59. Documentation for Anna Yeakel
(20 October 1780 to 17 July 1840)
mother of Susannah Hillegas
(30 November 1819 to 11 August 1894)


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Anna Yeakel was born 20 October 1780 in Hoseneck Valley, Pennsylvania.
(1) She died 17 July 1840 in Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio.(2) Her parents were Jeremiah Yeakel and his wife, Susanna Wiegner.(3) The story of the Yeakel family is told in The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737.(4)

Jeremiah Yeakel was born 09 April 1736 and died 10 February 1818.
(5) His wife, Susanna Wiegner, was born 05 August 1740 and died 12 June 1821.(6) Jeremiah Yeakel and Susanna Wiegner were married 16 June 1763 by Reverend Balzer Hoffman.(7)

Anna Yeakel married Michael Hillegas Junior in 1798 in Hoseneck Valley, Pennsylvania.
(8) The name of Michael Hillegas appears in the Jeremiah Yeakel estate papers.(9) Michael received money from the estate, apparently as payment to his wife. The husbands of other daughters of Jeremiah Yeakel are also listed as receiving money from the estate. "The following persons have received and have given receipts to Jemias Yeakel for a part of his inheritance or ?service? in advance as follows: Michael Hillegas $253.33."

Michael Hillegas Junior and Anna Yeakel were the parents of 11 children:
(10) [Note: Schwenkfelder Families numbering shown in brackets, where applicable.]

a. [38-100] Samuel Hillegas, married unknown.

b. [38-101] Jonathan Hillegas, married unknown

c. [38-102] Anna Margaret Hillegas, born 1801, died 1865, married Adam Guth (Good); married in the fall of 1823. Lived in Ohio.

d. [38-103] Catharine Hillegas, married unknown; had one child in 1833.

e. John Hillegas was born 12 November 1800 and died 28 June 1828. "In 1822, John was studying for the ministry with Rev. Weiss, and 1824 was his last year."
(11) "Rev. John Hillegass, b Nov. 12, 1800; d June 28, 1828; was ordained May 23, 1826. Had charge of six congregations, around Carrolton, formerly Centreville, Ohio."(12)

f. [38-104] Joseph Hillegas, married unknown; tanner.

g. Twin son, born 1820, died 31 October 1824; age 4 years, 6 months.

h. [38-105] Susannah Hillegas was born 30 November 1819 in Montgomery County, Ohio.
(13) She was married to John L Fox on 11 November 1845 in Miami Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, by the Reverend George Long.(14) John L. Fox was born 18 October 1818, near Miamisburg, Ohio.(15) He was the son of George Fox and Elizabeth Ann Link.(16)

John L Fox and Susannah Hillegas were the parents of seven children:
(17)

i. Anna Elizabeth Fox
ii. Mary Susannah Fox
iii. Catherine Florence Fox
iv. Martha Jane Fox
v. Margaret Persilla Fox
vi. John Adam Fox
vii. Daniel Alexander Fox.

All of the children were born in Ohio except Daniel, who was born in Vermillion County, Indiana.
(18)

Susannah Hilligass Fox died 11 August 1894 in Gessie, Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana.
(19) John L. Fox died 06 January 1899 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.(20) Both Susannah (Hilligass) Fox and John L. Fox are buried in Hopewell Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana.

i. Elizabeth Hillegas was born 16 June 1823, died 21 October 1839.

j. [38-106] Daniel Hillegas married Elizabeth Kulp; tanner at Miamisburg, Ohio.
(21)

k. [38-107] Jacob Hillegas was born 7 February 1818 in Montgomery County, Ohio. He married Lucy A. Powell on 26 July 1841 in Butler County, Ohio.
(22) She was born 28 July 1822, the daughter of John and Barbara Powell.

"Jacob Hillegass was a tanner and migrated to Allen Co., Ind., in 1843; located at Huntertown and resided there ever since. He was County Commissioner and member of the Presbyterian Church."
(23) See Appendix A for three sons of Jacob Hillegass who were associated with the University of Michigan.

