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Henry Younkin Jr.


Henry's grave marker, 1859

Henry Younkin Jr. was born on Oct. 9, 1768 in Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA, the son of German immigrants Johann “Heinrich” and Catharina (Scherer) Junghen. Other sources give his birth year as 1773.

As was the tradition, a notation of his birth was added to the written record of the nearby St. Matthew's Lutheran and Reformed Church, a.k.a. Keller's Church. As well, following longstanding Pennsylvania-German practices, he was baptized by Rev. Rapp, and a colorfully decorated certificate of baptism  ("taufschein") was inscribed with his name and details of his family and birth.

Among the many direct descendants of Henry and his wife Anna Mariah is a great-great-great-great grandson, Glenn Allen Youngkin, elected in 2021 as Governor of Virginia.

He was assessed taxes in Bucks County in 1786 and marked as "Henry Younkin, Jr." in published Pennsylvania Archives record books.

When his father died in 1787, the last will and testament said that "Henry is to learn a Trade likewise I give unto my Son Henry my land & improvement Situate in Bedminster Township County of Bucks containing eighty acres be the same more or less & fifteen acres more or less in Haycock Townshipo to be paid in manner following: Eight Pounds lawful Money to be paid in eight equal Payments, ten pounds lawful money to be paid after my wife's Decease as aforesaid & so on till Eighty Pounds is paid. The first Payment likewise to be after her Decease but my son Frederick & Henry are not to have Share with the rest of the money paid for the lands but only out of the Moveable Estate and said described Lands & Improvements to have & to hold unto Frederick & Henry their heirs & assigns for ever. Said land in Bedminster Township to be lett till Henry arrives to the age of Twenty one Years and the Rent to be added to the moveable Estate and my son John is to have five Shillings lawful money over and above his Share & Portion and no more."


Detail of Henry's watercolor-decorated baptism certificate, 1768



Keller's Church record of Henry Jr.'s
birth, written in old German script

Henry was united in matrimony with Anna Mariah Overpeck (April 5, 1775-1837), daughter of Andrew and Anna Maria (Frankenfield) Overpeck.

Together, the couple produced a brood of nine offspring – Henry Younkin Jr., David Youngkin, Catherine Overdorff, Sarah Esch, Charles Youngkin, Anna Mariah Herlinger, Reuben Younkin, Elizabeth Teel and Aaron Youngkin.

In 1796, the Younkins dwelled in Loudoun County, VA, a fact recorded later in a deed at the Bucks County Courthouse. Several of Henry's brothers also moved to Loudon during this era although eventually all left for points west in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The family is known to have migrated back to Pennsylvania and circa 1832 were in Easton, Northampton County.

Henry is known to have written letters in 1829 and 1832 that were preserved in the family. Circa 1936, more than a century later, they were shown by his great-grandson David Youngkin to Charles Arthur “Charleroi Charley” Younkin, publisher of the Younkin Family News Bulletin.

Sadly, Anna Mariah died in Kunkletown, Carbon County, PA on April 15, 1837 at the age of 62 years and 10 days. Burial of the remains was in St. Matthews Union Cemetery in Kunkletown, Monroe County, PA. Her grave marker was inscribed in German, with the family name spelled "Junken."


Article about Henry Jr., April 1938, Younkin Family News Bulletin

A year later, in 1838, the widowed Henry migrated to near Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA. According to descendant Barry Bee Brown, he arrived with a yoke of oxen. He is known to have purchased a farm in May 1841, for the price of $1,150 from sellers James and Julia Ann McKennan, comprised of 243.7 acres. Henry lived the remaining years of his life in Brush Valley

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, Henry resided in Brush Valley with his children Aaron, Mary, Reuben, Uriah, Catherine and Lucinda.

He succumbed to death on July 20, 1859. The remains were laid to rest in the Dutch Bethel graveyard, near Brush Valley.

The couple are mentioned in the April 1938 edition of the Younkin Family News Bulletin.

The late Donna (Younkin) Logan corresponded and shared research findings on this family with Eleanor Harnley of Napa, CA and Barry Bee Brown. Barry was featured in an Indiana (PA) Gazette story on March 20, 1994 about the Henry Youngkin genealogy and migration to Brush Valley.


~ Daughter Catherine Younkin ~

Daughter Catherine Younkin (1802- ? ) was born on July 7, 1802.

At age four months, she received the rite of infant baptism on Nov. 5, 1802 in the Lutheran wing of the Trinity Union Church, located in Hecktown, Nazareth Township, Northampton County. Her sponsors were John Hutchen and Catharine (?). Nothing more is known.


Sarah and Joseph Esch

~ Daughter Sarah (Younkin) Esch ~

Daughter Sarah Younkin (1808-1892) was born in 1808.

On Aug. 13, 1826, at the age of 18, she married Joseph Esch (1808- ? ). The ceremony was held in Easton, Northampton County, PA.

The couple produced 10 children together who are known to have reached adulthood – Salina Klinesman, Adam Esch, Rebecca Campbell, Levi Esch, Joseph Esch, Edward Esch, Henrietta Overdorff, Rev. John Esch, Maria Overdorff and William Esch. Evidence suggests that they also bore two children who died young, for a total of 12 in the family.

Joseph was trained in the manufacturer of guns. Circa 1850, when the federal census enumeration was made, the family lived in Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA, and his occupation was recorded as "gunsmith."

Heartbreak overwhelmed the family in about 1854 when their married daughter Rebecca Campbell died at the age of only 22, leaving behind a widower and newborn daughter Sarah. The baby was brought into the Esch's residence and raised there to adulthood.

The 1860 census shows the family continuing to dwell in Brush Valley, with Joseph principally earning a living as a farmer. In both 1850 and 1860, the census-takers spelled the family name "Ash."

By 1870, all of their children had left home with the exception of 16-year-old granddaughter Sarah Campbell.

Sadly, Sarah died in 1892 in Brush Valley. Burial was in the community's Dutch Bethel Cemetery.

Daughter Salina Esch (1827-? ) was born in 1827. She reputedly married William Klinesman (1822- ? ). This couple needs to be confirmed.

Son Adam Esch (1828-1899) was born on Aug. 28, 1828. His first wife was Julia Catherine Walters (May 11, 1831-1860). The couple's four known children were Sarah Katherine Esch, Susan M. Esch, George W. Esch and Rebecca E. Esch. The United States Census of 1860 shows Adam and Julia and their four children living in White, Cambria County, PA. Living under their roof in 1860 were Adam's younger siblings Joseph and Henrietta. Grief blanketed the family later that same year when Julia died at age 29 on Dec. 14, 1860. After a little more than two years of grieving, on New Year's Day, 1863, Adam wed a second time to Hannah Glass (March 6, 1838-1926), daughter of Joseph and Margaret "Peggy" (Troxell) Glass. Rev. J.Q.A. Weller officiated. News of their marriage was announced on the pages of the Indiana Messenger. Together, they bore six more offspring -- Margaret C. Esch, Joseph Isaac Esch, Ida A. Esch, Laura J. Esch, John B. Esch and Perry A. Esch. Adam died at the age of 71, in Flinton, Cambria County, on Sept. 25, 1899. Burial was in Beaver Valley Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Cambria Freeman of Ebensburg, PA.

  • Granddaughter Sarah Katherine Esch (1853-1927) was born in Dec. 1853.
  • Granddaughter Susan M. Esch (1855-1928) was born on March 21, 1855.
  • Grandson George W. Esch (1857-1935) was born on Sept. 9, 1857.
  • Granddaughter Rebecca E. Esch (1859-1932) was born on Aug. 29, 1859.
  • Granddaughter Margaret C. Esch (1863-1956)
  • Grandson Joseph Isaac Esch (1865-1946) was born on March 26, 1865.
  • Granddaughter Ida A. Esch (1867-1951) was born on Jan. 3, 1867.
  • Granddaughter Laura J. Esch (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869.
  • Grandson John B. Esch (1871-1954) was born on Aug. 7, 1875.
  • Grandson Perry Adam Esch (1879-1964) was born in 1879 and was 26 years younger than his eldest half-sibling.

Daughter Rebecca Esch (1832-1854) was born on April 20, 1832 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. She was joined in matrimony with Oliver Campbell (Nov. 1832-1869), son of William and Rebecca (St. Clair) Campbell. The newlyweds immediately relocated to Minnesota, where they must have had exciting dreams of establishing their future. An only daughter born to the pair was Sarah Campbell in May 1854, and the future appeared to be bright. But unspeakable grief descended upon the young family later that same year, on Oct. 22, when death cut away the young wife at age 22. Their infant daughter was taken into the home of Rebecca's parents back in Brush Valley. Oliver only outlived his first bride by 11 years. In 1860, he wed again to Mary Frances Nelson (1840-1906). The Campbells were listed in the federal census enumeration of 1860 on a farm in Farmington, Polk County, WI. He surrendered to death at age 36, in Polk County, on April 14, 1869.

  • Granddaughter Sarah Campbell (1854-1941) was born on May 14, 1854 in Minnesota. She was taken into the home of her mother's parents in Brush Valley, and is shown in the Esch household in the 1860 census. She was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with Christopher D. Campbell ( ? -1929), son of John and Mary (Herron) Campbell. The couple put down roots in Brush Valley and led their lives as farmers. The eight children produced together by the pair were J. Milton Campbell, Joseph E. Campbell, William O. Campbell, Clark Campbell, Harry C. Campbell, Stewart Campbell, Mrs. V. Burl Clevenger and Mrs. Clarence Clevenger. Sadly, having contracted influenza and pneumonia, Christopher passed away at age 82 on Jan. 3, 1929. An obituary was published in the Indiana Gazette. Toward the end of her life, Sarah suffered from senility as well as an infection of the cervical lymph nodes. The spectre of death whisked her away at age 87 on July 20, 1941. Stewart Campbell of Brush Valley signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. An obituary in the Gazette said it was the "third time within a week [that] death entered a prominent Indiana County family...," with her brother-in-law William H. Campbell and niece Mary K. Campbell having preceeded her to the grave. The Gazette added that "With the exception of a year in the western state [of Minnesota], she had always lived in Indiana County, most of the time in Brushvalley Township." Her survivors were counted as 27 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Bethel United Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Clyde, Indiana County, led by Rev. George W. Sprinkle of the Brush Valley Evangelical Church.

Son Levi Esch (1834-1892) was born in 1834 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. On March 14, 1861, he was united in wedlock with Elizabeth Lowman ( ? - ? ). Their wedding ceremony was held at the home of David Lowman in Brush Valley, by the hand of Rev. I.L. Kephart, as reported in the Indiana Weekly Messenger. The couple's three children were Ida Esch, Agnes Elizabeth "Aggie" Esch, Margaret Lewelda Esch, Mary Alice Wisegarver, John W.A. Esch, Anna Armenta Esch and Clara Inez Griffith. During the Civil War, Levi joined the Union Army. He was placed in the ranks of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B. The Indiana (PA) Gazette once reported that he "served three enlistments ... and was held a prisoner at the famous Libby Prison for some time." Three years after the war's end, he applied for and was awarded a military pension as compensation for his wounds/injuries. [Invalid App. #137.264 - Cert. 142.789] The federal census enumeration of 1870 shows the family living on a farm in Brush Valley. Then in 1880, when the census count again was made, the Esches were in Centerville, Indiana County, where he had been hired as a railroad laborer. Sadly, at the age of 58, Levi's health began to plummet seriously. The Indiana County Gazette issue of Sept. 14, 1892 reported that he was "seriously ill" and that his "mind is troubled and it is feared that he may lose it." He surrendered to death in 1892. The widowed Elizabeth was granted her husband's pension and received monthly payments for the balance of her life. [Widow App. #563.653 - Cert. #367.410] She died in about 1901.

  • Granddaughter Ida E. Esch (1857-1944) was born in about 1857. She wed (?) Steele ( ? - ? ). Circa 1937, she was in New Florence, PA.
  • Granddaughter Agnes Elizabeth "Aggie" Esch (1862-1944)
  • Granddaughter Margaret Lewelda "Lou" Esch (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865. She was deceased by 1937
  • Among the Johnstown Flood damage, 1889
    Grandson John W.A. Esch (1866-1937) was born on Dec. 23, 1866 in Centerville, Indiana County. As a 12-year-old, he was put to work as a laborer for local farmers in the area of Centerville. For a number of years, reported the Indiana (PA) Gazette, he "was foreman of the wrecking crew on the Gallitzin Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad between Gallitzin and Derry. After the flood of 1889 he took his crew to Johnstown to help rehabilitate the city and it was then that he met Mary Haggerty." Seven months after the flood, on Dec. 21, 1889, he was joined in wedlock with Mary Haggerty ( ? -1936). Their wedding ceremony was held in the parish of St. Columbua's Church, with Rev. Fr. Farron as officiant. Four children were born into this union, including Eugene W. Esch, Frank Esch, John Esch and a daughter who died as a baby. For the first 11 years of their marriage, the couple lived in New Florence, PA, where he was elected as burgess (mayor) of the town. Then in 1900, they relocated to Johnstown, PA, where he became employed by Cambria Steel Company as yardmaster for the Ten Acre Bridge. Cambria Steel was acquired in 1923 by Bethlehem Steel Corporation. John was promoted n Jan. 11, 1902 as foreman of all motive power of the company's entire transportation department and continued in this position until retirement in 1934. Their final address was 240 Barrow Avenue in the Morrellville section of Johnstown. Mary contracted pneumonia and passed away in a Johnstown hospital on Dec. 15, 1937. John only outlived her by less than a month. Stricken with cancer of the larynx, diabetes and urinary tract problems, he traveled to Philadelphia to undergo throat surgery at Jefferson Hospital. Sadly, he died there at the age of 70 on Jan. 10, 1937. John Esch, of the McAlpin Hotel in Philadelphia, signed the death certificate. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Paul Lindbereg of the Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church. Burial was in West Fairfield Cemetery in Westmoreland County, PA.

