Daniel Tomlinson YATES Martha Elizabeth YATES Benjamin Vail YATES Pearl Elaine YATES Neil YATES Lula M YATES Naomi YATES Annie L YATES Annie Laura HORN Martha Jane PATE Mini tree diagram
William Henry Vail YATES

William Henry Vail YATES8,3,7,4,5,9,10,11

10th Aug 18591,2,3,4,5 - 21st Feb 19483,1,7,5

Life History

10th Aug 1859

Born in Chireno, Nacogdoches, Texas.1,2,3,4,5

13th Dec 1883

Married Annie Laura HORN in Freestone County, Texas.3,22

9th Jan 1887

Birth of daughter Martha Elizabeth YATES in Texas.3,12,13,5

between 1891 and 1894

Resident in moved from Texas to Oklahoma Territory.4

16th Apr 1891

Birth of son Benjamin Vail YATES in Stonewall, Gillespie, Texas.4,6,14,15,16

20th Jan 1893

Birth of daughter Pearl Elaine YATES in Oklahoma Territory.6,4,17

15th Oct 1896

Birth of son Neil YATES in Oakdale, Oklahoma Territory.14,6,14,5,18,19,4,20

Nov 1898

Birth of daughter Lula M YATES in Oklahoma Territory.6,4


Residence2 in Union, Washita, Oklahoma.6

26th Apr 1900

Birth of daughter Naomi YATES in Oklahoma Territory.21,4,13

about 1905

Birth of daughter Annie L YATES in Oklahoma Territory.4


Residence3 in Mt View, Kiowa, Oklahoma.4

21st Feb 1948

Died in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas.3,1,7,5

26th Feb 1948

Buried in Sannon Rose Hill Memorial Park,Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.5


  • William Henry Vail Yates and Annie Laura Horn married about 1890.  They first lived in Texas, then moved to Oklahoma Territory between 1891 and 1894.

    In the 1900 census we find them in Union Township of Washita County, Oklahoma Territory.  This is in the southern aprt of what had been the Cheyenne and Arabpaho Reservation before the establishment of Oklahoma Territory in 1890, a little north of the Washita River.

    "The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (Rock Island) extended a line from Chickasha to the northern part of the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache Reservation in 1899. It terminated about two miles from an existing tent city called Oakdale, consisting of a store and post office on the former Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation. ... Some Oakdale residents obtained land for a new townsite. Platted in May 1899 by the El Reno Development Company, the nearby settlement, with the Wichita Mountains looming on the south and west, was called Mountain View. The Oakdale post office was renamed Mountain View on October 9, 1900."
    --  "Mountain View," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/M/MO028.html

    1900 Federal Census, Washita County, Oklahoma, 2 August (for 1 June census date), Union Township, District 211, page 15A, Hse/Fam #225
    Yates, Vail W H  Head W M  Aug 1859 40 TX AL AL Farmer
    Yates, Annie  Wife W F  Dec 1869 30 TX MS MO
    Yates, Lizzie  Dau W F  Jan 1887 13 TX TX TX
    Yates, Vail  Son W M  April 1891 9 TX TX TX
    Yates, Pearl  Dau W F  Jan 1894 6 OK TX TX
    Yates, Neil  Son W M  Oct 1896  4 OK TX TX
    Yates, ?? [Lula M, ink blot covers the name]  Dau W F  Nov 1898 1 OK TX TX
    Yates, Ba?? [Naomi?, Ink blot covers the name]  Dau W F  April 1900 1month OK TX TX

    It is not clear if the last child is listed in the 1910 census.  The sequence would indicate the next child would be Naomi, and with birthday in April, the age would match Naomi's entry in 1910.  But the first letter of the name in 1900 looks very much like a b, and the second letter perhaps a or e.

    They probbaly moved south of the river to Mountain View, the renamed Oakdale that was moved about 2 miles south of old Oakdale in 1899, after 1907, when their first child Henry died and was buried in the old Oakdale Cemetery.  In 1910 they are in Mountain View, the relocated and renamed Oakdale.  The 1900 census tells us that William and Annie moved from Texas to Oklahoma Territory between April 1891 and December 1893.

    In 1910, they are living in Mountain View, Kiowa County, Oklahoma.

