This photo was likely made in the early years of the 20th century when Thomas Baker Young (photo center) came up from his home on Toms Creek in McDowell County to visit his brothers in Mitchell County. Mack Young (photo left) lived on Cane Creek; Reuben J. Young (photo right) was long-time proprietor of the Young Hotel in Bakersville.
What would become Mitchell County was only sparsely settled when the brothers’ father, Reuben Young, was born here in 1795. His father, Moses Young (ca 1762- ca 1830), was likely born in the North Cove section of what is now McDowell County. Reuben Young first married Mary Burleson, daughter of Simeon and Polly Ledford Burleson, and their children were Greenberry Young, Moses Young, and Mary Young Burleson These 3 children were all younger than 10 when their mother died.
Reuben’s second wife was Sophia Baker, daughter of Bakersville founder David Baker. Their sons were David McDaniel “Mack” Young (1832-1917), Thomas Baker Young (1833-1909), and Reuben Jasper Young (1845-1932). Between Mack and Reuben were daughters Susannah Young Blalock, Temperance Young, and Nancy Sophia Young Blalock.
Mack Young’ wife was Martha Ann Elizabeth Young of Yancey County; they were the parents of 3 sons and 7 daughters. Thomas Young married May “Mollie” Young of McDowell County, and they had a daughter and 2 sons. Reuben J. Young married Nancy Matilda Wiseman and had 3 sons and 3 daughters.