Benjamin Youngs, farmer, section 6, Barton Township, was born in Morris Co., N. J., July 8, 1816, and is a son of Edward and Deborah (Shommedieu) Youngs. The father was born in New Jersey and spent his life in that State, dying in 1869. The mother was born on Long Island and died in 1878.
Mr. Youngs remained an inmate of the paternal home until his marriage, which occurred in 1836. He became the husband of Lucinda, daughter of David and Sophia (Raynor) Lewis. The parents were both born on Long Island and are both deceased. The father died in 1875 and the mother in 1855. Mrs. Youngs was born in Batavia, N. Y., Aug. 1, 1816. Mr. and Mrs. Youngs have had 15 children, of whom only the seven following are living: Clarissa Jane, Eliza Ann, Betsy M., Mary C., George H., Olive M. and Sylvia M. The deceased were: Henry, Benjamin, Emma, Christopher, Eliza and three unnamed infants.
After his marriage Mr. Youngs "took up" a farm in Steuben Co., N. Y., on which he resided 34 years, and in the spring of 1867 sold out and came to Newaygo County, where he homesteaded 80 acres of land. He now owns 120 acres, 100 of which are finely improved and clutivated. Mr. Youngs is a Republican in political sentiment.