Great-grandson Eugene W. Esch dwelled in 1937 in Johnstown.

Great-grandson Frank Esch established his home in Johnstown.

Great-grandson John Esch was in Norfolk, VA in 1937.

  • Granddaughter Mary "Alice" Esch (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868. She married (?) Wisegarver ( ? - ? ). The family relocated to Ohio and in 1937 was in Lorain, Cuyahoga County, OH.
  • Granddaughter Anna Armenta Esch (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869. She was deceased by 1937.
  • Granddaughter Clara Inez Esch (1871- ? ) was born in 1871 in Indiana County, PA and grew up in New Florence. On Sept. 24, 1892, she entered into marriage with railroader Andrew Griffith (1864- ? ). Her parents signed their consent to the union. Clara made her residence in 1936-1937 in Wheeling, WV.

Son Joseph Esch (1836- ? ) was born in 1836 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. He and Laura ( ? - ? ) tied the knot. Together, they produced two children -- Elizabeth Esch and William W. Esch.

  • Granddaughter Elizabeth Esch (-1868-)
  • Grandson William W. Esch (1870- ? )

Son Edward Esch (1838-1892) was born on Nov. 28, 1838 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. He grew up on the family farm in Brush Valley and, as a bachelor of age 22 in 1860, lived at home and provide farm labor. He joined the Union Army during the Civil War and was assigned to the 211th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I. He entered into marriage with Angeline Comfort (1845-1929), daughter of David and Eliza (Overdorff) Comfort. Their large brood of offspring included Eliza Esch, Graham Esch, Miles M. Esch, Frances Esch, Clark Esch, Walter Esch, Leonard Esch, Lavina Esch, Carlisle Esch, Earl C. Esch and Pearl Esch. Just two years before his death, on July 15, 1890, Edward was awarded a military pension as compensation for wartime service. [Invalid App. #876.354 - Cert. #780.750]. Sadly, Edward died at age 53 on Aug. 7, 1892. Angeline survived him by 37 years. She successfully applied to the government to receive her late husband's pension. [Widow App. #557.883 - Cert. #411.679] Her final years were spent in Blairsville, Indiana County, at an address of Burrell Street. Just two days before Christmas 1929, suffering from enlargement of the heart, Angeline passed away at the age of 84. Burial of the remains was in Blairsville Cemetery, with Rev. H.E. Lloyd, of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Daughter Lavina, residing in Blairsville, was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. An obituary was published in the Indiana Gazette.

  • Granddaughter Eliza Esch (1863-1864)
  • Grandson Graham Esch (1864-1940)
  • Grandson Miles M. Esch (1867-1938)
  • Granddaughter Frances Esch (1869-1871)
  • Grandson Clark Esch (1872-1891)
  • Grandson Walter Esch (1874-1971)
  • Grandson Leonard Esch (1875-1938)
  • Granddaughter Lavina Esch (1880-1941)
  • Grandson Carlisle Esch (1884-1885)
  • Grandson Earl C. Esch (1886-1967)
  • Granddaughter Pearl Esch (1886-1978)


Farms of J. Overdorff (top left) immediately west of Mechanicsburg, and near the farm of Aaron Younkin.Atlas of Indiana Co., Pennsylvania, 1871.


Daughter Henrietta Esch (1842-1924) was born in 1842 in Brush Valley, Indiana County, where she spent the entirety of her years. As a teenager, she joined the Evangelical Church, and remained a member for nearly seven decades. In 1866, she wed her husband, Jacob S. Overdorff (April 14, 1846-1921), son of Samuel and Diana (Sense) Overdorff. Their only known son was William Lorenzo Overdorff. The remained for good in Brush Valley, where they made a living as farmers. For 55 years, Jacob too was a member of the United Evangelical Church where, said the Indiana Weekly Messenger, he "was active in all church circles and served as class leader for 17 years." Burdened wit heart valve disease and weakness, Jacob died at age 74 on Feb. 21, 1921. His funeral was led by Rev. G.W. Sprinkle, with burial in the United Presbyterian Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, PA. Henrietta passed into the eternal beyond at age 82 on June 5, 1924. Her remains were interred in Fry Cemetery in Brush Valley. An obituary appeared in the Weekly Messenger.

  • Grandson William Lorenzo Overdorff (1868-1934) was the father of eight. He lived in Brush Valley in 1921.

Son Rev. John Esch (1845-1930) was born in 1845 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. During the Civil War, on March 3, 1864, he married Maria Pittman (Dec. 6, 1845-1928), a native of of Indiana County and one of 15 children of Joseph and Eva (Eberhart) Pitman. Officiating was Rev. Samuel Crowther. The couple bore four children and adopted a fourth -- Eva Mark, Etta Weber, Mrs. Andrew W. Wyant and Dr. Jospeh I. "J.I." Esch, plus one son who died in infancy. As the war raged, John on Sept. 3, 1864 enlisted in the Union Army and was assigned to the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery I or L, also known as the 212th Pennsylvania Volunteers. John went on to obtain his license to preach in 1869 and went on to a long career as a pastor of the Evangelical Church denomination in Western Pennsylvania. During his career, he "filled pulpits at Somerset, Indiana, Fairview, Cambria, Stoyestown, Cherrytree, Indiana county, Clearfield, Dempseytown, Oil City, Lickingville and Venango," said the Franklin (PA) News-Herald. They transferred to the Venango charge in April 1891 and put down permanent roots in Dempseytown, where they spent the remaining 47 years of their lives together. The News-Herald once said of Maria that she was "a member of the Evangelical church since girlhood. She was a kind and loving mother and held in high esteem by all who knew her." In 1890, a quarter century after the close of the war, he applied for and was awarded a military veterans' pension. [Invalid App. #978.824 - Cert. #884.412]. Sadly, in mid-August 1928, Maria was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and then on Sept. 10 a paralyzing stroke. She lingered for another month, with her daughter Etta and son J.I. traveling to be at her bedside. The angel of death spirited her away, at age 82, on Oct. 5, 1928. Burial of the remains was in the Lutheran Cemetery in Dempseytown. Mrs. Andrew Wygant, of rural Franklin, PA was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. An obituary in the News-Herald reported that she was survived by 14 grandchikldren and 16 great-grandchildren. John only outlived his wife by two years. During that time he joined the Hayes Post of the Grand Army of the Republic of Oil City, a veterans organization. In doing so, the News-Herald said he was "the last surviving Civil War veteran of Oakland township." He died at age 85 in Dempseytown on June 23, 1930. A brief obituary in the Somerset Daily American said that "Rev. Esch at one time in his active career served the Somerset charge." The funeral service, held in the Esch home, was "impressive and largely attended," said the News-Herald, led by the Oil City Post of the Sons of Veterans. Among the hymns sung by friends in the ministry were "Asleep in Jesus" and "How Precious Is the Song." His honorary pallbearers were fellow GAR members J.C. Weaver, A.M. Breckenridge, John R. Steele and S.A. Delo as well as fellow pastors Rev. Paul R. Servey of Rocky Grove, Rev. C.E. Servey of Franklin, Rev. S.V. Carmany of Oil City, Rev. C.F. Miller of Dempseytown and Rev. F.N. Boyer of Venus. Active pallbearers were six grandsons -- Olin E. Mark, Frank L. Mark. Harold M. Mark, Marshall V. Mark, LeVern Weber and Morton J. Carter. A Sons of Veterans squad fired a salute, involving W.H. Shaner, Richard Moyer, Grand Hobaugh, Elmer Duncan and H.K. Mohr. Color bearer was James Borland, the color guads were John J. Duffy and H.J. Miller, and bugler, who played "Taps," was F.W. Collins.

  • Granddaughter Eva Esch (1865-1954) was born on Feb. 8, 1865 in Indiana County, PA. On Sept. 30, 1885, when she was 20 years of age, she married William "Alfred" Mark (Oct. 25, 1859-1933), with the nuptials held in Dempseytown, Venango County. He was the son of S.T. and Isabel (Ketner) Mark of Cherry Tree, PA. The Marks resided for many years on a farm in Dempseytown, along the Gresham-Dempseytown Road, one mile south of Hamilton Corners. The children they bore together were Olin E. Mark, Frank Leo Mark, Harold M. Mark, Marshall Mark and Olive Carter. Then in 1929, they relocated to Oakland Township near Titusville, PA. Their address in the early 1930s was 512 West Elm Street. They held a membership in tht Titusville Methodist Church. Grief cascaded over the family when 74-year-old Alfred, already burdened with chronic heart valve disease, died instantly following a coronary embolism on Dec. 2, 1933. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. She endured the untimely death of her son Frank in 1947 following a series of strokes. As her health ebbed, she was admitted in December 1953 as a resident of the Fieldmore Springs Rest Home in Titusville. She died there at age 89 on Feb. 12, 1954. An obituary appeared in the Franklin News-Herald. Her pastor Rev. Ralph Findlay officiated the funeral service.

Great-grandson Olin E. Mark ( ? - ? ) made his residence in the mid-1950s in Titusville.

Great-grandson Frank Leo Mark (1886-1947) was born on Sept. 19, 1886 in a homeplace along the Gresham-Dempseytown Road in Oakland Township, Venango County, about one mile south of Hamilton Corners. Upon completion of his public school education, he studied at Welch's Business College in Oil City. From there he obtained work with Adams Express Company in Oil City, later moving to Titisville. On June 11, 1913, at the age of 26, he married Millie Miles, ( ? - ? ), daughter of Hutchinson Miles. The wedding was held in the home of Millie's father, by the hand of Frank's grandfather, Rev. John Esch. They became the parents of three -- Marguerite Mark, Miles Mark and Virginia Mark. For 31 years, Frank and Millie dwelled along McKinney Road, one mile south of Titusville, Venango County, PA. They belonged to the Cherry Tree Grange and attended Breedtown Baptist Church. Sadness blanketed the family at the death of daughter Virginia in infancy in about 1922. Frank was employed over the years with Kerr Hill Mill, City Feed Store and Frank P. Allen's hardware store. His final employment was with S.S. Bryan Store as a delivery truck driver. He endured a stroke in the summer of 1946 and never fully recovered. Then, in the summer of 1947, while in Titusville one day, he was hit by an automobile and suffered a broken arm. He was felled by a second stroke on Aug. 2, 1947, and within four hours was dead. An obituary in the Frankln News-Herald said that Frank "was a helpful and generous neighbor, being especially liked by the children." Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.

Great-grandson Harold M. Mark ( ? - ? ) established a home in New Castle, PA and was there in 1954. He was deceased by 1965.

Great-grandson Marshall Mark ( ? - ? ) dwelled in East Titusville in 1954.

Great-granddaughter Olive Bell Mark (1894-1965) was born on Nov. 21, 1894 in Oakland Township, Venango County. On Nov. 26, 1914, at age 20, she was united in wedlock with Morton J. Carter ( ? - ? ), with the wedding held in her parents' home. Together, the couple produced a son, Gerald Carter. The family were members of the Titusville Free Methodist Church. In the 1960s, the Carters lived along Petroleum Center Road in Titusville. Sadly, the 70-year-old Olive died without warning at home on May 4, 1965. The funeral was led by her pastor, J.W. Grant, followed by interment of the remains in Jameson Corners Cemetery. Her obituary was printed in the Franklin News-Herald.

  • Granddaughter Etta Esch wed Judd Weber. They relocated to Oklahoma, settling in Tulsa as of 1928. By 1954, the couple migrated to Martinsville, IL.
  • Adopted granddaughter Martha (?) was joined in wedlock with Andrew W. Wyant. She lived in Dempseytown circa 1928-1954.
  • Dr. Joseph I. "J.I." Esch (1869- ? ) was born in May 1869. He received his medical degree and by 1900 relocated to South Dakota, where he opened a practice in Lead City, Lawrence County. He lodged in 1900 with two other men in the residence of E. Bugbee. Then during the decade between 1900-1910, he moved his practice to Wisconsin, settling in the town of La Farge, Vernon County. By 1906, he advertised in the LaFarge Enterprise that his office was located above the E.E. Potts hardware store and that night calls were taken at the Hotel Ward. The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows him a 40-year-old bachelor in La Farge, boarding in the home of Charles and Josephine Edwards. During the early 1910s, he wed Sarah Harris (1866-1953). They bore a son, Leon Esch. Joseph placed advertisements in 1916 that he was an authorized dealer for the "Overland" automobile brand produced by the Willys-Overland Company of Toledo, OH. Circa 1919, he accidentally ran over his five-year-old son Leonk and did not recognize him until wiping the blood frm his face. The Marshfield News said that the injuries were painful but were not serious. Despite his foray into motor vehicle sales, his primary source of income was his medical practice. The family's home in 1940 remained in La Farge, at a time when newspapers reported that he was suffering from a heart ailment. Sarah passed away in December 1953 at the age of 79, with a brief obituary appearing in the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison.

Great-grandson Leon Esch (1913- ? ) was born in about 1913 in Wisconsin. A bachelor at age 27, in 1940, he lived with his parents and had no occupation. He died in La Farge at the age of 43 in December 1955.

Daughter Maria A. Esch (1847-1927) was born on May 27, 1847 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. In 1864, she wed Michael A. Overdorff (March 1945-1916), son of Samuel and Diana (Sentz) Overdorf, also of Brush Valley. They were the parents of Sarah "Sallie" Devinney, Nola May Cover and Margaret Belle "Maggie" Overdorff. During the Civil War, Michael served in the Union Army. He was a member of the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery L. In the postwar years, he was employed as a laborer with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He held a longtime membership in the local lodge of the Odd Fellows. The family belonged to the Evangelical Church. On Sept. 15, 1890, Michael was awarded a military pension as compensation for his wartime service and debilities. [Invalid App. #912.523 - Cert. #877.266] News of the pension was printed in the Indiana Progress. He retired in about 1906. For the last decade of his life, Michael was burdened with chronic heart disease. Just five days before his 71st birthday, he succumbed to the spectre of death on March 19, 1916. Mrs. William Devinney of Blairsville signed the death certificate. An obituary in the Indiana Progress called him "a well-known resident of Blairsville." Maria outlived him by nine years, continuing to reside at 27 East Ranson Avenue in Blairsville, PA. She successfully petitioned the government to receive her husband's pension. [Widow App. #1.063.271 - Cert. #808.002] Having endured hardening of the arteries and heart valve disease for 20 years, she was stricken by a stroke of apoplexy, with death sweeping her away at age 80 on March 8, 1927. She sleeps for all eternity in Blairsville Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Sarah "Sallie" Overdorff ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was joined in matrimony with William C. Devinney ( ? - ? ). The Devinneys were in Blairsville in 1916.The couple's two known sons were Ralph W. Devinney and George Dewey Devinney.
  • Granddaughter Nola May Overdorff (1880- ? ) was born in Aug. 1880. She was united in wedlock with Charles Cover ( ? - ? ). The couple dwelled in Blairsville. Four offspring born to this union were Wilbert S. Cover Sr., Harry Cover, Edna Risinger and Dorothy Libengood. Son Wilbert relocated to New Brighton, PA and son Harry to nearby Beaver Falls, while daughter Edna lived in Homer City, PA and daughter Dorothy in Blairsville.
  • Granddaughter Margaret Belle "Maggie" Overdorff (1886-1957) was born on Jan. 7, 1886 in Burrell Township, PA. On Oct. 11, 1900, when she would have been 14 years of age, she entered into marriage with 24-year-old Albert Oscar Devinney (Nov. 4, 1875-1930), also of Blairsville and the son of Francis "Frank" and Sarah (Clawson) Devinney. Justice of the peace Robert T. Thompson presided, with the event held in Blairsville and the news announced in the Indiana Progress. The couple's two offspring were Christina Fern Patterson and Carl Devinney in addition to an infant son who died of pneumonia on Feb. 7, 1902. Albert stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighed 138 lbs. and had brown hair and blue eyes. Prior to marriage, Albert spent 30 days at lard labor January-February 1898 in the Allegheny County Workhouse in Pittsburgh. After his discharge, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps under the alias "James Nolan" and served in the Spanish-American War. During the war, he was posted aboard the USS Yale in Cuban waters and then aboard the USS Yankee which sailed to New Orleans. Albert was honorably discharged in Brooklyn, NY on June 15, 1899. The Devinneys' marriage was troubled, and in about 1902 Albert was convicted of larceny, but was not sentenced to punishment, having promised good behavior in the future. They separated in about 1904, after the birth of their son Carl, with Margaret moving back into her father's home. On June 18, 1904, Albert went to his in-laws' house and demanded to see his wife. Reported the Indiana Democrat, "Being refused he battered down the door, but when he attempted to enter, Mr. Overdorff struck him over the head with a bottle. He was finally ejected, and arrested. Later in the evening as he was being taken to the 'Squires' office for a hearing, he wrenched loose from Policeman McCracken and would have escaped had not the policeman shot him." The would was not considered serious, and he was held in the county jail in Indiana. The couple eventually reconciled. Albert found employment with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and by 1918 the pair relocated to a home at 223 Morse Street in the Knoxville section of Pittsburgh. When registering for the military draft during World War I, Albert disclosed that he was a railroad brakeman and that Margaret was living at the same address as his wife. He eventually was promoted to conductor. For the last four years of his life, he was burdened with chronic kidney disease and hypertension. He died at the age of 55, on Christmas Eve 1930, in Blairsville. Interment was in Blairsville Cemetery, with an obituary printed in the Indiana Weekly Messenger. As a widow, Margaret applied for and was granted in 1932 a pension for her husband's wartime service. [Widow App. #1711286 - Cert. #A-6-1-32 - XC 2.648.174] She remained in her home at 27 East Ranson Avenue for the rest of her years. At age 71, having suffered for a decade from hardening of the arteries, she was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died 10 days later on Jan. 31, 1957.

Son William Esch (1850-1900) was born in 1850 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. He was married twice. He first was wed to Josephine Martin (1853- ? ) on April 24, 1869 in Brush Valley. The couple bore one known daughter, Jane "Jennie" Esch. Their residence in 1870 was on a farm in Brush Valley near Blairsville. Just four years into the marriage, Josephine filed for a divorce on the grounds of desertion and lack of support. Her petition was granted on June 11, 1873. William entered into marriage a second time in July 1874 with Catherine J. McCormick (May 1846- ? ). They begat four known children -- Mollie Wilson, Laura Esch, Clara Esch and Sarah Esch. When the United States Census was made in 1880, the Esch family lived in Blacklick, Cambria County, PA. There, William earned a living as a farmer. The family relocated to Somerset County, PA, where they resided in 1899-1900 in the community of Dull. William for the last several years of his life suffered from asthma and tuberculosis, and died from their effects in their home at age 49 on Jan. 31, 1900. His remains were returned to Brush Valley to rest in eternal repose in Dutch Bethel Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Indiana (PA) Weekly Messenger.

  • Granddaughter Jane "Jennie" Esch (1870- ? ) was born in April 1870. After her parents' divorce in 1873, she was brought into the household of her grandmother Jane DeArmie/DeArmy in St. Clair, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Mollie Esch was united in holy matrimony with George Wilson.
  • Granddaughter Laura Esch lived in Pittsburgh in 1900.
  • Granddaughter Clara I. Esch ( ? - ? ) - She dwelled in Pittsburgh circa 1900.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Esch relocated by 1900 to Philadelphia.


~ Son Charles Youngkin ~

Son Charles Youngkin (1809-1887?) was born in 1809 in Northampton County, PA. He was baptized on Sept. 7, 1809 in the Stone Church in Kreidersville, Northampton County, PA.

He and Hannah Troxell (Aug. 5, 1821-1898) were joined together in matrimony in about 1840. Born in Blair County, PA, Hannah was one of 11 children of John Troxell Sr., "one of the oldest and best known families in the northern part of this county," said the Altoona Tribune. She never learned how to read.

Their nine known children were Elizabeth Fister, Sarah A. Youngkin, John Clinton Youngkin, Mary Dean, Henry Youngkin, Susan Youngkin, Albert Youngkin, Andrew Jackson "A.J." Youngkin and Richard B. "R.B." Younkin. One of the daughters married Simon Hollis of Haynes, WV.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1850, the Youngkins made a home in White Township, Cambria County, with Charles laboring as a lumberman.

By 1860, Charles' primary occupation was farming, as shown in that year's census. At that time, the census-taker spelled the family name "Younken." He continued his work as a farmer through the Civil War years and into 1870. The 1870 U.S. Census shows that two-month-old grandson C.H. "Harry" Lumedue/Lummado lived in the household.

The 1880 census indicates that only two sons were left in the Youngkin household, now in Reade Township, Cambria County, as well as 10-year-old grandson C. "Harry" Lumedue/Lummado.

Charles passed away in about 1887.

Hannah survived as a widow for almost 11 years. Her final home was in Fallen Timber, Cambria County. Toward the end, she endured what the Tribune called "extreme suffering" and died on March 10, 1898.

From the time she was taken ill until the end came she was confined to bed, most of the time being obliged to sit propped up, on account of the paroxysms of coughing, which rendered breathing difficult. The physicians said she had a form of the grip, accompanied with some dropsical affection at first, but the cough was the principal trouble, and medical skill was unable to do more than give ease and keep the vital spark in the frail body for a limited time. Every kindness and attention that children and grandchildren and friends could bestow was cheerfully given, and hopes were entertained for a time of a partial restoration to health, but there was a sudden relapse the evening of the day she died, and, peacefully as if going to sleep, she passed away... Mrs. Youngkin was a remarkably well preserved woman prior to her last illness, being possessed of a splendid memory, excellent business qualities and of a stirring, industrious nature particular to all the members of her father's family. She accomplished more work than the average young woman. Her step was as quick and firm and erect as a girl, and no one enjoyed fund and merriment more than she. She was a devoted mother, and her prayer to the last was for the children and that they might meet her in heaven, where she wanted to go to meet her husband and the little ones who were taken in childhood. The greatest respect and kindness was shown through her illness by the great number of persons who visited her. The neighbors were exceedingly kind and showed themselves to be friends in need by giving every assistance to the sorrowing children in their time of trouble, from the beginning of her sickness until the remains were consigned to the grave... The community has lost a good neighbor and the children a loving and devoted mother whose cheery countenance and wise couinsel will be greatly missed.

Hannah was age 76 years, seven months and five days at death, and had outlived four of her nine children. She also was survived by her brother Perry Troxell of near Glasgow and sister Mary Gates of Beaver Valley, the sister attending the funeral service but with great difficulty given her delicate health. A brief service was held in Hannah's residence, with a longer one occuring at the United Brethren Church in Beaver Valley, led by Rev. Spanogle of Coalport, who preached on John 14 -- "I go to prepare a place for you." Rain and high winds made the roads almost unpassable for those who came.

Hannah's estate was comprised of 135 acres of land, of which 65 were clear, adjoining the Cresson and Clearfield Railroad. The tract contained an orchard and good sources of water, under which were valuable deposits of coal. A public sale was held on Nov. 26, 1898.


Elizabeth and Daniel Fister



Elizabeth and Daniel Fister
Courtesy Herbert Rickards

Daughter Elizabeth Youngkin (1836-1911) was born on Sept. 25, 1835 or 1836. On May 16, 1852, in a wedding ceremony held in Clearfield County, PA, she married Daniel Feister ( ? - ? ), also spelled "Fister." Justice of the peace James Gill officiated. During the Civil War, Daniel served in the Union Army as a member of the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery K. He joined the army on Feb. 27, 1864 and was honorably discharged at Fortress Monroe, VA on Nov. 9, 1865. Together, they bore 14 children -- Charles A. Fister, Andrew Jackson Fister, William Henry Fister, Jeptha Potts Fister, John E. Fister, Sarah E. Fister, Mary C. Fister, Isabella Susan "Susie" Bruce, Samuel Dean Fister, Frances H. Fister, Cyrus David Fister, Martha Anna Fister, Genette "Nettie" Wyckoff and Effie Fister. The Fister home from 1852 to 1879 was in Bacaria Township, Clearfield County. Then in 1879, the Fisters migrated west and established a new home in Nebraska. The 1890 special census of Civil War veterans shows the couple in Tekamah, Burt County, NE.

A quarter century after the war's end, in 1890, Daniel was awarded a military pension for his wartime service. [Invalid App. #818.344 - Cert. 907.115] Six years later, Daniel died in Tekamah on Sept. 22, 1896. A brief notice in the Blair (NE) Pilot-Tribune said that Daniel, "a relative of the Warrick family of this county, was buried at Tekamah on Tuesday of this week." As a widow, Elizabeth successfully petitioned the government to receive her husband's pension. [Widow App. 641.494 - Cert. 435.479]. She married a second time in 1898 to 67-year-old Seth Kelly ( ? - ? ), of Burt County, by the hand of justice of the peace James C. Shaw. Seth was a native of New York and the son of John and Sarah (Berger) Kelly. The second marriage lasted for only two years until his demise. She outlived her second spouse by 13 years and variously resided with her married children. Circa 1910, she was in Meade County, SD with daughter and son-in-law Frances and John Kincheloe, and in 1911 in Herman, Washington County, NE, sharing a home with her son Cyrus. She passed away at age 76 on Nov. 11, 1911. An obituary in the Pilot reported that Elizabeth "wasn't sick a day, her tired old heart just ceased to beat last Saturday and death came without a struggle." Services were held in the Tekamah Methodist Church. Among those traveling to attend her funeral were Mrs. John Kreiser and son Homer Fister from Kansas City as well as Sam Warrick and Maud Warrick. The couple was pictured in the October-November-December 1990 edition of the Younkin Family News Bulletin, published by Donna (Younkin) Logan.

  • Grandson Charles A. Fister (1854-1898) was born on Jan. 7, 1854 in Glenhope, Clearfield County, PA. Circa 1878, he married Mary Catherine Rickard ( ? - ? ). The couple together bore a son, Harvey John Fister. The marriage appears to have ended in divorce by 1901, when Mary Catherine wed Charles' younger brother John. Late in life, Charles lived at 200 State Street in Helena, MT. Charles belonged to the Blackfoot Tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men. Sadly, having become seriously ill at the age of 44, Charles died at home a month later on Aug. 19, 1898. Burial of the remains was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Helena. Reported the Helena Independent Record, "Members of the lodge and numerous other friends followed the body to the Od Fellows' cemetery, where the interment took place." Mary Catherine outlived her spouse by more than four decades. She passed away in 1942.
  • Grandson Andrew Jackson Fister (1855-1910) was born on Oct. 24, 1855 in Clearfield County, PA. When he was 23 years of age, on Sept. 27, 1879, he was joined in wedlock with a cousin, Sarah Maria Youngkin (Jan. 20, 1862-1960), daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Jane (Smith) Younkin of the family of David and Susanna "Susan" (Copp) Younkin. The wedding was held in Lynnville, Jasper County, IA. The pair bore nine children -- Henry Clifford Fister, Charles Edward Fister, Joseph Wilbert Fister, Pearl Elizabeth Fister, Clarence Cecil Fister, Harrison Daniel Fister, Clara Belle Fister, Ina Mary Fister and Oscar Norman Fister. Sadly, at the age of 55, Andrew passed away in Lander, Fremont County, WY. Burial was in the local Mt. Hope Cemetery.  Sarah Maria outlived him by an extraordinary half-century. Toward the end she went to live in the Lee Nursing Home in Lander. Death swept her away on Nov. 23, 1960, at age 98.
  • Grandson William Henry Fister (1857- ? ) was born on Oct. 10, 1857 in Glenhope, Clearfield County. He and Callie Warrick ( ? - ? ) were united in matrimony. Their two children were Lynn Fister and Homer Fister.
  • Grandson Jeptha Potts Fister (1858- ? ) was born on March 25, 1858 in Glenhope, Clearfield County. On Nov. 15, 1885, in a wedding held in Burt County, NE, the 25-year-old Jeptha wed 16-year-old Rosa E. Taylor ( ? - ? ). Rev. John Patrick officiated the ceremony held at the home of Japeth's father. As Rosa legally was too young to marry, her father William H. Taylor signed his consent. Then on June 22, 1897, living in Butte, MT, Jeptha married a second time to Mary Sullivan ( ? - ? ). News of their marriage license was printed in the Butte (MT) Miner. The second marriage lasted for five years, although by 1900 Jeptha had moved out and was living in Sweet Grass, Chouteau County, MT, earning a living as a quartz miner. Mary filed for divorce in 1902 in district court in Butte. She said in her complaint, published in the Butte Daily Post, that "for more than a year last past Fister has not only failed to support [her] but that his failure was due to idleness profligacy and dissipation. Mrs. Fister says that she has received nothing from her husband in the time stated and has wholly and fully relied upon the charities of her friends." Judge Clancy granted the divorce on the grounds of desertion. The United States Census of 1910 lists Jeptha as residing in Cartersville, Lewis and Clark County, MT, continuing to mine quartz for a living. By the mid-1920s, he migrated to California. He died on June 15, 1926, with burial in Westwood Cemetery in Lassen County, CA.
  • Grandson John Edward Fister (1860-1917) was born in about 1860 in Clearfield County, PA. He was a 19-year-old when he accompanied his parents and family on a migration to Nebraska. Evidence hints that he married his brother Charles' former wife Mary Catherine (Richard) Fister in 1901, following a divorce. John held a membership in the Montana lodge No. 1 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He succumbed to death in Helena at age 58 just three days before Christmas 1917. Reported the Helena Independent Record, last rites were performed by members of his Odd Fellows lodge. Music was provided by Henry Kain, Frank Gonzales and Adam Haegele, with William J. Melugin accompanying on piano. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery, Helena. The Record said that the "floral tributes were very numerous in number. Members of the Modern Woodmen of America attended the funeral, together with other friends of the deceased and his family."
  • Granddaughter Sarah E. Fister (1863- ? ) was born in 1863 in Clearfield County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Mary C. Fister (1865- ? ) was born on April 25, 1865 in Clearfield County, PA. At the age of 15, on June 27, 1880, she entered into the bonds of marriage with George W. Stewart ( ? - ? ). Their nuptials were held in Fort Calhoun, Washington County, NE. She dwelled in South Dakota at some point.
  • Tekamah Cemetery
    Courtesy Jeanne Pritchett
    Granddaughter Isabella Susan "Susie" Fister (1866-1930) was born on Oct. 6, 1866 in Clearfield County, PA. At the age of three, she traveled from Pennsylvania with her family and settled in Burt County, NE. At 16 years of age, on Nov. 23, 1882, she married 24-year-old Iowa native Lyman Bruce (1858-1919), son of W.J. and Caroline Bruce. Isabella's father signed his consent to the marriage since she legally was underage. The couple tied the knot in Takemah, NE. Isabella's father and Lyman's sister both were witnesses to the ceremony. Five children were born into this family -- Clarence Conger "C.C." Bruce, Mrs. Charles Eby, Mrs. Frank E. Amick, Mrs. Charles Patterson and one who was deceased by 1930. The Bruces spent a quarter-century as farmers, and in 1917 relocated into the town of Tekamah. The pair endured the untimely death of their married daughter Mrs. Eby of tuberculosis on June 10, 1910. In 1919, only two years after their move into Tekamah, Lyman died in 1919. On his red barre granite grave marker was carved a large, oval log of the Woodmen of the World Memorial. Death swept away Isabella at home in Tekamah at age 63 on June 14, 1930. The Herman (NE) Record said that "Death came without warning as the result of heart disease." Rev. D.A. McCullough presided over the funeral service. Burial followed in Tekamah Cemetery. Her survivors included two grandchildren, Kenneth and Agnes Cameron.
  • Grandson Samuel Dean Fister (1868-1943) was born on May 30, 1868 in Clearfield County, PA. He obtained an eighth-grade education. He was twice married, first at age 26, on Jan. 14, 1897, to 21-year-old Doris Skinner ( ? - ? ) in Burt County, NE. She was a native of Erie County, NY and the daughter of Sidney S. and Lucy (Austin) Skinner. Baptist minister Rev. T. Howsand led the ceremony, in Tekamah, NE, witnessed by George and Effie Hoffman. He is known to have served in the U.S. Armed Forces with the 1st South Dakota Infantry. during the Spanish American War. Samuel's second bride, on July 31, 1904, was Anna Mariah Wilde (1868-1948), an immigrant from England who had come to America as a child in 1874. Their wedding was held in Croyden, Morgan County, UT. Four known children born to this union, all in Utah, were Gareld D. Fister, Lawrence W. Fister, LeRoy D. Fister and Marie Dominguez. Samuel and Anna Mariah made a home in 1910 in Salt Lake City, where he earned a living as a structural iron worker. They lived in Utah in 1929 and in 1935-1940 were in Rialto, San Bernardino County, CA. The federal census of 1940 shows daughter Marie as age 22 and divorced with her two children in the household -- Anna Marie Dominguez and Alvero Dominguez. Samuel died in San Bernardino on Feb. 23, 1943. Annie passed away five years later in 1948.
  • Granddaughter Frances H. Fister (1870-1913) was born on May 10, 1870 in Clearfield County, PA. On Aug. 2, 1887, at the age of 17, she wed John J. Kincheloe (Nov. 1856- ? ), a native of Missouri, with the ceremony held in Washington County, NE. The bride was 13 years younger than the groom. The couple bore three children, of whom two are known, Mary V. Kincheloe and Eula M. Hoehn. The family made its residence in 1889 in Wyoming and in 1896-1900 in Jackson, Shelby County, MO. By 1910, they migrated to South Dakota, putting down stakes in or near Sturgis, Meade County, SD, with John earning a living as a dairy farmer, and Frances' widowed mother living under their roof. Sadly, Frances died at age 43 on Aug. 11, 1913. Evidence suggests that John outlived his wife by a baker's dozen years and passed away in 1926, with burial in Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.


Horses and wagon out for a ride along Tekamah Creek in Tekamah, NE


  • Grandson Cyrus David Fister (1872-1929) was born on New Year's Eve 1872 in Clearfield County, PA. When he was eight years old, he and his family relocated to Nebraska, settling near the town of Tekamah, Burt County. When he was 13, in 1885, he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On Oct. 21, 1894, in nuptials held in Tekamah, he married Cora Alice Moore (Aug. 15, 1874-1947), daughter of Albert Lloyd and Ella Permelia (Gossard) Moore of Tekamah. The first two of their babies Guy and Cyrus died young, but the third Ella M. Fister lived into childhood, as did the resulting nine offspring -- Guy Philip Fister, Cyrus Floyd Fister, Ella Marie Tucker, Albert Lloyd Fister, Walter David Fister, Dean Melvin Fister, Goldie Alice Fister, Dorothy Mae Elizabeth Ott and Cyrus "Bud" Fister. When she was 31 years of age, in about 1905, she was stricken with arthritis "which left her an invalid," said the Grant (NE) Tribune-Sentinel, which rendered her unable to attend church services. The newlyweds migrated to near Herman, Washington County, NE and spent 27 years in that locality. During that time he belonged to the local lodge of the Masons. Census records show that they dwelled in 1900 on a farm in Herman. Then on March 1, 1921, they moved to Grant, Perkins County, NE and remained for good, but in doing so he gave up his Masons membership. For the last six years of his life, Cyrus endured an enlarged heart. On Valentine's Day 1929, after five weeks of being bedfast, Cyrus died at the age of 56. An obituary in the Tribune-Sentinel opined that Cyrus "was a very industrious and quite a successful farmer. In all his relations with the community he was honorable and upright. He bore the respect of the community, and men speak well of his life and characteer. There is a common sense over he untimely death of Brother Cyrus..." Well-attended funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church, followed by burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Grant. His Masonic brethren acted as pallbearers. His obituary was reprinted in the Herman (NE) Record. Cora outlived her husband by 18 years and moved to Colorado. She endured the untimely death of her daughter Dorothy Mae Elizabeth on Aug. 15, 1944. Despite her afflictions, said the Tribune-Sentinel, "she was always cheerful and had  a smile for every one." Death claimed her in the home of her youngest son Bod in Holyoke, Phillips County, CO at age 72 on the Fourth of July 1947. Rev. O.W. Michel led the funeral service, with burial in Fairview. She was survived by 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Great-granddaughter Ella Marie Fister (1899-1975) was born in 1899. She married (?) Tucker ( ? - ? ). They moved to Visalia, CA and were there in 1929. Then in 1947, the Tuckers dwelled in Haigler, NE.


Ina (Fister) Bright

Great-grandson Albert "Lloyd" Fister (1902-1972) was born on Nov. 12, 1902 in Herman, Washington County, NE. When he was 21 years of age, on March 14, 1924, he wed Oma Pearl Whiteley (Oct. 30, 1903-1992), a native of Imperial, NE and the daughter of Burr Harrison and Carrie Elizabeth (Coles) Whiteley. Their nuptials were held in Julesburg, CO. In 1929, they lived in Grant, NE and in 1947 in Bridgeport, NE. The couple's six children were Ina Pearl Bright, Inez Mae Fister, Cyrus Donald Fister, Lloyd Ronald Fister, Gerald Leroy Fister and Robert Dale Fister. Albert passed away at age 69, on June 2, 1972, in Bridgeport, Morrill County, NE. Oma Pearl lived for another two decades. She surrendered to death at age 88 on May 13, 1992 in Roseburg, Douglas County, OR. Their daughter Ina married Claude Myers Bright and contributed important research to Younkin researcher and publisher Donna (Younkin) Logan.

Great-grandson Walter David Fister (1905-1972) was born in 1905. He resided in Grant, NE in 1929 and in the state of Wisconsin in 1947.

Great-grandson Dean Melvin Fister (1908-1983) was born in 1908. Circa 1947, he dwelled in Ogallala, NE.

Great-granddaughter Goldie Alice Fister (1913- ? ) was born in 1913. She entered into marriage with Wilbur (?) Ott ( ? - ? ). The Otts made a home in Grant, NE in the latter 1940s.

Great-granddaughter Dorothy Mae Elizabeth Fister (1915-1944) was born in 1915. When she was 16 years old, on April 6, 1931, she married Kenneth Ott ( ? - ? ), son of Henry Ott. The wedding was held in Holyoke, CO. Sadly, she died on Aug. 15, 1944.

Great-grandson Cyrus "Bud" Fister (1916-1980) was born in 1916. He lived in Holyoke, CO in 1947.

  • Granddaughter Martha Anna Fister (1874-1925) was born in 1874 in Clearfield County, PA. At age 19, on Oct. 17, 1893,  she was joined in the union of wedlock with Ernest Henry Lillie ( ? - ? ). Martha died at age 51 on Feb. 2, 1925.
  • Granddaughter Genette "Nettie" Fister (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876 in Takemah, NE. When she was the age of 17, on March 1, 1894, she was joined in marriage with 24-year-old Bert E. Wyckoff ( ? - ? ), a Takemah native and the daughter of Albert E. and Phoebe Wyckoff. She resided in 1929 in Helena, MT.
  • Granddaughter Effie Fister (1879-1938) was born in 1879. On March 25, 1896, at the age of 17, she wed 26-year-old George Hoffman ( ? - ? ), a native of Cook County, IL and the son of Peter and Jennie (Sellers) Hoffman. Officiating was Rev. O. Eggleston, pastor of the Tekamah Methodist Episcopal Church. Because Effie was underage, her father had to sign his consent to the union. Circa 1929, Effie was in Helena, MT. At the age of 59, on Oct. 13, 1938, Effie passed into eternity.


Unpaved Main Street in Tekamah, NE


Daughter Sarah A. Youngkin (1838-1905) was born on Aug. 1 or 5, 1838 in Ross Township, Monroe County, PA. The dates of her birth differ on the family Bible record and on her baptismal certificate. When she was 19 years of age, on June 9, 1858, she married John Goss Warrick (Oct. 10, 1833-1903), a native of Barcaria Township, Clearfield County. Their brood of children included Hannah Elizabeth Warrick, Liona Walden Warrick, Susan Narissa Warrick, Rachel May Warrick, Samuel Dean Warrick, Charles Augustus Warrick, Isaiah Warrick, Nehemiah Warrick, Nora Mabel Warrick and Esther Ann Warrick. During the Civil War, John joined the Union Army. He was assigned to the 205th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I. The family migrated to Nebraska in the years after the war. In 1885, John was awarded a military pension as a wartime vetera. [Invalid App. #553.936 - Cert. #502.531] Sadly, John passed away in Arlington, NE on Jan. 25, 1903. As a widow, Sarah Ann successfully petitioned the federal government for a pension as compensation for her husband's wartime service. [Widow App. #780.286 - Cert. #553.418] She only outlived her husband by two years. At the age of 66, she surrendered to the spirit of death in Blair, NE, on Jan. 21, 1905.

  • Granddaughter Hannah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Warrick (1858-1954) was born on Nov. 10, 1858 in Clearfield County, PA. She was twice-married. Her first husband, with whom she tied the knot on March 15, 1882, was Wesley Wallace Dixon ( ? - ? ). She made a home in Lincoln, NE in 1931. Then at age 80, on Dec. 21, 1938, she wed Marian Albert Barry. She passed away two days after Christmas 1954, in Nicoma Park, OK, at the age of 96. Her remains were shipped to Blair, NE for interment.
  • Granddaughter Liona Walden "Lonnie" Warrick (1861-1882) was born on Feb. 28, 1861 in Clearfield County, PA. After migrating to Nebraska, she passed away at age 21 on Oct. 4, 1882, while in Washington County, NE. The remains were laid to rest in Cuming City, NE.
  • Granddaughter Susan Narissa Warrick (1863-1927) was born on Sept. 1, 1863 in Clearfield County, PA. In nuptials held in 1881, she entered into marriage with a cousin, John Andrew Youngkin (1857-1948), son of Joseph and Elizabeth Jane (Smith) Youngkin. See the Youngkin biography for more.
  • Granddaughter Rachel May Warrick (1867-1941) was born two days before Christmas 1867 in Clearfield Couny, PA. She emigrated to Nebraska in her youth. At the age of 18, in 1886, she entered into marriage with Simon Sylvester "S.S." Dixon ( ? - ? ). The Dixons lived in Arlington, NE in 1931. Rachel died on Jan. 20, 1941 at age 73. Burial was in Arlington.
  • Grandson Samuel Dean Warrick (1870-1884) was born on April 16, 1870 in Cuming City, Washington County, NE. Tragically, at the age of 14, he was killed in a wagon accident on Aug. 24, 1884. Interment of the remains was in Cuming City.
  • Grandson Charles Augustus "Gus" Warrick (1872-1931) was born on Feb. 11, 1872 in or near Blair, Washington County, NE. At age 21, in 1893, he joined the Baptist Church at Blair. His comings and goings of the mid-to-late 1890s were frequently chronicled on the pages of the Burt County (NE) News, Blair (NE) Republican and Blair Pilot. He is known to have spent several months in 1896 in New Castle, WY before returning home to Blair. Then in January 1897, in company with five other Blair men, he traveled by train to Shawnee, OK to look for work. The group seemed to be part of a larger exodus of Blair residents moving to Oklahoma, but Gus came back home in February. Said the Blair Courier, "They had been there about two weeks but had not found work at living wages so decided to return. The boys do not picture the country as a land of roses and predict many returns of Blair people 'ere long." Then with some sort of illness, he went to Casper, WY in mid-1897 but again returned to Blair. Reported the Blair Pilot-Tribune, "His health is very poor. The West does not seem to agree with him." In August 1897, he told friends that he was going to Texas but changed his mind and headed to northern Iowa where he was pursuing a job. He finally landed employment selling groceries in eastern Kansas in February 1898. After the Spanish American War broke out in April 1898, Gus waited a few months and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 3rd Nebraska Infantry, Company E, and left for basic training in Florida. From there he was deployed to Cuba. Gus suffered an injured knee, possibly rheumatism, during this period. He received his discharge on May 11, 1899 and returned home. On May 24, 1899, he married Addie Botterof ( ? - ? ). The couples' nuptials were held in Omaha. Together they produced a large family of offspring -- Roland V. Warrick, Wynotte G. Warrick, Wilma Husk, Adelaide Calland, Arlene Graham, Marjorie Warrick, Betty Rosella Warrick and John Warrick.

    As time went on, the knee injury lingered. Reported the Fremont (NE) Semi-Weekly Herald in April 1902, "Gus Warrick expects to take his knee up to have Father Kroeger of South Dakota examine it, and it is to be hoped he can get some relief from some quarter, for he is totally unable to do manual labor and the pension bureau has turned down his application for a pension on the ground that his injury existed prior to his enlistment." He appealed to Congressman Mercer, who sponsored a bill allocating him $25 per month for his disability, reputedly incurred during the war. A pension was granted in the monthly amount of $17, with the Pilot-Tribune calling his leg "crippled." He then turned his interests to farming. He was reported by a newspaper  March 1904 to have purchased a 40-acre farm from Chris Richter. But the family fortunes again turned in September 1905 when their house, five miles west of Blair, was leveled by fire. The Courier said that the fire broke out while "Gus was in town and Mrs. Warrick had gone down to the barn, taking the baby with her. When she looked up toward the house a few moments latere she saw flames issuing from the roof and knew nothing could be done to save anything. The other children were playing in the yard, so were not harmed." The story was reported all throughout the state. A friend passed the hat around town and collected donations of $106 for new clothing. A benefit concert was organized by the Lady Maccabees at the local Redmen Hall, with Prof. W.L. Johnson providing the entertainment.

    The Warricks decided to continue farming near Blair. They faced other types of obstacles, such as steady winds and continuous dust. A September 1906 article in the Courier said that "It has been very dry and fall plowing has been almost a physical impossibility for some time. It rained a nice little shower here [in Blair] Sunday morning but Gus Warrick says it only barely sprinkled at his place, so they got neither rain there. It will take a whole lot more rain to do the pastures much good or to make plowing what it should be." The family's prospects seemed to be encouraging, however, as Gus is known to have purchased a Monitor gasoline engine at the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln in 1906 as a feed grinder. In September 1909, one of his aged sows won sixth place in the state fair. Corn was one of the staples of their farm, and in the spring of 1910 he sent a batch of his corn for testing by the state experiment station. Of his 299 kernels, said the Pilot-Tribune, "representing fifty ears, 296 grew, and of course Gus is feeling pretty good. The samples sent were of his famous Funk's Yellow Dent and some of the same corn shown in Omaha, Blair and Lincoln last winter and on which Gus took a number of premiums. The corn was picked after the heavy frost in October, but before the wet weather set in. It's to be regretted that Mr. Warrick has only enough of this corn left for his own seed and therefore cannot offer any of it for sale." Gus and two of his friends sent a carload of Duroc Jersey hogs to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in September 1912. The Warricks also raised watermelon on their farm and held annual feasts. The September 1917 event attacted 120 neighbors and friends, who consumed 85 large melons. By 1917, there was a growing demand for farms in the county, pushing up real estate prices. Gus used the opportunity to sell his 160-acre farm, located northwest of Blair, to buyer William H. Barton. The family moved in May 1918 to Peetz/Proctor, CO, where he tried his hand at raising wheat. They remained in Peetz for good. He held memberships in the Spanish War Veteran's Camp of Denver and the lodges of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. Death cut away Gus at age 59, in Denver, on Sept. 24, 1931. Funeral services were held in Sterling, CO and then at Blair. Rev. A.J. Hargett, of the local Christian Church, led the services. An obituary in the Blair (NE) Enteprise called him "a kind and loving husband and father, and a loyal neighbor." A large American flag, presented by the government for the funeral, was donated by Addie in 1934 to the Washington County Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Great-grandson Roland V. Warrick lived in Blair, NE in 1931.

Great-grandchild Wynotte G. Warrick was in Redfield, SD in the early 1930s.

Great-granddaughter Wilma Warrick married (?) Husk. She resided in Peetz, CO.

Great-granddaughter Adelaide Warrick wed (?) Calland. They established a home in Greeley, CO.

Great-granddaughter Arlene Warrick was joined in wedlock with (?) Graham. She was in White River, SD circa 1931.

Great-granddaughter Marjorie Warrick grew up in Peetz, CO

Great-granddaughter Betty Rosella Warrick grew up in Peetz, CO.

Great-grandson John Warrick grew up in Peetz, CO.

  • Grandson Isaiah H. "Zade" Warrick (1874-1932) was born on March 11, 1874 in Washington County, NE. Circa 1898, he entered into marriage with Zena Mehrens (  - ? ). The couple made a home in Sidney, NE in 1927-1932. The family dwelled in 1931 in Lorenzo, NE. The family mourned with Isaiah passed away at the age of 58 on July 11, 1932. His remains are thought to have been returned to Blair for interment.
  • Grandson Nehemiah Neum "Perp" Warrick (1877-1934) was born on April 14, 1877 in Blair, Washington County, NE. When he was 20 years of age, on New Year's Day 1908, he was joined in matrimony with Blanche Daisy Peck ( ? - ? ). Their wedding was held in Blair. One known daughter born to the union was Edith Blanche Warrick. Grief cascaded over the family when Nehemiah died in Blair at age 57 on Oct. 29, 1934.
  • Granddaughter Norah Mabel Warrick (1879-1948) was born on Aug. 25, 1879 in Washington County, NE. At the age of 19, on Feb. 22, 1899, she wed John Madison Compton ( ? - ? ). They resided in Blair over the years. In July 1927, the couple traveled to Peetz, CO to visit her brother Gus and then to Sidney, NE to see her brother Isaish. Sadly, Norah died at age 68 on May 15, 1948, in Blair, Washington County.
  • Granddaughter Esther Ann Warrick (1883-1963) was born on Aug. 23, 1883 in Washington County, NE. She was married twice in her lifetime. At the age of 21, circa 1905, she was united in wedlock with James Farling ( ? - ? ). Together they bore a son, Keith Farling. Her second spouse was Ira Overmeyer ( ? - ? ). The Overmeyers made a residence in 1931 in Boise, ID. Esther succumbed to the spectre of death in Boise on Oct. 30, 1963, at the age of 80.


