Biography - Orson Young

Orson YOUNG, mechanic, Harvel, was born in August, 1810, in Otsego County, N. Y., to Elam and Irene (EATON) YOUNG. His father was born near Ballston Springs, N. Y., and during his life followed his profession in the practice of medicine. He served through the war of 1812. He died in Oregon, several years ago. His wife, and mother of our subject, was born in Otsego County, N. Y., and died in Oregon; she has also been dead many years. They were the parents of eight children, six boys and two girls, Orson YOUNG being the oldest child. He was brought to Clermont County, Ohio, by his parents when but six years of age. Here he received such an education as the common schools afforded. At the age of fifteen, he apprenticed himself at the trade of cloth dressing in the factory of Timothy SPRAGUE, and remained three years, but, being more adapted to mechanical tools, gave up his trade and followed that of a carpenter. In the summer of 1853, he removed to Montgomery County, Ill., and entered 320 acres of wild prairie, he being among the early settlers of that county. In 1877, he removed from his farm to the town of Harvel, his present residence, where he is engaged in wagon-making. From 1853 until 1877, in Montgomery County, he worked at the carpenter's trade, and was the builder of many pioneer churches and dwellings. He is a man of good moral habits, and has the esteem of all well-disposed citizens of the community. In 1878, he was elected to the Board of Trustees, which office he filled to the entire satisfaction of the community. He has been twice married. The first time in Clermont County, Ohio, to Miss Hanna BURNETT, April 28, 1833. She was born in Clermont County, Ohio, April 13, 1810, and died in 1846. The second time, he married Miss Sarah HALL, May 31, 1846, a native of Ireland; she was born in 1824. By his first marriage he had five children, Elizabeth A., residing now in Ohio; Sarah E., now a resident of Indiana; Mary J., Irene and William B. who are dead. By his second marriage he as had six children, Samuel H., a resident of Montgomery County; Edmond B. and George D., of Iowa, and Matilda, of Montana, John and James O., who are dead. Mr. and Mrs. YOUNG are members of the Methodist Church, he having been a member for forty-five years.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 257-258.

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