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'Weasel Jake' Younkin

Jake and Katie Younkin family. Front, left: John Wesley Younkin. Back, L-R: unknown, Ada (King) Younkin.Courtesy Younkin Family News Bulletin,


Jacob's grave, 1879

Jacob W. "Weasel Jake" Younkin was born on April 8, 1824 (or 1822) in Turkeyfoot Township, the son of Jacob and Sarah "Salome" (Weimer) Younkin Jr. How he came to be dubbed with his unusual nickname is not yet known. 

As an 11-month-old baby, Jake received his christening at the Laurel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Somerset County. 

On Sept. 30, 1850, at the age of 26, Jake was united in marriage with 17-year-old Catherine "Katie" Faidley (1833-1893), daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Meyers) Faidley. Rev. John Harned of Harnedsville, Somerset County, officiated.

There was a gap of nine to 10 years in the ages of the groom and bride. Katie could neither read nor write. The Younkin and Faidley families were close -- Katie's aunt Sarah Faidley had married Jake's cousin, Frederick F. Younkin -- her aunt Susanna Faidley had wed Rev. Herman Younkin -- her aunt Delilah Faidley had been united in matrimony with Jake's brother Frederick J. Younkin -- and her uncle John Faidley had married Hila Younkin.

The Younkins went on to produce a dozen children -- Cyrus Younkin, Levi H. Younkin, Harriet V. Moon, Elizabeth E. Heinbaugh, William "Henry" Younkin, John "Wesley" Younkin, Amanda Snyder, Peter Albert Younkin, Jacob "Calvin" Younkin, Sarah "Sadie" Younkin, Oscar Emerson Younkin and Ermina "Emma" Younkin.

When the U.S. Census count was made in 1860, the Younkins dwelled near Paddytown in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. Jacob earned a living as a farmer, and Catherine made clothing and other homespun fabrics. Three of their immediate neighbors were kin -- the families of Frederick J. and Delilah (Faidley) Younkin, Rev. Harmon and Susanna (Faidley) Younkin and Garrison and Hannah (Younkin) Smith.


Somerset Herald, Oct. 22, 1879
Courtesy Library of Congress

In 1870, U.S. census records show that the Younkins lived on a farm near Cranberry Glade, Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, and remained there for several years. Sons Cyrus and Levi assisted with the farm labor.

A map of Lower Turkeyfoot, published in the 1876 Atlas of Somerset County, shows the Younkin farm located in the mountainous area of "Harbaugh District No. 5," along Cranberry Glad Run, and a short distance from the one-room Harbaugh School and the Fayette County border. Among their neighbors were Civil War veteran David Harbaugh and Harriet (Firestone) Burkholder, daughter of George and Catherine (Younkin) Firestone of the family of Jacob "of John" and Eleanor (Chambers) Younkin.

Their farm consisted of 165 acres adjoining the properties of Silas Jenkins, James Wesley Burkholder, M. Vough & Company and Mr. Spencer. Ten of the acres were cleared and considered a meadow. Their dwelling was a story-and-a-half log house with a log barn.

Jake died on Oct. 9, 1879, with burial in the Delilah Younkin Cemetery. His obituary in the Somerset Herald (Oct. 22, 1879) reported the following: “Jacob W. Younkin who lived on his farm at what is known as the Cranbury Glade, fell dead in front of his residence on the 10th. Mr. Younkin was a brother of F.J. Younkin who died some two years ago. Mr. Younkin was in his 57th year.”

Jake's farm, as circled in the 1876 Atlas of Somerset County



Catherine's grave, 1885
Courtesy Olive Duff

A sister in law, Delilah (Faidley) Younkin, recalled years later that "Jacob died very suddenly and was found dead, from what cause was never known."

Catherine survived her husband and lived as a widow for six years. The federal census enumeration for the year 1880 shows Catherine heading a household in Lower Turkeyfoot Township with nine children under her roof, ranging in age from 23 to 3. Seven of the children had attended school within the year. 

Perhaps knowing there would be no good outcome of the matter, she refused to be named administrator of her husband's estate, or to appoint someone else. The Orphans Court eventually named Thomas Ream to the task. An inventory of assets in the estate showed a cooking stove, tinware, crocks, table stand, clock, bedsteads,corn, buckwheat, spinning wheel tub, churn, frow and iron kettle, plus planted grain not yet harvested. Some of the debts were paid to Kreger & Gerhard, Arnold Kuhlman and William Hanna as agent for Jane Brooks. Yet there was insufficient cash to settle all IOUs, so the entire farm and its contents were sold on March 5, 1883, some four years after Jake's death.

She passed away on April 3, 1893, at the age of about 60, and rests beside her spouse. The epitaph at the base of her grave marker is believed to read: 

Oh mother, thy gentle voice is hushed. 
Thy warm true heart is still. 
And on thy pale and peaceful face 
Is resting death's cold chill."


~ Son Cyrus Younkin ~

Son Cyrus Younkin (1849-1891) was born on Sept. 8, 1849 in Turkeyfoot Township.

In about 1868 or 1869, when he was age 18, Cyrus married his first wife, Julia Ann Ferrel (1850-1885), daughter of James J. and Barbara (Romesberg) Ferrel (or "Ferrell" or "Farrel").

They produced seven children over the span of their relatively short married lives together -- Richard Francis Younkin, Charles H. Younkin, George A. Younkin, Cyrus Milton Younkin, Cora Ellen Younkin, Thomas Eransum Younkin and Rella "Mae" Messersmith.

The family dwelled in Grantsville, Garrett County, MD.

Sadly, Julia Ann died in Grantsville at the age of 35 on Christmas Day 1885. Her remains were laid to rest in Grantsville Cemetery and later recoreded in the book Maryland's Garrett County Graves.

After a period of grieving, Cyrus was united in wedlock for a second time to his deceased wife's sister, Barbara Ellen "Ella" Ferrel (1959-1925). They had several more children of their own: James R. Younkin, Harry "Eugene" Younkin, William Nevin Younkin and John Allen Younkin.

Cyrus also was destined for an early grave. He succumbed in Grantsville at age 41 on March 19, 1891. His untimely death left Barbara with four young mouths to raise.

She survived for another 34 years. The 1910 federal census of Grantsville shows her heading a household including two of her sons, stepdaughter Cora and young Victor Younkin, mis-labeled a "nephew" but instead a step-grandson born out of wedlock.

During World War I, Barbara worried as youngest son John joined the U.S. Armed Forces and was sent overseas. Her fears came to life when she received word that John had died and was buried in a European cemetery. In August 1921, when John's remains were returned to the United States, Barbara traveled to Washington, DC for the burial.

Death swept Barbara away in Grantsville in 1925 at the age of 66. 

Son Richard Francis Younkin (1869-1941) was born on March 4, 1869 in Grantsville, MD. On Sept. 14, 1892, when he was age 23, Richard was wedded to Barbara Yommer (1869-1966), daughter of German immigrants John and Dorothy (Hanft) Yommer. They produced five known children -- Frank Lesley Younkin, Walter Younkin (who died in infancy in 1904), Dorothy Laverne Glotfelty, Mabel Irene Miller and George "Emmons" Younkin. Richard was a longtime blacksmith, operating his own shop. They also were members of the Lutheran Church in Grantsville. The family worried when son Frank served in World War I with the 157th Department Brigade, Company B, and apparently came home a very sick or injured man. Richard retired in about 1929. In August 1933, the family is known to have attended a picnic and family reunion in honor of the 81st birthday of Barbara's relative Margaret Hanft, held at the home of the celebrant's son William at Keyers Ridge near Grantsville. Deep sadness blanketed the family in the winter of 1935 when son Frank, age 40, died at the U.S. Veterans' Hospital in Perry Point, MD, having been a patient there for 15 years and never having recovered from his wartime debilities. In June 1937, they hosted a visit from their nephew Victor Younkin of Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. John Cochran of Mather, PA and son Emmons Younkin of Pittsburgh. They also entertained Richard's ill-fated brother James and family, visiting from Akron, OH, in May 1939. Richard, his brothers Thomas and George and their families traveled to Kingwood, Somerset County in August 1935 to take part in the Younkin National Home-coming Reunion. In August 1938, Richard, Barbara with daughter Dorothy Glotfelty and son Emmons, along with Richard's brother George, again attended the Younkin gathering. Richard suffered a heart attack at the age of 72 and died several days later on Nov. 19, 1941. His obituary in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times said "He had operated a blacksmith shop [in Grantsville] since a young man, untill ill health forced him to retire." The Meyersdale Republican provided details of the funeral -- "The service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Samuel D. Sigler, and music was furnished by the church choir. Pallbearers were Harvey Gortner, Milton Rodamer, George W. Diefenbach, Adam A. Hanft, Daniel Klotz and William Schaefer. Interment was in the Grantsville Cemetery. The many and beautiful floral tributes were silent evidence of the esteem in which Mr. Younkin was held. Among those relatives and friends who came from a distance to attend the services were Mr. and Mrs. Emmons Younkin, Pittsburgh, Mrs. Emma Younkin and family, Akron, O., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Messersmith and James Evans, Lester, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. John Cochran, Mather, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Himler, Trafford, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Stickler, Wilmerding, Pa., Mrs. George Smouse, Scottdale, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. List Daniels, Spring Gap, Md." Barbara lived as a widow for another quarter century. At the age of 97, she succumbed on Nov. 28, 1966.


Meyersdale Republican

Son Charles H. Younkin (1872-1923) was born in about 1872 in Grantsville. In about 1895, when he was age 23, Charles was united in holy matrimony with Lillian B. "Lillie" Ryland (1867-1943), daughter of Sylvester H. and Ella (Slicer) Ryland of Shelbysport, MD. Lillian moved to Grantsville with her parents when she was age 25. The couple did not reproduce. In 1910, census records show the couple living in Grantsville, with Charles operating his own blacksmith shop. At the time, they had been married for 15 years. They lived next door to Charles' brother James and his wife Ella and family. Lillian was "a lifelong active and faithful member" of the Grantsville Methodist Church," reported the Meyersdale Republican, "and members of the W.S.C.S. will miss their cherished member, 'Lilly' in their meetings." Charles passed away in Grantsville at the age of 51 in 1923.  Ella survived him by two decades and remained in Grantsville. After falling at home and fracturing her right hip at the age of 75, and bureened with hypertension as well as heart and kidney failure, she was admitted to the Hazel McGilvery Hospital across the state line in Meyersdale, PA. There, she died on March 5, 1943 at the age of 75. Dr. W.H. Ryland signed the death certificate. Burial was in Grantsville following funeral services in the Younkin home, officiated by Rev. S.D. Sigler. Pallbearers included Ralph Glotfelty, Carl Miller, Dewey Yommer, Walter Younkin, Harry Younkin and Clayton Younkin.

Son George A. Younkin (1874-1944) was born on July 1, 1874 in Grantsville and spent most of his life in the community. George married Susan Beckett (1870-1929?), who was four years his senior. They made their home in Grantsville and produced five children -- Floyd Younkin, Hazel Livingstone, Nina Patterson, Willus George Younkin and Eleanor Lee Richter. Sadly, Susan succumbed at the age of 59 in July1929 or 1930. George lived for another 15 years in Grantsville. In August 1938, George and his brother Richard and family attended the Younkin National Home-coming Reunion in Kingwood, Somerset County, PA. An article about the reunion, in the Cumberland Evening Times, said that more than 1,000 people attended and were entertained by "Kansas song by Clarence L. Younkin, of Florida, and Mamie Y. Prather: Lincoln sisters tap dancing acts; ventriloquists; D.E. Smith with his crayon act, hillbilly music and sacred hymns." During World War II, son Willis served in the U.S. Army in England and grandson Donoran Patterson in the South Pacific. George passed into eternity in Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, MD on Nov. 11, 1944. His obituary in the Cumberland (MD) News noted that he was survived by seven grandchildren. The Meyersdale Republican reported that the funeral was led by Rev. R.G. Henson of the Grantsville Methodist Church -- that the pallbearers included Harvey Gortner, C. O. Bender, Milton Rodamer, N. U. Broadwater, L. B. Schaefer and Winfred Snyder -- and that interment was in the Younkinfamily plot in Grantsville Cemetery.

Son Cyrus "Milton" Younkin (1877- ? ) was born in 1877 in Grantsville. He was wedded to Emma McKenzie (1884-1961), daughter of John and Sarah (Christner) McKenzie. They apparently resided in Grantsville and produced three children -- Bernard C. Younkin, Rosella Long and Sister Eileen Younkin of the St. Monica's Convent in Milwaukee and St. Therese's Hospital of Waukegan, IL. They were members of St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Tragedy rocked this family in the dead of winter 1933. Their 26-year-old son Bernard, a member of the local fire department and Woodmen of the World, was killed when a falling pole fractured his skull. The Cumberland Evening Times reported that "Younkin with several others was helping in the erection of poles for a private electric light line from the National Highway to the lodge of Marshall Pressman, Frostburg, along the Castleman river. A 35-foot pole being raised with pike poles slipped and began to fall. Younkin stumbled and fell as he stepped to the side and the toppling pole struck him back of the head." He was rushed to the local hospital but did not survive. Milton died sometime in the late 1950s. Burdened with diabetes, hardening of the arteries and "acute brain syndrome," Emma succumbed in Meyersdale Community Hospital at the age of 77 on Dec. 7, 1961. Following a requiem mass held in St. Stephen's Church and sung by Rev. Conrad Raffel, interment was in Grantsville Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Cumberland News.

Daughter Cora Ellen Younkin (1878-1949) was born on Jan. 10, 1878 in Grantsville. She apparently never married and spent the first 63 years of her life in Grantsville, where she belonged to the Grantsville Lutheran Church. The census of 1910 shows the 30-year-old living under the roof of her stepmother and half brothers in Grantsville. Cora and her siblings Richard and George are known to have attended the second annual Yommer Reunion at the Pearson Maust farm on July 31, 1938 and were named in a related story in the Cumberland Evening Times. In about 1940, she moved into the home of her sister Mae Messersmith in Lester, Delaware County, PA. Then in the fall of 1948, she returned to Grantsville and lived under the roof of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Livengood. She died in the Livengood home at the age of 69 on May 14, 1949. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican noted that Rev. George Bowersox officiated at the funeral service, where Mrs. Harry Bender, Mrs. Harold Miller and Mrs. Harry Younkin sang favorite hymns. Pallbearers included Daniel Klotz, Olen Yoder, Herbert Layman and George Diefenbach. Interment was in Grantsville Cemetery.


Generations book
about the Bittingers

Son Thomas Eransum Younkin (1883-1964) was born on Aug. 23, 1883 in Grantsville, MD. He married Grantsville resident Delila "Lila" Bittinger (1882-1949), daughter of Chancey and Christina (Bowman) Bittinger. Of Lila's father, it is written that in about 1887, he "...and his family then moved to a fifty-acre wilderness farm on the side of Negro Mountain, near Engles Mills. They occupied a house made of round logs, built by the previous owner, Joseph Glass (Chauncey later built a frame house.) Water was supplied by a spring that flowed from a nearby limestone cliff; some people have described this as 'the most wonderful water you ever tasted.' Chauncey farmed, quarried limestone, and sold eggs and bugger at Accident. In the winter, he wore 'felts and gums' -- gum boots over high top felt boots. He had sky blue eyes, even whenhe was very aged; as a young man he grew a moustache, and later added a goatee."

The Younkins went on to produce six children -- Gladys Christina Younkin, Harry Osborne Younkin, Walter Glenn Younkin, Ruth Alverta Miller, Mary Elizabeth Younkin and Clarence Cecil Younkin. The family were members of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and were active in activities of the congregation. During a deep freeze in the winter of 1940, the Younkins were without running water for several days after water lines, crossing under the highway, became frozen until thawing equipment could arrive from Meyersdale. Deep sorrow surrounded the family in January 1942 when unmarried daughter Gladys, age 33, died at their home from a heart attack. Sadly, Lila became deathly ill in late 1948 and could not recover. The Cumberland News reported on Jan. 7, 1949 that her health "remained in critical condition" and that her daughter Ruth Miller had traveled from her home in Donora, PA to provide care. Lila passed away in Grantsville on Feb. 8, 1949 at the age of 66. Daughter Lila remained with the newly widowed Thomas for several months until their affairs could be put in order, and then returned home to Donora. Thomas outlived his wife by 15 years. He spent his final time in Cuppett Nursing Home in or near Cumberland. Death took him away on July 28, 1964, at age 80. This family is chronicled on page 180 of Wayne Bittinger's book Generations: A History of the Biddinger, Bidinger, Bittinger, & Bittner Families of Garrett County, Maryland, preserved today in the Minerd.com Archives.

