Monday, June 28, 2010

Query: YOUNG / HENRY / EDDY of Monroe County

I am seeking information on a possible Monroe County, Indiana connection to my family. I am trying to find the parents of John Preston Young (born 1824 in Indiana; died 1877 in Camden County, Missouri), who married Celia Henry (born 1840 in Indiana), supposedly in 1858 in Waverly Township, Lincoln County, Missouri (I haven't found any documentation for this).

John Preston and Celia Young were in Lincoln County, Missouri for the 1860 census. They had several children: Rebecca Jane (1859-1941), James (born 1861), Mary E. (born 1863), Harriet (born 1865), Robert T. (born 1867), John Preston (1869-1956), M. Belle (born 1871), George (born 1873) and Celia (born 1876).

Celia Henry was the daughter of James M. Henry (born 1806) and Elizabeth (born 1808). James M. Henry is living in the household of John Preston Young and wife Celia in the 1860 census; in the 1850 census, James M. Henry and wife Elizabeth are in Carrolton, Carrol County, Arkansas, along with children Samuel Edy (born about 1834 in Indiana), Celia Henry and Jesse Henry (born about 1845 in Arkansas).

The Indiana State Library's Indiana pre-1850 marriage index shows that James Henry married Elizabeth Eddy on October 3, 1839 in Monroe County, Indiana - so Celia's parents were apparently from Monroe County. I also found that a Samuel Eddy married an Elizabeth Rains on April 8, 1825 in Monroe County - so this could be a previous husband for Elizabeth (Eddy) Henry.

The curious thing is that I haven't been able to find John Preston Young in the 1850 census, before he married Celia Henry. I did find that in the 1850 census for Benton Township, Monroe County, Indiana there is a Preston Young age 24 in the household of a Mary Young age 46 born Kentucky.  Is this maybe my John Preston Young? Did the Young and Henry families know each other in Indiana and then moved to Missouri together? Any help would be appreciated.

Submitted by:
Marlinda Kroesing

1 comment:

  1. Marlinda--Your question cannot be answered easily, as I'm sure you discovered. I believe that it is possible that the John Preston in Monroe County, Indiana, is your ancestor. I have checked Monroe County will and probate records and know that the information you seek is not there.

    I think the answer is probably in deed records and/or tax records. In 1842 tax records, there were seven men with the surname Young that were taxed in Benton Twp; there was also a James Henry, the only Henry living in Monroe county, taxed in Van Buren Twp.

    The Monroe County Historical Society can assist you with your research. Their charges are quite reasonable, only $10/hour. You can contact the genealogy library at 812-355-5588.

    Randi Richardson
    Monroe County Genealogist
    Indiana Genealogical Society