A history of the Yoakum, Yocom, Yocum, Families. H. C. Smith, M



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1 Oct 1917: married Polk County, Iowa, to Bert Carr (1891-_______).

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Malinda E. Yoakum (daughter of Isaac and _______ (_______) Yoakum)

1867: born.

30 Apr 1891: married Marion County, Iowa, to John Schield (1857-_______).

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James Nelson Yoakum (son of James and Julia (Owens) Yoakum)

12 Aug 1822: born.

18 Oct 1847: died Camargo, Mexico.

Soldier in the Mexican War.


Fanny Yoakum (daughter of James and Julia (Owens) Yoakum)

16 July 1825: born.

after 1874: died.

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George A. Yoakum (son of James and Julia (Owens) Yoakum)

12 Mar 1826: born, probably Madison County, Illinois.

ca 1840: married (wife not mentioned in estate settlement).

ca 1841: son William born.

ca 1843: son Edward born.

ca 1845/46: son Isaac born.

23 Apr 1847: died of wounds received in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico.

William Yoakum; Isaac Yoakum.


Edward Yoakum (son of George A. and _______ Yoakum)

ca 1843: born Sangamon County, Illinois.

14 Dec 1865: married Menard County, Illinois, to Hannah McNeal.

11 Nov 1869: died Menard County, Illinois.

The settlement of his estate mentions minor heirs:

1. C. C. Yoakum born 1866, age 3 years.

2. Judgett or Judiett Yoakum born 12 Aug 1868; died 12 Aug 1869, age 1 year.

3. Turner Yoakum, age 20 years on 5 Jan 1869.

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Nancy Ann Yoakum (daughter of James and Julia (Owens) Yoakum)

4 Nov 1827: born.

no date: married Adair County, Kentucky, to David Batterton (5 Nov 1796-_______).

Nancy and David had eight children in Menard and Cass Counties, Illinois, and in Kansas.

The igi lists a marriage of Nancy Yoakum and David Batterton, 22 Sept 1822, Sangamon County, Illinois.

Benjamin Yoakum (son of James and Julia (Owens) Yoakum)

9 Jan 1830: born.

after 1874: died.
Julia/Judy Yoakum (daughter of James and Julia (Owens) Yoakum)

3 Mar 1832: born.

after 1874: died.

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William Yoakum (son of John Yokim)

27 Dec 1788: born Lee County, Virginia.

1790: moved with parents to Claiborne County, Tennessee.

1810: moved to Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois.

1820: Madison County, Illinois, census: 1 male, 5 females (one may have been his mother).

10 June 1819: moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, to the north side of Richland Creek, in what is now Salisbury Township.

30 May 1824: married Sangamon County, Illinois, to Sarah Simmons (1804 North Carolina-1863). The igi gives the marriage date as 30 May 1821.

1825: son John W. born; died 1849 on the way to California.

1827: daughter Mary A. born.

21 June 1829: son George Henderson born.

30 Dec 1832: daughter Martha J. born.

2 Feb 1836: son James Calvin born.

1837: son Milton Berry born.

1840: son Isaac Riley born.

1842: son Jesse J. born.

1844: daughter Sarah M. born.

no date: infant born and died.

2 Feb 1869: m/2 Sangamon County, Illinois, Letitia (Rice) Henderson.

27 Apr 1880: died Salisbury Township, Sangamon County, Illinois, of apoplexy (“Sangamon County, Illinois Vital Records” and “County Histories.
Mary “Polly” A. Yoakum (daughter of William and Sarah (Simmons) Yoakum)

1827: born Missouri.

29 Mar 1849: married Sangamon County, Illinois, to William Penny (born and died Missouri).

Mary and William had six children.


George Henderson Yoakum (son of William and Sarah (Simmons) Yoakum)

21 June 1829/30: born.

no date: married Sarah Miller.

