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William 'Henry' Younkin


William "Henry" Younkin, 1940

William "Henry" (or "Hen") Younkin was born on June 3, 1856 in or near Addison, Somerset County, the son of Frederick F. and Sarah (Faidley) Younkin.

His wife was Rachel McClintock (1855-1922), daughter of John K. and Mary Ann (Growall) McClintock.

The Younkins were farmers. Circa 1899, they made their home in Addison, Somerset County. At other times, they resided in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, where they were recorded in the United States censuses of 1880 and 1900. By 1910, they had moved to Middlecreek Township, Somerset County, where they spent the remainder of their lives. 

They produced 11 children -- Mary Ann "Annie" Younkin, Etta Savon Snyder, Alice Jane Ream, John Frederick Younkin, William "Wesley" Younkin, Minnie Belle Barkman, Margaret E. Friedline, Charles E. Younkin, Ross Milton Younkin, Clark Melvin Younkin and Martha "Mattie" Trapp. 


With a great-great grandbaby

Sadly, daughter Annie died at the age of three on Nov. 4, 1878, with burial in the Church of God cemetery in Kingwood.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1880, Henry and Rachel and their daughters Ettie and Alice lived on a farm in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, with 16-year-old Mary Romesburg and 25-year-old Marcellus Sechler living under their roof as servants and farm laborers. Among their neighbors were Ross and Catharine Heinbaugh, Aaron and Susan Meyers and Benjamin W. and Hannah Snyder. 

The 1900 census of Upper Turkeyfoot shows that by that time, Henry and Rachel had been married for 27 years, and that of the 11 children she had borne, 10 were alive, with the youngest just two years of age. Next door dwelled 50-year-old Belinda (King) Younkin, widow of ill-fated Freeman Younkin (of the family of Rev. Herman Younkin), who had been killed in a railroad accident two years before.

Tragedy shook the family in mid-August 1912, when their married son Wesley, working in the woods near Humbert, was struck and killed by a bolt of lighting. A news article reported the awful details: 

Mr. Younkin and seven other men were removing a sawmill, when they were overtaken by a furious storm. Rain descended in torrents and the men hurriedly collected under a wagon, but they were soon drenched and Mr. Younkin left his comrades and went under a tree. The storm broke with great violence, accompanied by loud peals of thunder and lurid flashes of lightning, and Mr. Younkin soon afterward met his doom. The bolt struck him on the left shoulder and described a diagonal course across his body, paralyzing the action of his heart. The men saw him suddenly fall to the ground and hastened to his side, but found his body limp and lifeless.


Kingwood Lutheran Cemetery

During the decade of the 1900s, Henry and Rachel moved to a farm in nearby Middlecreek Township, Somerset County. The census of 1910 shows Henry as a farmer, with assistance from his sons Ross and Clark as laborers. on the "home farm."

Sadly, Rachel passed away at the age of 66 years, 10 months and seven days on April 10, 1922. She was laid to rest in the Kingwood Lutheran Cemetery. The cause of her passing is not known, and her death certificate has not yet been located.


Henry's obituary, 1952

Henry survived his wife by three decades. During that time, their offspring multiplied in number significantly.

On Aug. 18, 1940, Henry attended the last Younkin National Home-Coming Reunion, held at the Kingwood Odd Fellow Grove, and was pictured in the final edition of the Younkin Family News Bulletin, billed as "one of our oldest citizens." 

Toward the end of his life, Henry became blind. That did not prevent him from attending family dinners and other clan gatherings. At one point, two of his great-granddaughters brought their babies to his home and to have photographs of him holding the infants. He was residing at that time with his married daughter, Alice (Younkin) Ream, who provided continuing care for him. Alice spoke to her father saying, "Now Pop, I'm going to put this baby in your arms and take your picture."

He died at the remarkable age of 95 on March 12, 1952, at the home of his son Ross in New Centerville. He joined his wife in burial in Kingwood, with Rev. J.L. Hull leading the services. 

At his death, the Daily American noted that among his survivors were an eye-popping 44 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great grandchildren.

Henry and Rachel's brood, June 1912, L-R: John, Margaret, Minnie, Wesley, Mattie, Ross, Clark, Charles and Alice. Daughter Etta was the only one missing. Just 2 months later, son Wesley was killed by a bolt of lightning.


~ Daughter Etta Savon (Younkin) Snyder ~

Daughter Etta Savon Younkin (1876-1973) was born on Sept. 13, 1876 in Kingwood. She married Charles "Walter" Snyder (1872- ? ), son of Benjamin W. and Hannah Snyder. The ceremony was held on July 2, 1895, led by Rev. A.B. Miller, when she was age 18 and he was 23. At the time of marriage, Charles earned a living as a laborer. 


Somerset County 
Memorial Park, where 
legions of Younkins rest

They went on to have seven children -- Minnie Snyder, Frank Snyder, Leora Snyder, Russell D. Snyder, Raymond A. Snyder, Florence Snyder and Hazel Snyder. They made their home in Confluence. 

