James Martin Yeager.

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he fly before the rebels he had despised ? He rashly returned
to the charge. By this time Washington had gained the
main street and opened a battery of six field-pieces, which
swept them from end to end. As Rahl advanced at the head
of his grenadiers, he fell mortally wounded. \t the fall of


their leader his soldiers attempted to retreat, but they were
intercepted by Colonel Hand with his Pennsylvania riflemen ;
and, hemmed in on all sides, they grounded their arms and
surrendered at discretion.

Stark, with his detachment had assaulted the south side
of the town, and the firing- in that quarter had added to the
general confusion. A party of British light-horse, and five
hundred Hessians stationed there "took headlong flight, by
the bridge across the Assunpink," and thus escaped and join-
ed Donop at Bordentown. Had Colonel Ewing been able
to cross, according to the arrangement, their escape would
have been prevented.

The Americans took one thousand prisoners, of whom
thirty-two were officers ; of their own number only two were
killed and two were frozen to death on the march. Several
were wounded among whom was James Monroe, afterward
President of the United States, who was at this time a lieu-
tenant in the army.



The Spirit of '76

Through the chances and changes of vanished years,
Our thoughts go back to the olden time, —
That day when the people resolved to be free.
And, resolving, knew that the thing was done.
What booted the struggle yet to be,
When the hearts of all men beat as one.
And hand clasped hand, and eyes met eyes,
And lives were ready to sacrifice?

The years since then have come and sped,
And the heroes of those old days are dead ;
But their spirit lives in today's young men;
And never in vain would our country plead
For sons that were ready to die at her need.

— Louise Chandler Moulton.



Andrew Yeager at the Battle of Brandywine

It may be interesting in this connection to publish the
letter of Gen. Washington to the president of Congress, re-
lating to the battle of the Brandvwine.

Chester, T2 o'clock at night,
Sept. ii, 1777.

Sir: — I am sorry to inform you that in this day's en-
gagement we have been obliged to leave the enemy masters
of the field. Unfortunately the intelligence received of the
enemy's advancing up the Brandywine and crossing at a ford
about six miles above us was uncertain and contradictory,
notwithstanding all my pains to get the best. This prevented
me from making a disposition adequate to the force with
which the enemy attacked us on our right ; in consequence
of which the troops first engaged were obliged to retire be-
fore thev could be reinforced. In the midst of the attack on
the right that body of the enemy which remained on the
other side of Chad's ford, crossed it, and attacked the divi-
sion there under the command of Gen. Wayne and the light
troops under Gen. Maxwell, who after a severe conflict also
retired. The militia under the command of Gen. Armstrong
being posted at a fort about two miles below Chad's, had no
opportunity of engaging.

But though we fought under manv disadvantages and
were, from the causes above mentioned, obliged to retire, yet
our loss of men is not, I am persuaded, very considerable ;
I believe much less than the enemy's. We have also lost
seven or eight pieces of cannon according to the best infor-
mation I can at present obtain. The baggage having been
previously moved off, is all secure saving the men's blankets
which being at their backs, many of them doubtless are lost.


I have directed all the troops to assemble behind Chester,
where they are now arranging for this night. Notwithstand-
ing the misfortune of the day, I am happy to find the troops
in good spirits; T hope another time we shall compensate for
the losses now sustained. The Marquis de Lafayette was
wounded in the leg and Gen. Woddford in the hand; divers
other officers were wounded ; and some slain, but the num-
bers of either cannot now be ascertained.
1 have the honor to be, etc.,

George Washington.

P. S. — Tt has not been in my power to send you earlier
intelligence, the present being the first leisure moment I have
had since the action.


The pioneer settlers, of whatever nationality were men
of positive character. They came three thousand miles,
braving the dangers of a tedious ocean voyage, that they
might enjoy a larger manhood than was possible under the
social and political conditions then existing in Europe. They
were men- of high principle chafing under the fetters which
bound them in their native lands. Pennsylvania invited
them to a broader life, to tangible opportunities, to untram-
meled effort, to religious freedom. Pennsylvania needed
them to people the wilderness and make it fruitful. — Henry
S. Dotterer, Esq.



Where They Came From

The Yeagers, Hoffmans, Rans and Jacobses from the Valley of the
Rhine; the Lemons and Woodsides from the North of Ireland; the
CreightonB from Edinburgh, Scotland; the Buffingtons from England,
and the Joneses from Wales.






