John Young was born 26 October 1826 in Chatham, Argenteuil, Lower Canada (now Quebec) to parents William Young and May Nichol. He was the first of the family born in Canada and joined his older brothers Andrew14(1818) and Thomas15(1821) and his sister Elizabeth Wardrope16(1823) who were all born in Scotland before the family emigrated. There is an indication of possibly another sister Janet (Mary); however, I am unable to confirm if Janet is actually as sister13.
On their parents farm in Argenteuil, which is about 50 miles from Montreal near the Ottawa River, he grew up with three more brothers: William (1830), James (1832) and Alexander (1835). His father received land grants in 1832 and 1843 each of 200 acres.
Growing up, the call of west must have been strong for John. He and his brother Alex appeared to be the first to arrive in Huron County in Ontario1. His parents also moved out to the Hullett with John. His brother Thomas and sister Elizabeth stayed in the Argenteuil area17. William and Alexander also moved to Huron county, but both eventually moved to Kansas18.
John married Rose Mary Dale on 12 August 185418. Rose Mary had grown up on the farm next door to his in Argenteuil19,20. John’s parents were from Scotland and Rose Mary’s were from Ireland, but they still made it work.
John and Rose Mary’s first child Martha was born in 1855, followed soon after by William Dale (1857)2. After his father died in 1858, his mother and John’s family stayed on the farm in Hullett2with his mother, James and Alexander2. John and Rose Mary had increased their family by May Nicole (1860) by this time. By 18713, they had increased their family with four more sons: Daniel (1863), Andrew (1865), Samuel (1868) and Henry (1871). They also had another daughter Ellen who unfortunately lived only 17 months. At that time, James was also living at the farm with the family3.
The 1879 Atlas for Huron County indicates that John’s farm was Concession XIV, Lot 11 of Hullett and that he had 105 acres.
In 1881, John continued to live with Rose Mary and his children, though the oldest children had moved out by then, Dan, Andrew, Samuel and Henry were still there. As was Elizabeth Jeannette, who had been born in 1872. It was about this time that he was beginning to be crippled from rheumatism18.
The local newspaper in 188621indicated that John owned Lot 11, Concession 14 as it was part of the route that one of the stallions standing for improvement of stock was following.
At the age of 65, in 1891, John had not yet retired and was still farming in Hullett6with Rose Mary. Henry and Elizabeth were still living at home. In fact in 1896, John is listed in the farmers and businesses directory for Hullett7.
By 1901, John had retired, though he still lived on the farm with Rose Mary and Elizabeth, with Henry living right next door, likely on part of the original farm property8. Rose Mary died later that year.
John died on 2 March 1906 from congestion of the lungs9at the age of 8011. The funeral was conducted by Reverend McLean, the Presbyterian minister12. He was buried in Burns United Church Cemetery in Hullett10,11next to Rose Mary.
1Census. 1851. Morris and Hullett, Huron. http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed February 2019.
2Census. 1861. Canada. Hullett, Huron, Canada West. http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed January 2019.
3Census. 1871. Canada. Hullett, North Huron, Ontario. http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed January 2019.
4McGill University (2001). The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project. http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/showmap.php?Township=Hullett&plotX=2772&plotY=296&getMap.x=103&getMap.y=11: accessed February 2019.
5Census. 1881. Canada. Hullett, Centre Huron, Ontario. http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed January 2019.
6Census. 1891. Canada. Hullett, Huron South, Ontario. http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed January 2019.
7Directories. Canada. (1896). The Union Publishing Co’s farmers’ and business directory for the counties of Huron, Middlesex and Perth (1896) p. 272. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/001075/f2/e010780620_p6.pdf: accessed February 2019.
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9Deaths (CR) Canada. Hullett, Huron, Ontario. 2 March 1906. YOUNG, John. http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed January 2019.
10Monumental inscriptions. Canada. Burns United Church Cemetery, Huron County, Ontario. 2 March 1906. YOUNG, John. http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/896198: accessed January 2019.
11Obituaries (1906) The Brussels Post. 8 March. YOUNG, John. P. 8. https://pubdocs.huroncounty.ca/WebLink/3/edoc/385974/The%20Brussels%20Post,%201906-3-8,%20Page%208.pdf: accessed January 2019.
12The Brussels Post (1906) Paid Nature’s Debt. The Brussels Post. 8 March. P. 1. https://pubdocs.huroncounty.ca/WebLink/3/edoc/385974/The%20Brussels%20Post,%201906-3-8,%20Page%201.pdf: accessed January 2019.
14Births (OPR) Scotland. St. Ninians, Stirlingshire. 488/40. 10 December 1818. YOUNG, Andrew.
15Births (OPR) Scotland. St. Ninians, Stirlingshire. 490/60. 9 February 1821. YOUNG, Thomas.
16Baptisms (OPR) Scotland. St. Ninians, Stirlingshire. 488/60. 16 March 1823. YOUNG, Elizabeth Wardrobe.
17Thomas, Cyrus (1896). Histories of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec & Prescott, Ontario, from the earliest settlement to the present. Montreal, Canada: John Lovell % Son.
18LaBrue, Dianne. Messages and information obtained from http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed December 2018.
19Census. 1831. Lower Canada. Chatham, Deux Montagnes, Quebec. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939D-VDZ4-N?i=14&cc=1834329: accessed February 2019.
20Census. 1842. Lower Canada. Chatham, Deux Montagnes, Quebec. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939D-VD4G-Y?cc=1834340accessed February 2019.
21The Huron Expositor (1886) Knockdon King. The Huron Expositor.30 April. P.6. https://pubdocs.huroncounty.ca/weblink/3/doc/667140/Page1.aspx: accessed February 2019.