The Birth Place of Hiram John Yancey Sr
For nearly a century now descendents of Hiram John Yancey
(1804-1887) have usually recorded his birth place as “Carey, Bell
County, Kentucky”. All so often, just
one person copying it from an existing family group sheet or online computer database and
making it a part of their family file - with no thought of its validity.
The source of the "Carey, Bell County, Kentucky"
locality attributed as his birth place can be traced back to one and only one
source document - that of the Patriarchal Blessing found on LDS Church Archives in
Salt Lake City, Utah - given to Hiram Yancey in 1854 in Weber, Utah by
Patriarch Isaac Morley. As with most
Patriarchal Blessings - virtually no one in the family has seen the original. Photocopies,
normally given to direct descendants, have as far as I know in this case not
been available due to the very light original - not allowing a good readable
copy to be made. In the early 1900's
family members were able to get church archives to provide them with a
compilation of family information extracted from various patriarchal blessings
of the family including that of Hiram Yancey. Also, in the 1980's I was able to
get someone at the archives to transcribe a typed copy of Hiram's blessing
which I still have.
A few things to consider however:
It should be noted that the COUNTY of Bell is not recorded
on the original church archive record. Those reading and transcribing the
source document interpreted the birth place recorded as "Carey Cty,
Kentucky". Members of the family in the early 1900's seeking information
about this "Carey, Kentucky" reached out to the Postal System in the
state of Kentucky and were told that the only known "Carey" in
Kentucky was a locale in Bell County.
And thus from that point forward Hiram's birth place on family group
sheets was recorded as Carey, Bell County, Kentucky.
BUT some things that few seemed to have considered over the
Few (possibly none) of
any known maps exist that even show this town named Carey or Cary.
Extremely little is known about this supposed community in Bell county
Kentucky. Also of note is that Bell County was formed in 1872 - almost
70 years after Hiram's birth in 1804.
Researchers should be aware that that the county demarcations /
boundaries that existed in 1804 have since changed extensively over the
decades. Here is an animated county formation map where by one case see how
boundaries changed. Now obviously if there was a town called Carey where Hiram
was born - it could have originally been in one county and then in 1872 been
made part of the newly formed Bell County.
BUT there is no real evidence to indicate that a town named Carey
existed as early as 1804 and as most residents of the early Kentucky wilderness
- few people lived in the towns and most people lived out in the country often
far from civilization.
Also of note was that there seemed to be a total absence of
Yanceys recorded on Bell County records or even its antecedent original
Then About 10 years ago or so - I reviewed the notes
recorded by early members of the Adam Yancey family - based on genealogical
information extracted by Church Archive personnel originating from the Patriarchal
Blessing records of 1854. Recorded in the notes were places like Montgomery
Cty, Tennessee; Warren Cty, Tennessee;
Union Cty, Illinois. AND THEN IT
DONNED ON ME - - - - These aren’t towns/cities at all - these are COUNTIES. And
I realized that chances were - that what had been recorded as a birth city for
Hiram Yancey – in all probability was a birth COUNTY and State. And then I
realized what had been recorded for so long as CAREY city, Kentucky - was
actually in all probability CASEY COUNTY, Kentucky. A small "s" and a small "r"
in cursive writing on a poorly legible copy of the record over 75 years old -
would have probably been indifferentiable.
So - were there records to substantiate the Yanceys indeed
living in Casey County Kentucky??? The
truth is Casey county Kentucky has not been known as a county with plentiful
Yancey records. BUT over the years I
have compiled some interesting information from Casey County - and indeed there
seem to be almost unquestionable evidences that our Yancey line indeed has
connections to CASEY County.
Family Records of the Reynierson / Rynerson family of Casey
County do indicate Yancey-Reynierson marriages happening in the early
1800's. In fact among such records are
references to names like Hiram Yancey and Mariah Gibbs - both names in our family
line. For more information about this family visit this page.
Of interest is the fact that a house still stands on the
land of the Reynieson - that was probably built in the early to mid 1800's and
apparently belonged to Henry Reynierson - son of Christipher Reynierson and
Mary Yancey. A few days ago I was able to acquire an impressive photo taken in
recent years of the home - that someone was restoring. Behind the home on a
hill is a family cemetery where members of the family were buried. The home and cemetery are located in Casey County.
Here in the photos you see the house - very much fitting
"the mold" of Kentucky
plantation home of a prosperous plantation owner for the period in
question. Note what appears to be tobacco growing in the field -
right up the edge of the house.
Casey County was formed in 1806 - two years after Hiram
Yanceys birth - and formed from the antecedent LINCOLN County. Note that Hiram's father Austin is recorded
on TAX rolls of Lincoln County Kentucky on land near the Rolling Fork River in
the years . One wonders if Hiram Yancey - walked and travelled this land shown above in the photo.
.For more info on Austin/Hiram Yancey see this link