Cyril Yates1

b. 5 May 1906, d. 30 November 1999
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
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Cy Yates
     Cyril Yates was born on 5 May 1906 in England.1 He married Adelaide Kennedy, daughter of Walter Kennedy and Sarah Kimbrough Munson, in Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas.2 He died on 30 November 1999 in Brazoria County, Texas, at age 93.1 He was buried in Angleton Cemetery, Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas.3Click to view image
     Writer's note: Cousins Cy and Addie lived just across the trap (small pasture set off from a larger one) from us just south of Angleton. I was allowed to walk across by myself, so I visited often. In the spring I picked pepper grass on the way to give to Cousin Addie's canary, and I liked to play with Cousin Cy's bird dog Dinah. Cousin Addie taught sixth grade and Cousin Cy worked for Cousin Bell Giesecke at Giesecke's Department Store in Angleton. He came from England in the 1920s and first worked on a dairy farm in New Jersey. His move to Texas was not by design. He had accompanied a train shipment of dairy cattle to Sherman, Texas, in the early thirties. When he arrived, he got word from his boss that the business was bankrupt. He offered to pay his way back to New Jersey, but Cousin Cy decided to stay in Texas. I never did learn how he ended up in Brazoria County. He retained a rather thick British accent his entire life. Cousin Addie's death was entirely unexpected. She simply didn't wake up one morning. Cousin Cy first called my mother (Ruth Anna Munson) who ran over and confirmed she was gone. After Cousin Addie's death, he became particularly close to Cousin Della Hanly who predeceased him, and Della's brother John H. Caldwell and his family. He moved to Rosharon and the Caldwells cared for him until his death in 1999.4


  1. [S29] Cyril Yates, no. 449-12-6369, Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb (Provo: Inc., 2005). The SSDI component of RootsWeb is drawn from the Social Security Death Benefits Index of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
  2. [S32] Interview with Ruth Anna (Horn) Munson (Mrs. Joe U. Munson; Angleton, Texas), by Laura Munson Cooper. Transcript held in 2003 by Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St.; Arlington, TX 76012-5608).
  3. [S427] Cyril Yates tombstone, Angleton Cemetery, Angleton, Texas; photographed by the writer on 5 July 2003.
  4. [S9] Personal recollection of the writer, Laura M. Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St., Arlington, Texas).