Aaron Younkin was born on Jan. 17, 1819 in Monroe County, PA, the son of Henry and Anna Mariah (Overpeck) Younkin Jr.
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.
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.
~ Son Reuben A. Youngkin ~
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.
~ Son 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. His regiment was made up of recruits from the counties of Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette, Washington and Lawrence.
The 6th Artillery primarily performed guard duty in the District of Columbia and northern Virginia. In September 1864, the men were posted in protection of the capital, and later in the month transferred to guard the Orange and Alexandria Railroad line between Alexandria and Manassas. Their base of operations at that time was at the Fairfax County Court House.
Uriah 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 and returned home.
Uriah wed Louisa DeArmy (Dec. 26, 1840-1928), daughter of Jacob and Mary (Risinger) DeArmy, also misspelled in at least one key document as "Deyarmin."
Their two children were Mary Elizabeth Brown and Harry Clemence Younkin.
The family made a home in Brush Valley 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, Indiana County, PA during the 1898-1905 timeframe, 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 John Westley 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.
The widowed Louisa successfully petitioned the government to award her late husband's pension to her. [Widow App. #824.851 - Cert. #609.499]. She then received monthly payments from the government for the balance of her life.
Under the terms of Uriah's will, she was to remain in their house in Brush Valley. 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.
Circa 1905, at the death of her sister Martha Schrader of Indiana, Louisa was named executrix of the estate and inherited the sister's assets. She is known to have traveled to visit her married son Harry in Johnstown. Her residence in 1917 was at 253 Philadelphia Street. She provided a home in 1917 for her married granddaughter and husband, Ella May and Charles Dixon, and grieved at Ella's untimely death at age 24 following surgery for a cancerous tumor on her leg.
For the final three-and-a-half years of her life, Louisa suffered from "chronic diffuse nephritis" -- kidney disease. At the age of 80 years and 25 days, she passed away on Jan. 21, 1928 in Brush Valley. Her remains were re-united with her husband's in Greenwood Cemetery.
Daughter Mary Elizabeth Younkin (1870-1950) was born on May 16, 1870 in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County. She made her home as a young woman in Brush Valley. On Christmas Day 1884, by the hand of Rev. A.C. Ehrenfeld, the 14-year-old Mary Elizabeth wed 21-year-old John Adam Brown (March 28, 1863-1938), the son of Valentine and Susanna (Harmon) Brown. News of the marriage was announced on the pages of the Indiana (PA) Progress and Indiana Democrat. Born in White Township, he moved in his early years to Center Township and in 1902 moved to Brush Valley. Together, the couple produced a family of nine children -- Cora Louisa Wolfe, Elsie Susanna Walbeck, Ella May Dickson, Harry Clarence Brown, John Westley Brown, Muzzie Elizabeth Wallace, Effie Jane Brown, Glenn Valentine Brown and Carrie Myrtle Walsh. Mary Elizabeth "lived all her life in the vicinity of Brush Valley," said the Indiana Gazette, "except for a short time in Johnstown. The family was plunged into mourning when son Harry died at age seven on April 13, 1904 and son John at age nine months on March 9, 1905. At the death of son John in 1905, Mary Elizabeth's parents and other relatives are known to have attended the funeral. Mary Elizabeth held memberships in the Brush Valley Methodist Church and the Women's Society of Christian Service. The couple also endured the untimely deaths of their married daughter Cora Wolfe in 1909 and Ella May Dickson in 1917. Mary Elizabeth is known to have entertained a visit in her home on May 30, 1936 from Charles Arthur "Charleroi Charley" Younkin, secretary of the Younkin National Home-coming Reunion and publisher of a national newspaper, the Younkin Family News Bulletin. Sadly, John passed away in 1938. His obituary in the Indiana Weekly Messenger called him a "prominent Brushvalley township farmer and road supervisor." Mary Elizabeth endured as a widow for another dozen years, burdened with chronic heart disease and hardening of the arteries. At the age of 80, she died on the Fourth of July 1950. Her remains were laid to rest in nearby Frye Cemetery, with Rev. W.H. Seybolt presiding at the funeral service held in the family residence. Her son Glenn was the informant for her official Pennsylvania certificate of death. In an obituary, the Gazette noted that her survivors included 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Son 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 Indiana native Anna Elizabeth Miller (Nov. 15, 1865-1935) 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. She was the daughter of John H. and Elizabeth (Beck) Miller. The four offspring they produced together were Clarence Younkin, Louise 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 is known to have inherited funds from the estate of his mother's sister Martha Schrader circa 1905. He 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. Anna Elizabeth outlived her spouse by nine years, and in about 1929 moved into the home of her married daughter Louise Atkinson in Riverside, Cambria County. Suffering from chronic heart disease, added to an infection of bronchial pneumonia, she died at age 69 on Jan. 21, 1935. Her funeral was conducted in Trace Lutheran Church in the Morrellville section of Johnstown, with an obituary appearing in the Indiana Progress. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown.