  • Grandson Walter Glenn Younkin married Alice Bowser (1913-1994). They lived on Springs Road in Grantsville, MD. When Alice died three days after Christmas 1994, her obituary was published in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (Vol. 6, #1, Jan.-March 1995).
  • Grandson Harry O. Younkin (1910-1990) was born on Oct. 7, 1910 in Grantsville. He married Evelyn Teats and had two children -- Rev. H. Allen Younkin and Eleanor Beardsley. Harry was employed in Grantsville by the Casselman Motor Company. He later relocated to Delaware, where he resided in Newark and died at the age of 79 on Feb. 10, 1990. Burial was in Grantsville Cemetery with Harry's son performing the funeral service.
  • Grandson Clarence Cecil Younkin (1921-1980) was born in about 1921 in Grantsville. He was wedded to Irene E. (?) and had four children -- Kenneth C. Younkin, Richard Younkin, Carl Younkin and Kathleen Margroff. They were members of the Christ Lutheran Church of Grantsville. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Upon returning home, he earned a living as a linesman for Potomac Edison Company and belonged to the American Legion Post 214 in Grantsville. he passed away in Meyersdale Community Hospital at the age of 59 on June 12, 1980. Rev. Jerry W. Randall officiated at the funeral followed by interment in Grantsville Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republic.
  • Granddaughter Ruth Younkin married (?) Miller and made her home in Bristol, CT.


The Younkins' entry in the Bittinger Generations book


Daughter Rella "Mae" Younkin (1882-1952) was born on Oct. 25, 1882. At the age of 18, she gave birth to a son whom she named Victor Younkin. The child was raised by Mae's stepmother. At the age of 28, in 1910, she boarded in the home of George and Katherine Blake in Meyersdale and worked as a waitress in a local restaurant. She was united in marriage with Charles H. Messersmith (1883-1949), son of Joshua and Lucretia (Hill) Messersmith of Towanda, Bradford County, PA. They did not reproduce. Charles was a mechanic employed by Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. He apparently was transferred to a Westinghouse plant in Delaware County, PA, and so they relocated to the town of Lester, with an address of 345 Seneca Avenue. In about 1940, Mae's unmarried sister Cora Ellen moved into their home and remained for eight years, until 1948. Charles endured hypertensive heart disease and, when he contracted bronchial pneumonia just a few weeks before his 66th birthday, he died on April 13, 1949. Burial was in Hiram Memorial Park in Concordville, Delaware County. Mae survived her spouse by three years. On Feb. 1, 1951, she was admitted to Fair Acres Farm Hospital in Middletown, Delaware County. At theage of 69, suffering from heart valve failure and anemia, she died in the hospital. Her son Victor Younkin of Folcroft, PA provided vital information for her death certificate. She was laid to rest with her husband in Hiram Memorial Gardens. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times newspaper mis-naming her son as "Victor Messersmith."

Son James R. Younkin (1886-1932) was born on Oct. 26, 1886 in Grantsville. At the age of 20, in about 1906, he was wedded to 20-year-old Emma L. Cochrane (1886-1981), daughter of William C. and Ida C. (Fogle) Cochrane of Salisbury, Somerset County. Emma's father was an immigrant from Scotland. The couple produced eight children -- William C. Younkin, Harold Younkin, Ralph Younkin, Margaret Evelyn Younkin, Robert Younkin, Earl Clarence Younkin, Laverne Charlotte Younkin and John Younkin. They were members of the Grantsville Methodist Church, and James belonged to the Grantsville Camp of the Woodmen of the World. Circa 1920, James earned a living as a truck driver for a sawmill in Grantsville. By 1928, they had relocated to Ohio, where James worked as a machinist in the blacksmith shop of a rubber factory in Akron, Summit County. Sons William and Ralph also held jobs in the rubber factory in 1930. Tragically, Jamed suffered from a life-threatening illness of pulmonary tuberculosis and quit working in 1930. Hoping for a cure, he traveled to Texas for admittance in the Woodmen of the World Hospital in San Antonio, Bexar County. After a year of treatment, he died in the Woodmen hospital at the age of 45 on Jan. 2, 1932. The cause of his untimely death is not yet known. His remains were shipped back to Grantsville for interment, and an obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republican. At the time of death, Emma and all eight of their children resided in Akron. Emma outlived her spouse by nearly a half century. She worked in the dietary department of Akron City Hospital and volunteered her time with Goodwill Industries. She also was a member of the christ United Methodist Church of Akron. She eventually returned to Grantsville and was admitted to the Goodwill Mennonite Home where she succumbed at age 95 on Aug. 30, 1981. An obituary numbered her offspring at 22 grandchildren and an unknown number of great- and great-great grandchildren.


Historic stone bridge, built circa 1813, carrying the National Highway over the Casselman River at Grantsville, MD, the nation's largest span bridge at the time


Son Harry "Eugene" Younkin (1889-1928) was born in 1889 in Grantsville. He was a blacksmith and, in 1910, helped his brother Charles operate a blacksmith shop in Grantsville. Eugene was married to Virginia Augusta "Virgie" Bowser (1893-1959), daughter of Robert and Katherine (Cuschlag) Bowser of New Germany, MD. They produced six offspring -- Clayton Younkin, Margaret Church, Virginia Broadwater, Beulah Yommer, Russell Willard Younkin and Marvin Younkin. Virgie was a lifelong member of the Grantsville Methodist Church. Sadly, Eugene died at the age of 39 in Grantsville in 1928. The reason behind his early demise is not yet known. Burial was in Grantsville Cemetery. Virginia lived for more than three decades, remaining in Grantsville. Death claimed her at age 62 on March 25, 1959. The Cumberland Evening Times noted that Rev. Emory McGraw officiated at the funeral held in the family church, and that in addition to her children, she was survived by 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and half sisters Annie Durst and Sophie Durst of Salisbury, PA.


Arlington National Cemetery -- with a misspelling

Son William Nevin Younkin (1890-1907) was born in 1890 in Grantsville. Heartache enveloped the family in 1907 when William died at the age of 17. Interment was in Grantsville Cemetery.


Meyersdale Republican, Aug. 18, 1921

Son John Allen Younkin (1888-1918) was born on Aug. 14, in Grantsville, MD. He was of medium height and build, with light blue eyes and light brown hair. He enjoyed the out of doors and worked as a woodsman and wood chipper. Circa 1917, he was employed as a worker on the state road by the Maryland State Road Commission. During World War I, John joined the U.S. Armed Forces and was shipped overseas. Tragically, on Sept. 29, 1918, while in battle at the Meuse-Argonne, he lost his life. Reported a local newspaper: "Mr. Younkin was a private in the machine gun battalion at Camp Meade and had been in camp but a few weeks before he was sent overseas, and in all probability met his death in his first battle for liberty. He was 29 years old, and the sole remaining support of a widowed mother, to whom his death comes as a heavy blow. She had not heard from her son for nearly ten weeks, yet always hoped that each mail from France would bring her news that he was safe and well." Burial initially was in Europe. Later, in August 1921, his remains were transferred to the United States for final interment in Arlington National Cemetery, in Section 18, Grave 2788. His aged mother traveled to Washington, DC attend the burial, as reported in the Meyersdale Republican newspaper. The interment, held "with that of many others" was in Arlington National Cemetery, reported the Republican. "James Farrel, (or Firl, as the family is sometimes called), a Civil War veteran and maternal grandfather of the young Mr. Younkin, is also buried there, the boy and his grandfather both having given their lives for their country." In an unfortunate typographical error, the family name inscribed on John's standard issue military marker is "YOUKIN." In succeeding years, the American Legion post at Grantsville was named the "John-Clay Post" as a memorial to John and Clay Stanton, both of whom had given their lives in wartime.


~ Son Levi Younkin ~


Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery



Turkeyfoot News, Feb. 28, 1907

Son Levi H. Younkin (1852-1907) was born in March 20, 1852 (or 1853) in Upper Turkeyfoot Township.

At the age of 22, in about 1876, Levi was wedded to Sara Catherine Moon (1856-1914), daughter of Jacob H. and Caroline (Ritenour) Moon. They lived in Humbert, a coal and lumber company town in Lower Turkeyfoot.

The Younkins produced nine offspring -- Milton R. Younkin, Mary Catherine Clark Wade Hill, Josephine Younkin, Elmer E. Younkin, Jacob Harrison "Harry" Younkin, Sarah Anna Younkin, Aldo Clyde Younkin, Dewey Levi Younkin and Elisha Younkin.

They lived on a farm two and a half miles north of Draketown, Somerset County.


Obituary, 1914

On the fateful day of Feb. 26, 1907, Levi "was in his usual health and spirits, and gave no sign that he was disturbed in mind or body," said the Turkeyfoot News in a top headline story. After his noonday meal, he told his family he had some chores to attend to in the barn. After entering the barn, he fastened a makeshift noose around his neck and plunged to his death. Said the News, "when he did not come in for supper his son Harry went to the  barn to call him, and on entering, he found his father hanging by the neck with his knees touching the floor.... Matthew Christie, a neighbor came to Draketown in hot haste for Squire Tannehill who gave orders that the body should be cut down, and prepared for burial. [His] untimely end came as a severe shock to his family and friends." In a strange twist of fate, Harrison Moon of Draketown, who signed Levi's death certificate, reported that Levi was single at the time of death. 

Sara Catherine lived in widowhood for another seven years. Suffering from a fluid buildup known as dropsy, added to existing heart and kidney disease, she passed away on Nov. 7, 1914 at the age of 58.  Funeral services were held at the Jersey Baptist Church near Ursina, officiated by Rev. L.W. La Page, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery containing generations of ancient Younkin burials. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Commercial, which reported that she was a lifelong resident of Lower Turkeyfoot and that "she was respected by a large circle of friends for her sterling qualities." The Commercial also said that she was survived by a brother Harrison Moon and sisters Mrs. John Lint, Mrs. Abraham Lint and Mrs. Morgan Colbert, all of Dawson, Fayette County. Son Harrison signed her official Pennsylvania death certificate. 

Son Milton Ross Younkin (1876-1934) was born July 9, 1876 in Ursina, Lower Turkeyfoot. As a young man he migrated to Connellsville, Fayette County where obtained work as a laborer. On Jan. 25, 1899, when he was age 22, he was united in matrimony with 25-year-old Mary F. Curtis (1873- ? ), daughter of James and Jennie Curtis of Greene County, PA. Rev. T.J. Edwards officiated at the ceremony held in Connellsville. The groom was about three years younger than his bride. Their two known sons were Ralph M. Younkin (born 1900) and Blair Younkin (born in 1902). They made their home in a rented dwelling in Connellsville in 1910-1920, with an address of Pittsburgh Street. Mary's widowed mother, Jennie Waychoff, resided with the family in 1910 when the federal census enumeration was made. In 1920, Milton was employed as a laborer at the local power-house -- known as West Penn Power -- and by 1934 had been promoted to machinist. In the early 1930s, their address in Connellsville was 1st and Yough Streets. Sadly, stricken with chronic heart valve problems, Milton died at age 58 on May 16, 1934. His remains were lowered into repose in Hill Grove Cemetery. The Aug. 10, 1939 edition of the Younkin Family News Bulletin printed a 40-year-old newspaper notice of their marriage license granted in Uniontown.


Obituary, 1946

Daughter Mary Catherine Younkin (1879-1946) was born on Aug. 30, 1879 in or near Confluence. She appears to have been married thrice. Her first husband is believed to have been William B. Clark (1880- ? ), son of John Clark of Fayette County. The wedding took place on Jan. 14, 1899, when Mary Catherine was age 20. Her second spouse was (?) Hill. They had one son of their own, Benjamin "Ben" Hill. Circa 1914, when named in her mother's newspaper obituary, she resided in Perryopolis, Fayette County. Mary Catherine was wedded for a third time to Thomas Oulton Wade (1863-1928), a 1904 immigrant from England and the son of William and Elizabeth (Houlden) Wade. They produced three children -- Mrs. William Thomas, Lela Frances Rose and Harry Robert Wade. The Wades relocated to Johnstown, Cambria County, PA in about  1921, and spent the remainder of their lives there. Thomas was employed as a salesman for E.S. Wagner & Company of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Their address in the late 1920s was 118 Peter Street, Johnstown. Sadly, Thomas contracted lobar pneumonia of his left lung and was treated in Memorial Hospital. He succumbed just four days after his 64th birthday on March 15, 1927. His remains were placed into repose in the Sandy Vale Cemetery. Mary Catherine lived for another 18 years. She spent her final years residing with her son Harry at 428 Robb Avenue in Johnstown. Suffering from disease of her arteries, Mary suffered a heart attack and died instantly at home on Aug. 20, 1946, at the age of 67. Interment was in Benshoff Hill Cemetery in Johnstown. [Find-a-Grave] An obituary said that death occurred "after an extended illness." Daughter Lela Wade of Market Street signed the death certificate. Their granddaughter Luann Price has contacted the founder of this website circa 2012.

Daughter Josephine Younkin (1881-1944) was born on July 15, 1881 near Ursina. On Nov. 4, 1903, at the age of 22, Josephine was united in marriage with Joseph Johnson ( ? -1936). They had seven offspring -- Clyde Johnson, Carl Johnson, Lucy Johnson, Mary Johnson, Grace Johnson, Ralph Johnson and Charles Johnson. By 1919, she resided under her mother's roof near Draketown. Sadly, Joseph died in 1936. Josephine survived him by eight years. Seven weeks before her death, and suffering from stomach cancer, she moved into 364 Market Street in Rockwood. She succumbed at age 63 on Aug. 13, 1944 with burial in Mt. Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Kingwood. Mrs. Mary Lamp, who signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death, erroneously stated the name of Josephine's father as "Eli" instead of "Levi."


Aerial view of Rockwood, 1906


Son Elmer Ellsworth Younkin (1883-1958) was born on May 30, 1883 in Confluence. He was employed as a cook when in his early 20s. At the age of 24, on Sept. 4, 1907, Elmer was wedded to 19-year-old Agnes May Edmiston (1888-1953), daughter of John V. and Catherine (Fike) Edmiston of Boynton, PA. Because Agnes was underage, her father and mother both signed their consents in writing before justice of the peace Levi Lichliter, who then went on to perform the wedding ceremony in Salisbury, Somerset County. Their five children were Dorthea Younkin (who died in infancy in 1908), Carl Reed Younkin, Lois Younkin, Audrey Younkin and Edward Younkin. Elmer was a longtime boilermaker in Connellsville, Fayette County, and their address was 131 East Church Place. The final edition of the Younkin Family News Bulletin, dated June 30, 1941, contained a reprint of the obituary of Agnes' mother. Sadly, suffering from diabetes, Agnes died of a heart attack at age 65 on Jan. 29, 1953. Elmer survived by another five years. In 1956, he relocated to a residence on Pittsburgh Street Extension in Connellsville, Fayette County. He was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and expired at age 75 on Aug. 20, 1958. His remains were placed into repose in Green Ridge Memorial Park north of Connellsville.


Harrison and Sarah's grave, Jersey Church

Son Jacob Harrison "Harry" Younkin (1885-1959) was born on July 18, 1885 in Lower Turkeyfoot. At the age of 29, in 1914, he was single and made his home with his widowed mother in Draketown. On March 15, 1915, when Harry was age 29, he was joined in wedlock with Sarah Catherine Ohler (1897-1965). She was the daughter of William H. and Cinda Ohler of nearby Fort Hill. They went on to produce five children -- Elvie Clevenger, James Sylvester Younkin, Josephine Nicholson, Lester M. Younkin and Ida Metheney. The family made their home in Lower Turkeyfoot and were lifelong farners. Harry suffered from chronic kidney disease and in about 1956 contracted stomach cancer. It spread to his lungs, and he died died in Lower Turkeyfoot at the age of 73 on June 23, 1959. His remains were interred in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. George Thompson and Rev. Thomas Clark leading the funeral service. A newspaper obituary noted that he was survived by 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Sarah Catherine lived for six years as a widow. She passed away at age 67 on July 8, 1965.

  • Granddaughter Elvie Younkin married a cousin, Edward G. Clevenger ( ? -1997), son of Frederick "Fritz" and Laura Belle (Shultz) Clevenger of the family of Frederick J. Younkin. See their biography for more.
  • Grandson James Sylvester Younkin (1919-2007) was born on March 19, 1919 in Confluence. He married Anna Belle Mitchell ( ? -1982), daughter of Russell and Sally (Linderman) Mitchell. They were the parents of James Richard Younkin, Olive Mae Clark, Etta Kay Walker and Patricia "Gail" Schwalm. The Younkins were farmers made a home in Confluence in the 1930s and later in Bruceton Mills, Preston County, WV. James enjoyed hunting and gardening. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps. Anna Belle died in Bruceton Mills at the age of 64 on July 12, 1982. James outlived her by a quarter of a century. Toward the end, he went to live with his married daughter Patricia Schwalm in Dauphin County, PA. His remain were returned to Somerset County to rest in the Middlecreek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, with Rev. Chad A. Harvey preaching the funeral service. Their daughter Olive passed away on May 11, 2019.
  • Granddaughter Josephine Younkin married (?) Nicholson.
  • Granddaughter Ida Younkin wed (?) Metheney ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Sarah Anne "Anna" Younkin (1890- ? ) was born in October 1890 in Lower Turkeyfoot. Unmarried at the age of 24, she resided in 1914 with her mother in Draketown. Nothing more is known.

Son Aldo "Clyde" Younkin (1896-1953) was born on March 1, 1896 in Confluence and grew up in Draketown. At the age of 20, on July 12, 1916, he was joined in marital union with 19-year-old Rosa Ohler (1897-1958), daughter of James and Sarah (Klink) Ohler. Their six children were Nora Violet Drabish, Clark S. Younkin, Kenneth D. Younkin, Jess Younkin, Ethel Shaw and Ruth Johnson. When Clyde obtained a job as a car maker with American Steel Foundry Company, the family relocated to Verona near Pittsburgh, with an address of 1219 Pineridge Street. Tragedy struck on the morning of May 11, 1953 when 57-year-old Clyde suffered a heart attack and died at work. His remains were returned to Somerset County for funeral services at the Church of God in Somerset followed by burial in St. John's Cemetery. A short death notice was printed in the Pittsburgh Press, which noted that he had passed "suddenly." Rosa lived for another five years after Clyde's sudden death and moved in with her daughter Ruth Johnson at 725 North Euclid Avenue in Pittsburgh. At the age of 60, having suffered hardening of the arteries for a decade. she suffered an acute heart attack and died within the hour, on Jan. 11, 1958. She rests beside her husband at St. John's.


Obituary, 1993

Son Dewey Levi Younkin (1898-1947) was born on Sept. 26, 1898 in Confluence. He was only age nine when his father died and age 16 when he became orphaned entirely. Dewey was married to Mabel M. Knopsnyder (1902-1993), daughter of James and Sarah (Linterman) Knopsnyder. They dwelled in Rockwood and produced five children during the decade of the 1920s -- Warren D. Younkin, Leona P. Hepner, Gloria Grata, Cecil Blair Younkin and Ethel Marie Younkin. In about 1932, Dewey and Mabel relocated to Robindale, Indiana County, PA, while some of the children remained behind. Their postal address was Smokeless, PA. There, Dewey found work as a weigh boss in the coal mines of Penelec, sometimes known as the Robindale Mine, owned by West Penn Power Company. At least one of their sons, Cecil, served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Dewey was stricken with a heart attack and died at the age of 49 on Dec. 5, 1947. The body was shipped back to Rockwood for burial. Mabel survived for another astounding 46 years and lived in New Florence, PA. She passed away in Altoona's Mercy Hospital at the age of 90 on May 21, 1993.


  • Grandson Warren D. Younkin (1921-1962) was born on July 16, 1921. He wedded O. Joy Arnett (1922-2012), a native of England who was the daughter of Charles Thomas and Ethel Mae (Lack) Arnett. They had three known children -- Sheila Marie Berezansky, Randy John Younkin and Kerry Warren Younkin. Warren served in World War II with the rank of T/4 with the 825th Engineers. The family made their home in New Florence, PA, where Warren earned a living as a coal miner. Sadly, Warren suffered a heart attack and died immediately on Dec. 3, 1962 at the age of 41. Joy survived him by half of a century and married again to Willard J. Howard Sr. ( ? - ? ). He too had been married before and brought a son to the marriage, Willard J. Howard Jr. Reported the Somerset Daily American, Joy was "a member of the Robindale Union Church where she had sung, played piano and taught Sunday school. She was also a former scout den mother. She also performed with Madame Alexander's School of Dance in London, England, in 1937 and was active in Cambria County M.S. Society where she was a past patient of the year award recipient. Joy was known for her gracious heart and giving nature." Second husband Willard also passed away, leaving her a widow for a second time. She spent her final years at Robindale Heights in the Philadelphia area. She entered eternity in 2012, and her remains were brought back to Somerset County to rest beside Warren's in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.

Son Elisha Younkin (1899- ? ) was born in 1899 near Confluence. He may have died young and is not named in his mother's 1914 news obituary.


~ Daughter Harriet V. (Younkin) Moon ~


Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery



News obituary, 1916

Daughter Harriet V. Younkin (1855-1908) was born on June 13, 1855 in Upper Turkeyfoot.

At the age of 19, on June 13, 1874, she was united in holy wedlock with 38-year-old Andrew Jackson "Andy" Moon (1836-1916), son of James and Mary (Hyatt) Moon. She was almost two decades younger than her husband. They spent their entire married lives in Confluence on the farm where Andrew had been born. The Moons are reputed to have been Native Americans of the Shawnee tribe, with the original Somerset County ancestor having been an Indian scout during the American Revolution.

Harriet and Andrew's nine children were James Walter Moon, Georgianna "Annie" Younkin, Sarah Araminda "Minnie" Hostetler, Mary Catherine "Kate" Smith, Laura F. Peters, Blanche Moon, Andrew "Bruce" Moon, Albert "Floyd" Moon and one other child who died young.

Census records for 1900 list the family in Lower Turkeyfoot and laboring as farmers.

Tragically, in November 1908, Harriet contracted blood poisoning which led to a fatal case of gangrene. She succumbed at the age of 54 on Nov. 25, 1908, with burial in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Andrew survived her by eight years. In 1910, the federal census enumeration shows him residing by himself in Lower Turkeyfoot, and his occupation was described by the census-taker as "Infirmities of Old Age." A newspaper once said that he "was a member of the Jersey Baptist Church for many years and was a true type of those God-fearing industrious and honest men of the turkeyfoot region of a generation of whom most have passed away. He was a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor and led a pure, clean life for four score years."

He too contracted gangrene and, 20 days later, while at the home of his married daughter Minnie Hostetler, passed away at age 80 on July 25, 1916. In an obituary, the Meyersdale Commercial said that he "descended directly in the third generation from one of the pioneer of the Jersey settlers"-- James Moon, a soldier of the Revolutionary War -- and that he was survived by 32 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Another newspaper noted that: "While in good health for a man of his advanced age, for several years his friends could observe the feebleness of old age gradually undermining his usual good health. His last illness dates from April. During the last four weeks he was confined to his bed." Funeral services were held in the Hostetler home followed by burial in the soil of the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. L.W. LePage and Rev. William Grantz officiating.

Daughter Mary Catherine "Kate" Moon (1875-1925) was born on March 7, 1875. She was joined in marital union with Albert Black Smith (Sept. 22, 1870-1964), son of Isaac and Mary (Lutz) Smith. Their known children were Clyde Smith, Bruce A. Smith Sr.,Mary Ellen Smith, Harvey Smith, Frederick H. Smith, James W. Smith, Helen E. Smith, Harriet "Hattie" Rose and Rebecca C. Smith. The couple made their home in Rockwood in 1920, with Albert working as a coal miner and newlywed son Clyde and his wife Flora dwelling under their roof. At the age of 50, suffering from kidney failure and hardening of the arteries, Mary Kate passed away on Oct. 1, 1925. She was interred in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. Albert lived on for nearly four decades. Within two years as a widower, on May 14, 1927, the 54-year-old Albert was married to 46-year-old widow Nora E. (Sterner) Sands ( ? - ? ), daughter of Harrison and Della (Bowman) Sterner. Justice of the peace J.B. Coughanour officiated at the wedding held in Confluence. The federal census of 1930 shows the Smiths living on Sterner Street in Confluence, with Albert and his 19-year-old son Frederick both employed as laborers with a timber company. Toward the end of his life, Albert suffered from arthritis and kidney stones. He was stricken with a heart attack and died two days later, at the age of 93, on Jan. 16, 1964. He was placed into eternal repose beside his first wife.

  • Grandson Clyde Smith
  • Grandson Bruce A. Smith Sr. (1903-1984) was born on May 18, 1903 in Confluence. He wedded Lillian Moore ( ? - ? ). Their children were Bruce A. Smith Jr., Clyde Smith, Vera Jones and Betty Jane Bonora. The family resided in Acosta, Somerset County, where Bruce worked as a coal miner and as a dock laborer. He was a member of the Acosta Church of God, where he superintended and taught Sunday School. He died at the age of 80 on May 3, 1984. Funeral services were held in the Acosta Church of God, officiating by Rev. Lovell Stallard. Burial was in Beams Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Somerset Daily American. At the time, their offspring Bruce lived in Mt. Airy, NC; Clyde in Pamona, CA; Vera in Acosta; and Betty Jane in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
  • Granddaughter Mary Ellen Smith ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 1984.
  • Grandson Harvey A. Smith (1907-1993) was born on Sept. 5, 1907 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township. He was joined in wedlock with a cousin, Clema E. Romesburg (1921-2017), daughter of Dennis Orville and Lulu Adeline (Heinbaugh) Smith of the family of Harriet (Younkin) Romesburg Turney. In a twist, their son Ronald James Smith Sr. married a cousin, Donna Jean Shroyer, daughter of Daughter of William Dayton and Jenny (Hillen) Shroyer Sr. of the family of Laura Belle (Younkin) Shroyer. See their biographies for more.
  • Grandson Frederick H. Smith
  • Grandson James W. Smith
  • Granddaughter Helen E. Smith
  • Granddaughter Rebecca C. Smith
  • Granddaughter Harriet "Hattie" Rose (1895-1986) was born in 1895. She married a distant cousin, Charles Henry Rose (1889-1977), of the family of Levi Rose. See their biography for more.


Family burying grounds

Son James Walter Moon (1876-1943) was born on July 1, 1876, just three days before our nation's centennial birthday. James married Mary Anne "Annie" Gilmore (1881-1919), daughter of John and Mary C. (Knight) Gilmore. They resided in Draketown in 1916. They produced at least six children -- James Moon Jr., Ivan A. Moon, Margaret L. Duff Mosier, Joanna M. Moon, Ross W. Moon and Charles H. Moon. Sadly, after childbirth in 1919, Annie contracted a postpartum infection, and she expired at the age of 38 on Oct. 29, 1919. When the federal census was taken in 1920, the widowed James and his six children lived under one roof near Vanderbilt, Fayette County. James' occupation in 1920 was as a railroad laborer. By the early 1940s, he worked as a coal miner. In about August 1941, he moved to Henry Clay Township, Fayette County. Suffering from chronic heart degeneration, which reduced the oxygen content of the blood, James died on Feb. 15, 1943 at the age of 66. James Moon Jr. of Mather, Fayette County, PA signed the death certificate. Interment was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

  • Grandson Ivan A. Moon (1908- ? ) was born on March 15, 1908. He and his sister Margaret Duff Mosier were pictured in the Younkin Family News Bulletin edition of January 1991.
  • Granddaughter Margaret L. Moon (1908- ? ) was born in 1908 in Franklin Township, Fayette County. She was twice married. Her first husband was Donald M. Duff (1908-1984). They produced one son, Howard Duff, born in Waltersburg, PA. Margaret and Donald divorced. Her second spouse was R. Taylor Mosier ( ? - ? ). The Moons' son Howard Duff married Olive Rowan (1931-2002), daughter of James and Alma Lloyd Rowan. Howard and Olive were exceptionally active Younkin researchers of the 1970s through the '90s. Olive's research notebooks today are part of the collection of the Meyersdale (PA) Public Library, and Younkin Reunion East founder Donna (Younkin) Logan relied heavily on Olive's work for her voluminous study of the Younkins which has shaped this website. Olive also was a member of the Bryan Methodist Church, Historical and Genealogical Societies of Fayette and Somerset Counties, and Louden and Clark Counties in Virginia.


Younkin researchers Olive and Howard Duff


Daughter Laura Florence "Flora" Moon (1878-1919) was born on Nov. 23, 1878. She wed William Harrison Peters (1879-1910), son of James W. and Amelia F. (Thompson) Peters of Mercer County, PA. The family lived in Markleton. They produced at least four children, William Oran Peters, Pauline Agnes Peters, Earl Jackson Peters and Ernest R. Peters. Tragically, on March 18, 1910, while at the Pinkerton railroad tunnel near Confluence, William was shot in the back and died within a short time later. The examining physician ruled it murder. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Kingwood. John Rafferty was charged in the killing. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier:

Rafferty, Peters and others, it is stated, were drinking on the day of the shooting. In the evening they appeared at a store owned by an Italian named Antonio DePompe in an intoxicated condition, and were finally ordered to leave by the proprietor. While in the store it is alleged that Rafferty flourished a revolver and pointed it at Peters. The men left the store, Peters and a man named John Dolan walking down the railroad tracks together and Rafferty following them. When some distance from DePompe's store it is alleged that Rafferty approached Peters and Dolan, drew a revolver and shot Peters several times. The bullets passed through Dolan's chest and abdomen. He fell and died shortly after the shooting. Dolan gave the alarm and a search for Rafferty was at once instituted. He was found some time after the shooting asleep in the B. & O. tunnel at Pinkerton, and when captured disavowed all knowledge of the shooting. He was intoxicated when found. It is understood that previous to the shooting there was no enmity existing between Peters and Rafferty.

Rafferty was convicted of murder in the second degree in the May term of the criminal court in Somerset. Laura lived for nine more years after her husband's grisly killing and maintained a residence in Black Township on the outskirts of Rockwood. Suffering from kidney disease which led to excess albumin in her system, she passed into eternity in Upper Turkeyfoot on April 27, 1919. [Find-a-Grave] In a twist of fate, their son Earl Jackson Peters, married to Reba Garnet Firestone of the family of J. Gertrude (Conn) Firestone, lost his life in World War II in the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis which had delivered the atomic bomb in the South Pacific in a top secret mission. See their bio for more details.

Daughter Blanche Moon (1879- ? ) was born in 1879. She is believed to have died young.


Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler

Daughter Sarah Araminda "Minnie" Moon (1881-1922) was born on Aug. 28, 1881 in Draketown, Lower Turkeyfoot. On Aug. 14, 1899, Minnie eloped to Cumberland, MD where she was wedded to John O. Hostetler (1877-1935), the son of Joseph and Rebecca (Cunningham) Hostetler of Kingwood. James M. Miller officiated the nuptials. They produced eight children -- James E. Moon, Scott W. Moon, Andrew J. Moon, Helen Moon, Harry P. Moon, Woodrow P. Moon, Edna Moon and Mary Ethel Moon. The Moons made their home in Draketown near Confluence. John earned a living as a laborer. In 1912, this family was named in the book Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler, the Immigrant of 1736, authored by Rev. Harvey Hostetler, D.D. Circa 1916, when Minnie's aged father was in his last illness, he resided under the Hostetlers' roof and died there. Tragically, Minnie was struck down by bleeding on the brain at the age of 41 and succumbed on Nov. 11, 1922. John lived for another dozen years. He was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 57 on New Year's Day 1935. He was laid to rest in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Son Andrew "Bruce" Moon (1885- ? ) was born in March 1885. He signed his mother's death certificate in 1908. He married Martha Ann Burnworth (1891-1963), daughter of Levina (Romesburg) Burnworth. The couple made their abode in Confluence. Martha suffered a heart attack and died on Sept. 11, 1963. Mrs. Alma Hauner of Confluence was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Her remains rest in Old Bethel Cemetery in Hexebarger.

Son Albert "Floyd" Moon (1887-1944) was born on June 27, 1887. He was wedded to Hazel N. Jersey ( ? - ? ). He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I. After the war, they established a home in the rural outskirts of Dunbar, Fayette County. Albert received some sort of pension for his wartime service. Sadly, while visiting the Corliss residence near Ohiopyle, Fayette County, Albert was stricken with a heart attack and died at the age of 56 on Feb. 25, 1944. Bruce Moon of Confluence signed the death certificate, and burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. A short obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.


Annie and Harvey Younkin

Daughter Georgianna "Annie" Moon (1889-1961) was born on Jan. 25, 1889 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township. She eloped to Cumberland, MD to marry a cousin, Harvey Carl Younkin (1885-1957), son of William Lincoln and Margaret Ann (Nicola) Younkin and grandson of Frederick J. and Delilah (Faidley) Younkin. Their nuptials took place on July 26, 1907, when she was age 18 and he 22. Circa 1913, the family dwelled in Versailles, Allegheny County, PA. The Younkins relocated to South Connellsville, Fayette County by 1916 and later moved to Rockwood, where Harvey earned a living as a conductor with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. They produced eight children, all sons but one -- Kenneth Floyd Younkin, William "Chalmers" Younkin, Edward Earl Younkin, James Derwood Younkin, Charles Paul Younkin, Lt. Col. Richard C. Younkin, Olive "Betty" Sanner and Robert Lewis Younkin. Their home was at 526 Leora Avenue in Rockwood.


Rockwood IOOF Cemetery

During World War I, Annie often wrote to her brother Floy Moon who was stationed overseas, and in one 1918 letter wrote about the influenza epidemic that was sweeping through Connellsville. According to one of his sons, Harvey is said to have been "a very avid tracer of the Younkin family tree" and maintained the family Bible along with a file of family papers. Sadly, while hunting in nearby Milford Township, Harvey became fatigued and suffered a heart attack and died within minutes at the age of 72 in Rockwood on Nov. 7, 1957. Annie survived him by four years and remained in their Rockwood home. Having been ill with heart disease for years, she was stricken with a heart attack and succumbed on March 23, 1961 at the age of 72. Both rest for eternity in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery under a red barre granite marker, photographed by the founder of this website in July 2016.


  • Grandson Kenneth Floyd Younkin (1907-1981) was born on Dec. 22, 1907 in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA. He was wedded to Josephine Leaphart (1913-1978), daughter of Elmer and Lydia (Snyder) Leaphart of Rockwood. The couple produced two children -- Donn K. "Buckup" Younkin and Peggy Joy Dile. Kenneth was a longtime railroad employee, and they were members of the United Methodist Church of Rockwood. Josephine was active in the women's group of their church and taught Sunday School for several decades. Said the Meyersdale Republic, "She was a charter member of the Rockwood Women's Club, where she served as past president; a member of the Rockwood Homemakers; and a member of the Rockwood Senior Citizens' Group. For their work on the Century Club -- a junior women's club -- Josephine and her sister-in-law Nelda Ruth (Shanks) Younkin are cited by name in the commemorative booklet Rockwood Centennial: 1857-1957.  In their later years, the Younkins relocated to Mercersburg, PA to reside near or with their married daughter. Sadly, Josephine died on Dec. 17, 1978. He died in Chambersburg Hospital at the age of 74 on Dec. 16, 1981, three years minus one day after his wife's passing. His remains were brought back to Rockwood for interment beside his wife in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, with Rev. Donald Krestar officiating at the funeral service. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American. Son Donn (1936-2006) was wedded to Elaine Henze and owned and operated Country Cottage Antiques for more than three decades. He also was a vice president of the Rockwood Fire Company and a member of the American Legion in Rockwood. Daughter Peggy Joy was married to Rev. James Dile of Mercersburg and Shickshinny, PA, and later of San Jose, CA.
  • Grandson William Chalmers Younkin (1909-1956) was born on Aug. 11, 1909 in Connellsville, Fayette County. On Aug. 10, 1933, when he was age 23, William was wedded to Julia Grace Pritts (1916- ? ), daughter of Charles and Amanda (Weimer) Pritts. They resided in Wilson Creek, Black Township. Their two children were Avis Engelka and Terry Charles Younkin. Both of the children were raised by their mother's parents in or around Rockwood. Sadly, William died at the age of 46 on July 20, 1956. Their daughter Avis and son Terry both attended the Younkin Reunion East in the 1990s and 2000s.
  • Grandson Edward E. Younkin (1911-1974) was born on July 30, 1911 in South Connellsville. He married Edna F. Martz (1919-2010) and produced two grandsons -- Edward Younkin Jr. and James Younkin. The family made their home in Meyersdale, Somerset County, where Edward worked for 22 years for Kelly Springfield Tire Company. He helped to organize Little League Baseball in Meyersdale and took part in the Independent Baseball League of Southern Somerset County. Edward died at the age of 62 in Meyersdale on May 18, 1974. Rev. Harold Appel preached the funeral sermon, followed by burial in Union Cemetery in Meyeresdale. Edna survived him by more than three decades. She joined him in death in 2010.
  • Magazine picturing Jim Younkin and booklet naming Nelda

    Grandson James Derwood "Jim" Younkin (1913-1973) was born on June 3, 1913 in Versailles, Allegheny County, PA. He married Nelda Ruth Shanks (1916-1989), daughter of J. Roscoe and Daisy L. (Growall) Shanks. They produced three offspring -- Donald Roscoe Younkin, Luanne Knopsnyder Pritts and Linda M. Rager. James was employed for many years by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He developed a heart ailment and retired on disability. As a hobby, he learned the trade of coopering -- making watertight barrels and casks without nails, pegs, achesives or bands. He traveled to fairs across Pennsylvania and nearby cities to display his wares. The April 1973 edition of the National Geographic includes a photograph of James displaying at the the Kutztown Folk Festival in Berks County, PA. He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Rockwood, the Brotherhood of Mainteance Way Employees and the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County. Nelda was active in her own right in the community, as a charter member of the Rockwood Women's Club and as borough secretary in Rockwood for 26 years, with retirement in September 1989. For their services with the Century Club -- a junior women's organization -- Nelda and her sister-in-law Josephine (Leaphart) Younkin are cited by name in the commemorative booklet Rockwood Centennial: 1857-1957. James passed away on April 29, 1973, with burial in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. Nelda followed him to the grave on Nov. 6, 1989 at the age of 73.
  • Grandson Col. Richard C. "Dick" Younkin (1918-2010) was born in 1918 in Connellsville. Circa 1941, he married M. Irene (?). They produced an only daughter, Sandra Whitney. He spent three decades in the U.S. Army Air Corps, later the U.S. Air Force, with service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, achieving the rank of colonel. In the 1950s, he served with the U.S. Navy and stationed at Fort Ritchie, MD. During that time he often had breakfast at Camp David, the retreat of the president of the United States. He was "a communications-electronics specialist with assignments ranging from air crew radio operator to senior staff positions. His awards include two Bronze stars and five commendation awards," reported the Orlando Sentinel. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Orlando, FL on Aug. 30, 1991 and are pictured in the April 1992 edition of the Younkin Family News Bulletin. He and Younkin Reunion East founder Donna (Younkin) Logan carried on a continuing correspondence in the early 1990s. Sadly, Irene died on Oct. 22, 2002. Richard survived her by eight years and succumbed in Orlando, FL on Nov. 22, 2010. An obituary was printed in the Orlando Sentinel. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Orange County, FL.
  • Granddaughter Olive "Betty" Younkin (1923-2012) was born on Sept. 15, 1923 in Rockwood. She married Raymond Oliver "Jug" Sanner (1919-2018), son of Walter and Ellen (Patterson) Sanner of McKeesport,PA. The couple enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Their two children were Lauel "Lolly" Piersel and Samuel R. Sanner. Olive was a talented musician and played organ at a number of churches in and around Rockwood. She was in communication with Younkin Reunion East founder Donna (Younkin) Logan in the early 1990s. During World War II, Raymond was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific Theatre. Said the Somerset Daily American, he "worked for area farmers and was later employed by PennDOT. He then began a career with the B&O Railroad where he was a car foreman, retiring with 30 years of service. He was a member of the Kingwood Odd Fellows, Somerset Lodge #352 of the Free and Accepted Masons, and was Past Commander of the American Legion in Ursina. He attended numerous churches in the area." Betty died at the age of 89 on Dec. 16, 2012 in Windber Hospice in Somerset County. Rev. Gary R. Morris officiated at the funeral service, with burial following in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery. Raymond outlived his wife by six years. He passed into eternity at home at the age of 98 on May 7, 2018. Rev. Morris again led the funeral services.


Five sons of Harvey Carl and Georgianna "Anna" (Moon) Younkin. L-R: Kenneth 
Floyd, Richard Carl, Edward Earl, James Derbert and William Chalmers "Ben."
Courtesy Younkin Family News Bulletin July-Sept. 1991.


~ Daughter Elizabeth E. (Younkin) Heinbaugh ~

Daughter Elizabeth E. Younkin (1856-1927) was born in February 1856 or 1858 or 1859.

In about 1886, when she was age 27, Elizabeth married 22-year-old William J. (or "Thomas") Heinbaugh (1864-1918), son of Jack and Adaline (Whipkey) Heinbaugh. Elizabeth was six to nine years older than her groom. The Heinbaughs made their residence in Confluence, where Thomas worked as a day laborer.

Their five known children were Cordia B. Heinbaugh, Bertha Naylor, Effie Heinbaugh, Albert Heinbaugh and one who died young.

Stricken for three months with cancer of the throat, Thomas passed into eternity on May 6, 1918 at the age of 52.

Elizabeth followed him to the grave in 1927, specific month and date unknown. Interment was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Cordia B. Heinbaugh (1885- ? ) was born in September 1885.

Daughter Bertha Heinbaugh (1887-1935) was born on March 16, 1887 in Draketown. She was united in wedlock with Ernest Delmar Naylor (1886-1963), son of Elmer and Margaret (Anderson) Naylor of Mifflintown, PA. The family dwelled in Fayette County, where Ernest was a coal miner. Their known offspring were Margaret Cooley, Ray Naylor, Beatrice Holt, Delmar Earnest Naylor, Elizabeth Helen Shipp and Esther Kathryn Watson. Circa 1930, their home was in or near Lake Lynn/Point Marion, Springhill Township, with Ernest and their son Ray employed as coal miners. Heartache enveloped the family when Bertha died of a 13-day intestinal flu on Sept. 18, 1935 at the age of 47. Her remains were placed into rest in Pleasant View Cemetery in Smithfield, Fayette County. [Find-a-Grave] Ernest survived her by almost 30 years and married again to Edna Richards ( ? - ? ). They lived in Point Marion, Fayette County. Battling a weight problem, Ernest suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 76 on Jan. 20, 1963. Interment was in the Lutheran Cemetery in Lake Lynn, Fayette County. 

Daughter Effie Heinbaugh (1892- ? ) was born in about April 1892.

Son Albert Heinbaugh (1897-1962) was born on Christmas Day 1897 in Draketown. He was joined in marital union with Wilma Arminda Show (1906-1988), daughter of Milton and Elma (Parnell) Show of Henry Clay Township, Fayette County. They had these known offspring -- William Jackson "Jack" Heinbaugh, Thomas Boyd Heinbaugh, Gene Heinbaugh, Scott Heinbaugh, Van Heinbaugh, Louise Dennis and Irene Wasmer. The Heinbaughs made their home on Fairview Avenue in Confluence, a base from which Albert labored in local coal mines for years. Burdened with chronic heart disease and hypertension, Albert was felled by a stroke and died in Price Hospital 10 days later on Feb. 3, 1962. Wilma outlived him by more than a quarter century and joined him in death on Jan. 2, 1988. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American. They rest together in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery

~ Son William Harrison "Henry" Younkin ~

Son William Harrison "Henry" Younkin (1859-1943) was born on Feb. 20, 1859 in either Draketown or in Upper Turkeyfoot Township.

In about 1883, when Henry was age 24, he was united in matrimony with 16-year-old Ida Hyatt (1867-1911), daughter of Jesse C. and Hulda (Moon) Hyatt. They were farmers and made their home for decades in Lower Turkeyfoot Township.

Their eight known offspring were Margaret "Maggie" Johnson Burnsworth, Jesse James Younkin, Charles Younkin, Mattie J. Younkin, Alice P. Sayers, Clarence A. Younkin, Maude B. Younkin and Joseph E. Younkin.

When the federal census count was made in 1910, the Younkins made their home on a farm in Lower Turkeyfoot Township. Son James helped generate income for the family by working as a laborer at "odd jobs."

Sadly, having endured cancer of the stomach for about a year, Ida passed away at the age of 44 just four days after Christmas 1911.

Henry outlived her by more than three decades, during which time he suffered from coronary heart disease. Census records for 1920 show him living alone in Lower Turkeyfoot. In later years he also dealt with an enlarged prostate.

While visiting near Ohiopyle, Fayette County on June 9, 1943, Henry was felled by a heart attack and died instantly. Burial reunited the couple in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. Their grave marker was photographed by the founder of this website during a visit in 2013. [Find-a-Grave]


Margaret Johnson (far right) with her daughters. Right: George W. Johnson


Daughter Margaret Ann "Maggie" Younkin (1884-1965) was born in about February 1884. On March 7, 1899, the 17-year-old Maggie was wedded to her first husband, George Washington Johnson (1855-1928), son of Jeremiah and Jane (Warrick) Johnson. The marriage was George's second, and from his first marriage to Mary Pauline Hyatt, he brought these these six children to the union -- James H. Johnson, Luetta Grimm, Pansy Basinger, Dorothy Basinger, Leroy "Roy" Johnson and Clara Greenleaf. Maggie and George produced seven offspring -- Walter H. Johnson, Myrtle Umble Sleasman, Beulah Miller, Margaret Lillian Glass, Ida Novak, Sarah Katherine Molensky (or "Malinsky") and Thelma Jennings Zadylak. Circa 1906, when their son Walter was born, the Johnsons made their home in Connellsville. Sadly, George died on Dec. 3, 1928, in Pittsburgh at 6915 Manistee. His remains were brought back to Fayette County for burial at Moyer near Connellsville. Maggie was wedded to her second spouse, Grover Cleveland "Arie" Burnsworth (1894-1968), son of Frank and Abigail (Moon) Burnsworth. They went on to make their home in Mill Run. Maggie spent her final years in the home of her daughter Myrtle Sleasman in Normalville. She died there at the age of 80 on March 8, 1965, with interment in Normalville Cemetery following funeral services led by Rev. Clarence Upton. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier observed that her survivors included 56 grandchildren. Three years later, Grover passed away in Mill Run, Fayette County at the age of 74 on Nov. 30, 1968. He too was laid to rest in the Normalville Cemetery.


  • Step-grandson James H. Johnson (1880-1952) was born on April 5, 1880 in Ursina.He was wedded to Eva Moore ( ? - ? ). They produced 10 children -- Wilbert Johnson, Howard Johnson, William Johnson, James O. Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Lulu Eckenrod, Verna Lang, CArolyn Wickwire, Betty Edens and Carrie Knox. James was a longtime conductor with the Pennsylvania Railroad, based in Youngwood, Westmoreland County, PA. Following retirement, he obtained a position with the federal government at an experimental farm near Washington, DC, and he and Eva relocated to Laurel, MD. After eight years there, James died in Laurel at the age of 72 in August 1952. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that he was survived by 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


  • Step-granddaughter Luetta Johnson (1888-1964) was born three days after Christmas 1888 in Connellsville. She married widower Charles Joseph Grimm (1883-1949), son of William Winfield Grimm of Lewis County WV. Their eight children were Ethel Leona Crisman, William Leroy Grimm, Elma Elizabeth Held, Francis Albert Grimm, Alfaretta Mae Montgomery, Vera Shipman, George Washington Grimm and James Elliott Grimm. In 1952, the widowed Luetta dwelled in Leechburg, PA. She died in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, PA on Feb. 17, 1964. [Find-a-Grave]


  • Step-granddaughter Pansy J. Johnson (1891-1965) was born on June 20, 1891 in Springfield Township, Fayette County. She married Charles Basinger ( ? -1962). Their four children were Edna Mae Snider, Howard Basinger, Joan Clark and Ethel Moorhead in addition to a foster son, Howard Johnson. They lived in Moyer, Fayette County and in the Bullskin Township section north of Connellsville for many decades. Sadly, Charles died on May 29, 1962. Their foster son Howard passed away on June 14, 1964. Pansy became ill in June 1965 while visiting her daughter Ethel Moorhead in Youngstown, OH. She was admitted to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she expired at the age of 74 on June 21, 1965. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Interment was in Mount Olive Cemetery near Pennsville, with Rev. R.A. Nelson officiating.


