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Yoakum Photo AF 07a

Ike (son of Isaac I) and Martha Ann Yoakum, believed to be a studio portrait, ca 1914.
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Isaac I's  mother, Charlotte Reynolds Yoakum, moved to Bradley Co., Tennessee after she remarried to Edward Edwards in Roane Co. on Dec. 26, 1831.  Isaac's father, Valentine, had died in 1830 and after Isaac married Rachel Sisk Clark in Roane Co. TN in 1836, they moved south to live near his mom.  In Bradley Co.  they were the recipients of 80 acres of the Ocoee Cherokee Indian District  and it has been said Isaac "worked on one of Edward’s farms until Edward died in 1851 and the children of Edward’s 1st marriage received the farms". Land claims were often in dispute during this time and Isaac could have been unlucky, either way by 1851 he was on the road.

If the birth places of his next three children are any indication it looks like he moved to AL, and finally Texas, CO. MO.   Here he took advantage of land made available from the Louisiana Purchase, and bought some 280 acres and procured land grants for another 200 for a total of about 500 acres and settled to raise his family. 

Missouri in the late 1850's found the Yoakum's amidst  the hardships faced by most early pioneers in southern Missouri during the Civil War.  Families living south of Rolla were generally regarded as southern sympathizers while those north of Rolla were considered supporters of the Union cause. The state of Missouri withstood over 1100 battles and skirmishes and was basically leveled during the war.

Though Southerners by birth, Isaac I's sons, John and Jesse Franklin, enlisted and served together during the Civil War with the 32nd Missouri Infantry Regiment, U.S.A. Their younger brother, James Clark Yoakum, also enlisted but served in a different regiment. All three sons survived the war.

Military records from the southern Missouri counties include a James C. Yoakum, aged 18 years, Pvt. 16th Mo. Calvary, Company K, under Capt. William Monks, Enl. Aug 31, 1864 at Rolla, Phelps Co.,Mo. Mustered on Sept. 7, 1864 at Springfield, Mo. and disbanded there July 1, 1865.

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Yoakum Photo MRM 01a
One of the three union Yoakums, ca 1865

Yoakum Photo AF 02a
The Ike Yoakum Family 1899. Back Row: Nellie, Tommy, Minnie, John, Leona. Front Row: Martha Ann, Myrtle, Bessie (seated), Charlie, and Ike.
"Four years prior to the death of Isaac Sr., his youngest son Ike married Martha Ann McKinney on Sunday, May 12, 1878. Her parents, David and Mary J. Murray McKinney, had moved their family down into Texas County from the vicinity of Jefferson CO, Missouri.  Ike and Martha Ann were married 43 years until her death in 1921 and they had 9 children. Except for the last child, Ada Pearl, who died in infancy, all the children were raised on Ike Yoakum's farm, high atop the hill above the great White Rock."
"On Wednesday, March 8, 1882, Isaac Yoakum Sr. suddenly pitched forward in his chair and fell dead on the floor."  so states George Shryock in the 1998 refresh of his Yoakum overview. He continues "...having lived 72 years and successfully weathered enormous hardships, his earthly journey over. His youngest son Isaac Rite 'Ike' Yoakum, stayed on the original farm for the remainder of his life, raising his own large family. About 1888, Ike built a large house. Following the death of his father, Ike's mother, Rachel, and his oldest brother, William Rilie, moved to Dixon, Missouri, to live with her son Jesse Franklin and family until her death in 1905." 
Yoakum Photo AF 01a
Ike Yoakum with wagon and team beside their large barn, across the road from their house.
Yoakum Photo AF 11a
Isaac Rite Yoakum b. 1812 (stone mistated) - Wolford Cemetary, Clara, MO. (Wife Rachel is buried in Dixon)
"During the war, many families in Texas County had their homes and farms burned, livestock driven off and food confiscated by marauding bands of guerillas, more commonly known as 'Bushwhackers', who claimed loyalty to whichever side was convenient at the time". The pioneers took it from both sides as the bushwhackers survived by robbing and looting and the union troops stationed in Houston and Rolla were equally antagonistic. On many occasions they assaulted the civilians the same as the roving thugs. Few written records survived that time as county houses and churches were burned and looted and the records of the day often ended up in ashes. The Yoakum lifestyle had always been one of fierce independence and anything but risk averse, and the move to settle Missouri during the war reflects this tradition.
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Rev 2b: 28 August 1999 : rdk
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