John Medearis Yancey (1833-1909)
wife: Nancy Woodward Yancey (1835-1862)
daughter: Emily Estella Yancey (1867-1942)
Dr. J. M. Yancey
Source: The Encyclopedia of the New West. Arkansas Section. 1881

J. M. Yancey, eclectic physician, was born in Marshall County, Tennessee, February 21, 1832, and there
 grew up and lived to the age of 27, attending, when quite young, the schools in the neighborhood of Old 
Liberty Church, receiving, in all, about two years schooling. He has added to his scholastic attainments
a good stock of general information by an extensive course of miscellaneous reading,  but to medical books 
he has devoted most attention.

Raised upon a farm and living in a quiet community, his boyhood was not stained by the vices common 
to youth. He never saw a fight until he was eighteen, has never tasted whiskey as a beverage, nor played 
cards, used tobacco nor departed widely from the high standard of  morality under which his exemplary 
and careful father trained him. Moderate farm work, hunting and rambling among the hills about his 
father's home in his boyhood laid the foundation for the hardy constitution and uniform good health 
which has enabled him to endure the fatigue and exposure of professional life.

Dr. Yancey was raised in, and by birth, education, culture and choice, belongs to the great middle 
class of society, among whom in all ages are to be found more honor, virtue, intelligence, morality, 
manhood and solid happiness than in either the upper or lower ranks.

He is a little over medium height, has dark hair, hazel eyes and an expression of affability, 
thoughtfulness and prudence. The manly qualities and virtues are so blended in his mental and moral 
make-up that it is difficult to point out his distinguishing characteristics. Descended from parents 
devoted to agriculture and domestic pursuits in the midst of a very moral and religious community, 
whose aim was to live honestly in the habits of industry and to make the most of life, its enjoyments 
and opportunities to do good, Dr. Yancey must be classed as a gentleman of the old school, thrifty, 
painstaking, hospitable endeavoring to do all the good he can. While not unsocial in his habits and manners,
he appears to best advantage in society congenial with his own tastes.

Dr. Yancey's father paid for his medical education, but the son started in life without other inheritance,
and his career has been modeled on the principle of meeting every engagement. In his practice he has been 
guided by a fixed purpose to show no partiality, and make no distinction between calls, whether from the rich 
or the poor, departing from this rule only in the cases of such as have dishonestly refused to pay him for his 
services when known to be able to do so.

In the Spring of 1853 he began to read-medicine in the office of Dr. T. W. Brents, a physician of the Botanic 
School, at New Hope, Marshall County, Tennessee, and road with him two years, after which he attended the 
Southern Botanic (Afterwards called the reform) Medical College, at Macon, Georgia, from which, after two 
terms he graduates M.D., February 1858. After graduation he practiced at his father's old home three years. 
After that time, on account of his wife's illness, he abandoned the practice, removed to near Dover, Arkansas, 
and farmed there two years up to the commencement of the war, when he was conscripted into the Confederate 
Service while every brother and brother-in-law were volunteers. He served in the medical department on detail 
as ward master during the remainder of the War in the Trans-Mississippi department. In his medical capacity he
assisted at the battle of Helena and Salina. At the latter place he was put in charge of the litter corps and 
to his credit it ought to be recorded that when the battle was over there was not a wounded man of his regiment
left on the field. At Camp Mazard he had charge of the sick of two brigades and one division - - a large 
experience utilized in all the after years of his medical practice. He served under General Fagan and Hawthorne. 
Immediately after the War he returned to the practice of Medicine, and has been engaged in it ever since, 
first at Dover from 1865 to the Spring of 1870, when he moved his present residence to a farm near Russellville, 
and continued his profession.

Dr. Yancey.married first in Marshall County, Tennessee, at the age of twenty-five, Miss Nancy M. Woodward 
then twenty-two years old, born the daughter of George Woodward, of a family originally of Virginia. Her 
mother was Margaret Porter. By this marriage he had three children: Rachel Alice, Margaret Louisa and Nancy. M. 
The first and last of these died, in infancy. Margaret Louisa married in July 1880, Joseph Bradley, a farmer, now 
living at Palmer, Ellis County, Texas. Mrs Yancey died near Dover during the war.

