"History of Colorado", edited by Wilbur Fisk Stone, published by The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. (1918) Vol. IIp. 434-435
JOSEPH WILLIAM YANCEY.
Joseph William Yancey is the owner of the County Line Farm, a valuable property situated on sections 12 and 13, township 6, range 68, in Larmier county. The farm lies on each side of the boundary line between Weld and Larimer counties and thus obtains its name. In the conduct of his agricultural Interests Mr. Yancey has acquired a very substantial and gratifying measure of success. He is a native son of Virginia, his birth having occurred in Rockingham county on the 3d of October, 1865, his parents being Edward S. and Fannie B. (Mauzey) Yancey, who are mentioned at length on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of Charles A. Yancey.
Joseph William Yancey spent his youthful days in Virginia and acquired his education in its public schools. He remained at home until 1883, when at the age of eighteen years he determined to try his fortune in the west with its limitless opportunities and many advantages. He made his way to Weld county, Colorado, where he was employed as a farm hand for two years, and then rented land and continued its cultivation for seven years, while later he purchased his present place of three hundred and twenty acres, a part of which is in Weld county. He at once set about improving and developing the farm and has converted it into one of the most attractive farm properties, in this section of the state, constituting one of the pleasing features in the landscape. It is improved with good buildings, the fields are highly cultivated and everything about the farm is orderly and systematic. The place is situated three and a halt miles northwest of Windsor and success is attending Mr. Yancey in its further development. He raises high grade and also some pure bred Herefords and makes a specialty of feeding cattle, which constitutes an important branch of his business. His crop production also indicates that he recognizes the value of the soil and the most effective ways of enhancing its yield.
In August, 1894, Mr. Yancey was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Hankins, a daughter of David and Rebecca (Pace) Hankins, who were natives of Tennessee, born near Knoxville. Her father was a farmer and at an early day removed to Iowa, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits for several years. He then again turned his face westward and made his way to Colorado, after which he engaged in farming for several years in Larimer county. Subsequently he retired from active business and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Yancey, there passing away in 1899, while his widow survived until 1901. To Mr. and Mrs. Yancey were born four children: Fannie V.; Zenath B.; Esther, deceased; and Rebecca P. The three living children are all at home. The religious faith of the family is that of the Methodist Episcopal church and their belief guides them in all of their life's relations. Mr. Yancy is identified with the subordinate lodge, the encampment and the Rebekah degree of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His political endorsement is given to the men and measures of the democratic party but he does not seek nor desire office as a reward for party fealty. On the contrary he prefers to concentrate his attention and interest upon his business: affairs and the wisdom of his course has been demonstrated in the gratifying success which has come to him.