NANNEY OR YANCEY HISTORY
Compiled by Tempe H. Carraway
Records furnished by:
O. E. Ruck - Genealogist, Gentleman and distinguished officer in his Majesty's service, now living in Wales.
Mr. William Evans, genealogist of Cumberland County, Virginia.
Mr. William Shepard of Virginia
From Raleigh Travers Green's booklet taken from Dr. Slaughters Notes on Culpeper County, Virginia.
From "Welsh Families and Antiquities" and from old letters owned by descendants in the Yancey Family.
Arms furnished by William Shepard.
verified by Portcullis Pursuviant of Arms, London, England. Also by
Burkes Registry. Nanney of Nannau
[See notes by Dennis J Yancey after Section 8 ]
[see also - the Nanney Family Archives - and Nannau.com ]
Notes on the Nanney Family of Wales - [Section 1*]
From Cadwgan, second son of the founder of the tribe, descendant of Nanney of Yorke.
Founder was Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, Prince of Powers from whom the third Royal tribe of Wales was descended. Howel Selyf or Sele, possessor of Nannau in the time of Owain Glydwer, was ninth from Bleddyn ap Cynfyn. His grandfather Ynyr Tychan Jr., son of Ynyr ap Meurig in the Thirty third regiment of Edward 1st presented a petition to the Prince of Wales, stating that the king had made him William Rhaglor of the Comen of Tlybont for his services in taking Modic ap Llywelyn, who in the last war had made himself Prince of Wales. Petition not granted as Ynyr could show no Charter to the Office.
When Dwyn (Dwnn) visited Nannau, in 1588, he was head of the family and signed the pedigree.
His grandson, head of the family was Hugh Nanney, Esq. Sherrif of the county in 1627 and 1638. Died 1647. Grandson of Col. Hugh Nanney, M. P. Col. of Militia of his County and Vice admiral of North Wales in the last year of William III. (Mon. in Llanfachreth Ch.) was last of the line of Nanney. Married Catherine, daughter of William Vaughn Esq. celebrated antiquary of Hangwrt. Catherine's oldest son Hugh Vaughn succeeded to the Nanney estates but died unmarried. His next brother, Robert Howel Vaughn of Nanney and Hongwrt was in 1792 Baronet and his son Sir Robert Vaughan, Bart M. P. of Nannau, succeeded him. Was 44 years in parliament.
Also father of Griffith ap Howell Vaughn Esq. of Rhug and Hongwrt and Col. Edward William Vaughn who inherited the Rhung estates and assumed by license the additional surname of Salesbury and died in 1807. Sir Robert William Vaughn Esq. 3rd Baronet of Nannau (d.s.p.) [ d.s.p - means died with out children] died in 1859 and the title became extinct and the estates were divided.
Nannau was left to Hon. Thomas Pryce Lloud for life and then to John Vaughn Esq. Hongwrt was given to his wife's three sisters for life, and the great collection of Hongwrt manuscripts to a kinsman, W. L. Wyne Esq. of Peniarth, Rhug Estates to H. C. H. Wynn. second son of Lord Newborough.
Maesypandy in the parish of Talyllyn now reduced to a farmstead, was for many ages the seat of a family of note. Llwyn Hughes Esq. Sherriff of the county of Merioneth, 1582. Lewyn Dwnn paid ten shillings to the deputy Herald for making out the pedigree. They traced their lineage from Einion Sais, said to have been a descendant of Carodec Fraichfras, and bore arms ascribed to that Knight. Heiress of the Hughes family married Lewis Nanney Esq. grandson by a younger son of Hugh Nanney Esq. of Nannau Sherriff of Merioneth 1634. She married the second time John Lloyd of Ceiswyn, Sheriff of Merioneth 1652 and 1667.
