Early Letters concerning Yancey Research & Genealogy

Most of these letters were transcribed and included in the

"Genealogy of Yancey - Medearis and Related Lines"
 By William H Norwood and Olivia Yancey Lacy - 1958.

and represent some of the early research and inter-exchange
of genealogical information among the family.

 


Date:  26 November 1955
To: Mr. Joe Justiss, Omaha, Texas [1]
From Mr. L. R. Yancey, China, Texas [2]

Yours of a recent date received.  In regards to my kin to your  mother, I can’t say.  No doubt we are related, as I see you spell the name Y-a-n-c-e-y as we do.

My father came from Lynchburg, Va.  His  father was Robert Yancey, attorney at law of Lynchburg, Va [3].  His dad was General Joel Yancey [4] under General George Washington in the war of 1776 U.S. against Great Britain.

In the beginning this high tempered wandering high strung bunch came from Wales in the 16th century.  Always when you met one, if he didn’t have a gun on his shoulder, he was sure to have a chip. There were four Yancey boys and three Jenning boys, all first cousins ran away from their home in Wales and stowaway on a ship for the U.S. and settled in Va. And Penn. [5]  The names of the Yancey boys Robert, Charles, Joel, John.

 The old Yancey homestead is a few miles out from Lynchburg, Va [6].  My Dad’s dad was Robert Yancey, Attorney at Law of Lynchburg, Va.  He had four sons and four daughters.  The boy’s names:  Joel, my dad, Robert, Charles – attorney at law of Piedmont, Missouri, V. R. Yancey of Wynona, Miss.  Their dad, Robert Yancey, moved to Patterson, Missouri before the war between the states in 1863.   His daughter’s names:  Martha, Jenny, Harriett, Cathron.

He had sixty five slaves and worked them on a large farm he bought at the foot of Clark’s Mountain, eight miles from Patterson, Mo. His slaves were all freed and driven away after the close of the War between the States – the North & the South.  He died there and was buried at Patterson, Missouri and there his daughters Jennie, Harriett, Catherine.

My Father Joel Yancey had five sons and two daughters – Jenny and Mary. The sons: Charles R., John S., William L., Jessie Burton, and Lawrence Ross, named after our grand dad Lawrence Sull Ross, a governor of Texas. [7]

My Dad Joel Yancey bought a large farm just across the St Francis River from Greenville, Missouri, the County Seat of Wayne County, Mo.  He was county surveyor of the county for many years. He also ran a ferry on the St Francis River for some twenty years and one of the leading ferries of southeast Mo.   His wife, our mother, was Alice Taylor of Butler County, Kentucky.  She died when I was two weeks old.  Our Aunt Mat as we called her was a school teacher.  After mother’s death she came home and took charge of Father’s children and no mother could have taught them any better.  But as we grew up to 16-18, each boy headed for Texas.  Our dad married again. I was the youngest and the worst and I headed for Texas December 29 1893. I was born March 16 1876 and will be eighty if I live [till] March 16.  All my brothers and one sister, Jennie are gone on.  Just sistr Mary and I left.  She is eighty-seven, completely helpless and blind.  So years later Dad sold out and came to Texas also.  His second family and Aunt Mat both died here and are buried at China, our home town. I landed in Dallas, Texas, at midnight the beginning of 1894 with three dollars left in my pocket.

Got a job on a ranch for some time and finally came to the Beaumont country and have lived here most all the time since.  I went  then to the big Spindle Top and Sour Lake boom and the big East Texas boom near Longview, Texas with the Yountice Oil Co. as a foreman [8]. They sold out to Stanilian Oil in August 1935.  So I came back to my farm, three miles North of China, built a new house and lived here ever since. I came back November 22, 1935.   My wife was Rosa Sadler of Joplin, Missouri.   We have had ten children, three boys and seven girls.  Six are living doing well. Our youngest John Perrishen Yancey, M. L. G. was in World War II and is still in the army. He spent eight years in Alaska, three in Takoma, Washington and now in La.  Was home in October. My other son, Lawrence Ross is with Humble Oil Co., Baytown, Texas. Our daughters are all married and gone. So we are all alone. Please write soon.

