Connect with us online:

Make a donation and help preserve Loyalist history
Make a donation and help
preserve Loyalist history

Information on the Loyalists

Quick Jump — Loyalist Directory

  |  A  |  B  |  C  |  D  |  E  |  F  |  G  |  H  |  I  |  J  |  K  |  L  |  M  |  N  |  O  |  P  |  Q  |  R  |  S  |  T  |  U  |  V  |  W  |  X  |  Y  |  Z  |  

Loyalist Directory: John (Johanni(e)s) Yerxa (Jurckse, Jurcks(x)en, Jurckse, Yerkes, Djurckse, Dirckse(n), Yourx)

(For a short explanation of each row, click on the row title ex. "surname")

Surname : Yerxa (Jurckse, Jurcks(x)en, Jurckse, Yerkes, Djurckse, Dirckse(n), Yourx)
Given name : John (Johanni(e)s)
Rank : “Volunteer”
Where Resettled : Maugerville, NB.
First grant at Burton, Lot #31, Sunbury Co. New Brunswick, c. 1785 – 1787.
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty : NYGBS; V40 N2 Apr 1909
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) : See Report Loyalist Commissioners Vol. II p. 889.
Regiment : Volunteer in Delancey’s Brigade (Cowboys). Johannes went within the lines in 1780.
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : Baptized 8 Oct. 1751 in Dutch Reform Church, known as "The Old Sleepy Hollow Church", Westchester Co. New York. Place of birth – Cortland(t) Manor.
Settled before war : On leased land, Van Cortland(t) Manor Lands, between his step-father, Henry Bulyea and his half-brother.
Date & Place of Death : He died 11 June 1828, on farm Lot #6, Douglas Parish, York Co. N.B.
Obituary in Saint John Globe – "Died in Parish of Douglas, York Co. on 11th June1828 in the 77th year of his age, Mr. John Yerxa, one of the first settlers in this province. He has left 14 children, 86 grandchildren and 55 great grandchildren."
Place of Burial : Burial said to be on son James Yerxa’s farm, Lot #4 near Keswick, York Co. next to Keswick Cemetery. Stones were destroyed at some time in the past, and in 1997 new ones were erected in this location by the Yerxa Family Association. I have pictures taken in year 2000, my last visit to N.B.
Wife Name : Catherine Giraud/Gerow, born c. 1752/53. death date unknown; on new 1997 gravestone 1753 – 1825 is inscribed. Married – c. 1774.
Father and Mother- Daniel Giraud3 and Elizabeth Coutant; Daniel born 26 March 1725 at New Rochelle, N.Y. and died Feb.1791 at Plattekill, N.Y. – a Huguenot family. The Gerow Family Association of New Paltz, N.Y has recorded their story.
Children : (from Amy Cosman of Debec. N.B. – research until 1983)

1. Abraham (1775 – 1857) b. New York; mrd. Barbara Green – had 15 children
2. "Betsy" Elizabeth (1776 – 1860) b. New York; mrd. John Brewer – had 14 children
3. John Jr. (1777 – 1849) b. New York; mrd. Joanna Merrithew – had 10 children
4. Daniel (1778 – 1839) b. New York; mrd. Mary Mills – had 8 children
5. Anne (…….) b. New Brunswick; mrd. John Agnew – 1 known child, could be more.
6. "Polly" Mary (…….) b. New Brunswick; mrd. ….. Estabrooks – no. of children unknown.
7. Hannah (1788 - ?) b, New Brunswick; mrd. John McElroy – 4 children, could be more.
8. Isaac Gerow (1789-1859) b. N.B.; mrd. Martha Shephard – had 13 children
9. James (1794 – 1866) b. N.B.; mrd. Sarah Hawkins – had 9 children
10. "Katie" Catherine (c.1795 …?) b. N.B.; mrd. John Weeks – had 3 children, probably more.
1. "Sally" Sarah (c1795/6….?) b. N.B.; mrd. Joseph Goff/Gough – had 6 children
12. "Fanny" Frances (1796 – 1878) b. N.B.; mrd. 1)David Millet – had 2 children, 2)James Thane, - children unknown.
13. Rachel (1801 – 1884) b. N.B.; mrd. Isaac White – had 15 children
14. Martha Anne (1806?….?) b. N.B.; mrd. Ward Estabrooks

Item 1278 – 1867 – Feb. 14 – Christian Visitor – "Died Wed 6th inst. Martha wife of Ward H. Estabrooks (St. John City) age 69. The deceased was d/o late John Yerxa of the Keswick, York Co., a staunch loyalist, who came to this country at the close of the Revolutionary War. Martha, one of a family of 14 children. She experienced religion in Fredericton, was baptized by late Mr. James in company with Mrs. McGraw and joined the Fredericton church." (from D. Johnson vital stats extracted from N.B. newspapers.)
Biography : Transcript of Loyalist Claims submitted.

Here are more family details.
Proven Descendants : Fredericton 1997.03.25; Fredericton 1997.10.02;
Charlotte Ayers of Regina Branch on 2009.01.19;
Victoria Br. on 2010-07-26; Victoria 2010-07-26;
Military Info :  
Loyalist Genealogy : See Ancestral lines to the seven Loyalist ancestors of Charlotte Ayers
Family History :  
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Reference letters

Information provided by Charlotte Ayers
Reserved :