David Youngkin was born on Feb. 1 or 7, 1801 in York, Delaware County, PA, the son of Henry and Anna Mariah (Overpeck) Younkin Jr.
David was joined in wedlock with Susanna "Susan" Copp (Dec. 26, 1805-1884) of Indiana, PA. Little is known about her, except that she could not write.
They bore the following nine children – Elizabeth Kuhn, Maria Youngkin, Joseph Youngkin, Eliza Matthews, Catherine Dillen, Aaron Youngkins, Susannah Fitzgibbon and Andrew W. Youngkin plus an unnamed infant.
Among their many direct descendants is a great-great-great grandson, Glenn Allen Youngkin, elected in 2021 as Governor of Virginia.
During the 1840s, David and Susanna dwelled in Frankstown, Blair County, PA.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, the Youngkins made their home on a farm in White Township, Cambria County, PA. That year, the census-taker spelled their name “Youngen.” Laborer Joseph Eash, age 23, boarded in their home that year, and living next door was their married son Aaron Youngkin and his family.
For reasons not yet known, David was unable to pay the taxes on their farm. The tract was advertised in a sheriff's sale in an August 1856 edition of the Ebensburg (PA) Democrat and Sentinel. It was described as "situate on the waters of Clearfield creek in White township, Cambria County, adjoining lands of George Walters, James Wilson, John Clay and others, containing 250 acres more or less, about 90 acres of which are cleared, having thereon erected a two story plank house, one story plank house, a frame bank barn and a saw mill now in the occupancy of Frederick Hart & the said David Youngkin."
Again in 1862, his parcel of White Township acreage was put up for sheriff's sale, said to comprise 250 acres of land, of which 100 acres were cleared, with a two-story house, bank barn and sawmill.
The 1860 U.S. Census shows the family still in White, residing next door to their married son Joseph and wife Elizabeth and four young children.
David died in White Township, Cambria County or in nearby Clearfield County, PA at the age of 73 on April 18, 1874. Burial was in the Beaver Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery in Flinton, PA.
Susanna outlived her husband by a decade. In 1880, she shared a home with her unmarried daughter Susan, and lived next door to her son Andrew and family, in Reade Township, Cambria County.
On May 12, 1884, at age 78, she passed away Beaver Valley, Cambria County.
~ Daughter Elizabeth (Youngkin) Kuhn ~
Daughter Elizabeth Youngkin (1826- ? ) was born in 1826.
She married Christopher Kuhn ( ? - ? ).
Circa 1887, the Kuhns were in Clearfield County, PA.
~ Daughter Maria Youngkin ~
Daughter Maria Youngkin (1828-1852) was born on Nov. 26, 1828.
She grew up having learned to read and write.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, Maria at age 21 was unmarried and resided at home with her parents. They lived on a farm in White Township, Cambria County, where her father was amassing a bit of wealth.
Maria and her younger sisters had no occupation as of 1850, likely devoting their time and labor to farmwork and household chores.
Sadly, Maria died on April 3, 1852 at the age of 23 years, four months and eight days in Beaver Valley near Coalport, Cambria County.
Her remains were lowered into the sleep of the ages in Beaver Valley Cemeter in Flinton, Cambria County.
~ Daughter Eliza (Youngkin) Matthews ~
Daughter Eliza Youngkin (1833- ? ) was born in 1833.
She wed Abraham Matthews ( ? - ? ).
She was deceased by 1887.
~ Daughter Catherine (Youngkin) Dillen ~
Daughter Catherine Youngkin (1835-1872) was born in 1835.
Catherine was considered an "estimable lady, whose devotion to her family and friends won her the respect of all," said a biography of her husband.
On Jan. 31, 1856, she and George W. Dillen ( ? - ? ) were joined in matrimony. He was the youngest child of George and Eliza (Hoover) Dillen and grandson of Irish immigrants Henry and Mary Dillen. George grew up on his parents' farm.
The children they bore together were Susan E. Feister, Mary A. Gill, Rebecca "Jane" Oschell, David Dillen, John Dillen, George "Samuel" Dillen, William "Daniel" Dillen and Catherine E. Dillen. The family grieved at the death of their youngest, Catherine, in infancy.
Growing up in a farming family, George's public school education was limited to winter months when school was in session. In young manhood he helped "in the manufacture of square lumber, which he rafted down the river and transported to the Eastern markets," said his profile in Vol. 1 of the 1898 book, Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania.
