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William Henry Younkins Sr.
a.k.a. "Henry Younken"(1847-1918)


Greene County Poor House Cemetery
Courtesy Carl Hoge

William "Henry" Younkins Sr. was born under the surname "Younkin" on June 5, 1847, in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, the son of Charles L. and Nancy (Henry) Younken.

The spelling of the family name evolved to "Younken," and the U.S. Army spelled it "Younkins." Henry was one of five brothers and brothers-in-law to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War.


At the age of 14, Henry resided at home near Ryerson Station, Richhill Township, Greene County, but did not attend school and was not yet a farm laborer as was an older brother.

During the Civil War, circa late 1863, Henry enlisted in the 4th West Virginia Cavalry, Company C. The term was to have been six months of duty. Also serving in this regiment was Henry's distant cousin by marriage, LeRoy Forquer, of Ursina, Somerset County, PA, a son-in-law of Jacob J. and Sarah (Dull) Rush. He apparently was discharged in early 1864.

At the age of 17, on Aug. 2, 1864, with the war still in its fury, Henry joined the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry (159th Volunteers). He was assigned to Company E, with his name occasionally misspelled "Younkers" or as "William C. Younkin." Among the Younkin cousins also in the 14th Cavalry were Samuel H. Imel of the family of John Henry and Rebecca (Younkin) Imel -- and Alexander Rush of the family of John K. and Syvilla (Younkin) Rush.

Henry rose to the rank of corporal during his military service. Five days after the war ended, he became deathly ill with what he called "ague" (malaria). His sergeant, A.L. Osborn, found Henry:

...in a tent very sick. Had him carried from there to the Field Hospital and did not think he could live any length of time. Had no way of knowing what his disease was. One of the boys who were carrying him, made the remark that we might as well bury him here, and save the trouble of carrying him so far to the Hospital, for he would be dead in a day or two anyway.


History of Henry's regiment

He mounted a remarkable recovery and was honorably discharged after the war's end, at Alexandria, VA on May 30, 1865.

On Dec. 3, 1866, at West Alexander, Washington County, PA, the 19-year-old Henry married 31-year-old Elizabeth J. (Starkey) Piatt (or "Pyatt") (1835- ? ), widow of Civil War soldier Robert Piatt. Henry was 12 years younger than his bride. Elizabeth's first husband, a casualty of the war, had died in a hospital in Chattanooga, TN, allegedly as the result of wounds. She thus brought three children to the marriage with our Henry -- Martha Piatt, Alice Piatt and James Piatt.


Henry and Elizabeth went on to bear five children of their own -- Robert C. Younkins, William Henry Younkens Jr., Mary M. "Mollie" Lewellen, Charles A. Younkens and George Washington Younkins.


Circa 1870, they resided in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV where Henry worked as a general laborer. By 1880, they were in Fairchance, Georges Township, Fayette County, PA, with Henry employed as an "engineer." During their years in Fairchance, they were neighbors and friends with A.L. Osborn (his former sergeant), Alexander J. Swaney and James K. Hugh. His longtime friend Hugh once wrote that he had "worked with him more or lefs all the time I have known him, worked with him on brick yard at Wheeling W.Va. and on Farms at Fairchance Pa., also in Rolling Mill at Fairchance."

As he aged, Henry suffered with weakness of his left side, heart trouble and congestion in his sinuses. He applied for a military pension as compensation for his service, but it apparently was rejected, and he claimed to have never received a response. [App. #871.200] 


Greene County Home, where Henry died

Elizabeth submitted an application for a widow's pension on Jan. 30, 1890, using her husband's name as "William C. Younkins." [App. #413.739, Cert. #406.263]. It was approved, and she began receiving payments. She submitted a second widow's pension application on May 21, 1912, under the name "William H. Younkins," and it too was approved. [App. #987.254 - Cert. #747.230] How she managed to "double-dip" the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Pensions, while her husband was still alive, is not yet known.

Circa 1918, at the age of 71, Henry was indigent and lived at the Greene County Home for the Poor. (There, he went by the name "Henry" and was considered single.)

Suffering from kidney disorder ("chronic interstitial nephritis"), he died at the home on Dec. 29, 1918, after enduring the ailment for a year. Burial was in the Home cemetery. His brother Jefferson Younken furnished the details for his official Pennsylvania certificate of death, with both spellings used. Five years later, in 1923, Henry's cousin Elias Minor also died at the home and also was buried in the home cemetery.

Henry is listed by name in the 1915 book, The Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War, authored by Rev. William Davis Slease.

