History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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WILLIAM W. YEARDLEY was descended from one of the most prominent early families of Pennsylvania, his ancestors having been contemporaries with William PENN and active in the material educational and moral upbuilding of the colony.  He was of the fifth generation of the family in America, and traced his ancestry back in direct line to Thomas YARDLEY, his great-great-grandfather, who was a native of England, whence he emigrated to America in 1704, settling in Bucks county, Pennsylvania.  He purchased the tract of land upon which William W. YARDLEY was born, lived and died, and it is still in possession of the family.  Among his ten children was:

(II) William YARDLEY, who married Sarah KIRKBRIDE, a daughter of Mahlon and Mary KIRKBRIDE, on the 31st of March, 1756.

(III) Mahlon YARDLEY, son of William and Sarah (KIRKBRIDE) YARDLEY, wedded Elizabeth BROWN, daughter of John and Anna Winfield BROWN, April 6, 1787.  They had eight children, including.

(IV) Charles YARDLEY, who was born September 4, 1802, and was married March 25, 1830, to Mary Anna WARNER.  They had five children: Willis, Franklin, Robert Winfield, Edwin and William W.

            (V) William W. YARDLEY was born September 26, 1841, at the old family homestead in the borough of Yardley.  A part of the house was built by his grandfather, Mahlon YARDLEY, about 1790, although it has been enlarged and improved since that date, and is now a modern, commodious and attractive residence.  Here William YARDLEY devoted his entire attention to his home and family, giving little time to outside affairs.  He followed agricultural pursuits with good success, and was thus enabled to provide comfortably for his wife and children.  He had not yet, however, completed a half century when he was called to his final rest, September 14, 1890.  On the 30th of August, 1877, William YARDLEY was married to Miss Mary D. BAILY, a daughter of Samuel H. and Maria BAILY, and they became the parents of fie children: Anna W., born August 4, 1876, died June 14, 1903: George W., born November 5, 1879, who was educated in the Yardley high school and trained on the school-ship “Saratoga,” being now second officer on the transport “Sheridan,” running between Manila and San Francisco, Lillian B., born October 21, 1880” Elma, born February 27, 1883, and was married September 2, 1903, to R. Irving TOBEY, general manager of the Cold Springs Bleaching Company of Yardley, and Mary A., born January 3, 1884.


Text taken from page 688 of: 


Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed January 2007 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

Published January 2007 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/



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