The following chronological bibliography contains information found on the YOAKUM families during the period of research in identifying George YOAKUM. Some records were pulled from my VAN BEBBER files to go along with this to show the pattern that the VAN BEBBER and YOAKUM families always traveled together in this period. A study of the YOAKUM family could not be complete without researching the moving patterns of the VAN BEBBER families as they moved from GREENBRIER County to RUSSELL County, Virginia and then to CLAIBORNE County, Tennessee. It could be shown that where ever you find one of these five Powell Valley VAN BEBBER's, the others can not be far from them, as they always moved together. This pattern can be seen in other families of this time period.
Nov 22, 1750; AUGUSTA County(later GREENBRIER); "GREENBRIER County Deed & Will Records", printed by Larry SHUCK, Cincinatti, Ohio, page 3. Felty YOCKHAM had 480 acres surveyed on Nov 22, 1750 in AUGUSTA County, later GREENBRIER County, VA.
Apr 24, 1751; AUGUSTA County (later GREENBRIER); "GREENBRIER County DEED & Will Records", printed by Larry SHUCK, Cincinatti, Ohio, page 3. Mathias YOCKHAM had 330 acres surveyed on Apr 24, 1751 in AUGUSTA County, later GREENBRIER County, VA.
Also for this same time period are the following surveys: Frederick SEE had 480 acres surveyed on Apr 24, 1751. George SEE had 360 acres surveyed on May 1, 1751, adjacent to Arch'd CLENDINEN. Arch'd CLENDINEN had 360 acres surveyed on May 1, 1751.
NOTE: These surveys are found among the very first surveys in AUGUSTA County.
Aug 9, 1755; Roanoke, Virginia; Old land Surveys; 267 acres of land was surveyed on August 9, 1755 for Matthias YOAKUM on the north side of Roanoke above Arthur's bottom.
Nov 19, 1761; AUGUSTA County, VA; "Chronicles of the SCOTCH-IRISH Settlement in VIRGINIA 1745-1800", by Lyman CHALKLEY, Gen. Pub. Co., Baltimore, in three volumes. Volume II, Page 93: Valentine YOACUM, witness from BEDFORD.
Aug 16, 1763; AUGUSTA County, VA; "Chronicles of the SCOTCH-IRISH Settlement in VIRGINIA 1745-1800", by Lyman CHALKLEY, Gen. Pub. Co., Baltimore, in three volumes. Vol. III., Page 81: AUGUSTA County Will Book No. 3, Page 275: August 16th, 1763. Ann CLENDENNING's bond (with Felix GILBERT, Wm. MYS) as administratrix of Archd. CLENDENNING.
NOTE: It is known in historical accounts that Archibald CLENDENNIN was massacred the same day with Felty YOAKUM and Frederick SEA.
Mar 21, 1764; ibid; Vol. II, Page 111-112: AUGUSTA County, VA Order Book VIII, Page 395-396 (County Court Minutes): (395) Charles LYNCH, as greatest creditor, qualified as admr. of Valentine YOCUM. (396) William and John CHANDLER, appraisers of YOCUM. Charles LYNCY, as greatest creditor, qualified as admr. of Frederick SEE.
Vol. III, Page 83: Will Book 3, Page 318 21st March, 1764. Charles LYNCH's bond (with Wm. THOMPSON, Alex. THOMPSON) as administrator of Valentine YOACUM.
Will Book 3, Page 319 21st March, 1764. Chalres LYNCH's bond (with Wm. THOMPSON, Alex THOMPSON) as administrator of Frederick SEA.
August, 1764; ibid: Vol. III, Page 107: AUGUSTA County, VA. Will Book 4, Pages 184-185: August, 1764: Valentine YOCON's estate appraised by John CANDLER, Robt. BROOKS, Zachariah MOORMAN, Chas. LYNCH, administrator.
August, 1764: Frederick SEE's estate appraised, by above.
(NOTE: The records of these books clearly support the idea that Valentine YOAKUM was the same as "Felty" YOAKUM that was killed in the massacre of Muddy Creek, along with Frederick SEA and Archibald CLENDENNING.) This researcher has copies of the original records from the GREENBRIER County Court House.
Nov 30, 1764; Military Papers of Colonel Henry BOUQUET in letters to General Thomas GAGE, dated from Fort PITT, November 30, 1764; Published in "Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine", Volume 39 (1956), pages 187-203; article entitled: "Indian Captives Released by Colonel BOUQUET", by William S. EWING, curator of Manuscripts at that time at the Clements Library, University of Michigan
At the end of The French and Indian War, as a condition of peace with the Ohio Indians, BOUQUET demanded the release of prisoners held by the Delaware, Shawnee, and Muncie Indians. By the Articles of Agreement concluded in November 1764, the chieftans of these nations agreed to cease hostilities against all British subjects; to collect and deliver to BOUQUET's forces, all English prisoners, deserters, Frenchmen, Negroes, and any othe White people living among them; and finally to appoint deputies from each Indian tribe authorized to treat for peace for their respective nations with Sir William JOHNSON, Crown Super-intendent of Indian Affairs in the Northern Department. BOUQUET was successful in bringing about the release of about 200 prisoners. These prisoners were delivered to him upon several different occassions from the different Indian Nations. Among the lists we find the following dates and names:
Inclosed in BOUQUET to GAGE, November 30, 1764, GAGE Papers, CLEMENTS Library, University of Michigan:
List of Captives taken by Indians in AUGUSTA County, Virginia (later GREENBRIER) going home under the Care of Col. McNEILL, Volunteers, with a Return of the Necessaries delivered to them at Muskingum & Ft. PITT: males: #3. Geo: YOKEHAM 1 shirt, 1 leggins, 1 shoe pack #6. Michael SEE 2 shirts, 1 blanket #7. George SEE 1 shirt, 1 leggins, 1 shoe pack
females: #15. Margar't YOKEHAM 1 legins, 1 shoe pack, 1 blanket #20. Mary SEE 2 shirts, 1 leggins, 1 shoe pack, 1 blanket, 1 pair of shoes #21. Catherine SEE 1 shirt, 1 shoe pack
Fort Pitt Dec'r. ye 1st 1764 Received of Col BOUQUET . . .(signed) John McNEILL Indorsed: Return of Captives & Necessaries going to Augusta County under the Care of Col'l McNeill's Voluntiers Dec'r ye 1, 1764
List E British Museum. Additional Manuscripts. 21655,f.249.
List of Prisoners going to Fort PITT under the Command of Capt'n LEWIS Nov. ye 15, 1764.
males: #16. Michael SEE #17. George SEE
females: #23. Margaret YOKEHAM #28. Mary SEE
Camp at Muskingum Nov'r ye 15- 1764 Received from Capt'n LEWIS Ourry, A.D.Q.M.G. the above Sixty Captives, which I am to deliver to the Commanding Officer at Fort Pitt having Signed two Receipts of this same Tenor & date CHA's LEWIS (Endorsed) List of Prisoners Sent by Captain LEWIS to to Fort Pitt the 15'th November 1764.
Inclosed in BOUQUET to GAGE, March 4, 1765, GAGE Papers, CLEMENTS Library, University of Michigan.
List of Prisoner's delivered up by the Shawanese Indians at Mackwayack and arrived at Fort Pitt 5'th January 1765.
#5. Elizabeth YOAKIM, 12 years old; taken July 1763 from Green Bryar AUGUSTA County.
Inclosed in CROGHAN to GAGE, May 12, 1765, GAGE Papers, CLEMENTS Library, University of Michigan.
List of the Prisoners delived'd up by te Shawanese Nation of Indians at Fort Pitt the 10th May 1765.
(males) #11. John SEA, age 7, taken at Catapin, Virginia; a prisoner for 7 years.
List G (continued)
Women Deliver'd 10'th May 1765 by the Shawanese.
#2. Peggy SEA, age 19, taken from Green Bryer, Virginia, a prisoner of 2 years. #12. Sally SEA, age 10, taken from Green Bryer, Virginia, a prisoner of 2 years. #19. Jean CLANDINNON, age 5, taken from Green Bryer, Virginia, a prisoner of 2 years. #20. Sally YOKUM, age 5, taken from Green Bryer, Virginia, a prisoner of 2 years. #21. Mary SEA, age 7, taken from Green Bryer, Virginia, a prisoner of 2 years.
General State of the prisoners deliver'd at Fort Pitt 10'th May 1765 Delivered by the Shawanese taken from Virginia Men 20 Women 21 Delivered by ditto . . taken from Pennsylvania men 1 Deliver'd by the Muncies taken from ditto women 2 Total Delivered 44 Indorsed: List of the prisoners Delivered up the Shawanese Indians at Fort Pitt 10 May 1765
NOTE: A complete list of prisoners may now be found on the internet at http://ps.superb.net/malec/bouquet.htm
1774; BOUTETOURT County, VA; "EARLY ADVENTURES on the WESTERN WATERS", by Mary B. & F.B. KEGLEY, Vol I, Page 22. James JARRETT, grant of 216 acres in Mudy (MUDDY) Creek, including old survey, adjacent Felty YOAKUM.
