Frederick J. Younkin was born on March 15, 1824 in Somerset County, PA, the son of Jacob and Sarah "Salome" (Weimer) Younkin Jr. He was a veteran of the Civil War.
As a baby, Frederick was christened in the Laurel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Somerset County. He grew up in Hexebarger and counted among his boyhood friends Charles Rose, Frederick Dull, Alexander W. Faidley, Harmon D. King and John Romesburg. Many years later, Romesburg recalled that "We were boys together, of the same age, often worked together...," and Faidley said that he and Frederick "knew each other from boyhood up....We often worked together."
At the age of 24, on July 2, 1848, Frederick was united in matrimony with 19-year-old Delilah Faidley (1829-1913), daughter of John William and Barbara (Kreider) Faidley of Salisbury, Somerset County. The couple had met in the late 1840s when Frederick was working on the farm of his cousin Rev. Harmon "Herman" Younkin, and Delilah came to visit. Coming from Salisbury, the other Faidley relatives also resettled in the Hexebarger area, where they met and mixed with the large Younkin families who populated the region at that time.
The wedding ceremony was performed by Rev. Samuel King, preacher of the Methodist Church of Paddytown, at the nearby home of the groom's first cousin who was married to the bride's sister -- Rev. Harmon and Susanna (Faidley) Younkin. Among those in attendance were another of the bride's sisters married to one of Frederick's cousins -- Frederick and Margaret "Peggy" (Faidley) Dull -- and to John Faidley, who later settled in Kansas.
The Younkins and Faidleys became especially fond of each other. Frederick's brother "Weasel Jake" was wedded to Catherine Faidley, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Meyers) Faidley -- his cousin Frederick F. Younkin was joined in matrimony with Delilah's sister Sarah Faidley -- cousin Rev. Harmon "Herman" Younkin married Delilah's sister Susanna -- Younkin cousin Frederick Dull was wedded to Delilah's sister Margaret "Peggy" -- and cousin Hila Younkin was wedded to Delilah's brother John.
They went on to produce a family of 11 children -- Emily J. "Emma" Clevenger, Edwinna Canallas Younkin, George Washington "Wash" Younkin, Nesley Younkin, Sarah Ann Younkin, Benjamin "Franklin" Younkin, Josephine "Fina" (Younkin) Younkin, William Lincoln Younkin, Harvey Younkin, Mary Ann Kane McCarthy Corbett and Hila King Hawkins. Delilah was assisted in her births by family friend and midwife Sarah Rugg and, in later years, her eldest daughter Emily Clevenger.
Sadness enveloped the family when two of their children died young. Little Sarah Ann "Sally" Younkin passed at the age of three years, 11 months and 10 days just three days before Christmas in 1862. Her tender remains were placed into repose in the family farm cemetery. Her small grave marker still stands but is fading, and portions are still legible today. [Find-a-Grave] Son Harvey Younkin succumbed after just two years of life on Feb. 21, 1872. His name and dates of birth and death were handwritten into the family Bible. These pages later were torn out of the delapidated Bible and sent to the U.S. Pension Bureau in Washington, DC to support the Civil War pension claim of Harvey's father.
In the years leading up to the Civil War, Frederick was held in high esteem by his neighbors and friends. Said Levi Snyder, "He was one of the best farmers in the mountains near about Kingwood.... I often worked with him." John Frederick Kreger, married to Frederick's cousin Sarah Younkin, noted that "We always lived near neighbors and were well acquainted. So far as I can recollect he was a strong able bodied man, worked a very rough farm." Future brother in law Alexander W. Faidley said that he was "one of the stoutest men in the community."
During the Civil War, with casualties mounting in alarming numbers, and President Lincoln issuing repeated calls for more soldiers, Frederick was drafted into the Union Army on Sept. 26, 1864. He was assigned to the 52nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, which had been organized earlier in the war and was depleted of troops, needed new men. Left behind were his wife and six children on their farm ranging in age from 15 to a few months.
He served for a little more than nine months. Evidence shows that Frederick and the 52nd Pennsylvania were ordered to South Carolina, where in December 1864 they took part in the battle of Morris Island, SC, in their attempt to capture the port city of Charleston. While at Morris Island, exposed to inclement weather, he contracted bad cases of asthma and rheumatism, with pain in his back and shoulders. On one particular day, he was carried from picket duty into camp on the island. Fellow soldier John M. Bowlsby, who was a mess- and bunk-mate with Frederick, observed that he "got so that he could not sleep."
After the siege of Charleston ended, the regiment moved to North Carolina where it remained until the end of the war. Frederick received an honorable discharge on June 2, 1865, and began the journey back to Somerset County.
Upon his arrival home on or about July 5, 1865,, relatives and friends were shocked by his haggard appearance. Said his cousin and nephew by marriage, Freeman Younkin, son of Rev. Herman Younkin: "I saw him the next day after he came home, and will never forget how he looked. He was brought home from Somerset in a wagon, and he was so changed, I hardly knew him." Sister in law Susanna (Faidley) Younkin claimed that he "looked more like a corpse than a living man." Boyhood chum John Romesburg recalled that "I was really surprised at his appearance. He was so changed from his former self." Friend Levi Snyder, who had worked with him before the war, said:
I was in Somerset ... the day he came home and upon inquiry I found him very sick, suffering for shortness of breath and great pain in his chest and limbs.... At his request I took him to Dr. Brubakers office; and the Dr. pronounced him very sick. Said he had asthma and Rheumatism and gave him some medicine. I then took him to my house and kept him all night.
Frederick rode the final leg of his trip home on a wagon. He eventually recovered sufficiently enough to work a few hours a day and to produce four more children with Delilah. A year after the war ended, on March 19, 1866, Frederick acquired a 222-acre farm in Hexebarger from Judge William J. Baer, who had bought several adjacent tract for mineral rights and then bundled them again for resale. The farm included the Younkin Cemetery where Frederick later would be placed into eternal repose. Baer had bought these lands from the Gross family, estate of Frederick G. Younkin and from Jacob Minerd III -- the latter whom in turn had acquried the farm from his unmarried sister in law Hannah Ansell a few years earlier. The deed is recorded in a Somerset County Deed Book. Sister in law Susanna (Faidley) Younkin, who lived in nearby Paddytown, recalled that she saw Frederick from two to five times a week from July 1865 to 1873.
Frederick never fully recovered his health. Friend John Romesburg recalled Frederick trying to work but being short of breath and had to be led home. He received treatment from Dr. H.D. Bevens from the spring of 1872 until 1876, and from Dr. B.A. Fichtner in 1875. Fichtner recalled that Frederick needed to sit up to rest or sleep "as the position of lying down entirely exhausted his breath." Other physicians who provided care were Dr. Joseph Rogers, Dr. Ed S. Conley and Dr. Davud Meyers. His condition became precarious in the dead of winter 1877, a dozen years after the war ended. Friend Charles Rose of Ursina paid frequent visits, and often shaved, washed and dressed him. Frederick complained of a "terrible shortness of breath," Rose recalled.
Unable to sleep on his back, Frederick at times would sleep sitting up, leaned over forward with his head resting on his arms. Delilah at times would see him twitch or jerk as he slept.
Neighbor and cousin by marriage, John Frederick Kreger, wrote that "I came over the night before his death and I was the only man at the place... I was sitting by him. He raised up breathing very hard and said he thought he could breath better if he got on his knees and laid his breast on the lounge and in a few minutes, and in that position he died."
Frederick died in Upper Turkeyfoot Township on Feb. 23, 1877. His age at death was 52 years, eight months and eight days. Friend Rose assisted in the preparation of the body for burial and helped lift the corpse into a coffin. His remains were placed into rest in a cemetery on the home farm which later became well known under his widow's name -- the "Delilah Younkin Cemetery." Among the mourners attending the funeral was cousin Frederick Dull. [Find-a-Grave]
Inscribed on his upright grave marker was a carving of two shaking hands, just below the single word "FAREWELL." The marker stands erect and legible today.
Son Nessly took on the duties of estate administrator. An inventory was made of his father's possessions. They included hay and corn fodder, wheat, one hog, two pigs, a copper kettle, tools and stands, potatoes, corn, a churn, beams, onions and buckwheat. Other items in the estate were a spinning wheel, barrels, a chest, stand, one gladd, a clock, two stovev, a sink, dishes, four beds and wheat. When the estate was settled in November 1882, the family farm was described as 132 acres, "about 100 acres cleared, the balance timber, with house, barn and other outbuildings..." The farm was put up for sale to raise cash to pay debts, and Delilah was the high bidder at $1,507.
