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The top of the Elizabeth Young monument

YOUNG, Elizabeth, 16 Oct 1801 - 21 Sep 1876. (This stone is broken. The bottom half stands against the Hackberry tree and the top is shown lying on the ground covered with moss about 10 feet from the base to the northeast. Photo & info by Wayne Austin  11 Oct 2003.

YOUNG, This foot marker with the initials J. W. Y. was found near the fallen stone of Elizabeth Young 1801-1876. It was close to the Anderson P. Bailey stone. It was probably the foot marker for the father, spouse or a son of Elizabeth.  Likely the stone of Rev War Patrick Jacob Young, b. about 1760 d. 23 Apr 1847. See letters below:

Wayne, I stumbled across your photo and information about Martha Young's tombstone while doing SAR research for someone in the Young family.
I was thrilled when I saw that you found a footstone marked JWY. This is the burial place of Jacob W. Young and his wife, Martha Patrick Young. He was a Revolutionary War Patriot, having served in the Continental Navy. He was a pensioner and is on records in Maury County. He died 23 Apr 1847.
This discovery should make it possible to place a VA headstone on this site!
Is the JWY footstone still there?
I look forward to hearing back from you ...

Geoff Baggett
Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution
Cadiz, Kentucky
270-350-8816 (Cell)
270-522-6996 (Home)

To: Geoff Baggett
From: C. Wayne Austin
Date: 15 Apr 2015
Geoff I suppose it is still there. Finding it may be difficult but it likely is leaning against another headstone. I might have propped it against the headstone of Martha Young.  The stone location and restoration there was by me but the grounds restoration was done by the SCV. They spent many more hours than I, and were busy churning up the place removing trees and brush far faster than I could ever keep up with their actions. Surely they did not misplace that footstone. They even had a large tree cutting crew in there to log the large trees and collected $2,000 receipts. This was not spent on the Jackson College Cem and the cemetery quickly went back to weeds and tall grass, soon to be trees again. I would have spent the money on Jackson College cemetery upkeep.

You should be able to use my cemetery research & photos in presenting that evidence. Whether or not the footstone can be found today I am not sure. As you can see the footstone photos show trees all around and by the time Martha's stone was found several days later the trees were gone as cleared by the SCV. Later I put all that together using the findings and Photos on into the Internet publication.

The footstone & Elizabeth Young's (a dau?) stones as I remember were in a same area. The Elizabeth Young stone & footstone with the initials JWY were east of the Anderson P. Bailey monument and the Martha Young monument was found covered on the west side of the Anderson P. Bailey monument. That is across the old fence row which was striped out by the Sons of the Confederate Vets when the cemetery was restored. Probably the Bailey family was related to the Youngs' and that would explain co-mingling the graves, but actually in what seems to be three different rows. Maybe the footstone JWY & Elizabeth Young's broken monument parts were just misplaced. The footstones get moved around all the time because of their small size and the failure of folks to tie them to the graves. I can attest to the age of the footstone as it is of the style that could be very old, as old as 1820 and maybe as young as 1850. It is near the same style stone as that for Martha b. 1766. The top is broken out so it is not easy to tell the exact full shape but seems to be flat across the top or oval, two very old styles which yields evidence to the support this being for Martha's husband Jacob.

All damaged and fallen tombstones from I am told a tornado, but also from livestock, mostly hogs. So from studying this photo it would seem the Young monuments are perhaps all in the same row but somewhat misplaced and broken. Recognize most of the above trees were cut and removed after these photos were made.

Yes I would stand by your claim that JWY was for JW Young based on proximity and style of stones of the Young family there. If we dug around enough we might also find JW Young's headstone. Many of those old headstone lean toward the grave and softer soil and often fall or break and some sink into the grave far below the top of the ground, whereas if they fell away from the grave would only immerse about 2 inches under the soil in time.

If you trace the mapping the location that cemetery is about a mile off the nearest road on farm roads riddled with gates. If anyone is going there better await the drying up of the rains.

C. Wayne Austin
Madison County Alabama.
Creator of South Mid-Tenn and North-middle Alabama Cemeteries Web site.

Photo & info by Wayne Austin 22 Nov 2003, updated 1 May 2015