lies the original site of Jim and Jane Lance’s homestead.  Jim Lance bought 225 acres in 1903 and added on to the old house that was on the property.  Here, he and Jane raised their nine children.  After Jane’s death in 1916, Jim married Melissa Spiva and they had eleven children of their own. 
 
 


Charles and Jackie Lance Hill
 
Charles and Jackie Lance Hill
They are standing at the gravesite of Rev. John H. Lance.  Mr. Hill said, “I found out the stories that had been circulated were entirely false. In fact, the Lances themselves had believed some of the misinformation, like at the Old Salem Cemetery, on the marker, it said “Rev. John Henry Lance killed by Fed Canup.”  While the birth and death date on this marker is correct, the Rev. Lance was actually killed by Frank Swaim. 
 
 
 
 
        Jackie Lance Hill
 
Jackie Lance Hill, standing at the grave of her great-grandmother, Caroline Lance. 
 
 
 
 
  Gravesite of Jim and Jane Lance
 
The gravesite of Jim and Jane Lance at the Henson Cemetery off of Owltown Spur in Choestoe.  The tall marker to the right was the original stone marking Jane Lance’s grave until the double stone was erected after Jim Lance’s death.


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