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Susannah "Susan" Young
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Birth: Jun. 7, 1795
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 5, 1852
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Daughter of John Young and Abigial Nabby Howe

Married James Little, 1814, Cayuga County, New York

Children - Eliza Little, Edwin Sobieski Little, Feramorz Little, James Amasa Little

Married Richard Oliphant, Feb 1825, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York

Children - Charles Henry Oliphant

Married William Bostwick Stilson, 1829, Mendon, Monroe, New York

Children - Emiline Stilson, William Lacy Stilson, Cornelia Stilson

Married Alonzo Pettingill, 6 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

History - In 1814 or 1815 James married Susannah Young, daughter of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe Young, and is a sister to Brigham Young, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and farmed Colonizer of the West. With her parents she moved from Massachusetts to Cayuga County, New York, in 1813, where she met her husband.

At his death she had the three small boys, the youngest, James, was about two and a half months old. A daughter, Eliza, had died earlier; her tombstone with the inscription partly finished was found in the home by the family succeeding the Littles. A few years later Susannah bound out her youngest son James, and then moved to Mendon, New York, where her father and other family members were living. About 1829, she married William B. Stilson.

While here she learned of the new church organized by the Prophet Joseph Smith. In June she was baptized, and suffered many of the persecutions of the Church. She moved with the Saints to Kirtland, Ohio, and then to Nauvoo in 1840. Here her son James found her in poor circumstances. The year following she went to St. Louis, Missouri, where Mr. Stilson was located in the Jefferson Barracks, Camp A-3rd Regiment of Infantry, of the U.S. Army. He had left home earlier and had not been heard from for some years. He reenlisted in Company A-3rd Regiment of Infantry and was given family quarters in the Barracks. Sometime in the spring of 1844 Stilson died from "lung fever."

Her son, Feramorz, who had also come west, now took his mother and half sister Cornelia to do for them what he could. James had enlisted in the Army and marched away to Fort Jessup. Susannah married a third time, Alonzo Pettingill, and when the Saints were expelled from Nauvoo and began their move westward she and her husband, a shoemaker, left the camp of the Saints and went to St. Louis to find a means of subsistence.

In February, 1849, Pettingill died of "lung fever." He was buried in a St. Louis graveyard without anything to mark the spot "where lies the remains of a faithful, good man, my father in the Gospel," says James A. Little.

The same year James fitted up an outfit to take his mother and sister Cornelia to the mountains. The date is not remembered, but James A. says, "We left St. Louis quite as soon as the grass began to grow, and arrived at Kanesville about the 1st of June. There they found Susannah's brothers, Phineas H. and Joseph Young with their families.

After a pause of about three weeks the journey was continued. On this tedious trek, the greatest fear was from stampedes of their cattle, which over balanced the ever fear of Indians.

She arrived in Salt Lake City, 17 October 1849. James A. Little said, the place comprised houses enough for a respectable village, had they been closer together, but they were scattered over a large area of ground. For a time, Susannah lived in a one-room adobe house.

On the 16 December 1849 she got up a little dinner party to which her brother, Brigham, was invited. The occasion was the marriage of her son, James. Soon after he found a house with two rooms, the one for his mother and sister, the other for himself and wife. The food brought with them was soon exhausted. Food was scarce that winter and consisted mainly of shorts bread and a little tea.

Susannah died 5 May 1852 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 8 May 1952.

Susannah Young and Family

History of Susannah Young Little, by Teton Hanks Jackman 
Family links: 
  John Young (1763 - 1839)
  Abigail Howe Young (1765 - 1815)
  James Little (1790 - 1822)
  Richard Oliphant (1801 - 1862)
  William Bostwick Stilson (1795 - 1844)*
  Edwin Sobieski Little (1816 - 1846)*
  Feramorz Little (1820 - 1887)*
  James Amasa Little (1822 - 1908)*
  Charles Henry Oliphant (1825 - 1902)*
  William Lacy Stilson (1833 - 1913)*
  Cornelia Ann Stilson McKnight (1836 - 1865)*
  Nancy Young Kent (1786 - 1860)*
  Fanny Young Murray (1787 - 1859)*
  Rhoda Young Greene (1789 - 1841)*
  John M. Young (1791 - 1870)*
  Susannah Young (1795 - 1852)
  Joseph Young (1797 - 1881)*
  Phineas Howe Young (1799 - 1879)*
  Brigham Young (1801 - 1877)*
  Louisa M. Young Sanford (1804 - 1833)*
  Lorenzo Dow Young (1807 - 1895)*
  Edward Young (1823 - 1894)**
*Calculated relationship
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Jun 08, 2007
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Susannah Susan Young
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