10 Mar 1913: died.

Lived near Salisbury, Sangamon County, Illinois.
Martha J. or F. Yoakum (daughter of William and Sarah (Simmons) Yoakum)

30 Dec 1832: born.

30 Dec 1852: married Francis M. Duncan.

no date: son Charles N. Duncan born.

no date: daughter Laura A. Duncan born.

no date: son William R. Duncan born.

no date: son James T. Duncan born.

no date: daughter Jeannette A. Duncan born.

no date: son George H. Duncan born.

no date: daughter Louise E. Duncan born.

no date: daughter Mary J. Duncan born.
James Calvin Yoakum (son of William and Sarah (Simmons) Yoakum)

2 Feb 1836: born.

21 Feb 1917: died unmarried.

Lived Menard County, Illinois.

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Milton Berry Yoakum (son of William and Sarah (Simmons) Yoakum)

1837: born Sangamon County, Illinois.

1 Nov 1864: married Syntha Davis (31 Dec 1845-19 Jan 1905).

11 Mar 1870: son Charles Edward born.

25 July 1878: son Albert Willard born.
Charles Edward Yoakum (son of Milton Berry and Syntha (Davis) Yoakum)

11 Mar 1870: born Sangamon County, Illinois.

25 Jan 1899: married Louisa A. Scherle (1 Jan 1874-30 Mar 1902 Sangamon County, Illinois, of tuberculosis).

no date: son Albert Willard born.

no date: m/2 Mattie _______.

1 Nov 1942: died Sangamon County, Illinois.

Albert Willard Yoakum.
Albert Willard Yoakum (son of Milton Berry and Syntha (Davis) Yoakum)

25 July 1878: born Salisbury, Sangamon County, Illinois.

17 June 1911: married Vigo County, Indiana, to Rachel Mathilda Jones (31 July 1877-3 Jan 1946) daughter of Henry C. and Rachel (Wannon) Jones of Plymouth, Pennsylvania.

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Isaac Riley Yoakum (son of William and Sarah (Simmons) Yoakum)

1840: born Sangamon County, Illinois.

27 Dec 1876: married DeWitt County, Illinois, Ida Bell Walton (1854-_______).

19 Mar 1881: daughter born.

13 Sept 1883: son born.
Jesse J. or F. Yoakum (son of William and Sarah (Simmons) Yoakum)

1842: born.

4 Feb 1864: married Menard County, Illinois, to Martha A. Miller, daughter of Henry and Louisa (French or Trent) Miller.

Jesse and Martha lived in the family home, 4 miles west of Salisbury, Sangamon County, Illinois.


Sarah M. Yoakum (daughter of William and Sarah (Simmons) Yoakum)

1844: born.

30 Apr 1865: married Menard County, Illinois, to Samuel Tumbleson.

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Jacob Yoakum (son of Matthias and Eleanor (See) Yoakum)

1732: born Tulpehocken Creek, now Berks County, Pennsylvania or Hardy County, West Virginia.

ca 1756: married Pennsylvania to Elizabeth See (1736 Tulpehocken Creek, now Berks County, Pennsylvania-_______). She was the daughter of John George and Margaret or Mary (Judy) See. George Washington Yoakum said that his father, Jacob, was married at Dan River, North Carolina. Elizabeth was Jacob's cousin.

2 Dec 1756: son Michael born.

1760: daughter Elizabeth born.

before 1763: moved to Virginia.

7 May 1763: son George Washington born.

1764: daughter Amelia “Millia” born.

1767: son Jacob born.

no date: moved to Hampshire (later Hardy) County, (W.) Virginia.

1769/70: lived in Moorefield, Hardy County, (W.) Virginia. In this year, when his son George was six years old, there was a lottery for lots in the town. George drew from a hat the number of a lot (#37) adjoining the courthouse in Moorefield--“the best lot in town.”

(Deed Bk 64 p217, Moorefield, Hardy County, West Virginia (History of Grant and Hardy County, West Virginia, p1). A Michael Yokum received lot #21.

