• The Life of James LeRoy Yerks, b. 1892, d. 1973

    By Published On: February 6th, 2024Categories: Surname: Yerks, Uncategorized

    The Early Years James Leroy Yerks, originally known as Leroy Yerks, embarked on a remarkable journey from Northern Westchester County to Greenwich, Connecticut. His story is marked by transformation, adaptation, and a significant change in his name. Born on November 6, 1892, in Mount Kisco, New York, Leroy's early life was marked by

  • Philipsburg Manor…A Must Visit For Yerks (Jurckse) Family Members

    By Published On: November 4th, 2022Categories: Places: Philipsburg, Surname: YerksTags: , ,

    I vaguely remember visiting Philipsburg Manor as part of a school trip I went on when I was little. I didn't remember much about its history, but I definitely remembered it was there, across the street from the well-known Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.  I would never have imagined that I would marry someone with a direct

  • The Philipsburg Encampment of 1781

    Philipsburg Manor in Westchester County was home to many Yerks families, including Colleen's 6th great-grandparents. I grew up in Westchester County, knowing little about Westchester's role in the revolution. But through genealogy, I have learned that my children's ancestors were right there at ground zero and were known as Patriots of the cause. In

  • The Yerks Family’s of Neperhan / Unionville/ Hawthorne and Pleasantville in 1867

    By Published On: January 15th, 2022Categories: Maps, Surname: Yerks

    1 – A Yerks A Yerks > William Brook Yerks (Mary) > William Yerks (Catherine) Location: Rosedale Nursery, Saw Mill Road, Hawthorne, New York  Most likely, the site of the farmhouse that Catherine See & William Yerks (my wife’s 6th great grandparents) and their ancestors lived in while tending the 300-acre family farm in

  • Yerks Farm Overlay in Hawthorne with Modern Map – 1925-2021

    By Published On: December 15th, 2021Categories: Surname: YerksTags: , , ,

    The black and white photo of the Yerks farm was taken in 1925 as part of an aerial photographing project. The modern map comes from a screenshot of Apple Maps. The Apple map was then manipulated to match up certain landmarks that have survived the 100-year difference. What a difference a hundred years make!

  • 1925 – Catherine Yerks Farm in Hawthorne Revisited.

    By Published On: December 14th, 2021Categories: Surname: Yerks

    On December 6, 1785, the Commissioners of Forfeitures for the Southern District of New York awarded Catherine Yorkse (Yerks), widow of William Yerks, the 300-acre farm that her husband and her husbands family had been farming for many decades as tenant farmers of Philipsburg Manor. Philipsburg Manor was a large swath of central Westchester land

  • A YERKS Family Bible Found!

    By Published On: February 26th, 2021Categories: Found Treasures, Surname: Yerks

    More than a decade ago, I came across an archived newsletter in which a person named Cula Katzky  indicated that she was in possession of a "Yerks" family bible with several dates in it. She was not a Yerks family member and was seeking to return it to someone in the family.   The

  • A Needle In The Haystack Find!

    By Published On: January 1st, 2021Categories: Headstones, Surname: Yerks

    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

  • 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