Flour mills along the Souris River, serving farmers in Minot, ND


Son John Clinton Youngkin (1840-1916) was born on Oct. 19, 1840 in Pennsylvania. He grew up as a farm laborer and in 1860, at age 19, lived at home. On March 3, 1861, he married Rebecca Gray ( ? - ? ), daughter of William and Barbara Gray of White Township, Cambria County. They moved to North Dakota in 1898 and cultivated a farm with the intent of ownership. The tract was located in Section 10, Township 154, Range 101. In addition to farming, he made a living as a carpenter. Sadly, Rebecca died in Minot, ND on May 11, 1900. John outlived her by 16 years and, in 1908 married again to Katherine "Kit" Stafford (Aug. 13, 1854-1912). She claimed to be a relative of England's Queen Victoria, a story met with some skepticism in the local community. They were together for four years until her passing from stomach cancer on New Year's Eve 1912. Her funeral service was held at the home, by the hand of Rev. Olsen of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The widowed John made news in March 1915 when, said the Jamestown (ND) Weekly Alert, he claimed that he had "speared a monster pickerel in the billowy Mouse river and had all he could do to pull it out onto the ice. It is further stated that the fish measured 36 inches in length, 20 inches around the body and weighed thirteen and one-half pounds. It took the strength of two men to pull the spear out of the denizen of the river, according to Youngkin's story. Spearing fish in the Mouse river is affording a great deal of sport to many Minot people in the last few weeks, and a number of persons are making their living in that manner." On the fateful day of April 25, 1916, the 76-year-old John was struck and killed by a moving Soo Line No. 105 passenger railroad train. The Williston (ND) Graphic said that the accident occurred:

...near the crossing at Valley street and one the road leading to Valker's greenhouse east of the city. He was on his way up town and was walking near the track. The engineer of the train blew his whistle for the crossing, only a short distance away, and the victim evidently heart it and stepped from the track, but did not get far enough away and the cross beam in front of the engine hit him, throwing him about thirty feet and killing him instantly. The train was stopped in two car lengths after it had struck Mr. Youngkin, and the crew returned to help in caring for the man. But he was dead when help reached him... He was a well known and highly respected citizen, and his death will be a severe shock to hundreds of people in the city, who have known him for many years.

He had suffered a broken arm, crushed side and a deep cut in his scalp. Reported the Ward County (MT) Independent of Minot, the county coroner convened a jury which ruled that the train's crew was not at fault.

  • Grandson Charles William Youngkin (1862-1930)
  • George Young-Kin, 1st to use the hyphenated spelling
    Grandson Harry Elsworth "Elmer" Youngkin (1865-1929) was born on April 3, 1865 in Pennsylvania. He was a longtime house painter and wallpaper hanger. On Sept. 17, 1891, at the age of 26, he married his first wife, Sarah Ann "Sadie" Reese (May 11, 1872-1932), daughter of James and Arvilla (Barr) Reese. The wedding was held in Harwarden, IA. The couple settled in Muncie, IN. Together, they bore a brood of children including Laura Youngkin, Bessie Ann Youngkin, George Josiah Young-Kin, Evelyn Gertrude Youngkin, Walter Burdett Youngkin, Harry Elsworth Youngkin Jr., Dorothy Lucille Youngkin, Thelma Irene Youngkin and H.E. Youngkin. Evidence suggests that the couple divorced. In about 1927, Harry wed a second time to Rose E. ( ? - ? ). Ex-wife Sarah Ann died in Muncie on Dec. 9, 1932. Harry's final years were spent in San Diego. There, he passed away at age 64 on July5, 1929. The remains were shipped to Muncie to rest for all time in Elm Ridge Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Alice A. Youngkin (1867- ? )
  • Grandson Walter T. Youngkin (1870-1933)
  • Granddaughter Mary Adelia Youngkin (1873-1959)
  • Grandson Frank S. Youngkin (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875. He and George Sennett went into business together, but their partnership was dissolved in December 1901, with Frank assuming all debts, liabilities and receivables. In July 1901, he filed a notice of his intention to prove his claim to a farm in Section 10, Township 154, Range 101, where his brother John also had a nearby claim.
  • Grandson John Clayton Youngkin (1877-1913) was born in 1877. In young manhood he dwelled in Williston, SC. On June 14, 1899, in a ceremony held at Minot, ND, the 22-year-old was united in matrimony with 17-year-old Marie Ellifson ( ? -1901), a resident of Minot, ND. They settled about three miles north of the town of Williston. Sadly, their union only lasted for less than two years. Marie died at age 18 at home on April 9, 1901. An obituary in the Williston Graphic said that her funeral was led by Rev. Emerson at the Congregational Church, "and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends." Circa April 1902, he filed paperwork to prove his claim to having settled a tract of land in Section 10, Township 154, Range 101, where hs brother Frank also had a nearby claim.


Lignite coal mining near Burlington and Minot, ND, where Thomas George Hunnewell was a well known mine operator


  • Granddaughter Clara Pearl Youngkins (1879-1958) was born in 1879. At the age of about 20, on Dec. 7, 1898, she wed Thomas George Hunnewell ( ? -1908), son of John Hunnewell, with the nuptials taking place in Ward County, ND. Thomas was a New York native who had migrated to Burlington in Ward County. The couple put down roots in Burlington, ND, where Thomas was considered "one of the well known Burlington mine operators," said the Ward County (ND) Independent of Minot. Five childred resulted from this union -- John James Hunnewell, Gladys Pearl Hunnewell, Thomas George Hunnewell, Earl Delos Hunnewell and Clara Pearl Hunnewell. But sadly, Thomas contracted tuberculosis, and over the span of months he lost hope for a recovery. For a "long time it was realized that his days were numbered," said the Independent. He died at the age of 34 on Nov. 22, 1908. Rev. E.P. Lawrence of Minot delivered the funeral sermon, and the "Old Settlers attended in a body," reported the Independent. The widowed Clara Pearl wed again to Prosper Robinson Hall (1880-1964). They bore a son of their own, Paul Robert Hall.
  • Granddaughter Evelyn May Youngkin (1882-1959)
  • Granddaughter Ollie S. Youngkin (1885-1907) was born in about 1885. In young womanhood she migrated to Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA. There, on April 2, 1905, she entered into marriage with Jesse McGraw ( ? - ? ), a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia. Her brother Frank witnessed the wedding. Rev. Edward William Erickson, of the Fairhaven Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated.

Daughter Mary Youngkin (1843- ? ) was born in about 1843. On June 18, 1861, at about age 18, she was united in marriage with Samuel Dean (Aug. 24, 1824-1902), son of Elijah Dean and a native of Ithaca, NY. The five offspring they bore together were Emma Averill, Clara Quigley, Hannah Kelly, C. Grace Dean and Charles T. Dean. Samuel in his 30s migrated south to Williamsport, PA in early 1860 and was hired as a foreman by a lumber company from New York, an assignment lasting for a year. He then moved to Fallen Timber, Cambria County, reported the Altoona Tribune, where he:

...scaled logs for a number of years in the primitive forests that then covered the country from the head waters of Clearfield creek to Blair City, Clearfield county. Large towns have been built on the site in many places where then stood the giant oak and the magnificent pine. The town of Coalport was not even a small hamlet. No railroads had been built nearer than Altoona and coal mines were almost unheard of anywhere nearby. No physician of any note lived nearer than the city and the home where he lived and died was cleared by his hard working,untiring industry.

The couple established their longtime home in about 1864 in Van Ormer, PA. They remained there for good. Said the Tribune, Samuel was:

...a man of unimpeachable character, honest and upright in all his business transactions, never having a suit at law with any one in his life. He was a most honorable citizen, an earnest, sincere Christian, having been a member of the United Brethren church a number of years, joining under the pastorate of Rev. b.J. Hummel. He was possessed of a remarkably fine, strong constitution, never having needed the services of a physician, with but two slight exceptions, until a year ago He was in full possession of all his faculties until within a few hours of his decease. He was very deeply devoted to his family, a noble example of a husband and father, always planning for the comfort and pleasure of each. The door of his hospitable home was always open to the stranger as well as the welcome friend. He was perfectly resigned to his Master's will, repeatedly saying during his illness, "Not my will but Thine be done. For him there were "no clouds and no dark valley," as he told his friends.

Sadly, in the fall of 1900, Samuel developed several bad colds which led to a bronchial infection and reduced flow of blood to the heart ("angina pectoris"). The illness lasted through the winter and into the spring of 1901, with some fearing he might be dying. But he regained health during the summer. In May 1902, another bad cold struck, which caused kidney failure. Ten days later, on May 23, 1902, he died. The funeral, in a church filled to overflowing, was co-officiated by his former pastor, Rev. C.C. Bingam, as well as Rev. Sible, Rev. Wagner and Rev. O.T. Stewart. The sermon was based on Revelations 14:13 [King James Version] -- "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." In Rev. Wagner's eulogy, he said that he "never knew a man of stronger faith in God and one who enjoyed communion with him more than did Brother Dean," according to the Tribune. Burial the the remains was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Glasgow.

  • Granddaughter Emma Dean wed (?) Averill and lived in DuBois in 1902.
  • Granddaughter Clara Dean married (?) Quigley. Her home in 1902 was in DuBois.
  • Granddaughter Hannah Dean was joined in matrimony with (?) Kelly. They resided in Van Ormer.
  • Granddaughter C. Grace Dean dwelled in Van Ormer.
  • Grandson Charles T. Dean was in Van Ormer in 1902.

Son Henry Youngkin (1844- ? ) was born in about 1844.

Daughter Susan Youngkin (1849- ? ) was born in about 1849. She was unmarried in 1870, at age 21, and dwelled with her parents in White Township, Cambria County.

Son Albert Youngkin (1851- ? ) was born in about 1851. He grew up on the family farm, helping his father with farmwork.

Son Andrew Jackson Youngkin (1854-1919) was born on Sept. 9, 1854 (or 1850). He was a carpenter by trade and in 1880, at age 25, made his home in his parents' residence in Fallen Timber, Reade Township, Cambria County. He eventually married Elizabeth C. ( ? - ? ). In 1898, they resided in Ashtola, Somerset County, PA. By the 1910s, he relocated to Philadelphia, where he earned income as a superintendent of bridge work. His address in 1919 was 5109 Funston Street. Death spirited him away at the age of 69 on Feb. 22, 1919. An examining physician ruled the cause of death as acute alcoholism and kidney disease. The body was transported back to Fallen Timber to rest in Beaver Valley Cemetery, Cambria County.

Son Richard B. Youngkin (1857-1928) was born on Jan. 4, 1857 in Fallen Timber, Cambria County, PA. He lived in Fallen Timber in 1891-1898 and was united in wedlock with Sarah Anne Sneath ( ? -1923), a native of Fostoria, Blair County, PA and the daughter of Job and Nancy (Caskey) Sneath. Evidence suggests that they were the parents of Ethel Youngkin and Del Youngkin. In March 1891, he was awarded a contract for "clearing the right of way on the new grade of the Pennsylvania and Northwestern railroad from Lloydsville to Utahville," reported the Altoona Tribune. He turned to work as a butcher circa 1893, with his home stated as Van Ormer. Grief cascaded over the family when, at age 68, Sarah Anne was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died on May 12, 1923. During his five widowed years, Richard dwelled in Fallen Timber. He succumbed to the spectre of death, caused by hardening of the arteries, just three days before Christmas in 1928, at the age of 71. Burial was in Beaver Valley Cemetery. On his death certificate, his father's birthplace was listed as "Germany," attesting to the German language and customs that the family must have practiced after several generations in America.


~ Daughter Anna Mariah (Younkin) Herlinger ~

Daughter Anna Mariah Younkin (1815-1894) was born in about 1815.

She entered into marriage with Frederick Herlinger (1811-1890), a native of Northampton County, PA

The Herlingers’ brood of offspring included, among others, Amelia Wolfe, William Henry Herlinger, Frederick Herlinger Jr., Francis "Frank" Herlinger and Sarah Rugh.

Circa 1839, the couple established their longtime residence in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County.

Deep heartache struck the family in mid-July 1870. A bolt of lightning struck their Brush Valley barn, setting it afire. It "was burned to the ground," said the Indiana Democrat. "The barn had been recently filled with grain and this, together with valuable farming implements, was also destroyed. The loss is total, as there was no insurance on the property."

The Indiana Democrat once said he was "an honorable and industrious citizen, an old time Democrat."

Sadly, Frederick was felled by a stroke of paralysis in mid-June 1890. He "never spoke afterwards," said the Democrat, and lingered for two weeks before death claimed his life, at age 79, on July 2, 1890..

Death swept her away into eternity at the age of 79 on June 20, 1894.

Daughter Amelia Herlinger (1848-1918) awas born in 1848 in Brush Valley. She entered into marriage with Joseph Wolfe ( ? - ? ). In 1872, when she was 23 or 24 years old, Amelia and her husband relocated to Colorado. They established a home in Westminster near Denver, CO. Five children were born to the couple. Sadly, Amelia died at home on Jan. 15, 1918, at the age of 69 years, nine months and nine days. An obituary  appeared in her old hometown newspaper, the Indiana Weekly Messenger.

Son William Henry Herlinger (1852-1923) was born on March 13, 1852. He made his home in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County. He married Jemima Adams ( ? - ? ). The Herlingers made their lives as farmers in Brush Valley. The known children born to the couple were William "Russell" Herlinger, Emma J. Herlinger, Ernest J. Herlinger, Clyde H. Herlinger, Spear Herlinger, Sadie M. Spahr and Annie M. Herlinger. William was burdened with an enlarged heart and, after he contracted influenza, the angel of death swept him away in Brush Valley on Feb. 1, 1923. Russell Herlinger of Homer City, PA gave vital information for the death certificate. Burial was in the U.P. Cemetery in Brush Valley.

