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William E. Young, one of the oldest and most reliable citizens in the area, was born in Philadelphia, in April, 1827. His parents, John and Mary (Dunn) Young were natives of Ireland, and were married in their own country. John Young emigrated to the United States about the year 1817, with the intention of making a home for his family. He worked until he had acquired sufficient means to bring his wife and children across the sea; he was a weaver by trade, and carried on the occupation in Philadelphia until 1836. His family had joined him in 1820, and sixteen years later they removed to Greene county, Alabama, where he turned his attention to agriculture. In 1848 he came to Texas, and located in Robertson county where he continued farming until his death in 1853, when he passed from this life to the eternity beyond; his wife survived him ten years

William E. Young embarked in the livestock business in 1851, with his uncle, James Dunn, who located in Texas as early as 1833. He purchased land in Robertson county and resided there until the fall of 1860, when he came to his present home in Texas.
He bought 393 acres of land and stocked the place well; at one point he owned 1,700 acres, and 3,000 sheep. During the Civil War he did not go into active service, but was a member of the home guards.

He was married in 1857 to Mary Jane Caufield, who came to Texas in 1849; she died in April, 1888, leaving a family of five children: William W. had died before the mother passed away; Elizabeth C. was the wife of D. W. Freeland; Mary A. was the wife of Fred Foote; Catherine Cavit was the wife of E. Tenny; Josephine Y. married E. A. Brenholtz; William T. was a resident of Nashville, a graduate of the University at that place, and is now engineer for the Youngstown Bridge Company.
The family were members of the Presbyterian Church.

William Ewing Young as an old man with a flowing beardMary Jane Caufield, William Ewing Young's wife