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Ulysses 'Grant' Youngkin


Woodland Cemetery, Lynnville

Courtesy Patty Purvis

Ulysses "Grant" Youngkin was born on Oct. 21, 1866 or 1867 in Scott County, IA, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Jane (Smith) Youngkin.

On Jan. 6, 1890, when Grant was age 22, he entered into marriage with 20-year-old Clara Emmeline Butrum (Sept. 6, 1869- ? ), a native of Lynneville, Jasper County, IA. The wedding was held in Greencastle, IA, led by justice of the peace E.W. Mitchell.

Together, the couple bore eight known children -- Leroy Virgil Youngkin, Edna May Shutts Coakley, Eva Lorraine Youngkin, Hallie E. Youngkin, Glenn Youngkin, Carroll Youngkin, Mildred Irene Youngkin and Wynona Adela Youngkin.

Among their many direct descendants is a great-grandson, Glenn Allen Youngkin, elected in 2021 as Governor of Virginia.

The federal census enumerations of 1900-1910 list the family on a farm in Richland Township, Jasper County. In 1910, Grant’s aged, widowed father was in their household.

Grant eventually took over ownership of his father's farm tracts. In 1901, his holdings of two adjacent farms totaling 240 acres were depicted in the Atlas of Jasper County, Iowa, published by Huebinger Survey and Map Publishing Co. He and his father also were pictured in the volume.

Grant died at the age of 43 on Oct. 15, 1911. Interment was in Woodland Cemetery in Lynnville, Jasper County, IA. A terse notice of his death was printed in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, saying he was “a well known farmer” and had been ill for two years.

Clara Emmeline lived for another 35 years.

She surrendered to death on Sept. 24, 1946 at the age of 77.


Grant's 2 farms comprising 240 acres, located in Section 28, Township 79 north, Range 17 west in Richland Township, Jasper County, IA


~ Son Leroy Virgil Youngkin ~

Son Leroy Virgil Youngkin (1892- ? ) was born in Oct. 1892.

On March 6, 1912, at age 21, he was joined in wedlock with 20-year-old Sully resident Vera M. Mitchell ( ? - ? ), daughter of David and Ida (Claypool) Mitchell. The wedding was held in Lynnville, IA by the hand of Rev. W.A. Odell.


~ Daughter Edna May (Youngkin) Shutts Coakley ~

Daughter Edna May Youngkin (1894- ? ) was born in Nov. 1894. In young womanhood she resided in Sully, IA.

At the age of 22, on Dec. 2, 1914, Edna wed 25-year-old farmer Elwood Shutts ( ? - ? ), son of Ernest and Sophia (Dickus) Shutts of Sully. Rev. Day officiated the ceremony, held in Newton, IA.

The couple’s two children were Wayne Shutts and Vivian Shutts.

Later, Edna married again to Earl Coakley ( ? - ? ).

Son Wayne Shutts

Daughter Vivian Shutts


~ Daughter Eva Lorraine (Youngkin) Wyngarden ~

Daughter Eva Lorraine Youngkin (1896- ? ) was born in May 1896.

She married Bert Wyngarden ( ? - ? ).

Five children born to the pair were Aleta Wyngarden, Raymond "Doyle" Wyngarden, Robert Wyngarden, Mildred Darlene Orr and Clara Elizabeth “Betty” Hendricks.

Daughter Aleta Wyngarden (1917-2011) was born on Oct. 15, 1917 in Oskaloosa, IA. She was united in matrimony with Ralph Mitchell Leonard ( ? -1968). Two daughters born to the couple were Ann Marie Leonard and Judith Mae Beach. They established a home in Miami where he was employed in an architectural office and she as a draftsman for the firm. Sadly, Ralph died on Nov. 19, 1968. Aleta outlived her spouse by more than four decades. The last decade of her life was in Harrisonburg, VA, where she made a home in the Hereitage Haven and Oak Lea Community of the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. Evidence shows that, circa 2006, Aleta was in contact with and provided family history information to the late Donna (Younkin) Logan, founder of the modern Younkin Reunion-East and publisher of the Younkin Family News Bulletin. Aleta died at the age of 94 on Dec. 23, 2011. An obituary was published in the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record and reprinted in the Younkin Family News Bulletin, Spring Edition of 2016. Her remains were cremated.

  • Granddaughter Ann Marie Leonard made her home in Harrisonburg, VA in 2011.
  • Granddaughter Judith Mae Leonard wed (?) Beach. She is the mother of Lillian Clair Beach and has lived in Milton, FL.

