Solomon W. YEAGLEY is Clerk of the Circuit Court in Hillsdale, Mich., and in
the discharge of the duties of his office has acquitted himself in such a manner as
to secure the esteem of his constituents. Mr. Yeagley was born in Columbiana
County, Ohio, on the 22d of October, 1842, and is the son of John G. and Johanna
F. (BLOOM) Yeagley, both of whom were born in Wurtemberg, Germany, the
father Jan. 17, 1817, and the mother in 1816. When they were yet children, their
parents emigrated to America, and settled in Columbiana County, Ohio, in which
Mr. and Mrs. Yeagley grew to maturity and were married. Here they resided until
1852, when they removed to Michigan, and settled in Wright Township, Hillsdale
County, which was their residence some thirteen years. They then removed to
Hudson, Mich., where the father died in October, 1885, while the mother died
April 30, 1888. The became the parents of the following-named children: Jacob,
Solomon W., Hannah C. the wife of Patrick CONNOR, and John D., a traveling
salesman for a wholesale house at Ft. Wayne, Ind.
The subject of this notice was ten years of age when he came with his parents to
this county, where he received the advantages of the district schools, and
subsequently of the college at Hillsdale, where he pursued his studies two years.
He then engaged in school teaching, and following the profession two terms, after
which he returned to Hillsdale College, where he remained for some time. At this
time the nation was threatened with disruption, and Mr. YEAGLEY volunteered
his services in defense of the Union. In 1863 he enlisted in the army, becoming a
member of Company G, 128th Indiana Infantry, and his regiment was placed
under command of Gen. Sherman, and first saw active service in Tennessee. Our
subject took part in thirteen regular battles, including those of Resaca, Atlanta,
Kennesaw Mountain, Jonesboro and Franklin. On the 30th of November, 1864,
they began the great battle of Nashville, which lasted two days. Our subject was
promoted Orderly Sergeant, and in 1864 he was made Second Lieutenant, with
which rank he continued to serve until April 10,1866, when he received his
honorable discharge. Our subject then returned to his old home in Wright
Township, and engaged in agricultural pursuits for a short time, after which he
resumed his profession of school teaching, which he followed a number of years.
In the fall of 1884 Mr. YEAGLEY was elected to the office of Clerk of the
Circuit Court, serving with such acceptance that he was re-elected in 1886, and is
the present incumbent.
On the 19th of September, 1866, Mr. YEAGLEY was united in marriage with
Miss Sarah E. BATTIN, of Wright Township, Hillsdale County, and the daughter
of Joshua BATTIN. Her union with our subject has resulted in the birth of five
sons - Osceola R., John G., Joshua G., Arthur and Clyde. Mr. YEAGLEY is a
member of Hillsdale Lodge, F & A M, and also a K of P, and is a member of the
G A R, and Charter Commander of Capt. Wilson Post No. 146..
- From “The Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County, Michigan”,
published by Chapman Brothers, 1888.
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