Delilah was thus rendered a widow with five children between the ages of 16 and two. She survived her husband by 36 years and resided on a farm in Hexebarger, making her home with her son William. After becoming widowed, she became aware that she could obtain a military pension for her late husband's wartime service. She applied for the pension and had to provide extensive documentation of her husband's wrecked health, their marriage and children. She even ripped out family record pages from her Bible which contained handwritten inscriptions of family marriages, births and deaths. In doing so, she remarked,"The bible is all torn, just take it along."
Those relatives and friends who stepped forward to provide testimony and evidence in support of her case were cousin Freeman Younkin, brother Alexander W. Faidley, Charles Rose, Susanna (Faidley) Younkin, cousin Rev. Harmon Younkin, John Frederick Kreger, daughter Emily J. Clevenger, Harmon D. King, John M. Bowlsby, John Romesburg, Frederick Dull, Ed. W. Smith, Alfred N. Snyder, Levy Snyder and George Stough as well as physicians H.L. Bevans, B.A. Tichtner, W.S. Harah and Henry Brubaker. Unfortunately, Delilah was unable to locate the whereabouts of the surgeon or assistant of the 52nd Pennsylvania who would have known Frederick's case best.
Friend Stough, who had served with Frederick at Morris Island, verified that while in the line of duty, his deceased friend had contracted asthma, rheumatism, spasms and diarrhea. "He has great trouble in breathing, also bleeding at his mouth and nose," Blough wrote. Friend Smith, now living in Scranton, PA, testified that “Frederick Younkin was enlisted in my Company some time in Sept. 1864 and was a large, stout, heavy, and healthy man from his appearances, he done duty and was a good Soldier up to sometime in the month of December 1864, at Morris Island South Carolina, he took sick with Diarrhea, Asthma, & Rheumatism, and was sick quite awhile…”
Bowlby and King noted that after the war, Frederick no longer was "the man [they] messed, tented & bunked with…” Nephew Freeman Younkin said that “I did not think at that time he would live a week. His looks was more like a dead man – than a live man.”
The pension finally was awarded two years later in September 1879. [Widow App. #251.424, Cert. #203.058] Thus she would have been eligible for a windfall payment covering the previous two years and then to draw monthly pension payments for the remainder of her life. The federal government paid to have a standard-issue military marker placed at Frederick's grave under contract to William Manson dated Jan. 21, 1883. By the time it was installed, an elaborate civilian marker had been erected, so the military marker serves as the footstone at the site.
In March 1883, Delilah hosted the wedding ceremony of her son to a cousin, Caroline Kreger -- daughter of John Frederick and Sarah "Sally" (Younkin) Kreger -- officiated by justice of the peace G.W. Anderson, before they left for Kansas. The event was covered in the Somerset Herald.
The final three decades of Delilah's life are not well known. One of the few glimpses is her activity with the house of worship near her home, the Old Bethel Church of God. In a history of the church written in the 1880s or early 1890s, Harrison Grant King wrote:
Nor let us fail to mention Sisters Delilah Younkin and Hester Faidley, the former still living and a member of the church, of her we can say she hath done what she could and the recollections of the good she done for the cause and Kingdom will live long after it is said of her body dust to dust, ashes to ashes. And while the latter has gone to her reward some 14 years ago her name is dear to the church today, for her motherly kindness and her deep love and interest she manifested for the church "Down life’s dark vale we wander" was one of her favorite hymn's.
By 1913, Delilah was receiving $12 per month in military pension payments. Suffering from acute laryngitis, she passed into eternity on April 9, 1913, at the age of 84. Wilson Clevenger of Markleton provided key details for her official Pennsylvania certificate of death. In a twist of fate, she was not buried in her own family graveyard, next to her husband, but rather at the nearby Old Bethel Church of God.
Under the terms of Delilah's will, she appointed as executor J.B. Davis, operator of a general merchandise store in Ursina. He declined to serve. The next choice was her husband's cousin and trusted local physician Dr. Winfield Scott Kuhlman, son of Louisa (Smith) Kuhlman. Sadly, though, by the time the estate was settled in 1923, Dr. Kuhlman had died just a few years earlier.
The will spelled out that each of her children was to receive one dollar, except for Washington, who was to receive the remainder of her property, including the farm. Upon Washington's future death, grandson George Washington Kane was to inherit the farm, as a repayment for a $300 loan which the boy's stepfather Jeremiah John McCarthy had once made to her. In conclusion, she wrote, "Should there be anything left after my son Washington's death then I desire that it shall be equally divided between my son Franklin and daughters Hily and Josephine and my grandson George Kane and is distinctly understood that my grand Son George Kane shall first receive the aforesaid $300 -- before the division is made."
Twenty years after Delilah's death, her old family burying ground was the setting of a remarkable, coincidental meeting between two double cousins that led to the founding of the Younkin National Home-coming Reunions from 1934-1941 and the Younkin Family News Bulletin published between 1937 and 1941. The cousins -- Charles Arthur "Charleroi Charley" Younkin and Otto Roosevelt "Pete" Younkin -- had corresponded but never met, and both were on driving day trips researching their ancient roots, and happened to be in the same place at the same time. Writing of that first meeting, Otto said:
While paying a visit to my mother, near Kingwood Pa., on Sunday Aug. 5th, 1934, I decided to visit the old Delilah Younkin cemetery in "Hexebarger." So in company with my wife, son, mother, step-father, and also a picnic lunch, we proceeded upon the journey. Having spent an hour or so in the cemetery we were ready to leave for other old burial grounds when another car drives in through the wilderness. Two men got out of the car, one of them whom I recognized as a first cousin of my mother, Milton Bruce "Pete" Younkin, of Kingwood Pa.; the other man was a total stranger to me as well as the rest with me. Upon being introduced we learned this stranger to be none other than the former Charles A. Younkin of Charleroi Pa. Who was upon a similar mission as ourselves. It was a rather strange coincidence since I had received no further communication from him and neither knew the other to be in that vicinity. It was then resolved that the first reunion of Younkins had taken place. There were six Younkin descendants and related by marriage present at this little reunion.
Immediately after meeting in the rural cemetery on a rough dirt road, the group then drove out of the woods and back onto what today is Old Bethel Road. They turned left and drove a short distance to the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery, spread out some blankets and had a picnic lunch together. Remembering that day a few years later, Charley wrote to Otto: "You are all wet. It is a cherry tree at the Bethel Church where we had our first Reunion Dinner."
In the mid-1930s, the memory of Frederick and Delilah was brought into view when their son William attended the Younkin National Home-coming Reunions and was interviewed by reunion organizers Otto Roosevelt "Pete" Younkin and Charles Arthur "Charleroi Charley" Younkin, who were trying to piece together "who's who" in the extended, confusing family. In a letter to Otto in December 1936, Charley wrote: "Perhaps you are right about Fred. J. having brothers Jonas [Isaac], Dan and Elijah as this had slipped my mind."
The story of Frederick and Delilah was told in part in the Younkin Family News Bulletin, Vol. 6, #1, January-February-March 1995, written by Donna (Younkin) Logan. Portions of Frederick's wartime experience story were authored by Linda Marker and reproduced here with consent.
Frederick’s Civil War photograph today is safely in the possession of a great-great-great-great granddaughter Laurel “Lolly” (Sanner) Piersel. Lolly’s mother saw it for the first time in a Southern State, and it was crawling with bedbugs. She brought the treasure back home and has restored it including the curved glass of the frame. More than likely, the photograph was given to Frederick and Delilah’s grandson, George Washington Kane, a branch of the family who had moved to Atlanta, GA.
~ Daughter Emily J. "Emma" (Younkin) Clevenger ~
Daughter Emily J. "Emma" Younkin (1849-1912) was born on Oct. 1, 1849 in Upper Turkeyfoot. As the eldest of 11 siblings, as she grew to responsible age, she assisted her mother in the births of her younger brothers and sisters.
At the age of 23, on Nov. 3, 1872, she was united in marriage with 28-year-old Benjamin Franklin "Badger" Clevenger Sr. (1844-1922).
The couple produced 11 children -- among them Rebecca Jane Leer, John Clevenger, Frederick "Fritz" Clevenger, Ellen Clevenger, Albert Charles Clevenger, Anna Umbel, Benjamin Franklin Clevenger Jr., Sarah E. Clevenger, Ida Clevenger, Lola "Pearl" Kreger and Etta Kreger.
