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John B. Yates

John B. Yates

Male 1833 - 1899  (65 years)

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  • Name John B. Yates 
    Born 18 Oct 1833  Schenectady Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Oct 1899  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9548  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2016 

    Father John Austin Yates,   b. 31 May 1801, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1849, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Henrietta Maria Cobb,   b. 1809, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1842, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1829  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11074  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary Posted 30 jul 2010 by wmpr2 FUNERAL OF COL. J. B. YATES Body Is Buried at Schenectady After Being Brought From Canada . Special to The New York Times. SCHENECTADY, N. Y., Oct 23.--The remains of Col. John B. Yates (Great, Great Grandson of Elisabeth Wemple), a distinguished officer of the civil war and an engineer of high standing, who died at Amesburg, Ontario, Wednesday, were interred here today.. Col. Yates was born Oct. 18, 1833, his father being the Rev. John Austin Yates, D. D. He began life as an axeman in the engineers' corps of the Utica and Schenectady Railroad. Next he worked on the Detroit and Milwaukee as a rodman. On the breaking out of the war he enrolled a company of the First MIchigan Engineers, was commissioned as Captain Sept. 12, 1861; was promoted to the rank of Major May 28, 1863, and to that of Colonel Nov. 3, 1864. Col. Yates did brave and effective service. The regiment was the main reliance of Gen. Sherman for bridge building during his march from Atlanta to the sea. In a letter to the War Department, written from headquarters at St. Louis, Sherman said; "I well remember the First Michigan Engineers and its Colonel, Yates. That regiment had not only to make its marches with the army, but very often had to work breaking up railroads and building bridges all day and catch up at night. Its journal of operation during the campaign in Georgia and the Carolinas would illustrate the absolute limit of man for physical labor. I have sometimes reproached myself for cruelty in imposing, or allowing to be imposed, on it such hard and constant labor, and now desire to indorse this paper with an emphasis that will show that I was conscious of the fact. I will be much pleased if Col. Yates can be suitably rewarded for his past most valuable services." WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, "Commanding." After the close of the war President Johnson appointed Col. Yates Military Superintendent of Railroads for the State of Tennessee, a position which he retained throughout the "reconstruction" period. Returning to his profession and his native city, he was made division engineer on the Erie Canal. Before he had been two months in office he fell under the ban of the Tilden investigation. He then retired from politics. Copied from the Ancestry.com "The New York Times" file published October 24, 1899 Copyright The New York Times.

      John B. Yates Birth: Oct. 19, 1833 Death: Oct. 20, 1899 Schenectady County New York, USA Family links: Spouse: Ellen Bell Yates (1842 - 1888)* Children: Mary Yates (1862 - 1875)* Sandy Yates (1867 - 1875)* Annie Yates (1869 - 1875)* *Calculated relationship Inscription: FATHER (On top) Note: Colonel 1st Michigan Engineers, "61-65" Burial: Vale Cemetery Schenectady Schenectady County New York, USA Created by: Basiclysue Record added: Dec 29, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 82550630