Ancestry.com. Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Virginia Census, 1607-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
"West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854-1932," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XR49-BQL : accessed 26 April 2016), Philip Yoakum in entry for Michael Yoakum, 29 Nov 1854; citing Hardy Co, West Virginia, reference Line 10; FHL microfilm 34,486.
Name: Michael Yoakum
Death Date: 29 Nov 1854
Death Place: Hardy Co, West Virginia
Birth Date: 1771
Birthplace: Hardy Co, West Virginia
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Name: Philip Yoakum
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Yoakum
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B53157-6
System Origin: West Virginia-EASy
GS Film number: 34486
Reference ID: Line 10
"West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F1L3-N3V : accessed 26 April 2016), Philip Yoakum in entry for Michael Yoakum, 1854; citing Hardy, West Virginia, County Records, v 1 p 2, county courthouses, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 818,673.
"West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F1L3-GBN : accessed 26 April 2016), Emily C. Yoakum, 27 Dec 1858; citing Hardy, West Virginia, County Records, v 1 p 11, county courthouses, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 818,673.
Name: Emily C. Yoakum
Event Date: 27 Dec 1858
Event Place: Hardy, West Virginia
Age (Expanded): 3 years 9 months 11 days
Birth Date: 1855
Birthplace: Hardy Co
Father's Name: Philip Yoakum
Mother's Name: Yoakum
GS Film number: 818673
Digital Folder Number:
Image Number: 45
Affiliate Repository Type: County Records
Reference ID: v 1 p 11
Source: S290 The HARNESS Family Author: Chloe PATTON Publication: 12345 Lake City Way NE, Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98125, 1998
Source: S292 Lexington Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc., The HARNESS Family Author: Martin L. YOKUM Publication: 318 W. Main St., Lexington, IL 61753, vol 8, #2, May-1982, pg 29-35 Text: Lists Michael's wife as Elizabeth WESTVAAL, daughter of Jurian WESTVAAL and Styntjen van KUYKENDALL.
Source: S296 HARNESS lineage - THOMPSON Author: Tim THOMPSON Publication: 113 Normandy Dr., Belleville, IL 62223, 21-Aug-1997
Source: S304 HARNESS family group sheet - McCAWLEY Title: HARNESS family group sheet - McCAWLEY Author: Hal McCAWLEY Publication: 130 Beach Park Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404, firstname.lastname@example.org, 10-Apr-1997
Source: S305 The YOAKUM Book, LDS microfilm #1421560 Author: Everett M. YOAKUM Publication: TN Text: Son of Phillip Paul YOAKUM.
Source: S306 The HARNESS Heritage, Michael HARNESS 1700-1785 and Descendants through the Direct Line of William HARNESS 3-May-1866 - 10-Dec-1947 Author: Helen L. HARNESS Publication: Jul-1983, 2036 W. Kem Rd., Marion, Grant Co., IN 46952 Page: pg 35 Text: Probable son of Philip Powell Yoakum.
Source: S668 Genealogies and Sketches of some Old Families Who have Taken Prominent Part in the Development of VA and KY Especially, and Later of Many Other States of this Union Author: Benjamin F. Van METER Publication: John P. MORTON & Co., Louisville, KY, 1901 Text: The HARNESS Family who intermarried so frequently with the CUNNINGHAMs and Van METERs, all descended from Michael HARNESS and his wife, Elizabeth JEPHEBE, both natives of PA, and both were children of Hollanders who had emigrated to PA among the very early settlers. Michael HARNESS leased land of Lord FAIRFAX for 99 years, and at the end of lease to buy it at one penny per acre. He and his wife, Elizabeth, removed from PA and built his fort three and 1/2 miles up the South Branch River from where Moorefield is now situated, in 1744, the same year and just before Isaac Van METER built his Fort Pleasant, about nine miles down the river from him and on the opposite side... Page: pg 172
They may have first resided along the South Branch on lot #47 West before settling near Petersburg, Grant Co., WV. Phillip was granted 265 acres on 3-Aug-1773 of which he sold 93 acres to his son, John on 9-Apr 1800. Phillip also received a grant of 575 acres located along the Blackwater Creek and Yoakum Run, in present day Tucker (then Randolph) Co., WV. On 29-Mar-1802, Phillip sold this tract to his sons, Jacob and George. He was sheriff of Hardy Co., WV in 1787.
Traditional sources place 6 sons of Philip Powell Yoakum as soldiers in the Revolutionary War. This family also supposedly consisted of 13 children - 8 sons and 5 daughters. The only Revolutionary War soldiers listed above are John and Jacob. Jacob drew a pension, but his widow was denied such after his death. John has no extant records as a soldier in the War and never applied for a pension. The old tradition that several sons were killed in battle may hold true, but must be accepted at this time as tradition only (YOKUM).
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Phillip by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: