An American Family History

David Henry Yerkes

Yerkes has also been spelled Gerkes, Gerckes, Jerghes, Jerghjes, Jurckes,Yercas, Yercks, Yerkhas, Yerkas, Yerkiss, Yerks, and Yerkus
Indiana became a state in 1819. The north was settled by people from New England and New York, the center by people from the Mid-Atlantic states and Ohio, and the south by people from Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.

David Henry Yerkes was born on May 1, 1821 in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia). His parents were Josiah Yerkes and Sarah Lupton.

In 1860 he was living with his brother Henry in Camden, Indiana.

 In 1870 he was living with his sister Rebecca and the Lenon family in Deer Creek, Indiana.

 In 1880 he was living in Washington Township, Carroll County with a nephew F. William Mills. 

He died on January 27, 1901 in Carroll County.

Logansport, Ind , Feb 4
There was a mystery in the life of David Yerkes, of Carroll county, who died last week, aged 79 He resided for many years with the Wilson Appleton family [Wilson Appleton and Malinda Yerkes, daughter of Henry Clay Yerkes], and apparently had plenty of money.

He went to California during the gold excitement, and returned seven years later. He never worked after his return, and dressed well. It Is generally believed that he had a snug fortune secreted about his home, but search has failed to reveal it. (from the Fort Wayne Sentinel, February 4, 1901)

The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.


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

Berkeley County, Virginia was created from the northern third of Frederick County, Virginia in 1772. Jefferson County was formed from the county's eastern section. In 1863 Berkeley County became part of the new state of West Virginia.


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