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1860 (age 31), Young, Joseph Watson (Captain, Church Train)

Joseph Watson Young, son of Lorenzo Dow Young and Persis Goodall, was born January 12, 1829 at Mendon, Monroe county, New York. He came to Utah in 1847 and in 1857 was called on a mission to England. Early in 1860 he left Utah with a freighting outfit for the states, returning in October of that same year with his wagons loaded with Church freight. He was also put in charge of a small company of immigrants numbering some 100 people.

The following item was taken from the Deseret News, October 10, 1860:

"On the evening of the 3d instant, Captain Joseph W. Young arrived with his freight train, consisting of some thirty wagons, with ox teams, which have made the trip to the Missouri and back this season. The cattle, which we did not see, are said to have returned in good order and condition, looking better than some that have only been driven from the States this year. E. D. Woolley, with a train of nine mule wagons, with which he went to the east from this city last spring for merchandise, was also in the company, and several others, increasing the number of wagons that came in with Captain Young to fifty one. It is gratifying to witness the arrival of the immigrant Saints in good health and spirits before the winter snows begin to fall on the mountains, rendering their passage cold and uncomfortable."

Early in June, 1873 Joseph Watson Young passed away in Harrisburg, Washington county, Utah at the age of 44 years.

Source: Our Pioneer Heritage © Carter, Kate B., ed. 20 vols. Salt Lake City: International Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1958-1977. All rights reserved. No part of this material may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. Documents and images are exerpted by permission from the LDS Family History Suite CDROM from Ancestry.