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John X. Younkin

John X. Younkin was born in January 1827 (or 1823) in or near Kingwood, Somerset County, PA, the son of Wilhelm "William" and Catherine (Firestone) Younkin, and grandson of Jacob "of John" and Eleanor (Chambers) Younkin. The meaning behind his middle initial "X" is not known.

John was a boy or teenager when his father died, likely in the early 1840s. Family history records made many years later, in the mid-1930s, state that John was raised by his grandfather., Jacob "of John" Younkin, who in turn died in 1848 when John X. would have been 21 years of age. At the grandfather's death, John and his brother William each received $10.72 in payouts from the estate.


As a young man, John was well and hearty, and stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair, and weighed about 145 lbs.


John's signature

At the age of 25, on Aug. 16, 1852, he was united in wedlock with 26-year-old Eliza Ann Rose (1826-1906), daughter of Sylvester and Sophia (Smith) Rose. (A number of John's cousins married Eliza Ann's siblings, including Henry A. Miner to Matilda Rose; Catherine Minerd to Charles Rose; Susanna Minerd to Andrew Jackson Rose; and Eli Younkin to Mary Ann Rose.) Justice of the peace Jacob Rush officiated at the ceremony, which was held in Turkeyfoot Township.

John and Eliza were farmers and produced seven children -- Catherine "Kate" Boyd, Harriet Ansell, Frederick Wilson Younkin, John Scott Younkin, Eliza Ann "Annie" Speelman, William Harrison Younkin and William Sherman Younkin.


At times, John furnished farm work in tandem with cousins J.J. Rush and Frederick Dull and on behalf of Alexander W. Walter.


After the eruption of the Civil War, and at the age of 34, John enlisted in the Union Army on Oct. 8, 1861 in Somerset County. He was assigned to the 85th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company H and was expected to serve a term of three years.

Civil War battle of Williamsburg, VA




John's commanding officer, Gen. Howell

On May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Williamsburg, he was forced to stand in swampy land and became afflicted with leg problems caused by scurvy, an illness resulting from lack of Vitamin C in his diet. The tendons in his right leg contracted, which prevented him from walking normally. Friends observed that both legs were "swollen very badly" and had the appearance of "raw meat." Then on or about July 17, 1862, during a time when Gen. George McClellan's army was retreating after the Seven Days Fight, John suffered a hernia while cutting timber to construct barracks. This occurred while the regiment was en route from Savage Station/Poplar Hill to Harrison's Landing. He was admitted for treatment in a general field hospital in Harrison's Landing, VA. Later, on Aug. 6, 1862, having contracted diarrhea in addition to his other ailments, he was sent to the U.S. Army general hospital in Newport News.  He was diagnosed with chronic rheumatism and on Oct. 30, 1862, he was ordered to the Hampton General Hospital at Fortress Monroe, VA.


Surgeon's sketch of 
John's wartime scars

John remained at the hospital near Hampton, VA until receiving an honorable discharge on March 8, 1863. He then returned home to Kingwood. His friends Frederick Dull and Benjamin Clevenger observed that he had to walk on crutches, and noted that the hernia was the size of a goose egg. For a year, John was unable to perform any manual labor. 

Not long afterward, the Younkins relocated to Draketown/Ursina, Somerset County. They eventually migrated to Fayette County, PA, where in 1882 they dwelled in Broad Ford and in 1885 in Owensdale. Broad Ford was home to batteries of coke ovens of the H.C. Frick Coke Company. In those places, he earned a living performing labor.

As he aged, John applied for and began receiving a pension for his Civil War service. [Invalid Application #297.189 - Cert #431.405] Among those relatives who signed affidavits or witnessed signatures were his brothers in law and fellow army veterans Henry A. Miner and Charles Rose, and nephews John Wesley Rose and Grant U. Miner. Other friends providing support were former 85th Pennsylvania colleague G.W. Anderson of  Ursina and Lot Rush and Allen Hyatt of Connellsville. He had to undergo periodic medical examinations performed by army surgeons, and one doctor in 1881 estimated that the hernia had grown to "as large as large cocoa nut."


No. 1 coke plant, Lemont Furnace

John died in Coolspring near Uniontown on Jan. 15, 1901 at the age of 74. Family friends Catharine and Lizzie Boyd were present at the death. Interment was in Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery. 

Eliza survived him by five years, and made a petition to receive her late husband's Civil War pension. [Widow's Application #743.653 - Certificate #526.695] Providing support for her claim in sworn testimony were John and Elizabeth Ansell, Frederick Dull of Ursina, and Ross and Catharine Boyd of Lemont Furnace. She was awarded the pension payments of $8 per month.

Suffering from organic heart disease, and with her health failing, Eliza went to live with her married granddaughter Harriet Nedrow in Lemont Furnace near Uniontown. She passed away there on Feb. 25, 1906 at the age of 79. 

An obituary in the Connellsville Weekly Courier gave her age as 84 and reported that her remains "will be brought to the home of her son-in-law, Daniel J. Speelman, North Pittsburg street, this afternoon, and the funeral will occur from that place Sunday afternoon..." Eliza's death certificate, filled out by her daughter Annie Speelman, curiously gave the names of Eliza's parents as "Rose Stahlton" and "Sufole Smith."

Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery


~ Daughter Catherine "Kate" (Younkin) Boyd ~


Daughter Catherine "Kate" Younkin (1853-1947) was born on June 3, 1853. She did not marry until somewhat later in life. 


At the age of 38, on July 27, 1891, she was wedded to Ross Boyd (1848-1933), son of John Solomon and Amy Boyd of Fayette County. Their known offspring were William H. Boyd, Theodore S. Boyd, Milton Bruce Boyd, John S. Boyd and Harriet J. Nedrow. 

Circa 1932, their residence was in Connellsville. 

Sadly, in late November 1933, Ross fell at home and fractured his humerus, the long bone in his upper arm. When pneumonia set in, his health declined precipitously and he died two days before Christmas 1933 at the age of 85. He was laid to rest in Cove Run Cemetery, with arrangements handled by the Edward E. Minerd Funeral Home of Uniontown. 

Catherine spent her final years in Coolspring near Uniontown and, suffering from hardening of the arteries, was admitted into the Fayette County Home. She died there at age 93 on Jan. 15, 1947, with funeral services held in the home of her nephew Arthur Nedrow in Coolspring. Afterward, she joined her husband in burial at Cove Run. An obituary in the Uniontown Morning Herald counted her surviving offspring as 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Daughter Harriet J. Boyd (1873-1908) was born on 1873. She resided in North Union Township, near Uniontown, Fayette County. On Jan. 20, 1898, at the age of 24, she and 34-year-old coal miner Samuel A. Nedrow (1864-1907) united themselves in marriage. At the time, Samuel was a resident of Wharton Township, and the son of Aaron and Catharine (Boyd) Nedrow. Sadly, in late December 1906, Samuel contracted typhoid fever but sought no medical attention. After two weeks of suffering, he succumbed at the age of 44 on Jan. 14, 1907. Burial was in Park Place Cemetery in Uniontown. Samuel's brother Springer Nedrow signed his Pennsylvania death certificate. Then, compounding the tragedy, she contracted tuberculosis and died at the age of 35 on Aug. 18, 1908. Her remains were placed into repose at Park Place Cemetery in Uniontown.

Son William H. Boyd (1886-1943) was born on Oct. 16, 1886. He never married and worked in and around Coolspring as a laborer. He was felled by a heart attack and died on March 28, 1943. Interment was in Cove Run Cemetery, with Rev. J.H. Webb of the Cove Run Methodist Church officiating. A brief death notice was published in the Uniontown Morning Herald.