Etta passed away in Berlin, Somerset County on July 28, 1973, at the age of 96. She was interred in Somerset County Memorial Park. At her death, reported the Daily American, she was survived by 20 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Son Russell Snyder (1905-1976) was born on June 28, 1906 in Paddytown. He married Ethel Whipkey ( ? - ? ) of Rockwood. They had one son, Ray Snyder. Russell died in Meyersdale Hospital at the age of 71 on Aug. 20, 1976. Burial was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery, following a funeral officiated by Rev. Don Judy.

Son Raymond A. Snyder (1907-1988) was born on Nov. 4, 1907 in Upper Turkeyfoot. He married Anne Lenhart ( ? - ? ) and lived in Confluence in 1976. They had one daughter, Nancy Yutzy. Raymond was a member of the Lions Club of Confluence, the Confluence United Methodist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Raymond died in Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD on Nov. 14, 1988. His remains were brought back into Pennsylvania and entombed in Addison Cemetery.

Daughter Leora Snyder wed (?) Zimmerman and in the mid-1970s called Somerset home.

Daughter Minnie Snyder married (?) Whatley. They were in Philadelphia in 1976.

Daughter Hazel Snyder married (?) Zimmerman. They resided in Berlin, Somerset County.


~ Daughter Alice Jane (Younkin) Ream ~

Daughter Alice Jane Younkin (1878-1969) was born on Nov. 13, 1878 in Kingwood. 

At the age of 17, on Christmas Eve 1895, she wed a distant Younkin cousin, 19-year-old Frederick Albert Ream (1876-1958), son of Albert and Barbara Ellen (Dull) Ream, grandson of Frederick and Margaret "Peggy" (Faidley) Dull and great-grandson of George and Christina (Younkin) Dull Sr. Justice of the peace William Zufall officiated. At the time, Frederick was the ward of guardian Jacob Kreger, and worked as a laborer. 

They lived in the Kingwood area and had six offspring -- Ethel Ream, Myrl Leroy Ream, John Ream, Charles H. Ream, Margaret Faye Romesburg and Ray Ream. 

Article about William and Rachel (McClintock) Younkin - YFNB, Oct. 1990

In an interesting twist, showing the entanglement of Younkin families, after a divorce, Frederick's mother married (and divorced) Civil War veteran Balaam Younkin.

Alice was a member of the Kingwood Church of God and an original member of the Kingwood Rebekah Lodge of the Odd Fellows. 

Frederick passed away in Kingwood at the age of 81 in 1958. 

Alice Jane followed him to the grave 11 years later, on July 29, 1969, just nine days after man first landed on the Moon. Burial was in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Daughter Margaret "Faye" Ream married a cousin, Albert A. Romesburg (1909- ? ), son of John Harrison and Sarah (Younkin) Romesburg and grandson of John F. and Elizabeth (McNair) Younkin. Their residence in the 1960s was in Markleton.

Son Charles H. Ream married a cousin, Pauline Romesburg, daughter of John Harrison and Sarah (Younkin) Romesburg and granddaughter of John F. and Elizabeth (McNair) Younkin. They lived in Markleton in 1969.

Son Ray Ream dwelled in 1969 in Markleton.

Son Charles H. Ream (1906-1975) was born on June 30, 1906 in Casselman. He married Pauline Romesburg. Their children were Larry D. Ream and Diana Mark. The Reams made their residence in Markleton, and were members of the Kingwood Grange and Kingwood Church of God. Charles also belonged to the Odd Fellows lodge of Kingwood. He died at age 69, at home, on Oct. 4, 1975. After Rev. Paul Tobias led the funeral service, Charles' remains were placed at rest in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Son Myrl Leroy Ream (1916-1990) was born on Dec. 2, 1916 in Upper Turkeyfoot. He married Lucille A. Byrd ( ? - ? ), and they had these children: Allan J. Ream, Malcolm L. Ream, Judy Ream, John B. Ream and Sally Wrenn. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 95th Division, Company F, of the 178th Infantry in Europe. At one time, Myrl managed the Somerset Farm Bureau Cooperative, and retired as manager of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Potato Growers, Inc. He made his home in Hershey, PA in the late 1960s, where he was a member of the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren. Circa 1990, he lived in Palmyra, PA, also known as Campbelltown. He died at age 73 on Nov. 12, 1990. His remains were transported to his old home region for entombment in Somerset County Memorial Park, with Rev. Gerald Deffenbaugh officiating at the funeral service. Myrl's obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American and then reprinted in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (January 1991).


John F. and Alice Younkin grave, Kingwood

~ Son John Frederick Younkin ~

Son John Frederick Younkin (1881-1939) was born on Feb. 23, 1881 in Kingwood.

As a young adult, he was a farmer. 

John and Alice Rebecca Burroughs (1880-1956) were wed on July 24, 1898 when both were age 17. She was a daughter of Charles and Mary (Hahn) Burroughs of Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA and later of Fort Hill, Somerset County. The nuptials were led by justice of the peace A.S. Levy in Ursina. Because they legally were underage, both sets of parents had to sign their consents. 

