From the 1886 Portrait and Biographical Album of Knox County, Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, page 198. [Contributed by Pat Thomas.]
William A. Yates, an old and respected citizen of Ontario Township, is a bright and pleasing example of a successful farmer. His home is located on section 22. He is the son of John Yates, a farmer, and a native of the State of Virginia. He was of Irish descent and his marriage with Nancy Shields, who was of the same ancestry, took place in that State, and they began life in Berkly County, in which their son, William A., was born March 12, 1814. He was about eight years of age when his parents came to Delaware, Ohio, where they passed the remaining years of life. Mr. Yates was the oldest son of a family of eight children. He remained under the family roof up until the time of his marriage with Mary Finley, Nov. 9, 1848. She died at her home in Ontario Township, June 16, 1859. She was born on a farm in Delaware County, Ohio. Her parents were native Virginians. She was the mother of five children, as follows: Emily, deceased; John, Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret. The latter is deceased.
Mr. Yates, on first coming to this State, remained but a few months and then returned to Ohio. Coming West the second time, he settled in Knox County, and went back to bring his wife to his new home. He purchased land in Ontario Township, consisting of 160 acres. He afterward purchased 20 acres in Sparta Township, and 16 in Henderson Township. In 1855, he purchased the farm which is his present home. He now has 160 acres of land in a high state of cultivation.
Mr. Yates married Miss Marcia Gaston for his second wife, in Delaware County, Ohio. She was born in Delaware County, Ohio, June 14, 1830, and in that section was reared and educated. Her parents lived on a farm, and her father, James Gaston, was of Scotch origin, and her mother, Lois (Jones) Gaston, a native of the State of New Hampshire. They established a home in Delaware County, where they lived out their remaining years. The grandfather of Mrs. Yates, on her mother's side, was Solomon Jones, a noble old warrior and an officer in the Revolutionary War.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Yates, of this notice, has been blessed with two children: Nancy C., who lives with her parents; and Electa, a most successful and popular teacher. They are both Presbyterians in belief. Mr. Yates has held many of the minor offices, and is one of the most enterprising citizens of the township. He is a solid Republican and takes a lively interest in politics and affairs of State.
From the 1886 Portrait and Biographical Album of Knox County, Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, page 250 and 255
Robert Young is a farmer whose home is situated on section
30, Persifer Township, and whose name and history are identified with the
pioneers of this section, as he came here in 1844, from Warren County, Ohio, and
passed that winter in Knoxville. In the spring of 1845 he came to this township
and settled on section 30, thus laying the foundation for his present prosperous
and desirable home. With him to attempt was to succeed, and though his beginning
was comparatively humble, being endowed with a large degree of energy and
pertinacity of purpose he has gained beyond his highest expectations, the
largest degree of success. This may be awarded that mead of prosperity which is
the reward of industry and perseverance.