John Calvin Yancey - Oaklawn Cemetery - Batesville, Ar.
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15S E 623346 N 3958566
Quick Description: This very unusual and very large Woodmen marker is located in the Oaklawn Cemetery - Sydney St and Myers Avenue in Batesville, Arkansas.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 4/14/2015 9:41:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMNPP0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
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Long Description:
John C. Yancey of Batesville, Ark., a prominent and a distinguished citizen, was born in Orange County, Va., July 23, 1853, and was educated at Browsville academy, of Brownsville, Ky., and at the University of Virginia. He accompanied his parents to Jefferson County, Ky., in 1869. He studied law in Virginia and under the preceptorship of his brother in Illinois, where he was admitted to the bar in 1874. The same year he came to Arkansas, settled in Marion and began to practice his profession. Shortly afterward, he moved to DeWitt, Arkansas County, where he formed a law partnership with Col. Robert H. Crockett, and they met with much success in the practice of the law. In 1878 he made Batesville his home, and since has resided in that city and is one of its leading attorneys and foremost citizens. Mr. Yancey was a member of the lower house of Arkansas in 1885, and served as mayor of Batesville in 1889-90. He is prominently identified with the Arkansas Bar association and in the capacity of attorney and counselor, represents the Bank of Batesville, the Kansas Phosphate Company, of which he was the organizer and is now one of the directors, and also many other private and corporate interests. He is extensively interested in real estate and has large holdings of city and country property, together with one of the finest plantations in the state. Mr. Yancey was the promoter of the White River Railroad, which was recently absorbed by the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad Company, and drove the first spike in the White River Line. He was married in 1884 to Ella A. daughter of Col. E. M. Dunnington, a prominent planter of Independence county, Ark., and they have four children: Winona W., John Crockett, Don N., and Dunnington A. Mr. Yancey is an enterprising and progressive citizen, widely known throughout the state of Arkansas, and has been a prominent factor in the growth and development of Batesville. He is now the head of the law firm Yancey, Reeder & Casey, Batesville, Ark.

- Yancey Family Genealogy website

This is absolutely one of the finest and most unusual Woodmen markers I have ever come across. The usual description of "tree trunk" does not do this headstone justice - this is about an eight-foot log resting on two large cut logs. There is an axe, a maul, and wedges atop the large log. The Woodmen Seal appears on the west end of the log. The inscription is on the south face of the log.

In memory of our beloved one

July 19, 1853

Feb 22, 1907
Was the inscription legible?: Yes

Location of Marker/Monument: Cemetery

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