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Christopher Youngs, Sr.

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Reydon and Southwold, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Reydon, Southwold, Suffolk, England
Place of Burial: Reyden, Southwold, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas YONGES and Johanna HORNE
Husband of Margaret Youngs
Father of Elizabeth Moore; Elizabeth Margaret Hallock; Rev. John Youngs, of Southold; Capt. Joseph Yonges; Christopher Youngs, Jr. and 5 others

Occupation: Vicar of St. Edmonds, parish of Reydon, 1611, Vicar of Reydon and Southwold
Managed by: Sally Gene Cole
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About Rev. Christopher Yonges

Birth: 1575 Reydon Waveney District Suffolk, England Death: Jun. 14, 1626 Reydon Waveney District Suffolk, England

He was born in Reydon, Norfolk, England. The curate of a chapel in Southwold which was annexed to the vicarage of Reydon had a curate appointed by the vicar of Reydon and that person who was appointed & served between 1611 and 1626 was the Rev. Christopher Yonges.

Robert Williamson of Southwold, mariner, will written October 25, 1617 & proved Feb. 6, 1617 bequeathes ten shillings to Mr. Christopher Yonges preacher of the word of God at Southwold, Eng.

His wife's name was Margaret and they were the parents of the following children (from "Youngs family : Vicar Christopher Yonges, his ancestors in England and his descendants in America : a history and genealogy") "John, b. Eng. 1598; m. Joan Herrington Edward b. Eng., drowned 11 July 1626 Elizabeth b. Eng. drowned July , 1626 Joseph b. Eng. m. Margaret Warren Christopoher b. Eng. m. Priscilla Elvin Mary b. Eng. 1609 d. s. p. Salem, Mass., abt. 1638 m. William Brown Margaret b. Eng. (this may be my ancestor who married Peter Hallock). 9 Martha b. Southwold, Eng., July 1, 1636; d. Southold, L. I abt. 27 June 1671; m. bef. July 1636 Thomas Moore b. abt. ??, d. Southold, L. I., 27 June, 1691."

His will written Nov. 21, 1626 and proved July 5, 1626: "Christopher Yonges, clerk, minister of wife, Margaret all lands, etc. for life"; to oldest son all of his books except what his wife & other children shall chose, one or two each; to his grandchildren, John & Thomas Yonges, each a silver spoon. The following six children were named, John, Joseph, Christopher, Mary, Margaret & Martha; Wife, Margaret, John Smith & Thomas Elliot of Southwold to be executors.

He was buried two days after his death in the chancel of the church at Southwold, Eng. An 8" by 15" brass tablet set in the chancel floor bears the following inscription (from "Youngs family : Vicar Christopher Yonges, his ancestors in England and his descendants in America : a history and genealogy") HERE LYETH INTERED YE BODY OF MR. CHRISTOPHER YONGES WHO DEC'ED THIS LIFE YE 14 DAY OF JUNE ANNO DOMINI 1626. A GOOD MAN FULL OF FAYTH WAS HEE HERE PREACHER OF GODS WORD AND MANIE BY HIS MINISTRIE WEARE ADDED TO THE LORD (ACT. 11 24)

Family links:

 Margaret Elvin Youngs (1577 - 1630)*

 John Youngs (1598 - 1672)*
 Joseph Yonges (1604 - 1658)*
 Mary Youngs Browne (1609 - 1637)*
 Martha Youngs Moore (1613 - 1671)*
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Burial: St Margaret of Antioch Churchyard Reydon Waveney District Suffolk, England GPS (lat/lon): 52.34513, 1.65566


Christening: 1545 England

Source: Michael Cooley's Genealogy Pages,

Reverent Christopher Yonges

1545 - 1626

Submitted By:Lorna Borman

Reverent Christopher Yonges, (RIN-22273) born England about 1545, died Southwold, England, 14 June 1626, buried two days later in the chancel of the church at Southwold; married Margaret ____, buried Southwold, England, 5 Nov 1630. In the chancel floor is set a brass tablet, 8 by 15 inches, bearing the following inscription:

"Here lyeth interred ye body of Mr Christopher

Yonges who Depted This Life ye 14 day of Jvne

Anno Domini, 1626.

