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Jesse Ray Yoakum \ Yokum[1]

Male 1760 - circa 1840  (80 years)


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  • Name Jesse Ray Yoakum \ Yokum 
    Born 1760  Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Gender Male 
    Died circa 1840  Natchitoches parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Notes 
    • He is said to have served in the Revolutionary War.
          He was a member of the infamous John A. Murrell gang who robbed tra
      velers along the Natchez Trace in western Mississippi and the leader of h
      is sons in what was known as the "Yocum gang" who were known from Texas t
      o Mississippi as killers, slave-stealers, and robbers.  Mark Twain wrot
      e this about John Murrell. "When he traveled, his usual disguise was th
      at of an itinerant preacher; and it is said that his discourses were ve
      ry 'soul-moving'--interesting the hearers so much that they forgot to l
      ook after their horses, which were carried away by his confederates whi
      le he was preaching."
          See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~tnweakle/johnAmurrell_outlaw.htm
          "In the Land Office Register of 1824, Jesse, his son T. D. Yocum, a
      nd two other sons were listed as claiming land grants in the Neutral St
      rip; and during the 1820s, according to the Colorado "Gazette and Adver
      tiser" of Oct. 31, 1841, he was tried several times for murder at Natch
      itoches, La., and bought acquittal on every occasion with hired witness
      es and perjured testimony."
      The Texas Handbook Online:
          "YOKUM GANG. The Yokum Gang was a group of reputed thieves and murd
      erers who operated in the Neutral Ground between Louisiana and Spanish T
      exas in the early 1820s. Susan Callier (Collier), daughter of Robert Ca
      llier, who settled east of San Augustine in 1822, favored as a suitor, M
      atthew Yokum, a member of the gang; but her father ordered Yokum never t
      o return to the Callier home and persuaded his daughter to marry Charle
      s Chandler. Susan's uncle, James Callier, married a Yokum sister and be
      came a member of the gang. James Callier and Matthew Yokum then killed R
      obert Callier and started to San Augustine to murder Charles Chandler, b
      ut Chandler, aided by a slave who was killed in the encounter, killed b
      oth his assailants. Other members of the gang then murdered a Louisiana c
      itizen and seized his African-American wife and mulatto children to sel
      l as slaves in Texas, but David Renfro and his neighbors drove the gang o
      ut of the country and returned the woman and her children to Louisiana. T
      he gang fled to Pine Island Bayou in the area of present Jefferson Coun
      ty and resumed their practices of robbery and murder until neighboring c
      itizens hung Thomas Yokum and dispersed the remainder of the group.
      Robert Bruce Blake
      "YOKUM GANG." The Handbook of Texas Online.
      http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/jey01
      The Texas Monthly; July, 2002
      http://www.texasmonthly.com/mag/issues/2002-07-01/webextra6.php
      The Bad Old Days
      The 1800's had its share of criminal activity.
      by Anne Dingus
          ? Texas has seen its share of historical horrors ? no surprise in a s
      tate that was the wildest and woolliest of the American West. ? outlaw W
      ild Bill Longley, for example, claimed to have once shot a man for insu
      lting the virtue of Texas women. ? Below are ? criminal vignettes of th
      e 1800's that have largely been forgotten by modern Texans, but when it c
      omes to terror, they're still pretty high-caliber.
          ?.
          1810's-1820's: The Yokum Gang, a group of thieves and murderers, te
      rrify the Neutral Ground, an area between Louisiana and Spanish Texas. T
      he first to die at the hands of ringleaders Matthew Yokum and James Cal
      lier is Callier's father, who had refused to let Yokum marry his daught
      er. The group commits additional murders and attempts to kidnap freed b
      lacks to sell as slaves, but eventually is thwarted by outraged neighbo
      rs who drive them west across the Sabine River and into Pine Island Bay
      ou, in what is now Jefferson County.

    Person ID I26097  mykindred
    Last Modified Jul 18, 2013 

    Father Matthias M. Yoakum, II
    ,   b. 1736, Tuipechoken (Berks) Pennsylvania, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 28, 1784, Hardy county, West Virginia, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Hannah Dixon,   b. Dec 27, 1739,   d. 1785  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 1755  [2
    Family ID F9480  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Diana How,   b. 1762,   d. Apr 1838, Natchitoches parish, Louisiana, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married May 12, 1787  Harrodstown, Mercer county, Virginia (now KY) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Ellender Yocum,   b. 1785, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Y
     2. Samuel N. Yocum,   b. circa 1788,   d. Y
     3. Matthias "Matthew" Yocum,   b. 1790, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1826, St. Augustine, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    +4. Mary "Polly" Yocum,   b. Jan 08, 1794, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1812, ? Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 17 years)
    +5. Thomas Denman "Tom" Yocum,   b. circa 1796, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 19, 1841, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)
    +6. Catherine "Kitty" Yocum,   b. Mar 24, 1802, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 01, 1892, Montgomery county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +7. Elizabeth "Liza" Yocum,   b. Mar 24, 1802, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 01, 1892  (Age 89 years)
     8. Martha "Patsy" Yocum,   b. Mar 20, 1804,   d. Y
     9. James W. Yocum,   b. circa 1806,   d. 1840, Natchitoches parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     10. Julia Ann Yocum,   b. Jun 09, 1808, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Y
     11. Jesse Ray Yocum,   b. circa 1810, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 28, 1886  (Age ~ 76 years)
    +12. John Yocum,   d. Bef 1826
    Family ID F9481  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S576] Gedcom - Dtierney - at - kscable.com .

    2. [S4420] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (! BEWARE !) .