MargaretYeates CivilWarLetter
James & Margaret Yeates

JAMES YEATES 1801-1847
MARGARET ANN DELANEY 1812-1871

Married abt 1833 Decatur County, TN
Donald Earl McKinney, Jr

JAMES YEATES was born about 1801 in Onslow County, North Carolina & was the son of Daniel & Arrilla (Williams) Yeates. His mother Arrilla died when he was an infant and his father married Martha "Patsy" Moore who became the step-mother of James and his siblings. Young James's father left the Onslow & Cumberland Co area of NC before 1810 and brought the family to Maury County, Tennessee, settling near the Duck River. Daniel was the son of Revolutionary War veteran Col. Daniel Yeates, a planter of Onslow County, NC.

After his father died during the War of 1812, James & his siblings were orphans of the court, their step-mother remarrying, deciding not to retain legal custody. Upon reaching adulthood, James moved on to Perry County, Tennessee, settling near the Tennessee River. This area later became part of Decatur County.

About 1833, James married Margaret Ann Delaney, born 21 Mar 1812 in Greene County TN. She was daughter of John & Rutha (Sherrill) Delaney, who left their farm on the Nolichucky River in Greene County, TN during the early 1820's & settled on the Tennessee River of Decatur County. Margaret's father John Delaney was the son of John Delaney Sr, a Revolutionary War veteran from the Shenandoah Valley area of southwest Virginia who had settled in Greene County, Tennessee about 1779 along with his parents, Francis & Agnes Delaney.

James Yeates died 21 Oct 1847 and was buried in Wylie Cemetery. The widowed Margaret eventually brought her children to nearby Saltillo, in northern Hardin County, very close to the Decatur County line. Her daughters Mariah Elizabeth & Martha Ann married the brothers Enoch M. & John H. Jones in 1855 and left for Arkansas, while her son John Wesley Yates & the other children remained in Tennessee, with John W. serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. The family name was somehow changed to Yates with John Wesley's official service documents. Margaret Yeates died 10 Jul 1871 and was buried in Lebanon Hill Cemetery near Saltillo.

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BIBLE RECORD (In possession of family member. Copy cannot be obtained)
James Yeates, born 1801(or 1807)/died 24 Oct 1847 (birthdate difficult to read)
Wife Margaret Ann Delaney, born 21 Mar 1812/died 10 Jul 1871
Children: Arriller Sarah Jane , born 21 May 1834
Martha Ann Alvira, born 27 Nov 1835
George Washington Daniel, born 18 Jan 1837
Mariah Elizabeth, 23 Feb 1838
Ruthy, born 24 Nov 1839
John Wesley, born 10 Nov 1842
James Henry Davis, born 11 Nov 1844

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Children of James & Margaret (Delaney) Yeates:

Child 1: ARRILLER SARAH YEATES
Born: 21 May 1834 Perry Co TN
Died: 28 Feb 1855 Decatur Co TN

Child 2: MARTHA ANN ELVIRA YEATES
Born: 27 Nov 1835 Perry Co TN
Died: 6 Oct 1879 Cowell(Newton) AR
Married: John Henry Jones 16 May 1855 Decatur Co TN

Child 3: GEORGE WASHINGTON DANIEL YEATES
Born: 18 Jan 1837 Perry Co TN
Died: 17 Jan 1855 Decatur Co TN

  • Child 4: MARIAH ELIZABETH YEATES
    Born: 23 Feb 1838 Perry Co TN
    Died: 15 Jun 1914 Auburn(Sebastian) AR
    Married: Enoch Marion Jones 16 May 1855 Decatur Co TN

    Child 5: RUTHY YEATES
    Born: 24 Nov 1839 Perry Co TN
    Died: 17 Dec 1841 Perry Co TN

    Child 6: JOHN WESLEY YATES
    Born: 10 Nov 1842 Cape Girardeau Co MO
    Died: 23 Jul 1901 Sardis(Henderson) TN
    Married: Emily Montgomery(1); Rebecca Hawkins(2)

    Child 7: JAMES HENRY DAVIS YEATES
    Born: 11 Nov 1844 Decatur Co TN
    Died: 1870’s?? Saltillo (Hardin) TN ??

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    (Note: I am indebted to Mary Francis (Yates) Villeret of St Charles MO, a descendant of John Wesley Yates who has also researched the Yeates/Yates family & contributed these old family letters, originally owned by her ancestor John Wesley Yates)

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