Greetings to all Yount family members,
I am Bruce David Younts. I was born in High Point, NC to James W. and Marion Younts. I have 4 other siblings all living in NC.
About 10-years ago, we decided to plant a vineyard. I was also on AOL at the time. I had heard of George Yount who was from NC and was a frontiersman. In 1830's he traveled to California and ended up being the 1st to be ceded a Spanish land grant which was the core of the Napa Valley. Later the town, Yountville was named for him.
I wanted more info on George and Yountville so I wrote to about 10 people that were also listed on AOL. I got back much more than I expected. Shirley Coen, who at the time worked for the Yountville Chamber of Commerce sent me the following information. I later had friends visit her with a gift. She also sent mesome dirt from his original vineyard and gravesite so that I could place it in my vineyard, Walnut Cove VIneyards...to close the circle!
Anyway, I guess viticology runs in our family as the Jundt family comes from the wine country of Alsace.
I hope this information is of value to all of you. It is a rich history and was amazing to recieve it from a person in California and for it to include so much information about NC.
Bruce D. Younts
Walnut Cove, NC
Date:Mon, Jul 17, 1995 10:37 PM EDT
From:GramShirly (Shirly Coen)
Subj:Yount, Younts, Yountville
To: Bruce Sax (BRUCE YOUNTS 426 Fowler Rd. Walnut Cove, NC 27052 336-591-3043)
Dear Bruce,Before this is over you may decide it is more than you bargained for.Just hope this is some of your line.Am sending all I have and hope you can make the connections.The fact of your name being Younts and my information being Yount is fairly consistant with the evolution of names over the years.
I am having some trouble getting the Yount (Jundt) family tree started since it has been written in such a way that makes it hard to follow the line's of succession.Therefore I shall present it to you as it has been written here and leave the unraveling to you.Will probably mail a copy of the information will let you take it from there.
Your first known ancestor (assuming it is your line) is Hans George
Jundt and his wife Anna Maria Jundt both born about 1691 in Alsace, France.Their children were Jacob b 1715Alsace,Hans Georgeb 1719 Alsace.Johnb 1723 Alsacemarried 1751 in North Carolina to Anna Elizabeth Zimmerman.d.1790 North Carolina..... and ......
Maria Elizabethb 1725in Alsace.Just those four names are listed and I have no way of knowing if there were others.Ordinarily the families were much larger.
Now I will move on to other information.
Hans George Yount Jr., born in 1719, married Maria Margaretta Henkel, at the New Hanover Lutheran Church,September 10, 1745.She was the oldest daughter of Gerhart Henkle, a prominent colonial family.Her ancester,Dr. Johann Henkel was Chaplain to Queen Marie of Hungary, who was the widow of King Ludwig 11 of Austria-Hungary.He was selected for this position on the recommendation of Martin Luther, about 1526.
Soon after their marriage we find Hans George and his wife located on a fine large plantation in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pa., about two miles east of the present site of Ephrata, where Hans George died from the results of having been kicked by a horse,September 15, 1770, at the age of 51 years, 6 months and 1 day.His wife, Maria Margaretta Yount remained on the old Homestead site after her husbands death where she raised her family of eight children;five sons and three daughters, to manhood and womanhood
The was blind for a number of years prior to her death, which occurred in 1809, then past 87 years of age.
Three of George Yount's sons and two sons-in-law, served with the American forces during the Revsolutionary War.
John Yount, born in 1723, the youngest son of Hans George and Anna Maria Yount, migrated to North Carolina about 1750, where he married Anna Elizabeth Zimmerman, the yhoungest daughter of Michael and Anna Elizabeth "Dodderer" Zimmerman, in 1751.
John Yount and his family, returned to Northampton County, Pa.,in the spring of 1759, where he took over the old estate of Michael Zimmerman, his father-in-law in 1784, consisting of 333 acr4s.He sold this property in 1787 and soon thereafter returned to North Carolina and settled in Lincoln County (now Catawba County) about six miles from the present City of Newton, where he died in 1790 at the age of 67 years.
John owned a number of large tractds of land in Lincoln County at the time of his death, as shown by his will;this he devised to his sons.His oldest son, Jacob, fought under General Green at the siege of Charleston, S.C.Jacosb and five of his sons also served with the American forces during the War of 1812.Jacob Yount's son George
C. Yount, was one of the earliest Anglo-Saxon pioneers in California and George C. Yount's grandaughter, Mary E. Davis (Mrs. Mary E. Buchnall) was the first child born of Anglo-Saxon parents in what is now San Francisco., then the little Spanish pueblo of Yerba Buena
(Goat Island).George C. Yount buildd the first log house and erected the first chimney in California,.He died at Yountville, California September 5, 1865, in the beautiful Napa Valley, where he owned over 15,000 acres of the finest land in California,a grant from the Mexican government.This grant was made as an acknowledgement of services rendered the Jesuit Mission near there.The chronicles of George C. Yount alone would make one large volulme.His career in California was made the subject of the second issue of the quarterly of the California Historical Society, in 1923.
We find no trace of the daughter of Hans George and Anna Maria Yount after the arrival of the family in America.
HISTORY OF THE QUAKER BRANCH OF THE YOUNT FAMILY.
The members of this branch of the Yount family, apparently, have a very meager knowledge of the early history of this branch, of their origin and location following their arrival in America.
During many yhears of research, we have discovered, beyond any question of doubt, the factd that Andrew Yount is the progenitor of this branch of the Yount family, and that he is the father of George, Jacob, Catherine, John and William Henry Yount who constitute the early ancestors of thiss branch of the Yount family.
Andrew Yount was born in Alsace about the year 1717, and was a son of Hans George and Anna Maria Yount, both born in 1691.Who with four of their children arrived in Philadelphia September 21 1731 as previously narrated.
Andrew remained at home at the time of the departure of his parents and the other members of the family for reasons, as yet, we have beenunable to learn.He married there, raised a family, and emigrated to America about twenty years later.
Andrew was a professional violinist andit is probable he may have remained at home to complete his studies in his art or to practice his profession in his native land or he may have remained at home to care for aged grandparents.
In harmony with records of his migration, we find that it is very evident that AndrewYount and his familywere among those who fled to England for succor during the persecution of the Hugenots by the French Catholic kings, when many of these people in Alsace fled to Switzerland, to Germany, to Holland and to England, and from these several countries, many of these people came to America.We have records showing that Andrew Yount went from England to Holland and from there to America arriving in Philadelphia, Pa. on the ship, "Duke of Bedford", September 14, 1751.
Andrew settled in eastern Pennsylvania, where his father and brothers had located twenty years earlier.We have never been able to find any record of Andrew's death,however we believe Andrew died in Pennsylvania.His children all migrated to North Carolina in later years and we believe this migration to have taken place after the death of the father, Andrew Yount.
The family were no doubt members of a group who had learned that they could obtain land very cheap in North Carolina and went there with the intention of taking up some of this land.In the records of Randolph County, North Carolina, we find recorded a number of land grants in the names of George, Jacob, Catherine and William Henry Yount;all of these records being under dates 1782to1790.
In as much as they went there with this object in mind; of taking up some of this cheap land we believe that these earliest grants were taken up soon after their arrival there, or within the first year at the farthest.Therefore we believe this migration took place during the years 1781 or 1782.
Son George Yount married Rosanna Waymire, a daughter of John Rudolph Waymire and we find in the census report of Randolph County, N.C. for the year 1790 that George Yount had two sons over sixteen years and seven daughters when this enumeration was taken.Jacob married Esther Fouts, and they had one son over sixteen years of age and two sons under sixteen, also three daughters;William Henry married Mariann Waymire, a sister of Rosanna Waymire, the wife of George Yount, and they had three sons over sixteen years of age, two sons under sixteen yhears, and five daughters at the timethis enumeration was taken.
