As I was preparing to write this post, I realized that the connection for this ancestor is not absolutely proven. Our descent is through his daughter Sarah, who is not a documented daughter of John. Some sites are referring to her as Sarah (Mary) or Mary/Sarah Youngs, and there is some documentation for Mary. If this is wrong, then I will have a lot of interesting English folk to prune from the Allen tree! I am hoping that the Sarah Youngs connection is not another one of the frauds that Gustave Anjou and others of his sort perpetrated on those of us who want to know the truth!
Rev. John is the son of Reverend Christopher Youngs and Margaret Ellwin. He was born in 1598 in Reydon, Southold, Suffolk, England, and was one of at least seven children. Reydon is a small town of about 2500 people, situated on the east coast of England. The church there dates from the early 14th century, so this is the church Reverend Christopher would have pastored, and where John would have first formal religious teachings. I haven't yet found information as to whether Rev. Christopher had any Puritan leanings, but Reverend John apparently did.
John Youngs married three times, first to Joan Herrington, second to John Harris, widow of Richard Palgrave, and third to Mary Warren, first married to a Gardner. It is believed that Sarah was the daughter of Joan Herrington, who in turn was the daughter of Stephen Harrington and Joan Jentilman.
John Young was the minister at Hingham, Norfolk, England, until he and his (second) wife and five children and a step daughter, sailed for Salem, Massachusetts on the "Mary Anne" in 1637. At the time, Salem's port was larger than Boston's, which is why he arrived there. The family stayed in Salem about three years, and then went to Long Island, now New York but then under the jurisdiction of Connecticut. He founded the settlement of Southold, Long Island, named for his home in England. He was of course a Puritan, but was much loved by his family and his congregation.
Rev. John Youngs served his church apparently until his death, and was also a magistrate for the area. In 1664-65, Long Island became part of New York rather than Connecticut. Rev. Youngs died February 24,1672.
I'm sure there is more to be learned about Rev. John Youngs, but first I'd like to figure out whether Sarah is indeed his daughter. If someone reading this can help with this confirmation or denial, I'd love to hear from you.
The proposed line of descent is:
John Youngs-Joan Harrington
Sarah Youngs-Daniel Scofield
Daniel Scofield-Abigail Merwin
Daniel Scofield-Hannah Hoyt
Hannah Scofield-Nathaniel Finch
Hannah Finch-John Bell
Hannah Bell-Thomas Knott
John W Knott-Harriet Starr
Edith Knott-Edward Allen
Richard Allen-Gladys Holbrook
Update,before this went live: I have very serious doubts that Sarah Youngs is the daughter of John and Joan. My internet connection wasn't working well when I wrote this post, or I would have discovered an NEHGS article that would have convinced me that Sarah's parentage, and even her surname, is unknown. Here I go, to lop a big branch off the Allen tree!