Sketches Of

Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers


(page 550)

Elder J. N. Yadon was born in Union County, Tennessee, May 3, 1823. He was a son of Joseph and Phoebe Yadon. Attending a meeting in a "still house" he was converted, at about the age of twenty-one. By experience and baptism he became a member of Hickory Valley Church. He was married, when eighteen years old, to Salena Conder, of Union County. To this union were born nine children, seven daughters and two sons. His ordination to the ministry was authorized by Hickory Valley Church, Elders William Hickle, Mark Monroe and other ministers taking part in the ordination ceremonies. He was pastor of Hickory Valley, Nave Hill, Cedar Grove and other churches in reach of his home. At the time of his death he was pastor of Head of Barren, Straight Creek and Cedar Ford churches, and was greatly beloved as a "father in Israel" by all who knew him, many of them his children in the gospel. He was Moderator of the Northern Association and a leading light in that body for many years; he was its Moderator at the time of his death, 1902, in his eighty-second year. Elder Yadon was a good minister of Jesus Christ, a workman approved unto God and honored of men. The writer met him once at an Association, and found him a man of great influence and of sterling worth. One of his living daughters is Mrs. W. A. McDonald of Sweetwater, a good Baptist sister, who has fed and entertained many a Baptist preacher the last twenty or thirty years.


Burnett, J .J.  Sketches of  Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers.  Nashville, Tenn.:  Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.


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