You (or the person you are researching for) must be my second cousin +/- some removes, as James I. Vant is my g-grandfather.
One newspaper story is here: http://tinyurl.com/393trw7
Fulton Patriot, Apr 16, 1902, second column. This is a largish .PDF file.
Do you know anything about the ancestry of Jonathan Root? He was the grandfather of Lucretia Root, James Vant's wife.