1771: son Matthias born.

1773: son Solomon born.

1777: son Isaac born.

no date: ?daughter Tabitha born.

17 Aug 1780: will written.

14 Nov 1780: will probated; Hampshire County, West Virginia, Will Bk 2 p19.

16 Apr 1789: the estate of a Jacob Yoakam was administered by Jonathan Heath and Jasper Revill (Minute Bk 1788-91, p54, Hampshire County, West Virginia). Executors: George and Michael.

Mrs. Franks says he married Mary Magdalene Wilson.


Will of Jacob Yoakum:

“I, Jacob Yoakum, of Hampshire County, Virginia being weak in body but of a sound and perfect memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament and this 17 day of August, 1780 in manner and form following:

I will and ordain that all my debts and funeral charges shall be paid and after that I Will and bequeath to my loving wife, Elizabeth, all my real and personal estate whatsoever, during her natural life to enjoy the benefit for herself and her children thereof. In case she remains a widow. But if she should marry, she shall give up all but her third to those which I shall appoint, extrs. saving the third part of the land she shall keep and be the possesser thereof during her life.

I also Will and Ordain that after her decease my children shall be the proper heirs of all it, shall be divided equally amongst them, there shall be no odd nor difference made by no means, but they shall receive each of them an equal part, namely, Michael, Elizabeth, George, Millia, Jacob, Solomon, Matthias and Isaac, excepting one gray horse, 8 yrs old, my son Michael shall be the proper owner thereof.

I do hereby constitute and Ordain George See and Michael See, Extr. to see the same performed according to my meaning and I do hereby revoke and disanul (sic) all and every other former Will by me in any wise before named Will and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above written, signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Charles Myer, Jonathan Purcell, Henry Green.”

“At a court held for Hampshire County the 14 day of Nov 1780, this last Will and Testament of Jacob Yoakum, dec'd, was presented in court and proved by the oath of Jonathan Purcell, one of the witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded and Geo. See and Michael See the Extr. therein named refusing to take upon them the burdhen (sic) of the execution of the said Will, it is ordered that on the motion of Elizabeth Yoakum widow of the said dec'd, she have letters of administration of his estate, she having made oath according to law is entered into bond with Samuel Hornback and Abel Randall, her securities in the penalty of Ten Thousand pounds for her due and faithful administration of the said decendents (sic) estate and performance of his Will.“ Test. Gabriel Jones.
“At a court held for Hampshire Co. 13 Day of Mar. 1781, this last Will and Testament of Jacob Yoakum, dec'd was further proved by the oath of Henry Green, another of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be certified.” (Hampshire County, West Virginia Wills, Bk2 p19). Bk2 p27, May 1781, Settlement of Jacob Yoakum estate, 129 lbs. plus.
Executors: George and Michael See.
A Jacob Yocum, son of Matthias, brought his younger brother Matthias into court in Mercer County, Kentucky, as having deceived him in the sale of a house. The case was adjudicated and a judgment of not guilty was rendered in 1792.

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Michael Yoakum (son of Jacob and Elizabeth (See) Yoakum)

2 Dec 1756: born Ft. Harness, Hardy County, West Virginia or Hampshire County, West Virginia.

1 Mar 1776: married ?Randolph County, Virginia, to Drusilla Stump (10 May 1760 Moorefield, Hardy County, West Virginia-23 Apr 1848 Allen County, Ohio; buried West Point Cemetery, Lima, Allen County, Ohio) possibly a daughter of Elias Stump.

1776: moved from Hardy to Randolph County, Virginia.

17 Aug 1780: bequeathed a gray horse and an equal moiety of his father's estate with his brothers and sisters following the death or remarriage of his father's widow.

5 Jan 1778: son William born.

1781: daughter Elizabeth born.

1784: son Asael born.

ca 1785: daughter born.

