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Work out problem: William Younger & Mary Bomar family

Researching Younger family (William,Williamson, Armistead, James or John) that migrated to West Tennessee from Halifax Virginia, with a trader named Cage and relatives (Bomars, Neals) in around 1830. Their mother was Mary Bomar Younger who died in 1820, and their father was Williamson Sr.,who died around 1815 in Halifax Virginia. Mary was pregnant when Williamson died with John Henry Wilson Younger. The three youngest children who were required to have guardians were taken by their guardians (or a guardian) to Tennessee. The "traders" were Fielding Cage, who had a wife and family, and Wilson Cage, who never married. [??] adopted John Henry Wilson Younger and he changed his name to John Henry Wilson Cage Younger. Two brothers, William and Armistead, ended up in Buckhorn/St. James, Stone County, Arkansas in the 1850s (buying land along the White River) leaving children back in Carroll/Gibson County TN.

William Younger was born in 1803 in Halifax, Virginia; He married Priscilla Jones on October 8, 1822, in his hometown. They had 9 children: John W Younger- b 1829, James Samuel- b 1831, William M –b 1834, Martha J-b 1837, Joseph M- b 1840, Thomas A –b 1842, Paul B –b 1844, Frances M b-1846, Harriet P – b-1848. William was granted 125 acres in Carroll County TN in 1846. William purchased 80 acres of land in Stone county Ark May 1 1860. He is with family in 1860 in Franklin, Independence, Ark. His two oldest children John W and James Samuel are not listed living with William. James Samuel is list as a neighbor with his own family. John W remained in Carroll County, TN with his family.

John William Younger was born about 1829, in Carroll County, Tennessee, his father, William, was 31 and his mother, Priscilla, was 31. He married Rebecca Hollingsworth and they had 6 children together. He then married Frances J Culp and they had one child together. He died on April 11, 1899, in Milan, Tennessee, at the age of 69, and was buried in Milan TN. John William Younger married Rebecca Hollandsworth on December 21, 1854, in Independence County, Arkansas, when he was 20 years old. His first child / son William Jacob was born on December 16, 1855, in Buckhorn, Arkansas. His daughter Margaret Elizabeth was born on February 22, 1857, in McLemoresville, Tennessee. John W lived/farmed in District 5, Carroll, Tennessee, United States in 1860-1870. His son John Lafayette was born on February 27, 1861, in Carroll County, Tennessee. His daughter Mary Rebecca was born on February 16, 1863, in McLemoresville, Tennessee. His son James Martin was born on January 6, 1866, in Tennessee. His son Charles Franklin was born on November 21, 1869, in Carroll County, Tennessee. John, with Thomas Younger, operates Blacksmith Shop in McLemoresville, Carroll Co., TN in 1870. His wife Rebecca passed away on May 10, 1870, in McLemoresville, Tennessee, at the age of 38. They had been married 15 years. John moves to Milan TN in 1872. James Martin dies, at 7 years old, in the fall of 1873 in Arkansas and is buried near Albright’s Mill. John William Younger married Frances J Culp on December 18, 1875, in Carroll County, Tennessee, when he was 41 years old. His son Bennie Harmon was born on September 1, 1878, in Tennessee with Frances. John opens Undertaker Business in 1879, in the city of Milan, Gibson County; TN. John William Younger resides in Milan, Tennessee, in 1880 per census records. John’s son Bennie Harmon Younger dies in 1886 at the age 8. Son William Jacob Younger died 1891, 36 years old, in Mt. Pleasant Ark near Barenfork- buried at Barenfork Church Yard. John sold his Undertaking business to G.L. Bodkin on May 21, 1892 after 13 years. John William dies 11 APR 1899 in Milan, Gibson, Tennessee. Margaret Elizabeth Younger (Lynch) died July 1908 in Milan TN.

My line :Myron Haynes Younger b 1894 Huntington, Tn. d 1961, m Effie Clapp (My Grandfather)

  • Charley Frank Younger b 1867 Carroll Co., Tn. d 1946 Gibson Co., Tn., m Elizabeth Clopton
  • James W. Younger, b 1829 Carroll Co., Tn. d 1899 Gibson Co., Tn., m Rebecca Smith (Hollandsworth)
  • William Younger b 1803 Va. d 1856 Carroll Co., Tn. m Priscilla Jones
  • Williamson Younger d 1817 Halifax Co., Va. m Mary Bomar
  • William Younger d before 1801 Halifax Co., Va. m Mary Polly Watkins
  • Thomas Younger b 1707 Essex Co VA, d 1791Halifax Co., Va., wife unknown
  • Alexander Younger b: May 02, 1681 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland d: Bef. July 18, 1727 in Essex County, Virginia m abt 1700 Essex Co, Va. Rebecca Mills b: 1680 in Rappahannock County, Virginia, d: 1753

On the DNA website, www.familytreedna.com/public/younger , this is the teal colored Group 5.

The Younger family (Thomas Jr died 1791) appears in Halifax VA, Terrible Creek, South Boston Area, as early as 1760. William, son of Thomas had 200 acres on Terrible Creek. All of the original Younger land was sold in 1906.

Thomas Younger Jr was in Halifax County VA by 1765 when both Thomas and William appeared on different tax lists.

Settlers of Halifax County VA came primarily from two directions. Germans and Scotch-Irish migrated from the northwest from Pennsylvania, while English settlers came from Virginia's Tidewater Region to the east. The western portion of Halifax County specialized in cereal, orchard, and dairy production during the antebellum era. Farmers in the western region joined with their ethnic counterparts in the Shenandoah Valley and sent crops to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

Methodist/Baptist religion runs through the Younger families and the families they married into. This may indeed be the main/common tie that binds many of our pioneer families together thru history and migrating to other areas in the South, especially in situations where they don’t appear as close neighbors, but the children are still intermarrying. Their connection could well be through their church. At this time, the only approved State church was the Anglican Church, and everyone was required to attend and to pay tithes to support the church. Methodists and Baptists were considered “dissenting religions.

William/Mary Watkins son - Williamson Younger married Mary Bomar (daughter of Bibby Bomar)

Elizabeth (Betsy) Younger – daughter of William Younger /Mary Watkins married Armistead Bomar brother of Bibby Bomar. William Younger and Mary Watkins Younger had three younger children when William Younger died in 1801. Armistead Bomar, son-in-law, was made guardian of the three younger children of William and Mary Watkins Younger. Mary Watkins Younger in about 1840 remarries Stephen Huddlespeth, at which time, is sued by some of her children to divide the estate. (This happen frequently during this era as the oldest male got the share of the estates (Land/Slaves). If you did not have this you were or became poor over-night. Slaves were worth more than the land. A person wealth (net worth) was tied up in these two things. Remember women did not have many legal rights as well. They had to be married or would be destitute. I mention this because this makes the paper trail very confusing on whose kids/wife belonged to whom as they tended to follow the money. They would lie to connect to the money in legal (written) proceedings. I descend from Williamson Younger and Mary "Polly" Bomar (Younger) – their son William Younger (b1803)

The children of Williamson Younger and Mary "Polly" Bomar (Younger) are: Mary, William, James, Armistead, Williamson, John, and John Henry Wilson Younger.

Williamson Younger Sr/Mary Bomar Younger migrated out of Halifax Co. VA about 1818(Williamson died on the trip or before) to Carroll/Gibson County TN (after the Indians were removed/ land speculators moved in this section of West TN) with her sons, James, John, William (my line via census records), Armistead, Williamson Jr and John Henry Wilson who was born after his father’s death. Wilson Cage and his wife Elizabeth Ussery Cage, adopted J.H. Wilson Younger and he took the Cage surname.

Large groups of families (Younger, Bomar, Cage, Fuqua, Lynch, James etc.) migrated from Halifax VA to the West TN area as the lands opened up (1820) to white settlers. Also to ARK and Missouri and the families continued to inter marry thru several generations.

Two brothers ( my William and his brother Armistead) ended up in Buckhorn/St. James , Stone County Arkansas in the 1850( buying land along the White River) leaving children back in Carroll/Gibson County TN (John William ( William’s son- my line).

Williamson Jr settled and farmed in Carroll County TN two miles East of Atwood. Married and had 5 children. As an adult he lived in McLemoresville and Atwood. Though a tailor by trade, he owned and operated a farm which lay in both Carroll and Gibson Counties. He was a Cumberland Presbyterian, a life­ long Democrat and a slave owner who deplored the institution of slavery. He married Louisa Patton of North Carolina. Of their ten children, three daughters married Cumberland Presbyterian ministers and two of their sons served in the Confederate Army, one of them dying in a war prison camp. Williamson Younger died November 1, 1876, and is buried in the McLemoresville (Tenn.) Cemetery. There are many of his descendants in Memphis and West Tennessee.

John Wilson Younger "Cage" migrated early to Mississippi. Cage was a planter and cotton trader in Madison County, Mississippi before and during the Civil War- selling cotton to both sides. He married in MS to Lucy Lanier; Feb. 7, 1849, in Madison County MS. He served in various appointments while his family lived in Madison County MS. He was Constable in 1858, Justice in 1860, and Coroner in 1866. He moved back to TN, where he owned land, after the Civil war because he was run out of town (MS) due to his business practices with the Yankees. He married Ida Bomar in TN, Jan. 15, 1875 and later divorced. The current town of Atwood TN (Carroll County), four miles southwest of Trezevant, TN and on the same L/N railroad line was established in 1872 on lands owned by J. H. W. (Younger) Cage. He opened the post office and was the first postmaster; He also, leased land to the Louisville/Nashville Railroad, and donated the land for the school and three churches. Williamson Younger, Jr., John Henry's natural brother, also settled (farmed) and died in Atwood.

Armistead Younger (1811-1883) was born in Halifax County, Virginia and died in Stone County, Arkansas. He married Rebecca Crews (1814-1892), daughter of John Crews, in 1836. They had eight children born in Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. They had at least 4 children in Virginia. They moved from Virginia to Tennessee between 1843 and 1847 and had 2 children. They had moved on to Arkansas by 1860 and had 1 child in Arkansas. Armistead died in Arkansas 1883.

Armistead and his brother William settled by 1853 in Franklin township , which at that time was part of Independence County , Arkansas , but became part of Stone County in 1873. On July 23 1853, Armistead was appointed postmaster of the new post office named Buckhorn. This said to be named for the Younger store which had a large rack of deer horns over the door. The post office remained in the Younger family until 1883 when it was changed to St. James. Armistead and his sons where elected Justices of the Peace several times.





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