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John Youngs, Sr.

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Reyden, Southold, Suffolk, England
Death: February 24, 1672 (70-78)
Southold, Suffolk, Long Island., NY
Place of Burial: Southold, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Christopher Yonges and Margaret Youngs
Husband of Mary Youngs; Joane Young; Joan Youngs and Mary Youngs
Father of John Young, Jr.; Sarah Merwin; Mary Petty; Thomas Youngs; Joseph Youngs and 11 others
Brother of Elizabeth Moore; Elizabeth Margaret Hallock; Christopher Youngs, Jr.; Martha Moore; Abigail Pinney and 4 others

Occupation: Reverand
Managed by: Marilyn Jeanne Haslem
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About Rev. John Youngs, of Southold

John YONG or YOUNGS Adm. sizar at EMMANUEL, June 3, 1620. S. of Christopher (1593). B. 1602. B.A. from St Catharine's, 1623. Minister at St Margaret's, Suffolk. Went to Salem, New England, 1637. Removed to Long Island with a party of relatives and friends; founded the town of Southold (named after his home in England). Pastor of Southold, Long Island, 1641-72. Married, at Southwold, Suffolk, Jane Harrington (1st wife), July 25, 1622. Died at Southold, Long Island, Feb. 24, 1671-2. (Felt.; J. G. Bartlett.)

Source: Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900

John Youngs (about 1598 in Reydon, England - February 24, 1672 Southold, New York) was the first Minister and first settler of the Church of Christ in Southold on Long Island.



  •  the first child of the Reverend Christopher Yonges and his wife Margaret (née Ellwyn).

Marriages and Children

Joan Herrington (died between 1625 and 1629 in England); married July 25, 1622 in Southwold, England

July 24, 1622.—John Yonges and Joan Herrington, both single, of Southwold. Surety: Christopher Yonges. (Book 5, fo. 11) Source: Marriage licenses from the official note books of the archdeaconry of Suffolk deposited at the Ipswich probate court 1613-1674. p. 28


  1.  Col. John Youngs (April 10, 1623 in Suffolk, England - April 12, 1698 in Southold, New York), married [1] Mary Gardner; married [2] Anne Wines Nichols Elton Tooker.
  2. Capt. Thomas Youngs, (May 1, 1625 in Southwold, England - between April and September 1686 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey).

Joan Harris (died before 1639), the widow of Richard Palgrave; married after 1630 in England.


  1.  Anna Palgrave (Stepdaughter), married Nicholas Woodbury.
  2. Mary Youngs (born in England), married Edward Petty.
  3. Rachel Youngs (born in England).
  4. Joseph Youngs (in England - about April 1675 in Southold, New York), married Sarah Wines.

Mary Warren (died 1678 in Southold, New York), married about 1639 in Salem, Massachusetts.


  1.  Benjamin Youngs (about 1640 in Southold, New York - 1697 in Southold, New York), married Elizabeth.
  2. Christopher Youngs (about 1642 in Southold, New York - July 31, 1695 in Southold, New York), married [1] Mary; married [2] Mary Budd.

Brief biography

John Youngs was of Welsh descent; Col. John Youngs, of the second generation, placed the Tudor Trevor coat of arms upon his will in 1697. Tudor Trevor was Lord of Whittingdon, Oswestry, and both Maelors in Powys, in right of his father; founder of the "Tribes of the Marches"; King of Gloster, and Earl of Hereford in right of his mother; surnamed Trevor from the place of his birth, Co. Denbigh. The American Youngs families used three coats of arms in America. The seal affixed to the will of Col. John Youngs bears the "lion rampant" with a crest a grayhound passant. The Oyster Bay branch bears the "three griffin heads" coat. An extensive history of the Yonges family in England and their pedigree can be found online: Yonges family: Vicar Christopher Yonges, his ancestors in England and his descendants in America" by Selah Youngs, Jr. (1907) Boston Public Library.

He sailed on the Mary Anne, of Yarmouth, William Goose (or Gooch), master. He migrated with a wife whose first name is Joan (likely the second wife, Joan Harris), and six children, five of his own and a step-daughter: John, Thomas, Rachel, Marcy and Joseph, as well as Joan Harris' daughter from a previous marriage -- Anna Palgrave (who later married Nicholas Woodbury). Norris Taylor comments: "He is believed to have come on this ship in spite of a note in the margin of his application which said: 'This man was forbyden passage, by the Commission and went not from Yarmouth' -- for he was in Salem, Mass three months later.

He received a grant of land in Salem on that date.

"He doubtless wore his hair long and flowing to the shoulder, which was the mark of a gentleman; and in the pulpit wore the Geneva gown. He owned the works of the Rev. William Perkins, an able writer who taught the Calvinistic system, and that, no doubt, is the doctrine he expounded to his people.... He appears to have taken no active part in politics, and it is probably because of this that New Haven, on several occasions, desired to hear from him before acting on complaints from Southold. It is attributed to his safe counsel and wise judgement that opposing factions were harmonized, that those in the town who were Quakers, or favored them, were not persecuted, and that there was no case of witchcraft in Southold." (Selah Youngs) This comment by Selah Youngs is contradicted by Antonia Booth, official historian for the Town of Southold, who comments: "In 1658, when Quaker Humphrey Norton criticized Rev. Youngs in church, he was fined twenty pounds, severely whipped, branded with the letter H on his hand and banished from Southold." [see]

"His home lot was the largest and best located, and he had a large share in the division of lands, most of which he gave his sons some years before his death. The remainder, together with his homestead, after his widow's death in 1678, was inherited by his son Benjamin, and from him the homestead, in 1697, probably passed to his eldest son, John. In 1783 it was in the possession of Joseph Prince." (Selah Youngs)

Inscription on alter tomb: Mr. John Yongs Minister of the Word and First Setler Of the Chvrch of Christ in Sovth Hovld on Long Island Deceased the 24 of Febrvary in the Yeare Of Ovr Lord 1871/2 and of His Age 74

Here Lies the Man Whose Doctrine Life Well Knowen Did Shew He Sovght Crists Honovr Not His Owen In Weakness Sown in Power Raisd Shall Be By Christ from Death to Life Eternally

Reverend John Younges emigrated to America and was an original founder of Southold, Long Island, New York. He founded the First Church (then Congregational, later Presbyterian) in Southold, Long Island, New York, where he was the minister until his death there on February 24, 1671/2, aged 74 years.

“ Yonges John 35, Minister from St Margaret's, Ipswitch, Suffolk, bound for Salem. [Sidelined: "This man was forbidden passage by the Commissioners and went not from Yarmouth."]

Ship passenger list from which they were denied boarding at Yarmouth:

Yonges Joan 34

Yonges John

Yonges Thomas

Yonges Anne

Yonges Rachell

Yonges Marey

Yonges Josueph.

Rev. Younges came to America very shortly afterward and landed in Salem but soon moved to New Haven and then Long Island, New York and helped found Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island. He became the minister of the first church of Southold. Naturally it was Congregational.

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Rev. John Youngs, of Southold's Timeline

Reyden, Southold, Suffolk, England
Age 4
Of St Margaret, Southwold, Suffolk, England
Age 4
of St Margaret, Southwold, Suffolk, Eng
Age 4
of St Margaret, Southwold, Suffolk, Eng
Age 4
Of St Margaret, Southwold, Suffolk, Eng
Age 21
Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
April 29, 1624
Age 26
Suffolk, England
Age 26
May 1, 1625
Age 27
Southwold, Suffolk, England