1787: served as a constable.

1787: daughter Mary Ann born.

28 Feb 1790: son Jacob born.

1792: son Solomon born.

1794: son Absalom born.

1794: “Michael Yocham enters 100 acres, part of the same warrant adjoining Isaac Whitmana, Andre Stalnaker and Joel Westfall line to include the islands and vacant lands.” Randolph County, Virginia, Entry Bk No. 2 p110.

1795: Michael Yoakum is released from liability of bail on William Gibson (Randolph County, Virginia, Minute Bk No. 1 p245).

1 Feb 1796: “William Gibson for Michael Yocham enters 100 acres part of a land warrant of 500 acres H 21987 adjoining lands of Isaac Whitman, of John White and the land said Yoakam lives on.” Randolph County, Virginia, Entry Bk 2 p156.

27 Apr 1796: son George born.

10 Aug 1796: “William Blair enters for Michel Yoakum 114 acres part of a L.O.T.W. of 2,000 acres given to David Anderson, 24 December 1783, on the west side of Yoacum's place he now lives on.” Randolph County, Virginia, Entry Bk No. 2 p67.

8 Aug 1797: daughter Ruth born.

1798: “Michael Yocham and John Whitman enter 100 acres part of the Land Office Warrant of 30,000 acres date March 19, 1796 on the west side of the Valley River adjoining the land of William and Jane Walmsley and up to Cafety's Run and towards Rich Mountain.”

1798: Michael buys 33 acres of land on the west side of Tygart Valley River from William Walmsley and his wife Susannah. Randolph County, Virginia, Deed Bk 1, p539. The deed says that this land adjoins other lands that belong to Michael Yoakum.

10 Feb 1798: William Walmsley acknowledges a deed of 33 acres of land on the Tygart Valley River to Michael Yoakum. Randolph County, Virginia, Court Minutes.

27 June 1798: “Michael Yoakum and his wife Drusilla and William Yoakum are bound to their good behaviour for $250 and William for $100 to the Governor of the Commonwealth to well and truly behave themselves in a quiet and orderly manner towards the citizens of the Commonwealth and particularly to John Whitman for the space of one year.” Randolph County, Virginia, Minute Bk No. 1, p330.

1801: Michael Yocham enters 100 acres of land on the west side of the Rich Mountain on the fork of Cafety's Fork and branch of the Middle Fork including the Sugar Tree Hollow. Randolph County, Virginia, Entry Bk 2, p205.

18 Oct 1801: son John born.

1802: An indenture between Michael Yoakam and Drusilla his wife and Frederick Troutwine of Randolph County for the consideration of $1500 a certain tract of land lying in the county and state aforesaid on the west side of the Tygart Valley River adjoining to William Stiers on the North and Justice Hinkle on the South and the River on the East and Bounded as follows: (the usual description of the time) containing 158 acres and 33 acres purchased by Yoakam from William Walmsley. This suggests preparation for his removal to Knox County, Ohio.

1803: son Michael born.

ca 1813: daughter born Liberty Township, Knox County, Ohio; died infant.

1824: “Michael Yoakum and Drusilla his wife deed to George Yoakam for $215 (Clinton Township, Knox County) one third of a certain tract of land in the United States Military tract” (Knox County, Ohio, Deed Bk E, p647).

21 June 1825: will written.

3 July 1825: died Liberty Township, Knox County, Ohio; buried Friendship Cemetery, Knox County, Ohio.

20 Aug 1825: will probated.

1850: widow Drusilla lived Salt Creek Township, Pickaway County, Ohio.


