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Elizabeth Young (born Seely)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: July 29, 1807

Date of Death: March 30, 1900

Birth Place: Steuben county, NY

Death Place: Mt. Pleasant, UT

Another Pioneer Passes Away—Mrs. Elizabeth Seely Young

Special Correspondence.

Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete Co., March 31.

Mrs. Elizabeth Young, the oldest lady of this place, finally passes away without the least of outward indication of pain, passes into the life beyond. She was one of the early pioneers that came to Utah in Capt. John Taylor’s company in September, 1847.

Mrs. Elizabeth Young, daughter of Justice [sic should be Justus] Mary Hettabel [sic should Mehitable] Seely was born July 29, 1807 in Steuben county, New York. She moved with her parents to Whitby Township, Canada, where she lived with them till 1838, when they moved to Missouri. On April 27, prior to moving to Missouri, she married James Young, and also joined the Church then. They were not permitted to remain in Missouri but four days, being driven from there by the mob. Remained in Ohio [sic should be Illinois] a few months, then settling in Iowa in 1839. In 1846 they began their journey westward, remaining at Winter Quarters during the winter. The following spring started with the company under Prest. John Taylor, arriving at Salt Lake valley as before mentioned. She had nine children, her husband and five children preceded her to the grave. Four children survive her, viz: John, 71 years old; Mary Wilcox, 69 years old; Elizabeth Stoker [sic should be Staker], 63 years old; Hannah Moore, 62 years old.

Sister Young has been a notable woman in all her experiences—she has suffered all the privations incident to an early settler’s life and bore her trials without murmuring. She has proved faithful to the end in the cause she first espoused.

Published in the Deseret News [Salt Lake City, Utah], April 2, 1900, page 7.

Death of a Pioneer.

Mrs. Elizabeth Young, Oldest Resident of Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant, April 2—the remains of another pioneer of Utah are being laid away in their last resting place this afternoon—Mrs. Elizabeth Young, who passed away on Saturday. Mrs. Young was one of the state’s earliest settlers, having arrived here with John Taylor’s company in 1847. She resided in Salt Lake a while, but the greater portion of her life has been passed in this city. She leaves four children, John, Mary Wilcox, Elizabeth Staker and Hannah Moore.

Mrs. Young was born in New York July 29, 1807, being consequently in her 93rd year. Her parents are Justice [sic should be Justus] and May [sic should be Mehitable] Seely. The family resided a while in Canada after leaving New York and in 1838 came to Missouri. Elizabeth married James Young in that year. Within a week after arriving in that state the family was obliged to leave by mob violence and went to Ohio [sic should be Illinois]. Shortly afterwards they left there and settled in Iowa, where they lived until 1846, when the journey westward was started.

Mrs. Young was the oldest lady in Mt. Pleasant. She has borne the many hardships connected with the life of the early pioneer and with the trip across the plains. She has been a member of the L.D.S. Church for sixty-two years, and the last rites over her remains were performed by that church. She leaves many faithful friends and relatives to mourn her loss. Four [sic should be five] children and her husband preceded her to the grave.

Published in the Salt Lake Herald, April 4, 1900, page 5.

[She is SGS # 2334 – Elizabeth (# 2334); Justus Azel (# 836); Justus William; Joseph; John; Benjamin; Nathaniel, Robert]

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