Since the Family Tree Maker home pages are being de-activated, I have transferred all my data to another site, which is much easier to keep current. For the most up-to-date YAWMAN family information, see my YAWMAN FAMILY AND ALL RELATED LINES family tree at Ancestry.com, which also incorporates other surnames of interest to me -- ADMIRE, CLARY, GOWER, RAMEY, SITTERLY, and many more.
The YAWMAN name is unique and rare. Most 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 of the seven children died of cholera in Rochester soon after arrival, in about 1832. There is evidence that some members of the family lived in the Schenectady area for a time, before eventually settling in Rochester.
There is also evidence that a Russian family named Yawman immigrated to New York in the late 1800's. However, no connection has been found between this family and the Rochester Yawmans.
The YAWMAN name has been seen in early French and Rochester Catholic records variously 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 in Rochester spelled the name as YEOMAN.
The YAWMAN Family information,first published here in February, 2001, included data compiled by myself and cousin Harry HEISLEIN over many decades. 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.