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YARYAN, JAMES T. B. county treasurer of Jasper county, Missouri, was born in Wapello county, Iowa, January 29, 1848, a son of Jacob and Sarah (BEDELL) YARYAN. His ancestors, both paternal and maternal, were Pennsylvania Dutch, and his father and mother were natives respectively of Indiana and Ohio; both are deceased. Jacob YARYAN was one of the pioneer farmers of Wapello county, Iowa, he having settled there about 1840. In his family were six sons and one daughter, James being the fourth in order of birth.

James T. B. YARYAN was reared on his father's farm and received his education in the country schools near by. After he reached his majority he engaged in farming in Ringgold county, Iowa, and carried on agricultural pursuits there from 1865 until 1870, when he came to Missouri and settled on a farm in Galena township, Jasper county. He has since that time made his home in this county, dividing his time between farming and mining until 1907, when he was elected to the office of county treasurer. In November, 1910, he was elected to succeed himself, and is now the incumbent of this office.

During the Civil war Mr. YARYAN was a member of Company E, Twenty-second Iowa Infantry, and was in the service nineteen months, during which time he participated in numerous engagements, including the battle of Vicksburg and the march with SHERMAN to the sea. His honorable discharge is dated August 22, 1865, and he is a worthy member of the G. A. R.

Politically Mr. YARYAN has always been a Republican and has taken an enthusiastic interest in party affairs. His election to the office he now holds is fitting recognition of his standing as a party worker and representative citizen.

Mr. YARYAN married, October 30, 1875, Miss Ella F. HOLT, a native of Iowa and a daughter of George HOLT, of that state. This union was blessed in the birth of five children: Burchard H., George, Nellie, Ray T. and Ross, all born in Jasper county. Mrs. YARYAN died January 11, 1911. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as also is Mr. YARYAN.

~LIVINGSTON, Joel Thomas. A History of Jasper County, Missouri, and Its People Vol. II. Pp. 678-90. Lewis Publ. Co. Chicago. 1912.
~ Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2009,

YARYAN, WILLIAM BEDELL was born in Union County, Indiana, on July 22, 1838, the second of Jacob YARYAN and Sarah (BEDELL) YARYAN's seven children.  Jacob YARYAN was born February 13, 1812, Tennessee, and died April 17, 1867, Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa. Sarah (BEDELL) YARYAN was born in Warren County, Ohio, April 20, 1813, and died February 8, 1904, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. Jacob and Sarah were interred at Bethel Cemetery near Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa.

The YARYMAN family arrived in Wapello County, Iowa, sometime between 1845 and 1848.

William married first on September 5, 1861, Wapello County, Iowa, to Sarah H. SAGE, who was born Mary 28, 1844. Sarah H. (SAGE) YARYAN died March 2, 1876, and was interred at Bethel Cemetery, near Diagonal, Iowa. William and Sarah were the parents of seven children:
                1) Mary YARYAN, born 1861
                2) James A. "Jack" YARYAN, born 1866; died 1904
                3) Addie "Ada" (YARYAN) HAMMOND, born 1868
                4) Clara Eva (YARYAN) KELLER, born 1869
                5) Metta O. (YARYAN) CARR, born 1879
                6) Rosette "Rose" (YARYAN) GARARD, born 1873
                7) Elias YARYAN, born 17 Nov 1874; died 12 Jan 1875; interment Bethel Cemetery near Diagonal IA

During the Civil War, William enlisted at age 23 on August 8, 1862, at Agency City, Iowa, as a Private, and was assigned to Company E of the 22nd Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to Full 7th Corporal on March 17, 1863; promoted to Full 4th Sergeant on December 1, 1863; promoted to Full 5th Corporal on June 15, 1863; and promoted to Full 3rd Sergeant on February 1, 1865. William was mustered out of service at Savannah, Georgia, on July 25, 1865.