  • Step-granddaughter Dorothy Johnson ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married (?) Basinger. Their home in 1952 was in Connellsville.


  • Step-granddaughter Clara Johnson ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married (?) Greenleaf. Their home in 1928 was in Pittsburgh and by 1952 they had relocated back to Connellsville. They were in Connellsville in 1965.


  • Stepson Leroy "Roy" Johnson ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He made his residence in 1952 in Mill Run, Fayette County, PA. By 1965, he had relocated to West Middlesex, OH and Saxonburg, Butler County, PA


  • Left: Margaret Burnsworth (R) and daughter Myrtle Sleasman. Right: Grover O. Umble. Courtesy Randolph Henry
    Granddaughter Myrtle Johnson (1899-1982) was born in 1899. She wed Grover Otto Umble (1885-1945), son of Andrew and Sarah (Welsh) Umble of Maryland. The couple reproduced eight times -- their children being Leroy Umble, Helen Umble, Claudine Umble, Charles Umble, Paul Umble, Mary Kathryn Umble, Janet Umble and Ronald Umble. They made their home in Ursina, where Grover earned a living as a laborer by the Pennsylvania Railroad. During World War II, their son Leroy joined the U.S. Army and was stationed overseas. On the tragic day of April 1, 1945, after seeing a movie in Confluence with his daughter Mary, Grover sent her home while he stopped to get some ice cream. While walking home along Route 53 in Confluence Borough, the 59-year-old Grover was struck by a moving car and suffered a fractured skull. The hit-and-run driver kept going, but another motorist stopped to help, and drove him to Price Hospital in Confluence, where he died shortly afterward. His broken remains were placed into rest in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery in Hexebarger. A detailed obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican. Myrtle survived her spouse by 35 years. She lived in Connellsville and remarried to or co-habitated with Earl Sleasman ( ? - ? ). She died in 1982.


  • Granddaughter Beulah Johnson (1901- ? ) was born on Oct. 14, 1901. She was married to Harry Miller ( ? - ? ) and lived in Republic, Fayette County in 1952 and later in East Millsboro, PA. Their six children were Beatrice Cole, Mildred Shumar, Doris Bradley, Rev. Harry Miller Jr., William Miller and James Miller. The family were members of the Apostolic Gospel Church in Brownsville. Beulah died in Brownsville General Hospital at the age of 84 on June 23, 1986. Interment was in LaFayette Memorial Park. A newspaper obituary noted that her survivors included 38 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.


  • Granddaughter Margaret Lillian Johnson (1909-1993) was born on Aug. 28, 1909 in the coal mining town of Tower Hill near Uniontown. She was united in wedlock with George T. Glass ( ? - ? ). They had five children -- Robert T. Glass, Ronald E. Glass, Betty J. Eckley, Virginia M. Cataneo and Shirley E. Doucette. Circa 1952, they resided in Canton, Stark County, OH. They made their home in the mid-1970s in East Millsboro, PA and in retirement relocated to Florida. Margaret passed away in Tampa at the age of 83 on May 31, 1993. Her remains were shipped north for interment in LaFayette Memorial Park near Brownsville, Fayette County, following funeral services held at the Apostolic Gospel Church of Brownsville.


  • Grandson Walter H. Johnson (1906-1975) was born on Oct. 28, 1906 in Connellsville. He wed a cousin, Joanna Moon ( ? - ? ). They produced a large brood of 11 children and resided in Indian Head, Fayette County. Among their offspring were Walter H. Johnson Jr., William E. Johnson, Grover C. Johnson, Gary Johnson, James Edward Johnson, Sylvia Schurg, Joann Trich, Mary Ann Shawley, Thelma Avila, Lorrain Ritenour and Linda Baker. Walter was a longtime employee of U.S. Steel Corporation's National Tube subsidiary in McKeesport and a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local No. 1409. He also belonged to the Scottdale Veterans Club and the Scottdale Sons of Italy. Walter died in Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County at the age of 69 on Nov. 3, 1975. His remains were placed in repose in the Normalville Cemetery. At his death, the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that he was survived by six sisters, 53 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


  • Granddaughter Ida Johnson (1905- ? ) was born in 1905 and lived with her grandfather and grandmother Younkin as a five year old. She married Raymond Novak. Their home in 1952 was in Canton, Stark County, OH and by the mid-1970s and 1980s was in Cleveland.


  • Granddaughter Sarah Catherine Johnson was wedded to Rudy Malinsky and dwelled in Kokomo, IN. Their one known son was Clark Malinsky.


  • Granddaughter Thelma Johnson (1918-1986) was born on March 19, 1918 at Revere, Fayette County. She was married twice. Her first husband was Edgar Jennings, son of Alvin Howard and Lydia J. (Kemp) Jennings Sr. See their biography for more.


Left: Maggie (Younkin) Johnson's granddaughter Mary (Umble) Henry (1931-2005). Right: Mary's son Randolph Henry places a wreath at a Civil War grave during the Younkin Reunion in 2015.


Son Jesse "James" Younkin (1886-1963) was born on July 20, 1886 in Confluence. He spent his adult life as a coal miner, following available jobs all throughout the region. On Dec. 1, 1913, when he was 27 years old, James was married to Helen "Hazel" (McNair) Anderson (1891-1933), daughter of Manoah and Katharine "Kate" (Collins) McNair. The ceremony took place in Confluence with each set of parents serving as witnesses. Their 10 offspring -- all daughters but one -- were Bessie I. Smith Campbell, Zola Gwendolyn Baronie, Charlotte Florence Smith, Mabel Plume, Pearl Beatrice Younkin, Hazel Esther Younkin, Jessie Yeager, Helen "Jean" Conn Burns, Vesta A. Kirzgavis and James Dale Younkin. In the early 1930s, the family made its home in Indian Head, Fayette County. Tragically, after 20 years of marriage and 10 children, Hazel was pregnant yet again in the early spring of 1933. She gave birth a month early, to their son James Dale, but was overcome with unstoppable bleeding of the uterus. She died at the age of 41 on April 5, 1933. Her passing left James to raise their brood of children. How he did so is not yet known, but he had to have had help. His world again was turned upside down in 1941 at the untimely death of their 18-year-old married daughter Pearl Beatrice Nicholson. His final residence was in the coal mining patch town of Nemacolin, Greene County, PA, with an address of 49 Bliss Avenue, possibly living with a daughter. On Dec. 19, 1963, having suffered from hardening of the arteries, diabetes and heart disease, he suffered a heart attack and died within hours at the age of 77. His remains were returned to Ursina for interment with his wife in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Harold M. Brown officiating. Daughter Zola Baronie of Nemacolin signed his official Pennsylvania death certificate. An obituary reported that his survivors included 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


  • Granddaughter Bessie I. Younkin (1913-1997) was born on Dec. 9, 1913 in Lower Turkeyfoot. Bessie was a charter member of the Confluence Church of the Nazarene and remained a member for the balance of her long life. She was married twice. Her first husband was Charles I. Smith ( ? - ? ). They produced four known children -- Sarah Smith, Alice Morgan, Betty Reckner, Richard Smith and Sharon Smith. Sadly, they endured the death of their daughter Sharon at age four in 1950. Her second spouse was Harry C. Campbell (1906-1993), son of Sam and Margaret Campbell of McKeesport, near Pittsburgh. Harry apparently had been married before and brought two daughters to the second marriage -- Sara Jane Rishel and Beverly Frazee It's not clear but she and Harry apparently had one daughter of their own, Harriet Holliday, born in 1953. The Campbells dwelled in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, PA. Harry was a World War II veteran and a member of the Confluence Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Latrobe American Legion. The couple eventually moved back to Confluence. Harry died at age 87 in Henry Clay Villa in Markleysburg on Nov. 16, 1993. Rev. Thomas Charles preached the funeral sermon, followed by burial in Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. Bessie survived her husband by four years. She succumbed at age 83 at Somerset Hospital on Feb. 9, 1997. She was survived by 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Zola Gwendolyn Younkin (1916-1990) was born on Oct. 29, 1916 in Lower Turkeyfoot. As a young woman, she dwelled in Indian Head, Fayette County. On Oct. 31, 1934, in  Morgantown, WV, the 18-year-old Zola was joined in matrimony with 23-year-old coal miner Henry Baronie (1910-1985) of Davistown, Fayette County. He was a son of Victor and Annie (Gifford) Baronie and had been born in Young Township, Indiana County, PA. Rev. W.E. Brooks of the First Presbyterian Church in Morgantown officiated. The couple had at four children, Robert Edward Baronie, James Dale Baronie, Roger Wayne Baronie and Nancy Baronie. They dwelled in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County in 1940 and in the 1960s in Nemacolin, Greene County, PA, and in 1989 in Latrobe, PA. Henry passed into eternity at age 74 on Valentine's Day 1985. Zola died in Greensburg, Westmoreland County at the age of 74 on Nov. 6, 1990.
  • Granddaughter Charlotte Florence Younkin (1919-1989) was born on May 23, 1919 in Lower Turkeyfoot. She married Daniel E. Smith Sr. ( ? - ? ). They had one son, Daniel E. Smith Jr. In 1963-1989, they made their residence in Pittsburgh. At the age of 69, Charlotte passed away at home in Pittsburgh on Feb. 28, 1989. Her remains were transported back to Confluence for burial in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Donald Chamberlain and Rev. Thomas Charles leading the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.
  • Granddaughter Mabel Younkin ( ? - ? ) was wedded thrice. Her first spouse was Thomas Martin ( ? - ? ). Their children were Richard Dwight Martin and William H. Martin. Her second husband was George David Tressler ( ? - ? ), son of Arthur and Sadie Tressler. Their only daughter was Sandra Lee McCully. Her third spouse was William D. "Pete" Plume (1914-1972), son of Alex and Susan (Hyatt) Plume of Lower Turkeyfoot. They produced another daughter, Karen K. Plume. Pete was a veteran of World War II. For many years, he earned a living as a signalman supervisor with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. he also was a member of the Confluence Lutheran Church, Confluence Volunteer Fire Department, the Somerset Eagles and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen. In the 1970s, they made their home in Confluence. Sadly, Pete died at home at the age of 58 in June 1972. Later, as a widow, Mabel lived in Latrobe, PA.
  • Granddaughter Pearl Beatrice Younkin (1923-1941) was born on New Year's Eve 1923. At the age of 16 or 17, she married Dwight Nicholson ( ? - ? ). The newlyweds made their home in the rural outskirts of Rockwood, Somerset County. In late 1942, with Pearl expecting their first child, but developed a bacterial infection of her reproductive tract known as "puerperal convulsions" which led to excessive albumen in her urine. She was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital, but it as too late. Unable to rally her health, the Grim Reaper of Death swept away Pearl and her unborn baby a day later on Nov. 14, 1942. An examining physician recorded "No delivery" on her death certificate. Burial was in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Jessie Younkin (1925- ? ) was born in October 1925. She was wedded to Gerald Yeager ( ? - ? ) and lived in Baltimore and by 1997 in Confluence.
  • Granddaughter Hazel Esther Younkin (1927- ? ) was born on April 26, 1927. Nothing more is known.
  • Granddaughter Helen Jean Younkin (1928-1987) was born in 1928. She was united in marriage withher first husband, Robert Conn ( ? - ? ) and in the 1960s resided in Latrobe, PA. Later she married her second spouse, Lester Burns ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Vesta A. Younkin (1930- ? ) was born on Dec. 9, 1930. At the age of 25, on June 29, 1955, she was joined in marriage with 30-year-old John P. Kirzgavis (1925- ? ). They made their home in the 1960s in Latrobe, PA. Their two daughters were Joni Rae Kirzgavis and Amy Jean Wayno.
  • Grandson Clarence Younkin lived in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
  • Grandson Joseph Younkin made is home in Confluence.

Son Charles Younkin (1889- ? ) was born in April 1889. He is named in the book 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset, which reports that he never married. Nothing more about him is contained in Donna (Younkin) Logan's records.


Obituary, 1976

Daughter Mattie Jane Younkin (1891-1955) was born on June 14, 1891 in Lower Turkeyfoot. At the age of 20, on Feb. 24, 1912, Mattie was joined in marriage with 28-year-old Alexander "Alex" Ohler (1884-1976). He was the son of Joseph and Sarah (Phillippi) Ohler and was a native of Upper Turkeyfoot Township. The couple produced six children -- Alice P. Porterfield, Eva Grace Hoover, Harold Ohler, Elmer Ohler, Sarah Sanner Singo and Elsie Ohler. Sadly, they endured the death of their daughter Elsie. In about 1920, they established a home on a farm in Hexebarger, occupying a two-story weatherboarded house that dated to 1849 and originally was built of logs by one of Mattie Jane's distant cousins, Jacob Minerd III. Their congregation of worship, the Old Bethel Church of God, was just over the hill from their home, a short walk in any sort of weather. The Ohler family remained there for the rest of their lives. In the spring of 1955, Mattie Jane was diagnosed with leukemia of the bone marrow. She survived but three months and succumbed to the disease on Aug. 18, 1955, at the age of 64. She was placed into eternal rest in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery. Alexander survived her by more than two decades. He passed away at the age of 92 on Dec. 8, 1976, in Somerset Community Hospital. In an obituary in the Somerset Daily American, the count of his offspring in cluded 23 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. After funeral services in the family church, his remains were joined with Mattie Jane's at Old Bethel, with Rev. Paul Tobias officiating. After Alexander's death, when none of his children was interested in maintaining the old farmhouse, it was sold to the Howatineck family.


The old Alex and Mattie Jane Ohler house, under renovation, 1980s. Below: the date of construction etched into the foundation, and a spring on the property.



  • Granddaughter Alice Ohler (1913-2005) was born on Aug. 30, 1913 in Upper Turkeyfoot. She was married twice. Her first husband was Benjamin Kreger ( ? - ? ). They are believed to have produced nine children -- Dorothy Metz, Mildred Ohler, Leora McClintock, Raymond Kreger, Paul Kreger, Martha Nicholson, Loretta Rugg, Shirley King and Ruth Ann Porterfield. Her second husband was Roosevelt Porterfield ( ? - ? ). They made their home for decades in the Markleton area and attended the Old Bethel Church of God. During her lifetime, she survived the heartbreak of the deaths of both husband in addition to her son Clarence and daughters Dorothy and Leota. Alice passed away at the age of 92 on Nov. 7, 2005. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery, with Rev. James Monticue officiating. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American reported that she was survived by an astonishing 36 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren.


  • Old Bethel Cemetery, Kingwood
    Granddaughter Eva Grace Ohler (1920-2012) was born on Sept. 6, 1920 in Upper Turkeyfoot. She was a longtime member of the Kingwood Church of God. On Dec. 12, 1939, at the age of 19, Eva was wedded to 22-year-old Loyal "Ray" Hoover (1917-2012). They had four children -- Robert R. Hoover, David C. Hoover, Patricia Younkin Foreman and Allen Hoover. The Hoovers made their home in the Kingwood area. In her later widowed years, she relocated to Warren, OH, where her son Allen and his wife Holly made their home. She died in the shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Howland, OH at the age of 92 on Dec. 21, 2012. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American said that burial was in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery, with Rev. James Monticue and Rev. Paul Tobias officiating. Her offspring were counted as nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


  • Grandson Harold F. Ohler (1927-2011) was born on May 28, 1927 in Upper Turkeyfoot. He was married to Helen Carolus ( ? - ? ). The couple resided in Markleton for many years and had three children -- Barry Ohler, DeAnna Kelly and Dana Bowers. Harold was employed by the King and Bungard Lumber Company in Markleton and was a member of the Kingwood Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows. Harold spent his final time on earth in the Goodwill Mennonite Home in Grantsville, MD, where he died at age 84 on June 16, 2011. Rev. James Monticue and Rev. Paul Tobias led the funeral service, with burial in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery.


  • Grandson Elmer Ohler (1923-2013) was born two days before Christmas 1923 in Upper Turkeyfoot. He had two children, Roy H. Ohler and Cathy King. Elmer was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and earned a living working at Laurel Hill State Park. He lived in Rockwood in the mid-2000s and toward the end of his life moved to Somerset. He died in Somerset Hospital at age 89 on April 15, 2013. Rev. James Monticue officiated at the funeral, with interment following. The Somerset Daily American noted in an obituary that his survivors included eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


  • Granddaughter Sarah Ohler was joined in marital union with (?) Sanner. Later, by 2005, she was married to Frank Singo ( ? - ? ) and lived in Markleton.


