An American Family History

Priscilla Yerkes Wood

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.

Priscilla Yerkes Wood was born about 1785 in Berkeley County, Virginia which is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. Her father was Joshua Yerkes.

She (Priscilla Yearkes) married Thomas Wood on December 3, 1806. 

In 1810 Thomas was in Jefferson County. The household consisted of

a man over 45
a man and a woman between 26 and 44
a boy and a girl under 10

In 1820, Thomas Wood was in Lee Township, Jefferson County.

a man over 45
a woman between 26 and 44
a girl between 16 & 25
a boy between 10 & 15
2 boys under 10

In 1830 there was a Thomas Wood in Morgan Township, Butler County, Ohio and none in Jefferson County, Virginia.

Children of Joshua Yerkes
  • Joshua Yerkes, Jr.
  • Margaret Yerkes Blue (Peggy)
  • Josiah Yerkes
  • Mary Yerkes Conklin
  • Rachel Yerkes Irvin
  • Priscilla Yerkes Wood
  • 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.



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