They resided in Milford Township, Somerset County, and had an astounding 15 children, among them David Clyde Younkin, Martin Joseph Younkin, Melvin H. Younkin, Russell Oscar Younkin, Jesse R. Younkin, Lawrence Carl Younkin, Earl F. "Pug" Younkin, Sheldon R. Younkin, Zelda M. Sanner, Hilbert T. "Hick" Younkin, Agnes Frank, Erma Ruth Brant, Orville B. "Pappy" Younkin, Roy T. Younkin and Kenneth W. Younkin. 

Sadly, their sons Sheldon, Kenneth and Roy died as infants. 

John  was "engaged in farming practically all his life," reported the Younkin Family News Bulletin (Aug. 10, 1939). They were members of Mt. Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church. 

John and Alice later separated, with Alice moving to Connellsville. John was afflicted with a massive stroke at home and was taken to Somerset Community Hospital, where he died a short time later, at age 58, on July 30, 1939. Burial was in the Church of God Cemetery in Kingwood, with Rev. I.J. Kalp officiating. 

Alice died in the home of her son Melvin in Jenner Township, Somerset County at age 75 on March 16, 1956.

Son Martin Joseph Younkin (1900-1977) was born on Feb. 15, 1900 in Scullton. He wed Cordie Nedrow (1903-1985), daughter of Philip and Mary (Yowler) Nedrow of Casselman. Their three sons were Earl Younkin, Keith Younkin and Lawrence Younkin. The family resided in Jerome in 1939 and moved to Stoystown and Friedens, Somerset County. Martin died at age 77 in Berlin, Somerset County, on Dec. 17, 1977. He was laid to rest in Somerset County Memorial Park following a funeral preached by Rev. Rick Kineer. Cordie survived her husband by eight years, and went to live in Crescent City, FL. Suffering from cancer, Cordie died in Crescent City at age 82 on Feb. 10, 1985. At her death, she had 12 grandchildren and "numerous" great-grandchildren, said the Daily American.

  • Grandson Earl Younkin resided in Rockwood in 1977.
  • Grandson Keith Younkin made his home in Vermillion, OH.
  • Grandson Lawrence "Larry" Younkin lived in Stoystown, Somerset County.


Melvin and Viola's grave, Kingwood

Son Melvin H. Younkin (1901-1979) was born on Nov. 3, 1901. On March 15, 1924, at the age of 23, he 19-year-old married Viola F. Rupp (1905-1986). She was the daughter of Milton W. and Vesta Bell (Yowler) Rupp of Black Township near Rockwood. They had three children -- Wayne Younkin, LaVerne Singo and Phyllis Benedict. The family belonged to the Jenner Grace Brethren Church. Melvin was a coal miner and member of the United Mine Workers of America, Local 1742, while Viola was employed by the Hoffman Garment Factory in Boswell, Somerset County. On March 15,1979, they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Sadly, Melvin passed away on June 19, 1979. Viola lived for another seven years, and moved into the home of her daughter and son in law, LaVerne and Oran Singo, in North Tonawanda, NY. She died there on Sept. 12, 1986, at age 80. Her remains were returned to Somerset County for interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood. Their grave marker is inscribed, "Together Forever."

  • Grandson Wayne Younkin married Marjorie Huffman and in 1979 dwelled in Buffalo, NY. 
  • Granddaughter LaVerne Younkin was wedded to Oran Singo and made her home in North Tonawanda, NY.
  • Granddaughter Phyllis Younkin was united in marriage with Steve Benedict. In 1979, their residence was in DeLand, FL.

Son Russell Oscar Younkin (1903- ? ) was born on Nov. 15, 1903 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township. He was united in wedlock with Hazel Pritts ( ? - ? ). The Younkins resided in Flint, MI in 1928 and later returned to Western Pennsylvania, making their home in Connellsville in 1956. Their three children were Calvin Younkin, Hilbert D. Younkin and Vera Younkin.

  • Grandson Calvin Younkin ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2017.
  • Grandson Hilbert D. Younkin (1928-2017) was born on Feb. 19, 1928 in Flint, MI. He and his parents relocated back to their home region of Connellsville, Fayette County, PA. There, he married Bernadine Trump ( ? - ? ). The couple produced these children -- Dane Younkin, Douglas Younkin, David Younkin and Donald Younkin. During World War II, Hilbert served in the U.S. Army. He spent 38 years of employment with Anchor Hocking Glass in South Connellsville, from which he eventually retired. Sadly, they suffered the untimely death of their son Dane of Indiana, PA. Toward the end of his life, Hilbert was admitted to Scottdale Manor in Scottdale, PA. There, at the age of 89, he passed away on May 22, 2017. Pastor Lee Maley -- of the family of Martha (Mayle) Mayle of Philippi, WV -- officiated at the funeral service, followed by interment in Normalville Cemetery, with military rites performed by the American Legion Post 301 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 21. Their son Douglas married Linda Miller and dwelled in Connellsville; son David lived in Connellsville; and son Donald wed Sandy Opalinski and resided in Scottdale.
  • Granddaughter Vera Younkin wed (?) Myers. In 2017, her home was in Louisville, KY.

