Family of Matthias Yoakum – The Yocums of Virginia
This unmodifiable, read-only package by Peter Stebbins Craig, is 34 pages long and traces the Yoakums of Virginia.
Whitepaper description from Dr. Peter Craig:
In 1963, Dr. Harry Clyde Smith, a retired physician, published A History of the Yoakum, Yocom, Yocum Families, approximately 800 pages long, which assembled from others frequently contradictory conclusions and often treated as “fact” family legends or Smith’s own suppositions. This present study attempts to siphon the facts from the fictions, with some supplementary materials included. The author concludes that all of the Virginia/West Virginia Yoakum families derive from Matthias Yoakum, who was said to have had at least two wives, 12 sons and no daughters. The first definite sighting in America of Matthias Yoakum is on the South Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River in 1742 He probably immigrated with his eldest sons from Germany between 1730 and 1735, residing first in the Tulpehocken Creek area of Berks and Lancaster counties, Pa. Ten sons can be identified …
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These packages were prepared by SCS Genealogist Ron Beatty for those who want to see all Peter Craig’s detail around their earliest Swedish colonial ancestors.