Circa July 1775; BOTETOURT County, VA; Payroll list of men who fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant, Lord DUNMORE's War; BOTETOURT Militia; Virginia State Archives; Misc Microfilm #78: The first line of the microfilm reads: "Public Service Claims, Pittsburgh, 1775", page 155 (Matthew ARBUCKLE's Company) (pd ARBUCKLE) Capt. Matthew ARBUCKLE - Botetourt - By Allowance for Sundry . . 6/2/4 (Matthews) By fourth? Allw'ce for horse hire 0/6/8 Ex'd. James DAVIS, Botetourt By Sundry Acct: pd 15/19/6 (Matthews) Memo. to see if 6 fee be deducted out of his pay for a hide, it should not. Isaac VANBEAVER (or his Widow Sarah) Botetourt By 432? lbs Beef @ 12/6 2/14/0 (Matthews) James DAVIS Jun'r. (Cooper) - Botetourt By 262 1/2 Beef @ 12/6 1/12/2 3/4 (Matthews) James JARRET - Botetourt By Sundry & Acct.? 6/18/8 (Matthews)
Page 174: ARBUCKLES Compa Continued William GRIFFEE 12 Days Pay @ 1/6 0/18/0 George YOKEM 10 Days Pay @ 1/6 0/15/0 George SEE 16 Days Pay @ 1/6 1/4/0
Page 176: ARBUCKLES Compa Continued George SEE 83 Days Pay @ 1/6 6/4/6 George YOKEM 83 Days Pay @ 1/6 6/4/6 Peter SHOEMAKER 51 Days Pay @ 1/6 3/16/6 John GRIFFITHS 83 Days Pay @ 1/6 6/4/6
Page 181: (pd. VANBEBBER) Capt. John VANBEBBER 66 Days Pay @ 6/0 19/16/0 Ex'd. (pd. VANBEBBER) James DAVIS 66 Days Pay @ 2/6 8/5/0; Deduct for a hide 6/0 7/18/2 Ex'd. (pd. STEWART) William GRIFFITHS 62 Days Pay @ 1/6 4/13/0 Ex'd. (pd J. VANBEBBER) James DAVIS 66 Days Pay @ 1/6 4/19/0 Ex'd. (pd. STEWART) Isaac VANBEBBER 66 Days Pay @ 1/6 4/19/0 Ex'd. (pd. John VANBEBBER) Peter VANBEBBER 66 Days Pay @ 1/6 4/19/0 Ex'd. (pd. STEWART) Peter SHOEMAKER 62 Days Pay @ 1/6 4/13/0 Ex'd. (pd. LOCKHEART July 6) George YOAKUM 35 Days Pay @ 1/6 2/12/6 pd. (pd. W.McCOY) James DAVIS 66 Days Pay @ 1/6 4/19/0 Ex'd. (pd. LOCKHEART) James DAVIS 11 Days Lieut. @ 5/0 2/15/0 pd. ----------------------------------------- Col. Andrew LEWIS - Botetourt ----- By Sundry & Acct: 69/11/3 | By Allowance for his pay 183/10/0 | Certificate To 1 Mare 8/16/.. , 2 Bullocks & 2 hides 6/0/0 (pd. M. ARBUCKLE) Peter SHOEMAKER - Botetourt - By 19 days pay as a Scout @ 5/ 4/14/0 To 1 Mare 60/ 3/0/0 Ex.d (pd. M. ARBUCKLE) William GRIFFEE - Botetourt - By 70 days pay as a Scout 17/10/0 Ex.d
NOTE: The names above are those found in the VAN BEBBER and YOAKUM family and also those names that at some time had some type of affair or action with them. Note the name William GRIFFEE/GRIFFITH and that it is spelled both ways in this record. This is probably the same William GRIFFEE that married Sarah DAVIS/VAN BIBBER, the widow of Isaac VAN BIBBER, I., who was killed in the Battle of Point Pleasant. Also note the name James DAVIS and the occurence of that name here and remember that Sarah DAVIS/VAN BIBBER had a brother named James DAVIS. The dates of this record are not found on the copies in the possession of this researcher. There is a date of July 6 beside some of the names on the record. The battle of Point Pleasant was fought on Oct 10, 1774 so this record may have been made around July 1775, since it shows Isaac "VANBEAVER" as being deceased on the payroll list.
NOTE 2: Of further interest to VAN BEBBER researchers is the fact that John BANBEAVER, Peter VANVEAVER, and Sarah BENBEAVER, the widow of Isaac BENVEAVER, are shown in the CULPEPER County Militia Records as being paid there for service in this War. John and Peter served 83 days and Isaac served 53 days. CULPEPPER County is East of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is the only county listed on that side of the mountains as having furnished men to fight in this war. Knowing that Isaac died on Oct 10 or 11, 1774, by simple math we can deduct that the VANBEBBER brothers joined on or about August 18, 1774. The exact dates of Lord DUNMORE's War is not known by this researcher.
Oct 5, 1780; BOTETOURT County, VA; BOTETOURT County Marriage Records; "BOUTETOURT County, Virginia Marriages,1770-1853", by John VOGT and T. William KETHLEY, Jr., Iberian Publishing Company, Athens, Georgia, Volumn I, Page 320. George YOAKUM married Isabella TAYLOR on Oct 5, 1780 in BOTETOURT County, VA. Bondsman: Peter KEENEY; Witness: David MAY (Clerk) and Peter KEENEY; Father: George TAYLOR.
NOTE: This George YOAKUM has not been identified by this researcher.
Jul 5, 1781; LINCOLN County, VA. (now Kentucky); Early LINCOLN County Marriage Records July 5, 1782: James RAY married Milly YOCUM.
NOTE: This James RAY is General James RAY, who was a Captain in the LINCOLN County Militia and later was ranked as a General and is seen in most all accounts concerning him as General. He married Amelia "Milly" YOCUM, the daughter of Matthias YOCUM, Jr. Later this same year he would serve as Captain over the LINCOLN County MILITIA where a George YOCUM and a Henry YOCUM would serve under him. It is not believed by this researcher that this is the same George YOAKUM that lived in GREENBRIER County, VA at this time, as there is a great distance between the two places.
Aug 22, 1781; GREENBRIER County, VA; GREENBRIER County Court Minutes: 22 August 1781 Elizabeth YOAKUM with George YOAKUM and George WHALEY acknowledged their bond, the penalty of 1000 with condition that the said Elizabeth YOAKUM shall keep her peace towards the good citizens of this commonwealth for and during the term of twelve months and one day from this date hereof; especially towards Rebecca PATTERSON.
Aug 13, 1782; GREENBRIER County, VA; GREENBRIER Baptist Church at Alderson, GREENBRIER Co. (now MONROE Co., VA), "William and Mary Quarterly", Vol VIII, Second Series, 1928, Pages 194 and following. "A book containing the marriages by John ALDERSON"
August the 13, 1782 - John SHOUMAKER with Elizabeth YOULEKEM.
(NOTE: Elizabeth YOAKUM was the daughter of Valentine "Felty" YOAKUM.)
Oct 23, 1782 thru Nov 22, 1782; LINCOLN County, Virginia (now Kentucky); "George Rogers CLARK and His Men, Military Records, 1778-1784", by Margery Heberling HARDING, published by the Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, Kentucky. Thanks given to Mrs. Rose Anne KIRBY of Potomac, Maryland for finding and sharing this document with me.
Document 14, "A Pay Call of Capt James RAYS Company of LINCOLN Militia in actual Service on an Expedition against the Shanee Indians Under the command of George Rogers Clarg Brigidear Jeneral - 1782". On this payroll were the following names of interest to YOAKUM researchers: James RAY, Capt., entered service on Octr. 23, 1782 and discharged Novr. 22, 1782, a total of 31 days at 10 shillings per day = 15/10/0 Henry YOCUM, ditto @ 9.6 pence per day = 2/1/4 George YOCUM, ditto @ 9.6 pence per day = 2/1/4
NOTE: This researcher believes that this George YOCUM has been confused with the Powell Valley George YOAKUM and someone has incorrectly put the military record of the Kentucky George YOCUM on the tombstone of the Powell Valley George YOAKUM and set it at his grave site in Powell Valley at the Felix ROGERS Cemetery. This researcher further believes that the two YOCUM men found in this LINCOLN County Militia were brothers and possibly sons of Matthias YOAKUM, I. and Eleanor.
Nov 18, 1782; GREENBRIER County Legislative Papers; "The Virginia Genealogist", Volume 2, Page 168. A Petition of persons who are settlers on lands patented by others. The terms of the Act for settling and adjusting titles requires that the composition money be paid within six months or the land will revert to the grantees. Because of the scarcity of money they cannot meet that requirement. Among those settlers on this petition was the name of George YOAKUM. Also other names of interest to VAN BEBBER/YOAKUM researchers was: Andrew DONNALLY, William GRIFFETT, Mickal SEE, George SEE, John SEE, and possibly others.
NOTE: The fact that George YOAKUM, I., son of Valentine YOAKUM, is found in GREENBRIER County in November 1782 excludes him from being in LINCOLN County, Virginia (Kentucky) in the LINCOLN County Militia under the command of Captain James RAY.
1783-1784; GREENBRIER County; "GREENBRIER County Land Holders", page 9. George YOCUM, is listed with 800 acres as an assignee of Adonijah MATHEWS.
Jun 14, 1783; GREENBRIER County, Virginia; GREENBRIER County Militia; George Rogers CLARK Papers, Vol. VI., Virginia State Library, Ref. T-GV1P239. "I hereby certify that George YOAKUM and Peter VANBEBBER served as scouts from the 2nd day of May to 8th. day of June, both days included, in this county, and found their own rations. Given under my hand this 14 day of June 1783. (signed) Samuel McCLUNG, GREENBRIER County, 17 July, 1783"
(NOTE: George YOAKUM, listed above, had two brothers- in-law named Peter VAN BEBBER. One Peter VAN BEBBER was the son of Isaac VAN BIBBER and Sarah DAVIS and was the brother of Martha "Patty" VAN BIBBER. George married Martha "Patty" VAN BIBBER ca 1777. The other Peter VAN BEBBER was the Peter who married Sarah YOAKUM, strongly believed to be the sister of George. This Peter was born 1757 and was Peter VAN BEBBER, III, the son of Peter VAN BIBBER, II, and Margery BOUNDS. So the above named Peter could be either of these three Peter's listed here. Dr. H.C. SMITH, in his book HISTORY of the YOAKUM FAMILY, page 298, used this reference.)
June, 1785; GREENBRIER County, VA; GREENBRIER County Court Minutes for June 1785; page 33: "Certified that Sarah VAN BEBBER, wife of William GRIFFEY, was 2 years Widow of Isaac VAN BEBBER, Deceased, and had 7 children."
and Later in the minutes of June 21, 1785 on page 375:
"Ordered to be certified to the Audotor that Sarah VAN BEBBER, now Wife of William GRIFFY, made sufficient proof to the court that she was two years the Widow of Isaac VAN BEBBER and that she had seven children in her widowhood."
Jun 29, 1785; GREENBRIER County, VA; GREENBRIER Baptist Church at Alderson, GREENBRIER Co. (now MONROE Co., VA), "William and Mary Quarterly", Vol VIII, Second Series, 1928, Pages 194 and following. "A book containing the marriages by John ALDERSON"
June the 29, 1785 - Peter VENBEBBER with Eleanor VENBEBBER
(NOTE: This is Peter VAN BEBBER, Sr., the son of Isaac VAN BIBBER, I, and Sarah DAVIS; and also this is Eleanor VAN BIBBER, the daughter Peter VAN BIBBER, II, and Margery BOUNDS.
Jul 22, 1785; ibid.
July the 22, 1785 - Peter VENBEBBER with Sarah YOLKECOME.
(NOTE: This is Peter VAN BEBBER, III., the son of Peter VAN BIBBER, II, and Margery BOUNDS; and also this is Sarah YOAKUM, the daughter of Valentine YOAKUM, and sister to George YOAKUM.)
Dec 20, 1785; GREENBRIER County, Virginia; GREENBRIER County Court Minutes, page 36: "Mrs. GRIFFY, late Widow of Isaac VAN BEBBER, Deceased, certified as pensioner, which her children, etc."
and later in the minutes on page 459: Tuesday, 20 December, 1785 "Ordered that Mrs. GRIFFY, late Widow of Isaac VAN BEBBER, Deceased, be certified to the Auditor of Public Accounts as a pensioner which her children, etc."
