Birth: Mar. 5, 1839
New Liberty (Owen County)
Death: May 27, 1919
James B. Yancey was born March 5, 1839 in New Liberty, Kentucky, the son of Thomas and Zelicha (Foster) Yancey. James came to Missouri in the early 1850's with his mother , his father having died in 1849.
During the Civil War, James was a Captain in the Third Missouri Calvary for which his wife, Ann Maria (Sanford) Yancey received a pension. "The Third Missouri Calvary was mustered into service in 1861 and was mustered out four years later. Of the 1,200 orignal members scarce 300 survive. The regiment took part in the battles of Saline river, Mt. Zion church, Half-Way House, St. Francis and Merrimac. It was engaged a considerable portion of the four years in scouting and raiding, appearing unexpectedly and disappearing after each engagement." -- The Quincy Daily Herald, 5 Oct 5, 1893.
He married Ann Maria Sanford, 9 Mar 1865 and resided in Newark, Missouri where eight children were born: Zella, William Henry, Thomas Lyman, Nora, Homer Winchell, Zora Maggie, Orville and Minnie. Nora and Orville preceded him in death.
In 1887 the family moved to LaBelle which was a busier town because the Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railroad had a depot there.
James was a blacksmith and the proprietor of J. B. Yancey and Sons. The firm's specialty was the manufacture of fine carriages, buggies and spring and farm wagons. He was well known as the builder of the famous "Yancey Farm Wagon".
James attended the Christian church in LaBelle but since Ann was very active in the Presbyterian church most of the children became Presbyterians.
"Grandpa and Grandma were wonderful people - smart and civic minded and extremely well read... I do remember how he [James] looked -- had a little moustache and was extremely neat - a handsome man."
-- Lella Bohon Brown, granddaughter of James B. Yancey, Cincinnati, Ohio, 28 Jan 1993