An American Family History

John Yerkes

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

John Yerkes was born on February 21, 1714 in the Manor of Moreland. His parents were Herman Yerkes and Elizabeth Watts. He was a farmer and owned 95 acres in Moreland.

He married Alice McVaugh about 1714. Alice was born on April 5, 1717 and was the daughter of John McVaugh (McVey or McVeigh).

John and Alice's children were all born in the Manor of Moreland:
Rachel Yerkes (1742),
John Yerkes (1743, married Ann Coffing, daugher of Abraham Coffing),
Catherine Yerkes (1746),
Elizabeth Yerkes (1748),
Harman Yerkes (1750, married Margaret Scott),
Silas Yerkes (1752, married Hannah Craft),
Sarah Yerkes Watson (1755, married John Watson),
Benjamin Yerkes (1758), and
Alice Yerkes Worrell (1763, Demas Worrell). 

He died in 1790 in Moreland.

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 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.

    Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.




    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.

    Chronicle of the Yerkes Family: With Notes on the Leech and Rutter Families, by Josiah Granville Leach, J. B. Lippincott, 1904

    John Yerkes (Herman2, Anthony1), second son of Herman Yerkes by his wife Elizabeth Watts, was born in the Manor of Moreland, Montgomery (formerly Philadelphia) County, Pennsylvania, 21 February, 1714, and died there in 1790.

    He was a farmer, and probably resided throughout his life in said Manor, where he owned a plantation of ninety-five acres, upon which he and his wife Alice executed a mortgage to Joseph Spangenburg, 2 September, 1774. It is, however, possible that he may have resided for a few years upon a plantation of two hundred acres in Plymouth Township, same county, which he purchased on 24 May, 1873, one hundred and thirty-seven and one-half acres of which he sold to his brother, Herman Yerkes, 18 May, 1747, the latter paying therefor £297.

    He married, circa 1741, Alice McVaugh, born 5 April, 1717; daughter of John McVaugh, of the said Manor, and granddaughter of Edmond McVaugh, of Lower Dublin Township, Philadelphia County, by his wife Alice Dickinson.

    Children of John and Alice (McVaugh) Yerkes; born in the Manor of Moreland:
    Rachel Yerkes, born 1 February, 1742.
    John Yerkes, born 6 October, 1743; died in 1803 or 1806; married Ann Coffing.
    Catharine Yerkes, born 15 April, 1746.
    Elizabeth Yerkes, born 1 September, 1748.
    Harman Yerkes, born 22 November, 1750; died 16 June, 1821; married Margaret Scott.
    Silas Yerkes, born 20 December, 1752; died in 1779; married Hannah Craft.
    Sarah Yerkes born 26 May, 1755; married John Watson.
    Benjamin Yerkes, born 28 April, 1758; died 11 August, 1841; married Margaret Jones.
    Alice Yerkes, born 18 January, 1763; married, 10 April, 1798, Demas Worrell, and is said to have had issue, but no record of her family has been obtained

    In compiling the Memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes, Watts, Latham, and Elkins Families (Philadelphia, 1898), I supposed that Sarah Yerkes above was the one of that name who married, 6 March, 1747, Daniel Evans, as stated in that work (page 192). Later information shows that I was then in error.

    Lower Dublin Township was located in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania and adjoined Moreland and Byberry Townships. The township was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia
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