Hunterdon County Democrat

June 3, 1879, Forty First Vol., No. 41

We regret to hear of the death of our well-known old friend Peter J. Young, of Ringoes.  On Friday night last, the old gentleman retired at his usual hour in apparent good health, and next morning was found dead in bed, with his cane in his hand, as though about to pound upon the floor for help.  He was aged about 83 years, and for the past five years had made his home with his cousin Theo. J. Young, Esq.

June 10, 1879, Forty First Vol., No. 42

On The Life Of Late Peter J. Young

It was with profound sorrow that I announce the sudden death of Mr. Peter J. Young, an aged and highly respected citizen of Ringoes.  For the last seven years he has been making his home with his cousin, Mr. Theo. J. Young....  Peter J. Young was born Sept. 10, 1797, in Amwell township.  He received a common English education, which cultivated a strong desire for reading, of which he was very fond.  He was descended from one of the old settlers of this county.  His grandfather, Peter Young, who was a native of Germany, came to this county and settled at or near Pottstown, N.J., now a small village, where he remained but a short time.  Soon afterwards he took up a large tract of land which he bought of the Indians, situate on the northern slope of Sourland Mountain, only a short distance from where now stands the village of Wertsville, on a portion of which some of his descendants resided a few years ago.  Peter J. Young was the son of Jacob Young, and the oldest of seven children.  His father lived a short distance from the village of Ringoes, owning the farms on which now reside Mr. Wm. Sutphin and Mr. Jeremiah Young, brother of deceased.  He was probably as good a historian as we had in the county, his memory being very retentive of facts and dates.  He had in his possession a great many old papers and documents, which were left him by his old uncle,
Mr. John Lequear, of whom I have heard him speak in the warmest terms... In 1825 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Guthrey, by the Rev. James McLaughlin, she being six years his senior....  They lived almost forty years together in unbroken happiness, except by the loss of their children.  He was the surviving member of the whole family.  He saw laid away in quick succession his wife and three sons.  On the death of the last and youngest son he sold his farm to the present owner, Mr. John Kise, retiring from active duties in the decline of life, upon a decent competence, with the respect of all who knew him....   On June 3, 1879, the funeral services were held at the Kirkpatrick Memorial Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Miller...    His remains were interred by the side of his wife's in the old Dutch burying ground at Pleasant Corner....

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