Is your surname Young?

Research the Young family

Joseph Young's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


About Joseph Young

"...Joseph Young was named for his grandfather Joseph Young, a physician and surgeon in the British-American army during the French and Indian war. John Young, the father of Joseph Young, subject of this note, was a native of Hopkinton, Middlesex county, Massachusetts.

He married Nabby Howe, who bore to him eleven children, of whom Joseph was the seventh child and second son. Joseph was born on the 7th of April, 1797, in Hopkinton, Middlesex county, Massachusetts.

In early life he became attached to religion, and was very moral and devout. In his youth he assisted his father in agricultural pursuits. He was a Methodist preacher for a number of years, and labored in the United States and Canada.

On April 6th, 1832, he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by Elder Daniel Bowen, in Columbia, Pennsylvania; and was ordained an Elder a few days afterwards under the hands of Ezra Landon.

After preaching in the state of New York for several months, he took a mission to Canada, in the summer of 1832, in company with his brother Phinehas, Eleazer Miller and others. They organized two small branches, and returned to Mendon in about four months.

He then went to Kirtland with Heber C. Kimball and his brother Brigham…”

SOURCE: History of the Church, 1820-1834, by B.H. Roberts. Vol 1, pp 295,296.

Find a Grave

Birth: Apr. 6, 1797 Hopkinton Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA

Death: Jul. 16, 1881 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Elder brother of Brigham Young. When young, he began to preach for the Methodist sect until his brother Brigham brought the glad tidings of the restored gospel. He accompanied Zion's Camp in 1834. Perhaps because of his faithfulness in answering this call, he was ordained one of the seven Presidents of First Quorum of Seventy under the hands of the Prophet, and later Joseph became the senior or seventh president. Elder Young served a mission to New York, then, returning to Kirtland, he participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple. After having received his blessings in the Temple at Kirtland, he accompanied his brother Brigham to the East. This mission occupied several months, and subsequently many of their relatives and friends came into the Church. He arrived at Haun's Mill and just two days later he witnessed Haun's Mill Massacre. He became a member of Council of Fifty, then went on a mission to Ohio to campaign for Joseph Smith as president of United States until he found the Prophet had been martyred. A polygamist, he encountered the continueing persecutions and he fled with the rest of the Saints eventually settling in Salt Lake City. He served a final mission to the British Isles 1870. "Uncle Joseph," as he was familiarly called, died as he quietly fell asleep, and his last days were devoid of pain.


Son of John Young and Abigail Nabby Howe

Married Jane Adeline Bicknell, 18 Feb 1834, Geneseo, Livingston, New York

Married Lucinda Allen, 16 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Lydia Caroline Hagar, 16 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Mary Ann Huntley, 6 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Elizabeth Stevens, 28 Nov 1866, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Sarah Jane Snow, 7 Apr 1868

Family links:

  • John Young (1763 - 1839)
  • Abigail Nabby Howe Young (1765 - 1815)
  • Jane Adeline Bicknell Young (1814 - 1913)
  • Mary Ann Huntley Burnham (1816 - 1903)
  • Lucinda Allen Young (1824 - 1920)*
  • Jane Adaline Young Robbins (1834 - 1907)*
  • Seymour Bicknell Young (1837 - 1924)*
  • Phineas Howe Young (1847 - 1868)*
  • Almira Young Russell (1848 - 1934)*
  • Isaac Fleming Young (1850 - 1920)*
  • John Corbin Young (1851 - 1910)*
  • Josephine Malissa Young Free (1854 - 1873)*
  • Caroline Lydia Young Playter (1854 - 1886)*
  • Augusta Adams Young (1857 - 1864)*
  • Willard Lorenzo Young (1860 - 1923)*

Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: b-5-11

view all 37

Joseph Young's Timeline

April 6, 1797
Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
April 6, 1832
Age 35
Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA
April 6, 1832
Age 35
April 6, 1832
Age 35
April 6, 1832
Age 35
April 6, 1832
Age 35
April 6, 1832
Age 35
February 18, 1834
Age 36
Geneseo, Livingston, NY, USA
December 17, 1834
Age 37
Hopkinton, Middlesex, MA
October 3, 1837
Age 40
Kirtland, Geauga, OH