JOHN YOUEL, deceased, was one of the representative citizens of Wayne Township. He was born in Ohio, October 11, 1823, a son of JOHN and NANCY (McKNIGHT) YOUEL. He was reared in his native State, and when a young man came to Tippecanoe County, and in the spring of 1853 went to California, by first going to New York City then by the Atlantic Ocean, crossed the isthmus and went by the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, where he remained three or four years. He returned to the East by the same route, and soon after, with his brother, went to Iowa and bought a tract of land, remaining in that State some time. He then returned to Indiana, and November 12, 1857, was married to MISS PURTHENAH A. FRIDLEY, a native of Gallia County, Ohio, daughter of LEWIS and NANCY (FEE) FRIDLEY. Her parents died in Ohio, and in 1853 she accompanied her brother to Tippecanoe County.
After his marriage MR. YOUEL lived on rented land until 1862, when he bought forty-nine acres in Wayne Township, which he afterward sold, but by subsequent purchases increased his possessions to 542 acres, which he improved, and the farm is now one of the most valuable in the township. MR. YOUEL died December 29, 1884, leaving a large circle of friends who with his widow and children mourn the loss of a true friend. In politics he was formerly a Republican, but later affiliated with the Democratic party.
MR. and MRS. YOUEL had a family of eight children, six of whom are living--JOHN WILLIAM, ALVIN, ALBERT, ERASTUS, LIZZIE and MARY. JAMES and LOZANA are deceased. MRS. YOUEL is a member of the Baptist church, and an honored member of society.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pp. 608, 611
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888