The Maespandy Estates passed into that of Wynn of Maesyneuadd Talsernau, through the marriage of William Wynn Esq. to Lowry, eldest sister of John Nanney Esq. The oldest son William Wynn Esq. Sheriff of Merioneth 1758, assumed the surname of Nanney. He died 1795, and the grandson John Nanney in 1838 became owner of Maesyneaudd and Maesypandy. The last of the he died in 1868.
Nanneys of Nannau bore Arms, or a lion rampant as for Nanney on the first and fourth quarters, and second and third quarterly, ermine on a saltire, gu.a crescent or, for Wynn.
Mrs. Nanney of Bronwylfa, St Asalph, Flintshire.
Lucy Victoria, widow of John Nanney Esq. J.P. son of the late Rev. John Nanney M.A. of Maesyneaudd, County of Merioneth (who adopted the surname of Nanney in the room of his own, Wynn) by Anne Fleming, daughter of John Fisher Esq. of Chetwynd Lodge, Shropshire; third daughter of the late Rev. Edmund Williams, Esq. M.A. J.P. of Pentre-Mawr in the county of Denbigh. She married Mr. Nanney, who died 1868, Dec 27 1859. Residence , Bronwylfa, St Alpha.
(O. E. Ruck)
Sir William Berkeley who lived in Cariganshire,
Wales, and was a descendant of a Welsh Family was evidently in touch with the
Nanney brothers of Merionethshire, the adjacent county, and they came with him
to Virginia. Sir William Berkley was a connection of the Nanneys through his
ancestor Bleddyn Cynfyn of the third Royal Tribe of Wales.
[DJY: this prior sentence needs to be taken with much caution: various researchers have tried to confirm the statements here with no luck - seems like very probable erroneous information]
One line of the Nanneys descended from Caradoc Fraichfras, a Knight of the Mystical Round Table.
"Vron Goch, just north of Bala, Merioneth, was the home of the Nanney brothers, who emigrated America in or about 1640. I send you a little map in which Vron Goch is marked, in the valley of the River Dee, which arises in Bala Lake. At Vron Goch were many Nanney clans.
(O. E. Ruck).
My theory is that the Nanney brothers of Vron Goch, four or five, emigrated to America about 1640 and did not leave their new address. Gradually becoming known, perhaps at first as Yanney or Nancey, and finally Yancey, for people were not particular as to spelling names in those days. The attributes of pure Welsh blood are dark vivacious, quick witted and benevolent, full of family pride and affection.
In Celtic Life, three things you
Three elemnts you find;
Religion, Love, and Politics,
And all the rest is wind.
(From: Welsh Families and Antiquities)
On a gold shield, a lion in blue facing to the left, rampant, no motto or crest, showing evidence of great age. Being used by a Welsh chief in battle for the identification of himself and his followers. Mottoes were taken arbitrarily by families and the lack of one means nothing.
A member of the Shepard family, Miss Annie Shepart, living in Buckingham Co., Virginia, age 98, inherited from her mother, whose maiden name was Yancey, the Nanney arms.
[DJY: further details about the Nanney/Yancey coat of arms]
The Samuel Shepard Letter - Click Here to see details
The letter was written by Samuel Shepard to his brother Robert Shepard Dec 10th 1805. Published in Tenn & Va periodicals.
His wife was a Yancey - a cousin of Charles Yancey.
Note: This is the same arms owned by Miss Annie Shepard , my cousin. Samuel Shepard was my great great grandfather.
Signed: William Shepard
Letter No 2.
Charles Yancey, Major, called the Duke of Buckingham, writes to his cousin, Mrs. Samuel Shepard in a letter without date, but from its contents, undoubtedly written about 1826.
My Dear Cousin:
I hear your brother is sick, have you heard from him? The Yanceys down that way have quite forsaken me . . . <speaks of sale of slave etc. > Come over soon with your whole family - I expect everyone at Christmas. We have newly replenished our cellars and larders - so tell Sam to come empty. When did Sam hear from his brother E. Thomas in Tenn?
