Joseph Youngkin was born on New Year’s Day 1830 in Franktown, Clearfield County, PA, the son of David and Susanna Youngkin.
A bachelor in 1850, Joseph lived at home on a farm in White Township, Cambria County, PA.
When he was 22 years of age, on Sept. 16, 1852, he was united in matrimony with 23-year-old Elizabeth Jane Smith (March 22, 1829-1909), daughter of (?) Smith of Glenhope, Clearfield County. The wedding ceremony was held in Larahama, Indiana County, PA.
The brood of a dozen offspring born into this marriage were David S. Youngkin, Susan Jane Youngkin, Anson Youngkin, Susanna Youngkin, John Andrew Youngkin, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Youngkin, Elzie Z. Youngkin, Sarah Maria Youngkin, Eliza Ann "Lizzie" Youngkin, Ulysses “Grant” Youngkin, Schuler C. “School” Youngkin and Colfax C. Youngkin. Sadly, daughter Susanna died in childhood, sometime before 1860.
Among their many direct descendants is a great-great grandson, Glenn Allen Youngkin, elected in 2021 as Governor of Virginia.
The Youngkins remained on a farm in White Township, Cambria County as of 1860, living next door to his parents, and working in the lumber business. A year after the birth of their daughter Eliza in 1864, Joseph sold his business interests and the family pulled up stakes in Pennsylvania and migrated west to Iowa, settling on a farm near Davenport in Scott County, IA.
There, according to a profile of their son John in the 1920 book History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains, Vol. IV, Joseph "cultivated a rented farm until 1872."
He then removed to Jasper county, Iowa, settling near Newton, the county seat, and in that locality he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land. He prospered in his undertakings as the years passed and added to his original holdings from time to tie until he had seven hundred and twenty acres of rich and valuable farm land, giving his attention to general agricultural pursuits and stock raising. In 1899, however, he disposed of that property and retired from active business life...
Their home in 1870 was in Lincoln Township, Scott County, IA, with the census-taker recording their name as “Younkin.” They received their mail through the post office at nearby Davenport.
During the decade of the 1870s, the family relocated to a farm near Kellogg, Jasper County, IA. Joseph is listed in a directory of Richland Township farmers in the 1878 book History of Jasper County, Iowa, shown as a farmer in Section 28, and receiving his mail at the Lynnville post office. They are listed there in the 1880 census, with the family name spelled “Youngkin.”
In 1897, the Youngkins migrated once more to the town of Sully, Jasper County. Their nest was empty in 1900, except for their 16-year-old granddaughter Ollie Youngkin (born in Nebraska) and 12-year-old boarder Clarence Nole (born in Pennsylvania). The 70-year-old Joseph earned a living as a millwright at that time.
Sadly, at the age of 80, Elizabeth Jane died on June 1, 1909 in Sully.
The widowed Joseph lived for another quarter of a century. He made a home in 1910 with his married son Grant, daughter-in-law Clara Emmeline and large brood of grandchildren in Richland Township. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Methodist Episcopal Church.
He and his son Grant were pictured in the Atlas of Jasper County, Iowa, published in 1901 by Huebinger Survey and Map Publishing Co. Grant eventually took over the farm in Section 28.
Toward the end, Joseph went to dwell with his daughter Eliza Ann Meloy at 3503 Second Street in Des Moines. The 1920 History of Idaho said that "While he has reached the notable old age of nineth-three years, he is yet enjoying good health and seems a man much younger."
As the end came, said a newspaper, he was “most tenderly cared for.” Death claimed him at age 94 on Feb. 22, 1924. Funeral services were held at the home of his grandson Roy Youngkin in Lynnville, Jasper County. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Lynnville’s Woodland Cemetery. An obituary in a local newspaper called him a “pioneer settler of Jasper county... Mr. Youngkin has been ill but a short time when death occured.”
~ Son David S. Youngkin ~
Son David S. Youngkin (1853-1928) was born on July 25, 1853 in Clearfield County, PA. In boyhood he migrated with his family to Iowa.
When he was 22 years of age, David entered into the bonds of holy matrimony with Mary Lavina Hoover (May 1855- ? ). The couple was wed on Aug. 25, 1875 in Altoona, Polk County, IA.
Their brood of nine children included Joseph Mahlon Youngkin, Anna Mae Keith, Dora B. Wright, Bessie Mowery, Bertie Youngkin, Everett L. Youngkin, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rist Dess, Ida Sexton and Ulysses "Grant" Youngkin.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the Youngkins resided in Richland Township, Jasper County. David's occupation was listed as farmer, and 28-year-old cousin John Smith lived in their household at the time, assisting with the farm work.
At some point during the decades between 1880 and 1900, David changed his primary occupation to carpentry. The family migrated to Nebraska, where their daughter Ida was born in 1890, and in time moved again to Iowa, making a home on Oak Street in Spring Valley, Monona County, IA and was there in 1900.
They moved again by 1910 to Camp, Polk County, IA, as shown in the 1910 United States Census. All of their children had left home by that time, with the exception of youngest son Grant, although their married daughter Bessie Mowery and her husband Garrett lived next door.
Mary Lavina passed away in Des Moines on Jan. 16, 1915.
