Logan County Colorado Pioneers

George A. and Vidella (Nickerson) Yonker, father John Yonker, 9 North 50 West

"Lucinda Gay married Jonathan Youker (Yonker) January 23rd, 1862 in Will County, Illinois. They were Divorced October 10, 1876 in Clay County, Nebraska."

Possibly related to the Will County "Adolphus YOUKER, dealer in agricultural implements, Lockport; was born near Ogdensburg, Can., Oct. 20, 1832; May 24, 1857, he left Canada, going to St. Paul, Minn., where he stopped a short time; thence to Rockford, where he engaged in carpentering a short time; in the fall of the same year, came to Stony Creek, Mich., taking charge of a saw-mill for one year; July 17, 1858, he came to Lockport, IL, and entered the employ of Norton & Co.; in 1859, he engaged in the business of underground ditching, and followed it two years; in 1861, came again into the employ of Norton & Co.; in 1871, was employed in carpentering for the State in the yards at Lockport; in 1875, went to Chicago and run a meat market and vegetable store one year; in 1876, he, in company with Ira WILIAMS, began the sale of agricultural implements. He was married Sept. 12, 1859, to Mary M. Reinhart, a native of New York State; has had two children - Eliza Elnora and George Edward, both deceased. Owns 160 acres of land in Kansas."

"Of Joliet, died August 2d (1910), at his home on East Benton street, at the age of 77 years. He was born in Prescott, Canada, October 20th, 1832, and came to Lockport in 1854, and to Joliet in 1889."

In 1860 Kankakee, Illinois, Philip Yonker is 48, born in News York, Patience 45 anada. Philip 16, Sylvester 14, Isaac 11 Lucinda 11, Geoge 9, Alexander 7, Giles G. 5, and David 2 were all born in Canada.

David Yonker, born about 1857 to Philip Yonker and Patience Reinhart, married Dora Down (McCord in Des Moinse Ioa June 16, 1891.

Philip Youker 1812-1891 is buried in Will County, # 87451502, with Patience (Stanton) Youker 1816-1864.

John Yonker, for service in G and E, 12th Illinois Cavalry, filed for an invalid pension October 1890, from Kansas.

In 1894 John Yonker was in the Dundy County, Nebraska G.A.R. had a parade in Benkelman.

In 1895 Porter, Cheyenne County, Kansas, John Yonker is living alone, 53, farming.
1902 St. Francis, Kansas - September 1902 "John Yonker of Porter was down Saturday and made arrangements to prove up a piece of school land."

John is in Cheyenne County in 1905, 63, still living alone.
On the same page are Albert Pettie 26, Minnie 22, Alber 5, and Freda 1.

John is alone in 1910 Cheyenne County, divorced, 69, born in New York

1924 Corning, Iowa
So John was going by "Jack" to his family.

1878 Will County History "Freeman GAY, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Joliet; the subject of this sketch was born in Kennebec (now Franklin) Co, Me., Aug. 9, 1817. He married Miss Augusta S. GAY; she was born at the same place Aug. 3, 1820; they have four children, viz., Leslie F., Elsie R., Ernest L. and Clementine M. He lived in Maine until he was 18; then went to Boston and learned the mason's trade; remained ten years; then, came West, and settled on Hickory Creek, Will Co, IL; this was in 1845; he then went near Wilmington, then back to Hickory Creek; then to Five-Mile Grove, and, in 1850, he went to California and remained four years, when he came to his present place and has lived here since; he started in poor circumstances, and now owns 390 acres, which he has earned by his own labor. "

In 1870 Wright County, Minnesota, Jonathan Yonker is 28, Lucinda 26, with Frederick 7 and Hattie 1.

John is in Mercer County, Missouri in 1880, widowed, 38 born in New York, with Hattie 12. They're boarding wtih the John Nelson family, farming.

There's a John "Youker" in the 1890 veterans census of Cass County, Nebraska, with no regiment or birth date.

