Vardaman History Project - The Youngs of Ellzey and Vardaman

The Thomas Jefferson Young
and Thomas Wilson Young Family
of Ellzey and Vardaman

Based on genealogical research by Robert Brooks Young, Jimmy L. and Ruth A. (Porter) Young, and Monette Morgan Young; with additional information from
Robert's Ellzey Memorial Address in May 1993


Thomas Jefferson Young was born on 10 March 1810 in Tennessee and married Parmelia Ann "Millie Ann" Winn on 17 January 1833 in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. She was born in 1814 in Virginia. The Winn family had previously lived in Lunenberg County, Virginia. Both of Millie Winn's grandfathers were Revolutionary War veterans.

      Contents:
  1. Mary Louise Young
  2. Thomas Wilson Young
  3. Matilda Almira "Dixie" Young
  4. Indianah "Tannie" Young
  5. Daniel Lee Young
  6. Millard Filmore Young
  7. Clara Belle Young
  8. John Ransom "Jake" Young
  9. Robert Gabus "Bob" Young
10. Dr. Edmond Brooks Young

  A. "Old War Hat"
  B. Bob Crawford's Murder

T.J. bought a tract of land on 27 May 1831 in Lauderdale County, Alabama, two miles east of Spring Valley from Abraham Ricks. He bought a second tract on 17 January 1837 from the same person. He and Millie lived in Alabama until about 1842 when they moved to the Sparta community in Chickasaw County, Mississippi. They later moved into the Erin Community near Daniel and Mary Blue. They had one son, Thomas Wilson Young, and seven daughters.

The 1850 census listed T.J.'s occupation as farmer. The 1860 census lists his profession as Methodist Minister. The North Mississippi Methodist Conference records show that he was a local preacher, a term used to identify preachers who are authorized to preach in local churches but are not subject to the normal clergy assignment process used for ordained ministers.

Millie Ann Young died 21 July 1856. According to information passed down in the family she is buried in the New Providence Cemetery in Calhoun County. Thomas Jefferson Young died 15 August 1877 and was buried in the Blue Family Cemetery which was destroyed in the mid-1900s. Click HERE for more about that cemetery.

Thomas Jefferson and Parmelia Ann Winn Young's children were:

(1) Mary Louise Young, b. 25 Apr 1836 in Alabama, married James Sebron Moseley

(2) Thomas Wilson Young, b. 30 May 1838 in Alabama, married Sarah Frances Blue

(3) Lucy A. Young, b. 1839, in Alabama, married Richard Dale

(4) Martha Jane Young, b. circa 1842 in Alabama, never married

(5) Eliza Young, b. circa 1843 in Mississippi, married John England



John & Elmira Hawkins 50th (6) Matilda Almira "Dixie" Young, married 13 March 1873 to John Thomas Hawkins.

John Thomas and Dixie's eight children were: Rosanna A. Hawkins, James Fountain "Fount" Hawkins, Milton "Milt" Smith Hawkins, Lucian Mode Hawkins, George Mack Hawkins, Dora Louise Hawkins, Clarabelle Hawkins, and Hester Mae Hawkins. John Thomas died in 1926 after his wife's death in 1923. Both were buried in the Strickland plot in Hernando, Mississippi.

John Thomas Hawkins was born January 14, 1851 in Louisiana. He was the son of Henry James "Hal" Hawkins (born November 25, 1824 in Alabama) and Martha R. Deason (born May 25, 1825, probably in Alabama). Hal and Martha were married November 14, 1844 (probably in Chickasaw County) and remained married, until her death 29 years later. They had 10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls. All became adults and married except their second child, Mary Francis, who died as a small child.

The announcement shown here of their Golden Anniversary erroneously shows his middle initial as "F" instead of "T". The announcement also spells her name as "Elmira" instead of "Almira".










(7) Indianah "Tannie" Young, b. circa 1846, married Polk Langston

(8) Unnamed girl, b. circa 1849, listed in 1850 census but not in any other record



Mary Louise Young, the oldest of Thomas Jefferson and Milly Ann Young's children, was born in Alabama on 25 April 1836. She and James Sebron Mosley were married in 1850.

James Sebron Mosley was born 11 Dec 1827 in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, the son of Jesse Thomas and Barbara Hay Mosley, the grandson of Frederick Mosley, and the great grandson of George Mosley. In 1848 he moved to Chickasaw County, MS. The 1850 U.S. Census lists him as being 23 years old and shows that he was living with the Thomas J. Young family. His occupation was listed as farmer. Another member of the Young household at that time was Mary Louise Young, the oldest daughter of Thomas J. Young and Millie Ann Winn Young. According to a later newspaper article, he joined the M.E. Church, South, at this time. His father-in-law, as noted above, was a local Methodist minister.