Son Theodore S. Boyd (1892-1961) was born on June 29, 1892 in Coolspring near Uniontown. He married Maude P. Feathers (1886-1967), daughter of John S. and Susan (Metheny) Feathers. Maude brought a daughter to the marriage, Edna B. Shaffer. They had no children of their own. Theodore was thrust into controversy and the public spotlight when attending a baseball game at Shady Grove Park on Aug. 28, 1920. He was approached by a stranger, who asked to place a bet on the game. The stranger "called him a vile name and he knocked him down and kicked at home at the same time after which he walked away and did not see any more of him," reported the Uniontown Morning Herald. Later that day, the stranger allegedly struck and killed another man at the game, using a baseball bat. Theodore had to testify in court, with his name printed in local  newspapers. Circa 1943-1947, they resided at Mt. Braddock, and in the early 1960s their home was at 11 Reppert Boulevard in Uniontown. Theodore earned a living as a laborer. He suffered from coronary heart disease and died at age 69 on Aug. 3, 1961. His remains were interred in Percy Cemetery near Uniontown following funeral services officiated by Rev. Robert Houff of the Church of the Brethren. Among his pallbearers were Larry Smithberger, John Daugherty, William Lascelles, Frank Broth, Harold Minerd and Harry Carr. Maude joined him in eternity six years later on March 4, 1967. Dr. Kelley preached her funeral sermon. The Morning Herald published an obituary, noting that she was survived by two grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Son John S. Boyd lived in Uniontown in 1943-1947-1961.


Gov. Pinchot, who refused 
to pardon Milton Boyd

Son Milton Bruce Boyd (1884-1966) was born in 1884. He left school at age 15. As a man he stood 5 feet, 9½ inches tall, was of medium stout build and weighed 192 lbs. The thumb on his left hand was amputated at the second joint. He resided in Coolspring as a young man, working as a coal miner, and began a pattern of run-ins with the law. At the age of about 18, in 1902, he was convicted of assault and battery and served for a year in the Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory. When he was age 37, in 1921, he was accused and put on trial for stealing from John Berkman, but was acquitted by a jury in a case heard in March 1921 by Judge J.Q. Van Swearingen. Almost immediately, he was jailed under the charge of robbing money and a ticket box from a trolley car of the West Penn Railway. Said the Uniontown Morning Herald, "Boyd and an accomplice are said to have boarded the car at the West Penn terminal, Uniontown, and to have taken the tin box when leaving the car. The crew, H.S. Martz, motorman, and Conductor A.L. Grimm, of Connellsville, notified the dispatcher's office at once and Officers Walter Brown, Shipley and Ray Thomas were sent immediately to the scene." He was found guilty of larceny and jailed in the Allegheny County workhouse for six months, placed on kitchen duty. In the spring of 1922, he and 18-year-old friend Harold Martin decided they needed money and would rob someone, reported the Uniontown Morning Herald, and picked on the family of Steve Belle in Lemont Furnace. In the fracas that ensued, Mrs. Belle handed over four one-dollar bills, and Milton struck her with the butt of his revolver and knocked her down. Mr. Belle was mortally shot, and Martin received a bullet wound in the right arm. Milton then fled and eluded captors for several days. He finally was captured, found guilty of assault and battery with intent to kill charges and taken to Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh. His term was to last from nine to 10 years, for release no later than Oct. 24, 1932. In 1925, he applied for a pardon from Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot, but it was refused. Milton eventually was released and was married more than once. One of his spouses was Scottish immigrant Mary Gordon (1884-1958), daughter of John and Mary (Duncan) Gordon. She had been married before and brought two sons to the marriage, Robert Gordon and Duncan Gordon. Mary suffered from breast cancer and passed away on Feb. 19, 1958, at the age of 73, with burial in Cove Run Cemetery. Later, Milton married Elsie Hart ( ? - ? ). She also had been wed before and had a daughter, Ida Mae Ashton. Milton earned income over the years as a coal miner, belonging to the United Mine Workers of America Local 8328 at Adah, Fayette County. He dwelled in 1943-1947-1961 in Lemont Furnace. In 1961, at the age of 79, he dwelled at 150 East Main Street in Uniontown. That year, in early June, having lacerated one of his wrists, he was arrested and placed in county jail. In his final years, he lived at 318 East Main Street. He died at age 82 on Aug. 7, 1966. His remains were placed at rest in White Rocks Cemetery in Fairchance.


~ Daughter Harriet (Younkin) Ansell ~

Daughter Harriet Younkin (1855- ? ) was born on April 14, 1855. 

She apparently went to school with Lucinda (Harbaugh) Younkin, and according to Lucinda, "Katie (Younkin) Firestone raised this girl. This Katie was the wife of George Firestone and an aunt of Daniel Younkin of Rockwood, Pa."

At the age of 15, in 1870, federal census records show that she resided at home with her parents, sisters and brothers near Somerfield, Somerset County.

Harriet married (?) Ansell. Her research trail has gone cold.


~ Son Frederick Wilson Younkin ~

Son Frederick Wilson Younkin (1857-1932) was born on Feb. 19, 1857. 

On Feb. 4, 1895, when he was 37 years of age, he married 24-year-old Amanda (Taylor) Bergan (1860- ? ) , daughter of Benjamin and Jane Taylor of Fayette County. They are not believed to have reproduced. 

Fred learned the trade of stone masonry, laboring in and around Uniontown, Fayette County. 

When he was in his early 70s, he began to feel the effects of rheumatism and chronic heart valve disease. He spent his final time on earth in the home of his sister Kate Boyd in Connellsville. Sadly, he died from their effects on Feb. 20, 1932. Interment was in Cove Run Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.


John Scott Younkin
Courtesy Virginia F. Biddle

~ Son John Scott Younkin ~

Son John "Scott" Younkin (1859-1930) was born on Feb. 2, 1859 in Somerset County. 

He married Emma Jane Thomas (1866-1943), daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Thomas of Somerset County.

The couple produced eight daughters and four sons -- Phillip Younkin, Jennie Nedrow, Mary E. Potter, William "Harrison" Younkin, Eliza Metts (or "Mitts"), Eva Marie Clover, Mamie Alice Fosbrink, Hazel McDowell Kelly, Grace E. Balsley, Olive Showman Calhoun,  Clarence Marshall Younkin Sr. and Elmer S. "Ham" Younkin. 

In 1892, they dwelled in Bidwell, PA. Later, they moved into Connellsville, with their home in 1900 on North Alley. In 1915, they lived near Moyer in Bullskin Township.

Scott made his residence in 1930 in the home of his married daughter Mamie Fosbrink near Brier Hill in Redstone Township, Fayette County. The census-taker spelled his first name "Scotch."

On Dec. 3, 1930, Scott was felled by a stroke at home and was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital. He died there nine days later on Dec. 12, 1930. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery, with Rev. J.H. Lambertson officiating. An obituary in the Connellsville Weekly Courier reported that he was survived by 38 grandchildren. Donna (Younkin) Logan's research notes go into further detail about their offspring.

Emma spent 13 years as a widow. Her final years were in the household of her married daughter Eliza A. Mitts in Waltersburg near Uniontown, Fayette County, where she became a member of the Nazarene Church of Waltersburg. She died on Sept. 28, 1943 following a stroke. A newspaper reported that in addition to her adult children, she was survived by 51 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren in addition to her brother William Thomas of Confluence.

