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Jesse Ray Yoakum \ Yokum[1]

Male 1760 - Abt 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 Abt 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 travelers along the Natchez Trace in western Mississippi and the leader of his sons in what was known as the "Yocum gang" who were known from Texas to Mississippi as killers, slave-stealers, and robbers.  Mark Twain wrote this about John Murrell. "When he traveled, his usual disguise was that of an itinerant preacher; and it is said that his discourses were very 'soul-moving'--interesting the hearers so much that they forgot to look after their horses, which were carried away by his confederates while 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, and two other sons were listed as claiming land grants in the Neutral Strip; and during the 1820s, according to the Colorado "Gazette and Advertiser" of Oct. 31, 1841, he was tried several times for murder at Natchitoches, La., and bought acquittal on every occasion with hired witnesses and perjured testimony."
      The Texas Handbook Online:
          "YOKUM GANG. The Yokum Gang was a group of reputed thieves and murderers who operated in the Neutral Ground between Louisiana and Spanish Texas in the early 1820s. Susan Callier (Collier), daughter of Robert Callier, who settled east of San Augustine in 1822, favored as a suitor, Matthew Yokum, a member of the gang; but her father ordered Yokum never to return to the Callier home and persuaded his daughter to marry Charles Chandler. Susan's uncle, James Callier, married a Yokum sister and became a member of the gang. James Callier and Matthew Yokum then killed Robert Callier and started to San Augustine to murder Charles Chandler, but Chandler, aided by a slave who was killed in the encounter, killed both his assailants. Other members of the gang then murdered a Louisiana citizen and seized his African-American wife and mulatto children to sell as slaves in Texas, but David Renfro and his neighbors drove the gang out of the country and returned the woman and her children to Louisiana. The gang fled to Pine Island Bayou in the area of present Jefferson County and resumed their practices of robbery and murder until neighboring citizens 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 state that was the wildest and woolliest of the American West. outlaw Wild Bill Longley, for example, claimed to have once shot a man for insulting the virtue of Texas women. Below are criminal vignettes of the 1800's that have largely been forgotten by modern Texans, but when it comes to terror, they're still pretty high-caliber.
          .
          1810's-1820's: The Yokum Gang, a group of thieves and murderers, terrify the Neutral Ground, an area between Louisiana and Spanish Texas. The first to die at the hands of ringleaders Matthew Yokum and James Callier is Callier's father, who had refused to let Yokum marry his daughter. The group commits additional murders and attempts to kidnap freed blacks to sell as slaves, but eventually is thwarted by outraged neighbors who drive them west across the Sabine River and into Pine Island Bayou, 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 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.
     2. Samuel N. Yocum,   b. Abt 1788,   d.
     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. Abt 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.
     9. James W. Yocum,   b. Abt 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.
     11. Jesse Ray Yocum,   b. Abt 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

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

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



  
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