John Yount, the other member of this family married a Miss Fouts, probably a sister of Ester Fouts, who married Jacob Yount.John Yount migrated in turn to Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and finally to Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee, where he died.His children all migrated to Missouoi during the period from 1817 to 1839 and settled in the North-central and North-western part of the state.We now find many of his descendents in California and other Pacific Coast states.
in 1801 a colony of sixty-four people, composed of Younts, Hoovers, Masts and Sinks, moved from Randolph Countyh, N.C. to Kentucky.This same year George Yount went on to Ohio, when this was yet a territory and located near Lebanon, the county seat of Warren County, Ohio.In 1802 he moved to a section of land partly in Miami and partly in Montgomery County, Ohio where he resided until the time of his death, April 22, 1810.The remainder of the colony becoming dissatisfied with the conditions in Kentucky, migrated north and spent the winter of 1801-1802 in Cincinnati, Ohio.They left their winter quarters there in the Spring of 1802 and passed thru Dayton, Ohio, in 1802,.Jacob Yount cleared up a farm in German Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, where he died in 1805 or 1806, a highly respected citizen.
The Younts, Hoovers and Masts, who all came to Ohio at the same time are thought to have been the first white people to have located to the west of Dayton, Ohio.They had to cut roads thru the dense forests.Indians were numerousand the hardships and toil were unremitting.
William Henry Yount and his wife, Mariann Waymire Yount, with their children migrated from Randolph County, North Carolina to Montgomery County, Ohio in the fall of 1802 together with a party of which Herbert C. Hoover's ancestors were members.William HenryYount located in Montgomery County, entering a full section of land.He later moved on the Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio,returning to Montgomery County, Ohio in 1807.We find in an Atlas of Montgomery County, Ohio, in the history of Butler Township, which includes the village of Little York, that Henry Yount, George Sinks, Thomas Newman and John Quillon, were the first settlers in that locality and built the first log house there.They settled near Little York,which is near the Stillwater river, called at that time the North-West Branch of the Big Miami River.Mariann Waymire Yount died in Butler Township, Montgomery County, Ohio,October 7, 1822, and her husband, William Henry Yount, died there October 20, 1822, just thirteen days apart.
In an Atlas in the Dayton library, we find a remark thaat "Henry Yount had brown children when he came to Ohio."No doubt they were tanned by the burning rays of the semi-tropic sun.
Henry Yount's daughter, Catherine Yount, married Frederick Hoover, and Jacob Yount's daughter, Catherine Yount, married David Hoover, brothers.These were the founders of the town, now the City of Richmond, Indiana, the strongest Quaker stronghold west of the Alleghenies.
I have conflicting reports in regard to Catherine Yount, the daughter of Andrew Yount.One report received from Dr. William Reser, of LaFayette, Indiana who is the historian and genealogist of the Waymire family, refers to her a having married a Mr. Fincher.Another report received from Mr. S. E. Yount, of Los Angeles, California who is a great grandson of John Yount, informs us that she married a Daniel Wagoner;however, she may have married a second time and both reports may be correct.We have been informed that Catherine Yount also came to Ohio, but as yet, we have been unable to find where she located or when she came to Ohio.
During the many years of research we have received many conflicting reports as to the arrival and migration of this group.Error occur in all of these reports, however, I have authentic facts to check the several reports which come down throuogh traditions of the familhy.One of these reports as received from Mr. S. E. Yount, of Los Angeles, California is as follows:"About 1745 or 1750, the Yount family left Germany for America.The wealth of this family consisted of as much money as a horse could carry.The family consisted of parents and eight children, seven sons and one daughter.The father was a professional violinist.They were on the water about a year and both parents died before they landed..They landed somewhere along the Atlantic coast, probably in Virginia, in destitute circumstances.The names of some of these children were:George, Jacob, Catherine and John.John was the youngest member of the family and was only two years of age at the time of their arrival in America.The daughter married Daniel Wagoner."
