October 6, 2015

Happy Pi Day Birthday Will Knox Yates

Cerilda, Myra & Jim Yates

One hundred and twenty-three years ago today, a second baby boy was born to Jim and Cerilda Breedlove Yates in Oregon County, Missouri. His name was William Knox Yates and he was my grandfather. (Cerilda and Jim Yates are seated; Jim’s sister Myra is standing).

I don’t have any pictures of my grandpa Yates as a small boy. I think the earliest one I have is the hunting photo I posted (see link below), and I think Grandpa was around 20 years old. Two years later Grandpa would be inducted into the Army artillery at Ft. Dodge, Iowa and sent off to France for WWI service. I don’t have any pictures of him in uniform.

1912 Washington State Gun Fanatics


When Grandpa came back from service overseas, everyone in the family was worried that he might have brought home the Spanish Flu (he didn’t). He and my grandma Minnie Smith married 29 June 1917, most likely when Will came home from the war.

William Knox and Minnie Caroline Smith Yates_0

Their first child, William Gale Yates (my dad) was born 16 March 1920 in Howell County, Missouri. Most likely, it was a home birth as my maternal grandmother’s mother Mary Elizabeth Pentecost Smith Yates (Will’s father Jim and Minnie’s mother Mary were married) was a midwife of sorts for the family. The photo below is my dad William G. Yates, age about 4 months.



Wilkerson and Yates – December Family Birthdays

22 Dec 1893: Roy DeSpain [share tree]
Image of George Poindexter taken from the US C...

Image of George Poindexter taken from the US Congress Biographical Directory http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000402 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

25 Dec 1858: Jason Barlow [share tree]
25 Dec 1785: Adam Jordan [share tree]
25 Dec 1781: Mary Kelsay [share tree]
26 Dec 1920: George L Rehr [share tree]
27 Dec 1800: Terry Bailey [share tree]
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Noah Wyatt Wright of Spring Creek, Howell, MO

As I started researching this branch of my Wright-Breedlove family I came to the realization that I don’t know who is in this photo. Noah didn’t have any children with his first wife Rhoda Agnes Breedlove Wright. His second marriage to Naomi Shelly shows no apparent offspring either. So, are the people in this photo some of Noah’s siblings?

Noah had in total eleven brothers and sisters, of which he was the youngest. It’s entirely possible that these are the six who were surviving. If you can identify any of the people, please let me know!

16 Great-Great-Grands of Carol Yates Wilkerson

Tracking The Life Of Clarence Austin Pentecost 1892-1946

Clarence Pentecost was the son of James Eli Shields and Laura Breedlove Pentecost. Born in Howell county Missouri in 1892, Clarence led a seemingly nomadic life during his short lifetime. My cousin Kathleen and I have been talking about him as of late because of the recent death in the Pentecost family tree of his baby sister Ina Pentecost Smith

Ina Pentecost Smith


Some new information we have found on Ancestry includes a WWI draft record for Clarence from 1915 that helps us track his residences and occupation. Since Clarence was the oldest child he was probably counted on to help his parents in any way he could, which it looks like included cooking. In 1918 he was employed as a cook by the U.S. Reclamation Service in Naches, Washington (near Yakima) at Camp 1. His record states he was 26 at the time of his signing the draft record.

I haven’t yet been able to find him in the 1910 census, and he isn’t listed with his parents and siblings at their residence in Fulton County, Arkansas.

Between 1915 and 1920 we have some proof that Clarence was in the Army as there was a saved address by his sister Ina Pentecost which says, “Private C A Pentecost, Corozal, CZ, Depot QM”.  That translates to Pvt. Clarence Austin Pentecost, getting his mail at Corozol, Canal Zone (Panama) via the Depot Quartermaster.

From the 1920 Federal census he was listed as living with his parents again at Wilson, Fulton, AR with his occupation as ‘farm labor”.

In 1944 Clarence is found working at (presumably) a logging camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He’s registered to vote too, or at least he declared he was. Sadly, just two years later Clarence passes away in Sacramento, California.

I have a letter he wrote to one of my family members in which he says he isn’t feeling all that well. I’d have to hunt up the letter to see the date. Since we didn’t know he served in the Army and was in the Panama Canal Zone it makes me wonder if his health was jeopardized while he was in the service.


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