A Need In The Haystack Find!

A Need In The Haystack Find!

This is a story I have not told before… but one that Yerks cousin Gibby Iannotti will appreciate. Many years ago I learned from Gibby of a gravestone of one of her great ancestors. It may be her great x2 Grandparents. Emeline Yerks married Benjamin Schenck. She indicated that their headstone also has someone named Lucinda Y Tompkins on it. […]

Walking In The Footsteps of Our Ancestors... Melissa Campbell Yerks

Walking In The Footsteps of Our Ancestors… Melissa Campbell Yerks

On May 6, 1897, the local Chappaqua newspaper reported that Mrs. Osborn Yerks (Melissa Campbell) had moved into the Gabrielle Greeley Clendenin “hillside house.”  Gabrielle is the daughter of Horace Greeley, the well-known publisher of the Tribune Newspaper. Mrs. Clendenin was well-known for her charity and generosity. With this being just two years after the death of her husband, Albert […]

Supporting Documentation for William Yerks (b. 10 Apr 1725, d. BEF 1785) Application for Patriot Status with the DAR

Supporting Documentation for William Yerks (b. 10 Apr 1725, d. BEF 1785) Application for Patriot Status with the DAR

Souvenir of the Revolutionary Soldiers’ Monument Dedication, at Tarrytown, New YorkBy Tarrytown (N.Y.). Monument Committee, Marcius Denison Raymondpg. 42 & pg. 44 The name of William Yerks appears on the Muster roll of Capt. Gabriel Requa’s Company of Militia of East Philipsburg, now in the position of Professor Beckford, Dean of Columbia College. New York State Comptroller’s Office Revolutionary War […]

The Search For the Parents of James Oakley Yerks, Died at Harpers Ferry, 1863

The Search For the Parents of James Oakley Yerks, Died at Harpers Ferry, 1863

There are several James Yerks born around the same time. They are: James Yerks BIRTH 16 AUG 1823 • Ossining, Westchester, New York, United StatesDEATH 9 OCT 1880 • Chappaqua, Westchester, New York, United StatesThis James died in the Civil War and is buried at the old Saint Mark’s Cemetery in Mount Kisco (Next to Chappaqua). He is the son […]

The Baroni Family Of Mantua, Italy

The Baroni Family Of Mantua, Italy

We don’t know much about the Baroni Family of Mantua right now, but the story is beginning to unfold.  We recently learned that Angelo Antonio Baroni and Giaele Botolli, great x2 grandparents of Colleen Hayes, were married on 27 June 1895 in Rivarolo Fuori (aka Rivarolo Mantovano), Mantova, Lombardia, Italy.  Mantua is 32 km (32 minutes) Northeast of Rivarolo Mantovano. According […]

Making The Circumstantial Case that Links Ezra Yerks to the Larger Yerks Family Tree

Making The Circumstantial Case that Links Ezra Yerks to the Larger Yerks Family Tree

In May 2018, I was contacted by Mary-Catherine Burton, wife of Charles Edward Yerks. Charles is a descendant of Frank Yerks and Annie Bullock. She was interested in developing a family tree for her husband.  While I was able to provide her some guidance with researching her husbands branch of the Yerks Family Tree, I sadly had to inform her that nobody has ever been able to connect that branch to the larger Yerks family of Philipsburg / Westchester County.