John William Young

Brief Life History of John William

When John William Young was born on 22 April 1845, in Manchester Township, Passaic, New Jersey, United States, his father, Ebenezer Russell Young ll, was 30 and his mother, Margaret Holden, was 32. He married Ida Belle Harter in 1890. He lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 20 years. In 1900, at the age of 55, his occupation is listed as cigar dealer in California, United States. He died on 20 June 1932, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 87.

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John William Young
1845–1932
Sophia R. Harter Moor
1855–
Marriage: 25 October 1910

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  • John H Young in household of Ebenezer R Young, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John W Young, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • John W Young and Sophia R Moore, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1953"

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World Events (8)

1847

A battalion of volunteers from New Jersey assisted during the Mexican-American War. They were active from 1847 to 1848 and divided among four companies. The battalion assisted during the Battle of Contreras and the Battle of Churubusco.

1848 · The California Gold Rush

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

1869 · Transcontinental Railroad Reaches San Francisco

The first transcontinental railroad reached San Francisco in 1869. The Western Pacific Railroad Company built the track from Oakland to Sacramento. The Central Pacific Railroad Company of California built the section from Sacramento to Promontory Summit Utah. The railroad linked isolated California to the rest of the country which had far-reaching effects on the social and economical development of the state.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and northern Irish: nickname from Middle English yong ‘young’ (Old English geong), used to distinguish a younger man from an older man bearing the same personal name (typically, father and son). In Middle English this name is often found with the Anglo-Norman French definite article, for example Robert le Yunge. In Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland this was widely used as an English equivalent of the Gaelic nickname Og ‘young’; see Ogg . This surname is also very common among African Americans.

Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘young’ or similar, notably German Jung , Dutch Jong and De Jong , and French Lejeune and Lajeunesse .

Americanized form of Swedish Ljung: topographic or an ornamental name from ljung ‘(field of) heather’, or a habitational name from a placename containing this word, e.g. Ljungby.

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

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