[He was] a representative agriculturalist of Becaria township, [and] has for almost two-thirds of a century been identified with the interests of Clearfield county. He has, therefore, witnessed the greater part of its growth and development; has seen the forests give way before the woodman's axe, while the cleared land has been transformed into productive farms; has noted the progress of civilization in the introduction of schools, churches and business enterprises; and in the work of advancement has ever borne his part.
Sadly, Catherine died on Nov. 10, 1872 at the age of 38.
George spent the next baker's dozen years as a widower. He married a second time, in 1885, to Catherine (Barnes) Mann (Dec. 25, 1843- ? ), a resident of Gulich, Clearfield County, PA, who was born in Greensville County, VA and was the daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth Barnes. Catherine's father, a Confederate soldier, had been killed in action while on picket duty at Culpeper Court House, and her mother, a onetime nurse in the Hospital Medical College of Richmond, became a field nurse for the Confederate forces until the war's end.
Daughter Susan E. Youngkin (1857- ? ) was born on May 4, 1857. She wed Joseph Feister ( ? - ? ). Joseph earned a living as a traveling salesman, and the couple resided in Coalport. They were the parents of a son, Willie Feister.
Daughter Mary A. Youngkin (1858- ? ) was born on Nov. 23, 1858. She was joined in matrimony with James J. Gill ( ? - ? ). James operated a farm near Utahville, Clearfield County, PA. Their brood of six children included Edward Gill, Emma Gill, Frederick Gill, Walter Gill, George Gill and Arthur Gill. Sadly, their eldest son Edward passed away in infancy.
Son David H. Dillen (1860- ? ) was born on Dec. 23, 1860. He was united in wedlock with Annis Weld ( ? - ? ), daughter of Lionel Weld of Utahville, Clearfield County, PA. Together, the pair bore three children -- George B. Dillen, Emma Dillen and Lewis Dillon. Early in his working career, David sold general merchandise. He went on to sell agricultural implements and served as constable of Becaria Township.
Daughter Rebecca "Jane" Youngkin (1863- ? ) was born on April 27, 1863. She married Benjamin Oschell ( ? - ? ). In 1898, he was employed by Irvona Coal & Coke Company. The children born to this marriage were McClelland Oschell, Mary Effie Oschell, Susen E. Oschell, Esther Oschell and Oneida Oschell.
Son John A. Dillen (1865- ? ) was born on Sept. 11, 1865. Said the Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, he "followed railroading for a number of years in Pennsylvania, and afterward in West Virginia; he married a Miss Moore of Rosebud, and then located in Virginia, where he followed lumbering."
Son George "Samuel" Dillen (1868-1894?) was born on July 16, 1868. As with his brother John, he was employed with a railroad and then found work as a coal miner. Tragically, at the age of 26, he died after being "crushed by a car in the mines," said the Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania.
Son William "Daniel" Dillen (1870- ? ) was born on Aug. 13, 1870. He entered into marriage with (?) Wicker ( ? - ? ), a resident of Altoona, PA. They produced a daughter, Valah Dillen. Daniel earned his wages as a telegraph operator in Bower, PA.
~ Son Aaron Youngkins ~
Son Aaron Youngkins (1838-1911) was born on March 5, 1838 in Frankstown, Blair County, PA and spent most of his life near Coalport in Cambria County, PA.
A bachelor at age 22, he lived with his parents on a farm in White Township, Cambria County in 1860.
He was twice-wed. He first was united in wedlock with Aaron's second bride was Mary "Ellen" Lyle (1845- ? ), also spelled "Lysle."
Children born into this family were David Cyrus Youngkins, Susan Ames, Isaac M. Youngkins, John C. Youngkins and Eliza M. Jackson.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1870, Aaron and Ellen were farmers, living next door to his parents in White Township. They also provided a home at that time for 17-year-old Adeline Lyle and 12-year-old Thomas Krise.
Aaron during the Civil War was a member of the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company H. He was drafted just before the close of the war, on St. Patrick's Day 1865. He served for four months and received his discharge on July 18, 1865. Records state that he was absent when the regiment mustered out of the army.
The Altoona (PA) Times once referred to Aaron as a "prominent resident of Cambria county, some distance from Coalport..." They belonged to the United Brethren Church.
He owned and lived on a 100-acre tract in White Township, Cambria County, of which 10 acres were clear. The property included a two-story dwelling house and log stable. But in 1877, Aaron was unable to pay his taxes, and the property was seized and sold in June 1877 in a sheriff's sale, held at the county courthouse in Ebensburg. Around the same time, he filed a lawsuit against the town of Cresson, Clearfield County and the New York Short Route Railroad Co. for reasons not yet known.
