Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 3 / editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.
YOUNKINS – The YOUNKINS family has been resident in the state of Pennsylvania for a number of generations, and the earlier members of this family were generally engaged in farming.
MICHAEL YOUNKINS was born in Pennsylvania, in Westmoreland County, and after his marriage settled near Tarentum, but still in Westmoreland County.He was a farmer and became an extensive land owner.He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and both died in Armstrong County.He married MARY LOCKE, born near Grove City, and they had children: BENJAMIN, deceased, was of Westmoreland County; MICHAEL, died in Armstrong County; SAMUEL, lives in Armstrong County; SOPHIA, married JOHN A SHEARER, and died in Armstrong County; NANCY, married HENRY DITMAN, and died in Armstrong County; MARY ANN, married JOHN MONTGOMERY, and lives in Armstrong County; JOHN, died in early manhood.
WILLIAM, son of MICHAEL and MARY (LOCKE) YOUNKINS, was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., June 9, 1822, and died in Armstrong County, in the same state, in 1902.He settled in the last mentioned county after his marriage, and was a farmer there for many years.He married SARAH HAWK, born Aug. 30, 1821, is now living at Worthington, Pa.She is a daughter of CONRAD and ESTHER (SLONECKER) HAWK, both born and died in Westmoreland County, Pa., where he was a farmer and land owner.He was a stone cutter in his earlier years on the old Pennsylvania canal.A Democrat politically, and both members of the Lutheran church.They had children: MICHAEL, a wagonmaker, died in Salem, Pa.; JOHN, a carpenter, and later a farmer, died in Armstrong County; GEORGE, a farmer, also died in Armstrong County; DANIEL, a farmer, died in Butler County; SARAH, who married MR. YOUNKINS, as above stated; HETTIE, married MICHAEL KUNKLE, and lives on the old homestead.MR. and MRS. YOUNKINS have had children: JOHN, an oil operator and financier, married NAOMI C. CAMPBELL, and lives in Butler, Pa.; ELIZABETH, married ROBERT JACKSON, and died at Braddock, Pa.; MARY, (pg. 1249) died unmarried; DANIEL; JAMES B., died in the Klondike, in 1911; JENNIE, married WILLIAM O. SUTTON, and lives in Worthington, Pa.; McCLELLAN, was burned to death near Herman, Pa., in August, 1894.MR. and MRS. YOUNKINS were members of the Baptist church until his death, and he was a Democrat and served for a time as school director.
DANIEL, son of WILLIAM and SARAH (HAWK) YOUNKINS, was born in Armstrong County, Pa., June 27, 1854.His education was acquired in the public schools and at the Worthington Academy, and he spent all his earlier years on the farm.In 1876 he went to Petrolia, Pa., as a tool dresser on the oil fields, later became a driller, then a contractor, and finally an oil producer.Occasionally he and his brother JOHN worked in association, and in 1893 a partnership was formed, known as YOUNKINS Brothers, and this has been continued up to the present time (1914).The two brothers have operated extensively in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania and employ from one to six sets of workers.MR. YOUNKINS is a director in the Farmers’ National Bank and the Guaranty Safe Deposit & Trust Company, treasurer of the Craigsville Woolen Manufacturing Company, and a member of the board of managers of the Evans Manufacturing Company.As a representative of Democratic interests he has been a member of the city council fourteen years, and has served as chairman of this honorable body two years.He is a member of the Knights of Malta, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the World.He and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian church, in which he is an elder.
MR. YOUNKINS married, September 10, 1884, EVA E., born at Worthington, Armstrong County, Pa., September 12, 1857, a daughter of JOSEPH and SARAH B. (KALP) MINTEER.They have had children: SARAH JOSEPHINE, born Feb. 15, 1887, was graduated from the Butler High School and from the Western College for Women; MABEL VIOLA, born Nov. 10, 1888, was educated at Irving College; WILLIAM MINTEER, born June 6, 1890, was graduated from the Washington and Jefferson College in the class of 1914, a Phi Gamma Delta; VICTOR DANIEL, born April 7, 1892, a student in the Washington and Jefferson College, a Phi Gamma Delta; FLORENCE EVELYN, born June 12, 1894, was graduated from the Butler High School in the class of 1913, and is now a student at the Pittsburgh College for Women; DELMA ELIZABETH, born Jan. 11, 1897, is a student in the Butler High School; JAMES KENNETH, born May 3, 1900, is a student in the Butler High School.
WILLIAM MINTEER, grandfather of MRS. EVA E. (MINTEER) YOUNKINS, was a farmer, and one of the early settlers in Franklin, Armstrong County, Pa., where he was the owner of about 400 acres of land which is still in the possession of some of his descendants.He was a Whig in politics, he and his wife were Seceders in religious matters, and they are buried at Slakelick, Pa.He married MARY NICHOLSON, and they had thirteen children, of whom twelve lived to have children: (pg. 1250) JAMES, a farmer, died in Worthington, Pa.; WILLIAM, a farmer, died near Worthington; MARY, married MATTHEW REYBURN, died at Slakelick, Pa.; ANDREW,a shoemaker, died at Newcastle, Pa.; ALEXANDER, was frozen to death in young manhood; JENNIE, married WILLIAM SMITH, and died in Verona, Pa.; NELLIE, married JOHN SMITH, died in Slakelick; MARGARET, married ANTHONY WILLIAMS, died in Worthington; ELIZABETH, married ROBERT GALBRAITH, died at Worthington; NANCY, married JOHN MILLIGAN, died at Worthington; THOMAS, died in infancy; JOHN, a farmer, died in Worthington; JOSEPH.
JOSEPH, son of WILLIAM and MARY (NICHOLSON) MINTEER, was born in Worthington, Pa., Feb. 14, 1828.He learned the carpenter’s trade, and followed this calling at Worthington until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he enlisted in Company L, Fourteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was an active participant in the battles of Bull Run, Rocky Gap and Lookout Mountain, serving altogether for a period of three years.He then returned to Worthington and resumed his trade, but he never regained the strength which the hardships he endured while in service had caused him to lose.In 1872 he moved to Craigsville, and there bought a farm which his sons cultivated, and he died there Feb. 19, 1878.He was a Republican, and a very devout member of the United Presbyterian church.He had six children who attained maturity.He married SARAH B., who is now living in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of ADAM and RACHEL (LORIMER) KALP, and a sister of MARY MARTHA, married (first) JOHN MULLEN, and she died in August, 1892.ADAM KALP was born in Germany, and came to America in early manhood.He taught school near Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, and there he married RACHEL LORIMER, and both were members of the Baptist church, and both died about 1843.After the death of the parents, their two young daughters came to Butler, Pa., and were there raised by uncles and aunts.