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FC: Our Family History | Mr. and Mrs Harry T Young Wedding Day Dec. 15, 1915 Hotel Utica, Utica NY

1: Harry and May's Children Harriet , Bill and Maurice | Harry and May Celebrate 50 years

2: Harry & May at the Peabody Farm

3: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | The Young Side Harry and May Young as researched and remembered by Greta Young Daigle

4: First two grand-sons Earl Ellsworth Jr. & Gregory K. Young

5: Great Grandparents | Parents | Almeda Holmes | Almeda Holmes | Simon Young | Elizabeth McMurphy | Peter Holmes | Hannah | Elizabeth Jones | Franklin D Sperry | Benjamin F Newton | Mary Hook | Harry T Young | May holding Scoopie | D. Franklin Sperry | Harriet Maria Newton | H | William H. Young with family | Hattie, Bill and Maurice

6: Mary Theresa Sperry was born April 18, 1895 in Boonville, NY. She always went by May. She was the youngest child of David Franklin Sperry and his wife, Harriet Maria Newton Sperry. She had two older brothers, Ben and Louis, who were quite a bit older than she was. Her father was an Adirondack guide, and acted as guide for President Benjamin Harrison when he visited the Adirondacks. The family eventually settled in Old Forge, NY, and May was the first librarian in the town. That was where she met Harry T. Young. | May at the big rock as a baby | May with her brothers, Louis and Ben

7: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Harry Thaddeus Young was born in Gouverneur, NY, on April 16, 1888. His father was William Henry Young and his mother was a schoolteacher named Almeda Holmes. She died when he was a baby, and his father remarried. His stepmother was named Cora Peabody. She had flaming red hair, and Grampa always said that was where my cousins on my mother’s side of the family got their red hair. Cora and William also had one son, so Harry had a half-brother named Claude. | Bill, Hattie Grace, Cora, Maurice, Harry and William H Young on their front porch

8: Harry and May Wedding Day December 15, 1915 at the Hotel Utica Utica, NY

9: They eloped to Utica, December 15, 1915, where they were married at the Hotel Utica. I don't know a lot about this part of their lives, but from family stories, I believe they bought a house at 4 North St. and settled down in the "Brooklyn" section of Old Forge, NY. The bridge crossing the inlet in Old Forge was built the same year that the Brooklyn Bridge was built in New York City, and the newly settled section of town near the present day Enchanted Forest got the nickname, Brooklyn. Harry was a handyman and house-painter and May took in sewing.

10: Harriet Maria Newton | Mary Hook | Benjamin F Newton | Mary Sperry | David Franklin Sperry | Elizabeth Jones | Franklin D Sperry | Mary Felton | John Hook | Lois Ross Crandall | Jacob Newton | Margaret | David Jones | Thankful Ames | Eneas Sperry | May at 16 with the crew from the Higby Club

11: Harry T Young | Almeda Holmes | William Henry Young | Hannah | Peter Holmes | Elizabeth McMurphy | Simon Young | Unknown | Unknown | Mary A | Peter George Holmes | James McMurphy | Lucy Mentor | George Young | Achsah Hooper | Harry

12: On January 24, 1917, they welcomed their first child, William Franklin Youngs. There was an error made on his birth certificate, so he remained Youngs his whole life. September 8, 1921, another son was born. It was family tradition to give the firstborn son the mother's maiden name as his middle name, but since they had named Bill after their two fathers, Maurice Sperry Young got the honor of the middle name. | Maurice and Bill with their cousin Orren Sperry

13: TBy | By 1924, they had run | By 1924, they had run into some kind of financial trouble and moved to Ilion, NY, where they rented a house next to May's brother Louis. There they welcomed Harriet Grace Young on her brother' Maurice's 3rd birthday.

14: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. | I don't know how long they stayed in Ilion, but my dad, Maurice, grew up mostly in Old Forge, where they attended Town of Webb Schools. Harry worked at hanging wall-paper and painting houses, and started painting signs as well. Bill joined the Navy, followed a few years later by Maurice. Hattie went to nursing school, I think in Syracuse, NY. They lived in a few different houses in Old Forge, but I believe they rented for the rest of their lives. May's brother Louis also lived in Old Forge, and the cousins were close. | 1939 Town of Webb Graduation Class Old Forge NY | Maurice

15: Ben Sperry, Bill Youngs, Maurice Young, May Young holding Scoopie, Hattie Young and Harry Young

16: Maurice married Marion Kirch on July 7, 1945, and a month later, Harriet married Earl Ellsworth on August 8, 1945. Maurice and Marion moved to Watertown, NY, where Marion had family, and Harry and May followed them there. Maurice and Marion bought 124 Mullin St, and Harry and May lived there. Hattie and Earl lived nearby in Syracuse, where Earl opened a successful refuse collection business. Bill lived most of his adult life in Pennsylvania, but came to Syracuse to marry Jackie. Soon they all started having children, making Harry and May grandparents. Bill had a daughter named Harriet May, but called "Scoopie" for much of her childhood. Maurice had Gregory, Grace and Greta. Harriet had Earl Jr., Sharon, Bruce, Dennis, Linda, John, Dale and Margo. When Harriet was a child, her eyes crossed, and 7 out of her 8 children also had crossed eyes. Maurice stayed in the Navy, and moved a lot, living in California and Spain before moving back to Old Forge. Harry and May also moved back to Old Forge, where they lived most of the time that I knew them.

17: Father | Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Bill snf Jsvkir | Bill & Jackie | May & Marion with Greg | Harriet & Earl with Earl Jr. in front of 124 Mullin St. Watertown NY | Greg with Grampa and Greg with Maurice

18: Bill Youngs | The Ellsworths with Harry | Harry, Maurice & Greg mow the lawn

19: Father | Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Grampa Young with Greg and Grace | Harry in Theresa, NY | May and Hattie with Earl Jr.

21: Bill - Jackie Harriet May - Richard Hayley Eric | Maurice - Marion Greg - Joyce Barnaby Gretchen Ben Grace - Paul Megan Emily (Aiken) Greta - Don Letty Maurice Leah Steven | Hattie - Earl Earl Myla Eli Eric Sharon-Simone Katarina Simone Desiree Giovanni Dennis-Roberta Dennis, David Cheryl Bruce- Mary Margaret, Robert, Robin, Brian, Bruce, Jessica Linda Lee - Steven Steven John- Cindy Wisdom, Honesty Dale-Carol Sara, Ian, Dylan Margo - Richard Derek, Shane | Harry - May | 3 Children 12 Grandchildren 35 Great - Grandchildren

23: Harry & May 50 Years

24: Harry always told the most wonderful stories and had a great sense of humor. May was soft and cuddly and what I always thought a gramma should be. They always kept toys at their house for when we came to visit and always made us feel so loved. Harry joined the Masons, and May became very active in the Eastern Star They had a good life together, and in 1965, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They both loved to tell family stories that fueled my love for genealogy. We had some wonderful times together. The last Christmas they spent with us was at Cadyville, NY in 1969. Grandma died the following March. She went to sleep and had a stroke. She never woke up.

25: Grampa moved in with us in Cadyville, and lived with us for a year. Every summer we went to our camp in Inlet, and he seemed much happier being back in the Adirondacks. On Aug. 23, 1971, Mom went to wake him up and found he had gone home to be with May.

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