John Yale, eldest son of Thomas Yale and Mary (Turner), was born about 1646. Thomas Yale, John's father, died without a written will, and the widow and children could not agree on a settlement, so the court stepped in dividing the estate of Thomas among John, his mother Mary, and his siblings Thomas, Nathan, Abigail, and Elizabeth Yale, Mary Ives and Hannah Talmadge.
John lived in New Haven, in the part which is now North Haven. He was an extensive Planter, and left a generous estate.
Late in 1711, a disease of unknown origins or symptoms, took the lives of many Connecticut residents. It was reported in Boston that 700 persons, including twenty-four members of the General Assembly had died of a “Malignant Distemper.” Cotton Mather preached a sermon “Seasonable Thoughts Upon Mortality,” which was widely distributed. Fortunately, it was not quite as bad as reported and was only about 250 deaths, and it never reached Boston. Mather evidently didn’t have a name for this epidemic that took John Yale and his eighteen year old son, also John Yale, but Mather described it as causing “sudden deaths among all age groups, and that it was particularly severe among ‘Young, and Strong, and Hearty Men.’ “
Evidence indicates that John never joined the church. His wife Rebecca joined. She was admitted 4 Nov. 1711, shortly before John's death.
Rebecca is buried in the Old Center Cemetery in North Haven and it is assumed by many that John her husband is also buried there. There is, of course, some logic to this. However, their son John who died within days of his father, was buried in the cemetery (where the New Haven town green now lies.) Is it not also logical that the two of them were buried in the same cemetery?
↑ Connecticut Church Records Index: New Haven First Congregational Church 1639-1937. Vol. J-Z. Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 1947. p. 592 (original in Vol. 10 p 64)
↑ 7.07.17.27.37.4 Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917 (death p 117; John jr birth p 73; Elihu, Abigail, David birth p. 89)
↑ Death confirmed in the New Haven Vital Records. Entry is next after death of his father
Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven. New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974. (Vol V. p 1197) (p 2031)