Biography of John Yeany
Clarion County, PA Biographies

YEANY, JOHN, was born in Lancaster county Pa., December 5, 1810, In 1814 his father, John Yeany, a native of Switzerland, came from Lancaster county to what is now Redbank township, Clarion county, where the subject of this sketch has made his borne ever since. Mr. Yeany had little schooling, about six months all told, in the subscription schools of his day; yet, as we shall see presently, he was able to transact business on a large scale. He lived with his father until he was twenty-four years old, when he went into the forest to clear a farm for himself. Early in his career hewould till his farm in the summer and work in the lumber-woods in the winter. Thus by close application to business and untiring industry he in time accumulated considerable property, which he increased by careful investment. Entering into the lumber business he bought large quantities of timber, which he sold at a good profit, realizing handsomely thereon. His judgment never failed him, and no matter to what he turned his attention, his business sagacity enabled him to succeed in his enterprises. Among the several branches of business operated by him was the raising, buying and selling of cattle. This proved very remunerative as conducted by him.

Mr. Yeany married Miss Elizabeth Swartz in 1834. Fourteen children blessed this union, eight of whom are now living. Mrs. Yeany died in January, 1874. In June, 1875, Mr. Yeany married Susanna Edder, by whom he has five children, four living. Notwithstanding this large family of children he has been generous in aiding each one of them as they started in life.

Mr. Yeany is a quiet, unassuming citizen. He has never aspired to hold office, nor has he thirsted for fame. With a natural adaptability for business he has applied himself closely in looking after his own affairs, and with a spirit of enterprise and energy worthy of imitation he has established himself as one of the "solid" citizens of Clarion. county.

History of Clarion County, Pennsylvania
With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of its prominent pioneers.
EDITED BY: A. J. Davis
D. Mason & Co., Publishers

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