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Elias Yerkes

Yerkes has also been spelled Gerkes, Gerckes, Jerghes, Jerghjes, Jurckes,Yercas, Yercks, Yerkhas, Yerkas, Yerkiss, Yerks, and Yerkus
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Elias Yerkes was born on February 7, 1729 in the Manor of Moreland. His parents were Herman Yerkes and Elizabeth Watts. He was a farmer.

He married Rebecca Foster on March 18, 1756. 

They were members of the Southampton Baptist Church.

Their children included:
Elias Yerkes, Jr. (1757),
George Yerkes (1758),
Elizabeth Yerkes Marple (1760, married Nathan Marple),
Susanna Yerkes (1762),
Isaac Yerkes (1765),
Mary Yerkes (1766),
Rebecca Yerkes (1766),
Arthur Yerkes (1769, married Elizabeth Hart),
Sarah Yerkes Michener (1772, married Thomas Michener), and
David S. Yerkes. 

lost mare
The Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Thu, Aug 23, 1770 · Page 4

In the Assessment of Moreland of 1776 from Bean's 1884 History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania he had 150 acres, 4 horses, and 5 cows.

In 1780 Elias and Elias, Jr. were in the 3rd Company, First Battalion of the Philadelphia County Militia.

In 1790 the Elias Yerkes family was in the Manor of Moreland, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. There were 8 members of the household.

He died on January 16, 1799 in Moreland.

Rebecca died on November 30, 1820. She was buried with Elias in the graveyard of the Southampton Baptist Church.

In 1850 Mary and Rebecca both claiming to be 82 and Sarah age 75 were living together in Moreland with Mary Ann Bloomer age 4 and Philip Yerkes age 62.

The Manor of Moreland was composed of a tract of ten thousand acres, and was created, in 1682, by a grant from William Penn to Dr. Nicholas More. Most of the Manor was in Philadelphia County, but is now Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Children of
Herman Yerkes
& Elizabeth Watts:
  • Anthony Yerkes
  • John Yerkes
  • Sarah Yerkes Hufty
  • Josiah Yerkes
  • Herman Yerkes
  • Silas Yerkes
  • Elizabeth Yerkes Howell
  • Stephen Yerkes
  • Elias Yerkes
  • Titus Yerkes
  • The American Revolution was ended in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.

    The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.



    Byberry is a township in the northeast corner of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The Walton brothers were early settlers. Moreland Township was just west of Byberry. When Montgomery County broke off in 1784, Moreland was divided into two townships, both called Moreland. In 1917 the Montgomery County Moreland split into Upper Moreland Township and Lower Moreland Township.

    from Chronicle of the Yerkes Family, with Notes on the Leech and Rutter Families by Josiah Granville Leach

    Elias Yerkes (Herman2, Anthony1), ninth child and seventh son of Herman Yerkes by his wife Elizabeth Watts, was born in the Manor of Moreland, Montgomery (formerly Philadelphia) County, Pennsylvania, 7 February, 1729; died there, 16 January, 1799. He was a farmer, and resided throughout his life in the Manor of Moreland.

    The Pennsylvania Gazette of 23 August, 1770, contained this advertisement:

    Supposed to be Stolen, on Tuesday night, the 14th of this instant August, from the plantation of Elias Yerkes, living in the Manor of Moreland, Philadelphia County, a dark bay mare, 9 years old between 14 & 15 hands high, a large star on her forehead, behind feet white, shod before, she can pace and trot, but is more inclined to pace. Whoever takes her up and secures said Mare, so as the owner may have her again shall have Ten shillings,

    and Mr. Yerkes married, 18 March, 1756, Rebecca Foster, who died 30 November, 1820, in the eighty-fifth year of her age. Her will, dated 16 February, 1807, was proved in Montgomery County, 23 November, 1821, and names sons Isaac, David, Elias, and Arthur, and daughters Mary, Rebecca, Sarah, and Susanna.

    Both Mr. and Mrs. Yerkes were baptized according to the Baptist faith, 10 October, 1773, and were received into membership in the Southampton Baptist Church, the religious home of many of the Yerkes family. They were buried in the graveyard of that church, where a stone marks their grave, as is shown in the accompanying illustration. Children of Elias and Rebecca (Foster) Yerkes; born in the Manor of Moreland:

    Elias Yerkes, born 16 January, 1757; died 21 June, 1844; married.

    George Yerkes, born 18 September, 1758; died 25 December, 1839; married Rebecca.

    Elizabeth Yerkes, born 3 October, 1760; married, by the Reverend David Jones, pastor of the Southampton Baptist Church, 9 April, 1789, to Nathan Marple. It would appear from the will of her sister Mary that she had by this marriage a daughter: (85) Elizabeth Marple.

    Susanna Yerkes, born 27 September, 1762.

    Isaac Yerkes, born 17 March, 1765; died unmarried and without issue. His will,dated 7 September, 1823, proved in Montgomery County, 26 May, 1827, names brother David, and Elias, "son of my brother Arthur," and gives the remainder of his estate to Horatio Gates Yerkes, another son of his brother Arthur.

    Mary Yerkes, born 15 November, 1766; died, unmarried, circa 1852. Her will, dated 12 April, 1848, proved 14 September, 1852, names sisters Sarah Michener and Rebecca Yerkes, nephew Horatio Gates Yerkes, and Lydia Lukens, "daughter of my brother Elias," and Elizabeth Edwards, "daughter of my deceased sister" Elizabeth Marple.

    Rebecca Yerkes, born 15 November, 1766; died 18 August, 1850.

    Arthur Yerkes, born 1 1 February, 1769; died 23 October, 1840; married Elizabeth Hart.

    Sarah Yerkes, born 1 1 June, 1772; died 17 May, 1856; married Thomas Michener, Jr.

    David S. Yerkes, died unmarried; will, proved 21 May, 1849, names David S. Y. Lukens, "son of my niece Lydia."

    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

    Horse Terms
    Foal: less than 1 year old
    Yearling: between 1 & 2
    Colt: male under 4
    Filly: female under 4
    Mare: female over 4
    Gelding: castrated male
    : non-castrated male over 4



    1 Mar 1780
    Elias Yerkes junior of the Manor of Mooreland Philiadelphia Co., yeoman, and Martha his wife (being one of the heirs of Abraham)
    to John Yerkes

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