Affectionately, Charles Yancey,
Travellers Rest, Buckingham County, VA Feb 1842
His Excellency, President Tyler:
Permit me to introduce to your
notice, Mr. Edward B. Cabell, whom I presume is now in Washington, having left
since Mr. Cabell seeks the Office of Register of the Land Office, which is contemplated to be established in what is called the Platte Country in Missouri. I think I can say he is a man of integrity, which is hazarding much in these days of great moral depravity, you know the Cabell family and I presume the Bella**, his sister to Powhatan and Sen* and he married a daughter of Joseph J. Monroe. You now have his heraldry and I rate people very much by their stock, as I do blooded horses. He is honest, moral, sober and of business habits. If you cannot do better take him etc.
(Charles Yancey commanded the First Regiment, Virginia Militia in the war of 1812. He represented Buckingham in the House of Delegates in 1796. He died April 18 1857.)
"It seems that the information now in hand is well documented enough to accept. Notice that all the clues came independently, first: the arms, then the letter telling the name of the family they belonged to, then quite independently the information and confirmation from Col. O. E. Ruck, genealogist, whose name by the way illustrates his theory very well, as it was written: Ruck, Rock, Rocke, de reerke - all the same family."
Signed: William Shepard
The records of the Yancey Family in Buckingham County were burned.
Historical and Genealogical Notes - Yancey Family - William and Mary Quarterly
The Yancey notes by Green/Slaughter - Click Here to see details
YANCEY MARRIAGES IN VIRGINIA
1799 John Yancey married Mary Hamblin
1804 William Yancey married Nancy Jones
1825 Thomas Yancey married Martha Daniel
1823 Joseph Yancey married Susanna Wilkins
1827 Charles Yancey married Pamela Yancey
1835 William Yancey married Elizabeth Perkins
1841 Charles H Yancey married Ann Wade
1851 John R. Yancey married Virginia White
1851 Absalom Yancey married Sally A. Throckmorton
1858 Smith B. Yancey married Margaret B Blunt
1862 Robin Yancey married Salina Harris
1865 Jordan Yancey married Ann Yancey
(there are others of later date)
YANCEY FROM VIRGINIA IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Yancey - Capt. Culpeper Militia, Aud Acct 1779-1780 199.
Yancey - Leut C. J. 1781 57
Yancey - Absalom, B. W.
Yancey - Aug't Aud Acct xviii 461
Yancey - Chas. Commander Louisa Militia, Aud Acct viii 76.
Yancey - James C. W. War 4 415
Yancey - John Capt. B. W.
Yancey - John B. W.
Yancey - Layton, Capt B. W. H H D Dec 1797
Yancey - Leighton, Lt Heitman, 447
Yancey - Lewis, Capt. Culpeper Militia, Aud Acct xv 450
Yancey - Lewis Davis B. W.
Yancey - Ludwell B. W.
Yancey - Richard Capt.
Yancey - Robert
Yancey - Philemon Pen. 3
Yancey - Abram Rev. Army Vol 2 188
Yancey - Ambrose Pen. 3
Yancey - Athanasius (iiv R)
Yancey - Jacob H 10.
YANCEYS FROM NORTH CAROLINA IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Yancey, James Capt. N. C. Militia 1771 under Richard Hendersons (Col. Record) Sheriff of Granville County 1768. Oath of Allegiance 1778
Yancey, Lewis, Oath of Allegiance 1778 Justice of Peace 1777
Yancey, Phillip, Oath of Allegiance 1778 (D.A.R. Record)
Yancey, Thornton Col. Member of the Assembly from 1778-1792.
In Provincial Congress 1776. major and then Col. in Revolution.
(Wheelers) Sherriff of Granville Co., 1781 (Col. and D.A.R. record)
(Lewis, Phillip and Thornton - all sons of James Yancey Capt.
