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Younkin Memorial Stained Glass Windows
Within the Kingwood Church of God, Somerset County, PA

 

The original Kingwood Church of God was established in 1876, with its dedication ceremony led by Rev. John Hickernell, who years before had planted the Old Bethel Church of God in nearby Hexebarger. After 44 years, the Kingwood building was renovated in 1920, including a two-story addition and a vestibule with a bell tower. New stained glass windows were installed throughout the sanctuary, and nine sets of cousins of the extended Younkin family made donations to dedicate windows in honor and memory of loved ones. Then in 1934, when the church was re-constructed, three Younkin family members served on the Building Committee, with their names inscribed in stone and mounted today on the face of the structure. The window images are courtesy Linda Marker.
 
Sarah "Ellen" (Younkin) Brougher - daughter of Elias S. and Susanna (Dumbauld) Younkin
Daniel and Frederick Dumbauld - sons of Jonathan Cable and Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld
George and Mary "Ellen" (Faidley) Dumbauld - he the son of Jonathan Cable and Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld
     
William and Almira (Trimpey) Gerhard - she the daughter of John S. and Nancy (Younkin) Trimpey
Above and below: Jacob and Susan (Dumbauld) Kreger - she the daughter of Jonathan Cable and Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld and widow of Eli S. Younkin
John Frederick and Sally (Younkin) Kreger - she the daughter of Yankee John and Nancy (Hartzell) Younkin
 
Ephraim and Ellen (Younkin) Schrock - he the son of Andrew and Susanna (Younkin) Schrock and she the daughter of Jacob C. and Lucy (Weimer) Younkin
Columbia (Trimpey) Sechler - daughter of John S. and Nancy (Younkin) Trimpey
Wesley D. and Mary Ann (Kreger) Younkin - he the son of Jacob C. and Lucy (Weimer) Younkin
     
The Kingwood Church of God, at the time a one-story frame structure, burned to the ground in early January 1934. The windows miraculously survived. Having served the community for 57 years, and with a current membership of about 160, the structure was rebuilt. At the time, Rev. E.L. Tantlinger was serving as pastor of the congregation. A Building Committee of four church members oversaw the process, of whom three were of the Younkin family. Matthew McKinley "M.M." Younkin was the son of Wesley D. and Mary Ann (Kreger) Younkin and grandson of Jacob C. and Lucy (Weimer) Younkin -- Jonathan Beecher "J.B." Dumbauld was the son of George and Mary "Ellen" (Faidley) Dumbauld and grandson of Jonathan Cable and Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld -- and Peter Albert "P.A." Kreger was the widower of Ida Trimpey, the daughter of John S. and Nancy (Younkin) Trimpey. The fourth committee member, David Francis Shultz, was vice president of the Union National Bank of Rockwood and was construction contractor for the new church building.
 
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Windows photographs by Linda Marker, used with permission. Page copyright 2020 Mark A. Miner