Elizabeth's fate is not known but is being researched.

~ Step-daughter Martha Piatt Younkins ~

Step-daughter Martha Piatt (1854- ? ) was born in about 1854. She was raised by her mother and step-father and took the surname "Younkins."

In 1870, at age 16, she was a seamstress and lived with her parents' roof in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV.


~ Step-daughter Cecilia Piatt Younkins ~

Step-daughter Cecilia Piatt (1856- ? ) was born in 1856.

She was raised with her step-father's surname of "Younkins" and as a teenager in 1870 resided with her family in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV.


~ Step-son James Piatt  ~

Step-son James Piatt ( ? - ? )


~ Step-daughter Alice Piatt Younkins ~

Step-daughter Alice Piatt (1860- ? ) was born in 1860 in West Virginia. She was raised under the surname "Younkins" or "Younkens."


~ Son William Henry Younkins Jr.  ~

Son William Henry Younkins Jr. (1867-1943) was born on May 8, 1867 (or 1865) in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. He was a laborer.

On Oct. 16, 1887, he married Ella Hughes (1867-1938), daughter of Civil War veteran Isaac and Sarah Elizabeth (Artis) Hugh (or "Hughes") of Fairchance.

They had one daughter, Frances Graham, and made their home in Fairchance.

He is believed to have been a road contractor and to have received a contract in the summer of 1912 for grading a new railroad line along the Cheat River in Fayette County, operating under the name Younkin & Wilson of Fairchance.

Circa 1912, William is thought to have been active with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) in Fayette County and made visits to lodges in Uniontown, Smithfield, Brownfield, Point Marion and Fairchance. He also was a candidate for Fairchance Borough Council in about 1898.

Later in life, by 1927, they relocated to Fairmont, Marion County, WV. 

Sadly, Ella was stricken with cancer of the uterus and cervix with frequent bleeding due to anemia. She died in Fairmont on Dec. 7, 1938 at the age of 77. An obituary in the Uniontown Morning Herald noted that she was survived by four granddaughters in addition to her brothers John Hugh and Charles Hugh and sisters Ida Keefer and Jennie Lilley. 

William survived his wife by five years. Suffering from the after-effects of a heart attack and hardening of the arteries, he was admitted to the Marion County Home in Fairmont, WV. He died in the Home at the age of 77 on Jan. 15, 1943. His remains were returned to Fairchance for interment beside his wife.

Daughter Frances Younkins (1891 - ? ) was born in about 1891 in Fairchance. At the age of 23, on Dec. 2, 1914, she wed 24-year-old insurance man Ohley F. Graham (1890- ? ). He was the son of Sherman and Mattie (Hartley) Graham of Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. The ceremony was held at Fairchance, performed by Rev. C.H. Miller. In the marriage license application, the couple asked that the news not be published. In 1938, their home was at 701 Benoni Avenue in Fairmont.


~ Son Robert C. Younkins  ~

Son Robert C. Younkins (1869- ? ) was born in late 1869 in Wheeling.


~ Daughter Mary "Mollie" (Younkins) Lewellen  ~

Daughter Mary M. "Mollie" Younkins (1872-1907) was born on Aug. 29, 1872 in Fayette County. 

On the Fourth of July 1893, when she was age 20, she married 23-year-old coal miner Benjamin B. Lewellen (Jan. 12, 1870-1929), son of William G. and Martha (Bell) Lewellen. The nuptials were celebrated in Fairchance by Rev. P.F. Conaway. Because she legally was underage, Mollie's father signed his consent to the union. 

The couple lived in Fairchance and had one known son, Charles W. Lewellen. 

Heartache shook the Lewellens in April 1894 when their baby son Charles died at the tender age of 10 days.

Tragedy further severed the family in the winter of 1907 when Mollie contracted pulmonary tuberculosis. Unable to regain her health, she died at the age of 34 on Feb. 3, 1907. Her husband signed her death certificate. Burial was in Fairchance.

Benjamin married a second time to Kadie ("Katie?") ( ? - ? ). They resided in Fairchance, where he was employed as a clerk at the Union Supply Company.

On Dec. 19, 1929, just a few weeks before his 60th birthday, Benjamin suffered a stroke, fell and hit his head, causing a contusion to the brain and laceration of the scalp. He lingered for three days and succumbed on Dec. 22, 1929. His remains were placed into repose in Fairchance Cemetery.


~ Son Charles A. Younkins  ~

Son Charles A. Younkins (1875-1898) was born on May 16, 1875.