NOTE: This researcher has reference to Sarah VAN BEBBER/GRIFFY later in the court records on Apr 30, 1788 & Jun 29, 1788 concerning her pension and the fact that she raised her children on her own without help and was in need of the pension allowance given her. The pension petition of Sarah VAN BEBBER/GRIFFEY can not be found in the National Archives. QUESTION: Was her pension a state pension or county pension? The possibility exists that Sarah and her new husband, William GRIFFEY, later joined some of her children in CLAIBORNE County, Tennessee.
Mar 22, 1786; GREENBRIER County, Virginia; GREENBRIER County Court Minutes, page 463: Wednesday, 22 March, 1786 Peter VAN BEBBER is appointed guardian of Mathew VAN BEBBER, John VAN BEBBER, Nancy VAN BEBBER, James VAN BEBBER, and Isaac VAN BEBBER whereupon the said Peter with John STUART, his security, came into court and took the oath required and entered into and acknowledged their bond in the Penalty of 500 pounds with conditions as the law directs.
NOTE: This researcher interprets the above document to mean that older brother, Peter VAN BEBBER, who was married to his first cousin, Eleanor VAN BEBBER, in 1785, was now being made guardian to his younger siblings. Note also that his sister Martha VAN BEBBER is not named because she is already married in 1786 to George YOAKUM and had several children of her own by this date. This researcher further believes that this would name the seven children of Isaac VAN BEBBER and Sarah DAVIS.
May 10, 1786; RUSSELL County, Virginia, Law Order Book One, Page 4: John VAN BEBBER is appointed Lieutenant of the RUSSELL County Militia.
NOTE: This is John VAN BEBBER, the younger brother of Martha VAN BEBBER/YOAKUM. This is the first record of this family in lower Southwest Virginia. They evidently moved there while it was still WASHINGTON County, to be there for the organization of RUSSELL County.
Aug 19, 1786; GREENBRIER County, Virginia, Deed Book 1, pages 17-18. Adonijah MATHEWS, a merchant, for 3345 Pounds:16:5, owed Jeremiah PARKER, Richard PARKER, & Jeremiah WARDER, of Philadelphia, PA, 480 Acres on Muddy Cr. where George YOKUM lately lived.
1787-1788; Lower District of RUSSELL County, Early VA Tax List: John VAN BEBBER, Peter VAN BEBBER, and George YOAKUM each paid taxes for one white male over age 21.
Dec 31, 1787; RUSSELL County, Virginia; Calendar of Virginia State Papers, Volume IV, January 1785 to July 1789, Pages 375-376. A letter from Arthur CAMPBELL, Andrew COWAN, Samuel EDMISTON, Daniel BOONE and Thomas CARTER address to Governor RANDOLPH. Letter is dated Dec. 31, 1787. "Sir: If is is found next Spring that a war with the Indians is unavoidable, we are of the opinion that Two Companies of Rangers, of 50 men each, will be necessary to protect the frontiers of WASHINGTON, MONTGOMERY, and RUSSELL. Those allotted to range, so as to be a safeguard to the Inhabitants of MONTGOMERY, to be stationed on the West side of the Greaty Kanhaway, where the Greenbrier Road crosses to Kentuckuy, and on Sandy River where the said road crosses that river.
Those for the defense of the other two counties might be stationed: 1st. A detachment at Park's Springs, in Powell's Valley; another at YOAKUM's Station, where the waggon road crosses the Powell's river; a third in the Rye-Cove, and the remainder in the neighborhood of Castle-woods, the New-Garden or Richlands."
(NOTE: The above is important in the establishment of an approximate date of YOAKUM Station in the RUSSELL/ LEE County area of Virginia.)
1788; RUSSELL County Property and Land Tax; William WEBB's List; Poll Tax. George YOKIM paid taxes in 1788 for 1 White Poll in the UPPER District of RUSSELL County, Virginia.
Sep 18, 1788; RUSSELL County, Virginia, Law Order Book One, Page 123: John VAN BEBBER is paid 100 lbs. of tobacco for killing one old wolf. George YOAKUM is paid 400 lbs. of tobacco for killing four old wolves.
1789-1793; Lower District of RUSSELL County, Early VA Tax List; "List taken by Samuel RITCHIE, 1789". John VAN BEBBER, Peter VAN BEBBER, James VAN BEBBER and George YOAKUM paid taxes each for one white male over age 21.
1790; MADISON County, VA (now Kentucky); U.S. Census of 1790: There is a George YOCUM and family are living in MADISON County, VA (Kentucky) at this time.
February, 1790; RUSSELL County, VA, Law Order Book One, Page 185: John VAN BEBBER is shown to be Lieutenant of the RUSSELL County Militia.
1792; RUSSELL County, Virginia Personal Property and Land Tax List, Lower District; Land Taxes, John CARTER, Commissioner.
George YOLKAM, assignee of T. CAMPBELL, 400 acres.
Aug 7, 1792; RUSSELL County, VA., Deed Book One, Page 232. John VAN BEBBER witnessed a deed of 254 acres of John CAMPBELL to Nathaniel HIX of RUSSELL County. Nathaniel HIX was the step father-in-law of John VAN BEBBER, having married Jean SCOTT/CRISMAN, the widow of Isaac CRISMAN. John married Margaret CRISMAN, the oldest daughter of Isaac CRISMAN and Jean SCOTT.
Aug 1792-Dec 1793; Powell Valley, RUSSELL County, VA; Calendar of Virginia State Papers (preserved in Richmond, VA.) In August, 1792, the Virginia Governor directed the commanding officer of WASHINGTON County, VA to draft 25 men and send to Powell Valley for relief there. Instead Col. Arthur CAMPBELL directed Liet. WILLOUGHBY to enlist those "that lived in the valley" and they never left their homes:
Nath'l HIX, Serg't. - Served 2 mos, 6 days. Henry HOVER, Corp'l. - Served 2 mos, 17 days. James VANBIBBER, Private - Served 3 mos, 5 days. Vincent HOBBS, Private - Served 2 mos, 17 days. George YOCKIM, Private - Served 2 mos, 22 days. Nimrod CRISMAN, Private - Served 2 mos, 24 days. John HOVER, Private - Served 2 mos, 0 days.
(NOTE: All the above people were involved in VAN BEBBER/YOAKUM family history.)
Aug 28, 1792; RUSSELL County, Law Order Book 2, Page 23: John VAN BIBER and James VAN BIBBER are ordered to be treble taxed for failing to report their taxable property.
Sep 25, 1792; RUSSELL County, Law Order Book 2, Page 25: John VAN BIBBER witnessed a deed for Nathaniel HIX; Nathaniel HIX was the step father-in-law of the wife of John VAN BIBBER.
Oct 25, 1792; An Act for dividing RUSSELL County into RUSSELL and LEE Counties; Petition of RUSSELL County residents living in the Powell Valley area. This petition was made up probably sometime during the year 1792. The act passed Oct 25, 1792.
Among this long list of names were the following men:
Elisha WALLEN, Isaac CHRISMAN, Gabe CHRISMAN, Alexander SCOTT, John HOOVER, George YOKUM, John VANBIBBER, James VANBIBBER, John HOOVER, Jr., Henry HOOVER, Homer O. CHRISMAN.
December 13, 1792; From a 1793 Pay Abstract for a Detachment of Militia from Washington County, December 13, 1792; the following men were taken from the list, among others; being ordered into service under the command of Captain Andrew LEWIS.
Mathew WILLOUGHBY, Lieutenant, enlisted Aug 15, 1792 Served 3 mos, 18 days; Total Pay: $93.60. Nath. HIX, Serg't, enlisted Sep 8, 1792, Served 2 mos, 6 days; Total Pay: $15.40. Henry HOOVER, Corp'l, enlisted Sep 8, 1792, Served 2 mos, 17 days; Total Pay: $15.40. James VANBIBER, Private, enlisted Aug 27, 1792, Served 3 mos, 5 days; Total Pay: $17.41. George YOKAM, Private, enlisted Sep 3, 1792, Served 2 mos, 22 days; Total Pay: $15.03. Vincent HOBBS, Private, enlisted Sep 8, 1792, Served 2 mos, 17 days; Total Pay: $14.12. Nimrod CHRISMAN, Private, enlisted Sep 8, 1792, Served mos, 24 days; Total Pay: $15.40. John HOOVER, Private, enlisted Sep 24, 1792, Served 1 mo, 0 days; Total pay: $5.50. Stephen KEEWOOD, Private, enlisted Oct 1, 1792, Served 1 mo, 2 days; Total Pay: $5.87.
1793; RUSSELL County; Tax lists for the lower district of RUSSELL County, Virginia.
George YOKUM was on the tax list in the lower district of RUSSELL County, Virginia in 1793.
July, 1793; RUSSELL County, Law Order Book 2, Pages 90-91. In this list of names of persons being paid for killing wolves, there appears the names: James VAN BIBBER, Peter VAN BIBBER, and John VAN BIBBER. John VAN BIBBER's name appears twice.
Nov 6, 1793; Calendar of Virginia State Papers, Volume VI, Pages 623, 646, and 684. A Letter, dated Nov 6, 1793, from A. LEWIS (he was Colonel Andrew LEWIS) to Lieutenant Matthew WILLOUGHBY, Fort LEE: In this letter there is a discussion of the pay and duties of men that were assigned for the protection of WASHINGTON County. Among the men named in this letter as having served from their homes were: George YOAKUM, James VAN BEBBER, Nimrod CHRISTIAN(sic), John HOOVER, Rob't HOWARD.
In his return letter, dated Nov 23, 1793 (page 646) Matthew WILLOUGHBY discusses his march to YOAKUM Station and also discusses meeting at the home of Henry HOOVER, who lived near YOAKUM Station. In this letter he discusses his enlisting men of the area for duty and among those named were: George YOCUM, Robert HOWARD, James VAN BEBBER, Nimrod CHRISTMAN, Nathanial HIX, and Henry HOOVER.
The above named mens rate of pay were discussed in a letter written on Dec 13, 1793 (page 686).
Mar 3, 1794; LEE County, VA, Deed Book 1, Page 54. Peter VAN BIBBER and Robert HOWARD witnessed the Last Will and Testament of John HOOVER. Peter VAN BEBBER testified as a witness when the will was probated, also, on July 14, 1795.
April 1794; LEE County, VA; "HISTORY of SCOTT COUNTY", by Robert M. ADDINGTON, Regional Publishing Company (Baltimore), 1977, "The Indian Attack upon the Families of Peter and Henry LIVINGSTON", pages 115-123. Also: "HISTORY of SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, 1746-1786, WASHINGTON COUNTY, 1777-1780", by Lewis Preston SUMNERS, J.L. HILL Printing Company, 1903, Pages 433-443.
In an interesting account by eye witnesses taken upon the attack of the family of Peter and Henry LIVINGSTON by Cherokee Chief BENGE and others, the story is told of how the LEE County Militia tracks down and kills this marauding Indian leader near Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Among those in the group that helped save the lives of the some of the frontier women were: George YOAKUM, John VAN BEBBER, Peter VAN BEBBER, James VAN BEBBER. The group was led by Vincent HOBBS and John VAN BEBBER. The highlight of the account gives the details of Vincent HOBBS killing Chief BENGE with the assistance of John VAN BEBBER.
