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Yost of Blair County, Pa.

Yost of Blair County, Pa.

The earliest provable related Yost in Blair County is one Carl Frederick Yost. Below is noted his descendant tree.


The First Generation: Carl Frederick & Bertha (Lindsey) Yost

1. Carl Frederick Yost was born in Berlin, Prussia on 13 Nov 1856. He was the son of Carl Christian and Henrietta Fredericka Yost. He first married Bertha Lindsey on 3 July 1885. She was also born in Prussia in 1861 (stone has 1859). Bertha died on 24 Dec 1895. Bertha's 1895 Altoona Mirror Obit suggests that she was born in Germany in 1861, and had resided in Altoona for ten years prior to her death. It also mentions three sisters surviving in Pennsylvania, and a brother and sister in Germany. The funeral was at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altoona. Records from Hickey Funeral Home place interment at Fairview Cemetery on 26 Dec 1895, and that Frederick Yost resided in Logan Township at that time. Both that and the obit give cause of death as "confinement." Records of Fairview Cemetery suggest she is buried in the "Reserve" section, and without a headstone.

A recent survey of Grandview Cemetery, Logan Township, Blair County, has Bertha, 1859-1895, on the same stone as Frederick. (listed as Fredrick C., 1856-1930). This brings the question of whether the Hickey record is incorrect, or perhaps Bertha is just mentioned on Frederick's stone, and really buried at Fairview behind Altoona hospital. Three of their daughters are buried within 50 feet, two of them are within 10 feet.

Their Children (Surname Yost):

According to the register of Altoona City Hall births 1886-1905 (681), as compiled by the Blair County Genealogical Society, Frederick and Bertha resided at 2nd Ave and 1st Street when daughter Louise was born in 1887. This same compillation shows a Charlotte Alice Yost born on 12-31-1896, but does not give parents' names, only stating that it is from an affidavit dated 11-26-1918. These are the only two Yosts in this listing. No other mention is found linking this Charlotte to this family, and it is a year after Bertha's death.

Bertha's obit lists the children as William, Louise, Harry, Barter, Charles and Lida. Lida is likely Lydia, and Barter is probably supposed to be Bertha. William I have no other reference for, and Elizabeth is not listed. Perhaps Elizabeth and Louise are the same person. Frederick is listed as Carl in the 1900 Census in Logan Township. The children are in the above order, which matches Bertha's 1895 Obit. The census also gives 1884 as the year Frederick came over from Germany.

Frederick married a Mary E. Aurandt on 16 November 1897, a record of which is at Vol 15, Page 12 of the Blair County Marriage records, as record #6912. Frederick gives his full name as Carl Frederick Yost, but signed his name C. Frederick Yost, and the date of death of previous spouse matches Bertha's death date. This Mary is with Frederick and the children in 1900, at age 23, showing having had one child, and one child still living, but none of the six children are hers, and she did not have a previous marraige.

Son Harry's 1958 obit mentions a surviving stepsister. a Mercenia Green of Altoona (Such a name shows up in SSDI, as born 23 Jan 1895, d. April 1983, place of death Altoona ). This could explain the census claim to Nary having had a child, but not by Frederick.

Unsolved mystery:


The Second Generation

2. William Yost (1) was born Aug 1886 in Logan Township, Blair County, Pa.
3. Elizabeth L. Yost (1) was born 29 Dec 1885 in Altoona, Pa.

She married Edward Henry Keyes on 1 Feb 1916, and resided in Altoona at her brother Harry's death in 1958.

Their Children (Surname Keyes):

She died in Altoona, 1 June 1971. She resided in Juniata Gap at that time. Her obit has her as Elizabeth M. Keyes, while her marriage record is signed as Elizabeth L. Yost.

Elizabeth (Yost) Keyes 1971 obit, Altoona Mirror

A copy their marriage record is indexed on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society in Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vol 39, p 226)

The questions of her birth year are unresolved. Her stone at Grandview would seem to indicate 1884, while Altoona birth records indicate 1886. Census records (1900) place her birth as Dec 1887.


4. Harry Martin Yost (1) was born on 29 November, 1889, in Altoona, Pa. He married (1) Esther May Courter (daughter of Amos Courter and Anna May Woodcock) on 13 Sept, 1911, in Altoona Pa. She was born 24 Jan 1890, and died 24 April 1924. She is buried at Grandview Cemetary, Altoona.

He married (2) Lola Grace (McGee) Clare in 1939. She was born on Feb 17, 1892. Lola died 29 Aug 1970.

Children by Esther (Surname Yost):

A copy of Esther and Harry's marriage record is on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Societyx in Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vol 33, p 478) This record gives Harry's occupation as a stonemason. He later worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Harry, Esther and family resided at 1915 Fifth Street in 1920, alongside his sister, Bertha Grannas and her family. (Census: 1920: City of Altoona, Blair Co. Vol 66, E.D. 78, Sheet 2, Line 96)

A copy of Lola and Harry's marriage record is on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society in Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vol 48, p 124) Harry died on 19 February, 1958 in Altoona. He is buried at the Alto-Reste Cemetery.

Harry M. Yost Obit -- Altoona Mirror Lola Yost Obit -- Altoona Mirror
Harry Martin Yost and Lola Grace Yost obits from the Altoona Mirror


5. Bertha D. Yost (1) was born in 1894 in Altoona, Pa. She married Herman Grannas (b. 21 Jan 1891)

Their Children (Surname Grannas):

A copy their marriage record should be indexed on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society in Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vol __, p ___) I have yet to search through the female index.

Bertha, Herman and family resided at 1915 Fifth Street in 1920, alongside her brother, Harry Yost and his family. ( 1920: City of Altoona, Blair Co. Vol 66, E.D. 78, Sheet 2, Line 90)

She is listed as living in Williamsburg at her brother Harry's 1958 death. Her stone at Grandview indicates birth of 1891, which agrees with the 1900 census (Mar 1891) but the 1920 census has her age 26, which supports 1894

Stone at Grandview has death in 1970.


6. Charles R. Yost (1) was born in Altoona, Pa.

He resided in Altoona at his brother Harry's death in 1958, and in Warfordsburg at sister Elizabeth's death in 1971.

There is suggestion that he married Gertrude Logan, and they had a child stillborn in Sept 1922. There is a record of such a burial at the Lafferty & Tobias Funeral Home, with the burial taking place at Grandview Cemetery.

Based on his being in Warfordsburg in 1971, there is an obit for a Gertie Yost, wife of a Charles R. Yost of Warfordsburg, in January 1972 Altoona Mirror, with Gertie a daughter of William Thomas Divelbiss and Martha Hiles. Charles survived her, and a son, William C. Yost, was residing in Brown's Mills, NJ. She was interred at the Cedar Grove Christian Cemetery, Warfordsburg. Charles R. may also be buried here. She was born Sept 5, 1901 in Fulton County, Pa. She died Jan 17, 1972 at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Md.

Her obit is on the same page at the BCGS Obit books as Lola Grace Yost.

How does this square with the Gertrude Logan? Good question. More research needed.


7. Lydia Yost (1) was born in Altoona, Pa.

She married Otto Grannas, and resided in Altoona at her brother Harry's death in 1958.

A copy their marriage record should be indexed on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society in Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vol __, p ___) I have yet to search through the female index.

Stone at grandview has middle initial of "M", birth in 1893 and death in 1967.


The Third Generation

8. Bertha M. Keyes (3)(1) was born in Altoona. She married a Turnbaugh.

She resided in Juniata Gap at her mother's death in 1971.


9. Anna M. Keyes (3)(1) was born in Altoona. She married a Campbell.

She resided in Avalon Road at her mother's death in 1971.


10. Frederick Amos Yost (4)(1) was born in Altoona on 17 April 1912. He married Catherine E. Bauer (daughter of John Bauer and Katherine Krieger) on 30 Dec 1939. Catherine was born 12 June 1917, and died 15 April 1994, both in Altoona. Fred died 20 Nov 1991 in Altoona. They are both interred at the Calvary Mausoleum in Altoona. He was more commonly referred to as Fred A. Yost.

Their Children (Surname Yost):

All their children are still living.

Copy of marriage record on Microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society, Vol 48, Page 376.

Fred Yost Obit -- Altoona Mirror Catherine Yost Obit -- Altoona Mirror


11. Ruth E. Yost (4)(1) was born in Altoona in 1914
She married a Hutchings and resided in Mechanicsburg, Pa, at her father's death in 1958.
12. Robert C. Yost (4)(1) (b. 1915)

He married Edna M. Evans in 1934 in Altoona. (Need to confirm marriage record on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society - Vol 46, page 345)

He resided in Fort Worth, Texas, at his father's death in 1958.


13. Herman C. Grannas (5)(1) was born 11 Nov 1913. He married Emily C. Zimmerman on 29 July 1939 in Williamsburg, Pa. (Copy of their record is indexed at Vol 48, p 283)

Their Children (Surname Grannas):

He died 24 July of 1985 in Williamsburg.