Pioneers in Pennsylvania

The original Yeager settler in Philadelphia county was
John George Yeager who emigrated in 1710. His son An-
thony settled in Oley township, Rerks county, about 1726.
Two of Anthony's sons, Daniel Yeager alias Hunter and
Frederick Yeager, and his son-in-law, Balser Geehr, who
married Catharine Yeager. rose to distinction in the Revolu-
tionary War.

Daniel was a Colonel, Frederick a Captain, and Ralsei
Geehr a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Revolution. Resides.
Geehr was representative of his county in the General As-
sembly or Legislature for many years and was Judge of the
Courts continuously from 1775 to 1784.

Daniel (Hunter) Yeager represented Rerks county in
the Provincial Conference. June. 1770. and in the Constitu-
tional Convention the July following. The Supreme Exec-
utive Council appointed him a paymaster of the militia in
1777. He took an active part in public affairs and was ap-
pointed by the Pennsylvania War Office one of the Commis-
sioners to procure blankets for the Continental army in
1777. He was elected to the General Assembly of Pennsyl-
vania in 1782 and while in attendance on that body was taken
ill and died in February, 1783.



Captain Frederick M. Yeager

Captain Frederick M. Yeager in Libby Prison

Frederick Yeager, son of Anthony, son of John George,
and a captain in the Revolution, was horn July 7, 1748;
died Jan. 27, 1822.

Daniel Yeager, son of Frederick, was a private in the
War of 1812; horn June 20. 1782; died Nov. 28, 1821.

Amos B. Yeager, son of Daniel, was a private during
the Rebellion; horn Nov. 20, 1808; died May 5, 1889.

Frederick M. Yeager, son of Amos B. Yeager, Captain
of Co. C, 128th Regt., P. V. ; horn June 17. 1840. Under the
proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, April 16, 1861, for sev-
enty-five thousand troops, as a member of the Ringold Light
Artillery, he left Reading, Pa., April 16, 1861, at 6 a. m., ar-
riving at Harrishurg at 8 a. m., — the first company in the
United States to report for duty. On April 1S, 1861, they
marched through the mob at Baltimore and were the first
troops that entered the capital, for which the State of
Pennsylvania gave them medals of honor. In 1802 he took
an active part in recruiting six companies for the 128th
Regiment, P. Y., and was First Lieutenant of Company l\.
At the battle of Antietam, his regiment lost in killed and
wounded one hundred and thirty-nine officers and men. 1 le
was promoted from First Lieutenant of Company K to Cap-
tain of Company C. and was at the battle of Chancellorsville,
on the evening of May 2, [863, when Stonewall Jackson
drove the ntli corps from their position. Mis regiment was
attached to the 12th corps and his company was the ex-
treme right of the t2th corps. They joined the left of the
1 ith corps at the I 'lank road, and when the Eleventh stam-


peeled they opened a right oblique fire. Stonewall Jackson
was mortally wounded and in the fight his regiment lost two
hundred and thirteen, killed, wounded and missing, and
Captain Yeager was taken prisoner and confined in Libby
Prison. He is at present commander of McLean Post, No.
16, G. A. R., one of the largest posts in the State.



George Yeager of Chester County, Pa.

The original Yeager settler in Chester county was
George Yeager, horn 17 18 and died in 1700. He is hurieci
in East Vincent German Reformed church yard near Spring
City, Pa. Peter Shnnk, uncle of Governor Shunk, is buried

Many of the descendants of this George, who settled
in Chester county long before the Revolution, are still living
there — the original homestead is still in the family — iqto.


of Chester County.
Born 1718. Died 1790.

c John

! Jacob
) George

I Mary — married Holman
t Elizabeth — married Emory

George, went to
Lycoming Co.

( George

I Jesse



Porn 1765. Died 1811.
Chester County.

1 Three daughters,
I Peter
t Henry
I John,
1 Jesse,

Henry, born 1790 { Mary,

1 Rebecca,
I Elizabeth


JOHN, born 1799.

Jacob, 1S04, married Elizabeth Mover


1 Levi, Catharine, Elizabeth,
I Sarah, William


Elizabeth, married Sam'l Guldin of
Perks county.

Susanna, married Daniel Hippel


Horn 1795. Married Cath- 1

arine Schlichter in 1823. '

M mi ied again iu 1838, to I

Barbara Taney. I A

Priscilla, Susanna, William,
Catharine, Peter Louisa.

