Joseph H. Young, a retired farmer living in Knoxville, is a veteran of the Civil war and represents a generation
of men who unhesitatingly offered themselves in defense of the Union during its hour of danger. He was born in
Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 9th of December, 1839, a son of John and Frances (Hargrave) Young. The father was born
in Yorkshire, England, on the 23d of November, 1812, and the mother in the same shire in June of that year. As
a young man and young woman they came to this country and both settled in Cincinnati, where their marriage occurred.
They continued to reside in that city for three or four years but removed to Shelby county, Indiana, in 1843. The
father engaged in farming in that locality during the rest of his active life and when he retired removed to Shelbyville,
where his death occurred in 1890. He had for many years survived the mother, who died upon the farm in 1858. He
received but limited schooling in his youth but his energy and native intelligence made him a successful farmer
and he became the owner of two hundred and forty acres of fine land. Both he and his wife were Methodists in religious
faith. The subject of this review is the fifth in order of birth of their family of twelve children, the others
who survive being: John, a resident of Sheridan, Hamilton county, Indiana; Anderson A., of Shelbyville, that state;
and Charles, of Lovilia, Monroe county, Iowa. There is also a half brother, Marquis J., who lives in Shelby county,
Indiana. After the death of the mother of our subject the father married again, Mrs. Martha Ogden becoming his
wife in 1861. She survived him for two years and also passed away at Shelbyville.
Joseph H. Young was reared in Indiana, his time being occupied by attendance at the country schools and the work
of the farm, in which he aided as soon as old enough to be of use. In September 1861, he enlisted in the Union
army, being one of the first three hundred thousand enrolled for service. He was with the army for three years
and ten months as a member of Company D, Thirty third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Captain E. T. McCray and
Colonel John Coburn, of Indianapolis. The command was for a part of the time attached to the Army of the Cumberland
and during the remainder of that period to the Army of the Ohio. Mr. Young participated in many engagements but
was never wounded although he had a number of narrow escapes. He was, however, incapacitated by disease for about
a year. Three of his brothers were also Union soldiers, one being in the same company and another in the Ninety
third Indiana Infantry, while Charles responded to the hundred day call in 1864 at the age of sixteen years.
At the close of the struggle Joseph H. Young returned to Indiana, where he farmed for a year, but in September,
1866, he came to Marion county, Iowa, locating in Liberty township, near Tracy, where he purchased a farm which
he operated for twenty years and then removed to Pella in order to educate his children. He resided there for a
score of years but in March, 1912, came to Knoxville, buying his present comfortable home. He is nearly seventy
five years of age and can look back upon a long life of useful endeavor and worthy accomplishment. He has said:
"I wish to live, no preventing Providence, until 'Uncle Sam' pays me thirty dollars per month, which will
come to pass if I survive to December 9, 1914."
Mr. Young was married in 1870, in this county, to Miss Lavina Jolliffe, a native of Illinois and a daughter of
the late Collins Jolliffe. She passed away in March, 1874, when but twenty seven years of age, leaving a son, W.
A., who resides in Pella. A year later Mr. Young married Mrs. Eliza M. Garrison, a native of Decatur, Indiana,
who removed as a young girl to Davis county, Iowa, subsequently to Wapello county and finally to this county. She
was the widow of Alonzo Garrison, a veteran of the Civil war and a resident of Wapello county, Iowa, up to the
time of his death in 1872. By her first marriage she had three children: Mary Gertrude, the wife of Wallace Read
of Ames, Iowa; Jane, the wife of Dr. David Ghrist of Ames, Iowa, where they both are practising physicians; and
Lemuel Addison, a Baptist minister of Caldwell, Idaho, and a well known educator. Mrs. Young was sixty five years
of age in January, 1914, and her well spent life entitles her to the respect of all. By the second union five children
were born. Mrs. Anna Kendall is residing near Bussey, Iowa; Henry, editor and publisher of a paper at Boulder,
Jefferson county, Montana, is married and has two children; J. Le Roy, a dentist of Rolfe, Pocahontas county, Iowa,
is also married and has three children; Fern is the wife of Dr. Howard Garberson, of Miles City, Montana, and they
have a daughter who is now five years of age; and Eliza is a bookkeeper in the employ of the Taber Lumber Company
and resides at home.
Mr. Young is a republican and is zealous in his work to further the interests of that organization. For forty years
he has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and is active in all movements that have as their aim the
moral betterment of the community. He keeps alive the memories of his service in the army through his connection
with the Grand Army of the Republic and derives much enjoyment from his association with his one time comrades.
He has performed well the duties incumbent upon him in all relations of life and has contributed to the welfare
of the county in more ways than one. His children have emulated his example and have proved efficient in their
various lines of work and public spirited in their citizenship. His son, W. A. Young, is one of the editors of
this history. The family name is highly honored in Marion county and stands for integrity and honor.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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