Portrait and Biographical History of
Guernsey County, Ohio
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PROF. WILLIAM T. YOUNG, one
of the well known and popular educators of the well known and
popular educators of Guernsey County, deserves honor for his
long and arduous service in defense of the Stars and Stripes.
He enlisted while a college student, and served until the close
of the conflict, taking part in many notable battles and
hard-fought engagements. For upwards of twenty years he
has found his field of work in Ohio, and was County Examiner of
this county for six years, having been appointed as such in
1882. In 1886 he organized the Cambridge Business College,
with which he is still connected.
The father of our subject, who bore the Christian name
of Robert, was born in Washington County, Pa.
Coming to Ohio about 1835, he settled in this county, but at the
end of a year removed to Muskingum County. His father,
Alexander, was born in County Londonderry, Ireland, but in
his young manhood took up his residence in the Keystone State.
Robert Young chose for his companion and helpmate,
Miss Nancy McElwaine, who was born in County Down, Ireland.
Twelve children graced their union, the eldest of whom, John
A., was for many years a teacher in Bryant & Stratton's
Business College in Chicago. William T. is the next
in the family; and of the three younger, Mary Ann died in
1867, Eliza Jane died in 1868 and Nancy died in
1855. Margaret is the wife of Charles Bowden,
of Muskingum county, this state; David H. is a
dairyman not far from Girard, Kan.; Robert Gibson died in
1888; Sarah passed away in 1868; Martha is also
deceased; Maria E., who was the wife of John Bell,
of Muskingum County, died in 1887; and one other child died in
infancy. The father of this family lived to attain the
good old age of eighty-three years, his death occurring in 1889
while his wife's demise took place some seven years previously.
Prof. William T. Young was born in Muskingum
County, Ohio, Oct. 28, 1837. His boyhood was passed on a
farm, his early education being such as the common schools
afforded. Later he pursued a course of study in Muskingum
College, and while there enlisted in the United army, Aug. 22,
1862. He was assigned to Company H. One hundred and
twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, and served for the first year in
West Virginia. A short time before the battle a Gettysburg
he had his first encounter with the enemy, at Martinsburg, and
soon afterwards joined the Army of the Potomac, with which
branch he was identified until July, 1864. He was then
sent under Sheridan on the Shenandoah Valley campaign,
and continued under his command until the close of the year.
HE then was once more placed in the Army of the Potomac, where
he served until receiving his final discharge July 25, 1865.
Among the engagements in which he was actively engaged were the
following: Martinsburg, Jun. 14, 1863; Culpepper C. H., Oct. 11,
1863; Bristow Station, Oct. 14, Bealton and Rappahannock, Oct.
24,; Kelly's Ford, Nov. 7; Locust Grove, Nov. 27 (in which he
was also Color-Bearer); Mine Run, Nov. 26 to 28; Battle of the
Wilderness May 5 to 7, 1861; and Alsop's Farm and Spottsylvania
C. H., May 9 to 12. The latter was the worst battle of the
One Hundred and Twenty-sixth as far as los of men in command was
concerned. May 23, 1864, the regiment was in the
engagement of North Ann River, and a week later in that of
Tolopotomy Creek. From this time until just before the
battle of Cold Harbor Mr. Young was detailed as a clerk,
but remained with his command. After a few days passed at
the Second Brigade headquarters he rejoined his company and was
with them in the battle of Bermuda Hundred, Jan. 18, 1864; in
that of Wildon Railroad, Jan. 22, and 23; and in those of
Monocacy, on the 9th of the following July and Charleston, Aug.
23. He then returned to his life former post as clerk.
Going home, Professor Young taught school in
Guernsey County, where he was married, Mar. 22, 1866, to
Hester Ann, daughter of John Kendall, who resided
near Washington, this county. Soon after his marriage the
Professsor went to Monmouth, Ill., where he was made
Superintendent of the West Ward School. He then entered a
mercantile college as a student, later becoming teacher in the
institution. About 1867 he removed to Douglas County,
Kan., and in connection with teaching engaged in farming to some
In 1874 Professor Young returned to Ohio, and
has since continued to dwell in this state. In 1866, at
Monmouth, Ill., he was elected a member of the Grand Army of the
Republic. He is a stanch Republican, and religiously is a
member of the United Presbyterian Church, belonging to the local
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