Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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YANCY, JOHN -- Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 22, 1815. In the Headright Certificate issued to him by the Board of Land Commissioners of Nacogdoches County it is stated that he came to Texas in 1833, single, and had married in 1837. He enrolled in Captain William D. Ratcliff's Company April 1, 1836 at San Augustine but withdrew from it while the company was on its march to join the main army. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3074 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836. He was a member of Captain Haden Arnold's Nacogdoches Company at San Jacinto, and November 23, 1849 was issued Donation Certificate No. 181 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. Received title to 1,476 acres of land situated in the present county of Nacogdoches.

Mr. Yancy was married to Elizabeth McAnulty. The two moved from Nacogdoches County to Bell County in 1851. Mr. Yancy died October 16, 1868 and is buried in a marked grave in the Belton Cemetery in Belton. Mrs. Yancy was born September 30, 1820 and died October 26, 1898. She is buried in a marked grave in Killeen Cemetery 18 miles West of Belton.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Yancy were Sarah J; Mary E; James R., who was married to Martha E. Caddell, daughter of William J. Caddell; and Margaret M. Yancy, who married J. L. Peterson.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Hayden S. Arnold

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1815 Jun 22
  • Birthplace: North Carolina, Raleigh
  • Came to Texas: 1833
  • Date of Death: 1868 Oct 16
  • Burial Place: Belton Cemetery, Belton, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 3074
  • Donation Certificate: 181
  • Wife: Elizabeth McAnulty
  • Children: Sarah J. Yancy; Mary E. Yancy; James R. Yancy; Margaret M. Yancy Peterson