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Abraham Younkin
(1800?- ? )


Abraham Younkin was born in about 1800, the son of Rudolph "Ralph" and Elizabeth (Hockman) Younkin.

When a young man, Abraham relocated to the burgeoning town of Lancaster, Fairfield County, OH. He acquired lot 10 in town from Abraham Ruger in 1821.

When a Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1822-1823, Abraham traded tailoring services in return for a $10 credit as a subscriber to the fund. This was recorded in Charles M.L. Wiseman's 1898 book Centennial History of Lancaster, Ohio, and Lancaster People.

The U.S. Census of 1830 shows that 12 people lived under the Younkins' roof in Fairfield County. But who were they?

At some point, Abraham married Sarah (1798- ? ), of Maryland. She was two years older than he. The couple does not appear to have reproduced.

Abraham joined the Masonic lodge in Lancaster. Among the other members were Gotlieb Steinman, John Noble, Thomas H. Cushing and George Sanderson.

Then in 1834, Abraham sold his lot 10 to Tunis Cox. He relocated to Hancock County, OH, settling in or near the town of Findlay. There, he continued to earn a lliving as a tailor.

In 1846, Abraham was a charter member of the Hancock Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows.

When the federal census was taken in Findlay in 1850, Abraham and Sarah headed a household which also included physician Jesse Beeson, his wife Susan, their children Sarah and Jerome, and 20-year-old Mary Stuart.

On Oct. 22, 1852, a charter was granted to form a Masons lodge in Findlay, with Abraham as an original member and holding the initial office of Master. Others in the original group were Abel F. Parker, Edwin Parker, David Patton, J.M. Coffinberry, George Arnold, Adolphus Morse, E.S. Reed and C.B. Wilson. The lodge grew, and Abraham helped obtain another charter to form a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, where he held the office of King. Said Daniel B. Beardsley's 1881 book History of Hancock County From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, "The chapter has always held its meetings in same room with the Lodge. Its membership is now about forty."

Abraham was elected Mayor of Findlay serving during the 1847-1852 period, succeeded by George W. Galloway.

His fate will be added here when learned.

Abraham is named in the 1910 book by Jacob A. Kimmell, Twentieth Century History of Findlay and Hancock County Ohio and Representative Citizens, and in the 1961 book by William Depue Humphrey, Findlay: The Story of a Community.

In its edition of Sept. 6, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette named Abraham as one of Lancaster's original settlers in Square 12 on the south side of Mulberry Hill.


Copyright 2019 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Donna (Younkin) Logan