An American Family History

Margaret Yerkes Blue

Yerkes has also been spelled Gerkes, Gerckes, Jerghes, Jerghjes, Jurckes,Yercas, Yercks, Yerkhas, Yerkas, Yerkiss, Yerks, and Yerkus

West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.

Margaret Yerkes Blue (Peggy) was born about 1776 in Berkeley County, Virginia which is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. Her father was Joshua Yerkes.

She married Jesse (Jake) Blue (Blew) on November 19 1796 in Berkeley County, Virginia. Jesse Blue was born in 1775. His parents were John Blue and Catherine Sotore.

Their children included:
Ezekiel Blue (1798),
Joshua Blue (1801),
Margaret Blue,
Mary A. Blue Russell (1803),
John L. Blue (1805),
Nancy Blue Howard,
Saulten Blue, and
Priscilla Blue Gorrell.

The family (Jesse Blew) appeared in the 1810 census in Jefferson County, Virginia. The family consisted of seven children and two adults.

Jesse died in 1814. In 1820, Ezekiel Blue was in Lee Township, Jefferson County, Virginia.

The Blue family went to Butler County, Ohio when the Yerkes family moved there and then some of them went on to Indiana.

Children of Joshua Yerkes
  • Joshua Yerkes, Jr.
  • Margaret Yerkes Blue (Peggy)
  • Josiah Yerkes
  • Mary Yerkes Conklin
  • Rachel Yerkes Irvin
  • Priscilla Yerkes Wood
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