Jan 8, 1795; KNOX County, Territory South of the Ohio; "Knoxville Gazette"; Copy in Lawson-McGhee Library, Knoxville, TN. Jan 8, 1795: William BLOUNT, Governor of the Territory Sourth of the Ohio, issued a proclamation commanding the people of Powell Valley to vacate their homesteads, which proclamation they are said to have obeyed. (See Old Speedwell Families, by EDWARDS and DAVIS, Southern Historical Press, 1980. NOTE: This tells this researcher that at least by 1794 pioneer settlers had their eye on Powell Valley in that part that became Tennessee and were trying to settle on it and make their home there.
1795; LEE County, VA, Personal Property and Land Book: Peter VAN BEBBER and James VAN BEBBER paid taxes for one white male each, over age 16. George YOAKUM paid taxes fo two white males over age 16. His oldest child, Isaac, was 17 in 1795 and would account for the second male in his household. It is noted here for the record that John VAN BEBBER was not listed on this tax list. It is possible that he was already in Tennessee before this tax list was made.
July 14, 1795; LEE County, VA; Deed Book 1, Page 54. Peter VAN BEBBER proves the last will and testament of John HOOVER in open court in LEE County, VA.
June 13, 1796; LEE County, VA, Deed Book 1, Page 259-160. George YOAKUM and Patty, his wife, of LEE County, VA sell to Joseph SPENCER, of LEE County, vA, 300 acres of land on the south side of Powell's River, for the sum of 160 pounds. (NOTE: This sale was most probably in preparation for the move to GRAINGER County, TN.)
Sep 13, 1796; GRAINGER County, TN, Quarterly Court Minutes, Book 1, Page 12.
"Ordered that a Jury be appointed to View a road the nearest and best wasy from TURNER's Ferry on Holston river To Powder Spring Gap in Clinch Mountain and from there to YOKHAM,s Station in Powell Valley To Witt: Elijah CHISM, John BUNCH, William RUSSELL, John HORNER Nicholas COONTZ & Thos. McBROOM." (NOTE: From these last two entries, you can see that YOAKUM Station was built sometime between these dates, or probably was even built before the first date of June 13, 1796. At any rate, it was an important landmark in the year of Tennessee statehood. It is also a well established fact that the YOAKUM family and VAN BEBBER families traveled together.)
Feb 6, 1797; Knoxville, KNOX, Tennessee; Roulstone's Knoxville Gazette and Weekly Advertiser; "Letter written by Captain Richard SPARKS and Captain John WADE of the 3rd Regiment US ARMY to the citizens residing in Powell Valley on lands which the Indian Claim is not extinguished, Feb 2, 1797" In this letter the citizens of Powell Valley are asked to meet at YOCUM's Station on Feb 20, 1797 to discuss their circumstances of living on the Indian lands, and the fact that according to U.S. law they were compelled to leave this area until new treaties could be made with the Indians. In a series of letters written thru the Knoxville Gazette it seems this trouble concerning their removal went on thru October 2, 1798, when a new treaty with the Cherokee Nation was finally settled at Tellico Block-house. From reading the letters written back and forth from the Powell Valley citizens and Governor John Sevier, it seems they were compelled to move at least temporary, but if they did it can not be determined by the Court Minutes of GRAINGER County, Tennessee, which county they were living in at this time. QUESTION: What is the earliest date of these settlers into Powell Valley and how many families were forced to temporarily leave? For more information see Old Speeedwell Families, by EDWARDS and DAVIS.
March Term Court, 1797; GRAINGER County, TN, Quarterly Court Minutes, Book 1, Page 25.
"Ordered that John BUNCH, John HORNER, William RUSSELL, Joseph RHEA, Elijah CHISUM, John VAN BIBBER, and George YOKHAM, be Appointed to View a road the Nearest and best way from TURNER's Ferry on Holston River, to YOKHAM's Station in Powell Valey and make report."
Apr 12, 1797, GRAINGER County, TN; "COMMISSION BOOK of GOVERNOR John SEVIER - 1796-1801", page 20. Peter VEN BEBER(sic) is commissioned as Lieutenant in the Regiment of GRAINGER County, during good behavior.
NOTE: After reading these minutes it appears that the Powell Valley citizens in and around YOAKUM's Station did not leave during the Indian problems but did keep a County Militia ready for whatever events may take place. "during good behavior" would mean good behavior of the Indians.
Jun 13, 1797, GRAINGER County, TN. Court Minutes, Book 1, Page 32. "The order for Viewing the Road from TURNER,s ferry on Hoston River To the Powder Spring Gap, from thence to YOKHAM's Station in Powels Valley, Be Renewed and Continued."
Oct 1'st Saturday, 1797; GRAINGER County, TN; DAVIS Creek Primitive Baptist Church Minutes; First organizational meeting of this Church. Peter VAN BEBBER, John VAN BEBBER, and George YOAKUM are petitioners for the organization of the DAVIS Creek Primitive Baptist Church. They, along with James VAN BEBBER, sign as Charter members of the church on the same day. (This Church is still is existence today and just celebrated its bicentennial birthday, and this researcher was fortunate to visit on that day.)
Nov 1, 1797; GRAINGER County, TN; "COMMISSION BOOK of GOVERNOR John SEVIER - 1796-1801", Page 20. John BENBEVER(sic) and twelve other men commissioned Justices of the Peace in and for the County of GRAINGER, during good behavior.
July 15, 1798; GREENBRIER County, VA.; The Narrative of Col. John STEWART of GREENBRIER; taken from the "WILLIAM and MARY QUARTERLY" Magazine, Vol. XXII, Page #229 (Received by Earl QUINTRELL from Virginia State Library and Archives. "Copied by the clerk, John S. CRAWFORD, from the Records of GREENBRIER County at the request of Judge G. A. VINCENT, Fairmont, West Virginia.
MEMORANDOM-- 1798, July 15th (By John Stuart). . . . . . . . The Indians breaking out again in 1763 came up the Kanawha in a large body to the number of sixty and coming to the house of Frederick SEA on Muddy Creek, were kindly entertained by him and Felty YOLKCOM; not suspecting their hostile design were suddenly killed & their famileys, with many others made prisoners: then proceeding over the mountain they came to Archibald CLENDENENS, who like SEA & YOLKCOM, entertained them untill they put him to death, his family with a number of others living with him being all made prisoners or killed, not any one escaping except Conrad YOLKCOM who doubting the design of the Indians when they came to CLENDENENS took his horse out under the pretense of hobbleing him at some distance from the house--soon after some guns were fired at the house and a loud cry raised the people, whereupon YOLKCOM taking the alarm mounted his horse and rode off as far as where the Court House now stands, and there beginning to ruminate whither he might not be mistaken in his apprehension, concluded to return and know the truth but just as he came to the corner of CLENDENENS fence some Indians placed there, presented their guns and attempted to shoot him, but their guns all missing fire (he thinks at least ten) he immediately fled to Jackson's river alarming the people as he went, but few were willing to believe him, the Indians pursued after him and all that fell in their way were slain untill they went on CARRs Creek now in ROCKBRIDGE County, so much were people in them days intimidated by an attack of the Indians that they suffered to retreat with all their Booty, and more prisoners than there was Indians in their party. . . .
(Other related reading of this subject may be found in: 1. "EARLY SETTLERS in GREENBRIER COUNTY, VIRGINIA", Excerpts From the Jurnal of Dr. Thomas WALKER, which appears in the "THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPAHY", Vol. XIX, year ending Dec 31, 1911.
2. "PIONEER DAYS of ALLEGHANY COUNTY by W. A. McALLISTER, WARM SPRINGS, VIRGINIA", found in "THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE of HISTORY and BIOGRAPHY", pages 254 and subsequent, found at the Virginia State Library and Archives.
3. THE ALLEGHENY FRONTIER - WEST VIRGINIA BEGINNING, 1730-1830", by Otis K. RICE, University Press of Kentucky Press, Lexington: 1970, Pages 56-57.
4. "The MUDDY CREEK MASSACRE", as described by James NUGEN, Redding CA, 96002; submitted into the "VANDERPOOL NEWSLETTER, Vol. 10.1, by Myra D. Vanderpool GORMLEY, 8402 57th Street West, Tacoma, WA 98467
Sep 11, 1798, LEE County, VA, Deed Book 1, Pages 159-160. George YOAKUM, and Patsy, his wife, of HAWKINS County, TN, sell to Enos SOUTHERLAND, of LEE County, VA, 52 acres of land in LEE County on the South side of Powell's River for the sum of Forty Pounds. This deed mentions a conditional corner made between "VAN BEBBER" and Stephen JONES.
Sep 11, 1798, LEE County, VA, Deed Book 1, Page 179. George YOCKUM, and Paty, his wife, of HAWKINS County, TN, sell to Carr BAILEY, of LEE County, VA, 131 acres of land on both sides of Powell River and containing YOCUM's Old Station, for the sum of 100 pounds.
Sep 11, 1798, LEE County, VA, Deed Book 1, Page 173. George YOCUM, and Patey, his wife, of HAWKINS County, TN, sell to James HOOF of LEE County, VA, 100 acres of land lying on the south side of Powell's River, for the sum of 40 pounds. Witenessed by John HOOVER.
(NOTE: Was George YOAKUM and Martha "Patty", his wife, waiting for a final end to the Indian problems before selling all their LEE County lands?)
Feb 18, 1799, GRAINGER County Court Minutes, Book 1, Page 82 "John VAN BIBBER and Isaac LANE Two of the Justices named in the Commission of the Peace for this County Came in to Court and Qualified according to law."
1799, GRAINGER County Tax List; Early Tax Records. John VAN BIBBER, Esquire, takes a list of Taxes and taxable Property in the Bounds of Captain William BOWMAN's Company. Among those on the list were: John VANBEBBER, James VANBEBBER, Peter VANBEBBER, Robert HOWARD and George YOAKUM. George YOAKUM paid taxes on two white males over age 21. According to the birthdate of Isaac YOAKUM, Feb 23, 1778, and who is the oldest son; Isaac YOAKUM turned 21 years of age on Feb 23, 1799 and would be the second male in this tax list.
1799, GRAINGER County Petition The following named were taken from a petition in GRAINGER County of 1799: George YOAKUM, Isaac YEOKUM, John YEOKUM, Valentine YEOKUM.
1799, GRAINGER County Court Minutes, Book 1, Page 98-99. John VAN BIBBER is appointed to a road surveying party to review a road down the lower end of Powell Valley to lower end of GRAINGER County at Cross Mountain.
1800; Kentucky Census for 1800: In the 1800 Census there is a George YOCUM and family living in MONTGOMERY County. Six other YOCUM families are listed in this county.
