After examining the Laurens District census from 1790 through 1850, I have eliminated all but two “James Youngs” (both listed in the 1830 census) as the missing father of my great-great-grandmother Emma Eliza Young. In the interest of narrowing the field even further, I am seeking information about the James Young who was the brother of John Hunter Young, both of Laurens. I have been able to trace this James Young in the census records from 1830 through 1870. Based on the census, I believe he had sons named Albert, Lafayette, and James. If any of the following information strikes a chord, please let me know,
John Hunter Young (1773-1826) and James Young (1777-1851) were the sons of William Young (c. 1749-1826) and Elizabeth Hunter (sister of Judge John Hunter). John Hunter Young and James Young married sisters, Sarah and Anna Maddox. John Hunter Young was the father of John Laurens Young (1820-1903) who married Susan Jane Garlington (1832-1896). Susan Jane Garlington was the daughter of John Garlington and Susan Washington James, sister of John Stobo James. John Stobo James was the first husband of great-great-grandmother, Emma Eliza Young (b. 1819/1820).
John Belton O’Neall’s 1859 book Biographical Sketches of the bench and bar in South Carolina, states that, after studying law with O’Neall in Newberry, John Stobo James settled in Laurens circa 1820 after being admitted to the bar. In 1824 he became O’Neall’s law partner. John Stobo James was elected Commissioner of Equity for Laurens District in 1824 and served until 1832.
O’Neall and John Stobo James were brother-in-laws, having married daughters of Captain Sampson Pope of Edgefield. John Stobo James’ wife Elizabeth died in August 1830. In 1832, after declining to be a candidate for Commissioner of Equity for Laurens District, John Stobo James “removed himself from the village of Laurens and settled at his mills on Rabun’s Creek.”
After several years of widowhood, John Stobo James married a second time [November 1836], and “found in Emma Eliza Young, the daughter of James Young, a worthy successor to his first wife.”
O’Neall further relates that John Stobo James began the mercantile business at Rabun’s Creek but failed in either 1843 or 1844. He then moved to Columbia with his family, failed in business again and removed to Charleston where he died in April 1851.
For reasons yet unknown, Emma Eliza and her two children Jane and Belton O’Neall moved to Dallas Co. Alabama before December 1853. In December 1853, Emma Eliza Young James married L.B. Vasser of Pleasant Hill, AL. Their daughter, Flora Aurelia Vasser was my great-grandmother.