Surname: Yerks

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 […]

The Marriage of George Oakley Yerks to Annie Dora Cutler

The Marriage of George Oakley Yerks to Annie Dora Cutler

Finally…. conclusive proof as to the parents of George Oakley Yerks arrived today via US Mail.  George Oakley Yerks is the great, great grandfather of Colleen Hayes, my wife.  Since acquiring George’s Brooklyn Death Certificate several years ago, there has been a lingering doubt in my mind as to who his parents really were.  This is because the Death Certificate indicated […]

Fire in Alexander Yerks’s Store Almost Destroys Chappaqua

Fire in Alexander Yerks’s Store Almost Destroys Chappaqua

The newspaper article below was published in the Mount Kisco Record on December 20, 1890. It tells an interesting story how Chappaqua residents banded together to prevent a conflagration that could have destroyed their town.  A fire that started at Mr Alexander Yerk’s store quickly spread and challenged the residents of Chappaqua to save their town as there was no […]

The Puzzle Pieces Finally Fit Together

The Puzzle Pieces Finally Fit Together

Way back when, I picked up a Brooklyn Death Certificate for George Oakley Yerks from the New York City Archives.  He was the  great x2 grandfather to Colleen Yerks Hayes, my wife.  The Death Certificate disrupted everything I thought I knew about George Oakley Yerks and his parents.  According to his Death Certificate, his parents were listed as George _________ […]

Biography of Nathaniel Cutler & His Family of Mount Kisco

Biography of Nathaniel Cutler & His Family of Mount Kisco

The following is a biography of Nathaniel Cutler Sr. (b. 1 Jan 1808, d. 12 Apr 1886).  Nathaniel is Colleen Yerks’ great x4 grandfather .  He lived in Mount Kisco, New York for most of his life, but may have been born in North Castle. He married Sally Ann Weeks in 1829 and had several children. John Cutler 1828 – 1850 […]

Private Ralph Yerks, 'Killed In Action' in France during World War I

Private Ralph Yerks, ‘Killed In Action’ in France during World War I

Ralph Yerks was the third and youngest son of George Oakley Yerks and Annie Cutler.  According to his draft registration card filed on June 5, 1917, Ralph was single, living in Rye and was working as a plumbers helper.  His two brothers, Leroy (later known as James Leroy) and William Benjamin also registered for the draft on June 5, 1917.  The […]