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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.

Catherine Yorkse (Yerks) Farm in Hawthorne (formally Unionville), New York

Catherine Yorkse (Yerks) Farm in Hawthorne (formally Unionville), New York

“Attention All Persons living in the Green Zone below. You are nearby ordered to vacate your homes immediately. Colleen Hayes (nee Yerks) intends to re-claim her great x6 grandmother Catherine Yerks 300 acre farm in Unionville (now Hawthorne). We will give you until tomorrow at sunset to get off our land. This includes you JD Rockefeller and your snazzy Pocantico Hills Estate.”

New York City Police Officer Patrick S Hanley

New York City Police Officer Patrick S Hanley

I recently received a packet of information about Patrick Hanley from the New York Police Department.  Patrolman Patrick S Hanley was appointed to the New York City Police Department on April 3, 1890 and was issued Patrolman Shield number 4866. According to Patrick Hanley’s Police Department “Transfer and Assignment Card”, Patrick was born in Ireland on 9 September 1865.  But […]

Michael A (Buck) Baron Tells The Story Of A Photograph He Took That Is Eteched In History

Michael A (Buck) Baron Tells The Story Of A Photograph He Took That Is Eteched In History

Excerpt From: Get That Picture! The Story Of The News Cameraman By A. J. EZICKSON The steel strike disorders everywhere were terrifying experiences for the news photographers. At Warren, Ohio, three cameramen, Charles Wilk, Cleveland manager of Wide World Photos, Mack Baron, of International News, and Jack Hines, Associated Press staffer, were fired upon and dropped into a ditch as […]

The Life & Death of Hiram Gregg Smith

The Life & Death of Hiram Gregg Smith

Hiram Gregg Smith was born in New York State circa 1864 to Caroline E. and Benjamin H. Smith.  He was one of 10 children. Somewhere between 1873 and 1878, the family picked up and moved out to the Humboldt, Iowa area. On December 17, 1884, Hiram Gregg Smith married Julia Geeslin in Rutland, Iowa.  There first child, Caroline (Carrie) was […]

John L. Tierney and Wife Isabella Survived The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

John L. Tierney and Wife Isabella Survived The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

On April 18, 1906 San Francisco was wrecked by a Great Earthquake at 5:13 a.m.. The subsequent seventh Great Fire  burned for four days. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of trapped persons died when South-of-Market tenements collapsed as the ground liquefied beneath them. Most of those buildings immediately caught fire, and trapped victims could not be rescued. The total earthquake death toll […]