James G. Young - Troup County, GA
James G. Young
Submitted by Carla Miles

Memoirs of Georgia, Vol. II, Atlanta, Ga., page 934
Published by The Southern Historical Association in 1895


James G. Young, farmer, LaGrange, Troup Co., Ga., son of Leonard H. and Rebecca (Leftridge) Young, was born in Talbot county, Ga., in 1830. His paternal grandparents were natives of Virginia, whence they came to Georgia the latter part of the last century and settled in the woods in that portion of Wilkes, now Oglethorpe county, where his father was born in 1793. His maternal grandparents were also natives of Virginia, who came to Georgia about the beginning of the present century. Mr. Young was reared on the farm and went to the schools kept in the historic log schoolhouse of the period. In 1862 he enlisted in Company C., Ferrell´┐Żs battery of artillery, which was assigned to the service under Gen. Roddy, of Alabama. He remained in the service through the war, and was in many hard- fought battles and numerous skirmishes. He was in the battle at Resaca, and almost continuously on duty in front of Gen Sherman from there to Atlanta. At the close of the war he came to Troup county and commenced farming, doing his first work in the old uniform he came out of the Confederate service with. Beginning in this way without a dollar he was by steady hard work, economy and a judicious use of his surplus earnings, become the owner of 1,200 acres of good land on the Chattahoochee river, and is one of the leading prosperous and progressive farmers of the county. Mr. Young was married in 1867 to Miss Martha J. Freeman, born and reared in Troup county, daughter of Jacob and Martha (Birdsong) Freeman, by whom he has had ten children: Emma C., James L., Clem J., Chas W., Martha R., Anna S., Frank R., Mary L., and Ethel and Estella (twins). Mr. Young is a master Mason and Mrs. Young is a member of the Baptist church.

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