L. Ross Yancey

 

[DJY:  Notes concerning the above letter]

[1] -  Mr. Joe Justiss’s Yancey line of descent was as follows:  Joe Justiss, Rachel Catherine Yancey, David Y., Thomas Y., William Y., Richard Y., Charles YANCEY.  Some of his family research was incorporated into the book “Yancey Medearis & Related Lines]

 [2] -   Lawrence Ross Yanceys line of descent was as follows:  Lawrence Ross Y., Joel Y., Robert Jennings Y., Joel Y., Joel Y., Archelaus Y., Charles YANCEY.

 [3] -  Robert Yancey (1797-1861) see information here.

 [4] -  It seems apparent that Joel Yancey did not serve under General Washington – the origin of this family belief is not clear.  Joel Yancey most certainly died in 1773 even before the Revolutionary War broke out – as will records of Virginia document.

 [5] -  The validity of the exact details of this entire paragraph are very questionable. It would appear the first Yanceys came to America at the end of the 17th century (1600’s). There is no clear evidence for a group of four immigrant brothers. Charles Yancey was probably the immigrant ancestor – but he did have sons named John, Robert, Charles and and among his many grandchildren a Joel Yancey all born here in America. There is no real evidence to indicate that the Yanceys were stowaways.  But no clear evidence about the exact details of their immigration to America has been found – so who knows. The Yanceys first settled in Virginia.  There is no evidence of the early Yanceys ever being in Pennsylvania.  Family Tradition is that the Yanceys came from Wales – but no proof has been found.  There were a group of Jennings that did come to Virginia about the same time as the Yanceys – no proven old world connection has yet been found – though there was some intermarriage into the Jennings family by Yanceys of the 1700’s in Virginia.

 [6] -  This was apparently Rothsay – originally the estate of Joel Yancey.

 [7] -  See More Information Here

 [8] -  Oil was discovered in Texas in 1901

 


Date: 7 Feb 1957
From: Lawrence Ross Yancey – Beaumont, Texas [1]
To: Mr & Mrs. Freeman Lacy – Ft Worth, Texas [2]

 

My Kind Dear Cousin:

Yours of a recent date received.  Was glad to hear from you.

Now in regard to this old Va. Wandering Yancey bunch, who hailed from Wales in the year 1642, we’re all chips off the old block.[3]  Now I don’t know but little about my grandfather’s brothers or sisters.  My grandfather was Robert Joel Yancey and his father was Majr General Joel Yancey of the Revolutionary War of 1776 and no doubt he was the [father] of General Joel Yancey who fought in the War of 1812.  Now my grandfather, Robert Joel Yancey – he had the sword of this Major General Yancey and when he died he gave it to my father, Joel Yancey, his eldest son [4].  And when he died he gave it to my oldest brother, C. H. Robert Yancey.  He gave him his uniform, his hat, sword, boots, spurs and rifle the old flintlock.

Now I’ll tell you about this Joel Yancey’s complete uniform.  Now, I know what I am writing about.  This complete uniform was to be given to the oldest son, Yancey son, as time passed on. So he gave it to my grand dad Robert Joel Yancey and he gave it to my father Joel Yancey, his oldest son.  And he gave it to his oldest son Charles Robert Yancey my oldest brother.  He put it on many times to show us younger brothers  and sisters.  We used to play war and felt big Injin many a moonshine night.  He was an artist and he had two . . . in Alexandria La.  And around the age of 68 his eyes were failing him bad.  So he sold out and stored all his furniture and the old uniform in a storage house and he and his wife Alma went to Heber Springs to rest.  And the building caught fire and burned up all the goods, uniform and all.

So he and his wife Alma died in 1928. I was at the funeral in Bremen, Texas. Where they were married 40 years to a day before his death in 1928. They had only one child, Colonel Ross Sterling Yancey of World War I, retired, New York City, was never married.  I haven't heard from him in a long time.

I would have written you sooner but I'm trying to find the Old Mission History that my father and Aunt Mat, his sister had which gave a complete history of the Yancey and Ross families of Lynchburg, Va.   My grandfather, Robert Joel Yancey married Mattie Ross. They had eight children, four boys and four girls.  The oldest son, Joel Yancey, my dad and Robert, Charles D., and V. R. the youngest son, and mother Mat, and Jennie and Harriett and Cathron.  I believe I gave Mr. Joe Justiss of Omaha, Texas, the history of all the rest, including my brothers and sisters.