May 3, 1800, GRAINGER County, TN; DAVIS Creek Primitive Baptist Church Minutes; Edited by Lawrence Edwards, 1968. George YOAKUM and Samuel WEAVER asked to inquire of Peter VANBEBBER concerning his non-attendance of church.
May 21, 1800, GRAINGER County Court Minutes, Book 1, Page 145. "Ordered that George YOCUM be Appointed overseer of the road from the Haw Branch to the Glaces at John ARTHERS ---"
Jun 7, 1800, GRAINGER County, TN; DAVIS Creek Primitive Baptist Church Minutes. George YOAKUM reports to the Church that Peter VANBEBBER does not attend because he does not like the preaching. (NOTE: This is the last reference of George YOAKUM in these church minutes and the last reference I have found concerning George YOAKUM while he was still living.)
1800, GRAINGER County Court Minutes, Book 1, page 135. John VAN BIBBER, Esquire, is appointed Tax Assessor from Captian SKIDMORE's Company to Captain HALAINs? Company.
Post Oct 28, 1800; GRAINGER County, TN, Tombstone Inscription; Felix ROGERS' Cemetery, Speedwell, Powell Valley, TN.
In memory of Georg Yoakum who departed this life the 28th of October 1800 agede 45 years & 8 mo.
(NOTE: Using simple math above we find that George YOAKUM would have been born in February, 1755. This tombstone is the original tombstone for George YOAKUM. The DAR has placed a new stone in front of this stone which has incorrect birthdate and military information concerning this George YOAKUM.)
1801, GRAINGER County, TN. Court Minutes, Book 1, Page 173. John VAN BIBBER is appointed to take a list of Taxable Property in the bounds of GRAINGER County for the year 1801 and make a return to the court to May Sessions, 1801. His list was to be in the bounds of Captain VAN BIBBER's Company. (NOTE: John VAN BIBBER was Captain VAN BIBBER.)
May 18, 1801, GRAINGER County Court Minutes, Book 1, Pages 174-175. "At a Court Began & held in & for the Conty of Grainger at the Court house in Rutledge on the third Monday of May A.D. 1801 - it being the Eighteenth day of Said Month--
Present James GRANT Noe JARNAGAN ) William HANKINS John VAN BIBBER ) Esquire-
Ordered that Martha YOKUM & Isaac YOKUM have the right of Administration on the Estate of George YOKUM Deceased who-- Gave John VAN BIBBER & Robert HOWARD their Securities in the Sum of Five thousand Dollars & were qualifyed Accordingley let Letters of Administration Issue --- Isd. 20th June 1801- "
(NOTE: It is clear to this researcher that the Martha YOKUM listed above is Martha "Patty" VAN BEBBER, the daughter of Isaac VAN BEBBER and Sarah DAVIS, and the widow of George YOAKUM, I., Deceased. Also, Isaac YOAKUM is the oldest child of George YOAKUM, I, and Martha "Patty" VAN BEBBER/YOAKUM.)
May 23, 1801, GRAINGER County Court Minutes, Book 1, page 192. "Ordered that the following Person be appointed as inspectors to the Ensuing Election at YOAKHAM's Sttion in Powells Valley for Governor, Representative to Congress, and Members to the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee: Frances VICY, John VAN BEBBER, and Spencer GRAYHAM. Issued 4th June 1801."
(NOTE: In October, 1801, CLAIBORNE County was formed from GRAINGER County and Powell Valley then fell in this newly created County. John VAN BEBBER was appointed a county commissioner in the new county.)
June 1802; CLAIBORNE County, TN., Court Minutes for June 1802, Book 1, page 50. "William GRIFFETH was appointed Constable, who gave for his securities John VAN BEBBER & Robert HOWARD & was sworn in Open Court to support the Constigution of hte United States & of the State of Tennessee -& took the oath of office in Open Court."
NOTE: This William GRIFFETH is found in several other documents connected with the VAN BEBBER's. Is it possible that this is the same William GRIFFEE/GRIFFITH that married Sarah DAVIS/VAN BIBBER, the widow of Isaac VAN BIBBER, I., who died at Point Pleasant on Oct 10, 1774?
1803, GRAINGER County Petition, "Early Tennessee Tax Lists", by Mary Barnett CURTIS, pages 69-70. The following named were taken from a petition in GRAINGER County of 1799: George YOAKUM, Isaac YEOKUM, John YEOKUM, Valentine YEOKUM. Also on this list were John, James, and Peter VAN BEBBER, among other known citizens of Powell Valley.
Jun 8, 1803, CLAIBORNE County, TN, Court Minutes, Book 1, Page 136. "Isaac YOKUM & Marthy YOKUM vs. Arthur MARKUM George HOVER ...... "
(NOTE: The outcome of this lawsuit is not made clear. It is most likely in relation to the administration of the estate of George YOAKUM, deceased.)
July, 1803, AUGUSTA County, VA.; Case in Court: Jane ROGERS vs. ROGERS et als.; abstract found in Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlements, by Lyman CHALKLEY, Vol II, page 93. Jane DAVIS vs. ROGERS et als. Jane is daughter of Archibald CLENDENNIN who was killed by Indians in GREENBRIER in 1763 with all his children except oratrix. Before his death he purchased the settlement of George SEE. Archibald's widow Ann married John ROGERS. Jane is the widow of _____ DAVIS. .... John ROGERS says he married Widow of Archibald CLENDENNIN in 1767. Davis and Jand married in 1774...... CLENDENNIN was killed on 15th of July, 1763. John EWING of Gallia County, Ohio, deposes: Jane... was born January or February, 1758. On 15th July, 1763, Jane and deponent (John EWING) were taken prisoner by Indians and carried away. They were kept in the same nation, but not together, except on their journey to Pittsburg, where they were liberated 14th May, 1765. John Ewing was 16 years old when he was taken prisoner.
Aug 10, 1805; CLAIBORNE County, Deed Book A, Page 211. George YOAKUM, II., witnesses a deed of Thomas ADKINS selling 100 acres to James GRIFFIN for $265.00. The land was situated on Powell Valley. This is the first record of George YOAKUM, II., in CLAIBORNE County in my records. He will be seen many times after this entry.
Apr 18, 1806; CLAIBORNE County, Deed Book A, page 410, registered July 7, 1807. Robert TIVIS of Madison County, KY, agent for Col Thos. HART, deeds to John VAN BEBBER and Peter VAN BEBBER, of CLAIBORNE County, TN, 3250 acres of land for the sum of $3250.00. The land lay in the lower part of lot B of HENDERSON and Companys Powells Valley Survey. Although the deed was made out to John VAN BEBBER and his brother, Peter VAN BEBBER, it is very evident that the whole of the land was actually owned by John VAN BEBBER, as proven in deeds made out later by John VAN BEBBER.
May 3, 1807; CLAIBORNE County; Deed Book A, page 411, registered July 8, 1807. John VAN BEBBER sells to Peter VAN BEBBER, his brother, 215 acres of land in lot B of HENDERSON's Survey, for the sum of $600.00. It was noted that Peter VAN BEBBER's name was originally on the deed to John VAN BEBBER as co-owner of this land, but this deed makes it clear that the original deed purchased for the land was actually owned by John VAN BEBBER only.
Aug 1, 1807; CLAIBORNE County; Deed Book A, page 74, registered Sep 22, 1807. John VAN BEBBER of CLAIBORNE County sells 160 acres to George YOAKUM, II., of CLAIBORNE County for the sum of $525.00. The land lay in lot B of HENDERSON's survey.
Aug 20, 1807; CLAIBORNE County; Deed Book A, page 195, registered Sep 22, 1807. John VAN BEBBER of CLAIBORNE County sells 212 acres of land to Isaac YOAKUM, of CLAIBORNE County for the sum of $525.00. The land lay in lot B of HENDERSON's survey.
Sep 18, 1807; CLAIBORNE County, TN; Deed Book B, page 55-56, registered Nov 7, 1808. John VAN BEBBER of CLAIBORNE County, TN sells 417 acres to Moses DAVIS of CLAIBORNE County, TN for the sum of $500.00. The land lay in lot B of HENDERSON's survey. The deed was witnessed by William GRIFFITH and George YOAKUM.
Feb 23, 1808; CLAIBORNE County, Tn; Court Minutes: John YOAKUM is found delinquent in paying his tax for a stray beast @ $6.00.
Oct 25, 1808; GREENBRIER County, VA; Deed Book 4; page 41, A Power of Attorney from George YOAKUM of CLAIBORNE County, TN to James JARRETT of GREENBRIER Countym, VA. The record makes note of another Power of Attorney made by Martha YOAKUM to George YOAKUM in CLAIBORNE County, TN on Oct 15, 1808. "Know all men by these present that I George OAKUM of CLAIBORNE county, State of TEnnessee have made ordained constituted and appointed and by these present do make ordain constitute and appoint James Jarrett of GREENBRIER County and jState of Virginia, my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name but to my use, to ask demand sue for and recover teh third of a certain tract of land lying and being in the County of GREENBRIER, State of Virginia, on the waters of Muddy Creek adjoining the lands of James JARRETT and others known by the name of YOAKUM Tract supposed to contain five hundred acres, to recover and receive from certain persons who will be appointed by the Court of GREENBRIER County to divide the above named tract I also authorize the said James JARRETT, by a Power of Attorney received by me from Martha YOAKUM who is entitled to her dower in said tract bearing date 15th. October 1808 to recover the above named property from said Commissioners as fully and effectively, to all intents and purposes if I were personally present herein testifying whatsoever my said attorney shall lawfully do or cause to be done in or abouve the premises. In witness whereof I have set my hand and afixed my seal. (signed) George YOAKUM F.B.(?) HUNTER James CLAYPOOL
At a court held for GREENBRIER County the 25th. day of October 1808 this Power of Attorney was presented in Court and acknowledged by George YOAKUM a party to and ordered to be recorded.
Oct 11, 1810; CLAIBORNE County; Deed Book D, page 64/65 Peter YOAKUM is the witness to the sale of a slave by Agnes BRADFOR to Thomas McLAIN.
Feb 21, 1812; CLAIBORNE County Court Minutes, Page 3: Jesse YOAKUM is on the Tax list with 1 poll and 100 acres - @ $1.00. This Jesse YOAKUM can be seen from this date thru the 1830 CLAIBORNE County Census, where he was enumerated with his family.
May 1812; CLAIBORNE County Court Minutes, page 31 George YOAKUM and Peter YOAKUM are securities for the court case of John McIVER vs William MADDY.
Post 1812; CLAIBORNE County; DAVIS Creek Baptist Church Minutes, Membership Enumeration taken 1812 and after. On this membership appears the name Valentine YOAKUM, of whom the Henderson King YOAKUM Bible refers to as Felty YOAKUM. Research has shown that Valentine married Charlotte/Lottie REYNOLDS. In this same membership record is shown the name Lotty YOAKUM in one column and later on she is referred to as Charlotte YOAKUM.
