This gentleman comes from one of the oldest and most prominent Scott county families. His father, the late Jesse Young, was a native of the "Blue Grass" state and came to what is now Scott county, Illinois, in 1822. He was quite small at that time and grew to manhood here. March 4, 1841, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of James and Bena Hamilton, also natives of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Young were the parents of nine children, six of whom are living. Mr. Young lived to the good old age of seventy-six years, nine months and twenty-three days, and died, April 12, 1889.
Charles Young, the subject of this sketch, was born near Glasgow, in Scott county, May 20, 1861. He spent the years of his life antedating his marriage at home and received his education at the district school in the neighborhood of Glasgow. January 30, 1884, he was united in marriage with Miss Alice Fletcher, daughter of Thomas and Mildred Fletcher, natives of Kentucky. To Mr. and Mrs. Young have been born two children - Hardin and Percie.
Mr. Young is an active democrat and in 1897 was elected county commissioner. He held the office for three years and demonstrated that he was qualified in every way to fill the position, and honestly, honorably and conscientiously discharge its duties. He is a representative man, well known and well liked.