The 1860 Census indicates that James Sebron and his young family were living near the Thomas J. Young family. At the time of the census, his household included: James S. Mosley (age 33, farmer), Mary Mosley (25), Sarah (8), Thomas (6), Joseph (5), and Rufus (3). William Davis (age 11) and Thomas W. Young (22, farm laborer)(Mary's brother) were also shown as being in the household.

James Sebron and Mary Louise Mosley were the founders of the large Mosley family in eastern Calhoun County. Their descendants can be found in many of the families of Vardaman, Calhoun County, and into other counties and states. Click
HERE for more information about the James Sebron and Mary Louise Mosley family.

Thomas Wilson Young, the only son of T.J. and Milly Ann, was born in Alabama on 30 May 1838. He and Sarah Frances "Sallie" Blue were married on 23 December 1862.

He is recorded in the 1850 census as a 12 year old boy in Thomas J. Young's household and in the 1860 census as a 22 year old farm laborer in the James Sebron Mosley household.

In 1861 Thomas W. joined DuBerry's Company (also known as the Calhoun Avengers), 1st Blythe's Battalion, Mississippi Volunteers, and was elected First Sergeant. Confederate records indicate that this unit was incorporated into the Confederate Army at New Madrid, Missouri, and received their baptism of fire at the battle of Shiloh. His uncle Daniel Blue was in a different unit, but was seriously wounded at Shiloh and was taken to the Confederate Hospital which had been established at the University of Mississippi where he died and was buried in the Confederate Cemetery which is on the campus. Almost all of Thomas W.'s group was killed and he received a field promotion to the rank of Captain. A record of this promotion has not been found in the Confederate records, but surviving members of the group attested to the promotion. In later years he was always referred to as Captain and the family has letters from Captain Provine from Big Creek and other veterans using that title.

Thomas W. married Sarah Frances "Sallie" Blue on 23 December 1862 at Ellzey, Mississippi, in the home of Daniel Blue, her father. She was born on 2 November 1838 in North Carolina. Her father, Daniel Blue Jr. was born March 10, 1806, in North Carolina, and married Mary Graham (born 1 Sep 1806) in 1827. In about 1840 they migrated to Mississippi. They were living in Chickasaw Co. MS in 1850 and in Calhoun Co. MS in 1860, not necessarily having moved, for Calhoun County was formed partly from Chickasaw County in 1852. Daniel was the first postmaster at Erin which was a community which was south of the Yalobusha River and west of the Midway meeting house. Daniel and his family then moved north of the river to the community that became known as Ellzey where their daughter Sarah ("Sallie") met and married Thomas W. Young. Daniel gave her the land that she and Thomas W. later donated for
Young's Chapel.

Most of the Blues in Calhoun County can trace their ancestry to Daniel Blue. For more information about this prolific and influential pioneer family, click HERE.

After the War, Thomas W. became a successful farmer, businessman, and politician. He had a large farm in the Ellzey community, a wheel and buggy spoke manufacturing facility, and a wagon and buggy dealership. He was elected to the first Board of Supervisors under the new Mississippi Constitution in 1871 when Confederates were allowed to hold public office again. He served as a State Senator and was active in the effort to get a railroad into eastern Calhoun County. Although his effort to get the railroad routed through Ellzey wasn't successful, he played a major role in the development of the new town, Vardaman, which formed south of Ellzey on the rail line.

His home in Ellzey was directly across the street from the Methodist Church, Young's Chapel, and was a center of community activity as people took breaks in his yard and to get water from his cistern during events being held in the church building.

Sarah Frances Blue Young died 23 August 1896 and was buried in the Ellzey Cemetery (also known as Young's Chapel Cemetery.) Thomas W. later married Elizabeth Jackson.

As the town of Vardaman was being organized, he moved there and lived there until his death. He served as a Mayor of Vardaman and was President of the Bank of Vardaman. He helped found and finance the Masonic Lodge in Vardaman which was named the Thomas W. Young Chapter until after World War II; and he established, with his son Millard Fillmore Young and his sister Clara Young Crawford, the Young-Crawford Hardware.

