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James P.  Youngs

James Parshall Young (also spelled Youngs) was born in Whippany, New Jersey on October 12, 1790, the son of Phoebe Cutler and Ephraim Youngs, a carpenter. He married Harriet Wisner Houston in 1816, and together they had six children including Silas Cutler Young, the youngest, who also became a mineral collector. James studied medicine (as an apprentice) under Dr. Dorry of Whippany, then moved to Liberty, New York to establish his practice around 1813. He also taught school in Liberty for one winter before moving on to settle in Edenville, New York, where in 1816 he built a stone house which still stands today.

Young practiced medicine in Edenville for the rest of his life, and became a prominent member of the surrounding community. He was active in civic and professional affairs, serving as Warwick School Commissioner, and was elected to the Orange County Medical Society in 1814, serving for many years as Treasurer of the Society. He was an avid amateur geologist, and mapped the geology of the local area with Dr. J. Heron.

A painting of James Young by Elias V. Coe is preserved in his home. The portrait shows Young with a mineral specimen in one hand and a leech, symbol of his medical profession, in the other. He died in Edenville on April 29, 1835.

According to Canfield (1923), James Young formed one of the earliest (1830) mineral collections in Orange County, New York, It was purchased by William Horton of Goshen, New York.

YOUNGS, S. (1907) The Youngs Family : Vicar Christopher Yonges, his ancestors in England and his descendants in America : a history and genealogy. New York.
CANFIELD, F. A. (1923) The disposition of some American collections of minerals. Privately printed.
U.S. Federal Census, 1860, 1870, 1880.
GARDNER, S. (2001) James Young House, Edenville.
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