Biographical sketch from History of Crawford County Ohio.Page 83-, Bucyrus Township.(Can't find my call-slip for this, will post publisher and date ASAP -sorry)
JACOB YEAGLEY, farmer; P.O. Bucyrus; is the son of George and Elizabeth (SHRAM) YEAGLEY; and was born Oct 29, 1827, in Lebanon Co., Penn.; until the age of 16, he was given education advantages afforded by a common school, and divided his time betweenthe schooland his labors on the farm; afterward, he learned the shoemaker’s trade wit his uncle, Adam YEAGLEY, serving two and one-half years’ apprenticeship; in June, 1847 he came to Crawford Co. on foot and by canal route, arriving here with 30 cents; out of this, he had but a shilling left when he had paid for lodging and breakfast; he then hired out to a farmer, working for a monthly stipend of $11, and continued for two months, when he rented a farm on the shares for two years, after which he again hired for $15 per month; after the expiration of one year, he rented 160 acres at cash rent, paying John A. GORMLEY $100 per year, and continued four years; during this time, he made a handsome sum by hard work and economy; he next bought and fed hogs for one season, but, by a reverse of fortune, he lost all his hard-earned property, and was involved to the extent of $1,100 besides; he cleared himself of debt, however, and commenced in the same line of business, and again lost, this time to the extent of $600; he then resumed farming, and rented for some ten years; in 1864, he purchased his present farm of 160 acres of good farming land, and here he has since made his home; in 1872, he erected a fine frame residence of nine rooms, finished handsomely.Of late years, Mr. YEAGLEY has turned his attentionto raising sheep, and is also a noted corn-raiser, often cultivating 150 acres a year; his first crop of corn on 60 acres of his present farm realized for him the snug sum of $2,800.Mr. Yeagley is a member of the United Brethren Church of Bucyrus; he was formerly connected with the M. E. Church for eighteen years, during which time he was Class-leader and Trustee; in politics, he has been a Republican since the formation of the party, and was previously a Whig.He married, Nov. 2, 1854, to Catherine MILLER, of Whetstone Township; there are two sons of this marriage - La Fayette, born April 7, 1856, and Alfred C. July 11, 1858.his wife died Feb. 23, 1859, and March 22, 1860, he married Elizabeth STARNER, of Dallas Township; there is one child of this marriage - Edwin, born Dec. 2,1861; Mrs. YEAGLEY was born in Perry Co., Ohio, Jan. 4, 1838, and came with her father’s family to Bucyrus Township in 1843; here she grew to womanhood, receiving acommon-school education; she united with the M. E. Church when 12, and has ever taken a great interest in Sunday-school work, having been for many years a teacher in the Sunday school.Mr. YEAGLEY’s father was born in Pennsylvania in 1801, and his mother in the same State in about 1804; they were married in 1822, and farmed during the summer following, weaving in the winter; besides Mr. YEAGELY, there were six children in his father’s family - Rebecca, Henry, Catharine, Mary, John and Samuel; the mother died in 1871, and the father in 1873.