Descendants of William John Young and Esther Elderkin

1. William John1 Young , born 27 Feb 1827 in Belfast, Ireland; died 8 Jun 1896 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa; buried 11 Jun 1896 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa. He married in 1858 in Richmond, Indiana Esther Elderkin , born in Baltimore, Maryland; died 2 Mar 1925; buried 5 Mar 1925 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.

Notes for William John Young

From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879) Pages 669-697 Biographical Sketches of Clinton Residents
W. J. YOUNG, of the firm of W. J. Young & Co., manufacturers of lumber; is one of the most enterprising business men of Clinton; he is a native of Belfast, Ireland, and was born Feb. 27, 1827; he came to Clinton June 7,1858 ; before coming here, was engaged in railroading, and held the position of General Freight Agent of the Cincinnati, Logansport & Chicago Railroad; after coming here, he opened a lumber yard, and continued that for two or three years; in May, 1860, he commenced to remove their saw-mill from La Crosse to Clinton, and the 15th of August, he was cutting lumber; in August, 1866, he began building what is known as his large lower mill, which, with one exception, is the largest mill of the kind in this country; the mills of this company have a capacity of manufacturing yearly 50,000,000 feet of lumber, 30,000,000 shingles, and 10,000,000 laths, employing 350 hands in the mills and yards at Clinton, beside the men employed in their own logging camps and their interest in the Mississippi logging camps; he gives his personal attention; has the entire management of his business, which is of great magnitude, his sales of lumber extending over the West, Northwest and South. When Mr. Young began life, he says he had all the capital he required, which was good health; and, by constant attention to his business and good management, he has built up the extensive business of W. J. Young & Co. to its present magnitude. Mr. Young is actively identified with the interests of the city of Clinton; he is one of the Directors of the Clinton National Bank, and is President of the Clinton Savings Bank. He has held the office of Mayor of Clinton, being elected without any opposition.

Obituary: The Clinton Herald Tuesday June 9, 1896 W.J. Young, the well-known lumberman of the Mississippi valley, and one of Clinton's most influential citizens, died Monday afternoon at 4:40, at the residence on Seventh avenue. He had been unwell for the past four years, and since his return from the South about two months ago he had been confined to the house. The funeral services will be held at the family residence Thursday morning at 10:30. The body will be interred in Springdale. Those persons who so desire may have the opportunity of seeing the remains Wednesday afternoon, at the house, from three to five. The story of the growth of Clinton and the progress of W.J. Young in his life work are so intimately associated that the one is almost that of the other. Mr. Young's history, however, includes that of Clinton. To him more than to any other man, is Clinton indebted. His generous hand and the influence he wielded were ever enlisted in the city's behalf. No one can fill his place. For all time will Clinton miss him. William John Young was born in Belfast, Ireland, February 27, 1827, and came to America in 1846. He was not supplied with riches when he began the struggle for existence. What he accumulated in later years came to him won by honest endeavor and rugged persistence. He earned what he gained. He came to Clinton in 1858, on June 7th. Previous to this he was general freight agent of the Cincinnati, Logansport & Chicago railroad. On coming to Clinton, he opened a lumber yard to handle the goods turned out by the Ohio Mill company, at LaCrosse, Wisconsin. This undertaking prospered, and with his farseeing shrewdness and business instincts, he determined a mill should be erected at Clinton. In May, 1860, the foundation was laid for the new structure. By August 15 the mill was running. The short space required in the completion of the scheme is indicative of Mr. Young's indomitable energy. In 1866 the great mill, the largest in the country, was begun, and finished within a year. All up and down the Mississippi is the name of W.J. Young well known. Wherever the raft boats penetrate, nay, more, wherever the lumber industry has even the slightest foothold, this is true. Mr. Young it was how introduced the present method of towing rafts. Formerly they were floated down, guided by sweeps. In 1865 the Clinton lumberman made the experiment of pushing the rafts by steamers, and practically revolutionized the industry by the saving of time and expense. This plan did away with the numerous pooins and ropes necessary to hold together the logs, for now they are enclosed in a boom. Thus were born the brail rafts of today. To man with the ingenuity and fine sense of Mr. Young, nothing was impossible, and his rise was rapid. His investments increased, and he became a rich man. He married Miss Esther Elderkin in 1858, in Richmond, Indiana. She survives him. The children are: Mrs. Esther Young Wilson of Chicago, Mrs. Charles T. Hancock of Dubuque, Miss Jane Young, William John, Jr., Courtland Hershey, and Edward Ames. Those who knew the father in out---must also know what a kind --- and indulgent parent he was. No man could have gained greater respect and love from his associates and the citizen body alike. There are so many instances of his goodness. It was his princely donations that gave to Clinton the Y ------ building on Fifth avenue and --- outright. The beautiful --- chapel of the M.E. church ---- so grand an influence in the --- field, was a grant from Mr. Young. When the Methodist church at Lyons was built, the congregation was surprised and delighted to ---- Young a ---- entirely unsolicited --- at Mt. Vernon -- by a bountiful gift ---- hand. To his --- Mr. Young was a father --- knows how many needy and --- helped from this ---- good. Mr. Young --- of his men suffer from --- there was really not --- keep all busy, work --- winter time his eye --- out the poor who --- did not aid them. This --- offered in so courteous --- could not be refused. --- gentleman in the --- He was unos--- In word and --- the refinement that --- nature. His fine -- features dis -- he might be. -- popular a man -- all these -- closely --- ness inter --- or in 1864. -- president of the -- and a director --- national bank. -- intimately -- institutions, and --- nce to every --- it in good. No --- or made to W.J. Young. Three --- Mr. Young closed his great -- since then they have run --- special orders. He also disposed of his interests in the Mississippi River Logging company, in which he was a leading factor. Out of respect to his memory, on the day of the funeral the banks will be closed and very probably the business houses.

