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William Overall YagerRoster ID 334
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1852|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Overall Yager, Class of 1852: Genealogy: Born- April 3, 1833 in Luray, Va. Father- Nicholas Wesley Yager; Mother- Christina Overall. Pat. Grandfather- Nicholas Yager; Pat. Grandmother- Jernimah (maiden name unknown). Mat. Grandfather- John Overall; Mat. Grandmother- Anne (maiden name unknown). Married- Mary Elizabeth Rhodes on June 23, 1863 in Sequin, TX. Children- 1- Mary Rhodes Yager; 2- William Edward Yager; 3- D. Eliza Yager; 4- M. Blanche Yager. VMI Record: Entered VMI- July 21, 1849; Graduated- July 5, 1852 ranking 5th in a class of 24. Military Record: Unofficial source says he was a Col. in a Kansas Militia before 1861; On April 15, 1861 he was appointed 1st Lieut. and Adjutant of the 1st Texas Mounted Rifles (Col. H.E. McCulloch's Regiment); Assigned as Acting Assistant Adjutant General of Western Military District of Texas on Dec. 18, 1861; Appointed Major on Dec. 28, 1861; Assigned to 3rd Battalion Texas Cavalry (known as Major William O. Yager's Battalion) in Feb. 1862; Unit became 1st Texas Cavalry (Col. A. Buchel's Cavalry Regiment, and later known as Lt. Col. William O. Yager's Cavalry Regiment); Promoted to Lt. Col. May 2, 1863; Also served at unknown dates as Acting Assistant Adjutant of 1st Dist., Western Subdistrict of Texas; In Jan. 1864 on detached duty with Brig. Gen. H. P. Bee at Brownsville, TX.; promoted to Col. April 13, 1864; Paroled Sept. 2, 1865 at San Antonio, Tx. Careers: Public official; Banker in Luray Co. Va.; County Treasurer; Unofficial source says he was a Postmaster and Judge in Kansas before the War; Superintendent of Schools in Page Co. Va. after the War; Represented Page Co. in Virginia House of Delegates 1874-75 and 1879-80. Died- Jan. 20, 1904.|