Son Phillip Younkin (1882-1960) was born on Feb. 23, 1882 in Somerset County. He was united in marriage with Sophia Fosbrink (1887-1955), daughter of Herman and Susanna (Johnson) Fosbrink of Springfield Township, Fayette County. He was a longtime engineer with Castle Shannon Coal Company at Coverdale and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. The family were members of the Assembly of God Church. They resided in Coverdale in 1943 and in 1949 moved to 500 South Pittsburgh Street in South Connellsville. Their six children were Myrtle Younkin, John Younkin, William Harrison Younkin, Ethel McNair, Weynonia Zaksek Stoner and Donald Edgar Younkin. Stricken with cancer of the ovaries, Sophia was admitted to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh where she passed away at the age of 67 on March 4, 1955. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said she was survived by 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, sister Emma Frantz of Friendsville, MD and brother Samuel Fosbrink of Friendsville and Irvin Fosbrink of Breakneck near Connellsville. Phillip spent his final years in the home of his daughter Ethel on East Painter Street in South Connellsville. On June 20, 1960, while listening to the Floyd Patterson/Ingemar Johansson heavyweight boxing championship fight on the radio, he suffered a heart attack and died suddenly. Interment was beside his wife in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bullskin Township.

  • Granddaughter Ethel Younkin ( ? - ? ) married Earl McNair ( ? - ? ) and lived on East Painter Street in South Connellsville in 1960.
  • Granddaughter Weynonia Irene Zaksek ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On Jan. 13, 1950, whe was united in marriage with World War II veteran James Lee Stoner ( ? - ? ), son of Rev. Levi Stoner of 217 Woodlawn Avenue in Connellsville. Rev. Stoner officiated at the service "in the presence of the immediate families and a few relatives," said the Connellsville Daily Courier. "The bride wore a winter white wool dress with black accessories and carried a small Bible topped with white and red roses. There were no attendants." At the time of marriage, James was employed in Connellsville as a clerk with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. During the war, he had sereved as a radar operator. The couple made their home in South Connellsville in 1955.
  • Grandson John Younkin dwelled in Pittsburgh in 1950 and in Coverdale, PA in 1955.
  • Grandson William Harrison Younkin relocated to Southern California. In 1955, he dwelled in Los Angeles.
  • Grandson Donald Edgar Younkin (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921. On Dec. 18, 1938, at the age of 17, Donald eloped to Winchester, VA to marry 16-year-old Valma LaRue Ellen Schaffer (1921- ? ), a native of Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. Their five known children were Patricia Louellen Salopek, Donald Edgar Younkin Jr., James Howard Younkin, John William Younkin and Craig Warren Younkin. They made their home in 1950 in Pittsburgh and in Duquesne near Pittsburgh in 1955.

Daughter Jennie Younkin (1983- ? ) was born in 1883. At the age of 15, on Dec. 15, 1898, she married 26-year-old Springer Nedrow, son of Aaron and Catherine (Boyd) Nedrow. Justice of the peace William H. Miller officiated at the ceremony held in the county seat of Uniontown. Springer was a lumberman and made his home in Wharton Township, Fayette County. The Younkin and Nedrow families were close, and Jennie's cousin Harriet Boyd was wedded to Springer's brother Samuel.

Daughter Mary E. Younkin (1886- ? ) was born in April 1886 in Stewart Township, Fayette County. On May 27, 1901, at the age of 15, she and 22-year-old M. Roy Potter (1779- ? ) united themselves in matrimony after receiving a marriage license. He was the son of H.C. and S.E. Potter. At the time of marriage, he was employed in Connellsville as a fireman, likely with the railroad. Circa 1943-1953, Mary lived for a time in Rochester, NY, but she eventually returned to her home city. By 1958, when named in the Daily Courier obituary of her sister Hazel, Mary dwelled in Connellsville.

Son William "Harrison" Younkin (1889-1950) was born in 1889 in Broadford, near Connellsville. At the age of 25, on July 18, 1914, he married a cousin, 22-year-old Etta Strawderman (1891-1923), daughter of William and Sarah (Showman) Strawderman of the family of Jane (Younkin) Showman. The Younkins produced five known children -- Dorothy Younkin, Leona "Pearl" Rudiford Hillen, William Lloyd Younkin, Jesse Younkin and Wilbert Younkin. Circa 1916, they lived in Springfield Township, Fayette County. Sadly, their infant son William Lloyd Younkin died at age four months in August 1916. Heartache blanketed the family in 1923 when Etta, having contracted double pneumonia, possibly post-partum after the birth of her son Jessie in January 1923, went to seek recovery in the home of her brother John in nearby Dunbar Township. Unable to rally, she succumbed at the age of 32 on Dec. 7, 1923. The viewing was held in the home of Etta's mother on Railroad Street in Dunbar, followed by burial in Hill Grove Cemetery, with Rev. David Ewing Minerd -- the famed "Blacksmith Preacher" -- officiating, assisted by Rev. O.W. Bolton of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Dunbar. The Connellsville Daily Courier printed an obituary naming their children as Dorothy, Pearl, Jessie and Wilbert. More suffering took place in April 1924 when motherless son Jessie died of acute indigestion and convulsions at the age of 15 months at the home of William Nedrow of Mt. Braddock. Funeral services were held at the residence of Springer Nedrow at Evans Station. Rev. O.O. King officiated at the child's funeral, with burial following in Hill Grove Cemetery and an obituary appearing in the Daily Courier. At some point Harrison married again, to Mamie Lancaster (1902-1976), daughter of James W. and Martha Jane (Keefer) Lancaster. They apparently went on to have three more offspring of their own -- Betty Jane Grahek, Esther Marie Campbell and James H. Younkin. Harrison was a coal miner with the Taylor Mine near Smock, and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local No. 6299. They lived in the coal mining patch town of Helen, Fayette County in 1940 and in Keisterville, Fayette County in 1943 at the time of death of Mayme's father. Harrison died in Grindstone, Fayette County on June 10, 1950 at the age of 59. His remains were brought to the home of his sister in law Martha Jane Lancaster in Grindstone for viewing and funeral services. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Smock. An obituary in the Daily Courier reported that his survivors included 13 grandchildren, three brothers and seven sisters of Connellsville. As a widow, Mamie maintained a home in Grindstone until her death at age 73 on May 13, 1976, in Brownsville General Hospital. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, with an obituary printed in a local newspaper.

  • Granddaughter Dorothy Younkin ( ? - ? ) may have been married. By 1950, however, she made her residence with her father and step-mother near Smock, Franklin Township, Fayette County. Nothing more is known.
  • Granddaughter Leona "Pearl" Younkin (1920-1966) was born on June 9, 1920. She was but a girl of three when her mother died. In the late 1930s, she was united in marriage with (?) Rudiford/Rutherford ( ? - ? ). They had one known son, John Rudiford/Rutherford, born in 1938. Later, Pearl married Ralph Hillen Sr. (1914-1961), the son of Elias and Chloe (Adams) Hillen. Ralph had been married before and brought these offspring to the union -- John W. Hillen, Ralph Hillen Jr., Harry Hillen, Clarence Hillen, Dorothy Bailey, Leona Kmetz, Rachel Hill Kmetz, Betty Yauger and Barbara Ann Hillen. In an interesting twist, Ralph's sister Jenny married a widowed double cousin, William Dayton Shroyer, son of Jacob Adam and Laura Belle (Younkin) Shroyer of Clay Run, Fayette County. During World War II, Ralph served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. They resided in Bullskin Township north of Connellsville, where Ralph earned income as a coal miner, a job from which he retired. Pearl generated news headlines in the Uniontown Evening Standard when at age 39 she went missing from home. She was described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 92 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes and wearing a white skirt. She also recently had her teeth extracted. Ralph was felled by massive cerebral bleeding and passed away on Oct. 3, 1961, at the age of 47. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery in Connellsville. Pearl survived her husband by five years. Her address in the mid-1960s was 901 Franklin Avenue. On the tragic day of July 16, 1966, she was caught in the midst of a housefire and suffered first, second and third degree burns over her entire body, leading to severe shock. She died the next day after 30 hours of suffering. Interment was in Mount Olive.
  • Grandson Wilbert Younkin ( ? -1976) lived at home with his father and step-mother near Smock, Franklin Township, Fayette County in 1950. By the 1970s, if not earlier, he had relocated to Baltimore, MD. He died in Baltimore in 1976.
  • Granddaughter Betty Jane Younkin (1928- ? ) was born in about 1928 and grew up in coal mining towns around Uniontown, Fayette County. She was united in wedlock with (?) Grahek. They dwelled in Merrittstown near Uniontown.