By 1880, Aaron had been joined together with his second wife, Catharine Stewart (1843-1936).
The second marriage resulted in a son, Abraham W. "Abram" Youngkins, plus two who died young, prior to 1900.
They dwelled in 1880-1900 in Glasgow, Reade Township, Cambria County.
The 1890 special census of Civil War veterans shows that Aaron claimed a disability on the grounds of asthma and heart disease. The census-taker wrote that he was "in delicate health."
Perhaps with a need for eyewitnesses to his wartime health condition, he placed a notice in February 1896 in the Washington DC National Tribune. He wrote that he was seeking to know the whereabout of "Maj. Britton, 18th Pa. Cav., also name and address of the young man who accompanied him from Cumberland, Md., to Altoona, Pa., in July, 1865..."
Sadly, having borne heart problems, he died suddenly at the age of 72 on Sept. 30, 1911. The Times reported that he "had been in his usual health and earlier in the morning was engaged in his customary duties about the farm. He was stricken just after bringing a bucket of water in the house and, sinking into a chair, expired before medical aid could be summoned." The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Beaver Valley Cemetery near Flinton, PA.
The widowed Catherine lived on for many years. Death swept her away at age 92 on Sept. 23, 1936.
Son David Cyrus Youngkins (1865-1949) lived in Cambria County, PA in 1911.
Daughter Susan Youngkins ( ? - ? ) wed (?) Ames. Her home in 1911 was in Juniata.
Son Isaac Newton Youngkins (1868-1949) was born in April 1868 in Flinton, Cambria County. A bachelor at age 32, in 1900, he lived with his father and stepmother in Glasgow, Cambria County, working as a coal miner. At the age of 40, on March 30, 1908, he entered into marriage with Pearl Blanche Eakins (July 11, 1882-1950), a native of Glasgow and the daughter of Thaddeus and Jane (Flemming) Eakins. Their wedding ceremony was held at Bellwood, PA. They produced five children together -- Harold P. Youngkin, Harold I. Younkin, James C. Youngkin, (?) Schrim and Betty Youngkin. Isaac earned a living over the years in the carpentry trade. He spent his end days in the Tyrone/Reservoir Park home of his married daughter Mrs. David S. Schirm. He passed away on Nov. 4, 1949. An obituary appeared in the Altoona Tribune. Pearl only outlived her husband by a year. She died on Nov. 11, 1950.
Son John C. Youngkins (1870-1937) resided in Cambria County in 1911.
Daughter Eliza M. Youngkins (1875-1957) -- also known as Minnie Elizabeth Youngkins -- was born in about 1875. She married George Jackson ( ? - ? ). Circa 1911, she was in Glasgow, Cambria County and in 1969 in Martinsburg, PA..
Son Abraham William "Abram" Youngkins (1882-1956) was born in Aug. 1882. He was in Cambria County in 1911 and in Altoona, PA in 1949.
~ Daughter Susannah "Susan" (Youngkin) Fitzgibbon ~
Daughter Susannah "Susan" Youngkin (1841-1924) was born in May 1841 in Frankstown, Blair County, PA.
She never learned to write, and signed her name with an "X." Still single at the age of 37, in 1880, she shared a home with her widowed mother and lived next door to her brother Andrew and family in Reade Township, Cambria County.
On May 12, 1888, at the age of 46, she entered into marriage with 48-year-old laborer John Fitzgibbon (1838-1895), also spelled "Fitzgibbons." Their nuptials ceremony was held in Ebensburg, Cambria County, by the hand of justice of the peace William S. Smith. On the marriage license, she described her occupation as "farmer's daughter." John was the son of John and Margaret Fitzgibbons and, at that time, he lived in Clearfield County.
John served in the Union Army during the Civil War, reputedly as a member of the 17th Maine Volunteers, Company G. He attained the rank of sergeant of his company. While this is carved on his grave marker, it has not been independently verified.
Sadly, John passed away at age 56 or 57 in 1895 in Frugality, Cambria County.
Circa 1897, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Susanna received a military pension for her husband's wartime service.
Her final years were spent in Flinton, between Coalport and what today is Prince Gallitzin State Park. The federal census enumeration of 1920 shows her living with her nephew David A. Youngkin and his wife Hannah in that vicinity.
