Dr John Medearis Yancey


Dr John Medearis Yancey

Death 13 Dec 1909 (aged 75)
Burial Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas, USA
Plot Center, Section A, Number 27.
Memorial ID 48824662 View Source

Father: David Yancey, Sr. (1808-1885);
Mother: Rachel Davis Medearis (1811-1899)
- Joined Christian Church, Old Liberty, TN
- Attended schools in Marshall Co., TN
11/15/1850 - Lived with his parents and sibs, Marshall Co., TN (indexed in the 1850 U.S. Census as "John M. Yancy")
1853 - Read medicine in the office of Dr. Thomas Westley Brents (1823-1905), New Hope, Marshall Co., TN
1854 - Practiced medicine in Marshall Co., TN
06/06/1857 - Married, Nancy M. Woodard (1835-1862), Marshall Co., TN
~1858 - Removed to Dover, Pope Co., AR, and concentrated on farming
1860 - M.D. degree, Reform Medical College, Macon, Bibb Co., GA [Ref: Polk's Medical and Surgical Register of the United States, Chicago, IL, 1896 - This school was previously known as the Southern Botanic Medical College.]
07/23/1860 - Farmer, Dover, Pope Co., AR (lived with wife, Nancy, and one child - indexed in the 1860 U. S. Census as "John M. Fanny")
06/20/1862 - As a conscript, enlisted as Pvt., 35th AR Infantry, Dover, Pope Co., AR [Description - Age: 32; Height 5 ft. 8 in., Hair: light; Eyes: grey; Complexion: light; Occupation: farmer; Nativity: Tennessee]
09/25/1862 - Wife, Nancy, died in Pope Co., AR (buried: Old Lake Cemetery, Dover, Pope Co., AR - Find A Grave #113062499)
10/24/1862 - Detailed to the Confederate States Medical Department as a Wardmaster
10/31/1862 - Wardmaster, Regimental Hospital, 35th AR Infantry
1862-1865 - Served at the Battle of Helena, Battle of Salina, and at Camp Mazard, AR (nine miles below Fort Smith, AR)
02/29/1864 - Detailed to the Medical Department, Trans-Mississippi Dept., Confederate States Army
02/28/1867 - Married, Mrs. Margaret Anna Lydick Hayes (1834-1918), Pope Co., AR
06/09/1870 - Practiced medicine, Dover, Pope Co., AR (lived with wife, Anna, and three children - indexed in the 1870 U.S. Census as "John M. Yancy")
1874 - Practiced medicine, Dover, Pope Co., AR
1879 - Deeded 100 acres of his land to Albert and Lucy Baker, former slaves. [It is believed that Dr. Singleton knew Albert Baker as a boy and that they were good friends.]
06/26/1880 - Practiced medicine, Russellville, Pope Co., AR (lived with wife, Margaret, and two daughters - indexed in the 1880 U.S. Census as "John M. Yancy")
05/14/1885 - Father, David, died in Titus Co., TX
1886,1890,1893 - Practiced medicine, Russellville, Pope Co., AR
1896 - Practiced eclectic medicine, Russellville, Pope Co., AR
04/03/1899 - Mother, Rachel, died in Omaha, Titus Co., TX
06/11/1900 - Practiced eclectic medicine, Russellville, Pope Co., AR (lived with wife, Margaret A. - indexed in the 1900 U.S. Census as "John M Yancy")
12/13/1909 - Died of pneumonia "after an illness of about ten days" at his home on Jefferson St., Russellville, Pope Co., AR (buried: Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, AR - Find A Grave #48824662)
05/28/1910 - Widow, Margaret A., lived alone in Russellville, Pope Co., AR
09/29/1918 - Widow, Margaret, died (buried: Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Pope Co. , AR - Find A Grave # 71902704)

[Note: The birth date of John Medearis Yancey is variously cited as 1831, 1832, 1833, & 1834. His
gravestone appears to have a date of birth of 1834.]

Ryan Morris, the creator of this memorial, provided input to this biography.

This biographical sketch is from:
Hambrecht, F.T. & Koste, J.L., Biographical
register of physicians who served the
Confederacy in a medical capacity.
06/27/2019. Unpublished database.

The following was added by Ryan Morris, the creator of this memorial:

Dr. J. M. Yancy died at his home on Jefferson street his morning (Dec. 13, 1909) after an illness of about ten days, death being due to pneumonia. Arrangements have been made for the funeral services, though the burial will probably not be before Wednesday. Dr. Yancy was the oldest practicing physician in the county both as to age and the number of years he had been engaged in the profession, and was widely known and everywhere admired as a grand old man and held in highest esteem.

Dr. Yancy would have been 78 years old next March, though had enjoyed good health and was extremely hearty for a man of his years up to the time of his recent illness. He returned in October from New Mexico, where he and Mrs. Yancy spent two months with the family of his daughter, the first real vacation he had ever taken in all the years of his professional life. he returned in robust health and gave promise of many more years of usefullness.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Stella VanDeeren of Cynthiana, Ky., and Mrs. Bradley of Texas, both of whom had been summoned and reached his bedside before his death.

Dr. Yancy came to Pope county in the fall of 1858 and had practiced his profession in and near Russellville for more than half a century. In conversation with a Courier-Democrat man a few months ago he stated that he had practiced medicine three years in Tennessee before coming to Arkansas.

He first located on the Bayou, but finding it sickly on the creek set to work to build a log house on the mountain the following summer and moved into the same on Christmas day, which will have been fifty years ago this coming Christmas. He has seen our country develop for a wilderness into a highly civilized and progressive community, which has been a source of much gratification to him in his old age. Hundreds, yes, thousands in Pope county have been relieved of pain and suffering at his hands and found him ever generous and open-hearted when anyone was in need, and his death will be mourned by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Church of Christ Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock; interment at City Cemetery.


YANCEY, J.M. Pvt - Company I, 35th Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A. Enlisted 20 Jun 1862 at Dover, AR. Present 29 Feb 1864. Detailed to the Medical Department as Ward Master 24 Oct 1862. Height: 5' 8", Eyes: gray, Hair: light, Complexion: light, Occupation: farmer, Age: 32, Nativity: Tennessee.



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