From what I'm finding all over the net, something I found today while researching the Davis family, is going to upset a number of apple-carts in the Yancey community.In 1805 the following record was registered in Elbert County, GA, deeds:
“Cyrus Yancy& Sophia Yancy, now the wife of Benjamin Otwell, for 200 Silver Dollars, to Orrange Davis, all our right & claim either in law or equity which we now have or hereafter have in a negro woman named Nanney& her increase.Which sd. negro woman was lent by Richard Davis to his daughter Sophia Yancy during her natural life, 24 Aug 1805.(signed) Cyrus Yancey, Sophia (x) Yancey the wife of Benjamin Otwell.Wit: William Head, Thomas (x) Wheeler.Elbert Co.: bill of sale proved by William Head before John Carrell, J.P., 26 Aug 1805.Regd. 30 Aug 1805.”
The slave Nanny is mentioned in Richard Davis' 1761 Granville Co., NC, will as Ann (or "An", depending upon which version of his will you check), and in his inventory as "Nany."So Sophia (Davis) Yancey-Otwell is the daughter of Richard Davis of Granville Co., NC., and is the one who is presumed to have married William Yancey.Cyrus Yancey, in the above deed, is presumed to be her son.I have no idea at this time who "Orrange" Davis of Elbert County might be.
But the important thing to notice is that Sophia's husband had died prior to 1805, and that she was remarried to a William Otwell.This would seem to imply that the William Yancey who supposedly died in TN in 1810 IS NOT HER HUSBAND.