David outlived her by more than 13 years. He is known to have shared a home with his daughter Dora and son-in-law Delbert O. Wright in 1920 in Spring Valley, Monona County, IA. The record shows that he was still working at house carpentry, apparently with his son-in-law Delbert..
He died suddenly in Moorhead, Monona, IA, at age 74, on June 12, 1928. An obituary reported that “the town of Moorhead was startled at the sudden call of Mr. Youngkin to relinquish his hold on life. He was engaged with waiting on a customer, when the summons came, and in a few moments he passed into the great beyond.”
Son Joseph Mahlon Youngkin (1877-1965) was born on Nov. 21, 1877 in Iowa. A bachelor in 1900, at the age of 23, he resided with his parents in Spring Valley, Monona County, IA and earned a living as a carpenter, likely working alongside his father. On Nov. 30, 1901, he married Jennie Eliza Parker ( ? - ? ), a native of Moorhead. They bore two known children -- Bernice Mapes and one who died very young. When the federal census was enumerated in 1910, the family made its residence in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, IA. Joseph earned a living at that time as a carpenter. They provided a home in 1910 for Jennie's widowed, 24-year-old sister Helen Kane, who was working in Council Bluffs at the time as a stenographer for a telephone company. Then by 1920, the Youngkins reocated to Omaha, Douglas County, NE, where he continued to ply his trade as a house carpenter. The family home in 1920 was on Spencer Street and provided living space for Joseph's divorced younger sister Elizabeth Rist. Joseph's fortunes took a turn for the worse in 1927 when he declared bankruptcy in Lincoln, NE. Then during the decade of the 1920s, they moved back to Spring Valley and are shown there in the U.S. Census of 1930, with Joseph laboring as a general carpenter. In about 1935, the Youngkins migrated once more to Urbandale near Des Moines, Polk County, IA. There, they belonged to First Federated Church. Federal census records for 1940 list the couple in Urbandale, with Joseph having no occupation, but furnishing a home for their 19-year-old nephew and building laborerer Leroy Sexton. Circa 1946, when he signed the official Iowa death certificate of his brother Grant, he was living at 6618 Airline Avenue, and remained in Des Moines for good. The spectre of death whisked Joseph away on Dec. 1, 1965. Rev. Onesimus J. Rundus and Rev. Ron Smith co-officiated the funeral service. The body was interred in Chapel Hill Gardens. Her final years were spent at 2600 Avenue Frederick M. Hubbell. Jennie spent her final years at 2600 Avenue Frederick M. Hubbell. At the age of 93, she passed away at the age of 93.
Daughter Anna Mae Youngkin (1878- ? ) was born on Oct. 16, 1878 in Altoona, Jasper County, IA. Anna Mae in young womanhood lived in Moorhead, IA. When she was 22 years of age, on July 10, 1901, she wedded 31-year-old farmer George R. Keith (Feb. 23, 1870-1946), a native of Chicago and the son of David W. and Minerva (Athey) Keith. The wedding was held in Onawa, IA, by the hand of justice of the peace C.M. Ross. Two offspring borne to this couple were Hollis "Athey" Keith and one who died young. Federal census records for 1910 show the Keiths on a farm in Spring Valley, Monona County, IA, with three hired men living in the household. They remained in Spring Valley as of 1920-1930. Later, the Keiths moved to Moorhead, Monona County. Sadness cascaded over the family when George, burdened with heart disease, died in Onawa's Deering Hospital on Sept. 16, 1946, at age 76. Burial of the remains was in Spring Valley, with funeral services held at the Christian Church of Moorhead led by Rev. Barrow. An obituary appeared in the Sioux City (IA) Journal. The widowed Anna Mae outlived him by many years. In 1960, she relocated frm Des Moines to Onawa and joined the Christian Church. In her 80s, she dwelled in an apartment at 912 10th Street in Onawa. On her 88th birthday, she was pictured in a local newspaper.
Daughter Dora Youngkin (1880- ? ) was born in Sept. 1880. On Sept. 21, 1901, at age 21, Dora was joined in marriage with Iowa native and carpenter Delbert Orton Wright (April 29, 1881-1931), son of Charles F. and Mary M. (Skelton) Wright. Justice of the peace C.M. Ross led the ceremony, held in Onawa, IA. At least three children were produced by the couple -- Thelma G. Wright, Alfreda G. Wright and Walter F. Wright. United States Census records for the year 1920 list the Wrights in Spring Valley, Monona County, IA, with Delbert working as a house carpenter alongside his widowed father-in-law, who lived in their home at the time. They remained in Spring Valley for good, with him continuing to earn a living in the hardware business. But sadly, having become depressed, Delbert chose to end his life by hanging in the garage at home, on May 20, 1931. Interment was in Moorhead, IA. Dora outlived her spouse by decades. In 1960, she lived in Onawa.
Daughter Bessie Youngkin (1883- ? ) was born in May 1883, possibly a twin with her brother Bert. Circa 1907, when she would have been 24 years of age, she married 43-year-old Utah native Garrett Mowery ( ? - ? ). Their first home in 1910 was next door to Bessie's parents in Camp, Polk County, IA. The pair lived in Des Moines in 1928.
