An American Family History

Rebecca Yerkes Wood

Yerkes has also been spelled Gerkes, Gerckes, Jerghes, Jerghjes, Jurckes,Yercas, Yercks, Yerkhas, Yerkas, Yerkiss, Yerks, and Yerkus
It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

Rebecca Yerkes Woodwas born about 1753 in the Manor of Moorland. Her parents were Josiah Yerkes and Mary Walton

She married Thomas Wood on January 30, 1765.

He appeared in the 1790 census in the Manor of Moreland. The family consisted of two males sixteen or older, five males younger than sixteen and two females. 

In 1793 when Josiah died, Rebecca inherited 10£.

Children of Josiah Yerkes
and Mary Walton
  • Joshua Yerkes
  • Josiah Yerkes
  • Rebecca Yerkes Wood
  • Sarah Yerkes Bower
  • Margery Yerkes Saurman
  • Mary 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.

    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.



    Thomas Wood was born in England, of parents not professing with Friends, who brought him with them to this country when very young, and settled in New Jersey previous to the year 1680. He early removed to Pennsylvania, and took up a tract of land in the manor of Moreland, on the southwest side of the Byberry road, below Hatboro, where he resided the remainder of his life. While young he was received into membership with Friends, and was an approved Minister for more than 45 years. He died in 1769, it is believed, in his 94th year. Late in life he married, and left a daughter and two sons. (Friends' Intelligencer, Volume 40 ) [His son John was born in 1745 so this Thomas is not Rebecca's husband. Rebecca's husband was probably his son.]

    First printed in Boston 1745

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