He died on April 25, 1898, at the age of 23, with burial in the Fairchance Cemetery.

The cause of his untimely death has been shrouded by time.


George and Katie on a milestone anniversary.
Courtesy Carol Ridle

~ Son George Washington Younkins  ~


Son George Washington Younkins (1880-1968) was born on March 29, 1880 (or 1878) in Fairchance, Fayette County.

He worked in early adulthood as a coal miner. 

At the age of 19, on Christmas Day 1899, George wedded 19-year-old Fairchance resident Catherine "Katie" Hughes (1880-1972), daughter of Daniel and Mary (Fowler) Hughes. Rev. J.W. Howard officiated.

Their known baker's dozen of children were Clara May Ervin Bobo, Edgar Howard Younkins, Nellie Blanche Miller, Charles Russell Younkins, Wilda Elizabeth McMahon Ridle Pleso, Harry Earl Younkins, Homer Floyd Younkins, Mary Kathryn Everly, Geraldine Naomi Tulbure, George Washington Younkins Jr., Robert Ervin Younkins, Thomas Wayne Younkins and Walter Vincent "Ozzie" Younkins.

All but one of their offspring were born in Fairchance. Sadly, son George Jr., born in 1919, is thought to have died young.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1900, the newlyweds made their home in Fairchance, and George earned a living as a coke drawer. By 1910, still living in Fairchance, George was employed as a laborer in a glass house. He returned to coal mining and worked in that occupation in the Fairchance area as shown on the 1920 census.

After about a quarter century of married life, work and family-raising in Fairchance, the Younkins relocated in the early 1920s to Ohio. The census of 1930 shows them residing there on South Fourth Street in Martins Ferry, Pease Township, Belmont County. George's occupation in 1930 was as a house painter, assisted by his son Floyd. The family belonged to the Free Methodist Church of Martins Ferry.


Above: Fairchance, Fayette County, PAA. Below: the family gathered in 1960 for George's milestone 80th birthday. Courtesy Carol Ridle


George eventually retired from the painting business. In 1960, when he reached his milestone 80th birthday, the family gathered for a large birthday party.

Circa 1964, the couple relocated to Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH, where they shared a residence with their adult children Nellie Miller and Robert Younkins. Their address in the 1960s was 785 Homewood Avenue. In about 1967, his health failing, George was admitted to Cambridge State Hospital, where he spent the final year of his life.

At the age of 88, George passed away on Sept. 12, 1968. Funeral services were led by Rev. James L. Mason, pastor of the First Free Methodist Church of Brighton. Interment of the remains was in Riverside Cemetery in Martins Ferry. An obituary was printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Catherine outlived her spouse by four years. In 1970, she reached her own milestone birthday, her 90th.

For the last five months of her life, she was a patient in Cambridge State Hospital. Death swept her away at the age of 92 on Sept. 27, 1972. The Times Recorder said in an obituary that she was survived by 25 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, for a total of 60. As he had done for George four years before, Rev. Mason conducted Catherine's funeral service.

The Younkins offspring have gathered for reunions over the years, including one in 2003 in Wheeling Park in West Virginia.


2003 Younkins reunion held at Wheeling Park, WV. Courtesy Carol Ridle



Clara and Emory Ervin. Courtesy Carol Ridle

Daughter Clara Marie/May Younkins (1899-1982) was born on Oct. 19, 1899 (or 1900) in Fairchance, Fayette County. In young womanhood she established a residence in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. She was married twice. On Nov. 16, 1919, at the age of 21, she was first united in holy matrimony with 23-year-old teamster Emory Earl "Pivot" Ervin (June 21, 1896-1946), the son of W.C. and Lucy (Smith) Ervin and a native of Terra Alta, Preston County, WV. Rev. Edward A. Krapp, of the Presbyterian church, officiated the wedding. Emory was a veteran of World War I, having served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 4, 1918 to Dec. 21, 1918. He was employed over the years as a truck driver. The couple did not reproduce, and in time they divorced. Then on May 17, 1945, she wedded her second spouse, David Luther Bobo (Nov. 30, 1900-1976), a native of Dobbins, WV. The Bobos made a home in Morgantown. David died in Morgantown at the age of 75 on Oct. 21, 1976. As a widow, Clara appears to have moved to Zanesville, Muskingum County. She succumbed to death there on Dec. 5, 1982. Former husband Emory moved to Albright, Preston County. He spent most of the final year of his life as a patient in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV. At the age of 58, suffering with kidney disease and an enlarged heart, he died there on April 11, 1954. His remains were interred in the Mount Moriah Cemetery in Valley Point in his native Preston County. Interestingly, on his oifficial death certificate, his marital status was written as "Never married."