Now my grand dad Robert Joel Yancey came from Lynchburg Va. before the War Between the States, 1863, and bought a large tract of land at the foot of Clarks Mountain and settled there.  He had sixty five slaves and were freed at the close of the war. I was up there at the old homestead in 1951. Some of the old poplar logs are still there yet that he built his house of.  It is a beautiful track of land where he worked his slaves.   He died just after the war. His home was eight miles from Patterson, Mountain at the foot of Clarks Mountain.   He was a lawyer, also his son, Charles Donaphana Yancey of Piedmont, Missouri.  Joel, my dad, his oldest son came to Texas.  He and Aunt Mat, his oldest daughter 1896 and died in Aug 7 1907. Also Aunt Mat died here in 1893 and both of them are buried in China, Texas. His son Robert was killed in the battle of Vicksburg, Miss. In 1863.  V. Rhodes Yancey his youngest son died in Miss. At the age of 68.  Also Aunt Jennie, Harriett, also Cathron.  I can’t give you the dates, but all of them except father, Aunt Mat, and V. R. Y. are buried at Patterson, Missouri.   Grand dad Robert Joel and grandmother, his wife.

Well thanks to the Lord I have found the Old Mission History I've told you about in my old cedar chest.  So I’ll give you the correct address in St Louis, Mo.  So please write for it. I will too.  I’ll also write Mrs. Bertha Jensen in Blackfoot, Idaho.  Also Miss Alice Yancey in Los Angeles and Mr. Joe Justiss in Omaha, Texas. Also Mr. Norwood in Arlington, Texas. [5]  The St Louis library would be a good place to write also.

Now I get the old Hist. and give you the correct address:

“History of the Great West and the Commercial Metropolis – comprising the business and the businessmen of St Louis, Mo” vii. Richard Edwards Editor and Publisher – corner of 3rd and Pine, St Louis Mo. [6]

Now the reason I'm writing to get this book my Bro. C. R. Yancey tore out the complete record of the Yancey and Ross families and sent the record to his son, Colonel Ross Yancey in New York City, to have an old Spanish grant in Texas, of our great grand dad Reuben Ross proved up which we were heirs to the grant of 4400-44 acres at Victoria Texas. He sent the records to uncle Charley D. Yancey, attorney at law, Piedmont, Mo. And he came to Texas, had it surveyed and went back to Mo and died not long after. So nothing has been done since. Now if we can get the book we’ll have a good plain record from the time of 1642 up to about 1888.

Aunt Mat, Father’s oldest sister, was well up on the record.  She was a school teacher  but when mother died, I was but two weeks old. So she came home and took care of all of father’s children many years. She was with me when she died in Texas 3 Jan 1903 at the age of 63. She never was married but spent her money to the last dollar and her life , not for herself, but others, a noble woman.

I am so glad to hear from you all and hope to meet you in Greenville in June.

Now may the great secret ever guide, bless and protect you all. [7]

Your cousin

L. Ross Yancey

[DJY:  Notes concerning the above letter]

[1] -  Lawrence Ross Yanceys line of descent was as follows:  Lawrence Ross Y., Joel Y., Robert Jennings Y., Joel Y., Joel Y., Archelaus Y., Charles YANCEY.

[2] Mrs. Freeman Lacy's line of descent was as follows: Olivia Burnett Yancey (Lacy), David Y., David Y., Thomas Y., William Y., Richard Y., Charles YANCEY.  Some of her family research was incorporated into the book “Yancey Medearis & Related Lines]

[3]  It would appear the first Yanceys came to America at the end of the 17th century (1600’s).  It seems the reference to 1642 may have arisen over a confusion with the Crawford Family - that did came over to America about 1642, did have associations with Sir William Berkeley, and had two female descendants who married into the very early Yanceys.  

[4]  The sword and epaullets are mentioned in the will of Col. Robert Leighton Yancey of Louisa - as he bequeathed it to Joel Yancey - but he referred to Joel as "my friend and relation" and not as "his son".

[5]  Bertha & Alice Yancey were sisters: ancestry:  Berta/Alice Y, Adam Y., Hiram J. Y., Hiram J. Y., Austin Y., William Yancey;

[6] This citation has created much confusion over the years.  Such book - does NOT contain any information on the Yanceys.  It would appear as if the book that was really being referenced is the book "History of Southeast Missouri, by the Goodspeed Press, page 1152 - Biographical Sketches of Wayne County, Missouri. 1888.

[7]  Possibly alludes to phrases used by members of "freemasonry" organizations.

