YEARY

Erie, Earry, Yarry, Yerry, Yeary

Possibly originally spelled EYRE, and ancient family from Great Britain .[i]

 Information on this page from Windows Into Our Past, A Genealogy of the Parsons, Smith and Associated Families, Vol. 1 1996, Judy Parsons Smith

The Eryes descended from Humphrey Le Heyr, of Bromham, whose great-grandson, Galfridus De Eyr , of Bromahm was living temp. Edward II .  The derivative branches were the Eyres, of Botley Grange, County. Hants, the Eyres, of Eyre Court castle, County Galway of whom was Lord Eyre, and the Eyres of Macroom County, Corr.

 MOTTO:  Virtus sola invicta.

 Pennsylvania German Pioneers, by Straussburger list arriving at the port of Philadelphia on 18 Sept 1732 aboard the Johnson Galley of London:

Philip Yerick
Margeritta Yerich

Henry Yeary Senior (?Henrich Yearich)O

Henry Yeary Sr. , according to a bible record on which most DAR Yeary claims are based, was b. 1725 in Fairfax County , Virginia .  The bible record does not give his parents, but according to family records of Mrs. Betty (Monk) Snover, of Ainsworth , Nebraska , the first Yeary ancestor came to America from Saxony Germany , through Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . Other accounts say he came from England .  Both could be true.  He may have been one of the German Palatine immigrants who left German homes and moved to England to escape persecution. Later when England proved to be repressive, too, then came to Pennsylvania .  They came in two main waves between 1720-1725 and 1725-1750.  The first contained mainly members of the Anabantiat faiths, such as the Mennonites, Moravians, etc., the second contained also members of the Lutheran and Reformed Protestant faiths.

If the original immigrants were such a German , the name Yeary is then most likely and English spelling of the way the German name sounded. The German equivalent would be something like JANHRICH (pronounced "Yay-rig").

Continuing with the bible record, our Henry Sr. was married in 1750.  Sometime before 1780 the family had migrated to southwest Virginia .  Where the court records of Washington County show that he served in the Revolutionary War at the Battle of King's Mountain.

The name of his wife is given as Elizabeth Croxtall , or Croxdale. Again, there is a strong possibility that it was actually Troxell, since there are very few references to the first two names, but the name Troxell is moderately common in the same area where names that are similar to Yeary in spelling or in sound are found.  She was born in 1729, probably in the same area as Henry .  Her parents are not known.

Henry Yeary , Sr.  was known to be a cripple[ii].  When our family migrated west to the toe of Virginia , that area was part of Washington County , but when Lee County was formed in 1792-1793 their land was included.  Their children, for the most part, seem to have stayed fairly near them within the Powell River Valley , although some spread down into the territory which was to become Tennessee . Henry Sr. died with his century in 1799, while Elizabeth , his widow, lived till 1805.  Henry & Elizabeth (Croxtall) Yeary are both buried in the graveyard behind Harry Rowletts - Yeary Cemetery .

Henry , Sr. & Elizabeth Yeary 's known children:

1.  William , b.  1761; m. Elizabeth Hubbard; 2 later.
2. 
Mary ' Polly ', b. 1763; m.1st- John Ball ; m.2nd-William Carmack.
3.  Henry Jr. , b. 1765; d. 7 Nov 1840; m. 1786, Martha Ball .
4. 
Elizabeth , b.
 1771; d. 28 Dec 1845; m. 17 Feb 1789 to Moses Ball .
5.  Jemima (?), b. 1776.

William Yeary (Yerry) Senior?

1.  Using the bible record again, William Yeary , Sr., son of Henry Sr.(1) & Elizabeth (Croxtall) was b. 1761, Fairfax Co., VA; d. 1842, Lee Co., VA.  The 1880 Census on one of his sons, however says he was born in Pennsylvania , while the 1880 Census of a son of his brother says that the brother was born in Maryland .

That border area between the three states was in dispute till finally settled by the Mason-Dixon line in 1767 for Pennsylvania & Maryland and in 1779 between Virginia and Pennsylvania (Line for last not finished till 1784).

William Yeary  was appointed Justice of Peace by John Tyler , Governor of Virginia.  He served two terms in the Virginia State Legislature.

About 1790 he married Elizabeth Hubbard , born in 1772.  The 1850 Census says she was 78 at the time, born in Tennessee , but the 1860 Census gives her age as 88 and says she was born in Louden County , VA. Finally, her son's 1880 Census says her birthplace was Maryland .  (My guess would be Louden County since it is the most detailed report given, so was probably given by someone who knew more about it than the other two.) William seems to have died between 1840-1850 and Elizabeth between 1870-1880.  Using census records their children seem to be as follows: (Where there is a question mark before the name there is no proof that his is a child of this couple, but circumstantial evidence seems to indicate they are.)