The family was heartbroken when baby daughter Sarah died just eight days before her first birthday on Feb. 2, 1881. Her precious remains were placed into rest in the Delilah Younkin Cemetery.
The family resided on the farm where Emily had grown up. When the federal census was taken in 1880, four of their children had been born, and Badger labored as a farmer. Among their near neighbors were Emily's mother Delilah in addition to cousin Marcellus Andrews and his wife and children, of the family of Elizabeth (Younkin) Andrews.
By 1900, still living in Upper Turkeyfoot, their neighbors included cousins Belinda (King) Younkin, of the family of Barbara (Younkin) King, and who was the widow of Freeman Younkin of the family of Rev. Herman and Susanna (Faidley) Younkin; Levi and Annie (Leichliter) Rose; and William Henry and Rachel (McClintock) Younkin.
Sadly, Emma suffered from heart valve disease, and on May 22, 1912 at the age of 62, she died suddenly of heart failure. Her cousin Dr. Winfield Scott Kuhlman, of the family of Louisa (Smith) Kuhlman, was her physician and signed her death certificate. Her remains were placed into repose in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery in Hexebarger.
Benjamin survived for a decade as a widower. He endured the untimely death of his married daughter Annie Umbel in 1917, and took in her son Scott Kreger to raise. He succumbed at the age of 78 on Sept. 9, 1922.
Daughter Rebecca Jane Clevenger (1873-1919) was born on Sept. 8, 1873 in Upper Turkeyfoot. She was united in holy matrimony with William Austin Leer ( ? - ? ), somketimes misspelled as "Leary." They produced eight known children -- Albert C. "Bert" Leer, Wilbert "Clyde" "Pat" Leer, Ralph "Abe" Leer, Elda Merrill, Zella Leer, Anna Catherine Leer, Edna Williams and Lola "Pearle" Irwin. Rebecca contracted pneumonia in the winter of 1919 at a time when a deadly strain of influenza was sweeping the nation. She died on Jan. 11, 1919, at the age of 45. Her husband was the informant on her death certificate. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood.
Son John Clevenger (1875-1924), also spelled "Clevinger," was born on Aug. 13, 1875 in Upper Turkeyfoot. He never married and resided in Humbert, Somerset County, where he earned a living for decades as a farmer. While in his mid-to-late 40s, John became an invalid, apparently after becoming afflicted with inflammatory rheumatism. Suffering from bacteria-produced heart infection known as "acute endocarditis," he died at home at the age of 48 on Jan. 20, 1924. Funeral services were held in the Kingwood Church of God, followed by burial in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. Brother in law William Austin Leer signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. A small marker was erected at the grave in addition to a larger, upright stone bearing the words "Clevenger" and "Brother."
Son Frederick "Fritz" Clevenger (1877-1933) was born on Dec. 17, 1877. He was joined in marriage with Laura Belle Shultz ( ? - ? ) and possibly also "Mary" ( ? - ? ). He produced seven offspring -- twins Edward G. Clevenger and Leroy Austin Clevenger, Charles "Beaver" Clevenger, Jacob "Jake" Clevenger, Mary Clevenger, Elsie Wagner and Leslie Clevenger. In an unusual circumstance, he alsois believed to have had a son with Laura Belle named "Lester John Clevenger," born in 1910 and died of diabetes on Sept. 10, 1915, as marked on the child's death certificate, signed by an uncle, William Austin Leer. But the marker at the boy's grave in Kingwood reads "Frederick Clevenger McClintock," which could lead one to surmise the child was born out of wedlock. Evidence suggests that Frederick outlived all but two of his offspring. Laura Belle died first, but her details are not yet learned. Frederick then went back home to live with his widowed father and unmarried siblings, where he is shown in the 1920 census. Frederick suffered from hypertrophy of his heart and died at age 55 on Sept. 20, 1933. A news obituary reported that his death occured "at his home, following a long illness." Mrs. H.C. Kreger of Markleton signed his death certificate. His remains were lowered into repose in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery following funeral services held at the Clevenger home, officiated by Rev. Jacob Sanner.
Son Albert Charles Clevenger (1882-1960) was born on Feb. 13, 1882. He married Jessie Anna Snyder (1887-1929), daughter of Samuel and Dora (Ohler) Snyder. They resided in Upper Turkeyfoot and were longtime farmers. Their four children were Irene Gerhardt, Melvin C. Clevenger, Lawrence L. Clevenger and Trellis Tressler. Sadly, just a year after giving birth to their youngest daughter, Jessie contracted diabetes in 1928 and endured the disease for a year, until her death at the age of 41 on Jan. 17, 1929. Influenza and pneumonia were contributing factors in her demise. Albert lived for more than three decades as a widower. He was a member of the Old Bethel Church and the Kingwood lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, Albert resided in Upper Turkeyfoot, sharing his home with his married daughter and son in law, Trellis and Edgar Tressler. Their next door neighbors were married son and daughter in law, Lawrence and Marie Clevenger. Circa 1940, Albert continued his life's work as a farmer, while son in law Edgar Tressler earned a living as a laborer with a local road project. Albert contracted hypertension and heart disease which lingered for many years. Albert endured the untimely death of his 25-year-old married daughter Bertha Irene Gerhard in May 1936 due to pneumonia and influenza while undergoing a miscarriage. At the age of 78, Albert was stricken with a stroke and died six days later, in Price Hospital in Confluence, on May 1, 1960. Lawrence Clevenger provided vital information for the death certificate. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood. A newspaper obituary counted 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Great-grandson Albert "Sonny" Clevenger married Judy Nicklow. Their two sons were Scott Randal Clevenger and Vic J. Clevenger. After Albert's death, Judy married (?) Hoffman and relocated to Soper, OK. Tragically, their 5-year-old son Scott (Nov. 18, 1963-2018) -- who had daughters Ashley Glover and Shyanne Clevenger -- went missing on in December 2017 after a night of drinking at a bar in Ursina and then after his car broke down near railroad tracks on Colflesh Road. After a law enforcement search of several months, his body was found in the lower Youghiogheny River on March 18, 2018. Rev. Dean Hay Jr., a distant cousin several times over, preached the funeral sermon.
Daughter Etta Clevenger (1884-1946) was born on July 13, 1884. She was wedded to Clark Kreger ( ? - ? ), son of William and Malinda Kreger and grandson of David and Lena Schrock. They resided in Markleton. When Clark's sister Carrie (Kreger) Kreger and mother both died in 1940, their obituaries were republished in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (Sept. 25, 1940 and June 30, 1941, respectively). At the age of 68, Etta suffered a stroke and died after 10 days of suffering on March 26, 1946. Clark's fate is not known. Researcher Donna (Younkin) Logan believed that Etta also married Calvin Weyant and once wrote of the confusing research, "This family is all messed up."
Daughter Anna "Annie" Clevenger (1885-1917) was born on March 12, 1885. At the age of 16, she gave birth to a son fathered by local lumber mill laborer Milton D. Kreger (1884-1949), son of Edward and Susan M. (Hostetler) Kreger. The son was named "Scott Kreger." Later, she was wedded to (?) Umbel ( ? - ? ). They made their home in Upper Turkeyfoot. Tragedy rocked this family in the winter of 1917, when an expectant Annie was in the midst of childbirth. Her system went into shock, and she and the infant died at the age of 30, on Feb. 13, 1917. H.P. Meyers of Confluence signed her death certificate. Burial for both, with the infant unnamed, was in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery in Hexebarger. The fate of Mr. Umbel is unknown. In an interesting twist, Milton Kreger never married. He entered the Somerset County Home in 1936 and remained there for the final 13 years of his life. He died there on Oct. 10, 1949. Annie's grave marker, seen here, was photographed during the Younkin Reunion cemetery tour in July 2016, with pink flowers planted at the site.
Son Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Clevenger Jr. (1887-1959) was born on March 16, 1887. He never married and spent his life as a farmer in the Markleton/Kingwood area. Circa 1920, he lived at home with his widowed father and unmarried siblings. As he aged, Franklin contracted cataracts of both eyes as well as endured hypertension and heart problems. He was felled with a heart attack at home at the age of 71, on Feb. 26, 1959, and was dead within 10 minutes. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in Kingwood, with Rev. Kalp officiating. His obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.
