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Stories about YOAKUM, YOCUM, YOCOM


    <div>"Teen Yoachum Dead; Ozark Capitalist Left No Will; There are no children to inherit the fortune; Yoachum family historic", Springfield (MO) Leader [daily] October 6, 1904, p. 4, c. 2-3\.

    A.T. Yoachum, president of the Christian
    County, Missouri Bank. Died at age 78. ..."There was a tradition in Christian
    county fifty years ago that the Yoachum family coined their fortune out of one
    of the fabulous lost silver mines of the Ozark country. It was told and
    believed by many that the father of the late Ozark capitalist learned the
    secret of the hidden mine from the Indians and procured government stamps and
    dies and made standard silver dollars at will. None of the persons who told
    this story seemed to know that such a way of getting rich was prohibited by
    the laws of the United States and denounced as counterfeiting. Men have
    declared in Christian county within the last 35 years that the early pioneer
    who profited by the Indian secret actually took his new money to the
    Springfield land office and challenged the government officers to find a flaw
    in the coin."

    "A.T. Yoachum Dead",  
    Christian County Republican (Ozark, MO), October 13, 1904, p. 4, c. 1-2.  
    Augustine Yoachum was born in Arkansas Territory, near the Boiling  
    Springs. February 7, 1827\. He was married to Mary J. Glenn February 25, 1858  
    who is left to mourn for him on the farm on which he was buried. ... Besides a  
    wife he leaves a twin brother, Sol. Yoachum of this city, and four half  
    brothers ... [buried in Glenn cemetery] ... a beautiful spot overlooking the  
    Finley and selected by Mrs. Yoachum many years ago when the farm on which it  
    is located, now owned by Jas. A. Wasson, was the property of Mr. Yoachum." ...  
    "George Yoachum, father of A.T. Yoachum, came from Tennessee sometime in 1820,  
    came up White River in a keel boat and settled near the Boiling Springs, on  
    White River in the Arkansas Territory. He removed on pack horses and settled  
    at the mouth of Finley. There were at that few white people here, and the  
    Delaware Indians were their only near neighbors. Here he engaged in farming,  
    run a tan yard, wagon and blacksmith shop and distillery, and built the first  
    flouring mill at the mouth of the Finley. He was a man without education but a  
    shrewd businessman and was very prosperous. He died in 1848." Etc.  
    <div>Dr. George Washington Yokum,  
    son of John and Malinda (Holder) Yokum,  
    was born December 31, 1831, died at Beverly, January 30, 1905\. He was reared  
    on the homestead, but availed himself of every opportunity to store his mind  
    with useful knowledge. In 1853 he began the study of medicine under Dr.  
    William Biggs, a well-known physician living near Belington. He read with him  
    for about one year, and then attended lectures at Jefferson College,  
    Philadelphia. Settling first at Leedsville, where Elkins now stands, he began  
    to practice in 1854\. For a year after his marriage, in 1858, he lived at the  
    "Round Barn" farm, now part of Elkins, but in 1859, he removed to Beverly,  
    where he resided thenceforth until his death. When Dr. Yokum came to Beverly  
    he and Dr. Squire Bosworth were the only physicians in Tygart's valley. He  
    was a man of observation, careful investigation, and retentive memory, and of  
    great force and strong character; his library was the best of his time in  
    Randolph county, and included, beside general literature, a large body of  
    medical literature, and he kept pace with his profession. Thus he was a  
    skillful physician, as well as the oldest physician in his part of the state.  