Son Bert Youngkin (1883-1960) was born on May 19, 1883 in Oskaloosa, IA, possibly a twin with his sister Bessie. He never married. Bert was a lifelong farmer in the Moorhead area near Onawa. Toward the end of his life, he became a resident of a nursing home in Logan, IA, where he spent the last two years of his life. He succumbed to the spectre of death in a Council Bluffs hospital at age 76 on Feb. 12, 1960. An obituary in the Sioux City Journal noted that funeral services were led by Rev. Everett Epperson, with burial following in Spring Valley Cemetery..
Son Everett L. Youngkin (1886-1967) was born on Nov. 21, 1886 in Sioux City, IA. He moved to Des Moines in young manhood and worked as a laborer. On Aug. 24, 1907, in nuptials held in Boone, boone County, IA, the 23-year-old entered into wedlock with 24-year-old Bertha Mae Crossland ( ? - ? ), daughter of John and Mary (Winterbottom) Crossland. Rev. O.H.L. Mason presided. Two daughters born into this family were Joyce Youngkin and Aileen Youngkin. Sadly, Bertha Mae died in Seattle at the age of 55 in 1937. Everett married later to Lena ( ? - ? ). His home in 1928 was in Seattle and in 1960 in Aberdeen, WA. He surrendered to death in South Bend, WA on Jan. 15, 1967. The remains were laid to rest in Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Daughter Elizabeth “Lizzie” Youngkin (1888-1952) was born in Sept. 1888 in Craig, Burt County, NE. She first was joined in the bonds of wedded union with (?) Rist ( ? - ? ). The couple divorced by 1920, and Elizabeth went to live with her married brother Joseph in Omaha. Later, she wed Dess ( ? - ? ). In 1928, they lived in Recluse, WY. Evidence suggests that she married a third time to Patrick Fitzgerald ( ? - ? ). She passed into eternity in 1952.
Daughter Ida Youngkin (1890-1949) was born in Sept. 1890 in Nebraska. Ida as a young woman lived in Runnells, IA. At the age of 20, on Valentine's Day 1910, she married 28-year-old farmer Rist "Roy" Sexton ( ? -1963), son of M.C. and Edna (Gilley) Sexton. They tied the knot in Des Moines, by the hand of Rev. H.M. Peterson. At the time of marriage, Roy was a farmer of Runnells, IA. The couple initially dwelled in Iowa and then between 1915-1916, after the births of their eldest two sons, relocated to Butterfield Township, Watonwan County, MN. Their 10 known children were Genevieve Sexton, Vivian Sexton, Clifton Sexton, Eldon Henry Sexton, Marguerite Fitzpatrick, Irene Joyce Sexton, Grant Sexton, Leroy Sexton, Milton Burl Sexton and Ora "Orrie" Sexton. Sadly, daughter Genevieve and son Grant both died in infancy, according to research by the late Donna (Younkin) Logan. United States Census records for 1930 show the clan in Butterfield, with Roy laboring on a farm. Then during the decade of the Great Depression, Roy found employment as a laborer on a local sewer project, as shown in 1940. At the age of 59, Ida died on Oct. 29, 1949. Roy outlived her by 14 years. He passed into the arms of eternity in 1963.
Son Ulysses "Grant" Youngkin (1893-1946) was born on Jan. 12, 1893 or 1896 in Decatur, IA. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I. Grant never married but kept company with Iva Bullington. He was a farmer and lived in Des Moines in 1928-1946, with his final address 26 Vandalia Road. At the age of 50, he suffered a heart attack and died at home on June 22, 1946. Burial of the remains was in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines.
~ Daughter Susan Jane (Youngkin) Smith ~
Daughter Susan Jane Youngkin (1854- ? ) was born on July 16, 1854, 1855 or 1856 in Cambria County, PA. (Sources differ.)
At the age of about 20, circa 1874, she wedded William James "Henry" Smith (May 30, 1852-1915), an immigrant from Bristol, England and the son of William and Sarah Smith. His birth year also has been given as 1847.
The couple produced two offspring, Sarah C. "Sadie" Kerr and Harry Smith.
In 1900, the family dwelled on South Market Street in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, IA. William earned a living that year as a coal mine operator.
Fderal census enumeration records for 1910 list the Smiths in Liberty Township, Marion County, IA, with William laboring as a fruit farmer. He was a member of the local lodges of the Odd Fellows and Masons in or near Hamilton, IA. In his later years he was burdened with kidney disease.
On Christmas Eve 1915, Susan and William traveled to Arizona for a visit with their son Harry, who was living in Bisbee, Cochise County. Grief cascaded over the family when William suffered a massive stroke there and died just four days after Christmas 1915. His remains were placed aboard the Golden State Limited railroad for shipment to Iowa and interment in Bussey. An obituary in the Bisbee Daily Review said that he had been "a prominent citizen of Hamilton, Iowa." His occupation as written on the death certificate was coal mine superintendent.
The widowed Susan relocated by 1924 to Los Angeles, CA.
