Biography of William Yeagly
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


This successful agriculturist and prominent citizen, living in Farmer Center, Defiance county, was born in Fayette county. Pennsylvania, November 15, 1833, a son of Andrew and Catherine (Dougherty) Yeagly, also natives of Pennsylvania. From Fayette county they removed to Richland county, Ohio, later to Crawford county, and early in the '50's located in Williams county, Ohio, where both died. They had a family of nine children - five sons and four daughters of whom William is fourth in the order of birth.

With the family our subject removed to Crawford county, and at Bucyrus was apprenticed to the tailor's trade, at which he worked for about six months. He then joined his parents in Williams county, where he continued to engage in tailoring for about the same length of time. During the following six months he was similarly employed at Greenup, Illinois, after which he returned to Williams county, where he was married, November 29, 1854, to Miss Margaret Ann Hendershott. She was born in Columbiana county, Pennsylvania, August 5, 1837, a daughter of John and Charlotta Hendershott. Six children were born of this union, namely: Blanche, now the wife of John Donley; Andrew Parke, a prominent farmer of Washington township, Defiance county; Lottie, wife of Hon. J. W. Winn; Sherman; Madge Britton Yeagley, of Farmer, Ohio; and Ida, who died at the tender age of sixteen months.

After his marriage, Mr. Yeagly located at Williams Center, Williams county, where he followed farming until his removal to De Kalb county, Indiana. Feeling that his country needed his services he laid aside all personal interests in August, 1862, enlisting in Company H, Eighty eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was made sergeant of his company, and with his command took part in the battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Resaca (Georgia), Atlanta, Savannah and Bentonville. After almost three years of faithful and arduous service he was mustered out at Goldsboro, North Carolina, and returned to his home in De Kalb county, Indiana.

A year later he returned to Williams county, Ohio, where he remained three years and then came to Defiance county. For several years he successfully engaged in farming in Washington township, and then removed to Farmer Center, where he has since made his home with the exception of two years spent in De KaIb county. He is now the owner of two hundred and eighty five acres of rich and arabic land, which is under excellent cultivation and well improved. Politically he is identified with the Republican party, and socially affiliates with Lew Bouker Post, No. 725, G. A. R. He is a man of sterling worth in all the relations of life, and as a citizen he always stands ready to discharge every duty devolving upon him.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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