BARTLETT YANCEY SR.
The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina - 1985
[Entry number] 837
Arriving in Orange County the part now Caswell about 1765 from Granville County, Bartlett Yancey Sr. of Welsh ancestry, is In-cluded on the first tax list of Caswell in 1777 and valued his assets at slightly over 976 pounds. A James Yancey in Granville County had bequeathed to son Bartlett In 1779, and the Yanceys were formerly of Hanover County VA. About 1765-67 Bartlett married Ann Graves daughter of John Graves Sr. who ar-rived in the area in 1753 from Spotsylvania Go. VA. Apparently Bartlett came into the area after 1763 and was unable to procure valid land title due to Earl Granville closing the land sales office.
In 1779 Bartlett Yancey entered his land 259 acres on South Ford of Country Line Creek and 362 acres on Gooch's and Rice's Creeks, now two lost creeks, but near present Pinson's and Burks Creeks near where they flow Into Coun-try Line, a few miles south of Yanceyville. The entries of land include the Yancey's Meeting House, the earliest mention of a congregation in the area.
According to a descendant, Bartlett was a schoolmaster. Reading of county records shows no proof. Some descendant gives his father as Lewis Yancey. No probates can be found of a Lewis Yancey of Granville that could have been his father. Bartlett was given addi-tional land by his father-in-law. On the 1784 tax list of Caswell County he listed 833 acres, 1 white poll, 6 black polls. According to County Minutes he was appointed Coroner of the county in 1779 and resigned in 1781.
Bartlett Yancey Sr. was deceased by April 1785 when his widow Ann and son John were granted administration on his estate. His chil-dren apparently were all under 21 years of age except possibly John and his youngest son was unborn. His estate was not settled until after the death of his widow.
The will of the widow Ann Yancey was pro-bated October 1818. She identifies their 10 children. Final settlement was not made until 1821 by Bartlett Yancey Jr. the executor. The legatees are listed below with brief accounts of each:
(1) John Yancey who married 24 Feb 1789 Elizabeth Lightfoot Moore. John served as a constable in Gloucester District in 1786, in 1795 was appointed coroner, and in 1805 was named Justice of the Peace by Governor James Turner. He often was called on to su-perintend repairs to the courthouse and jail in the new county seat. In 1808 and 1810 John Yancey sold his land and his lots in Milton and with his family removed to Giles County, Ten-nessee. John was deceased by Feb 1819 and his widow Elizabeth L. Yancey appears on the 1820 census of Giles Co. The names of their children is taken from her request for dower and from sale of the real estate of John Yan-cey, papers filed in Tenn. State Archives and furnished by Yancey Green of Memphis. They were: James M., John, Alfred M., Nancy, Lucy, Henry, Bartlett, Peggy married Gooch. Polly married Flanagan, Sally, and Catherine Yancey, and possibly a Phillip Yancey.
(2) Thomas Yancey married first Kesiah Simmons on 24 Feb 1789 the same date as for his brother John. Thomas served as constable and was a Justice of the Peace. They shared in the estate of her father Thomas Simmons, arid Thomas and Keslah had 4 children namely James, Tryon M. Yancey who graduated from UNC in 1813 and removed to Tenn.; Priscilla (1796-1862) who married 26 Dec 1814 John Graves Howard, a cousin, and they removed to Owensboro, KY, (his Bible records they were married by candlelight by her uncle the Rev. Barzillai Graves, really her great uncle); and Nancy who married 7 Oct 1817 Ambrose K. Ramsey. Kesiah or (Keziah) Yancey died and Thomas Yancey married 2nd Elizabeth Tait on 2 Feb 1802. They had one daughter Atellia Yancey. By 1804 Thomas Yancey was de-ceased and his brothers were guardians to his children. Atellia attended Salem Academy. Her mother Elizabeth Yancey remarried David Me-bane on 28 Oct 1817 and they lived in Orange Co. NC where Atellia married George Allen Me-bane on 25 April 1820.
(3) James Yancey survived all the sons of Bartlett Yance Sr. See separate article on him.
(4) Elizabeth Perry Yancey married 26 June 1792 Nathaniel Slade a native of Maryland, son of Thomas Slade Sr.., and a veteran of the Revolution. Nathan died 18 Aug 1846. In his will he names Thomas S. Slade, Nancy Bur-ton, Elizabeth Cobb, Hannah Henderson. There were possibly others. Elizabeth P.Y. Slade died 1854.
(5) Isabell Yancey married 1st her cousin John Kimbrough (son of John) who died be-fore 1805 as on the 17 Sept 1805 she remar-ried Joseph Collier. Collier was guardian to her Kimbrough children namely Sally, John, Patsy, and Tabitha Kimbrough. Daughter Sally married 5 Sept 1810 James Collier probably her step brother. In 1821 this family was in Caswell Co.
(6) Sarah Yancey married 6 July 1811 Archibald Rice. She apparently died after the birth of their only child Sally who was men-tioned in her grandmother's will. Sally Rice married John S. Dickey and In 1834 they were In Monroe Co., MO when they gave power of attorney to collect her part of her grandmother's estate.
(7) Mary Yancey married 13 Feb 1794 her first cousin John Graves (son of Thomas). They removed to Giles Co. Tenn. probably along with her brother John and family. Her husband John Graves was deceased by 1815 when John Yancey was appointed guardian in Giles Co. for Fannie Y. Graves and Sally Y. Graves. There may have been other older chil-dren. Mary remarried a Mr. Riddle of Giles Co. and it is thought they were divorced.
(8) Nancy Yancey married 10 Dec 1795 Isaac Johnston. No further research on them but they do not appear In Caswell C o. an 1820 census.
(9) Frances Yancey married 2 Oct 1804 Alexander Wiley. She was deceased before 1807 as he remarried In that year, Polly Kerr. They had one son Yancey Wiley who married Ann Eliza Thompson and removed to Mississippi.
(10) Bartlett Yancey Jr. (1785-1828) a posthumous child, married his cousin Nancy Graves. See separate article on him.
An unidentified Yancey -Wiley Yancey ap-pears In Caswell County records often. He lived near the Bartlett Yancey family. In 1804 he married widow Susannah Rice and was guardian to her children (orphans of Nathaniel Rice). Wiley Yancey was in Caswell Co. on 1820 census with younger children possibly of their union. There are no probates on him nor any record of his disposing of land and mov-ing. There is an unknown or rather an un-searched relation between the Wiley and Yancey families.