Edgar and Catherine Younkins
Courtesy Carol Ridle

Son Edgar Howard Younkins (1902-1983) was born on Feb. 18/19, 1902 in Fairchance, Fayette County. At the age of 21, the day after Christmas 1923, he wedded Catherine "Kate" Fronius (Feb. 18, 1905-1976). The couple produced two known sons, Arthur Earl Younkins and Elmer Eugene Younkins. In 1947, the family resided in Dresden, Muskingum County, OH. For more than three decades, Edgar was employed as a distributor for Standard Oil Company. The Younkins' made news in the Zanesville Times Recorder in July 1963 when they held a family picnic and surprise wedding shower for their niece whom they had raised, Donna, and her newlywed husband Robert Woodward. The attendees included Edgar's parents and brothers Walter and Wayne and their families, all from Martins Ferry, OH. The couple relocated to Ocqueoc/Millersburg, MI. Sadly, Catherine died in Ocqueac on Oct. 21, 1976. Edgar survived his wife by seven years. At the age of 81, on Sept. 20, 1983, Edgar died in Alpena General Hospital in Alpena, MI. His obituary was published in the Coshocton (OH) Tribune. Father John Kempf officiated at the funeral service, with interment in Memorial Park.

  • Grandson Arthur Earl Younkins (1925-2004) was born on Feb. 22, 1925 in Martins Ferry, OH. He served in the Army during World War II and spent four months in the European Theater. He was sent back to Fort Dix, NJ in August 1945 expecting to be ordered to report to the South Pacific region. In September 1947, he was joined in holy wedlock with Betty Jean Steele (April 19, 1926-2004), daughter of Harry Steele of Dresden, Muskingum County, OH. Rev. Daniel K. Freymeyer and Rev. Louis Bangerter jointly officiated at the ceremony held in the Dresden Methodist Church. Mrs. Bern Riley served as Betty's matron of honor, and Arthur's brother Elmer was best man. Among the ushers were Arthur's uncle, Walter Younkins of Martins Ferry, OH along with John Freymeyer and Paul Riley. The couple's union endured for 57 years. Their only child was Kimberly Lou Casner. Over the years, Arthur was employed as a gas transmission line inspector for the State of Ohio. He also earned a living at one time with Essex Wire in Lancaster and Battelle, OH. Their home in 1983 was in Martins Ferry and in 2004 in Pickerington. Arthur held memberships in the Dresden lodge of the Masons and Dresden post of the American Legion. Sadly, Betty Jean was carried away by the angels on Oct. 7, 2004. The widowed Arthur did not live out the year. He died at the age of 79, on Dec. 28, 2004 after suffering a stroke. Pastor James A. Riggs led the funeral service, and the obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Great-granddaughter Kimberly Lou Younkins (1958- ? ) was born in 1958 in Columbus, Franklin County, OH.


Above: Arthur in his World War II uniform and on his wedding day with Betty. Below: Elmer Younkins - and with Bobbi at their wedding. Courtesy Carol Ridle


  • Grandson Elmer Eugene Younkins (1929-2007) was born on Aug. 1, 1929 in Dresden, Muskingum County, OH. He was a corporal in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. On Nov. 28, 1951, he married Barbara Jo "Bobbi" Stuller ( ? - ? ), daughter of Kermit Stuller of Dresden. The groom and bride both belonged to the Dresden Methodist Church, with Elmer working at Dresden Paper Company and Barbara Jo at Dresden Printing. The pair bore two known children -- Timothy Younkins and Lisa Hanson. Citing neglect, Elmer sought a divorce which was approved in May 1973, with Barbara moving to Trinway/Coshocton. He was an avid golfer, and made news over the years when scoring holes-in-one in local courses. Circa 1975, at the age of 46, Elmer married again to 36-year-old Dresden resident Lucy Shroyer ( ? - ? ). Having also been married before to Donald Shroyer, Lucy brought children of her own to the union with Elmer, among them Brian O. Shroyer. He succumbed to death in Zanesville the day after Christmas 2007. An obituary appeared in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Great-grandson Timothy Younkins

Great-granddaughter Lisa Younkins entered into marriage with (?) Hanson.


