[APG Public List] Race listed as "Yankey"

Kate Foote kate at comm1net.net
Fri Mar 26 23:06:20 MDT 2010

Yep - what Ray said.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ray Beere Johnson II
To: Kevin L.Sholder ; APG Posting
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2010 11:35 PM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Race listed as "Yankey"


--- On Fri, 3/26/10, Sholder, Kevin L. <KS100004 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> I’ve come across a “race” listed as “Yankey,” however the individual
> was born in Arkansas. It is listed on his WWI registration card in
> Lincoln, Wyoming. I would not think of someone who was born in Arkansas
> as a “Yankey.” Am I missing something or am I looking too hard?

     There would seem to be several possible explanations.
     First, the place of birth given could be incorrect, for whatever 
reason. It would hardly be the first time a record got something wrong. ;-)
     Second, where were his parents born? His grandparents? Several members 
of my own family claimed to be Yankee based more upon ancestry than 
birthplace. Some or all of his family might have come from New England.
     Third, he could have been descended from "carpetbaggers". If this was a 
small town, and the person recording the information knew everyone in the 
area, this family might still have been thought of as "Damnyankees". I don't 
_know_ how common this term was in Arkansas, but the state was on the losing 
side in the Civil War, and I _have_ seen the term used in the fiction of 
Georgia author Marie Conway Oemler, from about the same period, and in other 
Southern sources (literature and newspapers) up to at least roughly 1920. If 
this is the explanation, his family could have come from any Union state.
     Fourth - every now and then, some record will turn up a completely 
inexplicable bit of data. In the absence of any verifiable explanation, this 
might be the case here.
     If you ever discover the actual answer, I for one would be very curious 
to know what it is.
                             Ray Beere Johnson II

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