I found some census information for you, including “baby Floyd” in 1920. There is a big discrepancy between the 1900 & 1910 censuses. In 1900 there are siblings living together, all by the same father, but in 1910 we see that the four younger girls are children of Fred’s “aunt Catherine”. Either she is his father’s second wife (making her children his sisters), or the wife of his father’s brother (making the girls his cousins). This would have to be worked out with further research, and finding a will for Fred’s father and also for “Aunt Catherine Yockey”. The birthplace for fathers (Lottie, Clara & Cora, as well as Fred) varies from IL to OH to IL again.
Also note the discrepancy in age, number of children born and birthplace of parents for Catherine Yockey 1900 and 1910.
The fact that the families were consistently in Elkhorn makes me suspect that Lyle was born there instead of Hersman. But I guess his mother could have been in Hersman at the time of his birth, maybe with her mother or at a clinic? Hersman is a small town in Mt. Sterling township, Brown County. Elkhorn is both a town and township, same county.
1900 Federal Census, Elkhorn, Brown Co, IL
Fred Yockey (Head of household) b. Nov 1878 (21), single, b. IL, parents b. IL
William Yockey (brother) b. Nov 1869 (30), single, b. IL, par. b. IL
Ella Yockey (sister) b. Jul 1874 (25), single, b. IL, par. b. IL
Charlott Yockey (sister) b. Dec 1882 (17), single, b. IL, par. b. IL
Essie Yockey (sister) b. Jan 1885 (15), b. IL, par. b. IL
Cora Yockey (sister) b. Feb 1890 (10), b. IL, par. b. IL
Clara Yockey (sister) b. Feb 1890 (10), b. IL, par. b. IL
Barbary Wagoner (aunt) no birth date (63), b. IL, par. b. IL
Cate Yockey (aunt) no birth date (43) widow, 10 ch born / 8 ch living, b. IL, par. b. IL
1910 Federal Census, Elkhorn, Brown Co, IL
Fred Yockey 29, 2nd marriage, married 5 yrs, b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. IL
Myrtle Yockey 22, 1st marriage, b. IL, parents b. IL
Eva Yockey 8, b. IL, parents b. IL (this is a child by Fred’s first wife – note age)
Mervin Yockey 2, b. IL, parents b. IL
Catherine Yockey 64, widow, 9 ch born / 7 ch living, b. IL, parents b. Germany
Lottie Yockey 25 (daughter) single, b. IL, both parents b. IL (this is Charlotte)
Clara Yockey (daughter) 19, single, b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. IL
Cora Yockey (daughter) 19, single, b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. IL
1920 Federal Census, Elkhorn, Brown Co, IL
Catherine Ann Yockey 69, widow, b. IL, parents b. Germany
Lottie Yockey (daughter) 38, single, b. IL, parents b. IL
Cora Yockey (daughter) 38, single, b. IL, parents b. IL
Barbara Wagoner (sister) 80, single, b. IL, parents b. Germany
Fred Yockey 42, farmer, b. IL, parents b. IL
Myrtle Yockey 32, b. IL, parents b. IL
Mervin Yockey 12, b. IL, parents b. IL
Catherine Yockey 9, b. IL, parents b. IL
Floyd Yockey 2/12 or 3/12, b. IL parents b. IL
I couldn’t read the top number on the fraction for Floyd’s age. The date of the census on that page is 13 & 14 Jan, 1920. In most census years, the first name was given to the census taker, even though a child went by the second name. That’s why he isn’t called Lyle at this time.
Cemeteries of Brown Co, IL p. 241 & 261:
Fred Yockey (1878-1962)
Myrtle Yockey (1888-1951)
Lyle Yockey, son of Fred & Myrtle (1919-1961)
I hope all this is of help to you in getting a good foothold on your husband’s research. I would suggest you send to Brown County for the marriages of Fred Yockey. The first marriage (wife unknown) would be about 1901, and the second (Myrtle) about 1905. Also Myrtle’s death certificate. I would also send for Lyle’s birth certificate, since it is in the range of years when one would have been filed.
Let me know if I can clarify or add to this report to make it more useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.
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His birth year is 1919, I apologize for leaving that out. I cannot even begin to thank you for offering your help. Yes, I wrote down the info to send to get his death certificate, to send out Monday. It said it would take up to 3 weeks, so I was seeing if I could get anywhere before then.
Once again appreciate your help!
This is an interesting request, and I will be happy to give you some help. Give me a few days to check through some materials – censuses and such – and I’ll get back with you. In the meantime, if you have his year of birth (missing below) it would be helpful.
Have you ordered his death certificate? This would, of course, give you some prime information to begin your search.
I’ll be back in touch soon.
I have a question and thought maybe you could help after reading your info of deep roots in Brown county. Please disregard this if it is not appropriate, I am just beginning to search for any help. I am looking for my husband’s grandfather. Well, I do have his info but I cannot find him on any of your sites re: Brown county.
Floyd Lyle Yockey
B: 17 oct Hersman, IL-Brown County
M: 8 Nov 1940 Salt Lake City UT
D: 15 Jan 1960 Mt. Sterling, Il-Brown County
I did find him in the a cemetery listing in Brown county off of your site with also a Mrytle and Fred Yockey buried in the same cemetery. I am just searching for anything after this to get me started. I know you are extremely busy but if you have the time to give me any leads as to where to go or where to turn.
Thank you very much for your time!
Sarah Callihan Yockey