Major Abraham Yerxa, eldest son of John and Catherine (Gerow) Yerxa, was born about 1775 in Tarrytown, New York, and died in New Brunswick, September 10, 1857 (tombstone record), and he was 46 in his 1821 memorial. He came with his parents in 1783 to the part of Nova Scotia, now New Brunswick. He was eight years of age. Apparently he was named for his grandfather Abraham.
Major Abraham Yerxa became a well-to-do farmer and lumberman, and for many years was prominent among the business men of the locality. He was commissioned an Ensign in the Militia under Colonel John Allen, was promoted to the rank of Major when he was fifty-five years old, and served as such for almost thirty years. (1890 “Biographical Review of New Brunswick,” page 90)
Major Abraham Yerxa married Barbara Green on 10th July 1796. Barbara was born in 1780 and died November 10, 1857. There were fifteen children, ten boys and five girls. Major Abraham gave each of his ten sons a farm.
Memorial of Abraham Yerxa, Daniel Yerxa, Benjamin Yerxa, and John McIlroy
The families of Major Abraham's 15 children lived so close that all 15 families could be summoned together in two hours.
Inscription on tombstone in Mouth of Keswick Cemetery reads: "In memory of Major Abraham Yerxa who died Sept. 10, 1857, aged 82 years. Also his wife, Barbara, died Nov. 10, 1857, aged 77 yrs."
From the Carleton Sentinel, Sept. 19, 1857, Woodstock, N. B. "On the 11th inst. at his Homestead, Keswick, deservedly respected and lamented, Major Abraham Yerxa, aged 81 years, leaving a disconslate widow, fifteen children, and 126 grand and great grandchildren to mourn his irreparable loss."
Barbara Green was born in 1780 or 1781, possibly in New York. She married Abraham Yerxa on July 10, 1796, in Queensbury, York County, N.B. Barbara may have been the daughter of Henry Green, who was the son of Elizabeth Green of Cortland Manor, NY. Henry Green may also have had a daughter Elizabeth (Betsey), who married Jacob White, the son of loyalist Thomas White, who served in the New York Volunteers. They were granted land on Madame Keswick. Abraham Yerxa's parents, John and Catherine Yerxa, were witnesses to Thomas White's will in 1796. Henry Green was given settlement on lot 85 of the West bank of Madame Keswick in 1788.