Colonel John Youngs

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ChartsAncestors of Edward Ambrose Cooke
Colonel John Youngs, son of Reverend John Youngs and Joan Gentleman, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Southwold, Suffolk, England, 10 April 1623.1 He died at Southold, Suffolk Co., New York, 12 April 1698,2,1 and was buried in the Old Burying Ground of First Presbyterian Church, Southold, Suffolk Co., New York.1,3

John married (1) Mary Gardner, daughter of (…) Gardner and Mary Warren, at Southold, about 1653;1,4 he married (2), as her 4th husband, Ann Wines, daughter of Barnabas Wines and Anna Eddy, at Southold, after 31 December 1690, when they made a pre-nuptial agreement.5,1,4

His stone was inscribed:
Here lyeth interred
the body of Colonel'l
John YOVNGS Esqvire
late one of His
Majesties Council of
the Province
New York, Who
Departed this life
the 12 day of April
Anno Domini, 1698
Aged 75 years

It is reported that the stone is now worn smooth and the inscription is taken from the cited sources, which do not perfectly match each other.3,1

John left a will dated 20 February 1696/97, and proved 28 May 1698:
"In the name of God, Amen. This 20 day of February, 1696/7, I, John Youngs, of the Town of Southold, in the County of Suffolk, Esq., being in perfect health, I give and commit my soul to Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently interred by my executor, hereinafter mentioned, according to my estate and Quality."

Item. I give and bequeath two thirds parts of all my lands meadows, feedigs, pastures, houses, edifices gardens, orcherds and all and singular the appurtanances thereunto belonging unto my son Thomas Youngs his heirs and assignes forever.

Item. I give and bequeathe two thirds parts of all my household goods as bedding with ye furniture thereunto belonging, potts, kettles, pewter, tables, chairs and stools &c. unto my two daughters Deborah Longworth and Martha Gardner, to be equally divided betwixt them forever.

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughters Deborah and Martha aforesaid to each of them two silver spoons and four books apiece such as my executor shall appoint them.

Item. I give to my grandson Daniel Youngs six shillings currant money of this province.

Item. I give and bequeath the one third part of my household gooods with all my estate both real and personal wheresoever and whome soever to be found to my said son Thomas Youngs and his Heirs forever.

Lastly of these my last will and Testiment I doe by these presents nominate appoint constitute and make my son Thomas Youngs above whole and sole executor to act in and about ye prmises.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my handd and fixed my seal in ye town fo Southold afored in ye year and on ye day above mentioned.

Witnesses, Simon Grover, Jonathan Horton, Giles Silvester.

The inventory of his estate, 18 May 1698, totaled £113 10s and included two saddles, a parcel of books, brass, a note for £14 due from Jeremiah Veale, a silver tankard & cup, 7 sliver spoons, gold and silver coin, a seal ring, and buttons.1,6,7

Family 1

Mary Gardner b. abt. 1630, d. 24 Apr 1689
  • John Youngs1 b. abt. 1654
  • Thomas Youngs1 b. abt. 1655, d. 27 Jan 1714
  • Deborah Youngs1 b. abt. 1660, d. 1711/12
  • Bethia Youngs1 b. abt. 1662, d. 11 May 1684
  • Martha Youngs+1 b. abt. 1664, d. 18 Apr 1737

Family 2

Ann Wines b. abt. 1632, d. bef. 1698
This person was last edited on28 Nov 2021


  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. [S1797] William Salmon and William A. Robbins (editor), The Salmon Records: A Private Register of Marriages and Deaths of the Residents of the Town of Southold, Suffolk County, N. Y. and of Persons More or Less Closely Associated with that Place 1696-1811, (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1918), 6, CD-ROM reprint, Genealogy and History of Southold, New York (, 2003), further cited as Salmon and Robbins, Salmon Records.
  3. [S1546] Bill Conover, Find A Grave memorial #15520130, added 26 Aug 2006, online, accessed Dec 2012, further cited as Find A Grave.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1735, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S314] Neil D. Thompson, "The English Origin of Sergeant Francis1 Nichols of Stratford, Connecticut," The American Genealogist 75 (October 2000): 267-271, at 269 n15, further cited as Thompson, "English Origin of Francis Nichols."
  6. [S1818] Kenneth Scott and James A. Owre, Genealogical Data from Inventories of New York Estates 1666-1825 (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1970), 178, further cited as Scott and Owre, Genealogical Data from Inventories.
  7. [S1042] New York Co., New York, Wills and Administrations 1680-1804, 5-293-4, FHL microfilm 497593, further cited as New York Co. Wills and Administrations.