Family Group Record for William Francis Yocom

Husband William Francis Yocom

           Born: 14 Sep 1847 - Clay, Indiana
           Died: 13 Jul 1892 - Moweaqua, Shelby, Illinois
 Cause of Death: Stroke

         Father: Isom David Yocum (1818-1869)
         Mother: Mary Jane Wilson (1821-1894)

       Marriage: 19 Mar 1874 - Bowling Green, Clay, Indiana


1. Biography:
William Francis Yocom, attorney at law, Staunton, Ind., was born in Dick Johnson Township September 14, 1847, and is the fourth in a family of ten children, nine of whom are living. His father, Isom Yocum, came to this county from Kentucky in 1832. His early education was limited to the common schools, but being ambitious and persevering he gained by hard study a superior education. He has been a teacher in the public schools of this county fifteen years, and is highly esteemed. In 1872, he began the study of law, and in 1874 was admitted to the bar, and commenced practicing. March 19, 1874, he married Mary J. Reeder, it being her twentieth birthday.

They have five children-- Clarence Lilbert, born October 16, 1874; Henry Crawford, December 2, 1875; Roswell Dale, December 18, 1877; Maud D., October 6, 1879; Bessie Pearl, April 31, 1883. Mr. Yocom is identified with the political interests of the Democratic party, being one of their most prominent workers. He was Deputy Sheriff of Clay County from 1875 to 1877. While he was holding this office, the county records were moved from Bowling Green to Brazil. Since 1877, he has practiced law in Staunton.' ( Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. Charles Blanchard, Editor, 1884.)

'William F. Yocum, native of Clay county, son of Isom Yocum, born September 14, 1847; acquired a good common school education, and taught successfully in the public schools of this county and in the state of Illinois for a period of ten or twelve years. In 1872 he began reading law and two years later was admitted to the bar. On the 19th day of March, 1874, he married Mary J. Reeder, on her twentieth birthday, an assistant teacher in the Staunton schools, of which he was the principal. For the years 1875-'76 he was deputy sheriff under his uncle, Jesse Yocum. Succeeding this term of service he engaged in the practice of law at Staunton. In 1890-'91 he served for a time as deputy auditor under his brother, Matthew R. Yocum. He died July 13, 1892, aged 44 years, 9 months and 29 days, survived by his wife and five children--three sons and two daughters. Mr. Yocum was a man of good native ability and liberal acquirements, much above the average as an instructor and disciplinarian.'
( History of Clay County. Wm Travis, 1909)

2. 1880 Census: 30 Jun 1880, District 230, Staunton, Clay, Indiana. 1 Posey Township
Yocom, Wm.WM 33 ----- md Lawyer Indiana KY KY
Yocom, JennieWF 26 wife md Keeping House Indiana IN IN
-----, R. L.WM 5 son singleIN IN IN
-----, Harry C.WM 4 son singleIN IN IN
-----, Roswell D.WM 2 son singleIN IN IN
-----, Maud D.WF 3/12 Oct dau singleIN IN IN

3. Cause of Death: 13 Jul 1892, Moweaqua, Shelby, Illinois. Stroke

4. 1900 Census: Apr 1900, Brazil, Clay, Indiana. 2
1900 Census FHL#1240363 Clay Co, Indiana, Brazil City, Brazil
Twp. #103 E. Compton Street, 19 June 1900 Widow Mary Yocum with family as given in family papers.

5. 1910 Census: 1910, Brazil, Clay, Indiana.
1910 census FHL#1374356 Clay Co, Indiana, Brazil Twp, Brazil City, #15 Chestnut St. Mary J. Yocom with Fred, Eugene, and Nelle still at home.

Wife Mary Jane (Jennie) Reeder

           Born: 19 Mar 1854 - Sugar Ridge Twp, Clay, Indiana
           Died: 18 Jan 1917 - Brazil, Clay, Indiana
         Buried: Jan 1917 - Cottage Hill Cemetery, , Vigo, Indiana

         Father: John H. Reeder (1830-1883)
         Mother: Sarah Mariah Jenkins (1828-1907) 3 4 5 6


1. Research Note:Need Death Certificate

2. 1910 Census: 22 Apr 1910, District 3, Brazil, Clay, Indiana. 7
Ward 1, Chestnut Street
Yocom, Mary J.head FW 56 widow 8 children/6 living Indiana IN KY no occupation Rents House
-----, Fred W.son MW 29 single IN IN IN Agent, Life insurance wage
-----, Eugene F.son MW 23 single IN IN IN Agent, Life insurance wage
-----, Nelle M. dau FW 18 single IN IN IN Painist, Theater wage (enumerator is off a column)

3. Death Record: 20 Jan 1917, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana. 8
Name: Mary J. Yocom
Date: Jan 20, 1917
Location: City
Age: 62 yr
Gender: Female
Race: W
Source location: City Health Office, Lafayette
Source notes: The source of this record is the book CH-10L on page 57 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.

