Davis County, Iowa
Des Moines: Iowa Historical Company,
Unless noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
Yoast, Peter W.
submitted by Sue Simpson
Yoast, Peter W., farmer and stock-raiser, section 17, postoffice
Pulaski; was born May 23, 1807, in Belmont county, Ohio, and there grew to manhood,
receiving a limited education. When sixteen he entered a woolen factory as
apprentice, learned the business, then became foreman in a factory at Steubenville, Ohio,
and four years later went on a farm he owned in Richland county; he came to Iowa in 1852,
and located where he now lives, the next February; he owns 320 acres of fine land, and
raises a good deal of stock. He was married May 1, 1828,to Miss Temperance Foster,
of Ohio, born April 16, 1807. They have raised seven children, six living; Mary J.,
wife of Elias Loney; Susan, wife of Frank Ellis; Sarah, deceased, wife of James Fulton;
John M. a doctor in Van Buren County; Martha, wife of Prof. Sam T. Ballard; Amanda, wife
of William Corrick; and Emily,
wife of William H. Boyd. Mr. Y. has always taken great interest in education; has
been a school director over twenty years, and justice of the peace seventeen years, nine
years in his native state.
Dr. J. W., Bloomfield, was born June 21, 1841, in Bartholomew county, Indiana.
In the spring of 1843, his parents came to Davis county and located where they
now live, in Prairie township. He was developed on the prairies, and was
educated in the common schools. In 1865 he commenced teaching, and after
teaching three years, he began the study of medicine with Dr. Greenleaf of
Bloomfield, and attended the Medical College at Keokuk, from which he graduated
in 1871, and the same year formed a partnership with Dr. Greenleaf, which
continued for five years, and he has occupied the same office ever since. In
1868 he was elected county superintendent, and held it one term. He enlisted in
the fall of 1861, in company A, Third Iowa Cavalry, and served three years; was
private secretary to General Bussey for two years. He was slightly wounded in
the head, at Sylamore, Arkansas, and had his horse shot from under him at Pea
Ridge. Was assistant ajutant in the State Militia, at the close of the war. He
was married, March 11, 1865, to Miss Eliza Ferguson, a native of Van Buren
county, and they have three children: Lillie, Clay and Wray. He owns the mineral
spring known at Forest Home, which he intends to improve soon.
Jas. M., farmer, section 10, postoffice Bloomfield; was born, January 2, 1843,
in Bartholomew county, Ind. His parents came to this county when he was a year
old, and here he has spent his life, in his youth helping on the farm and
attending school. He now owns a nice farm of 180 acres, in a high state of
cultivation, and well fitted for stock-raising. He was married in December,
1864, to Miss Emily Vaughn, a native of Kentucky. They had one child, Molly E.
Mrs. Young died in October, 1869, and Mr. Y. married again in March, 1870, Miss
Jennie Murphy, a native of Ohio. They have two children, Charles and Etta May.
Mr. Y. has seen the rise and progress of this county almost from its birth.
submitted by Jerry Nelson
Young, Wesley, farmer and stock-raiser, sections 16 and 21, postoffice Bloomfield; was
born April 16, 1817, in Augusta county, Va. Here he spent his youth on the farm and at
intervals attending the subscription schools. At the age of sixteen, he, with his parents,
settled in Bartholomew county, Ind., where he lived till 1843. In 1842 his father failed,
by indorsing for speculators, and he was appointed adminitstrator of his estate; there
being no money in the country, he then went to work and built a flat boat, loaded it with
lumber, live stock, and provisions; ran it down White River and the Wabash, Ohio, and
Mississippi to New Orleans, where he realized $500 for his cargo, a large sum then. He
then came to this county in the fall of 1843 and located on the land where he now lives.
He has owned large tracts of land, and made it a business never to contract beyond his
ability to pay. He is largely engaged in raising live stock. His farm contains 380 acres,
highly improved. He was married in Indiana, January 2, 1840, to Miss Ann Eliza Young, a
native of Kentucky, who died October 13, 1860, leaving six children, John W., M. D.,
Rachel M. wife of W. G. Thorne; Elizabeth M., wife of Wm. Miller; Virginia A., Winfield
S., and Eliza E., wife of Arthur Kibby. Married again December 31, 1861, to Mrs. Amanda
Macy, a native of Pennsylvania. She has five children by her former husband, Riley Macy,
John was killed May 1, 1863, at Helena, was in company A, Third Iowa Cavalry; Allen,
Reuben W., killed at Resaca, Ga., was in Thirtieth Iowa Infantry; Eliza J., wife of Wm.
Pitman, and Oliver C.