Jacob Hillegass provided information included on Perry Township for
The History of Allen County, Indiana that was published in 1880.(24) Jacob Hillegass was a Trustee of Perry Township from 1859 through 1867.(25) Jacob also was on the Second District Board of Commissioners from 1870 through 1875.(26)

Children (
Hillegass) born in Pennsylvania and Ohio:
i. Samuel
ii. Jonathan
iii. Anna Margaret
iv. Catharine
v. John
vi Joseph
vii. Twin son
viii. Susanna
ix. Elizabeth
x. Daniel
xi. Jacob

ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
ANNA YEAKEL and her daughter SUSANNAH HILLEGAS


1) Jeremiah Yeakel lived in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, at the time of his death. Jeremiah Yeakel Estate Papers, File Number 211-325, Case 243, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, 1818. Jeremiah Yeakel letters of administration proceedings, will docket, volume 1, page 189, 23 February 1818, file 243, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Michael Hillegas received a distribution of $253.33 from the estate of Jeremiah Yeakel. The husbands of the other daughters of Jeremiah Yeakel also received payments from the estate.

2) Anna Yeakel was born 20 October 1780 and died 17 July 1840. She married Michael Hillegass Junior. (Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 471, [38-35] Anna Yeakel.)

3) Anna Yeakel Hillegas and her husband, Michael Hilligass Junior, are buried in the Gebhart or St. John's Cemetery in Miamisburg, Ohio. Her tombstone reads, "Anna wife if Michael Hilligass died July 17, 1840 aged 56 Ys. 8m. 17 D." The tombstone date of birth does not agree with the birth date given in The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families for Anna.

4) Michael Hillegas Junior was baptized 15 November 1775 by J. T. Faber of the Great Swamp Reformed Church in present-day Zionsville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. (Pennsylvania German Church Records of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, Etc., Clearfield Publishing, Volume III, page 177.) This date of birth agrees with the date of birth as indicated on the tombstone of Michael Hilligas at the Gebhart or St. John's Cemetery in Miamisburg, Ohio.

5) Anna Yeakel married Michael Hillegas. (History of Allen County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (Kingman Brothers, Chicago, 1880), page 169, Hillegass Family.)

6) The tombstone of Susannah Fox specifically states: "Susannah Hilligass wife of John L. Fox". She was buried at Hopewell Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana. Date of death is given as 11 August 1894. The tombstone indicates she was 74 years, 8 months, 11 days old. Tombstone photograph taken by Curtis L. Older.

7) John L Fox married Susannah Hilligas, daughter of Michael and Anna (Weikel) Hilligas. (The Fox Genealogy including the Metherd, Benner, and Leiter descendants, giving biographies of the first and second generations, with sketches of the third generation, compiled by Daniel Gebhart Fox, 1914. (n.p) 1924. 1 p. 1., (5)-172 p. 20 com. 37-9439 CS71.F79 1924 Library of Congress, page 94, Sketch of John L Fox.)

8) John L Fox married Susannah Hilligas. (John L. Fox obituary, The Hoosier State newspaper, Newport, Indiana, Wednesday 11 January 1899, page 1, column 3.)

9) The marriage record for John L Fox and Susannah Hillegass includes a notation, "her father Michael Hillegass." Ohio County Marriages, 1774-1993. Date appears to be 1st November 1845. The Fox Genealogy states the date of marriage was 11 November 1845.

REFERENCES


1) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 471, [38-17] Jeremiah Yeakel and page 475, [38-35] Anna Yeakel. Also see, Daughters of the American Revolution, Ancestor #A129524, Jeremiah Yeakel, member National Number 813936, Judith Lee Chapman Frisch. Also see, (Rev.) Reuben Kriebel, Genealogical Record of the Descendants of the Schwenkfelders, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733, 1734, 1736, 1737 from the German of the Rev. Balthasar Heebner, and from other sources (Manayunk, Pa.: Josephes Yerkel, 1879).

2) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 471, [38-17] Jeremiah Yeakel and page 475, [38-35] Anna Yeakel. Also see, Daughters of the American Revolution, Ancestor #A204003, Michael Hillegas (Senior), member National Number 813936, Judith Lee Chapman Frisch.

3) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 471, [38-17] Jeremiah Yeakel.

4) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923).

The numbering system used in the
Schwenkfelder Families allows one to easily follow the descendants of the earliest ancestor. David Jäckel is number [38] and all of his descendants listed in the Schwenkfelder Families are numbered beginning with [38]. Jeremiah Yeakel is [38-17], Anna Yeakel is [38-35], and Susanna Hillegass is [38-105].

5) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 468 [38-5] Hans Heinrich Jäckel [E 45] and page 471 [38-17] Jeremiah Yeakel.

6) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 471 [38-17] Jeremiah Yeakel and page 1226 [154-1] Christopher Wiegner [E 45].

7) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 471 [38-17] Jeremiah Yeakel.

8) History of Allen County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (Kingman Brothers, Chicago, 1880), page 169, Hillegass Family; Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), pages 471 and 475.

9) Jeremiah Yeakel Estate Papers, File Number 211-325, Case 243, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, 1818. Jeremiah Yeakel letters of administration proceedings, will docket, volume 1, page 189, 23 February 1818, file 243. Jeremiah Yeakel estate accounting filed 27 March 1820, file 243.

10) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 475. However, History of Allen County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (Kingman Brothers, Chicago, 1880), page 169, Hillegass Family, states: "Michael Hillegass, the ancestor, was a farmer and a native of Pennsylvania. He married Miss Anna Yeakel, of the same State, and the result of this union was thirteen children, eight of whom are now living."

11) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 475 [38-35] Anna Yeakel.

12) The Fathers of The German Reformed Church in Europe and America by Rev. H. Harbaugh, Vol. III, pages 342-344, Rev. John Hillegas.

13) Tombstone of "Susannah Hilligass wife of John L. Fox", Hopewell Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana. Date of death is given as 11 August 1894. The tombstone indicates she was aged 74 years, 8 months, and 11 days. Tombstone photograph taken by Curtis L. Older; The Fox Genealogy including the Metherd, Benner, and Leiter descendants, giving biographies of the first and second generations, with sketches of the third generation, compiled by Daniel Gebhart Fox, 1914. (n.p) 1924. 1 p. 1., (5)-172 p. 20 com. 37-9439 CS71.F79 1924 Library of Congress, page 94, Sketch of John L. Fox.

14) The Fox Genealogy, compiled by Daniel Gebhart Fox, page 94, Sketch of John L. Fox; Ohio County Marriages, 1774-1993, John L. Fox, Susannah Hillegoss, Michael Hillegoss father; For a Biographical Sketch of John L. Fox, see History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Biographical Sketches: page 491. The article indicates John L. Fox owned 331 acres of choice land at one time in Highland Township. He was farming 186 acres at the time the book was published. Also see The Peoples' Guide, a business political and religious directory of Vermillion County, Indiana, by Cline and McHaffie, 1874. A listing includes John L. Fox, farmer, 1 1/4 miles north east of Gessie, born in OH, 1818, settled in Vermillion Co., IN, 1858.

15) The Fox Genealogy, compiled by Daniel Gebhart Fox, page 94, Sketch of John L. Fox; tombstone for John L. Fox, Hopewell Cemetery west of Covington Indiana. The tombstone states, "John L. Fox, died January 6, 1899, aged 80 years, 2 months, 28 days"; John L. Fox obituary, The Hoosier State newspaper, Newport, Indiana, Wednesday 11 January 1899, page 1, column 3.