The will of Richard Yancey dated August 24th 1768 and proved in 1780 in
Mecklenburg County, VA that he had a son William living in Granville County, NC
(It is thought this William is the ancestor of a William P. Yancey living in
Florida. He is a World War Hero and is quite a writer - working for the Nobel
[Descendants of Lewis & Mary Graves Yancey]
6. Lewis Yancey (4th Gen) (Son of Capt James) married Mary Graves. Died 1817.
Their children were: (5th gen.)
1. Jane (5th Gen) married 1st William Christmas 2nd John Green
Their children were (6th Gen)
1. Lewis Christmas
2. Thos H. Christmas
3. Wm. D. Christmas
4. Mary L. Christmas
5. Sarah D. Christmas
6. Jane Y. Christmas
2. Henry (5th Gen).
married Elizabeth Rosyter
One child, Dr Henry Yancey
married 2nd Sarah Green
There children were (6th Gen):
1. Alex married Miss Bragg
2. Edward married . . .
3. John Green Yancey married Tempe A. Boddie
Their children were: (7th Gen)
1. John Green Yancey Jr, CSA
2. George Yancey (CSA)
3. Lewis Yancey
4. Jane Christmas Yancey married Maj J H Harris
5. Lucy Clay Yancy married Dr Geo Hunter
Their children were (8th Gen)
1. Lula Hunter married John Lovelady
Their children were: (9th Gen)
1. Lula married . . .
2. Edwina married . . .
6. Mary Graves Yancey married Theo Hunter Hill
Their children: (8th Gen)
1. Tempe Boddie Hill, married James E. Carraway
Their children (9th Gen)
1. Theodora Carraway
John Green Yancey, born 1814, in Granville County raised in Warren Co., at the age of twenty two was a banker in Warrenton, NC. On the 6th of July 1858, Horace Greeley, Editor of the New York tribune, was married to Miss Mary C. Cheney in the Episcopal Church in Warrenton. At the time the laws of N.C. required a marriage bond of a non resident. As a Mr. Greeley lived in New York, he had to execute such a bond. This bond was signed by John Green Yancey.
A Charles Yancey died in Virginia 1690. I believe this Charles Yancey was the son of Charles, one of the original brothers, who came to America in 1690. So I will call him the second generation in America, and begin this line with Charles Yancey who died 1690. (2nd Gen).
Charles Yancey - - - 2nd Gen.
His children were: (3rd Gen).
1. Archelaus (3rd Gen.)
2. Richard (3rd Gen.)
3. Charles (3rd Gen.)
4. Capt James (3rd Gen.) b 1712 married Ann Thornton 1735-1779
Their children were (4th Gen.)
1. Thornton - 4th Gen 1740-1799 married Elizabeth Mitchell
Their children were 5th Gen.
1. Thornton Jr. (5th Gen.)
2. Elizabeth (5th Gen.)
3. Sterling (5th Gen.)
4. Tryon (5th Gen.) 1776-1840 married Martha Harris
Their children were (6th Gen.) b. 1780
1. Thos. B. Yancey 1810-1869, married Sarah Brooks Blacknall
Their children were (7th Gen.)
1. Thos Blacknell Yancey (7th Gen.) married Elodia Harp
Their children were (8th Gen.)
1. Tryon (8th Gen.)
2. Thomas (8th Gen.)
3. Mary Yancey married Mr. Barnes (8th Gen.)
4. Elodia (8th Gen.)
5. Edward Burke (8th gen.)
6. Margaret Foy married O. A. Lester (8th Gen.)
now living in Raleigh, N.C.
Their children were (9th Gen.)
2. Phillip, married
Diana Hester (4th Gen.)
3. Jennie married Jesse Saunders (4th gen.)
4. Nancy married Mr. Baynes (4th Gen.)
5. Bartlett Yancey married Nancy Graves d. 1785
Their children were (5th Gen.)
1. James married 1st Lucy Kerr
married 2nd Zilpha Johnson
Their children were (6th gen.)
