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Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio
Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co.,
1895

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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 extent.
     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 congregation.
SOURCE #2 - Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895
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