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Alexander C. Younkin
(1835-1930)

 

Alexander's grave, Kimball Cemetery
Courtesy Raymona Williams, Find-a-Grave

Alexander C. Younkin was born on Sept. 8, 1835 in Milford Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Dr. Jonas and Martha (Pringey) Younkin. His middle name most likely was "Campbell," in honor of his father's great friend and spiritual mentor, Rev. Alexander Campbell, founder of what today is the national Disciples of Christ Church (Christian Church).

Circa 1850, at about the age of 15, Alexander and his family relocated to Henry County, IL. He and his brother Walter found Henry County appealing and stayed despite the fact that their parents and younger sisters and brothers pushed further west into Iowa.

On March 18, 1860, at the age of 24, Alexander married Ohio native Harriett Amanda Mooney (Dec. 1842-1905). She was the daughter of William and Sarah A. (May) Mooney. The ceremony took place in Kewanee Township, Henry County, IL.

The couple produced two known sons, Charles Elbert Younkin and George Elmer Younkin.

When the Civil War broke out, Alexander joined the 124th Illinois Infantry, Company F. More about his wartime service will be added here when learned.

The Younkins spent about 18 years in Kewanee, where he earned a living as a teamster. In February 1880, they moved to Creston, IA and remained there for 15 years, until relocating in February 1895 to Cedar Rapids, NE. From there they pushed to Kimball, NE in September 1897, remaining until July 1908, when they moved again to Alliance, Box Butte, NE.

On May 9, 1890, while in Iowa, Alexander began receiving a federal pension as recognition of his sufferings while in the military. [Invalid App. #1.029.777 - Cert. 745.216]

Sadly, Amanda passed away in Kimball, Kimball County, NE on Feb. 20, 1905.

Alexander lived for another quarter century after his wife's death. He succumbed six miles east of Shugwater, Platte County, WY on June 6, 1930. His remains were returned to Kimball for interment. [Find-a-Grave]

 

~ Son Charles Elbert Younkin ~

 

Younkin Family News Bulletin, 1939

Son Charles Elbert Younkin (1861-1955) was born on Nov. 26, 1861 in Kewanee Township, Henry County, IL.

On Nov. 27, 1887, when he was age 19, and in a ceremony held in Creston or Orient, Union County, IA, he was united in marriage with 17-year-old Nellie Mae Green (Sept. 21, 1870-1946), a native of Orient, Adair County, IA. They remained together for 52 years, minus one day.

The Younkins produced six offspring, born in Iowa and Nebraska -- Florence Cynthia Carland, Lloyd Leslie Younkin, Glenn Steven Younkin, Bessie Maybelle Jones, Eunice Else Ambrose Lemaster and Ralph Alexander Younkin.

As a young man, Charles was a pioneer rancher near Kimball, NE. Their address circa 1892 was 604 North Birch Street, Creston, Union County, IA. Later, he relocated to Alliance, NE, "where he engaged in the transfer business for nearly 20 years," reported the Younkin Family News Bulletin.

He retired in about 1937.

George died in his daughter Florence's home on Nov. 26, 1939 in Scottsbluff, Kimball County, NE, two miles north of the town of Lyman. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, with Rev. George Morrel of the Methodist Church officiating.

Nellie survived her husband by about seven years. She relocated to Burbank, Los Angeles County, CA, where she succumbed on Nov. 28, 1946.

Daughter Florence Cynthia Younkin (1889-1968) was born on March 17, 1889 in Orient, Adair County, IA. On April 5, 1916, in Broken Bow, Custer County, NE, she married J. Frank Carland ( ? - ? ). They did not reproduce. In 1939, they lived two miles north of Lyman, near Scott's Bluff, NE. Florence spent her final years in Medford, OR, where she died on May 23, 1968.

Son Lloyd Leslie Younkin (1891-1956) was born on Oct. 16, 1891 in Orient, Adair County, IA. At the age of 20, on June 8, 1912, he wedded Blanche Estelle Himes (Oct. 28, 1893-1968), a native of Alliance, Box Butte County, NE. They were the parents of seven children -- Murriel Eleanor Ortiz, Ruth Estelle Bass, Vernon Leslie Younkin, Ray Orvil Younkin, Doris Louise Leeling, Nellie Marie Jones and Norma Lou Bruegger. In 1939, he lived in Lusk, WY. Lloyd passed away in Lusk on March 15, 1956. Blanche survived for another dozen years and died four days before Christmas in 1968.

Son Glenn Steven Younkin (1897-1955) was born on Aug. 26, 1897 in Nebraska. On April 16, 1920, he was united in matrimony with Alice Frances McLaughlin (Feb. 18, 1901-1988), a native of Fort Collins, CO. Their four children were Florence Mae Varley, Iris Marie Schmidt Borman, Glenn Charlie Younkin and David Joseph Younkin. The Younkins' home in 1939-1955 was in Alliance, NE. Sadly, Glenn died at the age of 58 on March 12, 1955. Alice lived for another 33 years as a widow and spent her final years in Fort Collins, CO. She passed into eternity on Sept. 2, 1988. Burial was in Alliance, NE.

Daughter Bessie Maybelle Younkin (1901-1983) was born on May 1, 1901 in Kimball, Kimball County, NE. On Christmas Day 1922, she was joined in wedlock with George "Dewey" Jones (Nov. 13, 1899-1975). Their two known children were Robert Dewey Jones and Shirley Louise Kaiser. They made their residence in 1939 in Scottsbluff, NE. The Grim Reaper swept away Dewey at the age of 75, in Burbank, Los Angeles County, CA, on Sept. 18, 1975. Bessie outlived her spouse by eight years, and died in Burbank on Jan. 24, 1983.

Daughter Eunice Else Younkin (1904-1990) was born on Dec. 4, 1904 in Scottsbluff, NE. She was twice married. Her first marriage took place in 1922 when she was united with Beryl Ambrose ( ? - ? ). The couple had one daughter, Leone Mae Neil. Then in 1935, when she was age 31, she wed for a second time, to Walter D. Lemaster (June 28, 1904-1975), a native of Kentucky. The Lemasters did not reproduce. Circa 1939, they lived in San Fernando, CA. Walter died in April 1975, ending their union of four decades' duration. Eunice spent her final years in Northridge, Los Angeles County, CA. There, she passed away on March 3, 1990.

Son Ralph Alexander "R.A." Younkin (1909- ? ) was born on Jan. 20, 1909. On July 2, 1932, at the age of 23, he was wedded to Helen Josephine Madden (Aug. 18, 1911- ? ), a native of Crab Orchard, Johnson County, NE. They resided in Scottsbluff, NE and were the parents of Gary Jerome Younkin. In 1939, they dwelled in Denver.

 

~ Son George Elmer Younkin ~

Son George Elmer Younkin (1863- ? ) was born on April Fool's Day 1863 in Kewanee Township, Henry County, IL.

At the age of about 25, he was wedded to Annie (June 1867- ? ) in 1888.

The Younkins bore three children -- Bertha Wallace, Elmer George and Mary Younkin.

Circa 1939, he made his home in Elk City.

George died in Washita, Caddo County, OK after 1939.

Daughter Bertha Younkin (1891- ? ) was born in about October 1891 in Iowa. She was joined in holy matrimony with Brink Wallace ( ? - ? ). Nothing more is known.

Son Elmer George Younkin(189- ? ) was born in August 1895 in Nebraska. He married Cory Elsie Pugh ( ? - ? ). Their two known sons were Harold Shelton Younkin and Jimmy Gordon Younkin.

Daughter Mary Younkin ( ? - ? ) seems to be lost to history.

 

Copyright 2016-2018 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff, the late Donna (Younkin) Logan and Robert LeFevre Younkin working with Robert J. Libby.