William's brother Andrew YARYAN was born in Union County, Indiana, on April 18, 1845. Andrew enlisted with Company E of the 22nd Iowa Infantry, and served under his brother William. Andrew was killed in action on February 26, 1864, and most likely was interrred in the Old Fell Cemetery, Libertyville, Jefferson County, Iowa. If Andrew's headstone survived over time, it is not identifiable. Andrew is among the fallen soldiers remembered on the Veteran's Monument at Fell Cemetery.

James Tellis Bedell YARYAN, the 5th child of Jacob and Sarah (BEDELL) YARYAN, was born January 29, 1848, Wapello County, Iowa. He enlisted at age 18 as a Private on March 24, 1865, and was assigned to Company E of the 22nd Iowa Infantry, serving under his brother, William. James was mustered out of service July 25, 1865, Savannah, Georgia. James died in Jasper County, Missouri, January 10, 1931, and was interred at Carl Junction Cemetery.

William Bedell YARYAN married second on March 8, 1877, Ringgold County, Iowa, to Mrs. Elizabeth (LEWIS) BONEFIELD. Elizabeth was born January 28, 1835, and died December 8, 1901, Ringgold County, Iowa, with interment at Clearfield Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

William Bedell YARYAN married third on May 28, 1903, to Mrs. Harriet (WIARD) SHAWLER. Harriet died in Ringgold County, Iowa, on July 15, 1938, with interment at Clearfield Cemetery. William Bedell YARYAN died May 28, 1916, Clearfield, Taylor County, Iowa. He was interred at Clearfield Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

~American Civil War Soldiers Database,
~ (gravestone & monument photos at website)
~Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2009

JOSEPH A. O. YEOMAN was born at Washington Court House, Ohio, in 1842. He received a good education and studied law. When the War of the Rebellion began he enlisted as a private in the First Ohio Cavalry. He was a most daring soldier and was soon promoted to the rank of captain. His war record was a brilliant one. He was a dashing officer, shrewd in plans and prompt in action; a typical cavalryman in a war where that branch of service was a most important factor. He was selected to command a picked body of cavalry in the pursuit of the Confederate President and by skill and promptness was largely instrumental in his capture. He received a reward of $3,000 from the Government for his brilliant leadership in that affair and was highly complimented by his superior officer. At the close of the war he graduated from the Albany, New York, Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1867 and became a resident of Fort Dodge where he began the practice of his profession. He soon attained high rank as a lawyer and became one of the most eminent advocates in northwestern Iowa. In war times and during the early years of reconstruction, Captain Yeoman was an active Republican. He was one of the best campaign speakers in the State. But in 1874, he left the party as he could not agree with its protective tariff policy. He united with the Democrats and in 1879 was their candidate for Lieutenant-Governor. In 1888 he was nominated for Congress in the Tenth District and carried on a joint discussion with his opponent Hon. J. P. Dolliver, which was one of the most brilliant debates in the political history of Iowa. He died on the 17th of November, 1900, while on a visit to his old home in Ohio.

STEPHEN P. YEOMAN was born in Herkimer County New York, January 23, 1822. His early life was passed on the farm and his elementary education acquired in the public schools. When fifteen years of age he accompanied his parents to the Territory of Iowa, locating in Henry County in 1837. At the age of twenty he began the study of medicine, graduating from Rush Medical College in 1854, and at once entered upon practice in Henry County. In 1855 he was elected on the Democratic ticket to represent the district consisting of Clarke, Lucas, Wayne and Decatur counties in the House of the Fifth General Assembly, serving at the regular and extra sessions. In 1858 he was appointed by President Buchanan Register of the United States Land Office at Sioux City, where he served six years. In 1863 he was appointed assistant surgeon in the Seventh Iowa Cavalry, serving until the close of the war. Upon retiring from the army Dr. Yeoman made his home at Clinton where he practiced medicine, being for five years pension examiner. In 1871 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago and equipped with a knowledge of both schools of medicine he removed to Charles City. Dr. Yeoman has been an active member of the Pioneer Lawmakers' Association, having prepared and read before that body valuable papers on early Iowa history.

YOUNG, CALVARY MORRIS was born March 12, 1840 in Washington County, Ohio, the son of David YOUNG (1791-1858) and Deborah YOUNG (1796- ). Little is known about Calvary's childhood and youth. Nor is it known when he came to Iowa.

Calvary was a farmer residing in Hopeville, Clarke County, Iowa, when he enlisted at the age of 21 years as a 3rd Sergeant on August 15, 1861. He was mustered into service on September 12, 1861 with Company L of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. He re-enlisted and was mustered into service on February 2, 1864 as a Fourth Sergeant.

In the fall of 1864, CSA General Sterling PRICE sent his forces into Missouri hoping to regain the state for the Confederacy. PRICE'S forces successfully cut through Missouri until they approached Kansas City. Here they were defeated and retreated into Kansas. At the Osage River in Kansas on October 25, 1864, the Union force of 3,000 found and attacked the Confederate line of 7,000 troopers and 8 cannons.

Major B. S. JONES, commander of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry wrote in his November 28 1864 report: "My command was formed in line of battle . . . constituting the left center of our whole line, charged the enemy, breaking his right and center, killing, wounding, and capturing many of his men. Among the captured was Major-General Marmaduke and Brigadier-General Cabell, the first by Private James Dunlavy, of Company D, and the latter by Sergeant C. M. Young, of Company L, both of the Third Iowa Cavalry. Companies C, D, and E captured three pieces of the enemy's artillery."

Years later in the book Deeds of Valor, Calvary M. YOUNG wrote, "I had charged though what was left of their lines, and was fully three quarters of a mile in advance of the spot where they made a stand. I was at the time in command of the company, since there was but one commissioned officer (Captain J. D. Brown) with us when leaving Memphis who was wounded at the battle of Big Blue. There were two of Company L who went through with me, Thomas Goin and Thomas Regan. If I remember correctly they were leading some horses we had captured, and guarding a prisoner or two. I went out and took Cabell from among his bodyguard, as I supposed they were at least about 25 or 30 of them and the comical part of the whole transaction is that I could not have fired a shot, for my carbine was out of order and I had not a single cartridge for my revolver. I turned General Cabell over to General Pleasanton after we got out from the rabble of Confederates."

The Union cavalry continued its attack as the Confederate withdrew. The Union cavalry finally destroyed all the Confederate supplies and ammunition and captured over 600 soldiers.

Brig. Gen. William Lewis "Old Tige" CABELL (1827-1911), a West Point graduate, remained prisoner of war until August 28, 1865. He was held at Johnson's Island prison camp on Lake Erie and later at Fort Warren in Boston, Massachusetts. He was later the Mayor of Dallas, Texas. At the age of 71, he offered his military services during the Spanish-American War.

Sgt. Calvary M. YOUNG was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 4, 1865. His citation reads: "Gallantry in capturing Brig. Gen. William L. Cabell."

During his service, Sgt. YOUNG contracted typhoid fever. He was mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia, on August 9, 1865.

Calvary moved to Illinois, returned to Iowa, then moved to Missouri. He settled in Ludlow, Kentucky. Calvary married Catherine J. KATHMAN (Katherine J. KOTTMAN), who was born in October of 1857 in Kentucky, the daughter of Henry KATHMAN (1819- ) and Elizabeth KATHAMAN (1831- ). Calvary and Catherine were the parents of eight children: George Edward (1878- ), Kate B. (1879- ), James A. (1883- ), Robert M. (1888- ), Calvert Morris (1891-1941), William D. (1891-1948), Richard H. (1898- ), and Thomas (1901- ).

While in Kentucky, Calvary's occupation was that of a bridge builder and a carpenter.

Calvary died at the age of 69 years on July 11, 1909 at Ludlow, Kentucky, and was interred at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kenton County, Kentucky. Catherine died on November 20, 1936 at Ludlow, Kentucky.

~Compilation by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2012