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 (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.

Thompson Cline has a duck thas has laid 100 eggs without cessation this season, they having kept an account. Where's the duck to beat that? (from The Des Moines Register, August 20, 1879)

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, married Charles Wilford Webster). 

A Chalenge (sic) to Walk.
Rev. Thompson Cline, who has recently moved to this city from Iowa whose talents seem to be about equally devided (sic) between walking, talking, preaching and raising sweet-potatoes desires us to publish the following which is a challenge to the world, the flesh and the devil and Tom Walker, himself to beat him on a mile heat at the worlds fair for a purse of $500 to be cash in hand paid, according to the provisions herein after mentioned otherwise to be of void and of no effect

Hutchinson, April, 28th 1893.
I am a citizen of Hutchinson for the last month. I never walked a mile in 8 minutes. I have walked two miles in 20 minutes. I am 72 years old last Feburary (sic) 24th. I say I can out walk any man in America of my age. I say I can heel and toe one mile in ten minutes. I say I never drink Whisky (sic) or use tobacco. I say if the world's fair gives a premium on anything they should give me $500 for my supleness (sic) on foot of my age, and temperance. If I don't heal and toe one mile in ten minutes I will charge nothing.
Thompson Cline.
(from Semi-Weekly Gazette, Hutchinson, Kansas, May 4, 1893)

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)

The Responsibility Located.
Doubtless those farmers of the Bullfoot valley who had their fields inundated last week, their stock drowned, their crops ruined and their buildings and farm implements swept away by a wall of water resembling a tidal wave sweeping down the valley, would like to know the cause of the disaster. Well We are ready to enlighten them. The information came to us in a letter from the Rev. Thompson Cline, who is visiting his daughter near Vesper. Here is the way it reads:

"May 18, 1909, Editor Republican, I am in my eighty-ninth year and I have been preaching seventy years. I told my daughter, Leona Webster, before I came here if I could not make it rain in ten days I would leave the state and never come back. If those preachers in Lincoln Center will take the other side, if I can't make it rain in any town in western Kansas I will leave the town in ten days if I must walk out." "You please print his and oblige."
Thompson Cline.
(from The Lincoln Republican, May 27, 1909)


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

Thompson Cline was born near Madison, Clay county, Indiana, February 24,1821, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Myers, near Billings, Oklahoma, January 2, 1911, at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 9 days.

He was married to Miss Katherine Yerkes of Carroll county, Indiana, May 3, 1840 she having preceded him to the grave twenty-five years ago. To this union was born seven children, five girls and two boys, three of whom are living to mourn his loss, Mrs Beckie J Myers, of Billings, Oklahoma Mrs M F Moore of Denver, Colorado, and Levi Cline of Sac City, Iowa

He was converted to God nearly seventy years ago, associated himself with what was known to be the Hard-Shell Baptist church. He remained inside her walls about forty years, when he learned they were not the church without spot or wrinkle which Paul speaks of in Eph 5-27. This is a spiritual house built by Christ nearly two thousand years ago.

His mind was clear to the last and he assured us he was ready, at death's call to go. He said tell all his friends good bye, that he was not afraid of the grave but wanted to go and be with Jesus He died in the truimph of a living faith Our father has left us to mourn his irreparable loss, but his infinitive gain. (from The Billings News, Feburary 10, 1911)

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.

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