    His practice extended for many miles from his home. Dr. Yokum was also a  
    close student of men and of world affairs. Mr. Maxwell, the historian of  
    Randolph and other counties, states that he was perhaps the best posted man  
    concerning the early history of the county. He was interested in agriculture  
    and stock raising, owning two large farms near Beverly and the "Sinks of  
    Gandy Creek" farm. Beside a thousand acres of cultivated land, he owned wild  
    land. In business he was successful. He was one of the first board of  
    directors of the Elkins National Bank, and was an active member of the board  
    until a short time before his death, when ill health compelled his retirement  
    from both medical practice and business. In the civil war he was a  
    Confederate sympathizer. After the battle of Rich Mountain, in 1861, he cared  
    for Lieutenant DeLeniel and his wounded men, and assisted in the hiding and  
    subsequent escape to the Confederate lines of Lieutenant DeLeniel. After the  
    federal troops occupied Beverly, Dr. Yokum and others were made non-combatant  
    prisoners of war; from July to September, 1861, he was a prisoner at Camp  
    Carlisle, Wheeling island. Being released in September, he returned to  
    Beverly. From 1876 to 1880 he was president of the county court of Randolph  
    county and during this time the building of the new court house was begun. He  
    held the same office from 1886 to 1892\. Other offices held by him were those  
    of justice of the peace for Beverly district, and mayor of Beverly. In 1892  
    he was an alternate delegate to the Democratic national convention. His last  
    sickness was of several weeks' duration. When the funeral was held, at  
    Beverly, February 2, 1905, Circuit Judge Holt adjourned the court to attend  
    a special train was run from Elkins. Rev. F. H. Barrow, pastor of the Davis  
    Memorial Presbyterian Church, at Elkins, conducted the services.  
    Dr. George Washington Yokum married, in 1858, Mary Catharine, daughter of  
    George W. and Maria (Earle) Ward, who died at Beverly, in 1900\. Her father  
    owned the "Round Barn" farm, now the Graham-Davis addition to Elkins.  
    By S. C. Turnbo  
    One of the earliest settlers in Marion County, Arkansas, is Mike Yocum whose name we have mentioned so frequently in these sketches. Mr. Yocum had three brothers whose names were Jess, Solomon, and Jake. These four men had crossed the deep blue sea to America from Germany when they were little boys. At the age of 17 Mike was captured by the Indians and held a captive four years. At one time the Indians condemned him to suffer death by shooting him with arrows, but after the warriors had placed him on a block of wood to carry out his execution., the chief interfered in his behalf and saved him from a terrible death by shooting arrows into his body. These Indians had also captured a negro man at the time Yocum was taken. One day while Yocum and the negro were prisoners but were footloose, the negro and one of the Indian men got into a fight and the warrior bit off part of one of the negro's ears. Some years after Yocum and the negro made their escape from the Indians., the latter finally fell in possession of Ewing Hogan, an early settler of Marion County, Arkansas. After the death of Ewing Hogan, Cal Hogan, son of Ewing Hogan, owned the negro. As long as Mike Yocum lived he loved old Ben the negro because they had been fellow prisoners and suffered together while in the hands of the red men. Ben lived until after the close of the Civil War and died at an extreme old age. In 1850, while Yocum lived at the mouth of Little North Fork and owned the mill there, he was a candidate for representative of Marion County. His opponent was Captain Henry, whose given name is forgotten. Both men were influential and had many friends which made the canvass hot. Ned Coker, who espoused the cause of Yocum, was one day talking with one of Captain Henry's friends and during the conversation relating to the race between the two men, the latter remarked to Coker that "Captain Henry was a very nice man and ought to be elected." "Yes," replied Mr. Coker, Captain Henry looks nice enough, but he is a terrible liar." Mr. Yocum succeeded in defeating Henry and his friends rejoiced at the opportunity of sending him to Little Rock to represent in the legislature. When the war between the states broke out, Mr. Yocum sympathized with the south, but he was too old and feeble to enlist in the army. One day during the fall of 1862, he was arrested for being a southern man and taken to Springfield, Missouri, where he was imprisoned and compelled to suffer from disease and vermin until the following December when he was released. Sick and without money, he left the door of the prison house and walked and crawled all day. At night he found himself at "June" Campbell's four miles south of Springfield. The poor suffering old man was completely exhausted. Exertion and disease had took away his strength and he was in a dying condition. He and Campbell were friends and when Yocum reached his residence, Mr. Campbell and his family did all in their power to relieve his suffering, but their efforts were unavailing, for in a few hours Mr. Yocum entered the great valley of darkness called death where there was no more fears of gloomy dungeons., starvation, and ill treatment. Ah, how much sweeter is death to the sufferer while in the hands of kind, loving friends than to have to pass your last hours while in the power of an enemy on the inside of a prison wall. Mr. Campbell, aided by his family, dug a grave on a knoll on his farm and here the mortal remains of this old pioneer of Arkansas was deposited. Thus passed away one of Marion County's old timers and one among the best of citizens.  
