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John Harrison Younger
|Died||March 17, 1874 (aged 22-23)|
|Resting place||Roscoe, Missouri, St Clair County, Missouri, USA|
|Parent(s)||Henry Washington Younger, Bersheba Leighton Fristoe|
John Harrison Younger (1851 – March 17, 1874) was an American outlaw, the brother of Cole, Jim and Bob. He was briefly a member of the James–Younger Gang, a band of outlaws that also included the infamous Jesse James.
In July 1862, his father was shot and killed while on a business trip to Kansas City by a detachment of Union militiamen. As a result of this killing, several of John's brothers joined Quantrill's Raiders, but John and his younger brother Bob were too young to join so they stayed at home to look after their mother and sisters.
Killing of Gillcreas
In January 1866, Bob and John took their mother to Independence, Missouri, to purchase winter supplies. Recognizing the family from his military days an ex-soldier named Gillcreas  came up to the wagon and made some comments about Cole. John told him to be quiet and the soldier slapped him around the face with a frozen fish. John got out his brother's pistol (Cole's that they had taken to be repaired) and shot him between the eyes.
After an examination of the body it was revealed the soldier was carrying a heavy slingshot that still was tied to his wrist, so the killing was ruled as self-defense.
Texas and Missouri
As soon as they arrived they were harassed, Bob was knocked unconscious, and John was hung four times, and the fourth time they hung him the rope dug deep into his flesh. They cut him down and hacked at the body with knives. He survived. Witnessing this was too much for Bersheba and she died on June 6, 1870, her 54th birthday.
On January 20, 1871, he shot and killed two Texas deputy sheriffs.
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In 1873 Jim, John and Bob Younger joined the James–Younger Gang.
On March 17, 1874, Jim and John were headed to some friends in Roscoe, Missouri. Three men, local deputy sheriff Edward Daniels and two Pinkerton detectives asked them for directions. Suspecting that they were detectives Jim and John ambushed them. One of the agents fled. While interviewing the remaining two, the detective, Andrew Hamlit aka Louis Lull, drew a hidden pistol and shot John through the neck. Jim killed Deputy Daniels, while John pursued Lull on horseback to nearby woods, fatally wounding him in the chest. Emerging from the woods still on horseback, as Jim ran towards him, John swayed and fell dead. Jim buried him by the roadside to avoid the law digging him up. Later he removed his body to bury him in an unmarked grave in the cemetery. Louis Lull died three days later. John Younger is buried in the Yeater-Cleveland Cemetery in St. Clair County, Missouri, about 4–5 miles NW of Oceola, MO.
- Wilmer L. Jones PhD (May 1, 2015). Behind Enemy Lines: Civil War Spies, Raiders, and Guerrillas. Taylor Trade Publishing. pp. 261–. ISBN 978-1-63076-087-8.
- The story of Cole Younger by himself: being an autobiography of the Missouri ...By Cole Younger
- Deputy Sheriff James McMahan and Deputy Sheriff Charles P. Nichols, Dallas County Sheriff's Department
- Deputy Sheriff Edwin P Daniels, St Clair County Sheriff's Department
- Fair play., May 21, 1874, Image 1 col 2
Guthrie, Judith W. 1999. St. Clair County History. Volume II. Cemeteries. St. Clair County Historical Society. Lowry City, MO.