Grandfather Samuel Young was born December 13, 1844, in Tishomingo County, Miss., and spent most of his childhood days in that State, removing to Arkansas in his early youth. Early in 1861 he volunteered in the Confederate army, becoming a member of Company C, 3d Arkansas Cavalry. His service was in Northeastern Arkansas and Missouri until the spring of 1862, when he was transferred to the army east of the Mississippi. He was in the battle of Corinth and many others under Generals Van Dorn, Wheeler, and Forrest; was captured by the Federals in the winter of 1864-65, and was in prison at Fort Delaware when the war closed, being paroled at Little Rock, Ark., June 1, 1865.
Returning to his home in Benton, Ark. he was married to Mrs. Louisa Julian Thompson in 1866, and on the following year made their home at Detonti, Ark. To this union were born eleven children, of who eight survive him, also thirty-seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Losing his devoted wife and companion in 1899, he contracted a second marriage with Mrs. Rachel Holman, who was a faithful companion in his declining years.
Soon after his marriage grandfather became a Master Mason in the Benton Lodge, No. 34, F. and A. M., of which he was a constant member. At the age of thirty-eight years he had joined the New Friendship Baptist Church and was an honored and beloved deacon at the time of his death, which occurred on the 5th of October, 1919. He was laid to rest in the cemetery at New Friendship, with funeral services by his Church and Masonic Lodge.
Grandfather was always true to his convictions. As a soldier he was full of courage, unmindful of danger, and always at his post of duty. During the late war in Europe his patriotism was no less fervent and he gave seven of his grandsons to the cause of humanity. His greatest earthly desire was to live to see the close of the war and to have his grandsons return with the cause rightfully vindicated. As a companion and father he was kind and true, and his heart's desire was to rear his children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. As a Christian he was prayerful, administering to the poor and needy, visiting the sick and afflicted, giving words of counsel and comfort in distress. He spent a life of usefulness and service worthy of emulation.
[Mrs. Cecil Carson Threet, his granddaughter.]
SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, February, 1920.
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