(1851 - March 17, 1874)
Born in 1851, John Harrison Younger was too young to participate formally in the Civil War but he was involved. The family businesses were raided by Kansas Jayhawkers numerous times during the war. John's older brother was forced into the brush by a Union Captain who a year later murdered their father, Henry Younger. By the end of the war the family had been burnt out of three homes.
The family was reunited in 1865 and returned to Jackson County Missouri. John was attacked by a man with a grudge against older brother Cole. After John shot him, an inquest declared that he had acted in self-defense. In 1868 the family moved to Texas to avoid continuous harassment from men looking for Cole and Jim.
In 1871, a drunken John and his equally drunken friends got into trouble by teasing a simple minded man. Deputy Sheriff Nichols went the next morning to arrest John. An argument ended with Nichols being killed and John on the run for killing him. Upon John's return to Missouri he probably became a member of the James-Younger gang.
On March 17, 1874, Pinkerton detectives Louis Lull and James Wright were joined with Ed Daniels, deputy sheriff from Osceola MO, in searching for the Younger brothers. When Jim and John Younger saw the strangers, they decided to investigate. The encounter resulted in Wright riding away, Louis Lull being mortally wounded, John Younger and Ed Daniels being killed. John's body was taken to Yeater Cemetery and buried at an angle in a grave that was unmarked until the 1990's.
To get to the cemetery from Kansas City, go South on 71 to Hwy B. Go East on Hwy B at least 25 miles until the NE 75 Road turnoff. Go North until the road bends West at 71 Road. At the bend is Cook Church and a farm. The gate of Yeater Cemetery can be seen inside the farm. The grave is in the middle of the cemetery.
Books About the Johnson County War
The Johnson County War by Jack R. Gage
A unique book that presents both sides of the Johnson County War. One half explaining the cattle barons view and the other half presenting the 'rustlers' side.
The Roscoe Gun Battle by Wilbur A. Zink
This booklet tells the story of the gun battle in great detail. Along with the story are numerous photos and drawings of the area.
The Outlaw Youngers by Marley Brant
The book documents the history of the brothers using official records and family stories. It is generously footnoted and most sources are documented.
The Younger Brothers by A. C. Appler
It was said that the author was a friend of the Younger family and he had access to the brothers. This book is not in chronological order nor are there footnotes or source listings.