July 27, 2015

Happy Pi Day Birthday Will Knox Yates

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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James Breedlove – Survivor of 1952 Crash at Fairchild AFB Washington

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I think it might have been Pat Richley-Erickson of Dear MYRTLE fame who commented this week that it’s a good idea to check all local sources for historical documentation on a family line. As I was looking at HistoryLink.org today I decided to do just that and perform a search for one of my surnames that might show up in one of their articles. While I didn’t find a close direct relative to me in the story, I did find a Washington event that included a Breedlove.You just never know…!

The article is entitled U.S. Air Force B-36 Peacemaker crashes at Fairchild Air Force Base, killing 15 airmen and injuring two others on April 15, 1952.  In the list of two survivors was James Breedlove, Airman Second Class, Donora, Pennsylvania.  The other was Walter L. Campbell, Master Sergeant, Chetek, Wisconsin.

Source: HistoryLink.org Essay 9478

 

 

Noah Wyatt Wright of Spring Creek, Howell, MO

Rhoda Breedlove & Noah Wright family

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

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