The Yeldell Family (Through My Eyes)

I haven’t posted to here in a while because my search was brought to almost a halt. But just recently I got an unbelievable breakthrough.  In earlier post we know that my Grandfather Jefferson Yeldell has five other siblings.  One of the siblings I never knew the name of but the other four were Gary, Eddie, Martha and Jamie.  Well I have found the grandchildren of Gary and one of the daughters.  Before i go into the daughter let me tell you about Gary.

Gary had three children by his wife Mary Yeldell.  There names were Henry, Wilbert Robert (Bill) and Rosa Lee Yeldell.  I was able to talk with the wife and daughter of (Bill) and one of the children of Henry Yeldell.  This is all fresh and new but what I have learned is Bill had one daughter and she has children. Henry had three children and one out of wedlock three girls and one boy.  The boy David Yeldell died in the Vietnam War.  I also know that one of the girls Linda has three children.  I look forward to learning more about the other girls and if they had children as well.

Now to my grandfather’s sister.  As stated above and in earlier post it is documented that my grandfather’s parents had 10 children but only six lived.  The problem is I have only been able to find five (including my grandfather) so there is one child missing.  The names that I would always come across as siblings of my grandfather would be Martha, Eddie, Gary and Jamie. I think it is safe for me to assume that the child that was missing is a girl.  The reason why  I assume that is because girls are harder to find.  Once they marry their last name changes.  So when I found Mattie Freeman I assumed she was the sibling I never saw.  I mean her name was not Martha and the name martha is the name that showed up on the census. But there ages are so close and the name name Mattie could be short for Martha that I am just not sure.  But nevertheless I spoke with one of Mattie’s grand children Ulysses Freeman and he told me that she had ten children with a Mr. Nathaniel Freeman.  So our tree is growing and I am more than excited.


I am putting questions along with necessary information you will need if you think you have come across a possible family member. We have several different names in our family.  For a long time we only knew for sure that outside of Yeldell’s there were Peterson, Senior and Ryan. Now we can add to our definite list Freeman. If you think you have come across a possible relative here are a few questions you can ask before you start the deep researching:

Where is your family from?
This is the best first question to ask in this family.  In my research I have learned that the family’s from the edgefield area (Edgefield county, McCormick, Aiken, Greenwood etc…) are more connected than they even know.

What are your grandparents name?
Most yeldell’s that I have come across do not know beyond this point in their family.  I don’t know why but Yeldell’s black and white are very secretive.

What are some of there family names?
This is important because it allows us to find out if they are married in or actual blood relatives.

We have several names that are married in Adams, Brooks, Holloway, Williams (and I am not talking about my daddy)  Freeman, Ryan and Sheppard.  Here is how these names are connected:

Ezra Adams – father to Katie Yeldell (grand daddy’s mother)
J Holloway – mother to Katie Yeldell grand daddy’s mother)
Martha Brooks – mother to Peter Yeldell (grand daddy’s father)
Enoch Peterson – father to Lula Peterson (grandmother’s mother)
Anne Sheppard or Shefford – mother to Lula Peterson (grandmother’s mother)
Johnnie Senior – father to Johnnie Senior (grandmother’s father)
Jane Williams – mother to Johnnie Senior (grandmother’s father)

Freeman and Ryan comes in because grand daddy sister Mattie married a freeman and grandmother’s sister married a Ryan.  It is said that we have Harrison in our family but so far this is not so.  We get the relation of the Harrison’s because Uncle Gary wife Mary married a second time to a Harrison and had children by him thus connecting half brother’s and sister (yeldell children with harrison children).

Brooks is a story in itself. We know for sure that Martha Brooks was owned by Preston Brooks so it is safe to assume that is how she got her last name (taking the slave owners name).  To make it even more complicated Martha was known as a breeder (one who could have children) so we don’t know if she was mother to some of that family’s children or not.  But as you can see we still don’t know how the name Yeldell came to us.  We don’t know if Martha Brooks just simply gave them the name yeldell or if she ever married a Yeldell or even forced by a Yeldell man and had his child.  It is documented that she had a sister name Martha Yeldell.

Anyway I am starting to go deep which is confusing for me but I hope this helps you if you think you may have run across a family member.

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