Catherine Younkin was born in 1833 in or near Kingwood, Somerset County, PA, the eldest daughter of John M. and Laura (Minerd) Younkin.
Catherine was a "domestic," lived with her parents as an adult and never married.
Censuses and the 1906 volume, History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, mention her name and provide some of the scant clues of her existence.
Nothing more about her is known.
In October 1934, long after she had died, Catherine was named in extensive genealogy manuscript records compiled by distant cousins Otto Roosevelt Younkin and Charles Arthur Younkin. They were gathering data in connection with the Younkin clan's new national home-coming reunion. Click here to see Otto's handwritten and typed notes about Catherine, based on an interview conducted with her elderly brother, Daniel Martin Younkin.
This biography is adapted from one that originally appeared in the article, "Whispers of the Silence and the Slow Time," in the April, May, June 1996 edition of the Younkin Family News Bulletin, published by Donna Younkin Logan.
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