Photos of Ambrose Yancey (1818-1892)

photos from Rebecca Osmond Hold

Ambrose Yancey, attorney at law, rancher, and Methodist minister

The following is the obituary of Ambrose Yancey Sr., which was published in the "Grenola Chief" on November 11, 1892:

 Ambrose Yancey Sr. was born in Hamilton Co. Ohio, Nov. 6, 1818; soon after his birth he with his father's family
 moved to Indiana, where he lost his father at the early age of 14 and left with a widowed mother and two sisters to fight the battle of life.
He had but little opportunity for an education, and was truly a self-educated man. In 1839 he was married to Phebe Jane Goff, who survives him. Fourteen
children were born of this union 8 of whom are living. He moved from Indiana to Iowa in 1851, was converted at the age of 18 and
 in 1858 entered the local ministry of the M. E. Church but the close application of study necessary to make the ministry a success
did not suit his energetic nature and he turned to a more active life. He was a very patient sufferer; the writer called to see
him during his protracted illness a number of times but no word of complaint escaped his lips. The funeral services were conducted
by Rev. J. R. McNabb, assisted by Elder Thomas of the Christian Church, after which a large concourse of friends
 went on the solumn journey to the grave near Pleasant Valley church where they were met by a large number of sorrowing
 friends, and just as the sun was sinking behind the western hills they lowered the body into "mother earth" from which it came,
 there to await the resurrection call. --J. R. McNabe


Tombstone inscription: 
He is gone, but we are lingering
In this weary world of ours,
Bearing on our hearts the ashes
Of affections broken flowers. 



Yancey home built in the early 1870's near Grenola, Kansas.