Mr. Yount's report states that both parents died at sea, or before they landed.This we find is not correct.(We believe the mother and probably one or more of the children died at sea since we have been able to find records of only five of these children of Andrew Yount, However, some of these may have died in earlly youth after their arrival, which would account for not finding any subsequent records.Their voyage was of exceptional long duration and we find that these long voyages were very fatal amongst children.Andrew Yount's children all being under sixteen years of age, a number of these must have been quite young, therefore, we believe the mother and several of the children died at sea.Andrew Yount, with those of the family who remained, arrived at Philadelphis, Pa., on the ship "Duke of Bedford," September 14, 1751.The writer has a photostat of this ship list, upon which appears the signature of Andrew Yount just as he signed it more than one hundred and eighty four years ago.He signed this list in German.These lists had to be filed with the proper authorities in Philadelphia and besides filing this list, they had to sign the oath of allegiance, also, the oath of abjuration in the presence of these same authorities, therefore, Mr. Yount's report in regard to both parents having died at sea is in error.
Furthermore, Mr. Yount states that the wealth of their family consisted of as much money as a horse could carry, and again, that when they landed in America they were in destitute circumstances.This may be correct, for we find accoounts of many cases where unscrupulous ship crews robbed or stole all of the belongings of many of these immigrants, leaving them in destitute circumstances upon their arrival in America.We find many instances of where their trunks were left at the place of their embarkation and were confiscated by accomplices of these unscrupulous culprits and were never recovered.Also instances where, after arrival here, these people were transferred to agents who led them about the colony until they were disposed of to the farmers as indented servants in order to raise money for their transportation.
In support of the fact that the mother died at sea, we find that john was the youngest member of the family at the time of their arrival in America, then only two years of age, born about 1749.And again we find that William Henry was born about 1757, six years after their arrival in America, which leaves about eight years between the birth of John and William Henry, which would indicate that Andrew Yount had married a second wife in Pennsylvania and that William Henry was a child born to the second wife.Furthermore, William Henry had a double name, the only member of the family so distinguished, which may have occurred thru the suggestion of the second wife or a different mother.
From William Henry Yount to Mr. S. E. Yount.
Mr. S. E. Yount also informs us that his father, Joseph Yount, always told them that he and George C. Yount, The California pioneer were second cousins, which substantiats the fact that AndrewYount
was a son of Hans George and Anna Maria Yount, since George C. Yount was a grandson of John Yount and Anna Elizabeth Zimmerman and John was the youngest son of Hans George and the youngest brother of Andrew Yount.
Rebecca Yount, grand daughter of George Yount in this branch was the great grandmother of President Herbert C. Hoover.Rebecca Yount Hoover accompanied her immediate family and a large group of Quakers from Miami and MontgomeryCounties, Ohio,in 1853 to Iowa.The name of the village in Iowa where they resided was given the name of West Branch, Iowa, no doubt taking the name from the West Branch Quaker Church in Miami County, Ohio.Rebecca Youont Hoover's husband died in 1857 and she carried on for almost forty years following his death as the head of her family and a leading spirit in her community.She was the mother of nine children and adopted and raised nineteen other children.She is given credit by genealogists as being one of the strongest characters in the Hoover Genealogy.She died in 1895 at the age of 94 years.
Rebecca Yount Hoover was for many years an elder of the West Branch Quaker Church, one of the few women given this distinction.
The group of Quakers forming the Back Creek Quaker Church in Randolph County, North Carolina, no doubt became Quakers in Pennsylvania.When they moved from North Carolina to Ohio, they transferred their membership to the Westland Monthly Meeting near Brownsville, Pa., which was the farthest west of any Quaker Church at that time.
To the best of my knowledge all the sons of Andrew Yount were Quakers.We can locate the membership of all except his son, John Yount.
Hans Rudolph Yount, at the age of twenty-some years, with his widowed mother, emigrated from Neidedorf, Amt. Waldenburg, CantonBasil,Switzerland, and arrived at Philadelphia, Pa., on the ship "Ann," September 28, 1749.He settled in Pennsylvania, where he remained until after the death of his mother, who died and is buried in York County, Pa.He then migrated to Virginia and settled in Rockingham County, that state, where he died.