    <div>CYRUS M. YOCUM, lumber dealer and contractor, at No. 1159 Stanton Boulevard, Steubenville, O., is one of the representative business men of this city. He was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1852, and is a son of David Yocum, one of the early settlers and a farmer in Jefferson County for a number of years.  
    Cyrus M. Yocum remained on the home farm until eighteen years of age, and then learned the carpenter trade at Steubenville and worked as a carpenter for about seven years, after which he went into roofing and contracting, which he continued until 1901, when he turned the roofing interest over to his son, Floyd Yocum, who still continues it. Mr. Yocum then gave more attention to other lines and has sucessfully carried on a large lumber, together with a general contracting business. ever since. He takes an active interest in local politics and his public spirit as a citizen and his stability as a man have frequently caused his election to responsible civic offices. He has served usefully in the city council and was a member of the board of public works when the new water works system was installed, a most desireable public utility, with a plant not excelled in any other city in eastern Ohio.  
    In 1872 Mr. Yocum was married to Miss Margaret Culp, of Jefferson County, and to them were born the following children: Floyd M.; Mary, who married John Moreland, of Jefferson County; Daisy, who married Percy H. Harris, of Steubenville; Birdie, who married Rev. E. D. Salkeld, a minister of the Christian Church, located at Lakewood, O.; Cyrus M., who is pastor of the Central Christian Church at Cincinnati; Albert B., who resides at Steubenville; Margaret, who married Harry S. Welch, of Steubenville; and Gilbert, Elsie, and Florence, who reside at home. Mr. and Mrs. Yocum are members of the Steubenville Christian Church, of which he is a trustee. He belongs to the Royal Areanum and to the Odd Fellows.  
    <div>YOAKUM, HENDERSON KING (1810-1856). Henderson King Yoakum, historian, son of George and Mary Ann (Maddy) Yoakum, was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, on September 6, 1810\. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1832\. On February 13, 1833, he married Evaline Cannon of Roane County, Tennessee; they became the parents of nine children. In the spring of 1833 Yoakum resigned his lieutenant's commission in the army and began to practice law in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He became captain of a company of mounted militia in 1836 and served near the Sabine River under Edmund P. Gaines.qv In 1837 Yoakum was mayor of Murfreesboro. In 1838 he reentered the army as a colonel in the Tennessee infantry and served in the Cherokee War. He was a member of the Tennessee Senate from 1839 to 1845 and as senator urged the annexationqv of Texas. On October 6, 1845, Yoakum established residence at Huntsville, Texas, and on December 2, 1845, was admitted to the Texas bar. In 1846 he was instrumental in making Huntsville the county seat of Walker County. At the outbreak of the Mexican Warqv he volunteered as a private under John C. (Jack) Haysqv and served at Monterrey as a lieutenant under James Gillaspie.qv With the expiration of his enlistment on October 2, 1846, he returned to his law practice at Huntsville, where Sam Houstonqv was his close friend and client. Although a member of the Methodist Church, Yoakum, in 1849, wrote the charter for Austin Collegeqv and served as a trustee for that school from 1849 to 1856\. He helped establish the Andrew Female Collegeqv in Huntsville and in 1849 was appointed director of the state penitentiary there. In 1853 he became "master mason" and then "high priest" of the Huntsville Lodge. In July of that year he moved to his country home, Shepherd's Valley, seven miles from Huntsville, where in 1855 he completed his two-volume History of Texas from Its First Settlement in 1685 to Its Annexation to the United States in 1846, for which Houston was said to have given him much of the information. In the fall of 1856 Yoakum went to Houston to deliver a Masonic address, attend to some courtroom duties, and visit his friend, Judge Peter W. Gray.qv While attending court he suffered a severe tubercular attack and was treated after being taken to Judge Gray's home, but weakened and died there on November 30, 1856\. Yoakum County, established in 1876, was named in honor of Henderson King Yoakum. In 1936 the Texas Centennial Commission erected a marker at the site of the Yoakum home in Shepherd's Valley</div>
    <div>YOAKUM, MATTHIAS, brother to William and James Yoakum, was born either in Virginia or Claiborn county, Tenneasee, came to Sangamon county, Illinois, in 1819\. He married Elizabeth McHenry, and had eight children--  
    HIRAM married Catharine Elmore, and died in 1856, leaving one child, WILLIAM.  