  • Granddaughter Elsie Ohler (1915-1964) was born in 1915. She married a cousin, Scott C. Kreger (1911-2007), son of Anna Clevenger and Milton D. Kreger, who were not married. Anna was of the family of Frederick J. and Delilah (Faidley) Younkin. They had four children -- Etta Nicklow, Scott C. Kreger Jr., Jack R. Kreger and Richard C. Kreger. They were members of the Kingwood Church of God. Sadly, Elsie died in 1964 at the age of 49. The cause of her untimely death is not known. On her grave marker were carved the words from the Lord's Prayer, "Thy will be done." Scott survived her by more than four decades. He rejoined her in eternity at age 95 on April 27, 2007. Rev. James Monticue and Rev. Paul Tobias led the funeral service. They are buried together in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery.

Daughter Alice P. Younkin (1894-1939) was born on April 14, 1894 in Confluence. On Aug. 20, 1912, when she was age 18, Alice was wedded to George R. Sayers (1891- ? ), son of James and Lena Sayers of Fayette County. The couple produced these children -- Melinda E. Sayers and Robert E. Sayers. In the mid-1910s, George obtained employment in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, OH, and the family moved there. His work circa 1920 was as a tire builder for a rubber works, and their home that year was on Orchard Avenue. By the late 1930s, they had moved to 312 Samaria Road in Stow Township, Summit County. In March 1939, Alice was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus which spread throughout her body. She suffered for seven months and finally died at the age of 45 on Oct. 24, 1939. Her remains were placed into repose in Stow.


Son Clarence A. Younkin (1896- ? ) was born on Oct. 6, 1896 in Lower Turkeyfoot. He married Olive Sayers ( ? - ? ) of Connellsville. Circa 1956-1965, they dwelled in Munroe Falls near Akron, OH. Clarence passed away in about 1969, and Evelyn R. Templeton of Munroe Falls, OH was appointed executrix of the estate.

Daughter Maude B. "Maudie" Younkin (1900-1978) was born on Sept. 13, 1900 in Lower Turkeyfoot. She married Franklin Elwood "Frank" Greer (1890-1963), son of Newton and Ida (Conn) Greer of Confluence. The Greers made their home in Ursina and produced three daughters -- Mildred Greer, Freda Greer and Dorothy Rugg. In 1920, census records show Maude's unmarried brother living in their home. Frank was a longtime railroader. Stricken with bladder cancer lasting two years, Frank died at the age of 72 on Feb. 26, 1963. Maude lived for another 15 years in Connellsville. She joined him in eternity at the age of 77 on Jan. 31, 1978. She was rejoined in interment with her husband in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, following funeral services led by Rev. Paul Tobias. At death, Maude was survived by five grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.


'Mongst the Hills of Somerset

Son Joseph E. Younkin Sr. (1903-1973) was born on Sept. 23, 1903 in Draketown. On March 12, 1926, when he was 22 years of age, he was wedded to19-year-old Mary K. Miller (1906-1988), daughter of Nelson and Emma J. (Markley) Miller of Henry Clay Township, Fayette County. They initially dwelled in Confluence and produced an only son, Joseph E. "Joker" Younkin Jr., born in 1926. After two decades of residence in Confluence, the Younkins in 1946 purchased a house above the Ursina Cemetery, paying a price of $1,500. In 1965, Joseph was named in the Connellsville Daily Courier obituary of his sister Margaret Burnsworth. Joseph died in Confluence at age 69 on April 14, 1973. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. Mary remained in the Ursina area for 15 years. She passed away in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 81 on Sept. 24, 1988. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Ursina Cemetery, with Rev. Thomas Charles preaching the funeral sermon. She was survived by four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. This family is profiled in the 476-page book 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset: A Collection of Historical Sketches and Family Histories, compiled by Donna N. Mowrey and published by the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County (1980).


  • Grandson Joseph E. "Joker" Younkin Jr. (1926-1987) was born on March 12 or Sept. 14, , 1926 in Confluence. At the age of 24, on Sept. 2, 1950, he was united in matrimony with 27-year-old widow Katherine (Friend) Casteel (1923-1997), daughter of Orville and Elma (Fike) Friend and stepdaughter of Carl VanSickle. Katherine had been married once before to Jackson Casteel and brought a son, Thomas Casteel, to the second marriage. The couple went on to produce three children of their own -- Gerald Younkin, Mary Beeman and Kenneth Younkin. They attended the Confluence Church of the Nazarene and Pentecostal Church of Friendsville, MD. Their daughter Mary Beeman wrote the Younkin chapter in the 'Mongst the Hills of Somerset book, and this family is pictured in the book as well (see page 429). Joseph passed away in Meyersdale Community Hospital at the age of 60 on Aug. 2, 1987. His remains were returned to the earth in Ursina Cemetery, with Rev. Thomas Charles officiating. His survivors included 11 grandchidlren and three step-grandchildren.

~ Son John Wesley Younkin ~


John Wesley and Ada (King) Younkin family, L-R: Etta Pearl, Ada, baby Paul Clifford, Adeline, Cyrus, John Wesley, Grant William, Edward, Harry. This photo was published in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (Jan. 1991).



Ursina Cemetery

Son John "Wesley" Younkin (1862-1940) was born on Dec. 1, 1862 in Lower Turkeyfoot.

On Christmas Day 1889, when Wesley was age 27, he was married to He married Ada Charlotte King (1871-1962), daughter of Christopher and Mary (Miller) King III and granddaughter of Christopher and Rosa (Knight) King II. This marriage is recorded in the 1969 book Knights to Remember, authored by Fannie (Knight) Giese. They remained together for more than half a century.

The Younkins produced a family of nine children -- Mary K. Younkin, Albert Franklin Younkin, Adaline Younkin, Edward Younkin, Harry Younkin, Cyrus Younkin, Grant William Younkin, Paul C. Younkin, Walton Younkin and Chester C. "Smut" Younkin. They also are said to have adopted a son, Robert Arlington Younkin.

Sadness blanketed the family in March 1894 when infant son Alfred died of scarlet fever and was interred in the Nicola Cemetery.


Book about Ada's family

Wesley earned an on-and-off living for three decades as a coal miner laborer. He finally retired from this occupation in 1927, and spent some of his retirement years in Hexebarger as near neighbors to Jacob and Minnie (Miner) Gary. Ada was considered to be "widely known and highly respected in the community where she resides."

In August 1934, Wesley received visitors at his home who all were distant Younkin cousins and were planning a first-ever family reunion. Wrote Charles Arthur Younkin of Charleroi, PA, one of the delegation: "We visited Wesley Younkin at Kingwood Pa. but did not have much success with him, that is this, he approved of having a reunion but did not believe in having it on a Sunday and plainly stated that he would never attend one held on a Sunday, but we did not let this bother us much as i have always found that anyone so set in their ideas and believe would not help much." The others in the delegation were Peter Bruce Younkin of Kingwood (of the family of Rev. Herman Younkin), David Franklin Younkin of Johnstown, PA (of the family of David Younkin) and Nellie Beatrice (Younkin) Wiley of California, PA of the family of Franklin B. Younkin. This group set the date of the reunion for the first Sunday of September 1934 in Kingwood, an event which became the widely known Younkin National Home-coming Reunions lasting until 1941.

When Ada celebrated her 67th birthday in October 1938, a party was held in her honor at their Humbert home and was covered by the Connellsville Daily Courier, reprinted in the Younkin Family News Bulletin. Thestory reported that "A sumptuous dinner was the highlight of the day.... Mrs. Younkin... is widely known and highly respected in the community where she resides." Guests included Ida Hilliard and Glen Smith and family of Fair Oaks, Harry and Grant Younkin and family of Connellsville, Mrs. Willis McCulley, Mr. and Mrs. George Colflesh and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Younkin of Ursina, the Robert Younkin family of Mill Run, the Cecil Hiles family of Confluence, the Cyrus Younkin clan of Nanty Glo, and James Younkin and Fred Clevenger of Humbert.

In late 1939, at the age of 78, Wesley began to suffer from paralysis of his small and large intestine, leading to bowel obstruction. After enduring the debilitating ailment for nearly three months, Wesley passed away in Lower Turkeyfoot on Feb. 1, 1940 at the age of 77. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, and son Paul was the informant for the death certificate. In an obituary, the Daily Courier reported his survivors as 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

As a widow, Ada lived for another 22 year in the Humbert community. While staying at Reid More Road in South Connellsville, and afflicted with heart disease, she entered eternity at the age of 90 on March 1, 1962.

Daughter Mary K. Younkin (1891-1972) was born in June 1891 in Lower Turkeyfoot. Her first husband was (?) Tressler. They had two children, Helen Heringhauser and Raymond Tressler. Mary later was wedded to Cecil Hiles ( ? - ? ). She moved to Toledo, OH in about 1947. Both of her adult children lived in Toledo as well in the 1970s. She died in Toledo at the age of 81 on Sept. 20, 1972. Her remains were brought back to Confluence for burial in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daughter Adaline Younkin (1895-1964) was born on March 10, 1895 in Lower Turkeyfoot. She was wedded at least once and perhaps twice. Her first two children were Robert S. Younkin and Irene Smith. She later was married to Willis L. McCulley (1896-1968 ? ), son of Franklin and Elizabeth McCulley. Their four children were Vernon McCulley, Grant McCulley, Ruth Griffith and Harry F. McCulley. They made their home in Ursina, where Willis earned a living as a laborer. Tragedy blanketed the family in the spring of 1940, when nine-year-old son Harry fell off of a bridge over Laurel Hill Creek and drowned. His body was found nine miles downstream, in an eddy, near the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge and discovered by George Hyatt of Confluence. Funeral services for the boy were held in the Ursina Church of God, officiated by Rev. H.B. Hull. An obituary was reprinted in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (Sept. 25, 1940), misspelling his last name as "McCullough." In late August 1947, said the Connellsville Daily Courier, Willis "suffered a laceration of the thumb when cut with a piece of rusty tin while unloading carbite at his place of employment. He was treated and discharged about 5 p.m." The following year, the McCulleys took in their married daughter Ruth and son in law Thomas Griffith two weeks before Christmas when they were evicted from their Ursina house, owned by R.B. Alcott, considered "a tumble-down frame structure," said the Courier. "Heart-rending is an eviction, stated a witness. The baby was asleep on the couch, but the couch had to be set out on the roadside, beyond the property line, with the rest of the furniture. Mrs. Griffith was cooking beans on the coal range but it had to go, too." Adaline passed away in Confluence on Nov. 2, 1964 at the age of 69. Her remains were lowered into repose in the Ursina Cemetery.

Son Edward Younkin (1897- ? ) was born on May 26, 1897 in Lower Turkeyfoot.


Casselman River passing Confluence, PA


Son Harry Younkin (1899-1971) was born on April 7, 1899 in Draketown. His first wife was Olive Berthell Whipkey (1905-1938), daughter of Garfield B. and Mary C. (Shelley) Whipkey of Scullton, Somerset County. They were united in holy matrimony in about 1922. During their short married life, they produced three children -- James Younkin, Margaret Beard and Pauline Dick. Upon marriage, they relocated to Connellsville, Fayette County, where their home was at 613 Snyder Street. They were members of the First United Brethren Church. Sadly, Olive contracted dysentery in July 1938 and her circulatory system eventually collapsed. She was treated in Connellsville State Hospital and passed away thereat the age of 33 on Aug. 15, 1938. Burial was in Mount Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Elmer A. Schultz of the First United Brethren Church. Her obituary was published in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (Dec. 20, 1938). The untimely death left Harry alone to raise 15-year-old Margaret and 13-year-old Pauline. Harry's second bride was Edna (Nicklow) Fosbrink (1910-1986), daughter of Hubert and Florence (Piper) Nicklow. She brought three children to the marriage -- Madge Loughman, Loretta Jean Corteal and Harry Fosbrink. Harry died on June 20, 1971 at the age of 72. His remains were placed into a grave in the Mount Olive Cemetery near Pennsville, north of Connellsville. Edna survived by another 15 years. She succumbed in Connellsville on March 4, 1986 at age 76, and rests for eternity in Mount Olive Cemetery.

Son Cyrus Younkin (1901-1978) was born on April 1, 1901 in Lower Turkeyfoot. In Humbert, Somerset County, on Aug. 22, 1922, Cyrus at age 21 was married to Grace Maude Crawford (1905-1954), who was living at the time in Draketown. Her parents were James Hamilton and Eva Maud (Metheny) Crawford of Friendsville, MD. The couple had one son, Edward Younkin, born in 1933. They relocated to Nanty-Glo, Cambria County, PA. There, in the mid-1950s, Grace earned income as a cook in a local restaurant. Grace died in Nanty-Glo at age 49 on Dec. 4, 1954. Her remains were returned to Somerset County to rest in Ursina, following services in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Nanty-Glo. The only cause of death the physician wrote was "A.S.++ disease." George Younkin of Nanty-Glo was the informant for her certificate of death. An obituary was printed in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times. Cyrus remained in Nanty-Glo and survived his wife by 24 years. He joined her in eternity on Jan. 4, 1978, at the age of 76. Interment was in Mundy Corner Cemetery in Cambria County.

Son Grant William Younkin Sr. (1902-1991) was born the day after Christmas 1902 in Humbert. He was twice married and produced a combined 14 children. His first bride was Rosa Mae Crawford (1901-1935), daughter of James and Eva Maud (Matheny) Carwford of West Virginia and Confluence. Their nine offspring were Grant William Younkin Jr., Roger G. Younkin, Alma Stump, Helen Cornish, Shirley Ringer, Eugene Younkin, Edwin A. "Ebb" Younkin, Hobart Younkin and Harold Younkin. The family seems to have moved back and forth during the 1930s between Ursina and Nanty-Glo, Cambria County, PA, with the latter address in the mid-1930s was 1036 Wagner Street. In Nanty-Glor, Grant continued his labor as a coal miner. Anxiety swept through the young family in about 1931 when Rosa, who had high blood pressure, began to suffer from chronic kidney problems. Then, while expecting a baby in the winter of 1935, and she began to endure grand mal seizures ("eclampsia") and died at the age of 33 on Feb. 4, 1935. Her remains were transported back home for burial in Ursina Cemetery. When the fedeal census enumeration was made in 1940, the widowed Grant headed a household with seven children ranging in age from 17 to six. Grant's second spouse was Margaret Isabell Carnes ( ? - ? ). They produced five more children -- Frank E. Younkin, Martha Rummell, Cyrus Younkin, Eleanor Jean Jones and Margaret Sanner. They eventually returned to South Connellsville in 1943, with Grant finding new work as a coal miner for U.S. Steel Corporation. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America local 1904 and of the Christian Missionary and Alliance Church. The Younkins' address there was 421 Reidmore Road. In October 1970, Grant was driving on Route 119 at the Everson exit near Pennsville when he was rear-ended in a chain reaction crash, and was pictured in a related news story. Grant died in Connellsville at the age of 88 on May 15, 1991. He rests for eternity in Green Ridge Memorial Park. A newspaper obituary tallied the number of his survivors at 32 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Alma Younkin (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923. She married Stump.
  • Grandson Grant William Younkin Jr. (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In November 1944, he held the rank of sergeant with a medical unit at Fort Jackson, SC. He was pictured in uniform in the Nov. 25, 1944 edition of the Connellsville Daily Courier. After the war's end, he obtained employment with a lumber company in McCleary, WA. Grant made news again in the Daily Courier in May 1948 when he went hunting with a .22 rifle, not far from the Canadian border, and shot a bear.
  • Granddaughter Helen Younkin (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925. She wedded Cornish.
  • Grandson Eugene Younkin (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927. An avid hunter, he made news in December 1953 when shooting a seven-point, 175-lb. buck at Scullton. Not to be outdone by his older brother Grant, Eugene went hunting in Jefferson County, PA with his brothers Roger and Edwin and James Younkin and Gus Gallagher of Nanty-Glo in November 1957 and brought down a black bear weighing  406 lbs. The news was reported in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
  • Grandson Roger G. Younkin (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931. He is believed to have joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 5, 1950 during the Korean War. Circa April 1951, he completed studies in the cooking department of the 5th Army Food Service Sub-School at Camp Atterbury, IN.
  • Granddaughter Shirley Younkin (1932- ? ) was born in about 1932. She was joined in matrimony with Ringer.
  • Grandson Edwin/Edward A. "Ebb" Younkin (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934. Controversy arose in August 1953 when he was shot by a married woman, Edith Ritenour. The incident was "caused by a companion of the local man," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier. "She told police she shot Edwin ... through the screen door of her home with the youth attempted to force his way in." The .22 caliber bullet lodged in his pelvic area, and "it is expected that he will be transferred to the Naval hospital in Philadelphia." He was discharged from the Connellsville State Hospital about a week later.
  • Grandson Hobart Younkin
  • Grandson Harold Younkin
  • Grandson Frank E. Younkin
  • Granddaughter Martha Younkin ( ? -living) was born in (?). She wedded John Robert Rummell (Aug. 25, 1947-2020), the son of John T. and Rose Marie (Hall) Rummell of New Kensington, Westmoreland County, PA. During the Vietnam War, John served in the U.S. Air Force. The couple resided in Confluence and bore two offspring -- Jeanna Rummell and Grant Rummell. They are known to have attended the Confluence Church of the Nazarene, with John a member of the chancel choir. Sadly, on Aug. 3, 2020, John passed away at home at the age of 72.
  • Grandson Cyrus Donald Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He joined the U.S. Navy in 1962 and trained at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. In about 1967, he married Wilma Saunders, daughter of Rebecca Saunders of Lewisburg, WV. News of their marriage license was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. The couple bore two known children, Janetta Lynn Younkin and Cyrus Donald Younkin Jr.
  • Granddaughter Eleanor Jean "Jeannie" Younkin ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). Upon graduation from high school, she moved to New York, working in the international headquarters of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. After a year, she returned home and secured a job with the Connellsville branch of Gallatin National Bank as a safety deposit box clerk. In August 1973, she was pictured in the Connellsville Daily Courier for having written lyrics to two sons accepted for publication and possible record-pressing -- "Remember Me" and "Shy." She was united in the bonds of wedlock with (?) Jones
  • Granddaughter Margaret Younkin Sanner


