History of Kern County Calif. by Wallace M. Morgan
GEORGE A. YANCEY
Two miles south of the town proper of Bakersfield, Kern County lies the improved and up-to-date farm of George A. Yancey, a farmer of prominence in the community, who has prospered well since his coming to Calif. in 1897, at which time he became a permanent and loyal resident of the county, giving his support to all projects proposed for the advancement and development of his community.
William Yancey, father of George A. was born in Tennessee and was formerly a resident of Indiana, where in Benton county his son was born March 12, 1860. He married Maria Onesettler, born in Penn. and together they made their way to Calif. in 1895, settling in the Weed Patch in Kern County. Inured to the hardships of pioneer life, they soon found themselves the owners of an improved and well-culti-vated farm which they had acquired by their hard labors from the land in its wild state, and many happy days were spent there in the enjoyment of their well earned prosperity. The father passed away in 1903, the mother, now at the age of 72 yrs, making her home at Glennville, Cal.
Receiving his primary education in his native county, George A. Yancey made his home in Indiana for many years, growing to manhood and developing splendid traits of character which his parents had instilled in him In their quiet, even home life. At the age of 26 he removed to Cass county, Mo. where he was married to Miss Sadie Bateman, a native of Coshocton county, Ohio, the daughter of Mathew and Martha (McFarland) Bateman, who were natives of Ohio and Penn., respectively. She was reared in Cass county Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Yancey became the parents of two children, Gertrude, who is now the wife of Bob Kincer, a farmer of Gosford; and John, who is at home with his parents. Mr. Yancey made his home in Missouri for many years, following the vocation of farmer, which has been his life work. His interest had ever been turned toward the west and with the thorough understanding of a farmer as to the exceptional condi-tions of the soil and the climate in Calif. he decided in 1897 to follow his parents to Kern county, where upon arrival he purchased his present forty-acre farm on Union Ave and Brundage lane, just two miles south of the town of Bakersfield. Building house and barns, he set out to improvethis land and such has been his success that today he is the owner of one of the best producing and generally well-kept farms in the vicinity devoted principally to alfalfa. His wife is also the owner of twenty acres of Land on Union ave., which tract is situated six miles south of Bakersfield and is a select piece of property. A Democrat in political matters, Mr. Yancey is well versed in party affairs and is alive to all questions of importance concerning his party's welfare. He unites fraternally with the Modern Woodmen and Mrs. Yancey is a member of the Congregational church.