Nellie and Vernon Miller
Courtesy Carol Ridle

Daughter Nellie Blanche Younkins (1904-2000 ) was born on July 5, 1904 in Fairchance, Fayette County. She resided in Martins Ferry, OH as a young woman. On June 12, 1926, in nuptials held in Wellsburg, Booke County, WV, the 21-year-old Nellie married 28-year-old Vernon Miller (March 15, 1897-1960), a native of Martins Ferry and the son of Saul and Mary (Ritchey) Miller. Their wedding ceremony was officiated by Rev. James O. Archer, held in the parsonage of the Free Methodist Church. Vernon was a veteran of World War I. The newlyweds moved in 1926 to Vernon's hometown of Zanesville and in time produced two children, Edward Allen Miller and Lois Cavender. Sadly, their son Edward passed away in Zanesville at the tender age of three days on Jan. 12, 1928. Vernon  earned a living for 22 years through his work with Standard Oil Company. Then for a decade, he was an insurance agent for United Insurance Company. Nellie was employed as a laborer with Roseville Pottery. She was a member of the First Free Methodist Church for 74 years, and Vernon belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Their address in 1960 was 785 Homewood Avenue. Vernon suffered from an extended illness and was admitted to the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Dayton, OH. There, he died on Dec. 14, 1960, at the age of 63. The remains were returned to Zanesville for burial in Memorial Park, with the funeral led by Rev. t.b. Orr of the family church. Vernon was pictured in an obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Nellie lived for another four decades. Her address in 1968-1972 was 785 Homewood Avenue in Zanesville. Her aged parents came to live with her circa 1964 and remained until their deaths. Her last address was 2870 Maysville Pike in Zanesville. She passed away at the age of 95 on Feb. 8, 2000 while a patient in Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville. She too was pictured in her Times Recorder obituary.

  • Granddaughter Lois Carol Miller (1930-living) was born on July 11, 1930 in Zanesville. On March 24, 1951, she married James Owen Cavender (March 12, 1932-1992), son of Clarence .J. "Dick" and Helen L. (Dawson) Cavender of 1323 Clover Street, Zanesville. They bore three children, Linda Kay Cavender, Richard "Larry" Cavender and David James Cavender. During the Korean War, James joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Boca Chica, Key West, FL. Their daughter was born in Key West in 1952. After his service concluded, the couple returned to Zanesville, where they made a home on Coopermill Road. James held a bachelor of science degree from Ohio University. At one time he was a police officer with the Zanesville Police Department. He went on to teach in Guernsey and Muskingum Counties and was elevated to principal. He also is known to have taught science classes in Youngstown, Mahoning County, and was named Teacher of the Year there in 1974. He held memberships in the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, Youngstown Education Association, Disabled American Veterans and the Youngstown post of the American Legion. He co-founded and was elected president of Wyoming-Ohio Mexican Mission and helped coordinate federal summer camps for underprivileged Youngstown children. Upon retirement in 1985, the couple moved to Jackson Hole, WY. When James was stricken with a serious illness, he returned to Zanesville. Death cut him away at the age of 60 on Oct. 26, 1992, as a patient in Good Samaritan Medical Center. He was pictured in his obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder, which noted that Rev. Michael Byus led the funeral service with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.


Lois Cavender and with her husband Jim and children Larry and Linda
Courtesy Carol Ridle


Son Charles Russell Younkins (1907- ? ) was born in about 1907 in Fairchance. He was married at least twice. The details of his first marriage are not known. In the early 1950s, he was employed as a mill worker in Martins Ferry. At the age of 47, on Oct. 29, 1953, married 37-year-old Margaret V. Potts (1916- ? ), daughter of John B. and Martha (Yoskum) Potts. The wedding was held in Jefferson County, OH. Margaret, a resident of Yorkville at the time, worked as a waitress. He was deceased by 2000.