    MARY married Eli Yoakum, and lives in Crawford county, Kansas.  
    JESSE, born Nov. 10, 1831, in Sangamon county, married Jan. 10, 1856, to Margaret Thompson, and has five children, GEORGE C., FRANKLIN T., WILLIAM R., MARY C. and EDMUND, and live cast of the Sangamon river, near Salisbury, Illinois.  
    CATHARINE married Z. S. Cogdal, has four children, and live near Salisbury, Illinois.  
    ELIHO B. married Mary A. Cogdal, has one child, and lives in Menard county, Illinois.  
    THOMAS C., born August 14, 1840, married May 17, 1865, to Barilla Hoag. They had one child, MAUD. Mr. Yoakum is postmaster at Salisbury, Sangamon county, Illinois, is also a merchant, and resides there.  
    ROBERT C. lives with his mother.  
    Matthias Yoakum died August 27, 1857, and his widow lives in Menard county, Illinois--1874\.  
    Sangamon County ILGenWeb  
    <div>Three Sheridan, Oregon sailors were among many Oregonians who survived the sinking of the 503 foot long cruiser USS San Diego in July 1918 off the coast of New York. It was believed to have struck a mine left by a German U-boat.  
    Ercel Yokum spent three frightening hours in the water before his rescue near Fire Island. The San Diego served as an armed escort for convoys in the North Atlantic. The convoys protected merchant ships from the attack of German submarines.  
    (Oregon Defense Council Records, Personal Military Service Records, World War I, Box 6, Sherman County, School District No. 4)  
    Martha VanBebber and George Yoakum, Sr.  
    George Yoakum, Jr. and Mary Ann Maddy  
    Franklin Laughlin Yoakum and Narcissa C. Teague  
    Finis Ewing Yoakum  
    Faith healer and social reformer, A medical doctor in Texas, Colorado, and California, Finis Yoakum (1851-1920) gave up his lucrative medical career following a personal healing miracle to found the Pisgah Home Movement in Highland Park at the Christ Faith Mission/Old Pisgah Home. Born to Franklin and Narcissa (Teague) Yoakum; his father was a country physician in Texas, who later became a minister with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and served as the president of their college in Larrisan Texas. A younger brother, Benjamin Franklin Yoakum, was an important figure in American commerce, serving as president of the San Antonio and Arkansas Pass Railway and chairman of the board for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad ("Frisco") as well as several other major railroads and business enterprises.  
    In 1873, Finis took a wife, Mary. They had three sons and twin daughters. Yoakum studied at Larissa College ultimately graduating from the Hospital College of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, with the M.D. degree on June 16, 1885\. Following medical school, he specialized in neurological disorders and finally occupied the Chair of Mental Disease on the faculty of the Gross Medical College in Denver, Colorado.  
    On the evening of July 18, 1894, while on his way to organize a Class Leader's Association for his Methodist Church, Finis Yoakum was struck by a buggy operated by a drunken man. A piece of metal pierced his back, broke several ribs, and caused internal hemorrhaging. A medical assessment of his injuries predicted them to be fatal. Plagued by infection for several months, he moved to Los Angeles hoping to gain relief in its mild climate. In early 1895, he made a miraculous recovery during a dramatic healing experience and by the Summer of that year he was again practicing medicine. After his recovery Dr. Yoakum received visions directing him to create a mission for the needy. He soon turned his home at 6044 Echo Street into a mission moving himself and his family into a tent adjacent to his home. The site soon grew with additions to his original Queen Anne home and the conversion of an adjacent barn as a new tabernacle that also doubled as a dormitory. He vowed to spend the remainder of his life serving the chronically ill, poor destitute, and social outcasts. This is what gave rise to the Mission Site still operating today.  