1. Mildred Ann married James Malone (6th Gen).
2. Betsy (Elizabeth P.) 1770 married Nathaniel Slade 1761.
Their children were (6th Gen.)
1. Hannah 1808-1850 married James S. Henderson
Their children were
James A. Henderson married
Their children were (8th gen.)
Adelia Henderson married Thos A. Jordan
Now living in Shreveport, La
3. Thomas married Betsy Tate (5th Gen.)
4. Polly married John Graves (5th Gen.)
5. Nancy married Isaac Johnston (5th Gen.
6. Isabel married 1st Mr. Kimbro
married 2nd James Collier
7. Sarah married Isaac Rice
8. Frances married Alex Wiley
9. Bartlett Jr. married Ann Graves 1808
Their children were (6th Gen.)
Mary Catherine married Giles Mebane
Their children were (7th gen.)
1. Mary C. married L. Banks Holt
Their children were: 8th Gen.
1. Emily L. married Victor Graves
2. Rufus (6th Gen.)
3. Algernon Sidney (6th Gen.)
4. Frances married Henry McAden
5. Ann married Mr. Womock
6. Caroline married Lemuel Mebane
7. Virginia married Geo. W. Sweatson
From biographical of North Carolina "Ashe". the following facts in regard to the life of Bartlett Yancey Jr. were furnished by his daughter the later Mrs. Thos. J. Womack to Dr.. Stephen B. Weeks.
[transcript not yet complete]
A Charles Yancey died in 1690 in Virginia. I believe this Charles Yancey was one of the original four brothers, who came to America in 1640, or a son of the original Charles Yancey, according to Virginia Wills.
I hope to have some Virginia, Thornton History.
From Yancey records I have this Bartlett History:
Thomas Bartlett came to Virginia, prior to 1637. Charles Bartlett was Capt. of a ship on the James River in 1705. Samuel Bartlett was born in Bristol parish 1734. One of Richard Yancey's descendants Julia Yancey married H. C. Roberson. John W. Dubose, in his life of William L. Yancey mention the four brothers as: Charles, William, Joel and Robert. They came to Virginia in 1640.
Philemon Kavanaugh, grandfather of Margaret Kavanaugh.
Lewis Davis Yancey married Winifred Kavanaugh, will date.
Major Charles Yancey, Rev. Robert Yancey and Jechonias Yancey of NC were first cousins.
King James I King of England, Stuart Line. First wife, or her mother was named Bartlett.
If we can find some Bartlett History that comes through this Stuart Line, I have all Stuart history, back to the year 1. through Robert Bruce, King of Scotland and an Irish line, to a King in the year 1. Also through Margaret wife of Robert Bruce, to Alfred the Great, and back to Saxon Earls. I have the complete Stuart line from the beginning and hope we might connect with it if we can find a Bartlett Line. I have recently done this work in connection with a Patrick Stuart Line, who came to this country 1732 and is an ancestor of my husbands.
Of course the Bartlett name, so strong in the Yancey family gives us every reason to believe we have a line back of James Yancey - possibly his mother. I believe his wife was Ann or Anna Thornton, a direct descendant has a Thornton will. My old Aunt remembered Thornton cousin in Rockingham Co.
July 24, 1888
It is my
understanding that the family of "Yancey" in the United States sprang from four
brothers who immigrated from Wales with Governor Berkeley. They settled and
became planters on the James River. Charles Yancey, known as "Charles of
Buckingham", and noted character in Virginia, was the son of one of them. Joel
Yancey, my grandfather, was the son of one of them. I cannot give the places
where they settled certainly, but one of them settled in Campbell and another in
Albemarle County. Robert Emmett Rodes was the son of General R. E. Rhodes of
Lynchburg, Virginia. I have forgotten the christian name of his father who
married Martha Yancey, daughter of Joel Yancey, and sister of Robert J Yancey,
my father. By that marriage General Rodes had several children, Virginius H
Rodes the eldest for many years engaged in business in New Orleans and who died
at Pelusha plantation in Mississippi in 1879 educated Robert, maintaining him in
the school, also educated his two children, Sallie who intermarried with _____
Nelson, and now lives at Staunton, Virginia. My brother Joel Yancey was a
captain in White's regiment of Parson's brigade CSA and was killed on the third
day of June, 1863, during the seige at Vicksburg, while resisting an assault on
the Confederate entrenchment by Grant's army. I was Orderly Sargeant in
Hedgeworth's company for about six months and was then detailed to drill troops
and was engaged at that duty in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee nearly three
years. I have held the office of state senator from the twenty fourth district
of Missouri four years, being the only member of my family who has so far been
known to "misbehave" by entering the political arena.
