You are right to question the birth date and location of Matthias #2.To my knowledge, no one has ever found evidence of the Matthias Yoakum Sr's family being in the Tulpehocken region of PA prior to coming to the South Branch of the Potomac.Where he first located after arriving in America and where/when he remarried to "an Irish girl" (according to Helen Black) is not yet known.Thus the birthplace and dates of Matthias Sr's children (other than Felty and Philip Paul) cannot be confirmed.Here is the documented information that I have on Matthias #2.I've not done alot of research on him so there is very probably a great deal more out there in KY records.Hope this helps.
Family information from Draper Mss, 12CC #4 & 5 which give info on Yoakum family, listing 8 children.Various undocumented family histories list 10 children but without support of claim.
From Draper MSS. 12CC #5, interview with JACOB STEVENS, son-in-law to MATTHIAS YOAKUM. [Jacob Stevens married to Sally/Sarah? Yoakum.]His list of the children of Matthias Yoakum #2 may be earliest known record of children's names.
"MATTHIAS YOCUM, came to Ky.in the fall of 1779.In the spring of 1780, he moved out with his family to where his station [fort] was formed.There was no one with them that year, and nothing transpired at the station, except perhaps that horses were stolen.In the summer of 1781, John Barnett (from off the Roanoke) (son of Capt.Jas: Barnett, residing at Big-Spring, on Roanoke) lived at YOCUM's Station, and Edmund Tolbert
Matthias Yocum's f. [ather- i.e. Matthias Yoakum, Sr.] died in old Va.Bottetourt Co: never came to Ky.Mr. Y's [oakum - i.e. Matthias Yoakum, Jr.] children, were,
1.Caty - Mrs.Hugh McGary
4.Milla - Gen Jas: Ray
5.Sally - Jacob Stevens
6.Matthew or Matthias
7.Polly - Mrs.Dennis
No.9's [i.e. interview # 9, Series 12 CC] Geo: Yocum's f.[ather] Jacob, was bro:[brother] to my f.[father]Matthias.
Draper MSS. 12CC #4, interview with Mrs. Sarah Spillman Graham, daughter of Charles Spillman.Mrs. Graham was age 7 in 1780 when her family moved to KY.At one time they were neighbors of MATTHIAS YOAKUM (#2) family and she relates various incidents relating to the YOAKUMS.A notation at the top of the page reads "Printed Filson History Quarterly 9:225-241 (Oct. 1935).Draper Manuscripts in Wisconsin State Historical Society on microfilm at Swem Library, Wm & Mary. Pages have 2 sets of numbers.
"Old MATTHIAS YOCUM's f[ather-i.e. father was Matthias #1] had 12 sons.Felty, Coonrod, Philip Powell, Matthias, John (youngest; died here by Esqr: Crook's; was a Pbyn: [Presbyterian?]He lived on Roanoke, in Va.Had a 2d w[wife] and raised 12 sons & 4 daus: Every one of them when I knew them, had farms: but Felty: who was killed, while they lived on Roanoke, then the indn: frontier, in Va.The indns: killed him & all the children (in thr. own house) but 2:She got away: but went back that night & laid in her husband's bosom, all in a gore of blood.The old people came out with Matthias.[This statement refuted by son in law Jacob Stevens and by will in Botetourt Co.]The Yoacums were clever neighbours: great for log rolling: but quarrelsome among themselves.
"Her [Caty Yoakum McGary's]Bro: [brother], Jesse YOCUM, before the battle of the Blue-Licks, wo'd [would] fall out w/ [with] his father, tree him, & tell him now to show his d--d old gourd.Were both behind trees.MATTHIAS YOCUM, marrd" a widow Duncan, after his 1st wif [wife's] death.
H. C. Smith in his book "History of the Yoakum...." lists 10 children. The additional children listed include:George Yocum who married Jane Ballew in 20 Oct 1806 Wayne Co, KY John Yocum who married Elizabeth King and Sarah Sportsman.(Smith is notorious for incorrect and undocumented material.)
Has anyone proven or disproven if these two are sons of Matthias Jr? Could the John who married Elizabeth King be the "Jno" noted by Shane? I have never seen any info. put forth on a Jonathan Yoakum, yet it seems there are a few John Yoakums in search of a family.
Rosanna Yokum born 1778 who married William Higgins--wondering if she is an illegitimate daughter of Caty Yocum McGary or a "lost" daughter of Matthias Yoakum Jr.
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The Filson Club
I have in my possession a very old Bible in two volumes which I have been told was the first Bible taken into the State of Kentucky by Colonel McGary (or McGarry) with Daniel Boone.
