William Young Black

Brief Life History of William Young

When William Young Black was born on 20 August 1784, in Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland, his father, William Mark Black, was 40 and his mother, Mary Gardiner, was 20. He married Jane Johnston on 31 July 1822, in Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States in 1860 and Rockville Election Precinct, Kane, Utah, United States in 1870. He registered for military service in 1800. He died on 28 January 1873, in Rockville, Washington, Utah, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Rockville Cemetery, Rockville, Washington, Utah, United States.

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William Young Black
Jane Johnston
Marriage: 31 July 1822
George Black
Priscilla Black
Mary Jane Black
William Valentine Black
Joseph Smith Black

Sources (50)

  • Wm Y Black, "United States Census, 1860"
  • LDS Marriage Record for William Black and Ann Wickes in Brigham Young's Office (1856)
  • William Black - Military Discharge Record

World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.


Battle of Antrim.


Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: chiefly from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man. However, Middle English blac also meant ‘pale, wan’, a reflex of Old English blāc ‘pale, white’ with a shortened vowel. Compare Blatch and Blick . With rare exceptions it is impossible to disambiguate these antithetical senses in Middle English surnames. The same difficulty arises with Blake and Block .

Scottish: in Gaelic-speaking areas this name was adopted as a translation of the epithet dubh ‘dark, black-(haired)’, or of various other names based on Gaelic dubh ‘black’, see Duff .

Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames directly or indirectly derived from the adjective meaning ‘black, dark’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz and Slavic surnames beginning with Čern-, Chern- (see Chern and Cherne ), Chorn-, Crn- or Czern-.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Life Story of William Y Black and Jane Johnson Black

WILLIAM Y. AND JANE JOHNSTON BLACK This history of William Y. Black and Jane Johnston Black has been compiled using as sources (1) a history of Jane from the January 1993 issue of the Pioneer magaz …

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