I honestly haven't done a lot of original research on the later generations of the Yoakums but in looking back at my research from Bedford County,VA, I show Michael's wife as Ann Boyles.
Feb 8, 1762 as recorded in the Bedford Co, VA Marriage Bonds & Other Marriage Instruments Not Recorded. "Marriage: Ann Boyles and Michael Yoakum, Alexr Boyles surety on bond 21/83"
HC Smith claims it was Jesse Yoakum who md. Ann Boyles but I didn't find any mention of that in Bedford records, so I'm going with Michael. Whoever Michael's wife was he had a fairly contentious relationship with her ending in a major multi-year lawsuit (1778-1784) brought by Michael's wife (unnamed in records.) See below.
As for Mary Downing, I show her as married to Michael's brother John Yoakum but no documentation (somebody else sent that to me.) All I have in way of documentation is this:
Nov 15, 1777: Will of John Downing of Russell Parrish [sic] names his daughter Mary Yoakum to whom he leaves 10 shillings. Will is witnessed by Michael Yoakum, and signed with his mark M." Bedford Co, VA Will Bk A1:266. John Downing was relatively wealthy, donating land for town of Bedford as the county seat. The will was proved 22 Dec 1777. Perhaps the confusion over which brother she married is due to fact that Michael witnessed John Downing's will. I've been told (but cannot verify) that anyone who benefits from being named in a will cannot be a witness which takes Michael out of contention for being Mary's husband.
Thing to do is look for land sales -- both in VA & KY-- which usually give the first name of the wife to see what they say for Michael and John (and Jesse). Hope this helps.
Bedford Co, VA Court records
Oct. 26, 1778: Yocum vs. Yocum: "Upon the mo[tion] of the Deft [defendant] by his atto[rney] Leave is Granted him to take the Depos[ition] of George Miller giving the sd. --?--legal notice 6 Nspa --?--" Bedford Co Order Book 1B:154.
Oct. 27, 1778: Yocum vs. Yocum: "Upon the mo[tion] of the Complte [complainant] by her attorney It is ordered that the Deft [defendant] Pay unto the Complte [complainant] the Sum of Three Pounds per month for her present subsistence until this cause [sic] shall be further heard. Bedford Co. Order Book 6:210
Nov. 23, 1778: Yocum vs. Yocum: "Nspa Ctry" [meaning not known but must mean "continued next session!"] Bedford Co Order Book 6:212.
Nov. 23, 1778: "Michael Yocum ackn'd [acknowledged] himself held and in the sum of £200 & Charles McGlochlin & Thomas Wood his sec'y [security] in the sum of £100 each for the sd Mich'l good Behvr [behavior] for 1 yr & 1 Day from this time to be Ser'd (served) etc." Bedford Co Order Book 6:214.
Dec 28, 1778: Yocum vs. Yocum "Nspa Ctry" Bedford Co Order Book 6:217.
Jan 25, 1779: Yocum vs. Yocum "Nspa Ctry" Bedford Co Order Book 6:219.
Feb 22, 1779: Yocum vs. Yocum "Nspa Ctry" Bedford Co Order Book 6:221
March 23, 1779: Yocum vs. Yocum "Nspa Ctry" Bedford Co Order Book 6:225
May 24, 1779: Yocum vs. Yocum "Nspa Ctry" Bedford Co Order Book 6:230
June 28, 1779: Yocum vs. Yocum "Nspa Ctry" Bedford Co Order Book 6:232
July 26, 1779: Yocum vs. Yocum "Time for answr [sic]" Bedford Co Order Book 6:238
July 27, 1779: Yocum vs. Yocum "On the motion of the complte [complainant]allowance of six pounds per month is ordered to be paid her by the Deft [defendant] from this Time til this cause be heard in Equity." Bedford Co Order Book 6:245.
Sept 28, 1779: Yocum vs. Yocum: "att for answer" Bedford Co Order Book 6:256
____________Yocum vs. Yocum: "att" Bedford Co Order Book 6:259
Feb 29, 1780: Yocum vs. Yocum: "atte" Bedford Co Order Book 6:274
Aug 1783: Yocum vs. Yocum: "atta with Pro" Bedford Co Order Book 7:81
July 1784: Yocum vs. Yocum: "Dismissd Clt [complainant] not --?-- -- ?--" Bedford Co Order Book 8:45
I also did not see any divorce papers. It would be great to find other land records or will for Michael in Botetourt Co or KY or a will which would give first name of a wife if any.
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