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Biographical Sketch of John S. Young (b. 1837)

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Biographical Sketch of John S. Young (b. 1837)

Posted: 27 Feb 2004 7:39PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Young Ward Smith
John S. Young, the subject of this biography, is a native of Warren County, Ohio, and the elder of two children born to John and Sarah Young, natives of New Jersey, and Ohio, the father born near the city of Camden in the year 1800, and the mother in the vicinity of Cincinnati, October 15, 1808. John Young grew to manhood in his native State, and in early life learned the carpenter’s trade. Shortly after his first marriage he emigrated to Warren County, Ohio, and settled in the woods near the Little Miami River, where for a number of years he experienced all the hardships and privations of pioneer life. Here his wife died in 1834, leaving three children, one son and two daughters. April 1836, he married his second wife who is still living, making her home at this time with her son, the subject of this sketch. Mr. Young was a man of great energy and industry, well respected by all who knew him; he died in the year 1842. John S. Young was born March 20, 1837. He was but five years old when his father died, accordingly, was early in life obliged to rely in a great measure upon his own resources, beginning active work on the farm at the age of nine. A little later he took charge of the home place, and from the age of sixteen has looked after his mother’s interest, proving himself a son of which any mother might feel justly proud. In the fall of 1864, he sold the farm, and coming to Huntington County, Indiana, purchased eighty acres of his present place, in Union Township, to which he moved the following spring. He has added to his place at different times, and now owns one hundred and twenty-five acres of well improved land, the fruit of his own industry. He has been a hard working man, beginning life’s battle with but a limited capital; has succeeded in accumulating a handsome competence, his farm and improvements being among the best in the township. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Democrat in politics, though not a partisan in the sense of seeking official preferment. November 25, 1862, was solemnized his marriage with Miss Elvie Ward, of Warren County, Ohio, daughter of James and Ellena Ward, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively. Mrs. Young was born March 10, 1844, and died October 31, 1885; she was the mother of the following children, to wit: Ida B., born March 12, 1864; James E., born Jauary 19, 1866; John G., born March 18, 1871; William H., born March 13, 1873, and Sarah E., born June 25, 1878. Mr. Young married his present wife, Frances Smith, on the 13th day of January, 1887. She is the daughter of Jacob Smith, and was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, July 9, 1840.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Union Township, pages 858 and 859.

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