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Abraham 'Abram' Younkin
(1801-1850)

 

Abraham "Abram" Younkin was born in May 1801 in Milford Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Jacob and Hannah (Nicola) Younkin Sr. He was age 10 when his father died, and in May 1815, when Abraham reached the age of 14, John Gebhart was named as his legal guardian.

He married Mary Ann "Polly" Haupt (1803-1870).

Their known children were Amanda M. Reger, Mrs. Joseph Kantner, Margaret Pisel, Cyrus Younkin and Christianna "Christa" Fleck.

The Younkins made their longtime residence in Somerset Borough and Township. While an early member of the Disciples of Christ Church, he appears to have suffered from a streak of alcoholism. Circa the mid-1820s, said Peter Vogel's book Tale of a Pioneer Church, "the demon Drink always works such wicked havoc that it is still clearly remembered that Wm. Philson, Abram Younkin and Dr. Bruce, had to be frequently disciplined for drunkenness, and that their copious tears of penitence were never wholly able to wash this stain out of their natures." [Full text]

 

Page naming 'Abram' in Vogel's Tale of a Pioneer Church

 

In October 1828, Abraham was elected by a wide margin to the post of County Auditor, a term which was to have lasted for three years. The election results were published in the Somerset Herald.

Abraham passed away at the age of 48 years, 11 months and 14 days on April 11, 1850. His remains were placed into eternal repose in Union Cemetery in Somerset.

An inventory was made of the assets of his estate, which collectively were valued at $66.00. The items included a table, bureau, set of chairs, clock, lot of books, looking glass, carpet, bedstead, trundle bed, cupboard, kitchen and dining tables, crocks, desk, clothing, chest and kettle.

When the federal census was taken later that year, the widowed Polly and their three offsprign lived under one roof in Somerset Borough.

She lived for another 20 years after her husband's death. When the census again was taken in 1870, she dwelled with her married daughter and son in law Christa and Jacob Fleck in Somerset Borough.

Polly died on Oct. 6, 1870 at the age of 67 years, five months and 10 days.

 

~ Daughter Amanda M. (Younkin) Reger ~

Daughter Amanda M. Younkin (1824-1900) was born on April 13, 1824 in Somerset, Somerset County, PA. She married (?) Reger. They produced one known son, Thomas M. Reger. In about 1840, she joined the Disciples of Christ Church. Sadly, Mr. Reger died in 1858, leaving her a widow, a role which she maintained for the remaining 42 years of her life. She died in February 1900 at the home of her son Thomas in Altoona, Blair County, PA. Burial was in Altoona, with an obituary appearing in the Somerset Herald.

 

~ Daughter (?) (Younkin) Kantner ~

Daughter (?) Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was wedded to Joseph Kantner. In 1900, she made her home in Altoona, Blair County, PA.

 

~ Daughter Margaret (Younkin) Pisel ~

Daughter Margaret Younkin (1835-1906) was born on July 14, 1835. She was wedded to James Pisel (1835- ? ), son of Joseph and Anna Pisel. Their known children were Ellen Pisel, Charles Pisel, Mary Pisel, Edward Pisel. When the federal census was taken in 1860, the family dwelled in Somerset Borough, with James earning a living as a shoemaker. They remained in the borough through the 1860s and were there in 1870, with James continuing his work manufacturing shoes. By 1880, the Pisels made the decision to relocate the shoemaking business to Akron, Summit County, OH, where they are shown on the census that year, with their 15-year-old son Edward still living in their home. They were still in Akron in May 1891 when receiving word of the death of James' widowed mother in Somerset. Margaret is reputed to have died on St. Patrick's Day 1906. The site of her burial is not yet known.

Daughter Ellen Ralston "Ella" Pisel (1857-1922) was born on Jan. 9, 1857 in Somerset, Somerset County, PA. She and her parents moved to Ohio when she was a young woman. There, she married William M. Johns ( ? - ? ). As a widow, Ella maintained a home at 2830 Sedgwick Road in Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County. She suffered for a decade from heart problems and, on Dec. 2, 1922, died from acute gastritis at the age of 65. Interment was in East Cleveland Cemetery, with daughter Mrs. C.L. Anderson signing the official Ohio certificate of death. On the document, the maiden name of Ella's mother was written as "Duncan."