T.W. and four of his children built houses in Vardaman. Photos of the houses of Clara Young Crawford, Millard Filmore Young, Robert Gabus "Bob" Young, and Dr. Edmond Brooks "Ed" Young are shown below. Only the Bob and Ed Young houses remain.

TW Young & Children
Children of T.W. and Sallie Blue Young circa 1902.
From Left to Right: Edmond Brooks Young, Robert Gabus Young, John Ransom Young,
Millard Filmore Young, Clara Belle Young Crawford, Daniel Lee Young, Thomas Wilson Young


This photo and the one following were made on the same day with the one of T.W. and his surviving children being made in the back yard and the one of the entire family being made in the front of the house. In both photos, T.W. is holding his "old war hat" and what appear to be leather pouches containing documents relating to his Civil War service. The medal he's wearing is typical of the delegate badges used by the United Confederate Veterans organization for their reunions.


TW Young & Family
The T.W. Young Family in front of the family home in Ellzey, Mississippi, circa 1902

Since Grady Young Crawford died in 1902 and his father Robert L. Crawford was murdered in 1903,
these two family photos must have been made in 1902 or perhaps a bit earlier.

Key to Photo

UCV Mobile 1910



T.W.
was proud of his Civil War service and attended United Confederate Veteran reunions. He was a delegate from Calhoun County's James Gordon Camp of the United Confederate Veterans to the UCV Reunion held in Mobile, Alabama, in late April 1910. He was an orderly person and always carried a personal pocket ledger with him to make notes. In his ledger for 1910 he made the note: "April 25, 1910. I took to Mobile $11.25." After the trip, he added the note: "Brought back $1.65. Out [for] trip $9.60."

Letters from his son John Ransom "Jake" Young to him during the winter of 1910-1911 indicate that he had not been doing well. In one letter, Jake advised him to spend the winter with Bob and Sallie because Jake felt that another bout of pneumonia would be fatal.

T.W. died on 9 March 1911 in the home of his son Millard Filmore Young in Vardaman. He was buried in the Young's Chapel Cemetery (aka Ellzey Cemetery.)




He wrote the following poem to bequeath his old war hat and other Civil War souvenirs to his sons.

Old War Hat "I have five stalwart boys and one girl raised since the war. I shall consign the old relics to their keeping something like this, when I am gone.

THE OLD WAR HAT

When this old hat was new my boys,
Full two score years and ten,
There is but few that's living now,
Can tell how plenty things were then.

When this old hat was new my boys,
'Twas Christmast in the morn,
We did not lack for best of food,
Because we had both meat and corn.

Good liquor in a poor man's house,
Was a pleasant thing to view,
Because we had both meat and souse,
When this old hat was new.

When this old hat was new my boys,
The soldiers were not prest,
They entered volunteers, but lo-
Our sedan fates proved all the rest.

We few old "Rebs" are now worn out,
Like snow flakes we must die,
But when up yonder the roll is called,
We'll bravely mount the royal sky.

Then like this ragged "Old War Hat",
In grand review we'll see,
The noble boys that wore the gray,
When they died for Southern Liberty.

I now consign you, "Grand Old War Hat", to my boys,
An old war souvenir,
A family Relic to soothe your joys,
When we are gone who volunteered.

T.W. Young
(To his sons)

Company -C- Blythe's
Mississippi, Battalion,
Cheatams' Division,
Army of Tennessee




Thomas Wilson Young and Sarah Frances Blue Young's children


(1) Mary Millie Ann Young, b. 26 Dec 1863, d. 22 Oct 1864

(2) James Monroe Young, b. 2 Nov 1866, d. 27 Nov 1872

(3) Daniel Lee Young, b. 19 Mar 1867, Ellzey, MS; d. 3 May 1914, married (1) Ada Elizabeth Hollis and (2) Minnie Rowanna Sligh

Lee Young died 3 May 1914 on a train to Memphis as his brothers Robert Gabus Young and Dr. Edmond Brooks Young were trying to get him to a Memphis hospital for treatment. His body was taken from the train at Holly Springs and returned home to Ellzey and he was buried in Young's Chapel (Ellzey) Cemetery. His first marriage was to Ada Elizabeth Hollis who was born 25 Jun 1870 and died on 24 Apr 1904. She is buried at Young's Chapel. His second marriage ws to Minnie Rowanna Sligh Wells. She was born on 17 Jun 1878 and died 7 Jan 1965.

