An American Family History

Margaret Yerkes Blue

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

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.

Margaret Yerkes Blue (Peggy) was born about 1776 in Berkeley County, Virginia which is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. Her father was Joshua Yerkes.

She married Jesse Blue on November 19, 1796 in Berkeley County, Virginia. Jesse was born about 1775 and was the son of John Blue.

Their children included:
Ezekiel Blue (1798),
Joshua Blue (1801),
Margaret Blue,
Mary A. Blue Russell (1803),
John L. Blue (1805),
Nancy Blue Howard,
Saulten Blue, and
Priscilla Blue Gorrell.

The family (Jesse Blew) appeared in the 1810 census in Jefferson County, Virginia. The family consisted of seven children and two adults.

Jesse died in 1814. In 1820, Ezekiel Blue was in Lee Township, Jefferson County, Virginia.

The Blue family went to Butler County, Ohio when the Yerkes family moved there and then some of them went on to Indiana.

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

Children of Joshua Yerkes
  • Joshua Yerkes, Jr.
  • Margaret Yerkes Blue (Peggy)
  • Josiah Yerkes
  • Mary Yerkes Conklin
  • Rachel Yerkes Irvin
  • Priscilla Yerkes Wood
  • The First Barbary War (1801–1805) was between the United States and the Barbary States of Tripoli and Algiers.






    from West Virginia Wills Probate Records, 1724-1985, Jefferson County

    June the 29th 1814

    Agreeable to the Account order of Court to us directed we have proceded to appraise the Estate of Jessee Blue Decd

    item $    
    one Mans Sadle and two Bridles 6.00    
    one Sythe and Cradle 3.00    
    1/2 dungeon Chains 1.50    
    2 Buckets and Chain and Leather apron 1.50    
    Woll Cards Sheep Shears Stuffer and Furtells 1.25    
    3 tables 2.00    
    6 olo flour Barrels .75    
    Alot of Wool 3.00    
    4 olo Tubs and two olo Churs & 4 Beehives Empty 2.00    
    One case with six Bottles and one Jug 1.00    
    5 pieces Crockery-ware .50    
    2 flour Wheels 2.00    
    one Chest and one Cradle 1.00    
    one Wire Sifter and Tesey? .75    
    4 pare of Bedsteads 2.00    
    Shovel plough Rake Geulling? hoes and two dividing hoes 3.00    
    one Check reel .50    
    Lot of Gears SC? 2.50    
    3 axes and olo file 2.00    
    Shovel and Tongs .50    
    Lott of olo Irons and one olo Bucket 1.50    
    3 Augers Drawing Knife and Hitchel 1.50    
    1 Burough and Corner Cuppord olo 2.00    
    1 Lott of Potts Kittles oven Doubletree Shovel Frying pan Bohuisn? Tea Kettle 2.00    
    4 Barrels and bed boad? 1.50    
    10 hogs 10.00    
    Seven Geese 1.50    
    One Cow and Calf 14.00    
    One Red Cow 10.00    
    One Heifer 4.00    
    One Black Mare 4.00    
    One Bay Mare 15.00    
    One Sorrel Colt 35.00    
    [total] 135.75    

    James Hurst
    James Wallingford
    David Moore
    Giles Cooke

    Jefferson County Led?
    June Court

    Ordered that David Moore, Giles Cooke, James Hurst and Jas Wallingford do appraise the slaves if any & personal Estate of Jesse Blue of? Beport

    Teste Geo Hide

    An acct of the goods & Chattles of the Estate of Jessee Blue by Henry Conklin The adm

    payed out as per receipt

    Number name $  
    1 J. Markwood 3.99  
    2 Mr. Wallingford 8.00  
    3 Worthington Cookus & Co. 28.76 1/2  
    4 R. Williams 2.25  
    5 Mary Lalahan 4.50  
    6 Robert Walters 33.00  
    7 David Moore 5.56  
    8 Thomas Wood 1.50  
    9 P. Salter Blue 3.33  
    10 Samuel J. Cramer 6.50  
    11 Clerk Jefferson 1.32  
    12 James Wallingford, Jr. 2.62  
    13 William Burr Note including ? 6.88  
    14 John Daniels Note 10.29  
    15 Richard Williams .50  
    16 Joshuah Yerkes 2.50  
    17 Denis Stephens 2.14  
    18 John Conway 13.00  
    19 ? Sherry 1.33 1/2  
    20 John Baker, attorney fee 2.30  
    21 Sherriff Jefferson County including ? 38.73  
    22 ditto 1.22  
    23 ? Suliven 4.50  
    24 J. J. Blue 2.50  
    25 Henry Conklyn 2.75  
    26 David Conklyn 1.80  
    27 James Wallingford 1.00  
    28 John Hunt 10.35  
    29 Isaac ? 2.31  
        205. 14 2/3  

    Credit $    
    the appraisement 139.75    
    the ? over the appraisment 86.92    
    cash from Benjamin Williams 40.50    
    cash from Simon Doyle 10.00    
    cash from Nicholas Wallingford 8.00    
    cash from Abraham Davinport 3. 37 1/2    
    cash from John Hurst .90    
    amount brought up 205. 14 2/3    
    to my Commison as adm. 83.80    



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