 


 

J. L. Yancey [1]

Dear Cousin:

I can call you that as you are the grandson of my Uncle Lewis..  Our kin people are the same.  My Father was James, the oldest child of Richard and Mary Yancey.   Father  died 20 years ago.  He has one son, James Yancey, living in this county in a few miles of the old Yancey place.  I have two sisters living in Clarksville, Virginia;  Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Gee.  My Sister Jennie Yancey died about 18 months ago.  Uncle John died a few weeks since he was about 80 years old. He has two sons and a daughter.   One son Robert lives in South Hill in this county, Mecklenburg.  Hugh, his youngest son lives at home with his mother and sister.   His post office is Skipwith Mecklenburg, Virginia.   Uncle Richard died some four years ago.  He lived in Granville Co., N.C.   He has one son who lives near Hillsboro, N.C. and one daughter Mrs. Gordon who has a son living in Clarksville, Va., Herbert Gordon.   She sometimes stays with him.  Aunt Emily died years ago.  She has one son living in Broakneill, Campbelll County, Virginia, Amos Pool.   He has a daughter living near South Boston in Halifax Co., Va. Louisa Pool.  She married her cousin a Mr. Pool and is a widow. Uncle Simeon lived in Georgia but all of his family have been dead for years except his son William.  He was living the last I heard from him but I do not know his address.  Aunt Ann and Mary lived in Kentucky and I have not heard from them in years.  I think they lived in Christian Co., Ky.   They both had quite a number of children.   I have a brother living who was born in Kentucky, W. L. Yancey who cold give you some information about our kin people out there.  Uncle Lewis visited his old home soon after the war.  I remember him with pleasure.  He was very jolly.   If you come to the Jamestown Exposition you must come and see us.   I am the youngest daughter of James Yancey and married W. A. Jamieson.   I am living at the old home near Buffalo Junction.

Sincerely

Helen A. Jamieson. [2]

 

[DJY:  Notes concerning the above letter]

[1] Ancestry of J. L. Yancey:  John Lewis Y., Rufus P. Y., Lewis N. Y.,  Richard Y.,   Robert Y., Richard Y., Charles Y., Charles Yancey

[2] Ancestry of Helen A Jamieson:   Helen Y.,  James Y., Richard Y., Robert Y., Richard Y., Charles Y., Charles Yancey
Helen compiled the book "Jamieson and O'Callaghan Ancestors" published in 1978 containing a good amount of Yancey Material not found elsewhere. She lived in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.

 

 


 

My Dear Mr. Yancey [1]

You ought to write a book yourself for you write such an interesting letter.  I am so glad you like the “Vanishing Virginian” and are willing to claim him for a relation.   I think from your letter you must be a relative, because your taste are so much the same as those of my own family.

I do not know much about genealogy myself, but I do kow all the Yanceys in this country are descended from three brothers of that name who settles first in Virginia, about the year 1674.  James Yancey, grandson of Charles (the first settler) found in the Revolution. And was a major under General Greene.  After the Revolution he settled in South Carolina, married there and was the grandfather of William Lowndes Yancey noted orator and statesman.

There was a colonel Robert Leighton Yancey who was on General Washington’s staff during the Revolution.  This Colonel Yancey left his sword and epauletts to my great grandfather Joel Yancey who was a major in the War of 1812.  This particular sword is supposed to be in the possession of the Missouri branch of the family.  I wonder if you could be of this family.

My mother’s book contains a short sketch of the Yancey family.  It is called “Lynchburg and Its Neighbors” by Rosa Faulkner Yancey.  I think you can still get a copy by writing to the publishers at the following address:  JW Fergusson – 105 N Fourteenth St – Richmond, Va.

I am sorry to say that my mother died in 1935.   She would have undoubtedly been able to clear up the connection of your family with the Yanceys of this state.   I know very little except what is contained in her book. But I do know there is a Yancey coat of arms and history to be had but where I do not know.  I should think you could get this information by writing the Librarian of Congress at Washington.  They might refer you to the place they could be obtained.

It is hard for me to believe Mr. Yancey that the erect and young looking gentleman in this picture is a man anywhere near eighty.  Why you don’t look fifty.  I am sure I do claim you for a relative and hope I look that young when I get to be your age.

Thans for your letter – and the snap shot.

With sincere good wishes to you and yours.

 

Most Cordially

Rebecca Yancey Williams [2]

 

[DJY:  Notes concerning the above letter]

[1]  It is a little unclear who the writer here was.

