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Capt. Robert Yancey

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Capt. Robert Yancey

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Captain Robert Yancey

Source: The History of Woodford County, Kentucky. By William F Railey. 1938

Captain Robert Yancey, born in Virginia in 1750, was a captain in the first regiment of Light Dragoons. Continental Troops in the war of the Revolution. He and his wife were among the early arrivals in Kentucky and they located on a Woodford County farm near Versailles. it being a land grant by the government for services rendered in the war. In 1810 the Federal census reported him as owning. besides his farm. five slaves, and there were eight members in his family. He and his wife, in their old age, died upon the estate, he in 1824, and his wife preceded him several years. A daughter, with three children, was in the home with them in their declining years and gave them great comfort and pleasure.

Robert Yancey and his wife had the following issue: Katherine, who married John Snyder; Martha, who married Robert Campbell and located in Mississippi; George, whose pursuit in life is not indicated; Nancy, who married Captain Settles; Mary Walker, who married Simeon Twyman; Mildred, who died at Louisville, was a guest at the Galt House while a school girl; Charles and Robert, Jr.

Mrs. Veneta Wallace, of Colorado, is the only living grandchild of Capt. Robert Yancey known by the present generation. She is a daughter of Simeon Twyman and Mary Walker Yancey. The children of Captain Robert Yancey, as a rule,, emigrated to other states after their marriage, and there are few, if any, descendants in the county today. The wife of Price Johnson, of Millville, was a granddaughter of Burket Yancey,* who resided not far from the Clifton heights in "Germany" on a farm that adjoined that of William Whittington, and while Burket was related to Captain Robert. I am not able to say whether he was a brother or a cousin. In 1810 there were five members in the family of Burket Yancey and besides his farm he owned two slaves.

From the pension office at Washington the following information was obtained concerning the war record of Captain Robert Yancey:

"He was a quartermaster, first Continental line in 1776; Cornet in 1777; Lieutenant of Dragoons in 1778, and Captain in 1779. Prisoner at Petersburg, Virginia, in 1781, being exchanged at close of war.

"He entered the Revolution from Culpeper County, Virginia, applied for pension in 1818 from Woodford County, Ky., when he was 68 years old. In 1820 his widowed daughter, with three children, was living with him."

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