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Rev Emanuel Hush Yeisley
Birth: Nov. 12, 1840
Licking County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1931
Douglas County
Missouri, USA

Corporal Co G 76th Ohio Infantry

(typed exactly as written by Emanuel himself)

Born in Amsterdam, Licking Co., Ohio lived there untill I was two years old then Father & mother mooved to Ashland Co. Ohio lived there three years then mooved to Deleware Co. Ohio from thence to Van Wert Co. Ohio I was 11 years old then there I lived untill the war of the Rebellion broke out. I enlisted in Co. G 76 O.V.I. for three years on or about 20th of Nov 1861 in Jackson Town Licking Co. Ohio one mile from where I was born. I served my country as a Soldier 3 years & 7 months. I was a Prisoner of War 6 months in Cahoba prison Alabama paroled March 1865 was on the Vesal Sultana that blu up Aprile 27 1865 was bad scalded discharged at Camp Chase Ohio went home was married Oct. 1 1865 was converted in Feb 1866 at Suga Ridge united with the Church of God preache for that body for about 15 years then united with the Church of Christ ben there untill the present time am living in Mo for 25 years am in Douglas Co. Mo have had many bright times many dark times am going down toward the setting of the sun. made many crooked steps but I trust in Christ my savior.

from Ava, Missouri newspaper article

EMANUEL H. YEISLEY, b. 12 Nov 1840, d. 24 Aug 1931, was one of the survivors of the SULTANA, a steamboat that blew up in 1865 with many soldiers aboard.

He was onboard, almost directly under the boiler that blew up. He was thrown into the Mississippi waters and managed to grab ahold of two boards to keep him afloat. These boards are what saved his life since he could not swim. He spent all night in the water and had to fight for one of his boards. He won the fight and the other guy went under.He suffered burns from the boiler that stayed with him the rest of his life. The lining of his nose was scalded and was so irritated that he could not tolerate strong odors or cigarette smoke. He was also burned on his chest.

Yeisley served with Company G of the 76th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry from Nov. 25, 1861 until May 22, 1865. He was appointed Corporal and was captured Oct. 27, 1864 near Little River, Alabama according to Civil War records. He was a Prisoner of War at Cahaba, Alabama.

(Note: this obituary was published in the Douglas County Herald. August 27, 1931)

E.H. Yeisley, father of Mrs. A.D. Wier and Mrs. Eva Reed, died at his home in Ava, Missouri Monday, Aug. 23 at the age of 90 years. A funeral service was conducted by the American Legion and burial was in the Burdett cemetery, west of Ava. The Douglas County Herald published at Ava, has this to say concerning the life of Mr. Yeisley: Mr. Yeisley was the last commander of Andy Martin G.A.R. Post, the local organization of Civil War veterans. The post was disbanded at impressive services held in the high school building here in the fall of 1929. Mr. Yeisley presided at this meeting and delivered the address entrusting the records and files of the G.A.R. Post to the local Legion post. Sixteen veterans of the Civil War were in attendance at that meeting, many of them having departed this life since that time. In his address before this last gathering of members of the G.A.R. Post, members of the American Legion, businessmen and citizens of Ava, Mr. Yeisley in a broken manner, due to his advanced age, reviewed many experiences of the Civil War and of the early days of Andy Martin Post to the delight of his audience.

Mr. Yeisley was born at Amsterdam, Ohio, November 12, 1840, being 90 years, 9 months and 19 days of age. He enlisted in the Civil War at the beginning and served until its close. He was one of the few survivors of the Sultana disaster on the Mississippi River at the close of the war. The Sultana, a river ship, was carrying Union soldiers northward on the Mississippi following the close of the war, when an explosion destroyed the ship and killed most of those on board.

Mr. Yeisley was converted to the Christian faith in 1866, and became a Minister of the Gospel with the Church of God. In later life he devoted much time to the study of works of various Bible students. In 1865 he was united in marriage to Hettie Henny at Convoy, Ohio. To this union eleven children were born, seven boys and four girls, eight of whom survive. He is also survived by his wife, forty grandchildren and forty-five great-grandchildren. 
Family links: 
  Jacob Kemmerer Yeisley (1816 - 1902)
  Julia Ann Hush Yeisley (1817 - 1888)
  Hettie Henney Yeisley (1847 - 1935)*
  Ira Vinton Yeisley (1866 - 1937)*
  William Sherman Yeisley (1867 - 1907)*
  Jacob Kemery Yeisley (1869 - 1947)*
  Julia Ann Yeisley Gooden (1871 - 1956)*
  Mary Evaline Yeisley Todd Gillenwater (1873 - 1944)*
  David Augustus Yeisley (1875 - 1935)*
  Henry Arthur Yeisley (1880 - 1908)*
  John Alexander Yeisley (1886 - 1916)*
  Theodore Elmer Yeisley (1889 - 1935)*
  Emanuel Hush Yeisley (1840 - 1931)
  John Paul Yeisley (1841 - 1921)*
  Peter Augustus Yeisley (1847 - 1871)*
  Miles M.C. Yeisley (1849 - 1866)*
*Calculated relationship
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 Added: Mar. 28, 2017
Emanuel Hush Yeisley has left us with the legacy of his totally amazing life. He is my Great-Great Grandfather.
- Joanne Todd
 Added: Apr. 17, 2015

- Kathleen Fleury Bilbrey
 Added: Apr. 7, 2015
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