The Young surname is Anglo-Saxon in origin, from the English "yong" and "yung" with Scottish and German variations. The Young surname was first found in Somersetshire, where the family held a seat from ancient times. It was first bestowed on the younger of the bearers of the same personal name (usually a son named after his father). The English Coat of Arms is a gold shield with three red roses. The Crest is a black wolf passant, and the family motto: "Toujours jeune (Always young)." Spelling variations of this family name include: Young, Younge, Yonge, Youngson and others.
   Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Young and his wife, who settled in Virginia in 1623; as did Edward and Jane Young in 1636; Joseph and Margaret Young, who immigrated to New England with their two sons in 1635.
   But the Young line that married into the Hause family came from Ontario, Canada, in the early 1800s, where a man named ALEX YOUNG and his wife, ELLEN OMAND of Scotland, married before 1837 and had PETER YOUNG (7 Jul 1837 - 10 Jun 1906). Peter became a lumber dealer and married HENRIETTA ELIZABETH RIDER (b. 1834). They had a son, SENECA R. (1857-1898), and two daughters: REBECCA (b. 1859) and ELECTA ("Elise" or "Elsie") Young (1862-1930). The family crossed into the United States between 1862 and 1865, where the children all married. In the 1870 census, 13 year-old Seneca lives with his parents and sisters in Mussey, St. Clair County, Michigan. The 1880 census pinpoints Peter Young's the family's origin as Ontario. Rebecca, either separated from her husband or widowed, has an eight month-old child, Clarence Brown, and lives with her parents.

The Young siblings pose with their spouses in the late 1800's. Alice Hause Young stands behind Seneca R. Young in the middle of the photo, while Rebekah and Norman Brown are the couple on the left (Norman was 19 years older than Rebekah) and Elise and Andrus Hodge were on the right.

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   Seneca married ALICE A. HAUSE (30 Aug 1861 - 1939) on 13 Aug 1879 in Millington, Michigan—days before her 18th birthday. Alice was born in Emmet, Michigan, and was the first child of LABAN AUGUSTUS HAUSE and MELISSA SANDERSON HAUSE. Alice had an elder half-sister, ELMA J. HAUSE (1859-1942), by way of her father, from his first marriage to SARAH DYSINGER. After Sarah died, Laban married Melissa and had Alice, along with her siblings SARAH (1863-1880), FRANK (1867-1951), and EDITH (1871-1949). Laban had opened a general store in Millington after moving there from Emmett, where he ran the post office.
   The village was originally called Podunk , and platted in 1860 with its name changed to Lanesville. In 1872 it was re-platted and officially named Millington and incorporated as a village in 1877. Alice and Seneca Young settled near her family in the village, where he worked as a laborer. Seneca and Alice then started a family:


  • FRANK ARTHUR YOUNG (5 Jul 1880 - 26 Feb 1963) married first to Sylvia Hardy (16 Nov 1884 - 28 Feb 1910), with whom he had two children: Violet (11 Feb 1905 - 31 Aug 1929), and James Eldon (29 Aug 1908 - 1 Jan 1973). After Sylvia died, Frank married Blanche Elizabeth Chatfield (10 Jan 1880 - 13 Mar 1961). They had one son, Chatfield Young (16 Mar 1915 - 6 Dec 1996). Frank died in 1963 in Detroit and was buried in Saginaw.
  •    Their son, Frank Arthur "Art" Young, was born on 5 Jul 1880. A month later, Alice's sister Sarah died from food poisoning that she contracted from canned beans at the reception of her wedding to Arthur Baker (on 11 Nov 1880). The Hause family then moved away from Millington to their previous residence in Riley Center, Michigan.
       Alice and Seneca moved to the township of Arbela, Tuscola Co., Michigan, where their house burned down in a fire on 15 Nov 1883, acoording to the Detroit Free Press (16 Nov 1883, page 7). The article noted, "A total loss. He had just completed the same and it will be a hard blow on him." They then followed the Hause family to Riley Center, where they remained until selling to Amanda Ellenwood for $250 (according to the Port Huron Times Herald, 18 Aug 1891, page 5). During that time, Alice dealt with severe medical issues: in the Times Herald of 28 Apr 1887, she is going to Detroit for medical treatment. The paper reported on 17 May 1888 that she was "quite sick again." The family then moved to Capac, where Seneca opened a sawmill, according to the Weekly Expositor of November 28, 1889 ("Seneca Youngs (sic), late of Riley Centre, will locate a saw mill at Capac this winter"), and then built a fine house in Yale on Kennific Street, which the Weekly Expositor of May 22, 1891 called "a credit to the village." But Alice relapsed and was listed as "dangerously ill" at the house of her parents in Yale's Weekly Expositor newspaper,¹ on March 18, 1892.

