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Biography of Thomas K. Young


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History Of Virginia, Vol. 3, Lewis Publishing Co., 1928
Page 143

Rev. Thomas K. Young

Thomas Young was born in Fayette Co., West Virignia, a son of William Wilson and Elizabeth (Kay) Young, natives of Scotland, he born in Edinburgh and she in Lanark and she survives and is living with her son, Dr. Young. The father was a miner and engaged in operating mines for big coal companies after coming to this country in 1880. He met his wife in Fayette Co. West Virginia although she had lived in Pennsylvania for some years, her parents having settled in that state upon coming to the U.S. in 1870 and they were married January 1, 1884. They had six sons and three daughters born to them, of whom five are living and one of them is Dr. Young, who is the second is order of birth.

Dr. Young attended the public school of Royal, West Virginia and the West Virginia state Normal School at Athens and later became a student of Hampden Sidney College, Virignia from which he graduated in 1908 with a degree Bachelor of Arts. His theological training was taken in the Union Thoelogical Seminary, Richmond Virignia and he was graduated therefrom in 1911 with the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. His first charge was a mountain mission at Holden West Virignia and he held it for eighteen months, his work there, difficult as it was being productive of a real spiritual awakening and a substantial increase in membership to the church. In October 1912 he was sent to Covington Va, and for the six suceeding years he labored faithfully and well, and when he left March 1, 1918 he was followed by the regrets of his congregation. Sent to the Presbyterian Church at Lexington, Virignia, he repeated his good work there for six years and January 1, 1924 was asigned to the pastorate of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Roanoke. 

Dr. Young was married on Sept. 21, 1907 to Miss Harriett Rebecca Cox, who was born in Farmville Va and educated in the Virignia State Normal School. She is a daughter of Benjamin Matthew Cox, for thirty-eight years manager of the above mentioned school. Four children have been born to Dr. Young and his wife: Thomas Kay, Jr., William Benjamin who died in 1915 at the age of 3 months; Helen Laing and Mary Elizabeth.


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