Ellen Brick Young

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Ellen Brick Young (Harris)

Birthplace: Chester, PA, USA
Death: Died in Geneseo, Livingston, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Campbell Harris and Jane Harris
Wife of John Young, Gov. NY
Mother of Mary J Young; Campbell Harris Young; Katharine Lee Buckley; John Young, III and Jane Lee Powell
Sister of Francis Lee Harris; Mary Hooper; Jane Lee Harris; Sarah Harris; William Harris and 1 other

Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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About Ellen Brick Young

Ellen Brick Harris was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania. She was a tall woman, but never inclined to grow stout, as did her sisters.

Her husband, John Young, was descended from John Young, who emigrated from England in 1648 to the Cape Cod settlement in Massachusetts. His descendant of the same name was born in 1804 in Chelsea, Vermont, and removed with his parents to what was then thought to be the "far West," set- tling in Conesus, Ontario county, New York. Here he acquired his education, and became, at 15 years of age, a teacher in the village school at Lima, and soon after a law student in the office of A. A. Bennett. He was admitted to the bar in 1829, and settled in Geneseo, the county seat of Livingston county. He soon achieved success in his profession, and was one of the leading lawyers in his section of the state.

He was elected to the state legislature in 1832, and again in 1844 and in 1845, and became a political leader of the whig party, which, taking advantage of intestine fends in the democratic party, succeeded in gaining control of the state government. He was a member of Congress from 1841 to 1843, governor of the state of New York from 1847 to 1849, and United States assistant treasurer in New York city from 1849 till his death, which occurred in New York city, April 23, 1852.

He remained throughout his life a student of law and of literature; was courteous in his bearing, and a forcible public speaker.

After his death his wife returned to her home in Geneseo, where she died.


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Ellen Brick Young's Timeline

September 7, 1813
Chester, PA, USA
November 29, 1834
Age 21
New York, New York, USA
October 6, 1838
Age 25
New York, New York, USA
September 25, 1840
Age 27
New York, New York, USA
April 23, 1844
Age 30
New York, New York, USA
November 29, 1850
Age 37
New York, New York, USA
April 26, 1872
Age 58
Geneseo, Livingston, NY, USA