Niagara County

1897 Biography - Charles Young

Young, Charles, was born in the town of Niagara, Niagara county, N. Y., November 24, 1825, a son of Samuel and Barbara (Kamera) Young, natives of Lancaster county, Pa. She was born February 15, 1780. Samuel Young and wife came to Niagara county June 1, 1.810, with a covered wagon, where they settled in the wilderness and built them a home, and were very successful financially. He owned about 350 acres of land, which is still in the family. He died December 3, 1870, aged eighty-three years. They were married in 1809. When they moved here this fine country was a dense wilderness inhabited by wild beasts. A little opening here and there showed the progress of some near settlers. They endured all the privations incident to pioneer life, in a new country, rendered doubly distressing by the war of 1812. When the invaders spread desolation along the frontier they were driven three times from their home by the British and Indians, going as far as Geneseo, where they remained until peace was restored. They then returned home to Niagara and finding it unharmed, again sought its shelter and pursued their calling, far from the busy haunts of older settled countries. Here in the midst of sickness and poverty the subjects of this brief sketch proved themselves to be persevering and successful. When the family became discouraged and desirous of returning to their native State, she cheerfully persuaded them to toil on, as she firmly trusted that the God who had brought them thus far, would enable them to enjoy the blessings of a home and temporal prosperity. Her Heavenly Father was pleased to prolong her existence until all her anticipations were realized. They raised to maturity two sons and a daughter, having buried three infants. Their grandchildren numbered thirteen. Mrs. Young departed from earth February 7, 1856, at the age of seventy-five years, eleven months and twenty-two days, having lived with her husband forty seven years. The remaining son, Charles Young, was reared on the farm and has always followed farming, carrying on now a farm of 245 acres. He married M. Susannah Hittel, daughter of Peter and Mary Hittel. Mr. Hittel was a native of Lehigh county, Pa., and came to Niagara county in 1828, engaging in farming. He was a miller by trade and ran a mill in connection with his farming. He died May 6, 1843, and his widow August 8, 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Young have two children: Charles T. Young, born September 28, 1848, a farmer on the homestead; and E. Amanda, wife of S. S. Hopkins of Lewiston, a farmer.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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