Son Jesse R. Younkin (1906 - ? ) was born in 1906. He lived in Johnstown, Cambria County in 1939. He married Irene M. Phillippi (1907-1992), daughter of John and Sadie (Knopsnyder) Phillippi of Rockwood. They were members of the Rockwood Brethren Church and later made their home in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, PA, where they operated Rene's Diner. They had four children: Velma Muir, Jerry E. Younkin, Dale M. Younkin and Arden J. Younkin. After Jesse's death, Irene carried on the business. She died in Latrobe Area Hospital on April 29, 1992. She was laid to rest in Ligonier Valley Cemetery, following funeral services led by Rev. Robert Parker.

Son Lawrence "Carl" Younkin (1907-1969) was born on Nov. 9 or 19, 1907 at Fort Hill, Somerset County. He was a laborer and circa 1935-1939 resided in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. In early adulthood, he and friends have wandered through the country, calling themselves hobos. He was tall and had dark hair, and a daughter recalled that he "was missing a finger or two." At the age of 27, on Jan. 10, 1936, he married 26-year-old Laverne Edna Johnson (1910- ? ), daughter of John W. and Emma (Geary) Johnson. Rev. Herman W. Kalbrink officiated at the ceremony held in Somerset. The couple moved to Michigan and apparently settled in Genesee County. They divorced in Genesee on Nov. 12, 1943. Later, Carl married or became a companion of Marion Anastasia Dolan ( ? - ? ). They produced five known children, James L. Younkin, Dennis Younkin, Patricia Ann Wesener, Mary Alice Younkin and Robert Younkin. They divorced or broke up and the youngest son, Robert, was given up for adoption. In 1953-1956, Carl dwelled in Flint, MI, and in October 1953 traveled back to Somerset County with his son Dennis to visit with his sister and brother in law Zelda and Charles Sanner, nephew Everett Sanner and his daughter Vicki, brother Hilbert Younkin and his son Chester, and brother and sister in law Martin and Cordie Younkin. Their visit was reported in the gossip columns of the Somerset Daily American. Circa 1968, he resided in Akron, Stark County, OH, while his former wife Laverne maintained a home in Hollidaysburg, Blair County, PA. Toward the end of his life, as he was dying, Carl's sons James and Dennis and 15-year-old daughter Patricia came to visit, the only time the daughter remembered meeting him. Carl died at age 61 on Sept. 29, 1969, in Cleveland. His remains were returned to Somerset County for interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood.

Son Earl "Pug" Younkin (1909-1973) was born on Sept. 18, 1909. He married Elizabeth Heiple ( ? - ? ). They did not reproduce. Circa 1939, Pug lived in South Carolina. He was a veteran of World War II, and later returned to Somerset. He worked as a truck driver, was a member of the Teamsters Local 377 of Youngstown, OH and was employed by Interstate Truck Service of Wheeling, WV. He died at age 64 on March 9, 1973. Burial was in Somerset County Memorial Park.

Daughter Zelda M. Younkin (1912-1980) was born on Nov. 2, 1912 in Middlecreek Township. She wed Charles R. "Skinny" Sanner (1900-1979). Bride and groom were a dozen years apart in age. They lived in the Markleton area and had eight children -- Faye Compton, Everett E. Sanner, Earl Dean Sanner, Evelyn Wirsing, J. Darl Sanner, Alice Carpenter, Peter Sanner and Terry Sanner. They were members of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church, and Zelda was active with the Rebekah Lodge of the Odd Fellows of Kingwood. At some point in time, Zelda and Charles dictated their personal family history to their granddaughter Vickie Olwin, who later wrote their story in the book 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset. Charles died at age 79 in 1979. At the age of 67, Zelda died in Siemon Nursing Home, in 1980. Rev. Edd Myers officiated at her funeral. The Somerset Daily American reported that her survivors included 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Faye Sanner married Leonard Compton and in 1980-1996 lived in Markleton RD 1.
  • Grandson Everett E. Sanner resided in Somerset.
  • Grandson Earl Dean Sanner (1933-1996) was born on July 5, 1933 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War and received training at Camp Gordon, GA. He married Mary Ann Bleehash ( ? - ? ). The couple produced two daughters -- Kathy Younkin and Barbara Raley. They dwelled in Acosta, Somerset County and later in Orlando, FL. Dean died in Daytona Beach's Halifax Hospital at the age of 62 on Feb. 18, 1996. His remains were brought back to Pennsylvania for burial in Somerset County Memorial Park, with Rev. John Snyder officiating. The Somerset Daily American published an obituary.
  • Granddaughter Evelyn Sanner ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She had a son, James Walters. Later, she was wedded to Charles "Donald" Wirsing (1934-2002), son of Franklin E. and Ella F. (Colflesh) Wirsing of Harnedsville. They made their home in Confluence RD 1 for many years. Their children were Patricia R. Younkin, Dawn R. Walters and Susan R. Deal. Reported the Somerset Daily American, "He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Somerset County Job Service after 30 years employment. He also liked to farm. Member of the Ursina American Legion Post 946 and the Harnedsville United Methodist Church. He was president of Younkin Cemetery Association [and] a trustee of the Crossroads Cemetery." He died in Johnstown's Memorial Medical Center at the age of 67 on Jan. 6, 2002. His remains were placed into repose in Addison Cemetery, with Rev. Timothy Gosnell preaching the funeral sermon.
  • Grandson J. Darl Sanner was united in wedlock with Virginia and lived in Somerset.
  • Granddaughter  Alice Sanner married Ronald "Ron" Carpenter and relocated to Xenia, OH. They were in Xenia in 1996.
  • Grandson Peter "Pete" Sanner wedded Nancy and resided in Rockwood and Scullton.
  • Grandson Terry Lee Sanner (1949-2004) was born on Jan. 27, 1949 in Confluence. In about 1968, at the age of 19, he married Patricia Walker, daughter of Wilkis and Emeline Walker. They remained together for 36 years. Their children were Corleen Sanner, Kelly Carr and Jason Sanner. Reported the Somerset Daily American, "He was formerly employed by Gribble Transport as a truck mechanic supervisor, and earlier, Tom Moran Trucking, as a coal truck driver. He was a member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Markleton. He was a Pennsylvania Forest Fire Warden for six years and has been First Assistant Truck Foreman and Firefighter for the New Centerville & Rural Fire Co. for the past 25 years. He was an active member of the company and held several Line Offices in the past. He served 9 years for Laurel Highland Fire Equipment as chief mechanic, servicing fire trucks in Somerset, Fayette, Westmoreland and Bedford counties. He enjoyed John Deere tractors, Mac trucks, hunting and playing kickball with the grandchildren." Stricken with cancer, he died a short time afterward at the age of 55 on Sept. 28, 2004. Rev. James Monticue officiated at the funeral service and burial at the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.