Death consumed her at the age of 83 on June 20, 1924. Examining physician Dr. Jay Troxell wrote: "This lady died without late medical attendance. In Sept. 1923, Dres. G.B. Goheen of Coalport, Pa. and Dr. Rice of Ebensburg, Pa. both diagnosed this ladie's illness as cancer of the stomache which caused her death." Burial was in Beaver Valley Cemetery in Flinton, with David Youngkin of Flinton providing vital information for the death certificate.
~ Son Andrew W. Youngkin ~
Son Andrew W. Youngkin (1844-1915) was born on Jan. 18 or or Feb. 18, 1844.
He wed Rosanna "Rose" Heverly (Jan. 1850-1928), daughter of Henry C. and Mary Heverly.
The couple’s family of offspring were Eliza J. Mellott, Henry L. Youngkin, Susan M. "Sue" Conan Gates, Mary E. Marks, Myrtle May Lucas, David Andrew Youngkin, Hannah E. Youngkin, Esther A. Westover, Loy Harrison "Harry" Youngkin and Joseph Youngkin.
The Youngkins dwelled early in their marriage in or near Flinton, Cambria County. In time they relocated and were longtime farmers in Becaria Township, Clearfield County, PA. The federal census enumeration of 1870 shows that they drew their mail at the Glenhope post office, and that William M. Hopkins, age 26, lived under their roof at that time and provided farm labor.
The family farm in the 1870s was comprised of 39 acres, sitting very close to the northern border of Cambria County. They held a membership in the United Brethren Church of Beaver Valley.
In 1880, the Youngkins dwelled on a farm in Reade, Cambria County.
Burdened with kidney disease and atrophy of the heart, Andrew at age 71 surrendered to death in his home in Beaver Valley near Flinton, Cambria County on Sept. 19, 1915. Son H.C. Youngkin, of 427 Park Avenue in Tyrone, PA, was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Beaver Valley in Flinton.
Rosanna survived her husband by a baker's dozen years. She surrendered to death in her home at the age of 78 on March 25, 1928. An obituary appeared in the Altoona (PA) Tribune
Daughter Eliza J. Youngkin (1868-1947) was born on July 1, 1868 in Flinton, Cambria County. She was joined in the bonds of holy wedlock with (?) Mellott ( ? - ? ). Their two known sons were Amos Mellott and William Mellott. They lived in the vicinity of Coalport and were members of the Methodist Church. As she aged, Eliza was admitted on Aug. 15, 1940 to the Methodist Home for the Aged in Tyrone, PA. She spent the next seven years in the Home. Death swept her away on Feb. 12, 1947. An obituary appeared in the Altoona Tribune.
Son Henry L. Youngkin (1871-1950) was born on July 6, 1871 in Flinton, Cambria County. He was married twice in his lifetime. His first bride was Effie Witherow ( ? - ? ). They appear not to have reproduced. His second spouse was Florence Smith ( ? - ? ). Henry earned income over the years as a carpenter and contractor. He held a membership in the Odd Fellows lodge and the Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal benefit/life insurance society. The Youngkins made a home in 1928 in Tyrone, PA and belonged to the First Methodist Church. At some point they moved to Altoona, with an address of 1524 23rd Avenue. Sadly, Henry died on May 16, 1950. An obituary in the Tyrone Daily Herald said that Rev. D. Perry Bucke preached the funeral service, with interment following in Charlottsville Cemetery.
Daughter Susan M. "Sue" Youngkin (1874- ? ) was born in about 1874. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Conan ( ? - ? ) and used the "Conan" name in 1947. Later, by 1950, she had married (?) Gates ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Coalport, PA in 1950.
Daughter Mary E. Youngkin (1876- ? ) was born in March 1876. In about May 1900, she married Milton E. Marks (May 1874- ? ). The newlyweds made their first home with Mary's parents on a farm in Reade Township, Cambria County. He earned a living at that time as a day laborer.
