The Jünger\Yinger Family Tree Introduction & Summary:
The First York County, PA Jünger\Yinger Family Generation:
The family tree presented in this section of the web site is for the descendents of Johann Paul Jünger. Paul is the patriarch of the Yingers of York County Pennsylvania. He is the original Germanic immigrant who left his homeland in the Rhineland area of Europe in 1748 and arrived in Philadelphia on September 15 of that year.
In another section of this web site titled “From Philadelphia to York County” Paul’s migration path is presented between his arrival in 1748 to his appearance in about 1780 on a tax list in Newberry Township of York County, Pennsylvania. That section also discusses intermediate stops he made along the way in Berks and Lancaster Counties.
The various documents discovered so far suggest strongly that only when he and his family reached York County did they settle down permanently and become integrated into the Germanic immigrant population of Newberry Township. Paul’s first discovered appearance on a tax list was in 1754 in Bern Township of Berks County. On that list which is presented in another section of this web site, Paul is listed as a married renter.
Unfortunately, the name of Paul’s wife has not been uncovered so far although some educated guesses are possible which will be offered a little later in this narrative. Paul and his wife had three known sons representing the second generation of Yingers of York County. They were George, Anthony and Martin.
The Second York County, PA Yinger Family Generation:
If other sons or daughters were born to this couple in addition to George, Anthony and Martin, no certain records have been discovered validating that possibility. I strongly suspect that at least one or more daughters were interspersed between the births of these three sons because of the gap in time between the known birth of Anthony in 1759 and his younger brother, Martin in 1765. Of course, if sisters to these three brothers did exist, they would have taken the family name of their husbands upon marriage. This would make tracing them very difficult.
Paul died without a will probably between 1781 and 1783. Paul appears as previously noted on the 1780 tax lists of Newberry Township. However, he does not appear on the 1783 tax list of Newberry Township. However, his two oldest sons, George and Anthony appear for the first time on Newberry Township tax lists in 1783. George has 6 people in his household in 1783 and it is possible that his father, Paul, is one of those individuals in which case Paul might have lived beyond 1783. However, Paul was definitely deceased by 1795 because George’s estate file documents indicate that Paul’s wife was a widow at that time.
A will might have been very helpful in sorting out Paul’s date of death, and children’s names beyond the three known sons. Furthermore, among Paul’s known children, only Martin’s birth was recorded in a church record (at Muddy Creek Lutheran in 1765 in Lancaster County). George and Anthony were probably born while Paul and his wife were living in Berks County. However, no church records have been discovered documenting their births.
George married Sophronia (Freney) Broband, the eldest daughter of Jacob and Anna Broband prior to 1784 when their daughter Nancy (Ann) Yinger was born. George died as a young adult in 1790. His estate file and later land deed documents clearly prove the fact that he and his wife Freney only had one child at the time of George’s death, Nancy (Ann) Yinger.
Anthony married Magdalena Broband the younger sister of Sophronia prior to 1783 when their eldest son Jacob was born. Their offspring are documented in Anthony’s will when he died in 1829 and in the adjacent tombstones of three adult children who pre-deceased Anthony and Magdalena (Broband) Yinger. They are buried in the Bear Family cemetery in Yocumtown, Newberry Township, York County.
Based on those two sources of information Anthony and Magdalena had four sons and five daughters; Jacob, Elisabeth, George, Mary, John, Martin, Nancy, Catherine and Sallie. My hunch is that one of these daughters was probably named after Paul’s wife, (George, Anthony and Martin’s mother) whose name has not been discovered elsewhere.
The youngest son of Paul and his wife, Martin, married Catherine Grove who was a daughter of Samuel Grove, a well-known gunsmith from the village of Lewisberry in Newberry Township. Martin has been an illusive character to pin down in tax lists or estate documents. He is missing from the 1790 and 1800 United States Federal Census records of York County as well.
It seems probable that Martin died like his older brother George in young adulthood perhaps between 1793 and 1800. This is inferred by the fact that his wife, Catherine Grove, subsequently married a man named William Cline presumably after Martin Yinger died. This is confirmed in the estate file of Samuel Yinger who died unmarried in young adulthood in 1816.
Samuel was a son of Martin Yinger and Catherine (Grove) Yinger. Samuel Yinger’s estate file documents are presented in another section of this web site. Catherine signed “my right of administering to the Estate of my son Samuel Yinger” renunciation document with the name of Catherine Cline in 1816.
