Yeagley Family Genealogy Forum
Thought I would pass this along. Hope it will help someone. Haven't been able to fit him in my line.
William Brown YEAGLEY
William Brown, son of Andrew and Catherine YEAGLEY,was born in Fayette county, Pa., November 15, 1833, being the fourth in a family of nine children. Departed this life February 19, 1915, aged 81 years, three months and four days.
His parents removed from Crawford to Williams county, Ohio, early in the 50's. He was united in marriage to Margaret Ann HENDERSHOT November 29, 1854 and to this union of over 60 years duration, were born six children, two boys and four girls, one little girl, Ida, entering the spirit life at the age of 16 months and one son A. P. YEAGLEY was called away
in April 1913.
In August 1862 at the age of 31 years our subject enlisted in Co. H 88th I. V. I. being promoted to Sergeant in 1863. With his command he took part in the following battles: Ringgold, Qesaca, Altona, Mt. Kenesaw, Mt. Lookout, Mt. Atlanta, Chicamauga, Savannah and Bentonville, besides several light skirmishes. He marched with Sherman to the Sea and named his youngest son, who was born in 1863, for his beloved General.
His Regiment was 100 days under fire at the battle of Atlanta and always on the firing line. From a letter written by his mess-mate Dan D. DIEHL of Butler, Ind., by his old Captain, Dexter L. THOMAS of Omaha, Neb., thes words were read at the funeral: "Of William YEAGLEY I have to say, he was a brave soldier and a true friend when a battle came on Bill went with it with a look on his face which seemed to say, "Come on boys, let's get at 'em". It was in the same spirit he met and fought all life's battles.
After the last decisive battle of the Rebellion was fought at Bentonville he was discharged at Goldsboro, N. C., from where he came home at once, thus missing what he never ceased to regret, the Grand Review at Washington, D. C.
After this he remained three years near Newville, DeKalb county, Ind., when he bought his first farm in Defiance county upon which he made his home until March 1883, when he came to Farmer, living continuously in the house in which he breathed his last, except for two years on the old HENDERSHOT farm.
He was a charter member of the G. A. R. and Quartermaster at the time of his death. Hearing the command of the Great Commander to Shoulder Arms! March! he obeyed as a faithful soldier, and gone on ahead; leaving to follow him, when our call of Taps is sounded - his wife, 3 daughters and one son. Besides these are left to mourn their loss one sister, one brother, 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
A brave soldier, a faithful friend, and an honorable citizen, his life shall live after him.
>From The Bryan Press, Bryan, Ohio, March 4, 1915.