L-R: Sanner brothers Everett, Peter, Dean, Terry and Darl. Courtesy Vicki Hester.


Son Hilbert T. "Hick" Younkin (1914-1986) was born on Nov. 27, 1914 in Middlecreek Township. His home in 1939 was in Pittsburgh. He served in World War II and wed Dorothy M. Rush, daughter of Harry and Minnie (Romesburg) Rush. The Younkins had four sons: Chester Younkin, Barry Younkin, Michael Younkin and Brian Younkin. Hick worked for General Refractories Company of Fort Hill, Somerset County, for 37 years. The family is said to have resided in the former home of cousin Almira (Trimpey) Gerhard, a structure ordered from the Sears Roebuck catalogue, and arriving in pieces needing to be assembled. They were members of the Messiah Lutheran Church of New Centerville. Hick died at age 71 on Aug. 6, 1986, with burial in Somerset County Memorial Park.


  • Grandson Chester Younkin made his residence in 1986 in Ellicott City, MD.


  • Grandson Barry Younkin dwelled in Somerset.


  • Grandson Michael Younkin lived in Pittsburgh.


  • Grandson Brian Younkin made his home in Markleton.

Daughter Agnes Younkin (1917?- ? ) was born in about 1917. She was married at least three times. In 1939, she was wedded to (?) Pritts and lived at home with her parents. She eventually married (?) Kimmel and lived in Ravenna, OH in 1956 and Kansas in 1980. Later still, she wed (?) Frank and was in Deland, FL circa 1988.


L-R: Zelda Sanner, Agnes Frank and Irma Ruth Brant. Courtesy Vicki Hester.


Daughter Irma Ruth Younkin (1919-2006) was born on April 5, 1919 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township. She was united in holy matrimony with John Parker Brant ( ? -1984). They made their home in Ravenna, OH and had two sons -- Allen Brant and Telford Brant. Irma worked as a packer for many years at Packard Electric in Ravenna, a position from which she retired. They were members of the Grace United Methodist Church. Sadly, John died on May 18, 1984. Irma outlived him by 22 years. Later in life, she returned to Somerset. She died in Somerset Hospital on Feb. 28, 2006 at the age of 86. Rev. Eric Raygor officiated at her funeral service, followed by burial in Somerset County Memorial Park. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.


  • Grandson Allen Brant lived in Somerset.


  • Grandson Telford Brant married Betty Engle. They made their home in Cochranton.


Son Orville B. "Pappy" Younkin (1920-1988) was born on July 2, 1920 in Milford Township. Circa 1939, he made his home in Pittsburgh. He wed Lorraine (Knopsnyder) Fitzsimmons in about 1941. They resided in Friedens, Somerset County, and had three children -- David Timothy "Tim" Younkin, Linda Ohler and Lynn Younkin. Orville served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a longtime truck driver. He died at age 68 on Oct. 11, 1988, with burial in Somerset County Memorial Park.


  • Grandson David Timothy "Tim" Younkin (1934-2015) was born on April 26, 1945 in Somerset. In about 1964, at the age of 31, he was united in marriage with Bonnie Lauer ( ? -living). They remained married for 51 years. The couple resided in Friedens, Somerset County and produced two children -- Mark Younkin and Tammy Ferchalk. After graduation from high school, Tim served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Following his father's occupation, he earned a living as a truck driver. Tim passed away at In Touch Hospice House in Somerset at the age of 70 on Sept. 28, 2015. His remains were placed into eternal repose in Somerset County Memorial Park.


