Shall Yerger was the son of William Yerger (1816–1872), a lawyer and a judge in Jackson, MS, and his wife, Malvina Hogan (Rucks) Yerger (1819–1914). He grew up in Jackson, and attended the University of Virginia in session 47 (1870-1871). There he studied Mathematics, History and Literature, and Modern Languages. In the later years of his life, Shall Yerger was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Bolivar County, Mississippi. He never married.
Yerger had suffered from “chronic gastritis” throughout his life, and that is what caused his death in Bolivar County in 1884. After his death, his remains were buried beside those of his father in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, MS.
- “The Death of Shall Yerger.” The weekly Copiahan. (Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Miss.), 02 Feb. 1884. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/2018270504/1884-02-02/ed-1/seq-3/
- “Personals.” Memphis daily appeal. (Memphis, Tenn.), 29 Jan. 1884. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045160/1884-01-29/ed-1/seq-4/
- [Obituary, Shall Yerger.] The Daily clarion. (Jackson, Miss.), 30 Jan. 1884. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045232/1884-01-30/ed-1/seq-3/>
- University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
- Yerger family tombstones, Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, MS. Findagrave.com https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118407531/shall-yerger
- “Yerger, William (1816-1872)” in Onofrio, Jan, Tennessee Biographical Dictionary. Somerset Publishers, 2000, p. 409.