Prior to 1792, William Yeary  signed the petition to form Lee County , Virginia .  The petition passed the General Assembly on 25 Oct 1792.

William & Elizabeth ( Hubbard ) Yeary  had thirteen (13) children all presumably born in Lee County , Virginia :

1.1.  Benedict , b. Nov 1791; d. 25 Oct 1856, age 64 y., 11 mo. 1820 Nancy Hobbs .
1.2. 
girl, abt 1795.

1.3
.  Henry H., b. 1797; d. 31 Jan 1882, age 81; m. ca. 1820 to Ruth Russell , b. 8 Jan 1796/9; d. 9 May 1889.
1.4.  William , b.
 1798 (52 in 1850); m. Lucinda Kroger .
1.5.  Jeremiah , b. 1800; m. Elizabeth .
1.6.(?)  Hiram, b. abt 1803.
1.7. 
girl, abt. 1806.
1.8. 
girl, abt. 1810.
1.9.  David M. , b. abt 1813; m. Lovina Sloan .
1.10(?).  Andrew , b. 1814 (36 in 1850); m. Elizabeth .
1.11. 
girl, b. abt 1816.

Henry Yeary (Yerry) Junior

3.  From the bible record, again, Henry Yeary , Jr. , son of Henry Sr. & Elizabeth (Croxtall) was born 1765 in Fairfax County , VA.   Henry Yeary , Jr. served during the Revolutionary War - serving as a water boy at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  The 1880 Census of his son, Benedict says he was born in Maryland .  Again, this may be because that area was in dispute till settled by the Mason-Dixon line .  In 1786, presumably in Lee County, Virginia he married Martha BALL, born in 1770, near Alexandria, VA, daughter of George Ball. (Some records, from family traditions, give her name as Elizabeth , or Martha Elizabeth .  No documents, so far settle which.)  Their children seem to have been all born in Lee County , where the couple died, he on 7 Nov 1840, and she in 1836.  She is buried in the Chadwell Station Baptist Church cemetery in Ewing , Lee County, VA.  Henry , Jr. & Martha Yeary 's children:

3.1.  Polly ,(oldest child according to records left by her grand daughter.), b. abt 1786; d. between 1830-1840; m. 1801 Abner Hatfield.
3.1.  William , b.
 1788; m. Rachel Croxtall .
3.3.  Adam , b. 1790 (not 96); d. between 1840-1850, Hancock Co., TN; m. bef. 1820 to Henritta ("Ritter") Morgan .
3.4.  Henry , b. 1794; d. 1857, in Ark ; m. Susan Smith .
3.5. 
Martha ( Patsy ), b. 22 Mar 1796; d. 19 Apr 1884, Buried at Rose Hill Cemetery ; m. Nathan Morgan
3.6. 
Keziah, b. abt 1798; m. John McIntel .
3.7. 
Katherine , b. 1803 (47 in 1850); m. John Brown .
3.8.  John Devor , b. 10 Aug 1807; d. 17 Jul 1863; m. Nancy Susong .
3.9. 
Matilda , b. 15 Jan 1807; d. 11 Jul 1888; m. George Montel .
3.10.  Benedict , b. 1810 (40 in 1850); m. Jane Moore
.
3.11.  
David , b. abt 1812; d. between 1820-1830, "killed by lightening when young".

Benedict Yeary (Yerry)

1.1.  Benedict , son of #2 ( William Sr. , Henry Sr. ) & Elizabeth ( Hubbard ) was born Nov 1791, presumably in Lee County, VA where he seems to have lived all his life.  In 1820 in Lee County, he married Nancy Hughes, daughter of Isaac & Alice *Hughes, b. 1796 (she is 60 in 1856), Washington County, VA; d. 8 Oct 1856, age 60, and he died 25 Oct 1856, age 64 y, 11 mo. Children of Benedict & Nancy Yeary:

1.1.1.  Alice , b. ?1820; d. 20 Sept 1856, age 37; m. Abraham Phipps .
1.1.2
.  Jerry , b. 1823; m.1st-Eliza; m.2nd- Susan .
1.1.3.  Martha , b. 1826.
1.1.4.  Sarah ,  b. 1829.
1.1.5.  Nancy , b. 7 Jul 1831; d. 2 Aug 1872; m.      Redwine.
1.1.6.  Margaret , b. 1833.
1.1.7
.  Miram, b. 1836; m. Samantha J.         .
1.1.8.  Mary , b.  1837
1.1.
9.  David , b. Mar 1840; d. 6 Aug 1861; m. Louise     .
1.1.10.   Edward , b. 1843; d. 3 Dec 1864 (21 in 1864; Killed in Civil War).

 *$In 1750 there was a John Hughes [iii], who was in a Longhunting party exploring the Lee County area, with Dr. Thomas Walker .  Perhaps this is an ancestor of Isaac Hughes .

