George Young

George Young

Birth
Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Death 31 Mar 1932 (aged 74)
Ontario, Canada
Burial Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 107019271 · View Source
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George married first Eliza "Addie" Anderson on 30 Sep 1875 at Malahide, Elgin, Ontario, Canada
George married second, widow Elizabeth Ann Bradley Johnson on 20 Oct 1920 at Malahide, Elgin, Ontario, Canada

Violet Reid Reavie's poem Old Timers
"I liked to go out in the boats, Uncle Tom or Enterprise
And watch the men lift fish in every size.
Sometimes I would get drowsy and fall asleep
But George Young an eye on me would always keep
Often the boat would roll like a log,
I would come home seasick as a dog."

Aylmer Express, 7 Aug 1890
"Mr. George Young, of Port Bruce, visited Aylmer on Saturday last and we regret to say, allowed his spirits to rise to such a height that it became necessary to lock him, up for a time. He was brought before P. M. Glover and required to swell the town exchequer to the extent of $10 and costs. There is not a more peaceable and law-abiding citizen in the county than George, when sober, but his human like the rest of us, and his whole nature is transformed when under the influence of strong drink." (Transcribed by Bruce C. Johnson Jr., July 1992, Port Bruce, Ontario)

In the 1891 census at Port Bruce is George Young as 32, his wife Addie as 31 and Nellie May, 14, and Percy G. 6.

In the 1901 census at Port Bruce, Malahide Township, Elgin, Ontario (Div. 1, p. 9) George Young, 43, fisherman, born 2 June 1857, with wife Addie, 44, born 24 Aug, 1856, and children, Nellie, 24, born March 10 1877 and Percey, 15, born 8 Aug. 1885.

In the 1911 census for Port Bruce, Malahide, Elgin, Ontario, p. 2, George E. Young, 53, born June 1857 with wife, Eliza, 53 born May 1858.

Violet Reid Reavie's poem Old Timers
"I liked to go out in the boats, Uncle Tom or Enterprise
And watch the men lift fish in every size.
Sometimes I would get drowsy and fall asleep
But George Young an eye on me would always keep
Often the boat would roll like a log,
I would come home seasick as a dog."

Bruce's Notes: Have reference to George buying what is now Ian's house in 1920. We have a picture of the Port Bruce quoiting club with George in it as well as Sylvenus and Levi.

Stephens p. 27, and Violet Reid, in her poem refer to tragedy that occurred when George was caught in a heavy storm east of the pier on Nov. 11, 1896. He was at the wheel and Edward Smale was the engineer. Also on board were Fred Ralph, Wm. Wonnacott and Irvine and Frank Smale with Ted Burroughs and Will Anderson who were swept over and drowned.

Aylmer Express, Thur. Nov. 12, 1896
"Drowned
Terrific Storm on Lake Erie
Two Pt. Bruce Fisherman Lose Their Lives at Port Burwell. - Wind Blew Sixty Miles an Hour.
On Wednesday, Nov. 5th, Young Bros. decided to take up their nets, as fishing was light, and at noon the tug Enterprise, with George Young at the wheel and Mr. Edwin Smale as engineer, having in tow a large scow 50 feet long and 16 feet wide, and a lifting boat 24 feet long and 8 feet wide, on which were Theodore Burroughs and William Anderson, the unfortunate victims, also Fred Ralph, William Wonnacott, Frank and Ervin Smale (brothers), left Port Bruce to take up nets east of the pier.
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... About the same time the Enterprise left, the Uncle Tom, with Mr. Levi Young and Mr. John Whitham, left for Port Stanley with fish; and were caught in the same gale, and after battling with the terrible storm for an hour and a half, reached Port Stanley in safety at 2:30 p.m., the wind blowing at the time they entered the harbor (sic), 57 miles per hour.
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...William Anderson was born at Houghton, and was the son of Mr. John Anderson, of Eagle, and brother-in-law to Mr. George Young. He was about 35 years old, and was married a year ago to a Miss Edmonds, of Fingal, who survives him. He was a hard working industrious man, was insured in the Foresters, and leaves a father and mother, two brothers and sex sisters to mourn his loss."
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[Long article gives details of drownings]

Aylmer Express, Thur. Aug. 30, 1900, p. 1
"On Wednesday afternoon, the 2nd day of the fair, there will be a quoiting match on the grounds, in which members of the London, Pr. Stanley, Pt. Bruce and other clubs are expected to take part. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes offered and the contest is expected to be keen and exciting. Mr. Geo. Young, of Pt. Bruce, has kindly consented to put the ground in shape, and the members of the Pt. Bruce club will assist in every way to make it a success."

Aylmer Express, Thur. July 1, 1915
"The fishing contest which was postponed last week on account of the fish not biting the day of the big Ford picnic at Pt. Bruce, proved an exciting event on Wednesday, June 23rd. There were 35 entries....A big cigar was presented Mr. George Young, of Pt. Bruce, as a reward for his efficient service as judge and time-keeper."

Aylmer Express, Thur. July 6, 1916
"Mr. Fred Mann, of Detroit arrived on Sunday to spend his vacation with his wife, who is spending the summer with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Young."