Wilda Younkins
Courtesy Carol Ridle

Daughter Wilda Elizabeth Younkins (1909-1968) was born on April 3, 1909 in Fairchance, Fayette County. She was wedded three times. On June 11, 1927, at the age of 18, she was joined in wedlock with her first spouse, 21-year-old Thomas Joseph "Tom" McMahon ( ? - ? ), a native of Benwood, WV but at the time a resident of Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. Rev. Owen A. Lennon officiated. Because Wilda legally was too young to marry, her father had to sign his consent. The three children born to this marriage were Thomas Joseph McMahon Jr., Francis Irwin McMahon and Patricia Eileen Smith. The first two of their children were born in West Virginia, while the youngest was born in 1933 in River Rouge, MI. Then on April 18, 1941, she was united in matrimony with her second husband, Robert Russell "Bob" Ridle (April 14, 1897-1960), who had been born in Florence, CO. The Ridles appear to have relocated to Hamburg, Erie County, NY. Their two offspring were Carol Lynn Ridle and Donna Lee Ridle. Their babies were born in Zanesville, OH in 1945 and Meadville, Crawford County, PA in 1946. The family was plunged into grief when Robert died in Hamburg on Feb. 17, 1960. She entered into marriage a third time on the Fourth of July 1964 with Michael Pleso ( ? - ? ) with the wedding held in Hamburg. Michael also had been married previously and brought three children into the marriage with Wilda -- Michael Pleso, Phyllis Pleso and Joyce Pleso. The couple's first home was in Woodlawn, NY, with an address in 1968 of Morgan Parkway. The third union endured for four years until Wilda's death in Hamburg on April 7, 1968. An obituary in the Hamburg Sun said that she was survived by 14 grandchildren and that her remains were shipped to Meadville for burial in Roselawn Cemetery. Michael survived his bride with evidence suggesting that he died in Hermitage, PA.


Wilda with husbands Robert Ridle (left) and Michael Pleso. Courtesy Carol Ridle


  • Grandson Thomas Joseph McMahon Jr. (1928-1991) was born on March 2, 1928 in Holidays Cove, WV. He died in Wheeling, WV on Aug. 9, 1991.
  • Grandson Francis Irwin McMahon (1929- ? ) was born on Aug. 21, 1929 in Weirton, Hancock County, WV.
  • Granddaughter Patricia Eileen McMahon (1933- ? ) was born on Oct. 31, 1933 in River Rouge, MI. She was united in the bonds of wedlock with John Smith ( ? - ? ).


Carol Ridle in her Air Force uniform posing with her mother, and with her six children. Courtesy Carol Ridle


  • Granddaughter Carol Lynn Ridle (1945- ? ) was born on Oct. 6, 1945 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH. She joined the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, holding the rank of airman third class in 1964. In the summer of 1964, she wedded William Meakin Jones III ( ? - ? ) of Eden, NY, who at the time was an airman second class in the Air Force. News of their engagement was published in the Hamburg (NY) Sun. Then in 1978, she married again to Robert Raffaelli ( ? - ? ). Her third spouse, whom she wed in 1981, was Richard Miller ( ? - ? ). Carol graciously has shared valuable content and images for this biography.
  • Granddaughter Donna Lee Ridle (1946- ? ) was born on Sept. 11, 1946 in Meadville, Crawford County, PA.

Son Harry Earl Younkins (1911-1936) was born in on Nov. 3, 1911 in Fairchance. He suffered from mental illness or disability, and in 1927 was diagnosed as an "imbecile." He was placed in the Institution for Feeble Minded in Scioto, Pickaway County, OH, He died there at the age of 24 on June 29, 1936, following a case of pulmonary tuberculosis. His remains were brought back to Martins Ferry for interment.


The William B. Davock, which sunk with Homer Floyd Younkins aboard, 1940



Floyd and Doris Younkins. Courtesy Carol Ridle

Son Homer "Floyd" Younkins (1914-1940) was born on Dec. 15, 1912 in Fairchance, Fayette County. At the age of 19, on June 23, 1934, Floyd was united in matrimony with 15-year-old Doris Alice Sharrow (Oct. 5, 1918-1996), a native of Marine City, St. Clair County, MI. Together, the couple produced four children -- Robert George Younkins, Nadine Marie Younkins, Theresa Ann Younkins and Donna Lee Younkins. Circa 1940, the family dwelled in Marine City, where Floyd was employed as a coal passer on the freighter William B. Davock, operating in Lake Erie. At the age of 27, on Nov. 11-12, 1940, the Davock went missing in a heavy storm. Word was telegraphed to his sisters Nellie Miller and Mary Younkins, with a story printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder. The sisters, accompanied by their father, brother and sister, traveled to Marine City to await news. Said the Times Recorder, "Press dispatches yesterday indicated that hope had been given up that any of the crew of 33 had been saved." In fact the ship had lost its rudder and ability to navigate, and had gone down with all hands. The wreck was discovered in 1972 in 200 feet of water south of Pentwater, MI. The widowed Doris remained in Marine City. After seven years of mourning, she married again in 1947 to Fred Allen ( ? - ? ). One child was born to the second union, Dennis Michael Allen, born in 1948. Doris passed away in Marine City on March 13, 1996.

