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Civil War Flags.jpg William Bedell YARYAN 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.

Civil War Flags.jpg 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.

Civil War Flags.jpg 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.

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