  • Grandson William "Russell" Herlinger resided for many years on his parents' old farm in Brush Valley.
  • Granddaughter Emma J. Herlinger
  • Grandson Ernest J. Herlinger ( ? - ? ) lived in Millvale near Pittsburgh in 1955.
  • Grandson Clyde H. Herlinger ( ? - ? ) made a home in Butler, Butler County, PA in the mid-1950s.
  • Grandson Spear G. Herlinger (1888-1955) was born on Feb. 6, 1888 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. He was married and the father of Royden S. Herlinger. As a young man he lived in Brush Valley and for a time in Pittsburgh. He spent part of his working career as a teacher in Indiana-area schools. Eventually they relocated to Oregon, settling in Portland, OR. He was divorced. Then in about 1930, Spear returned to Brush Valley. His final years were spent with the effects of hypertension. After an acute digestive system infection leading to severe vomiting, and then a cerebral hemorrhage, he was admitted to Indiana Memorial Hospital. He surrendered to death there on Feb. 1, 1955. Rev. Kenneth H. Conant led the funeral. The remains were interred in the United Presbyterian Cemetery in Brush Valley. An obituary in the Indiana Gazette reported that his son was living in Sisters, OR.
  • Granddaughter Sarah M. "Sadie" Herlinger (1875-1923) was born on Sept. 24, 1875. She married Edwin Spahr (June 14, 1873-1916), son of Joseph and Mary Spahr. One daughter born to the pair was Edna Olbeter. The couple dwelled in Pittsburgh, where Edwin was employed as a steelworker. They often made visits to Sarah's parents in Brush Valley. Tragically, Edwin contracted pulmonary tuberculosis and in 1913 was sent for treatment to the Pennsylvania State Sanatorium in Cresson, Cambria County. There, he died at age 42 on March 12, 1916. His remains were placed into the sleep of ages in Homer City, PA. Sarah lived for another seven years as a widow. Sadly, while visiting the old homestead in Brush Valley occupied by her brother Russell, she was felled by a stroke of paralysis and died on Sept. 7, 1923, just 17 days shy of her 48th birthday. News of her sudden passing was printed in the Indiana Weekly Messenger. Burial was in the U.P. Cemetery in Brush Valley, considered part of Mechanicsburg.
  • Granddaughter Annie M. Herlinger

Son Frederick "Fred" Herlinger Jr. ( ? - ? ) learned the carpentry trade. He became employed by the Burlington and Missouri Railroad, and in November 1886 was appointed superintendent of carpenters for the company. Said the Indiana (PA) Democrat, "He has ten gangs of carpenters under his management." By 1899, back in his native Indiana County, he labored as a carpenter, working for contractor John S. Hastings. In May 1899, he completed a 37 ft. by 16 ft. addition to the Clawson House dining room, finishing the job in four days. Said the Indiana Weekly Messenger, "It was speedy work and is a good job." Two months later, in July 1899, he and his partner Robert Kerr received contracts to erect a barn for William Guthrie and a new Lutheran Church parsonage. As the summer wore on, the pair began to erect a home for James S. Blair on Church Street. The contracts kept coming. He is known to have remained in Indiana as of 1918.

Son Francis "Frank" Herlinger ( ? -1916) was born on March 7, 1842 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army and served successively in two regiments -- the 135th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I (from Aug. 7, 1862 to May 24, 1863), and later with the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery L. Frank was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Sarah Rhodes (Jan. 13, 1855-1932), a native of Cherry Tree, PA and the daughter of David and Ann (Duncan) Rhodes. They together bore a family of these 11 known children -- Fred Herlinger, Charles Herlinger, Frank Herlinger, Marie Reynolds, Nannie Norton, Lizzie Findley, Mary Arnold, Anna Taylor, Indiana "India" Herlinger, Ida Herlinger and Ruth Herlinger. Francis earned a living over the years as a carpenter. In 1890, the federal government awarded Francis a military pension based on his wartime service. [Invalid App. #905.500 - Cert. #839.739] The Herlingers relocated from Brush Valley to Warren, OH in about 1904 and remained for good. Their address in the mid-1910s was 623 South Tod Avenue. Frank was diagnosed in 1915 with heart disease ("myocarditis"). Sadly, a year later, at the age of 74, Frank died at home in Warren. An obituary in his old hometown newspaper, the Indiana Progress, said that death "was due to heart trouble from which he had suffered for sometime." Burial of the remains took place in Warren's Oakwood Cemetery. The month after Frank's death, Sarah was granted her late husband's military pension. [Widow App. #1.067.830 - Cert. #875.752]. She spent her widowed years at 1300 South Tod Avenue. Having been stricken by a heart attack in March 1932, she surrendered to death a week later on March 31, 1932.

  • Grandson Fred Herlinger was in West Virginia in 1916.
  • Grandson Charles Herlinger put down roots in Leavittsburg, OH.
  • Grandson Frank Herlinger lived in Leavittsburg, OH in 1916.
  • Granddaughter Marie Herlinger married (?) Reynolds. They were in Boston in the mid-1910s.
  • Granddaughter Nannie Herlinger wed (?) Norton. Her home in 1916 was in Shalersville.
  • Granddaughter Lizzie Herlinger was united in matrimony with (?) Findley. The couple settled in Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Mary Herlinger was joined in wedlock with (?) Arnold. She lived with her parents circa 1916.
  • Granddaughter Anna Herlinger entered into marriage with I.B. Taylor. She resided in 1916 with her parents and in 1932 at 1145 Paige Avenue Northeast.


Ohio Hospital for Epileptics, where Indiana spent the last 2 months of life


  • Granddaughter Indiana "India" Herlinger (1883-1932) was born on July 26, 1883 in Indiana County, PA. She was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager in 1897 and never married. Her illness further developed into what doctors called "epileptic psychosis (melancholia)." In about late April 1932, at the age of 48, she was admitted to the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics in Gallipolis, OH. She refused to eat, and the spiral of death began. After a stay of a month and 25 days, having developed bronchial pneumonia, her body gave up on June 23, 1932, and she died. The body was transported back to Warren for interment.
  • Granddaughter Ida Herlinger
  • Granddaughter Ruth Herlinger

Daughter Sarah Maria Herlinger (1858-1940) was born on Sept. 3, 1858. Circa 1882, she was united in matrimony with John H. Rugh (Nov. 1857-1903), son of Mary Rugh. The pair begat five children, of whom three are known -- Vernie Rugh, Charles Frederick Rugh and William Rugh. Their home was on a farm in Brush Valley. On the fateful day of Dec. 30, 1903, the 46-year-old John was "found dead with a broken neck, on the road near the Rugh school house," reported the Indiana Democrat. "He had been to Heshbon on business, driving a team and sled, and was returning home when it is supposed his team attempted to turned [sic] around and his efforts to get them back he either fell or was thrown out of the sled." Rev. Joel Hunt conducted the funeral service, with burial in Fry's cemetery. The widowed Sarah moved with her young children into the city of Indiana. They often made visits to family back in Brush Valley. Sarah died in Indiana on March 30, 1940.

  • Granddaughter Vernie M. Rugh (1892- ? ) was born on July 14, 1892 in Brush Valley Township. D.H. Tomb was assigned by the county court as her legal guardian. While on a visit to Cleveland, OH in July 1913, she was stricken with what was believed to be typhoid fever and brought back home to Indiana. During the winter of 1913-1914, she is known to have taught school in Ebensburg, PA for Miss Gallagher. She is known to have graduated in 1914 from Indiana State Normal School. Circa the spring of 1916, she was a teacher in Beaverdale, PA and that fall led a class of 103 pupils at Emeigh, near Cherry Tree. Said the Indiana Weekly, "They must be hard up for schools and teachers over there." On the morning of Sept. 21, 1920, in what the Indiana Gazette called a "quiet, but interesting nuptial event," Vernie entered into marriage with Floyd C. Fowler ( ? - ? ), son of Frank Fowler of South Sixth Street, Indiana. Rev. Chalmers G. Morrow, of the First United Presbyterian Church, led the wedding ceremony, held at his home. At the time, Floyd was considered "one of Indiana's active business men and is a member of the Implement and Machinery firm of Fowler and Fowler," said the Gazette. "The new Mrs. Fowler comes of one of Indiana county's oldest and prominent families. Both [bride and groom] are the proud possessors of a wide friendship, who will wish them the most hearty congratulations." The couple did not reproduce. Vernie was a member of the auxiliary of the Richard Watson Post of the American Legion and the 8 et 40 organization. They resided in the 1960s at 541 Washington Street. As she aged, Vernie became a resident of the Mountain View Nursing Home near Hillsdale. There, at age 75, she died on Feb. 23, 1968. Rev. G. Glenn Stephens led the service, with an obituary appearing in the Gazette. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
  • Grandson Charles Frederick Rugh (1895-1949) was born on May 19, 1895 in Indiana County, PA. He married Florence Thomas ( ? - ? ). The pair did not reproduce. As an adult, they lived in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood, Montgomery County, PA, making a home in the Wyndon Apartments along Lancaster and Morris Road. Circa 1949, he was employed as a book sales representative with the American Technical Society of Chicago. On the fateful day of July 16, 1949, while traveling in Fairmont, WV, he was paralyzed by a stroke and admitted to Fairmont General Hospital. Death mercifully carried him away two days later on July 18, 1949. The body was shipped to Wynnewood for a funeral service, conduced by Rev. Harry Burton Boyd of the First Presbyterian Church. The remains were lowered into the soil of the family burial plot in Greenwood Cemetery, and an obituary appeared in the Indiana Gazette.
  • Grandson William H. Rugh (1895- ? ) was born in December 1895. He was in Penn Run, PA in 1968.


~ Son Reuben Younkin ~

Son Reuben Younkin ( ? - ? ) – nothing more is known.

Researcher Donna (Younkin) Logan had no record in her extensive genealogy compilations except for his first name.


~ Daughter Elizabeth (Younkin) Deal ~

Daughter Elizabeth Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

She wedded (?) Deal ( ? - ? ).

Her paper trail has faded from view.


~ Son Aaron Younkin ~

Son Aaron Younkin (1819-1888) was born on Jan. 17, 1819 in Monroe County, PA.

He married Mary “Polly” George (1820-1901), also a native of Monroe County.

Several children were born to Aaron and Mary, among them Reuben A. Younkin, Uriah Younkin, Catherine Harman, Louisa DeArmy, Lucinda Hillen, Elizabeth "Lizzie" McNutt, Henry Youngkin, Angeline S. "Annie" Esch and Edward E. Youngkin.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, Aaron and Mary shared a home with his widowed father on a farm in Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA.


Farms of Aaron Younkin and son Uriah (circled) and J. Overdorff west of Mechanicsburg. Atlas of Indiana Co., Pennsylvania, 1871



Detail from the 1871 Atlas

The 1860 U.S. Census shows the family remaining in Brush Valley with the following children under their roof -- Reuban (age 20), Uriah (17), Catherine (12), Louisa (10), Lucinda (8), Elizabeth (4) and Henry (2). Their home was just to the west of Mechanicsburg in Brush Valley Township, and they belonged to the Evangelical Church.

The family was plunged into worry when two of their sons enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. Son Uriah, with the 6th Pennsylvania Artillery, came home with minor injuries. But eldest son Reuben, of the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry, did not come home at all, having succumbed to wounds suffered at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Aaron's two farms are depicted in the 1871 Atlas of Indiana Co., Pennsylvania, published by F.W. Beers & Co. They are west of Mechanicsburg, in proximity to the farm of "U. Younkin."

Still in Brush Valley in 1880, Aaron and Mary made a home with their son Uriah and his wife Louisa and children.

Aaron died June 7, 1888 in Brush Valley. In its "Brush Valley" section, the Indiana (PA) Progress said that Aaron had been "one of our oldest and most respected citizens... His remains were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of citizens." Burial was in Fry Cemetery in Brush Valley. His son Uriah was named as administrator of the estate.

Mary outlived her spouse by a baker's dozen years. Evidence suggests that she stayed for a few years on the family farm with her married daughter Mary Elizabeth Brown and family. But in the summer of 1891, the farm was sold to her married daughter Catharine Harman.

The Indiana Weekly Messenger once said that she was "a lifelong and consistent member of the Evangelical church, and much esteemed by the community."

She died in the Harman home at age 80 years, six months and 21 days, on April 30, 1901, from influenza ("grip") and what the Progress called "a complication of diseases." Funeral services were held in the Younkin residence, with burial in the "Fry graveyard" in Brush Valley. Her Progress obituary spelled her name "Younkin." She left behind 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Son Uriah again served as estate administrator.


Above: Barlow's Knoll at Gettysburg, where Reuben was mortally wounded in day one fighting. (Library of Congress/Detroit Publishing) Below left: monument to Reuben's regiment at Gettysburg. Right: Crowds at the first "Decoration Day," Marker House in Blairsville, near Brush Valley, honoring fallen soldiers, May 1868.


