Priestly Young

b. 28 June 1819, d. 6 March 1893
  • Father: Israel Young b. about 1780
  • Mother: Eliza Swan b. about 1785
  • Company: D
  • Priestly Young was born on 28 Jun 1819 at Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, son of Israel Young and Eliza Swan.
  • On 30 Apr 1848 Priestly Young, 28, married Abba L. Johnson, daughter of Walter S. Johnson and Anna Lawrence, at First Lutheran Church, Albany, Albany County, New York, she was the widow of Charles M. FOSTER at the time.
  • Priestly Young and Abba L. Johnson were enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census on 15 Aug 1850 at Albany, Albany County, New York, where he works in a grocery, or possibly owns a shop. (Note: her MI is given as "F", possibly from her previous married name. There are no children in the household.)
  • In 1861 Priestly was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Priestly gave his occupation as merchant.
  • On 8 Jul 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Priestly was mentioned as follows: "Religious services were also held in the grove adjoining the camp, at 9 A. M., and 4 P. M., by the soldiers themselves under their own direction. These meetings were largely attended, and participated in by both officers and men, the exercises consisting of prayer, exhortations, & ect. Corporal Young of company D was principally instrumental in getting them up."

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Priestly mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 42 years and 14 days old.
  • On 25 Jul 1861 at "The Worcester Daily Spy", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Priestly was mentioned as follows: "Corporal Young, of Co. D, at Camp Scott, has written a note to his pastor, in which he says: “I am constrained to acknowledge the reception of three packages of tracts and cards and books, of excellent moral influence, and psalms and hymns, together with the lives of several eminent Christian heroes, all from some unknown hand, which I have distributed among the troops in this camp, and I am very happy to add, they were very gladly received. Soldiers sometimes have leisure for reading, and it is a very pleasant reflection, that some kind hand has been reached out, that some kind heart feels for them."
  • In Feb 1864 Priestly ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts to become 2nd Lieutenant in the 36th U. S. Colored Troops.

  • Starting Feb 1864, Priestly also served in the having become an officer in the U. S. Colored Troops.
  • He ended his service with by resignation, as a 2nd Lieutenant on 15 Oct 1864.
  • He made application for a veteran's pension on 15 Dec 1864, but no further information is known.
  • He and Abba L. Johnson were enumerated in the 1870 US Federal Census on 15 Jun 1870 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he is a "dealer in fancy goods", with real estate in the value of $5000 and personal wealth of $2000. (the census confirms Ford's statement of him being born in NY about 1819.)
  • On 10 Feb 1880 Abba L. Johnson, his wife, died at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, of bronchitis.
  • Priestly Young was enumerated in the 1880 US Federal census in 1880 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he is a Commission Merchant and widower. Also enumerated - Adaline LAWRENCE, s, 65, housekeeper; Mary MCFARLAND, s, 70, no occupation, and Fannie I. SWAN, s, 30, servant.
  • On 15 Jun 1881 Priestly Young, 61, married Caroline Abby Gale, 38, daughter of Elisha Gale and Abigail C. Whitney, at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a third marriage for him and the first for her.
  • On 20 Apr 1886 his name was legally changed to Joseph Priestly Young becoming his legal name based on his petition to the Worcester Probate Court (No. 5378, Series B.)
  • Joseph Priestly Young was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
  • He died on 6 Mar 1893 at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 73 years, 8 months and 6 days old.
  • An obituary for Priestly Young was published on 8 Mar 1893 at "The Worcester Telegram", Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as follows:
    Died - in this city, March 6, Joseph P. Young, aged 73 years, 8 months and 6 days.