Left: Younkin sisters Esther (left) and Betty Jane, circa 1943-1944. Right: Esther with her daughter Ethel Stewart, granddaughter Melissa Lee Graham and great-granddaughter


  • Granddaughter Esther Marie Younkin (1930-2017) was born on July 30, 1930 in the coal mining patch town of Royal, Fayette County. She married Arthur L. Campbell (July 14, 1925-1978). The couple produced these children -- Arthur Campbell, Terry "Ray" Campbell, Wil Campbell, Ethel Stewart, Robert Campbell and James Campbell. They resided in New Salem near Uniontown in 1976. Sadly, Arthur passed away at the age of 52 on March 5, 1978. Esther outlived him by three decades and spent her final years in Orient, Fayette County in 2017. In failing health, Esther was admitted to UPMC Shadyside Hospital where she passed away on Jan. 14, 2017. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at LaFayette Memorial Park in Brier Hill, near Uniontown. An obituary was published in the Uniontown Herald-Standard. Her survivors included nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Great-grandson Arthur Campbell married Keoni.

Great-grandson Terry "Ray" Campbell Sr. (1950-2021) was born on April 19, 1950 in Uniontown. He entered into marriage with Alice Faye Springer ( ? -living). The couple resided in Uniontown and were the parents of a family of offspring -- Brian Campbell, Terry Campbell, Jason Campbell, Tabitha Wertheimer, Eric Springer, Tony Angelo and Missy Angelo. Ray was employed for many years by United States Steel Corporation. In his free time he liked to fish, visit casinos to gamble and watch the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were members of Liberty Baptist Church. Sadly, at the age of 70, Ray passed away at home on March 11, 2021. Funeral services were led by Pastor Gary Coldren, with burial following in Walnut Hill Cemetery. An obituary was published on the Shell Funeral Home website.

Great-grandson Wil Campbell was joined in wedlock with Patty.

Great-granddaughter Ethel Campbell was united in matrimony with Daniel Stewart (May 31, 1954-2021). Together, they bore four children -- Katherine Rebecca Stewart, Jamie Marie Stewart, Melissa Lee Graham Stewart and Daniel William Stewart. The couple divorced when the children were young.

Great-grandson Robert "Bob" Campbell

Great-grandson James "Jimmy" Campbell

  • Grandson James Younkin (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936. He entered into marriage with Rita Mecklin ( ? - ? ). Their three offspring were James Younkin, Holly Younkin and Connie Younkin. This family lived in Grindstone, Fayette County in 1976.

Daughter Eliza Younkin (1892-1954) was born on April 7, 1892 in Bidwell, near the Fayette/Somerset County line. She was twice married. The identity of her first spouse is not yet proven, but it may have been Thomas Dingle ( ? - ? ), and the ceremony would have occurred on Sept. 15, 1906. If so, she would have been age 15 at the time, the same age as several of her sisters were when they married. Eliza was divorced on Oct. 8, 1912, when she was age 21. Just a few days after the divorce decree was handed down, Eliza was wed again, on Oct. 12, 1912, to 27-year-old coal miner Daniel Mitts (1885-1944), son of Joseph and Katherine (Helms) Mitts (or "Metts"). Officiating at their nuptials was justice of the peace Daniel M. Bierer. At the time of their marriage, Daniel resided in Lemont, near Uniontown. The couple later made their home in Waltersburg, near Uniontown, and raised a nephew as a foster son, John W. Gemas. They were members of Central Methodist Church. In 1944, their address was 112 Orchard Alley, Connellsville, with Daniel laboring at the Collier Works in the outskirts of Uniontown. Daniel was stricken with cerebral bleeding at the age of 58 and died on March 10, 1944. Eliza, burdened with kidney and heart disease at the age of 62, died on April 5, 1954 with burial in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

Daughter Eva Marie Younkin (1908-1964) was born on Jan. 18, 1908 in Connellsville. On Oct. 13, 1924, at the age of 16, she married Galen Lazelle Clover (1894-1960). His parents were Bickley V. and Annie J. (Woods) Clover of Clarion County, PA. They dwelled in South Connellsville and had seven children -- Emma Kimmel, Anna Hart, Alice Gagean, Mary Swink, Audrey Stockton, Galen A. Clover and Leon Clover. Galen was employed as a carpenter by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Eva Marie was a member of the Full Gospel Church of Poplar Grove. They lived in 1960 at 204 Pulaski Street in Connellsville. Sadly, Galen suffered from heart valve weakness and, after a two-year illness, died at age 65 on June 5, 1960. Now widowed, Eva Marie spent her final years in her home at 292 East Fairview Avenue in Connellsville. She passed away in Connellsville State General Hospital at the age of 56 on March 21, 1964. She was laid to rest with her husband in Normalville Cemetery.


Mamie Fosbrink
Courtesy Virginia F. Biddle

Daughter Mamie Alice Younkin (1893-1964) was born in on March 13, 1893 in Stewart Township, Fayette County. When she was a teenager, she resided at Moyer near Connellsville. At age 14, on May 29, 1907, she and 22-year-old lumberman Herman Fosbrink Jr. (1885-1949) joined themselves in marriage, with G.L. Schmid and Earl Huston serving as witnesses. Herman was the son of Herman and Susanna Fosbrink Sr. of Draketown, Somerset County. (The name "Fosbrink" is an English derivation of the Pennsylvania German "Forespring.") Because Mamie was legally too young to marry, her father gave his consent to the union. They produced these known children -- Beulah Fosbrink, William Fosbrink, Marie Fosbrink, John Fosbrink, Howard Fosbrink, Beatrice Fosbrink and Betty Fosbrink. Herman was a longtime coal miner in and around Uniontown. When the federal census enumeration was taken in 1910, the couple dwelled in Luzerne Township, Fayette County, with Herman laboring at the Simpson coal mine. That year, 21-year-old Smith King boarded in their home and earned a living working at odd jobs. By 1920, the family had relocated to Bullskin Township, north of Connellsville, Fayette County, and dwelled along Breakneck Road. Moving again, with the nation now in the grip of the Great Depression, the Fosbrinks resided in 1930 in the Brier Hill section of Redstone Township, Fayette County. Mamie's aged father lived under their roof in 1930. By 1940, the family had migrated again to pursue coal mine work in Waltersburg, Menallen Township, and they remained there for the balance of their lives. Sadly, suffering from pemphigus vulgaris (an auto-immune illness causing chronic skin lesions), he was admitted to Pittsburgh's Shadyside Hospital and died there on Sept. 14, 1949 at age 64. In providing information for the death certificate, Mamie was unable to give the names of her husband's father and mother Circa 1958, she made her home in Waltersburg, and her address in 1964 was 1 Bigbee Street in Pittsburgh. Suffering from a fractured hip due to a fall, and a pulmonary embolism, she died in Pittsburgh's South Side Hospital at the age of 71 just two days after Christmas 1964. Son William signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. She sleeps for all time in Pleasant View Cemetery in Smock, Fayette County.