Younkin brothers Paul and Walton

Son Paul C. Younkin (1906-1992) ws born on Feb. 10, 1906 in Lower Turkeyfoot. He apparently never married. Circa 1940, he lived at home with his parents along Hexie Road in Hexeberger, and earned a living as a laborer on a local road project. He and his brother Walton jointly purchased a grave stone under which they wanted to rest someday. Paul spent his final years in Farmington, Fayette County. He died there in 1992 at the age of 85. While a U.S. flag marks their grave, it is unknown if or when Paul or his brother served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Son Walton Younkin (1909-1990) was born on Feb. 7, 1909 in Upper Turkeyfoot. As with his elder brother Paul, he was a lifelong bachelor. Circa 1940, when the federal census enumeration was made, Walton resided at home with his parents and brothers Paul and Raymond. That year, he had no occupation, and the census-taker recorded that Walton was not seeking employment. At some point in time he relocated to Ebensburg, near Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. He died in Laurel Crest Manor in Ebensburg at the age of 81 on June 18, 1990. Burial was in the Jersey Cemetery following funeral services preached by Rev. Thomas Charles. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American.

Son Chester C. "Smut" Younkin (1911-2002) was born on Oct. 11, 1911 in Humbert. He was united in holy matrimony with Virginia E. Leonard (1918-1993), daughter of Joseph and Etta (Conn) Leonard of Farmington. Their children were Eileen Rosenberger and Dwight Younkin. Chester seerved in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. The Younkins lived in Confluence for years. At the age of 75, Virginia passed away in Confluence on Nov. 23, 1993. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. Chester survived his wife by nine years. He joined her in death on Nov. 22, 2002 while a resident of Patriot Manor in Somerset. Rev. Ronald Schaeffer officiated at the funeral service.

Adopted son Robert Arlington Younkin (1911-1985) was born on Aug. 24, 1911 in Confluence and was adopted by Wesley and Ada Younkin. Apparently his natural-born sisters were Ruth Griffith and Irene Smith, and he had a half-brother, Vernon McCulley. Robert married Leona ( ? - ? ) and moved to North Liberty, IN. They bore two sons -- John Younkin and Ronald C. Younkin. At the age of 73, Robert died in North Liberty on March 1, 1985. His body was shipped back to Confluence for interment in Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. The Daily American published an obituary.


~ Daughter Amanda Belle (Younkin) Snyder ~

Daughter Amanda Belle Younkin (1864- ? ) was born in June 1862 or in August 1864 in Lower Turkeyfoot.

In about 1884, the 20-year-old Amanda was united in matrimony with Samuel Snyder (1860- ? ), not to be confused with Somerset County Judge Samuel Snyder (1831-1895).

The couple made their home in Addison Township, Somerset County and had three sons, Jacob C. Snyder, Wilson Snyder and Albert J. Snyder.

Later, they relocated to Four Mile Run in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, PA, where in 1900 Samuel was employed as a "coal digger."

Tragically, Samuel died of an undisclosed malady during the decade between 1900 and 1910.

Amanda survived as a widow for many years, with her elder two sons going to work in coal mines and the youngest son running errands until he too was of age to begin mining work. In 1910, her home was in Addison, where she continued to dwell for decades. By the early 1930s, she had moved back to Upper Turkeyfoot. Suffering from senility at the age of 70, she died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Jan. 26, 1933. Her remains were lowered into repose in Addison Cemetery.

Son Jacob C. Snyder (1888- ? ) was born in February 1886. He was a coal miner in 1910 and lived at home with his mother and brothers that year, at the age of 22.

Son Wilson Snyder (1894-1938) was born on Nov. 15, 1891. His birthdate also has been given as September 1894. When he was age 26, in 1920, he was divorced and lived with his widowed mother and brother, earning a living as a coal miner. In 1933, at the death of his mother, Wilson resided in Markleton and signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death. He eventually wedded a double cousin, Emma Younkin (1892-1967), daughter of Jonas M. and Josephina "Fina" (Younkin) Younkin of the families of Jonas and Mary (Beal) Younkin and Frederick J. and Delilah (Faidley) Younkin. See Emma's biography for more.

Son Albert J. Snyder (1900-1956) was born on May 25, 1900. He was a coal miner as a young adult, laboring in the mines of southern Somerset County. At the age of 24, in late September 1924, Albert married June Sterner (1906-1990), daughter of Jesse J. and Ora (Wills) Sterner of Harnedsville. Justice of the peace W.H. Zufall officiated at the wedding ceremony. The couple made their home in Addison Township near Confluence. Their four children were Shirley Holliday, Albert Snyder Jr., Jaquay Snyder and John Snyder. Over the years, Albert supported the family through his work as a laborer. Albert was stricken by a heart attack and died at home at the age of 56 on Oct. 9, 1956. A short obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Burial was in Addison Cemetery. June survived another 34 years. She passed away in Henry Clay Villa in Markleysburg at the age of 83 on June 20, 1990. Rev. Gregory Deans led the funeral service at Ursina Cemetery. The Somerset Daily American reported that she was survived by seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.


~ Son Peter "Albert" Younkin ~


Younkin Family News Bulletin, 1941

Son Peter "Albert" Younkin (1867-1940) was born on March 16, 1867 in Lower Turkeyfoot. He preferred the life of a bachelor and never married, spending his years in the Confluence area.

Albert made a living for many years as a general laborer in the lumber business. In later years he roomed with his widowed sister in law Ella Younkin.

In the fall of 1940, however, he worked as a handyman at Yeagley Restaurant in Confluence, among other things tending to the furnace. The two-story building, located between Dodd Hotel and the old Riverside Hotel building, was owned at the time by G.A. Frantz and Allen Groff. On the fateful day of Oct. 10, 1940, while he was at work, he "was eating his evening meal as were several patrons when he smelled smoke," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier. "He went into the cellar to the furnace to investigate. A few minutes later he staggered out of the cellar into an alleyway near Dr. T.R. Show, Harry Camp and Melvin Hyatt, where he slumped to the ground, dead. Examination of the body at the funeral parlors of Charles Humbert indicated a heart attack, superinduced by over exertion and near suffocation in the smoke-filled cellar, had caused his death."

Burial was in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery, with Rev. J.O. Martin preaching the funeral service. His brother Calvin was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. The news story about Albert's senseless death was reprinted in the final issue of the Younkin Family News Bulletin (June 30, 1941).


Dodd Hotel in Confluence, next to the Yeagley Restaurant


~ Son Jacob "Calvin" Younkin ~

Son Jacob "Calvin" Younkin (1869-1949) was born on April 30, 1869 in Lower Turkeyfoot.

In about 1892, when he was 22 years of age, Calvin was wedded to Estella "Stella" Flanigan (1874-1942), daugher of George and Mary (Silbaugh) Flanigan.

They made a home in Confluence, on Sterner Street, and had six children -- Alfred M. Younkin, Sue Marie Rogers, Lloyd Clive Younkin, Harry Younkin, Lillian Dorothea Ramsey and Russell E. Younkin.

Stella appears to have enjoyed the public limelight, as no fewer than 34 articles about her routine comings, goings and health were  printed in the Younkin Family News Bulletin between 1938 and 1941.

Suffering from heart valve disease, Stella succumbed at the age of 67 on May 20, 1942. Burial was in Addison Cemetery, with son Russell, who lived in Clairton, PA, signing the death certificate.

Calvin died two days before Christmas 1949 at the age of 80. He was interred in Addison Cemetery.

Son Alfred M. Younkin (1893-1971) was born on March 10, 1893 in Confluence. He lived in Confluence in 1926. Alfred married Helen Fick ( ? - ? ) and they had an only son, John C. "Jack" Younkin. The couple later divorced. Alfred moved to Akron, OH. He died there at the age of 77 on Jan. 18, 1971. His body was returned to Somerset County for burial in Addison Cemetery, with Rev. Arthur Gotjen leading the funeral service. The Somerset Daily American noted in an obituary that he was survived by four grandchildren.


Beaver College and Musical Institute
Courtesy Beaver Area Heritage Foundation


Daughter Sue Marie Younkin (1895-1980) was born on Jan. 27, 1895 in or near Confluence. As a young woman, she graduated from Beaver College in Beaver, PA, and went on to work as a music educator of organ and piano. On Nov. 19, 1919, at the age of 24, she married 27-year-old Joseph A. Rogers (1892-1980), son of Clarence and Sarah (Moore) Rogers of Pittsburgh. The couple remained together for six decades and in 1979 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Joseph served in the American Expeditionary Force during World War I and was in horrific action at the Argonne Forest. They produced two sons -- Calvin Younkin Rogers and Glenn Joseph Rogers. They made their home in the mid-1920s in Pittsburgh. Later, they relocated to Akron, OH, where Joseph had obtained employment with the Atlantic Refining Company. While in Akron, Joseph belonged to the Masons andAshland County Shrine Club. Sue Marie was a member of the Eastern Star and Rebekkah Lodge and was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church. In late 1978, they relocated to Ashland, OH and were admitted to the Brethren Care Nursing Home. Both Sue Marie and Joseph died in 1980, he at 88 on Jan. 19 and she at age 85 on April 4. Burial was in Addison Cemetery, following funeral services in Ashland conducted by Rev. John Landrum and Rev. Clyde Allen Cox and at the cemetery led by Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Gotjen. The Somerset Daily American noted in an obituary that she was survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Rockwood IOOF Cemetery and Meyersdale Republican obituary



Lloyd Clive Younkin

Son Lloyd Clive Younkin Sr. (1896-1926) was born on Nov. 16, 1896 in or near Confluence. He had brown eyes and light brown hair, and was of medium height and build. In early adulthood, Lloyd obtained a job with the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and apparently was based for a time at its facilities in Rankin, near Pittsburgh. He left the company during World War I to serve with the American Expeditionary Force and stated in official paperwork that his mother was his next of kin. Lloyd spent 11 months in Europe with an engineers regiment. After the war, he returned home to Confluence. On July 5, 1921, in Pittsburgh, he was wedded to Rebecca Elizabeth Schultz (1899-1956), daughter of Jacob R. and Bertha (Phillippi) Schultz of Rockwood. Their three children were Mary Ellen Hall, Anna Louise Hay and Lloyd Clive Younkin Jr. Lloyd was considered "well known" and was a member of the Confluence Methodist Episcopal Church, the Knights of Pythias and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. In about 1920, he obtained employment as a railroad laborer with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Connellsville Division, and worked there for six years. On the fateful day of Aug. 7, 1926, the 29-year-old Lloyd lost his life in an awful rail accident while at Manila, between Rockwood and Cumberland, MD. Reported the Connellsville Weekly Courier, "The air hose of the train burst and Mr. Younkin, who was walking from the top of one car to another, was thrown beneath the train and was dragged for a considerable distance. He was brought to the hospital where it was discovered that his left leg was so badly mangled that amputation was necessary." Physicians noted that his left leg was crushed from mid thigh downward. The combination of profuse bleeding and shock led to his death. Burial was in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery, with brother Russell E. Younkin of Confluence signing the death certificate. In an obituary, the Weekly Courier lamented that he "had been in the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for six years and was popular among railroad men, as well as all others who knew him. Of a sunny disposition he won the friendshiop of all with whom he came in contact. His wife and mother were at the hospital when death came." Rebecca somehow recovered from the tragedy and raised their three young children, who ranged in age from one to four when the father was killed. At the age of 57, suffering from acute rheumatic heart disease, she died on May 31, 1956.


Lloyd C. Younkin, World War I, and Rebecca in girlhood



News article, 1993
  • Granddaughter Mary Ellen Younkin (1922-2009) was born on Feb. 9, 1922 and was only four and a half years of age when her father lost his life. On Feb. 6, 1943, when Mary Ellen was 20, she married William Henry Hall ( ? -1997) in a World War II-era ceremony at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The couple had two sons, William Henry "Bill" Hall II and Jerry Calvin Hall. Mary Ellen obtained a college education at the University of Akron and was employed over the years by Penn Mutual Insurance Company in West Chester, PA. They lived in West Chester and Ulysses, PA. Mary Ellen and Bill attended many Younkin Reunion East gatherings in the 1990s and early 2000s. Sadly, Bill died in 1997. Mary Ellen survived for another dozen years and passed away at the age of 87 on May 1, 2009. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American. Their son Bill and his wife Helen have attended Younkin Reunions in Kingwood in the 2010s, donating homemade pies for the annual fundraising auction.
  • Grandson Lloyd Clive Younkin Jr. ( ? -1972) was born in (?). He married June Felton and produced two sons -- Lloyd Clive Younkin III and Kirby H. Younkin. Lloyd Jr. was a veteran of World War II. The family relocated to Johnstown, PA and then in about 1966 moved to Florida, establishing a residence in Sarasota. While in Florida, he was a 50 percent owner of Siesta Liquors. Lloyd died at age 47 on July 16, 1972. Burial was in Sarasota Memorial Park.
  • Granddaughter Anna Louise Younkin (1923- ? ) was born on Dec. 12, 1923. At the age of 19, on Sept. 11, 1943, Anna Louise married Karl Homer Hay ( ? - ? ), son of Homer and Kate Hay. They dwelled for decades in Berlin, Somerset County and owned and operated Hay's Office Supply. The couple produced two chidlren, David Karl Hay and Becky Kate Hay. The Hays were members of the Berlin Brethren Church, where Karl was a deacon and both were members of the Willing Workers Class, while Anna was a member of the church choir. Karl also belonged to the Masons, Shriners, Pittsburgh Consistatory, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Last Man's Club and Somerset Community Hospital board. Anna Louise was active with the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary and Children's Aid Home Board. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11, 1993 and were pictured in a related story in the Somerset Daily American.

Son Harry Younkin (1896- ? ) was born in 1896 in or near Confluence. In 1920, when he was age 24, he was a patient in the Somerset County Home and Hospital as shown in the federal census record. He had no occupation that year. His fate after 1920 is a mystery. In August 1926, when his brother Lloyd was killed in a railroad accident, Harry was not named in the obituary which otherwise listed surviving brothers and sisters.