Feb 1814, CLAIBORNE County Court Minutes. Isaac YOAKUM and Valentine YOAKUM serve as jurors.
Feb 7, 1815; CLAIBORNE County Court Minutes; Page 14 Peter YOAKUM is shown on the delinquent tax list for 1 poll @ $.50.
May 1815, CLAIBORNE County Court Minutes. Moses DAVIS, George YOAKUM, Valentine YOAKUM, and Daniel SOWDER, Plaintiffs, vs. William NORVELL, Defendant.
Jesse YOAKUM was among those appointed to serve in the jury for the next term of court.
Feb 7, 1816; CLAIBORNE County Deed Book D, page 405. George YOAKUM, II, and Gwin NEAL, both of CLAIBORNE County, TN. purchased 500 acres from Walter EVANS for $112.50. The land appears to be situated near Tazewell, CLAIBORNE County, TN., where the county seat lies. It is evident from later county records that George YOAKUM sold his property in Powell Valley and moved to Tazewell, TN. On the 13th of Feb, 1816 George YOAKUM purchased the undivided half of 900 acres from Walter EVANS. Later he is seen purchasing Town Lots in the city of Tazewell, where he worked.
Aug 13, 1817; CLAIBORNE County, TN. Claiborne County Court Minutes; August 13, 1817, page 387. Robert YOAKUM was appointed Constable in the Bounds of William DOBBS Company. Robert YOAKUM may be seen in the records of CLAIBORNE County, TN from this date forward until his death in 1824.
1818; Census of BOND County and MADISON County, Illinois, 1818; "Illinois Historical Collections", page 59 & 128. Page 59: 174 - McWILLIAMS, Alexander 1 white male over 21 3 other white inhabitants. 175 - YOKEM, James 2 white males over 21 5 other white inhabitants. 176 - YOKEM, Martha 1 white male over 21 6 other white inhabitants. 177 - YOKEM, John 1 white male 8 other white inhabitants. (NOTE: The area they lived in at this time is probably that part of BOND County that later became MONTGOMERY County, Illinois.)
Page 128; MADISON County, Illinois 430 - YOAKUM, Peter 1 white male 3 other white inhabitants
Aug 14, 1820; CLAIBORNE County, TN, Court Minutes, August Term, 1820, page 112. George YOAKUM, II. was named as a Justice of the Peace in CLAIBORNE County by the Governor.
Oct 15, 1821; MONTGOMERY County, IL, Court Minutes, Oct 15, 1821. John YOAKUM appears as a juror. He is found many times hereafter in the MONTGOMERY Court, Illinois Court records.
May 1823, CLAIBORNE County Court Minutes. George VAN BEBBER, Jesse YOAKUM, Valentine YOAKUM, and Isaac OWENS are appointed to view the layout of a road and report back to court.
May 14, 1823, CLAIBORNE County Court Minutes, page 242. George YOAKUM witness the Sale of a Slave. This is the last entry in CLAIBORNE County in my records for George YOAKUM, II.
Aug 1823, CLAIBORNE County Court Minutes. George VAN BEBBER, Jesse YOAKUM, Valentine YOAKUM, and Isaac OWENS give their report to the court concerning their layout of a road in Powell Valley.
Apr 22, 1828; Philadelphia, MONROE Co., TN; Taken from the Cadet Application Papers of Henderson King YOAKUM in the National Archives. Henderson was the son of George YOAKUM, II., and Mary Ann MADDY. 1828, 22 April - Letter from George YOAKUM, Philadelphia, Tennessee, to The Honorable Secretary of War.
Sir: My son Henderson K. YOAKUM, having obtained from the President of the United States, through your department, a Conditional Dadet Warrent dated the 24th. ult. appointing him a Cadet in the service of The United States, this is to notify your department that I yield my most cordual assent to his signing the usual articles by which he will bind himself to serve the United States five years unless sooner discharged. With high respect, I am, Sir, Yr. Most Obt. Serv't (S) George YOAKUM
Sep 4, 1828; ROANE County Deed Book B, Page 38; January 1829 Last Will and Testament of Valentine YOAKUM. The Last Will and Testament of Valentine YOAKUM was written and signed by Valentine in ROANE County on Sep 4, 1828. He names his wife in the will as Charlotte YOAKUM. The Will was recorded in ROANE County Will Book B in January 1829, which means that Valentine died between September 1828 and January 1829. The will was signed by Robert CANNON and William REYNOLDS. The will does not name his many children but only his wife, Charlotte YOAKUM.
1830 U.S. Census; CLAIBORNE County, Tennessee
Page 138 Jesse YOAKUM (living in the Speedwell area) 1 Male 5-10; 1 Male 10-15; 3 Males 15-20; 1 Male 40-50 1 Female 10-15; 1 Female 20-30; 1 Female 50-60
Page 141 Isaac YOAKUM (living in the area of VanBebber Springs) 2 Males 10-15; 1 Male 15-20; 1 Male 20-30; 1 male 50-60 1 Female 50-60
1830 U.S. Census; ROANE County, Tennessee
Page 24 Sharlotte YOAKUM 1 Male under 5; 2 Males 5-10; 1 Male 10-15; 2 Males 15- 20; 1 Male 20-30 1 Female 5-10; 2 Females 10-15; 1 Female 15-20; 1 Female 40-50.
Page 26 Peter YOAKUM 2 Males 5-10; 1 Male 10-15; 2 Males 15-20; 1 Male 40-50 2 Females under 5; 1 Female 5-10; 1 Female 30-40
1830 U.S. Census; MONROE County, Tennessee
Page 101 George YOAKUM 1 male 5-10; 1 male 10-15; 1 Male 15-10; 1 Male 50-60 3 Females under 5; 1 Female 10-15; 1 Female 15-20; 1 Female 30-40
Sep 12, 1831; MONTGOMERY County, Ill; Federal Land Sales in Illinois, Record ID #188393: John YOCUM, of MONTGOMERY County, purchased 80 acres of land, a Federal Sale, @ $1.25/acre.
Aug 26, 1834, CLAIBORNE County, TN., Deed Book K, Pages 458-459. "This indenture made the 26th day of August in the year of our of our Lord Eighten hundred and thirtyfour between, Isaac YOAKUM and his wife Mary YOAKUM, and Thomas DAVIS, heirs of Aaron DAVIS DEceased of the one part and Harmon DAVIS one of the heirs of the said Deceased of the other part all of the county of Claiborne and state of Tennessee, Witneseth that the said Isaac YOAKUM and his wife Mary YOAKUM and Thomas DAVIS for and in consideration of sixty dolllars to them paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged hath and by these presents doth grant bargain sell convey & confirm unto the heirs of the said Harmon DAVIS and his heirs and assigns forever a Certain tract of land situate on Lot D of Henderson & Co's grant in Powels Vally being part of the tract which Aaron DAVIS Deceased lived and died on . . . . "
Apr 9, 1836; MONTGOMERY County, Ill.; Federal Land Sales of MONTGOMERY County, Ill.; Record ID # 184067: John YOAKUM, of MONTGOMERY County, purchased 30 acres of land in MONTGOMERY County.
post Dec 2, 1840; Salisbury Township; SANGAMON County, Illinois; BATTERTON Cemetery, Tombstone Inscription of David BATTERTON.
David BATTERTON, son of Amor BATTERTON of Salisbury township is believed to have married Nancy YOAKUM, the daughter of George YOAKUM, I, and Martha VAN BEBBER.
David BATTERTON Nov 5, 1796 Dec 24, 1840 Also buried here are Priscilla BATTERTON/YOAKUM, wife of William YOAKUM; and at least two children of David BATTERTON and Nancy YOAKUM. This William YOAKUM was the son of James YOAKUM, and grandson of George and Martha YOAKUM.
Circa 1843; Jeffersonville, MONTGOMERY County, Kentucky; Lyman DRAPER Papers,"George YOKUM interview", found on the internet at http://www.swcp.com/~dhickman/articles/ yokum.html: In this interview George YOKUM gives his date of birth as Dec 3, 1763 and his father as Jacob YOCUM and his grandfather as Matthias YOCUM. He gives lots of good information on the YOCUM family and their experiences in Kentucky. He further gives his military experiences after arriving in Kentucky and the information he gives excludes him from being the George YOCUM that fought with Captain James RAY in 1782. A pension application can be found on this George YOCUM and further infor- mation can be found in the depositions of this appli- cation. He was denied a pension because he did not serve long enough.
post Apr 9, 1848; MONTGOMERY Co., Illinois; Notes of Randy BLACK on John YOAKUM. Randy BLACK is a descendant of John YOAKUM. John YOAKUM died intestate on April 9, 1848 in MONTGOMERY Co., Illinois. NOTE: This researcher believes this John YOAKUM was the son of George YOAKUM, I., and Martha VAN BIBBER.
Aug 4, 1848; MONTGOMERY Co., IL; Probate Court Journal, book F, Page 62; Administration of property of John YOAKUM, deceased, Aug 4, 1848. "The sale of Property and personalty as held 4 August, 1848. John KILLPATRICK asked for administration of the estate and the widow and son relinquished their rights of administration. Joshua PRESTON was security."
March 1, 1850; CLAIBORNE County, TN; Pension Application of Parkey BERRY/YOAKUM/DAVIS in applying for pension on the service record of her deceased husband, Thomas DAVIS.
post Sep 21, 1850; RAY County, MO; YOAKUM Cemetery, Taitsville, RAY County, Mo., Tombstone Inscription of Anna BERRY/YOAKUM, wife of Jesse YOAKUM:
Anna BERRY YOAKUM Died 21 September 1850 aged 71 years, 8 months, and 3 days
NOTE: Using arithmatic, I see Anna to be born January 18, 1779. She was several years older than her husband, Jesse YOAKUM. She was the daughter of Thomas BERRY and a sister of Parkey BERRY that married Robert YOAKUM, the brother of Jesse.
