Yerian Family Genealogy Forum
Act for Dividing the County of Russell into Two Distinct Counties (passed Oct
This petition was printed in the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., 1992 publication: "Bicentennial History of Lee County Virginia, 1792-1992," Chapter 1: Formation of Lee County Overview, p. 1-2; submitted by Bashie Kinkaid of Rose Hill VA. The petition has listed as signatories: William and David YEARY, who are 2 of my ancestors. There is a GEORGE YEARY also on the list of signors, but I think that whoever transcribed the document saw the name 'George YERIAN' and assumed that the name should have been YEARY, thus entered the name as 'George YEARY.'. I have not seen a copy of the original document myself, so this is just a 'gut' feeling. We have no precedent for the use of the personal name 'George' among the YEARY men of that time, so I am not convinced that this surname should NOT have been transcribed as YERIAN.
There is a tax record of 1815 of George Yerion in Wythe County: One farm on Reed Creek adjoining James McGavock, 168 acres having thereon one "cabben," kitchen, smoke house, barn, and still house, corn crib, valued at $600." [p. 155, Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815-Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties; compiled by Mary Kegley].