Very Truly Yours
C. D. Yancey
[Charles Dabney Yancey]
Yellow Sulphur Springs
Mont Co., VA
August 17 1888
I am unable to give you any information as to the genealogy of the Yancey family. My knowledge of persons of that name is confined to the one family which has resided for some years in Lynchburg, that of Mr. William T. Yancey, a lawyer who has retired from practice by reason of age and infirm health and now lives about ten miles from Lynchburg. He has a son, Robert D Yancey, who is practicing lawyer of Lynchburg and it may be possible that he may be able to give you some information as to the history of the family. I know that Gen. R. E. Rodes, who as a native of Lynchburg, was related to Wm. T. Yancey. Though I am not certain how it was, but I think his mother was a sister of Mr. Wm. T. Yancey. You say in your letter: "Four brothers, as I have it, William, Joel, Charles and Robert immigrated to Virginia from Wales with Governor Berkeley. Joel was a Captain in the Continental Forces and was killed at the battle of Eutaw Springs, S. C." If you meant that the Joel Yancey who came over with Berkeley was killed at the battle of Eutaw Springs, then you state an impossibility. There has been but one Gov. Berkeley in Virginia, either in Colonial days or since the Revolution, and that was Sir William Berkeley who was made Governor of the Colony of Virginia in 1642. Of course he came over before that time, and the Battle of Eutaw Springs was fought in South Carolina on the 8th day of September 1781 at least 139 years after Gov. Berkeley came to Virginia. I am not informed at present as to what part of England he came from, but I feel pretty sure that he did not come from Wales.
The Yancey family is a highly respectable one, though, so far as I am informed, it is not mentioned in the History of Virginia, and there are no official records of its history.
Very respectfully Yours
J. (Jubal) A. Earley
Culpeper Co., VA Mar 7 1891
We are descended from the same original stock that came from England about 1630. Lewis Davis Yancey settled in Culpeper County, VA on the same farm I now own, and occupied by the fifth and sixth generations. Dr Curry of Alabama has pronounced Wm. L. Yancey the greatest orator and stump speaker this century has produced.
James Wm. Yancey
Culpeper, VA Mar 16 1891
Lewis Davis Yancey married a Miss Kavanaugh and settled where I now reside. John Yancey settled in Rockingham County, Va and Charles Yancey traveled south and made his home, and Wm. Lowndes Yancey is evidently a descendant of this Charles Yancey, after whom I had an uncle named who lived near Trenton, Gibson Co., Tenn.
There is a written history of our ancestors in existence, penned by some of my forefathers, and if it can be found among my old papers and manuscripts, I willl copy and forward it.
(penciled memorandum: never received).
James Wm. Yancey
Mrs. Bettie A. Calhoun
In reply to your request of the 12th, I enclose for your examination and return to me a memorandum of such information as has come to me (some of which seems to be defective) with a chart showing the family connections as far as I have been able to secure at down from Lewis Davis Yancey.
I am now inclined to believe that "Robert" - son of Joel the original, was the grandfather of Robert J., who was born in 1797 as Mr. ____ D. Yancey in his second letter refers to his great-grandfather Robert and says his wife was a Miss Duke, sister of the mother of Henry Clay. Henry Clay was born 1777, twenty years before Robert J. Yancey. You will notice there is a difference of 155 years between the landing of Joel in 1642 and the birth of Robert J in 1797. Possibly the line of descent is: Joel, original, Robert, Joel, Robert J.