The only other known child of Martin Yinger and Catherine (Grove) Yinger was name Paul Yinger, probably after Martin’s father by that same name. Paul was born in 1793. He married Christine Snyder and they had a large family that is well documented in a variety of sources.
The Third York County, PA Yinger Family Generation:
Members of the third generation of the Yinger family of York County, PA are grandchildren of Johann Paul Jünger the Germanic immigrant and patriarch of the Yingers of York County. They are presented below grouped with their second-generation Yinger parents:
I. George Yinger and Soprhonia Broband’s Child:
1. Nancy (Ann) Yinger. As previously noted George Yinger and his wife Soprhonia only had one child who they named Nancy (Ann) Yinger. She married John Fetrow Sr. and they also only had one child, John Fetrow Jr.
II. Anthony Yinger and Magdalena Broband’s Children:
1. Jacob Yinger died in young adulthood without children.
2. Elisabeth Yinger died in young adulthood without children.
3. George Yinger married a woman named Margaret. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters. Difficulties exist in matching and identifying each of their children’s names for reasons to be discussed in a later section of this narrative.
4. Mary Yinger married David Fetrow brother to John Fetrow Sr. They had six sons and three daughters who are listed in the family tree presented in this section of the web site.
5. John Yinger married a woman named Rebecca and they had 6 daughters and 3 sons. Difficulties exist in matching and identifying each of their children’s names for reasons to be discussed in a later section of this narrative.
6. Martin Yinger died in young adulthood without children.
7. Nancy Yinger never married and lived her adult life with her parents and then her younger sister Sallie who also never married.
8. Catherine Yinger married Henry G. Keister. Nothing is currently known from my research about their offspring, if any.
9. Sallie (Sarah) Yinger never married and lived her adult life with her parents and then her older sister Nancy who also never married.
III. Martin Yinger and Catherine Grove’s Children:
1. Samuel Yinger died in young adulthood without children.
2. Paul Yinger married Christine Snyder and they had a large family of 10 sons and 2 daughters. Associating the children of their large family with them is very easy due to excellent documentation in Paul’s estate file presented in another section of this web site. Also, a recitation found in a published history of York County by John Gibson completely clarifies the members of Paul and Christine’s family.
These are the members of the third generation of Yingers of York County, PA. They were the grandchildren of Johann Paul Jünger the Germanic immigrant and patriarch of the Yingers of York County. There are 12 known grandchildren of Paul that are listed above.
Among those grandchildren there are 6 boys and 6 girls. Of the 6 boys, only 3 of them married and had children. Their offspring constitute the fourth generation of Yingers of York County, PA.
The Fourth York County, PA Yinger Family Generation:
George Yinger had no son’s, and only one daughter, Nancy (Ann) Yinger. So no male Yinger descendants came from Paul’s oldest son George Yinger.
Two of Anthony’s sons, Jacob and Martin, died in young adulthood without marrying or having children. However, Anthony’s other two sons, George and John, did marry and have large families. It is possible to determine with reasonable accuracy how many sons and daughters these two men and their wives produced from census records.
Before the 1850 United States Federal Census, details of the names of every member of the household were not given. Instead, head counts broken down by gender and age ranges were indicated instead. The 1830 census and 1840 census for the families of George and John Yinger, therefore, give an insight into the number of boys and girls each had but do not tell their names.
An additional complication is that George died in 1840 without a will. Therefore, no insights exist from his estate file documents included elsewhere on this web site toward identifying the names of his children. Excerpts of the 1830 and 1840 census images are given below for both George Yinger’s household and John Yinger’s household. The 1840 census image for George’s household is under his widow’s name, Margaret.
George and Margaret Yinger’s household, Fairview Township, York County, PA 1830 census image:
From this 1830 census image it is apparent that George and Margaret Yinger had four sons and one daughter at that date.
George and Margaret Yinger’s household, Fairview Township, York County, PA 1840 census image:
From this 1840 census image it appears that between 1830 and 1840 George and Margaret Yinger added another son and another daughter to their family. George died in early 1840 before this census was taken and so the listed head of household is his widow Margaret. Taking the 1830 and 1840 census images together, they had a family comprised of 5 sons and 2 daughters.
