Born: 1809-08-25 North Carolina
Died: 1883-01-27 Illinois
Yardley came to Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1832 from Kentucky with his father and brother. He served in the Black Hawk War in Abraham Lincoln's company. On September 11, 1832, he married Margaret Mounts. In 1840, he lived in Menard County, Illinois, in a household with five other persons. He later moved to Crane Creek, Mason County where, by 1850, he was employed as a farmer and living with his wife Margaret and their eight children.
The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 662; Muster Roll of Abraham Lincoln’s Company of Mounted Volunteers; Certificate of Discharge for James Yardley; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 11 September 1832, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Menard County, IL, 294; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Mason County, IL, 170; Gravestone, Morgan Cemetery, Kilbourne, IL.