History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography by Thomas Owens, 1921. Page 1823
YANCEY, WILLIAM EARLE, business man, was born November 4, 1843, at Wetumpka; son of William Lowndes and Sarah Caroline (Earle) Yancey (q. v.). He obtained primary and preparatory education in the private schools of Montgomery, and in a boarding school at Oak Bowery; attended school at Auburn; passed through freshman year in Oglethorpe university, Georgia; appointed to the Naval academy at Annapolis, from which he resigned on the day of the secession of Alabama from the Union; entered the Uni-versity of Alabama, 1861, remaining until 1862, when he left to join the C. S. Army. After the war for about fourteen years he was engaged in farming, then for several years in merchandising, built and managed cotton seed oil mill at Talladega; in 1$86 entered mercantile business in Birmingham, and since 1901 he has been with the Republican iron and steel co., of Birmingham. For a time he was postmaster at Talladega Springs. After leaving college, in 1862 he was named senior 2nd lieutenant, Co. E, 40th Alabama infantry regiment, promoted captain, served in Vicks-burg campaign, was wounded in siege of the city; as brigade inspector was on staff of Gen. Alpheus Baker in the campaigns of 1864. He was district organizer, Knights of the Golden Rule, 1886. He Is a Democrat, and a Metho-dist. Married: November 8, 1864, in Mont-gomery, to Mary Louise, daughter of Maj. Wil-liam Lewis and Virginia (Armistead) Lanier, the former born March 10, 1810, in Prince George County, Va., great-great-granddaughter of Thomas and Jane (Washington) Lanier, the latter the aunt of Gen. Washington. Maj. Lanier was an officer in Gen- Lovell's the city, went to Montgomery, where he bought the home of army in New Orleans, left with, the army when it evacuated Wm. L. Yancey, and was president of the railway from Selma to York until his death. Children: 1. Virginia Caroline, m. Alexis Faulkner Besson, resides in East Orange, N. J.; 2. Ella Earle, m. William Henry Skaggs (q. v.) ; 3. Mary Elizabeth, m. Claude Preston Lewis, Birmingham; 4. Mattie Louise, m. Walter Wilson Welsh; 5. William Lamar, m. Georgie Harris, New Orleans, La.; 6. Eva Cabell, m. Ernest Redd, Birmingham. Last residence: Birmingham.