John Yard

11 October 1831–29 April 1894 (Age 62)
Dudley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Yard was born on 11 October 1831, in Dudley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Yard, was 20 and his mother, Mary Yard, was 20. He married Catherine Thornton on 17 August 1851, in Dudley, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Tipton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom in 1871 and Carbon Run, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880. He died on 29 April 1894, in Bernice, Cherry Township, Sullivan, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Cole Cemetery, Towanda Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Yard
Catherine Thornton
Marriage: 17 August 1851
Mary Yard
Anna Yard
John Franklin Yard
Rebecca Yard

Spouse and Children

17 August 1851
Dudley, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Yard


    Mary Yard




World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 2

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
1854 · The Crimean War

Age 23

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

Name Meaning

English:1. topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure of some kind, Middle English yard(e) (Old English geard; compare Garth ). 2. nickname from Middle English yard ‘rod’, ‘stick’ (Old English (Anglian) gerd), probably with reference to a rod or staff carried as a symbol of authority. 3. from the same word as in 2, used to denote a measure of land. The surname probably denoted someone who held this quantity of land, and as it was quite a large amount (varying at different periods and in different places, but generally approximately 30 acres, a quarter of a hide), such a person would have been a reasonably prosperous farmer.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Yard, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Yard in household of Thomas Yard, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • John Yard, "England and Wales Census, 1871"

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