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Yeakle, Henry

Born: 1812-02-22 Maryland

Died: 1896-02-22 Springfield, Illinois

Henry Yeakle was a tailor. In June 1838, he purchased Nicholas Shultz's tailor shop in Springfield, Illinois. In 1842, he partnered with a man named Winn in his tailoring business, and together Yeakle and Winn also sold apparel from New York and Philadelphia. In October 1841, he married Ann Richison, with whom he had at least two children. He was active in local politics as a Whig at least as early as 1840, and served as a delegate at a Springfield Whig convention in March 1851. He owned a respectable five-room home on South Fifth Street but had modest personal means. In 1850, he owned real estate valued at $600, and by 1860, his personal estate was valued at just $100.

Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 23 June 1838, 3:3; 22 May 1840, 1:5-6; 18 November 1842, 2:6; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 28 October 1841, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 1 March 1851, 3:1; 19 March 1851, 3:2; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 110; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 130; Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916 , Sangamon County, 22 February 1896, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL; Springfield Sunday Journal (IL), 23 February 1896, 5:7.