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Family Research in Monroe County ...
by
Catherine Foreaker Fedorchak
(20 Aug 1918 - 14 Oct 1994)
647 Moraine Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Newspaper Column Appearing
in
"The Spirit of Democracy"
Woodsfield, Ohio
29 January 1974

YOHO - 1st Installment

Mr. James Robert Yoho of 823 No. Roosevelt, Liberal, Kansas 67901 is the gentleman mentioned in last week's column who is seeking information on James Yoho, born in 1838, and died April 5, 1912. He served in Co. E., 43rd Reg. Ohio Voluntary Infantry for three years. He returned from the War and married Eliza Jane Bates on the 29th of Jan. 1865, and that record can be found in Noble Co.

After the War he resided in Noble Co. (near Mt. Ephraim) then moved to Monroe and Greene Counties in Indiana till 1881, then to Christian County, Illinois till 1905, then to Stevens Co., Kansas, where he applied for a Civil War pension in April 1908.

That application revealed that he had been married previously, and the Noble Co. Probate office has the record of a James Yoho and Miss Ann Finley on the 22nd day of Dec. 1859. The record also shows that she was not yet 18 years of age when married. That marriage was short-lived, as there is a tombstone for her in a cemetery on the Ankrom Farm, Beaver Valley, Beaver Township, Noble Co. on State Route 147 between Batesville and the junction of Route 670. The inscription reads, "Hester Ann, wife of James Yoho" and shows that she was born in 1843 and died in 1860. Therefore she was only about 16 when married and probably not more than 18 when she died.

James Yoho's father was another James, and you can find them both in Family No. 3055/3077 Guernsey Co., - Seneca Township, page 366 in the 1850 census. James Sr. was then 48 years of age, born (circa 1802) in Ohio, and his wife was Isabella, 46, born in Pa. The children in the family were: Sara - 21; Henry - 19; Jane - 17; Eliza - 14; James - 12; Isabella - 10; Jacob - 7; George - 5; Zachariah - 3; and Samuel - 7 months. There was also listed in this family a Sara Yoho, aged 3, and an Ann Yoho, aged 15. They are not in the proper order according to age, but listed later with some persons of another name, so they may or may not be the children of James and Isabella. The 1850 census did not indicate family relationships. The 1970 (sic) census did request information on the relationship to the head of the family for each individual listed in the family.

Noble Co., marriages reveal that Jane Yoho married Ezekial Bates in 1855, Sara Yoho mar. James Stilts in 1851, Jacob is probably the same one who married Margaret Ann Finley in 1868. The Guernsey Co. marriages reveal that James Yoho (Sr.) and Isabel Mullon were married on 11 June, 1823. This family probably did not move from one county to the other, but lived in the same place, with the county lines being changed with the formation of Noble Co. in 1851.

The only Yoho in Guernsey Co. in the 1820 census was JACOB YOHO in Richland Township, and he had two sons in an age category to fit the above James Yoho, so it appears that Jacob will be the next generation back for the Mr. James Yoho of Liberal, Kansas. Jacob Yoho is not in the 1850 census, so this problem needs to be researched in both the 1830 and 1840 census records, probably in Seneca or Richland Townships in Guernsey Co. in an effort to find him. Land records in Guernsey Co. reveal that Jacob Yoho obtained a land grant there in 1811, and we also find him on the 1810 Ohio Co., Va. census schedule, so if he was the father of James in the 1850 Guernsey Co. census, then in all probability he was born in Va. rather than Ohio as the 1850 census shows. Census schedules are not always accurate and must be pieced together with other information for a well-rounded picture of our ancestors.

The back files of The Spirit of Democracy sometimes printed items from neighboring newspapers. In the issue of April 8, 1873, was printed this item from the Noble County Republican of the 3rd inst. - "Mr. James Yoho of Seneca Township, one of the oldest and most highly respected and wealthy farmers was kicked by a vicious horse last Saturday and so injured that he died on Monday last."

Tombstones can be found in the Kennonsburgh Cemetery for JAMES YOHO 1802 - 1873 and ISABEL YOHO 1820 - 1883.

