(1) JESSE YARNALL, First child of SARAH (Ellis) and JOHN YARNALL, was born in 1750 in Chester County, Pennsylvania and died December 1811, Harrison County, Kentucky. He is buried in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky. In York County, Pennsylvania, prior to July 1775, he married ANN TOMLINSON, daughter of John Tomlinson of Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. JESSE moved his family to Bourbon County, Kentucky about 1791, that is when he first appears on the Bourbon County tax list.

WILL OF JESSE YARNALL, Harrison County Will Book A, page 127

"I JESSE YARNALL of Harrison County and the State of Kentucky, being weak in body but sound in mind and memory, thanks be to God, and calling to mind the shortness of life and certainty of death and that it is appointed for all men to die, I do hereby make my last will and testament. My soul I resume to God who gave it; and my body I wish to be given a decent burial in a Christian like manner, and all reasonable charges to be paid out of my estate. First then the balance, both real and personal, to be disposed of in the following manner."

"Firstly, I give and bequeath to my son John Yarnall, the place whereon he now lives, including half the said bottom, together with his improvements."

"Secondly, I give and bequeath to my son, Samuel Yarnall, the place whereon he now lives, together with the improvements where James Smith lived, to include half of that land commonly known by the Peach Bottom, extending out to Roder's old east side line."

"Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Yarnall, the plantation whereon he now lives, including all the land lying on the east side of the river as it was laid off by James Colman; also my wagon, iron tooth harrow, and cutting barge."

"Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, ANN YARNALL, one mare, one cow, four sheep; to take her choice out of each stock, all of which creatures are to be kept winter and summer on the place, and will be taken care of by my son, Isaac Yarnall, for her use at his own expense. And if said cow should die, Isaac is to furnish her milk, also another is to be kept in like manner. She is to have that part of the home that I now live and lodge in, being the northeast end, with the loft belonging thereunto entirely for the use of her and my daughter, Sally. Also two hives of bees, her choice out of that stacked with the second row from the ground, and eight now empty hives for her own use and my daughter, Sally's. They are also to have free privilege of all the finest on the place, of every kind, to take what is for their own use, and one barrel of good cider each year that the orchard gets, with a third of the garden. Also Isaac is to furnish them with 400 weight of good wheat flour, four bushels of corn, and 250 weight of pork with salt sufficient to save it; the same to be paid annually. And if in case the above named Isaac Yarnall should fail in performing what is enjoined on him above to his Mother, and she sees cause to leave him, he shall be compelled to pay her any sum of money she shall demand, not exceeding $36 a year. Which the said Isaac is bound to comply with to his Mother during her natural life or widowhood; but if Sally should marry and leave her Mother, then the said Isaac is to be freed from half of the above flour, corn and pork."

"Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my son, David Yarnall, the place wheron he now live, containing 129 acres by survey; and in case the said David Yarnall should lose the land above named, he is to have the same quantity of bottom land out of the bond I have on Samuel McMillan for the improvements and differences of land."

"Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my daugnter, Sally Yarnall, $600, to take her first choice out of my cash notes and bonds to that amount, together with the interest thereunto belonging. Also Sally is to have one brown mare, commonly called hers before, with her bridle and saddle. Also all the household and kitchen furniture, with the loom and tacking. Also one new case of new drawers, which is due from Charles Relso. However, my wife is to have the use of one bed, bedding, and a bureau during her life or widowhood, then to go to my daughter, Sally."

"Seventhly, I give and bequeath to my son, Joseph Yarnall, $200, to take his choice, next, to that amount after Sally has chosen out hers. My executors heretofore named to draw for him or make the choice."

"And the balance of my cash notes and bonds is to be divided equally between my three sons, to wit, John, Samuel, and David, after David takes out $300, on account of his land being in dispute; to be divided by my executors. Also my man George with a copper still with the balance of my moveable property, is to be sold, and equally divided between John, Samuel, and David, only such part as has already been named or shall be hereafter mentioned."

Also my will is that my son, Isaac, coming or moving on the place where I now live, shall have all the crop of wheat and rye now in the ground belonging to me; also the whole of what grain and hay as is in the barn and what hay is in the meadow. Also all the corn to go to my son, David, of the best there is; also my desire is that my three sons, John, Samuel, and David, shall have all that land that I have a bond on Samuel McMillan for, which is 1,280 acres, after there is 129 acres of bottom land, which was in exchange for the aforesaid John, Samuel, and David; also my trade notes and accounts to be divided equally between the aforesaid John, Samuel, and David."

Lastly, I do appoint William Benjamin Hodge Sr. and Josiah Griffith my whole and sole executors of my last will and testament; ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness I hearunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of April, in the year of Our Lord, 1809."

Witnesses: Thomas Hawkins Signed JESSE YARNALL

Jacob Loomard

William Ralston, and Leonard Stump


1. (2) JOHN YARNALL, b 1775 Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. 1831 St. Charles, Missouri. He married ELIZABETH in York County, Pennsylvania in 1797.

2. (2) JOSEPH YARNALL, b. 7 Apr. 1777 York County, Pennsylvania; d. near Pilot Grove, Missouri. He married SUSAN in Harrison County, Kentucky. She was born 14 Apr 1777 in Harrison Co., KY., and died near Pilot Grove, Missouri. JOSEPH & SUSAN YARNALL are buried in the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pilot Grove, Missouri.

3. (2) SAMUEL YARNALL, b. abt 1779 York County Pennsylvania. He married NANCY McNAY in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1802.

4. (2) ISAAC YARNALL, b. 1781 York County, Pennsylvania; d. 12 Dec 1852 Harrison County, Kentucky. He married JANE McDONALD 15 Jan 1801 Bourbon County, Kentucky.

5. (2) DAVID YARNALL, b. 24 Mar 1784 York County, Pennsylvania; d. 1 July 1848. He married NANCY CHADD 1803 Bourbon Co., Kentucky.

6. (2) SALLY. She married JOHN R. BLAIR