THE YOST GENEALOGY
NINE GENERATIONS OF YOSTS
YOST FAMILY ALBUM
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The Yost family’s European origins are from Germany and Switzerland. The earliest known origins of the family are in the Franconia region of Germany in the 17th century, then the Duchy of Franconia. The Franconia region is found in central Germany in the area around current day Frankfurt, Würzburg, Nürnburg and Bayreuth. They later migrated to the Kingdom of Wurtemberg and Emmen Valley Switzerland, near Langnau. Following the death’s of Christian and Barbara Jost as a result of religious persecutions, their four sons immigrated to Pennsylvania by way of Holland and England at the invitation of William Penn who was seeking settlers for the colony granted him. The remaining children of Christian and Barbara apparently remained in England.
The name was originally Jost or Joust which become Yost when family members immigrated to America (see Hans Casper Yost). There exists several possible sources of origin for the name any or all of which may be true. Evidence exists the name may be of Frankish origin from the Frank’s goddess Ostara or Eastara and/or from the word "joust" meaning "friendly combat. Evidence also exists the name may derive from the word for the virtue "Just" which has Persian, Monravian, Roman and Teutonic origins. For more on the origins of the name see the "Birdeen Yost" document in the Appendices.
The information on these pages comes primarily from the following sources.
As with my other "family" Web Pages, it is my hope these pages will grow either through contributions or by linking with similar efforts from other members of the Yost Family.
- Various documents from the William Henry Yost family, most notably the "Aunt Mollie" Letter from A.C. Yost to Rachel Amelia "Aunt Mollie" Yost in 1936 confirming information provided by her concerning her ancestry.
- The Origins of the Yost Family by Birdeen Yost and various related documents, copies of which were graciously provided by Carol Ramey. Selected portions of these documents included here are the "Origins of the Yost Family", "Hans Casper Yost - History", and the "List of Ships Passengers".
- The recollections of my mother for the "Aunt Mollie Tales".
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THE YOST GENEALOGY
Of Christian and Barbara's children, all four of the sons are known to have lived to settle in America. Jacob, the eldest son, arrived in Philadelphia pn August 24, 1728. He settled in Limerick Township, Philadelphia County. He died in 1755 of a "bone fever" and left two sons, Nicholas and Henry. Hans Casper settled in Lancaster County, see below. Heinrich (later Henry) landed in Philadelpia in 1738 and was bound out on a farm in Luzerne County, PA where he died in 1792. John arrived in 1741 and settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania but later moved to York He died in Northumberland County 1780 or 81. It is most likely that the four girls remained in England as servants as was the case with many of the female refugees from the religous strife.
(Source: Birdeen Yost)
Henry Yost married Mary Waggoner, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Waggoner. He was commissioned a lieutenant in the Continental Army in 1778 and commanded the armory near Harper's Ferry in 1780.
Born: 1743, Lancasterboro, PA
Married: Rebecca Waggoner, 1767
Born: 1782, George Town, MD
Married: Rachael Sheriff (b.1786, d. 1852) March 18, 1804, Bladensburg, MD.
Born: September 29, 1811
Died: September 04, 1883
Married: Elizabeth Cloud Benson (b. August 13, 1817, d. 1880)
Born: September 06, 1854
Died: February 02, 1943, Bladensberg, MD
Married: Mary Elizabeth McDonald (d. October 07, 1909, Washington D.C.)
William Henry Yost
Mary Elizabeth McDonald
Included additional information about the other children of Christian
& Barbara Jost. Added information on Mary Elizabeth McDonald
(wife of William Henry Yost) genealogy.
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by Patrick Daspit & various members of the Daspit & Yost Families