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John Roberson Yates

John Roberson Yates

Male 1858 - 1941  (83 years)

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  • Name John Roberson Yates 
    Nickname Happy 
    Census 1850  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 26 Apr 1858  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1900  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 19 Jun 1941  West Salem, Edwards, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Moravian Cemetery, West Salem, Edwards, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I33  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2017 

    Father John E. Yates,   b. 26 Dec 1825, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1864, Cobb, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Roberson,   b. 25 Sep 1823, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1906, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 8 Aug 1847  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Narcissus L. Landiss,   b. 8 Aug 1866, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1926, West Salem, Edwards, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1888  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Aubrey Lunsford Yates,   b. 17 May 1890, Grantsburg, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1961, West Salem, Edwards, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Rev. Earl Ursel Yates,   b. 12 Dec 1891, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1965, Calloway, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. E.I. Yates
     4. B.G. Yates
     5. Ruth Elcista Yates,   b. 3 Sep 1902, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1905, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     6. O.I. Yates
    Last Modified 17 May 2020 
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • 1860 United States Federal Census Name: John R Yates Age in 1860: 2 Birth Year: abt 1858 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1860: Union, Crawford, Indiana Gender: Male Post Office: Grantsburg John Yates 37 Elizabeth Yates 35 Cynthia Yates 11 James W Yates 9 Thomas J Yates 7 Evaline Yates 5 John R Yates 2 Emily E Yates 2

      MARRIAGES / J. R. Yates to Narcissa Landiss. New Albany Ledger. 2-2-1889. p 4, c 5.

      1900 United States Federal Census Name: John R Yates Home in 1900: Union, Crawford, Indiana Age: 42 Birth Date: Apr 1858 Birthplace: Indiana Race: White Ethnicity: American Gender: Male Relationship to Head of House: Head Father's Birthplace: Indiana Mother's Birthplace: Indiana Spouse's Name: Narcissus L Marriage year: 1889 Marital Status: Married Years Married: 11 Residence : Union Township, Crawford, Indiana John R Yates 42 Narcissus L Yates 33 Aubrey L Yates 10 Earlie N Yates 7 Irene E Yates 4 Bessie G Yates 2

      1910 United States Federal Census Name: John R Yates Age in 1910: 52 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1858 Birthplace: Indiana Relation to Head of House: Head Father's Birth Place: Indiana Mother's Birth Place: Indiana Spouse's Name: Narcissus Home in 1910: Bone Gap, Edwards, Illinois Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male John R Yates 52 Narcissus Yates 42 Aubrey L Yates 20 Earl U Yates 18 Irene E Yates 15 Bessie G Yates 13 Orpha A Yates 4

      1920 United States Federal Census Name: John R Yates Home in 1920: West Salem, Edwards, Illinois Age: 61 years Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859 Birthplace: Indiana Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Narcizas Father's Birth Place: Indiana Mother's Birth Place: Indiana Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex: Male Home owned: Own Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes John R Yates 61 Narcizas Yates 53 Opha Yates 14

      Name: John R. Yates Birth Date: 26 Apr 1858 Birth Place: Grantsburg, Indiana Death Date: 19 Jun 1941 Death Place: MT Carmel, Wabash, Illinois Burial Date: 21 Jun 1941 Burial Place: West Salem, Edwards, Illinois Cemetery Name: Morovian Death Age: 83 Occupation: Farmer Race: White Marital Status: W Gender: Male Residence: Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois Father Name: John Yates Father Birth Place: Indiana Mother Name: Elizabeth Robinson Mother Birth Place: Indiana Spouse Name: Narcissis Yates FHL Film Number: 1832586


      Biographical Sketch of John R. (Happy) Yates

      I was born April 26, 1858, near Grantsburg, Ind. in Crawford County. My birthplace was a log house on the brow of a hill. This was a very rough, heavily timbered country where some of the hollows were so deep and dark that the flash of a lightning bug could be seen at noon day.

      When Lincoln issued his call for men to defend the Union in 1861, my father answered and gave the last full measure of devotion for the cause, leaving a widow and six children, of whom I was the youngest and most frail. Those were hard years that tested the metal and courage of even children. There were few schools, but I managed to get sufficient education to enable me to read and write, and do a little figuring- about what the third grade will provide today.

      While but a lad, I moved to the little town of Grantsburg, which had a general store, copper shop, tan yard, saw mill and two open saloons. Early in my teens, I learned to drink and gamble, two of the worst habits any boy can acquire. There was little church influence. Both father and mother and their parents were Universalists.

      I went from bad to worse. While in a desperate state of mind and frightened at the dreadful outlook for the future, I heard a sermon which convicted me of my sins. I became a seeker, and but for the prayers and help of the friends of the church which I joined, I never could have held on. Old appetites and desires still clung to me, and many nights I wept and prayed for deliverance. During the "winter of 1901 a revival "vas held by a holiness evangelist, Miss Lula Rogers, who preached a new doctrine of "heartfelt" religion.

      The power of her preaching and the light of her countenance brought me to the alter as a seeker for a freedom and joy that I had never known. At the end of a perfect consecration, the Lord sanctified me 'wholly and the joy of the Lord came into my heart to abide. Shortly thereafter, the Lord guided us in the organization of a Holiness Band. They could pray more fire down from Heaven, and get more sinners saved and into the Kingdom than any other group of its size I ever saw.

      In 1926, the Heavenly Father saw fit to call home, the one who had stood by me in so many difficult trials, and without whose help, I could never have carried on. We were blessed with six children, all but one whom are still living. Since her going away, I have lived wherever there was a revival or camp meeting in progress. During this time, I have averaged more than three hundred services a year, most of which have been in Indiana and Illinois. But the Lord has permitted me to labor in Ohio, Michigan and New York also.

      Yours in Canaan,
      "Happy Yates"
      Summer 1940