    1910 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, Mountain View City, Ward 2, District 178, 7th Street, page 6A, Hse#104, Fam #109
    William H V Yates Head M W 50 TX AL GA Farmer
    Annie L Yates Wife F W 40 TX TX TX
    Benjamin V Yates Son M W 19 TX TX TX (born abt 1891)
    Pearl Yates Son M W 16 OK TX TX (born abt 1894)
    Neil Yates Son M W 13 OK TX TX
    Lula M Yates Dau F W 11 OK TX TX
    Naomi Yates Dau F W 9 OK TX TX
    Annie L Yates Dau F W 5 OK TX TX

    From the birth places and ages of the children we can see that William moved his family from Texas to Oklahoma (Indian Territory) between 1891 and 1894.

    The birthplace differs in different sources.  His son Neil Yates declares his birthplace as Freestone County, Texas.  Three genealogies report that William was born in Chireno, Texas, which is in Nacogdoches County.  Others report Nacogdoches County, with no town.  I would tend to favor the place of birth reported by his son.  Details provided by the other sources also, however, lend them credibility.

    Early genealogies with reporting Chireno or Nacogdoches County do not report the source of the information that Chireno was the place of birth.  I found two in January 2008 that gave various sources, both family and public records.  It seems likely to me that Neil remembered wrongly, thinking of his knowledge that the family had lived in Freestone County, and associated that also with his father's birth.

    William and his son Benjamin Vail moved out to California where the men got jobs working in the oil fields in the 1920s.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Long Beach, California, City Directory, 1926, p 659
    Yates Benj V (Lota M) oil wkr h 1203 Johnson way
    Yates Wm H B [should be V] (Annie L) oil wkr h 2317 Orange av

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Long Beach, California, City Directory, 1927, p 663
    Yates B Vail (Lota M) oil wkr h 3581 Walnut av
    Yates Wm H (Annie) oil wkr h 2569 Lewis av

    William and Annie are reported in the 1928 and 1928 Long Beach city directories but not in the 1930.  This may be when they moved back to Texas.  They both died in Fort Worth, Texas about 20 years later.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Long Beach, California, City Directory, 1929, p 730-731
    Yates B Vail (Lota M) (Kennebec Barber Shop) h 3581 Walnut av
    - p 731 -
    Yates Wm H (Annie) oil wkr h 1407 E 23rd

    "... and Tommy Willard and Travis Bonner attended the funeral of Vail Yates in Fort Worth Tuesday [24 Feb 1948] and are visiting relatives at Kingsvllle and San Antonio."
    --  Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas, Mar 1 1948, accessed 13 October 2015 at NewspaperArchive.com

    The announcement above announces that the funeral was on Tuesday, (the 24th), but the obituary included in the Find a Grave profile below says it would be held on Thursday (the 26th).  The obituary was published in the Carnegie, Oklahoma, paper on Thursday.

    William Henry Vail "Vail" Yates
    Birth Aug. 15, 1859 Chireno, Nacogdoches County, Texas
    Death Feb. 21, 1948 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

    The Carnegie (OK) Herald, Feb. 25, 1948
    W.H.V. Yates Dies; Early Mountain View Settler

    Word was received here Sunday by Mrs. John Nix of the death of W.H.V. Yates, 89, in Fort Worth. The funeral will be Thursday [Feb 25]. Yates is a brother-in-law of Mrs. Nix and the father of Mrs. Jess Pewthers of Mountain View. He was one of the first settlers in old Mountain View and was in business there for many years.

    Survivors include the wife, two sons, Vail in California and Neal of Fort Worth, and four daughters, Mrs. Pearl Dunham and Mrs. O.C. Whitaker, Fort Worth; Mrs. Annie Collins, Long Beach, and Mrs. Pewthers.

    Daniel Tomlinson Yates (1834 - 1909)
    Martha Jane Pate Yates (1837 - 1913)

    Spouse Annie Laura Horn Yates (1868 - 1949)
    Martha Elizabeth Yates Pewthers (1887 - 1986)
    Benjamin Vail Yates (1891 - 1975)
    Neil Yates (1896 - 1962)
    Naomi Yates Whitaker (1900 - 1987)

    Nancy Elizabeth Yates Willard (1867 - 1954)
    Stephen Redmon Yates (1871 - 1963)
    Nora Yates Cummings (1878 - 1895)

    Burial Sannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

    Maintained by Michael Edd Bonner, Originally Created by Deb Dec 27, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #45834006, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45834006


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