1911 Wolf's History of Clinton
Young, Edward E., 893
Young, Joseph C., 888
Young, William E., 662
Young, William J., 488

Notes for Esther Elderkin
Obituary: The Clinton Herald Mrs. William J. Young, pioneer resident of Clinton, passed away at her home, 337 Seventh avenue, Monday afternoon. Private funeral services will be held at the late residence Thursday afternoon and will be conducted by the Rev. S.C. Bronson of the Garrett Biblical Institute, Chicago, who was Mrs. Young's pastor during his ministry at the First Methodist Episcopal church, Clinton. Following the services, the body will be placed in the family mausoleum in Springdale cemetery. Friends are requested to kindly omit flowers. Mrs. Young was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of John and Esther Elderkin, and had been a resident of Clinton since 1858, in which year she was married to the late William J. Young. Coming to Clinton from the east that year, they established the family home that has remained here since Mr. Young engaged in the lumber business and becoming one of the most prominent lumbermen in the Mississippi valley. Surviving Mrs. Young are five sons and daughters, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The sons and daughters, all of whom were in Clinton at the time of their mother's death, are William J. Young, Jr., Mrs. Esther Young Burgesser, Mrs. Mary Young Hancock, Edward A. Young and Courtland H. Young. Mrs. W.J. Young The qualities for which Mrs. Young is memorable are rare in any age, rarest of all perhaps in ours. They were the qualities of essential womanhood as it was understood in the days before feminism became synonymous with unrest. Eager always in private benefaction, and efficient in all she undertook, she brought to every cause a heart brimming with sympathy, manners of simplest and most gracious a mind the sure comprehension of which was softened and illumined by infinite subtlety and charm. All this was obvious to those with whom she came in contact, the humblest no less than the most discerning; yet one conspicuous trait was recognized by comparatively few. It was the originality and the energy of the pioneer - no movement for the care of the sick and the weak, and especially of children, appealed to her in vain. The keeness of her sympathies and the peculiar originality of her mind found perhaps their happiest and most forcible expression in quiet deeds. Her conversation was remarkable alike for high intelligence and for the plano f humoresque fancy. Doubtless this city has its own precious qualities, but with Mrs. Young has passed one of the few remaining personalities of nineteenth century Clinton.

Children of William John Young and Esther Elderkin were as follows:
2 i Esther2 Young . She married (---) Wilson .
+ 3 ii Mary2 Young , died 5 Aug 1941 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, buried 7 Aug 1941 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa. She married Charles T. Hancock .
4 iii Jane2 Young , died 24 Aug 1905, buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.
5 iv William John2 Young , died 30 Jun 1935, buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.
6 v Edward Ames2 Young , died 12 Nov 1931, buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.
7 vi Courtland Hershey2 Young , died 4 Feb 1932, buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.

