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Yohn Family of Noble and Kosciusko Co, Indiana
Posted by: Mark Chilton (ID *****2758) Date: March 27, 2005 at 17:35:29
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The Yohn Family of Noble and Kosciusko Counties, Indiana

Alfred Yohn is the maternal grandfather of Henrietta Dell Campbell Hayes (my great grandmother). I first came across the Yohn family name from Alvah S. Campbell’s obituary. It appears to be from one of the Kosciusko County, Indiana newspapers and includes this tidbit: "ALVAH S. CAMPBELL, son of Henry and Lorinda Campbell, entered this life in Noble County, Ind., Nov. 20 1847. In the same county he was married to Mary H. Yohn, April 17, 1873. To them were given three children, Mrs. Henrietta Della Hayes of Southern Pines, North Carolina; Otha J. Campbell, of Spencer, Iowa, and Benjamin F. Campbell, of Boyne City Michigan."

A handwritten family tree that I got from my grandmother also notes that Alfred Yohn was from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. I also gathered that Alfred Yohn is Mary Yohn's father because there is a Mary Yohn listed in the Noble County Indiana 1850 census as the 2 year-old daughter of Alfred and Julia Yohn (and Mary's birth date is therefore consistent with that listed in the Alvah Campbell obituary). Mary and her siblings turn up in the 1860 Noble County census as well. By 1870 the family is listed in the Kosciusko County Indiana census where Alfred Yohn is listed as a miller. Julia Yohn is listed in the 1880 census as Julian and apparently her name was really Julia Ann Jones (married October 14, 1841, Fayette County Ohio). The 1880 census gives Alfred's parents as both being born in Pennsylvania and both of Julia's parents as being born in Ohio. So it would be interesting to identify any Jones families in Fayette County in the 1820's or so.

I also found reference to Alfred and Julia Yohn as parents of the bride in the marriage of their daughter Nancy to Calvin Davis in early Noble County. The other early Yohn marriage listed in Noble County is Mary A Yohn (b 1816) to James Atchison. The bride's parents are Samuel Yohn and Margaret Anderson.

Notes listed on suggest that there was a Samuel Yohn (b. 1 Dec 1787 in Maryland, d. 1 Jul 1876) who married a Margaret Anderson (b. 1787 in Cumberland County PA) and had a son Benjamin Yohn (b 30 Nov, 1813 in Cumberland County PA). This entry gives Samuel Yohn as the son of John Yohn and Vandena Peterson (both B. ca. 1760 in Germany). I further found the following on the web: "Benjamin is son of Samuel Yohn (b. 1 Dec 1788 in New Hanover, Montgomery County, PA; d. 7 Feb 1874 in Madison Twp., Highland County, Ohio; buried in Gustin Cemetery, Madison Twp., Highland County, Ohio; son of John Jahn [b. ca.1750 in Limerick Twp., Montgomery County, PA] and Bernhardina Pieters [b. ca.1751 in Montgomery County, PA]) and Margaret Anderson (b. 15 Sep 1789 in Cumberland County, PA; d. 27 June 1876 in Madison Twp., Highland County, Ohio; buried with Samuel; m. ca. 1808; daughter of James Anderson [b. near Cork, Ireland] and Polly DeLancy)." Citing The Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana (Lewis Publishing County, 1887), pp. 216-218 as authority for the above claim.

The biographical sketch Benjamin Yohn in The Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana relates a lot more about Benjamin Yohn, listing out his ancestors, but it does not mention any of his siblings or whether he has any. I take note of the fact that according to that biography, Benjamin Yohn was in the milling business. Alfred Yohn was also a miller according to the 1870 census for Kosciusko County. I also take note that somewhere between 1860 and 1870, Alfred Yohn moved from Noble County to Kosciusko County. According to the Benjamin Yohn biography, in 1861 Benjamin Yohn’s father-in-law died and left him the family gristmill in Kosciusko County. Perhaps Alfred moved to Kosciusko County at that time to go to work for Benjamin. However, I also note that Alfred Yohn sold the SE ¼ of SE ¼ of section 13, Township 33, Range 7 (Tippecanoe Township, Kosciusko County) to F. Huber on February 24, 1855, so Alfred had some connection to Kosciusko County before 1861 as well. Further evidence of a connection between Alfred and Benjamin Yohn is seen in Benjamin Yohn’s sale of the N ½ of NW ¼ of that same section 13, Township 33, Range 7 to Matthias Yeager on August 17, 1857. Alfred and Benjamin Yohn were very nearly neighboring property owners in Tippecanoe Township, Kosciusko County.

I also note that there is a Priestly or Presley Yohn who married Margaret Roberts in Kosciusko County on 12 Aug 1847 and who (according to internet postings) was born 8 May 1825 in Ohio and died 13 Sept 1908, Warsaw, Indiana. His children were Virginia, William, Franklin, and James. The name Franklin is repeated from among Benjamin Yohn's descendants. This Franklin Yohn (son of Presley) probably is the one who married Mary Galbreath 31 Dec 1884 in Kosciusko County. The other Franklin Yohn (a.k.a. Benjamin Franklin Yohn) is probably the Franklin B Yohn who married Lula Cogwill on 19 Mar 1885 in Kosciusko County There are numerous land records in Kosciusko County that show transactions between and among Samuel, Presley and Benjamin Yohn. Alfred Yohn was not a party to any transaction with the others so far as I have found (searched up through 1863).

I take it from all of this that Samuel Yohn had four children:

Mary A Yohn b 1816
Benjamin Yohn b 1813
Alfred Yohn b 1822
Presley Yohn b 1825

Certainly, Benjamin, Alfred, Presley and Mary A Yohn all lived in the mid to late 1800's in Kosciusko and Noble Counties. They probably were all connected to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Their birth dates are all consistent with being the children of Samuel Yohn, but there is nothing that directly says that Alfred (or Presley) is the son of Samuel. I take note of the fact however that Alfred had a son named Samuel (after Alfred's father I assume) and that this younger Samuel had a son named "Merl" according to the 1880 Kosciusko census. Merlin is the name of one of Benjamin Yohn's sons - supporting the notion that Benjamin and Alfred were related. At worst, it seems likely that Mary A, Benjamin, Alfred and Presley Yohn were all first cousins.

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