Son Reuben A. Youngkin (1840-1863?) was born in about 1840. A bachelor at age 20, he lived and worked on his father's farm in Brush Valley Township, west of Mechanicsburg in Indiana County. It is believed that he served in the Union Army during the Civil War, enlisting on Oct. 7, 1862 and assigned to the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B. His relative John Youngkin also served in the same regiment and company, but his precise identity and connection to Reuben is unknown. Their company was commanded by 2nd Lt. Adam Reisinger. Tom Huntington's Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments says that the 153rd "was a largely German regiment" and that the regiment had "mustered in for nine months and its enlistments were due to end in just a few weeks" at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. Research by Barry Bee Brown, a distant nephew, suggests that, on the first day of fighting at Gettysburg, Reuben was shot through the lungs at Barlow's Knoll along the battlefield's northern edge. he is known to have been mustered out of the Army several weeks later on July 24, 1863 in Harrisburg, PA, and a week after that died in Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill on Aug. 1, 1863. Burial of the remains was in Philadelphia National Cemetery. Many years later, in April 1891, Reuben's mother successfully petitioned the federal government to award her a pension as compensation for the loss of her son. [Mother App. #509.157 - Cert. #345.744] Today, Reuben's name is inscribed on the Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg.


Civil War soldier Uriah Younkin

Son Uriah Younkin (1842-1905) was born on July 24, 1842 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. He primarily spelled his name "Younkin." During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army on Aug. 30, 1864. He was placed in the 6th Pennsylvania Artillery, also known as the 212th Regiment, Battery L. He once wrote in the Indiana (PA) Weekly Messenger that "When our regiment was lying between Alexandria and Fairfax Court House a comrade and myself were carrying a railroad tie into camp to build a fire. We were in a deep and narrow cut and, hearing a train aproaching, we started on a run, still carrying the tie. My companion dropped his end, throwing me, and I struck on my back. To this injury I attribute kidney difficulties and the development of itching hemorrhoids." Following the war's close, he was discharged on June 13, 1865. Uriah wed Louisa DeArmy (1840-1928). Their two children were Mary Elizabeth Brown and Harry Clemence Youngkin. The family made a home in or near Mechanicsburg, PA in 1866. Four days after Christmas 1888, Uriah was awarded a military pension as compensation for wartime injuries. [Invalid App. #683.410 - Cert. #789.128].

The couple dwelled in Indiana, PA in 1898-1905, at the address of North Fifth Street and 253 Philadelphia Street. He earned a living as a janitor at the local Lutheran church. Circa 1898, he authored a newspaper testimonial for Doan's Ointment, stating that he had seen physicians for his kidney and hemorrhoid problems "until I had given up all hopes of relief. After enduring these afflictions for, say 32 years, I learned about Doan's Ointment and procured a box at Hetrick Bros.' Drug Store. They use of this remedy gave me the greatest relief. I also used Doan's Kidney Pills and the use they afforded me and the comfort I have had since are more than I had ever expected to receive." In mid-March 1905, Uriah and Louisa are known to have attended the funeral of their infant grandson (?) Brown. But just a week later, death carried Uriah himself away into the everlasting on March 21, 1905. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Indiana.


Uriah's grave. Courtesy Brian J. Ensley

The widowed Louisa successfully petitioned the government to award her late husband's pension to her. [Widow App. #824.851 - Cert. #609.499]. Under the terms of Uriah's will, she was to remain in their house in Indiana. The Memorial Day immediately following Uriah's death, he was honored by Post 28 of the Grand Army of the Republic, and his life was recounted in remarks made by fellow GAR member John H. Hill. Louisa died in Homer City, PA on Jan. 25, 1928.

  • Granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Younkin (1870-1950) was born in 1870). She made her home as a young woman in Brush Valley Township. On Christmas Day 1884, by the hand of Rev. A.C. Ehrenfeld, she wed John A. Brown ( ? - ? ) of Centre Township, Indiana County. News of the marriage was announced on the pages of the Indiana (PA) Progress. In March 1905, they lost an infant son, and Mary Elizabeth's parents and other relatives are known to have attended the funeral. Circa 1926, they made a home in Brush Valley.
  • Grandson Harry Clemence Younkin (1866-1926) was born on Sept. 12, 1866 in Mechanicsburg, Indiana County. He lived to be exactly 60 years of age. He and Anna E. Miller ( ? - ? ) entered into the rite of marriage on May 8, 1884, at Blairsville, PA, by the hand of Rev. Dr. Miles of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The four offspring they produced were Clarence Younkin, Mrs. Edward Atkinson, Frank Younkin and Clair Younkin. Five years into the union, the Younkins migrated to Morrellville, near Johnstown, PA. There, Harry worked in carpentry, and in about 1911 was hired as a carpenter by the Conemaugh Lumber Company. Their address together from 1893 to 1926 was at 151 Strayer Street. Harry was active in the community as commander of the Elmo Castle of the Ancient Order of the Knights of the Mystic Chain, also serving the Castle for 24 years as treasurer. He belonged to the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America, Camp 721. As he neared his 60th bithday, Harry was stricken with a heart attack or embolism and soon became bedfast. He died on his birthday at home on Sept. 12, 1926. Funeral services were held in the Younkin home, led by Rev. W.I. Good of Grace Lutheran Church. The remains were interred in Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, with son Frank signing the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Great-grandson Clarence Younkin made a home in Johnstown, PA in 1926.

Great-granddaughter (?) Younkin married Edward Atkinson. They dwelled in Nanty-Glo, PA.

Great-grandson Frank Younkin resided in Viewmont, PA.

Great-grandson Clair Younkin was in Johnstown in 1926.

Daughter Catherine Louisa "Kate" Youngkin (1848- ? ) was born on Jan. 18, 1846 or 1848. She married John A. Harmon/Harman (1839-1890). He did not know how to read or write. At least four children were born into this union -- Edward Harmon, Mary C. Harmon, John W. Harmon and Annie Harmon. The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows the family in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County, PA, with John earning a living as a laborer. Sadly, John died in 1890 at the age of 51. In 1891, the widowed Catherine purchased the farm of her widowed mother in Brush Valley and remained as of 1901. After contracting bronchial pneumonia, death quickly swept her away in Homer City, Indiana County, at age 74, on Sept. 18, 1920. Mrs. Dan Harmon of Homer City signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death. The remains were laid to rest in Fry Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, PA.

  • Grandson Edward Harmon (1872- ? )
  • Granddaughter Mary C. Harmon (1875- ? )
  • Grandson John W. Harmon (1877- ? )
  • Granddaughter Annie Harmon (1878- ? )

Daughter Louisa Youngkin (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850 in Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA. On Christmas Day 1874, when she was 26 years of age, she wed Simon DeArmy (Feb. 1, 1834-1907), son of Jacob and Mary (Risinger) Dearmy. Rev. R.A. Fink officiated, with the news printed in the Cambria Tribune. They were longtime farmers. Her home in 1901 was in Center Township, Indiana County. Sadly at the age of 73, and suffering from hemipligia, Simon passed away on Oct. 15, 1907. Interment was in Fry Cemetery, to be joined there the following year by a presumed brother, John R. Dearmy (1932-1908). Louisa's fate is not known. Joan Willett Grabenstein had knowledge of this branch.

Daughter Lucinda Younken (1852-1884) was born in about 1852 in Brush Valley, near Mechanicsburg, Indiana County, PA. At the age of about 17, on April 29, 1879, she entered into marriage with D.A. or "D.J." Hillen ( ? - ? ) of Homer City, PA. The ceremony was held at the home of Lucinda's parents, by the hand of Rev. S. Milliron, with a brief notice appearing in the Indiana Democrat. The marriage only lasted for five years. Reputedly, Lucinda succumbed to the angel of death on Aug. 14, 1884, with the remains lowered under the sod of Fri Cemetery.


Elizabeth McNutt pictured in the April 1938 Younkin Family News Bulletin


Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Younken (1855-1943) was born on Dec. 21, 1855 in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County, PA, although she believed her birth year to have been 1852. She and Edward Turner McNutt ( ? -1904) were united in matrimony on June 13, 1876. Rev. A.C. Johnson presided, and the news was announced in the Indiana Democrat. Five offspring produced by the pair were Gary H. McNutt, Victor C. McNutt, Harry F. McNutt, Bertha Miller and Mrs. Harry Jarvis. The McNutts resided in Cokeville near Indiana, Indiana County. They were members of the Free Methodist Church. Sadly, Edward died in Cokeville at age 51 on July 20, 1904. His remains were laid to rest in Blairsville. Elizabeth outlived him by 39 years. When she marked her 90th birthday in 1943, she was pictured in the Indiana Evening Gazette, and received many cards and visits from friends. For the last four months of her life, the widowed Elizabeth resided in the Cribbs Rest Home in Blacklick Township near Nanty Glo, Cambria County. Having borne rheumatic diseases which weakened her auto-immune system, added to chronic heart disease, she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 91 on Oct. 5, 1943. Son Victor, living at 324 29th Street in McKeesport, PA, was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Blairsville, PA, with Rev. Howard Cannon and Rev. D.W. Harris co-officiating the funeral service. An obituary appeared in the Indiana Gazette, which said that she was survived by 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, with three of her grandchildren in military service at the time during World War II.

  • Grandson Gary H. McNutt dwelled in McKeesport near Pittsburgh in 1943.
  • Grandson Victor C. McNutt made his home in 1943 in McKeesport near Pittsburgh.
  • Grandson Harry F. McNutt resided circa 1943 in Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Bertha McNutt wed (?) Miller. She migrated to Florida and in 1943 was in Orlando.
  • Granddaughter (?) McNutt married Harry Jarvis. They also moved to Orlando, FL.

Son Henry Youngkin (1857-1873) was born in about 1857 in Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA. He died on Feb. 10, 1873, at age 15 years. Burial was in Brush Valley's Fry Cemetery. Inscribed on the bottom of the face of his grave marker is this epitaph:

.A little time on earth he spent,

Till God for him his angels sent.

And then on time he closed his eyes,

To wake in glory in the skies.

Daughter Angeline S. "Annie" Younken (1861-1892) was born on June 28, 1861. At the age of 21, reported the Indiana (PA) Weekly Messenger, she "was converted and joined the Evangelical Association in the beginning of the year 1883, and was a faithful member until death." Thereafter she was lovingly referred to as "Sister Annie" by church friends. On Sept. 30, 1885, now age 24, she was united in matrimony with George Watson Esch (Sept. 9, 1857-1935), son of Adam and Julia (Waters) Esch of Cambria County. Together they bore two daughters -- names not known -- but mourned when one of the girls died young. They lived on a farm in Brush Valley. An article in the Weekly Messenger noted that in late July 1891, George had finished all of his harvesting except for his oats. The family again was plunged into grief when Angeline contracted tuberculosis ("consumption") in the spring of 1892. Her health steadily declined. M.H. Shannon, a correspondent for the Weekly Messenger, paid her several visits and "always found her perfectly resigned to the will of God, and expressed her willingness to depart and be with Jesus. She died in great peace. Some of her last words were 'I am now going home'." An obituary in the Weekly Messenger said she had died "in the triumph of faith." Rev. D.J. Hershberger preached the funeral sermon, based on the scripture verse Revelations 14:13 [King James Version] -- "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Fry Cemetery in Brush Valley. After a year of grieving, on Feb. 16, 1893, the 35-year-old George wed a second time to 21-year-old Louisa Catherine Miller (1871-1943). The second marriage endured for half a century. Four more children were born to the pair -- Hazel A. Esch, Mary L. Esch, Charles P. Esch and Royal L. Esch. George plied his trade as a farmer and carpenter, and in April 1903 the couple moved from Brush Valley into the city of Indiana. They were members of the First Methodist Episcoal Church. Their address in the mid-1930s was 399 South Sixth Street in Indiana. On the fateful day of Nov. 24, 1935, while at the corner of Sixth and School Streets in Indiana, he suffered a massive heart attack and died instantly. Rev. Holt Hughes, of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, presided at the funeral. Burial was in Indiana's Greenwood Cemetery. Mary L. Esch of Indiana -- employed as registrar at Indiana State Teachers College -- was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. An obituary was published in the Indiana Gazette.

Son Edward E. Youngkin (1864-1898) was born in 1864 and grew up in Brush Valley, Indiana County. On Oct. 11, 1888, at the age of 24, he wed Effie M. Mack ( ? - ? ), also of Brush Valley. Rev. H.Q. Graham led the nuptials in the home of the bride's parents. Their one known son was John M. Younkin. The family home in the 1890s was in Brush Valley. Heartbreak struck in mid-May 1898, when Edward contracted tuberculosis, or "consumption" as it then was known. An article in the May 18th edition of the Indiana Progress reported that he was "slowly sinking." He died later that year. Under the terms of his will, he bequeathed to Effie all of the "loose property" in the house and on the farm except for a young heifer given to their nephew. The will also allowed for the nephew to receive a three-year-old colt if continuing to live with Effie until the age of 21.


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