Checking further in this paper's back files, I found they also picked another item on this man - issue of May 20, 1873, from the Noble County Republican of the 15th inst. - "Jacob L. Yoho and Ezekial Bates of Seneca Township Noble Co. were appointed administrators of the estate of James Yoho, deceased, Personal property estimated at $2,500 and real estate at $14,000."

Therefore, all the pieces begin to fit into place for Mr. James Yoho of Liberal, Kansas. The next step will be to check out the Probate Judge's office in Noble Co. for any record of heirs in the above estate settlement.

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Family Research in Monroe County ...
by
Catherine Foreaker Fedorchak
(20 Aug 1918 - 14 Oct 1994)
647 Moraine Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Newspaper Column Appearing
in
"The Spirit of Democracy"
Woodsfield, Ohio
5 February 1974

YOHO - Continued

I recently heard from another man interested in the name YOHO. Mr. Hugh L. Yoho of 10725 Art Street, Sunland, Calif. 91040. He sent me a copy of material he has compiled and wrote, "Dear Mrs. Fedorchak, much of the enclosed information on Ohio Yohos is based on your research. I hope this pamphlet will be of interest to you."

In the foreword to this pamphlet, he states, "Much of the material here is incomplete, speculative, and inconsistent, and it is hoped that the act of placing the multitude of family facts, traditions and rumors in some semblance of order will result in a more accurate body of information about the Yoho family. I have made no attempt to identify sources of information, except where it is absolutely necessary for clarity."

Mr. Hugh Yoho should be commended for printing his material for posterity, but I disagree strongly with him and his neglect to identify his sources of information. It is my firm belief that all sources of information should be identified, even if you have to write, "Great Aunt Nellie (aged 95 in 1974) said so." Information that can be documented with positive proof certainly should be so stated, and the portions that are speculative also should be so stated. It could well happen that in years to come, the foreword to Mr. Yoho's material could be detached from the rest of the account, and a reader would be apt to take the rest of the information as the literal truth. If one has gone to all the necessary time and trouble to collect and publish records, then I feel it should be done completely, and documentation or sources of information given.

Mr. Yoho has 28 pages to his compilation, which has been done by some sort of copying or xeroxing process. On the final page, he states that he intends to continue to assemble Yoho information and would like to correspond with any other persons engaged in the same pursuit.

According to him (and again the reader should remember that he said some of his material is speculative) "the Yohos originated in Switzerland, migrated to Germany, then to Holland, and then to the American Colonies, landing in Baltimore, Md. The first party consisted of seven brothers wearing Dutch wooden shoes. One brother settled in Wetzel Co, W.Va., one in Marshall Co., W.Va, one in Butler Co, Pa., two in New York, and one in Ohio."

Stories like this don't mean very much as it is almost impossible to prove or disapprove (sic) them. This one states that seven brothers arrived, but goes on to give the whereabouts of only 6 of them. It states they came to the American Colonies, so one could assure (sic) that the arrival was prior to the Revolution, as after that war, they were no longer colonies, but states.

West Virginia was not a state into (sic) during the Civil War in the 1860's, and Ohio did not become a state until 1803, so the first thing to do here would be to find the probable location of those areas at the time in question. As for the wearing of "Dutch wooden shoes" probably any immigrant from Holland would have done that.

Another tradition is that three brothers came from Switzerland. He also states that the names of Yoho, Yohe, Yoe, and Yoey are all the same, and one story has the origin as a French Huguenot family migrating to Germany where they took the name Joe, the "J" having the "Y" sound. (that much seems to be logical, as my Yockey family is spelled in German as Jockey.) A Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada is from an Indian word meaning "How Wonderful."

Mr. Yoho also stated that he had found two coats of arms for the name, one from Bern, Switzerland picturing a white wolf, and one from Schinznach, Switzerland on which is pictured three fir trees and a full moon. In 1972 there were less than 700 households in the United States with the name of Yoho. Mr. Yoho went on to state that the greatest concentration of Yohos in the United States are located in Marshall County, Virginia and adjoining counties in Ohio and West Virginia.

