Surname: Yerks

A YERKS Family Bible Found!

A YERKS Family Bible Found!

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 newsletter was titled “SOMEBODY’S LINKS NEWSLETTER: Genealogical […]

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 […]

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.”

The Sad Tale of Two Yerks Brothers, As Told By Area Newspapers, Postcards, Photos & Genealogy

The Sad Tale of Two Yerks Brothers, As Told By Area Newspapers, Postcards, Photos & Genealogy

Isaac Yerks was born circa 1823 to John Van Tassel and Fanny Yerks in New Castle, New York. He was the first of nine children born to them. Somewhere in the mid-1850s, Isaac married a woman by the name of Elizabeth and began their family, living in the town of Mount Pleasant near other Yerks relatives. Ezra Yerks, Isaacs younger […]