Henry H. Yeary (Yerry)

1.3.  Henry H. Yeary , son of #2 ( William Sr. , Henry Sr. ) & Elizabeth ( Hubbard ), was born in 1797.  (He is 53 in 1850).  He seems to have lived all his life in Lee County, VA.  He m. Ruth       , who was born 1796, Lee County . (She is 54 in 1850 Census).  By the 1880 Census her father was born in NC and her mother in VA. Henry H. died 31 Jan 1882, age 84 (informant was Charles L Taylor , son-in-law).  Their children seem to have been all born in Lee County, VA.  Henry H. & Ruth Yeary 's children:

1.3.1.  Elizabeth , b.  abt 1820; m.        Barker.
1.3.
2.  John R., b. 15 Oct 1821 (27 in 1850 Census); d. 2 Sept 1900; m. Emily or Emiliee.
1.3.3.  Peggy , b. abt 1825; m. Charles L. Taylor .
1.3.4.  Malinda L. , b. 1829; m. William McKee .
1.3.
5.  William D., b. 1831; m.1st- unknown ; m.2nd-8 Sept 1854 to Mary Ann Martin .
1.3.6
.  Henry M. , b. 1834; m.1st- 7 May 1857 to Catherine A. Debusk ; m.2nd-Mary A.        .
1.3.
7.  Marcus L., b. 1838; m. Louisa         .
1.3.8.  Frances G. , b. 1841; d. 1856.  She had a child Rebecca S. Yeary , b. 19 Mar 1856, father unknown .

William Yeary (Yerry)

1.4.  William Yeary , Jr. , son of William & Elizabeth (Hubbard) Yeary , was born 1798, and seems to have lived all his life in Lee County, VA.  He married about 1823 to Lucinda Kroger, daughter of Joseph Kroger, born 1802 in Lee County, VA.  He died in 1887, age 90 and she in 1882, age 80.  They are buried in the Litton Cemetery, Big Hill, Lee County, VA.  Children born in Lee County, VA.  William & Lucinda Yeary's children:

1.4.1.  Mary T., b. 1824.
1.4.2
.  William J., b. 1828; m. Minerva.
1.4.3
.  David J., b. 1830; d. 28 May 1873, age 40; m. 7 Nov 1860 to Louisa J. Lucas.
1.4.4
.  Winston R., b. 1833; m. Elizabeth.
1.4.5.  Elizabeth Helen, b. 1835; unmarried in 1880 Census.
1.4.6.  Rebecca W., b. 1837.
1.4.7
.  John James, b.  28 May 1841- twin of Sarah C.; d. 9 Nov 1918, buried Zion Cemetery Pennington Gap, Lee County, VA; m. Elizabeth P. Zion.
1.4.8.  Sarah C., b. 28 May 1841- twin of John James.
1.4.9.  Nancy, b. 1843.
1.4.1
0.  Daniel B., b. 1845.
1.4.1
1.  Andrew M., b. 1848-twin of Lucinda C.; m. Mary A.
1.4.12.  Lucinda C., b. 1848-twin of Andrew M.
1.4.1
3.  Wellington C., b. 1850; m. Nancy.

Jeremiah Yeary (Yerry)

1.5.  Jeremiah Yeary , son of William & Elizabeth (Hubbard) Yeary , was born in 1800 (he is 50 in 1850) Lee Co., VA and seems to have lived there all his life.  He married Elizabeth Hughes , daughter of Isaac & Alice/Else (Halliard) Hughes, b. abt. 1804 in Washington Co., VA (she is 46 in 1850 Census).  The 1880 census says that her parents were both born in Virginia.  Jeremiah & Elizabeth Yeary 's children:

1.5.1..  Chapman J., b. 1824; m. Mary Ann.
1.5.2.  
Mary Ann, b. 1827.
1.5.3.  
Frances, b.
 18290; m. 18 Nov 1853, Lee Co., VA[iv] to John W. Allen ; (the 1860 census shows America Yeary, age 11, b. Lee Co., VA in the home of John Allen ; The 1870 census shows America Yeary, age 20 in the home of John Allen.)  SEE ALLEN & GREEN
1.5.4.  Isaac, b. 1831.
1.5.5.  Albert G., b. 1833.
1.5.6.  
Sarah, b.
 1835.
1.5.7.  
Elizabeth J., b. 1837.

HIRAM YEARY (YERRY)

1.6.  (He is found in the 1830 Lee County Census, age 20-30, with a female, age 15-20, a male age 0-5.  no more is known about him.)


[i] Information provided by Ardath Jo Green .
[ii]
Information from Ardath Jo Green , Prince George , Virginia
[iii]
"Bicentennial History of Lee Co., VA"
[iv]
Lee County , Virginia Marriage Register 2 - 1853-1884, by Elizabeth M. Carpenter , p. 3