  • Granddaughter Linda Sue Younkin (1948-2015) was born on Nov. 7, 1948 in Somerset. She married Earl "Jim" Ohler ( ? - ? ). They made their home in Garrett, Somerset County and had two children -- Brian Ohler and Melanie Ryman. Linda worked at Gilmour Manufacturing and retired from this employment. She survived her husband by some years and died on March 24, 2015 at the age of 66 at Johnstown's Memorial Medical Center.


  • Grandson Lynn G. Younkin (1952-2006) was born on Aug. 27, 1952 in Somerset. He had two children -- Chad Younkin and Lori Ann Nist. Lynn enjoyed hot rod and stock car racing. In about 1989, he married Gwynne (Bonnar) Tressler ( ? - ? ). They lived in Friedens, Somerset County. Gwynne had been married before and brought three children to the marriage -- Mark Tressler, Michael Tressler and Jamie Tressler. Lynn died at age 54 at home in Friedens. His remains were interred in Somerset County Memorial Park following a funeral service preached by Rev. Sam Coughenour.


Wesley Younkin

~ Son William "Wesley" Younkin ~

Son William "Wesley" Younkin (1884-1912) was born on June 7, 1884 in or near Kingwood. He grew up on the family farm, and in 1900 worked at age 15 as a farm laborer.

He is said to have produced a son with Mary Ohler, with whom he was not married, and the son was named was James Arthur Younkin. (Mary later married Bruce Pyle.) 

On June 8, 1904, at the age of 20, Wesley married 21-year-old Luna Viola Kimmel (1883-1944), daughter of William J. and San Francisco "Frances" (Will) Kimmel of near Trent, Somerset County. 

They had five children -- Naomi Fern Knepper, Lloyd William Younkin, Kenneth Leroy Younkin, Ray Alvin Younkin and Paola Younkin. 

For a year, they lived in Rockwood where Wesley was employed as an engine watchman at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad yards. They then moved back to Humbert where Wesley obtained work at the Mecasce lumber mill. 

After his tragic, senseless death at the age of 28, his funeral was held in the Kingwood Church of God, led by Rev. W.J. Umstead, followed by burial in the nearby Lutheran cemetery. At Wesley's demise, a newspaper said he "was a good citizen and an industrious man." His departure left Luna at home with five young children, including the newborn Paola. A marker was placed at his grave, in the shape of a log, symbolic of his death. 

Another monument-type cairn, a vertical shaft of stone with the word "YOUNKIN" running sideways top to bottom, was placed at the site of his death, and was a stop on the Younkin Reunion-East driving tour circa 1996. Luna later resided in Harnedsville, Somerset County. 

Luna married again to teamster Jonas Earl Butler (1893-1960), son of McClellan and Eliza (Folk) Butler of Keyser Ridge, MD. They united themselves in wedlock on Oct. 21, 1914, when she was 31 and he 21, an age gap of a decade. They resided in Grantsville, MD. She died in Harnedsville on March 21, 1944, at the age of 60. She is believed to be buried in the Oak Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery on Negro Mountain in Garrett County, MD. 

Wesley and Luna and their children are included in a profile of her father in the book 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset, published in 1985 by the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County.


L-R: Wesley's log-shaped grave marker at Kingwood; grandchildren at the grave, mid-1990s; and the lettered cairn where he was killed in the woods.


Old Bethel Cemetery, Kingwood

Son James Arthur Younkin (1903-1984) was born on Dec. 19, 1903 in Lower Turkeyfoot. He married Mahala Elizabeth "Lizzie" King (1905-1981), daughter of Samuel and Martha (Firestone) King. They had nine children -- Charles Younkin, Sara May, Martha Knopsnyder, Mary Jane Pugh, Melvin R. Younkin, Ruth Tressler, Paul Younkin, Robert Younkin and Shirley Gonzales. James and Mahala resided near Kingwood. He died at age 80 in Meyersdale Hospital on Oct. 1, 1984, with burial in the Old Bethel Church Cemetery. At his death, reported the Somerset Daily American, he was survived by 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Son Lloyd William Younkin (1906-1974) was born on July 18, 1906. He was twice married. His first bride was Beulah Celeste Briskey, daughter of John William and Clara (Shumaker) Briskey. They had one son, Lloyd Briskey Younkin. After a divorce, Lloyd married widow Mary Pearl (Knupp) Kimmel (1911-1974), daughter of Reuben and Carrie Etta (Bittner) Knupp, who had a daughter to a previous marriage, Mary Ann Kimmel. They endured even more heartache when son Lloyd B. Younkin, employed by Rhodamer Concrete, was killed accidentally in the workplace. Lloyd W. was employed by Somerset State Hospital and was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Somerset Sportsmen's Association. He died at age 68 on July 18, 1974. Lloyd W. and Beulah are named in a profile of her father John William Briskey in the 1985 book 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset.