Lee and Ada's children were:

1. Annie Bell Young, b. 25 Nov 1891, 1st mar: Elisha Allen Bailey 5 Mar 1911 by Bro. R.P. Gore, d. 29 Jul 1917.
2. James Dennis Young, b. 5 Apr 1893, d. 6 Jan 1916, bur: Young's Chapel, m. Rena Kellum.
3. Mallie Elizabeth Young, b. 11 Aug 1895, d. 1925, m. Herbert Hollingsworth
4. Sallie Maye Young, b. 9 Apr 1897, d. 1926, bur: Young's Chapel, m. John Kirby
5. Vera Idell Young, b. 1 Sep 1899, m. Murray McCord
6. Bannie Roy Young, b. 20 Sep 1901, m. Lydia ?
7. Ivy Young, b. 9 Nov 1903, d. Apr 1904

Lee and Minnie Rowanna's children were:

8. Lindsey Howard Young, b. 22 Oct 1906, Ellzey, MS, mar: 14 Aug 1928, m. Margie ?
9. Edwin DuBois Young, b. 14 Dec 1908, Ellzey, MS. Died in infancy.
10. Morris Young, b. 22 Aug 1910, d. 3 Jul 1981, mar: 20 Aug 1932, m. Vivian Inez Duggar.
11. Mary Nelle Young, b. 14 May 1913, Ellzey, MS. Mar: 7 Sep 1935

(4) William Thomas Young, b. 7 Feb 1869, d. 19 Apr 1870

(5) Clara Belle Young, b. 9 Mar 1870, d. 9 Oct 1933, married (1) Robert Crawford, (2) John Greenslade

The children of Clara and Robert Crawford were:
1. Ama Crawford, married Pearline Hannah
2. Walter Crawford, married Virginia ?
3. Grady Young Crawford, died in 1902 at the age of 2-1/2

Robert L. "Bob" Crawford was killed in June 1903. According to an account by Dennis Murphree, future governor of Mississippi and a member of a prominent Calhoun County newspaper family, Bob Crawford was the popular mayor of Ellzeytown (a name often used for the Village of Ellzey) and a candidate for sheriff of Calhoun County. A 'Singing' was being held at Young's Chapel that day and a large group of people had assembled for it. The T.W. Young house was across the road from the church and people came there to get a drink of water; and, especially for the young people, to socialize. A red haired local Cook boy and his brother had gone Clara Young Crawford Houseacross to get a drink of water. The well was around behind the house and the Cook boy left his brother at the side of the house and went on around. While he was waiting, the brother at the side of the house got into a fist fight with a man named Blue. Bob Crawford was T.W. Young's son-in-law and was there at the Young house. When he heard the ruckus, he started around to it to try, as an officer of the law, to try to stop it. When the brother involved in the fight saw Crawford coming, he shouted to his brother saying, "Kill him, [brother], kill him!" Crawford stopped to open a small gate in the fence to come through and [the brother] grabbed him and stabbed Crawford through the heart with a knife, killing him instantly. A considerable row with several citizens involved took place, the brothers were arrested and taken in a wagon under heavy guard to Pittsboro, and then taken away to another county the next morning for their safety. The brothers served time in prison for this murder.

After Vardaman was organized, Clara was one of T.W.'s children who moved there and built a house. Her house, shown here, was the first house west of the creek on the south side of what is now Hill Avenue. The house next door further to the west was that of her brother Bob Young. Her house is no longer there, although the Bob Young house still survives. At one time Clara taught children's classes in the building attached to the south side of the Young-Crawford Hardware building on Main Street.

Clara later married John Greenslade, another of the Ellzey residents who came to Vardaman, and they lived there until her death on 9 October 1933. John was a widower with grown children including Una Greenslade Richards, wife of Tom Richards and mother of Sadie Richards Ramsay (and others.) Clara and John did not have any children. Clara is buried in the Young's Chapel (Ellzey) Cemetery.


(6) Jonathan Graham Young, b. 20 Nov 1871, d. 29 Mar 1873


(7) Millard Filmore Young, b. 25 Jan 1874, in Ellzey, MS, d. 27 Oct 1949 in Vardaman; married Flora Belle Hollis, b. 4 Dec 1876, d. 28 Oct 1957, Bruce, MS. Both are buried in Young's Chapel (Ellzey) Cemetery.

Filmore and Belle Young's children were:

MF Young House 1. Clarice Young, b. 30 Jan 1898, Ellzey, MS, d. 9 Dec 1921, Vardaman, MS, married Carl McCord.