Generation 2

3. Mary2 Young (William John1), died 5 Aug 1941 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa, buried 7 Aug 1941 in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa. She married Charles T. Hancock , died 1910.

Notes for Mary Young
Obituary: The Clinton Herald Wednesday August 6, 1941 Mrs. Mary Young Hancock, daughter of the late W.J. and Esther Elderkin Young, Clinton pioneers, and widow of the late Charles T. Hancock of Dubuque, died in Mercy hospital, Clinton at 7:30 o'clock last night, following a brief illness. Mrs. Hancock, who had been residing in the Lafayette hotel, entered the hospital Monday afternoon. Private funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the home of Mrs. Hancock's son, C.Y. Hancock, Breezy Point, with the Rev. Thomas Horton, rector of St. John's Episcopal church, officiating. Committal will be in the Young family mausoleum in Springdale cemetery. Bon in Clinton, Mrs. Hancock was educated in the Clinton public schools and in Miss Grant's School for Girls in Chicago. Following her marriage to Charles T. Hancock, she made her home in Dubuque until after the death of Mr. Hancock. The latter was a son of a pioneer Dubuque wholesale grocer, who established the family business in Dubuque in the middle fifties, and Charles T. Hancock continued to operate that enterprise until his own death. Two children, Courtland Y. Hancock, now of Clinton where he is president of The Clinton Herald Co. publisher of the Herald and identified with other Clinton business interests, and Florence, now Mrs. Arthur Notman of Staten Island, N.Y., were born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Hancock in Dubuque and were educated there. After the death of Mr. Hancock, Mrs. Hancock resided for a period in Pasadena, Calif., but returned to Clinton in 1925 and had made her home here and in Chicago since that year. She was vice president of W.J. Young & Co., founded by her father, an early day Clinton lumberman, and of the Clinton & Illinois Bridge Co. and was interested in other Clinton business institutions. Of her immediate family, Mrs. Hancock leaves her son and her daughter; three grandchildren, Arthur Notman, Jr., and John H. Notman of Staten Island, and Mary Elizabeth Hancock of Clinton; and three nieces, Mrs. J.C. Burke of Clinton, Mrs. A.H. Hutchinson of Chicago and Mrs. C.L. Aman of Havana, Cuba. Mrs. Notman arrived in Clinton early this morning from her Staten Island home. Preceding Mrs. Hancock in death were her husband, her parents, and her brothers and sisters, the late W.J. Young, Jr., C.H. Young, E.A. Young, Mrs. Esther Young Burgesser and Miss Jane Young.

Children of Mary Young and Charles T. Hancock were as follows:
+ 8 i Courtland Y.3 Hancock , born 11 Jun 1889 in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa; died 10 May 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa. He married Elizabeth Corman .
+ 9 ii Florence3 Hancock , born 9 May 1891; died Feb 1985. She married Arthur Notman .

Generation 3

8. Courtland Y.3 Hancock (Mary2 Young, William John1), born 11 Jun 1889 in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa; died 10 May 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa. He married on 11 Jul 1935 Elizabeth Corman , born in LaGrange, Cook, Illinois; died 10 May 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Stephen C. Corman and Agnes Antonisen .

Notes for Courtland Y. Hancock
The Clinton Herald Thursday May 11, 1967 p. 1 Crash Kills Herald Publisher, Wife Courtland Hancock Dies in Dubuque Accident Fatal To 3 Courtland Y. Hancock, 77, of Caroline Ave., president and publisher of The Clinton Herald, and his wife, Elizabeth Coman Hancock, were killed late Wednesday afternoon in a two-car, headon collision on rain-slick U.S. 52, three miles south of Dubuque. Also killed in the crash was Charles E. Frazier, 26, of rural Bellevue, driver of the other car. Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Hancock will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian church. Dr. Richard Dempsey, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Clinton Memorial Park. Visitation in the Snell-Smith funeral home will begin Friday noon. Pallbearers will be Eugene Machael, Morse Watkins, Everett A. Streit, Ralph E. Long, D.A. Lundgren, Lawrence Mills, Paul B. Holleran, Don Smith, Bruce Townsend, A.J. Goerdt, Dr. George B. Ellison and Eric Hensel. Honorary pallbearers will be E.C. Halbach, A.E. Meyer, I.H. Carnes, Byron R. Pinney, Dr. Clifford D. Grant and Lee F. White. The Iowa highway patrol said there were no witnesses to the crash which occurred on an open section of two lane U.S. 52, three miles south of Dubuque. The Hancocks, who had been in Dubuque, were returning to Clinton. Frazier, who lived in Jackson county, was driving toward Dubuque. Time of the accident was set at 3:55 p.m. Officers said the Frazier car, which was cut in two by the impact, caught fire after the bodies had been removed from the wreckage. Spilled gasoline had been ignited by warning flares. State patrolman Lyle Peters said first word of the accident came from a nearby farm resident who called the Dubuque county sheriff's office. Mr. Hancock was a descendent of a pioneer Clinton family. His maternal grandfather was W.J. Young, founder of W.J. Young & Co., a holding company the assets of which, include The Clinton Herald and an interest in the Clinton National Bank. Mr. Hancock was born June 11, 1889 in Dubuque, the son of Charles T. and Mary Young Hancock. His father was in the wholesale grocery business in Dubuque until shortly before his death in 1910. Mr. Hancock attended Dubuque public schools, Culver Military academy in Culver, Ind., Exeter academy at Exeter, N.H. and Tome School at Fort Deposit, Md. He was employed in the Security National bank in Pasadena, Calif., from 1913 to 1917. During World War I Mr. Hancock served with Battery D, 114th Field Artillery and was stationed at Camp Carney, San Diego, Calif., and was overseas eight months. After his discharge from the army he returned to the Pasadena bank but came to Clinton in 1925. He became president of The Clinton Herald Co. in 1934. His marriage to Miss Elizabeth Coman took place July 11, 1935. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert E. (Beth) Evans; a grandson, Courtland Charles Evans; one sister, Mrs. Arthur Notman of Staten Island, N.Y.; a nephew, John M. Notman, of Clinton and a cousin, Mrs. Molly Young Burke, Wife of Dr. J.C. Burke of Santa Fe, N.M. Mr. Hancock was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Elks lodge, the Clinton Country club, Izaak Walton League, the Minocqua, Wis., Country club, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had served as a trustee of Jane Lamb Memorial hospital and was deeply interested in the current fund campaign. During World War II, Mr. Hancock served on the Clinton County panel of the Office of Price Administration, was president of the Clinton United Service Organization council and served as chairman of the Clinton County Victory Loan drive. He was one of the originators of the Quad County 4-H club baby beef show. Mrs. Hancock was born in LaGrange, Ill., daughter of Stephen C. and Agnes Antonisen Coman. She was graduated from Clinton high school and Grinnell college. In addition to her daughter and grandson, Mrs. Hancock is survived by one brother, Stephen C. Corman of Tampa, Fla.; an uncle (see Hancock, page 2)

Children of Courtland Y. Hancock and Elizabeth Corman were as follows:
+ 10 i Mary Elizabeth4 Hancock . She married Robert Evans .
11 ii (---)4 Hancock , died 9 Oct 1937, buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.
12 iii (---)4 Hancock , died 12 Feb 1940, buried in Clinton, Clinton, Iowa.


9. Florence3 Hancock (Mary2 Young, William John1), born 9 May 1891; died Feb 1985. She married Arthur Notman .

Notes for Florence Hancock
SS Death Index FLORENCE NOTMAN 09 May 1891 Feb 1985 10304 (Staten Island, Richmond, NY) (none specified) 055-52-9885 New York

Children of Florence Hancock and Arthur Notman were as follows:
13 i Arthur4 Notman .
14 ii John H.4 Notman .

Generation 4

10. Mary Elizabeth4 Hancock (Courtland Y.3, Mary2 Young, William John1). She married, divorced Robert Evans .

Children of Mary Elizabeth Hancock and Robert Evans were as follows:
15 i Courtland Charles5 Evans .