He seems to think that there were three brothers who came to this area, Peter Yoho, Henry Yoho, and George Yoho. I have written before in these columns of Peter and Henry, but have never found records for a George Yoho before. Mr. Yoho thinks he (George) went to Ohio and was killed by Indians and did not leave any descendants.

The use of the same given names over and over in succeeding generations makes this an exceedingly difficult family to research, especially since so many of these early records are lost. It is also possible that George was a son of Henry, rather than a brother, and again he stressed that his material may be speculative rather than documented.

(To be Continued)

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Family Research in Monroe County ...
by
Catherine Foreaker Fedorchak
(20 Aug 1918 - 14 Oct 1994)
647 Moraine Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Newspaper Column Appearing
in
"The Spirit of Democracy"
Woodsfield, Ohio
12 February 1974

YOHO - Continued

Mr. Hugh Yoho included in his material a copy of a land transfer from Thomas, Lord Fairfax to JOHN YOHO of Fairfax Co. Virginia for 246 acres of land on Cedar Creek, dated 19 Aug. 1766. He did not know if this JOHN YOHO was a brother or father of Peter, Henry and possibly George, or if John could be the same one who served with Henry Yoho in the Gaddis Command, Monongalia, Va. Militia, with Peter Yoho in 1782 in the First Battalion of Washington Co. Pa Militia.

Mr. Hugh Yoho also includes a deed record dated 5 June 1804, wherein Abijah McClain and Pamela, his wife, of Greene Co. Pa. sold Peter Yoho of Ohio Co., Virginia land in Ohio Co. on Fish Creek called Gully Bottom. He was also included the inventory of this Peter Yoho's estate dated Oct. 21, 1823, which can also be found in the Settlement of Estates, Ohio Co., West Virginia, Volume 3, page 273-278. The names of the heirs participating in this estate were the widow (supposedly Margaret Baker), John Yoho, Mary Gates, Samuel Yoho, Peter Yoho, Jr., Lewis Yoho, Jacob Yoho, Isaac Yoho, Simon Archer and Wm. Yoho. Peter Yoho (Sr.) had quite a bit of property including a powder horn, chest, silver watch, tools, harnesses, wooden clock, 4 horses, 7 cattle, 15 swine, 13 geese, 3 sheep, a rye stack, two haystacks, and household items.

In this column dated July 27, 1972, I mentioned Peter Yoho (Jr.) who is also given on page 11 of Mr. Hugh Yoho's material. Peter, Jr. married Sara Morris, and came to Monroe Co. prior to 1830. They were the parents of (1) Reuben, b. 12-12-1811 and died 9-3-1901 who married Emeline Mills. Reuben and Emeline were the parents of: Lewis, b. 1840, died 10-22-1866; Margaret A. Yoho, b. 1841 and died 10-22-1866, the same day as Lewis; Elizabeth, b. 1842; and Sara, born 1844. Peter and Sara Yoho were also the parents (according to Hugh Yoho) of (2) Jacob C. Yoho, b. 1819, who married Elizabeth Shaffer and had (a) Reuben Perry Yoho, b. 10-27-1857, mar. Jane Keylor; (b) Peter, lived near Tulsa, Okla. in 1924; (c) Sylvester, lived in Woodsfield in 1924; (d) Forrest, live in Woodsfield in 1924; (e) William, lived in Elm Grove, W.Va. in 1924; and (f) Jacob C. who lived in Tulsa, Okla. in 1924.

Peter and Sara Yoho (continuing with Hugh Yoho's account) were also the parents of (3) Henry Yoho, b. 1816 or 1821 and died Mar. 29, 1885 - buried at Carlisle, Noble Co. His wife, Julia is buried at Macksburg, Washington Co., Ohio; (4) Samuel, married Jane, she was born 1822 - died 1854 and buried at Carlisle; (5) Peter, born 1822, whose wife was Margaret; (6) Lewis Yoho; (7) Louisa Yoho; (8) Mary Yoho; and (9) Lucinda Yoho. This particular Peter Yoho can be found in the 1830 census for Monroe Co., aged 60/70, and his wife was 40/50 and there were 11 other persons listed in the family. (See Monroe County Ohio Records, Vol. X, page 9 - Center Township - by Fedorchak and Bachman, 1973.)

