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H. H. Hardesty's History of Wetzel County, West Virginia

     Aaron Yost - Was born in Marion county, W. Va., May 17, 1842, and was a son of Peter and Sarah J. (Freeland) Yost, deceased. He was united in the bonds of matrimony, Oct. 16, 1867, in Alexandria, Va., to Marian Wilson, who was born in Tyler county, W. Va., Jan 12. 1849. She was a daughter of David and Barbara (Yost) Wilson, deceased. The offspring of this union is ten children: William A., John, Florence, dec., James M., Anna E., George, Charles, Saretta, Oscar and Ella M. Comrade Yost was engaged in farming at the outbreak of the war of the Rebellion. He responded to the president's call for troops and was enrolled from Wheeling, W. Va., October, 1861, as a private in Co. H, 1st W.Va. V. I. In 1862 he was confined in hospital at Romney three weeks and Wheeling one month, for measles; he was furloughed from hospital at Wheeling for two weeks and when able at end of time returned to command at Arlington Heights, Va. In 1864 he was wounded at the battle of New Market in finger. In the fall of 1864 he was honorably discharged and re-enlisted as a veteran, thus obtaining a thirty day furlough. In 1863 he was detailed on special service as guard three months and was also detailed at various times as special scout. His battle list includes Winchester, Port Republic, Lynchburg, Cedar Mt., Snickers Gap, 2d Bull Run, Cedar Creek, Piedmont, Reams Station and several others. He was honorably discharged August, 1865, at Wheeling, W. Va. His wife's brothers, Thomas, David and John, served in the late war. Comrade Yost may be addressed at Reader, W. Va., near which place he is engaged in farming.