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BIOGRAPHY: William E. W. Yerby born October 10, 1864 – photograph


William E. W. Yerby born 1864
William E. W. Yerby





William E. W. Yerby was born Oct. 10, 1864, at Greensboro, Hale county, Ala. His father was Miles Hassell Yerby, (1828 -1900) born at Tuscaloosa, Ala., who was engaged in teaching for fifty years at Greensboro. He was a fine scholar, a graduate of the State university of Tuscaloosa. His death occurred in 1900. The mother of Mr. Yerby was Susan Callie Gibson,(1831-1904) daughter of Jesse Gibson and his wife Susan. She was still living at the age of seventy-two years in 1904.

The early education of Mr. Yerby was very thorough. He studied under his father and was prepared by him for college. He entered the Southern university, at Greensboro, but left before completing the course to take up newspaper work. He mastered the mechanical portion of the printing office while looking toward the editorship, and in the meantime studied law at home. He was admitted to the bar during the spring term of 1893 of the Hale county circuit court.

In 1886 he successfully edited and published the Greensboro Watchman, of which he was the proprietor. He was mayor of Greensboro, from March 1902 to March 1903; was city attorney and councilman for several years and president of the Alabama Press association 1901-1902, and 1903.

He was a Democrat, a member of the board of stewards of the Methodist church, and had a large class in Sunday school for some year. He was secretary of the Greensboro Masonic lodge and keeper of records and seals of the Knights of Pythias lodge of Greensboro. He wrote the history of Greensboro incorporated in the work called “Northern Alabama,” a valuable contribution to literature.

On Dec. 20, 1888, he married to Mabel Taylor, who died in June 1900. She was the daughter of Swepson T. Taylor and Susan E. Taylor, who lived at Waynesboro, Miss., and later at Greensboro, Ala. Her father was one of the most successful merchants in Mississippi and retired from business after having accumulated a large fortune. Mr. Yerby had the following children:

Susie May Yerby

Mabel Taylor Yerby

William E. W. Yerby passed away on Nov. 15, 1940, in Greensboro, Hale County, Alabama and is buried in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, Hale County, Alabama. His parents are buried in the same cemetery.



  1. Notable men of Alabama: personal and genealogical, Volume 1 By Joel Campbell DuBose 1904
  2. # 84748945 # 73065516 # 73065517


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