Mr. Hugh Yoho is inclined to believe that the George Yoho who he mentions as a possible brother for Revolutionary Soldiers, Peter (Sr.) and Henry Yoho, is possibly the same man who appears in the list of original surveys in Bullskin Township, Fayette Co., Pa. in the 1780's and in Springfield Township, Fayette Co., Pa. land warrants for 312 acres in 1794. From there he is supposed to have gone to Ohio and have been killed by Indians, leaving no descendants. If he went to Ohio around 1795, in all likelihood he did meet that fate.

Also according to Hugh Yoho, a Jacob Yoho appears in the 1810 and 1820 census schedules of Bever Co., Pa., and another Jacob Yoho settled in the forks of Wills Creek in 1805, when that location was part of Guernsey Co., but now is probably in the area incorporated into Noble Co., Ohio.

DAR records show that a Catharine Yoho married Revolutionary Soldier, George Lemley in Holland in 1764. George was born in 1742 and Catharine in 1745. George later lived in Belmont Co., Ohio and died June 11, 1813, while Catharine died in 1825. Catharine's relationship to Rev. soldiers, Peter and Henry Yoho is not known.

Mr. Hugh Yoho has not yet identified the James Yoho (1802-1873) buried in Kennonsburg Cemetery (See several columns preceding this one) but I am inclined to place him as a son of the Jacob who settled in the area of Wills Creek and received a land grant in Guernsey Co., in 1811. Mr. Hugh Yoho states that this man settled in Ohio in 1805, but the records I have found indicate that he was the one who was still in Ohio Co., Va. census in 1810 - so more research will have to be done on this point.

If any of the readers has more information on the James Yoho buried in the Kennonsburg Cemetery or his wife, Isabel Mullen, I would like to hear from them.

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Family Research in Monroe County ...
by
Catherine Foreaker Fedorchak
(20 Aug 1918 - 14 Oct 1994)
647 Moraine Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Newspaper Column Appearing
in
"The Spirit of Democracy"
Woodsfield, Ohio
9 July 1974

YOHO

I recently had some correspondence with a lady who wanted me to see if I could help her with additional records for her family record. After spending considerable time on her problem, and sending her the results, she was particularly unhappy because some of the records I found did not match up with what she had had previously on her family. Again I want to stress that no one is infallible. That is why you should find several pieces of information to prove a point for you. Great Aunt Nellie could have been in her dotage when she gave you information, or perhaps there were a few family skeletons she preferred to gloss over in her account to you. Newspapers often made mistakes, Joe Bachman brought one to my attention lately. He has an ancestor for whom he found a tombstone with the date of death as July 29, however, the back files of this paper give the date of death as Sept. 19 of the same year.

How does one account for that? If the paper is correct, then the tombstone must have been erected several years later, and the proper date was not given. If the tombstone is correct, then the paper probably was two months late in getting the information (which was often the case then, due to lack of communication and bad roads) and just used the date of death as the day they learned of the event. But to state unequivocally that the paper is wrong, or the tombstone is wrong, to me just seems to be without basis. This is what I mean by trying to add a "round" piece of information to a "square" blank in your family puzzle. This particular lady alleged that I must have "dreamed up" some of the records I sent her, and that particularly irked me because I just copy records verbatim, as I find them in the back files of this paper or in the court house. Her problem then was to try harder, and on the basis of logic, see which one was more probably correct.

