The YAWMAN name is unique and rare. All YAWMANS in America are descended from five brothers who, along with their parents and two sisters, chose to leave the rest of their family in France and come to America. Although a German-speaking family, they emigrated from the Lorraine region of France in 1831, entered the United States at the Port of New York, and quickly settled in Rochester, New York. The parents died of cholera soon after arrival, in about 1832. There is evidence that some members of the family lived in the Schenectady area for a time, before moving on to Rochester.
Most of the early YAWMAN family remained in the Rochester area. However, my 2G-grandfather, Andrew YAWMAN, one of the original five brothers who immigrated, left New York and lived in several places throughout his lifetime, including Chicago, Illinois; St. Paul and Pipestone Co, Minnesota; and Denison, Texas.
The YAWMAN name has variously been seen in French and early Rochester Catholic records spelled as JAMON, JAMAN, JAMANN, JOMAN, YAMON, et al. The name was anglicized to its current spelling very early after arrival in the United States, although a few early families spelled the name as YEOMAN. Are there any others out there who can find their roots in the YAWMAN Family data below? I would love to hear from you.
The YAWMAN Family information below was first published here in February, 2001, which included data compiled by myself and cousin Harry HEISLEIN. I would like to acknowledge and thank Harry, an exellent and meticulous researcher, for his numerous contributions to my YAWMAN Family database, and for greatly expanding the family tree first begun by his father many years ago.
The 2010 update on this site (the PDF "Book" below) adds much more to the original Yawman and related family lines database. But for my most up-to-date information, see my YAWMAN FAMILY AND ALL RELATED LINES family tree at Ancestry.com(link below).
Other surnames of interest to me are ADMIRE, CLARY, GOWER, RAMEY, and SITTERLY.
- Andrew Yawman (1810-1891) (285 KB)
Andrew Yawman (1810-1891), husband of Catherine Sitterly Yawman (1813-1889).
- Catherine Sitterly Yawman (1813-1889) (303 KB)
Catherine Sitterly Yawman (1813-1889), wife of Andrew Yawman (1810-1891).
- Charles Frederick Yawman, Sr. (1881-1956) (127 KB)
Charles Frederick Yawman, Sr., circa 1900, in Parsons, Kansas
- Charles Frederick Yawman, Jr. (1913-1996) (4 KB)
Charles Frederick "Chick" Yawman, Jr., circa 1928
- Philip H. Yawman and Gustav Erbe, Founders of Y&E (351 KB)
Philip H. Yawman (1839-1921) & Gustav Erbe (1852-1931), in their later years.
- Michael Heman Yawman and Nancy Elgin Burton Yawman (76 KB)
Michael Heman Yawman (1842-1913) and Nancy Elgin Burton Yawman (1846-1919)
- Philip H. Yawman and Gustav Erbe (118 KB)
Phil and Gus standing in front of their shop at 344 N. St. Paul, in Rochester, NY, about 1888. This photograph was taken by George Eastman himself, with his first camera, the Kodak #1. Metal parts inside of this camera were manufactured by Yawman & Erbe.