Son Charles L. Pisel (1858-1924) was born on March 28, 1858 in Somerset, Somerset County, PA. When a young man, he relocated with his parents to Akron, Summit County, OH and obtained work in a match factory. He married Lovina Winkelman (1861- ? ), daughter of Mary Winkelman. Circa 1880, the newlyweds resided with Lovina's widowed mother in Akron. At some point he was named superintendent of the Peoples Savings & Loan Company building in Akron. Circa 1920, the Pisels moved to 33 North Forge Street in Akron. Charles was burdened with heart and kidney problems and died at the age of 66, on Dec. 1, 1924, from the effects of acute kidney infection. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery. In providing details for the Ohio death certificate, Lovina spelled her mother-in-law's maiden name as "Young."

Daughter Mary Pisel (1860- ? ) was born in 1860 in Somerset, Somerset County.

Son Edward Pisel (1865-1944) was born on March 28, 1865 or 1866 in Somerset, Somerset County. As a boy, he relocated with his parents to Akron, Summit County, OH, and in 1880, as a 15-year-old, worked there in a pottery. He married Hulda (?). Over the years, Edward made a living as a carpenter. In the 1930s, he moved to 3722 Meadowbrook Drive in University Heights, Cuyahoga County, OH. On the fateful night of April 20, 1944, while Edward was smoking, his clothes caught fire and he was burned to death. The coroner examined the body and noted extensive second and third degree burns. Burial was in Cleveland's Lakeview Cemetery, in Section 4, lot 669. Hulda signed the death certificate, giving her mother-in-law's maiden name as "Margaret Bevens."

 

~ Son Cyrus Younkin ~

Son Cyrus Younkin (1838- ? ) was born in 1838. Nothing more about him is known, and evidence suggests that he died young.

 

~ Daughter Christianna (Younkin) Fleck ~

Daughter Christianna "Christa" Younkin (1844-1910) was born on Nov. 14, 1844. She was just six years old when her father died.

In July 1869, when she was 25 years of age, she married 31-year-old carpenter Jacob Fleck Jr. (Sept. 16, 1837-1908), who was seven years older than she, and the son of Jacob and Nancy (Friedline) Fleck Sr.

The couple produced these known children -- Frank R. Fleck, Mary G. Fleck and Margaret L. "Maggie" Fleck.

In 1870, the couple made their home in Somerset Borough, and Christianna's 67-year-old widowed mother lived under their roof, and next door to her married sister Margaret Pisel. When the census enumeration was made in 1880, the Flecks dwelled in the borough, with Jacob working as a "laborer."

By the early 1900s, Jacob had become an invalid, suffering from "catarrh" of the stomach and urinary tract infection. He succumbed at the age of 71 on Oct. 18, 1908. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Husband Cemetery in Somerset. Son Frank, living in Pittsburgh, signed the certificate of death.

Christa outlived her husband by two years. Burdened with kidney failure, she suffered a stroke of paralysis on March 20, 1910, and lingered for nearly a month. The Grim Reaper finally swept her away at the age of 65 on April 17, 1910. She joined her husband in burial in Husband Cemetery, with daughter Mary Kammerer providing details for the death certificate.

Son Frank R. Fleck (1872- ? ) was born in 1872 in Somerset, Somerset County, PA. His home was in Pittsburgh in 1908.

Daughter Mary Grace Fleck (1874-1924) was born on Jan. 29, 1874 in Somerset, Somerset County, PA. She married C.W. Kammerer ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in Somerset circa 1910-1924. At the age of 46, she was stricken with pulmonary tuberculosis and influenza and died on March 24, 1924. Interment was in Husband Cemetery.

 

Daughter Margaret L. "Maggie" Fleck (1879- ? ) was born in 1879 in Somerset, Somerset County, PA.

 

Copyright 2016-2017 Mark A. Miner

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