John Young (pioneer)

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John Young (March 8, 1764 – 1825) was an American surveyor and pioneer. He is best known as the founder of Youngstown, Ohio, a village that eventually became one of the nation's largest steel producers.[1]

Early years[edit]

John Young was born in Peterborough, New Hampshire and moved to Whitestown, New York, where he married Mary Stone White, the daughter of Whitestown's founder, Hugh White. In 1796, John Young moved with his wife and their son, John Young, Jr. to what would become Ohio while he surveyed the area, and settled there soon after.[1] On February 9, 1797, he purchased the entire township of 15,560 acres (63 km²) from the Western Reserve Land Company for $16,085.[2] The 1797 establishment of the town was officially recorded on August 19, 1802.[3] Young lived in the area from 1799 to 1803.[1]

Pioneer in Ohio and return to New York State[edit]

The Youngs' had their son George during their time in Ohio, but they eventually returned to Whitestown due to Mary's health in 1803.

Death and legacy[edit]

Young died in Whitestown in 1825.[4]

The Youngs' had three sons, John Young Jr (1794-1875), who later became a Commodore in the United States Navy, William Clark Young (1799-1893), US Army Colonel and surveyor and George Young (1796-1828).[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Builders of Youngstown: John Young". The Youngstown Daily Vindicator. October 13, 1924. 
  2. ^ Aley, Howard C. (1975). A Heritage to Share: The Bicentennial History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Youngstown, OH: The Bicentennial Commission of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Ohio. pp. 28–29. 
  3. ^ Blue, Frederick J.; et al. (1995). Mahoning Memories: A History of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company. pp. 15–16. ISBN 0-89865-944-2. 
  4. ^ a b "Re: Young founder of Youngstown, Ohio". Retrieved November 30, 2012. 

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