The Yoho family is an example of this. Under dates of Jan. 29, [1974] and Feb. 5, 1974, I mentioned a James Yoho, Sr. (1802-1873) who lived near Kennonsburg, now Noble Co. I surmised that his father may have been the JACOB YOHO who obtained a land grant in Guernsey Co., in 1811 and was in the Ohio Co., Va. census in 1810. The last part of the preceding statement has now been proven wrong. The Jacob who was in Guernsey Co., in 1811, according to Watkins', History of Noble County was also there in 1805, and the Jacob of the 1810 Ohio Co. Census was a younger man. The hang-up was that both were married to women named Margaret, which fact can be ascertained from deed records both in Guernsey Co. and Ohio Co., (Va.).

When researching for the Guernsey Co., Jacob Yoho, at first try I could not find him in Guernsey Co., in 1850, so assumed that he had died prior to that census. His will is supposed to be on file in Noble Co. and probated around 1852 (it had to be probated after 1851, as Noble was formed then) and there was also supposed to be a suit in the Court of Common Pleas in the same county for partition of his property. The person who had that information just had some names to work with, but could give no proof such as Will Book Number, Docket No. or pages to verify his information. Another must in genealogy is to document your statements - then in later years, even if the record is no longer available (as court houses have a way of catching on fire and officials often clean house and throw out what they deem unnecessary) you will at least prove that the record was available at one time, and where you found it. Working with the information (names in the suit for partition) I set out to try and find information on those persons in the hope of (sic) something would turn up to lead back to JACOB YOHO. Another observation is that you should gather information on each family member in each generation, as often times you cannot trace back on your own ancestor, but you may be able to trace back another generation through one of his/her brothers or sisters.

The names in the suit for partition were: Jacob Yoho, Wm. Yoho, John Yoho, Barbara and Joseph Hague, James Yoho, Martha Yoho, Margaret Yoho, Nancy and John Morgan, Margaret and Samuel Gilmore, Jacob Carpenter, Slespy Carpenter, the heirs of Elizabeth Daily, deceased, being three in number, their Christian names unknown to said petitioner, Elizabeth Watson, Thomas Watson, David Watson, Margaret Wilson, James Wilson, Mary Watson, Rachel and William Pethel, Elly and Clark C. Jones, Barbara and Reuben C. Stockdale, Yoho Watson, Margaret and William Henry, Jacob Wilson, Benjamin T. Wilson, Wm. H. Wilson, Mary Ann Wilson, Sarah Jane Wilson, Mahala Wilson, Rachel Wilson and Thomas H. Wilson. A Hiram and Bary/Mary? Blair also quit-claimed their interest in Jacob Yoho's property in 1856.

Mr. Elwin Henry of Shelbyville, Ill. who had all these names, said that Reuben Wilson had first been married to Sara Yoho, dau. of Jacob, and when she died, he married Mary Ann Mendenhall. Through the census schedules for Monroe and Guernsey Co. of 1850. It was necessary to fit the pieces together, and some might be termed "round" pieces for "square blanks" but with a little logic, plus proximity, thrown in, the puzzle is probably as complete as it ever can be.

A most invaluable book for this research was the 1850 Index to the Ohio Census Schedules. This was recently completed under the auspices of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and a copy of it is at the Valparaiso, Indiana Library near my home. I believe the price of the book is $75.00. While it is an immense help, nevertheless it can't be assumed to be infallible either, as my research in the Yoho family will show, but it did save hours and hours of going through the complete census schedules for those two counties, hunting for all the names in the partition suit.

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Family Research in Monroe County ...
by
Catherine Foreaker Fedorchak
(20 Aug 1918 - 14 Oct 1994)
647 Moraine Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Newspaper Column Appearing
in
"The Spirit of Democracy"
Woodsfield, Ohio
16 July 1974

