I am at the point in my research where I am trying to fill out what some call "in between the dashes"; the happenings in a person's life that goes between their birth and their death. Newspaper articles are a great way to flesh out an ancestor's story.
The above newspaper article is one such find. It is an announcement of Annette Glover Youngs and Jesse Youngs' 62nd Wedding Anniversary in 1922. First, it is awesome that a couple has been married for 62 years, but just as awesome that both people were around 80 years of age when they did so.
The above newspaper article is rich in genealogical treasures. I wish I had one for each of my ancestors. Although I don't know who wrote the article, I know it was published one month after their anniversary and the Youngs were still alive. Some of the information included in this article was Annette Glover's birth date, the family of Annette, her early years, the migration of the Youngs family, how Jesse and Annette met, where they married and by whom, their children and more.
Annette Glover Youngs is my second great grand aunt. She is the daughter of Samuel Stillman Glover and Vinera Eglantine Powers, my third great grandparents. Annette Glover Youngs is the younger sister of Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr. A descendant of Annette, Peter, sent me a copy of this wonderful tribute to his ancestors. Peter has been very generous sharing his research with me and I am grateful for that.
Annette Glover married Jesse Youngs on the 13 December 1860 in Canton Center, Michigan. Below is a transcription of the article.
Tuttle Hill, Jan. 31.- Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Youngs of Tuttle Hill, who celebrated their sixty-second wedding anniversary Dec. 13, 1922, are the parents of 8 children, the grandparents of 40 grandchildren and the great-grandparents of 37 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Youngs, nee Glover, was the daughter of Samuel Stillman and Veneria Eglantine Glover of Howell. She was born March 17, 1844. When an infant her mother died, leaving a husband and a family of seven sons and six daughters. When Annette was five years old she came with her father to Ypsilanti township where she has ever since made her home.
In Days of Migrations
Jess Youngs, son John and Eve Youngs, was born on the farm, where he has always lived, March 24, 1841. He grew to manhood in a home where hospitality and neighborly helpfulness were the watchwords of the family.
Settlers going through to the west with the few wordly (sic) possessions of the pioneer loaded in ox-drawn wagons, the women and children walking or riding by turns, often stopped with "Uncle John" and "Aunt Eve", as the parents of Jesse were known. These pioneers would remain for a night's or day's rest before resuming the long journey. Frequently those who came to settle in Michigan made the Youngs' home their stopping place while they looked for a new home.
John Youngs and Hiram Tuttle, for whom Tuttle Hill was named, were among a party of five who came to make their homes here. The deed to the Youngs' famr reads, "The United States to John Youngs, June 8, 1833." Loyal Tuttle, a cousin of Hiram Tuttle, followed soon afterward.
On Dec. 13, 1860, Jesse Youngs and Annette Glover, schoolmates at Tuttle school, drove to the home of Elder Isaac Cannon at Canton Center and were married. They established their home in the same spirit of helpfulness and hospitality as was manifested in the household of John and Eve Youngs.
Nine children were born to this union. They were Jesse Edward, who died July 15, 1918, the first break in the family in 58 years of married life; Mrs. Ella Kelly of near Tuttle Hill, Charles of Madison, Wis., John of Ypsilanti, Eugene of Highland Park, Bert of Ypsilanti, Mrs. Eva Bunton of Highland Park, William of Ypsilanti, and Mrs. Louise Faragher of Loraine, O.
For more that 40 years Mr. Youngs owned and operated a threshing machine. He is known to hundreds of farmers throughout Washtenaw county. When sickness or death or trouble of any nature came to a home in the vicinity Jesse Youngs and his wife were always among the first to call and offer their services. Many a person in financial straits has been welcomed to the table in the Youngs' home and invited to stay until things turned out right again.
Said one of the sons to the writer: "There were not many days we sat down at the table with just ourselves present. Anyone coming by would be given a place in the family often for several days if in hard luck.
Mother of Neighborhood
During her lifetime Mrs. Youngs has cared for scores of babies and their mothers in the community. The first baby whose entrance into the world she assisted and whom she dressed was R. F. Walters of Willis, whose parents were at one time near neighbors of the Youngs.
Mrs. Youngs was a cousin of the late H.P. Glover of Ypsilanti. George Grimstone of Ann Arbor and Mrs. Youngs are the last of a long list of cousins. Several years ago she fell and injured one of her legs severely, and has been trouble with its (sic) at times since. But her hospitable spirit is as strong as of old and she still delights to have a neighbor or friend come in for a chat over a cup of tea.
At the sixty-second wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Youngs 80 guests were present, five of whom were more than 80 years old. Mrs. Rhoda Derbyshire, 87, was the eldest, the others being John Bunton of Arbor, Hiram Eaton of Ypsilanti, Mrs. Rachel Tuttle of Tuttle Hill and Mr. Youngs. Seven, D.C. Griffin and Mrs. Mariam Sanderson of Ypsilanti, Mrs. Hattie Prince of Waterloo, J.C. Tuttle, Mrs. J.C. Tuttle and Charles Newton, all of Tuttle Hill, and Mrs. Youngs, were more than 70 years old.
Mr. Youngs, though nearly 82 years old, is still hale and vigorous.
Among the chief delights of Mr. and Mrs. Youngs today are the visits they receive from their 37 great-grandchildren.