Could Robert Young-18186 actually be the son of William Young-18231?

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After researching the biography of Robert Young-18186 I realized that he is being confused with a Revolutionary War hero Robert Young who also settled in East Tennessee, but had a different wife and different children.  The cabin mentioned in Young-18186's bio actually belonged to this other Robert Young of Johnson City.  Also two Robert Youngs are grouped together as sons of John Young II on wikitree, but it is doubtful that they really shared the same father, both having the same first name and different wives.

 The will of Young-18186 does mention a brother and a son both named William, as well as a Military Warrant of 640 acres of land in "Cumberland".  I assume this refers to the Cumberland Settlement during that time period?

On other forums it indicates that a William Young, son of John, had immigrated to Augusta County, VA eventually migrating to KY as a Revolutionary War soldier on the Kentucky frontier.  William reportedly had 3 wives, and sons named William and Robert. William Young-18231 was born 1710 so he is about the right age to be Robert Young-18186's father.  The naming patterns make it incredibly confusing with all the Johns, Roberts, and Williams in this family, but based on Scottish-Irish naming conventions it would make sense that Robert Young-18186 would name his eldest son John, after his grandfather, and his third son William, after his father (as his sons are listed in the will).

Does this all sound feasible?

UPDATE: According to DAR, the wife of Robert Young the war hero who settled in Washington County TN, was named Mary with an unknown maiden name, and his family emigrated from England, not Ireland.  Anyway, I think it is safe to remove the paragraph about the historic Johnson City cabin from the Young-18186 bio.

I suspect that Young-18186 may be the brother of William Young who built a cabin that is now part of a historical landmark at Long Meadow, Hawkins County TN.  I'm trying to contact the Hawkins County Genealogical Society for clarification.

WikiTree profile: Robert Young
in Genealogy Help by Keith Schindler G2G1 (1.8k points)
edited by Keith Schindler

2 Answers

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Found copy of will for John Young the second, the father on Robert's profile, naming a son Robert. Forwarded copy of will to Paula J, Southern Colonies Project for examination
by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (439k points)
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John Young

 in the Virginia, Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850

      Name: John Young
      Date: 24 Mar 1780
      Location: Augusta Co., VA
      Notes: This probate record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley.
      Remarks: John Young's will -- To son, John Young, part of plantation John, Jr., now lives on; to son, William; two above to pay to each of other children, 1, viz: James, Robert, Isabel, Margret, Rebeccah, Sarah. Executors, sons John and William. Proved by
      Description: Decedent
      Book: WB6-289
      Prove date: 20 May 1783

      Source Information Virginia, Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2004.

      Original data:

      Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1965. Originally published in 1912.

      Crozier, William Armstrong, ed. Virginia County Records - Spotsylvania County Records, 1721-1800. Being transcriptions from the original files at the County Court House of wills, deeds, administrators' and guardians' bonds, marriage licenses, and lists of revolutionary pensioners. New York, NY: Fox, Duffield & Co., 1905.


      by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (439k points)

      Thank you for finding that, but that son may be Robert Young-5207, not my ancestor Robert Young-18186 who married Jenny Morrison and had different children.  As I mentioned, they are both profiled as sons of John Young the second on wikitree, but I don't feel that is correct.

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