Nathaniel Barnwell Yancey (1784-1799) son of James & Elizabeth Cudworth Yancey
Charleston City Gazette 12 September 1800
Camden, September 6, 1800
Died on the 2nd inst, Nathaniel Barnwell Yancey, aged fifteen years and eight months, son of the late James Yancey, Esq, deceased. Left an orphan without patrimony, in a state of childhood, he fell in the hands of distant relations, where his treatment was sufficient to extinguish every spark of genius, virtue and emulation in a youthful mind of ordinary texture, they were not extinguished in his. His native genius and energy of mind at that early age of thirteen, broke the bands of treacherous protection, and sought patronage and protection among strangers, where he fondly looked forward to the period when, by a cultivation of the talents of God had given him, he might become useful and estimable in Society. In a short time he made a rapid progress in education, and was daily unfolding those germs of native excellence of mind, which had lain dormant. He discovered a quickness of discernment and maturity of judgement, rarely united in a youth of his age. Those qualities, added to a good temper and agreeable manners, procured him the universal love and esteem of the inhabitants of Camden, and it may truly said that no one in so short a time, from his own personal merits (the best of all merits) ever acquired them in a higher degree and as a promising meritous youth, his loss is sincerely deplored. He hath left brothers (one of them a midshipman on board the Constitution , with Capt Truxton) in the memorable battle with the French ship "Vengeance", whose grief will be more sensibly felt. This account of a youth, unknown to the world, and in whose life or death, but few feel a concern, is given solely with a view to bring men to reflect, that they have nearly all been orphans, or are liable to leave orphans, and to consider what treatment they wish their children to receive after their deaths, and to act accordingly towards those under their care, and that they may not be forgot 'to remember the fatherless' and the divine rule 'to do unto others as you would they should do unto you'.