Wayne County, IL

Emily Cravens Family

 Ewing Young Family

Back row L. to R. : Prudie Young Baldwin, Emily Young Sons, Emmer Young Green, Sarah Young Daisy, America "Sis" Young Hughes

Front Row L. to R.: Henry Johnson Young, Ewing Young, Emily Craven Young, Robert Ewing Young

(Photo Courtesy of Marylea Gazette)    

Ewing Young the son of John & Susan Locke Young was born Nov. 15, 1820 in Wayne Co., Illinois.  Ewing married Emily Craven Dec. 16, 1841 in Hamilton Co., Illinois.  Emily Craven the daughter of Robert & Sarah Elizabeth Blair Craven was born Jun. 12, 1820 at Randolph Co., NC. Ewing Young died Jan. 20, 1906 at Wayne Co., IL.  Emily Young died Jan. 24, 1896 at Wayne Co., IL.  Both are buried at Bovee Cemetery, Wayne Co., IL.

Ewing Young was educated in a Wayne County, Ill., pioneer schoolhouse and was a member of the M. E. Church. He owned 620 acres of land, and was engaged in farming and stock-raising. In politics Ewing was Independent.

Emily Cravens immigrated with her parents to Tennessee early in life. She was converted at a camp meeting in Tennessee in 1836 and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she was a lifelong faithful member. She came to Illinois in company with her parents, in 1838.  Ewing and Emily Craven Young were the parents of 10 children:


1. John Young died Jan.3, 1843 and is buried in Young Cemetery, Wayne County, IL


Henry Johnson Young
(Photo Courtesy of Marylea Gazette)

2. Henry Johnson Young was born Apr. 7, 1844 in Lamard Twp., Wayne Co., IL and died Sep. 1, 1911 in Wayne Co., IL after 4 days of intense suffering from burns received in the burning of his home when his wife was burned to death. Henry married Elizabeth McCracken Aug. 7, 1862 in Wayne Co., IL; Elizabeth was born 29 Mar 1840 in Mt. Erie, Wayne Co., IL and died Aug. 29, 1911 in Wayne Co., IL. Both Henry and Elizabeth are buried in Victory Cemetery, Wayne Co., IL.

Henry Young professed faith in Christ at the age of 20 years under the labors of Rev. Charles Sabine at the Mt. Olivet church. Bro. Young and wife both united with the M. E. church and later they united with the General Baptist church at New Hope and were faithful members until death. Bro. Young took an active part in all church work. At the time of his death he was Supt. of Victory Sunday school, one of the largest rural Sunday schools in the county.

To this union were born 9 children: Emily Young Harmon, Robert Young, Darwin Young, Arthur Young, Weaver Young, Ewing C. Young, Margaret Young, Ethel Young and Florence E. Young Dickey.   

3.  America Elizabeth Young was born May 29, 1845 in IL and died Jan 14, 1929 in Stoddard Co., Missouri. She married Zachariah Taylor Hughes Dec. 21, 1867 in Wayne Co., IL. Zachariah was born Sep. 30, 1847 in IL and died Jul. 28, 1921 in Big Mound Twp., Wayne Co., IL. 

America and Zachariah had 4 known children: Lucretia Hughes McColgan Vick, Lulu Hughes Schell Murphy, Jesse S. Hughes and Richard T. Hughes;


4. Sarah Jane Young was born Apr. 22, 1848 in Wayne Co., IL and died Jun. 22, 1926 in Fairfield, IL. At the age of 16, she was converted in the old Bethel M.E. Church, 3 miles west of Fairfield and joined the Mt. Olive M.E. church near her father’s home and later years moved her membership to the First M.E. church in Fairfield where she resided and remained a faithful Christian member until her death. She married George H. Daisy Dec. 25, 1869 in Wayne Co., IL.

George was born Mar. 23, 1846 in Salem, OH and died Mar. 27, 1931 in Jonesboro, IL. Mr. Daisy came to Illinois in 1853 when but seven years of age and settled in Wayne County with his parents. Mr. Daisy served his country in the Civil War, being a member of Company F. 136 Illinois Volunteer Infantry. For many years he was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was during the ministry of Rev. J.B. Ravenscroft that Mr. Daisy transferred his membership from the Mt. Olive church to this congregation.

