Michael Yohe was born March 31, 1747 in Baden Baden W. Germany. Around the year 1755 he immigrated to the Colonies of America with his parents when he was 8 years old. Settled in Easton Pennsylvania. He married Anna Maria Shouse who was born April 1752 in Easton Pennsylvania. They had 11 children: Peter 1774, Mary Oct 12, 1776, Catherine 1778, Elizabeth Aug 31, 1780, Michael July 25, 1782, Jacob 1784, Sarah 1786, Abraham 1788, Isaac Apr/May 23,1790, Susannah 1794 and Margaret 1794.
Michael served as a (private) soldier in the Revolutionary War under General George Washington. Enlisted Forkstownship Co., 5th Battalion, Northhampton Co. Militia. He spent a winter at Valley Forge; was in the Battle of Germantown and served until the close of the war. He also served under Gen. Washington during the Whiskey Insurrection in 1794 and camped in Washington Co. Penn. On the site where Mt. Zion Lutheran Church now stands. Adam Yohe is also listed in the service and was given a grant of land at Easton, Pa.
Michael settled in Washington Co. Penn. After the war on a farm at Ginger Hill where he Died Dec 14,1823 at the age of 86. His wife “Mary” Anna Marie died April 17, 1823.
One of Michael’s children had a son whom was named Michael. He was born in 1815 in Penn. And Married Mary A. who was also born in Penn. In 1813. They had 11 children; Stephen was born in 1831 in Penn. Then the family moved to Ohio and must have lived with some relatives since they don’t show up on any of the census from 1830 until 1850.b While in Ohio 7 children were born: Elizabeth 1832, Caroline 1834, Ephraim 1836, Alexander 1838, Twins> Michael and Mary A. 1840, and James 1844. By 1846 the family had moved to Tipton County, Madison township, Indiana where three more children were born; Savina 1846, Marion Washington 1849, and John 1853. The Census of 1850 lists the family members, ages and where they were born. Also listed with them is Elizabeth Yohe age 64. That is very close to the age of the German Michael’s daughter. So this could have been young Michael’s aunt who had moved with them.
Michael’s son Marion Washington Yohe married Martha Jane Riley from Homer Indiana, who is supposed to be related to James Whitcomb Riley. The had Four children: James Lenard June 26,1872, William (Albert) , Francis M. 1879, and Julia Hurst. Marion (Bud) owned quite a lot of farm land and had horses. He died while exercising a promising horse on the Fairgrounds Track. He fell over after he pulled a buggy shaft out of the way of the horse who was driven by Eck Seward.
James Lenard married Connie Cora Cochrel in 1894. They had seven children: Chester 1895, Azel 1897, Lester Loral 1899, |Ester 1899, Martha 1902, Marion 1909, Dorotha 1911. He inherited 40 acres at Newby’s Crossing N.E. corner of the crossroad and farmed for many years. In 1913 he moved his family to Starbuck, Manitoba, Canada but bad crops and hard luck forced them to return. Chester and Azel’s wife died from a flue epidemic while they were there. The winters must have been difficult and many memories are told of going miles to school on a sled drawn by a horse; of going to help other families who were poor or sick, of getting lost in snow storms. But in 1919 the difficulties were too much to over comb and James brought the younger portion of his family back to Elwood, Indiana. They had little more than the clothes on their back. Connie eventually got a job working at Leeson’s department store in Elwood.
Marion (RIP) married Margaret Dauenhauer in 1932. My Grandmother and Grandfather to be continued.