  • Granddaughter Beulah Fosbrink (1909- ? ) was born in about 1909 in or around Luzerne Township, Fayette County. She is believed to have married at the age of 18, in about 1927, but by 1930 was back in her parents' home.
  • Grandson William Fosbrink (1911- ? ) was born in about 1911 in Fayette County. He is believed to have married at the age of 17, in about 1928, but was in his parents' home without his wife when the federal census was taken in 1930. At the age of 19, in 1930, he assisted his father as a coal mine laborer in the Brier Hill community of Redstone Township, Fayette County. William's home in 1964 was 124 Wray Large Road in Clairton, near Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Marie Fosbrink (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914 in Fayette County.
  • Grandson John Fosbrink (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917 in Fayette County.
  • Grandson Howard Fosbrink (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919 in Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Beatrice Fosbrink (1922- ? ) -- possibly known as "Alberda" -- was born in about 1922.
  • Granddaughter Betty Fosbrink (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931 in or around Brier Hill, Redstone Township, Fayette County.


Hazel and Case Kelly


Daughter Hazel S. Younkin (1895-1958) was born on Jan. 11, 1895 in Connellsville. On March 26, 1912, unmarried at the age of 17, she gave birth to a son John W. Gemas Sr., son of Charles Gemas ( ? - ? ) of Connellsville. The next year, still unmarried, she bore son William Henry McDowell Jr. (1894-1919), son of Samuel and Ellen (Foster) [or "Danechia (Allen)"] McDowell. Three years later, on Oct. 5, 1915, at the age of 21, she and 21-year-old McDowell were married. The couple actually united themselves in matrimony, following an example set by several of Hazel's older sisters. The ceremony took place in Connellsville, witnessed by Jessie B. House and H.R. Titterington. William was employed at the time as a fireman and later as a brakeman with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The couple produced two sons, William Henry McDowell and Charles McDowell. Tragically, at the age of 25, and after just four years of marriage, William was stricken with kidney and pulmonary tuberculosis. He was taken to Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital, and died there on July 19, 1919. Later, by 1958, she married again, to Case Kelly ( ? - ? ). In the 1950s, their address was East Gibson Avenue in South Connellsville, and she belonged to the First Baptist Church and its E.B. Martin Bible Class. Having endured rheumatic heart disease for two decades, and more recently kidney and heart disease, Hazel died in Connellsville State Hospital at the age of 63 on July 28, 1958. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery, with Rev. R.A. Nelson officiating. The Connellsville Daily Courier published an obituary stating that her survivors included 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


B&O Railroad yards at Connellsville, where William H. McDowell labored


  • John Gemas Sr.

    Grandson John Wilbur Gemas Sr. (1912-1978) was born on March 26, 1912 in Connellsville. He was raised by his mother's sister Eliza Mitts but kept the name "Gemas." He was twice married. His first bride was Catherine Frances Allen (May 15, 1913-1965), daughter of John A. and Catherine (Kerfoot) Allen. The couple went on to produce nine offspring -- Georgeann Porterfield, Hazel Mauk, Patricia Means, Carl Andrew Gemas, John Wilbur Gemas, James D. Gemas, Robert A. Gemas, Gerald E. Gemas and William Francis "Pee Wee" Gemas. The family lived in Connellsville, where John was employed by the railroad. When the family held a double birthday party in June 1939 for son Carl and daughter Georgeann, the news was covered in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Son Wilbert, age 11, fell off a 12-foot-high wall in October 1949 and was rushed to Connellsville State Hospital with a broken leg. Circa the mid-1960s, their address was 1510 Isabella Road. Sadly, Catherine was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died in Connellsville State Hospital at the age of 52 on July 11, 1965. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Green Ridge Cemetery north of Connellsville. John married again to Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Ramage) Henry ( ? - ? ), who apparently had been married before and brought a son to the marriage, Raymond Henry. Heartache enveloped the family in 1978 when son John Jr. passed away. John Sr. passed away at the age of 66 on Jan. 30, 1978. Burial was in Green Ridge Memorial Park. The obituary named his parents as "Charles Gemas and Hazel Younkin." Betty made her home in Illinois circa 2013.

Great-granddaughter Georgeann Gemas wedded (?) Porterfield. She was deceased by 2013.

Great-granddaughter Hazel Catherine Gemas (1943-2022) was born on Dec. 4, 1943. She married James R. Mauk ( ? - ? ). Two offspring of the couple were Tenia Hixson and Richard Mauk. For years they resided in Connellsville. Hazel earned income with employment at Nino's Restaurant. She had a special love for family gatherings of all sorts. Sadly, she outlived not only her husband but both of her children. The angel of death spirited her away on Oct. 14, 2022. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said that she was survived by four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Rev. Lee Maley led the funeral service. with burial in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

Great-granddaughter Patricia Gemas was wedded twice. Her first husband was (?) Means. By 2013, she had married a second time to Brian Langley and made a home in Bloomington, IN.

Great-grandson Carl Andrew "Bud" Gemas (1937-2013) was born on June 24, 1937 in Connellsville. He married Roxie Maureen Stutler (April 20, 1942-2015), daughter of Hiram Lakin and Ruby Inez (Lincoln) Stutler. In all, their family included six children -- Richard Eric Stutler, Ruby Evonne Swope, Catheine Euderah Hensel, Diane Louise Malone and Theresa Inez Trimbach. The Gemases resided in Dunbar. Reported the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "Bud was a former truck driver for the Marsolino Construction Co. and he was a member of Teamsters Union Local No. 491. Among his hobbies, Bud enjoyed snake hunting and belonged to the Snake Club, HoBo Trains, doing puzzles, CB radio, where his handle was 'Thunderbolt' and, in his younger days, he enjoyed working on cars." Roxie took pleasure in reading, knitting and her kittens. Carl died at home at the age of 75 on March 21, 2013. Rev. Lee Maley, of the family of Martha Ellen (Mayle) Mayle, officiated at the funeral service, followed by burial at Green Ridge Memorial Park in Pennsville near Connellsville. An obituary in the Tribune-Review reported that he was survived by 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Roxie only survived her husband by two years. She joined him in death on May 10, 2015.

Great-grandson John Wilbur Gemas Jr. ( ? -1978) passed away in 1978.

Great-grandson James D. Gemas ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2022.

Great-grandson Robert A. Gemas ( ? -living) may have been married twice. With his first bride, they produced a daughter, Diana Gemas. Later, Robert married Margaret E. "Margie" (Willard) Stadolnik (Dec. 3, 1938-2018), a Pittsburgh native and the daughter of Arthur and Mary Pauline (Ploof) Willard. They remained together for 39 years. The Gemas' children were Michele Lint, Frank Stadolnik, Margaret Porterfield, Rose Valeri and Charles Stadolnik. Sadly, their son Charles died young. Marge was employed by Bud Murphy's Restaurant in Connellsville as a cook and waitress. Sadly, she died at home in Connellsville at the age of 79 on Nov. 12, 2018. The family requested in a Connellsville Daily Courier obituary that any memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Great-grandson Gerald E. "Jerry" Gemas made Connellsville his home in 2013. He was deceased by 2022.

Great-grandson William Francis "Pee Wee" Gemas

  • Grandson William Henry McDowell Jr. (1913- ? ) was born in 1913.

