Select Young Miscellany


Here are some Young stories
accounts over the years:


Yonges of Bristol


The first recorded Yonge was John Yonge who was bailiff of Bristol in 1385.  He was recorded as living on Temple
Street.  His son Thomas was a prosperous
merchant in the town and was Mayor of Bristol in 1410.
One of Thomas’s sons,
John, came to London, did well and was Lord Mayor of London in 1471.  He was knighted by the king for the part he
played in resisting an attack by a Kentish mob.  Other
Yonge descendant lines were to be found
in Devon (at Colyton) and Berkshire (at Basildon).
The main Yonge line stayed in Bristol.  Thomas
Yonge was MP for Bristol from 1435 to
1451.  He later had problems with the
Yorkists.  Even so, this Yonge family had
become substantial landowners in Gloucestershire by Tudor times.  Queen Elizabeth stayed at Sir John Yonge’s
house in Bristol in 1574.  The family
later built a grander residence there, the Red
which has survived until today.  By
the time of Sir John’s death in 1589, the
Yonge spelling had become Young.  Their
monument in Bristol Cathedral, which survived until 1861, reads:

“Here lyeth the bodies of Sir John Young
knight and Dame Joan his wife.  By him
she had issue of Sir Robert, Jane and Margaret.”

Sir Robert Young
unfortunately squandered his inheritance and later had to sell the Red Lodge.

John and James Yonge

records of St Saviour’s church in Dartmouth
showed that John Yonge married Joanna Blackaller there in 1640.  At that time Dartmouth was a boom town
because of its involvement with Newfoundland cod fishing.
This activity may have drawn John Yonge to
the town as he himself went out to Newfoundland many times with the cod

His son James was born in 1647
and, like his father, made voyages to the Newfoundland fisheries.  He later became a naval surgeon and a
prominent citizen of Plymouth.  He died in 1721 but left a journal
of his

Victorian writer Charlotte
Yonge may have been a descendant.  She
wrote in her autobiography:

tradition is that in the time of James
I, when knight’s fees were heavy, a gentleman of
Norfolk family eluded the expensive honor by fleeing into Devonshire.  His son acted as a surgeon
in the Cavalier Army.”

However, there is no other evidence for this
Norfolk connection to John Yonge.
Another speculation is that he may have come to Devon from


The Youngs of Auldbar

castle lay on the right bank of the South Esk river
near Brechin and had been acquired by the Young family of Seton in the
century.  Notable Youngs of Auldbar were:

  • the
    Rev. Alexander Young who was made Bishop of Edinburgh.  
  • the
    Rev. John Young who went to Ulster and was
    granted lands at Coolkeragh in Derry.  
  • and
    Mary Young who fled Scotland with her husband John Lamont after the
    Lamont massacre by
    the Campbells.  They found a haven in
    Antrim in Ireland and never returned to Scotland.  

Youngs held Auldbar for less than a
hundred years.  On the death of David
Young in 1743 the estate was sold to relatives, the Chalmers family.  Auldbar castle, a four-storey tower, was
demolished after a fire in 1965.


The Young Surname
in the 1891 Census


Youngs (000’s) Numbers Percent
Durham    4.3     9
Yorkshire    3.8     8
Lancashire    3.8     8
Elsewhere    3.5     7
Total   15.4    32
London    7.8    16
Elsewhere    8.2    17
Total   16.0    33


Henry Young Shipwrecked Off
Martha’s Vineyard

Young from Edinburgh had joined and served four
years in the British Navy when his ship was wrecked off the US East
Coast near
Martha’s Vineyard.  He swam ashore and
married Lydia Ross the daughter of a ship owner there in 1766.  They lived at Tisbury.  He
built and taught in the only school on
Martha’s Vineyard.  He was drafted into
the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War but was soon released
as he
was the only teacher available on the island.

the war Henry moved to Fenner near Rochester in upstate New York
in 1803.  His great grandson Alonzo Young
took the family west to Illinois in the 1850’s


John Hayden
Young, the Father of Brigham Young

In 1769, at the age of six, John lost his father when he
was killed after being hit by a falling tree.
He and his younger brother were bound out to a neighbor in
who, it was said, treated them very cruelly.
John took it for five years
then ran away and
joined the Continental Army.

War was over, John married.  In the
winter of 1801 he and his wife and their eight children set off on a
mile trek from Hopkinton, Massachusetts to Whitingham, Vermont where
they were
to construct ar new home in the wilderness.
The ninth child Brigham Young was born during their first year

His children used to relate this story about him:

“One Sunday he was
walking in the woods with one of his neighbors, when his dogs began
barking and
he found they had ‘treed’ a very large black bear. He tried in vain to
get his
neighbor to stay and keep the bear up the tree, but his neighbor
departed to
get a gun.

He then decided to cut a
hickory sapling to poke at the bear.
Down came the bear.  His dog
caught him by the end of the nose, causing him to open his mouth.  Thereupon Young pushed his sharp stick down
his throat and killed him.  When his
neighbor returned, he found to his surprise the bear nicely dressed and
for roasting.”

John later moved his family to upstate New York where
in 1831 he first heard the preachings of the prophet Joseph Smith.  Three years later he was ordained as a
patriarch of the Mormon church.  He died
in 1839



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