MRS. NARCISSA V. YANT is the widow of James H. Yant, and daughter of Newton and Nancy (Cooper) Vanvoorhis. Isaac Vanvoorhis, a well-known farmer of Somerset township, this county, is an uncle to Mrs. Yant.
James H. Yant was a son of Daniel, who was born in Chester county, Penn., his parents having emigrated from Germany to Pittsburgh. In 1825 Daniel Yant came to Washington county, Penn., and bought a good farm, to which he brought his wife, Sarah Applegate, a native of Allegheny county, Penn. They were the parents of two children: Martha, widow of John Stoud, living in Allen township, and James H. The father died on the farm in September, 1867.
James H. Yant was born April 30, 1827, in Carroll township, Washington Co., Penn., and received a subscription-school education. His youth was passed in assisting his parents, and he early evinced a strong inclination for mechanical pursuits. In November, 1852, he selected a life companion, in the person of Miss Narcissa Vanvoorhis, who bore him the following children: Clarence Linden, James Taylor, Lena May (all of whom are deceased); Daniel Newton, born December 13, 1857, is superintendent of the iron mills at Allegheny City; Samuel Linton, living on a farm in Allegheny county, born August 26, 1863; Theodore Clinton, a carpenter, of Washington, Penn., born May 22, 1867; Nora Ethel, living at home, born August 24, 1874, and Harvey A., also at home, born January 20, 1879. Mr. Yant was a hard-working man and an excellent manager, having owned 135 acres of good land. When his health failed, the sons took charge of the place, which they have since conducted very successfully. Mr. Yant voted with the Republican party, and in religion associated with the Presbyterian Church. In business circles he possessed the thorough confidence of all, and "his word was ever considered as good as his bond." He died July 10, 1888, and was buried in the Vanvoorhis cemetery at Pigeon Creek. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Yant has rented a portion of the farm, and resides in the handsome brick residence, which is located about two and a half miles from Monongahela City. She is a very popular, agreeable lady, and a valued member of a large social circle.
Text taken from page 721 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed January 1997 by Neil and Marilyn Morton of Oswego, IL as part of the Beers Project.
Published January 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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