Corporal John Grainger Young

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John Grainger Young

Birthdate: (32)
Birthplace: Saint Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
Death: February 5, 1899 (32)
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines (Killed in battle, Philippine-American War)
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Goodall Young and Martha Ann Young
Brother of William Goodall Young, Jr.; Joseph Angel Young; Mary Ann Young and Harriet Brown Tipton
Half brother of Dolinea Adelia Young; Maria Adelia Young Pugmire; William Wallace Young; Joseph Gardner Young; Lorenzo Dow Young and 1 other

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About Corporal John Grainger Young

John Grainger Young (1866 - 1899), son of William Goodall Young and Martha Ann Grainger, was born 29 August 1866 at Saint Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho; he was killed in action on 5 February 1899 at Manila, Philippines, during the Battle of Manila, the largest battle of the Philippine-America War.

Marriages and Children

  1. Amy Loretta Caldwell (1873 - 1951) married 19 July 1893 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory
  2. Mary Avis Chamberlin (1876 - 1899)
  3. Margaret Cahoon (1871 - 1888)


  • Wiki: Battle of Manila
  • YOUNG, JOHN GRAINGER, Cpl. Utah Light Artillery, Battery A (August 29, 1866 - February 5, 1899) (Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT) Although John Grainger Young was a Philippine-American war veteran, his records must be sought in the archives for the Spanish-American War. Here's why:

The Spanish American War lasted from late April (the date varies a few days as to when the "official" beginning occurred - April 22, 23, or 25) to December 10, 1898 when it ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris between the U.S. and Spain. It only lasted eight months."

"In contrast, the Philippine American War began on February 4, 1899 (a month and a half after the Spanish American War ended). It was a conflict local to the Philippines, being fought between the U.S. and the Filipinos in the archipelago. The war lasted officially until 1902, though fighting did occur as late as 1906. In short, the war was longer, much more bloody, but was not a global conflict. Significantly, the war was fought between the U.S. and the Filipinos. Spain was not involved. It was a separate and different conflict from the Spanish American War."

"At the outbreak of the Philippine American War... the U.S. forces who were present were basically the same forces which had fought in the Spanish American War. It was not understood at the time that the skirmishes were a prelude to a new, longer, bloody struggle. When the Spanish American War veterans who were now fighting against the Filipinos were wounded or killed, pensions were issued from the Spanish American War pension fund. It made sense. They were Spanish American War veterans after all."

"However, shortly, more troops arrived to fight in the action – tens of thousands more. These were men who joined after the Treaty of Paris was signed, and had no plans to fight Spain. Still, when they were wounded or killed, the government continued its procedure of issuing pensions from the Spanish American War pension fund. A new Philippine American War pension fund was never created. So, men who were involved in fighting as late as 1906 in the Philippine American War- eight years after the Spanish American War ended - collected Spanish American War pensions! In addition, the government added veterans of the Chinese Relief Expedition ("Boxer Rebellion") to the mix, even though this conflict was fought only in China."

"Of course, to collect a pension, the paperwork must be filed correctly. The pensions were paid out of the Spanish American War Pension Fund, so the pension records had to read “Spanish American War.” In fact, all related government documents – including gravestones – followed suit. As a result, all of these government records list all Philippine American War veterans and Chinese Relief Expedition veterans as “Spanish American War Veterans.” This has come down to us today and it is still creating havoc among genealogists who do not realize the difference. The documents do not differential between the two conflicts. This is somewhat akin to listing all Korean War vets as World War Two vets instead, which everyone would recognize as being incorrect."

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Corporal John Grainger Young's Timeline

August 29, 1866
Saint Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
February 5, 1899
Age 32
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States