Mississippi, Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedia Form, Dunbar, Rowland, LL D, Vol. III copyright 1907
Young, Chas. Whit, is numbered among the leading business men and influential citizens of the thriving and progressive little city of New Albany, the judicial center of Union county. Mr. Young was born in Tippah county, Miss., Dec. 16, 1867, and is a son of William Tandy Young, who came from middle Tennessee to Mississippi in 1835 and who here became a successful merchant and planter. The Young family is of English extraction and was early found in North Carolina, Josephine M. (Cox) Young, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was a daughter of Michael Cox, and both her paternal and maternal ancestors were numbered among the early settlers of Georgia, whence came the representatives of the two families of Mississippi. Chas. W. Young, the immediate subject of this review, was afforded the advantages of the common schools of his native county and early became identified with active business affairs. He finally engaged in the general mercantile business at Ripley, Tippah county, where he continued operations in this line for twelve years, with marked success. He is still identified with the same line of enterprise in association with one of his brothers, and under the title of the Young Mercantile Company, they conduct a large business in New Albany. In January, 1905, Mr. Young took up his residence in New Albany, to whose upbuilding and prestige he has contributed in large measure, through his activity in promoting industrial advancement. He is secretary and treasurer of the New Albany Furniture Company, which was organized in the autumn of 1904, with a capital of $50,000, and he is one of the chief stockholders in the concern, which has a fine modern plant giving employment to about 100 operatives. He is also a stockholder in the New Albany canning factory, representing another important local enterprise, and as already noted, is a principal in the Young Mercantile Company in this place. He is also interested in a mercantile business at Middleton, Tenn. New Albany has no citizen who is more loyal and progressive, and Mr. Young is rendering most effective service as secretary of the Business Men's League, which has done much in securing to New Albany a line of excellent manufactories. Mr. Young is aligned as a stalwart supporter of the cause of the Democratic party and is identified with various social and fraternal organizations. In 1894 he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Kenney, daughter of James A. and Callie (Pickens) Kenney, of Tippah county, and the children of this union are three sons -- Kenney, Milton and Charles.
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