Daughter Ida B. Clevenger (1891-1978) was born on April 15, 1891 in Humbert, Somerset County. She was married to Charles "Scott" Holliday (1888-1978), son of Elijah and Mary (Gower) Holliday of Addison, Somerset County. Their three children were James W. Holliday, Edison D. Holliday and Zella M. Wright. The family is believed to have lived in Confluence and Addison, and belonged to thr Confluence Christian Church. In 1959, when named in the newspaper obituary of Ida's brother Benjamin Franklin Jr., she and Scott made their home in Confluence. Ida and Charles died within a month of each other in 1978. Charles passed first on March 2, 1978 at the age of 90, and Ida followed him to the grave on April 1, 1978. They rest together in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery.
Daughter Lola "Pearl" Clevenger (1894-1941) was born on Sept. 16, 1894 in Kingwood. At the age of 26, unmarried, she lived at home with her widowed father and unmarried siblings. She married William Wakefield Kreger (1884-1980), son of William H. and Malinda (Schrock) Kreger. Their home was in rural Markleton, possibly near Casselman. The couple produced six children -- Harold Dalton Kreger, John Kreger, Dorothy Ziegenfuss, Anna Louise Kreger, Charles Kreger and Orville Kreger. In March 1941, Pearl began to receive medical care for an abscess in her pelvis region as a side effect of influenza she had been suffering. She was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital, and a week later she died on April 10, 1941, at the age of 46. Funeral services were held in the Kreer home, officiated by Rev. J.L. Kalp of the Kingwood Church of God, and burial in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. Several months later, her obituary was reprinted in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (June 30, 1941). William survived his wife by nearly four decades. He passed away at the age of 95 on Jan. 29, 1980, with burial in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery and an obituary in the Meyersdale Republic.
~ Daughter Edwinna Canallas (Younkin) Glotfelty ~
Daughter Edwinna Canallas Younkin (1851-1905) was born on Dec. 19, 1851. She sometimes went by the shortened name "Edna."
When she was age 24 on March 30, 1876, Edwinna was married to 25-year-old Samuel Wirsing Glodfelty (1851-1927), with this fact scribbled into the family Bible. Samuel was the son of John and Elizabeth (Wirsing) Glodfelty, also spelled "Glotfelty," of Somerset County.
The couple had six known offspring -- Elizabeth Hughes, Mary King, John Glotfelty, Ella Dixon, Julia Anna Ryan and Lola Taylor.
They were farmers and resided in Lower Turkeyfoot Township in 1880 when the federal census was taken, next door to 64-year-old John Glotfelty and his 57-year-old wife Elizabeth.
Sadly Edwinna died at the age of 54 on March 31, 1905 in Lower Turkeyfoot. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the Ursina Cemetery.
Within five years of Edwina's death, two of their daughters went to Iowa and were married in Des Moines.
In 1910, Edwinna and Samuel and their adult children were named in a genealogical book by Noah Miller Glatfelter, Record of Casper Glattfelder of Glattfelden, Canton Zurich, Switzerland, immigrant, 1743, and of his descendants, in part, comprising 861 families.
Circa 1924, the children made their home in South Dakota, but little more about that is known. That year, they were to have received an inheritance from their deceased grandmother Delilah (Faidley) Younkin, but the estate administrator was unable to secure their post office address, showing how far removed from the family they had become.
Samuel lived for another 22 years after Edwinna's passing. His whereabouts during that time are not known. He joined her in eternity on Nov. 4, 1927.
Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Glotfelty (1877-1900) was born in about 1877. She married Richard J. Hughes ( ? - ? ), also spelled in a family history as "Hues." They produced one known daughter, Catherine E. Johnson. While one sources states that Elizabeth died in 1900 at the age of 23, another suggests that in 1910 she was alive and living in Cuba. Evidence suggests that circa 1935-1936, her offspring made their home in Hartford, CT.
Daughter Mary Glotfelty (1879-1902) was born in about 1879. She married William J. King (1876-1939), son of Manias and Joann (Hyatt) King. Their two offspring were Norma Barnett and Chalmers M. King. Sadly, Mary died at the age of 23 on May 13, 1902. The cause of her untimely passing is not known. Burial was in Ursina Cemetery. Her grave marker was still highly legible when photographed in July 2016, but had topped off of its base. After two years of widowerhood, William remarried in about 1904 to Isabella G. (Fowler) Williams (1873-1933), an immigrant from Scotland and the daughter of John and Catherine (McEwen) Fowler. She had been married before and brought two children to the union -- Margaret G. Williams and John F. Williams. The couple went on to have several more children of their own -- Wallace King and William J. King Jr. The family relocated to Braddock near Pittsburgh, where he obtained employment as a steel worker. Sadly suffering from chronic heart disease and bronchitis at the age of 60, Isabella died just five days before Christmas in 1933. Burial was in Monongahela Cemetery in Braddock Hills. William spent his final years at his home Lincoln Place in the Pittsburgh area in the late 1930s. He retired or stopped working on April 1, 1939 at the age of 63. While in Somerset on the fateful day of June 30, 1939, possibly visiting at the home of married daughter Norma Barnett, William suffered a heart attack and died. His remains were interred beside his first wife and mother in law in the Ursina Cemetery.
Son John H. Glotfelty (1882- ? ) was born in about 1882. He had a son. In 1910, at the age of 28, his name was recorded in the 1910 historical work prepared by Noah Miller Glatfelter and published in St. Louis, Record of Casper Glattfelder of Glattfelden, Canton Zurich, Switzerland, immigrant, 1743, and of his descendants, in part, comprising 861 families.
Daughter Ella "Ellen" Glodfelty (1886- ? ) was born in about 1886 in or near Ursina. As a young woman, she migrated west to Iowa and settled in Des Moines, Polk County. At the age of 21, on July 17, 1906, she was united in holy wedlock in Des Moines with Herbert Dawson Dixon (1880- ? ). Herbert was the son of Benjamin N. and Anna E. (Irons) Dixon and was a native of Brooklyn, NY. They produced three children -- Helen Galliger, Herbert James Dixon and Warren E. Dixon. The Dixons moved east from Iowa to a rented home in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY in about 1907 or 1908. They are shown in Brooklyn in the 1910 federal census. Herbert's occupation that year was as a railroad clerk. By 1920, Herbert had obtained new employment as a shipping clerk with a cotton mill, and the Dixons had relocated again to New Jersey, making a home on Somerset Place in Clifton, Passaic County. They remained on Somerset Place through the decade of the 1920s and 1930s, with Herbert earning a living in 1930 as a foreman of a building material company and in 1940 as a shipping clerk with an electric appliances firm.
Daughter Julia Anna Glodfelty (1888-1957) -- also spelled "Juliann" -- was born on Aug. 7, 1888 in Ursina. On Feb. 1, 1911, in Des Moines, Polk County, IA, she married John Patrick Ryan (1879-1939), a native of Greenwood, NE, and the son of Irish immigrants James and Margaret (Burke) Ryan. Only one child is known -- Julia Ann Ryan. During World War I, John served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Julia made her home in El Paso, TX in 1920, where at age 31 -- marked as married -- she headed a household on Mountain Avenue with her two-year-old daughter. By 1930, the family had moved to a new home on Jackson Avenue in El Paso, with John employed as as a traffic officer with the city police department. Sadness swept through the family when John died on Sept. 24, 1939. His remains were placed into rest in Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso. Julia survived her husband by nearly two decades. She succumbed on Feb. 19, 1957, and rests with him at Fort Bliss. [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Lola Glotfelty (1891-1985) was born on Jan. 3, 1891 in Ursina. She married George Frederick Robert Taylor (1879-1969), a native of England. Bride and groom were a dozen years apart in age. The couple produced two children, George Robert Taylor and Alice Elizabeth Taylor. George was a career officer in the U.S. Army, and the family moved frequently. He is considered a veteran of the Spanish American War and of World War I. Evidence suggest that he served in Cuba circa 1909-1910. Circa 1912, when daughter Alice was born, they were stationed in the Philippine Islands, and then in 1920, when son George was born, they resided in Georgia. Their home in 1935 was in Atlanta, DeKalb County, GA, In 1940, this family lived on West Minnesota Avenue in Deland, Volusia County, FL, with George employed as an Army officer. George retired later in 1940 with the rank of Major, and they transferred to McComb, MS. George died on Oct. 2, 1969. He was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Lola joined him in death on April 28, 1985 and rests beside her husband (Section 17, Site 23137-F).
~ Son George Washington "Wash" Younkin ~
Son George Washington Younkin (1854-1923) was born on Jan. 30, 1854.
