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ARTEMUS YOUNG Descendant Families

By: Charles Young

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Artemus Young, my grandfather, was born in New York in 1826. He married Sarah Ann who was born in Pennsylvania in 1830. Artemus was 22 and Sarah Ann was 18 when their first child, Frances, was born in Cook County Illinois, perhaps near Chicago, Illinois. Their second child, Frank P., was born in 1849. The family moved to Valparaiso, Indiana (Porter County Indiana) where Sarah was born in 1853. Willard Dayton was born May 23, 1857.

The little I know about the Artemus Young family comes from census records. When the 1850 census was taken, Sarah Ann Young and her 2 children were living with the Orlando Seymour family in Cook County near Chicago. Artemus was not listed as a resident of the house perhaps he was working away from home for a while.

In 1860 Artemus was living with his family in Valparaiso, Indiana. Frances would have been 12 years old, but was not listed as a resident of the house.

23 year old Louisa Seymour was living with the Young family in 1860. Were the Seymours and the Youngs related? I did not find the Young family in Valparaiso in the 1870 census. Where did they go?

Dad remembers his father (Willard Dayton) writing to Frank in California. My brother Dale found a postcard from Frank in Cleveland, Ohio addressed to Mrs. Young, 406 N. 18th St., Fort Smith, Arkansas. The card said "Hello Everybody Frank." Perhaps this was Dad's Uncle, Frank Young. Whoever he was, he did not write a long letter. The card was postmarked 7 PM June 6th, 1943. Dad does not recall hearing about any other aunts or uncles. If Frank Young had any descendants, perhaps one day I will find them, and they can fill me in on that branch of the family tree.

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When Dave was 31 years old he ate some grapes at the fair, got sick, and died. Dad was a year old when his brother died. He saved Dave's obituary from the Fort Smith paper.

David B. Young, manager of the Fort Smith Bakery and one of Fort Smith's young progressive business men died at his home, 801 North 16th St. suddenly Friday night. Death was due to acute indigestion. He was taken sick at the fair grounds Thursday evening. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Central Methodist church, Rev. L.M. Broyles, officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Cemetery.

The deceased was born at Fort Scott, Kan., 30 years ago and has been a resident of this city for the past 16 years. He is a son of Willard B. Young and with his brother, Eugene W., conducted the Fort Smith Bakery. A few years ago he married Miss Leola Henson, of this city. He was a member of the Central Methodist church and the local camp of the Woodmen of the World. In both business and social circles he was popular and universally regarded as a young man of sterling worth and character.

Aside from his father and widow he leaves two brothers, Eugene W. and Artie A. and three sisters, Mrs. A.B. Croom, Misses Maud and May, all residents of this city.

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Uncle Gene made good at the bakery. They called the bread Royal Cream. Gene invested in land and oil and gave up the bakery business.

I know we visited Uncle Gene when I was young, but I mainly remember visiting Aunt Hettie in the 1960's. She lived in a large brick house just south of Rogers Avenue and about 2 blocks west of Greenwood Avenue.

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Zoe Ella attended college in North Carolina. She went to New Orleans to seek help from a cancer specialist and died there. Dad refers to his niece as Zoe Ellen.

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Sometimes Dad would eat Sunday dinner with his sister Kate and her daughter.

Katherine worked for many years at the phone company.

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Beverly Foster lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with her husband Stan.

Ewing "Win" lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with her husband Rob. She works at Statistica, and has done a lot of travelling.

Tracy lives in Kansas City, MO with her husband Steve. She works at Hallmark. In 1998 Beverly wrote that both Tracy and Steve do Improv acting and enjoy singing together and solo for their church and special occasions. In 1999 she wrote that Steve has pretty much given up acting for now, while he devotes full time to pursuing a law degree.

In January, 1998 Beverly wrote:

My sister Marilyn lives very near me in Edmond, Oklahoma.

I live in Oklahoma City with my husband, Stan Foster. When Stan and I married we moved into my parent's home. I have intentionally kept my father's name in the telephone directory so my mother's friends might still be able to make contact. Especially since I changed my name and address after 24 years of my first marriage, I was concerned about losing all contact with my parents' friends. Your letter has proved my efforts worthwhile.

I do not feel I know much about the Young family. I always knew my grandmother was a Young, because she loved to tell us all that she was "Young" when she married. I communicate on a regular basis with relatives in Ft. Smith, Arkansas who are on that side of the family.

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Aunt Mae and Brooks lived in Kansas City for a while, and then moved back to Fort Smith. The photo shows Dayton Young with his nephew, Bob Aston.


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