Susan's final years were spent in Bussey, Marion County, IA. Burdened with bleeding on the brain, she died at the age of 80 on April 14, 1936. Interment was in Bussey's Greenlawn Cemetery. Daughter Sadie Kerr, of Bussey, was the informant for the official Iowa certificate of death.
Daughter Sarah "Sadie" Smith (1878-1962) was born in April 1878 in Iowa. She lived with her parents in Oskaloosa, IA in 1900. When both bride and groom were age 24, on Nov. 26, 1903, she was joined in wedlock with Cyrus William "Cy" Kerr (March 11, 1879-1963), son of Judson and Adelia (Grant) Kerr. Their nuptials were held in Carbondale, IA. The Kerrs did not reproduce. The couple made a farm home for years near Bussey and Burton, Monroe County, IA. Their farm was located four-and-a-half miles northeast of Lovilia, four-and-a-half miles southwest of Bussey and two miles west of "old" Buxton. The pair belonged to the Bethel Church. Cy placed an advertisement in the Monroe County News in December 1952 that he was quitting farming and had sold his farm and would be auctioning his personal property. Among the items to be sold were five Gueernsey cows, 18 shoats, 3,000 bales of Alfalfa hay, 600 bales of clover hay, 700 bushes of good corn and three-and-a-half bushels of clover seed. He also made available a good metal stock tank, woven wire stretcher, DeLaval electric cream separator, pump jack, hog troughs, pitchforks, milk buckets, corn shellers and a new wheelbarrow. They spent their retirement years in Albia, holding a membership in the First Christian Church. Sadly, Sadie passed away on April 29, 1962. Cyrus outlived her by less than a year. He died at age 83 on March 2, 1963, but a story in the News said that his body was not found until the next day. Rev. John Patterson and Donald Plum led the funeral service, with burial in Service Chapel Cemetery.
Son Harry Smith ( ? - ? ) made a home in 1913-1915 in Lowell near Bisbee, Cochise County, AZ. His occupation was as secretary and treasurer of the C. & A. Band. In November 1914, he traveled to Los Angeles to marry (?), said by the Bisbee Daily Review to be "one of the pretty girls of the coast city." The newlyweds first made a home in or near Bisbee. Nothing more about him is known.
~ Son Anson Youngkin ~
Son Anson Youngkin (1856- ? ) was born in 1856 in White Township, Cambria County. Nothing further is known, and he may well have died young.
~ Son John Andrew Youngkin ~
Son John Andrew Youngkin (1857-1948) was born on Dec. 15, 1857 in White Township, Cambria County, or in Clearfield County, PA. (Sources differ.) In boyhood, he migrated to Iowa and eventually settled in Jasper County.
He went to work as a teenager selling farm machinery and threshers for the Sugar Implement Company of Council Bluffs, IA, traveling widely to the Dakotas, Minnesota and Nebraska. After five years of work in sales, in 1881, he relocated to Burt County, NE, acquiring a tract of 160 acres where he raised stock and crops.
In the autumn of 1881, when he was 23 years of age, he married a cousin, Susan Narissa "Susie" Warrick (Sept. 1863-1927), daughter of John Goss and Sarah A. (Youngkin) Warrick, and granddaughter of Charles and Hannah (Troxell) Youngkin, also of Pennsylvania, of the family of Henry and Anna Mariah (Overpeck) Younkin. The Warricks also had made a cross-country move and settled on a farm in western Nebraska.
Two sons born to the couple were Walter Youngkin and Owen Youngkin.
In time John sold his Burt County farm and moved to Craig, NE, spending three years in the "livery" business of boarding horses for others. He sold the livery and again moved, this time to western Nebraska, where he was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad to operate earth grading equipment and later moving to Fort Robinson, where he spent seven years in the logging industry. The gossip columns of the Blair (NE) Pilot of Dec. 12, 1889 state that Susan's brother Gus Warrick was planning a visit to their home, which at the time was in Dawes County, NE.
John was profiled extensively in the 1920 book History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains, Vo.. IV, pages 254-255. The entry goes deeply into his life of working and relocating and earning his way. Once his labors at Fort Robinson was completed, said the book, John moved to Idaho and put down roots in Boise in the fall of 1890.
For several years he engaged in mining on Moose creek above Boise during the summer months, while during the winter he worked in the timber, getting out logs and cutting cord wood, which was floated down the river and sold in Boise. There he conducted a contract business in teaming and grading and carried on a profitable business along that line for fifteen years.
The federal census enumeration of 1900 shows the Youngkins in Moore Creek, Boise County, NE. At that time, John earned a living as a house carpenter and his sons as gold placers in a local mine.
In the fall of 1909 he removed to Richfield, Lincoln county, Idaho, and established a blacksmith and machine shop, conducting the business for a period of four years. He then extended the scope of his activities to include the sale of farm implements and machinery, and later he disposed of the blacksmith and machine shop, concentrating his efforts and attention upon his growing implement business. In the meantime he had sent for his two sons to join him in business in 1911 and they are still associated with him in the conduct of the store, the elder son later taking complete charge of the implement business.