It is worth noting that directly beneath Margaret’s name on the 1840 census is the name of George and Margaret Yinger’s eldest son, Jacob. He was born on November 15, 1817 and would have been 22 years old, therefore, at the time of the 1840 census. Jacob and his wife Elizabeth who was born in 1821 were newlyweds in 1840 and their first child George K. Yinger would be born a year later in 1841.
John and Rebecca Yinger’s household, Newberry Township, York County, PA 1830 census image:
From this 1830 census image it is apparent that John and Rebecca Yinger had one son and two daughters as of that date. It also seems very likely that his recently widowed mother, Magdalena (Broband) Yinger is included in John Yinger’s household in this 1830 census. Anthony Yinger, Magdalena’s husband and John’s Father had died in 1829.
John and Rebecca Yinger’s household, Newberry Township, York County, PA 1840 census image:
From this 1840 census image it appears that John and Rebecca Yinger added one son and two daughters to their family between 1830 and 1840. In 1840, therefore, they had 2 sons and 4 daughters. Also, Anthony’s widow, Magdalena is listed as the head of household directly beneath John Yinger. Her two unmarried daughters Nancy and Sallie are with her in her home.
Beginning in 1850 the United States Federal Census required that every person in the household be listed with their age and place of birth. This makes it much easier to track family composition from that date onward. Based on 1850 and 1860 census records John and Rebecca Yinger added another son and two more daughters after the 1840 census. As a result their total number of children determined from census records from 1830 through 1860 was nine; 3 sons and 6 daughters.
In summary, Anthony and Magdalena Yinger’s son George and his wife Margaret Yinger had 5 sons and 2 daughters. Anthony and Magdalena Yinger’s son John and his wife Rebecca Yinger had 3 sons and 6 daughters. Between George and John Yinger they had 8 sons and 8 daughters who are members of the fourth generation of York County Yingers and great grandchildren of Johann Paul Jünger the Germanic immigrant and patriarch of the Yingers of York County.
George and Margaret Yinger’s two daughter’s names have not been determined because George did not leave a will that might have named his children when he died in 1840. John and Rebecca Yinger’s oldest two daughters’ names, likewise, have not been determined because by the 1850 census they were no longer in their parents household, probably because they had married by that date.
John and Rebecca Yinger’s four youngest daughter’s names are known from their appearance in the 1850 census in their parent’s household. They were named Harriet, Rebecca, Elmira and Mary. John, like his brother George, also did not leave a will that might have named all of his children when he died in 1871. Unfortunately, therefore, of the 8 daughters between George and John Yinger only the names of half of them are known.
Determining the names of the 8 sons between George and John Yinger required some detective work. However, because they were males their surnames remained Yinger when they married. The basic strategy was to search the 1850 through 1870 census listings in the general areas of Newberry and Fairview Townships of York County, PA for all Yinger males born between 1815 and 1850.
This strategy yielded exactly the anticipated number of 8 male Yingers. These men were very likely the sons of either George or John Yinger and, therefore, grandsons of Anthony Yinger and great grandsons of Johann Paul Jünger the Germanic immigrant and patriarch of the Yingers of York County.
Here is the list of the 8 sons of either George or John Yinger thus determined. The list is in order of birth from the eldest to the youngest of the group. Exact birth dates are provided if known from tombstone inscriptions. Otherwise, approximate dates are given based on ages given in census listings:
1. Jacob Yinger born November 15, 1817
2. George Yinger born about 1823
3. Anthony Yinger born March 26, 1826
4. Joseph Yinger born about 1827 to 1830
5. William Yinger born about 1828
6. Charles Yinger born March 10, 1831
7. Henry Yinger born March 4, 1835
8. John Yinger born about 1842
As previously noted above, George and Margaret Yinger had 5 sons and John and Rebecca Yinger had 3 sons. The challenge is to associate the correct sons listed above to the correct set of parents. In any case they all had the same grandparents, Anthony and Magdalena (Broband) Yinger and the same great grandparents, Johann Paul Jünger\Yinger and his wife.
From analyzing the 1830 census images for George and John’s household, it seems safe to assume the oldest three boys listed above belonged to George and Margaret Yinger. Furthermore, the youngest boy listed above appears on the 1860 census in the household of John and Rebecca Yinger at the age of 18 years. He must have been their son.
