| We are indebted to
Linda Crawford for typing up this wide-ranging history of how an early settler family
came to Sullivan County in the nineteenth century. This presentation primarily
focuses on the arrival, expansion and future generations of the Yonkin family. For further information on the Hartzig family, you can go to
Faces and Families of Old Sullivan County, Group Four, and scroll down to
The Descendants of John Hartzig.|
There are also several linked pages on various branches of the Yonkin family and their relatives where pictures have been posted. Most of these pictures are the contribution of Norman Bensen, a Yonkin family descendant. He is a grandson of Cora (Yonkin) Kunes, whose picture is located at the end of this page. As you look through the family links and connections listed below, you will find a bright
PICTURES!!! label next to links where there are
historical photos. Just click on each such link and find the posted story with associated photographs.
We are especially grateful to Norm for this pictorial contribution.
The Yonkin Family
A Reunion About 1920
Individuals Not Identified Except that
First Boy from left would probably be Richard Streby, Born 1912, on his grandmother's
lap with his mother to his right
Photo contributed by Norm Bensen
The Yonkin family history diverges into many streams and directions as the children of the emigrant founder married and propagated once again.
We have divided the story into about a dozen units on various branches of the family. In each case, we will introduce
that unit with a high-lighting in CRIMSON color. You can skip down to any indiviudal
unit by looking for the crimson headings. The units in hierarchical order are as follow:
The original emigrant pair were HENRY YONKIN, SR and ELIZABETH HAINES. They came to what is now sullivan County in 1823, as described in the
History of Cherry Township by George Streby. They had several children including
HENRY YONKIN, JR, who married BARBARA HARTZIG, daughter of JOHN HARTZIG. Another son, PETER YONKIN ("YUNKIN") married into the Suber family, which you can
read about at Settlers XII: The Suber Family in Local History. Here we will focus on
the line coming down from HENRY YONKIN, JR.
THE HENRY YONKIN, JR/BARBARA HARTZIG LINEAGE:
(1) JOHN YONKIN, son
(2) CHARLES F. YONKIN, son
(3) GEORGE YONKIN, son
(4) ELLEN E. YONKIN, daughter
(5) WILLIAM H. YONKIN, son
(6) PETER YONKIN, son
(7) EDWARD YONKIN, son
(a) BERTHA MAE YONKIN, daughter
(8) ALMIRA YONKIN, daughter
Here is the Hartzig lineage:
BARBARA HARTZIG, daughter
JOHN HARTZIG, son
 CATHERINE HARTZIG, daughter
 CHARLES HARTZIG, son
 JOHN S. HARTZIG, son
MARY CATHERINE HARTZIG, daughter
 ANNA MILLER,
 NAOMI JANE MILLER, daughter
JOHN HARTZIG born in 1774 in Berne, Switzerland; died August 22, 1852 aged 78 years. Buried in Peace Cemetery, Dushore, PA.
Married Catherine Shiredecker. She was born in 1780 in Berne Switzerland; died July 11, 1853; buried in Peace Cemetery
They came to the States in 1818. Stayed in New Jersey for a year and then came to Cherry Township, Sullivan County, PA in 1819.
Children of John & Catherine Hartzig:
I. Barbara Hartzig 1802-1891
II. John Hartzig 1808-1890
III. William Hartzig 1810-1882
IV. Mary Caroline 1822-1892
BARBARA HARTZIG (John Hartzig) born June 2, 1802; died October 7, 1891;buried in Peace Cemetery, Dushore, PA.
Before Barbara married Henry Yonkin she had a son by Hiram Long. The son’s name was Hiram Long Jr. You can learn
about the history of the Long Family on Settlers Page XXIII at Julius and Mary Barth Long:
Ancestors and Descendants. She then married Henry Yonkin. He was born January 13, 1806; died
December 29, 1889. Henry had several siblings who were born in the United States after his family emigrated about 1807.
Among these were Peter (husband of Catherine Suber), John, Joseph and Jacob Yonkin. The last of these, Jacob Yonkin, was born in Briar Crest Township and married Elizabeth Moyer (also spelled in some sources as
"Meyer"). In turn, their son, George Yonkin, married Mary Thrasher, daughter of Samuel B. Thrasher, thereby linking those great families.
The Sullivan Review
Mrs. Barbara Yonkin, wife of Henry Yonkin, deceased died on Wednesday, October 7, 1891, aged 89 years, 4 months.
