Obituary: William Joseph Young

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William Joseph Young

William J. Young. Kershaw Era. July 8, 1921.

Mr W. J. Young Dead -- Was a Well Known Citizen of the Hanging Rock Section.

William J. Young, one of Kershaw county's most aged and highly respected citizens died at his home about four miles south of Kershaw on last Friday morning following an illness of several weeks and was buried at Hanging Rock graveyard Sat. afternoon after funeral services were conducted from Hanging Rock church by Rev. R. R. Doyle, pastor of the Kershaw Methodist church.

The burial was with masonic honors of which fraternity Mr Young had been a member for many years. Mr. Young was born May 10, 1833 and was therefore in his 80th year. He was a Confederate soldier and served during the whole four years of the War Between the States, with distinction-He was kept the first two years on guard duty in the city of Charleston and the remaining two on the field of battle in North Carolina and Virginia and was once wounded .

He was an active member of Hanging Rock Methodist church and served as superintendent of Sunday school for twenty five or more years and up to the time he became incapacitataed by the infirmities of old age.

Prior to the war, Mr Young acted as overseer for some of the largest slaveholders in Kershaw county and his services was marked by his humane treatment of those placed under his charge. Since the war his life was devoted to farming and this pursuit he followed until his death.

He was of firm and unyielding character, kind, courteous to all and was highly respected and well beloved by all who knew him.

Mr Young is survived by five sons, A. F., L. G., L.L. , J. W. and J. V. Young and three daughters, Mrs J. T. Gay, and Mrs W. P. Barfield of near Kershaw and Mrs N. A. Barfield of Hartsville . Also one half brother J. Z. Young of Camden; and one half sister Mrs Rebecca Gay of the Providence neighborhood, about fifty grandchildren and sixty great-grand children also survive him.

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