Source: COUNTIES OF WARREN, BENTON, JASPER AND NEWTON, INDIANA, F. A. BATTEY, 1883
William Yancey, farmer, was born May 31 1830 in Tennessee and is one of twelve children born to Alexander and Elizabeth Yancey, the former of French Irish and the latter of Scothc and Irish descent. Alexander Yancey was a native of South Carolina, and learned the millwright trade, following that until he came to Indiana. At the age of sixteen, he moved to Tennessee and remained there until 1844, when he removed to Hamilton County, Ind., where he remained until 1858, and then went to Missouri, where he resides. He served in the Union army during the rebellion from 1862 until 1865, and took part in many important battles. William Yancey followed farming, with the exception of working at the carpenter's trade at times, all his life. At the age of ten he removed with his father's family to Hamilton, Ind. where he ramined until he was twenty eight years of age, when he went to Tippecanoe County, and was there one year. In the spring of 1859, he came to Benton County, and located a short distance north of Oxford. In 1871, he removed to Union township and purchased a farm of 160 acres, upon which he still resides. He has the remarkable experience of running a threshing machine for twenty six falls. Mr Yancey was married, November 19 1855 to Maria Wonesettler, a native of Pennsylvania, and eight children have blessed this union, seven of whom are living.