Nearly One Hundred, Yet Death Was Sudden

Mrs. Jane A. Young, Widow of “Uncle” Joseph, Veteran of Kirtland, Dies in Tacoma.

[Obituary of Jane Adeline Bicknell Young, Deseret Evening News, Thursday 16 Jan. 1913, p. 2]


[transcribed and proofed by Ben Parkinson, Jan. 2006]

Mrs. Jane A. Young, widow of Prest. Joseph Young, closely connected with the history of the Church since 1830, and a resident of Salt Lake for 60 years, died at her home in Tacoma, Wash., yesterday morning, at the age of 98 years and 5 months. Her death came suddenly, she having been perfectly well an hour before the end. Word of the demise was received in Salt Lake City yesterday afternoon by telegram.

Mrs. Young was the daughter of Calvin and Chloe Seymour Bicknell. She was born in western New York, and shortly after her birth was brought to Ohio by her parents who became members of the Church shortly after its organization. At the age of 20 she was married to Joseph Young, brother of Brigham Young, and both became members of the Kirtland branch, where they became intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith. They helped to build the Kirtland temple, and were present at its dedication.

Leaving Kirtland in 1838 for Far West, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Young, with three children, were in the party of which 17 men and two boys were massacred at Haun’s mill. The family therefore did not reach Far West, but returned to Quincy, Ill., where they remained during the following winter, and where John Young, father of Prest. Young, and his five brothers, died at their house. In the fall of 1839 they moved to Nauvoo, establishing a residence in the suburbs of that place. From the door of the home both Mr. and Mrs. Young saw Joseph and Hyrum Smith and their party pass on their way to Carthage to give themselves up, and later they saw the bodies of the two martyrs as they were brought back to Nauvoo.

In 1846, the family came westward to Winter Quarters, making their home on the Indian lands with the rest of the exiled Saints. In 1848, with those who had not yet left for Utah, they were compelled to vacate the Indian lands, on recommendation of the Indian agent, and they returned to the Iowa side. After two years there they took up their march with ox teams for Salt Lake valley, arriving here with the immigrating Saints in September, after having endured all the hardships and deprivations of the journey.

“Uncle Joseph” Young died in 1881, and Mrs. Young resided in Salt Lake with her family until four years ago, when she removed to Tacoma, where she has since made her home. She leaves a large number of relatives and friends. She was the mother of 11 children, seven of whom survive her. They are Dr. Seymour B. Young and Judge Le Grand Young of Salt Lake City, Miss Vilate Young, Mrs. Chloe Y. Benedict, Mrs. Rhoda Y. McIntosh and Miss Henrietta Young of Tacoma, Wash., and Brigham Bicknell Young of London, England.

The body will be shipped to this city for burial, leaving Tacoma today and arriving here some time Saturday. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.