    Funeral at 2.30 p.m., Thursday, from his late residence, 9 Harvard street. Relatives and friends invited. Burial private.
    John Priestly Young
    Death of Real Estate Dealer from Paralysis Yesterday Morning.
    Joseph Priestly Young, for 25 years in the real estate business with an office at 20 l'erl street, died at his home, 9 Harvard street, yesterday morning at 1.15 o'clock after a short illness, resulting from paralysis, which affected his entire left side. He was 71 years old, and was a native of New York state.
    In early life Mr. Young was a railroad contractor, and in the 40's supplied the Worcester and Nashua railroad with ties, ballast and other material used in the construction of that railroad. About 1845 he removed from New York state to this city, and opened a toy and novelty store in Fletcher's block on Main street. He remained in this business until the outbreak of the rebellion, when he enlisted in Co. D, 15th Massachusetts regiment, of which Col. John M. Studley, now of Providence, was captain. Mr. Young was then over 40 years old, and was one of the oldest members of the company. Before leaving for the front, he was made a corporal of his company, and was with the 15th regiment at the battle of Balls Bluff. In that engagement his comrades were defeated and many of them were taken prisoners, but Corp. Young escaped by swimming the Potomac from Virginia to the Maryland shore.
    In the spring of '62, he was with his regiment in the peninsular campaign under Gen. George B. McClellan, and took part in the siege of Yorktown. After the surrender of Yorktown, and while the army was marching up the peninsula, Mr. Young was taken sick, and was sent to the hospital at Washington. After his recovery he was on attached duty as a clerk, and worked in Washington. He was later placed in command of a colored regiment with a lieutenant's commission, and served in that capacity until the close of the war.
    During Mr. Young's absence his business on Main street was conducted by his wife, and on his return the business was closed out.
    There are but eight survivors of the company with which Mr. Young enlisted, now residents of this city.
    About 25 yers ago Mr. Young entered the real estate business, in which he was successful. He was considered a good judge of the value of local real estate. His first wife died about 12 years ago, and his second wife, who survives him, is a daughter of Elisha Gale.
    In 1854, Mr. Young narrowly escaped death in a railroad accident on the New York and New Haven road, at South Norwalk, Ct. The train ran into an open drawbridge, and all the cars except the rear one, were precipitated into the river. The rear car hung suspended from one end of the bridge, and while in this position Mr. Young escaped. The accident resulted in a frightful loss of life. Half an hour before the train went through the draw, Mr. Young was in one of the forward cars. He was a great bird fancier, and on hearing that a canary bird was in the rear car, went back to look at it. He was examining its fine points when the accident happened. All of Mr. Young's fellow passengers in the forward care were killed.
    Until within a week, Mr. Young had been in apparently good healt. Unconsciousness followed the paralytic stroke, in which condition he remained until his death.
    The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon, at 2.30, from 9 Harvard street, which has been Mr. Young's home for upward of 30 years. He was a member of Post 10, G. A. R., a life member of the Worcester county mechanics association, and was prominently connected with the First Baptist church.
  • He was buried on 9 Mar 1893 at Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • On 3 Apr 1899 Caroline Abby Gale received a pension to surviving family member, in Massachusetts based on Priestly's service; she applied for a pension to surviving widow and received certificate no. 392036, based on his service in the 36th U. S. Colored Infantry.
  • His name is said to appear on the African American Civil War Memorial, Plaque Number: C-52.
  • Last Edited: 14 Apr 2016

Family 1: Abba L. Johnson b. between 1810 - 1811, d. 10 Feb 1880

Family 2: Caroline Abby Gale b. 28 Oct 1842

Samuel Young

b. 3 August 1844, d. 18 December 1927
  • Father: Samuel Young b. between 1801 - 1802
  • Mother: Mary Jane [--?--] b. between 1800 - 1801
  • Company: G
  • Samuel Young was born on 3 Aug 1844 at Coleraine, Northern Ireland, son of Samuel Young and Mary Jane [--?--].
  • On 17 May 1847 Samuel Young was included on a passenger list of the Marchioness of Clydesdale, with Samuel Young and Mary Jane [--?--], his parents, arriving St. John's, St. John's County, New Brunswick, Canada, from Londonderry, Ireland.
  • Samuel Young was enumerated in the household of Samuel Young and Mary Jane [--?--] in the 1860 US Federal Census on 25 Jul 1860 at Millbury P. O., Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Samuel Young, 58, shoemaker, b. Ireland
    Mary J., 59, b. Ireland
    John, 17, b. Ireland
    **Samuel, 14, b. MA
    Mary E., 12, b. MA
    Matilda A., 9, b. MA
    Sarah E., 6, b. MA
    Martha, 68, b. Ireland.
  • At the time of his enlistment in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, Samuel gave his occupation as shoemaker.
  • In 1861 Samuel was living at Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, (or in Sutton, according to Ford's history.)

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Samuel mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 16 years, 11 months and 9 days old.
  • On 25 Aug 1861 Samuel ended military service with the 15th Massachusetts by mustering out for being under age.