Aylmer Sun, Aug. 7, 1890 -"Mr. George Young, of Port Bruce, visited Aylmer on Saturday last and we regret to say, allowed his spirits to rise to such a height that it became necessary to lock him, up for a time. He was brought before P. M. Glover and required to swell the town exchequer to the extent of $10 and costs. There is not a more peaceable and law-abiding citizen in the county than George, when sober, but he is human like the rest of us, and his whole nature is transformed when under the influence of strong drink."

Aylmer Express, Thur. Jan. 22, 1920
"George Youngs, of Port Bruce, will leave for the West Indie Islands about February 1st to spend the winter."

Aylmer Express, Thur. June 22, 1922, p. 2, c. 5.
"Edward Johnson and family, spent Sunday with, Mr. Johnson's mothr, Mrs. George Young."

Aylmer Express, Thur. Aug. 21, 1924, p. 2., c. 1
"Mr. and Mrs. F. Mann and daughter, Dorothy, of Indianapolis, Ind., are spending the summer with Mrs. Mann's father, Mr. Geo. Young."

Will Anderson who drowned in November 1896 in a storm on Lake Erie was Addie's brother.

Stan Stephens remembers that George married second Clark Johnson's mother. He remembers stories of George as a poker player, strong man. He would round up the men in the village to secure the fishing tugs when the weather threatened.

George's second wife Eliza was Clark Johnson's mother. Her first husband was Louis Lanson Johnson. Clark ran the Kings Cupboard in Port Bruce in the 1920s.

Dorothy recalls that Addie died of Scarlet Fever. Percy had severe Asthma. He went out west for a few month then returned shortly before he drowned.

"Messrs. James and Charles Thompson of Brantford attended the funeral of the late George Young, on Monday. Mr. Levi Young of Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Pinneo and Mr. and Mrs. H. Smale of St. Thomas also attended the funeral.

Aylmer Express, Thurs., 7 April 1932, p. 1
"George Young Passes
Was a Well Known Citizen of Port Bruce for Many Years
George Young, a citizen of Port Bruce for many years, died at the hme of his daughter, Mrs. F. A. Mann, Aylmer, on Thursday, - March 31st, following a short illness.Deceased was in his 75th year, and was born in Malahide township. When but a lad he moved to Port Bruce where he had made his home ever since. The past two winters Mr. Young had spent with his daughter here. He loved his garden, the flowers and the birds and his pretty home at Port Bruce was a beauty spot every summer, admired by all who visited the port." In his younger days Mr. Young led a very active life. In the early days Port Bruce was the shipping centre for this whole district. There were no railways and it was not uncommon to see from 20 to 30 sailing vessels tied up at Port Bruce to unload cargoes or to take on a cargo of grain, lumber or other goods. For some years the late Mr. Young was a sailor on the Great Lakes, and in those days even the mouth of Silver Creek was used as a harbour. In fact George Young secured his first job as a boy, on a vessel sailing out of Silver Creek harbour, three miles east of Port Bruce. For many years he and his brother Levi carried on an extensive fishing business with tugs at Port Bruce. Of recent years Mr. Young had been living retired, but was never completely happy unless he was near the lake which he loved. He was a good neighbor, and a real friend, and will be greatly missed by a host of friends. He was a member of the United Church.
The late Mr. Young was twice married, both wives having predeceased him. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. F. A. Mann, of Aylmer; one granddaughter, Dorothy Mann, Aylmer; one brother, Levi Young of Port Bruce, and one sister, Mrs. Samuel Smith, of Aylmer.
The funeral service was held on Monday, April 4th at 2:30 p.m. at the home of his daughter, John street south, and was largely attended by relatives and friends. Rev. G.E. Wood of St. Paul's United Church conducted the service, assisted by Rev. F. G. Hardy, of Trinity Anglican Church. The pall bearers were Ashton Pinneo, Walter Pinneo, John Smale, John Downing, W. J. Mann and E. C. Montieth. There were many beautiful floral tributes and the flower bearers were Audley Fuller, Lorne Wonnacott, Aylmer Ellsworth, C. M. Smith, J. W. Allen and C. B. Monteith. Interment took place in the family plot in the Dunboyne cemetery." (Transcribed in 1989 by Bruce C. Johnson Jr., Port Bruce, Ontario)


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Inscription

YOUNG /In Memory of /George Percy /Son of/George & Addie/ YOUNG //Died June 19, 1908;/In his 23rd year./"God bless our darling boy."/Fred A. MANN/June 4. 1875 - Oct. 19 1929/Nellie May MANN /Mar. 10, 1877 - Aug. 10, 1969./(Hutchinson Aylmer.)

(east) George YOUNG /Died Mar. 31, 1932./In his 75th year./Addie, Wife of/George YOUNG /Died June 20, 1918./Aged 61 years.


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  • Created by: Bruce Johnson
  • Added: 20 Mar 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 107019271
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Young (2 Jun 1857–31 Mar 1932), Find a Grave Memorial no. 107019271, citing Dunboyne Cemetery, Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Bruce Johnson (contributor 47661260) .