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Joseph Young

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
Death: Died in Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Cause of death: Killed by a falling tree
Place of Burial: Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Young and Susannah Young
Husband of Hannah Young and Elizabeth Young
Father of Susannah Young; William Young; John Hayden Young, Sr.; Joseph J. Young, Jr; Anna Woodbury and 1 other
Half brother of Elizabeth Hall; William Young; Martha Young and William Young

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Dr. Joseph Young

Dr. Joseph Young (1728 - 1769), son of William Young and Susanna Cotton, was born 12 February 1728 at Massachusetts. He was christened on 15 February 1728/9 at Old South Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He died in 1769 at Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery at Reading. Joseph married Elizabeth "Betsey" (Hayden) Treadway, widow of Jonathan Treadway, on 21 August 1759.

Children of Joseph and Elizabeth Young

  1. Susannah Young (born 2 December 1759 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
  2. William Young (born 28 February 1761 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
  3. John Hayden Young (born 6 March 1763 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
  4. Joseph J. Young, Jr (born 21 March 1765 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
  5. Anna Young (born 30 July 1766 Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
  6. Ichabod Young (born 24 July 1768)

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Joseph Young was a surgeon in the French and Indian Wars. He had performed many amputations of soldier's arms and legs, as well as extraction of arrows, and removal of bullets fired at close range from the matchlock muskets of the French. These lead balls were more than one-half-inch in diameter. It seems impossible for men to have survived such a shock as these wounds must have inflicted, yet many of them lived.

After the war Dr. Young settled in the newly-founded farming community of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, combining his medical practice with farming. One of his patients was John Hayden, far gone with cancer. Dr. Young had a reputation in the neighborhood for successful treatment of cancer, but this particular case resisted his best efforts. Nursing Mr. Hayden was his widowed daughter Betsy, with whom Dr. Young fell in love, and married.

On 14 November 1769 Dr. Joseph Young died. Many years later, Brigham Young stated that he was killed by the falling of a fence rail, but Brigham's brother Phinehas reported that the death was due to being struck by a falling tree. Both could have been right. It could be that a tree felled for the purpose of making fence rails could have been called a fence rail. It would have been an odd accident, indeed, for a fence rail, once split and placed in a fence, to have fallen in such a manner as to fatally injure a man. Fences in that day were usually called "worm" fences, because of the irregular way they "wormed" their way over the landscape. Even the top rail was not in a position to do more than injure an arm or a leg. A falling tree seems more reasonable as a cause of death.

After the death of her husband, Elizabeth Hayden Young was hard-put to earn a living. She was forced to send her children out to work. John and Joseph were "bound out" to a man by the name of Jones who had both white and black servants.

Notable Descendants

  • Brigham Young, LDS President

Sources

Joseph Young was the son of William Young and his wife Susanna Cotton. They reputedly moved to Boston about 1723. He was christened 2/15/1728/29, per Old South Church records (Boston).

YOUNG siblings: Unknown at this time.

Joseph married Elizabeth "Betsey" (Hayden) Treadway, a widow of Jonathan Treadway.

6 YOUNG children:

1. Susanna Young B-12/21/1759. 2. William Young B-2/28/1761. 3. John Young B-3/7/1763. 4. Joseph J. Young B-3/26/1765. 5. Anna Young B-7/30/1766. 6. Ichabod Young B-7/24/1768.

Susanna married Joseph Mosley Jr. on April 19, 1784. Joseph Mosley Jr. was the 5th child of Joseph and Sibillah (Dudley) Moseley Sr.; Joseph Jr. was born in Sutton, MA.]

Dr. Joseph Young, Sr. was the grandfather of Brigham Young.

Historically Accepted Story of Dr. Joseph Young's Life:

1756-1800

Dr. Joseph Young, grandfather of Brigham Young, father of six, was a veteran of the French and Indian Wars of the early colonial period. England and France were fighting on many fronts, but this war was of peculiar significance for its issue was whether the New World of North America would be controlled by the French or by the British. The final battle on the Plains of Abraham, near Quebec, in which Wolfe, while victor, lost his life, settled that issue for all time. Britain won and France withdrew.

Dr. Young being a surgeon had, as his main occupation, the amputation of arms and legs damaged in the fighting in the campaign to control the Canadian gateway near Lake George and Lake Champlain. He varied this work with the extraction of arrows from various parts of the soldiers' anatomy and probing for bullets fired at close range from the matchlock muskets of the French. These lead balls were more than one half an inch in diameter and made a hole large enough to make probing for a bullet a major operation- It seems impossible for men to have survived such a shock as these wounds must have inflicted, yet many of them lived. In those days it was a question of which was worse, the wound or the treatment, but men were tough fibered, and immune to many of the infecting bacteria of the day. Oftentimes the poultices and the ointment applied to these wounds were as effective as those treatments in use today.

After the war Dr. Young settled in the farming community of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. This town, a little east and south of Worcester, was new, with a good deal of new land, and a new opportunity, and here the doctor combined his practice of medicine with farming.

One fine day he received a call to come to the house of John Hayden, far gone with cancer. Dr. Young had a reputation in the neighborhood for successful treatment of cancer, but this particular case had resisted his best efforts. Nursing Mr. Hayden was his widowed daughter Betsy Hayden Treadway. She was fair and comely, so the visits had not only the effect of giving comfort to Mr. Hayden but also of giving interest in things other than medical treatment to Dr. Young. He fell in love with her, and in due course of time they were married. In the course of the next nine years six children were born to the couple.

In 1769 Dr. Joseph Young died. Many years later, Brigham Young stated that he was killed by the falling of a fence rail, but Phinehas, Brigham's brother, reported that the death was due to being struck by a falling tree. Both could have been right. It could be that a tree felled for the purpose of making fence rails could have been called a fence rail. It would have been an odd accident, indeed, for a fence rail, once split and placed in a fence, to have fallen in such a manner as to fatally injure a man. Fences in that day were usually called "worm" fences, because of the irregular way they "wormed" their way over the landscape. Even the top rail was not in a position to do more than injure an arm or a leg. A falling tree seems more reasonable as a cause of death.

After the death of her husband, Elizabeth Hayden Young was hard put to earn a living, and during the next four years lost her possessions. She was forced to send her children out to work. John and Joseph (John was six years of age at the death of his father) were "bound out" to a man by the name of Jones who had both white and black servants.

Research: Mary E. Warner, 2011.

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Dr. Joseph Young's Timeline

1729
February 12, 1729
Boston, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
February 15, 1729
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1759
December 2, 1759
Age 30
Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1761
February 28, 1761
Age 32
Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1763
March 6, 1763
Age 34
Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1765
March 21, 1765
Age 36
Hopkinton, Middlesex, MA, USA
1766
July 30, 1766
Age 37
Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1768
July 24, 1768
Age 39
Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1769
November 14, 1769
Age 40
Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts