Caswell County Genealogy

Yancey, Rufus Augustus

Male 1809 - 1829  (20 years)

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  • Name Yancey, Rufus Augustus  [1
    Born 26 Aug 1809  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 2401 
    Died 5 Nov 1829  Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Viginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2371  Caswell County
    Last Modified 24 Dec 2022 

    Father Yancey, Bartlett,   b. 19 Feb 1785, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1828, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Graves, Ann,   b. 3 Dec 1786,   d. 8 Apr 1855, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 20 Dec 1808  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 24470 
    • Marriage Record
      Groom: Bartlett Yancey
      Bride: Nancy Graves
      Date: 20 Dec 1808
      Bondsman or Witness: Azariah Graves
      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Marriage Bonds 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 125

      Marriage Record
      Groom: Bartlett Yancy
      Bride: Nancy Graves
      Bond Date: 20 Dec 1808
      Bond #: 000019407
      Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
      ImageNum: 003071
      County: Caswell
      Record #: 01 358
      Bondsman: Azariah Graves
      Witness: Alex Murphey
      Source: Ancestry.Com North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
    Family ID F1043  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Aug 1809 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Nov 1829 - Richmond, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Rufus Augustus Yancey (1809-1829)

      Rufus Augustus Yancey

      Shockoe Hill Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia)

      Yancey Family

      The Hillsborough Recorder, 18 November 1829


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      Third Image: The Hillsborough Recorder (Hillsborough, North Carolina), 18 November 1829.

      Fourth Image: The Weekly Raleigh Register (Raleigh, North Carolina), Thursday, 12 November 1829.

      Rufus Augustus Yancey, their first son, was born Thursday, 26th October 1809 and died 5th November, 1829. Source: Transcribed from copy of the original Yancey family Bible in possession of the Caswell County Historical Association 1997. Buried in the Shockhoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. Funeral November 6, from Mrs. Dupuy's Mansion House.

      The Mrs. Dupuy's Mansion House referenced above has not been identified. However, there was a politically active Dupuy family in Richmond, Virginia, during the relevant period. Had members of this family been friends or business associates of Bartlett Yancey, Jr.? Was the young Rufus Augustus Yancey visiting this family? If so, for what purpose. Was it a continuation of his education, merely a social visit, or did it have other significance? The father, Bartlett Yancey, had been dead for about sixteen months. Was this eldest son in Richmond on family business, taking over such matters from his deceased father?

      From Wheeler's Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina at 106: Rufus A., who graduated at the university, with great credit, in 1829, in the same class with Burton Craige, William Eaton, Dr. Sidney X. Johnston and others, he died in Richmond, Va., about 1835 [apparently incorrect death year].

      Visitor and Telegraph, Saturday, November 7, 1829: Died- In Richmond on November 5, Rufus A. Yancey of Caswell County, N.C. (p. 3, c. 5).

      The late Annual Commencement of our University --

      We learn from a Visitor that the Exercises at the late Anniversary Commencement were well sustained by the young gentlemen of the College, and highly satisfactory to the Trustees and the large and respectable audience who attended.

      On Monday and Tuesday evenings select Orations were delivered in the Chapel by competitors selected from the Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Classes, and on Wednesday evening by the Representatives of the two Literary Societies.

      The following is the Order of Exercises observed on Thursday, the day of Commencement, by the Senior Class:

      . . . .


      10. A Forensic Dispute. "Will the French Revolution, in the aggregate of its effects, present a beneficial influence in the destinies of mankind?" -- Rufus A. Yancy, Caswell. Philip W. Alson, Edenton.

      Source: The Weekly Gleaner (Salem, NC), 7 July 1829.

