Christopher Youngs

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Christopher Youngs, son of Reverend John Youngs and Joan Harris, was born about 1638.1,2 He died at Southold, Suffolk Co., New York, 31 July 1695.1,3

Christopher married (1) Mary (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), before 1668;1,4 he married (2) Mary Budd, daughter of John Budd and Mary Horton, at Southold, about 1675.1,4

Christopher Youngs was known in Southold as "Senior" to distinguish him from his younger cousin Christopher, born in 1643. His signature uses both "Youngs" and "Yong", but his cousin made his mark.

He was a mariner and had a half interest in the sloop Speedwell, apparently in partnership with his father-in-law, John Budd.

He left Southold for Elizabethtown, New Jersey in 1665 with his brother Thomas and others, but in November 1667 he sold his house and lands there and returned to Southold.

In Southold, he first owned a house and home lot on the north side of Town Street, which he bought from Enathan Topping, but he sold this 20 October 1670, first wife Mary also signing.

1 August 1670 he bought a house and home lot from Benjamin Horton, on the south side of Town Street and adjoining that of his borther, Col John Youngs.

In 1675 he was rated for £120 10s. In 1686 he had 4 males and 2 females in his family.

In 1675, his mother bought from John Core a piece "two pole square" and gave it to her son so that he might have a full frontage on the street. By her will she also bequeathed to him other lands.

He also received a gift of land from his father, bought land from his brother Thomas, and made numerous other purchases and sales.

By the will of his father-in-law John Budd, his wife inherited various parcels, and 2 February 1685, he receipted to the executors for the legacy.

Sometime after his death, John Budd, eldest brother of "Mary, widow of Christopher Youngs, deceased," gave her and her two sons Christopher and John, a deed confirming to them the "Ockebock" lands which she had inherited by the will of her father. The intent of this was to secure this land to her sons, independent of Christopher's son Benjamin, by his first wife.

Christopher and John went to live on that land at Acquebauk, and on 12 May 1712, agreed to divide it after the death of their mother. However, they seem to have divided it earlier for in 1723/4, for some amount of money, she gave a quit claim to her son John for his part o fthe land "as divided."

He died intestate, and letters of administration were granted to Mary the widow, and Benjamin, the eldest son.

In the census of 1698, Mary Youngs Jun, widow, Chritopher, Anna Phibe, and Eliza Youngs were in one group; Eliza was probably the wife of Christopher. John is in the next group, probably living with John Griffen, learning the shoemaker's trade.1

Christopher Youngs died intestate and administration was granted on an unknown date :
By ye Honoble Col Wm Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye County of Suffolk of ye Province of New York in America. To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that wras Christopher Youngs Senr late of Southold in ye County of Suffolk departed this life on ye 31 of July Anno Dom. 1695 leaving no Executor and Mary his widow & Benjamin son of the sd deceased for certain causes them hereunto justly moving have prayed that ye administration of ye goods and chattles of ye said deceased my be granted unto them ye sd widow & son of ye sd deceased, I therefore by virtue of ye power & authority to me given reposing special trust & confidence in you Mary & Benjamin abovesd have nominated constitued & appointed you Mary ye widow & Benjamin ye eldest son of ye sd deceased aforesd and by these presents do constitute & appoint you joint administrators of all and singular ye goods chattels and credits of ye sd Christopher Youngs deceased with fulll power to ask receive demand & recover all & singular ye goods & chattles leases debts & credits wtsoever to ye sd deceased belonging or in anywise appertaining by all lawful ways & means wtsoever in ye first place paying those debts wrby ye sd decd stood obliged at ye time of his death as far as ye lawful goods & credits of the sd decd may to this Extend you taking your oaths truly to administer ye same & to make or cause to be made a true & perfect inventory of all & singular ye debts goods & chattels rights & credts to ye sd decd belonging or in anywise appertaining which shall or may come to your hands possession or knowledge & further to give a just & true acct. in & concerning ye sd. administration before me or such other Judge or Judges as may be appointed thereunto at or before ye 20 day of March next ensuing--
Given under my hand & seal the 20th day of Sept. Anno Dom. 1695.5

Family 1

Mary (…) d. bef. 1675
  • Benjamin Youngs1 b. abt. 1668

Family 2

Mary Budd b. Sep 1654, d. 6 May 1734
  • Christopher Youngs1 b. abt. 1677
  • John Youngs+1 b. 21 Oct 1679, d. 3 Mar 1749/50
  • Anne Youngs1 b. say 1680
  • Phebe Youngs1 b. say 1695
This person was last edited on16 Dec 2017


  1. [S318] Selah Younges Jr., Youngs Family: Vicar Christopher Younges: His Ancestors in England and His Descendants in America: A History and Genealogy (New York: p.p., 1907), further cited as Younges, Youngs Family.
  2. [S2065] Hal Bradley, "William1 Brown of Salem, Massachusetts, and the Youngs Family of Suffolk, England and Southold, Long Island: Additional English Sources on Their Connection," The American Genealogist 88 (Jan 2016): 73-77, at 77, further cited as Bradley, "Brown and Youngs of Salem, Mass., and Southold, Long Island."
  3. [S1652] William S. Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills of Suffolk County, 1691-1703: An Unabridged Copy of the Manuscript Volume Known as the "The Lester Will Book"; Being the Record of the Prerogative Court of the County of Suffolk, New York: With Genealogical and Historical Notes (New York: Francis P. Harper, 1897), 119, further cited as Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1734, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S1652] Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills, 119-120.