Joshua Wright Young

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Joshua Wright Young  
Photo found in a letter box belonging to his daughter, Mildred Young.  This may be a photo of Joshua Young.

Courtesy of Marion "Christie" Wood cwoodxo@satx.rr.com

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Born: 04/Oct/1811 Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC
St James Parish Register pg 385
Sebastopol built in 1854 for his sister, Catherine Legette
Married: 1st: 19/Jan/1837 Tuscaloosa Co., AL to Jane Field

              2nd: Abt. 1857 to Mary Henderson Saunders

 

Marriage to Jane Field
 
Died: 12/April/1897 Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX
Obituary for Joshua W. Young  Original is seen at right.  Courtesy of Marion "Christie" Wood cwoodxo@satx.rr.com
Buried: Geronimo Cemetery, Seguin, TX

Funeral notice.  Courtesy of Marion "Christie" Wood cwoodxo@satx.rr.com

Daughter, Kittie, appointed guardian of Joshua W. Young

FATHER

Henry T. Young

MOTHER

Elizabeth Ann Toomer

 

WIFE

1st:   Jane Field

2nd:   Mary Henderson Saunders

         b. Abt 1832 VA

         d. 20/Apr/1867 Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX

         buried: San Geronimo, Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX

 

 
Memorial Stone in San Geronimo Cemetery courtesy of US GenWeb project

 

CHILDREN with Jane Field

1. Eliza C. Young b. 1838

2. Mildred Young b. 1840  
Mildred Young Courtesy of Marion "Christie" Wood cwoodxo@satx.rr.com
3. John Toomer Young b. 1842  
John Toomer Young Courtesy of Marion "Christie" Wood cwoodxo@satx.rr.com

4. Catherine Young b. 1845

5. Edward Young b. 1847

                            d. Bef  1855

6. Hume Field Young b. Aug/1850

7. Joshua (Hal) Young b. 1854

                            (never married)

 

CHILDREN with Mary Saunders

1. Mary Moore Young b. 1857

2. Eddy Young b. 1859

                        d. 1876 fell from horse

3. Georgia Marie Young b. 1861  
Georgia Young

4. Henrietta Young b. 1863

5. Jane B. Young b. 1865

                            m. Lewis Jones

6. Mary L. Young b. 1865

                            m. Charles Wolf

 

Biography:Little is known of Joshua's early life. At some point he moved to Alabama where he married Jane Field, the daughter of Hume R. Field, a Supreme Court Justice of Alabama. The marriage took place six years after her father's death. (Jane was about 13 when her father died.) During that time she probably lived with her stepmother, Nancy Starr Field, in New London, CT. A Henry A Snow of New London, CT was appointed guardian of Jane and her younger half-sister, Henrietta Field. In the 1840 census Henry Snow is listed in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Joshua and Jane lived in Alabama for some years then moved on to Mississippi. Their fourth child was born there in 1845.
Joshua possibly first came to Texas in 1842 although he does not appear on the Deed Record Books of Guadalupe Co till 1845. Sometime between 1842 and 1848 Joshua returned to Mississippi and brought his family to Seguin. He became a leader in affairs of his community. Shortly after his arrival he pledged a financial contribution toward the construction of the first courthouse for Guadalupe County. He also contributed toward the site of the Methodist Church, and helped secure a charter for the Guadalupe High School.
As early as 1857 Joshua was a co-owner of a general store with a man named Robert Thompson. They dealt "in dry good, clothing, Queen's ware, hats, bonnets, boots, shoes and saddlery." By 1858 the partnership was dissolved and Joshua left with the financial claims. These claims may have lead to his eventual financial ruin. Hume was 7 years old. (born 1852)
In 1854 Joshua wrote to his recently widowed sister and encouraged her to bring her family of eight children to Seguin. Joshua built the house "Sebastopol" for her. The house is built in the shape of a "T" and the timber used was shipped from North Carolina by boat. It has been called "the most beautifully planned house in antebellum Texas."
By this time Joshua had become a very prosperous plantation owner. Then his wife died in 1855 (Hume was 3) leaving Joshua with six children, four of them minors. A year and one half later he married Mary Saunders. In 1858, a suit was filed in the District Court by Joshua's children to set apart to them their share of the property owned by Joshua W. and Jane M Young at the time of their mother's death. According to the Petition the estate consisted of 3,750 acres of land in the Moses Baker League and 365 acres in the Esnaurizer Grant, nine and one-half acres of lots in west Seguin, 400 head of cattle, twenty yoke of oxen, twenty horses and mules, sixty hogs, two ox wagon, one double buggy, and nine Negroes. The court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and the property was divided. Joshua remained in the homestead dwelling and retained a fractional interest in all the land because of his established legal guardianship of the minor children.
Sebastapol became involved in this same suit since it had not been conveyed to the sister, Catharine LeGette until Nov., 1857, 2 years after the death of the Jane Field. The property was sold for partition. Mrs. Legette bought the property for $600.
Following this suit Joshua was plagued with great financial difficulty. Then came the Civil War and the loss of his slaves and the decline of confederate money. His empire dissolved; his second wife died in 1867, and his children grew to maturity leaving him virtually alone.
He was supposedly accused of Killing Mr. T. J. Smith, but was exonerated on July 16, 1871 from all charges.

By 1892 he was suffering from cancer and in 1893 went to Gonzales, Texas, possibly with one of his daughters.
Apparently, Hume began to cultivate the homestead tract at this time, being unaware that his father had deeded the land to the children of his second wife. They accused Hume of "evicting" them and took the dispute to court. Hume lost and was forced to pay them $200 dollars to live on the land for the rest of 1893. Hume was 41.
In 1896, Hume requested that lunacy charges be brought against his father. Joshua was declared to be insane and sent to the State Mental Hospital in San Antonio. Joshua died in 1897 and interred in Geronimo Cemetery. Shortly before his death the old dispute between Hume and the daughter's of Joshua's second marriage was revived. Much to the dissatisfaction of the older Young children, the court decided in favor of the defendants. Hume then moved his family to Arizona probably feeling angry and defeated. He left Carrie and his 9 children a few years later.

 

 

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