Private Joe Yeamans [February 10,
1898 – October 9, 1918] was born to Phillip Yeamans [July 27, 1845 –
September 25, 1931] and Pauline [Bunk]** Yeamans [June 19, 1869 –
January 3, 1936] at Matagorda, Matagorda County, Texas. He was
Killed in Action in France while on a reconnaissance mission. After
taking cover in a fox hole he was mortally wounded when he was
struck in the head by shrapnel. It is unknown to what unit or
division he was attached. He was first buried in France, then
brought home and buried in the
Matagorda Cemetery. Besides his
parents he was survived by four brothers and five sisters. His
family was living in Matagorda when he enlisted and when he died.
His parents are buried near him.
*1900 Federal Census for Matagorda County Texas gives his first name as Joseph.
** Second Wife.
P. Yeamans of Matagorda, Texas , is seeking information concerning the whereabouts or fate of his son, Private Joe Yeamans, company D, 142d infantry, 36th division, who was reported missing in action October 9.
Mr. Yeamans requests any returning soldier who has any information about his boy to please communicate with him. He has had no word of him since the official notification.―Houston Post.
The Daily Tribune April 4, 1919
Mrs. Pauline Yeamans, who has been a resident of Matagorda for many years, departed this life Friday noon, January 3, 1936, after a long illness of heart trouble. For the past several months she has been confined to her bed most of the time.
When the holidays came around she requested all of her children to be with her Christmas Day, telling them she would not be here next December, and all were present. Even though they realized she was rapidly nearing the end of her pilgrimage here, it broke their hearts when they found she was no more. Her two younger daughters were prostrated with grief and unable to attend her funeral. The heartfelt sympathies of their friends especially go out to the three who resided in the home with her, Misses Tessie and Margaret and the younger son, Jim Yeamans. Tessie was constantly in attendance upon her mother, never failing, always cheerful and never too tired to minister to her wants. While all her children loved her dearly, these three will miss her most as they were with her almost constantly.
According to passports from her parents and family's immigration to America, Miss Pauline Bunk was born in Germany June 19, 1869, and was only a few years old when they reached this country. She was of German-Polish origin. Her people, with quite a few others from Germany and Poland, came to Matagorda County and in a short time established a colony ten miles north of Matagorda, which for years was called the Polander settlement until the little town of Wadsworth was founded. There she was reared in the Catholic faith and when she arrived to the years of maturity, she was married to Mr. Phillip Yeamans, November 23, 1887.
To this union there were nine children. Their eldest son, Joe, was lost in action during the great World War. Although his body was finally recovered and brought home from overseas, both Mr. Yeamans and Mrs. Yeamans never ceased to mourn over the tragic going of their son, Mr. Yeamans following him in death a few years later. Mrs. Yeamans, for the sake of her other children was remarkably brave and was ever an inspiration to them to be good men and women. She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother, and a loyal friend.
After the silent form was prepared for burial in the Duffy Funeral Home, the casket was taken to the Methodist Church and was watched over by friends until the afternoon of the following day when many gathered for the last rites of this good woman. After a beautiful tribute and talk by Rev. S. H. Innes, the large cortege wended its way to the Matagorda Cemetery where the tired body was laid away close to the graves of her husband and son and covered over with magnificent florals contributed by relatives and friends which manifested the love and esteem in which she was held.
"No farewell there! O blessed morrow!
No going out again to roam;
No child of sin, no child of sorrow,
For there is love and there is home.
No tears up yonder! All are nearer than
The nearest friend could be;
No dearest love will there be dearer--
But more than all is Christ to see."
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday,
February 6, 1936
Mr. Phil Yeamans, a Texas pioneer, who was born and reared here, passed into eternity Friday morning after a lingering illness of about one and one-half years. He was born July 27, 1845.
With much devotion his wife and children ministered to him faithfully and untiringly until the end came and of course they are going to miss him sorely but what a great comfort it must be for them to know he is free from all the excruciating pains he has suffered during the long weary months of his illness and that he now sweetly sleeps with those who lie in the Lord.
The casket was taken to the Methodist church where Rev. G. T. Storey of Bay City, conducted the funeral rites before a large gathering of relatives and friends.
His favorite hymn, "Rock of Ages," was sung in soft tones by the choir and presently the cortege wended its way to the cemetery where the tired body was laid to rest beside that of his lamented son, Joe Yeamans, who was killed in action in France during the great World War.
Many beautiful florals sent by relatives and friends were arranged on the grave of father and son and these beautiful remembrances of sympathy go far in soothing the bereft hearts of those left here.
Mr. Yeamans has long been a consistent member of the Christian church, and now he is resting in the Savior's love.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Pauline Yeamans, his daughters, Mrs. Jesse Landrum, Misses Tessie and Margaret Yeamans of Matagorda, Mrs. George Raymond and Mrs. Edgar Dunbar of Gulf, Mrs. Ray Miller of Luling. Four sons, Phillip Yeamans Jr., Dewey, Ace and James Yeamans; all of Matagorda and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Matagorda County
Tribune, October 1, 1931
Photos of Joe and his parents courtesy of Alyne Cox.
Copyright 2006 -
Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
Jan. 30, 2006
Oct. 3, 2007