[2] Rebecca Yancey Williams was the author of "The Vanishing Virginian"  and daughter of Capt. Robert Davis & Rosa Faulkner Yancey.  Her book is quite interesting as to the life of the Yancey in the early 1900's in Lynchburg, VA - after the era of the Civil War.  Her mother also published the book "Lynchburg and Its Neighbors".

 



 

To: Mrs. Varina Woods – Holly Springs, MS   [1]
From: Jack Watkins – Clarksville  Furniture, Clarksville Virginia

Date: 12 Feb 1957

Mrs. L. L. Woods
Holly Springs Mississippi

Dear Mrs. Woods

While in Boydton today [Mecklenburg County, Va] I had a few minutes to spare so I went by the Court House and found the will of Richard Yancey 1781 which named his wife, Mary and his brother James Yancey, as executors.

Richard left one daughter Keziah Nuckolls and nine sons namely:  Lewis, William, Absalom, Richard, Charles, Hezekiah, Joseph, and Zachariah.  The real estate described in Richard’s will is approximately six or sevne miles from Clarksville, partly in Virginia and in North Carolina.   I assume that his brother, James, lived near him in North Carolina and I will try to locate some of the Yancey family cemeteries before your next visit to Virginia.

Very Sincerely

Jack Watkins  [2]

PS Since writing the above I went out in the country to see Mr. Roger Yancey, age 77, who lives on the North Carolina state line and owning property in both states.  His father was Charles A. Yancey (born 1854) – his grandfather was William “Buck” Yancey his great grandfather was Charles Yancey – his great great grandfather was Richard Yancey (brother of James) mentioned in above will.

His grandfather William or “Buck” Yancey was one of eight boys.  William being the only one that stayed at home  - - the other two brothers moving to Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana.  The original Yancey settlement in this part of Virginia and North Carolina is the present location of his residence.  An old chimney still stands near the cemetery bearing the initials “C” Yancey 1791.  He said that his grandfather told him that several generations of Yanceys were buried there.  The cemetery covers approximately one half acre, however the oldest marker there bears the date 1854.  Mr. Yancey told me that his grandfather told him that when this place was settled his two nearest neighbors were the Talleys – about five miles away , and the Chandlers about eight miles away.

Apparently all the Yanceys came from this settlement.  The “Vanishing Virginian” was published in 1940.   It is the history of the Yanceys of Lynchburg, Virginia but does not got back any further than the Civil War.   These Yanceys moved from New Kent County, Virginia to Bedford County about 1810. I do not believe they are your Yancey Branch.

  

[DJY:  Notes concerning the above letter]

[1] Varina Woods ancestry:  Varina Y., Bartlett H. Y., Archibald H Y., Joel C. Y., Philip Y., James Y.,  Charles Y., Charles Yancey

[2]  Jack Watkins ancestry:

 


2516 Fifteenth Ave. South
Birmingham Alabama
November 24, 1954

Mr W H Norwood
Superintendent Public SChools
Corsicana , Texas

Dear Howard:

At your request I am sending you a copy of the last photograph that was made of me several years ago, I am also enclosing you
a copy of a picture of the old Barnett homestead. The two elder persons standing out in front are Captain Harrison Barnett and his wife Irene Yancey Barnette I spent a good deal of time with them when I was about 6 years old, going home with them from my father's graveside my mother having gone two years before him. That was back in about 1880.

At that time they were ginning their own cotton with a horse power gin. The slaves were still there and occupying their old cabins. How they were being paid I do not know, but I recall seeing them lined up on Saturday at the smokehouse receiving their weekly rations. Grandpa had taught one of his more intelligent slaves by the name of Bill, reading, writing, and simple arithmetic, and he acted as foreman.

After he learned to read, he naturally had nothing much to read but a Bible and soon became a preacher, whereupon grandpa set aside a plot of land a couple of miles from home and built a Church for him. That colored Baptist Church continues today under the name of Barnett Chapel. Although they have built a new Church and moved to a new location.

I remember very well Stephen who was one of the slaves inherited from Thomas Yancey by my grandmother. He had taught one of them black-smithing and he did all of that kind of work required on the plantation. Another one was a carpenter and looked after all carpentry work required. I have seen my grandfather slaughter 50 hogs at a time.'l at least twice in a winter. He had a smokehouse made of squared logs with dirt floors. It had morticed corners, and was put together with hardwood pens. A hickory fire was kept burning and
constantly smoked hams and bacons hung high up.

