By the personal efforts of Leonidas Hilary Yeargan and Hilary H. L. Yeargan, two second cousins, who are great-grandsons of the original Rev. Andrew Yeargan, these memoirs have been obtained.
The descent in this manuscript starts with Rev. Andrew Yeargan, who came from Wales about the year 1735 and settled in Virginia, ministering in the Roanoke and James River Valley. He married Ony Bowles and raised 10 sons and 1 daughter, namely:
- Andrew Yeargan, settled in South Carolina and raised two children, who’s identity is lost.
- John Yeargan,resided in Newbury County SC and raised two sons: John and Wiley.
- Samuel Yeargan,settled first in Newbury County SC and then Franklin County GA. Had at least one daughter, Sallie.
- Benjamin Yeargan, married Sarah Morgan, and had 4 children: Charlotte, Mark, Harriet and Bartlett. Would spell his name Yeargain.
- Jarratt F. Yeargan,married Amelia Patterson, and had 8 children: Benjamin, Patterson, Devereaux, Bartlett, Henry, Chesley, Charlotte and Sarah.
- Edward Yeargan, settled in Anderson County SC where he and his wife were killed by lightening. Raised a large family of children.
- James Yeargan,died a bachelor at his brother Devereaux’s house in Greenville County SC.
- Devereaux Yeargan, married and had the following sons: Andrew, Benjamin, Steven, Rufus and William.
- Bartlett Yeargan, married and had the following sons: Benjamin, William, Jarratt, Bartlett and Gideon. His descendants would spell their name as Yeargin.
- Williams Yeargan,married a Miss Bennett, and had the following sons: John, James, Philip and Bennett. His descendants lived in Illinois.
- Sarah Yeargan, married Burrell Hudson and raised a large family.
Early in the 19th century finds Rev. Andrew and Ony Bowles in Greenville South Carolina, living with Devereaux, their son, in which county they were buried.
The intent of the manuscript was to show up the identity and connection of the descendant’s of the Rev. Andrew’s ten sons, and to group them into families as they began to spread abroad in the land. In truth, the manuscript does not quite fulfill the intent, as several of the sons descendants remained unknown to the writers upon publication.