In 1917 they established a garage business in a small way, but their patronage in this connection steadily increased and they have recently erected a fine two-story brick garage, seventy-five by one hundred and fifteen feet, this being one of the best structures of the kind in this section of the state. It is thoroughly modern in every respect and is equipped with the latest machinery for doing repair work on motor cars. They have a large and complete workshop in connection with their room for storing cars and they are accorded a most extensive patronage in their garage. They own one hundred and sixty acres of valuable farm land on Camas prairie within one mile of Hill City and two eighty acre tracts near Richfield, all under a high state of cultivation. They handle considerable wheat, hay and potatoes, having about ten thousand tons of hay in 1919. The steady development of their interests gave them a business amounting to three hundred and eighty five thousand dollars in 1919. They now handle the line of produce indicated in connection with their implement and garage business. Actuated by a most progressive spirit, they accomplish what they undertake and their plans are always well defined and promptly executed.
Circa 1920, said the History of Idaho, he had become "one of the most prosperous and active business men of Richfield and Lincoln county."
He passed away into the arms of the angels on Aug. 8, 1948.
Son Walter Youngkin (1882-1937) was born in Oct. 14, 1882 in Blair, Washington County, NE. As a 17-year-old, he lived in his parents' home in 1900 in Moore Creek, Boise County, NE. In time he accompanied his parents in a move to Boise, ID. Census records for 1910 show that Walter and his brother Owen lived together in Atlanta, Elmore County, ID, with both working as mill men in a quartz mill. He is known to have served in the U.S. Army during World War I. After the war's end, still a bachelor at age 36 in 1920, he lived by himself in a house on Oneida Avenue in Richfield, Lincoln County, ID, employed as manager of a motor garage. Said a newspaper, "He came to Richfield several years after the town was started and was engaged for many years in the implement business with his father and his brother... Mr. Youngkin served on the Richland village board for a long period, acting as village clerk during much of that time. More recently he was a member of the school board of independent diestirct No. 16." He appears to have remained in Richfield for the balance of his lifetime. On July 11, 1920, he entered into marriage with Myrtle (Green) Cross. She brought a stepson to the union, Claire Cross. The couple bore one daughter of their own, Alta Susan Youngkin. Circa 1931 and 1932, said a newspaper, Walter "served as state representative from Lincoln county, having been elected on the Republican ticket. He was active in many community and political affairs and had hosts of friends throughout the county." Walter held membershipos in the American Legion post and the Masons and Odd Fellows lodges. Their world was turned upside down when he diagnosed with cancer. After spending two months in critical condition, he died in a hospital in Hailey, ID at the age of 54 on July 29, 1937. At his death, a newspaper eulogized that he was a "prominent and beloved citizen of Lincoln county" and had been "active in couinty and community affairs for 25 years..." Funeral services were held in the Richfield gymnasium, presided over by Dr. Dean Allen of Gooding College. Pallbearers were George R. Schwaner, Thomas Byrne, R.J. Lemmon, John Workman, Elmer Swatman and Birk S. Albert. A choir of local women and men furnished musical selections. The body then was moved to the Masons hall in Richfield to lie in state, with a bodyguard comprised of friends from the American Legion, Masons and Odd Fellows.
Son Owen Youngkin (1884- ? ) was born in July 1884 in Nebraska. He resided in the family household in Moore Creek, Boise County, NE in 1900. At the age of 21, circa 1906, he was married, but the identity of his bride is not yet known. Owen boarded in the residence of his brother Walter in 1910 in Atlanta, Elmore County, ID, employed in a quartz mill as a mill man. The 1920 United States Census shows Owen and wife Cora B. (1895- ? ) in a dwelling in Richfield, Lincoln County, ID. At that time, he earned a living selling implements.
~ Daughter Elizabeth (Youngkin) Lemke ~
Daughter Elizabeth “Lizzie” Youngkin (1859-1888) was born on Oct. 26, 1859 in White Township, Cambria County, PA.
She wed Bachia Lemke ( ? - ? ).
They dwelled in Craig, Burt County, NE.
Sadness blanketed the family when, at age 29, she succumbed to death on June 18, 1888. Nothing more about them is known.
~ Son Elzie Z. Youngkin ~
Son Elzie Z. Youngkin (1859-1888) -- also known as "Albert" and "Youngkins" -- was born on May 20 or Oct. 26, 1859, in Craig, Burt County, NE. He migrated to Iowa with his parents.
At age 20, single, he dwelled in the family farm home in Richland Township, Jasper County, IA. In time he relocated to Nebraska.
He married Sophia Lemke/Link (Sept. 12, 1870-1922) on May 20, (?), with the wedding held in Blair, NE. She was an immigrant from Germany, having come to Amereica in infancy in 1870.
They were the parents of Ollie Ensign, Ernest "Ray" Youngkin and John Sullivan Youngkin.
In the late 1880s, the family lived as tenants on the farm of Thomas Greenwood, nine miles southeast of Oakland, NE. On the tragic day of June 18, 1888, while Elzie was hoeing in his garden, he was stuck and killed by a bolt of lightning. Burial was in Craig Cemetery in Craig, NE. Brief, identical notices in the Falls City (NE) Daily News and Fairbury (NE) Gazette reported that "Albert Youngkins was recently killed by lightning, near Oakland, leaving a wife and three children." A longer story in the Beaver Crossing Bugle said that:
He was killed instantly. His boots were blown off and riddled and his clothes caught fire. After being mostly burnt off the fire was extinguished by his wife and little child. The child was within a few feet of its father and escaped injury. The wife saw him fall and rushed to his rescue, to find him entirely lifeless.
