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Joseph Young, Jr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hayden Young, Sr. and Abigail "Nabby" Howe Young
Husband of Jane Adeline Young; Lucinda Young; Lydia Caroline Young; Mary Ann Young; Elizabeth Stevens and 1 other
Father of Jane Adaline Robbins (Young); Seymour Bicknell Young; Legrand Young; Julia Ann Vilate Young; Chloe Eliza Young and 7 others
Brother of Nancy Kent; Fanny Young; Rhoda Greene; John M. Young, Jr.; Abigail "Nabby" Young and 5 others
Half brother of Edward Young

Occupation: General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
Last Updated:

About Joseph Young, Jr.

"...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.

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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.

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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


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Parents:
  • John Young (1763 - 1839)
  • Abigail Nabby Howe Young (1765 - 1815)
Spouses:
  • Jane Adeline Bicknell Young (1814 - 1913)
  • Mary Ann Huntley Burnham (1816 - 1903)
  • Lucinda Allen Young (1824 - 1920)*
Children:
  • 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


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 continuing 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.

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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

Joseph Young was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on April 7, 1797, the eighth child of John and Abigail "Nabbie" (Howe) Young.

In 1830, while serving as a Methodist preacher in Upper Canada, Young was introduced to the Book of Mormon by his younger brother Brigham. He soon abandoned Methodism and was baptized into the Church of Christ (the nascent Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in 1832. Brigham became a member of the church a week later. In April, Joseph was ordained an elder by Ezra Landon and began a mission, preaching in New York and Canada with his brother Phineas.

In November 1832, Young moved to Kirtland, Ohio, where he met Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS Church. Smith asked Young to depart on another mission for the church to Upper Canada, which he served over the winter months of 1832 and 1833.

On February 18, 1834, Young married Jane Adeline Bicknell in Geneseo, New York. The couple would eventually have eleven children.

Young accompanied Joseph Smith and others in a journey to Independence, Missouri in 1834 as part of the Zion's Camp expedition. In 1835, Smith selected Young to be one of the leaders of the Seventy Apostles of the church. Young was ordained to the office of Seventy on February 28, and was ordained as one of the seven presidents of the First Quorum of the Seventy on March 1. Young soon became the senior president of the Seventy, a position he would retain until his death.

As a Seventy, Young served several missions for the church, including one to New York and Massachusetts with Burr Riggs in 1835 and one to his relatives in the eastern United States with his brother Brigham in 1836.

Young participated in many significant events in early Latter Day Saint history. He was present at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple in 1836. He was also present at Haun's Mill, Missouri when it was attacked by anti-Mormons. He left Missouri in consequence of the "extermination order" issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.

Young received his endowment in Nauvoo, Illinois on February 3, 1844, just months before Joseph Smith was killed. He was selected by Smith as an inaugural member of the Council of Fifty on March 1, 1844. When Smith was killed on June 27, Young was campaigning in Ohio on behalf of Smith's bid for the U. S. presidency.

Like many early Latter Day Saints, Young practiced plural marriage. On January 16, 1846, he was married to Lucinda Allen and Lydia Caroline Hagar in the Nauvoo Temple. Soon to follow were Mary Ann Huntley (1846), Sarah Jane Snow (1868), and Elizabeth Stevens (1868). Young would eventually father a total of ten children.

Young and his four wives left Illinois in 1846 and settled in Winter Quarters, Nebraska, and later Carterville, Iowa. He and his wives left Carterville in 1850 to join the Latter Day Saints who had followed his brother Brigham to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah Territory. Young arrived in Salt Lake City in September 1850. The Youngs travelled in the Wilford Woodruff pioneer company.

In 1870, Young served a final mission for the church to the British Isles. He died at and was buried at Salt Lake City at the age of 84. At the time of his death, Young had served as a General Authority of the church for nearly fifty years.

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Joseph Young, Jr.'s Timeline

1797
April 6, 1797
Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1832
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
1834
December 17, 1834
Age 37
Hopkinton, Middlesex, MA
1837
October 3, 1837
Age 40
Kirtland, Geauga, OH