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JACOB YATES, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Findlay, was born in Franklin County, Penn., April 24, 1825, son of Samuel and Margaret Swisher Yates, latter a native of Franklin County, Penn., and former of Virginia, just across the line; they come of a long line of worthy ancestry in their respective States. In 1833 they came to this county and settled in Eagle Township, where they both died, she departing this life in 1876, and he in 1877; they were parents of twelve children. Jacob Yates, the subject of this sketch, embarked in business for himself at the age of twenty-one years, and has, by his own exertions, accumulated a handsome competence, owning at present 256 acres of valuable land and several head of valuable fine stock. Of late years he has engaged in stock dealing and has done extensive business in shipments of cattle, etc., from Findlay. Mr. Yates married, in 1848, Barbara Foreman, who departed this life September 22, 1860, leaving two sons and four daughters: Melissa Ann, wife of Joseph Cheesebrough, of Findlay, Ohio; Cordelia, wife of Henry Shank, Esq.; Sarah, wife of William Black, Esq., of Findlay, Ohio; Ellen, wife of Jacob Oman, of Eagle Township, this county; Newton, a farmer of Jackson Township, this county; and Joseph (deceased). Mr. Yates' second marriage was with Mary, daughter of George Hook, Esq., and by her he had four sons and two daughters: George A., B. B. Barney, Jay T., Carrie Blanche (deceased), Fannie May and Charles Jacob. The subject of this sketch has always given liberally to all measures for the good of the public welfare of his locality, and takes a leading position in his business interests. He is a thorough-going business man and is indebted to his own unaided exertions for his large accumulations. He is an exemplary husband and father. In polities he is a Republican. [Source: History of Hancock Co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]

ABRAHAM YERGER, farmer and stock raiser, Findlay, was born in Blair County, Penn., in 1824, son of Abraham and Catherine (Groves) Yerger, also natives of Blair County, of German descent. April 5, 1841, our subject came West and has led an active and useful life in this county since. He carried on his trade of farmer and currier and followed moving buildings, etc., for many years after, meanwhile acquiring a fine farm just outside of Findlay. He married, in this county, Miss Jane, daughter of Henry Jumper, Esq. She departed this life December 29, 1873, leaving two sons: Charles L., married and residing in Bluffton, Ohio, and Albert F., married and residing on and working his father's farm in Findlay Township, this county. Mr. Yerger's second marriage was with Mrs. S. J. Hancock (nee Smith). There are no children by this marriage. Abraham Yerger has often been chosen by the people of this county to official positions within their gift and has also served his township in many official positions; his services as sheriff and deputy sheriff extended over a period of twelve or fifteen years, and, as coroner, over a period of four years. He and his family attended services at the Lutheran Church. In politics he is a Democrat. [Source: History of Hancock Co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]
GEORGE W. YOST, farmer, P. O. Houcktown, was born in Perry County, Ohio, July 17, 1837, and moved to Licking County, Ohio, in 1846, with his parents. He came to Jackson Township, this county, in 1872, and carried on a general merchandising store in Houcktown for four years. He was united in marriage, June 25, 1874, with Miss Hettie J. Melick, of Fairfield County, Ohio. He purchased a farm of forty-two acres of land in Jackson Township, this county, in 1876, and has since resided upon it. His children were Alfa M. (deceased March 29, 1885, in his tenth year), Harry Lee and Georgie (latter deceased May 14, 1884, aged nine months). Mr. Yost is a F. & A. M. He is very active in public affairs. In 1877 he was elected township clerk, which position he has held by re-election ever since, receiving much larger majorities than the rest of his ticket in the township. In politics he is a Democrat. Mrs. Yost is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
[Source: History of Hancock Co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]

WILLIAM N. YOST, M. D., Mount Blanchard, was born April 14, 1836, in Thornville, Perry Co., Ohio, son of Peter and Elizabeth Yost, natives of Virginia, and who were among the early settlers of Perry County, Ohio. The father died in 1868; the mother is now residing in Jackson Township, this county. When our subject was a lad of ten years of age his parents moved across the county line into Licking County, Ohio, where he was reared and educated. In 1860 he began the study of medicine with Dr. J. R. Black, in Hebron, Licking Co., Ohio. In 1862 Dr. Black entered the Federal Army as surgeon, and William N. Yost went as hospital steward, under Dr. Black's instruction. Our subject served in the Army of the Cumberland, under Gen. Sherman, throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and on the famous "march to the sea." He received an honorable discharge July 15, 1865, and the following September he entered the Miami Medical College, from which he graduated March 3, 1867. After remaining as house physician at the Commercial Hospital one year, Dr. Yost established himself in Jacksontown, Licking Co., Ohio., and in 1872 located at Houcktown, this county, and in 1877 removed to Mount Blanchard, this county, and here, by strict attention to his profession, the Doctor has succeeded in building up a large practice. Dr. Yost was married, May 12, 1868, to Miss Rebecca A. Stewart, daughter of Capt. James Stewart, of Licking County, Ohio, and their children are Minnie Laura, Maggie May, Gertrude, Charles C. and Clarence. Dr. Yost is recognized as one of the leading and influential citizens of this county. In politics he is a Democrat. He has been an active and useful member of the school board of Mount Blanchard ever since his location here. He is a member of the Northwestern Ohio Medical Association, and of the Ohio State Medical Society. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and helped to organize the lodge of Master Masons at Mount Blanchard, and was its Master for the first three years. The Doctor has also filled all the chairs in Odd Fellowship, and is a leading member of the G. A. R. at Mount Blanchard. [Source: History of Hancock Co, Chicago: Warner Beers & Co., 1886]

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