Saturday, August 21, 2010

Vintage 1839 Yocum-Stetler Family Bible Pennsylvania Back To Sweden

An interesting Family Bible has come up for auction on eBay and I took a look for the births, marriages and deaths of the various families mentioned to see if I could connect the dots. The bible itself is in pretty rough shape having been printed in Philadelphia in 1839 by Hogan & Thomas and the cover is separated from the book. Of course it is the family history that always catches my eye and this one has some family records from the 1700s and those always intrigue me genealogically.

Reviewing the information provided, there's information as follows:

One of the pictures provided by the seller shows "ibeller Yocum was born April 12th 1782" and presumably her husband's birth is shown as "August 1st 1776." Not much to go on, but I did some research and found the following...

Enoch Yocum
born 1 Aug 1776 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
married 29 Nov 1798 The Old Swedes Church, Kingsessing, PA. by Pastor Nicholas Collin
died 4 Sept 1848 Liverpool, Perry County, Pennsylvania

Enoch married Isabelle Robeson "ibeller"? She was listed as the daughter of  William Robeson & Sarah Beebe. Born 5 Apr 1782 Bucks County, Pennsylvania, died 29 Mar 1846 Liverpool, Perry County, Pennsylvania.

One of Enoch & Isabelle's children is given as Abraham Yocum, born 8 Nov 1821 Perry Co., Hunters Valley, Pennsylvania died before 8 Apr 1848 Perry Co., Pennsylvania. In one of the pictures you can see "Abraham Yocum was born November 8 1824" too close to call.

The family tree for Enoch goes all the way back to Peter Yocum\Jochimsson born 1620 at Schleswig-Holstein, Sweden and died  aft Jun 1654 New Amsterdam (Manhattan), New York.

Enoch Yocum
son of Abraham Yocum 1744-1800
son of Peter Yocum 1712-c1766
son of Charles Yocum 1682-1741
son of Peter Petersson Yocum 1652-1701
son of Peter Yocum\Jochimsson 1620-c1654

1880 U.S. Census

At Monroe, Snyder, Pennsylvania


Jacob STETLER Male age 45 (1835) in Pennsylvania, Occupation Farm Laborer, both parents born PA
Amanda STETLER Wife age 38 (1842) in Pennsylvania Keeping House, both parents born PA
John STETLER Son Single age 14 (1866) in Pennsylvania, Farm Laborer, both parents born PA
Orin STETLER Son Single age 12 (1868) in Pennsylvania, Farm Laborer, both parents born PA
Ida STETLER Daughter Single age 16 (1864) in Pennsylvania, Farm Laborer, both parents born PA

There are 17 individuals living in Monroe, Snyder, PA with the surname Stetler for the 1880 with two other families, one headed by a Noah Stetler and another by a Thomas Stetler, both also born in Pennsylvania and around the age of Jacob. Possibly brothers or cousins?

Jacob Stetler and Amanda Miller are listed on as having been married 01 January 1861 at Snyder, Pennsylvania. Jacob is also shown as born 10 Jan 1835 Winfield, Union Co., Union Twp., Pennsylvania to Nicholas Stetler (c1798-1865) and Elizabeth Trutt (born 1798). Nicholas is also shown as the son of Vallentin Stettler born c1764 Germany, died 1828 Union Twp, Union Co., Pennsylvania.

Jacob and Amanda Elizabeth Miller's marriage 01 Jan 1861 is also shown as taking place at Union Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, narrowing down the place even more and confirming Amanda's middle name. Her date of birth is shown as 2 Jan 1840 and place of birth as Selinsgrove, Union/Snyder Co., Pennsylvania.

Most importantly, considering the family bible, Amanda's parents are shown to have been John H. Miller, born 27 May 1809 Selinsgrove, Synder County, Pennsylvania, died 15 Apr 1884 Selinsgrove, Synder County, Pennsylvania and

Isabella Yocum born 22 August 1814 Philadelphia, PA died 20 May 1850 Selinsgrove, Synder County, Pennsylvania and Isabella's parents are listed as Enoch Yocum 1776-1848 and Isabelle Robeson 1782-1846!

So the Stetler family in the 1880 census listing at Monroe, Snyder, Pennsylvania ties in with the Yocum family and back to Sweden for several generations.

If you are interested in seeing this family biible in more detail, the eBay item number is 200510505526