Mr. and Mrs. Daisy had no children of their own but reared two in their home, J. J. Craven and A.J. Daisy, the latter being adopted as a son.

Sarah Jane Young Daisy & George Daisy
(Photo Courtesy of Marylea Gazette



Robert Ewing Young Family L. to R. Standing: Harvey Herman Young, Nancy Emmer Walton Young L. to R. Sitting: Robert Ewing Young, Viola May Young (Photo Courtesy of Marylea Gazette)

5. Robert Ewing Young was born Apr. 20, 1850 in IL and died May 24, 1937 at Lamont, IA. Robert was first married to Nancy Emmer Walton Mar. 11, 1875 at Wayne Co., IL; Nancy Walton was born Nov., 1856 and died in 1906. Robert took for his second wife Anna M. Vaughn Nov. 3, 1910 at Wayne Co., IL. Anna Vaughn was born Abt. 1872 in IL; died Bet. 1920 - 1930.

Robert and Nancy Walton Young had 4 children: Mamie L. Young, Harvey Herman Young, Viola M. Young Simpson and Luther Young.

Harvey H. Young
son of Robert Ewing Young
(photo courtesy of Marylea Gazette)

6. Pruda Young was born Sep. 27, 1852 in Illinois and died Apr. 8, 1934 at Lincoln, IL. She married John Samuel Baldwin Abt. 1870; John S. Baldwin was born Jun., 1847 in West Virginia and died Aug. 19, 1929, at Adams Co., IL.

John S. and Pruda Young Baldwin had 8 children: Stella Baldwin Harmon, Fred Douglas Baldwin, Ewing Robert Baldwin, Charles H. Baldwin, Jesse J. Baldwin, J.S. Clyde Baldwin, Shirley H. Baldwin and Raymond H. Baldwin.

7. Lucinda Young was born Jun. 17, 1854 at Wayne Co., IL and died Jun. 20, 1854 at Wayne Co., IL. She is buried in Young Cemetery, Wayne Co., IL

8. Washington Young was born Jan 10, 1856 at Wayne Co., IL and died Jan 11, 1856 at Wayne Co., IL. Washington is buried in Young Cemetery, Wayne Co., IL

9. Emily Young was born Apr. 5, 1860 in Wayne Co., IL and died Oct. 17, 1942 at Jasper Twp., Wayne Co., IL. Emily married Benjamin F. Sons Oct. 27, 1878; Benjamin Sons was born Mar 1859 in IL and died Mar. 11, 1941 at Olney, IL.

Benjamin and Emily Young Sons had 8 children: Ollie Sons Taylor, Lillie F. Sons Taylor, Mamie Sons Orrison, Elsie Sons Dawson, Lula Sons, Seth Ewing Sons, Nellie B. Sons and Roy F. Sons.

10. Emmer Young was born Apr. 5, 1860 in Fairfield, IL and died Jun 17, 1924 in Arkansas Co., Arkansas. Emmer was first married to John Jackson Green Jul 13, 1878 at Wayne Co, IL. John Green was born Abt. 1858 in Illinois and died Mar. 29, 1900 at Wayne Co., IL. Emmer married a second time to George E. Schell Nov. 9, 1913 at Wayne Co, IL. George was born Jan 13, 1850 in OH; died Mar. 14, 1927 at Jackson Co., MO.

John Jackson and Emmer Young Green had 9 children: Hattie Green Smith, Thomas Raymond Green, Daisy Viola Green Eckleberry, Frank Ewing Green, John Ross Green, Mary E. Green Ellis,  Ira Jefferson Green, Olof Glen Green and Elba C. Green.


Viola May “Mam” Young Simpson

It would just not seem right to close a discussion of this family, without mentioning Viola May Young Simpson.  Most called her Ola, her granddaughter Marylea calls her Mam, which is how I have affectionately come to know her.  Marylea and I have had many conversations about the boxes of “stuff” she inherited from Mam, old postcards, newspaper clippings, pictures, and other family keepsakes.  Without Mam’s “stuff” we would not have a lot of the information and pictures we now have. 

Mam THANK YOU!!!!!!


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