Daughter Grace E. Younkin (1898-1964) was born on April 8, 1898 in Bullskin Township. At the age of 18, in Connellsville on April 6, 1915, she was wedded to Lester R. Balsley (1894-1952), son of William R. and Nancy (Stafford) Balsley of Bullskin Township. Alderman W.D. Colborn officiated. Their children were Robert L. Balsley, Fred A. Balsley, Elmer E. Balsley, Louis W. Balsley, James B. Balsley, Margie Stewart, Clarence Balsley, Charles H. Balsley and William H. Balsley. In 1922, they resided on the Swaugertown Road in Connellsville. Tragedy rocked the family on Aug. 22, 1932 when their 14-year-old son William, hospitalized for surgery on a mastoid growth, died on the eve of entering the sixth grade. During World War II, the family worried when sons Elmer and Charles joined the U.S. Armed Forces Their fears were justified when Charles lost his life due in the April 10, 1944 Allied landing on the beaches of Anzio, Italy. His remains were returned to Connellsville in July 1948 among 474 sets of Pennsylvanian remains repatriated at that time from Europe. Son Louis served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1952, the family address was 508 West Gibson Avenue. Grief filled the family on Sept. 8, 1952 when Lester died at home after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Grace passed away in Connellsville State General Hospital at the age of 66 on Oct. 2, 1964. She was placed into repose in Mount Olive Cemetery with Rev. E.J. Hatchner preaching the funeral service.

  • Grandson Robert L. Balsley (1930-1981) was born on April 22, 1930. He apparently never married. Robert made his home on North First Street in Connellsville and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Sons of Columbus. He died at the age of 50 in Connellsville State General Hospital on Jan. 23, 1981. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said that burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bullskin Township.
  • Grandson Fred A. Balsley ( ? - ? ) was born in Connellsville. He dwelled in Connellsville in 1981.
  • Grandson Elmer E. Balsley ( ? - ? ) was born in Connellsville. In 1981, he resided in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Louis W. Balsley ( ? - ? ) was born in Connellsville. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He made his home in the early 1980s in Connellsville.
  • Grandson James E. Balsley ( ? - ? ) was born in Connellsville. He wed a distant cousin, Twila Laymon, daughter of Myers and Dollie (Snyder) Laymon and granddaughter of Norman S. and Jennie (Enos) Snyder. The couple resided in Normalville, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Margie Balsley ( ? - ? ) was born in Connellsville. She was joined in matrimony with John E. Stewart ( ? - ? ) and in 1981 lived in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Clarence Balsley ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 1981.


Allied invasion at Anzio, Italy, where Charles H. Balsley was killed


Daughter Olive Younkin (1900-1953) was born on Jan. 14, 1900 in Connellsville. On March 22, 1915, when she was 15 years old, Olive and 21-year-old cousin Jeremiah Franklin "Frank" Showman (1894-1936) united themselves in marriage. H.R. Titterington and C.O. Shroyer were witnesses. Frank was son of Jeremiah and Malinda (Bungard) Showman of the family of Jane (Younkin) Showman. Unable to read or write, Frank worked with his hands as a laborer and signed his name with an "X." The couple had a family of children, among them James E. Showman, Melvin Earl Showman, Jeremiah Franklin "Frank" Showman Jr., Betty Jane Cossell, Violet Halasz, Shirley DeWitt, Gloria May Showman, Olive Ruth Showman (who died in infancy on May 31, 1919) and an unnamed infant (who passed in childbirth on Jan. 26, 1920). In 1919, the family dwelled on Franklin Street in Connellsville and by the mid-1930s resided at 508 West Gibson Avenue in Connellsville. They were members of the Church of Jesus Christ at Poplar Grove. Sadly, Frank contracted lobar pneumonia and died three weeks after his 41st birthday on Sept. 10, 1936. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery. The Connellsville Daily Courier printed an obituary saying he had succumbed "following a lingering illness" and noting that his sister Mattie Hawkins had "died two months ago." Olive survived her husband by 17 years. She rented from Preston Calhoun a two-story, four-room house in Breakneck near Connellsville. Near-tragedy struck in early Sunday morning hours when Olive and three of her younger children nearly were consumed in a house fire. Reported the Daily Courier, "She was awakened at about 1:30 o'clock by the cries of a youngster. The smoke, apparently coming from the first floor, had filled the bedrooms. The woman and the youngsters were almost suffocated by the smoke. Mrs. Showman shattered the glass in a door on the second floor, leading to an outside stairway, suffering a finger injury." She later remarried to her landlord, Preston Calhoun ( ? - ? ) and moved to a new home at 408 West Cummings Avenue. Having contracted diabetes which led to gangrene of her right leg, which developed into a toxic infection, Olive's health began to fail in 1952, and in May 1953 she was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital. She refused surgery. She lingered there for 50 days, she died on July 30, 1953, at the age of 53. She was buried at Hill Grove Cemetery.

  • Grandson James E. Showman lived in Barberton, OH in 1953.
  • Grandson Melvin Earl Showman resided in Connellsville at 408 West Cummings Avenue in the early 1950s.
  • Grandson Jeremiah Franklin "Frank" Showman Jr. made his home in Gibson Terrace in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Betty Jane Showman (1924-2011) was born on Nov. 15, 1924 in Connellsville. She was joined in marriage with Robert Cossell Sr. ( ? -1987). They produced these known children -- Betty Darlene Mazurik, Robert E. Cossell Jr. and Raymond E. Cossell. They lived on North Jefferson Street in Connellsville. Betty Jane worked at Anchor Hocking Glass in South Connellsville and also at Karnes' Bakery and One Hour Valet. At one point she founded Betty's Ceramics which was in business for several years. Robert Sr. died on Dec. 20, 1987. Betty Jane outlived him by 24 years. She suffered with Alzheimer's Disease for the final 14 years of he life. She succumbed as a patient in Mt. View Specialty Care Center in Greensburg on Oct. 10, 2011 at the age of 86. Rev. H. David McElroy preached the funeral sermon with burial in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
  • Granddaughter Violet Showman was wedded to (?) Halasz ( ? - ? ). Her residence in 1953 was in the coal mining patch town of Monarch, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Shirley Showman was joined in matrimony with (?) DeWitt ( ? - ? ). In 1953, she lived under her parents' roof in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Gloria May Showman lived with her parents in 1953.

Son Elmer S. "Ham" Younkin (1902-1958) was born on Nov. 1, 1902. He married Rose Palladine ( ? - ? ). The couple produced two daughters -- Donna Jean Jeffers and Marianne Younkin. They lived in Connellsville at the address of 512 Gibson Avenue. Elmer earned a living as a brakeman and conductor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen No. 218. In his early 50s, Elmer was stricken with cancer of the bronchial tract. He endured for three years but finally succumbed on Jan. 28, 1958. His remains were placed into rest in Mount Olive Cemetery in Bullskin Township.

Where generations of the Clarence
M. Younkin family sleep for the ages
Son Clarence Marshall Younkin Sr. (1905-1961) was born on Feb. 13, 1905, the youngest of a dozen children. He married Mary Poche Williams (1912-1984), daughter of Thomas and Jane (Ramage) Williams. In 1928, their home was in the coal mine patch town of Revere, Fayette County. They later lived in Connellsville, at 2 Run Avenue, where Clarence labored as a glass cutter with Fox Glass Company. The Younkins had six children -- Clarence Younkin Jr., Raymond Younkin, Thomas Younkin, William Younkin, Myrtle Neighbors and Betty Eans. Clarence passed away on Oct. 8, 1961 in Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that he was survived by 18 grandchildren. He was entombed in Green Ridge Memorial Park near Connellsville, with the funeral service preached by Rev. J.D. Schrecengost. Mary survived for another 23 years. She died in Connellsville on Jan. 5, 1984.

  • Grandson Clarence M. Younkin Jr. ( ? -2011) was born in the coal mining patch town of Revere, PA. He wed Cecelia Zeman ( ? -1999). The marriage stayed the course of a remarkable 50 years. Their trio of offspring included Rocky Younkin, Rosemary Overly and Margaret Uher. The family put down roots in Connellsville. During World War II, Clarence joined the U.S. Army and was a member of tis 82nd Airborne Division, Headquarters Company, 325th Infantry Regiment. He was deployed overseas and served in Germany. Upon his return home, he became empllyed by Suwak-Morrow Leasing Company as a long-distance truck driver, remaining with the business for more than four decades. In his free time he liked to fish and hunt. He also enjoyed restoring antique and classic automobiles and attending antique car shows. Sadly, Cecelia died in 1999. Clarence then relocated to Scottdale and lived for another dozen years. Death spirited him away at age 83, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, on May 4, 2011. Rev. Chris Stillwell, of the First Christian Discipl of Christ Church, officiated the funeral, with burial taking place in Green Ridge Memorial Park. The Connellsville Daily Courier printed an obituary.

    Great-grandson Rocky Younkin wed Roxanne and has lived in Connellsville.

    Great-granddaughter Rosemary Younkin married Charles Overly. They called Scottdale home in 2002.

    Great-granddaughter Margaret Younkin was joined in wedlock with Charles Uher. The pair was in Acme, PA in 2002. Margaret provided a home for her aged father and served as a devoted caregiver. 

  • Grandson Raymond Younkin ( ? - ? ) may have married Helen Jean ( ? - ? ). They resided in Connellsville. He was deceased by 2002.
  • Grandson Thomas Younkin ( ? - ? ) wed Mary "Cookie" ( ? - ? ). They have lived in Connellsville.
  • Grandson William Younkin ( ? - ? ) married Janet ( ? - ? ). The pair resided in Connellsville. They became the parents of Melissa "Missy" Burley, Marcy Blankenship and Mindy King. Sadly, Janet was deceased by 2022.

    Great-granddaughter Melissa "Missy" Younkin entered into marriage with (?) Emerick and Jeff Burley. Jeff had been married before and brought two stepchildren into the union, Samantha Griffin and Kendra Burley. Melissa was the mother of Krista Emerick, Kayle Kubinsky and Zach Emerick. She enjoyed camping at Big Bear and her favorite television shows. Grief cascaded the family when Melissa died at home at the age of 53 on Nov. 19, 2022. Her obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Pastor Robert Wrachford led the funeral service, followed by burial in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

    Great-granddaughter Marcy Younkin was joined in marriage with Brian Blankenship.

    Great-granddaughter Mindy Younkin was united in wedlock with Larry King. 

  • Granddaughter Myrtle Younkin (1930-2002) was born on June 11, 1930 in Connellsville. In July 1947, she entered into marriage with Joseph L. Neighbors ( ? - ? ). Their union endured the ups and downs of a remarkable 54 years. The couple dwelled in Dunbar, Fayette County and produced a dozen offspring-- Barbara Higbee, Carol Hall, JoAnne Curry, Cathy Sage, Sally Parker, Tammy Keller, Lori Neighbors, Joseph L. Neighbors Jr., Kenneth Neighbors, Paul Neighbors, Donald Neighbors and Kevin Neighbors. As her health failed, Myrtle was admitted to Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. She died there at the age of 71 on March 19, 2002. Her obituary was published in the Uniontown Herald-Standard. Her survivors included 29 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Officiating her funeral were Rev. Mildred T. Martin and Pastor Lee Maley. Her remains were laid to eternal rest in Sylvan Heights Cemetery.

    Great-granddaughter Barbara Neighbors wed Carter Higbee and resided in Connellsville in 2002.

    Great-granddaughter Carol Neighbors married Louis Hall. Their home in 2002 was in Dunbar.

    Great-granddaughter JoAnne Neighbors was joined in wedlock with Harry Curry. The pair settled in New Salem, PA.

    Great-granddaughter Cathy Neighbors was united in matrimony with Donald Sage. They put down roots in Scottdale, PA.

    Great-granddaughter Sally Neighbors entered into marriage with Chris Parker and lived in Uniontown.

    Great-granddaughter Tammy Neighbors married Ronald Keller. They have dwelled in Leisenring, near Uniontown.

    Great-granddaughter Lori Neighbors was in Connellsville in 2002.

    Great-grandson Joseph L. Neighbors Jr. wed Peggy. Their residence was in Dunbar in 2002.

    Great-grandson Kenneth "Kenny" Neighbors

    Great-grandson Paul Neighbors entered into wedlock with Juanita and have made a home in Dunbar.

    Great-grandson Donald Neighbors was joined in matrimony with Debra. Circa 2002, they resided in Connellsville.

    Great-grandson Kevin Neighbors was united in marriage with Kathy. They were in Connellsville in 2002.

  • Granddaughter Betty Jane Younkin (1932-2018) was born on June 3, 1932 in Connellsville. She was joined in wedlock with Robert Eans ( ? - ? ). Their home was in Dunbar, Fayette County. Seven offspring born into this family were Robert Eans, David Eans, Linda Shank, Patricia Hall, Sandra Simpson, Nancy Richter and Janice Provance. Betty earned a living for a time as a clerk with G.C. Murphy Company. Sadly, Harold passed away on March 13, 2017. Betty survived him by exactly a year. She was cut away by the angel of death on March 13, 2018. Pastor Lee Maley led the funeral. Burial was in the sacred soil of Green Ridge Memorial Park.

    Great-grandson Robert Eans married Ruthie and put down roots in Dunbar.

    Great-grandson David Eans wed Georgia. They have dwelled in Connellsville.

    Great-granddaughter Linda Eans was joined in matrimony with (?) Shank. Her home in 2018 was in Dunbar.

    Great-granddaughter Patricia Eans entered into marriage with David Hall. Circa 2018, they were in Dunbar.

    Great-granddaughter Sandra Eans was united in wedlock with Donald Simpson. The pair settled in Lemont Furnace, PA.

    Great-granddaughter Nancy Eans ( ? - ? ) wed John William Richter (Dec. 16, 1958-2020), son of Richard and Catherine (Felton) Richter of Connellsville. Their marriage endured for four decades. The pair bore two sons -- Shawn Richter and Josh Richter. Their residence over the years was in Dunbar. John earned a living for 18 years with Williamhouse and the Connellsville Daily Courier. His final employer was Sensus of Uniontown. John died on Nov. 13, 2020. Pastor Lee Maley officiated the funeral service.

    Great-granddaughter Janice Eans married Robert Provance. They have resided in South Connellsville. 


~ Daughter Eliza Ann "Annie" (Younkin) Speelman ~

Daughter Eliza Ann "Annie" Younkin (1861-1936) was born on April 25, 1861 in Ursina, Somerset County. 

She married Daniel J. Speelman Jr. (1863-1930), son of Daniel J. and Elizabeth (Huntley) Speelman (also spelled "Speilman") of Ursina, Somerset County. Their only known son was Clarence Speelman. 

In 1901, their home was on North Pittsburgh Street in Connellsville. Later, they dwelled along the Springfield Pike. Daniel labored over the years for H.C. Frick Coke Company and retired from there, drawing a pension. Later, during World War I, he joined the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad shops in Connellsville and worked there long enough to receive a second pension. 

Burdened with hardening of the arteries, Daniel was felled by a stroke and died 10 days later on Sept. 26, 1930. An obituary in the Daily Courier reported that he "had been afflicted with heart trouble for about six years." His funeral service was conducted by Rev. E.A. Schultz of the United Brethren Church. 

As a widow, Annie continued to make her residence in Connellsville. She contracted a deadly case of pneumonia at the age of 76 and died on Dec. 16, 1936. Interment was in Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Her daughter-in-law Marie Speelman was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Son Clarence Speelman (1883-1949) was born on May 2, 1883 in Connellsville. He married Marie and in about 1925 moved into Connellsville Township. Clarence earned a living as a stationary engineer for Anchor Hocking Glass Company in South Connellsville. He died of a heart attack on Jan. 29, 1949, at the age of 65. Burial was in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.


