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Mother died giving him birth.
Notes from Charles and Hazel:
Henry Lanis Young was born on Mar 23, 1833 somewhere along the Little Kanawha River in Roane or Wirt County.At that time the counties had just been formed from parts of Wood and Jackson Counties. His mother, Sarah Hickman Young, died after and from his birth.She was buried there.The family stayed there until Henry grew old enough to travel and then continued on to Missouri.
The Young family returned in the mid-1830's and settled in Kanawha County on the Sissonville Road, Guthrie WV, where John Hickman Young, the older brother lived at that time.Mathias married Maria Tate on Aug 30, 1838.She was of the same family that John Hickman Young, his son, had married into.After Mathias' death in 1845 Maria was left with seven children; four children by Mathias and three step-children by his first wife, Sarah, who were still at home.Maria could not support seven children and let them out to be raised by neighbors and others.
At that time, Henry was about eleven or twelve years old.He was let out to the Walter Williams family who lived in Sissonville.Later Phoebe Young, Henry's half-sister, married one of Walter William's sons, John W. Williams.
In 1870 Henry bought two lots in the Kanawha Two-mile branch near the Junction of Sissonville Road and Charleston Street (now W. Washington Street.)His brother Thompson and nephew Lewis, son of John Hickman Young lived nearby.Henry was in the cooper business.(barrel making)
In 1875 he sold one lot and traded the other to his brother, William, on forty acres of land that had been a part of his father, Mathias' land at the time of his death.Henry cut trees and sawed lumber from his farm to build his family a house.The house still stands as of today, remodeled.The farm and house now belongs to Judson Young, but it is still called the 'old home place."The Young Cemetary is located on the hill behind the house and is still used.
Henry was a cooper and circuit riding minister.In 1890 Robert Young, Henry's brother, donated one acre of his land, located directly across the road from the Bonham School for the Liberty Baptist Church.He and his boys cut lumber from his farm and built the church.Henry continued his ministry to the last day of his life.
In 1869 Henry got word that his nephew, son of Hugh Peter Young, was in bad trouble.He rode to Kentucky where the family lived to help out.A friend of his nephew, who was elected or appointed to a law enforcement position, was waylaid while on his way home and shot and killed.The killer was caught and put in jail.Henry's nephew went to the sheriff and was allowed to speak to the prisoner.When let in he pulled his gun and killed the man.The nephew was tried in court and given a life sentence.
Henry and Hugh Peter decided to make an appeal to the President, Ulysses Grant.They went to Washington, DC, and after getting an appointment, told him their side.The president told them he would grant a pardon.After thanking him, Henry told the President, "I have a baby boy a few weeks old at home, and as soon as I return there I am changing his name to Ulysses Grant Young," and that is just what he did.
Written by Charles Woodrow Young about his grandfather Aug 16, 1997.