Daughter Lillian "Dorothea" (or "Etha") Younkin (1902-1971) was born in about 1902 in Confluence. In 1924, in Pittsburgh, she was joined in marital union with Rev. Leonard J. Ramsey ( ? -1949), a South Carolina native who studied at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1926, their home was in Pittsburgh. Their three sons were William J. Ramsey, Richard J. "Dick" Ramsey and Donald "Roger" Ramsey. Leonard attended Dorland Institute in Hot Springs, NC, Maryville College in Tennessee and Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN, where he obtained his bachelor of arts degree. He then continued his studies at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, earning a bachelor of divinity degree. "Several years of graduate work followed, including studies at University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University and other institutions," said the Meyersdale Republican. "He held three pastorates before coming to Painesville, having served in Pittsburgh, Pa., for seven years, New Philadelphia, O., eight years, and most recently Mount Vernon, seven years. He is past president of both the Pennsylvania and Ohio Pastors conferences, and now is a trustee of the Ohio Baptist Convention. He also has served on the faculty of the Young Peoples' Summer Assembly." In January 1943, he was appointed pastor of the First Baptist Church of Painesville, OH. Reported the Republican in June 1949, he "instituted the week day religious education program in Painesville which functioned successfully in that area for some time. He was one of the five men who organized the Akron-Ashtabula summer camp for young people. This $40,000 project, on a site on Lake Erie at Conneaut, was started two years ago and still is in the process of completion. It was used for summer camping for the first time last year." At the age of 60, having been ill for a few days, Leonard went through with the Sunday morning worship service on June 7, 1949, only to be swept away in death by a heart attack later that morning. Dorothea succumbed in Painesville, OH in 1971 at the age of 69.

Son Russell E. Younkin (1904-1991) was born on Jan. 5, 1904 in Confluence. At the age of 21, in 1926, he lived in Confluence. He was united in holy wedlock with Mildred Bailey ( ? - ? ), daughter of Frank K. and Bessie (Colborn) Bailey of Connellsville. For many years, they made their home in Clairton, PA. Their two offspring were Paul Bailey Younkin and Stella Younkin. Russell passed into eternity in Clairton at age 87 on Nov. 20, 1991.


~ Daughter Sarah "Sadie" (Younkin) Gerhart ~


Little Clara's grave, 1894,
Delilah Younkin Cemetery

Daughter Sarah "Sadie" Younkin  (1872-1944) was born on July 21, 1872 in Confluence.

On Nov. 1, 1889, at the age of 17, she was united in marriage with 21-year-old John W. Gerhart (1868-1937), son of Nelson and Sarah (Nicholson) Gerhart of Milford Township, Somerset County.

Their 11 children were Clyde Gerhart, Paul Gerhart, Jacob Nelson Gerhart, William Gerhart, Homer Gerhart, Sarah Beal, Mary Hook, Bertha Henry, Clara Gerhart and Florence Shockey.

Little daughter Clara did not survive childhood. She died on Aug. 25, 1894, at the tender age of one year and three days. Her tiny remains were lowered into rest in the family burying ground at the Delilah Younkin Cemetery in Hexebarger.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the Gerharts dwelled in Greenville, Somerset County. Deep sadness swept through the family in 1903 when their nine-year-old daughter Clara died of unknown causes.


YFNB, 1938

In about 1929, the couple may have separated, as Sadie went to live with her married daughter Florence Shockey in the Dormont section of Pittsburgh, while John remained in Meyersdale and served as Commissioner of Streets for the borough from 1932 until his death.

Stricken with acute pancreatitis, John underwent surgery in Hazel McGilvery Hospital to drain the infected organ, but could not rally. He died on Dec. 8, 1937 at the age of 69. Burial was in Meyersdale Cemetery, with Rev. J.C. Little of the Methodist church officiating. His newspaper obituary was republished in the Younkin Family News Bulletin (April 30, 1938). As street commissioner, "he stood for the best for his town, and leaves a host of sorrowing friends and neighbors, who mourn his passing," said the obituary.


Obituary, 1944

Sadie outlived him by seven years, making her home in Meyersdale with her daughter Bertha Henry in 1940. By 1944, she had moved to the Shockey home in Dormont at 2742 Philadelphia Avenue.

Having been treated for hypertension and heart disease, she suffered a stroke on or about New Year's Day 1944. She suffered in this stae for about five weeks and finally expired at age 71 on Feb. 6, 1944. Her remains were returned to Meyersdale to enter final rest. Rev. Thomas R. Thomas of the Methodist church led the funeral service.

Son Clyde Gerhart (1890-1946) was born on March 30, 1890. He married Sarah "Sadie" Mull ( ? - ? ). They produced seven children -- Roy A. Gerhart, John W. Gerhart, Roger E. Gerhart, William E. Gerhart, Mrs. Curtis Clites, Anna M. Gerhart and Ruth F. Gerhart. Clyde was employed with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Somerset County. He was widely considered a good worker and well liked. On the sad day of Jan. 21, 1946, John and track foreman Herbert Fidler "were working together, loading rails about half a mile east of the Yoder coal tipple," reported the Meyersdale Republican, "when Gerhart, who seemed in his usual spirits, stoopoed over the brush some snow that had accumulated on the rails, and suddenly collapsed to the ground. Fidler immediately started with the stricken man to a physician in Meyersdale, but he died on the way." Upon examination, Deputy County Coroner Dr. E.C. Saylor pronounced the cause of death as a heart attack. Interment was in Union Cemetery, with Rev. S.C. Keiser officiating. Their son Roy, a veteran of World War II, was custodian of the Meyersdale United Methodist Church for 27 years.

Son David E. Gerhart (1896- ? ) was born in about 1896. Nothing more about him is known.

Daughter Sarah J. Gerhart (1897- ? ) was born in about 1897. She was wedded to Charles Beal ( ? - ? ). In 1946, they lived in McKeesport, near Pittsburgh.

Daughter Bertha A. Gerhart (1896- ? ) was born in about 1896 or 1899. She was married to Brent L. Henry (1893- ? ), a Maryland native. Their home in 1940 was in a rented house in Meyersdale, where Brent worked as a railroad brakeman. By 1946, they had moved to Connellsville. Their seven known children were Leu U. Henry, Mary L. Henry, Doris E. Henry, Robert J. Henry, Jean D. Henry, Betty J. Henry and Shirley A. Henry.

Son Paul Gerhart ( ? - ? ) dwelled in Meyersdale in 1946.

Son Jacob Nelson Gerhart ( ? - ? ) served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. He was based in San Francisco in 1944 and remained there at least through 1946.

Son William Gerhart ( ? - ? ) resided in Salisbury, Somerset County in the mid-1940s.

Son Homer L. Gerhart ( ? - ? ) made his home in 1946 in Cumberland, MD.

Daughter Mary Gerhart ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was united in matrimony with Fred Hook ( ? - ? ). Their home in 1946 was in Charleroi, Washington County, PA.

Daughter Florence Gerhart (1905- ? ) was born in about 1905. She married Eli G. Shockey (1903- ? ). By 1929 they relocated to Wilmerding, Allegheny County where they remained at least through 1935 before moving to the Dormont section of Pittsburgh, in a house on Crosby Road. Eli obtained employment as a draftsman with an oil company, where he worked in 1940. In 1944, their address was 2742 Philadelphia Avenue in Dormont. Their three known children were Gordon Shockey, Philip Shockey and Mary Kathryn Shockey.


~ Son Oscar "Emerson" Younkin ~


Kingwood IOOF Cemetery

Son Oscar "Emerson" Younkin (1874-1937) was born on March 12, 1874 in or near Confluence.

When he was age 19, on March 17, 1894, he was united in holy wedlock with 18-year-old Ellen S. "Ella" Nicola (1876-1956), daughter of John J. and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Kreger) Nicola of Draketown, also spelled "Nicklow." They remained wedded for a total of 42 years until separation by death.

The Younkin and Nicklow families were close, and Emerson's cousin William Lincoln Younkin -- son of Frederick J. Younkin -- married Ella's sister Margaret Nicklow.

Their three children were Elvie Reid Shaffer, Corda Emily "Cordie" Leer and Wilbert Younkin.

Oscar made a living as a laborer, and for nine years worked in Braddock near Pittsburgh for the Beggs & Cobb Leather Manufacturing Company. In 1900 and 1910, the U.S. Census records him as a laborer in a local tannery, with the family dwelling in 1910 in the borough of Confluence.

By 1920, Emerson at age 45 had changed his occupation and had obtained employment as a railroad watchman in Confluence. He was a member of a lodge known as the Maccabees, a fraternal organization which functioned as a mutual life insurance fund. Along with fellow Maccabees members E.L. Beggs, Frank Bowlin, Charles Reynolds, Samuel Firestone, Daniel Smith and Grant Pyle, circa 1922, they trained men in Somerset to become members. This group may have become part of the International Order of Odd Fellows, a lodge to which Emerson belonged later in life.

The Younkins were members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Confluence.

In October 1936, just under a year before Emerson's death, he received visitors at his home -- James B. Younkin and distant double cousin Charles Arthur "Charleroi Charley" Younkin, an organizer of the Younkin National Home-coming Reunion who was trying to make sense of all of the disparate branches of the sprawling ancient family. In a letter to reunion president Otto Roosevelt "Pete" Younkin, Charley wrote: "On yesterday Sunday I visited at Confluence Pa. with cousin Jas. B. Younkin, was over to see Emerson Younkin, who is in bad shape. .I doubt if he ever pulls through the winter."


YFNB, 1937

Emerson died on Sept. 8, 1937 at the age of 62. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said that he had been "confined for the past two years with complications of diseases" and was "a prominent resident of Confluence." Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood, following funeral services conducted by his pastor, Rev. F.M. Kees. 

Writing again after Emerson's death, to cousin David Franklin Younkin, Charley Younkin said:

Thank you for the news clipping of the death of O.E. Younkin, he being a son of Weasel Jacob Younkin and a brother of Wesley, Henry Calvin and others you have met. He being a first cousin of our good friend Wm. L. Younkin, who died shortly after our 1936 Reunion. Yes I believe the wife of O.E. Younkin, Nicklow being of the same family as that of the wife of your ancestor Jacob Younkin. O.E. or Emerson Younkin was a fine fellow. He had been an invalid for a long time. I visited with him while sick about a year ago. He lived near my cousin Jas B. Younkin [son of James Dempsey Younkin and grandson of George A. and Charlotta (Younkin) Younkin].

When the inaugural edition of theYounkin Family News Bulletin was printed at Christmas 1937, Emerson's obituary was reprinted in the national family newspaper.

Ellen survived her spouse and lived for another 19 years. In 1940, she headed her own household in Confluence along Fairview Street, with her married daughter Elvie and grandson Emerson Reid living under her roof. In October 1946, the Daily Courier noted that she had "moved upstairs in the R.C. Clouse property on Sterner Street which was formerly owned by the late G.R. McDonald." Ella passed away in 1956 at the age of 79. Details of her passing will be added here when discovered.

Daughter Corda Emily "Cordie" Younkin (1894-1975) was born on July 14, 1894 in Confluence. She was wedded to a cousin, Albert C. Leer (1898-1987), son of William Austin and Rebecca Jane (Clevenger) Leer of Upper Turkeyfoot and grandson of Benjamin Franklin and Emily J. "Emma" (Younkin) Clevenger of the family of Frederick J. Younkin. See their bio for more.


Kingwood IOOF Cemetery

Daughter Elva Catherine "Elvie" Younkin (1896-1977) was born on Sept. 8, 1896 in Confluence. She was married twice. Her first husband was James Cummings Reid (1893-1961), son of Alexander and Frances (Critchfield) Reid of East Pittsburgh. The Reids produced these known children -- Kermit J. Reid, Robert R. Reid, Dane R. Reid, Frances E. Hiles, Katherine DeSatnik and Emerson A. Reid. In 1940, Elvie and her son Emerson made their home with her mother in Confluence. In 1940, with James apparently employed elsewhere, she supported herself by working as a waitress in a restaurant. The couple eventually divorced Circa 1961, James made his home in Henry Clay Township, Fayette County, PA, where he worked as a laborer. On Sept. 5, 1961, having suffered from hypertension and kidney disease, James died after suffering a stroke in Confluence. Interment was in Kingwood. On May 5, 1956, when she was 59 years of age, Elvie married a second time to widower Paul Edward Shaffer (1896-1970). A native of Listie, PA, Paul was a longtime employee of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad freight office in New Castle, Lawrence County, PA. His first wife had died in 1947 and he brought three sons to the union with Elvie. Their address in New Castle was 1024 Pollock Avenue. Elvie was made a widow when Paul suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 73 on Valentine's Day 1970. She lived for another seven years. She was taken in death at the age of 80 on May 21, 1977 in New Castle, with obituaries appearing in the New Castle News and the Somerset Daily American. The newspaper said she was survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her remains were brought to Confluence for funeral services conducted by Rev. C.Q. Bonnel and burial in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery. All of the children remained in New Castle as of 1977.

Son Wilbert Younkin (1898- ? ) was born in December 1898. He married Anna Gray (1899- ? ). They had one known daughter, Betty L. Younkin, born in 1920. Wilbert was a railroad conductor early in his career and in 1930 was posted in Pittsburgh. He and Anna lived on Beaver Street, and provided a home for her brothers John E. and Edward Gray. Wilbert was promoted to brakeman and circa 1935 worked in Struthers, Mahoning County, OH. By 1940, he was was assigned to a new position in Pittsburgh. That year, they made their home on Harding Avenue in Ross Township in the city's North Hills section. Circa 1977, his home was in Pittsburgh.


~ Daughter Ermina F. "Emma" (Younkin) McClintock ~

Daughter Ermina "Emma" F. Younkin  (1878-1948) was born on Jan. 25, 1878 in Somerset County.

She is thought to have married or been in a relationship with Elsworth McClintock ( ? - ? ) and in 1897 had a daughter, Lula Silvis.

Emma later married Henry Walker (1872-1956), an immigrant from England who had come to the United States at the age of nine. Henry had been married before and brought eight children to the union -- Henry Walker Jr., William Walker, Thomas Walker, Bertha Mossholder, Elsie Cavangu, Sarah Crosser, Mrs. Cy Young and Ruth Walker.

Henry and Emma made their home in the Webster-Donora community of Washington County, PA, where he was a longtime coal mine foreman. In 1938, they moved to a new residence in Clinton near Normalville, Fayette County. Emma was a member of the First Baptist Church of Connellsville.

Having endured hardening of the arteries and heart muscle, she died at age 70 on July 12, 1948. Henry signed her death certificate. Interment was in Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, following a funeral officiated by Rev. John L. Woods of the Buchanan Church of God. An obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Henry moved back to Webster and spent his final years in the home of his son William. He passed away at age 83 on May 15, 1956. His remains were placed into repose in Fells Cemetery, with Rev. W.S. VanRyn preaching the funeral. An obituary was printed in the Daily Courier, which reported that he was survived by 31 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren in addition to brothers Thomas of Indian Head and William of Normalville and sisters Nellie Hodgkin of Alliance, OH, Sarah Caldwell of Washington, PA and Bessie Kennedy of McKeesport, PA.

Daughter Lula Walker (1897-1965) was born on Sept. 2, 1897 in Somerset County. She married Stephen OaksSilvis (1886- ? ), who was about 11 years older than she. Steve was the son of George and Rachel (Burkett) Silvis and a native of Kane, PA. He may have had a son prior to marriage with Lula, named Wilmer Silvis or Pernell. In 1935-1965 their home was in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV, where Steve was a longtime coal miner. The federal census of 1940 shows son Wilmer and grandson Wilmer Jr. living under their roof. In the mid-1960s, their address was 252 Haymond Highway. Having suffered from heart problems for six months, Steve died of heart failure at the age of 59 on Nov. 21, 1945. Lula survived him by two decades. She suffered an acute heart attack and died on May 10, 1965 in Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston, Lewis County, WV. Wilmer Pernell of Roanoke, VA signed her death certificate. Her remains were lowered into eternal rest in Clarksburg's Greenlawn Cemetery

Stepson Henry Walker Jr. lived in Cleveland in the 1940s and '50s.

Stepson William Walker resided in Donora, PA in 1948 and in Webster in 1956.

Stepson Thomas Walker made his home in Blairsville, PA.

Stepdaughter Bertha Mae Walker married (?) Mossholder and dwelled in Jefferson, PA.

Stepdaughter Elsie Walker was wedded to (?) Cavanaugh and lived in 1948-1956 in Morgantown, WV.

Stepdaughter Sarah Walker was united in marriage with (?) Crosser and in 1948 made her home in Battle Creek, MI.

Stepdaughter Myrtle Walker married Cy Young ( ? - ? ) and lived in Clairton, PA.

Stepdaughter Ruth Walker resided in Clairton in 1948. She was wedded to (?) Allen and in 1956 made her residence in Clairton.


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Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff, the late Donna (Younkin) Logan, Linda Marker and Randolph Henry.