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John Youngs, Sr.

Birthplace: Reyden, Southold, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in 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 Joan Youngs; Joan Youngs and Mary Youngs
Father of Col. John Youngs; John Young, Jr.; Sarah Scofield; Mary Petty; Thomas Youngs and 9 others
Brother of Elizabeth Moore; Elizabeth Margaret Hallock; Capt. Joseph Yonges; 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 Youngs (about 1598 in Reydon, England - February 24, 1672 Southold, New York) was a Puritan minister who founded Southold, New York.



  •  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


  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

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 19
Age 21
Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
April 29, 1624
Age 26
Suffolk, England
Age 26