I am a descendant of William Nelson, son of Wm. James Yourex. There seems to be quite the Michigan connection. Perhaps the enclosed data will help you add a bit more to the Yourex story.
After a random search for this unique name. I found him listed on a census form of 1870 and a Michigan park monument dedicated to civil war veterans.
Continuing my search I found that he had applied for a pension, although there was a two year discrepancy in date of birth.
I got lucky with a windfall of information from his civil war pension file from the National Archives in D.C. when it turned out he was indeed the man I was looking for.
So far, from the mostly handwritten accounts, I have been able to glean:
William J. Yourex
b.11 Jul 1842 Kingston ON
d. 10 Aug 1918 Lakeview Oregon
m. 30 Nov 1865 Grand Rapids Michigan
to Fannie J. Coots, at the residence of a minister
div. 28 Nov. 1881 Detroit-Becker Co. Minnestota
Mabel born February 1867
Mary J. born August 1869
William born June 1870
Minnie born July 12 1874
m2. 29 May 1901 Portland Oregon
to Catherine Wilson
d. March1907 W-Astoria OR
As of July 11, 1912, his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Jackson Mich. 1865, Barry Co. Mich. 1871, Hillsdale Mich. 1872, Ionian Co. Mich. 1875, Decker Co. Minnesota 1877, Spokane Wash. 1880, Pacific Co. Wash. 1901, Walla Walla Wash. 1907, Manila P.I. 1908, Honolulu since
Those are most of the dates.There is plenty of supporting material regarding his health and people trying to contact him through the pension office. Including a brother Alex Yourex.
I'm just glad he was the right guy, based on factual information. Transcribing the restof the written accounts will be a midwinter project.
I would be grateful for any other information you have to share. Especially and GEDCOM files dealing with any common ancestors.
A query regarding the census records of 1851 in Kingston, leads me to the Yerex family.United Empire Loyalists who fled New York in the 1780's.
The 1870 census for the inhabitants of Baltimore, in the County of Barry, state of Michigan, on the 28th day of June, 1870
James Yourex, age 30, occupation Farmer, born Canada West, value of real estate $600, value of personal estate $200, Male Citizen of U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards.
Fanny, 28, Keeping house, England
Mabel, 3, Michigan
Mary, 1, Michigan
Joseph, 1/12 May 1870, Michigan
1851 Census Kingston Township, Frontenac Co. ON - rebuilt by Russ Waller
John, 45, male, married, b. Canada West, Quaker, yeoman, stone house 1 flr, Div 1, Conc 2, Lot 9, 95 acres, info sources `51-2-27
Charlotte W., 43, female, married, b. US, no religion listed
John M. 18, male, single, b. Canada West, no religion
Deborah, 16, female, single, b. CW, no religion
Phidelia, 14, female, single, b. CW, no religion
Joseph W., 12, male, single, b. US, no religion
William J., 10, male, single, b. CW, no religion
Malisa, 8, remale, single, b. CW, no religion
Lucy Ann, 4, female, single, b. CW, no religion
Louisa, 3, female, single, b. CW, no religion