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    Name:   Alice Hause
    Age in 1870:   9
    Birth Year:   1861
    Birthplace:   Michigan
    Home in 1870:   Emmett, St Clair, MI
    Relation:   Daughter
    Post Office:   Emmett
    Father's birthplace:   New York
    Mother's birthplace:   Ohio
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    Name:   Alice Young
    Age:   18
    Estimated birth year:   1862
    Birthplace:   Michigan
    Occupation:   Keeping house
    Relation:   Wife
    Home in 1880:   Millington, Tuscola, Michigan
    Father's birthplace:   New York
    Mother's birthplace:   Ohio
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    Name: Alice A. Young
    Home in 1900: Merrill Village, Saginaw, MI
    Age: 38
    Estimated birth year: Aug 1861
    Birthplace: Michigan
    Status: Widowed
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    Year: 1900; Census Place: Jonesville, Saginaw, Michigan; Roll: T623_739. Page 2A;  Enumeration District: 38.
       Unfortunately, the family's streak of bad luck continued: They moved to Merrill Village, Saginaw, Michigan, but the Weekly Expositor of June 12, 1891 reported that, "Seneca Young's horse dumped him and buggy into a ditch near Imlay City last week. The buggy was badly damaged." We don't know how badly Seneca, himself, was damaged in the accident, but he passed away seven years later, at the age of 41, on 9 Aug 1898 in Saginaw Hospital. His death certificate lists the cause as chronic nephritis, or kidney disease, and complications from an operation in the hospital.
       By the time of the 1900 census, and Alice was a 38-year-old widow living with her 19-year-old telegraph operator son, FRANK ARTHUR YOUNG, in Merrill Village, Saginaw, Michigan. On 11 Jun 1904, Frank married Sylvia Hardy in Saginaw, and they started a family:


  • VIOLET E. YOUNG was born on 11 Feb 1905 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. She married John S. Cosgrove in November of 1927 and they moved to Washington D. C. But Violet then died on 31 Aug 1929. She is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saginaw, Michigan.
  • JAMES ELDON YOUNG was born on 29 Aug 1908 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, MI. He wed Ann Marguerite Ide Foster (27 Oct 1913 - 18 Aug 2000) of St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada, on 18 Oct 1935. They had two children: Karen Ann (b. 13 Oct 1945; m. Allen Andrew Phillips 25 Oct 1969) and Barbara Jean (b. 1 Nov 1949; m. Philip Roy House 6 Jun 1974). James died on 1 Jan 1973 in Tarpon Springs, Pinellas, Florida, and is buried in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI.
  • Alice Hause - Click to enlarge
       With a larger family to support, Frank Arthur soon transitioned into a railroad agent, finally becoming a chief passenger agent for the Pere Marquette Railway, a railroad that operated in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The railroad had trackage in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and the Canadian province of Ontario from 1900 - 1947. Its primary connections included Buffalo, New York, Toledo, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. The beautiful Saginaw depot still stands today, towering over the nearby streets.
       But Sylvia died in 1910, and by the 1910 census he had moved to Bay City, where his mother Alice helped him raise the children.

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    Name:   Frank Young
    Age:   39
    Home in 1920:   Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan
    Occupation:   Railroad Agent
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    Name:   Frank Young
    Age:   49
    Birth year:   1881
    Birthplace:   Michigan
    Home in 1930:   Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan
    Occupation:   Railroad Agent
    Owns radio:   Yes
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    Name: Frank Arthur Young
    Residence: Saginaw, MI
    Occupation: Railroad Agent
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 20,243 rolls. Saginaw County, MI, Roll 1682809, Draft Board 1.
       Then in 1914, Frank married for a second time, to Blanche Elizabeth Chatfield, and they had a son, Chatfield Young, in 1915, while raising Frank's other children back in Saginaw.
       Frank's World War I draft card, dated 11 Sep 1918, lists him as 5'8" with brown hair, gray eyes, and working as a railroad agent. After the war, he and Blanche moved to Highland Park, Wayne County, Michigan, living next door to the family of his cousin, Basil Hause. They would spend a week of the summer back in Memphis at the Cottington's. Karen Ann Young (now Phillips), daughter of James Young, who was never quite sure of her family's connection to the Cottingtons during their visits, still remembers those vacations as "quite a different experience from where I lived in Detroit! We had a lot of fun."


