William Young
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William Young (abt. 1765 - bef. 1807)

William Young
Born about in North Carolinamap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married 1786 in Spartanburg, South Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
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Died before before about age 42 in Christian, Kentucky, United Statesmap
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William Young was born about 1765.[citation needed]

Legal proceedings before Orange County Court, Virginia, where settlers proved their entitlement to enter public lands. Also in no. 5831, Mortonno. 2302, Fry; in no. 720, Boyer, Ship Passenger Lists, the South, pp. 91-95; and in no. 9144, Tepper, New Wor

Type: Arrival
Date: 1740
Place: Augusta Co., Virginia[1]
Event: Personally came Walter (Jr) McChesney, Margaret McChesney, Robert Young who made oath dated 3 April 1801 Also affidavit by Jean McChesney, wife of William Young who relinquished her right and interest. Recorded in Rockbridge Co VA
Type: Wife Jean McChesney Gave Oath
Date: 03 Apr 1801
Place: Rockbridge County, Virginia

William Young was named in the 1833 will of Henry Young, Sr. of Caldwell County, Kentucky, apparently as the eldest child. William was already dead by this time; Henry's will named all of his children by his first wife, in order to insure that they didn't inherit anything (they had presumably received their inheritance earlier).

William Young was born in North Carolina, according to the 1880 census record of his daughter Sarah, which correctly states that her mother (Jane McChesney) was born in Virginia. Sarah was born in 1801 or 1802, and her census entries consistently state that she was also born in North Carolina.

On 10 Nov. 1791, William Young and wife, together with Isabella McChesney [William's mother-in-law] and William Ashert and wife sold 100 acres on Walter Creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia to William Wardlaw. The deed was witnessed by Robert Akin and Thomas Hood; it was recorded in Pendleton District, South Carolina 20 Nov. 1797.[2]

On 10 Apr 1792, Henry Young was appointed constable in Spartanburg County, and on the same day William Young (presumably Henry’s son) was appointed to take Henry's place as "Warner" under the direction of Thomas Jackson, overseer of a road between the South Pacolet and the North Pacolet rivers.[3] The function of the Warner was to “warn” people to come out and join the crew to work on the road. It would certainly bolster the authority of the Warner (especially if he was quite young) if his father was the county sheriff.

On 31 Mar 1801, William Young and wife Jane (and Jane’s mother Isabella McChesney) sold for $50 all their right as heirs to a 100-acre tract of land on the waters of Walter Creek in Rockbridge County, Virginia; this land had been left by Jane’s father to his son Samuel who died without heirs. The list of co-heirs of Samuel McChesney also included Jane’s sister Polly Asher and her brother Walter. The deed was witnessed by Robert Young and by Walter McChesney (and his wife Margaret).[4] Walter signed an affidavit stating that he was living in South Carolina at the time.

William Young moved to Christian County, Kentucky, where he lived on land adjoining that of Henry Young Sr., Henry Young, Jr., and James, Thomas, and Benjamin Mitchell.[5] Three of William’s daughters would eventually marry Mitchells.

William died before 7 Oct 1807, when his widow Jane and (her brother) Walter McChesney were appointed administrators of his estate, with the security bond being posted by Drury Adams and Daniel Hughes.[6] Jane bought most of the household furnishings at his estate sale, and Henry Young, Henry Young, Sr., John Young, and Walter McChesney were also among the purchasers. [7]

On 2 Mar 1810, Henry Young, Sr. sold for $25 a one-and-a-half-acre plot of land to “the heir and Executor of William Young, deceased.” This should doubtless read “Administrator,” not “Executor”; and was doubtless referring to William’s widow Jane. This little plot of land – big enough for a family graveyard – was located on the border of Henry’s land and William’s land. Witnesses to the deed were Benjamin [?] and Nancy Smith.[8]

Jane Young appears in the 1810 census in Caldwell County, Kentucky as follows: 1 male 10-16; 3 females under 10; 1 female 10-16; 1 female 26-45.

Jane Young married Moses Etheridge 11 Oct. 1816 in Christian County and had son William Mason Etheridge.[citation needed]

On 17 July 1824, Walter McChisney and Jane Etheridge (formerly Jane Young), the two administrators of William Young’s estate, met to settle the estate’s accounts, pursuant to a court order from the May term. After settling debts totaling $26, the estate contained $198, the money coming from an unspecified “sale.”[9]

Moses Etheridge isn’t indexed in ancestry.com’s collection of 1830 census records, but notes from a researcher indicate that he was in Caldwell County in 1830, with a household including a female 20-30, presumably daughter Elizabeth who married in 1834.[10]

Moses Etheridge appears in the 1840 census in Caldwell County, KY as follows: 1 male 5-10; 1 male 10-15; 1 male 60-70; 1 female 40-50; 1 female 60-70.

Moses Etheridge appears in the 1850 census in Crittendon Co., KY as follows: Moses, 74, b. VA; Jane, 75, b. VA; W.J. Young, 20, b. KY; Eliza A. McDowel, 21, b. KY.

Children of Jane McChesney and William Young[11] :

1. William, b. 1795-1800.[12] It would appear that he was the William Young who married Anna Wilson 14 Oct. 1818 at Christian County, and that the W.J. Young listed with Moses Etheridge in 1850 was his child. “William Young, Jr. made his will Sept. 22, 1824; in it he names all of his slaves and states that each is to be set free on their 35th birthday. He gives birthdates for each slave.”[13] William Young and wife Elizabeth sold land to Jarrett Mitchell on 24 Aug. 1844.[14]

2. Mary (Polly), b. 1798 South Carolina; m. Elijah Mitchell 2 Apr. 1814 Christian County, KY. In 1824 Elijah Mitchell appears as the administrator of the estate of James Mitchell, deceased, who owned land adjoining that owned by the heirs of William Young, deceased.[15] Mary Mitchell, b. 1798, appears in the 1870 census in Trigg County in the household of Elizabeth Mitchell; in the 1880 census in Trigg County, Kentucky, in the household of Elizabeth Ramey, who has a teenage son and daughter surnamed Mitchell and an Etheridge grandson in her household.

3. Sarah (Sally), b. 1801 in North Carolina; m. Jarrett Mitchell 9 Jan. 1817 Christian Co., KY, d. 1 Aug. 1883 Trigg Co., KY. Jarrott Mitchell is listed in 1824 as an heir of Ben Mitchell, deceased who was son of James Mitchell, deceased. [16]

4. Nancy, b. 1805 in Kentucky, m. Joseph Mitchell 9 Nov. 1822 Trigg Co., KY; he died 1828 Caldwell Co.; she m. (2) William R. Ramey 8 Feb. 1832. She and husband William appear in Trigg County, Kentucky in the 1850 and 1870 census.

5. Elizabeth, apparently in step-father’s household 1830; m. Charles Brownell 11 Sept. 1834 Caldwell Co., KY. On 26 June 1841 Elizabeth Brownell of Caldwell County sold to Jarrett Mitchell of Trigg County for $50 her interest in the land (52 acres) inherited by the heirs of William Young, deceased.


  1. Place: Augusta Co., Virginia; Year: 1740; Page Number: 47. Note: Data: Text: Arrival date: 1740 Arrival place: Augusta Co., Virginia
  2. Caldwell County Deed Book C, p. 678.
  3. Per a book of abstracts from Spartanburg County court records, page 275 (citing County Court records, 1785-1799, p. 8), scanned page sent to John Schmeeckle by Nancy Carter.
  4. Rockbridge Deed Book D, p. 398.
  5. Information from a family group sheet prepared by Kathy Lowry, scanned copy sent to John Schmeeckle by Nancy Carter 24 Dec. 2011.
  6. Abstracts of Christian County court orders, page 28, scanned copy sent to John Schmeeckle by Nancy Carter on 24 Dec. 2011.
  7. The record appears in Christian County Will Records, Vol. A 1797-1811, pp. 108-110, at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-20803-28501-65?cc=1875188&wc=11533865 and the following page.
  8. Per a computer-written transcript of Christian County, Kentucky Deed Book C, pp. 11-12, image sent to John Schmeeckle by Guy Young of Missouri; this came from genealogical research done by genealogist Melissa Barker for Nancy Carter.
  9. Christian County, Kentucky Will Records, vol. D (1823-26), p. 212, online at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-20787-32626-48?cc=1875188&wc=11533884
  10. Per a family group sheet prepared by Kathy Lowry, scanned copy sent to John Schmeeckle by Nancy Carter 24 Dec. 2011.
  11. All information, unless otherwise noted, per a family group sheet prepared by Kathy Lowry, scanned copy sent to John Schmeeckle by Nancy Carter 24 Dec. 2011.
  12. Assuming that he was the male aged 10-16 in Jane’s household in the 1810 census.
  13. Glenn Martin, History of Etheridge and Related Families, p. 83.
  14. Per “Deed Book I, p. 120” (apparently Christian County) in miscellaneous notes from Kathy Lowry, scanned copy sent by Nancy Carter 24 Dec. 2011.
  15. Per research notes by Kathy Lowry, scanned copy sent to me by Nancy Carter 24 Dec. 2011.
  16. Per research notes by Kathy Lowry, scanned copy sent to me by Nancy Carter 24 Dec. 2011.
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2006.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed.. Passe Note:
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  • Re: Peter, Christian & John YOUNG, Union County, Kentucky 1820-22 gy209 (View posts) Posted: 1 Mar 2011 3:50AM by Guy Young.

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Young-8533 and Young-7219 appear to represent the same person because: Same vital dates married to the same person, Jane McChesney.
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