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Elizabeth Lee "Bessie" Yagle

Female 1878 - 1952  (73 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Lee "Bessie" Yagle 
    Born 5 Jun 1878  Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Alternate birth Abt 1879  [2
    Baptised 13 Sep 1879  North Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 31 May 1952  San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I31235  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of ASF
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2020 

    Father Charles Henry Yagle, Sr.,   b. Abt 1843, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 12 Jun 1896, Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother Eliza Ellen Boggs,   b. 7 Jun 1843, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1929, Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married Aft 5 Oct 1864  [6
    Notes 
    • 5 Oct 1864 is the date on the second of two love letters from Charles Henry Yagle to Eliza Ellen Boggs quoted in the research notes of Patrick Foley; in both letters it is absolutely clear that they are a courting couple, not yet married.
    Family ID F18588  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Joseph James Armetta,   b. 3 Apr 1873, Lousiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1949, Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married Aft 19 Dec 1894  California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 
    • Date of marriage license.
    Children 
     1. Margaret Mildred Armetta,   b. 9 Aug 1895,   d. 14 Sep 1943, Merced, Merced, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F18626  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John Joseph "Jack" Foley,   b. 22 Jul 1871, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1955, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Aft 16 Oct 1900  San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
    +1. Howard Patrick Foley,   b. 14 Aug 1902, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1986, San Jose, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. John Dennis Foley, Sr.,   b. 14 May 1908, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1975, Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F18541  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Her Find a Grave page gives her place of birth as Allegheny West, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. We believe this is confused. Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh contain areas dating back to the 19th century called "Allegheny West." And a record of North Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh records the baptism of "Betsy Lee Yagle", parents "Charles and L. E. Yagle", on 13 Sep 1879.

      Furthermore, census records show that her father Charles was born in Ohio and her mother Eliza in Kentucky. Along with Detroit and Cleveland, Pittsburgh was a common catchment point for Ohio River Valley people looking for work in the city; Philadelphia was distinctly less so.

      Furthermore, the 1878 city directory of Pittsburgh shows her father living there, a clerk, at 136 Jackson.

      Furthermore, the 1880 census shows her age 1, living with her parents in Allegheny, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The municipality of Allegheny was annexed into Pittsburgh in 1907.

      Finally, her grandson Patrick Foley writes, in correspondence, "I believe Bessie Yagle was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which later became Pittsburgh. Her parents lived there as early as 1860 and as late as 1880."

      In April 1894 her older sister Lida Alice married Antonio Lawrence Armetta, a Roman Catholic fruit dealer of Italian descent who was born in Louisiana. In December of that same year Bessie Yagle, aged 16, married Antonio's brother Joseph. Lida's marriage to Antonio lasted and produced six children, and according to Patrick Foley, "[t]he Armettas were an important part of the extended family in which Bessie's children grew up. Their home in San Jose was the scene of large gatherings of the extended family." Bessie's marriage to Joseph, however, must have ended before 17 Oct 1900, the date on which she and John Joseph Foley obtained a license to marry in San Jose.

  • Sources 
    1. [S58] California Death Index, 1940-1997, on ancestry.com., date and state only.

    2. [S2244] 1880 United States Federal census, on ancestry.com.

    3. [S2626] U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970, on ancestry.com.

    4. [S58] California Death Index, 1940-1997, on ancestry.com., date and county only.

    5. [S4994] Find a Grave page for Bessie Yagle Foley.

    6. [S5092] "Charles Henry Yagle", research draft by Patrick Foley, shared with ASF and PNH 1 Dec 2020.

    7. [S5089] California, U.S., County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980, on ancestry.com.

    8. [S5088] "Marriage Licenses." San Francisco Call, 17 Oct 1900, p. 11.