Associating the remaining 4 boys properly is an educated guess at best. I have made an attempt to study the names these four remaining males used to name their sons and daughters in the 5th generation. My theory was that clues might emerge about sibling relationships or paternal and maternal relationships from this type of analysis.
From this study the most compelling clue was that William Yinger listed above as the 5th eldest of the group of 8 above, named his sons Henry, John and William. Since John was clearly the son of John and Rebecca Yinger, I have concluded with nothing better to rely on that William, Henry and John were brothers in the 4th generation and, therefore, where the three sons of John and Rebecca Yinger.
By default the remaining two boys in the 4th generation group of eight I deduced to be the sons of George and Margaret Yinger. They were Joseph born about 1827 to 1830 and Charles born March 10, 1831. This line of logic may in fact be incorrect. However, it was all I had to go on and it is how the group of 8 has been apportioned between George and John Yinger in the accompanying Jünger\Yinger family tree.
Sorting out the children of Anthony and Magdalena Yinger’s only two sons that had families, George and John Yinger, was a real challenge. Fortunately the only other third generation male descendant to marry and have a family is very clearly documented in a variety of reliable sources that agree with each other.
Martin and Catherine (Grove) Yinger had two sons but only their son named Paul married and, with his wife Christine Snyder, produced a large family. Paul and Christine Yinger’s children were also 4th generation Yingers of York County, PA. They are also great grandchildren of Johann Paul Jünger\Yinger.
Paul and Christine (Snyder) Yinger’s family is completely detailed in John Gibson’s History of York County, Pennsylvania published in 1886. Following is the excerpt from that publication that discusses Paul and Christine Yinger’s family:
“Manchester Township County
John S. Yinger
is a son of Paul and Christine (Snyder) Yinger. His grandfather, Martin Yinger, lived and died near Lewisberry, York County. Subject's grandmother, Catherine (Grove) Yinger, was a daughter of Sam Grove, the gunsmith, well known in Lewisberry, where he resided. Paul Yinger, father of John S., was born September 17, 1793, was a blacksmith, was reared and lived on the homestead now occupied by our subject, and died May 7, 1876. Christine Yinger, his wife, was born July 24, 1794, and died June 17, 1870. They had twelve children: Jacob, born September 10, 1818; Samuel, born January 15, 1820, died September 11, same year; Elizabeth, born August 6, 1821; John S., born December 27, 1822; Daniel, born November 23, 1824; Charles Henry, born November 10, 1826: William, born September 10, 1828; Paul S., born April 30, 1830; Abraham, born February 9, 1832, killed in battle at Cold Harbor, Va., June 1, 1864; Ann Maria, born November 29, 1833; Samuel (second), born October 6, 1836, and George S. born August 8, 1838.”
This source proved very valuable in ascertaining the composition of Paul and Christine Yinger’s family. Their children listed in that publication are also completely corroborated by Paul’s will which is a part of his estate file which appears in another section of this web site. These 12 children (10 boys and 2 girls) were members of the 4th generation of the Yinger’s of York County, PA.
These children of Paul and Christine Yinger were second cousins to the previously discussed children of George and John Yinger who were also 4th generation Yingers of York County, PA. Together they totaled 18 great grandsons and 10 great granddaughters for Johann Paul Jünger\Yinger and his wife.
The oldest member of this 4th generation was the first born child of George and Margaret Yinger named Jacob who was born on November 15, 1817 as previously mentioned. The youngest member of this 4th generation was the last daughter of John and Rebecca Yinger who was named Mary and was born in about 1848.
The offspring of these 4th generation descendants are the 5th generation of Yingers of York County, PA. Members of the 5th generation are great great grandchildren of Johann Paul Jünger\Yinger and his wife.
The Fifth York County, PA Yinger Family Generation:
By the fifth generation of Yingers of York County, Pennsylvania, it became challenging to track down all the members of that group. The most often used source of information in searching for members of this generation of Yingers was census appearances. However, other sources were sometimes available and helpful. These included estate file documentation, tombstone inscriptions, published biographies, etc.
I do not guarantee that every member of the 5th generation of Yingers who are great great grandchildren of our immigrant patriarch ancestor Johann Paul Jünger\Yinger and his wife have been detected by my efforts. Children who may have died in infancy between census events could easily have been missed, for instance. This is true, for that matter, in earlier generations as well
Nevertheless, I feel basically confident that my search has detected a large majority of the great great grandchildren of Paul Jünger\Yinger and his wife who were born to a father named Yinger from the 4th generation previously discussed. A total of 74 great great grandchildren of Paul are included in the Jünger\Yinger family tree based on my detective work so far; 36 boys and 38 girls.