This Bible was printed by Richard Watkins, one of His Majesty's Printers at Edinburgh MDCCXLIII and contains family records of births, marriages and death including the following names
McGarry, later spelled McGary
Yocum (or Yorom)
The names Brown, Bousland (or Borsland), Clark (?), Rosan, and Thomson also appear.The following names and dates appear clearly and can be readily distinguished:-
Year of Birth Name
1720 June 20 William Ray
1726 Dec 18 Rosanah McGarry
1730 Nov 19 Mercy McGarry
1738 Mar 26 Cathroin McGarry
1739 Dec 27 Hannah Yocom (ssp: wife of Matthias??)
1741 Dec 18 Mary McGarry
1747 Mar 10 Hugh McGarry
1758 Catherine Yocom
1760 June 26 John Yocom
1761 June 10 James Ray
1763 Mar 6 William Ray
1764 Mar 31 Jesse Yocom (Or Yorom)
1765 Feb 12 John Ray
1767 Sept 27 Robert McGarry
1769 Jan 2 Mathew Yocom (Or Yorom)
1770 Nov 23 Daniel McGarry
married Nov. 13, 1790
1774 Jan 8 Mary Yocom (Or Yorom)
17754 John Yocom (Or Yorom)
1779 June 16 Livy (?) Son of Jonathan Drake
1780 Feb 8 John McGary
1780 May 8 Hugh Drake
1782 Apr 4 William Ray McGary
1782 Apr 15 William McGary
1782 June 1 William Ray
1783 Dec 21 Milley RayDIED
1784 Jan 17 Hugh McGary
1784 Feb 19 Hugh McGary
1785 Jul 26 Betsey McGary
1787 Feb 2 Nansy McGary
1788 Jul 13 Catsey McGary
1791 Nov 9 (or 13) Jesse McGary
1800 Feb 28 James McGary
1802 Dec 19 Milley Harlan McGary
1805 Hugh McGaryDIED
James Brown Jr.
Samuel Bousland (or Borsland)
John Clark (or Black)
Miss Mary Thomson
J. James Ray
In addition to the above, there are a number of names not readily distinguishable, but by methods employed by those familiar with the investigation of ancient records, additional names and dates can undoubtedly be determined.
This Bible has been in the possession of the McGary family for nearly two hundred years and frequent mention was made by one member now deceased of the great value of these volumes to the State of Kentucky because of their early association with her pioneers. Needless to say, the great age alone make this Bible of very considerable value. The contents include a table of weights and measures mentioned in Scripture, a table of time, a table of kindred and affinity wherein whosoever are related are forbidden in Scripture to marry together, the Psalms of David in Metre, and the Bible is stated to be newly translated out of the original Greek. I am bringing this to your attention as I understand you are interested in perpetuating the history of your State. If you are not interested in this Bible will you kindly advise me of any Historical Society or other body or individual in your state who may be interested in its existence.
Mrs. Thos. K. Elliott Jr
December 6th, 1926
Note: The Filson Club replied Jan. 22, 1927 stating "...The Filson Club would like very much indeed to own it, but unfortunately it has not the money with which to purchase such relics."
Mrs. Cornelia L. Elliot sent a similar letter to the Louisville Courier Journal dated January 6, 1927.[this letter had 1799 Nov 9 (or 13) for birth of Jesse McGary instead of 1791 Nov 9 (or 13)]In this letter, Mrs. Elliott states "This Bible was given to me by my father-in-law, Daniel McGary. He was born in Kentucky, later on moved to Texas, where he was well known in the news-paper circles. His paper was "The Houston Age" I married his son Samuel Hopkins McGary, deceased, who was editor of the "Beaumont Journal."
On March 3, 1927 Kirby C. McGary [on letterhead of Perry Brown & Co., Inc. Real Estate Brokers Licensed Auctioneers, 402 Hibernia Bank Building Phone Main 1700 New Orleans, LA.] sent a follow-up letter to the Filson Club, again offering to sell the Bible.April 22, 1927, the Filson Club replied, again stating that they "have no funds to purchase such relics."
The petition to the Virginia Legislature to make Harrodsburg a town was signed by, among others, Mathias, John, Patrick and Matthew Yocum, as well as a John McCollough.I have a John McCullough in my family tree and a history of the Yocum family living in the same communities together as the McCullough clan - Montgomery County KY, Ripley County IN and Clay County IN.My G G GF George McCullough married a Rachel Yocum, both from KY.