Daniel B. Young
Contributed by Cordell October 25, 2008
No one can know what influenced Daniel Bryson Young b. 1824 NC, to move from North Carolina to Lumpkin County, Georgia. The 1828 discovery of gold in North Georgia had offered short-lived excitement; however, as late as 1870, the U. S. Federal Census indicates that some were still listing “Gold Miner” as their occupation. The last Georgia Land Lottery was held in 1832, yet none of these facts answers the mystery of Daniel’s decision to make such a life-changing move. In Georgia, Daniel married Elizabeth J. Adams; daughter of George Berry Adams and Martha Ahearn. The first of Daniel and Elizabeth’s eleven children was born on 16 Mar 1854.
By 1861, when the War Between the States officially commenced, Daniel and Elizabeth already had five small children. On 23 May 1862, Daniel enlisted as a Private into Co. C, 52nd Regiment, GA Vol. Infantry, Army of Tenn., C.S.A. He contracted measles which settled in his left lung, causing permanent disability. Two months later, he received a Disability Discharge at Big Creek Gap, Tenn. War records show Daniel B. Young’s birthplace to be Burke Co., NC. On the 1860 U.S. Federal Census Daniel B. and Elizabeth Yang are reported to be living in Frogtown Dist., Lumpkin Co., GA. The Post Office: Loudsville. (near Licklog) At that time, the record shows them to have four children. Daniel’s occupation is listed as ‘Farmer.’ The name “Young” was misspelled by the census taker as “YANG”. The family is shown living next door to Elizabeth’s father, George Adams b. 1789 SC. Soon after Daniel’s discharge, he and his family moved to Dekalb Co., AL,. where their fifth child, Mary Eveline Young, my g-grandmother, was born. She married Jefferson Alexander Thomas, son of John M. Thomas and Elizabeth Josephine Stafford. The 1870 U.S. Federal Census reflects Daniel B. and Elizabeth Young, along with their nine children living in Township 4, Range 10, Dekalb Co., AL, Post Office: Sulphur Springs. In 1880 Daniel and Elizabeth Young are shown with ten children, (including one grandchild), living in Township 5, Range 10, Dekalb Co., AL. (Two of their children were out of the home.) Four generations in Valley Head, AL:
1) Daniel Bryson Young m. Elizabeth J. Adams
2) Mary Eveline Young m. Jefferson Alexander Thomas
3) Mary Lily Thomas m. Henry David Cordell
4) Rena Edna Cordell m. James Franklin Akins
The next two generations of our family line grew up in Valley Head, AL. Life there was dependent on agriculture and the hard manual labor associated with raising and preserving crops. Farming was done with mules pulling hand-held plows. Most planting and harvesting was done by hand. Wagons and mules provided transportation. (Henry Cordell rode a mule fifteen miles into Fort Payne to serve on Jury Duty.)
A good harvest determined how well a family ate during winter months. Home canning became popular when my mother, Rena Cordell b. 1913, was a teen. She remembered learning these skills from the Home Extension Office and then teaching classes for their neighbors in her backyard. Before the advent of home canning, vegetables and fruits were dried or pickled and meat was treated with salt and hung in a smokehouse to cure. My grandmother, Mary Lily (Thomas) Cordell, filled a large storage pantry with canned goods. She cooked for a family of twelve; plus, as many as, forty guests for Sunday dinner. Chickens roamed freely before the early 1930’s when a hen-house was built for nesting. The pasture was enclosed by a split-rail fence with a gate built of slabs from the saw mill. The outhouse was considered to be a nice one since it was a “two-seater.” An old Sears, Roebuck Catalog was conveniently hung on a wire. My mother, Rena Cordell, recalled the flu epidemic in 1918 when she was five years old. They were blessed that no one in their family was touched with the dread sickness. Mother remembered that her daddy, Henry Cordell, rode in the wagon to each home in the area, making certain that families with sick folk had firewood cut and stacked close to the door for easy access. Mother was raised in a God-fearing home and my life has been blessed because of her faithfulness to Christian principles. She went Home to Glory in 2006 at 93 years of age.
Daniel B. Young