In early adulthood, although they were not married, Washington and Isadore "Dorie" Heinbaugh (1861-1943) produced a daughter. The girl was given the name Catherine "Katy" Younkin. (Dorie was the daughter of (?) Heinbaugh and (?) Whipkey.)
Years later, his name came up in conversation between his brother William and double cousin Charles Arthur "Charleroi Charley" Younkin, an organizer of the Younkin National Home-coming Reunion, who was trying to sort out all of the disparate branches of the sprawling, massive family. In an October 1935 letter to reunion president Otto Roosevelt "Pete" Younkin, he wrote: "Also am told that Wash Younkin, bro of Wm. L. Younkin, was married and left his wife on account she was not a fit person. Also that there was one child."
Dorie eventually have married John F. Ohler and resided in Meyersdale, Somerset County. In 1895, when her 16-year-old daughter Katy sought to marry a 57-year-old widower, Dorie signed her consent to the union.
At the death of his mother in 1913, he was to have inherited the family farm in Hexebarger. but apparently he did not take steps to do so.
Unmarried in 1920 at the age of 67, he dwelled with his nephew Charles Milton Younkin and family in Hexebarger. That year, the census-taker recorded him as "retired."
He traveled to Arkansas to visit his sister Hila Hawkins. He died in her home on May 26, 1923 at the age of 69. Family researchers think he may have gone to Kansas where his brother resided, and to have died there, but no death certificate nor Find-a-Grave listing have been found. Somerset County orphans court records state that he "died intestate, unmarried and without issue." His sister Hila paid $145 in burial costs, which were reimbursed by the estate of their late mother.
Daughter Catherine "Katy" Younkin (1879- ? ) was born in 1879 in Upper Turkeyfoot and grew up in Kingwood. At the age of 16, on Aug. 26, 1895, she married 57-year-old widower and Civil War veteran Samuel Tressler (March 26, 1837-1925) of Kingwood, son of Daniel and Catherine Tressler of Pinkerton, Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. Justice of the peace Jacob Kreger performed the ceremony, held at Samuel's residence. Friends said that the couple had lived together before marriage and that they had produced child. Samuel had been married once before to Catherine Elizabeth "Betsy" Warner in Maryland in 1864 and was widowed on or about April 4, 1891. He thus brought a number of children to the marriage with our Katy -- George W. Tressler, Anna "Missouria" Blubaugh Judy, William "Lloyd" Tressler and Ira Tressler. (Five other children from the first marriage died young, including several due to diphtheria -- Judson Tressler , Sherman Tressler , Noah Tressler ). The couple produced these children of their own -- Edna May Parnell, Etta Tressler and Selma Tressler. Samuel stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed 153 lbs., with a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. During the Civil War, Samuel was drafted on Sept. 1, 1863 but failed to report for military duty. He and other fugitive conscripts evaded authorities for nearly 19 months. During that time, he worked off and on when he felt like it, including for farmer William Holliday, and spent time in others' homes who were trying to protect him. His mother once recalled, "He staid at home, and kept out of sight."
Then, on or about March 21, 1865, he along with William Warner and Stephen McNare surrendered to federal agent Zach Phillippi while at the home of Mitchell McClintock. In remembering the incident many years later, he said:
The night I was captured it rained and I got wet. I did not get cold while walking but while standing at Stephen McNare's barn I got very cold, there was snow on the ground. I persuaded the officer in charge of me to take me to the house and let me warm as I was cold and chilly.... I rode to Somerset in my wet clothing; we stopped at Gephartville for breakfast. I dryed myself as much as possible when we stopped..... When we reached Somerset Jail we got with Jacob + Levi Sterner, Zach Bittner and Herman B. Coughenour who were deserters.
After a night in jail, he and the others were dispatched to Chambersburg and then Carlisle where they immediately was placed in the 99th Pennsylvania Infantry. From there, the "new" soldiers were shipped to Baltimore and to City Point, VA. Four days after his arrest, he found himself arriving at the in army trenches at the front of enemy action at Petersburg, VA. During his three-plus months of service, he was a private with the 99th Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Regiment, Company C. He wrote this many years later: "In April 1865 & the latter part of March -- we had to do a great deal of hard marching from which I contracted varicose veins of both legs -- And in May or June 1865 at Washington DC I became afflicted with Rheumatism. I was not in any Hosp. and received no medical treatment while in the army... I had no faith in our surgeon." After the Confederate surrender at Appomattox in April 1865, he and the 99th Pennsylvania camped at Bailey's Cross Roads near the District of Columbia, waiting in their tents for their honorable discharges. During that time, Samuel began to complain in his German tongue about his illnesses. Friend A.B. Coughenour, who also spoke German, listened to the words being spoken and understood what they meant. The men received their discharges near Washington, DC on July 1, 1865. They traveled from the District of Columbia to Philadelphia to receive their final pay and paperwork at Camp Cadwalader, and then returned to Somerset County. During the final leg of the trip, he walked from Johnstown to Jenners Cross Roads, where he slept in a hay mow before resuming his journey. On the last day, he was met on the road by his brother Charles Tressler who borrowed a horse from his employer Jacob Philippi so that the exhausted Samuel could ride the rest of the way.
Arriving at his mother's, he was "out of his mind" and his brother Harrison "watched a window to keep him from jumping out" until his health began to improve somewhat. He recalled later that "Dr. D.E. Meyers -- now deceased -- treated me for a few weeks immediately after my return home. Otherwise I have had no medical treatment since my discharge. I am often not able to do any work at all." He showed his legs to family and friends, who saw big, thick black lumps and veins, some as massive as a finger. Samuel resided in Pinkerton until about 1870, chopping wood and working for the railroad. He also worked for James Cunningham and then spent three years living and working at John Broucher's farm. He moved into his mother's home in about 1868 and then in about 1870 moved to the farm of Valentine Hays, and from there found a tenant home on property owned by Jacob J. Rush (of the family of Frederick Dull) and later by the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Coal and Coke Works. Having spent a decade residing in the tenant house, he then moved to the Rush farm, where he resided circa March 1890. In addition to farmwork, he also furnished stone masonry services. Rush once said that "I never saw a man have more complaints." In December 1879, some 16 years before he married our Katy, he was awarded a military pension from a disability caused by varicose veins of both legs, rheumatism and heart disease. [Invalid App. #326.713 - Cert. #503.608] Among his friends who wrote testimony attesting to his complaints during the war and afterward were Herman Coughenour, Jacob Sterner, Zachariah Bittner, Cyrus Warner, Noah Phillippi and Adam Nickelsen. Later in life, Samuel suffered from hardening of the arteries, irregular heartbeat and chronic bronchitis. A special examiner was dispatched to visit Samuel in Ursina to ascertain the precise facts of his pension claims. In a subsequent report, written on Sept. 17, 1890, investigator James Matthews wrote that Samuel "is naturally deficient in brain power, and a chronic grumbler. After spending two days with him I was glad to escape from is wearisome talk about his multifarious ailments." In April 1894, his son George questioned the validity of his father's claims and wrote a letter to the government, saying that Samuel's "reputation is very bad in almost every respect. The witnesses whose testimony is hereto attached testified reluctantly through fear of the man who is vindictive and dangerous." The son further wrote:
I saw Samuel timber for 25 years. I have worked in grain field with him. Worked in the woods with him. I have seen him doing diferent cinds of heavy work. I have seen him carey big loads on his back. I have seen him jump over fences 3 to 4 feet hie. I have seen hi ressel, throw men down. I can prove I have seen him run. I have seen him hold up one leg by the toes and jump over and back with the other leg. I have seen him put his legs up strait and walk on his hands. He can travel ol over the mountain hunting doo more walking then common man.... I have seen himm wade cricks and rivers in witner time hunting. Samuel Tressler has bin a stout able man to work since the war and his is able to work a Pretty fair Day work yet.
Another acquaintance, James M. Marshall, said that Samuel "has always been a great hunter and has hunted a great deal since the war. He knows every path and ravine in the mountains." Katy's cousin Dr. Winfield S. Kuhlman, a physician of Ursina (of the family of Louisa [Smith] Kuhlman), wrote that "I used to hunt with him for deer in the montains around here and we used to tramp from morning till night. He stood it as well as any of us, and was always active and nimble." Henry C. Cramer of Kingwood said that Samuel "has never shown any signs of rheumatism or any other disability during that time. he has not worked for he never would work. He has spent most of his time hunting and running after bad women. he boasts of his physical strength and says he can twin a hand-spring." Katy's cousin by marriage, justice of the peace Jacob Kreger (of the family of Eli S. Younkin), wrote that "He has not worked to amount to anything since he got his pension... His reputation for truth is not good." Son-in-law Alexander Blubaugh noted that Samuel "brags about his strength and how he can whip anyone in a fight. He is a man of bad character and spends his pension money on bad women, at least always did until recently when he got married. His own children have nothing to do with him."
