Excerpts from A Brief Sketch of the
Origins of the Yount Family in America
(by William M. Yount, Warren, Ohio)
This name was originally spelled JUNDT and is so spelled today in Alsace, France and Switzerland, however, all the different groups arriving in this country bearing the name JUNDT have adopted the Anglicized spelling YOUNT, indicating that the different groups were related and in communication with each other, otherwise the more natural Anglicizing of the name, viz., YUNDT would without doubt have been adopted. Some members of the different groups did later adopt the spelling YUNDT and still use it.
During our many years of research we have found that most members of the family believe this family to be of German origin as the early members spoke the German language. This is erroneous; the Yount family is of Alsatian origin, a purely Huguenot family.
We find records of this family in Strassburg, Alsace, as early as the sixteenth century. Nicholas Jundt was Ammeister (Guild Master) of Strassburg in 1663, and again in 1669; August Jundt, a descendent of Nicholas, was a professor in the Protestant Theological Seminary in Strassburg, which in consequence of the Franco-Prussian War (1870) was moved to Paris, and his son Andrew Jundt, is a member of the faculty of this Seminary at the present time.
Hans George and Anna Maria Jundt, with four of their children; Jacob, Hans George, John, and Maria Elizabeth, came from a village on the Rhine, in Alsace, arriving at Philadelphia, Pa., on the ship "Brittania", September 21, 1731. Another son, Andrew, born about 1717, remained at home at the time of the departure of his parents, for reasons, as yet, unknown. He married there, raised a family, and emigrated to America about twenty years later.
Andrew was a professional violinist and it is probable he may have remained at home to complete his studies in his art or to practice his profession in his native land, or he may have remained at home to care for aged grandparents.
In harmony with records of his migration, we find that it is very evident that Andrew Yount and his family were among those who fled to England for succor during the persecution of the Huguenots by the French Catholic kings, when many of these people came to America. We have records showing that Andrew Yount went from England to Holland and from there to America arriving in Philadelphia, Pa. on the ship "Duke of Bedford", September 14, 1751.
Andrew settled in eastern Pennsylvania, where his father and brothers had located twenty years earlier. We have never been able to find any record of Andrew's death, however, we believe he died in Pennsylvania. His children all migrated to North Carolina in later years and we believe this migration to have taken place after the death of the father, Andrew Yount.
The family were no doubt members of a group who had learned that they could obtain land very cheap in North Carolina and went there with the intention of taking up some of this cheap land. In the records of Randolph County, North Carolina, we find recorded a number of land grants in the names of George, Jacob, Catherine, and William Henry Yount; all of these records being under dates 1782 to 1790. In as much as they went there with this object in mind; of taking up some of this cheap land we believe that these earliest grants were taken up soon after their arrival there, or within the first year at the farthest, therefore, we believe this migration took place during the years 1781 or 1782.
George Yount married Rosanna Waymire, a daughter of John Rudolph Waymire, and we find n the census report of Randolph County, N.C., for the year 1790, that George Yount had two sons over sixteen years of age, one son under sixteen years, and seven daughters, when this enumeration was taken; Jacob married Esther Fouts, and they had one son over sixteen years of age and two sons under sixteen, also three daughters; William Henry married Mariann Waymire, a sister of Rosanna Waymire, the wife of George Yount, and they had three sons over sixteen years of age, two sons under sixteen years, and five daughters at the time this enumeration was taken.
John Yount, the other member of this family, married a Miss Fouts, probably a sister of Esther Fouts, who married Jacob Yount. John Yount migrated in turn to Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and finally to Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tenn., where he died. His children all migrated to Missouri during the period from 1817 to 1839 and settled in the north-central and north-western part of the state. We now find many of his descendants in California and other Pacific Coast states.
In 1801 a colony of sixty-four people, composed of Younts, Hoovers, Masts and Sinks, moved from Randolph County, N.C., to Kentucky. This same year George Yount went on to Ohio, when this was yet a territory, and located near Lebanon, the county seat of Warren County, Ohio. In 1802 he moved to a section of land partly in Miami and partly in Montgomery County, Ohio, where he resided until the time of his death, April 22, 1810. The remainder of the colony becoming dissatisfied with the conditions in Kentucky, migrated north and spent the winter of 1801-1802 in Cincinnati, Ohio. They left their winter quarters there in the Spring of 1802 and passed through Dayton, Ohio, in 1802. Jacob Yount cleared up a farm in German Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, where he died in 1805 or 1806, a highly respected citizen.
The Younts, Hoovers and Masts, who all came to Ohio at the same time, are thought to have been the first white people to have located to the west of Dayton, Ohio. They had to cut roads through dense forest. Indians were numerous and the hardships and toil were unremitting.
William Henry Yount and his wife, Mariann Waymire, with their children, migrated from Randolph County, North Carolina, to Montgomery County, Ohio, in the fall of 1802, together with a party of which Herbert C. Hoover's ancestors were members. William Henry Yount located in Montgomery County, entering a full section of land. He later moved on to Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio, returning to Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1807.
Rebecca Yount, grand daughter of George Yount in this branch, was the great grand mother of President Herbert C. Hoover. Rebecca Yount Hoover accompanied her immediate family and a large group of Quakers from Miami and Montgomery Counties, Ohio, in 1853 to Iowa. The name of the village in Iowa where they resided was given the name of West Branch, Iowa, no doubt taking the name from the West Branch Quaker Church in Miami County, Ohio. Rebecca Yount Hoover's husband died in 1857 and she carried on for almost forty years following his death as the head of her family and a leading spirit in her community. She was the mother of nine children and adopted and raised nineteen other children. She is given credit by genealogists as being one of the strongest characters in the Hoover Genealogy. She died in 1895, at the age of 94 years.