2. Hollie D. Young, b. 13 Jan 1902, Ellzey, MS, d. 23 Sep 1967, Bruce, MS; married Evelyn Fleming (b. 19 Oct 1903, d. 14 Jun 1993, Bruce, MS.) on 2 Aug 1924 in Vardaman, MS. Both buried in the Bruce Cemetery, Bruce, MS.

The house that Filmore and Belle Young built in Vardaman was located just north of the Methodist parsonage and just south of the John Walton home. This picture of the house shows an unusual amount of snow for Vardaman and may have been taken in the early 1950s. Both Filmore's father T.W. Young and Filmore's daughter Clarice died in this house and some of the colored help considered the house to be haunted and claimed to have found rocking chairs rocking with no one in them.

Filmore, with his father and sister, established the Young-Crawford Hardware store in Vardaman. This later grew into a three-store group with hardware stores in Bruce and Calhoun City. The store in Bruce was managed by Filmore's son Hollie and the later store in Calhoun City was managed by Filmore's grandson Hollie Spencer Young.

Filmore, his father, and two of his brothers were shareholders and director of the Vardaman Home Bank from its creation.

Filmore was known to be a good man who kept his word. In the early 1930s the hardware still sold coffins and also acted as a funeral home. An elderly widow in Vardaman who was respected by the community came to Filmore and begged him to make sure that she was buried next to her beloved husband Tom when she died. He promised her that he would. A few years later she was put into the county home and died there. Since she had no living close kin, and apparently had not told the county home about her request, she was buried in a rural cemetery that the home used for such burials. Filmore heard about her death, made the necessary legal arrangements, and took workers to her grave site to exhume the coffin. She was reburied next to Tom as she had wanted.



(8) John Ransom "Jake" Young, b. 24 Jan 1876, d. 15 Jul 1916

On 2 February 1898, J.R. Young and W.A. Cook signed an agreement to form a co-partnership for the purpose of carrying on a general merchantile business at Ellzey, Miss. W.A. Cook agreed to furnish the house in which to carry on the business and J.R. Young agreed to keep the books for the firm. On 29 May 1899, J.R. Young bought W.A. Cook's interest in the firm of Cook & Young for $900, $450 of which was paid in cash and the remaining $450 in the form of a note signed by J.R. and T.W. Young.

Jake moved from the Vardaman/Ellzey area sometime in the first decade of the 1900s to Cleveland, Miss. and started the firm of J.R. Young & Company. Sometime before 1910 this evolved into the Young & Graham Company which was titled: "Successors to J.R. Young & Company, Wholesale and Retail, Saddles, Buggies, Harness, Hardware and Queensware, Guns, Stoves, Cutlery, Groceries and Feed". Jake was a very active person in various business deals.

He died on 15 July 1918 in El Paso, Texas. According to his death certificate, he died of an embolism following or during surgery. Although the type of surgery is not listed on the certificate, the contributory cause of death is pulmonary tuberculosis of about four years duration. During that time, people suffering from tuberculosis sometimes moved to drier climates in attempts to overcome the disease. This MAY have been the reason that Jake was living in El Paso at the time of his death. The death certificate indicates that his body was removed to Vardaman, Miss. He was buried in the Ellzey Cemetery.


(9) Robert Gabus "Bob" Young, b. 21 Feb 1881, Ellzey, MS, d. 13 Mar 1957, Vardaman, MS. Married Sarah Frances "Sallie" Richards in May 1904. Sallie Young died in 1943 in Vardaman.

RGY House Ellzey

Bob and Sallie were married in Young's Chapel in Ellzey in May 1904 in a double wedding ceremony. The other couple was Daniel Durrel "Dee" Blue, Bob's cousin, and Clevie Mae Richards, Sallie's sister. Frances Blue Cox, daughter of Dee and Clevie, said her mother told her there were so many in the wedding party that nails were driven into the floor to show them where to stand.

This photo is of Sallie Young in front of their home in Ellzey after she and Bob married. They soon moved to Vardaman, however, and built a house there.







Bob Young Sallie Young


Bob and Sallie Young's children were:

1. "Infant" Young, b. 23 Jun 1905, d. 23 Jun 1905, buried at Ellzey
2. "Infant" Young, b. 25 Feb 1907, d. 25 Feb 1907, buried at Ellzey
3. "Infant" Young, b. 31 Oct 1910, d. 31 Oct 1910, buried at Ellzey
4. Thomas Wilson Young II, b. 27 Sep 1914, married Monette Morgan.
5. James Richard Young, b. 4 Oct 1918, married Gay Manton Spratlin.


