John Mint Young and Mary Jane Hedgepeth
Contributed by Bill Clark
 
 



John Mint Young, called himself a blacksmith, it is also know that he built fine furniture, some of which still exists today and he probably had many other talents. He lived much of his life in Southern Green County, in what is now known as the Exie community. He was married 3 times: 1st to Mary Jane Harris, 2nd to Mary Jane Hedgepeth and 3rd to widow Elizabeth "Bette" Bagby Keen. He had 14 children by his first two wives. John Mint Young left many descendents in this area and across the USA. Many of these decendents were talented musicians one of the better known was a Texas descendent, Charles Hardin "Buddy" Holley, 7 Sep 1936 - 3 Feb 1959 of rock and roll Fame. Another Texas descendent Kenneth Ray Cunningham an outstanding family researcher who made this information available.
John Mint Young and his 1st and 2nd wives are buried in the Whitlock Cemetery overlooking Greasy Creek in what now is the Exie Community.

From the Greasy Creek Column of the Green County Record, Dec 13, 1895 Edition
J.M. Young tells us that he has been married three times and is the father of 15 children, 13 living and two dead: 93 grandchildren, 63 living and 30 dead; and 24 great-grandchildren, a total of 100 living descendents. Mr. Young is 78 years old but is still active almost as a man of 30 and as able to do hard work as most anybody. He says if he could fall back 25 years he could knock Corbett out in two rounds.


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