Joel Yancey (1830-1907)
History of Southeast Missouri, by the Goodspeed Press, page 1152
Biographical Sketches of Wayne County, Missouri. 1888.
Joel Yancey is a Virginian by birth, born August 13, 1830. His parents, Robert J and Catherine L. (Ross) Yancey were also Virginians and were of Welsh descent. Great-grandfather Yancey and three brothers came to the United States from Wales and settled in Virginia and Kentucky. One of the brothers was killed at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, SC during the revolutionary War. The grandfather, Joel Yancey, served as Major in the War of 1812. He died in Virginia. Robert J Yancey and wife came to Missouri in 1835 and soon became residents of Wayne County. The father was a lawyer by profession , but after coming to Missouri followed the occupation of farming, and at the time of his death was a poor citizen. His death occurred in July, 1861. He was County Clerk at one time, and for many years was Justice of the Peace. Five of their eight children are living: Joel, Mattie A., Jenie, Charles D., and Virginius R. The eldest of these, Joel, was about nine years old when he came to this country. He made his parents house his home until the breaking out of the war, and he immediately enlisted in the Missouri State Guard and served six months. In 1862 he enlisted in Company B , Fourth Missouri Infantry, Confederate States Army, and served until the close of the war. He rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant, and was a participant in the Battle of Frederickstown, Missouri, Prairie Grove, Helena, Arkansas, Little Rock, Jenkins Ferry, Pleasant Hill and Sabine Crossroads, Louisiana. He was also in several sharp skirmishes but was not seriously wounded during the entire service. After returning home he worked at the carpenter's trade and also wagon and carriage making, in connection with farming. He owns about 315 acres of land and is one of the thrifty farmers of the county. Oct 22 1858 he married Alice Q. Taylor and by her became the father of ten children, only eight of whom are living: Charles R., John L., William L., Jessie B., Lawrence R., Margaret V. , Mary A., and Zinnia R. The wife died March 31 1875. Mr. Yancey is a Mason and was Worshipful Master of the Blue Lodge for six years, and was district Deputy Grand Master for ten years. He has taken the Royal select Master's degree and was Noble Grand of the I O O F. He has always taken a great interest in these organizations.