Sophia wed a second time, in about 1894, to Jasper "Jap" Smith (June 1862- ? ). The pair bore two more sons, Cassius Smith (born March 1895) and Charles Smith. Circa 1900, the Smiths dwelled in Richland Township, Jasper County. Grief blanketed the family when son Cassius contracted typhoid fever and died at the age of six, in Kellogg, Jasper County, on Sept. 17, 1901.
The Smiths appear to have remained in Kellogg, Sadly, at the age of 54, having been diagnosed with cancer, Sophia underwent surgery on Aug. 1, 1922. The operation was not successful, and she died 13 days later on Aug. 14, 1922. Burial was in Our Silent City Cemetery in Kellogg.
Daughter Ollie Youngkin (1884-1961) was born on April 13, 1884 in Craig, Burt County, NE. On Sept. 10, 1904, when she was 20 years of age, she married Lester Lucius Ensign ( ? - ? ). Together, they produced a family of three children -- Clifford L. Ensign, Ernest Earl Ensign and Marian Ensign. Sadly, Ollie died in Salina, Saline County, KS on Aug. 15, 1961.
Son Ernest Ray Youngkin (1886-1974) was born on Jan. 21, 1886. At age 14, he lived with his mother and stepfather in Richland Township, Jasper County, IA. He died in 1974.
Son John Sullivan Youngkin (1888- ? ) was born on Jan. 15, 1888. On Nov. 27, 1919, he was joined in marriage with Flossie Opal Reed ( ? -1974). The couple stayed together for more than 54 years. Their four children were Elzy Youngkin, Roy Youngkin, Wanda Miner and Doris Youngkin, the latter of whom died in infancy. Their home for decades was on a farm north of Monroe, Jasper County, IA. Flossie earned additional income for the family through her work for Maytag Company. The family belonged to the First Baptist Church of Monroe, and he held a membership in the local post of the American Legion. Sadly, Opal succumbed to the spectre of death on March 18, 1974. John survived another two years and passed away on July 8, 1976, at the age of 88, in a Veterans Administration Hospital in Des Moines. His funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Eldon Pals, with burial in Our Silent City Cemetery in Kellogg. Linda Youngkin of Des Moines furnished important content about this family to the late Donna (Younkin) Logan.
~ Daughter Sarah Maria (Youngkin) Fister ~
Daughter Sarah Maria Youngkin (1862-1960) was born on Jan. 20, 1862 in White Township, Cambria County, PA.
On Sept. 27, 1879, she wed a cousin, Andrew Jackson Fister (1855- ? ), son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Youngkin) Fister of the family of Henry and Anna Maria (Overpeck) Younkin. Their nuptials were held in Lynnville, Jasper County, IA.
The nine known Fister children were Henry Clifford Fister, Charles Edward Fister, Joseph Wilbert Fister, Pearl Elizabeth Mitchell, Clarence Cecil Fister, Harrison Daniel Fister, Clara Belle Fister, Ina Mary Yost and Oscar Norman Fister.
The Fisters lived near Blair, NE (1880-1884) and in Lander, WY (1886-1912). Grief repeatedly enveloped the family at the untimely deaths of five of their offspring -- Henry in 1896, Charles in 1886, Clarence in 1894, Harrison in 1893 and Oscar in 1912. The children all sleep for eternity in Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander, WY.
Andrew died at the age of 55, in Lander, on Nov. 19, 1910, Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery. Funeral services were led by Rev. Cyrus A. Wright at the Methodist church.
Sarah Maria’s home in 1924 was in Casper, WY and in 1945 in Salt Lake City.
She lived to the ripe old age of 98 and was admitted to Lee Nursing Home in Lander, WY. She died there on Nov. 23, 1960.
Son Henry Clifford Fister (1880-1896) was born on July 13, 1880 near Blair, Washington County, NE. He died at age nine in Lander, Fremont County, WY on Feb. 18, 1890. His remains are asleep for all time in Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.
Son Charles Edward Fister (1882-1886) was born on St. Patrick's Day 1882 near Blair, Washington County, NE. Death enveloped him on Julesburg, Sedgwick County, CO on June 9, 1886.
Son Joseph Wilbert "J.W." Fister (1884-1957) was born on Oct. 28, 1884 near Blair, Washington County, NE. In 1948, he dwelled in Pocatello. Joseph passed away on Feb. 28, 1957 in Bishop Randell Hospital in Lander, WY.
Daughter Pearl Elizabeth Fister (1886-1974) was born on Nov. 29, 1886 in Lander, Fremont County, WY. She tied the knot with Ralph Mitchell ( ? - ? ) on Christmas Day 1910 in Lander. Their four children were Clarence Leroy Mitchell, Helen Marie Burns, Robert Royal Mitchell and Carol Elizabeth Champ. Pearl surrendered to death on Dec. 1, 1974 in Riverton, Fremont County.
