Information concerning the family of
Thomas & Sarah Hicks Yancey of
Winterville*, Georgia and their descendants.
* Winterville is technically within Clarke County, Georgia near the county line. But the Yanceys appear to have lived in nearby Oglethorpe County.

Below scanned from "Genealogy of Yancey - Medearis and Related Lines" 1958 (pages 4-7)
written by William H. Norwood




JOHNSON-MEYER HOUSE : Beaverdam District   (originally the Thomas Yancey home - shown above)

 The Thomas Meyer residence was probably built by Thomas Yancey prior to 1847. It is recorded that the house was standing on the property when 1,175 acres were acquired by Nathan Johnson in 1847 from the executors of Thomas Yancey’s estate (Deed Book R, 57). John Meyer bought the house in 1909, and it has remained in the same family since that time.

 From the floor plan, it can be seen that although this house has an enclosed stair, it also has a very wide center hall (Fig. 44). The enclosed stair leads to the three rooms on the second floor, the third room being portioned from the space of the hallway below. A passageway is left from the stair across the front of the house to the other rooms upstairs. Closets were added in the bedrooms by the Meyer family.

 The room to the rear of the living room, now used as a bedroom, was built for a commissary in which provisions needed in running the plantation were stored. A door opens from this room onto the back porch, probably for easy access of those who used it. A cellar, located under this room, was in use until recently when water seepage made it necessary to fill it in. The other additions on the first floor include a kitchen and dining room, both added after John Meyer moved into the house. The bathroom was added after 1940.

 The front entrance is the most commanding feature of the house. The door is four feet wide, has a seven-light transom, and five lights on either side with wooden panels used beneath the glass section. Tuscan pilasters are used on either side of the door to support a full-entablature above the transom. The one-story front porch has double columns, which suggest the influence of the Federal period of architecture superimposed on the older Georgian “plain style” (Fig. 45).

 End chimneys, six feet wide and thirty inches deep, were originally of brick laid on a granite base although one was replaced in 1917. Granite has been used for the new chimney. The original chimney that remains has been plastered to protect the clay mortar used when it was built. All fireplace openings have been closed, and the house is heated with gas space heaters.

 Source: The Housing of Oglethorpe County, Georgia (1790-1860) by Ava D. Rodgers, Florida State University Press 1971)

Bible Family records

Probate Records

Slave Records  (find under "Thomas Yancey")

Additional slave info.

Additional Information from "Some Yancey, Medearis and Hicks Descendants"


Family Photos

Some photos of members of the family taken from various sources
(no photos exist of the parents - Thomas & Sarah Yancey)

David Yancey (1808-1885) & Rachel David Medearis Yancey (1811-1899)
additional family data on David Yancey

Elizabeth Yancey (Paulk)
photo from Rita Hogan

Sarah Yancey (Wright)
Photo from Rita Hogan

Additional info on the Barnett Family


More Recent Photos above of the Thomas Yancey home - form James D Yancey.

Old Yancey Letters containing info about the Thomas Yancey estate

Additional info on Thomas Hines Yancey (son of Thomas & Sarah Hicks Yancey)

Information on Champion Decator Yancey and family (grandson of Thomas & Sarah Yancey via son Perry D Yancey)