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YOUNG, James 1832-1912


Posted By: Caren Turner (email)
Date: 4/20/2008 at 16:06:48

James, son of John and Jane (Forsythe) Young was born at Caulfield, County Tyrone, Ireland. He was baptized by Rev. Atehison, Presbyterian pastor of the parish.

Some years later the family moved to the town of Dungannon where they affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church under the pastoral care of Rev. Morrell. A large and efficient Sabbath school in connection with the church and faithful home training gave him that knowledge of Bible truth has been his stay through all his life. When a mere boy he confessed Christ, uniting with the First Presbyterian Church at Dungannon and through all his life has maintained a walk and conversation becoming the gospel.

In 1855 he came to America and settled in Clinton County, Iowa. He brought with him a well-bound copy of the Bible, which he had received, in a competition contest in the Sabbath school. He brought with him his church letter, but not finding the church of his choice he united with the little union congregation of Teeds Grove.

In the spring of 1868 the family moved to Tama County and settled in Grant Township. The country was new and preaching was in a schoolhouse and only occasionally. But later the Amity United Presbyterian Church was organized in the neighborhood and Mr. and Mrs. Young became Charter members of it. Mr. Young was elected a ruling elder in the new church and his life and work was always helpful. For eighteen years Amity was their church home and here the children grew up and became members and helpful in every department of the church life.

In 1893 the family moved to Grundy Center and became members of the Presbyterian Church, Rev D. W. McLane, Pastor. On August 28, 1862 at Teeds Grove, Iowa, Mr. Young was married to Miss Jessie Harris. Seven children were born to them, John, Isabel F., Jennie E., Susie A., Catherine M., Thomas Harris and Margaret. John died October 7, 1864. Susie went as a missionary to India in 1891 and after seventeen years of faithful joyous service laid down her life, January 15, 1908, at Siakot, India.

For a number of years Mr. Young has been an invalid but he waited his time with patient and grateful spirit. He kept up his interest in his friends and in the kingdom, and was blessed with a bright and clear mind to the last hour. Mr. Young died Monday morning, April 8th in his eightieth year. The funeral was held at the home Wednesday morning, conducted by his pastor, Rev. L. P. Krome, and his old time Amity pastor, Rev. J. M. Hamilton. The burial was at Amity where sleep the dust of his father and mother and many kindred. Mr. Young’s life is his eulogy, his life was thoughtful and kind, helpful to everybody and honoring to God, and he will feel at home in heaven.

--Grundy Republican, 4/11/1912


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