The first born member of this 5th generation of Yingers of York County, Pennsylvania was George K. Yinger who was born on June 10, 1841 to Jacob and Elizabeth Yinger. Jacob was the first born member of the 4th generation of Yingers of York County. George K. Yinger is my great great grandfather. Jacob Yinger is my great great great grandfather.
The last born member of the 5th generation that I have found in my research was Hattie Yinger who was born on November 7, 1886 and died in infancy on September 18, 1887. Her parents were Samuel and Rebecca (Schall) Yinger.
Most of the members of this 5th generation were born in the 1850’s and 1860’s. They lived into the early 1900’s if they had normal lifetimes of 60 years or more. For instance, George K. Yinger, the eldest of the group, died on July 26, 1916.
It is with the 5th generation that I decided to terminate my quest to identify every member of the descendants of Johann Paul Jünger\Yinger and his wife. This does not mean that moving forward into the 6th and later generations would be more difficult than the work I have already done on the first five generations. The main challenge would come from the ever expanding number of individuals to be tracked.
The Sixth and Later Generations of Yingers of York County, PA:
It would be possible to move forward from the 5th generation to the 6th generation of Yingers of York County, Pennsylvania by using census listings and other documents like those used in researching earlier generations. There are 36 boys I have detected so far in the 5th generation. Identifying their wives and children would be a challenging task but not an impossible one.
However, I have chosen at this time to focus on other areas of my Yinger family history project. I may return to the comprehensive search process at a later date. If I do pick this part of the project back up again, I will start were I am leaving off, with the 6th generation who are great great great grandchildren of Johann Paul Jünger\Yinger and his wife.
There is an alternative approach toward filling out more branches in the Jünger\Yinger family tree than the comprehensive approach I have employed through the first five generations. Frankly, it is the approach I hope this web site will inspire other Yinger descendants living today to follow.
Rolling the clock forward as I have done through the first five generations is one approach. However, it is also possible to begin with the present and through interviews with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, to roll the clock backwards until a connection is made to an ancestor in the 5th generation.
This approach has been followed in two instances which are reflected on the Jünger\Yinger family tree I present on this web site. Both examples of this approach involve descendants of sons of George K. Yinger and his wife, Hannah (Updegraff) Yinger. Their eldest son was Jacob U. Yinger who was born in November, 1865 and died on August 20, 1941. I was fortunate enough to connect with living descendants of Jacob and his wife Laurena C. (Millard) Yinger during my family history research.
Several members of that family have provided me with extensive family tree information tracing backward from the present to Jacob U. Yinger and his wife Laurena C. (Millard) Yinger. As a result, family tree information for that branch is disclosed through the 9th generation of Yingers of York County, Pennsylvania.
The second example of the backwards working approach is for the branch from which I descend. George K. and Hannah (Updegraff) Yinger’s youngest son was named David U. Yinger. David was born on February 12, 1882 and died on June 6, 1966. In an earlier section of this family tree area of the web site I discussed my connection at length to my great grandfather, David Yinger. My Branch.
In adulthood, David U. Yinger married Sallie Weaver. I have been fortunate to meet living descendants of David and Sallie Yinger from my research. They shared family tree information with me and this resulted in assembling information through generations living today for that branch. That information has been included in the Jünger\Yinger family tree I present on this web site.
My hope is that many other Yinger family members who descended from the Yingers of York County, Pennsylvania will find this web site and be motivated to discover and share information on their branch of the family tree for inclusion in updated versions of the Jünger\Yinger family tree. This would be a great way for youngsters to discover their family heritage by discussing their family history with their parents and grandparents.
My children had assignments going through school to prepare a family history project. Connecting to the family units and generations presented on this web site would be a great way for future Yinger descendants to learn and embrace their newly found deep family history.
Few people know much about ancestors beyond their grandparents. Hopefully, this web site will help to inspire a sense of appreciation and connection to our worthy ancestors. They were courageous, hard working, perseverant pioneers who came to America from German speaking areas along the Rhine River to seek a better life in a land of boundless opportunities.
The Jünger\Yinger family tree can be viewed by following the following link to that page on this section of the web site:
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