John Younger (member of the James-Younger Gang)

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John Harrison Younger

Birthdate: (23)
Birthplace: Kansas City, Jackson, MO
Death: March 16, 1874 (19-27)
Monegaw Springs, St Clair, MO
Place of Burial: Roscoe, St Clair, MO
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Washington Younger and Barsheba Leighton Fristoe Younger
Brother of Laura Helen Kelly; Frances Isabela Younger; Martha Anne Jones; Charles Richard Younger; Mary Josephine Jarrett and 8 others

Occupation: bank robber
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About John Younger (member of the James-Younger Gang)

John Harrison Younger (1851 – March 17, 1874) was an American outlaw, the brother of Cole, Jim and Bob.


He was the 11th child of Henry Washington Younger and Bersheba Leighton Fristoe's 14 children and their 5th son, the fourth to survive into adulthood.

In July, 1862, his father was shot and killed while on a business trip to Kansas City by a detachment of Union militiamen. As a result of this killing, several of John's brothers joined Quantrill's Raiders, but John and his younger brother Bob were too young to join so they stayed at home to look after their mother and sisters.

In January, 1866, Bob and John took their mother to Independence, Missouri to purchase winter supplies. Recognizing the family from his military days an ex-soldier came up to the wagon and made some comments about Cole. John told him to be quiet and the soldier slapped him around the face with a frozen fish. John got out his brother's pistol (Cole's that they had taken to be repaired) and shot him between the eyes.

After an examination of the dead body it was revealed the soldier was carrying a heavy slingshot which still was tied to his wrist, so the killing was ruled as self-defense.

The Youngers headed to Texas for a peaceful life until Bersheba became ill, so the boys (with the exception of Cole) took her back to Missouri to die.

As soon as they arrived they were harassed, Bob was knocked unconscious and John was hung four times, the fourth time they hauled him up the rope dug deep into his flesh. They finally cut him down and hacked at the body savagely with knives. He survived. Witnessing this was too much for Bersheba, and she died on June 6, 1870, her 54th birthday.

After Bersheba's funeral John and Bob met up with Jim and, because it was not safe to stay in one place, they often moved between Missouri and Texas.

On Jan 20, 1871 he shot and killed 2 Texas Deputy Sherriffs.

In 1873 Jim, John and Bob Younger joined the James-Younger gang.

On 17 March 1874 Jim and John were headed to some friends in Roscoe, Missouri. Three men, a local Deputy Sheriff Edward Daniels and two Pinkerton Detectives came up to them and asked them for directions. Suspecting that they were detectives Jim and John ambushed them. One of the agents fled instantly. While interviewing the remaining two, the detective, Louis Lull, drew a hidden pistol and shot John through the neck. Jim killed Deputy Daniels, while John pursued Lull on horseback to a nearby wood, fatally wounding him in the chest. Emerging from the woods still on horseback, as Jim ran towards him, John swayed and fell dead. Jim buried him by the roadside to avoid the law digging him up. Later he removed his body to bury him in an unmarked grave in the cemetery. Louis Lull died three days later. John Younger is buried in the Yeater-Cleveland Cemetery in St. Clair County, Missouri, about 4-5 miles NE of Oceola, MO.

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John Younger (member of the James-Younger Gang)'s Timeline

Kansas City, Jackson, MO
March 16, 1874
Age 23
Monegaw Springs, St Clair, MO
Roscoe, St Clair, MO