Matt, I don't know about your family or the Richard Yielding of NC.However, the Richard Yeilding of Canada is my Grandfather's Grandfather.His full name is Richard Massy Yeilding (II - his father was also Richard Massy Yeilding).He was born 3 April 1800 in the Irish Townland of Glensharrold (an Anglicised form of a Gaelic name which means "Glen of the Sour Apples", County Limerick. He, his brother Agar, and his son (mother died in childbirth) Richard Massy III emigrated to Canada in 1830.Richard remarried in Canada to Margaret Blake (also of Ireland) and moved to Batavia, NY in 1837.Both Richard and his son claimed to be Veterinary Surgons (1850 Batavia Census).Richard ultimately ended up in Rice Co., Kansas (via Grant Co., Wis.) where he established a farm and rural post office named "Glen Sharrald." I have photos of this as it looks today. Richard was postmaster there from 1874-1887 (Rice Co. Historical Society).He died in 1892 and is buried in the Springdale Cemetery, Chase, Kansas (I have visited his grave).
Richard's brother Agar (named after his Grandmother Francis Eagar) lived out his life in Ottawa, Canada where "he died at his home 'Glensharrold'" (per Agar's grave stone, Beachwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Canada)It seems their Irish home is never far from their hearts and minds. Thus, we are Irish but Anglo-Irish.The Yeildings of Co. Limerick and Co. Kerry were most likely benefactors of the confiscation and redistribution of land during one of the rebellions in the 16th or 17th century. Rgds, Howard Yeilding