To answer you I’ll give background information to show the limitations of available details found so far. The Horton parish registers are missing for 1684 – 1724, but simple summaries (Bishop’s transcripts) exist at Lichfield Record Office. Before that they are mainly illegible. At the time I checked them I had little interest outside of direct family links. The 1675 year copy is the only known reference to Thomas Yardley, and luckily I noticed it on the back of the parchment, showing his baptism on 19th February 1676. Nearby Leek parish registers are published up to 1730, and are virtually unreadable after. The 1675 English administrative year (and religious) ran from 26 march 1675 to 25 march 1676. Richard (Eardley) Yardley of Horton married Sarah Wilkinson at Meerbrook chapel in 1715. Several children were baptised in the areas bordering Horton in later years. None match the names listed in the will of Richard Yeardley of Solebury, Pennsylvania (wife Mary), 10 miles from Thomas’s home in Yardley, Bucks county. I would like details of this family as I believe them to be the link you need for the pioneers of Tennessee (in Carolina before a separate state) going on to Missouri. The Richard Yerdley marrying in 1729 to Mary Dale I believe to be the Richard baptised in February 1707 at Horton, of Samuel and Sarah, Thomas’s older brother. No records of them after this date.
As to the IGI someone has foolishly got an entry for the baptism of a Richard Eardley alias Yardley on 2 April 1656, when in fact it is a marriage. The vicars use the Latin word alias (meaning “otherwise known as”) to make clear exactly who the person was. This reflects the change in local dialect when the Y was being dropped by most families. However, a Richard Eardley was baptised in 1658 at Standon parish, a few miles south of Audley, Staffordshire. This happens to be the little area where Quaker William Venables and his wife Elizabeth Barrett lived before joining William Yardley on the c.65 day voyage to Pennsylvania. Yardley’s servant Andrew Heath was to marry the widow Elizabeth.
You may know of Merrill’s marauders –some 3000 U.S special forces who marched in behind Japanese lines in Burma in World War 2, engaging in some 35 actions Two of the men who didn’t make it back were Willard and William Yardley from Kirksville and Milan, Missouri.
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