Index to Minute Books, Hardy County, West Virginia: John Buzard, debt, vs. Michael Yoakum, p416-17.
Knox County, Ohio, Will Bk A

The last testament of Michael Yoakam of Liberty Township, Knox County, Ohio. He ordains that “my wife Drusilla Yoakam have during her lifetime full possession of the farm which I have had and still have full power and authority to till and manage the same as she in her judgment sees fit and proper with(out) molestation from any person. And I do further decree and ordain that after the decease of myself and my beloved wife all of my land not otherwise disposed of it being sixty-six and two-thirds acres it also being the East third of the two hundred acre tract which I formerly owned shall be sold at public auction by the Executor hereinafter named...and the avails of the same Divided among my children as follows: to Elizabeth Hornbeck fifty Dollars and the remainder to be equally divided and paid to my four children as follows: to William Yoakam, Jacob Yoakam, John Yoakam and Michael Yoakam Jr. I do further give and bequeath to my beloved wife Drusilla Yoakam all of my personal property of goods and chattels..if after the death of myself and my wife there should be any left of the goods and chattels I do ordain that it shall be equally divided among my children, to wit, William Yoakam, Jacob Yoakam, Elizabeth Hornbeck, Absalom Yoakum, Morgan Decker, Ruth Shinaberry, John Yoakam and Michael Yoakam, Jr.” He then appointed Gilman Bryant as executor of his will. Signed by Michael Yoakam. Attested by Stephan Chapman and Joseph Higgins.

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William Yoakum (son of Michael and Drusilla (Stump) Yoakum)

5 Jan 1778: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

23 May 1804: married Hardy County, West Virginia, Sarah Ryan. The igi gives Randolph County, Virginia, as the marriage place.

no date: son John born.

no date: son Solomon born.

no date: son Michael born.

no date: son Daniel born.

no date: son James born.

no date: daughter Drusilla born.

2 Apr 1848: m/2 Knox County, Ohio, to Priscilla White.

26 Apr 1857: died.

Michael Yoakum; Daniel Yoakum; James Yoakum; Drusilla Yoakum

A Drusilla Yoakum married 17 Mar 1839 Marion County, Ohio, George Rhoads.

A Drusilla Yoakum married 19 Oct 1842 Ross County, Ohio, Moab Yoakum. igi


John Yoakum (son of William and Sarah (Ryan) Yoakum)

no date: son George born.

no date: son Noah born.

no date: daughter Mary born.

no date: son James born.

no date: son Edwin born.


Solomon Yoakum (son of William and Sarah (Ryan) Yoakum)

no date: son William born.

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Elizabeth Yoakum (daughter of Michael and Drusilla (Stump) Yoakum)

1781: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

no date: married William Hornbeck.

no date: m/2 William Morgan or William Marshall.

Possibly Mary Elizabeth Yoakum was born 24 Sept 1785, Harrison County, Virginia. Possibly m/2 William Marshall (24 June 1779 Natich, Middlesex County, Massachusetts-_______).

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Asael Yoakum (son of Michael and Drusilla (Stump) Yoakum)

1784: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

no date: married Eliza Denison (9 Sept 1822-2 Mar 1906 Peel, Marion County, Arkansas). She m/2 Pew Anderson.

20 Feb 1859: daughter Nancy born Peel, Marion County, Arkansas. igi

1863: died.

The igi lists Nancy's parents as Acy Yocum and Elizabeth Denison. A Nancy Yocum married Allen James 10 Mar 1878, Cass County, Missouri.

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Daughter Yoakum (daughter of Michael and Drusilla (Stump) Yoakum)

1785: born.

no date: married Morgan Decker.

She apparently died before her father's will was written, as her husband is mentioned but she is not.


Mary Ann Yoakum (daughter of Michael and Drusilla (Stump) Yoakum)

1787: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

13 Dec 1809: married Randolph County, West Virginia, Daniel Deckor or Decker. igi

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Jacob Yoakum (son of Michael and Drusilla (Stump) Yoakum)

28 Feb 1790: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

17 Jan 1811: married Jane Wamsley (25 July 1790 Mill Creek, Randolph County, West Virginia-20 Jan 1832 Beverly, Randolph, West Virginia; Yokum-Wamsley Cemetery, Shaver's Run) daughter of Matthew and Sarah (Currence) Wamsley.

