Henry Young


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Henry Young
Born: Abt. 1741 South Farnham Parish, Essex Co., VA    
Died: Abt. 15 Nov 1817 King & Queen County, VA  
Obituary from Virginia Patriot & Richmond Daily Mercantile Advertiser  Dec 2, 1817


Henry Young


Rachel Smith

In 1753 John Smith is appointed guardian to Henry Young (Order Book 19, pg 250)

20/Apr/1761 Indenture: Henry Young son of Henry Young gent decd of South Farnham Parish, Essex Co hath by & with the advice of the court of Essex Co put & bound himself an apprentice to Alexander Saunders of same place to serve him for the full term & time untill he the sd Henry Young shall arrive to the age of 21--the sd Alexander Saunders to teach & instruct him in the art & mystery of a house carpenter or joiner.----  Wit: None  Ackn by the partys 10 Apr 1761 & recorded.  Attest: John Lee Junr clerk. Pg 304

1762 His guardian, W. Young, is settling account.  Guardian BK  1761-1796 pg 23

1765  Frances Young orphan of Henry Young of lawful age to choose Henry Young her guardian.  Order Bk 26 pg 285

7/Jan/1777 Henry Young of South Farnham Parish Essex Co for 1,000 pd sold to Richard Gwathney of Saint Stephens Parish, King & Queen Co a 308 a. parcel of land in South Farnham Parish bounded by William Gatewood, Thomas Evan, John Webb & Rappahannock River, it being the land which the sd Henry Young purch of John Young & Phillamon Young... Wit: Smith Young, James Jones, Thomas Miller, W. Young.  Proved 17 Mar 1777 & certified.  Fully proved 16 Jun 1777 & recorded.  Attest: Hancock Lee clerk  (Pg 329)  (Essex Co Va Land Records 1772-1786)

2?Oct./1786 Henry Young and Smith Young were named executors of the will of John Stewart Chilton, husband of their sister, Patty Young   John Stewart Chilton "gave the care of the four girls to their aunt Milly Richards and placed Charles under the care of his friend Mr. Henry Young of Essex Co., VA     Henry Young and Smith Young were named as executors."

15/Nov/1798.Henry Young is named as one of the executors of the will of his brother, Smith Young



Old New Kent County: Some Account of the Planters   Volume 1 by Malcom Hart Harris, MD  pg 457  2006

General Henry Young

"Henry Young was a son of Henry Young and Rachel Smith his wife of Essex County.  Rachel Smith was a daughter of Maurice Smith of Rickahock.  Henry Young was in King William and King and Queen Counties after the Revolution.
He entered the Continental Line as Lieutenant in 1776, and on December 28, 1776, he was promoted to Captain.  He was transferred to the 5th Regiment of the Continental Line on September 28, 1778.  During the last years of his service, he was Paymaster General, and from his office he enjoyed the rank of General among his friends and neighbors.  He retired from service on January 1, 1783 and was awarded 5,166 acres of land for his services.
He established his home in King and Queen a few miles from Walkerton, at Galilee, which he purchased from Benjamin Hoomes in 1784.  He was a bachelor, and when he died, he left his estate by will to Julia Shepherd.
General Young was a member of the county court, and was a leading citizen in King and Queen County for many years.  He died in 1817 at his home.
General Henry Young, an old Revolutionary Officer, died about Nov. 15, 1817 in the 76th year of his age at his seat in King & Queen County."



Official opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States ..., Volume 6 By United States. Attorney-General R. Farnham, 1856 pg 721


An unliquidated claim to bounty land scrip in Virginia passes by a clause of general residuary devise.

An administrator of the estate with such will annexed, who, as such, received the bounty land warrant under the authorities of the State of Virginia, is entitled to receive the scrip in exchange from the United States.

Attorney General's Office,

September 13, 1854.

Sir : I have duly considered the questions arising on the report of the Commissioner of Public Lands transmitted to me by your letter of the 6th instant.

It appears that a warrant issued on the 30th of December, 1852, from the Land Office of Virginia, for 666J acres of land, to James M. Jeffries, administrator de bonis non, with the will annexed, of Henry Young, deceased, for the services of said Henry Young as Quarter Master General in the Virginia State Line, has been filed in the General Land Office, for which scrip is demanded- by the said administrator.

The heirs at law contest the propriety of issuing the scrip to the administrator with the will annexed, to whom the warrant issued, and who presents it to be exchanged for scrip.

Henry Young published his will and testament, bearing date 11th February, 1817, in which Henry Young, nephew of the testator, was named executor. Letters of probate were granted, on the 8th of December, 1817, to the executor appointed by the will, in the county court of King and Queen county, of the State of Virginia, in which county the testator lived and died.

Afterwards, in the same court, administration de bonis non, Virginia Bounty Lund Scrip.

with the will annexed, of the said Henry Young, was granted to John C. Richardson; upon whose death, letters of administration de bonis non, with the will annexed, of said Henry Young, were granted, in the same court, at the April term, 1850, to the present party, James M. Jeffries.

Henry Young, the testator, after various specific legacies and devises of his real and personal estate, declared his will and desire, " that the residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, not hereinbefore bequeathed, be sold by my executor, and, together with any money due me, or any to be recovered by him, be applied first to the payment of any debts I may leave unpaid, and the balance, if any, I give and bequeath to be equally divided among John W. Howard, Patsey W. Williamson, Warner Howard, Rebecca Shephard, and Patsey Jones, to them and their heirs and assigns for ever."

Upon these facts it is to be observed:

1. That the county court of King and Queen county, wherein the testator lived and died, had jurisdiction to grant letters of probate and letters of administration de bonis non, cum testalnento annexo; and therefore the grant of such letters with the will annexed to Jeffries must be deemed correct, until reversed or annulled by a competent appellate tribunal; no power to do which rests in the executive authorities of the United States.

2. The testator, before the making of his testament, possessed an incipient right to this land bounty by reason of his services in the war of the Revolution, and the laws of Virginia in that behalf made and provided ; and this incipient or inchoate estate and interest was devisable by the laws of Virginia.

3. The testator, Henry Young, did not die intestate as to this interest in the land bounty promised by the State of Virginia, but testate, and therefore the officers of the State of Virginia properly issued the warrant according to the will and testament, and not to the heirs as if in case of intestacy.

4. Hence the administrator with the will annexed, who received the warrant, is, in my opinion, the person to whom the officers of the United States should grant scrip in exchange for the said land warrant, in pursuance of the laws of the United Navy Pensions.

States in such cases made and provided. Of course the said administrator de bonis non, cum testamento annexo, must account for the proceeds to the creditors of the testator, if any, and to the legatees named in the residuary clause of the will of said Henry Young.

I am, very respectfully,


Hon. Robert Mcclelland,

Secretary of the Interior.