GEORGE W. YOAKUM, farmer, P. O. New Grand Chain, is a native of East Tennessee, born in October, 1833, a son of Peter and Sarah (Stinnette) Yoakum, natives of the same State. The parents had ten children, only two of whom survive — George W., and Eliza. Mr. Yoakum received his education in the schools of Pulaski County, his parents removing here when he was about a year old. In 1853, he married Juliette M. Cooper, a daughter of John L. and Sarah (Copeland) Cooper. Mr. and Mrs. Yoakum are the parents of nine children, seven of whom are living — William J., James F., Eliza I., George D., Sheridan J., Electa I. and Warren D. M. Mr. Yoakum has a farm of 117 acres. He is a member of K. of H., Grand Chain Lodge, No. 2,085. He and wife are members of the United Brethren Church, and in politics he is a Republican. James F. Yoakum was born September 30, 1856. He obtained his early education in the schools of this county, and afterward attended the high school at Arlington, Ky., and still later Lebanon College, Ill. He is a Republican in politics, is a member of the K. of G. R., Arlington Castle, No. 43, also of the A., F. & A. M., Grand Chain Lodge, No. 660, also of the G. T. Olmsted Lodge, No. 143. For several years he has studied for the ministry, and is a local preacher in the Methodist Church. He has in late years been engaged in teaching school, both in Kentucky and in Pulaski County.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 311.