Sadly, Katie is believed to have died sometime between 1894 (when their daughter Edna was born) and the year 1900, when Samuel and six-year-old Edna boarded on the farm of his late wife's uncle and aunt, William Lincoln and Margaret (Nichola) Younkin in Hexebarger, near Kingwood. The home was just two doors away from the residence of Eli and Sarah (Leichliter) Younkin.
In 1912, Samuel was named in the Meyersdale Republican as one of the members of the Ross Rush Post of the Grand Army of the Republic who marched in the Memorial Day parade in Confluence. Said the Republican, "the services brought out a good crowd who took part. The exercises commended at 10 o'clock when the procession formed in the centre of town and marched through the principal streets.... After marching over the principal streets to the Casselman bridge, the beautiful and impressive ceremony of casting flowers upon the waters as a tribute to the dead sailors and the seamen was performed. The procession then reformed and marched to the Christian church...."
Toward the end of his life, Samuel was almost entirely bedfast and lived with his married daughter Edna Parnell near Confluence. In May 1922, she wrote that he was "bedfast nearly all the time and has not been out of the home for over three months; [his] eyesight is poor and his hearing is especially bad; that she nearly always dresses & undresses [him] - he cannot raise his arms or reach back; [he] must be combed and bathed by her; [he] must be led to stood oft times by her; she must attend [him] at his bedside a great deal; that [he] is weak in mind and memory." Samuel died in the Parnell residence at the age of 88 on April 30, 1925. His remains were placed into repose in Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Confluence. [Find-a-Grave] An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican called him "an industrious, honest man" and noted that he was survived by 28 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a brother, Charles Tressler of Addison Township.
Great-granddaughter Ada K. Blubaugh (1893- ? ) was born in July 1888 in Addison Township, Somerset County. At the age of 28, she resided in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. On July 11, 1921, she was wedded to 29-year-old William J. Donges (1892), son of George and Anna (Beal) Donges of Meyersdale. William was employed in Cumberland as a rubber worker at the time of marriage. Justice of the peace Charles J. Harrison Jr. officiated at the wedding, held in Somerset. Their fates are unknown.
Great-granddaughter Maud Blubaugh (1892- ? ) was born in about April 1892 in Addison Township, Somerset County.
Great-grandson Lloyd Newton Blubaugh (1894-1979) was born in February 1894 in Addison Township, Somerset County. When in his early 20s, he earned a living as a laborer, working in Milford Township, Somerset County. On Sept. 11, 1915, at the age of about 22, he married 20-year-old Jennie M. Yutzy ( ? - ? ), daughter of Austin and (?) (Gehring) Yutzy. Rev. Harry White officiated at the wedding held in Milford Township. They produced four children, Glenn Blubaugh, Ray Orval Blubaugh, Park Blubaugh and Gladys Dyson. Sadly, Jennie passed away at a young age. Lloyd married again to Gertrude (Christner) Hicks (April 9, 1891-1978), widow of Kenneth Hicks and daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Deal) Christner. He was a member of the Eagles lodge in Somerset. Toward the end of his life, Lloyd lived on West Patriot Street in Somerset. He suffered the death of his second wife Gertrude on Jan. 12, 1978. He died at the age of 85 on May 16, 1979 in Lee Hospital in Johnstown, Cambria County. His remains were returned to Somerset for burial in Husband Cemetery, following funeral services led by Rev. Richard H. Shellenberger. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American said he was survived by seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Son Glenn married a very distant cousin, Bertha Minerd, of the family of Rev. William Mullen Minerd of Rockwood.
Great-granddaughter Lola Blubaugh (1897-1982) was born on July 1, 1897 in Addison Township, Somerset County. She produced a son, Harry Hemminger, but the identity of the boy's father is not known. She was united in matrimony with Clifford McIntyre (1901-1972), a native of Six Mile Run and the son of James S. and Ida (Burns) McIntyre. Their home in 1938 was in Rockwood, where Clifford operated a tavern. Later they moved to Cannel Drive in Somerset. Clifford was a steward of the Veterans of Foreign Wars inSomerset. They were members of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church of Somerset. Sadly, Clifford passed into eternity at age 71 on Dec. 5, 1972. Lola survived him by 11 years and followed him to the grave at the age of 85 on Oct. 17, 1982, while a patient in Somerset Community Hospital. Burial was in Somerset County Memorial Park, after a funeral mass sung by Rev. Samuel Tomaselli. [Find-a-Grave] Obituaries for both were published in the Somerset Daily American. Son Harry Hemminger lived in Akron, OH in 1982.
Great-grandson Richard Blubaugh (1898- ? ) was born in May 1898 in Addison Township, Somerset County.
Great-granddaughter Bella Blubaugh ( ? - ? ) married E.P. Keefer ( ? - ? ). In 1937-1938, they made their home in Scranton, Lackawanna County, PA. More will be added here when learned.
Great-grandson Ernest Judy (1907-1977) was born on June 18, 1907 in Garrett. He resided in Connellsville in 1932. He resided in 1977 at 422 Coolspring Street in Uniontown, Fayette County. At the age of 70, he died in Uniontown Hospital on July 24, 1977. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Garrett, with Rev. William Phennicie officiating. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republic noted that he was survived by his half-sister Lola McIntyre of Somerset, half-brother Lloyd Blubaugh of Somerset and an uncle, Richard Judy, of Foley, AL.
~ Son Nesley Younkin ~
Son Nesley Younkin (1856-1925) was born on Aug. 22, 1856. He married a cousin, Caroline Kreger (1862-1945), daughter of John Frederick and Sarah (Younkin) Kreger. They migrated to Wakefield, Clay County, KS. View their bio for more details.
~ Son Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Younkin ~
Son Franklin Benjamin "Frank" Younkin (1861-1937) was born on Sept. 1, 1861. As a young man, he migrated to Kansas, settling in Junction City, Geary County. He married a cousin, Cora Etta Swarner (1869-1937), daughter of Henry S. and Barbara Jean (Younkin) Swarner. View their bio for more details.
~ Daughter Josephina "Fina" (Younkin) Younkin ~
Daughter Josephina "Fina" Younkin (1864- ? ) was born on March 14, 1864. She was united in matrimony with a cousin, Jonas M. Younkin (1856-1922), son of Jonas and Mary (Beal) Younkin. View their bio for more details.
~ Son William Lincoln Younkin ~
Son William Lincoln Younkin (1866-1936) was born on June 9, 1866 in Hexebarger. He may have been named for President Lincoln's son who had died in the White House just a few years earlier, much to the grief of the nation.
William was married to Margaret Nicola (1867-1934), the daughter of John and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Kreger) Nicola, and granddaughter of Jonas and Margaret (Ansell) Nicola, commonly spelled "Nicklow," a family with deep roots in the historic Jersey settlement in Lower Turkeyfoot.
Just a few days before Christmas in 1897, he purchased a farm from William W. Nicola that had originally been settled circa 1804 by kinsmen Jacob and Catherine (Younkin) Minerd Jr. and inherited circa 1847 by the Minerds' eldest son John. The homeplace was a few miles west of Kingwood in what is considered Hexebarger, near the Old Bethel Church of God.
Their eight children were born over the span of 19 years -- Harvey Carl Younkin, Sally Younkin (died in infancy in 1888), Delilah Edna "Lila" Younkin, Charles Milton Younkin, Amelia Elizabeth Younkin, Frank Glen "Kooze" Younkin, Verner Floyd Younkin (who expired at age two in 1906) and an unnamed infant son.
Margaret was "a devoted wife and mother, a helpful neighbor, and a life-long, consistent member of Old Bethel congregation of the church of God in Upper Turkeyfoot Township," said a newspaper.
At the age of 60, in about 1929, Margaret began to undergo the burden of diabetes which she endured for the final five years of her life. On March 7, 1934, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away peacefully, four days later, at their home. William lived on for another two years as a widower, making his home with his grandson Alvin Trimpey.