In 1880 Clay County, Nebraska, D.B. Stearns is farming, 27, Lucinda 29, with Clark 1.,
David Brooks Stearns born 1853 died of cholera September 14, 1884 in Edgar, Nebraska, born in Canada.
"Mrs. D.B." Stearns is in Clay County, Nebraska in 1885, 39, with Clark 6 and Minnie 4 both born in Nebraska. They're living with William and his wife C.P. Whelland both 22.

Lucinda is widowed in 1900 Solano County, California born February 1844 in Pennsylvania, five of her six children still living. Clark 21 - single and Minnie 19 -divorced are with her. Minie's had onchild, decesased.
Lucinda Gay Stearns 1843-1918 is buried in Benicia, California # 128972236., with David B. 1843-1884.

Minnie Frances Stearns was born October 17, 1880 at Edgar, married John Adam Skitz 1864-1933.
Clark David Stearns 1879-1946 is buried in Seattle # 51976670.

His brother William married Elizabeth "Youker", so they might have introduced him to Lucinda....

In 1880 Harrison County, Missouri, Vidella is 5, born in Missouri. Parents are farmers Andrew 34 and Margaret A. 33 Nickerson. Elizabeth is 12, Anthony 10, jane 9, Elvinar 7, Reynolds 3, and Thomas two months.

Martha Nickerson married George Adolphus Yonker, son of John P. Yonker and Lucinda Gay, on 18 Aug 1892 in Edgar, Clay Co., Nebraska.

In 1900 Nuckolls County, Nebraska, George A. Yonker is a railroad section hand, born October 1871 in Iowa, married 7 years to Della M. Oct 1874 Missouri. Anthony B. April 1893 in Kansas, Thomas Sept 1897 Nebraska, and a son born June 1900 in Nebraska.

Fred Yonker had married Elizabeth Nickeron "Elizabeth married Fred W Yonker, son of John P. Yonker and Lucinda Gay, on 2 Mar 1889 in Clay Center, Clay, Nebraska."

They're in Harrison County Missouri in 1900, with four kids - James 1 born in Nebraska, Hallie 7 in Nebaska, Harry F. 5 in Nebaska, and Geore 3 in Missouri.
Frederick Wallace Yonker 1861-1945 is bureid in Wallace, Nebraska, with Elizabeth 1867-1947.

Della's parents are in Hayes County, Nebraska in 1900, Andrew and Margaret 53, Anthony 30, Bertha 13, and Iona 10. Reynolds Nickerson 23 is next door.

In 1910 they're in Hayes County, Nebraska, George 38, Martha V. 35, Thomas L. 12, Carl E. 10, Lloyd A. 8, and Oliver L. 2.
George proved up a claim in sections 13, 18, and 24, 9N 50W on May 22, 1920.
On the same day, Anthony proved up one in sections 28, 29, and 32.

In 1920 Logan County, George is a laborer on a beet farm, 48, with Martha 44, nthona 27, Warne 24, Carl 20, Lloyd 18, Ollie 12, and Geraldine 9 born in Nebraska.

In 1930 George is 58, Martha 55, and they have only his father John P. 100 born in New York with them.

In 1940 Sterling, Martha is widowed, 66, and Ollie 33 and grandson Jackie 7 are with her. Ollie is a truck driver.
John died December 6, 1930, and is buried in Sterling # 57080452.
His headstone application said he was a private in E, 12th Illinois Cavalry.

John is in the 1930 Hall County, Nebaska census at the Soldiers' home, "Died April 5, 1930"

George A. Yonker 1870-1932 is buried in Sterling, # 55706404, with Martha V. (Nickerson) Yonkes 1873-1947 # 55706412.


Anthony B. Yonker married Lucie D. Brownell on July 3, 1917, recorded in Logan County.

In 1920 Hayes County, Nebraska, Anthony is farming, 27, born in Kansas, Lucy D. 20 Colorado, Maxine 1 Colorado and Vidella one month in Nebraska.
In 1930 Hayes County, Nebraska, Anthony is farming, 38, first married at 24, with Lucy E. 30 born in Colorado, Maxine 11 Colorado, Clone V. 12, Merlin G. 8, Darwin C. 7, adn Lois F. 2 born in Nebaska.

Anthony 1892-1972 is buried in Hayes Center, Nebraska # 57737975, with Lucy D. (Brownell) Yonkers 1900-1994.

Vidella Ceone Farmer (born Yonker) was born in 1919, to Anthony Benjamin Yonker and Lucy D. Yonker (born Brownell).

Anthony was born on April 20 1892, in Nebraska.

Lucy was born on January 23 1900, in Colorado. Logan County. Iliff

McCOOK, Nebraska --George Merlin Yonkers passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at his home in McCook. He was 90 years old.

George was born in Hayes County, Nebraska to Anthony Benjamin and Lucy D. (Brownell) Yonkers on May 9, 1921. He graduated from Hayes Center High School in 1940.

On Sept.2, 1942, he entered the US Army Air Force at Fort Crook, Nebraska and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 6, 1946, at Fort Logan, Colorado.

George was united in marriage to Betty Jussel Ellis on Dec. 20, 1969, at Hayes Center. They made their home on a farm near Hayes Center where they raised their three sons. After George retired, they moved to Trenton and later in 2007, they moved to McCook.

George was a member of the American Legion Post No. 0337 and Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post No. 10561. He loved his Bible and had committed his life to Christ. He was an avid sports enthusiast having played football, baseball, golf and bowling.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Anthony and Lucy Yonkers; and three sisters, Maxine Nichols, Ceone Farmer and Joan Housman.

Survivors include his wife of almost 42 years, Betty Yonkers of McCook; three sons, Rick Yonkers of North Platte, Mark Yonkers and wife, Keeli, of Bridgeport and Bob Yonkers of Trenton; six grandchildren, Levi and Rachel Yonkers of North Platte, Andrew Yonkers and wife, Jaclyn of Surprise, Arizona, Marylee and husband Tyler Stuart of Bayard, Samantha and Alex Yonkers of McCook; one great-granddaughter, Hayden Stuart; two brothers, Darwin Yonkers and wife, Shirley, and Carl Yonkers and wife, Muriel, all of Maywood; two sisters, Marlene Jorgensen of Gothenburg and Lois Huntwork of Lincoln; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.


Ollie Yonkers married Esther Lybarger on July 4, 1929, recorded in Logan County.


Thomas D. Yonkers married Healin Sweet on April 25, 1921, recorded in Logan County.


Geraldine 1909-1995 is buried in Sterling # 42035630.

"Geraldine Mae Cook, 86, of Fleming, died Sunday, April 30, 1995 in Haxtun.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 2 at Tennant Funeral Home. Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 at Tennant Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Muhie officiating. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery.
Mrs. Cook was born Feb. 11, 1909 to George and ViDella Nicherson Yonkers in Hayes Center, Neb. She grew up and attended school in Sterling. She married William Dick Nov. 20,1926 in Akron. Mr. Dick died in 1954. She married Charlie Cook in 1964 in Topeka, Kan. Mr. Cook died in 1986.
Mrs. Cook lived in Kansas, Ovid and Julesburg.
Mrs. Cook was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Julesburg.
She is survived by daughters: Betty J Mclntire and husband Morris of Buffalo, Mo., Shirley Kaiser and husband Paul of Fleming, Donna George and husband Russell of Lodgepole, Neb., and Sally Peterson and husband Gary of Boca Raton, Fla.; sons, William Jr. and wife LaVene of Hays, Kan. and Danny and wife Karen of Ellis, Kan.; 21 grandchildren; 39 great grandchilden; and three great great-grandchildren
Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by a daughter, May Lou Dick and five brothers.


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