Oct 16, 1853, "DRAPER MANUSCRIPTS 23C108", Wisconsin Historical Society; Madison, Wisconsin, "Letter from Isaac VAN BIBBER, III, of Danville, MO. to Lyman C. DRAPER. The letter was dated Oct 16, 1853. Danville, Mo. Oct 16, 1853 Mr. Draper, Dear Sir Yesterday received your note of the ______ in which you requested me to give you some of the memories of my parents and grand parents, which I will do. So far as my memory serves me at present my grandfather VAN BIBBER was born in Maryland twelve miles from Baltimore and before he married, him and his two brothers emigrated to GREENBRIER County, Virginia. Their names as follows: my grandfather Isaac - Mathias, and James. (NOTE: Isaac had sons named Mathias and James but did not have brothers with these names. His brothers were named Peter, II., and John. They were children of Peter VAN BEBBER, I., and his wife Anna Henrietta ___.) Shortly after they went to Virginia, Isaac went south into North Carolina and there married a planter's daughter by the name of DAVIS. I have heard my father speak of hard feelings that arose between DAVIS and his son-in-law about matters of religion. DAVIS and his family belonged to the high church of England and VAN BIBBER called himself a convert from that Church which DAVIS knew nothing about at the time. My grndfather and grandmother were married which caused a great deal of dis-satisfaction and ill feelings between DAVIS and his son-in-law, which lasted during the life-time of my grandfather; My grandfather being an old side Baptist preacher. After his death, his fatehr-in-law came over and had his grandchildren Christened high Church men, with the exception of the three oldest Nancy, Patty, and Peter, who obstinately refused to belong to the high Church of England. John, James, and Isaac (my father) were Christened- my grandmother still belonging to that Church now. My father always gave his birth as Oct. 12th 1771 and was born in gREENBRIER County. He died Sept 30th 1840 at his son-in-law's, G. W. BURT, CALLOWAY County, MO. His father was killed by Indians on big Canhawa, in 1772. In 1842, there was an old man who stayed at my house by the name of GLAZE, moving with his son-in-law from Powell Valley, Tennessee, and he had in his possessions an old family Bible that he stated to me that he bought at HOWARD's Sale - my father's brother-in-law's Sale, it having been my grandfather's Bible. In it I saw the record of my grandfahter's marriage and the births of his chidlren, in his own handwriting, I suppose. I then copied the dates. Isaac, (my grandfather), was born (1768?). My grandmother, after the death of my grandfather, married a man by the name of GRIFFEN, and my fahter, being the youngest, went to live with his Uncle James DAVIS, a wealthy tobacco planter in North Carolina. He remained there until he was grown. He then returned to see his relations, and fell in with Colonel Andrew LEWIS and three of Andrew LEWIS sons, Louis WETSEL, who were bound for Big Kanawha, the frontier of Virginia, in defence of their Colonel, being the brother of Capt. Charles LEWIS, who was mortally wounded in the same engagement that my grandfather fell and died in thirty hours after he was carried from the Battleground. . . . . . etc. etc ...
NOTE that the above named six of seven known children did not name a child Margaret VAN BIBBER.
ca mid 1800's; Bible Record of Franklin YOAKUM, son of George YOAKUM, II. and Mary Ann MADDY. Grandson of George YOAKUM, I., and Martha VAN BEBBER.; "TENNESSEE BIBLE RECORDS and MARRIAGE RECORDS", published in 1980 by Jeanette Tolloston ACKLEN, pages 152-154.
"The given names of the YOAKUM's in the City of New York are not known, but Valentine, a son of one of them, moved to South Potomac on Potomac on Peach Creek. After he married, Valentine YAKUM (1721), youngest of seven sons, moved to Muddy Creek, Greenbrier County, Virginia, and settled YOAKUM Station (1771). He was there tomahawked by the Shawnee Indians. With him were his wife and children - all killed but young George, who was swift of foot and of great strength, killing three Indians with a frying pan handle, which he jerked from one as he passed through. He was afterwards in Battle of Point Pleasant. At 25 years of age he married the daughter of Isaac VAN BIBBER, who fell in that battle. George YOAKUM, I., continued to live at Muddy Creek, Virginia, until he became father of three sons, the youngest of whom was George II, when they moved to Powells Valley. (This was written by Franklin YOAKUM (born 1819), son of George YOAKUM and Mary Ann MADDY, and given to him to him by his father, George YOAKUM I - now the property of Chas. H. YOAKUM of Los Angeles, California.)"
ca mid to late 1800's; Bible Record of Henderson King YOAKUM, son of George YOAKUM, II., and Mary Ann MADDY. Grandson of George YOAKUM, I., and Martha VAN BEBBER; "TENNESSEE BIBLE RECORDS and MARRIAGE RECORDS", published 1980 by Jeanette Tolloston ACKLEN, pages 153-154.
"George YOAKUM, II, born July 30, 1783, in County of Greenbrier, Virginia, died March 31, 1841, at Madisonville, Tennessee; married Mary Ann MADDY, May 27, 1809, at YOAKUM's Station, CLAIBORNE County, Tennessee; she was born November 25, 1792, died April 27, 1848. My Grandfather, George YOAKUM I, with the VAN BEBBER's, his brothers-in-law, established that station about 1790. George YOAKUM I, was killed in a bear hunt in the Cumberland Mountains. He was buried near the station.
My father and Mother (George YOAKUM II and Mary Ann MADDY) are buried in Madisonville, Tennessee, MONROE County, in Church yard of Methodist Church.
Martha Aurelia YOAKUM born October 9, 1827, in Madisonville, Tenn.; married James Askew WRIGHT, May 25, 1848. Martha died Aug 19, 1852, in Sweetwater, Tenn., and is buried beside her parents, George II. and Mary Ann YOAKUM.
George YOAKUM of YOAKUM's Station in Powells Valley, Tenn., built a fort fourteen miles of Cumberland Gap and named it YOAKUM's Fort. He married Margaret VAN BIBBER and had seven children.
Isaac YOAKUM; married ____________ DAVIS. Peter YOAKUM; married Sally STINNIT, of Powells Valley Feltz (Felty) YOAKUM; married Sally REYNOLDS, of West Illinois. Robert YOAKUM; married _____________ BERRY, of Tennessee. Margaret YOAKUM (called Peggy); married ____________ CONDRA, of Powell's Valley. Nancy YOAKUM; married ____________.
George II, born July 30, 1783; married Mary Ann MADDY in 1807. . . ."
(NOTE: The Remainder of the Bible record goes on to give good chronological date information on the children of George YOAKUM II and Mary Ann MADDY. It is evident by dates given in the Bible entries that someone other than Henderson YOAKUM, who died in 1856 in Texas, wrote some of the information given in this record.
May 4, 1854; RAY County, MO; Deed Book K; Pages 147-148 and 444-445. Two deeds, the first dated May 4, 1854 and the second dated Nov 24, 1855. These two deeds name the heirs at law of Jesse YOAKUM, deceased. Jesse was the son of George YOAKUM, I., and Martha VAN BEBBER. He married Anna BERRY. The deeds identify the following children of Jesse and Anna YOAKUM: Alvis YOAKUM, Isaac YOAKUM, William YOAKUM, Catharine YOAKUM, and Jesse T. YOAKUM.
post July 21, 1857; CLAIBORNE County, TN.; YOAKUM Cemetery, Speedwell, CLAIBORNE County, TN. Tombstone for Isaac YOAKUM reads:
In memory of Isaac YOAKUM. Was born February 25, 1778 Died July 21, 1857 aged 79 years, 5 months, and 1 day.
post August 27, 1857; SANGAMON County, Ill.; Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury Township, SANGAMON County, Ill., Tombstone Inscription of Mathias YOAKUM:
Mathias YOAKUM Born 1800 Died 1857 (NOTE: from the referenced "Histyory of Early Settlers of SANGAMON County, Illinois", we read: "Matthias YOAKUM, brother of William and James YOAKUM, was born either in Virginia or CLAIBORNE County, Tennessee." . . ."Matthias YOAKUM died August 27, 1857..."
Aug 20, 1873; MONTGOMERY Co., IL; "Hillsboro Democrat," Aug 20, 1873, by A.H.H. ROUNTREE. "John YOAKUM raised a large family, he was a wheelwright, millwright, carpenter, cooper, loom maker, and everything else of a kindred nature. Besides having made and used what was an early necessity, a kind of handmade mill for grinding corn and other grains. It is also understood that Mr. YOAKUM also ran a forge and worked some in iron, perhaps in guns also. He was likewise a carpenter and skilled in a kind of business long played out, htat of carrying up a corner of log building. He was also a great and successful hunter and a jolly good fellow around camp fires, full of yarns of which he ws very fond, and with all was a good story teller after the old patriarchal style. It was not known if he ever held an office."
post 1870; MONTGOMERY County, IL.; "Woman's Story of Pioneer Illinois", by Mrs. John TILSON (no date listed in my source to show publication date.) John YOAKUM came from "YOAKUM's Station, LEE County, VA., to YOAKUM's Station, CLAIBORNE County, TN, then to Hillsboro, MONTGOMERY Co., Ill. in 1817 or 1818" "On your father's (John TILSON) quartersection, a squatter had made whas was then termed an 'improvement', said improvement consisting of a few acres enclosed by a rail fence, with a cabin and a smokehouse in the center. The squatter made his appearance, expected to be paid well for all his improvements . . . The lord of the soil was no less a man that Commodore YOAKUM, the best hunter, the life of corn-shuckings, the best 'corner man' at a log cabin raising . . . "At his meeting - hard shell Baptists, no one could raise their voice louder in the hymnes, 'Old Grimes' being his favorite tune. Being so clever and handy while he always maintained an air of command, the boys had honored him with the title of Commodore, which seemed to amuse and please him exceedingly. The commodore was a large black-eyed TENNESSEEAN. He had had a grand or greatgrandfather who had been a large landowner and slaveholder, and that circumstance, with the fact that the tract where his ancestors resided had been distinguished and still bore the name of YOAKUM Station, combining with his large development of esteem, rendered our Commodore, in his own estimation, second to no man."
NOTE: Considering the statement that John YOAKUM's grandfather or great grandfather was a large landowner and slaveholder and resided at YOAKUM Station shows that the information here is second hand information. John YOAKUM is too old to be a grandson of George YOAKUM, I., and Martha VAN BEBBER. Considering this is probably a family tradition handed down and told in this story, I still feel he was the son of George YOAKUM, I.
1876; SANGAMON County; "History of the Early Settlers of SANGAMON County, Illinois", by John Carroll POWER, Springfield, Illinois, Edwin A. WILSON & CO., 1876:
"William YOAKUM was born in 1791 in Virginia, and when he was an infant his parents moved to CLAIBORNE County, Tennessee, where his father died. His mother moved her family, about 1810, to MADISON County, near Edwardsville, Illinois. They moved next to MONTGOMERY County, and then to SANGAMON County, arriving June 10, 1819, at the north side of Richland Creek, in what is now Salisbury Township. William YOAKUM was married in 1821 to Sarah SIMMONS. They had eight children . . . . Mrs. Sarah YOAKUM died in 1863, and William YOAKUM was married January, 1868, to Mrs. Letitia HENDERSON, whose maiden name was RICE, and lives near Salisbury, Illinois. The mother of William, James and Matthias YOAKUM died in Salisbury Township. Matthias YOAKUM, brother to William and James YOAKUM, was born either in Virginia or CLAIBORNE County, Tennessee, came to SANGAMON County, Illinois in 1819. He married Elizabeth McHENRY, and had eight children . . . Matthias YOAKUM died August 27, 1857, and his widow lives in MENARD County, Illinois . . 1874. James YOAKUM, brother to William and Matthias, was born in Virginia or CLAIBORNE County, Tennessee, and came with his mother to SANGAMON County. He married Julia OWENS, land had eleven children in MENARD County, Illinois. . . . James YOAKUM died in MENARD County, Illinois."