  • On 29 Oct 1861 Samuel was promoted to Sergeant.
  • Starting 29 Oct 1861, Samuel also served in the 28th Massachusetts Infantry as Sergeant.
  • He ended his service due to disability on 29 Aug 1862 at Fairfax, Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • Starting 22 Jul 1864, Samuel also served in the 42nd Massachusetts Infantry, Co. E, giving his occupation as soldier.
  • He ended his service with the 42nd Massachusetts Infantry on 11 Nov 1864.
  • Starting 7 Dec 1864, Samuel also served in the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry, Co. G.
  • He ended his service with the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry by mustering out on 14 Nov 1865 at Richmond, Virginia.
  • Between 1881 - 1882 Samuel Young married Mary A. Carrington.
  • Samuel Young made application at Connecticut for a veteran's pension, and received certificate number 800988, for his service in the 28th and 42nd MA Infantry, as well as the 4th MA Cav (date is illegible.)
  • He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 at Globe Village, Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as having served in the 28th Massachusetts Infantry, Company H, as a Sergeant, noting that his right elbow was broken and that he has a wound on his thigh. He was discharged on a surgeon's certificate of disability.
  • He and Mary A. Carrington were enumerated in the 1900 US Federal census on 16 Jun 1900 at Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Young, Samuel, head, b. Aug 1844, 55, married 17 years, b. MA (sic), fat b. Scot; mor b. Spain (sic), dyer
    ---, Mary A., wife, b. Feb 1861, 39, one of her three children is still living, b. CT (of English parents)
    ---. Arthur E., son b. Dec 1883, 16, b. CT
    White, Ada E., niece, 11, b. July 1888, b. CT
    ---, Clara A., niece, 9, b. July 1891, b. MA.
  • On 5 Feb 1908 Samuel's son, Arthur Emory Young married Mary Elizabeth Sayles at Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Samuel Young and Mary A. Carrington were enumerated in the 1920 US Federal Census on 7 Jan 1920 at Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Young, Samuel, head, 76, b. MA (sic), fat b. Scot; mor b. Spain (sic)
    ---, Mary A., wife, 59, one of her three children is still living, b. CT (of English parents)
    White, Ada E., niece, 27, b. CT
    ---, Clara A., niece, 25, b. MA.
  • Samuel Young died on 18 Dec 1927. He was 83 years, 4 months and 15 days old.
  • On 19 Dec 1927 an obituary was published in the Southbridge News.
  • He was buried in Dec 1927 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Mary A. Carrington received a pension to surviving family member in Massachusetts based on Samuel's service; his wife, received a pension (date and certificate number illegible.)
  • Last Edited: 18 Dec 2014

Family: Mary A. Carrington b. Feb 1861

  • Arthur Emory Young b. Dec 1883
  • John J. Young b. 14 Sep 1888, d. 14 Jun 1898

Christopher G. Youngs

b. 1829, d. 17 September 1862
  • Father: Allen Youngs
  • Mother: Almey [--?--] b. 1805, d. 1 Aug 1840
  • Company: H
  • Christopher G. Youngs was born in 1829 at Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island, son of Allen Youngs and Almey [--?--].
  • On 1 Aug 1840 his mother, Almey [--?--], died at Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
  • Christopher G. Youngs was enumerated in the 1850 US Federal census on 20 Aug 1850 at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Christopher Young, 21, shoemaker, b. RI
    living in the home of:
    Hovey Sweet, 26, shoemaker, b. MA.
  • On 10 Dec 1850 Christopher G. Youngs married Maria M. Brown, 26, daughter of William Staples and Susan [--?--], at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, in a first marriage for him and the second for her.
  • On 24 Feb 1853 Maria M. Staples, his wife, died at Upton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, at age 28 of consumption.
  • On 21 Mar 1860 his brother, Kinsley Young, died at Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, unmarried of consumption.
  • Christopher G. Youngs was enumerated in the 1860 US Federal census on 2 Jun 1860 at Sutton P. O., Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as:
    Christopher Young, 30, shoemaker, b. RI
    living in the household of:
    R. M. Aldrich, 33, shoemaker, b. MA.

  • On 12 Jul 1861 Christopher mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, being credited to the quota of Northbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was 32 years old.
  • He died on 17 Sep 1862 at The Battle of Antietam, Washington County, Maryland, a widower, killed in action. (Note: his death was registered in Northbridge, MA). He was 33 years old.
  • He was buried in Sep 1862 at Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Maryland, as an "unknown," as there is no headstone for him.
  • On 17 Sep 1900 Christopher Young was included on the Civil War memorial at Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland, with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, on the 35th anniversary of the battle. (Articles from the Fitchburg Sentinel about the planning for the memorial.)
  • Note: He is not included in Ford's history, but does appear in the 1870 roster and the MASSCW.
  • Last Edited: 18 Aug 2016

Family: Maria M. Staples b. 28 Sep 1824, d. 24 Feb 1853

  • Charles Albert Youngs b. 31 Jul 1851