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John Ray Young

Birthplace: Madison, Lake County, Ohio, United States
Death: September 15, 1931 (94)
Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States (Chronic myocarditis; influenza; senility)
Place of Burial: Blanding, San Juan County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lorenzo Dow Young and Persis Richards
Husband of Albina Young; Lydia Young; Tamar Jane Young and Catherine Young
Father of Frank Albion Young; Ferra Little Young; Silas Smith Young; Joseph Willard Young; John Terry Young and 21 others
Brother of William Goodall Young; Joseph Watson Young; Lucy Ann Young; Harriet Maria Brown; Franklin Wheeler Young and 5 others
Half brother of John Brigham Young; Lorenzo Dow Young; Perry Legrand Young; Brigham Willard Young; Josephine Harriet Carter and 9 others

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About John Ray Young

John Ray Young (1837 - 1931), son of Lorenzo Dow Young (1807 - 1895) and Persis Goodall (1806 - 1894), was born 30 April 1837 at Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio; he died at the age of 94 on 15 September 1931 at Provo, Utah County, Utah, and was buried at Blanding City Cemetery, San Juan County, Utah. He had four wives and twenty-two children.

Marriages and Children

  1. Albina Terry (1836 - 1913), married 1 January 1859 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory
    1. John Terry Young (1859 - 1862)
    2. Frank Albion Young (1861 - 1950)
    3. Silas Young (1863 - 1954)
    4. Ferra Little Young (1866 - 1960)
    5. William Reynolds Young (1868 - 1923)
    6. John Royal Young (1872 - 1959)
    7. Joseph Willard Young (1875 - 1964)
  2. Lydia Knight (1844 - 1905), married 31 January 1861 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory
    1. Lydia Rosanna Young (1862 - 1915)
    2. Joseph Smith Young, twin (1868 - 1868)
    3. Hyrum Smith Young, twin (1868 - 1868)
    4. Vilate Persis Young (1875 - 1893)
    5. Newell Knight Young (1877 - 1956)
    6. Howard Spencer Young (1880 - 1912)
    7. Edward Webb Young (1882 - 1928)
  3. Tamar Jane Black (1852 - 1915), married 9 May 1870 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory
    1. Harriet Young (1872 - 1890)
    2. Mary Whipple Young (1874 - 1959)
    3. William Lorenzo Young (1875 - 1929)
    4. Samuel Claridge Young (1877 - 1954)
    5. Thomas Robison Young (1879 - 1967)
    6. Martin Ray Young (1885 - 1973)
    7. Daniel Washburn Young (1889 - 1890)
  4. Catherine Coles (1858 - 1879), married 10 October 1878 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory
    1. Mary Ellen Young (1879 - 1969)

Excerpt from John R. Young's Memoirs

"I may relate a little incident in my own life. My father and my younger brother, a lad of five years, went with the advance company of pioneers. My brother [ Franklin W.] and I followed in Jedediah M. Grant's company. On Ham's Fork, near Fort Bridger, a cow gave out, and I was left behind the train to try to bring her into camp. At sunset, while about three miles behind the camp, letting the cow rest, I saw an Indian just across the creek move from behind a tree. Needless to say I made quick tracks toward camp."

"In the morning we found that the Indians had killed the cow. It proved to be a band of Sioux, on the war path after Shoshones. Had they been angry at us, they could have killed me as well as the cow — Brigham's counsel was bearing fruit. Neither my scalp, nor our cattle, beyond that one cow, were interfered with, while Fort Bridger was heavily raided."

"To me the migration of our people for the next twenty years was a wonderful history. Our companies often scattered far apart in order to get feed for the cattle; our men, weak in numbers and but poorly armed; our women and children often compelled to walk, and therefore, sometimes quite unconsciously going too far ahead to be safe, or, in spite of the vigilance of the guards, becoming weary and lagging behind, yet not a single life was lost by the hand of the Indians."