Family of JACOB YOHO of Guernsey and Noble Cos. - Installment #2

Mr. Elwin Henry, 200 N. Washington St., Shelbyville, Ill. 62565 supplied the information as to the will of Jacob Yoho being in Noble Co. and the fact that his ancestor Sara Wilson (married to Reuben Wilson) had been a daughter of Jacob Yoho. I checked out the 1850 Index to Ohio Census Schedules, and found that a Reuben Wilson in Guernsey Co., Wright Township, page 321. At that time Sarah was 39, and born in Ohio, which would place her father, Jacob also in Ohio by 1811, which was further borne out by the land grant to him in that year. Also included in the Reuben Wilson family in 1850 were these children: Benjamin F., 17; James H., 16; Wm. H., 13; Mary A., 10; Sara, 7; Mahala, 5; and Rachel, 2. All of them were listed in the suit for partition of Jacob Yoho's property, with the addition of Margaret Wilson, wife of Wm. Henry, who judging by the 1850 census for her father's family, had been married prior to that census. The only reason all the Wilson children would be listed in the partition suit would be that they were heirs in place of their mother, Sara, who was deceased by 1856. Margaret Wilson Henry was the ancestor of Mr. Elwin Henry, and he states that she was born April 7, 1829, died Feb. 13, 1908, and married Wm. J. Henry - Oct. 11, 1849 in Guernsey Co., Ohio. She was the oldest child in the Reuben / Sara Yoho Wilson family.

Finding Sara Yoho Wilson in the 1850 census also enabled me to find her father, Jacob, in the family next door to her, for WILLIAM YEAHO, who was 31, with a wife Lucretia 29; and children, Mary A., 9; Elly, 7; Jacob, 5; Barbara, 3; and Sarah M., 1; and also JACOB YEAHO, aged 85, born in Pa. and owning real estate worth $5,220. I rechecked the 1850 Index to Ohio Names but could find no listing for a William or Jacob Yeaho. William was a son of Jacob[.] Wm. Yeaho was family No. 2494/2507, and the next numbered was 2494/2508 (indicating two families in the same house) for ELIZA YOHO, 26, born in Pa. and Martha 8. Since there was a Martha Yoho listed as an heir of Jacob, this listing is probably for that Martha. By adding the information from the 1840 census for PETER YOHO in Seneca Township, Guernsey Co. whose family consisted then of 1 male 20/30 and 1 female 15/20, we can surmise that Eliza was the widow of Peter, and he must have died between 1842-1850, since he appears to have had only 1 child, Martha, b. circa 1842. So far then, the Wilson heirs, Margaret and Wm. Henry, and Martha Yoho have been identified.

The CARPENTERS were heirs of Mary Yoho, who married John Carpenter in Guernsey Co., Ohio Dec. 29, 1812. She must have been deceased by 1850 as her husband, JOHN CARPENTER is family No. 241/241 in Seneca Township, Monroe Co. (both Guernsey and Monroe at one time had Seneca Townships) but then his wife is shown as Rosanna. Also in his family were: John Carpenter, 22; Galaspy Carpenter, 20; Mary Carpenter, 6; and Elizabeth J. Bowersock, 13. By 1856, when the Hagues bought up Jacob's property from some of the other heirs, Galaspy and Sevilla Carpenter signed the quit-claim, and we can find him in the 1860 census (Monroe Co., Seneca Township 11/12) as head of this own household, with his wife, Savilla, and children, Mary, Robert, Margaret E., Vincent, and Daniel.

Family No. 242/242 (next door to John Carpenter above) is JACOB CARPENTER, and Family No. 240/240 (also next door to John Carpenter) is that of JOHN RICHARDSON, 39, and his wife, Eleanor, 26, who were in all probability the John and Ella Richeson who quit-claimed their share to the Hagues in 1856, with Ella being nee Carpenter, dau. of Mary Yoho Carpenter. As you can see, you have to assume that the names of Richardson/Richeson were the same, and that Eleanor/Ella were the same. That is why it is rather ludicrous to split hairs over the spelling of Johnson/Johnston, as one lady did over some records I sent her on that name. Again the 1850 Index to Ohio Census Schedules would not help you find Richeson, if it was given in that census as Richardson all these factors have to be taken into consideration.

John Carpenter is still in the Monroe Co. 1860 census, with Rosanna, and Mary, aged 16. Strictly guessing here, it could be that the Elizabeth Bowersock with the family in 1850 had been a child of Rosanna by a former marriage, and Mary in both 1850 and 1860 her child by John Carpenter.

