was born in Washington county, Virginia, December 15, 1815. His parents were John and Hannah (Hughes) Yeates, both natives of Virginia. When quite young, James emigrated to Kentucky, where he learned the trade of stone-cutting. Here he remained for three years, and then removed to Iowa, where he still followed his profession until 1850, when he crossed the plains to California. In February, 1851, he came to Plumas county, and settled on the farm he now owns, in November, 1862. In 1865 he became a candidate for sheriff against S. J. Clark, and had a contest for the office, which was decided in favor of Mr. Clark. In 1867 he defeated Mr. Clark for the same office, and was twice re-elected, giving way in 1874 to I. C. Boring. He was again elected in 1877 for one term. He now resides on his farm in the American valley, and enjoys the confidence and respect of his fellow-citizens. Mr. Yeates was married in Indiana, January 17, 1843, to Miss Nancy T. Reed, daughter of Hon. John Reed of that state. He has reared a family of eight children.
SOURCE:Illustrated History of Plumas, Lassen & Sierra Counties, with California from 1513 to 1850. – Fariss and Smith, San Francisco,1882. p 187 Transcribed by Craig Hahn, Dec. 2004