"Again the cheerfulness with which the people passed under the rod during these unparalleled journeys was no less marvelous than the protecting providence that was over them. Picture in your mind starting out on a certain morning, in company with five hundred men, women, and children. We walk eight or ten miles, then halt for dinner. Five hundred head of cattle have to be unyoked, watered, then driven to pasture and guarded, while fires are built and dinner is being prepared. Then the cattle are reyoked, the wagons packed, and the line of travel is taken up again."

"Thousands of our people, many of them mothers with babes in their arms, walked every foot of that ten hundred thirty-seven mile stretch from Winter Quarters to Salt Lake. Day after day the toilsome journey is renewed. At night a quilt or blanket is spread upon mother earth for a resting place. Days pass into weeks, and weeks into months, before the longing eyes find rest and the weary feet pass down the dusty road of Emigration Canyon. Picture then, their feelings, when, on reaching a certain eminence, the Salt Lake Valley, with the Dead Sea glimmering beyond, burst like a vision of glory upon their view! Old and young break down, and weep for joy."

"Having foreshadowed the immigration movement in general, I turn back to the parting at Winter Quarters. Owing to the poverty of our people, and to the lack of men, conditions were such that in making up the Pioneer Company many families were divided. Such was the case in my father's family. My dear mother, poor in health, was left behind with my only sister, Harriet, to follow several years later."

"It fell to my lot to cross the plains in Captain Jedediah M. Grant's company. Brother Grant was a man of wonderful energy. In fact, the various companies which followed on the heels of the pioneers were led by a host of stalwarts; so that in my youth I became acquainted with many solid men of Joseph's day. Foremost among them, to my mind, were Brigham Young, John Taylor, Geo. A. Smith, Parley P. Pratt, Uncle John Smith, and Uncle John Young."

"The last-named stood as a father to me; and yet, during that pilgrimage I was like a waif upon the ocean. The camp fire was my home, and I was everybody's chore boy. While this arrangement taught me self-reliance, it chilled my heart, and turned me against those finer, more tender endearments of life which ever abound in happy, lovable homes; and from this experience I have learned to pity the child that grows up without a mother's care and caress."

"On reaching the Valley, our people at first all lived in the 'Old Fort.' "


Son of Lorenzo Dow Young and Persis Goodall

Married Albina Terry, 1 Jan 1859, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Frank Albion Young, Silas Smith Young, Ferra Little Young, William Reynolds Young, John Royal Young, Joseph Willard Young


Married Lydia Knight, 1 Jan 1861, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Lydia Rosanna Young, Joseph Smith Young, Hyrum Smith Young, Persis Vilate Young, Newel Knight Young, Howard Spencer Young, Edward Webb Young

Married Tamar Jane Black, 9 May 1870, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Mary Whipple Young, Harriet Amy Young, Samuel Claridge Young, William Lorenzo Young, Martin Ray Young, Thomas Robertson Young, Daniel Washburn Young

Married Catherine Coles, 10 Oct 1878, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Daughter - Mary Ellen Young

Synopsis - "The Memoirs of John R Young" by John R Young

John R. Young (nephew of Brigham Young) left one of the most interesting and varied of all pioneer legacies. Intimate with most of the General Authorities, he shares many insights into their personalities and relates experiences not found in other works. Brother Young had the "knack" for being where history was made and gives several first-hand accounts of key events in the lives of the early Saints.

Yet his own life - although full of adventure and spiritual encouragement - was hardly privileged. He tells of pioneer life as a time of poverty and struggle. In his Memoirs, he recounts the cricket invasion into the Salt Lake Valley; several experiences as an Indian scout; his missions to Hawaii and meeting with Walter Murray Gibson (an apostate missionary); his mission to England; and community life in Orderville, Utah. His narrative is interspersed with dreams, spiritual promptings, and testimony-building experiences for the reader.

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John Ray Young's Timeline

April 30, 1837
Madison, Lake County, Ohio, United States
April 30, 1837
Kirtland, Lake, Ohio
April 30, 1837
Kirtland, Lake, Ohio
April 30, 1837
Kirtland, Lake, Ohio, USA
March 14, 1854
Age 16
March 14, 1854
Age 16
March 14, 1854
Age 16
March 14, 1854
Age 16
March 13, 1855
Age 17
March 13, 1855
Age 17