~ Daughter Catherine Louisa "Kate" (Youngkin) Harmon ~
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 or near Mechanicsburg, PA.
Son Edward Harmon (1872- ? ).
Daughter Mary C. Harmon (1875- ? ).
Son John W. Harmon (1877- ? ).
Daughter Annie Harmon (1878- ? )
~ Daughter Louisa (Youngkin) DeArmy ~
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 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 of Wilmington, DE had knowledge of this branch and shared it at one time with the late Donna (Younkin) Logan, organizer of the Younkin Reunion-East and publisher of the Younkin Family News Bulletin.
~ Daughter Lucinda (Younken) Hillen ~
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 Fry Cemetery.
~ Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Youngen) McNutt ~
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 Carroll 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.
Son Gary H. McNutt ( ? -1966) was born in (?) in Brush Valley. He married Emma Dennison ( ? -1966) of McKeesport, near Pittsburgh. The couple became the parents of H. Wayne McNutt. Gary dwelled in McKeesport near Pittsburgh and in the late 1930s worked as a foreman for McKeesport Tin Plate Company. He became employed as a superintendent in the McKeesport Water Department and in 1941 helped to settle a strike by workers over pay raises. In May 1939 he was appointed as a city councilman, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "in a surprise move that prevented the courts of the county from appointing a successor to the late Councilman J. Denny O'Neil... Mr McNutt, a Republican, was chosen from a list of 17 applicants. Previous to his election, council had been split on an appointee, with Mayor Lysle, favoring someone in sympathy with a proposed housing project, and Councilman Ben Rosenberg favoring his secretary, Miss Agnes Dunn, who opposed the project." When asked if he would vote to pass the housing bill, he was quoted saying "I would rather not commit myself. I may have a statement tomorrow." He was defeated for re-election in about 1941. He belonged to the McKeesport lodge of the Masons and the Syria Temple in Pittsburgh, and she for 50 years in the Order of Eastern Star. Then in about 1945, they relocated to Florida, settling in St. Petersburg. Their address in the mid-1960s was at 344 Seventh Street North. Sadly, wife and husband died just a few months apart. She passed first on July 2, 1966. He died on Sept. 16, 1966 at the age of 87. An obituary was printed in the Tampa Bay Times, which said that his funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Paul R. Hortin of Christ Methodist Church, and that burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Son Victor Carroll McNutt (1881- ? ) was born on Sept. 29, 1881 in Indiana County. He made a home in 1902 in Avemore, PA. On Dec. 10, 1902, he wed Ivy F. Johnston (Aug. 11, 1880- ? ), a resident of Saltsburg, Westmoreland County. At the time, he earned a living as a mill worker. The known children born to the pair were Raymond Johnston McNutt, Helen McNutt and Wayne McNutt. The family made a home for decades in McKeesport near Pittsburgh, at the address of 324 29th Street. Unspeakable grief descended upon the McNutts on the fateful day of March 10, 1942. Bachelor son Raymond, age 33, "was found dead in his auto in a garage near his home by his father, Victor McNutt," reported the Pittsburgh Press, " the garage doors closed and the motor running. Mr. McNutt was unconscious, in the front seat. Leaping into the car, Mr. McNutt took his son to the [McKeesport] hospital where efforts to save him were futile." The deputy county coroner ruled the death an accident. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth, PA. Victor is believed to have passed away on June 17, 1970, with burial in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth.
Son Harry F. McNutt resided circa 1943 in Pittsburgh.
Daughter Bertha McNutt wed (?) Miller. She migrated to Florida and in 1943 was in Orlando.
Daughter (?) McNutt married Harry Jarvis. They also moved to Orlando, FL and in 1966 were in Winter Park, FL.
~ Son Henry Youngkin ~
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) Esch ~
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 ~
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.