We find many of Hans Rudolph's descendants in Virginia.Dr. Walter B. Yount, now deceased, was head of the Department of Classical Languages at Western Maryland College, Westminister, Md., at the time of his death, June 5, 1932.Prior to this he served as President of Edgewater College, Virginia and taught two years in Blue Ridge College, before going to Western Maryland College.During 1906 and 1907 he was a resident of Jerusalem as a student of the American School, pursuing the study of classical languages in that school and place.J. B. Yount, Jr., a prominent attorney-at-law of Lynchburg, Va., is a descendant of Rudolph Yount.We also find some of his descendants in Ohio.
We have record of Rudolph having remarked that he was related to the Younts in North Carolina, however, as yet, we have been unable to learn in what degree.These records would have to be secured from abroad.
" THE FOUR JUNT CHILDREN "
We have records of four children, of Hans Junt( as it is here spelt) and Anna Flubacher, of Benken Amt Munchestein, Canton Basel, Switzerland.The names of these four children follows:Hans Adam,
Matthias, Elizabeth and Magdalena Junt, and are repeatedly referred to as"the four Junt Children."They left their country secretlly in 1752.This was due to an order not permitting any one to leave their country at that time.After their arrival in America they stopped in Pennsylvania for a short time and then went to Virginia.Four years later Hans Adam and Matthias returned to Pennsylvania from Virginia on a visit and asked for their own and their sisters Manumission and the release of the remainder of their property, July 21, 1756.
The tax in their case was considerable, the largest found before 1794.It amounted to (pounds)1,053.11 in addition to 405 accounted for in 1753, covering a total of 14,385 --17--8 worth of property.
Hans Adam, and probably Matthias, returned to Pennsylvania and settled in Bedford County, that state, where they all, apparantly, from the parents to the baby in cradle took up land in their own names.We find a village by the name of Yount about five miles north of the City of Bedford, Pa., doubtless being named for some of the descendants of Hans Adam Yount.
Hans Adam had two sons, John and George, who served with the American forces during the Revolutionary War,the latter always referred to as "Soldier" George Yount.After returning from their military service, these two brothers migrated to Kentucky..John died in Fayette County, Ky., about the middle of 1836.George Yount married Polly Underwood at Boone's Station, Ky., February 24, 1781, and settled on Brascher's Creek, then Jefferson, now Shelby County, Ky., where he died May 9, 1824.His wife, Polly Underwood Yount, died there in 1841.(possibly my mother's family (Blanche Velora Yount Ross))
"Soldier" George Yount has a remarkable military record, one which his descendants would be proud to know.We have been informed by Mr. C. I. Kephard, the noted genealojjgist, that George Yount's military record alons as found in the Pension Bureau in Washington, D. C., would make a remarkable narrative.
We have but a few records of the descendants of this group.Dr. Joseph Sterling Yount, of 514 63rd St., Chicago, Ills., is a great grandson of "Soldier" George Yount.
There is a very interesting story associated with this branch of the Yount family.
Note:Military records are available from the National Archives in Washington., D.C.If interested, write requesting any military records of what ever name you are researching.Some times they are huge and you pay for each page so feel you way along.
......................to be continued!!!!!!. ...............
Date:Wed, Jul 19, 1995 12:44 AM EDT
Subj:Yount, Younts, Yountville
Rudolph Yount and his wife, Susan Yount, both natives of Germany, arrived in this country, we should judge abouot 1800.They must have landed at some one of the southern ports, as we have been unable to find any records of the time or place of arrival.These southern ports were not required to keep a record of these immigrants, hence the lack of information.
