Gladys Yancey

Female1936–23 January 1944

Brief Life History of Gladys

When Gladys Yancey was born in 1936, in New Jersey, United States, her father, John Robert Yancey Sr, was 39 and her mother, Fannie Clara Allen, was 37. She lived in Plainfield Township, Union, New Jersey, United States in 1940. She died on 23 January 1944, in Wasco, Oregon, United States, at the age of 8.

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John Robert Yancey Sr
Fannie Clara Allen
John Robert Yancey Jr
Joseph Yancey
Laura Alice Yancey
Charles Yancey
Clara Yancey
Gladys Yancey

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  • Gladys Yancey in household of John Yancey, "United States Census, 1940"

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1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 1

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.


Age 2

The infamous radio debut of War of the Worlds (an adaptation of the novel by Orson Welles) was broadcast from New Jersey. The drama program was framed as a news broadcast describing an alien invasion, which reportedly caused panic among a small subset of listeners that tuned in late. However, the newspaper industry exaggerated reports of the confusion to make it sound widespread. It's believed that the newspaper industry was attempting to take advantage of the situation to discredit the reliability of radio broadcasting.


Age 4

New Jersey contributed extensively to help the United States during World War II. Over 9% of all allied war-based construction contracts were handled in New Jersey, including aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers, and other naval ships. In addition, almost 500,000 New Jersey residents enlisted in the war (roughly 10% of the state's population).

Name Meaning

Altered form of an unidentified surname, possibly of the like-sounding Dutch name Janse or its cognate Jansen (final -n is silent in some dialects of Dutch), or of some similar English surname, such as Jauncey or Jancey, variants of Johnsey .

History: Charles Yancey, the progenitor of the Yanceys, is recorded in King William County, VA, in 1704. According to family tradition, the surname was brought to VA from Wales in the middle of the 17th century and is said to be an altered form of Nanney , but there is no evidence of this and, as the DNA tests proved, also no direct paternal connection between the Yancey and the Nanney family.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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