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Edward Ned Young

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Peel, Manchester, England
Death: Died in Pitcairn Island
Cause of death: Asthma
Immediate Family:

Husband of Toofaiti; Mauatua (aka Miamiti, Mainmast and Isabella); Teraura "Susannah" and Toofaiti
Father of George Young; Dorothy Young; Edward Young; James Young; Polly Young and 2 others

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About Edward Ned Young

He gained the rank of Midshipman in the service of the Royal Navy, on board H.M.A.V. Bounty.

According to information in the Manx Museum, 'Ned' Young was possibly born in Peel, on the Isle of Man, but the more common belief is that he was born at St. Kitts in the West Indies of an English father and a West Indian mother. He is said to have been a nephew of Sir George Young, but the official records of the Young family do not support this. Because of his involvement in the mutiny, however, he could have been disowned by the family, and 'purged' from the family records. Soon after the Bounty sailed, Bligh described him as 'well-educated, well-recommended, the look of an able, stout seaman ... however, he seems frequently to fall short of what his appearences promise.' He was Christian's best friend on the Bounty, and his first co-conspirator, however that friendship fell apart after the mutiny.

On Pitcairn, he formed a close friendship with Adams, with whom he lived as neighbor, sharing possessions and women between themselves. They had also the most even-handed attitude toward the Tahitian men. There is some suspicion that he knew of, and perhaps encouraged, the Tahitian men to kill the white men. This suspicion is due to an overheard comment that 'Adams was to be spared'. He also took upon himself the responsibility of executing Quintal. Some historians and authors feel that his character might well have been misjudged by history. He was well-educated, and gracious in manner, and despite his appearance, was the most popular man with the Tahitian women.After the mutiny, Bligh described him as being 'of a dark complexion with rather a bad look'. He had lost several front teeth, and those that remained were all rotten. He was 5 feet tall (the smallest Bounty crewman), but very strong. He was tattooed with a heart with a 'dart through it, and 'E:Y' and date 1788 or 1789.

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Edward Ned Young's Timeline

1766
1766
Peel, Manchester, England
1794
1794
Age 28
Pitcairn Island
1796
1796
Age 30
Pitcairn Island
1797
1797
Age 31
Pitcairn Island
1797
Age 31
Pitcairn Islands
1798
1798
Age 32
Pitcairn Island
1799
1799
Age 33
Pitcairn Island