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Elbridge Lee and Luella May (Purdum) Young

Young,_Elbridge_Family.jpg(From left to right in back: Ernest Edgar, Grace Olive, Clara Ellen, and James Scobe.  Left to right in the front: Sylvia Marie, Elbridge Lee, Ira Ralph, Mary Leona, and Luella May. Photo circa 1900.)

Elbridge Lee Young was born 2 Apr 1860 in Schuyler County, Illinois to Jackson and Clarissa Miller Young.  He grew up on the 40 acre family farm in section 23 (SE ¼ of the SW ¼) of Birmingham Township, the home sitting next to a small creek that empties into Harrison Branch a ¼ mile to the NE.  He likely lived at home until the time of his marriage, attending school only through the 4th grade, and lived his entire life in Birmingham Township.   On 8 Mar 1887 Elbridge married Luella May Purdum.  The wedding took place at the home of Luella’s parents in Bethel Township, and was performed by Justice of the Peace J W Twaddell.  Luella was born 27 Sep 1866 in McDonough County to James and Sarah Ellen Foster Purdum.  Most likely, she was born in Lamoine Township, where the family lived in 1870.  They moved sometime prior to 1880 to nearby Bethel Township.  Luella attended school through the 7th grade, though the 1880 census shows that she attended school when she was 13 years old.

The marriage of Elbridge and Luella produced 12 children, 5 girls and 7 boys, however two of the boys would die while still babies.  These were Martin Ray and William Roy, twins who were born 9 Mar 1896.  Both boys died in September of the same year of unknown causes, but it is likely to be from disease.  At this time I do not know where they are buried.  Elbridge farmed throughout his life, though never owned land of his own.  In 1900, the family lived in a rented house and Elbridge worked as a farm laborer.  Sometime before 1910, the family moved to a farm, which Elbridge rented and farmed into the 1930s.  After he retired, Elbridge and Luella moved in with their son Chester.  Elbridge died 12 Aug 1943.  Luella followed him in death nearly four years later on 9 Apr 1847, and is buried next to her husband in Markee Cemetery. 


ELBRIDGE LEE YOUNG

Birth: 02 Apr 1860 in Schuyler, Illinois          Death: 12 Aug 1943 in Birmingham, Schuyler, Illinois

Burial: Markee Cemetery, Birmingham, Schuyler, Illinois

Marriage: 08 Mar 1887 in Plymouth, Bethel, McDonough, Illinois

Father: ROBERT ALEXANDER ANDREW JACKSON YOUNG

Mother: MATILDA CLARISSA MILLER

Wife:

LUELLA MAY PURDUM

Birth: 27 Sep 1866 in McDonough, Illinois          Death: 09 Apr 1947 in McDonough, Illinois

Burial: Markee Cemetery, Birmingham, Schuyler, Illinois

Father: JAMES PURDUM

Mother: SARAH ELLEN FOSTER

Children:

1. CLARA ELLEN YOUNG

Birth: 04 Dec 1887 in Illinois          Death: 11 Dec 1984 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Burial: 13 Dec 1984 in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Marriage: 12 Aug 1912 in Augusta, Hancock, Illinois to BENJAMIN F WEST

2. JAMES SCOBE YOUNG

Birth: 04 Jan 1889 in Plymouth, McDonough, Illinois          Death: 03 Feb 1965

Marriage: 04 Sep 1920 in Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa to MORDY A LARSON

3. GRACE OLIVE YOUNG

Birth: 28 Aug 1890 in McDonough, Illinois          Death: 19 Feb 1974 in Roseville, Warren, Illinois

Burial: Scott's Cemetery, Bethel, McDonough, Illinois

Marriage: 28 Oct 1909 to GEORGE EMMETT HINES

4. ERNEST EDGAR YOUNG

Birth: 15 Mar 1892 in Birmingham, Schuyler, Illinois          Death: 28 Jan 1968 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois

Burial: 30 Jan 1968 in Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois

Marriage: 1917 to VADA M EWING

5. SYLVIA MARIA YOUNG

Birth: 09 Mar 1894 in Illinois          Death: 31 Aug 1975 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Marriage: abt 1913 to NORRIS LEE MASON

6. MARTIN RAY YOUNG

Birth: 09 Mar 1896          Death: Sep 1896

7. WILLIAM ROY YOUNG

Birth: 09 Mar 1896          Death: Sep 1896

8. IRA RALPH YOUNG

Birth: 26 Jun 1897 in Illinois

Marriage: to MABEL CHAMBERS  

9. MARY LEONA YOUNG

Birth: 30 Jul 1899 in Birmingham, Schuyler, Illinois          Death: 29 Jun 1983 in Augusta, Hancock, Illinois

Marriage: 20 Feb 1918 to RALPH HUBERT FARWELL

10. CHARLES STANTON YOUNG

Birth: 14 Jan 1902 in Illinois         Death: 30 Jun 1973 in New Boston, Mercer, Illinois

Marriage: Roseville, Warren, Illinois to GOLDA PARSONS

11. CHESTER DUANE YOUNG

Birth: 28 Oct 1903 in Birmingham, Schuyler, Illinois          Death: 31 Aug 1980 in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois

Burial: 03 Sep 1980 in Markee Cemetery, Schuyler, Illinois

Marriage: 18 Aug 1944 in Monmouth, Warren, Illinois to NINA M SORRELLS STEINER

12. WILMA SALINE YOUNG

Birth: 20 Oct 1906 in Illinois          Death: 22 Jul 2000 in Eureka, Woodford, Illinois

Burial: Scott's Cemetery, Bethel, McDonough, Illinois

Marriage: 25 Oct 1923 to ALVA DARINS JONES

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