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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa Lewis Publishing County, Chicago, Illinois. 1887


Jacob W. YOST, farmer, section 9, Eden Township [Decatur County, Iowa], was born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1823. His father, Jacob YOST, was a native of New Jersey, and went to Belmont County with his father when eleven years of age, where he was reared to manhood, and married Sarah WEEKS, a native of Maryland. She was reared in Ohio. Jacob W. grew to manhood in Belmont and Monroe counties. He was married in Monroe County, to Clarinda VANANDER. In 1855 he removed to Iowa with his family, and settled on a farm in Davis County, ten miles east of Bloomfield, where he lived until he came to Decatur County, in 1868. His wife died June 28, 1870, and in February, 1871, he married his present wife, Mrs. William S. WILSON, whose maiden name was Sarah Amanda BLAKE, daughter of Joseph and Margaret BLAKE, who settled in Decatur County in 1856. Mr. BLAKE lived on a farm in Eden Township, three miles south of Eden, until his death, which occurred January 25, 1868. Of their six children all but two are living - John R., Tersa J., wife of Kimball HICKMAN; Margaret, and Lovisa, wife of H. H. MILLS. Joanna, the oldest, grew to womanhood, and died many years ago; Joseph Elmore, the youngest, was drowned in the Missouri River, near Sioux City, about a year after the death of the father. The father of Mr. YOST came to Iowa in 1858, and settled in Davis County, where he and his wife died at the home of their son, Jacob; the father died March 3, 1861, and the mother the 19th of May following. By his first marriage Mr. YOST had four children-Amos, John, Charles and William. One child died at the age of three years, and another aged 6 months. He and his present wife also have four children - Eva, Harry T., Ollie and Clyde. Mr. YOST owns 160 acres of improved land. Politically he is a Republican.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2008

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