Dr. Yancey's second marriage, which took place at Dover in 1867, was with Mrs. M. A..Hayes, who was born in 
Pennsylvania. Her maiden name was Lydic. She was educated at Pleasant Hill Seminary, near Bethany, Virginia. 
By this marriage Dr. Yancey had four children: Emma Estella, Charley Scott, David Edwin, and John Medearis, 
only one of whom, Emma Estella, is living -v- bright jewels passed away. Dr. Yancey joined the Christian Church 
at Old Liberty, Tennessee, at the age of twelve, and has been identified with it ever since. Mrs. Yancey is a member 
of the same communion.

He owns three hundred acres of land, a good farm, has quite a taste for improving his stock. His professional 
fees amount to an average of two hundred dollars a month. In a word, he is in quite comfortable circumstances.

His father, David Yancey, was born in North Carolina, but his father moving to Oglethorpe County, Georgia, 
when he was a mere boy, he grew up there. He was educated at the Athens (Georgia) Academy. After leaving school
he traveled into Tennessee, took a school in Marshall County and married Rachel Medearis, daughter of George W. 
Medearis and grand-daughter of Captain John Medearis, a commissioned officer and quartermaster in the Revolutionary 
War. Her mother was a Woodward, of Virginia, where she was married. David Yancey was a farmer, a teacher, a man 
of good learning and extensive reading, a zealous member of the Christian Church - - a man noted for his integrity 
and the even tenor of his life and character. He is now living, in his seventy-sixth year in Morris County, Texas.

Dr. Yancey's mother, also still living, in her young days was a lady of great personal beauty and always noted for
her domestic virtues, as indeed was all her sisters. The whole family on both sides, as far as known, have always
lived in the quiet walks of life, and without a stain upon the character of either man or woman of the connection
 - - a general analysis record of which the proudest in the land, if honest in his heart, should be proud. These
 are the balance wheels, the checks and balances which leaven the moral world; or at least that portion of it 
embraced in these United States.

A friend says of Dr. Yancey: As a physician Dr. Yancey ranks very fair. He is as firm as a rock, can control 
his emotions, was never heard to use an idle word, nor seen to be angry, nor heard to speak a harmful word 
of any body. He is strictly honest and conscientious, a profound student, and remarkable for the uniformity 
of his disposition. He is a model man - - his whole object seems to be to do good - - a worker in Sunday school
and a strong advocate of moral training.

Obituary:  (Dec. 13, 1909)

Dr. J. M. Yancy died at his home on Jefferson street his morning (Dec. 13, 1909) after an illness of about ten days, death being due to pneumonia. Arrangements have been made for the funeral services, though the burial will probably not be before Wednesday. Dr. Yancy was the oldest practicing physician in the county both as to age and the number of years he had been engaged in the profession, and was widely known and everywhere admired as a grand old man and held in highest esteem.

Dr. Yancy would have been 78 years old next March, though had enjoyed good health and was extremely hearty for a man of his years up to the time of his recent illness. He returned in October from New Mexico, where he and Mrs. Yancy spent two months with the family of his daughter, the first real vacation he had ever taken in all the years of his professional life. he returned in robust health and gave promise of many more years of usefullness.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Stella VanDeeren of Cynthiana, Ky., and Mrs. Bradley of Texas, both of whom had been summoned and reached his bedside before his death.

Dr. Yancy came to Pope county in the fall of 1858 and had practiced his profession in and near Russellville for more than half a century. In conversation with a Courier-Democrat man a few months ago he stated that he had practiced medicine three years in Tennessee before coming to Arkansas.

He first located on the Bayou, but fining it sickly on the creek set to work to build a log house on the mountain the following summer and moved into the same on Christmas day, which will have been fifty years ago this coming Christmas. He has seen our country develop for a wilderness into a highly civilized and progressive community, which has been a source of much gratification to him in his old age. Hundreds, yes, thousands in Pope county have been relieved of pain and suffering at his hands and found him ever generous and open-hearted when anyone was in need, and his death will be mourned by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Church of Christ Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock; interment at City Cemetery.


YANCEY, J.M. Pvt - Company I, 35th Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A. Enlisted 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. Present 29 Feb 1864. Detailed to the Medical Department as Ward Master 24 Oct 1862. Height: 5' 8", Eyes: gray, Hair: light, Complexion: light, Occupation: farmer, Age: 32, Nativity: Tennessee.

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