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BENJAMIN R. YARD, retired farmer, was born in Mercer county, New Jersey, in 1802. He is a son of John and Harriet (Benson) Yard, natives of New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, respectively. John Yard was a descendant of an old New Jersey family who came from England and were active participants in the Revolutionary war. In 1812 he brought his family to what is now Scrubgrass township, and left them with Thomas Jacobs while he sought employment at his trade of cabinet-making in Pittsburgh. In 1813 he settled upon a farm in Scrubgrass, and three years afterward removed to Irwin township and purchased the Captain McManigal property, where he died in 1858, his wife having preceded him two years. Their family consisted of the following children: Theodosia; Benjamin; Jane; John S.; Stephen; Zachariah; Sarah; Robert; Rufus, and Benson. Our subject learned the cabinet-making and carpenter’s trades, which he followed for several years, and finally relinquished to go into farming. Mr. Yard has been a member of Pleasant View Methodist church and the church at Mechanicsville for nearly forty years. He married Catharine, daughter of John Hovis, who bore him the following children: John; Elijah; Nicholas; Ezra, and Mary, who married Jefferson Gilmore. Mrs. Yard died in 1858, and he subsequently married Miss Margaret, daughter of Alexander Porter.