18 Feb 1812: son John M. born.

12 Aug 1813: daughter Mary born.

14 Dec 1814: son Jonathan born.

29 July 1816: daughter Sarah born.

24 Apr 1818: daughter Jane born.

no date: daughter Rebecca born; died infant.

31 May 1821: son William W. born.

24 Feb 1823: daughter Eliza B. born.

25 Aug 1825: son Matthew W. born.

16 June 1827: son Washington born.

19 Aug/12 Sept 1829: son Elias born.

20 Jan 1832: son Jacob, Jr. born.

8 Aug 1887: died Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia; buried Yokum-Wamsley Cemetery, Shaver's Run.

Reference: Martin L. Yokum, P.O. Box 21, Huttonsville, WV 26273 and Anna J. Hubble, 3880 Hwy 93 W, Whitefish, MT 59937.

Rebecca Yoakum


John M. Yoakum (son of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

18 Feb 1812: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

27 May 1837: married Mary Ann Heater.

26 Sept 1881: m/2 Mrs. Elizabeth (Boyles) Shafer.

1905: died.
Mary “Pop” Yoakum (daughter of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

12 Aug 1813: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

20 July 1859: married Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia, William Heater. igi

14 Dec 1903: died.


Jonathan Yoakum (son of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

14 Dec 1814: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

1843: married Mariah Bailey.

4 Feb 1907: died.


Sarah Yoakum (daughter of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

29 July 1816: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

30 Sept 1834: married Randolph County, West Virginia, Jacob Cunningham. Igi
Jane Yoakum (daughter of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

24 Apr 1818: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

1 Feb 1916: died unmarried.
William W. Yoakum (son of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

31 May 1821: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia. igi

21 Oct 1848: married Randolph County, West Virginia, Nancy C. Channel. igi

8 Sept 1864: m/2 Rebecca A. Chenoweth.

19 Mar 1914: died.
Eliza B. Yoakum (daughter of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

24 Feb 1823: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia (possibly born 24 Feb 1824 Valley Bend, Randolph County, West Virginia).

28 Feb 1851: married John N. Wamsley.

16 Apr 1908: died.


Matthew W. Yoakum (son of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

25 Aug 1825: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

no date: married Esther Weaver.

31 Dec 1910: died.


Washington Yoakum (son of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

16 June 1827: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia. igi

18 Apr 1857: married Randolph County, West Virginia, Eliza Wamsley. igi

5 Oct 1888: died.


Elias Yoakum (son of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

19 Aug/12 Sept 1829: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

4 Mar 1852: married Sarah Ann Daniels.

25 Nov 1888: died.

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Jacob Yoakum, Jr. (son of Jacob and Jane (Wamsley) Yoakum)

20 Jan 1832: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.

17 Mar 1856: married Randolph County, West Virginia, Catherine Daniels. igi

17 May 1858: son Marion born Valley Bend, Randolph County, West Virginia. igi

9 May 1864: son Jacob Floyd born.

17 Dec 1918: died.

Marion Yoakum
Jacob Floyd Yoakum (son of Jacob, Jr. and Catherine (Daniels) Yoakum)

9 May 1864: born Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia. igi

no date: married Almeda Susan Dick. igi

4 Sept 1899: son Otis Bryan born Valley Bend, Randolph County, West Virginia. igi

Otis Bryan Yoakum

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Jacob Yoakum (???son of Michael and Drusilla (Stump) Yoakum)

1790: born Randolph County, Virginia.

1812: fought in the War of 1812.

18 May 1818: married Hardy County, Virginia, by John Johnson to Margaret Randall (1790/96 Randolph County, Virginia) daughter of Alexander Randall and sister of Frances Randall (wife of John Yoakum) (Hardy County, West Virginia, Book 1 p67).

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