John Young



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John Young


Born: Abt. 1745 Essex Co., VA   Court Order book in Essex County dated December 17, 1767 showing a John Young winning a suit against the eventual executor of Ann Smith, his grandmother. In addition to showing that he was a grandson of Ann Smith the suit also suggests that he might have been born in 1746. The court gave him interest on the amount that he should have inherited at 21 and calculated that interest based on the period Feb. 27, 1767 to December 27, 1767.
Married: Abt. 1767 Essex Co., VA


Died: Between Aug and Nov 1797  Granville Co., NC   see will below   Estate probated November Court, 1797 


John Young


Mary Smith


 Rachel Young


1. Frances Young

2. Jane Young

3. John Smith Young

4. Henry Young b. 1781

5. Millicine Young b. bef. 1782

6. Elizabeth Young b. 1783

7. James Taylor Young b. 21 Dec 1785

In his 1797 will John Young names a Rachel as his wife.   A deed in Essex Cty, Virginia dated December 9, 1768 shows John Young and Rachel his wife, both of Granville County, North Carolina selling land in Essex County, Virginia. "John Young of Granville Co., NC & Rachel his wife for 280 pd sold to Henry Young of Essex Co., VA a 220 a parcel of land adj. William Gatewood, Philemon Young, Philemon Gatewood, John Webb & Rappahannock River.---Wit: Samuel Peachey, W. Young, James Webb Junr, John Richards.  Proved 19 Jun 1769 & recorded."  This transaction clearly places him in the family of descendants of Capt. William Young of Essex Co., VA who died in 1718. 

Two of Capt. William Young's sons, Henry Young and John Young, had sons named John.  However, only the son of John Young survived to adulthood.  Henry Young had a son named Philemon Young.  John Richards married Henry's daughter, Millicene.  Henry's daughter Frances married into the Webb family.

Three of Capt. William Young's sons made out wills in 1749.  Williamson Young's will was dated April 22, 1749; John Young's will was dated April 26, 1749; Henry Young's will was dated Oct 30, 1749.  All  three died within a year.  The John Young of this sketch was only about 4.  With all of his Young uncles deceased, his mother's brother, John Smith, was appointed his guardian on July 17, 1750 Court Order Book 1749-1751 pg 149

His uncle, John Smith,  his guardian and with whom he must have had a good relationship died in 1759.  John Young was only 13 or 14 but he was named as a third executor to his uncle's estate.  Years later he named one of his sons, John Smith Young. (born abt 1774)  With the death of yet another uncle, John Young was once again without a guardian.  In the 20 February 1759 court, Essex Co., VA, John Young chose another uncle, Samuel Smith, as his guardian.. Court Order BK 22, Essex Co., VA, pg 281  John Young was old enough to choose his guardian (age 14) while Samuel Smith was appointed guardian to his sister, Mary.  "John Young chose Samuel Smith his Guardian and the said Samuel is by the Court appointed Guardian of Mary Young both orphans of John Young dec'ed.  Thereupon the said Samuel with John Upshaw & Francis Waring Gent'm his Security entered into & acknowledged their Bond for the said Samuel."

 In 1767 John Young had reached the age of 21.  He went to court against Mary, the widow of his old guardian John Smith, and her new husband, Newman Miskell.  He had been named in his grandmother's will (Ann Amiss Smith died 1753).  His grandmother, Ann Smith, had left 60 pd to be divided between her three grandchildren.  John Young seems to have received the full 60 pds leading us to believe that his sisters Mary and Fanny had died.

Court Order BK 26 Essex Co., VA pg 488  May 20, 1767 court.  John Young against Newman Miskell and Mary his wife.  


About this time John Young was appointed surveyor of roads in Essex Co., VA Order BK 26, Sept 15, 1766 pg 405. Then in December of 1767 he and his wife Rachel , residing in Granville, NC, are selling land in Essex Co., VA.  Rachel, through "infirmity of health" was unable to travel to the Essex Co., Court.

