Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa.
Unless otherwise noted, the following biographies were submitted by Dick Barton.
R. Young has been a resident of Adams county for twenty years, and is well known
here. Briefly given, his biography is as follows:
R. Young was born in Connecticut, August 28, 1847. His father, Josiah Young, was
born in Connecticut, the descendant of an old New England family. Grandfather
Young was a fifer in the war of 1812. The maiden name of Mr. Young's mother was
Mary Ann Corbin. She was a native of Massachusetts, as was also her father,
Royal Corbin. Her grandfather Corbin was of French descent and was a
Revolutionary soldier. Josiah Young and his family left Connecticut in 1855 and
came west to Iowa, settling near DeWitt, in Clinton county. He and his wife, the
former sixty-eight and the latter sixty-six years old, are now residents of
Prescott, this State. They reared a family of six children, three sons and three
daughters. Of these the subject of our sketch was the second- born. He was a lad
of seven years when his father came to Iowa, and here on a farm he was reared,
receiving his education in the public schools.
1870 Mr. Young settled on wild land, for some time spending his summers at work
on his farm and his winters in the eastern part of the State. In this way he
improved 120 acres, on which he made his home until recently. In 1891 he located
on his present farm, 160 acres in section 36, Carl township, which he purchased
of W. A. Bonar. He has this year erected an attractive cottage home, and is now
comfortably situated to enjoy life. The old farm, located in section 28, he
still owns and has it rented. On each place is a good orchard.
Young was married in March, 1876, to Miss Sarah C. Leonard, who was born, reared
and educated in Ogle county, Illinois, and was before her marriage a popular and
efficient teacher. Her father, Hiram Leonard, was born in Ohio, of Scotch
ancestry, and her mother, nee Sarah Randall, was a native of Delaware county,
Ohio. Her father was among the early settlers of Ogle county, Illinois ,having
settled there in 1835. Hiram Leonard died at the home of his son, Flagg Center,
on the morning of February 14, 1888, of kidney trouble, aged seventy-eight
years. Deceased came to Ogle county in February, 1835, locating a large claim at
Washington Grove, a few years later moving to another farm in Flagg township.
Six of his thirteen children, John, Ransom, Sarah George, Allen and Edward,
survive him. He leaves as legacy to his children the record of a well-spent life
and large property. Mrs. Leonard died at the same place. In their family of
thirteen children, only six, five sons and Mrs. Young, reached adult age. Mr.
and Mrs. Young have five children: Sadie A., Josie A., Mabel A., Grover A. and
Mr. Young is a Democrat. He is a man of the strictest integrity, is frank and
cordial with all, and occupies a place among the worthy and respected citizens
of Carl township.
Young, a farmer residing on section 14, Prescott township, was born July 20,
1823, in Connecticut, and began life for himself at the age of eighteen. For
fifteen years he worked in a cotton-mill, at $1.25 per day, and saved up $1,000.
He then married, in March, 1847, Miss Mary A. Corbin, who was born in
Massachusetts in 1825, and whose paternal ancestors were French and maternal,
English. She was the seventh child in a family of eleven. Her father was a
stone-mason. Both her parents died about 1864, and were buried at Oxford,
Massachusetts. Mr. Young's three older children were born in Connecticut, and
the others in Clinton county, Iowa, whither he had emigrated in 1855, and where
he resided nineteen years. In May, 1874, Mr. Young moved to Adams county,
purchasing [land and] proceeding to establish a comfortable home; and in this he
has succeeded well, without the assistance of any one. He is good representative
farmer and a useful citizen. He has served as school director and for a year