~ Son William Harrison Younkin ~

Son William Harrison Younkin (1864- ? ) was born in 1864 in Somerset County. His fate is lost to history for now.


~ Son William Sherman Younkin ~

Son William Sherman Younkin (1874-1927) was born on April 18, 1874 in Connellsville. He may have been named for the famed Union Army general, William Tecumseh Sherman.

For reasons which may never be known, he told his second wife and family that he have been born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on April 18, 1887, the son of O'Neil Younkin, part ofner of the famous "101 Ranch" show, and that he was a nephew of famed Western sharpshooter "Wild Bill" Hickok. He also told them that he and his parents relocated to Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County when the boy was age four. The actual known facts suggest a far different story.

In about 1896, when he would have been age 22, William is known to have wedded his first bride, Minetta "Minnie" Stafford (March 30, 1877-1908), daughter of William S. and Amanda Stafford of Baldwin Avenue in Connellsville.

They dwelled on Mountain Alley in Connellsville in 1900 and on Baldwin Avenue in 1908, next door to her birthplace. The couple produced four known children -- Amanda Mortimer, Louis M. Younkin, Thomas Younkin and Rebecca Stafford Shultz.

Heartache blanketed the family when Minnie, stricken with acute kidney disease and swelling of the lungs after giving birth, passed away at the age of 31 on Aug. 14, 1908. Her remains were placed into repose in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, with Rev. A.L. Funk officiating.

On June 28, 1911, at the age of 38, he married his second wife, 23-year-old Sarah Jane "Jennie" Bewley (Feb. 24, 1888-1943). Records show that they united themselves in marrige, with no clergy present. A native of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, she was the daughter of Carmine/William and Anna Bewley. On the marriage license application, he stated that his parents were Marcellus McNeal and Hattie Younkin and that his place of birth was Somerset County.

The known children from the second marriage were William Sherman Younkin Jr., Richard Younkin, Harry Younkin and Hattie Priscilla Younkin. Sadly, son William Jr. contracted pneumonia and died at the age of three months, 19 days, on Dec. 23, 1917, with burial in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

They made a home in Vanderbilt, Dunbar Township, Fayette County, where William toiled as a coal miner for W.J. Rainey Company. He also worked at times for the H.C. Frick Coke Company.

Burdened with syphilis and bleeding of the stomach, William died on Valentine's Day 1927. Interment was in Chestnut Hill Cemetery. The Connellsville Daily Courier published an obituary containing the Wyoming/Wild Bill claims. His passing left Jennie a widow at the age of 39.

Jennie survived her husband by 16 years, remaining in rural Dunbar Township, but without much of a source of income other than taking in lodgers. She endured hypertension in her final years and died from a cerebral hemorrhage on Nov. 11, 1943, at the age of 55. Her remains were lowered into eternal rest in Cochran Cemetery in Dawson. Daughter Harriet Younkin of Connellsville signed the death certificate.

Daughter Amanda Younkin (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901 in Connellsville. On April 24, 1923, when she would have been about 21 years of age, she was joined in holy wedlock with Charles Mortimer ( ? - ? ). The nuptials appear to have been held in Fayette County. The couple resided in Pittsburgh circa 1927.

Son Louis M. Younkin (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in Connellsville. In about 1923, when he was age 20, he was united in matrimony with 18-year-old Mabel (1905- ? ). They were the parents of Mabel L. Younkin and Phyllis M. Younkin. The couple initially lived in Pennsylvania but by 1927 had migrated to Oklahoma. When the federal census was taken in 1930, the Younkins made a home in Galveston, Galveston County, TX, where Louis had found employment as a machinist in a machine shop. Their address that year was on 38th Street.

  • Granddaughter Mabel L. Younkin (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925 in Pennsylvania.
  • Granddaughter Phyllis M. Younkin (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 in Pennsylvania.

Son Thomas Younkin (1905- ? ) was born in about 1905. He lived in Vanderbilt in 1927.

Daughter Rebecca Stafford "Becky" Younkin (1905-2001) was born in about 1905 in Connellsville. As a young woman, she resided in Connellsville and earned a living as a telephone operator with Tri-State Telephone Company and Uniontown Hospital. On April 18, 1926, at the age of 21, she was united in wedlock with 23-year-old laborer Charles E. "Jack" Shultz (1903-1983), a resident of Uniontown and the son of James and Anna (Denny) Shultz of Uniontown. The nuptials were held in Trinity Church in Washington, PA, with Rev. R.H. Gardner officiating. News of the wedding was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. The couple produced these known offspring, Charles E. Shultz, Shirley Rae White Coughanour, Robert T. Shultz and Roger R. Shultz. Charles earned a living as a roofer. Their home in 1927 was in Uniontown, in 1949-1950 at 420 Denniston Avenue in Pittsburgh and in 1983 in East Liberty. Evidence suggests that they belonged to the First Brethren Church. Jack passed away a day after Valentine's Day 1983. After Jack's death, Shirley dwelled in Highland Park. Death swept her away at the age of 94 on May 9, 2001. A death notice was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, stating that she was survived by a dozen grandchildren, two dozen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Interment was in Allegheny Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Shirley Rae Shultz (1930- ? ) was born on Nov. 3, 1930 in Uniontown. She grew up in Pittsburgh and at the age of 18 was employed as a bank messenger in Pittsburgh. On April 16, 1949, at the age of 18, she married Charles Stevenson White Jr. (April 24, 1926- ? ), son of Charles S. and Helen (Todd) White Sr. He was a native of New York City but at the time of marriage was employed as a metallurgist in Pittsburgh, living at 418 Denniston Street. Because Shirley was underage, her mother had to sign her consent to the union. The nuptials were held at the Point Breeze Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Luther P. Fincke. Later, after 1982, she married (?) Coughanour and made a home in Mount Lebanon.
  • Grandson Robert T. Shultz (1928-2000) was born on June 2, 1928 in Uniontown. He worked as a clerk in Pittsburgh as a young man and lived at 923 Highland Avenue. At the age of 22, on June 26, 1950, he wedded 18-year-old student Joanne T. Rasp (Feb. 10, 1932- ? ), daughter of William and Elizabeth (Owens) Rasp. Justice of the peace J.S. Ackelson of Brentwood Borough officiated. At the time of marriage, Joanne lived at 354 Maxwell Drive. The couple relocated to Troy, MI. They produced these offspring -- Sharon Dexmier, Cynthia Redling and Sandra Henning. He died in Troy on June 16, 2000, at the age of 72. The remains were transported back to Pittsburgh to rest in Allegheny Cemetery, with a death notice printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Grandson Charles E. Shultz ( ? - ? ) lived in Annandale, VA in 2001.
  • Grandson Roger R. Shultz ( ? -1953) was born in (?). Sadly, he passed away on March 13, 1953.

Son Richard Younkin ( ? - ? ) joined the U.S. Army. Circa 1927, he was assigned to the U.S. Cavalry, stationed at Fort Myer, VA.

Son Harry Younkin (1920- ? ) was born in 1920 in Connellsville. He lived at home with his parents in 1927 and at home with his widowed mother in 1930-1940. Unmarried at the age of 20 in 1940, he earned income as a road laborer in Dunbar Township.

Daughter Harriet Priscilla "Hattie" Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?) in Connellsville. Unmarried in 1943, she signed her mother's official Pennsylvania certificate of death.


Copyright 2015-2019 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff, the late Donna (Younkin) Logan and Virginia F. Biddle. Gov. Pinchot photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.