1. Marriage Record: 19 Mar 1874, Clay, Indiana. 9
Name: Mary J Reeder
Spouse Name: William F Yocom
Marriage Date: 19 Mar 1874
Marriage County: Clay
Source Title 1: Clay County, Indiana
Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Record 1840 - 1920 Inclusive Vol
Source Title 3:
Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Bra
Book: 3 OS Page: 500

1 M Clarence Lilbert (Bert) Yocom

           Born: 16 Oct 1874 - Staunton, Clay, Indiana
           Died: 13 Oct 1936 - Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana
         Spouse: Catharine Stewart (1883-          )
           Marr: 14 Sep 1906 - Clay, Indiana

1. 1910 Census: 25 Apr 1910, District 3, Brazil, Clay, Indiana. 7
Ward 1, Street Unreadable

??/??/386 Poor film, barely readable
Yocom, Berthead MW 35 md1 3 years Indiana IN IN, Agent, Life insurance, wage, rents house
----, Katewife FW 2? md1 3 years 2 children/2 living Indiana IN IN
----, Williamson MW 3 single Indiana IN IN
----, Anna M.dau FW 2/12 Indiana IN IN
Bender?, Noraservant FW 19 single Indiana IN IN, Servant, Private family, wage

2. 1920 Census: 12 Jan 1920, District 168, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana. 10
Fairfield Twp, Precinct 5, Ward 3, North 9th? or 2nd Street
Yocom, Berthead owns free/clear MW 45 md, Agent, Life Insurance, wage IN IN IN
----, KatewifeFW 37 md IN IN IN
----, BillysonMW 12 single school IN IN IN
----, Anna M.dauFW 9 single school IN IN IN

3. 1930 Census: 11 Apr 1930, District 5, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana. 11
Fairfield Twp, Ward 3, North 9th Street
Yoakum, Burthead owns $7,000 Has a radio, not a farm MW 55 md age 32 IN IN IN, Insurance Salesman, wage, not a veteran
-----, Katewife FW 47 md age 24? IN IN IN
-----, Anna M.dau FW 20 single IN IN IN, Saleswoman, Clothing Store, wage

4. Newspaper Articles:

Lafayette, Indiana
Compiled and Contributed by Joan Rodenberger
Yocom, Bert d - 13 Oct 1936

2 M Henry Crawford (Harry) Yocom

           Born: 2 Dec 1875 - Staunton, Clay, Indiana
           Died: 13 Dec 1908 - Grant, Indiana
         Spouse: Osha Starr (1879-          )
           Marr: 14 Jun 1905 - Grant, Indiana

1. 1910 Census: 19 Apr 1910, District 61, Fairmount Twp, Grant, Indiana. 7
South Mill Street
Starr, Caleb W.head MW 65 md1 43 years North Carolina, NC NC, merchant, carpets ??? own account, owns house free/clear
-----, Louisa? Mwife FW 64 md1 43 years 8 children/2 living Indiana VA VA
Yocom, Oshadau FW 31 widow Indiana NC IN, Bookkeeper, bank, wage
Starr, Chester W.grandson MW 18 single Indiana IN IN, Farm laborer, working out, wage

3 M Roswell Dale (Ross) Yocom

           Born: 18 Dec 1877 - Staunton, Clay, Indiana
           Died: 9 Sep 1933
         Spouse: Mabel Josephine Mulbarger (1881-          )
           Marr: 28 Jun 1903 - Clay, Indiana

1. 1910 Census: 21 Apr 1910, District 3, Brazil, Clay, Indiana. 7
Brazil Twp, Street not readable
Yocom, Ross D.head MW 32 md1 7 years IN IN IN, Agent, Life insurance, wage, rents house
----, Mabelwife FW 2? md1 7 years 1 child born/ 1 child living IN IN Michigan
----, Celestedau FW 2 singleIN IN IN

2. World War I Draft Registration: 12 Sep 1918, Brazil, Clay, Indiana. 12
Name: Ross Dale Yocom
Address: 24 West Logan, Brazil, Clay, Ind.
Age: 40
Birth: December 18, 1877
White, native born
Occ: {BFD} Carrier
Brazil, Indiana
Nearest Relative:
Mabel Josephine Yocom
24 W. Logan, Brazil, Ind.
Signed: Ross Dale Yocom

Medium height, medium build
brown eyes, dark hair
no disability
Sept. 12, 1918
Brazil, Indiana

4 F Maude Deloris Yocom

           Born: 6 Oct 1879 - Staunton, Clay, Indiana
           Died: 1883 - Staunton, Clay, Indiana
         Spouse: Never Married

5 F Bessie Pearl (Okalona) Yocom

           Born: 30 Apr 1883 - Staunton, Clay, Indiana
           Died: 17 Feb 1911
         Spouse: Ernest C. House (Est 1880-          )
           Marr: 18 Jul 1908 - Clay, Indiana