Charh s, Minerva, Alice



Peter Yeager and Descendants

The following account of Peter Yeager, grandson of
George Yeager, the Revolutionary Patriot of Chester county,
was furnished by Miss Dora Dunlap of N T orristown, Pa.

Peter Yeager was horn in the year 170^. on the old
homestead, in East Vincent township, Chester county, taken
by his great-grandfather, and resided there until the time of
his marriage in 1823. He served his Country in the War of

As an anecdote of his war days the following was fre-
quently related by him : The supplies of the Americans were
very meagre and "there were not sufficient muskets to sup-
ply all the soldiers and some of the men were compelled to
take fence rails to keep up the appearance of bravery."

In 1823 Peter Yeager was united in matrimony to
Catherine Schlichter and went to farming in Pikeland iown-
ship, ahout two miles from the old homestead, being part
of the ground that his great grandfather had taken in a sec-
tion of 640 acres.

To this marriage were born six children, Priscilla, Su-
sanna, William, Catherine, Peter and Louisa. In 1837 his
wife Catherine died, as also his eldest daughter, Priscilla, in
her minority.

In 1838 he married Barbara Taney, and to this mar-
riage was born four children, Andora, Charles, Minerva and
Alice, the latter of whom also died in her minority.

His second wife, Barbara, survived him and is still liv-
ing, aged 84. years, at the home of her daughter, Minerva
Dunlap, at Linfield, Montgomery county, Penna.

William and Peter were both engaged in farming, were
married and had families. Both are now deceased. Su-


sanna married Justice Law, also a fanner. Catherine mar-
ried Henry Messenger, a stove dealer. Louisa married Wil-
liam Mover, a farmer. Andora married George Rapp, flour
manufacturer. Minerva married Oliver Dunlap, superin-
tendent of stove works. Charles Yeager is engaged in

Of the grandchildren, the sons of Susanna are engaged
in farming. Three of her daughters are married. Sarah A.
Law is a professional nurse, and has won for herself quite
a reputation at West Chester, Chester county, Pa.

The sons of William are engaged in farming and his
daughter married Andrew Barlow, a farmer.

The sons of Peter are also engaged in farming, daugh-
ter married. The sons of Catherine are extensively engaged
in the hardware business in Conshohocken, Montgomery
county, Pa. Louisa's three sons are all engaged in farming.
The sons of Andora are engaged in manufacturing flour.

The twin daughters of Charles Yeager, Margaret and
Barbara, are engaged in teaching in the public schools of
Phoenixville, Chester county, I 'a.

Minerva's daughters, Mary R. and Dora D., the elder
is engaged in school teaching and the younger is in the law
office of Gotswalts & Savior, Norristown, Pa.

Many of these grandchildren are located within a few
miles of Peter Yeager's old homestead and apparently in-
herited his love of nature and ability to till the soil, as the
majority of them are engaged in farming.

There is a quaint little church, very modern in ap-
pearance, rebuilt on the very spot where Peter Yeager help-
ed to establish a church in the early days. This church is
now known as St. Vincent, but in former days it was known
as the Yeager church, which shows that all the Veagers


were religiously inclined. It is of the German-Reformed

Peter Yeager was known for his honesty, integrity and
sterling qualities. His word was as good as his bond. He
had an indomitable will and fearless courage. His love of
country was next to his love of God. He was a great military
man and the following is a copy of his discharge as a pri-
vate :

"This is to certify. That Peter Yeager a private, served
a tour of duty, of three months, at camp Marcus Hook, in
Col. Pearson's Regiment in the fall of 1814 — and was honor-
ably discharged on the 19th of December, 1814. Witness
my hand. Geo. Hartman, Jr. Capt.

( Edward, died young.
I Davis, born 1827.

JOHN Y.EAGER, born 1799, I J0HN ' Jr -> born 1830 | Jacob"

Chester county, son of |

Peter, son of George, Rev- \ Sarah E., married John Huzzard.

olutionary Patriot; mar- 1 Nathan, born 1835, married Miss
ried Mary Painter. Brownback.

I Sophia, married Sam'l Tyson

I Isabella, married Nathan Ber-
t tolet.