Son Kenneth Leroy Younkin (1908-1961) was born in 1908 near New Centerville, Somerset County. As a young man, he labored as a farmer and lived near Salisbury, Somerset County. On March 3, 1930, he and 21-year-old Beulah Harriet Alexander (1909- ? ) united themselves in marriage. She was the daughter of Eder and Mary (Bender) Alexander of Accident, MD. They had four children. He was a truck driver for Ohio Edison Company for 21 years, and then became a manager at Mindale Farms of Tallmadge, Ohio. Said the Somerset American, "he became a skilled producer in the breeding of Aberdeen Angus cattle and Berkshire swine. He helped raise the 1952 Ohio State Fair grand champion sow and the 1952 Illinois State fair reserve junior champion sow." He died in 1961. 

Daughter Naomi Fern Younkin (1905- ? ) was born in 1905. As a young woman, she was a teacher in the outskirts of Rockwood. When both bride and groom were age 19, Naomi married Clarence J. Knepper (1905- ? ), son of Homer and Laura (Shobur) Knepper of Berlin, Somerset County. Rev. R.E. Shober officiated at the nuptials, held on May 24, 1924 at Clarence's home. At the time of marriage, Clarence was a teacher residing at Berlin.

Daughter Paola Younkin (1912?- ? ) is believed to have been born in 1911 or 1912 and was in infancy when her father was killed.


Minnie Belle

~ Daughter Minnie Belle (Younkin) Barkman ~

Daughter Minnie Belle Younkin (1886-1969) was born on Aug. 17, 1886 in Kingwood. 

She married Franklin J. "Frank" Barkman ( ? -1974), son of Jacob S. and Elizabeth (Stahl) Barkman of New Centerville, Somerset County. The ceremony took place on Sept. 3 or 5, 1907, in the parsonage of the Messiah Lutheran Church, when Minnie was age 21. Rev. D.S. Weimer officiated. 

Their four children were Orlo J. Barkman, Hazel M. Miller, Alverda M. Whipkey and Arlene E. Thomas.


Minnie and Frank

When Minnie's brother Wesley tragically was killed in a lightning strike in 1912, Minnie and Frank took in the victim's young daughter, Naomi, and raised her to adulthood. The Barkmans were farmers, working on his father's farm, and were members of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Glade (renamed New Centerville). 

She liked to call her husband "Pop," and he called her "Mom," as did all of their children.

They spent their retirement traveling to Florida and the West Coast. In 1967, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. 

Minnie died in Rockwood at the age of 83 on Dec. 5, 1969. 

Franklin survived her by five years. Lost without his wife, and said to have a broken heart, he passed into eternity on Nov. 17, 1974. 

In 1985, their daughter Alverda published a photograph of Frank and Minnie in the book 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset, produced by the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County.


~ Daughter Margaret E. "Maggie" (Younkin) Friedline ~

Daughter Margaret E. "Maggie" Younkin (1888-1939) was born on Aug. 30, 1888 in Kingwood. 

She wed James Jay Friedline (1884-1938) two days before Christmas 1910, when she was 21 years of age and he 26. He was the son of Jacob and Matilda (Lape) Friedline.

Their two children were James Jay Friedline Jr. and Wallace Friedline. 

James was a self-employed carpentry contractor. They dwelled in Bakersville, Jefferson Township. 

At the age of 54, while trying to life excessive weight while at work, James suffered a heart attack in May 1938. He died on July 11, 1938. Burial was in Husband Cemetery.

Margaret was stricken with cancer of the left breast and also of the lungs. She underwent surgery in 1937 but it was not effective. After two years of suffering, she was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital and died at the untimely age of 50 on May 25, 1939, with interment in the Husband Cemetery in Somerset. 

Son James Jay Friedline Jr. (1914-2001) was born on April 8, 1914 in Jefferson Township, Somerset County. He was twice married. His first bride was Evon Avis Cook (1914-1963), daughter of Jacob and Nannie (Brubaker) Cook. They produced one daughter, Pamela Nan Heer. Over the years, James was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and attended the University of Pittsburgh. The Somerset Daily American noted that he was a World War II veteran with the U.S. Air Force Troop Carrier 50th wing. He also was a member of the Masons, Odd Fellows, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also belonged to the Somerset Borough Council and Somerset Police Civil Service Commission and was an automobile salesman for the Roy H. Shaulis & Son dealership of Somerset. Their home was at 938 West Main Street in Somerset. Evon worked as a case worker in welfare matters. Sadly, Evon received first degree burns above her buttocks from use of a heating pad. She suffered a heart attack and died suddenly on May 5, 1963, at the age of 49. James married again to M. Laverne (Shaffer) Tranquilla. She had been married before and brought these children to the union -- Dr. Ronald Tranquilla and David Tranquilla. James and Laverne remained wed for 33 years. On Jan. 9, 2001, at the age of 86, James died in Somerset Hospital. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Somerset County Community Park.


  • Granddaughter Pamela Nan Friedline married William Heer and in 2001 made their home in Rotonda West, FL.

Son Wallace Luther Friedline (1921-1997) was born on Aug. 10, 1921 in Bakersville, Jefferson Township. During World War II, he was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. As with his brother, he was widowed and married a second time. His first wife was Lois Virginia Davis (1920-1961), daughter of Claude W. and Marguerite (Blackburn) Davis of Ursina. They made their residence at 110 Circle Drive in Somerset. Sadly, at the age of 20, Lois was stricken with an auto-immune disease of the skin, known to physicians as "scleroderma." She managed to live with the ailment for 20 years, but passed away on Sept. 28, 1961 at the age of 40. The following year, Wallace was united in wedlock with his second wife, Jane Varner Hoffman (1924-2006), daughter of Carl Henry and Ruth (Varner) Friedline. In all, his offspring were Margaret Ann Friedline, Ann Ruth Friedline and John W. Friedline. They were members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Wallace also was active with the local Masonic lodge and a board member of Somerset Country Club. He also belonged to the American Legion and attended University of Pittsburgh.  A business owner, he operated Friedline's Ladies Shoe and Accessories for 21 years, from 1948 to 1969, and was a field service representative for Penelec from 1970 to 1987. Lois had her own career, following her graduation from Gettysburg College. She was a case worker for Blue Cross Blue Shield and for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, a position from which she retired in 1982. She also was a member of the Somerset Welfare League and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Wallace died at home at the age of 75 on July 12, 1997. He rests in Somerset County Community Park, with Rev. Robert L. Hoover Jr. having officiated at the funeral service. Jane survived her husband by nine years. She passed into eternity at age  82 on Dec. 7, 2006. 


  • Grandson John W. Friedline married Lori Ann Salvato and dwelled in Dayton and Kendall Park, NJ.


~ Son Charles E. Younkin ~


Son Charles E. Younkin (1891-1978) was born on Jan. 9, 1891 in Kingwood. 

At the age of 19, on Feb. 7, 1910, he married a Younkin cousin, 21-year-old Lavenia Mary "Venie" Dumbauld (1889-1982), daughter of Peter T. and Ellen (Gerhardt) Dumbauld, and grandson of Jonathan Cable and Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld.


Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery

Their children were Guy Edward Younkin, Hazel Barclay, Roberta Glessner, Ralph W. Younkin and Dorothy Pyle. Sadly, they endured the death of their son Guy at age 20 in 1936. 

They were farmers and longtime members of the Milford Grange and the New Centerville Church of God. Charles also worked for Somerset State Hospital. In 1977, their home was in Somerset. They enjoyed 68 years of married life together. 

Charles passed away first, at age 87, on Sept. 18, 1978. 

Venie survived him by four years, to the ripe age of 93. She died in Somerset Community Hospital on Aug. 25, 1982, with burial beside her husband son in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republic noted that her survivors included 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.


~ Son Ross Milton Younkin ~

Son Ross Milton Younkin (1893-1962) was born on Feb. 2, 1893 near Addison. 

He married Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" Sullivan (1895-1981), daughter of Nathaniel W. and Louisa (Bittner) Sullivan of New Centerville, Somerset County. Their ceremony was held on Oct. 20, 1916, when Ross was age 23 and Bessie 21. Rev. P.B. Fasold officiated, likely at the bride's home. At the time of marriage, Ross was a farmer. 

Their five progeny were Marie I. Younkin, Othelia F. Younkin, Cleo Younkin, Lorena Younkin and Delores Younkin. 

Ross and Bessie made their home in New Centerville, where he earned a living as a carpenter.

Burdened with congestive heart failure, on top of two decades' of hardening of the arteries, Ross entered Somerset Community Hospital and died 11 days later at age 69 on Nov. 13, 1962. Interment was in the Lutheran Cemetery in New Centerville.

Bessie survived him by almost two decades, making her home in Rockwood. She died at age 85 on July 8, 1981.


Clark M. Younkin

~ Son Clark Melvin Younkin ~

Son Clark Melvin Younkin (1896-1973) was born on June 13, 1896 near Kingwood. 

On June 24, 1915, at the age of 19, he was joined in matrimony with a double cousin, Olive Caroline Hauger (1899-1961), daughter of Jonathan E. and Ellen Elizabeth "Ellen" (Younkin) Hauger. O.G. Fye officiated at the ceremony. 

Clark was a coal miner at the No. 10 and 11 mines near Rockwood. He also was a school director of Black Township for 30 years, and spent 28 years working for the Rockwood Water Company. 

They had only one child, Ellouise Theo Kreger. 

Olive passed away in January 1961 at the age of 62. 

Clark outlived her by a dozen years. He died at age 77 on July 7, 1973. They rest together in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rockwood.


~ Daughter Martha "Mattie" (Younkin) Trapp ~

Daughter Martha E. "Mattie" Younkin (1897-1962) was born on Oct. 18, 1897 at Fort Hill, Somerset County. In 1925, she was employed as a telephone operator in Somerset. 

She married Carl A. Trapp (1904-1979), son of hotel keeper Charles A. and Mary (Kiefer) Trapp of Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. Their wedding took place on July 31, 1925. 

They had no children. Carl was a mechanic and worked in Listie, PA. 

At the age of 64, Mattie died on Feb. 5, 1962 and was entombed in Somerset County Memorial Park. 

Carl lived for another 17 years and passed into eternity at age 74 on June 22, 1979.


Copyright © 2014-2017 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Eloise (Younkin) Kreger, the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan; and Audrey (Miller) Will.