6 M William Frederick (Fred) Yocom

           Born: 2 Apr 1885 - Staunton, Clay, Indiana
           Died: 11 Apr 1944 - Danville, Vermilion, Illinois
         Buried:  - Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion, Illinois
         Spouse: Never Married

1. Mortuary Records: 11 Apr 1944, Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion, Illinois. 13

Date of Birth4/29/1885
Place of Birth
Wedding Date
Date of Death

2. Mortuary Records: 13

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
YOCOM, il.cert.#0017752 Motherpod:danville,verm,co.,il.
Wedding Date
Date of Death

7 M Eugene Francis Yocom 14

           Born: 28 Dec 1886 - Staunton, Clay, Indiana 14
           Died: 9 Nov 1966 - Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana 14
         Buried: 11 Nov 1966 - Springvale Cemetery, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana
         Spouse: Ruby Elizabeth Dinkel (1889-1968) 14
           Marr: 7 Oct 1913 - Brazil, Clay, Indiana

1. 1930 Census: 15 Apr 1930, District 6, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana. 11 Fairfield Twp, Ward 4, Brown Street

Yocam, Eugene F.head rents $35/month no radio MW 43 md age 28, Indiana, Kentucky, Indiana, retail merchant, coal, wage, not a veteran
-----, Ruby D.wife FW 40 md age 24 Indiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois
-----, Jason D.son MW 15 single school IN IN IN
-----, John F.son MW 13 single school IN IN IN

2. Cause of Death: 6 Nov 1966. senility, arteriosclerosis

3. Social Security Death Index: Nov 1966. 14
Name: Eugene Yocom
SSN: 304-18-4449
Last Residence: 47901 Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States of America
Born: 28 Dec 1886
Died: Nov 1966
State (Year) SSN issued: Indiana (Before 1951 )

8 F Nellie Mae (Nell) Yocom

            AKA: Helen M. Yocom
           Born: 3 Dec 1891 - Brazil, Clay, Indiana
           Died: 16 Sep 1963
         Spouse: George William Brown (1886-          )
           Marr: 18 Aug 1915 - Marion, Indiana

1. 1920 Census: 6 Jan 1920, District 148, Danville, Vermilion, Illinois. 10
Brown, George W.head owns free and clear MW 33 md Illinois Germany/German Germany/German Farmer, General Farm
------, Helenwife FW 28 md Indiana IN IN no occupation
------, Freda Janedau FW 2 single Indiana IL IN

Last Modified: 15 Mar 2006

Source Citations
1. Department of Commerce, 1880 Federal Census.
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3. Dennis S. von Ting, von Ting Database (Downloaded gedcom from WorldConnect. Many more Woodsmall descendants, but only was interested in Jenkins and Woodsmall descendants. Contains information from other databases.)
4. Dennis B. von Ting, Ting/Kincaid (WorldConnect Database; gedcom).
5. Cecil Cromwell jr., 7614-159th ST CT E 168, Puyallup, WA 98375, GEDCOM file imported on 9 Jan 2002 entitled Jenkins.ged.
6. Cecil Cromwell, Jr., Hussong and allied families of America (Cecil Cromwell, Jr. [], Entries: 280 Updated: Mon Feb 11 21:59:02 2002).
7. Department of Commerce, 1910 United States Federal Census ( 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT:, Inc., 2004. Indexed by ProQuest from microfilmed schedules of the 1910 U.S. Federal Decennial Census. Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. 1910 Federal Population Census. T624, 1,784 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
). I've used both the online census from Ancestry and the microfilmed records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
8. Indiana Works Projects Administration, Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920 ( Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920 [database online]. Provo, Utah:, Inc., 2004. Original data: Various Indiana county death records indexed by the Indiana Works Projects Administration. Indiana: circa 1938-1941.)
9. Unknown, Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 (This seems to be different from the 1845-1920 database).
10. Department of Commerce, 1920 Federal Population Census (Source Information: 1920 United States Federal Census. [database on-line] Provo, UT:, 2001-. Indexed by from microfilmed schedules of the 1920 U.S. Federal Decennial Census.1920 United States Federal Census. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2001. Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. 1920 Federal Population Census. T625, 2,076 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.) All data extracted to Events section for head-of-household.
11. Department of Commerce, 1930 Federal Census (Accessed through
12. National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Source Information World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database online] Provo, UT:, 2002. National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 20,243 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.).
13. Pape Mortuary, Pape (Illinois) Funeral Home & Gardens Obituary Database (; Pape Mortuary, 10 E. Williams Street, Danville, IL, 61832). Here at Pape Memorial we feel it is important to know and trace your families' roots. Over the years we have collected names, dates, and places of birth and death and put them into a database. It is now our privilege and honor to be able to share with you what we have collected from newspapers, cemeteries, and our gracious families and friends. The database has over 105,000 records. The employees here at Pape's are constantly adding new records to the database as well as updating existing records.
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