The Young Family

The Young family history is passed down to us from Levi and Herbert Young's family trees prepared by them in 1930. This history was expanded by Charlton Serson Young with his family tree compiled in 1973. Levi Young writes

Michael Young's ancestors went from England to Ireland as officers in Cromwell's Army and were given a tract of land known as Mount Shannon Estate, near Dublin, Ireland. Michael was born In the castle on this estate on Michaelmass Day, Sept. 29, 1823, and was baptized in the Church on the estate.. These estates had indefeasible titles to the holders and descendants, until by act of Parliament about 1812, authorized their sale to descendants only.

Michael's mother, who was then a widow, sold her estate and moved with her sons to Canada. I am informed that Micael come to Canada earlier with his uncle Captn.Monk, who was given a tract of land for colonization, on which is now located the City of Ottawa. A daughter Mary died before they left Ireland. They all settled near Ottawa.

Michael died in Grand Forks, B.C. February 26, 1907, and burried there.

N.B. All Cromwell Soldiers retained their English nationality, in Ireland. Would never marry into an Irish family. (Within the Pale!)

Herbert Walton Young wrote a similar description, but said "All settled at Napean, Ontario".

Research shows that Henry, Michael, John and their mother Sarah settled in Nepean Township on lot 2 concession 1 Ottawa front. This is the 2nd lot from the March township border on the west side of Nepean township in Carleton County. The City of Ottawa gradually grew and took over parts of the east side of Nepean Township.

This intriguing story leads to the questions; who was Captain Monk? and where is Mount Shannon Estate in Ireland? and more generally, what is the origin of the Young family in Ireland? Unfortunately, clear answers to these questions are not yet known, but some information has been gathered. One significant discovery is that the name of Michael Young's mother is Sarah Young. She is identified as a widow and her name is listed with her sons Henry and John in both the 1851 and 1861 Nepean Township censuses. The 1861 Carelton/Nepean census lists a Sarah Young, widow, birthplace Ireland, Church of England, age 70 married 1810 living with Henry Young, same birthplace and religion, age 28, labourer and living with John and Elizabeth Young and family. The 1851 Carelton/Nepean census lists a Sarah Young, widow, birthplace Ireland, Church of Ireland (Anglican), age 56 living with Henry Young, same birthplace and religion, age 18, labourer. There is also a John Young, same birthplace, religion, age 36, farmer, different residence, with wife Betty Ann and children Mary and Elizabeth J. No Young's were shown in the 1842 census for Russell county, Osgoode Township, or in Nepean or Huntley (Bathurst District).

There was a well known Captain Monk who was one of the first settlers in the Ottawa area. The Monk property was on the Ottawa River stretching to the north east corner of Lake Constance. Michael's brother, James Young had propery bordered the south west corner of Lake Constance. Nearby farms are owned by Francis and Jno. Armitage. The Monks and the Youngs were Anglicans and lived in the March Parish. The Youngs attended St.John's Anglican Church at the village of South March, now on the North edge of the city of Kanata. The Monk family also attended St.John's church as well as St.Mary's Church.

The Monks in History - From H.Walker's book Carleton Saga

Captain John Benning Monk was the first of a distinguished colony of soldiers to settle in March township (west of Ottawa now Kanata) on land grants based on rank and on service with British Line regiments in the Napoleonic wars. His ancestry is in direct lineage with General George Monk, Duke of Albemarle. On the death of Cromwell he marched on London as Commander and Chief of the forces in the British Isles. He could have seized complete power but he declared for the restoration of Charles II. The returned King made his benefactor, Duke of Albermarle.

John Benning Monk, born at Windsor, Nova Scotia, was destined to be the first soldier settler in March. He married Elizabeth Anne Fitzgerald in St.Andrew's Lower Canada but whose family came from the District of Bessborough, Ballymackey parish, Nenagh PLUnion, Tipperary, Ireland.

In 1819, Capt. John Benning Monk, discharged from active service, took up his 1,000 acres in March. His first trip there was exploratory and to build a temporary shelter; then he hurried back to marry Ann on September 11, 1820.

With his soldier servant, Monk had constructed a shanty which he called "Mosquito Cove". He later build a fine stone manor house which he named "Beechmount". It was destroyed by fire in 1870 but its ruins still stand and are pictured in this book.

See reference pages for other Young families.