In the late summer of 1934, William became aware that distant cousins were planning to hold a Younkin family reunion at the nearby Kingwood picnic grove. He liked the idea and expressed his support to reunion organizer Charles Arthur "Charleroi Charley" Younkin. Writing to cousin David Franklin Younkin in Johnstown, PA, Charley said: "Wm. L. Younkin near Bethel Church, they all seem to want to help go along in any move to hold a Younkin Reunion."
William is believed to have been among 400 cousins who attended the first Younkin Reunion in Kingwood in September 1934. Either there or later, he was interviewed by Charley and shared his knowledge. Charley later wrote: "I am sure that Wm. L. Younkin told me that this Jacob W., Eli and Frederick were brothers as well as did this Jas. Wesley and Henry who were sons of the Jacob W. or Weasel Jake."
In August 1936, he attended the annual Kingwood Picnic, held at the Odd Fellows Grove, and in greeting his many friends " apparently appeared in the best of health," reported a newspaper.
But just a few days later, having been burdened with heart valve disease, and with his son Alvin away in Baltimore, William was found dead in bed on Aug. 30, 1936 at the age of 70. His lifeless body was discovered by his daughter in law Grace (Beachy) Younkin, and a physician attributed the cause to a heart attack. Son Harvey signed the official Pennsylvania death certificate.
They rest together in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery. An obituary -- reprinted in the inaugural edition of the Younkin Family News Bulletin (Christmas Number 1937) noted that William was survived by 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Son Harvey Carl Younkin (1885-1957) was born on July 11, 1885. He married a cousin, Georgianna Moon, daughter of Andrew Jackson and Harriet V. (Younkin) Moon of the family of "Weasel Jake" Younkin. See their biography for details.
Daughter Delila Edna "Lila" Younkin (1889-1950) was born on June 14, 1889 in Hexebarger. At the young age of 14, in 1906, she eloped with 23-year-old William Arthur Trimpey (1883-1957), son of Henry M. and Amanda E. (Meyers) Trimpey of Upper Turkeyfoot. Lila and William stole away to Cumberland, MD to be married. William's great-grandfather, Dietrich Trimpey, had emigrated from Germany to the United States around 1825. Lila and William produced 10 children -- Edward Carl Trimpey, Ralph Frederick Trimpey, Harry Trimpey, Charles A. Trimpey, Alvin W. Trimpey, Mary Alice Stairs, Bessie Catherine Berthold, Esther R. Critchfield, Mabel Louise Marker and Marguerite "Margie" Faidley.
They were longtime farmers and made their home in Humbert in the early years. Later, they moved back to near Kingwood, with a post office of "Markleton." The federal census of 1930 shows the family in Upper Turkeyfoot, next door to his parents surrounded by other families of the Younkin, Nicklow and Tressler surnames. The 1940 census also shows them in Upper Turkeyfoot, with all of their children gone from the household except for 18-year-old married daughter Margie. In 1940, they lived on farms next to their son Ralph and family and Lila's married sister Bessie Berhold. Stricken with colon cancer, Lila became an invalid leading up to her death at the age of 61 on Nov. 30, 1950. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery. William lived for another seven years. In June 1956, he bore the heartache of the death of 41-year-old son Edward. Having endured hypertension, he was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died 20 days later in Somerset Community Hospital on Oct. 22, 1957.
Great-granddaughter Norma Jean Trimpey ( ? -1986) married Kenneth O. Baker ( ? - ? ). They resided in Somerset in 1953. Their children were Janet Louise Stevanus, Samuel Keith Baker and six others. Norma Jean died in 1986 at the age of 50 in Johnstown's Mercy Hospital.
Their son Samuel Keith Baker wedded Susan Jane Fisher ( ? - ? ) of the family of Mark and Kim Younkin.The Bakers produced a son, Joseph Keith Baker. The Bakers lived in Rockwood. Their son Joseph married Jessica Ann Marie Burnsworth, daughter of Eric and Amanda Burnsworth. Joseph served as a combat engineering in the U.S. Army during the War in Afghanistan and later was employed as a welder by GS Products in Lavansville helping to build mobile solid waste and recycling equipment. Tragically, at the age of 26, Joseph was killed at work on April 16, 2018 when he "got caught between two pieces of metal while working at the business," reported the Somerset Daily American.
Their daughter Janet Louise Baker (Jan. 15, 1953-2018), married to Ronald Stevanus ( ? -2015), died in Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown at the age of 65 on April 20, 2018.
Their daughter Linda Marker has been an active volunteer with the Junghen-Younkin Reunion over the years including as secretary of the organization. Linda also serves as editor of the Younkin Family News Bulletin.
Son Charles Milton Younkin (1891-1977) was born on Oct. 2, 1891 in Hexebarger. On Aug. 2, 1917, when he was age 25, Charles was united in holy wedlock with 19-year-old Grace Elizabeth Alma Beachy (1899-1993), daughter of John L. and Ida (Peck) Beachy of Bittinger, MD. They were separated in age by eight years. Their five children were Pauline Frances Hoover Thomas, Galen Glen Younkin, Faye Louise Sanner Poling, Ruby Conway Zoble and Helen Loraine King.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, the young family dwelled on their farm in Hexeberger, with their neighboring families including Charles' parents and brother William as well as Levi and Sarah Heinbaugh. That same year, Charles' bachelor uncle George Washington Younkin lived under their roof. On July 20, 1928, Charles purchased his parents' farm in Hexebarger. The 1930 census shows that the Younkins remained on their farm as did Charles' parents and brother William. Among their other neighbors in 1930 were Orion and Nannie (Saylor) Nicklow -- many years later, as a widower, Orion would marry a high school friend, widow Evanell (Miner) Kimmel, daughter of John Andrew and Susie (Pletcher) Miner, also of Hexebarger.
In 1940, their Hexie neighbors included Eli and Helen Rugg, Bruce and Susan Nicklow and Alex and Mattie Ohler, with the census-taker noting, "No house numbers." Later in life, Charles corresponded with a double Younkin cousin Velda (Gingrich) Stitt of Kansas -- the daughter of Goldie (Younkin) Gingrich and granddaughter of Nesley and Caroline (Kreger) Younkin -- who was asking questions about the Younkin family. (Copies of the letters were collected by Donna [Younkin] Logan and kept among her papers.) Charles died at home at the age of 85 on March 16, 1977. Grace survived as a widow for 16 years and spent her final years in Listonburg, Somerset County. She passed away on Oct. 13, 1993 at the age of 94.
Daughter Amelia Elizabeth Younkin (1895-1978) was born on June 9, 1895. On Feb. 24, 1934, in neighboring Fayette County, the 39-year-old Amelia was wedded to coal miner Lester Donald "Les" Friend (1893 - ? ). In 1936, when Amelia was named in the newspaper obituary of her father, she and Lester made their residence in Friendsville, MD. The census of 1940 confirms their home together in Friendsville. The couple later divorced. Circa 1978, Amelia resided in Bunker Hill, Macoupin County, IL. Evidence suggests that she died in Bunker Hill in October 1978 at the age of 83.
Son Frank Glen "Kooze" Younkin (1901-1978) was born on June 21, 1901 in Hexebarger. At the age of 22, on July 5, 1923, he was united in holy matrimony with Hazel Annie Tressler (1905-1956), daughter of William and Cora (Growall) Tressler. They produced six children -- Randall Younkin, William Younkin, Kathleen Wheaton, Dolly Kinsinger, Kenneth Younkin and one who died young. Kooze and Hazel dwelled in Upper Turkeyfoot during their married life together. Perhaps as a result of having given birth to so many offspring, Hazel became obese while in her 40s and remained so for the final decade of her life. She also was afflicted in her 40s with "myelogenous leukemia," cancer of the white blood cells in her bone marrow. Hazel's heart began to fail when in her late 40s, and congestive heart failure set in as the new year began in 1956. After that, her health declined rapidly, and, despite medical care from Dr. Edwin M. Price of Confluence, she died at home three months later on March 29, 1956, at the age of 51. Burial was in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery. Kooze lived as a widower for another 22 years. He died in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 77 on Aug. 9, 1978. Rev. Donald DeHaven preached the funeral service followed by burial in Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery. His obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republic, which noted that he was survived by 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Son Verner Floyd Younkin (1904-1906), sometimes known as "Vernon," was born on Jan. 20, 1904 in Hexebarger. Sadly, the next-to-youngest of his nine siblings, Verner only lived to the age of two years, 10 months and 13 days. Suffering from acute kidney disease -- "nephritis" -- the boy passed away on Nov. 16, 1906. A physician was called, but "child died before I got there," wrote Dr. Winfield Scott Kuhlman of nearby Ursina, a cousin on the Younkin side, the son of Louisa (Smith) Kuhlman. His tender remains were placed into eternal rest in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery. The marker was erect and legible when photographed by the founder of this website in the early 2010s.