A good man full of fayth was hee

Here preacher of Gods word

And manie by his ministrie

Were added to the Lord. (Act. II 24.)"

The following note was posted via email a while back to LI-Rooters


"Rev. Christopher Yonges was born in 1575 - not 1545 (in old English script a 7 could easily have been construed as a 4). This was proven - by me (Patricia McCabe) - when I found the records of his ordination in the Norfolk Public Record Office, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Rev. Christopher was ordained an Anglican Deacon in 1599 "in his 24th year" and the following year ordained an Anglican Priest "in his 25th year". Both these ordinations took place in Norwich Cathedral and can be found in the book in which they were originally written. I have a copy of this - it was done by the staff at the record office. The original was in old Latin. I sent copies to Debretts in Winchester (Engl.) and they translated them into English."

He was my 9 G-Grandfather. Regards, Stu

Rev. Christopher Yonges, Vicar of Reydon and Southwold, England, was our last resident English Ancestor. In his boyhood the Reformation swept over England, and Rogers, Latimer and Cramer were burned at the stake. He married late in life (Queen Elizabeth did not favor the marriage of priests) and came to Southwold in the year in which the translation of the Bible into the King James version was completed. Shakespeare died in 1616, and Bacon in 1626, the same year as Vicar Yonges. No higher tribute can be paid to one of his calling than is contained in his epitaph, and we can believe that he was like a "father in Israel," leading his people into ways of righteousness.

Children: (All born in England)

John Yonges, b. 1598, married Joan Herrington.

Edward Yonges, drowned July 11, 1626.

Elizabeth Yonges, drowned July 11, 1626.

Joseph Yonges b. 1610, married Margaret Warren. [see family #2]

Christopher Yonges, married Priscilla Elvin.

Mary Yonges b. 1609, died Salem, Mass. about 1636, married William Brown.

Margaret Yonges

Martha Yonges b. Southwold, England, July 1613, died Southwold, Long Island, about June 27, 1671, married Thomas Moore.

1st generation

Rev. Christopher YOUNGS b. ca 1545 in England married Margaret ELWIN.

2nd generation

-Martha YOUNGS or YONGS [1613-1671 my ancestor]

m. Thomas MOORE [1616-1691] of Southwold, Suffolk, England and Southhold, Long Island, NY,

[Please see more data below.]

-Rev. John YOUNGS [1598-1671 England to New York, your ancestor] married Joan HERRINGTON.

3rd generation

Children of Martha YOUNGS and Thomas MOORE:

-Hannah MOORE [b. 1644] m. 1667 Rev. John STORRS. [my ancestors].

-Martha MOORE [twin]

-Thomas MOORE, Jr. [twin]

-Capt. Benjamin MOORE

-Nathaniel MOORE

-Elizabeth MOORE

-Jonathan MOORE


-Sarah MOORE.

Source is page 374 GENEALOGICAL GUIDE TO THE EARLY SETTLERS OF AMERICA by Henry Whittemore, 1967.



There is a pedigree of many generations from Tudor Trevor to Youngs families. (pp 9-11). However, Silas Youngs says: "Christopher Yonges, Vicar of Southwold, 1611-1626 (our last English ancestor), could have been the son of Christopher Younge, Vicar of Ashburton and Ermington, and it is possible that he may have been the Chaplain at Windsor, or the Vicar of Brotherton, Yorks. Although we cannot identify his immediate ancestor, still the arms borne by his grandson, Col. John Youngs is proof that his line of descent is through Tudor Trevor and the Yonges of Brynyorken." (pg 12)

Thus, although the specific line of descent is not proven, the Youngs were of this bloodline, which included Henry Tudor, a Welshman, leading a Welsh army, who defeated and slew Richard III, on Bosworth Field, and became King Henry VII.


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