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 William Alma Young

William Alma Young

Smith County, Tennessee, USA
Death 3 Sep 1875 (aged 71)
Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 53223 · View Source
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Son of Jacob Young and Mary Boren

Married Leah Holland Smith, 11 Nov 1826, Gibson County, Tennessee

Married Annie Reynolds, abt 1848

Married Druscilla Boren, abt 1853

Daughter - Mary Malinda Adaline Young

The families of William Alma Young and his son, Willis Smith Young, were pioneers, with Willis Boren and others, of Southern Utah, settling at Harmony and Toquerville. Willis Smith Young died 16 May 1910 in Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, and his wife, Ann, died six months later on November 19th.

William Alma Young died in the town of Washington, Utah, in 1875. His wife, Leah, moved to live with her handicapped daughter, Rachel, on her brother Thomas W. Smith's farm at Pahreah, Kane County, Utah. William's other wife, Druscilla, moved with her remaining children to San Bernardino, California, to be near her brother, Judge Alley Dennis Boren. On 2 Dec 1875 she married Benjamin VanLueven, a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter-day Saints.

Druscilla Boren had previously married to Nathan Keller, whose sister, Malinda, had been the first wife of Coleman Boren. Druscilla was the daughter of John Boren and Sally Alley. When William Alma Young's parents divorced, Druscilla brother, Willis Boren, married William A. Young's mother, Mary Boren, who was a cousin of Willis and Druscilla. These complex intermarriages bonded the two families into one virtual family unit of extreme closeness.

Prior to moving to Utah William Alma Young was in his early 20's in Gibson County Tennessee, when he began to think about marriage. Social diversions in Gibson County consisted of Church meetings, quilting bees for women and the men indulged in tree cutting and log rolling. Horse racing was a favorite community sport. In fact, transportation was almost wholly on horseback. Many young men going from meeting sought out some young woman and asked permission to ride home with her. Much of the sparking and courting was done from saddle to saddle. This is doubtless how William Young and Leah Smith met, and were married on 11 Nov 1826 (FHL book 976.823 V2w). William Alma was 21 years old and Leah only 16 when they married. She was descended from the Smith, Love, and Agee families who were prominent settlers in early Tennessee. Her parents were James Agee & Margaret Love Smith.

William Alma & Leah Smith Young, went to work, building their own cabin and participating in community activities. There were no roads in the newly acquired Indian land, and it was a legal requirement that a man, irregardless of social or financial status, must work on roads that were being constructed within a six mile radius of his home. From this we learn that among the close neighbors of the Young's were the David Crockett family of frontier legend.

The Young and Crockett families knew each other well, and lived parallel lives until the Young's joined the Mormons (FHL book 976.823 P2w, Gibson Co Tenn Court Minutes): "Ordered that Andrew Craig, David Crockett Sr, David Crockett Jr, Daniel Conlee, Squire Young, William Ferguson, John Gray and Patterson Crockett be appointed a Jury of View to run and mark a road from Trenton to the Weakly County line in a direction to Dresden.

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  • Maintained by: SMSmith
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53223
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Alma Young (28 Aug 1804–3 Sep 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53223, citing Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .