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Fiftyniners' Directory
Colorado Argonauts
1858-1859

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YARD, Angeline C., of Trenton, Mercer County, New Hampshire, under date Feb 15, 1860, is property owner in Denver, for she confers Power of Attorney at that date upon H. J. Brendlinger, of Arapahoe County, to sell, rent, or dispose of all, or any part of her property there. Edward Scudder is a witness to her paper, which is certified to in Trenton. If not a resident of the place in 1859 she is no doubt a property owner of that year, and the record should be included as it may throw light upon some other matters concerning the pioneers of Denver.

YASE (YATE?), Emily, is grantee, from William Clancy “For a valuable consideration” lot 2, block 278, City of Denver, Dec 3, 1859. (Arapahoe County Land Records)

YOST, ---, had four lots donated in Denver 1859. (Clipping)

YOUNG, J., of Missouri, arrived spring 1859. Mentioned in RMN, files, May 28, 1859 during early part of year. The following marriage may be of value to someone of the Young family, even if not relating to this pioneer: (RMN, files) John S. Young and Melissa Foster, married Sep 7, 1863, Denver, by the Rev. Hitchings. (Episcopalian Minister)

Also the following: Died, in Eureka Gulch, Jul 27, 1862, Lucinda Louisa, daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Young, aged 7 years. The last notice is from the Tri-Weekly Mining Register, Central City, Jul 28.

YOUNG, J., arrived goldfields with D. L. Russell, Jun 1,1859, with 5 wagons and 30 men, by Santa Fe Route. (RMN, list, June)

YOUNG, Moses, is grantee, consideration $200, lot 12, block 32, City of Auraria, Dec 9, 1859. On Dec 11 he sells Denver lots to William West, and there are several other transfers, and Jan 13, 1860 he acquires from Auraria Town Company, eight Auraria lots, and on Jun 24 Denver lots from Thomas Warren. On Mar 12 in this year, Young shot William West (the purchaser of his lots sold in December before), and the act occurred near the Larimer Bridge. He was tried, found guilty, and the following day executed at the same spot. On May 16, same year, a note payable to him the previous Jan 9 was contested. (RMN, and Arapahoe County Land Records)

YOUNG, Valarious (Valorous?), joined Russell Party in Kansas, so it is said. V. Y. Young is stockholder Auraria City Town Company 1858. The name of V. W. Young occurs in Arapahoe County Land Records, Liber D, p. 129, old, as grantee from Auraria Town Company of 17 lots in Auraria City, the transaction dated Dec 8, 1859. The same name is mentioned in paper as a miner in Gregory during summer of that year. (Probably these three are variations of the same name.)

YOUNG, William, resident of Golden Sep 1859, for it was in his cabin that Vanover took refuge from the mob. The place was near the present site of the Baptist Chcurch, according to description in the Western Mountaineer, or RMN (?). Both papers circulated in Golden. Hall’s Colorado History, Vol. 3, p. 450, says that William H. Young and wife had a son, Emory Young, (eldest son) said to be first white child born south of the Divide. William H. Young was a founder of Canon City in 1859.

YOUNGBLOOD, Harry, farmer of Arkansas Valley 1859, went under an assumed name according to Bancroft, Vol 25, p. 395) He arrived with Robert Middleton.

YOUNKER, Jason T., living 1895, original member Auraria Town Company. (See Hall’s Colorado History, Vol. 2, p. 4) John T. Younker is mentioned by Bancroft as of Lawrence Party in 1858, born Ohio, Aug 28, 1833, former teacher, then telegraphy, emigrated Kansas, fought border ruffians, lived five miles from Denver, after failure to find gold on Platte, where he remained until 1879, when he removed to the City.

He married 1867, Annie R. Thompson. (Bancroft, Vol. 25, p. 366) In the records of the Colorado Pioneers’ Society his arrival is dated Jun 22, 1858, and there is a mention somewhere of his occupying the 7th wagon and it is said that while engaged in a buffalo hunt on the plains at one time during the trip, he was lost for three days, but found alive. He had Donation Lots in Auraria City.

YOUNT, Capt. Abram K., grocer, rancher, banker later in Fort Collins, was at old Fort St. Vrain in 1858, arriving with party accompanying Capt. Thomas Aikens. (October)

There is a supplement to the Denver Tribune, Mar 13, 1876, published during the session of the Constitutional Convention in that year. Possibly this may not be included in the bound files of that paper, and some of the files have disappeared too, but of which this compiler has a copy, and the following information has been taken from it. There seems to be a doubt as to whether the Capt. Yount mentioned above is identical with the Abram K. of this Convention, and of Fort Collins, unless he may have visited Fort St. Vrain on going eastward from Nevada in autumn of 1858, as the account says he went home to Ohio in 1859, but as it does not say that he did not start in 1858, there is no reason to doubt that he did do so.

“Abram K. Yount, born 1831, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, at age of five years emigrated with parents to Northwestern Ohio, near Perrysburg. In year 1851 he went to California, remaining there until 1857. Then to Nevada, and settled on the site where Virginia City now is standing. He located a claim on the celebrated Comstock Lode, and abandoned it, and returned to Ohio 1859. (This was probably through Colorado, leaving Nevada fall of the previous year?) In 1860 came to Kansas, and Oct 24, 1865 came to Denver. (This is probably the date of his permanent coming.) The following December, located on the Big Thompson, kept store, sold out 1871, and took pleasure trip to California, visiting San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and points on the coast and in the interior. In the succeeding March, he returned to Colorado, locating at Fort Collins, then in 1872 opened a banking business under name of A. K. & E. B. Yount. (The E. B. was Ella B. (Doolittle), his wife.) He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1865, (? His name not included in list of members published in Hall’s Colorado History, Vol 2, pp. 548-9?) and of that of 1876. He carried on the banking business until about 1879 or 1880 when he had a fall by trying to board a railway car in motion. This caused his death, but his widow continued the bank in Fort Collins, also building and carrying on a mill in Boulder, Colorado. From the Woman’s Who’s Who of America, edited by J. W. Leonard, 1914, p. 914, we learn that his name was Abram Knox Yount, and that in 1865 she crossed the plains with him, they having been married in Hiawatha, Kansas May 1861. She always assisted him in the store and bank, and after he died made some unsuccessful efforts to develop some mining properties, which proved unworthy and with other expenses and losses occasioned the failure of the bank. She came to Denver, never revisited in Fort Collins, until late in life when very old, and after the death of her devoted sister, Mrs. Woodman, she went there to end her days with a niece. But she died while on a visit to some relatives in Mancos, Colorado about Apr or Mar 1925 or 1926.

YOUTSE & COMPANY, mentioned in RMN summer of 1859, as mining in Pleasant Valley, four men.

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