Also See Dancyville by J. Dancy --- good site.
Goodspeed, History of Tennessee, Haywood County, 1887
Dancyville, named after Isaac Dancy, an old settler, is a post village thirteen miles south of Brownsville. It was established in 1837 by Fennel T. Carpenter and John Southerland, who were its first merchants. These merchants are followed by Payne, Moore and Wellii, and they by R. G. and A. Folts. At present it contains three stores, two churches-Methodist and Presbyterian-a wagon and blacksmith shop, and has about 100 inhabitants.
Dancyville is almost directly south of Brownsville not far from the Fayette County Line. Sometime during the 1820's the families of Emry, Johnson, Jones, Koonce, McFarland, Kerr and Neal settled in this area. By 1831, Isaac Dancy located here, hence the name, Dancyville. The community considers the establishment date as 1837 when Fennell T. Carpenter and John Sutherland became the first merchants. Until that time the only business was Isaac Dancy's blacksmith shop.
Dancyville is first mentioned in the Haywood County Court Minutes, March 1838, in connection with the road from the County Seat of Brownsville through Dancyville to the Fayette County line.
The following were named as the road committee: John B. Moore, Overseer, George Cooper, John McFarland, B. G. Alexander, John C. Coppedge, Isaac Dancy, Harrison Hankins, and William M. Jones.
Goods for merchants Carpenter and Sutherland were sent from St. Louis down the Mississippi and up the Hatchie River to Lowery's landing and thence by oxcart to Dancyville. No record of a post office or mail service this early has been located.
Doctors in the Area:
In 1851: Dr. Samuel A Mims, Dr. Haywood, Dr. George McFarland, Dr. John Rawlins. Later: Dr. Felix McFarland, Dr. J. S. Rawlins and Dr. Paine.
Another source gives the following early surnames: Archbell, Caldwell, Cherry, Coppedge, Crawford, Dancy, Dixon, Douglas, Ford, Hughes, Hunter, Jones, Kerr, Key, Link, McFarland, McMahon, Moore, Morris, Neblett, Payne, Ragland, Rawlins, Russell, Scott, Tanner and Tripp.
1837 - Methodist Church
1838 - Baptist Church
1853 - Presbyterian Church
1849 - Dancyville Female Academy, Met upstairs, Masonic Lodge Building
1851 - School building erected
1851 - Dancyville Male Academy Organized
1855 - Baptist Female College Organized
1884 - Methodist Brownsville District High School started.
Civil War Two companies were formed from the area
The Dancyville Grays, CSA
Company L, 9th Tennessee Infantry CSA
Battles: Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville
J. F. Ragland, killed at Chickamauga, was brought home and is buried in the Methodist Cemetery.
22 Nov 2007