The only Ann Carpenter I could find in the same general vicinity who could fit the problem was the one aged 38 in the Monroe Co. 1860 Seneca Township, P.O. Calais, No. 12/13 - she was married to James Carpenter, also 38. Also in their family were a John and Mary J. Gillmore which seemed to fit somewhat too. If she fits, then she was nee Carpenter, and married a Carpenter. Family #9/9 in the same township was for Jacob Carpenter, who was also one of Jacob Yoho's heirs. This also points up why family charts are necessary, one could go off his rocker trying to keep all these persons and families straight, without such a chart.

I also happened to run onto a listing for John J. Dailey, 29, with wife, Eliza, 39, who had three children: Sarah Ann, 7; Lois H., 4; and Wm. N., 2 - Family No. 105/105 Monroe Co., Seneca Township in 1850. The Eliza here looks like a good prospect to fit the person named in the partition suit as "heirs of Elizabeth Daily, deceased being three in number, their Christian names unknown." The suit was filed in 1856, so this Elizabeth must have died between 1850/1856. Since she was also in Monroe Co., Seneca Township, I would fit her in the puzzle as being nee Carpenter, dau. of John Carpenter and Mary Yoho - but this [is] still just a surmise rather than a known fact. These records then tend to identify the Carpenter heirs of Jacob Yoho.

(To Be Continued)

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Family Research in Monroe County ...
by
Catherine Foreaker Fedorchak
(20 Aug 1918 - 14 Oct 1994)
647 Moraine Road
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Newspaper Column Appearing
in
"The Spirit of Democracy"
Woodsfield, Ohio
23 July 1974

JACOB YOHO HEIRS - of Guernsey & Noble Co - Installment #3

The heirs surnamed Watson probably descended through Ellen Yoho, married to John Watson. According to History of Noble County Ohio by L.H. Watkins, 1887, she married John Watson, and their eldest son, David, was born Aug. 15, 1815. However, I could find no record of that marriage in Guernsey Co. It probably was recorded in Monroe Co. and now destroyed. She was alive 16 Aug. 1850 when she appears in the census in Seneca Township, Monroe Co. but probably deceased by 1856 when some of her heirs are listed in the partition suit in her stead. There was no number given for this family, but it must have been 93, as it is between 92 and 94. John Watson, aged 60; Ella, aged 54; and Mary, aged 26. Family No. 94 (same year and township) was for WILLIAM PETHTEL, aged 26, and his wife, Rachel. Family No. 95 was for John and Nancy MORGAN (who also figure in as heirs of Jacob Yoho) and Family No. 96 was for Clark Jones, 22, and Ella, his wife, also 22, who were married within the year, (who are also named as heirs of Jacob Yoho).

Elizabeth and James Watson quit claimed interest in Jacob Yoho's property to the Hagues in 1856. According to the 1850 Index, this family should be in Spencer Township, Guernsey Co., page 144, but I could not find it. The marriage record though for Elizabeth Yoho to James Watson is in the Guernsey Co. records, and they were married Jan. 1, 1814. Elizabeth is also a possible daughter of Jacob Yoho.

James Yoho (who is the ancestor of J.R. Yoho of Liberal, Kansas) can be found in Seneca Township, Guernsey Co., Ohio, Family No. 3055/3077. He and his wife, Isabell Mullen are buried at Kennonsburg (see previous columns - Jan. 1974).

To further compound the incongruities of spellings of the name Yoho and Yeaho, Family No. 2492/2505 in Wright Township, Guernsey Co. 1850 is for a John Yeakey, aged 43, with a wife, Prudence, aged 39. Their children in that year include: Peter, 21; Sarah, 18; Mary, 17; Benjamin, 14; Margaret, 11, Eliza, 7; Cynthia A., 5. The fact that he lived in Wright township, and the fact that his wife was Prudence, leads me to believe that he is in fact, JOHN YOHO. John Yoho married Prudence Wilson in 1829 in Guernsey Co., Ohio. Also he lived next door to Reuben Wilson, who in turn lived next door to WM. YEAHO and JACOB YEAHO (see this series installment #2).

