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    DAVID D. YOUNG, who is engaged in general farming in Elizabeth Township, Miami County, owns 205 acres, which are situated in Section 13, and he is one of the Township's representative men. He was born June 22, I827, in Bethel Township, Miami County, Ohio, one mile north of Brandt, and is a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Schroyer) Young.

    The paternal grandfather was George Young, who lived at Boonesboro, Maryland, until after the death of his wife, when he came to Ohio and settled in Montgomery County, not far distant from Dayton. The grandparents on the maternal side were Jacob and Susan Schroyer, who lived two and a half miles north of Brandt, Ohio. The children of George Young, all of whom are deceased, were Daniel, Sarah, George, Benjamin, Hezekiah, Margaret and Lewis.

    In 1826 the parents of Mr. Young were married and took up their residence in Miami County. They had a family of six children, as follows: David D., subject of this sketch; Louisa, who married Joseph Rudy, of Bethel Township; Susan, who married Samuel Kingore, of Donnelsville, Clark County; Sarah Elizabeth, who died in childhood; Benjamin Franklin; and Mary H., wife of H. E. Hawver, of Tippecanoe.

    David D. Young was taught his first lessons by his great grandmother in the house in which be was born. When he grew older he was sent to the Hickory Grove School and still later to the Hughs School, which is now known as the Center School in Bethel Township. Being the eldest in the family he early became very useful to his father on the farm and continued to work for him until he was over thirty years of age. Mr. Young's memory goes far back and he can remember many interesting things about the early settlements through this part of Ohio and of the customs and ways of living. He recalls a little walking trip he once had in early manhood, when he drove a cow all the way from Bethel Township to Cincinnati. The distance was sixty-five miles, mainly through the woods and sparsely settled regions. When he reached the village of Dayton he was quite ready to rest and partake of a substantial meal at a public house. He remembers how much amusement was caused when the innkeeper offered to bring around the guest's horse when the time for departure came and Mr. Young replied, "My horse has two horns and is generally called a cow."

    After his marriage in 1857, Mr. Young settled on a farm of thirty-five acres which he owned in Bethel Township, two and a half miles north of Brandt, and continued to cultivate his land there until the outbreak of the Civil War. He then went into the army, enlisting in Company A, 147th Regiment, O. V. I., in which he served for 100 days, afterwards returning to peaceful pursuits. For a short time he resumed farming in Bethel Township and then moved to his mother-in-law's farm, which was situated north of Tadmor, in Miami County, and remained there for seven years. Mr. Young then removed to Tippecanoe City and was there engaged in a grocery business for four years; when he sold out to return to the country he purchased his present fine farm of 205 acres. At that time a frame stable and log house stood on the place, but they were later destroyed by fire and the present substantial structures were built by Mr. Young. This place has been his home since March 9, 1875. The Tippecanoe City and the Carlisle Turnpike roads give easy means of travel in any direction, and are very different from the wood paths by which Mr. Young once made his way to Cincinnati.

    On September 30, 1857, Mr. Young was. united in marriage with Miss Henrietta D'Long, a daughter of George and Elizabeth D'Long. He and his wife have been the parents of four children, namely: George D., Ada Arkansas, David Franklin, and Sarah.

    David Franklin died in infancy. Sarah died November 30, 1884. George D., who married Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Zile, has seven children, Mary Etta, Harry Edward, Albert David, Ada Belle, Jacob William, Sarah Aletha and George Hiton; Ada Arkansas, who married John C. Drake of Piqua, Ohio, has one son, John C.

    Mrs. Henrietta D'Long Young was born January 1, 1831, in Miami County, Ohio, and died at the home of her son, George W. Young, in same county, April 15, 1909, aged seventy-eight years, three months and fourteen days. She was converted in early life and joined the German Reformed church. About twenty years ago she became a member of the Cove Springs Christian church and remained a consistent member until death. At her funeral services a sermon was preached from a text of her own selection. She was a woman highly esteemed by her neighbors and dearly loved by all the members of her family.

    Mr. Young is a member of the Christian church at Cove Springs. He is Republican in his political views but has never been willing to accept office. He has passed all the chairs in the local lodge of Odd Fellows but is no longer active in the order.

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