Those individuals with an asterisks behind their names have a photo of
themselves on their page.
INDEX OF INDIVIDUALS
FAMILY TREE WHITE
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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
|see FAMILY TREE
|Born: 04/Oct/1811 Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC
|St James Parish Register pg 385
|Sebastopol built in 1854 for his sister, Catherine
|Married: 1st: 19/Jan/1837 Tuscaloosa Co., AL to
2nd: Abt. 1857 to Mary Henderson Saunders
|Died: 12/April/1897 Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX
|Obituary for Joshua W. Young Original is seen at
right. Courtesy of Marion "Christie" Wood
|Buried: Geronimo Cemetery, Seguin, TX
Funeral notice. Courtesy of Marion "Christie" Wood
|Daughter, Kittie, appointed guardian of Joshua W. Young
Henry T. Young
Elizabeth Ann Toomer
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
CHILDREN with Jane Field
1. Eliza C. Young b. 1838
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
CHILDREN with Mary Saunders
1. Mary Moore Young b. 1857
2. Eddy Young b. 1859
d. 1876 fell from horse
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
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.