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John Yearsley Account Book

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John Yearsley Account Book

Posted: 1200711287000
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Reference John Yearsley (son of the US immigrant) 1687-1748


The following is a description and extract of information from the Account Book of John Yearsley in the Manuscript Collection of the Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA. The book dates from about 1707 to 1711 for account entry purposes but has entries for births and deaths of John Yearsley’s children. The death of John Yearsley (son of the immigrant) is also recorded indicating entries were made by a person or persons other than John Yearsley after his death. In fact, several entries of births and deaths are in different pen and handwriting indicating several persons may have made entries to the ledger. The John Yearsley identified as owner of this account book would undoubtedly be the son of the immigrants, John and Elizabeth Simcock Yearsley.

The Account Book is listed as MS 3377 in the Collection of the Chester County Historical Society. No information is presented to determine the authenticity or source of the book. The book itself is brown leather bound, approximately 3 1/2 inches by 7 3/8 inches in size and about 3/4 inches thick. There is a leather flap enclosure to secure the book and the leather is embossed for decorative purposes along the spine and edges. There are computations and listings on the inside cover and the first 9 pages of the book. Pages appear to have been removed from the front of the book and after page 8. There are entries on the last 6 pages of the book and the inside back cover. These pages are attached by very precarious binding and pages may be missing. The bulk of the book is blank pages and securely bound to the binding.

Most of the entries in the front of the book reflect computations of debts owed or paid. There are numerous mathematical computations. However, the entries of the third page are of particular note in that there is a listing of persons under a title of “Reapdse Charge.” The names listed include Wm Perick? Jo Little Hen Haching Coz Simcock Wm Mack Caleb [?] Dan Clemson Ben Hickman Tho Burges The “Coz Simcock” entry is of particular note in that there has been some question as to the relationship of Elizabeth Simcock Yearsley, wife of the immigrant John Yearsley, to John Simcock and George Simcock, also early immigrants. Elizabeth Simcock Yearsley was probably the 2nd cousin of John Simcock, the early Quaker immigrant. Since John Simcock, the immigrant, died in 1703, this could be a reference to George Simcock, the probable nephew of John Simcock, or Jacob Simcock or John Simcock, sons of the immigrant. John Yearsley would be a 3rd cousin to George Simcock who lived in Darby as well as John Simcock’s two sons. In any case, it denotes a relationship with the early Simcocks of Chester County.

On the inside back cover there is a “Memo ye 27 Mar 1707” that goes on to read “I sowed 3 & 3 days after itt happened exceeding raine. One day worke done all after & finished ye 7? Day of April at? Land and finished belowe ye 7 of ye same Mo.” This is followed by: “ye 25 of ye 2d Mo 1707 (25 April 1707) Bought of John Martine eleven [?] sheep & seaven lame at seven pound price & Am by contract to pay ye money to Ralph Pile in ye next fall J.Y.” The next entry reads: “ye 17th of ye 3rd mo. 1707” (17 May 1707) “I Raphe Pile doe discharge John Yearsley of ye debt of seven pounds upon Making Account for A C[?] of Shepe As is above [?] Wittness my hand Ralph Pile” The condition of the document and deterioration of the handwriting prevents further interpretation.

The entries in the back of the book are entered in what appears to be reverse order, i.e. the entries begin at the back of the book and work forward for the 11 pages utilized. The following entries are recorded and transcribed herewith reading from the innermost pages towards the back of the book:

My Eldest Son John Yearsley Departed this life about 3 aclock In the after noon on the 10 day of March 1739:40

John Yearsley Senior Departed this Life the 21st day of April about 3 aclock in the after noon in the Year of our Lord God 1748 one Thousand Seven hundred and forty Eight 1748

Jacob Yearsley Departed this the 6 dary of March 1715

Ann Yearsley Departed this life the 19 of the 2 month 1728 (19 April 1728)

Robart Yearsley this life the 12 Day of the 12 Month 1739 (12 February 1739/40)

My Daughter Mary Yearsley married to Joseph Wilamson Departed this life the 15 day of the 12 Month 1739 40 (15 February 1739/40)

The above entries appear to be entered in the same handwriting and same pen. The following entries are in different pen and different handwriting than those above:

John Yearsley Son of John and Sarah Yearsley was born the 12th day of ye 11th Mo In ye year 1711 of 6th day of ye week (12 January 1711/12)

Isaac and Jacob Yearsley were born ye 25th of ye 8th Mo: 1713 first day of ye week (25 October 1713)

Jacob Yearsley was born ye 18th day of ye 7th Mo: 1718 first day of ye week (18 September 1718)

Robert Yearsley was born the 30th day of ye 6th Mo: 1717 6th day of ye week (30 August 1717)

Mary Yearsley was born ye 11th day of the 3d Mo: 1719 first day of ye week (11 May 1719)

The following entries were probably of different hand and ink:

Elizabeth Yearsley was born ye 14th Day of ye 11th mo about ye middle of the day 1720/21 (14 January 1720/21)

Ann Yearsley was born Aprill 19th 1722 about break of Day

Thomas Yearsley was born ye 19th day of ye 11 Mo 1723/4 (19 January 1723/24)

Nathan Yearsley wass Boarn the 13 day of The 12 month 1726/7 (13 February 1726/27)

The following entries could again be in different handwriting and different pen:

John Yearsley ye Sun of John & Sarah Yearsley was born ye 12 of ye 11 Mon 1716 (12 January 1716/17)

Isaac & Jacob Yearsley was born ye 25 of ye 8 Month 1713 (25 October 1713)

Jacob Yearsley departed this life tha 6 day of tha first Mo 1715 (6 March 1715/16)

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