YONGE, Sir John (1603-63), of Colyton, Devon.
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Family and Education
bap. 2 Oct. 1603, 1st s. of Walter Yonge of Upton Helions, by Jane, da. and coh. of Sir John Periam† of Exeter. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1619, BA 1621, MA 1625; M. Temple 1619. m. c.1623, Elizabeth, da. of Sir William Strode† of Newnham, Plympton, 3s. 2da. Kntd. 15 Sept. 1625; suc. fa. 1649; cr. Bt. 26 Sept. 1661.3
Commr. for execution of ordinances, Devon 1644, assessment 1644-52, 1657, Aug. 1660-d., j.p. 1647-57, Mar. 1660-d.; freeman, Lyme Regis 1647; commr. for militia, Devon 1648, Mar. 1660.4
Commr. for compounding 1647-9.
Yonge’s family settled in Devon in the reign of Henry VII. His great-grandfather sat for Plymouth in 1555, and his father was the well-known diarist of the Long Parliament. Probably a Presbyterian, Yonge abstained from sitting after Pride’s Purge, but returned before its final dissolution in 1660. At the general election, he was returned for Honiton, eight miles from Colyton, and marked by Lord Wharton as a friend, but unlike his son, Walter Yonge, he was not active in the Convention, though he too sued out a pardon at the Restoration. He made no recorded speeches, and was named only to the committee for supplying defects in the poll bill. He did not stand in 1661, though he was created a baronet later in the year. He was buried at Colyton on 26 Aug. 1663.5