John Younger

(00/00/1851 - 17/03/1874)

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Born: 00/00/1851 Certified Father: Henry Washington Younger (Born 00/00/0000)
Died: 17/03/1874 of John was shot through the neck by Pinkerton agent Certified Mother: Bersheba Leighton Fristoe Younger
Children: Siblings: Henrietta Younger
Thomas Coleman "Cole" Younger (15/01/1844 - 21/03/1916)
James "Jim” Hardin Younger (15/01/1848 - 00/00/1902)
Robert "Bob” Ewing Younger (29/10/1853 - 16/09/1889)



John Harrison Younger (1851-1874) - The younger brother of Cole and Jim Younger, John was the 11th of 14 children born in the Younger clan. When brothers Cole and Jim joined Quantrill’s Guerillas during the Civil War, John and his brother, Bob, were too young, and stayed home to look after their mother and sisters. After the war was over, when John and Bob had driven their mother into Independence, Missouri for supplies in January, 1866, a soldier recognized the family and began to make rude comments about Cole. When 15 year-old John told him to be quiet, the soldier slapped him on the face with a frozen fish, at which point John pulled out a revolver and shot him between the eyes. After the dead soldier’s body was examined, it revealed a sling shot, so the killing was ruled as self-defense. Soon after, the Younger family headed to Texas until mother Bersheba became ill and the Younger brothers, with the exception of Cole, took her back to Missouri in 1870. However, no sooner had they arrived when a posse seeking information about Cole began to harass John and Bob. Knocking Bob unconscious, the men hanged John four times, but obviously he lived to tell the tale. When mother Bersheba died in June, Jim, John and Bob began to move between Missouri and Texas for safety and on January 20, 1871, John shot a killed two Texas Deputy Sheriffs who attempted to arrest them. Two years later, all three brothers joined the James-Younger Gang, where John was suspected to have taken part in the robbery of the Ste. Genevieve bank in Missouri in 1873 and a train robbery in Adair, Iowa the same year. On March 17, 1874, Jim and John were on the road between Roscoe and Osceola, Missouri when they encountered two Pinkerton agents and a constable from Osceola. A shootout began and John was shot through the neck and died. Also killed were St. Clair County Deputy Edwin Daniels and Pinkerton Agent Louis J. Lull. Jim managed to escape.

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