John & Catheron

The Youngclause Family Moves to Canada


The following is excerpted from "THE YOUNGCLAUS FAMILY", a collection of Youngclaus genealogical information prepared by Lyra Armeling Garson. (Some editing has been done.)

John Youngclause was born in August, 1798, in Sandwick in the Shetland Islands. He married Catheron Jameson of Hoswick on October 28, 1827. In 1835 they emigrated with their three children (James, John, and George) and John's brother Peter (birth date unknown) -- John to New Brunswick, Canada, and Peter to Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Percy, one of John and Catheron's thirteen children, was born in St. John, Queen's County, New Brunswick in 1839 and died on March 4, 1888. He is buried in Lyon Cemetery in New Brunswick. On July 7, 1871, he married Elizabeth Irving (March 17, 1850 to October 7, 1908) in Clarendon which was thirty miles west of St. John. They had eight children, ann born in St. John.

In 1987, Wesley Youngclaus, and his wife Elaine, went to New Brunswick and spent a week in the archives of the Mormon Church in St. John and the Provincial Archives in Fredericton, the capital.

In the Mormon Church Archives they found an "EXTRACT FROM THE PRESBYTERY BOOK OF ZETLAND" and the following census record:

"In census of 1861 John Youngclaus, age 62, who emigrated from Shetland Inslands in 1835, had the following property listed for tax purposes:

400 acres total, 130 improved, 270 unimproved. Value $2000. Implements $40.00; 2 horses; 3 milk cows; 2 oxen; 4 meat cattle; 3 pigs; 400# butchered pork; 160# Bu. Buckwheat on 6 acres; 1/2 Bu. Beans; 1/4 Bu. Peas; 1 Bu. Timothy Seed; cloth and other manufactures $48.20."

They also found the folowing which had been taken from the book entitled "BACKWARD GLANCES AT SUNBURY AND QUEENS" by F. A. McGrand:

"North and south Enniskillen were parallel settlements connected by two roads, each lined with farms. Enniskillen South had a neighbour between it and the Douglas Valley which integrated with it -- this was Youngclaus. Its first settlers were James Thompson who came from Grand Lake, John Sinclair from Scotland, and Thomas Trott, but the most common name was Youngclaus -- George, Thomas, Percy and John. They were from the Scotland Islands and of Scandinavian origin. They built good homes and had well cleared farms. Percy Youngclaus had a two-storey house of fourteen rooms. There was no school in Youngclaus, nor was there a church. The land was not as easily cultivated as in Enniskillen. Fire took its toll on several of the Youngclaus houses. After this disaster, they gradually moved to New Hampshire, until only one Youngclaus family (Percy) remained in New Brunswick. Nevertheless they had given their name to that part of the parish of Petersville which later had not a single inhabitant of that name. The road from Wirral to the Broad Road once had between twenty and twenty-five farms that were abandoned early in this century."

(Still Under Construction)


Last revision: 11/29/96

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