Source: Jamieson and O'Callagan Ancestors. 1978.
Compiled By Jean Jamieson. (deceased)
Mary Eupehemia Yancey ("Pheme") born about 1829 or 1830 [in Mecklenburg County, VA - the daughter of James & Nancy Tillotsoin Yancey] . Mecklenburg marriage records show that on Feb 27 1851 Joseph M. Hicks married Mary E. Yancey, Consent James Yancey. After the death of Mr. Hicks Aunt Pheme lived with her sister Rebecca Yancey Gee. Both she and Rebecca were living in Clarksville [Mecklenburg County, Virginia] in 1907, according to Helen Jasmiesons letter. . . After Rebecca's death Aunt Pheme lived with the Jamieson family until her own death in 1915. She once had what may have been arthritis of the spine, which caused her to walk or stand in a severely bent position during her last years of her life.
A letter dated June 14th 1915, from William A. Jamieson to his daughter in law, Mrs. Mary Jamieson tells of Pheme's death:
Friday at dinner she ate heartily of cabbage & cymblins [sic], both too greasy for me too eat. She went to her room immediately after dinner but would not admit that she was feeling unwell.
Saturday she ate a couple of biscuits and some eggs fopr breakfast & seemed to be all right. When I left for Clarksville about 9:00 o'clock she was in the garden, gathering raspberries. Helen says that about 11 o'clock Pheme was sittng in her room reading the News-leader [sic] and while putting the pages together she had one of her heart attacks - apparently slight, as she responded quickly to the usual treatment and asked what was the matter, that she did not know she was sick. When dinner was ready, Helen told her she did not want her to go to the table as she might eat something she ought not too - that she would bring her a glass of milk & some bread to which Pheme assented. She drunk the milk and ate some of the bread but she remarked that she felt like she could eat some cabbage - a few minutes after that she was taken again and died by the time Helen & Eliza got her in her bed. After the first attack she continued to sitin her room and talked. She said she was not in any pain and did not feel sick. She was buried at 5 o'clock with the services. Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Russell & other Clarkesville friends came out"
[DJY: Accounts like the above are quite interesting as they help paint the picture of what daily life was like in this time period - and are more than just names and dates. For other writings that help clarify the life and times of early Yanceys see: http://yanceyfamilygenealogy.org/stories.htm