Son Clarence Cecil Fister (1888-1894) was born on Dec. 2, 1888 in Lander, Fremont County, WY. He did not survive childhood. He was gathered away by the angel of death on June 14, 1894 in Lander. Burial was in the local Mount Hope Cemetery.
Son Harrison Daniel Fister (1892-1893) was born on Oct. 14, 1892 in Lander, Fremont County, WY. He lived for only a brief eight months. Death enveloped the infant boy on June 12, 1893, in Lander.
Daughter Clara Belle Fister (1894-1980) was born on Christmas Day 1894 in Lander, Fremont County, WY. She did not marry over her 85 year span of life. She made a living for 33 of those years as a telephone operator for Mountain States Telephone Company in Lander and Salt Lake City. She received a 30-year service pin from the company in June 1945, presented by traffic manager T.P. Patterson at a luncheon in her honor at the Hotel Utah. She returned to Lander after retirement. In 1975, she was admitted to reside in the Pioneer Home in Thermopolis, WY. She passed into eternity there on April 8, 1980.
Daughter Ina Mary Fister (1902-1948) was born on Feb. 10, 1902 in Lander, Fremont County, WY. She was a graduate of Lander High School and then the Barnes Business College in Des Moines. As a young woman she relocated to Salt Lake City to begin employment with Western Union Company as an X-ray technician. On Dec. 11, 1928, at the age of 26, she was joined in marriage with John Andrew Yost ( ? - ? ). The couple tied the knot in Salt Lake City. Five offspring born to the couple were Faye White, Denis Yost, Greg Yost, Nida Yost and Ruth Yost. The newlyweds lived in Bancroft and then in 1930 migrated to Pocatello, Bannock County, ID. John earned a living with the Pocatello water departmeent. The family held a membership in the local Methodist church. During her later years, Ina suffered from heart problems. Their final address together was at 749 North 12th Avenue in Pocatello. She died at home on Oct. 8, 1948 at the age of 46. An obituary was printed in the Salt Lake Telegram.
Son Oscar Norman Fister (1905-1912) was born on May 6, 1905 in Lander, Fremont County, WY. Tragically, as a boy of age seven, he suffered a brain concussion. He died on Nov. 29, 1912, in Lander.
~ Daughter Eliza Ann "Lizzie" (Youngkin) Meloy ~
Daughter Eliza Ann "Lizzie" Youngkin (1864-1945) was born on May 1, 1864 in White Township, Cambria County, PA, or in Clearfield County. (Sources differ.).
As a newborn, she migrated to Iowa with her parents, settling on a farm near Davenport.
On July 14, 1882, when she was 18 years of age, Eliza Ann was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with 19-year-old Jacob Luther "Jack" Meloy (June 6, 1862-1949), a native of Clearfield County, PA. He was the son of James M. and Margaret A. (Kopp) Meloy, the father having been a soldier during the Civil War who was captured and imprisoned in the Confederacy's notorious Andersonville Prison, where he died in 1864 when his son would have been a toddler.
Nine children born into the Meloys' marriage were Margaret Hammond, Betty May Gerbhart Larson, Catherine "Katie" Bissett Frankfurd, James Mason Meloy, Joseph Meloy, John William Meloy, Luther C. Meloy, Herbert Meloy and Glen Leo Meloy.
When the federal census enumeration was made in the year 1880, the Meloys made their residence in a rented house in Lincoln Township, Mahaska County, IA. At that time, Jacob was employed as manager of a coal works.
Jacob was a highly driven business man who was profiled extensively and pictured in the 1911 book Des Moines...Together with the History of Polk County, Vol. II. The entry says that he attended school in Clearfield County until reaching the age of 14 and then moved to Altoona, PA to secure work in the railroad shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He stayed there for five years. At age 19, said the Des Moines book:
Migrating to Iowa in March, 1881, he located in Jasper county, where he engaged in farm work, following that occupation until July, 1882, when he went to Oskaloosa to work in the coal mines, where he remained until fall. He then went to Nebraska, renting a half section of land in Burt county, which he cultivated for five years. Returning to Iowa in 1887, he located in Mahaska county, accepting a position as weighmaster with the Consolidated Coal Company, with which he remained five years. At the end of that period he went to Oskaloosa to enter the employ of the Iowa Fuel Company, in the capacity of boss and proprietor, being identified with them until 1904. Upon leaving that service he bought a drilling machine and began prospecting for himself, going all over the state. In the meantime he bought a home in Des Moines where he located his family while he continued to prospect until 1909, when he sold out and went to South Dakota, where he railroaded for a year. Returning to Des Moines at the expiration of that time he again prospected until September 1910, when he withdrew in order to engage with Dr. B.H. Woods, J.D. Owen, Chester Kiefer and E. Roberts in organizing the Park Coal Company. This firm handles coal, cement, lime and feed of all kinds, in addition to which they operate a mill where they grind all of their feed. The company was incorporated on the 1st of February, 1911, Mr. Meloy being made manager and treasurer. Besides the large stock which they are carrying they own the property where the business is located, and, although the company is yet in its infancy, present indications portend a most promising future.
