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The Yantis family came from Kentucky. Enoch Yantis was born in Kentucky, but ultimately came to Texas. He was a tanner by trade, and was the father of James L. Yantis, who is the father of Judge Yantis, and who came to Texas in 1852. He married a Miss Sudduth in 1847. Seven children were born to the union, one of whom is our subject. Mrs. Yantis died in Collin County, Texas in 1872, but the husband still lives and is a citizen of Canton, Texas at this time. Judge Yantis was born April 9, 1857, in Rusk County. He was educated in Alexander Institute, Kilgore, Texas. Later, chose the profession of law, in which he has made a good success as an active and successful practitioner. He began in this profession in 1881. From 1892 to 1896 he served his county as judge of the court. October 16, 1890, he married Miss Belle Riley, a daughter of D. L. Riley, so well and favorably known in Van Zandt County and the State. Judge Yantis came to Van Zandt County in 1879 from the sister county of Gregg. He is a native Texas, and is proud of the fact. He is a man of considerable observation, and says this county and general section has ever enlarging capabilities and is destined to great development indeed. He is a Mason, Woodman of the World, Knight of Labor and Knight of Honor. His theories of life and sound and he is usually found on the right side of questions. He has a home in Canton, with a number of city lots, and is evenly practicing his profession as the senior member of the firm of Yantis and Hubbard, and has the best good of his county at heart. He thinks no invitation to home-seekers and investors can be more attractive than those of Van Zandt County at this time.