October 3, 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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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.


Ina Pentecost Smith 1913-2012

Ina M. Pentecost Hopkins Smith Passed away Friday, May 25th at the age of 98 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. Many of her loving family were with her. She was born in Brandsville, Missouri, December 15, 1913.

Ina was the twelfth child of James Eli Shields Pentecost and Laura Francis Breedlove Pentecost. She married Chester (Chet) Lloyd Hopkins January 25, 1930 in Melbourne, Arkansas, where they had three children.

They were having a very difficult time during the Depression and decided to move to Alaska in 1939. When Chet arrived in Alaska he started working for the Alaska Railroad. He and Ina built a house on Nugget Avenue in Spenard, Alaska, where they had three more children.

In 1943 Ina married Roy H. D. Smith, who worked as a foreman for the Alaska Railroad. He and Ina built a three-bedroom home, a triplex, a duplex, and a small, one-bedroom house. The rental business helped supplement his income as they proceeded to have six more children, and enabled Ina to stay home and care for their children. She instilled a strong love of family, faith, and helping others who were less fortunate in all her children.

In 1963, Roy and Ina, with the five youngest children, moved to Tacoma, Washington to live and be able to help take care of his 85-year-old mother. Ina lived 49 years in Tacoma. Ina was always involved in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren’s lives. She was the conduit for all information regarding her family and many friends throughout her life. Ina was so very proud of her children. She would frequently state, “I have twelve children, and they’re all natural!” They were all single births too.

She had 33 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and 29 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded by husbands Chester Hopkins, Roy R. D. Smith, Gary Kassuth, and Harold Hopkins, son Roy Lee Hopkins, daughter Doris Richardson, granddaughter Lerrina Smith, great-granddaughter Shelcy Diebert, and great-grandson Ayden Beall.

Ina is survived by Ida Elizabeth (Kenneth) Riley of Grants Pass, Oregon; Mary Joanne (William) McKenney of Mt. Ida, Arkansas; David (Teresa) Hopkins of Kalama, Washington; Juanita (Skip) Beall III of Surprise, Arizona; Ina Jean Pearson of Coco, Florida; Darrell Richardson son-in-law of Tacoma, Washington; Carolyn (Richard) Turner of Homer, Alaska; Bonnie (Earl) Karr of Fernley, Nevada; Dorothy (Joseph) Fry of Des Moines, Washington; Perry R.D. Smith of Tacoma, Washington; former daughter-in-law Joan Smith and Julia (Steve) Pilgrim of Kent, Washington.

Funeral services will be held June 2, 2012 at 3pm at Weeks Dryer Mortuary, 220 134th Street South, Tacoma, Washington 98444. A gathering of family and friends will be held after the service at Gove Masonic Lodge, 3736 South Sheridan, Tacoma, Washington 98418. Donations strongly suggested to your favorite charity.
Pub Date: 5/30/2012 – Tacoma News Tribune


[Photo taken 2001 at a Breedlove’s cousin reunion in Renton. – CJW] Ina was my first cousin 2 X removed. We were ‘double cousins’ because her mother Laura Breedlove Pentecost was a sister to my G-grandmother Cerilda Breedlove Yates. We were also cousins through the Pentecost family. My G-Grandmother Mary E. Pentecost was a sister to Ina’s father James Eli Shields Pentecost. (My Grandfather Will K. Yates married his step sister Minnie C. Smith)

© Carol Wilkerson 2012


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