  • Grandson Robert George Younkins (1935-living) was born on April 25, 1935 in River Rouge, MI.
  • Granddaughter Nadine Marie Younkins (1936-1989) was born on Nov. 24, 1936 in River Rouge, MI. She was swept away by the angel of death in Orlando, FL on March 8, 1989.
  • Granddaughter Theresa Ann Younkins (1938- ? ) was born on Jan. 17, 1938 in Marine City, MI.
  • Granddaughter Donna Lee Younkins (1939- ? ) was born on Aug. 23, 1939 in Marine City, MI. She was but a baby when her father died. She was sent to live with her uncle and aunt, Edgar and Catherine (Fronius) Younkins. On March 23, 1963, she was united in matrimony with Robert Woodward ( ? - ? ). They made their residence in Lancaster, Fairfield County, OH.


Mary Kathryn
Courtesy Carol Ridle

Mary and William
Courtesy Carol Ridle

Daughter Mary Kathryn Younkins (1916-1991) was born on April 8, 1916 in Fairchance, Fayette County. Circa November 1940, she lived at 25½ North Sixth Street in Zanesville, and then in 1942 was in Warren, Trumbull County, OH. On May 1, 1943, when she was 27 years of age, she wedded 24-year-old William Karl "Bill" Everly (June 10, 1918-1989), son of Tarlton and Leona (McClean) Everly of Masontown, Preston County, WV. Their wedding was held in Warren, and at the time William was serving with the U.S. Armed Forces at Camp Howze, TX, an infantry training center. The couple asked that the news of their marriage license not be published in the local newspaper. They are believed to have produced a family of two sons -- William Karl Everly Jr. and Glenn Allen Everly. Mary Kathryn's home in 1964-1972 was 550 Luck Avenue in Zanesville, and she remained in the city as of 1983. William made a living for 24 years working for Omar Bakery. The couple separated by 1965, with William moving to Austin, TX. There, he was employed by Texas State Hospital. He wedded again to Wilma Brown ( ? - ? ). Circa 1977, William sold his household belongings in order to relocate from Zanesville to Florida. The couple selected their new home in New Port Richey, Pasco County, FL. Having suffered from what the Zanesville Times Recorder called "a long illness," William died at the age of 71 on Oct. 6, 1989. He was survived by seven grandchildren along with one brother and six sisters.

  • Grandson William Karl Everly Jr. ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). After graduation from high school in Zanesville, he graduated from Bailey Technical School in St. Louis and then enrolled in Rankin Trade School. On Oct. 24, 1965, he entered into marriage with Linda LaMonica ( ? - ? ), daughter of Anthony LaMonica of 2775 Woodside Drive in Zanesville. Rev. James E. Hill, of Central Presbyterian Church, officiated at the wedding ceremony held in her parents' residence. William dwelled in Pickerington, OH in 1989.
  • Grandson Glenn Allen Everly made his residence in Mt. Airey, NC.

Daughter Geraldine Naomi Younkins (1918- ? ) was born on June 10, 1917 in Fairchance, Fayette County. She was joined in wedlock on June 11, 1935 with George E. Tulbure (Sept. 18, 1915-1998). Two daughters born to the couple were Phyllis Jean Tulbure and Karen Sue Tulbure. The family's residence over the years was in Martins Ferry.

  • Granddaughter Phyllis Jean Tulbure (1936- ? ) was born on Jan. 24, 1936 in Martins Ferry.
  • Granddaughter Karen Sue Tulbure (1953- ? ) was born on April 10, 1953 in Martins Ferry.

Son Robert Ervin "Bob" Younkins (1920- ? ) was born in 1920. At the age of 48, in 1968, he dwelled with his widowed sister Nellie Miller in Zanesville at 785 Homewood Avenue. Then in 1972, he resided in Cambridge, OH.