If you will get this tangle straightened by inquiry among the
Missouri Yanceys, I will be very much obliged. The second Joel may be the one
was was killed at Eutaw Springs in 1781. This tracing the different branches is
a more difficult and unsatisfactory work than I expected when I began the
I wrote to Messrs. Robert D. Yancey, Lynchburg, VA and Joel Yancey, Greenville, MO on the 24th and 25th of October, but have had no reply.
I am unable to determine from which of the original four Lewis Davis is descended. Hoping you can add to my little stock of information, I am.
T. W. Conrad
John W. Dubose Esq.
We are of Welsh descent, as you probably already know, being descendants of three Welsh brothers who came to this country about the beginning of the Revolution. There were in fact, four of them, one being killed at the battle of Eutaw Springs, SC. His name was Captain Leighton Yancey, and from the other three brothers the Yancey family in the United States have their origin. I have his sword and epauletts, which were willed from the oldest to the oldest of his descendants.
July 23 1888
The name of the four immigrants were Joel, Robert, Charles and William. I thought that the one killed at the battle of eutaw Springs, SC was names Leighton Yancey, but am satisfied by thinking the matter over that his name was Joel Yancey. I am in the possession of his sword and epaullets. I do remember to have heard my father say whether they were single men when they came to America or not. There is only one of them that I can remember to have heard say anything about his family and he was my great grandfather. His wife was a Miss Duke, a sister of the mother of Henry Clay of Ashland Kentucky. I believe that three brothers who survived the Revolution settled in Virginia first and afterwards one of them settled in Kentucky, and one in one the Southern States, but I am not certain which one Robert, my great grandfather remaining in Virginia. What offices of public trust any of the original immigrants held I am unable to say further than the one killed in South Carolina was a Captain. There was one of them, a first cousin of my grandfather, that was in the Virginia Legislature for about thirty years, was generally called "Old Charles Yancey, of Buckingham" and made himself conspicuous in breaking up a very influential family by the name of Preston, who was treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a defaulter for a considerable amount. The younger members of the family are generally fond of politics, a good many lawyers among them, a good many have held places of public trust. A. K. Yancey, of Batesville, Kansas, may be able to give more information. I am now fifty-eight years old and consequently have forgotten many things that I have heard my parents say about our ancestors. They have been dead many years. We came to this state from Virginia in 1835, and since have known but little of our family, only meeting with one of the name occasionally. I served ten years in the M. W. Grand Lodge of A. F & A M, in St Louis, Mo. with one of them without having a chance to speak to him, he was always busy and so was I.
This letter was sent to Mr. Victor Graves who had sent the writer a copy of this data. May 26th 1928.
Had the pleasure yesterday of visiting Mrs. Chas Wine and read
with much interest the data you have collected in regard to the Yancey family.
I think you have discovered something for which I've been vainly hunting for
years, viz. the original Welsh name of our family. I've always believed it was
not Yancey but had been changed on reaching the U.S. N. B. my ancestor Lewis
Davis Yancey told his children that the first settlers were four brothers who
came over from Wales with Sir William Berkeley in 1642. Your paper shows that
four Nanney brothers came over with Sir William Berkeley in 1642. Note again
the name of Nanney disappears and the name of Yancey appears. NO Nanneys
anywhere , Yancey everywhere in Va. and NC. town in Va. town and county in NC.
Coat of arms of Nanney in possession of Yancey descendants. Strong
circumstantial evidence. If I can be of any assistance in your hunt command
me. Hope I have not bored you with this, made some correction on your paper in
regard to my line.
W. T. Yancey. Woodville, VA
The following statement is from Mrs. C. H. Wine of Culpeper, VA who is a genealogist.
Mr. Wm. T. Yancey age 70 or more, oldest living member of the Yancey family in Va. a man of great intelligence who has spent much time working in Yancey records is the author of the above letter. He says your evidence is the oldest and the best he has ever seen and that you are correct in that the name was formally Nanney. He also states that a man from Birmingham, Ala. wrote over to Wales and found similar data connecting the Nanney brothers with the Yancey brothers.
[This is the End of the Nanney - Yancey History by Carraway ]
Below - Notes By Dennis J Yancey for each section above - [not part of original Nanney-Yancey History by Carraway of course]
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This report by Carraway was never formally published and it evolved over time - and various different versions are extant.
O. E. Ruck seems to have been a member of the Royal Engineers and was also an archaelogist of sorts -
William Evans - (1756? - ????) of Buckingham County, VA married Mary Hendricks
William Shepard ( 1802 - ????) of Buckingham County, VA
Raleigh Travers Green ( 1872-1946 ) author of GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTES ON CULPEPER COUNTY, VIRGINIA
The Nanney arms are verified on listings of official
arms - but not Yancey.
William Shepard did apparently have an old arms (apparently of the Nanneys???) that had been passed down in the family
Note mention of Miss Annie Shepard - who inherited a copy of the coat of arms (the same one that William Shepard had?)
See other sources further below on this page - that give more information as to the Nanney Family
For more information about Shepard Family - and other of these family letters go to this link
For Military Records of the Yancey Family - click here.
Note this is the Yancey Family line of the author Mrs. Tempe H Carraway
Note reference to Charles Yancey who died in 1690 - It is not known whether this was just an estimate or based on some document that is no longer extant.
This information about a Charles Yancey who died in 1690 seems to be unfounded - there are no will's or other records of the 17th century that document any Yancey
Major Yancey was a son of Rev. Robert Yancey - not a 1st cousin
The Julia Yancey - Robertson Marriage was in 1837 in Chesterfield Co., Virginia. There is no indication she was a Richard Yancey descendant
The Bartlett Connection has never been proven
The Thornton connection is questionable - click here.
[Section 8] "The Yancey Brothers"
In reading these old letters - it seems that there was considerable amount of confusion and lack of clarity about the specific early Yanceys. There are various relations and names stated here that have since been proven to have been in error. A lot of weight over the years was placed on these early reports that were based so much on faulty memory, very limited primary research, and often guesses or possibilities.
It has become more and more clear to me - especially in
recent years - that these "Yancey Brothers" often mentioned as immigrants:
"William, Robert, Joel, Henry, Richard, Lewis . . ." were not really
immigrants at all. The story seems to have been generated by those trying
to establish the family record in the late 1800's and early 1900's - and they
based such statements about their finding of the earliest Yanceys they had
record of. Don't get me wrong - these Yanceys - "William, Robert . .
. ." were REAL and valid Yanceys - indeed among the early Yanceys of
Virginia and North Carolina. And each one can be identified. BUT it seems
researchers were merely grouping together the names of the earliest Yanceys they
knew about - many of whom are NOW known to have actually been children or
grandchildren of a yet undocumented immigrant ancestor who probably came to
America in the very late 1600's probably by name of Charles Yancey - who in all
probability probably came with no brothers at all.
see this link: http://genealogy.about.com/od/family_legends/p/three_brothers.htm
Those that have often been grouped among the "Yancey Brothers"
with their now known relationship
a) Charles Yancey (II?)- of King William and Hanover County Virginia - thought to be a son of a prior immigrant Charles I
b) Joel Yancey was the son of Archelaus, son of Charles (II?)
c) Robert Yancey was the son of Charles (II?)
d) William Yancey - there were two of them in early Virginia grandchildren of Charles Yancey (II?)
e) Lewis Davis Yancey - of Culpeper County - probably a brother of Charles Yancey (II?)
See Also - The Nanney Family Archives - click here