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Benjamin Cudworth Yancey, Sr
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Birth: 1783
South Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1817
Edgefield County
South Carolina, USA

Here are the earthly remains of Benjamin Cudworth Yancey Attorney-at-Law. He died on the 3 of October 1817 in the 34th year of his age. Ornament of his profession. The pride
of his friends and of his country. The greatness of his genius only surpassed by the luster of his virtue "Let me die the death of the righteous." entwined with piety and compassion shown to the last moments of his short but well-spent life.

Father of the famous Confederate Orator & Secessionist William Lowndes Yancey and his brother Benjamin C Yancey Jr.

William Lowndes Yancey: From Unionist to Secessionist 1814-1852. [A Thesis] By Ralph B. Draughon. 1968.

Both James Yancey and his wife died about 1790, and their three sons were dispatched to kinsmen for support. One of the boys, Charles Yancey, was cared for by his uncle, Benjamin Cudworth, a Charleston merchant. This Charles Yancey lived a long life as an itinerant and often inebriated schoolmaster and eventually ended up on the doorstep of William L. Yancey, who made earnest efforts to reform his aged uncle. Reforming Uncle Charles proved too difficult a task, however, and William Yancey reluctantly decided: "He will die I fear a sot & cannot maintain any degree of respectability."

The other two orphaned sons of James Yancey were sent to more distant kinsmen. Treated harshly by their guardians, both Nathaniel Barnwell Yancey and Benjamin Cudworth Yancey ran away. Nathaniel died when fifteen years old. Benjamin was more fortunate. With the help of Congressman Robert Goodloe Harper, he got a commission as a midshipman on the U.S.S. Constellation, participated in a great sea battle with the French ship La Vengeance, but resigned his commission in May 1801.

After leaving the navy, Benjamin Yancey read law with Robert Goodloe Harper, who had retired from Congress and removed to Baltimore. A year later Yancey returned to South Carolina, studied law with Benjamin Saxon of Abbeville, and became Saxon's law partner.

. . . In 1815, when William was still a baby, the Yanceys left Abbeville District. After losing the Abbeville election, Benjamin Yancey was invited to be the law partner of his friend Daniel Elliott Huger, in the low country. Yancey accepted the offer and took his family to Charleston, where he and Huger organized a partnership with James Louis Petigru, of Beaufort, as an associate of their firm.

. . . In 1817, a few months after the birth of Benjamin Cudworth Yancey Jr., yellow fever swept through the Carolina low country, and the Yanceys planned a trip to escape the epidemic. The family carriage, however, was held up by the high waters of the Edisto river, and the elder Benjamin contracted the disease. As his fever grew steadily worse, the Yanceys proceeded to Mount Vintage, The Abbeville plantation of Christian Breithaupt, a family friend. Breithaupt took the family in, cared for them in Benjamin's last days of distress and suffering, and witnessed the deathbed will which Benjamin dictated. When Benjamin died on [3 Oct 1817] Breithaupt insisted that his friend should be buried at Mount Vintage in the Breithaupt family vault. 
Family links: 
  James Yancey (1752 - 1790)
  Caroline Bird Beman (1781 - 1859)*
  William Lowndes Yancey (1814 - 1863)*
  Benjamin Cudworth Yancey (1817 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
Christian Breithaupt Cemtery
North Augusta
Aiken County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: djyancey
Record added: Jan 29, 2013
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Benjamin Cudworth Yancey, Sr
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