1880 Goodspeeds History of SE Missouri, page 683
William H. Young, attorney at law of Farmington, is a native of Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., born April 14, 1851, and is one of five children born to James M. and Susan (Allen)Young, and the grandson of Harvey Young, who was a native of Virginia, born in 1790 and who moved to Kentucky about 1830 and from there to St. Francois County, Mo., locating north of Farmington four miles. He died in 1885. He was one of the early settlers of St. Franois County, and was a Free-Will Baptist minister. James M. was a small boy when he came to Missouri. He married in 1844 and soon after moved to Ste. Genevieve County but resided there only a few years, when he returned to St. Francois County, and settled near French Village where he lived nine years. For the past twenty years he has been living in Ste. Genevieve County; he is the owner of 700 acres, 375 being in the home place. He is justice of the peace at the present time. He as been married twice, his first wife being Susan Allen. She was born in Kentucky, and died in 1858. James M. afterward married Susan Porter who is yet living. Mr. Young is the father of nine children, five by his first wife and four by the second marriage. William H. Young was educated in the common schools and at Carleton Institute. He was reared and grew to manhood on the farm. At the age of nineteen he commenced teaching, and followed this occupation for about ten years in the counties of St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve . September 18, 1872, he married Miss Mary Doss, a native of Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., born in 1857, and the daughter of William P. Doss. To this union six children were born: Laura B., Margaret D., Andrew J., Hester, Wilmer R., and Susie. In 1884 Mr. Young began the study of law, and in March 1886 was admitted to the bar, and has since been engaged in his practice. His brother, J. R. Young, has been his partner for the past year. Mr. Young resided on the farm until September, 1886, when he moved to Farmington and has resided there since. He is the owner of eighty-five acres and his wife of ninety. He is a Democrat in politics, and was constable of St. Francois County two years.