Goodspeed's History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties, Ark. 1889 Biographical Appendix p 1219
Meredith Yancey was b. 11 July 1803 in Pendleton Co., S. C., where his parents, Silas and Sallie (Smith) Yancey were born and reared. The father was a farmer, and in 1819 moved to Tenn., where Mrs. Yancey died in 1820. Meredith received a common-school education, and when of age started out in life for himself. In 1833 he married Polly, daughter of Burgess Witt and Elizabeth (Mayo) Witt. Mr Witt was born in 1766, and in 1781 enlisted in the army, serving until the close of the war, under Captain. Carouse. He died in 1842. Mrs. Witt was born in 1776. Mrs. Yancey is a native of Tenn., where she was born in 1810. In 1851 she went to Washington Co.,, and in 1858 came to Crawford Co. She is the mother of the following children: William Brownlow of Washington Co., Hezekiah of this County, Elizabeth Watson who now lives at home, and Filmore, also of this county. Mr Watson came to Crawford Co. Ark. in 1878, with his mother from Perry Go. Ark. and was here married. He was born 19 Mar 1844 and in 1863 enlisted in the War as a private in Co C. 3rd Ark. Cav. serving first under Capt. Gates and then under Capt. Matthews Col. A.H. Rhyan commander. He received his discharge 22 June 1865. His marriage occurred 8 Sept. 1882.
Mr. Yancey owns 157 acres of land, sixty acres of which he has cleared. He is a successful farmer and fruit grower, having an orchard of 140 apple trees besides other fruits. He was a member of the Methodist church until it was disorganized. In politics he is a Democrat and his first Presidential vote was cast for Andrew Jackson in 1824.
DJY: Note: Silas Yancey - should be correctly Cyrus Yancey. The birth date of 11 Jul 1803 on many other records is given as 19 Jul 1803.