Virginia V. Young Collection

This collection was donated to the Grayson County Historical Society in 1998 by Mary Ellen Smith, the grand-daughter of Fields Morgan Young and Mary E. Young. It contains original deeds for land at Edgewater, tax receipts, photographs, letters and other items from both the Young and Waugh families. A listing of items in the collection will be added to this page in the future.

The Young Family of Edgewater

Ezekiel Young was born on November 6, 1806. His wife, Evaline McMillan was born in 1812. After they married on October 27, 1830 at Nathan’s Creek, Ashe Co, NC, they settled in the Mouth of Wilson area of Grayson County and had twelve children, five boys and seven girls. One son was Fields Morgan Young, born January 8, 1846, (d. 21 July, 1928). He married Mary E. Waugh (b. 23 July, 1849; d. 23 Sept., 1926), daughter of James Waugh and Elizabeth Blair, in Oldtown, Grayson County, VA on July 12, 1876. They lived on Ezekiel Young’s homeplace in the Edgewater community in Grayson County. Fields was a merchant and farmer and was appointed Postmaster at Edgewater, VA on July 15, 1888. Fields and Mary gave birth to three children.  James W. Young was born in Grayson County on February 8, 1881 and died eight months later on October 6, 1881. Their first daughter, Virginia Victoria Young was born in Grayson County on November 6, 1883. She died of Typhoid Fever while attending school at Sullins College in Bristol, TN two days before her 16th birthday on November 4, 1899. Virginia, as well as her parents, are buried in the Fields Young Cemetery, on the Edgewater property in the mouth of Wilson community. The youngest daughter, Mattie E. Young was born in Grayson County on March 10, 1884. Mattie married Walter M. Hardin and lived in Galax, VA. Their daughter, Mary Ellen Smith, donated the collection.