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George W. Yeager

GEORGE W. YEAGER,  physician and surgeon, was born in 1824, in the borough of Mercer. His father, Michael Yeager, was a native of Montgomery County, Penn., and came to this county in time to serve in the War of 1812, under Capt. Clark. Cynthia Fell, the mother of Dr. Yeager, came to Mercer County when a child with her father, Nathan Fell, who is mentioned in the history of West Salem Township. She was a native of Bucks County, Penn. By her union with Michael Yeager she had the following children: Mary A. (married Dunlap McLaughlin), Elizabeth (married B. F. Baskin, Esq.), George W., Emeline (married James C. Eyster, of Chambersburg), Imelda (married Josiah McJunkin); Jane A. and Agnes are dead. Michael Yeager was once a trustee of the old Mercer Academy, and was appointed a marshal to take the census of 1850. He was identified with the Whig party during its existence, and drifted into the Republican party. During his latter days he and his wife worshiped at the Methodist Church, of which he was for many years a trustee. Our subject was educated in the Mercer Academy, under the instructions of D. B. Cook, William Stephenson, D. H. A. McLean, Samuel Griffith and others. He was employed, for many years, as a clerk for his father and others in Mercer. He began the study of medicine in 1847, with Drs. James and Beriah Magoffin, and attended a course of medical lectures at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1848. In 1849 he went to California, and two years later returned and resumed his studies, and in 1852 he graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia. He at once began the practice of his chosen profession at Mercer, which he has continued ever since. He was appointed the first physician to the county poor-house. He was married to Miss Sarah E. Amberson, daughter of Dr. T. B. Amberson, who practiced here for many years. She was a native of Butler County, Penn. By her he has been blessed with eight children: Cynthia (married Dr. F. M. Temple), Emeline (married William V. Galbraith), Margaret (married James Miller), Mary A. S. (married R. Robinson), Sadie (died in infancy), Caroline and Nancy F. (twins) and Michael George. Dr. Yeager was early identified with the medical society of Mercer County. He was a surgeon, in 1864, in the Union army, being located at the Soldiers’ Rest Hospital, at Alexandria, Va., and the King Street Hospital, at the same city. He afterward had charge at Forts Whipple, Cass and Tillinghast, of the defenses of Washington.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 701-702

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