  • CHATFIELD YOUNG was born on 16 Mar 1916 in Michigan. He married Irene Ellen Headford (11 Jan 1916 - 4 Nov 2001) on 10 Feb 1934. They had the following children: Margaret Jean (b. born 29 Feb 1936; m. first Harry James Barker [b. 18 Apr 1935] on 18 Aug 1956, then married David Carl Warren [13 Apr 1929 - 3 Dec 2008] on 21 Jan 2002); Robert Edward (b. 9 Jul 1940; m. Catherine Elizabeth Snider [b. 26 Jun 1943] on 26 Oct 1963). Chatfield died on 6 Dec 1996 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.
  • L-R: Blanche and family (front row: Chatfield Young, James Young. Back row: Irene Young, Margaret Young, Ann Young, Blanche Young); Frank Arthur with grandson Robert Young (click on each photo too see the full image).

       We have no record of Alice in the 1920 census, but a letter by Melissa Hause says Alice was living in a tent in California with her husband's sister-in-law. Then, after Melissa's death, Alice apparently moved back to her place Memphis, to be closer to the Hause family. In the 1930 census, 68-year-old Alice lived alone in Memphis, next to Ida Dysinger. Eventually she became ill and moved to Highland Park, to live with her son.
       "Alice Hause Young died in 1939, after a long illness: "Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Young, 239 Colorado avenue, were held Monday afternoon in the Alfred E. Crosby Mortuary, 13308 Woodward avenue. Burial was in Millington, Mich.
       "Mrs. Young died Friday in Highland Park General Hospital after an extended illness. She had spent the last year and a half in the home of her son, F. Arthur Young, of Colorado Avenue, coming here from Memphis, Mich. She was born Aug. 30 1861.
       Surviving, in addition to her son, are a sister, Mrs. Edith Cottington, a brother, F. A. Hause, two grandsons, and a great granddaughter." (This obituary, seen at left, is from an unknown source, is in a scrapbook created by Charles Hause Jackson, the son of Alice's half-sister, Elma.)

    TOP PHOTO: Blanche and Art Young pose with the families of James and Chatfield during Christmas at Highland Park (Ann Young, Margaret Young, Irene Young, Robert Young, Chatfield Young, Blanche Young, Frank Arthur Young).

    (Genealogy and photos courtesy of Karen Phillips, daughter of James Young; Photo of Seneca and siblings with their spouses courtesy of Lisa Eschenburg.)


    ¹—Yale's Weekly Expositor, was published weekly in Brockway Centre, Michigan by DRL. T. Sutton. and covered Yale, and Saint Clair, Michigan, starting with Vol. 1, no. 1 (May 18, 1882) to v. 13, no. 19 (Sept. 14, 1894). It was succeeded by The Yale Expositor (1894-current).

    Front row: Chatfield Young, James Young. Back row: Irene Young, Margaret Young, Ann Young, Frank Arthur Young.


  • KAREN YOUNG PHILLIPS, whose great, great grandmother, Alice Hause Young, was the daughter of my great, great, great grandfather, Laban Hause (see photo, above). The photo of Alice in this family history hangs on a wall of Karen's house. Karen grew up just down the street from her cousin Jerry Hause in Highland Park.
  • LISA ESCHENBURG is the great great, great, great granddaughter of Henrietta Elizabeth Rider's sister, MAHALA JANE RIDER (Mahala was the seventh child, Henrietta the ninth). Henrietta and Mahala came to St. Clair County Michigan in 1869 with their families and their mother. For a while they lived together, then Peter and Henrietta moved to Millington. Mahala had two daughters, Mary and Lisa's great, great grandmother, SARAH, who married CHRISTIAN STEVENS. Lisa has been doing family research on the Youngs for over 20 years.