James Albert Young is not a native Buckeye, but was caught young and has made as good a citizen as though born in the great State of Ohio. He is a native of Mifflin County, Pa., and was born June 7, 1844. His parents came to Ohio when he was but eighteen months old and located at Mt. Leigh, the nursery of many distinguished citizens. He has three sisters and one brother. His father was born in 1806. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church at Mt. Leigh and died in 1873. His mother died in Seaman in 1893. He received a common school education and labored on his father's farm until July 14, 1863, when he enlisted in Company G., 129th O. V. I. He was at the capture of Cumberland Gap. September 9, 1863. He was in the army of Gen. Burnside in the Longstreet campaign in East Tennessee in the Fall of 1863. and marched, starved, fed graybacks and fought with the rest of them. He was in the noted encounter at Black Fox Ferry on Clinch River, December 2, 1863. He was mustered out March 8, 1864. He concluded to try military life again, and on August 31, 1864, enlisted in Company H, 173d O. V. I., and served until June 26, 1865. He was always ready for duty and rations and the Government had no more faithful soldier. After the war, he came back to the farm on which he was reared, and which he now owns, the Jonah Steen farm. He married Dorcas Glasgow, daughter of Andrew Glasgow, June 20, 1873. and has a son Frank, a bright young merchant and Deputy Postmaster at Seaman, Ohio. His wife died February 23. 1874. From 1873 to 1878, our subject traveled for D. H. Baldwin & Co., of Cincinnati, O., in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. While traveling, be became acquainted with Miss Sallie Plauch, of Elizaville, Fleming County, Ky., and as James always had winning ways, he married her January 24. 1878. They have two bright intelligent boys, Lucien Baldwin and Clarence Plauch, aged fifteen and twelve.


Mr. Young farmed from 1878 to 1888, when he moved to Seaman and built a hotel and livery stable, both of which he has conducted ever since. He has been a trustee of bis township and was appointed Post master at Seaman in 1897. He is a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church at Mt. Leigh. He works hard all week, and when Sunday comes he is always an attendant at the services, and has led the choir since 1865. He owns and manages, with profit, two other farms than the one already mentioned—the Aaron Steen farm and the Joseph Rothrock farm.


Surrounded by an interesting family, prospered and prosperous, with the esteem and respect of all his neighbors, Mr. Young ought to be contented and happy, and we believe he is. It is a pleasure to meet him and spend some time with him in his pleasant hostelry, and no man more enjoys the company of his old friends than he. When he is called, he will be ready, but we hope he may not be wanted on the other shore for many years, as he is a most valuable citizen here.


He is energetic and enterprising and has made his business a success, and his good wife has largely contributed to the latter.

 

From "History of Adams County, Ohio from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time" - by Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers - West Union, Ohio - Published by E. B. Stivers - 1900