Bob Young and his brother Dr. E.B. Young jointly owned farmland south of Vardaman and Bob and his sons did some farming there. On 5 September 1905, Bob bought 1/3 interest in the firm of Hill and Richards, General Mercantile. By 1909, Bob had been elected a Director of the Vardaman Home Bank and was the Chairman when a board meeting of the bank was held on 11 April 1911 to hold an election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Bob's father, T.W. Young.

By September 1914 the Hill and Richards firm had become J.D. Richards & Company owned by J.D. Richards, T.J. Richards, and R.G. Young. (J.D. Richards was Bob's father-in-law and T.J. Richards was his brother-in-law.) In the general election of 1922, Bob was elected as the Supervisor of Calhoun County Beat Five. He served in this position for 12 years. From 1936-1938 he worked as a carpenter and in 1938 became the foreman of the WPA Project to clear, align, and line the creek through Vardaman. He later worked at Camp McCain near Grenada during World War II.

The pictures below show the house that he and Sallie built when they moved to Vardaman. The black and white photo was taken when the house was still new. Bob and Sallie are on the front porch and small magnolia trees can be seen in the front yard. The color photo was taken in the 1960s after Bob's death and after his second wife, Myrtice Dye Robertson Young, had moved from the home. The condition of the house deteriorated and the Young family sold it. Due to the damage, the new owner removed the wrap-around front porch and made other major repairs. The house is still in use.


RGY House Old & Now



Tom & Pete on Guam



Bob and Sallie's sons Tom and Pete both served in World War II. Pete was in the Navy and Tom in the Army. Through their families back home, they kept in touch as best they could. Both were serving in the Pacific. In 1945, Pete's ship stopped at an island and the crew was allowed a few days of badly needed shore leave. Tom was on the island of Guam, not all that far away. Pete knew this and caught a plane ride to Guam and found where Tom's outfit was located and went there.












(10) Edmond Brooks "Ed" Young, b. 8 Mar 1883, d. 13 Mar 1951, married (1) Alpha Inez Fly and (2) Quebelle Evans

Ed, the youngest child of T.W. and Sarah Young attended Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tenn. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt's second wife's cousin, Methodist Bishop Holland McTyeire of Nashville, went to New York for medical treatment and spent time recovering in the Vanderbilt mansion. He won the Commodore's admiration and gained his support for building a university in the South. McTyeire chose the site for the campus and supervised the construction of buildings. For the first 40 years of its existence, Vanderbilt was under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and this may help explain why Ed Young went there for his medical training. The Young family ties with the Methodist church may have been a factor.

While in Nashville, probably around the time that Vardaman was being founded, Ed met and married Alpha Inez Fly. (She had been born in 1887.)

Dr. Young House On his return, Dr. Young began his practice. According to Essie Whitehorn Cochran, Doctor Daughtery was in practice when the town started, then George G. Armstrong began to practice in 1904. Dr. E.B. Young and Dr. Elis Powell came along a little later. Dr. Young became a partner in the Young & Whittle Drug Store. Like many doctors in that time, he spent most of his time visiting people throughout the area who needed medical attention instead of seeing them in his office (which was probably his home.) In addition to his medical practice and his interest in the drug store, Dr. Young was a director of the Vardaman Home Bank along with his father and two of his brothers.

Dr. Powell had an office in the building which also housed Mrs. Caperton's cafe (and later became the Jewett Blue store.) When Dr. Powell moved from Vardaman in the late 1920s, Dr. Young took over his office space and used it until after World War II. By then, Dr. Edmondson had returned from his World War II service and had built a clinic on the south side of his pre-war office. As Dr. Young's practice declined, he built a small office next to his house and used it until his death in 1951.

Dr. Young and Alpha had no children. However, over the years they provided a home and assistance to several nieces and nephews. One of these was Brooks Vincent, Alpha's sister's son who had been left an orphan when he was four years old. He came to live with Dr. and Mrs. Young. Vera Young McCord, daughter of Dr. Young's deceased brother Lee, was another that lived there. She considered them as almost her parents. (She later married Murray McCord.)

Alpha died in 1937 and Dr. Young later married Quebelle Evans who he had met some years before. She was a trained nurse and Dr. Young had used her as a resident nurse for several patients, including his sister Clara Belle Young Crawford Greenslade.

Dr. Young died in 1951 and was buried beside Alpha in the Hillcrest (Vardaman) Cemetery.




Back to Families

Table of Contents