Ephraim Younkin (1818-1889) was born in 1818 in Turkeyfoot Township, the son of "Yankee John" and Nancy (Hartzell) Younkin.
Ephraim migrated as a young man to Illinois, where in 1845 he married Malinda Ann Ripley (1816-1897) in Jackson County. They are shown on the federal census of 1850, residing in the northern district of Jackson County.
Their three children were Alex Clay Younkin (born in Illinois in 1847), Ellen Will and Catherine Younkin.
Ephraim died on Aug. 18, 1889 at the age of 71, and is buried in the Zion Lutheran (Kimmel) Church Cemetery in Somerset Township, Jackson County. [Find-A-Grave photo courtesy of Kim R.]
Malinda is said to have passed on Feb. 10, 1897, with interment beside her husband.
~ Son Alex Clay Younkin ~
Son Alex Clay Younkin (1848- ? ) was born in 1848 in Northern, Jackson County.
~ Daughter Ellen (Younkin) Will ~
Daughter Ellen Younkin (1856-1899) was born on Feb. 6, 1856 in Jackson County.
She married Daniel Logan Will (1853-1874), son of Alexander and Mary (McCord) Will.
Tragically, Daniel died very young, and expired on Nov. 16, 1874, at the age of 21.
Ellen survived him by a quarter of a century and died at the age of 43 on June 11, 1899. She also rests in the Zion Lutheran (Kimmel) Cemetery in Jackson County. [Find-A-Grave]