NameMathias M. YOCUM I
Birthabt 1700, Germany
Death8 Feb 1783, Muddy Creek, Greenbrier County, Virginia
Birth1712, probably Livingston Manor in Scoharie, New York
Marriageprobably Tulpehocken township, Pennsylvania
Notes for Mathias M. YOCUM I
Most modern historians agree that this Mathias Yocum, whatever his ancestry may have been, at the approximate age of 18, arrived in Berks County,Pennsylvania sometime around 1720, perhaps from New Amsterdam (later New York).
According to his grandson George in the Draper Papers, circa 1848, Mathias was in the first group to bring wagons down the South Branch of the Potomac River and over the mountains into what is now West Virginia. He reportedly was accompanied on that first trip about 1738 by Michael Ernst Harness, Sr. and George Stump. According to George Yocum, the three men came to the South Branch by way of Winchester, Virginia, then up the Big Capon, Lost River and to the mountains and crossed over them into the South Branch valley. The three men made a tomahawk claim on some land, returned to Virginia and brought their families to the South Branch in 1739-40.
Mathias Yocum settled about a half a mile from the mouth of the South Fork of the South Branch.
Michael Ernst Harness, sr., moved down on the main South Branch four miles above the fork, approximately where Moorefield is now located.
Mathias was in Greenbrier Co., VA, in 1751, and in Augusta Co., VA, in 1756.
Mathias later moved to Kentucky and is reported to have built the first cabin in KY. His will was written in 1780 and recorded in Lincoln Co., KY.
Will of Matthias Yoakum, dated 1/29/1780, proved 2/18/1783, Lincoln Co, KY, Book A, p. 148
In the name of God Amen, this the 29rh day of January, Anno Dom: 1780 I Mathias Yoakum of Botetouri County, Virginia, being sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, and - calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament, in the manner and form as followeth, first I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors.
Imprimis: and as touching such worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give demise and dispose of it in the following manner and form - And first to my beloved Wife Eleanor I give and bequeath all my household Goods and furniture during her natural life, and also a dark bay mare and Saddle two Colts, and Cow and Musket and Pistol and four Deer Skins, and a chain halter to her Heirs forever - And to my son Felty Yoakums oldest son George his Heir, I give and bequeath one dollar. And whereas I have already given what I intended to my other Children who are all married Excepting my youngest son George Yoakum, to him I give and bequeath all my land and Improvements, and also all my Horses, mares and Cattle - excepting what is already bequeathed to my Wife whom hers to maintain during her natural life, and he is to collect all Debts due to me, and also to pay what Debts I owe, and what money is over and above what will pay my just Debts I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife, and also her bed and furniture.
And lastly I nominate and appoint my Wife Eleanor and my son George to be whole and sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby Revoke all and every other to be my last Will and Testament the day and year first above Written.
Signed, Sealed, Published pronounced His
and declared by the within Mentioned Signed: Mathias Yoakam
Mathias Yaokam to be his last Will & Mark
Testament in presence of William
Walton, Peter Ceyerie, Peter Keeney
Presented at Lincoln Co. Court, 18th day of February 1783, on Oath of Peter Keeny, one of the Witnesses; and on 21st of December 1784 on Oath of Peter Deyerie and ordered recorded.
Teste Willis Green Co. Clerk