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Wesley Young Collection

Manuscript Collection No.49
Overview | Biography | Scope and Content | Container List

Supplement to the Wesley Young Collection

[Please note: this inventory is in two parts. This first is for the original collection received in 1980; the second, for the supplement received in 1994. Please consult both parts as volumes in the second fill in gaps found in the first. GWB, 5/95.]


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

15 volumes in 4 boxes. 1859-1912.

Provenance: The Wesley Young Collection was donated to the Ohio University Library by Miss Lillian C. Young (granddaughter) on August 18, 1980. Carolyn Copper processed this collection in February 1986.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Library claims the property rights to this collection.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Library.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name, collection number, and Ohio University Library in all footnotes and bibliographic references.

Photoduplication: Ohio University Library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE COLLECTION

Wesley Young was born on October 26, 1829 in Waterloo Township, Athens County Ohio. He spent most of his life in Waterloo township as a farmer. He left the Athens area several years after he was married (1848) and moved to Laport County Indiana; he remained there for one year then returned to Nelsonville, Athens County Ohio.

On June 22, 1848 Young married Melinda Ladd. The couple had ten children; eight boys and two girls, four of whom died in infancy. The Young children were: Wesley Webster, Harrison Monroe, Charles Robbins, Francis Leroy, Emma Almira and Edward Harley. Young's first wife, Melinda, died on September 1, 1894. On March 4, 1894 he married again to Martha J. Hastings. Wesley Young died in Nelsonville, Ohio on Sept. 9, 1912.

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The Wesley Young Collection contains twelve diaries, two account books, and one day book covering a period of 43 years. The account books contain records of business transactions and cash accounts of Wesley Young & Son (1905-1908 and 1894-1882) and of Wesley Young and Henry Priston, a partnership formed in 1870* (1870-1873). (*See Box 1, item 3, pg. 1-3.) The Young diaries contain records of chronicled events in Nelsonville and several surrounding townships of Athens County from 1859-1912. Most entries that appear in the diaries contain Young's daily activities on his farm, daily temperatures (morning and evening) and weather conditions, and deaths, births, and marriages that occur on a particular day. Important activities, celebrations and/or events relevant to the expansion and improvement of Nelsonville were also recorded in the Young diaries.

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CONTAINER LISTS FOR THE COLLECTION

Box 1

  • Folder 1 - Account Book bound in brown marbled boards. 1905-1906. 62 pp.
  • Folder 2 - Account Book bound in brown marbled boards. May 1874 - March 1882. 99 pp.
  • Folder 3 - Wesley Young and Henry Priston Day Book. Sept. 1870 - Jan. 1873. 513 pp.
  • Folder 4 - Diary bound in brown marbled boards. April 11, 1867. 41 pp. 14.5 x 36 cm.
  • Folder 5 - Diary, Jan. 1, 1864 - July 8, 1870. 140pp. 13 x 25.5 cm.
Box 2
  • Folder 1 - Diary bound in brown marbled boards. May 1, 1878 - Sept. 27, 1881. 178 pp. 16.2 x 19.9 cm.
  • Folder 2 - Diary, leather bound. April 1, 1884 - Feb 11, 1889. 96 pp. 20.7 x 27 cm.
  • Folder 3 - Diary, leather bound. March 1, 1859 - June 29, 1894. 273 pp. 22.5 x 35.5 cm. Contains a daily list of deaths in Nelsonville, 1859 - 1894. ca 400 entries.
  • Folder 4 - Diary bound in brown marbled boards. June 2, 1889 - March 4, 1891. 146 pp. 20 x 32.2 cm.
Box 3
  • Folder 1 - Diary, Nov. 10, 1891 - Aug. 18, 1894. 176 pp. 20.6 x 30.4 cm.
  • Folder 2 - Diary, leather bound. Aug. 25, 1894 - June 27, 1897. 200 pp. 22.5 x 35.1 cm.
  • Folder 3 - Diary, leather bound. July 3, 1897 - Sept. 27, 1901. 251 pp. 22.3 cm x 40.5 cm.
Box 4
  • Folder 1 - Diary, leather bound. Oct. 1901 - March, 1906. 253 pp. 22.5 x 36 cm.
  • Folder 2 - Diary, leather bound. March 25, 1906 - Nov. 30, 1910. 331 pp. 21 x 32.2 cm.
  • Folder 3 - Diary, leather bound. Dec. 1, 1910 - Aug. 28, 1912. 132 pp. 22.5 x 36 cm.

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