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 William Young

William Young

Kassel, Stadtkreis Kassel, Hessen, Germany
Death 28 May 1785 (aged 72)
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot William Young Burial Ground, Row 3, Grave 161
Memorial ID 50148391 · View Source
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William (Jung) Young was 31 years old when he brought his family to Philadelphia from Germany in 1744. He was born 12 January 1713 at Kassel, Hesse and that on 12 January 1734 (his 21st birthday) he married Elisabeth Wagerine. Also traveling with him was his mother, a sister, his wife and their three small children: Ann Christiana (age 7 years), Jacob Maximilian (age 5), and William (age 2). Jacob Maximilian died 25 November 1744 at sea during the passage. William's mother died 25 November 1744, only three weeks after arrival at Philadelphia.

Dates of important family events and much of what is known about the Young family once they reached America come from a diary that was diligently kept, in German, by William's daughter, Ann Christiana Young.

William Young was a cordwainer, or shoemaker, and is referred to as such in the conveyances of properties. His will indicates his house in Blockley (West Philadelphia) contained a "Shoemaker room."

William Young was a friend of Thomas Penn, the Proprietor of Pennsylvania and the son of William Penn, the colony's founder. Some of the correspondence between these two men has survived. Young was active in politics on behalf of factions that supported Penn, who resided in London, and against those who supported Benjamin Franklin and Joseph Galloway. The latter was a prominent loyalist, a member of the Pennsylvania Assembly from 1757 onward, and its speaker from 1766 to 1774.

In September 1765 Thomas Penn thanked William Young for "your endeavors with your Country people to restore peace to the Province by opening the Eyes of the deluded multitude." The following month William Young wrote that he "out of my own pocket spent some money" for getting many of his German compatriots naturalized so they could vote, presumably for his and Penn's party; but he had to report to Penn that "we have don[e] all in our power but all in vain....our party at the last election have loosed all and Franklins party won all.....Joseph Galloway franklins best friend is in the house again, that party is quite to cunning for our party." William Young goes on to say that "here in north america is at present a great upro[a]r or n[o]ise about the stamp tax" and because of the publicity given to the tax in German newspapers "very few german are this year come from germany." Young believed that Franklin was one of the proposers and advocates of the stamp tax and that if proof of this could be found, it could be used to great political advantage.

From the diary of Ann Christiana (Young) Leech

1778 Mar 28-- A party of rascals came to our house, sent by Galloway, and took our cattle and plundered our house, and also took father (Wm. Young) with them to the old prison. Our loss is at least 400 pounds. My sister and I have passed many anxious hours.

1778 Apr 16-- father liberated from prison, where he had been detained since they plundered our house and robbed us while they occupied Philadelphia. Father was released from prison on parole, to remain in town.

1778 Jun 18-- The English have gone from the city to Jersey. Father came home.

1785 May 28-- My dear and worthy father, William Young, died between three and four o'clock in the afternoon. He exchanged the earthly life for an eternal rest, aged 73 years. He became sick May 15th, but remained about and died in his clothes from apoplexy, and was buried the 30th, accompanied to his rest by many friends at Kingsessing, to the family burying ground.

William Young prepared his will on 1 May 1785, just two weeks before he became ill. He bequeathed "to all my heirs, to their heirs, families and descendants forever two acres and one half an acre of land for a burying ground, by the name of William Young's family burying ground, being situated almost in the middle of my Plantation of twenty seven acres of land" in Kingsessing Tp.

A map ca. 1890 shows the cemetery at the east corner of 52nd Street and Kingsessing Avenue with Greenway Lane (later called Leech's Lane) leading to it.

The will named as trustees of the burial ground Jacob Hoffman and four of his grandchildren: William, John, Maximilian, and Elizabeth Leech. In 1869, all of the original trustees being deceased, the Orphans Court appointed Henry K. Leech and Isaac L. Glascoe (both descendants of the founder) to that office.

The first interment in the burying-ground was before 1777, when Elizabeth (Wagerine) Young was interred there. The last burial was in 1904. At that time, the trustees petitioned the Court for permission to sell the ground, which had become dilapidated and out of repair because of lack means to maintain it. The premises was sold in 1907 for $25,000 and 116 bodies were removed by the undertaker Eugene Leech, a descendant, to a suitable lot about four miles to the west in Arlington Cemetery, Delaware County.

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William Young
Died May 28, 1785
Age 72 Yrs

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