T. Wayne Younkins
Courtesy Carol Ridle

Son Thomas "Wayne" Younkins (1921-2016) was born on Jan. 28, 1921 in Fairchance, Fayette County. As a young man, he worked as a printer in Martins Ferry. Wayne served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On July 27, 1944, in Belmont County, OH, he was united in holy marriage with 18-year-old Anna Virginia Yeater (1926- ? ), daughter of Otis and Ledora (Bennett) Yeater of Elm Grove, WV. Rev. Howard F. Miller, of the First Christian Church of Martins Ferry, officiated. The couple went on to become the parents of five children -- David Lee Younkins, Sandra Lee Younkins, Thomas Wayne Younkins Jr., Bruce A. Younkins and Marla Jane Younkins. Wayne worked for many years for Picoma Industries, a fabricator of steel pipe couplings for the gas, oil and water industries, and also made rigid conduit couplings for electrical raceways. Circa 1963-1972, the Younkinses lived in Martins Ferry. Sadly, Anna Virginia passed away in Martins Ferry on July 29, 1979. Wayne later wedded Marguerite "Madge" Tittle (Oct. 6, 1926- ? ). He held memberships in the First Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry and the Disabled American Veterans of Bellaire. In 2000, the couple dwelled in St. Clairsville, Belmont County, OH. Sadly, Wayne endured the death of Marguerite as well as his sons David and Bruce. Wayne died at the age of 95 on Sept. 3, 2016 as a resident of Country Club Retirement Center in Bellaire, OH. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Stammerjohn, with interment following in Holly Memorial Gardens in Pleasant, Grove, OH.

  • Grandson David Lee Younkins (1945- ? ) was born on St. Patrick's Day 1945 in Martins Ferry. He made a home as an adult in Martins Ferry and was married to Rebecca V. "Becky" Conaway (1948- ? ). The two daughters born to their union were Denise Mazeska and Michelle Theil. David joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Wasp, a recovery vessel. He later owned Ohio Valley Appliance Service. The couple divorced in Belmont County on Dec. 6, 1999. Sadly, at the age of 65, he died at home on Nov. 3, 2010. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Amedisys Hospice.
  • Granddaughter Sandra Lee "Sandy" Younkins (1947- ? ) was born on Nov. 2, 1947 in Martins Ferry. She married David Milovac and dwelled in Bellaire, OH.
  • Grandson Thomas Wayne Younkins Jr. (1954- ? ) was born on Nov. 5, 1954 in Martins Ferry. He married Janice dwelled in Yorkville and Dillonvale, OH.
  • Grandson Bruce A. Younkins (1959-1999) was born on Sept. 13, 1959 in Martins Ferry. Sadly, he died a day before or a day after his 40th birthday, in Bellaire, OH on Sept. 12/14, 1999. (Records differ.) The remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Belmont County Memorial Park near St. Clairsville.
  • Granddaughter Marla Jane Younkins (1970- ? ) was born on Oct. 11, 1970 in Martins Ferry. She was joined in wedlock with Kevin Harris. They moved to Manassas, VA.


Martha and Walter Younkins
Courtesy Carol Ridle

Son Walter Vincent "Ozzie" Younkins (1924-2000) was born on New Year's Day 1924 in Martins Ferry, Belmont County, OH. His address in young manhood was with his parents at 909 South Fourth Street in Martins Ferry. He stood 5 feet, 11½ inches tall, weighed 156 lbs. and sported blue eyes and brown hair. Unemployed circa 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 14, 1943 during the height of World War II. Once his military service ended, he returned home to Ohio. At the age of 21, on June 12, 1945, he wedded 21-year-old photographer Martha Burdette Rood (July 24, 1923-2005), daughter of Frank and Julia (Dinger) Rood of Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. Officiating their nuptials was Rev. Henry Newman, a Lutheran minister from Bridgeport, OH. The couple bore a brood of three children -- John Walter Younkins, Judith Kay Moran and Joseph Patrick Younkins. Their home in 1946-2000 was in Martins Ferry, where the family belonged to the First Presbyterian Church. Circa September 1947, Walter is known to have served as an usher in the wedding of his nephew Arthur Younkins to Betty Steele of Dresden, OH. The gossip columns of the Zanesville (OH) Times Recorder is known to have reported on one or more visits that Martha made to her husband's family in the city. Walter succumbed to death on July 17/18, 2000 in Martins Ferry. Martha outlived him by about five years. She died in Martins Ferry at the age of 81 on July 23, 2005. Interment was held in Riverview Cemetery in Martins Ferry, with Rev. Dr. William N. "Bill" Lawrence conducting the services.

  • Grandson John Walter Younkins (1947- ? ) was born on Jan. 28, 1947 in Martins Ferry, OH. He relocated to Phoenix.
  • Granddaughter Judith Kay Younkins (1951- ? ) was born on March 1, 1951 in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. She was united in wedlock with (?) Moran ( ? - ? ). The Morans resided in Grand Junction, CO in 2005.
  • Grandson Joseph Patrick Younkins (1957- ? ) was born on June 6, 1957 in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. He entered into marital union with Barbara ( ? - ? ). Circa 2005, they lived in Martins Ferry.


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Content for this biography graciously shared by Carl Hoge and Carol Ridle and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan.