Yancey County Historical Families

Yancey County, North Carolina

Genealogy  NCGenWeb Project

Updated April 29, 2021

                                    Yancey County Historical Families


Some of the first settlers/families of Yancey County [est. 1833] include:

Rickles N. Adkins, John Bailey, Jerry Boons, John Bradford, Jr., Rev. Samuel D. Byrd, John "Broke-Leg" Edwards, Edmond Edwards Sr., Thomas M. Garland, John Griffith, Ezekiah Hampton, James Sr. and Henry "Harry" Hensley, Moses Honeycutt, Edward and Matthew Hiram Lewis, James McMahon, John "Bee-Log" Randolph Pate,  Jacob Phipps, Thomas L. Ray, Jr., Henry Roland,  Edward Wilson.



Adkins Family of Yancey County 

Descendants of Rickles N. Adkins [1815 - 1905] and Debitha Bryant of the Jacks Creek area, Yancey Co., NC.  Includes family history and vintage photos.


Arrowood Trail Thru the Mountains  by Martha Jane Arrowood


Charles N. Bailey and Margaret Riddle by Lloyd R. Bailey, Sr., PhD   Chief Editor of the Toe River Valley Heritage


Byrd Genealogy   by Pamela D. Hudson

Descendants of George William Byrd and Mary Ann Hudson through son William Kimsey Byrd, Sr. and Elizabeth Williams [buried William K. Byrd Cemetery] who settled in the Coxes Creek area of Yancey Co.


<==NOTE:  Left Photo is Rev. Samuel Dempsey Byrd b. Feb 28, 1789 - d. May 4, 1865; s/o George William Byrd and Mary Ann Hudson; wife is Mary "Polly" Briggs.  His family lived in the Jack's Creek area of Yancey Co. 


James Byrd and Sabrina Putman  by Bob Byrd

Ancestors of William Kimsey Byrd.


Duncans of Yancey County   by Mary Ann Duncan Dobson


Descendants of John Jackson Edwards, Sr. and Mary Ruth Crabtree 


Edwards Family   by Terry Edwards

Overview of the descendants of John Jackson Edwards and Mary Ruth Crabtree


Fender Family   by Lawrence Fobes

Hosted by Family Search.org.  Online version.  49 page manuscript about Fender-Peek-Edwards and other associated family lines of Yancey Co., NC.  Submitted to the Brigham Young University Archives.


Descendants of Daniel Fender


Descendants of Anna Melissa Garland   by Bob Carmody

Anna Melissa Garland [b. 1821]  married John Lee Briggs [b. 1816] in Yancey County, but later move over to the Flag Pond area of Washington [now Unicoi Co.] after 1850.

Descendants of Andrew Hampton  by Robert Layton Hampton

Henry Harry Hensley and Barbara Angel  by Marty Grant

Hensley-Hanley:  Cora Belle Hensley Haney Biography  

by Regina Belle Gasperson

A Midwife of Yancey and Mitchell Counties.; site includes partial roster of birth deliveries.

Descendants of Moses Honeycutt   by William R. Navey

Murdock Family of Mitchell and Yancey Counties, NC 


John "Bee Log" Randolph Pate   by William R. Navey


Phillips Family  by Dan W. Olds

An analysis of the descendants of William Phillips [Buncombe >Yancey > Mitchell Co.]


Riddle Newsletter by James Hartung


Shelton, Edwards, Hensley, Radford Lines of Yancey Co.  by Mike Shelton


Tipton / Typton of North Carolina by Russell Tipton

Compilation of Census information of Tipton family lines in several counties of North Carolina


Tipton Trails and Tales,  by Ronald W. Tipton

A genealogical and personal history of the Tipton Family from the Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee areas.  Author is  a descendant of Major Jonathan Tipton.


Toe River Families  By K.W. Young

Featuring families of Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties:  Boone, Butner, Grindstaff, Gurley, Hopson, Hyatt, King, Ledford, Lloyd, Ollis, Wiseman. 


Descendants of William Woodby

Woodby-Honeycutt-Byrd and other associated family lines of Carter and Washington Co., TN and Yancey Co., NC

NOTE:  Photo is James "Sheep Eating" Edwards, born. 1816  - died 1896; s/o Stephen Edwards and Lucinda Anderson;  wife is Clarissa Mashburn of the Flag Pond area Unicoi  Co., TN.  His family settled in the Ramsey Twp, Yancey Co.

Other Links on History:


Chronicling America - Historical American Newspapers, North Carolina

hosted by the Library of Congress.  Digital newspapers with search capability


Yancey County Estate Records -   hosted by the North Carolina State Archives

an alpha listing of head of household surnames who owned property in Yancey County from 1853 - 1915

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