CHRONOLOGY OF THE YANCEY FAMILY IN COLONIAL AMERICA
1500's - The Nanney family found living in Wales on their estate called "Nannau". It being in the family for nearly 400 years.
1584 ‑-Queen Elizabeth gives the English adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh permission to establish colonies in America. Raleigh sends expeditions to America. He names the area Virginia.
1607 -- The Virginia Company of London establishes Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.
1612 -- John Rolfe helps save the colony by introducing tobacco growing and exporting.
1619 --America's first representative legislature, the House of Burgesses, meets in Jamestown. Dutch traders bring the first black servants to Jamestown.
1622 -- An Indian attack on Jamestown results in the slaughter of more than one third of the 1200 white men.
1624 -- King James I revokes the Virginia Company's Charter and Virginia becomes a Royal Colony.
1625 --King James I dies and is succeeded by his son Charles I who rules with absolute power, not even allowing Parliament to meet from 1629 to 1640.
1642 -- Sir William Berkeley is sent to Virginia as the Royal Governor. Family tradition has it that four or five Yancey brothers from Wales accompany Berkeley and settle along the James River in Virginia. Virginia is, at this time, a growing colony of some 15,000 whites and 300 negroes. Berkeley rules for ten years and has good relations with the colonists. In England, Charles I refuses to relinquish his autocratic rule and civil war breaks out between him and his followers (called the Royalists or Cavaliers) and the parliament with Oliver Cromwell at the head. Many of the supporters of Cromwell are Puritans known as "Roundheads".
1644 -- The second great Indian massacre occurs in Virginia. Hundreds of Colonist are savagely killed.
1649 -- After gaining control of the English government Cromwell condemns Charles I to death and the King is beheaded.
1652 -- Berkeley is forced to surrender Virginia to the rule of Oliver Cromwell. The colonist are allowed to take almost complete control of their own government. Various cavaliers (supporters of the future king Charles II) seek refuge in Virginia.
1660 -- Cromwell dies and his son, Richard, is found to be an ineffective leader. Charles II becomes King of England. Berkeley is reappointed Governor of Virginia. His new term however, brings widespread discontent among the colonists. The Tidewater Aristocracy gains ruling control of the colony.
1672 -- Governor Berkeley estimates the population at 48,000 including 2,000 slaves and 6,000 indentured servants.
1676 -- Sir William Berkeley fails to take quick action to repel an Indian attack. The people of Virginia choose Nathaniel Bacon to lead a force against the Indians. He later leads a revolt against the government and captures and burns Jamestown. The revolt comes to be known as Bacon's Rebellion. He controls the colony only briefly until his death the same year.
1677 -- Governor Berkeley is called back to England to answer for his treatment of the colonists. He sails back and dies there soon after.
1685 -- The Edict of Nantes is repealed in France and many Huguenots flee to America. In Virginia Manikin Town becomes one of the main Huguenot settlements.
1693 -- The College of William and Mary, the second oldest University in America, is established in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1698 -- Lewis Davis Yancey is born, probably in New Kent or King & Queen County in Virginia.
1702 -- King William County is formed from King and Queen County.
1704 -- First documented Yancey is found living in Virginia: Charles Yancey on the Rent Rolls of King William County Virginia.
1711 -- Charles Yancey's name is recorded among the vestry records of St Paul's Parish in New Kent County.
1722 -- Hanover County is established, being formed from part of New Kent County, Virginia.
1730's -The Yancey family is found divided into two main branches. The first in Hanover County, descending from the Charles Yancey of King William County, having seven sons: John, James, Jechonias, Robert, Richard, Archelaus, Charles. The second branch of the family, being found in what is later to be Culpeper County Virginia, headed by Lewis Davis Yancey and his wife Mildred Winifred Kavanaugh. They were the parents of ten children: Elizabeth, Charles, Philemon, Lewis, John, Nancy Winifred, Ann Eleanor, Richard, Robert, James.
1742 -- Louisa County is formed from part of Hanover County.
1745 --The last date at which it is known that Charles Yancey Sr. was living in Hanover County when he deeded to his son Robert a negro slave.
1746 -- Robert Yancey, son of Charles Yancey, dies in Louisa County Virginia leaving a wife and four small children.
1748 -- Culpeper county is established, being created from parts of Orange County.
1754 -- The French and Indian War, the last and most important French-English conflict in North America, before the Revolutionary War, breaks out in America and spreads to Europe. The war lasts nearly ten years. A handful of Yanceys are involved in this colonial conflict. None (of the Yanceys) are known to have died in the conflict.
1760 -- Jechonias Yancey, son of Charles Yancey, dies in Halifax County North Carolina leaving a wife and at least five young daughters.
1761 -- John Yancey, son of Charles Yancey, dies in Lunenburg County. Whether he left any descendants is unknown.
1764 -- Archelaus Yancey, son of Charles Yancey, dies in Louisa County, leaving a wife and at least eight children.
1775 -- Virginia has an estimated population of 550,000. The colony consists of 61 counties at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Fighting breaks out in Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts initiating the war.
1776 -- Thomas Jefferson, a Virginian, authors the Declaration of Independence as the American Colonies declare their independence from their mother Country. Virginia adopts its first constitution. Various members of the Yancey family put their lives on the line as they fight for their freedom and liberty in the Revolutionary War as members of the Virginia and North Carolina Militia. Some are taken prisoners by the British. Few, if any at all, lose their lives in the conflict.
1779 -- James Yancey, son of Charles Yancey, dies in Granville County, North Carolina, leaving ten children.
1780 -- Richard Yancey, son of Charles Yancey, dies in Mecklenburg County leaving a wife and ten children.
1781 -- Lord Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, in Virginia, after the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.
1784 -- Lewis Yancey Jr., the son of Lewis Davis Yancey, dies in Culpeper County leaving various descendants. The same year his father, Lewis Davis Yancey Sr., dies in Culpeper survived by his wife and all the children except Lewis Yancey Jr.
1787 -- James Yancey, son of Lewis Davis Yancey, dies in South Carolina, leaving a wife and three small children. Philemon Yancey, son of Lewis Davis Yancey, dies in Culpeper County Virginia having had at least two sons.
1788 -- Virginia becomes the tenth state of the Union.
1789 -- George Washington, a Virginian, becomes the first president of the United States.
1790 -- The last date at which John Yancey, son of Lewis Davis Yancey, is known to have been living. In this year the first federal census is taken of the entire United States. Yanceys are to be found living in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The census is taken every ten year thereafter.
1793 -- The last date on which Nancy Winifred Yancey, daughter of Lewis Davis Yancey, is known to have been living. She had married and raised nine children.
1801 -- Thomas Jefferson, a Virginian and distant associate of various members of the Yancey family, becomes the third president of the United States.
1804 --Richard Yancey, the son of Lewis Davis Yancey, dies in Culpeper County leaving a wife and four children.
1805 -- Charles Yancey, the son of Lewis Davis Yancey, dies in Culpeper County Virginia leaving a wife and five children.
1807 -- The last date on which Ann Eleanor Yancey, daughter of Lewis Davis Yancey, is known to have been living in Kentucky. She married and had raised ten children.
1824 -- Robert Yancey, son of Lewis Davis Yancey, dies in Kentucky having had eight children.
1850 -- The Yancey family has flourished in the Southern United States. Fifteen years before the Great Civil War, in which many Yanceys will lose their lives, members of the family can be found living in the states of Virginia, North & South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, Kentucky, and Tennessee.