    While in Los Angeles, he associated with a number of churches speaking on divine healing and hosting many camp meetings at the Mission site or along the Arroyo Seco two blocks to the east. During the Azusa Street revival gatherings in Los Angeles (credited as the founding movement of the Pentecostal Church) he hosted many followers at the Mission site in Highland Park. He named his Mission site, Pisgah Home after the hill where Moses stood to view the promised land. By 1915, he had built an impressive Tudor home just three blocks from the Mission at 140 S. Avenue 59\. Most of the labor to build this home came from Mission residents.  
    Headquartered from Christ Faith Mission on Echo Street, Dr. Yoakum created a variety of outreach ministries throughout the Los Angeles area. These efforts were called Pisgah, giving the Mission Site the additional name as headquarters for many of these efforts. In 1911, Pisgah Home provided regular housing for 175 workers and stable indigents and made provisions for an average of 9,000 clean beds and 18,000 meals monthly to the urban homeless, the poor, and the social outcasts, including alcoholics, drug addicts, and prostitutes. Each week, Yoakum sent his workers throughout Los Angeles to distribute nickels for the cost of trolley fare to Pisgah Home. Other activities included the nearby Pisgah Store, Pisgah Ark (recovery House for Women), Pisgah Gardens (rehabilitative center, orphanage, and farm in North Hollywood), Pisgah Grande (3,225 acres for a utopian community in Chatsworth), and a later donation of a 500 acre retreat center and farm in Tennessee.  
    Dr. Yoakum was a controversial figure throughout the latter part of his life. He was the object of a love hate relationship with the City of Los Angeles, because his ministry at the Mission site attracted indigents to the City from across the country, yet the City was happy to send many of their own to him for care.  
    The site is closely aligned with the founding of the modern Pentecostal church. Pentecostalism, a world wide Protestant movement that originated in the late 19th century in the Los Angeles area, Kansas and in the Southern Appalachian Mountains in the Southeast, takes its name from the Christian feast of Pentecost, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. Pentecostalism emphasizes a post conversion experience of spiritual purification and empowering for Christian witness, entry into which is signaled by utterance in unknown tongues, also known as glossolalia.  
    Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was born September 7, 1857, in Berks county, Pennsylvania, son of Daniel M. Yocom and Valeria L. Rahn, his wife. He was educated at the Will Preparatory School, Pottstown, and matriculated at Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, receiving from that institution in 1885 the degree of M. D. He is a member of the American Institute of Hom%u0153opathy, the Hom%u0153opathic Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania and the Tri-County Hom%u0153opathic Medical Society.  
    <div>JOHN YOCUM, who has been engaged in the ice business for more than forty years, is a venerable and highly respected citizen of Steubenville. He was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, April 19, 1831, on what is known as the Ephraim Cable farm in Island Creek Township. His father, also John Yocum, was born in Reading, Pa., and came among the early settlers to Jefferson County. He married Sarah Davis and they became parents of eleven children, six daughters and five sons, of whom three are now living: Hannah Priest, of Columbus, O.; John; and Silas, of Steubenville.  
    John Yocum, subject of this record, was reared in Island Creek Township and still owns the old home farm there. Early in life he conducted a milk business and later was engaged as a marble polisher for five years. He then embarked in the ice business which he has carried on with unvarying success for over forty years. Mr. Yocum was married in 1853 to Miss Eliza Whitson, who died in 1892, leaving six children: Mrs. Josiah Myers; Charles B.; Anna, wife of William E. Bevan; John W.; Louisa, widow of Edward McCormick; and Walter W. Yocum. Mr. Yocum was married a second time in 1897, to Miss Belle Jacobs, who was born in Virginia and is a daughter of David Jacobs, who removed from Virginia to Brooke County, West Virginia, where he engaged in farming until his death. Mr. and Mrs. Yocum are devout members of the Christian church.  
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