This family settled in North Carolina, where both parents died in 1820, when their son William Yount was eight years of age, having been born July 2, 1812.William then served as a bound-out boy until he was twenty one years of age.At this age he married Rebecca Sowers, also of German ancestry.William lived in the vicinity of Lexington , the county seat of Davidson County, N.C.He moved from North Carolina in 1839 to Jackson Township, Fountain County, Indiana, where he lived for many years.William was a wool carder by trade and during his early life engaged in that trade.Later he embarked in the mercantile business.
In 1870 William Yount was elected County Recorder of Fountain County, and at the end of his term was re-elected to serve a second term.He was the first Recorder of Fountain County, Indiana,also one of the first school teachers in the county.He died in 1891.His grandson,Fletcher W. Boyd, was Superintendent of the Masonic Home, in Franklin, Indiana, at the time of his death,June 15, 1930.
John Jundt (Yount) came from Wurtemberg, Germany, in the year 1833.He had a son Andrew Yount, who was twice married;first to marietta Null, second a Miss Houseman.
Andrew Yount is the father of Harry N. Yont, now Mayor of Greensburg, Pa., an office which he held for over eleven years at the time the writer met him in 1931.You will note that Harry N. spells his name "Yont,"Asking him why he dropped the letter "U", he smilingly replied "The 'U' has no sound so why bother with it."
It might be remarked, that some groups pronounce the name with the short sound of the "U".
This family, and possibly the one preceeding, Rudolph Yount, is the only member of the Yount family of which we have record as having emigrated directly from Germany.It is interesting to note that they took the spelling YOUNT, arriving as they did as late as 1833.This would indicate that they came from the same family group.
Mr. Yont advises us that Alonzo N. Yount a prominent attorney in Boston, Mass., has two sisters living on C Street, Omaha, Nebraska, who have a history of the Yount family.I have been unable to get in communication with them.He also advises us that a Charles Yount made the first trip up Pike's Peak in an automobile.We have also been advised that a Harry Yount was one of the first National Rangers in Yellowstone Park.
LEONARD AND ANNA GLASSER JUNDT
Leonard Jundt and his wife Anna Glasser Jundt, with one son, Leonard, of Bottmigen, Amt. Muenchestein, Canton Basel, Switzerland, migrated to America in 1771.They settled in Pennsylvania after their arrival in America;however, we have never been able to find any subsequent records of this group.
JACOB AND ELIZABETH MARCKHLIN JUNDT
The above, with their five children:Hans Jacob, Elizabeth, Hans Heinrich, Anna Maria and Matthias, migrated from Bottmengen, Amt. Muenchestein, Canton, Basel, Switzerland, and arrived in America in 1741.They settled in Pennsylvania and we find their descendants in and about Philadelphia.Elizabeth Marckhlin Jundt, wife of Jacob Jundt, died in Philadelphia, November 3, 1767, at the age of 56 years, 11 months and 3 days.
We find that the ancesters of these immigrants who came from Switzerland and Germany, went there from Alsace at an early date, some probably during the persecution of the Huguenots by the French Catholic kings whenmany of the people in Alsace fled to Switzerland, to Germany, to Holland and to England, and from these different countries many of these people came to America where they could enjoy the freedom of speech and worship according to the dictates of their own conscience.
The Younts of America are all of the same stock and when you meet a Yount you may know that he is a kinsman, for the lineal records of all will lead back to the same remote ancestry.
There is no doubt that members of this family were in communication with members in Europe after their arrival here.The fact that all took the Anglicized spelling of "Yount" instead of the natural spelling "Yundt" (the German "J" having the sound of "Y") could not have been a co-incidence.Further, the Quaker branch when they decided to migrate from North Carolina, located temporarily in Shelby County, Kentucky, the home of "Soldier" GeorgeYount, but finding the land titles questionable, continued on to the vicinity of Dayton, Ohio,.Also Attica,the county seat of Fountain County, which is but a short distance from the home taken by Andrew Yount of the Quaker branch in 1826.It was to this place that William Yount migrated from North Carolina in 1839. bit a couple of years from the time two sons of Andrew Yount established a wool carding mill at Attica.l
Other instances can be given of different branches locating in the same locality, which would hardly be a coincidence.