Edward E. Younkin -- also spelled "Youngkin" -- was born in 1864 and grew up in Brush Valley, Indiana County, the son of Aaron and Mary (George) Younkin.
On Oct. 11, 1888, at the age of 24, he wed Martha "Effie" Mack (July 13, 1867-1926), also of Clyde/Brush Valley and the daughter of John M. and Sarah (Murphy) Mack. Rev. H.Q. Graham led the nuptials in the home of the bride's parents.
The only known son of the couple was John M. Younkin.
The family home in the 1890s was in Brush Valley and in Titusville, PA in 1894.
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.
Effie spent four years as a widow. Then on April 8, 1902, she married again to 39-year-old widower William Harrison Lower (Oct. 23, 1862-1924), a farmer and carpenter of Brush Valley, son of Paul and Susannah/Gesona (Clapper) Lower. Rev. Hunt Junt, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, led the nuptials.
William brought two stepchildren into the union, Clyde Lower and Roene Palmer.
The Lowers relocated in about 1910 to Swissvale, near Pittsburgh. The family home in 1926 was 2129 Milligan Avenue. They attended the Swissvale Methodist Episcopal Church.
William passed away first at age 62, suffering from hardening of the arteries and chronic kidney disease, on Sept. 29, 1924. The Indiana Times said in an obituary that burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery, Brush Valley.
Effie was burdened in her later years with heart disease, pyonephrosis (urinary tract blockage) and Raynaud's disease (numbness). She followed him to the grave on Sept. 30, 1926. Interment of the remains was in Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana. Obituaries were printed in the Pittsburgh Daily Post and the Indiana Progress.
~ Son John M. Younkin ~
Son John M. Younkin (1892- ? ) was born in May 1892 and grew up in Brush Valley, PA.
He died at the age of 28, which would have been circa 1920.
~ Stepson Clyde Lower ~
Stepson Clyde Lower ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
He dwelled in Swissvale in 1926-1956.
~ Stepdaughter Roene (Lower) Palmer ~
Stepdaughter Roene Lower (1901-1956) was born on Feb. 24, 1901 in Brush Valley.
She wed Harry Brown Palmer ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce.
They resided in the Lower family residence at 2129 Milligan Avenue in Swissvale.
She died in Shadyside Hospital at the age of 55 on March 16, 1956. The Indiana Gazette and Pittsburgh newspapers printed an obituary.