FAMILY BIBLE OF JOSEPH & PHEBE YARBROUGH
by Renee Smelley
was transcribed from the Family Bible. At
times the names and dates were very difficult to read.
Most problems ocured when the date contained a 2 or 3, which at times
these numbers could be either of the two. I
have also included my notes. Remember that this is my interpretation of the
The Family Bible was in the possesion of Lillian Owens of Greenville,
Texas, wife of John R. Owens, son of Isabella Yarbrough and R. L. Owens
when coppies were made.
Annita Powell recieved coppies from Wilva
Blue in 1992 and my coppies came from Annita Powell.
I have a letter from Lillian Owens dated as early as the 60s, that also
talks about this family Bible. I
assume that these copies were made as far back as then.
Bible Page Images Received from Annita Powell
Yarbrough was born Dec. 25th 1777
Notes: This is the only record of Swanson's birth that I have found to date and is the date that is most commonly used. Some also use the date of 1774 because his headstones says that he died at the age of 88. 88 from 1862 gives you a date of 1774.
was born March 27th 18l9
Notes: I believe this to be John Swanson Yarbrough,
Jr. I have often wondered why
Swanson, Jr. is the only sibling of Joseph's that was recorded in the Bible and
no information is contained here about their mother or other siblings.
From all the information that I have gathered it appears that Joseph and
Swanson, Jr. were the two siblings that stuck together, like that of the kinship
between Alfred and David before David's death about 1870.
Notes that I have say that Joseph and Swanson, Jr. traded land with each
other in LA at some point and that was how Mary T. Yarbrough, daughter of Joseph
was born in LA. The fact that Joseph's mother isn't mentioned in the bible may
be due to the fact that she died when Joseph was still young.
Other notes that I have say that Cynthia and Swanson, Sr. married about
1826, which would leave Joseph motherless at about the age of 8 or 9. Anyway,
this is all speculation on my part.
S. Yarbrough Deceased, February
Notes: I believe this to be Jr.s death date. It also is in the time frame that his wife Mary Rose Rounds sold his headright abt. 1851. Documenation shows that she was the only heir when she sold the land.
Yarbrough, Deceased, Oct. 25th 1862
Notes: The headstone has his death date as 20 October 1862, at the age of 88. This gives us a birth date of December 25, 1774
D. Yarbrough, Deceased October, 31st
Notes: I have seen some use this date as the death date for David Yarbrough, son of Swanson Yarbrough. I believe that this James D. Yarbrough is the son of Joseph & Phebe. David M. Yarbrough, son of JSY is assumed to have died Bet. 1868 - June 13 1870. His son, David Melvin Yarbrough, with 2nd wife Mary Ann Anderson was born on March 23, 1869. Mary shows up on the 1870 Atascosa Co., TX census with their son David. The date on this census was June 13, 1870 thus I assume that David died Bet. 1868 - and the date that the census was taken.
R. Yarbrough, Deceased March 26th 1867
Notes: This is the death date that is used for Joseph
Randolph Yarbrough. He is
presumably buried in the Grapeland City Cemetery with his wife Phebe, but some
have speculated that he was buried on the old home place. He was never the less buried without a headstone.
The Grapeland Cemetery does have a historical marker in place for Joseph
Mollie J. Yarbrough, Deceased June 28th 1884
Notes: I presume Molly J. Yarbrough to be the wife of John R. Yarbrough. They are buried in the Grapeland City Cemetery.
J. R. Yarbrough was born Jan. 31st 1817
Notes: This is the most commonly used birth date for Joseph
Randolph Yarbrough. It should also
be noted that his birth date is listed on the same page with Phebe and their
C. Yarbrough was born June 27th 1823
Notes: the spelling of Phebe.
I have been using the Phoebe spelling until reviewing these Bible pages. It
should also be noted that a lady I exchanged genealogy with on the Crawford
family also uses the Phebe spelling. She
did not have any information about the children of Phebe and Joseph R.
Yarbrough, so I assume the spelling she had came from some type of record or
from family information.
E. Yarbrough was born Jan. 31st 1842
A. Yarbrough was born Nov. 15th 1843
T. Yarbrough was born Jan. 15th 1846
S. Yarbrough was born March 4th 1848
K. Yarbrough was born Apr. 14th 1850
R. Yarbrough was born May 11th 1852
Isabella Yarbrough was born July 21st 1854
M. Yarbrough was born March 29th 1856
James D. Yarbrough was born May 23rd 1857
K. Yarbrough was born April 22nd 1859
H. Yarbrough was born April 28th 1860
B. Yarbrough was born Nov. 13th 1883
Notes: I presume Laura B. Yarbrough to be Laura Belle
Yarbrough, daughter of John R. Yarbrough and Mollie Joe Smith, buried in the
Grapeland City Cemetery with her parents.
J. R. Yarbrough and Phebe C. Crawford
was married Feb 3rd 1840
E. Yarbrough and James Whitley was married Oct. 25th 1860
Melisa A. Yarbrough and J. T. Herod
was married Sept. 6th 1872
T. Yarbrough and W. R. Morris was married Sept 25th 1872 or 1882
K. Yarbrough and C. L. Whitescarver was married Dec. 15th 1875
J. S. Yarbrough and Mollie A. Hollingsworth
was married Feb. 9th 1882
R. Yarbrough and Mollie J. Smith was married Nov. 1st 1882
This page is part of the John Swanson Yarbrough Archives
This page was last updated on June 20, 2001