Herman C Grannas Obit

Switchboard.com's directory has a Herman C. Grannas listed in Williamsburg as of 1-15-2001. This is probably a son or nephew.


14. Paul A. Grannas (5)(1) was born in Altoona on 25 Dec 1914. He married Minnie M. Hughes on 13 Aug 1940 in Kernstown, Va.

Their Children (Surname Grannas):

He died on 20 Sep 1996 in Williamsburg, Pa.

Paul Grannas Obit


15. Ruth M. Grannas (5)(1) was born in Altoona about 1917. (estimate from parents' 1920 census)

She married a Parks. She was still living at Brother Paul's death in 1996.


16. Chester E. Grannas (5)(1) was born in Altoona about 1919. (estimate from parents' 1920 census)

Switchboard.com suggests this Chester E. Grannas is still living, as does his brother Paul's 1996 obit.


17. Agnes P. Grannas (5)(1) was born in Altoona about 1921. She married a Hughes.

She was still living at Brother Paul's death in 1996.


The Fourth Generation

18. Delores Yost (10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona Pa.

She married Robert Cree.

Their Children (surname Cree):


19. Marie Kathleen Yost (10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona Pa.

She married William D. Crawford in 1966.

Their Children (surname Crawford):

A copy their marriage record is indexed on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society in Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vol 58, p 574) The record itself is not yet available to the public.
20. Paul Fred Yost (10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona Pa.

He married Judith Ann Walter in 1965.

Their Children (surname Yost):

A copy their marriage record is indexed on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society in Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vol 58, p 201) The record itself is not yet available to the public.


21. Thomas Charles Yost (10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona, Pa on 11 May 1947.

He married Julia Merretta Baydo on 1 July 1967. She was born 23 Oct 1948 in Tacoma, Wa.

Their Children (surname Yost):


22. William Robert Yost (10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona Pa. He married Barbara Jean Rogers in 1972.

Their Children (surname Yost):

A copy their marriage record is indexed on microfilm at the Blair County Genealogical Society in Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vol 61, p 391) The record itself is not yet available to the public.
23. Joseph Gerard Yost (10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona Pa.

He married Patti .

Their Children (surname Yost):


24. Michele Eileen Yost (10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona Pa.

She married Thomas J. Kasun on 2 Oct 1983 at St. Marks in Altoona.

Their Children (surname Kasun):


27. Donald C. Grannas (13)(7)(1) was born in Altoona. He married a Jayne Ann Rush in 1976. (Vol 63, p 474 Blair County Marriage Records)


The Fifth Generation

30. Michael Cree (18)(10)(4)(1)

He married Melanie Lytle

Their children (surname Cree):


31. Lori Ann Cree (18)(10)(4)(1)

She married James Haynes

Their child (surname Haynes):


32. William D. Crawford, Jr. (19)(10)(4)(1)

He married Jennifer

Their children (surname Crawford):


33. Christopher Crawford (19)(10)(4)(1)

He married Leah Gail Opida in Hollidaysburg on 7 Sep 2002

Their child (surname Crawford):


34. Paul Andrew Yost (20)(10)(4)(1) was born in Dayton, Ohio.

He died in Pittsburgh on 12 January, 1988. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona, Pa.


35. Scott Anthony Yost (20)(10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona.

He married Nicole Danielle Fanelli on May 2, 1998, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Altoona.

Their child (surname Yost):


36. Yvonne Marie Yost (21)(10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona

She married Rodney Eugene Hosterman, Jr. on 12 October 1996 in St Marys, Altoona.


37. Denise Ann Yost (21)(10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona

She married Daniel Allen Stitt on 6 Dec 1997 at St Mary's in Altoona. He was born in Altoona.

Their children (surname Stitt):


38. Barbara Michele Yost (21)(10)(4)(1) was born in Altoona

She married Robert Glenn McKeever, II, on 29 April 2000 at St Mary's, Altoona.

Their children (surname McKeever):


42. William Robert Yost, Jr. (22)(10)(4)(1)

He married Diane Angela Lytle on 1 June 2002.

Their child (surname Yost):


43. Melissa Kay Yost (22)(10)(4)(1)

She married James Marion (J.T.) Mattas on October 18, 2003 in Altoona, Pa.


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Last modified: 19 November 2003, partial corrections & additional cousins children added on 24 May 2004, and some futher updates on 19 August, 2004.
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