16) The Fox Genealogy, compiled by Daniel Gebhart Fox, page 94, Sketch of John L. Fox; John L. Fox obituary, The Hoosier State newspaper, Newport, Indiana, Wednesday 11 January 1899, page 1, column 3; Estate Papers of George Fox, Warren County Genealogical Society, 300 East Silver Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, includes a receipt in the amount of $50 signed by Susannah Fox for John L. Fox.

17) Will of John L. Fox, Court House, Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana, pages 520 and 521. The will of John L. Fox lists the following children: Margaret Ricketts, John A. Fox, Anna E. Goff, Mary Burnett, and Daniel A. Fox; The Fox Genealogy, compiled by Daniel Gebhart Fox, page 94, Sketch of John L. Fox.

18) John L. Fox obituary, The Hoosier State newspaper, Newport, Indiana, Wednesday 11 January 1899, page 1, column 3.

19) Tombstone of "Susannah Hilligass wife of John L. Fox", Hopewell Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana. Date of death is given as 11 August 1894. The tombstone indicates she was aged 74 years, 8 months, and 11 days. Tombstone photograph taken by Curtis L. Older; The Fox Genealogy, compiled by Daniel Gebhart Fox, page 94, Sketch of John L. Fox.

20) John L. Fox obituary, The Hoosier State newspaper, Newport, Indiana, Wednesday 11 January 1899, page 1, column 3; The Fox Genealogy, compiled by Daniel Gebhart Fox, page 94, Sketch of John L. Fox; tombstone for John L. Fox, Hopewell Cemetery west of Covington Indiana. The tombstone states, "John L. Fox, died January 6, 1899, aged 80 years, 2 months, 28 days".

21) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 487 [38-106] Daniel Hillegass.

22) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), page 487 [38-107] Jacob Hillegass; History of Allen County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (Kingman Brothers, Chicago, 1880), page 169, Hillegass Family.

23) Samuel Kriebel Brecht, editor, The Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty Who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737. (Pennsburg, Pa.: Rand McNally & Company, 1923), pages 487 and 488 [38-107] Jacob Hillegass.

24) History of Allen County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (Kingman Brothers, Chicago, 1880), page 89.

25) History of Allen County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (Kingman Brothers, Chicago, 1880), page 86.

26) History of Allen County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (Kingman Brothers, Chicago, 1880), page 86.

APPENDIX A

THREE SONS OF JACOB HILLEGASS


Jacob Hillegass was a brother of Susannah Hillegass.


Three sons of Jacob Hillegass were associated with the University of Michigan.

"Josiah Hillegass was a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School; was associated with his brother-in-law as 'Stehl and Hillegass'." He died in 1875, the first death in the family."(
Schwenkfelder Families, page 488).

Josiah Hillegass was dead in 1880, the time of the publication of
The History of Allen County, Indiana. "Josiah Hillegass, attorney at law, deceased." (The History of Allen County, Indiana, page 168.)

"Jeremiah, also a graduate of the Literary Dept. of the University of Mich., A.B. and A.M., was County Superintendent of Schools for six years."(
Schwenkfelder Families, page 488.)

Jeremiah Hillegass was County Superintendent of Schools from 1873 through 1879.(
The History of Allen County, Indiana, page 86.)

Jerry (i.e., Jeremiah) Hillegass was born 22 February 1846 at Huntertown, Allen County, Indiana. He entered the Literary Department at the University of Michigan in September 1868. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1872. In the fall of 1872 he entered the Law Department at Michigan and remained for one year. On 01 June 1873 he was elected to fill the office of County Superintendent and was re-elected in 1875, 1877, and 1879.(
The History of Allen County, Indiana, page 139.)

A "summary of report made by Superintendent Hillegass to the State Superintendent of the public schools for 1879" appears on page 94 of
The History of Allen County, Indiana.

"Isaiah J. Hillegass was a member of the Law Dept. of the University of Michigan."(
Schwenkfelder Families, page 488.) (Also, The History of Allen County, Indiana, by Helm, 1880, page 169.)