John YOUNG 1040
- Born: 1671-1672, Ballygowen, Antrim, Ulster, IRE 971
- Marriage: Annie HOUSTON before 1699 in Ballygowan, Antrim, Ulster, IRE 1541
With new evidence and understanding from Attorney Janice McAlpine, I do not believe that this John ever came to the American colonies. Most of what has been attributed to him in the colonies actually was about his likely children. His stated son's John and James owned land in Augusta County by 1738 and appear to be the earliest Youngs in the records. Robert's family came by 1740. Hugh followed in 1740/1741 according to Hugh's son John's testimony when he was 81 in 1818.
We now know for certain that John and James of Back Creek in the Beverly Patent of Augusta Co., Virginia was not the John married to Annie Houston. It took a lawyer and descendant, Janice McAlpine to discern this. It was assumed that the early John and James C. Young on Back Creek was the John married to Annie and his brother James from Ireland. However, John died intestate (withouth leaving a will) in 1747. His named brother James Young was the court appointed administrator of the estate rather than the executor of a will. Two things are significant here. The John who died in 1747 had no descendants or heirs. We know this because his brother James was referred to as "his nearest heir" in the records. Attorney Janice McAlpine points out that by law, a brother could only be an heir if the deceased had no living descendents. The second significant point here is since John who died in 1747 left no children then he was not John Young who married Annie Houston in Ireland and left a number of sons and daughters. Thirdly, it means that we also do not have proof that John married to Annie has a brother James that I have seen other than the misinterpretation of the administration of John who died in 1747 in Augusta Co., Virginia. Let this last paragraph sink in. It has far reaching effect on how we have interpreted the data up to 2010. I am personally devoting weeks to restudying this Young line and am reworking lines that can no longer be considered valid just from a correct understanding of the John and James who were in Augusta Co., Virginia as early as 1738. See the biographies on this John Young's sons John and James to gain further clarification.
One more clear pattern needs to be noted about this family. The following persons interact in the land, road and court records from Beverly and the Borden Platts which suggests they are siblings: John, James C., Hugh, Robert and Nancy. Sarah, often attributed to this group of siblings, lived on Naked Creek with her husband and all interactions in her and her son Robert's family occur with Youngs in the Naked Creek area. I do not therefore believe she is a sibling of the above listed Youngs of Beverly and Borden. DNA evidence I've been told does still show them to be related, but that evidence cannot tell who was a sibling, just that they had common ancestors at some point in time.
John married Annie HOUSTON before 1699 in Ballygowan, Antrim, Ulster, IRE.1541 (Annie HOUSTON was born about 1670 in Ballyclair, Antrim, Ulster, IRE 1541.)