Son Raymond "Doyle" Wyngarden resided in Arizona circa 2011.

Son Robert Wyngarden has dwelled in Maryland.

Daughter Mildred Darlene Wyngarden married (?) Orr. She made a home in Arkansas circa 2011.

Daughter Clara Elizabeth “Betty” Wyngarden was joined in wedlock with (?) Hendricks. Clara has resided in Missouri.


~ Son Hallie E. Youngkin ~

Son Hallie E. Youngkin (1899-1984) was born on March 29, 1899 on a farm north of Sully, Jasper County, IA.

On Oct. 28, 1920, when he was 21 years of age, he was brought together in marriage with Elva B. Sparks ( ? -1975).


Obituary, 1984

Courtesy Linda Youngkin/Donna Logan

Together, they bore these known children – Maxine Atwood, C. Earl Youngkin, Robert V. Youngkin, Nadine Youngkin, Donald Lee Youngkin, Bonnie Ruth Youngkin and Bruce Youngkin. They mourned at the loss of their son Bruce in infancy.

They spent their lives in Jasper County, IA, where they farmed tracts in Kellogg, Lynnville and Sully. They belonged to the Pleasantview United Methodist Church.

The Youngkins' final home was in Newton.

Sadly, Elva passed into eternity on June 11, 1975.

Hallie lived for another nine years as a widower. He died at the age of 84 on Jan. 9, 1984 in Skiff Memorial Hospital. Co-officiating his funeral were Rev. David Presher and Rev. Trevor Davis-Hajek. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery

Daughter Maxine Youngkin wed (?) Atwood. They lived in Newton.

Son C. Earl Youngkin resided in Mesa, AZ.

Son Robert V. Youngkin put down roots in Newton.

Daughter Nadine Youngkin married Ray Anderson. The couple migrated to California and made a home in Healdsburg, CA.

Son Donald Lee Youngkin (1932-1977) was born in 1932. He was the father of Debbie. Sadly, he died in Oct. 1977 at the age of 45.

Daughter Bonnie Ruth Youngkin was joined in matrimony with Norman Williams. They have dwelled in Marion.


~ Son Carroll Youngkin ~

Son Carroll Youngkin (1904-1966) was born on March 27, 1904 in Sully, Jasper County, IA.

When Carroll was 22 years of age, on May 29, 1926, he wed Dorothy Ellen McKee (Jan. 11, 1903- ? ), daughter of Joseph and Bertha Adelia (Bumple) McKee. Their wedding ceremony was held in Des Moines.

Their two offspring were Carol Jean McClain and Dwight Youngkin.

Carroll succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 61, in Des Moines, on March 12, 1966. Interment was in Mitchellville, Polk County, IA.

Daughter Carol Jean Youngkin (1928- ? ) was born on Aug. 25, 1928 in Des Monies. On Christmas Day 1947, she entered into marriage with Norman Dale McClain ( ? - ? ). Their nuptials took place in Mitchellville, Polk County.

Son Dwight Youngkin (1934- ? ) was born on April 19, 1934 in Des Moines. Ata age 22, on Jan. 18, 1957, he wed Dawn Colleen Pontius ( ? - ? ).


~ Daughter Mildred Irene (Youngkin) Searcy ~

Daughter Mildred Irene Youngkin (1906- ? ) was born on Aug. 18, 1906 in Sully, Jasper County, IA.

In a ceremony held on Christmas Day 1926, when she was 20 years of age, Mildred tied the knot with William H. Searcy Sr. ( ? - ? ).

Three children were born to the couple, among them Howard Searcy, John Searcy and William H. Searcy Jr.

Son Howard Searcy married Nina and has lived in Jacksonville, FL.

Son John Searcy

Son William H. Searcy Jr. ( ? 1943) was born in (?). He died in November 1943 at age 18.


~ Daughter Wynona Adela (Youngkin) Coleman ~

Daughter Wynona Adela Youngkin (1909-1989) was born on June 14, 1909 in Sully, Jasper County, IA.

She was joined in matrimony with George W. Coleman Sr. ( ? - ? ), also spelled as "Cole."

Two sons of the couple were Leon Coleman and George Coleman Jr.

The Colemans made a home in Ocala, Marion County, FL in 1984.

Sadly, Wynona passed away in Ocala on Dec. 2, 1989 at the age of 79.

Son Leon Coleman

Son George W. Coleman Jr.


Copyright 2021 Mark A. Miner
Minerd.com extends its gratitude to Lucille Youngkin and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan for their research contributions to this biography.