Daughter Myrtle May Youngkin (1878-1948) was born on Oct. 24, 1878 in Cambria County. On Nov. 14, 1899, when she was 21 years of age, she was united in matrimony with Ellery I. Lucas (Oct. 15, 1876-1969), son of George W. Lucas of Beech Creek. Their wedding was held in Ebensburg, Cambria County. Four known offspring in the family were Andrew Lucas, Mrs. Alfred Puckey, Mary Swoyer and Mrs. John W. Markert. Said the Lock Haven (PA) Express, "He had lumbered in the woods in his youth and had worked in a number of positions -- for 22 years as a boiler maker for the Pennsylvania Railroad; also in the former Civilian Conservation Corps camps. His last employment was in Erie for General Electric." In about 1940, the couple relocated to Erie County, PA, where they settled in the town of North East. Myrtle suffered from hardening of the arteries over the years. After a cerebral hemorrhage, she died at age 70 on Dec. 19, 1948. Burial of the remains was in Renovo, Clinton County, PA. Ellery outlived his wife by more than two decades, making his home in a trailer located at 908 Central Avenue in Farwell near Renovo. He maintained his interest in attending the Class 19 Sunday School of the Renovo Methodist Church. At the age of 92, living alone, he is known to have gone to a medical appointment with his married daughter and "was in his normal health," reported the Express. But later that night, or in the week hours of the next day of March 11, 1969, he suffered an acute heart attack and died on the lawn of his residence. Said the Express, Ellery " had apparently become ill and confused during the early morning hours and had broken out through a window rather than the door of his trailer, to fall stricken on the lawn. The independent Mr. Lucas lived alone in his trailer, gardening and tending to his own houshold [sic] chores." His body was discovered later that morning by college students driving en route to Lock Haven State College. He was survived by eight grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.
Son David Andrew Youngkin (1880- ? ) was born on Oct. 5, 1880 in Cambria County. In about 1907, at the age of 26, he wedded 23-year-old Hannah E. "Anna" Gates (June 23, 1881-1953), daughter of William Henry and Catherine (Glass) Gates of Cambria County. The couple put down roots in Beaver Valley near Flinton, Cambria County, and remained for decades. One known daughter born to this union was Gladys J. Youngkin. The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the family living along St. Lawrence Road, with David earning a living as a farmer. At that time, Hannah's widowed father lived in their household. In 1920, census records show their address along Beaver Valley Road in rural Flinton, White Township, with David continuing to farm, and his widowed, 78-year-old aunt Susan Fitzgibbons living under their roof. They remained in Flinton during the decade of the 1920s and into 1930 and for the balance of their lives. By 1940, the 59-year-old David was employed as a coal miner, a job which he apparently held until retirement. As Hannah's health failed due to hypertension, she went to live with her married daughter in Colver, Cambria County. Grief cascaded over the family 42 days later when Hannah suffered a heart attack and died on the second day of the new year in 1953. The remains were laid to rest in Beaver Valley Evangelical United Brethren Church Cemetery. David spent his widowed years in Colver. He eventually was admitted as a resident of the Cambria County Home and was burdened with hardening of the arteries and asthma. Death swept him away there at age 84 on April 13, 1965.
Daughter Hannah E. Youngkin (1883- ? ) was born in March or on April 22, 1883 in Cambria County.
Daughter Esther A. Youngkin (1886- ? ) was born on Nov. 6, 1886 in Cambria County. She was unmarried and living in Coalport, PA in 1928. By 1947, she had become wed to Judson Westover (May 26, 1865-1951), son of Silas and Margaret (Krise) Westover. The couple made a home for years in Coalport, Clearfield County, where Judson toiled as a coal miner. For the last five years of his life, he suffered from chronic heart disease. Sadly on Feb. 10, 1951, Judson died at home at the age of 85. His remains were lowered into the sleep of ages in Snyder Cemetery in Coalport. The widowed Esther lived for another dozen years. Suffering from heart problems and senility, she moved into the Alliance Home on Hanover Street in Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA. Death swept her away there at age 76 on Aug. 17, 1963. Burial was in Beaver Valley Evangelical United Brethren Church Cemetery.
Son Loy Harrison "Harry" Youngkin (1889-1951) was born on Oct. 15, 1889 in Flinton, Cambria County. He entered into marriage with Grace Mildred Troxell (Aug. 26, 1890-1966), the daughter of Samuel K. and Viola (Van Ormer) Troxell. The couple's three children were Helen Louise Youngkin, Andrew Winter Youngkin and Dean Troxell Youngkin. The family was in Tyrone and Altoona, Blair County, PA in 1928-1951, including in 1951 at the address of 815 South Street. He was employed for many years as an engineer with the Pittsburgh Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He belonged to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Mountain lodge of the Masons and the Jaffa Shrine. They held a membership in the Third United Brethren Church, where he was active with the men's Bible class. Loy was admitted to Altoona Hospital where he died at the age of 61 on April 21, 1951. Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery in Altoona. His obituary appeared in the Altoona Tribune. Grace survived by another 15 years. She surrendered to the spirit of death in Altoona at age 75 on Jan. 26, 1966.
Son Joseph Youngkin ( ? - ? ) established a home in Altoona and was there in 1947 when named in the Altoona Tribune obituary of his sister Eliza Mellott.