Infant son Younkin (-1908-) was stillborn on the second day of 1908. "There was no attending physician. Cause unknown," wrote local registrar J.F. Harah. Neighbor Harrison G. King provided details for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. The unnamed baby was buried in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery, with a small stone erected at the grave.
~ Daughter Mary Ann (Younkin) Kane McCarthy Corbett ~
Daughter Mary Ann Younkin (1871-1942) was born on Dec. 7, 1871 in Kingwood, Somerset County. She was twice married, with her second husband going by two different surnames.
Her first husband was Simon Fred Kane (1868-1939), a native of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. They were wed on Feb. 26, 1891, at the home of Mary Ann's mother, when Mary Ann was 18 years of age and Simon 21. Rev. J.C. Cunningham, of the local Church of God, officiated. Mary Ann's sister Hila King and friend Rebecca Leer are known to have attended the ceremony.
Simon was employed as a railroad conductor and the couple relocated to Everson, Fayette County.
They produced one son, George Washington Kane, born in 1892.
Unfortunately, the marriage was troubled over the span of just a few years. Simon left the household in Everson on Feb. 10, 1894, when his son was only 16 months old. Friends noted that he was tired. His behavior purportedly was "so cruel, so malicious, so wilful, so unnecessary a desertion." He began keeping intimate company with other women. Within a few years, his mental health deteriorating, and in the words of an observer having "sinned away his day of grace," Simon was admitted to the Hospital for the Insane at Dixmont, near Pittsburgh.
Mary Ann later wrote that the separation left her "utterly destitute, without a dollar in the word. I knew nobody there except Mrs. Gove, a Somerset Co. lady, because we had just moved in there, and I went to her house and staid until I could get home."
The couple's divorce decree was handed down in Somerset on Aug. 24, 1898 (No. 262, May Term 1898). A.J. Faidley assisted her in obtaining the legal judgment. Simon lived for many decades in Everson after the divorce and died on March 11, 1939 in Wernersville State Hospital, with burial in Mount Pleasant.
When the census was taken in 1900, Mary Ann and her son made their home with her widowed mother and brother George Washington Younkin on the family farm in Hexebarger.
Later that year, on Aug. 30, 1900, the 29-year-old Mary Ann wedded her second spouse, 34-year-old Jeremiah Jeremiah "Jerry" McCarthy (Feb. 4, 1862-1930), an immigrant from County Cork, Ireland. The nuptials were held in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, with Rev. J.M. Yingling officiating. At the time of marriage, Jeremiah lived in Kingwood. He stood 5 feet, 6¾ inches tall, with a fair complexion, brown hair and blue eyes.
Jeremiah had come to the United States at age 16 and earned a living as a boiler maker. At some point he joined the U.S. Army, under the alias of "John J. McCarthy," allegedly taking part in the Indian Wars. He enlisted in the 6th Regiment, U.S. Cavalry, Troop L on March 10, 1887 and that hear contracted typhoid fever. He re-enlisted on these dates -- March 29, 1892 - March 29, 1897 - March 29, 1900 - March 29, 1903 - March 29, 1906 - and March 20, 1909. At his first re-enlistment, in 1892, he was re-assigned to the 2nd U.S. Cavalry, Troop A, and remained with that unit for the balance of his military career. Circa 1897, he was stationed at Fort Riley, KS and in 1909 was based at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. On July 3, 1911, while at Fort McDowell, CA, he retired with the rank of commissary sergeant and received an honorable discharge.
In 1910, with Jeremiah away on deployment Mary Ann lived under her mother's roof. According to family lore, Jeremiah lent $300 to Mary Ann's mother, to pay certain debts, and the loan was never repaid. Jeremiah also went under the names "George" McCarthy, and his mother in law referred to him as "John" McCarthy in her will, showing that he inter-mingled his identities.
Mary Ann and Jeremiah migrated south to Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, in about 1914. She is shown there in 1920 when the census enumeration was made, with Jeremiah employed as a commissary clerk with the government. Married son George, his wife Annie and their four children resided in the Corbett home, which they owned and was along Van Buren Avenue.
Toward the end of his life, Jeremiah was burdened with cystitis, chronic kidney problems, leukemia of the lymph nodes and prostate enlargement. In August 1930, he was admitted on an emergency basis to Walter Reed General Hospital in the District of Columbia, where he succumbed at the age of 58 on Nov. 25, 1930. His remains were shipped to Atlanta for burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
Applying under her late husband's alias of John J. McCarthy, Mary Ann received a federal government pension for his military service in 2nd U.S. Cavalry, Company A and 6th U.S. Cavalry, Companies G and L. [Widow App. #1.683.388 - Cert. #A-6-1-31 - XC 2.637.445]. In order to confirm her lawful marriage to the soldier, Mary Ann enlisted the help of friends Elizabeth G. Hughes of Hartford, CT, Lola Taylor of Brooklyn, NY and Mary Heffron of Fulton County, GA, and Jeremiah's sister Julia McCarthy, who signed affidavits on her behalf.
Her address in 1931-1942 was 1200 Van Buren Street SW in Atlanta, and circa 1933 her annual income was about $250. In honor of her husband's memory, she was affiliated with the Lee-Roosevelt Camp No. 6 of the United Spanish War Veterans.
Mary Ann died on Jan. 23, 1942, at the age of 70. She rests in the Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta. Her son George was the sole heir of her estate and served as its executor. He resided in her former residence in 1942.
Son George Washington Kane (1892- ? ) was born in October 1892 in Upper Turkeyfoot. He married Annie Mildred Kreger (1893-1978), daughter of William Henry and Mary Malinda (Schrock) Kreger of Kingwood. (Annie's brother William Wakefield Kreger had married George's cousin Pearl Clevenger.) Their four known children were George Washington Kane Jr., Catherine Kane, Mary Kane and Louise Kane. They made their home in Atlanta in 1920, with George working as a house painter. Circa 1923, at the death of his grandmother Delilah (Faidley) Younkin, he received a special bequest from the estate in the amount of $300. His descendant, Linda (Robinson) Squires, has done research on this branch of the Younkin family.
~ Daughter Hila "Hiley" (Younkin) King Hawkins ~
Daughter Hila "Hiley" Younkin (1875-1930) was born on Oct. 31, 1875 in Upper Turkeyfoot, the youngest of 11 children and 26 years younger than her eldest sibling.
Her first spouse was Lawrence "Edward" King ( ? -1895). Their two children were Lawrence Clayton King (born 1894) and Alice Fern King (born 1896).
Tragedy struck when Edward was killed on Dec. 16, 1895. Details of his untimely death are not known. Hila was left alone to raise two very young children.
In 1898, Hila signed an affidavit in support of her sister Mary Ann Kane's petition for a divorce.
By 1900 Hila and the children lived under her mother's roof along with her brother George, sister Mary Ann and nephew George Washington Kane.
By 1910, she had married again to Robert Lee Hawkins ( ? - ? ). Robert was an Army veteran, having served in 1905-1906. They moved to Arlington, VA, where he was employed as a teamster for the U.S. government. Daughter Alice was left behind with Hila's mother, while son Lawrence made the move to Virginia with his mother and stepfather. During World War I, Robert served as a sergeant.
Hila made her home in De Queen, Sevier County, AR in 1924. That year, she received a payment of $194.57 as an inheritance from her late mother. But her mental state deteriorated, and she was admitted to the Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Pulaski County, AR. She died on Oct. 12, 1930.
Robert rests in the Memphis National Cemetery in Tennessee.
Son Lawrence Clayton King (1894-1967) was born in 1894. He was a private in the Army in World War I, and lived with his mother and step-father in 1920. By 1930 , he was also hospitalized in the Veterans Administration hospital, near Little Rock. He remained there through 1940, and died in 1967 at the age of 72. He is buried in Little Rock National Cemetery.
Alice Fern King (1896- ? ) was born in about 1896. By 1930, she was living with her aunt Mary Ann Younkin Kane Corbett, and Mary Ann’s son, George Kane, in Atlanta, where she worked as a sales clerk. She was briefly married to John Joe McCarthy, Sr., and had a son, John Joe McCarthy Jr. She was divorced by 1930. Alice died in 1986, and is buried in Arlington Memorial Park in Fulton County, GA.