An American Family History

Josiah Yerkes, Jr.

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


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.

Josiah Yerkes, Jr. was born on May 10, 1815 in Jefferson County, Virginia which is now in West Virginia. His parents were Josiah Yerkes and Sarah Lupton.

He moved with his family to Butler County, Ohio when he was a boy and to Carroll County Indiana when he was a young man.

He married Sarah Ann Hodge Yerkes Adamson on November 20, 1845 in Carroll County, Indiana. Sarah Ann Hodge was born in Butler County, Ohio on April 17, 1825.

Josiah and Sarah's children included:
Elvira C. Yerkes (1847),
Elizabeth Ann Yerkes Clayton (1849, married Robert Martin Clayton),
Joseph F. Yerkes,
Mary E. Yerkes (1850),
Vienna Clementine Yerkes (1852, never married),
Joseph F. Yerkes (1855), and
Josiah Thomas Yerkes (1856, married Emma Pearl Von Harten).

Josiah, Jr. died on April 13, 1855 and is buried in Paint Creek Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana.

Sarah married Moses Adamson on October 17, 1861. Moses was born April 15, 1825 in Wayne County, Indiana.

Sarah died on April 19, 1909 in Stuart, Guthrie County, Iowa.

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

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


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.




Obituary for Sarah Hodge Yerkes Adamson
Death of Mother Adamson
Sarah Ann Hodge was born in Butler County, Ohio, 17 April 1825. Departed this life April 19, 1909 making her age at the time of her death 84 years and 2 days.

She was first married to Josiah Yerkes November 20 1845. To them eight children were born, three of whom are living, two being present at the funeral, Thomas, the youngest son who lives in Texas being unable to be present.

After the death of Mr. Yerkes, she was married to Moses Adamson, October 17, 1861. Only one child was born to them which died in infancy.

When but a child the deceased moved from Ohio to Indiana where she spent the early years of her life. Soon after her marriage to Mr. Adamson she came to Iowa in which state she has lived ever since. She has been a resident of Stuart for 34 years. At the age of 10 she was converted and united with the Methodist Church in which communion she has lived with great joy to herself and great blessing to her associates.

The funeral took place in the Methodist Church, conducted by her pastor. The remains were laid to rest in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

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