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James Yancey

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Orange Co., North Carolina
Death: November 27, 1818 (46-54)
Caswell Co., North Carolina
Immediate Family:

Son of Bartlett Yancey, I and Ann 'Nancy' Yancey (Graves)
Husband of Zilpah Yancey and Lucinda Yancey
Father of Elizabeth J Yancey; Dr. Albert Gallatin Yancey; James Monroe Yancey; William Yancey and Mildred Malone
Brother of John Graves Yancey; Elizabeth Perry Yancey; Isabell Kimbrough; Bartlett Yancey, II; Thomas Yancey and 1 other

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About James Yancey

James Yancey, legislator, merchant, planter, public official, and educator, was born in Gloucester District, Orange (now Caswell) County, of English and Welsh ancestry, the son of Bartlett, Sr., and Ann Graves Yancey. He was the elder brother of Bartlett, Jr., and the first cousin of Calvin Graves, the Reverend John Kerr, and Senator James Kerr.

Yancey represented Caswell County in the General Assembly in 1798, 1801–3, 1807–8, 1811, and 1822. In 1802 he introduced a bill to establish Caswell Academy, the first chartered school in the county, of which he served as trustee. He was a justice of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions from 1802 to 1829 and attended most quarterly meetings. In 1822 he was elected the first permanent chairman of the county court, serving until his death. His leadership, important to the establishment of sound government in Caswell County, resulted in agreeable negotiations for a site for an enlarged courthouse, public square, and other public buildings. In 1793 Yancey's store was one of the landmarks of the county.

He was married twice, first to Lucy Kerr on 14 Jan. 1794, and second to Zilpah Johnston, the daughter of Dr. Lancelot Johnston, on 24 June 1811. His children were James Monroe, Mary Elizabeth, Albert Gallatin, William, and Mildred Yancey. James Yancey was buried on his plantation five miles south of Yanceyville, the county seat, near the tripartite house he built before 1800.

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James Yancey's Timeline

Orange Co., North Carolina
March 12, 1812
Age 44
Caswell Co., North Carolina
May 18, 1815
Age 47
Caswell Co., North Carolina
September 8, 1817
Age 49
Caswell, North Carolina, United States
November 27, 1818
Age 50
Caswell Co., North Carolina
May 8, 1820
Age 50
Caswell Co., North Carolina
November 1, 1827
Age 50
Caswell Co., North Carolina