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Jeremiah 'Jerry' Younkin


Jeremiah "Jerry" Younkin was born on March 30, 1837 in Fayette County, PA, the son of George and Nancy (Johnson) Younken. He was a pioneer settler of Illinois and Iowa. 

At the age of 18, Jeremiah married 19-year-old Caroline Vanatta (1836-1937), daughter of Samuel and Mary Vanatta of Greene County, PA. The ceremony took place in Fayette County. 

They had eight children -- Benjamin Franklin Younkin, Lucy Jane Pollock, Elbiam Younkin, Edward Charles Younkin, C.W. Younkin, Katie Younkin, Sam Younkin and George Younkin.

In about 1861, Jeremiah and Caroline migrated westward to seek their fortune. They stayed in Illinois for seven years, and then moved again to Union County, IA. There, he obtained a farm of 80 acres, and it brought him prosperity. He returned to Connellsville for a visit in about 1886, then did not return for another 15 years. 

In June 1901, Jeremiah traveled back to his home region for a visit among family and friends. He told a reporter from the Connellsville Courier that:

...there is no better farming land in the world. He says there is a natural waste of more to the acre in that country than we can raise in Fayette. Younkin had not been in Connellsville for 15 years and says he would scarcely know the town, there are so many improvements, chief among which are the big buildings, new overhead bridge, street railways, the extension toward the South Side and South Connellsville, and the general improvements in the railroads hereabouts. he will visit here and in Greene county for a couple months, having rented his farm, he says, and will have nothing to do for a while but enjoy himself.

Jeremiah died in Union, Iowa on June 20, 1915 at the age of 78. He was laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Caroline lived for another 22 years. She passed at the age of 101 on Aug. 30, 1937.

Son Benjamin Franklin Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). At the age of (?), on June 7, 1890, he was married to Helen E. Ayres (1868- ? ), daughter of O.B. and Anna (Stone) Ayres. The nuptials were celebrated in Osceola.

Daughter Lucy Jane Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On Feb. 3, 1886, in a ceremony held in Afton, IA, she was wedded to William B. Pollock ( ? - ? ). He was the son of James P. and Eliza (McVey) Pollock.

Son Elbiam Younkin

Son Edward Charles Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?) in Iowa. On Feb. 24, 1901, at the home of the bride's parents, he was united in holy matrimony with Eva Harris ( ? - ? ), daughter of William and Eliza (Walker) Harris.

Son C.W. Younkin

Daughter Katie Younkin

Son Sam Younkin

Son George Younkin

Circa 1993, Jeremiah's great-grandson Clarence Charles Younkin and his wife Maxine of San Marcos, CA traveled to Kingwood, Somerset County, PA to attend the Younkin Reunion-East.

Copyright 2013 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan.