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DAVID B. YOUNG. Ripley County, Missouri, boasts of many prominent citizens who came originally from Tennessee, and among the number is David B. Young, born in Gibson County, near Trenton, June 1, 1850. He was about eight years of age when he came with his father, Benjamin Young, to this county. Subject’s mother died when he was an infant. She was a native of Tennessee, as was also the father. After the death of his first wife Mr. Young married Mrs. Margaret 0. Cole, whose maiden name was Slayton. He died during the war, January 8, 1863, and was in one of the Missouri regiments of the Federal Army. He was wounded at Vicksburg from the effects of which he died. By occupation he was a carpenter, farmer, and he was also a successful educator.

David B. Young remained with his stepmother until his marriage, which occurred in 1870, to Miss Sarah V. Kittrell, a native of Ripley County, Missouri She died January 17, 1880, and five years later Mr. Young wedded Miss Mary J. Jones, of St. Louis. One son, Frank, was the result of the first union. He is a resident of Doniphan. To the last union have been born two children, both daughters. After his marriage Mr. Young commenced farming near Barfield, where he was elected justice of the peace of Thomas Township, when but twenty-one years old.

In 1874 he was elected sheriff and collector, held this position two years and was then reelected collector. In 1884 he was again elected sheriff and held the position one term. In 1888 he was elected by his party to the position of collector again and reelected in 1890 and 1892, thus showing his great popularity. He has a host of warm friends and no man is better fitted for the position of collector than he. During 1881, 1882 and 1883 he was engaged in merchandising and he helped build the Doniphan Roller Mills, in which he is a stockholder and director. He also deals in real estate. Mr. Young was active in getting the railroad here, helping buy land and the right of way, etc. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., the A. 0. U. W., K. of P., K. of H., and is an officer in all. In politics he is a Democrat.

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