March 23, 1878; CLAIBORNE County, TN.; Pension application deposition of Parkey BERRY/YOAKUM/DAVIS for penion money due her for the service of her deceased husband, Thomas DAVIS. National Archives, Washington, D.C. In Parkey's deposition she testifies that she was first married to Robert YOAKUM on Jan 1, 1820 and that he died on Jan 29, 1824 and then she married Thomas DAVIS on Jun 28, 1827 in CLAIBORNE County and that Thomas DAVIS died on Jun 29, 1849 at their home in Pleasant, CLAIBORNE County, TN., and that she had not since remarried.
NOTE: Thomas DAVIS was the son of Aaron and Rachel DAVIS and his sister, Mary DAVIS, was the wife of Isaac YOAKUM, the oldest child of George YOAKUM and Martha VAN BEBBER. Thomas DAVIS was a veteran of the War of 1812.
post 1880; Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury Township, SANGAMON County, Illinois; tombstone inscription of William YOAKUM, son of George YOAKUM, I., and Martha VAN BEBBER.
William YOAKUM 1789 Apr 17, 1880
ca 1904; SANGAMON County, Illinois; In further documentation I received two biographies from Mrs. Ruby VENGLARCIK, taken from the Fort Wayne, Indiana library. From the book: "Past and Present of SANGAMON County", the biobraphical sketches of two grandchildren of George and Martha can be found. These biographies read in part:
Page 257 and 258:
George H. YOAKUM-- George H. YOAKUM... was born in this county, June 27, 1829, a son of William and Sarah (SIMMONS) YOAKUM. The father was born in GREENBRIER County, Virginia, in 1789, and was a son of George YOAKUM. The latter removed with his family to Tennessee when William was a child and in that state resided until his death. His wife survived him and reared her family, caring for them as best she could and making for them the sacrifices that only a mother can. In 1810 she removed to Illinois, locating in MADISON County. Subsequently, however, she removed to MONTGOMERY County and in 1819 she came to what is now Salisbury township, SANGAMON County...... William YOAKUM accompanied his mother on her various removals and with her came to SANGAMON County. Here he was married in 1821 to Sarah SIMMONS, who was born and reared in Kentucky..... He passed away in 1880 at the advanced age of ninety-one years and his wife died on the 5th of December, 1865....
Pages 493 and 494 show the following sketch on Thomas C. YOAKUM:
Thomas C. YOAKUM-- . . . Mr. YOAKUM of this review, was born in MENARD County, Illinois, August 14, 1840, and now lives in Salisbury township, SANGAMON County, his home being on section 29... he is a son of Mathias YOAKUM, a native of Tennessee, born in 1798. The grandfather, George YOAKUM, removed with his family from Virginia to Tennessee, where he spent his remaining days. His widow afterward came to Illinois with her family, arriving in this state in 1810. She settled in SANGAMON County, but afterward established her home in MENARD County. Mathias YOAKUM was reared to manhood in MENARD County, and after attaining his majority he wedded Miss Elizabeth McHENRY, a native of Virginia, who came to Illinois with her parents, who first located in the southern part of this state but subsequently settled in MENARD County. At the time of his marriage Mr. YOAKUM took his bride to a farm in that county and continued its cultivation until his death in 1855... (NOTE: SANGAMON County was not formed until 1821 from MADISON and BOND Counties.)
1907; CLAIBORNE County, TN; Letter written by George M. YOAKUM, son of Aaron YOAKUM, to his brothr Robert YOAKUM.; "A HISTORY of the YOAKUM FAMILY", by Dr. H.C. SMITH, page 299: "I am the son of Aaron YOAKUM and the grandson of Isaac YOAKUM. I am now 60 years of age. I do not remember the name of my great grandfather. The names of my grandfather and his brothers were: Isaac, George, Jesse, Robert, and Felt.
George left Powells Valley and went to Tazewell. Jesse sold out and went to missouri. Felt to some point in Middle Tennessee and I do not know what afterward became of him. The YOAKUM's here are descendants of Robert and Isaac, those of Texas of George and those of Missouri of Jesse. The home of Jesse can still be seen in Missouri. My brother was there and went to the old home. It is my impression that the descendants of Felt also went West. I have never met or herd of them in Tennessee. My grandfather and his brothers owned jointly several thousand acres of land in Powells Valley around YOAKUM's Station. The old block house was located 14 miles southwest of Cumberland Gap on the farm now owned by the RUSSELL Brothers, signs of which can yet be seen. Near it is an old graveyard. My grandfather Isaac died about 55 years ago. I know that he was over 80 at the time of his death. The land they owned was part of the old HENDERSON Co. grant."
(NOTE: Dr. SMITH's book, listed here as a reference in this letter, contains lots of YOAKUM Family informa- tion, however research has shown that the book contains many many mistakes and most of the research is not documented or at least does not name the source.)
1933, "The Compendium of American Genealogy", Vol. V, Page 586, 1933. The following information was printed in this edition of printed genealogies. This researcher believes there may be some merit in the source and that it probably derived from descendants in the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, the original source is not given.
I. George YOAKUM, married Martha VAN BEVER. A. John YOAKUM (1781- ), probably of TN, married Rachel WEAVER, daughter of Smuel WEAVER , of VA, and Nancy. 1. Martha YOAKUM (1816-1902), married 1837 to Alexander McWILLIAMS (1813-1870).
1942, "The Compendium of American Genealogy", Vol VII, 1942, Page 645. The following information does not give its source, but is evident that its original source goes back to the Henderson and Franklin YOAKUM Bibles.
I. Valentine YOAKUM, NY, to Muddy Creek, Greenbrier Co., VA (now WV). A. George YOAKUM (1758- ), in Batttle of Point Pleasant, married Margaret VAN BIBER, daughter of Isaac VAN BIBBER, who was killed in the Battle of Point Pleasant. 1. George YOAKUM, II. (1783-1841), to Powell's Valley, Claiborne Co., TN. Built YOAKUM's Station, Probably 1790. He married Mary Ann MADDY, in 1807. a. Henderson YOAKUM (1810-1856), married 1833 to Evaline CANNON (1813-1887).
May 27, 1972; Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee; Letter written by Mrs. Hazel AUSMUS DAVIS, concerning the tombstones erected at the Felix ROGERS Cemetery. This is important information concerning the dates and names on the gravesite of Margaret YOAKUM: "George YOAKUM, I., is buried in Felix ROGERS Cem. less that a mile from Ft. YOAKUM which he established. The ruins of the old fort can still be seen. The Felix ROGERS Cem. is located in CLAIBORNE Co, Tenn. At the time George YOAKUM I, was buried The County was still GRAINGER Co. CLAIBORNE County was nor formed until 1801. There is another tombstone beside George YOAKUM, I, whom we believe to be his wife Margret VAN BEBBER YOAKUM. The inscription was so dim we weren't able to read it, or to read enough of it to be positive."
NOTE: Considering what Mrs. DAVIS has said, we can now see that the name and dates on the tombstone could have read something entirely different than what they printed on her tombstone. I don't question the name Margaret, but I do question the dates of 1754 and 1794.
Sep 8, 1972; CLAIBORNE County; "The DAUGHTERS of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION", March 1973 issue. DAR Markers placed on the grave site of George YOAKUM and Margaret YOAKUM in the Felix ROGERS Cemetery, Speedwell, Claiborne Co., TN.
On Sep 8, 1972, members of the Reverend Phillip AUSMUS Chapter of the DAR met at the Felix ROGERS Cemetery and placed DAR monuments on the grave site of George YOAKUM, I., and Margaret YOAKUM. The source of the dates and information on the stones are not given. Margaret YOAKUM is unidentified at this time by this researcher. Could she be the mother of George YOAKUM, I.? The Revolutionary War record of George YOAKUM, I., given here is not for this George YOAKUM. Evidently, the information pertains to one of the cousins of George that lived in LINCOLN County, Kentucky and served in the LINCOLN County Militia, part of the Illinois Regiment. This George YOAKUM, I., has never been documented as having been in LINCOLN County, Kentucky. Where did the dates concerning Margaret YOAKUM come from? Was there an older marker there that was taken up and replace by this one? If so, then it seems evident that she did not die in this area of Powell Valley, so she would have had to be removed here later after the family moved here in 1796.
GEORGE YOCAAM VIRGINIA PVT CAPT RAYS CO LINCOLN MIL REVOLUTIONARY WAR JAN 15 1758 OCT 28 1800 ----------
MARGRET VANBEBBER YOAKUM 1764 - 1794
(NOTE: The original marker for George YOAKUM still remains with conflicting birth date. The DAR article states that George and Margaret were husband and wife. It identifies Margaret as being the daughter of Isaac Michael VAN BEBBER. It further states that George fought in the Battle of Point Pleasant, Virginia on Oct 10, 1774, where Isaac VAN BEBBER was killed. The children listed for George and Margaret were: Isaac, born 1778 and married Martha DAVIS; Peter, married Sally STINNETT; Felty, married Sally REYNOLDS and moved to Illinois; Robert, married Miss BERRY; Margaret, married a Mr. CONDRA; Nancy, married but the name is lost; George, II., married Mary Ann MADDY of Tennessee. It is evident that the source of most information given here was the Henderson King YOAKUM Bible record.)
(NOTE 2: Concerning the above named Company. General James RAY married Amelia "Milly" YOCUM, the daughter of Matthias YOAKUM, Jr. They were married about 1781 and had two sons, William and Jesse, and then Millie died on Dec 1, 1783. At this time of the Revolution, the area of Kentucky was in that part of Virginia known as the Illinois country. Counties in those days would have county militias. At that time the Illinois Regiment was made up of those counties that were in the territory of Illinois and those counties of Virginia that were formed from the Kentucky County. James Ray, at the time of the Battle of Blue Lick, was a Captain in the Lincoln County Militia; Illinois Regiment. The George YOCAAM listed on the stone above has to be a member of this county militia that was organized in what is now LINCOLN County, Kentucky. It is known that Matthias YOAKUM, Sr., and many of his children and grand children settled in this area in about 1779. For more information see: "The Family and Fortune of General James RAY, Pioneer of Fort HARROD", by Kathryn Harrod MASON, published in KENTUCKY GENEALOGY, pages 235 and subsequent.
Information concerning the SEE family was obtained from:
"VANDERPOOL NEWSLETTER", in the article "The Muddy Creek Masacre", written by James NUGEN, 20350 Hole-in-One Drive #115, Redding CA 96002.
The History and Genealogy of the SEE and Related Families, 1674-1968, by Joe B. SEE, 1968, and a copy is in the West Virginia State Archives in Charleston, WV.
Records of Hal McCAWLEY; ------------------------ Steve Smith 213 Reagan Street Cumberland Gap, TN 37724 email@example.com
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