Ludwell Yancey


Ludwell Yancey

Virginia, USA
Death 8 Sep 1821 (aged 63–64)
Mason County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Mays Lick, Mason County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 114196356 View Source

The Military Service of Ludwell Yancey – American Patriot

Ludwell Yancey was born about 1757, probably in Culpeper County, Virginia – the son of John & Mary Layton Yancey. On July 4th 1776 the American colonies declared their independence from the Mother Country of England and not too much later - at the age of about 20 years, Ludwell enlisted for three years military service on January 15th 1777. He began his service as a private under Capt John Gillison's Co. in the 10th Continental Virginia Regiment commanded by Col. Edward Stevens. On November 1st 1777 the company muster roll lists Capt John Gillison's Company commanded by Col. Edward Stevens. On January 1st 1778 command passed to Samuel Hays and on April 1st 1778 to Col. John Green. On August 1st 1778 the unit was transferred to the 6th Virginia Regiment and on December 1st 1779 command passed to Col. John Green under whom he served until his service ended. He served the entire time under Capt. John Gillison.

Ludwell's military records shows that he spent the months of July and August , 1777 in the hospital and the month of October 1777 under remarks its says "On Comd" . For the month of June 1778 he was again on "command" and July 1778 he is recorded as a "waggoner", and is usually listed as "commander waggoner" most of the time thereafter. He was "on guard" the month of March 1779 and thereafter designated as a "waggoner". He was at Valley Forge until July 1778 when he was transferred to Camp White Plains Sept. 1778, Camp Robinsons Oct 1778 and Camp Middlebrook until May 1779 when they moved to Camp Smith's clove. In July 1779 he was at Camp Ramipan until Oct 1779 when they moved to Camp Haverstown. The last monthly record on file was for Nov 1779 at which time his name was on the Company Muster Roll and he received his monthly pay of $5 & 2/3. The total pay shown on the records for three years service as $73 & 1/3 and on May 21 1783 he appeared in a book under the heading: "A list of soldiers of the Virginia Line on Contitnetal Establishment who have received certificates for the balance of their full pay agreeable to an Act of the Assembly passed November Session 1781. On May 21 1783 Genl Stevens received for Ludwell Yancey his balance due him.

A few years after the war Ludwell married Elizabeth Jeffries the 15th of November 1792 in his native county of Culpeper. This same year – Kentucky became a newly created frontier state west of Virginia where many new settlers were establishing new farm land. At some point after the war he had been granted 100 acres of land for his service to the country. A few years later he was also sold land on the Kentucky frontier in Mason County along the Ohio River, by his distant relative, Charles Yancey of Louisa County Virginia. Ludwell and his wife raised their family in Mason County Kentucky. Here he apparently farmed property inland from the Ohio River which bordered the Northern side of the county. Ludwell died the 8th of September 1821 leaving behind his wife and four children. He and his wife, who later died in 1840, were seemingly buried on the family property. In 1970, however, their graves were moved to the Mays Lick Cemetery where their grave markers now show their final resting place. Ludwell and Elizabeth appear to have had four children that grew to adulthood
1. Thomas J. Yancey of Bourbon County, Kentucky who md Ann Sims
2. William Yancey, who also farmed land in Kentucky
3. Frances Yancey who married Richard Wells
4. Harlow Yancey who married Ann W Bullock and also remained in Mason County.


"Ludwell Yancey
d. Sept 8 1821
in his 64th
year of his age"

Gravesite Details

Grave Markers were removed from the old Simon Clarkson farm on Taylor Mill Road in 1970, and reinterred at May's Lick Cemetery.

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