The 1910 census records the family in Des Moines, Polk County, with an address in 1911 of 3328 Fourth Street. They belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Jacob was active in social organizations such as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America.
The couple’s final address together was at 2103 30th Street in Des Moines.
As her health failed, due to hardening of the arteries and psychosis, Eliza Ann was admitted to Clarinda State Hospital, where she spent the final eight months and 14 days of life. She died in Clarinda on June 10, 1945, at the age of 81. Burial was in Des Moines' Glendale Cemetery. An obituary in the Des Moines Register said she had been ill for eight months.
Jacob outlived his wife by four years and remained in their home. After suffering a heart attack, at the age of 86, he succumbed to death a day later on Jan. 23, 1949, in Broadlawns General Hospital.
Daughter Margaret Meloy (1883- ? ) was born in April 1883. At the age of 16, she was married (?) and within the year had given birth. In 1900, married but living apart from her husband and child, she made her home in her parents' household in Lincoln Township, Mahaska County, IA. By 1911, she had wed Charles Hammond ( ? - ? ). Charles was a railroad contractor, and in 1911 they lived in Blanchard.
Daughter Betty May Meloy (1885- ? ) -- also known as "Bessie" -- was born in Jan. 1885 in Nebraska. At the age of 25, in 1910, she was employed as a telephone company operator. By 1911, she had wed William Gerbhart ( ? - ? ). They lived in Des Moines. Then on March 14, 1923, at age 36, she was joined in marriage with 36-year-old Des Moines businessman A.L. Larson ( ? - ? ), son of John and Christina (Anderson) Larson. The second marriage took place in Boone, IA, by the hand of justice of the peace F.O. Lockard.
Daughter Catherine "Katie" Meloy (1887- ? ) was born in Feb. 1887. On March 12, 1908, she first was united in wedlock with Charles Bissett ( ? - ? ), son of Charles and Nancy (Cook) Bissett. The wedding took place in Des Moines, led by Judge Jesse A. Miller. Charles was a railroader and also a piano maker, and in 1911 the pair dwelled in Crete, IL. In time, she married again to (?) Frankfurd.
Son James Mason Meloy (1889- ? ) was born in Oct. 1889 in Oskaloosa, IA. When he was 20 years of age, in 1910, he was single and worked as a machinist in a motor garage. At age 23, living in Des Moines, IA, he worked as an auto repairman. On July 21, 1912, he wedded 20-year-old Leah Dixon ( ? - ? ), daughter of Frank Edward and Rebecca (Thompson) Dixon of Des Moines. Rev. E.C. Fintel officiated the ceremony, held in Des Moines.
Son Joseph Y. Meloy (1892- ? ) was born in July 1892 in Oskaloosa, IA. In young manhood he became employed by a railroad and worked as a locomotive engineer. He was twice wed. The identity of his first bride is not yet known. On Sept. 29, 1930, at age 39, he married a second time to 29-year-old Edith Speers ( ? - ? ), daughter of John and Margaret (Strahan) Speers. Leading their ceremony was Rev. E.D. Calkins.
Son John William Meloy (1894- ? ) was born in Nov. 1894.
Son Luther C. Meloy (1898- ? ) was born in Feb. 1898 in Collin (?), IA. He lived in Des Moines and made a living as a salesman. In nuptials held in Prairie City, IA on Aug. 11, 1929, the 31-year-old Luther was joined in wedlock with 27-year-old Eva Ora Lillian Prall ( ? - ? ), a resident of Carlisle, IA and the daughter of Nathan C. and Nora (Miller) Prall.
Son Herbert Meloy (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901.
Son Glen Leo Meloy (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in Oskaloosa, IA. He lived in Des Moines in young manhood and worked as a printer. When he was 27 years of age, on July 14, 1929, he was brought together in matrimony with 25-year-old Wilamette Margaret Olson ( ? - ? ), also of Des Moines and the daughter of Goodman and Sophia (Larson) Olson. Officiating was Rev. Frederick J. Weert of St. Johns Lutheran Church.
~ Son Schuler C. "School" Youngkin ~
Son Schuler C “School” Youngkin (1870-1959) -- also known as "S.C." -- was born on May 20, 1870 in Scott County, IA.
Circa 1892, when he would have been 22 years of age, Schuler married Elizabeth “Lizzie” W. (Feb. 1872- ? ).
The pair did not reproduce.
The United States Census enumeration of 1900 shows the Youngkins making a home in Lynn Grove, Jasper County, IA. Schuler's occupation in 1900 was as a dealer of some sort, and Elizabeth was a local teacher.
Sometime circa 1905, the couple moved into Des Moines. There, they remained together for 54 years.
The 1910 federal census shows Schuler employed as a traveling salesman.
When the federal census again was taken in 1940, the Youngkins resided on 45th Street in Des Moines. At that time, the 69-year-old Schuler was continuing his longtime occupation as a "traveler - salesman."
Schuler's address in the late 1950s was 1440 45th Street.
Sadly, Schuler died in Des Moines on Nov. 28, 1959. His remains were transported back to Lynnville for interment.
~ Son Colfax C. Youngkin ~
Son Colfax C. Youngkin (1870- ? ) was born in 1870 in Scott County, IA. He may have died young.
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