      Died, yesterday morning, of a short illness, in his 20th year, Mr. Rufus A. Yancey, of Caswell County, North Carolina. Having just completed his studies, he was about to enter on the busy scenes of life, and (from the kindness of his disposition, and strength of talents,) had the most alluring prospects of succeeding to the celebrity of his father -- the late Bartlett Yancy, of North Carolina. At a distance from a find mother, and a numerous circle of admiring friends, his early death, is a fresh proof, that "in the midst of life, we are in death." The friends, and acquaintances, of the Rev. Jno. Kerr, are respectfully requested to attend his funeral, from Mrs. Dupuy's Mansion House, at 10 o'clock this morning.

      Constitutional Whig (Richmond, VA), 7 November 1829.

      Many questions. Why was he in Richmond? Why was he buried there and not brought home? Why were the friends, and acquaintances, of the Rev. John Kerr invited to attend the funeral? Who was this Rev. John Kerr? Was he in Richmond? Did he preside at the funeral? A Reverend John Kerr (1782-1842) is a first cousin, once removed, of Rufus Augustus Yancey.

      Birth: 1809
      Caswell County
      North Carolina, USA
      Death: Nov. 5, 1829
      Richmond City
      Virginia, USA

      Graduates of the University of North Carolina 1798-1851


      Philip W. Alston
      John P. Brown
      Burton Craige
      Thomas W. Dulany
      William Eaton
      James A. Johnston
      Sidney X. Johnston
      James E. Kerr
      Osborne F. Long
      David M. Lee
      Richard M. Shepherd
      Franklin L. Smith
      Richard R. Wall
      Rufus A. Yancey

      Source: Historical Sketches of North Carolina by Col. John H. Wheeler (Published 1851 and re-printed 1925).

      This Stone
      placed here by the Family of the late
      B. Yancey
      of North Carolina
      As an humble tribute
      to the Memory of his eldest son
      And their mourned and loved
      And lost relative
      Rufus Augustus Yancey
      Who died in Richmond
      Far from friends and home
      on the 5th of Nov'r 1829
      aged 20 years

      Web: Virginia, Find A Grave Index, 1607-2012
      Name: Rufus A. Yancey
      Birth Date: 1809
      Age at Death: 20
      Death Date: 5 Nov 1829
      Burial Place: Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA

      Find A Grave Memorial

      Shockoe Hill Cemetery

      Established in 1820, with the initial burial in 1822, Shockoe Hill Cemetery was the first city-owned municipal burial ground in Richmond. The cemetery expanded in 1833, 1850, and 1870. It is now open only to burials of family members in existing family plots, but as of February 2014 plans are being developed to reclaim unused plots for re-sale, as well as to create niches for cremated remains. The City of Richmond still owns and maintains the cemetery. The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, a volunteer group formed in 2006, acts as a steward of the cemetery.

      Shockoe Hill Cemetery is on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. Shockoe Hill Cemetery is across the street from the Hebrew Cemetery of Richmond, a separate and privately owned cemetery.

      The cemetery holds the graves of Chief Justice John Marshall; attorney John Wickham (counsel for Aaron Burr in Burr's 1807 treason trial); Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco; famed Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, as well as many members of her spy network; John Minor Botts, a Congressman and later a dedicated Unionist who helped lead opposition to the Confederate government; Virginia Governor William H. Cabell; Virginia Acting Governors John Mercer Patton (General George S. Patton's great grandfather), John Rutherfoord, and John Munford Gregory; Judge Dabney Carr; United States Senators Powhatan Ellis and Benjamin W. Leigh; Dr. Daniel Norborne Norton, developer of the Norton grape; dozens of Revolutionary War soldiers; and hundreds of Confederate soldiers. It is believed the more than 400 veterans of the War of 1812 buried here is the largest such assemblage in the country.

      Many people important in the life of Edgar Allan Poe, who grew up and lived much of his adult life in Richmond, are interred at Shockoe Hill. Among them are Frances K. Allan, beloved foster-mother to Poe, and her husband John; Sarah Elmira Royster Shelton, perhaps the great love of Poe's life; and Jane Stith Craig Stanard, wife of prominent judge Robert Stanard and the inspiration for his poem "To Helen."

      Source: Wikipedia.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: The Yancey Family Surname Resource Center.