Reverend John Youngs

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Reverend John Youngs, son of Reverend Christopher Youngs and Margaret (…), was born at England, about 1601.1,2 He died at Southold, Suffolk Co., New York, 24 February 1671/72,1 and was buried in the Burying Ground of First Presbyterian Church, Southold, Suffolk Co., New York.3

John married (1) Joan Gentleman, daughter of Thomas Gentleman and Christian Cock, at Southwold, Suffolk, England, 25 July 1622;1,4 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Joan Harris, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at England about 1632;1,4 he married (3), as her 2nd husband, Mary Warren, daughter of Thomas Warren and Mary (…), about 1639.1,4,5

When he died in February 1671/2, his stone was inscribed with "and of his age 74". When examined for emmigration in 1637, he gave his age as 35.3,1,6

Examinations were made between 10 and 15 May 1637 of passengers to go to New England on the Mary Anne of Yarmouth, William Goose, master. Listed are John Yonges of St. Margaret's [Ipswich], Suffolk, minister aged 35 and Joan his wife aged 34, with 6 children: John, Thomas, Anne, Rachell, Marey and Joseph, for Salem to inhabit. However it was ruled, "This man was forbidden passage by the Commissioners and went not from Yarmouth." On this list, Anne is most certainly Anne Palgrave, daughter of Joan and her first husband, Richard Palgrave.

If the family did not come on the Mary Anne, their passage is not recorded, though they were not long delayed. Less than three months later, 14 August 1637, he was received as an inhabitant and granted land at Salem. Another passenger of the Mary Anne, Samuel Greenfield, was also granted land the same day, so it's quite possible they actually sailed on the Mary Anne, in spite of the wishes of the Commisioners.

On Christmas day, 1637, the town made an allottment of meadow, and "Mr. Young," described as having eight in his family, was granted one acre. 21 Dec 1639, he was granted 50 acres, conditioned that he "continue in the plantation to use the same."

His apprentis, Robert Gell, was brought to court, tried and sentenced to be whipped for housebreaking and stealing on the Lord's day, 31 May 1640. This is the last record of John Youngs in Salem, who shortly thereafter was in Southold, Long Island.7,1

Southold was founded in 1641, but the first surviving town records date from 1651. The first entry begins a "Breefe record of all the inhabitants accomodations herein, as followeth, vidlt:" The only surviving portion of the page gives a partial description of John Young's holdings:8
The Reverend Mr. John Youngs, Pastor of the Church of Christ in Southold aforesaid, his home lot with the meadow thereunto adjoyninge Conteyning by estimation Seaven acres more or less bounded on the East with the highway leading tothe whome lot of Robert Akerly.
His lot in the planting field conteyning.  . . .

Sometime in the late 1690's, the "Breefe record" was recopied into Liber C of the town records:9
Mr. John Youngs (Pastor of the forenamed place) his house ltt with the meadow thereunto adjoyning is by estemation Seven acres more or less, bounded on the North and East with the Street & Lane, and with the home lott of Robert Akerly West
2. His land lying in the old planting field containing five acres more or less bounded South by the land of Peter Pain, North by Samuel Y. his land.
3.His north Sea lott is by estemation twenty eight acres being in length 160 pole, lying between the land of William Wells East and Thomas Mapes West.
4. His land lying on the backside of the town containing fourty two acres bounded on the South by the land of John Curwin, on the north by Joseph Youngs.
5. His land lying in Toms-kreek neck containing eight acres.
6. His twelve acre lott lying at the reers of the home lotts on the north side of the Towne.
7. His land in the Calves neck containing four acres more or less.
8. His good meadow lying and being at Toms-kreek containing three acres more or less bounded on the East with the meadow of Mr. Thomas Moore, on the West by the meadow of John Curwin.
9. His bad meadow lying at Corchaug containing four acres more or less, bounded South by the meadow of Peter Dickerson, north by Barnabas Horton his meadow.
10. His lott purchased of Abraham Dibell is by estemation four acres more or less, which sd four acres was formerly Robert Akerlys, and after. . . Disbroughs and by him sould to the sd Dible, and is lying between his own land on the East, and Mr. Booths on the West.
11. A tract of meadow lying in Oyster pond lower neck bounded by the land of Charles Glover West, and East by the river.
12. His meadow at Ocquabauck lying on both sides the River.
His Commonage in the Town bounds is a fourth lott.
28 October 1671 he made a deed of gift to his son Thomas:10
A gift and grant of Master John Youngs Pastor to his sonn Thomas Youngs of the halfe part of his divitdent of Land at and in Oyster pond upper Necke, and namely that hallf that lyeth next to the Oyster pond to him the sayd Thomas Youngs and his heires for ever:--And also all the meadow land adjoyning to it--which meadow land is to be recorded amongst the rest of the acres of Land, when the land comes to be devided equally betwene him and his brother John Youngs--the aforesaid Thomas Younges not to make.  . . . [sale] of this tract of Land nor any of it but to leave it .  . . .['to his heires for ever' partly erased]

Recorded 15 December 1671: "That the Reverent pastor Master John Youngs did acknoledge before Benjamin Hortton that he had given that tract of Land at Oysterpond lower neck to his sonn Christopher, which the said Christopher exchainged with the aforesaid Benjamin Hortton : this also was spoken in the hearing of Richard Terry"11.

Pastor Youngs died intestate, and letters of adminstration were granted to his wife when his inventory was presented, 5 April 1675. Barnabas Windes and Barnabas Horton testified as to the Pastor's wishes:
Wee Doe teastify that wee heard Mr: John Youngs pastr to the Church in Southold resolve and Declare that if God Should take him out of this life before hee had made a will concerning his estate, that then hee would leave it all to his wife, And that Shee Should Doe with it - - what Shee pleased: And further wee testify that very neare to his Death, hee Said hee had Done Nothing as to a will but left all to his wife and to her Disspose.

The inventory totaled £97 0s 0d and consisted of:
wooden ware, 2 old bedsteds, old chest, 3 chayers, 2 tables, a forme, boule, tray
2 kittles, 2 potts hake & pot hock
2 old beds & boulster, blankets, one rugg, curtaines & vailing
lyning, sheets and pillowbeares
5 oxen, 1 lame stere, 1 cow, & 2 of 2 yeare old & one half share of one yearling
one horse
24 sheepe
3 chaines, plow irons, cart irons
howse and land
Old books.12
His stone is inscribed:
Mr John Youngs Minister of the Word and First Setler
of the Church of Christ in South hould on Long Island
deceased the 24 of February in the yeare
of our Lord 1671/2 and of his age 74

Here lies the man whose doctrine life well known
did show he sought Crists honour not his own
in weaknes sown in power raisd shall be
by Christ from death to Life Eternally.1,3

Family 1

Joan Gentleman b. bef. 1593, d. 5 Oct 1631
  • Colonel John Youngs+1 b. 10 Apr 1623, d. 12 Apr 1698
  • Thomas Youngs1 b. 1 May 1625, d. 1686
  • Rachel Youngs1 b. 3 Apr 1627
  • Elizabeth Youngs13 b. 6 May 1629, d. bef. 22 Mar 1630

Family 2

Joan Harris d. abt. 1638
  • Mary Youngs1 b. abt. 1632
  • Hezekiah Youngs13 b. 6 Oct 1633, d. bef. 27 Feb 1633/34
  • Joseph Youngs1 b. 3 May 1635
  • Christopher Youngs+1 b. abt. 1638, d. 31 Jul 1695

Family 3

Mary Warren b. 7 Jun 1602, d. aft. 5 Nov 1678
  • Benjamin Youngs1 b. abt. 1640
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