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3. Valentine Yoakum.1 Born in Germany. Valentine died on 17 Jul 1763 in Greenbrier, WV.
Oft quoted to be son of brother Mathias.
Third Generation - Family of Mathias Yoakum (2) & Unknown
5Valentine "Felty" Y. b. 1717, NY, m. Margaret See. Valentine died 17 Jul 1763, Greenbriar Co., VA (now WV).3 Killed in second Muddy Creek Massacre.
By "family tradition" -
On page 152 of Bible Records and Marriages, TN, it states that the Y.s were Welsh, lived with the Dutch first residents of Manhattan Island, that the name changed from an unpronounceable Welsh name to Iugum or Jagum, a Latin word for Yoke, then later to Y. and Y.. The names have been lost, but one son, Valentine, moved to South Potomac and Peach Creek. He was youngest of seven sons. After he married they moved to Muddy Creek, Greenbriar Co., VA and settled Yoakum.'s Station in 1771. Valentine was tomahawked by a Shawnee Indian and all the family killed, except young George who was too fast a foot and who killed three Indians with a 'frying pan handle'. George was later in the Battle of Point Pleasant. He married at age 25. (THIS STORY ABOUT GEORGE IS LATER FOUND TO BE FALSE AS HE WAS ONLY ELEVEN AT THE TIME AND WAS LISTED ON PRISONER EXCHANGE DOCUMENTS. )
Other report are that two daughters were not with the family at the time of the massacre, thus survived.
TN Hist. Quarterly says he was youngest of 7 brothers, that the family moved from NY to PA and Valentine later moved to 'the northern neck of VA', settled on Peach Creek, a tributary of South Branch of the Potomac or Wappeconnec River, across the mountains from Shenandoah. This would place him in present day WV. After marriage, he moved to Muddy Creek.
The Franklin YOAKUM Bible record gives a brief history of the name YOAKUM and the origin of the name in the United States. Some statements I can neither accept or deny, as they have been beyond the scope of the research. The last part of the record states:
"The given names of the YOAKUM's in the City of New York are not known, but Valentine, a son of one of them, moved to South Potomac on Potomac on Peach Creek. After he married, Valentine YAKUM (1721), youngest of seven sons, moved to Muddy Creek, Greenbrier County, Virginia, and settled YOAKUM Station (1771). He was there tomahawked by the Shawnee Indians. With him were his wife and children - all killed but young George, who was swift of foot and of great strength, killing three Indians with a frying pan handle, which he jerked from one as he passed through. ..."
He was killed by Indians led by Chief Cornstalk on 17 July 1763. Also killed, Frederick See. Captured were Valentine's daughters Elizabeth and Sally. Archibald Clendenning was killed elsewhere, the only person surviving the attack at Clendenning's was Conrad Yoakum. January 1765, list of captives released to Col. Henry Bouquet by the Shawnees included George and Margaret Yokeham, taken in Augusta County; Elisabeth Yoakim, 12, and Sally Yokim, about 5, captured 1763 on 17 Jul 1763.
Children of Valentine "Felty"2 Yoakum and Margaret See were as follows:
- Elizabeth3; b. 1753; m. John Shoemaker 3 Aug 1782 in Greenbrier County.
- George; b. circa 1755; m. Martha Van Bibber circa 1777 in Greenbrier County.
- Sarah; b. 1760; m. Peter Van Bebber 22 Jul 1785 in Rockingham County, Virginia.
Draper MSS. 12CC #4, Mrs. Sarah Spillman Graham (Sarah Spillman Graham was the daughter of Charles Spillman. Mrs. Graham was age 7 in 1780 when her family moved to KY. At one time they were neighbors of MATTHIAS YOAKUM (#2) family and she relates various incidents relating to the YOAKUMS. A notation at the top of the page reads "Printed Filson History Quarterly 9:225-241 (Oct. 1935). Draper Manuscripts in Wisconsin State Historical Society on microfilm at Swem Library, College of Wm & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. [The "old Matthias" referred to here is Matthias, Jr.] p. 48/36
"old MATTHIAS YOCUM's f[ather] had 12 sons. Felty, Coonrod, Philip Powell, Matthias, John (youngest; died here by Esqr: Crook's; was a Pbyn: [Presbyterian?] He lived on Roanoke, in Va. Had a 2d w[wife] and raised 12 sons & 4 daus: Every one of them when I knew them, had farms: but Felty: who was killed, while they lived on Roanoke, then the indn: frontier, in Va. The indns: killed him & all the children (in thr. own house) but 2: She got away: but went back that night & laid in her husband's bosom, all in a gore of blood. The old people came out with Matthias. The Yoacums were clever neighbours: great for log rolling: but quarrelsome among themselves."
Valentine (Felty) Yoakum's Timeline
September 8, 1722
Hardy, West Virginia, USA
Greenbrier, Virginia, USA
January 15, 1758
Peach Creek, Greenbrier, Virginia, USA
July 16, 1763