May I make a suggestion? Dates in your query would help to narrow searches. I tried Mary because you did give her maiden name, so I could tell if I had the right lady.
TX Dth Idx 1890-1976 -- http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html?..#w=;p=2;c=1320964;t=searchable -- You can view digitized copy of original death record, see more details, make copies and look for others, too.
Name: Mary Yardley
Death date: 21 Oct 1936
Death place: Cameron, Milam, Texas
Race or color (on document):
Age at death: 74 years 2 months 29 days
Estimated birth year: 1862
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: R.F. Yardley
Father's name: Jessie Parker
Film number: 2116966
Digital GS number: 4166727
Image number: 2279
Reference number: 51189
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
Since Mary died in 1936 I figured she would be on the 1930 census, and maybe Robert, too. I followed Robert & family back through census from 1930, 1920, 1910 and 1900 in Milam Co, TX. I think you misread his birth year on the 1900 census, it reads 1857.
1880 census Brazos Co, TX:
Category: Name; Relationship to head of household; Marital Status; Gender; Race; Age; Birthplace; Occupation; Father's Birthplace; Mother's Birthplace.
R. F. YARDLY Self S Male W 22 TN Farmer TN TN
W. D. YARDLY Brother S Male W 20 TN Farmer TN TN
J. F. WINDSOR Other S Male W 26 AL Farm Laborer SC GA
1860 census Rutherford Co, TN:
Yardley, W.C., 23, b TN - land 500/personal 700
" Margaret, 19, b TN
" Robert, 2, b TN
Soldiers and Sailors site shows a William C. Yardley, Confederate, 2nd Reg TN Inf (Robisons)(Walker Legion)
I Googled him and found on Ancestry -- William C. Yardley entered as a Corporal, Company F, Tennessee 2nd Infantry Regiment.
If you want more on him, you might post a query on the Civil War GenForum.
Check out Rootsweb's WorldConnect site -- http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi -- Enter Yardley, William, born Tennessee. Someone has him with his parents, no children shown. I'd contact that submitter find out his source for that information.
Happy Hunting (^_^)
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