Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Peter Yoakley

Peter Yoakley is John's 4th Great Grandfather

Peter Yoakley was born on September 8, 1782 in North Carolina.  He married Rachel, thought to be the daughter of William and Mary Canole.  He died on May 29, 1857.  It seems that Rachel died before him because she is not mentioned in his will.


1812 Tax list Sullivan County, Tennessee
1830 US Federal Census Sullivan County, Tennessee
1833 20 Feb. 400 acres of land on the North side of the Holston adjacent to where he now lives.
1837 Early Tax Record Sullivan County, Tennessee
        212  1/2 acres
     6,500 value
       318 tax
1840 US Federal Census Sullivan County, Tennessee
1850 Slave Schedule

1850 US Federal Census District 1 Sullivan County, Tennessee
Peter Yokeley 68 Farmer, Property value $4,000
Rachel Yokeley 61
Peter Yokeley 21 Farmer
Rachel Yokely 15
Harriet Yokely 8
Martha Sullins 24

In 1854 Peter and Rachel Yoakley give a deposition in the pension application of William Combs.  In the photo of the signatures below, you can see that Peter could write his name, but Rachel signed with an X.

Map of Yoakley Ferry showing the location in relation to Tri Cities Airport (Latitude  36.4620474, Longitude: -82.4659793)

In the will of Peter Yoakley Sr. dated 16 May 1857 and proven 12 June 1857, he names son John, daughter Jane, wife of John Hickman, son Endimeon, son Charles, son Thomas, son Peter Jr., daughter Permelia Branstetler, daughter Mary Ann, wife of Hiram Hale, daughter Elizabeth, wife of James Drake, daughter Nancy, wife of Isaac Brown, granddaughter Martha Yoakley, daughter of Charles Yoakley.  A copy of the will can be found in Sullivan County Will Book One.

Peter Yoakley's Cemetery Marker

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