Grandpa made his own peach brandy. He had a large copper  still at a spring near the house, and I have seen wagon loads of peaches hauled there where he had hollowed logs into which the peaches were dumped, and I remember seeing the men with mauls mashing the peaches into pulp ready for the still. He always kept a decanter of peach brandy on the side-board and before going into dinner he would stop there and get his drink but he never was an excessive drinker.
He was chairman for the County Board of Commissioners in Oglethorpe County for many, many, years. He was a very fine man, but not being very religious, he was turned out of the Baptist Church on account of his failure to attend three consecutive conferences, or business meetings held on Saturday before preaching Sunday

Grandmother was a lovable woman and I remember her most  affectionately. Much more I could tell you if we had an opportunity to talk, but no about the Yanceys, as my grandmother was the only member of that family whom I ever saw or heard of until this correspondence with you began.

I very much hope that, since you will be retiring before long you will make it a point to visit me, and we might go to
Georgia together.

I am enclosing herewith another letter just received from the Post Master in Lafayette. I would appreciate it, if you would carry on with this correspondence with these people and let me know what progress you make. I have checked this list of names mentioned by the post master as living in Birmingham and do not find a single one of them at the address mentioned in the list.

With high regard,

B.H. Hartsfield

 
 

   

[1]  W. H. Norwood

[2]  B. H. Harstfield
 


Winterville Ga
Nov 7, 1956

Mr James Harvey Norwood,
306 So Oak St
Arlington, Texas

My dear Mr. Norwood:

I hope some of the information I have to tell you may be of  some interest, have waited trying to get a lot more on subjects you inquired about, but what I asked for never seemed to come through in many Instances. Was particularly anxious to try to get something on the ancestors you asked about, namely Abigale Hines, Sarah Hicks and Catherine Brooks. Couldn't find anything about the first. The copy of a letter from my aunt Ellen Barnett Fleeman to her niece, Cousin Sally Stevens gives a little information about Sarah Hicks. Seems as if Grandpa Yancey (Tom) was born in Petersburg, Va., moved to NC and married Sarah Hicks of Raleigh, NC. Aunt Ellen says Grandpa was a doctor and married late in life. She says Grandma's mother was a Hines and her Mother's father was a Governor of Virginia but because she married a poor man of whom he did not approve he disowned her, and so when Grandpa and Grandma moved to Georgia they brought her mother and her brother with them. You will note Aunt Ellen also says they are all buried at the Yancey place. We tried to te11 ab aut the graves there, but it is impossible as there are no stones except one unmarked granite one. The people in the house say there are two adult graves, whom they think are Grandpa and Grandma Yancey and two children who died young and were unmarried.

I have copied a brief history from Cousin Kate Dykes of Atlanta
whose Grandmother was Catherine (Katherine) Brooks. Am enclosing that as it is all I've been able to get about Brooks.

Now as to the Yancey Will, am enclosing a copy of the will I have and also of the probation of it, which shows that David did receive his portion of the slaves. I understand other things in the estate were divided before his death. I found among our papers a note of where Grandma Barnett, who was Irena (or Arrena) Yancey got some silver before his death. A cousin and I spent last Saturday at the Oglethorpe County Courthouse copying the inventory of his assets at the time his will was probated and among other things are the names and values of the slave so Will enclose a copy of that also.

I have made two attempts to get a picture of the Yancey house to send you but do not have one to enclose yet. Will try to get to you if the last ones are good. The people in the house by the name of Mayer have repaired and improved the house considerably.

put oak floors over the 6ft boards and. celotex ceiling panels over the 12ft boards t.here. They say all of the original boards were hand hewn or sawed, joists included. The original gin is still  there but is now a barn. The well is still used and they were told it was blasted out of rock with slave labor and the powder to do it cost $600.00 There is a pecan seedling tree over one hundred years old. There is a slave cemetery with six or eight stones to
mark graves but no names. One of my cousins said her mother told her, that Grandpa Yancey got a grant of 10,000 Acres of land which
he was to have divided equally between his ten children, but three died before he made his will.  Grandma Barnett got over 900 acres, somewhere along the line which was the Barnett home place and is only about two miles from the Yancey place.

Hope this helps you some in the study of the family.   Sorry couldn't get more.

Sincerely Rena Pittard