Shelby  County  Indiana

Joseph  H.  Young

             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, 12/9/1839, a son of  John and Frances (Hargrave) Young.  The father was born in Yorkshire, England on 11/23/1812, 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 240 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 12 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, 33rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under  Capt. E. T. McCray and Col. 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 93rd Indiana Infantry, while Charles responded to the 100-day call in 1864, at the age of 16 years.
            At the close of the struggle Joseph H. Young returned to Indiana, where he farmed for a year, but in 9/1866, he came to Marion county, Iowa, locating in Liberty township, near Tracy, where he purchased a farm which he operated for 20 years and then removed to Pella in order to educate his children.  He resided there for a score of years but in 3/1912, came to Knoxville, buying his present comfortable home.  He is nearly 75 years of age and can look back upon a long life of useful endeavor and worthy accomplishment.  He has said:  "I wish to live, not preventing Providence, until 'Uncle Sam' pays me thirty dollars per month, which will come to pass if I survive to 12/9/1914."
            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 27 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, Iowa, 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 Christ  of Ames, Iowa, where they both are practicing physicians; and  Lemuel Addison, a Baptist minister of Caldwell, Idaho, and a well know educator.  Mrs. Young was 65 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, Iowas;  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.
History of Marion County, Iowa, and Its People,  by John W. Wright and William A. Young.  Published by S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915; Vol. 2
Contributed by James and Debra Wilson

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