Deceased was born in Berne, Switzerland, and emigrated to this country with her parents when still a child. She was
the mother of twelve children, ten of which, six sons and four daughters, survive her. In early life inured to the
toils and privations incident to the time, she lived to see the wilderness blossom, and her children possessed of
wealth and influence. Her funeral at the Germany Lutheran church on Sunday was very largely attended.
Children of Barbara & Henry Yonkin:
1. John Yonkin 1820-1904
2. Mary C. Yonkin 1831-1907
3. Charles F. Yonkin 1832-1910 PICTURES!!!
4. George W. Yonkin 1836-1924 PICTURES!!!
Charles F. Yonkin
Son of Henry and Barbara (Hartzig) Yonkin
Contributed by Norman Bensen
5. Ellen C. Yonkin 1837-1906
6. William H. Yonkin 1838-1915
7. Jacob Yonkin 1839-1855
8. Peter J. Yonkin 1842-1910
9. Hannah Yonkin 1844-193?
10. Emily Yonkin 1846-1854
11. Edward Yonkin 1847-1932
12. Almira Yonkin 1849-1941
JOHN HARTZIG (John Hartzig) born in 1808; died June 11,
1890; buried in Peace Cemetery, Dushore, PA. Married ELIZABETH KESTER. She died March 8, 1860, aged 43
years and 7 months
The Sullivan Review
June 19, 1890
Another of Cherry Township’s oldest citizens, John Hartzig, died Wednesday, June 11. He was 83 years old, one of
the pioneers of the county and widely respected.
Children of John & Elizabeth Hartzig:
I. Catherine Hartzig 1834-1924
II. Charles Hartzig 1836-1917
III. John S. Hartzig 1838-1933PICTURES!!!
IV. Hannah Hartzig 1840-1938PICTURES!!!
V. Louisa Hartzig 1844-died Sept. 31, 1857
VI. Lucinda Hartzig born July 8, 1846; died Dec. 23, 1904
VII. Loretta Hartzig 1853-1855
WILLIAM HARTZIG (John Hartzig) was born in August 26, 1810; died November 26, 1882
Married Sarah Kester. She was born about 1813; died June 27, 1874
Children of William & Sarah Hartzig:
i. William Hartzig abt 1833-
ii. Sarah Sally Hartzig 1836-1878
iii. John Hartzig abt 1838-
iv. Samuel Hartzig 1839-died January 21, 1858
v. Catherine Hartzig 1846-
MARY CAROLINE HARTZIG (John Hartzig) born October 14, 1822;
died March 17, 1892. Married PHILIP MILLER. He was born January 6, 1812; died July 4, 1871, buried in
Thrasher’s Cemetery, Dushore, PA.
The Sullivan Review
April 7, 1892
Mrs. Philip Miller, formerly of this place, died at her home at Almota, Whitman County, Washington, March 17, 1892.
Deceased left Dushore in 1878 with two sons and one daughter to take up her residence in the Far West.
She was the mother of nine children: Mrs. S.W. Lewis and Mrs. Percival Wentzell, of this place; Mrs. Lewis Snyder, of
Towanda; Mrs. Albert Jennings, of ; Augustus, Albert, Guilford and Lewis Miller, of Washington.
Children of Mary & Philip Miller:
1. Anna Miller 1839-1911
2. Louisa Miller born November 9, 1842
3. Augustus Miller born September 7, 1845
4. Henry Miller born June 18, 1849; died December 21, 1883 (see death notice below)
5. Louis P. Miller
6. Naomi Jane Miller 1854-1941
7. Mary Julietta Miller born August 25, 1858
8. Guilford Miller 1859
9. Albert Miller
Note: There is a history of the Miller homestead in Washington State under the listings for Whitman County; there are listings for
the homesteads of Guilford J. Miller and his brother Henry Miller. These records used to be online, but in 2008 they had been removed or relocated. We will
repost them when the source becomes accessible. You will also observe that their mother's middle name is listed here as Salina, not
The Sullivan Review
Augustus MILLER, of Cherry, received a letter on Monday containing the sad
intelligence that his brother, Henry, aged 35 years, had died at his home
near Onecho, Washington Territory, on Dec. 21, of typhoid and malarial fever.
His mother, Mrs. Philip MILLER, who resides there, has been very ill for
several months, but is improving at present
January 10, 1884
Cora D. (Yonkin) Kunes
Daughter of Charles F. and Wealthy (Merithew) Yonkin
Photo Contributed by Norman Bensen, Her Grandson
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