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This page is an orphan - a placeholder until we can discover more about Yancey. When we encounter a name that is new to us, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope that we'll discover more information in the future. Such is the case with Yancey.

Our sources for Yancey (see Mentions and References below) indicate that it was a community with a post office by the same name. Unfortunately our sources aren't clear about the location of Yancey other than they indicate that Yancey would be found somewhere in Etowah County, Alabama.

From the Blevins / Hellbock List: The post office opened  in 1891 and closed  in 1905.

This entry could have originated in error. It might be that a source had a misprint, was simply wrong or we made a transcription error while referencing it. Many of the documents we reference are from the 1800s and the early 1900s, with some easier to read than others.

Part of the difficulty in identifying whether a name is a post office or a community lies with how Post Offices were named. We've prepared an article with our understanding of how post offices were named: Naming of Post Offices.

Communities Also Named Yancey ...

We found six communities that share the name Yancey.

Within Alabama, the name Yancey is unique.

Beyond Alabama, we know of another six communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Georgia
      • Floyd County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Yancey [Floyd County].
    • Kentucky
      • Harlan County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Yancey [Harlan County].
    • Tennessee
      • McMinn County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Tennessee community of Yancey [McMinn County].
    • Texas
      • Hunt County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Texas community of Yancey [Hunt County].
      • Medina County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Texas community of Yancey [Medina County].
    • Virginia
      • Rockingham County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Yancey [Rockingham County].

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Yancey ...

We've created the following list to keep track of the sources that proved useful in adding to our knowledge about Yancey:

Found in a comprehensive list of Post Offices that was created by Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<2>

Rand McNally Map of Alabama (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

More Orphans in  Etowah County ...

Can you help?

As we explained above, when we encounter a name that might be a community or a post office we add it to our Gazetteer. If we have little information to go with the name, we call them Orphans. Below are Orphans that we believe to be located in Etowah County.

Ball FlatOrd
Cedar BendRock Spring Quarry
Cove CreekRock Springs
GairdSamuels Chapel
Green ValleySeaborn
KolbTumlin Gap
MayesYoungs Chapel

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Yancey could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<2>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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