Biography of John Young
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Young, John, was born in Canajoharie, N. Y., March 25, 1802, and died September 8, 1879. His father, Thomas, came from Germany when a child. When young, John was apprenticed to learn the trade of tanner and currier, but owing to the harshness of his treatment he left his employer and found work in Camillus, Onondaga county N. Y., where he learned the shoemaking trade. In 1824 he came to Gaines and worked at shoemaking. Later he worked in the tannery for Jamesand Elihu Mather. He married Mary Ann Mather, the daughter of Elihu Mather, and still works at his trade. He accumulated enough to buy a small farm. Summers he worked on his farm and winters at his trade until late at night, his estimable wife doing what she could to assist in paying for their home, spinning and making cloth for the family, and other work necessary with a large family in pioneer life. Their children were: Eunice M. (deceased), Emily L., Elihu M. (deceased), Caroline H., Mary A., Martha A., Henry M., Lathrop M. (deceased), Malona S., John H., Ann Eliza, Dwight J. (deceased). They sold their farm, which they still owned, and purchased one hundred acres one and one half miles north of Albion, which was improved by underdraining and ditching, and building comfortable and commodious buildings; also setting shade trees and orchards of apple and peach trees, which aided him materially in the payment of his new farm. By diligence and prudence he accumulated a competence which left him the comforts of life in his later years. He died in 1879. His widow survived him eleven years. She was born in Brattleborough, Windham county, Vt., January 9, 1808.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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