Barbara Yoho Hague can be found in family No. 2498/2512 in Wright Township, Guernsey Co. in the census taken Oct. 1850. Her husband, Joseph was 43, and she was 42, and their children include: Reuben Hague, 21, Tailor (sic - could have been Taylor) 19; James, 17; Jacob, 14; John R., 11; Joseph, 8; Emiline, 4; Jehu, 1; and Elizabeth Mendinhall, 20 also lived in their family. Barbara gave her birthplace as Ohio, which would place Jacob Yoho's family there as early as 1808.

Jacob Yoho, Jr. was not found by me in the 1850 Guernsey Co. Perhaps they goofed up his name too, as he should be somewhere in the vicinity in that year. Watkins History of Noble County indicates that he married Rachel Watson. You can find him in the 1840 census in Guernsey Co., Seneca Township, and in that year he was 30/40, with 1 male 10/15 in his family. His wife was 30/40, and their daughters appear to have been 1 under 5; 3 aged 5/10; and 1 aged 10/15.

Margaret Yoho Gilmore does not appear in either Guernsey or Monroe Cos. in 1850, and here again the 1850 Index was a valuable aid. I found her in Lawrence Co., Ohio, Mason Township, at that time she was 37 and her husband, Samuel was 36. Included in her family among others were John, aged 5, and Mary, aged 4, who are probably the same children in the James/Ann Carpenter family in Monroe Co. in 1860.

It is always wise to pay some attention to the value of real estate owned by the persons in the 1850 census. Then if you are trying to find heirs, at least you will know whether or not there could have been property to be divided. The 1850 census for JACOB YEAHO shows that he had property worth over $5,000.00. The deed records indicate that Jacob Yoho, assignee of Archibauld Woods, having made full payment for the SE1/4 of S.12, T.8, Range 8, (Zanesville District) was granted a patent for that description by James Madison, President of the U.S. on the 19[th] of March 1811. It can be found in Vol. B, page 169, of the Guernsey Co., Ohio records. I also received a record from the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management wherein, John Quincy Adams President, granted to Jacob Yoho of Guernsey Co. the north east quarter of Section 12, Township 8, Range 8, patent dated 23 June 1825.

Vol. G., Page 486 of the Guernsey Co. deed records shows that on the 7th of March 1832, Jacob Yoho and Margaret, his wife, of Guernsey Co. for $5.00 sold 20 acres of land to commence at the southeast corner of Section No. 12 in the 8th Range, and 8th Township (bounded by the lands of James Law, Benj. Wilson, and James Harris) to Benjamin Wilson, also of Guernsey Co. Both Jacob and Margaret signed with X's, and the witnesses were Elizabeth Lent and Lucinda House.

There is an 1800 index for the Pa. census schedules, and there is a Jacob Yoho listed in Beaver County, Sewickly Township. Green[e], Washington and Beaver Cos. in Pa. lie along the western boundary, therefore Beaver could have been a possible place for Jacob Yoho to have lived before moving to Guernsey Co. in 1805. I checked that listing too, and found that Jacob to have been 16/26 in 1800, with a wife of the same age, and 1 male and 1 female under 10. It seems to me that any family we find for the Guernsey Co. Jacob should have three daughters born around 1790/1800 to conform to Mary Yoho Carpenter; Ellen Yoho Watson, b. circa 1796; and Elizabeth Yoho Watson, born c. 1796-98. The Beaver Co. listing does not seem to fit the Guernsey Co. man so we have to keep looking.

Footnote: From Family Research in Monroe County, Vol 2, page 102, a book of collected Fedorchak columns. Mr. James Yoho of Liberal, Kansas has informed me that a source in Florida, who descends from this Margaret and Jacob Yoho, had indicated that Margaret's maiden name was DAILEY, however, that needs corroboration. Still needed to round out this family picture are the death dates of Jacob and Margaret.

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Extracted by: Richard Henthorn
Posted: 31 Mar 2011