Auglaize County, Ohio

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Auglaize County Death Records

Last Name: Young

First Name: John

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Death Date: 1878

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Source: Auglaize County Democrat, August 15, 1878

Additional: Death of an Old Pioneer Died — At his residence, in this county, on the 2nd inst., after a lingering illness, John Young, in his 90th year of his age. The deceased came here in 1847 from Mercer County where he had resided many years previous. Born in Mason County, Kentucky, on the 22nd day of December. A.D. 1788, he had nearly reached his four and a half score of years, the time allotted, ordinarily, for three generations of the human family. His parents removed to his native State, from Virginia, in the perilous times after the Revolutionary War, when the wild beasts of the forests and the still more savage Indian, disputed the possession of its fertile soil, with the advancing tide of white emigration. His father, during his stay of a few years in Kentucky, was the companion and friend of Boone and the other daring pioneers of that State, and disliking the unsettled condition of land titles, which were then arising there, he turned his eye towards the untamed forests of Ohio, to which he removed, about the time of its admission into the Union. His two sons, William and John — the former the senior of the latter by over two years, and still living, near Kossuth, in this county &#*212; were fast approaching manhood, and imbibing the adventurous spirit of their father. The family crossed the Ohio river at Columbus, a short distance above Cincinnati, and after remaining in that vicinity a short time, their father took up his residence near Dayton, then a very small village, where he remained only about two years, when he removed to Miami county and thence to Shelby, where he and his wife died, each over a hundred years of age, thus camping on the wild frontier, until their children mostly had grown to maturity, and the tide of population had leaped too far beyond them in its dashing march to be pursued. Having been continually on the skirmish line of civilization, and until long after he had arrived at manhood, the deceased had enjoyed none of the adventures of older and more cultivated communities. Unlettered and without any knowledge of mechanical arts, he was left to pursue the very few occupations of the first settlers. The ax and the plow were his only means of support, though his fondness for the chase furnished him an abundance of game until it fled from the crowded tread of the white man. Thoroughly acquainted with backwoods life he engaged in all the rough pastimes of physical courage and feats of strength common among the iron men of that day, and in these things he found few equals. He was a great admirer of the Indian character of those early times, before the corruption of civilized life had scarcely reached them. He was familiar with the manners and customs of the many tribes then inhabiting the region from Piqua to the lakes, and often took part in the amusements and athletic sports of their warriors. His recollections of them, and of that day were vivid, and would form an interesting chapter in pioneer life. Like all others, he had his peculiar faults, though they were of a personal character, by his stern integrity and honesty no one questioned. The history of his humble career would be instructive to the unnoticed and toiling millions, for it is the part, in most respects, they much set. The distinguished of the races furnish no guide to them, and are very few in numbers in comparison to the myriads of those whose biographies are never written.