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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dade County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William Marshall Young, one of Center Township’s successful and enterprising farmers, was born in Dade County, Mo., in 1845, and is the son of Isom A. and Mary M. (McLemore) Young, and grandson of Matthew M. and Elizabeth (Neal) Young. Matthew Young was born in South Carolina, and when young went to Tennessee, where he remained until 1860, when he moved to Hamilton County, Ill., and there died four years later. His wife, Elizabeth Neal, was a native of Ireland. Isom A. Young was born in Monroe County, Tenn., in 1822, and moved to Dade County, Mo., in 1842, where, the following year, he married Miss Mary M., daughter of Archibald and Sarah (Plumley) McLemore, who were natives of North Carolina, and Knox County, Tenn., respectively. Her father died in 1825, and the mother the year previous. Mrs. Young was born in Monroe County, Tenn., in 1823, and is the mother of eight children: William Marshall, Mary (deceased), wife of Albert Wells; Harriet (deceased), wife of Jerome McClure; Martha (deceased); Virginia, wife of Harry H. Finley; Monroe, in Washington Township; Madora, wife of John O. Mitchell; and Matthew L., furniture dealer in Greenfield. Immediately after his marriage, Isom A. Young located on Sac River, four miles northeast of the county seat, and there passed the remainder of his life. He came to Dade County when it was in a wild state, with but few white settlements, and when wild game was plentiful. He came without money, but with a large reserve of latent energy, which, put into play, soon placed him beyond the reach of want. At the time of his death, which occurred April 10, 1885, he was the owner of 880 acres of land, and was one of the best citizens of Dade County. As a memento, he left behind him a good name and a highly respected family. In 1870 William Marshall Young married Miss Dialtha McClure, a native of Dade County, Mo., born in 1847, and the daughter of Frank McClure. To Mr. and Mrs. Young were born seven children: Martha L., Viola M., Frank J., Ruthy F., Marshall A., Mathew Boyd and Lucy V. In December, 1888, for the purpose of educating his children, Mr. Young moved on the farm where he now lives, which consists of sixty-five acres. He also owns 391 acres on Sac River. He is one of the county’s best farmers and most successful men, dealing quite extensively in raising stock. He is a Democrat in politics. Mrs. Young is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 68 biographies included in The History of Dade County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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