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Young Family



FREEBORN YOUNG 1787 - 1859

According to information on his tombstone, Freeborn Young would have been born on October 2, 1786. The 1850 census shows that he was born in Rhode Island.

The Cortland County Land Records, Book I, Page 434 shows that Freeborn Young of Cincinatus, Cortland County purchased land for $200 from Ishmael Nichols on 16 July 1818. The land is described as being "the west half of lot number 10 in the subdivision of lot number 47 in the town of Cincinatus containing 50 acres. The east line of said 50 acres to be parallel with the west line of the same." The land records also show where Freeborn Young bought 99 acres from the estate of Benjamin Ford on 15 January 1836. The land is described as being subdivision number 5 in lot number 37 in the military township of Cincinatus.

The 1820 New York Census for Cortland County (Cincinnatus) lists the following in the household of Freeborn Youngs:

        Males under 10 2 (Maybe Ormond and Freeborn S.)
        Males 26-45 1 (Fits Freeborn at 32)
        Females under 10       3 (Fits Phebe at 9,maybe another daughter who later married a Vaughn, and Asenah)
        Females 26-45 1     (Fits Freeborn's first wife, Olive, at age 28

It appears likely that Phebe was their oldest child and that Freeborn and Olive would have been married about 1810. We have no record of when or where they were married. Was it before they moved to Cincinnatus?

The 1830 New York Census for Cortland County (Cincinnatus) lists the following in the household of Freeborn Young:

       Males under 5         1     (Maybe Darius)
        Males 5-10 1 (Maybe Freeborn S.)

Males 10-15 1 (Maybe Ormond)

Males 30-40 1 (Freeborn should have been 42 so we could have read the wrong column for this)

Females 5-10 1 (Maybe Asenah)

Females 10-15 1 (?)

Females 15-20 2 (Fits Phebe at 19 and maybe the daughter who later married a Vaughn)

Females 30-40 1 (Fits Olive at age 38.)

The 1835 Cortland County census for Cincinnatus contains the following information for Freeborn Young: :
          Total Males 5

Total Females 4

Males eligible to vote 1

Unmarried Females 16-45 2

Unmarried " under 16 2

Male birth during year 1

Female death " year 1 (this would be his wife Olive)

Acres of improved land 70

Neat cattle owned 16

Horses owned 3

Sheep owned 29

Hogs owned 13

Yards of fulled cloth made 40

Yards of flannel & Woolen made 35

Yards of linen or thin cloth made 100

The 1840 New York Census for Cortland County (Cincinnatus) lists the following in the household of Freeborn Youngs:
          Males under 5 1 (Maybe Delancy at 5)

Males 10-14 1 (Maybe Darius)

Males 21-30 2 (Maybe Ormond and Freeborn S.)

Males 50-61 1 (Fits Freeborn at 52)

Females under 5     2 (Fits Maryette at 2 & Patience at 1-)

Females 5-10 1 (Fits Mary at 8)

Females 10-15 1 (Maybe Esther)

Females 15-20 1 (Maybe Asenah)

Females 30-40 1 (Fits Sabra, apparently the 2nd wife, at 38)

The 1850 New York Census for Cortland County (Cincinnatus) lists the following in the Household of Freeborn Young:

          Freeborn Young 62 M Farmer R.I. $3000 real estate

Sabra 48 F
N.Y.

Mary (ette?) 12 F
N.Y.

Patience 10 F
N.Y.

DeLancy Young 15 M Laborer N.Y.

Mary 18 F
N.Y.

Isacac Dexter? 75
Laborer R.I.

The following information about Freeborn Youngs comes from Cortland County Court Records which list his heirs. They are listed as follows:

  • Sabra Young, his widow, Cincinnatus, Cortland County, New York
  • Phebe Wells, Triangle, Broome County, New York (our ancestor)
  • Ormond Youngs, Westfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania
  • Asenah Capewell, Willet, Cortland County, New York
  • Freeborn S. Youngs, Oxford, Chenango County, New York
  • Esther Rice, Cincinnatus, Cortland County, New York
  • Darius B. Youngs, Waverly, Tioga County, New York
  • Mary Ann Roberts, German, Chenango County, New York
  • Delancy Youngs, Cincinnatus, Cortland County, New York
  • Maryette Youngs, Cincinnatus, Cortland County, New York
  • Delilah P. V. Youngs, Cincinnatus, Cortland County, New York
  • Benjamin Vaughn, East Cameron, Steuben County, New York
  • Roby Ann Vaughn, East Cameron, Steuben County, New York

    Charles Foster agreed to act as a special guardian of Delila P. V. Youngs and Roby Ann Vaughn, minors and heirs of Freeborn Youngs.

    Freeborn Young died March 28, 1859 at the age of 72 years, 5 months and 26 days according to the information on his tombstone. He is buried at the Upper Cincinnatus Cemetery along with his wife Olive and his daughter Phebe Weld. The inscription reads:
            For me to live is Christ
            and to die is gain.

    Stephen and Phebe Weld, Daniel and Esther Rice, and Benjamin Vaughn sold their interest in land located in lots 37 and 47 in Cincinnatus on 9 December 1861. This land was also described as "the farm occupied by Freeborn Young in his lifetime".

    The following entries from the 1860 Cortland County Census give some additional information on the ages of some of Freeborn Youngs' children::
              Delilah Young 20 F (servant at Bruuell Green household)

    Mary Young 16 F (servant at Jesse Courtney household)

    Mariette Young 22 F (listed at Joseph Wiles household)

    Delaney W. Young 25 M Farmer     $3000     $380

    Louisa A 23 F

    Daniel Rice 35 M Farm Laborer

    Esther 35 F (This would be Freeborn's daughter)

    Harriet 18 F

    ? 15 M farm laborer


    Information submitted by Merlyn Christensen

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    Created 18 July 98

    LAST UPDATED: Friday, 20-May-2011 22:20:57 MDT

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