Deed BK 30 1765-1772
Abstract from Essex County, Virginia Land Records 1761-1772 by Mary Marshall Brewer pg 131 and 132

After moving to Granville, NC around 1767, John Young purchased many acres of land. On September 24, 1779 Governor Richard Caswell granted to John Young for 50 shillings for every 100 acres granted, a tract of land containing 610 acres in Granville County on the North side of Jonathan's Creek; Beginning at a White Oak on the Virginia line at L. Yancey's corner etc. "  Granville County North Carolina Deeds 1755-1782 Abstracted by Timothy W. Rackley pg 23.  In 1805 his widow, Rachel, was paying taxes on 3,634 acres of land.

On November 3, 1767, John Young was "allowed to build a water grist mill across Grassy Creek, being the owner of lands on each side of the creek.  He was also one of the first elders of the Grassy Creek Presbyterian Church.


In the name of God Amen.  I John Young of the County of Granville and State of North Carolina being of Sound and disposing mind and Memory (blessed be God, do this nineteenth day of August in year of our Lord 1797 make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and form following, that is to say___
first, I lend unto my Beloved Wife during her Widowhood the whole of my Estate subject to certain limitations & condition hereafter below mentioned & specified.
Item  I give unto my daughter Frances Young Eight Negroes, 3 head of horses Ten head of Cattle, ten Sheep one Feather Bed and Furniture and Fifteen pounds Virginia Money all which She has in, or has had, in possession with their Increase to her, her Heirs and Assigns for ever.
Item  I give unto my daughter Jane Taylor Eight Negores, 3 head of horses, ten head of Cattle. Ten Sheep, one Feather Bed and furniture and 15 pounds Virginia Money all which she has in (or has had,) in possession to her her Heirs and assigns for ever____
Item I Give unto my daughters Millicene and Elizabeth Young and my three sons Henry, James and John Smith Young to Each of them when ever they shall arrive at Lawful age or marry and call for it Eight likely Negroes 4 males and four Females between the age of 15 and 30 years 3 likely horses ten herd of Cattle, ten Sheep, one feather Bed and furniture and 15 pounds Virginia Money; all which is to be made as nearly equal to what is given my Daughters Frances and Jane as possible to them their heirs and assigns for ever_____
Item my Will is that my three sons Henry Young James Young and John Smith Young shall have a Liberal Education out of the estate lent to my wife___
Item My Will is that at the death of my wife Rachel Young the whole of my Estate not alloted, be Equally divided between the whole of my children Viz-- Frances Young, Jane Taylor, Millicene Young, Henry Young Elizabeth Young, James Young and John Smith Young Consisting of all my Lands and Everything or Article Belonging to my Estate not already devised, them and their Increase to them their heirs and assigns for ever.
Item  My will is that my Single children or those under age be supported raised and educated out of the estate lent my wife.
Item and I hereby make and ordain my wife Rachel Young Executrix to this my last will and Testament during her Widowhood and no longer.  Together with my Worthy Friends Thomas Mutter Sen. John Young Junr Henry Young and Anderson Taylor of Virg'a Executors to this my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I the said John Young have to this my last will and Testament  Let my hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.
Signed, Seald and Declard, to be the Sd John Young Last will and testament in presence of us
Caleb Johnston
Mary Webb
Wm Webb
R Feild   Jurant
Nancy Webb
Lat'n Montague
Samuel Dedman
Chd Yancey Jurat

State of N Carolina Granville County) November court 1797
The forgoing Will was duly proven in open Court by the oath of Hume Field &  Charles Yancey  (?)   Witness thereto & ordered to be Recorded at the same time came Rachel Young & Qualified as Executrix of John Young & Anderson Taylor as Executor to the same.  Test  E A Henderson
February Court 1799  Henry Young Qualified as an Executor to the forgoing Will   Test ?

Will   page 1
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Will     page 3

Anderson Taylor, executor of the estate, had married Jane Young in 1790

R. Feild is probably Richard Feild, brother to Hume R. Feild