Fifty Years a Hunter

John Yeager Has Chased Reynard Half a Century

The following interesting account of John Yeager. Jr..
born 1830, of Spring City, Penna., great-grandson of George
of Chester, appeared in a Philadelphia Daily paper February
9th, 1902:

Spring City., Pa., Feb. 9. — The most popular, as well
as the most exciting sport and amusement in this section of
the Schuylkill Valley during the Winter season is that of


fox hunting. Nearly every day some of the hunts are out
and chasing Reynard over the hills and dales of northern
Chester County. Within a radius of twelve or fifteen miles
from this plaee there are eight or ten cluhs, and aside from
these regular hunts there are numerous farmers and others
who keep small j acks of hornds and they, too, seldom miss
a nice da} 's chance to ride after the pack. This wily animal
affords great amusement for the cultured and refined men.
and those who stand high in the community socially and in-
tellectually are the most enthusiastic admirers of the sport.
Among the most prominent in the various hunts of this
neighborhood are the following : —

Spring City Hunt — John Yeager, Jr., Dr. J. C. Me-
whinnev, Milton Latshaw, Bert Piercey, William Wunder,
Frank Miller, John Miller, John Deery, Hosea Latshaw,
Samuel Mowrey and Joseph Miller.

Vincent, or Tyson Hunt — Jesse Tyson, Daniel Mowrey,
William Leopold, Edward Leopold and Willis Hnzzard.

Kimberton Hunt — Newton Davis, John Wilson. Louis
Wilson. W. Keller, John Strough, Joseph Griffith and John

Royersford — Charles Garber, Frank Garber, John Gra-
ter and George Garber.

Lionville limit — Dr. Granville Prizer, Fred Wilson,
Jacob Coulter, John Jones, Sr., James Jones, Jr.

Belleview Hunt— Edward Smith. |olm Markley, Col-
onel Missimer, Frederick Smith. Sumner Smith, and Mr.

Black Rock Hunt— Ellis Butt, Bud Anderson and a
Mr. Yeager.

The Smith Brothers, of the Belleview II int. are nun of
fine education and business interests, and thev always can


find time and pleasure in running after the hounds for the
wily animal.

For over twenty-five years Dr. Granville Prizer. of the
Lionville Hunt, followed the fox-hunting sport and consid-
ers it a fine and manly sport. For many years he was the
owner of the famous Lionville pack.

Jesse Tyson and William Leopold of the Vincent Hunt,
are two good hunters, and they have traveled over the Falls
of French Creek Hills so often that they know every nook
and corner and can tell one great stories about the holing of
sly Reynard among the rocks and boulders which abound

Probably the oldest fox hunter in the State and the
most enthusiastic is John Yeager, Jr., of the Spring City
Hunt. Mr. Yeager, who is sometimes called "captain," is 72
years of age, and for fifty-five years has ridden in the sad-
dle. He generally attends all the fox hunts, and in his
younger days would rather chase a fox fifty miles than eat
a good dinner. Mr. Yeager is a man of rare intelligence,
and he thinks that fox hunting is one of the most manly and
enjoyable sports. He has never grown tired of it. He has
traveled over eighty miles in a day in a chase for the brush,
and has had to cross and recross places that were not only
considered dangerous but were, and his fellow-riders would
go miles out of their way before they would follow him in
what they thought were perils.

During his fifty-five years in the saddle he has owned
and ridden several horses, but his three best were first of all
Tom, a fine specimen of horse flesh. On the run he could
not make the turn, and Tom jumped and leaped over a four-
foot fence post and a pile of cordwood four feet wide that
was corded against the fence. He was riding for the brush.


and when he saw that he could not make the turn or stop
his horse he thought to himself, "Here goes/' and Tom
made a clean sweep of it. This was fifty years ago.

Peacock, a large and finely built brown horse, was an-

John Yeager

Of Chester County, on Old Buckskin.

other favorite. On one of his chases Peacock jumped a fore-
bay of a sawmill race below the dam, a distance of ten feet
across, and would jump five-foot post fences where others
failed to get through.



During the past ten years lie has ridden "( )ld Buck-
skin," a horse well-known throughout this section of northern
Chester and Montgomery counties. "Old Buckskin" in his
early years could outjump them all, and today will make
others hustle to heat him.

Air. Yeager is known far and wide as the "veteran" at
the fox chase sport and last night, while seated in a large
rocking chair toasting his feet near the stove, in his palatial
residence, he spent over an hour with "The Press" repre-
sentative relating a portion of his life in the saddle, and could
give accounts of his chases enough to fill volumes. About
thirty-five years ago he went to a chase in Coventry. When
he arrived a hundred people were present, besides fifty horse-
men and seventy-five hounds. Off they started, all but the
veteran. Some asked whether he was going along. At the
time he had a horse that was not afraid of anything — no
fences too high, nor ditches too wide for him. Suddenly he
started out close to the Dunkard Meeting House, crossing
the road below and over into a large field, with his hounds
in hot pursuit. While crossing the field at almost breakneck
speed his $100 gold watch flew out of his Docket, hut he
never stopped to get it. On he went across the field and
down to House's Store. Here he crossed the canal bridge,
going toward the Schuylkill River. The fox was running a
merry chase, and into the river he jumped, with forty of the
hounds only a few feet behind him.

The river at this point was about twenty feet deep and
on he went. Air. Yeager placed his feet around the horse's
neck and crossed over in safety. The fox went toward the
signal tower on the Reading Railway below Sanatoga and
crossed over the fields towards Oliver Evans", changed his
course to John Evans' then down a by-road. The fox and


dogs were within fifty yards of the veteran who raced him
for half a mile in a hollow, where the dogs caught the fox
and killed it. Mr. Yeager secured the brush and rode back
to Evans'. He then turned hack and went to get a second
prize, this time cutting off both ears. Turning back he got
in the road at Oliver Evans' and abont this time met twenty-
five of the huntsmen, who insisted that the veteran should go
in front. He then marched them up the pike in double col-
umn to Pottstown, proceeding up PTigh Street to the Shuler
House, where they made merry. Mr. Yeager then con-
cluded he would go after his watch, and Samuel Halleman
accompanied him. When they got down below the Dunkard
Meeting House in a field of about twenty acres the watch
was found but the case had been broken off its hinges by
striking with such force against the frozen ground. He
still carries the watch and delights in showing it when relat-
ing the incident.

Another daring fox hunt that Mr. Yeager took part in
was about seventeen years ago. A large red male fox was
jumped on the Lockart thicket and ran over Beaver Hill to
Prospect Hill down to the Powder Mill on to Bunker's Hill,
and while crossing Benner's Mill his horse fell and he was
thrown violently. As he fell several dollars flew out of his
pockets. Although he was hurt badly he jumped his horse
and rode throughout the chase, which lasted about four
hours. The fox was finally run in a large pile of stumps
and was captured alive by the wounded man.

On another occasion the old hunter took a fox to Kim-
berton to make a combined hunt. All the hunts within ten
miles were invited including Pottstown. Xantmeal. Tyson's,
Charlestown, Chester Springs, Kimberton and others. The
Pottstown huntsmen brought along with them "an old bud-



dy" with a spirited horse to go along with Mr. Yeager. The
fox was dropped at 9.30 A. M. and the hunt, which proved
to be a daring one, started in earnest, his foxship crossing
over Benner's Hill down to the Powder Mill and on to St.
Matthew's Church and down to Bun's Hill, but before they
reached there Yeager had lost his old buddy and all the rest
of the hunters. The fox went through Charlestown, down
to Tinker's Hill, back and over Phoenix Hill and on to
Kimberton. Silas King, who is now dead, saw the hunt
coming and, recognizing Mr. Yeager among them, he ran
and threw the gate open for Yeager to pass through, and
after running to Todd's Bushes he was holed. Two or
three of the neighbors came and helped dig the fox out,
and with the red male under his arm he rode back to Kim-
berton, where they were all waiting to hear reports.

The old black fox that has been on the rampage for the
past seven years, and which has been run bv every hunt in
this neighborhood, is still at large. In speaking of him Mr.
Yeager says he is the finest specimen he has ever set eyes
upon and says he will not rest satisfied until he gets him.
This black fellow is full of tricks, drawing the hounds alarm-
ingly near, and always takes to earth after a hot finish. Mr.
Yeager can give a history of nearly all his hunts for the past
fifty-five years as he has kept a diary. Reynard will not fall
into a state of rest in this locality, for each year there are
always new hunters dropping in the ranks.


The Reverend Joshua Yeager

of Lehigh County

The first Yeager to settle in York county was the Rev.
John Conrad Yeager. His son was the Rev. Joshua Yea-
ger ("Father" Yeager) of Allentown. The members of the
well-known Yeager Furniture Company of that city are
descendants of the Rev. John Conrad Yeager.

Rev. Joshua Yeager was born September 23d, 1802.
He was baptized by his father. Rev. John Conrad Yeager, in
infancy and. after careful and conscientious instruction in
the principles of the Christian religion, was confirmed and re-
ceived by him into communion of the Evangelical Lutheran

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