"The Douglas Register"
- containing parish records for various early Colonial Virginia families including YANCEY
For anyone researching the information concerning the earliest Yanceys
of America, the origins of the Yancey family, especially in looking at any
possible FRENCH connections that the early Yanceys may have had - one resource
that should NOT be overlooked
is the "DOUGLAS REGISTER". Published in 1928 by W. M. Jones it is a transcription of a record maintained by Reverend William Douglas of Goochland County, Virginia for the period of about 1750 to 1800.
You can download a free copy of the entire book by clicking here (1st item on page)
Information on members of the early Yancey family of Virginia can be found on
This includes info on Yancey families that lived in that region that ultimately became Louisa County Virginia - such as Stephen, Charles, and Jemima Yancey.
The first thing you will note is that the name is consistently spelled throughout the book as "YAUNCEY"
One wonders, is this really because it was spelled this way on the original
documents? Or was it just that it was rather hard to read and whoever
transcribed it - wrote it consistently as YAUNCEY. Anyone who
has done any indepth research in similar documents of the time period - knows
that consistency in spelling of names is not very common - even by the
same writer concerning members of a given family. Spelling variations on
documents of this nature - is very common. If the spelling on the original
Douglas register was indeed YAUNCEY - one would wonder if the spelling is an
indication of how the name was pronounced? Could it be an indication of
the origin of the name as originally JAUNCEY or HAUNCEY ??
One avenue of further research would be to determine if the original Douglas Register manuscript still exists - so as to be able to re-check the spelling.
Also in the volume is information concerning the French Huguenots who settled the site of "Manakintown" - very near to where early Yanceys lived. Never have I seen the Yancey name show up on any list of French Protestant of Manakintown - but the Yanceys did intermarry or associate with families like Dumas, Mullins, Dabney and others.
In the "Douglas Register" you will find points of interest as follows:
Another avenue of further research are OTHER records of the time period where early Yanceys had their name transcribed as YAUNCEY.
Note the Yanceys were closely enough connected to William Douglas such
that Charles Yancey was one of his Executors of estate. see below.
Also note William Douglas was an immigrant from Scotland coming over about 1748. He was a tutor for the yet to become President Thomas Jefferson. Douglas's only daughter Margaret married Nicholas Merriwether - connected to the famous Merriwether Lewis of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition..