An American Family History

Catherine Yerkes Cline

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

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Catherine Yerkes Cline was born on March 4, 1819 in Jefferson County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Josiah Yerkes and Sarah Lupton.

She married the Reverend Thompson Cline on May 6, 1841 in Carroll County, Indiana. Thompson was born on February 24, 1821. His parents were Levi Cline and Elizabeth McClaskey.

Catherine and Thompson's children included:
Josiah Cline (1842, died at 22 months),
Sarah Ellen Cline (1844, married Abraham H. Haughtelin),
Rebecca Jane Cline Dubbs Myers (1846, married John Wesley Myers),
Levi Cline (1848, married Temperance Nolan), and
Martha Elizabeth Cline (1851, married Marcellus Moore).

In 1850 they were in Jackson Township, Carroll County, Indiana. The household consisted of Thompson age 34, Catherine age 32, Sarah E. age 6, Rebecca J. age 4 and Levi Cline age 2. Twenty-four year old, Henry Yerkes, Catherine's brother, was living with them.

According to History of Guthrie and Adair Counties, Iowa, they were among the settlers in 1854 in Panora, Guthrie County, Iowa.

In 1880 the household was in Cass, Guthrie County, Iowa. It consisted of Thompson was 59, Catherine was 61 and suffered from "palsey," Rebekah J. Dubbs and her children, and the Haughtelin grandchildren. Thompson was a farmer.

Catherine died on June 8, 1885 of a stroke in Panora, Guthrie County, Iowa. 

After her death, Thompson married Olive Irene Bonar. Olive was born in 1854 in Noble County, Iowa. They had one child, Leona May Cline (1887). 

Notice. To whom it may concern,--Thompson Cline, once a member of the Primitive Baptists of Sharon church, Guthrie., Iowa, was excluded several years ago, and still remains excluded. Done by order of Sharon church at her regular meeting in Dec., 1893.
D. Jordan, F. M. Coleman,
Moderator. Clerk.
Monteith Iowa, December, 1893.
(from Primitive Monitor and Church Advocate, Volume 9  by Robert Walder Thompson)

Thompson died on January 2, 1911 in Billings, Noble County, Oklahoma of tuberculosis.

Children of Josiah Yerkes
and Sarah Lupton

Eliza Yerkes Fox
William B. Yerkes
Mary B. Yerkes
Josiah Yerkes, Jr.  
Sarah Ann Yerkes Hinkle 
Catherine Yerkes Cline
David Henry Yerkes
Rebecca Yerkes Lenon 
Henry Clay Yerkes

Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease. It was called consumption. It usually attacks the lungs and the symptoms are coughing blood, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

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.




In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.

from History of Guthrie and Adair Counties, Iowa

Abraham H. Haughtelin, a native of Adams county, Pennsylvania, was born in August, 1837, being the son of John C. and Eliza (Diehl) Haughtelin. He remained in his native state until the spring of 1857, coming to Panora, where he remained but one year. He then moved to Iowa City, where he remained for nearly two years, when he came to what is now Victory, at that time was part of Cass township, where he remained until the spring of 1882, when he moved to his present location, on section 19, Cass township.

He was married in December, 1864, to Miss Sarah E. Cline, a native of Indiana, and daughter of Thompson Cline. They have five children, all of whom are living—Ulysses G., Willis E., Alvaretta, Iva and Estella. He buried his wife in the spring of 1876.

Mr. Haughtelin owns four hundred and eighty acres of improved land and twenty-three acres of timber in Iowa, and a section of heavy timber "in Missouri, and raises a large, stock of cattle and hogs. He has held the offices of school director, township secretary and road supevisor nearly all the time he lived in Victory tewnship, and had to resign all those offices when he left. He is a prominent member of the Dunkard church.


Kentucky was originally a Virginia county and included the lands west of the Appalachians. In 1780, it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties. Kentucky officially became a state on June 1, 1792.

from Signs of the Times, and Doctrinal Advocate and Monitor, Volume 74

Highland Park , Des Moines, Iowa,
April 1, 1906

. . . I will try to tell you what I hope the dear Lord has done for me. My mother was born in Kentucky, and claimed to be a descendant of the Huguenots, of South Carolina. My father was a Virginian, and claimed his father was with George Washington during the Revolutionary war. They were married in Wilson County, Ky., about 1810, moved to Washington County, Ind., about 1820, and from thence to Carrol County, Ind., in the fall of 1829, where I first saw the light of day, April 8th, 1830. I claim to be the first white child born in Jackson, in that county.

At about that time others moved into the settlement from Ohio. The Indians were all around us, and I have as vivid a recollection of seeing them as though it were but yesterday; a large village of them was but twelve miles from our cabin, but the government moved them away in 1830. Several new comers were Old School Baptists, among them were William Hance and wife, Elder John Shanks and wife, Levi Cline and wife, who were my father and mother. They organized a church and called it Paint Creek, and from that day to this, now over seventy years, the members have met together on Saturday before the first Sunday in each month, and now in a large, line meeting-house.

. . . My father died when I was about six years of age, and my mother had the care of a large family of children. She was a close and severe disciplinarian, and gave us many talks on good moral character, which I know came from a good heart; but still I thought her religion was very bad, and came from a deceived heart. Time went on, and mother was married to a man who was a Baptist, and at last I concluded to leave the farm and go to the village and make my own living. . .

John Cline

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