Martha Young (Youngs/Yonges) was born in Southold, England on July 1, 1613. I believe she emigrated to Salem, MA in 1636, along with her husband Thomas Moore Jr., his family and her sister Mary.

Martha, a member of the first generation of the Young family to live in America, is the eighth child of Rev. Christopher Young, who was the Vicar of Reyden, Southold, Suffolk, England. (Sadly, records show that two of her siblings died by drowning on the same day in 1626. I wonder what happened.)

Her father, the Reverend Christopher Young, died in Southold, England in 1626 and was buried in the chancel of the church at Southold. The children emigrated a few years later, most likely for reasons of religious freedom.

The painting above is from "Pilgrim's Progress (The Illustrated Family Bunyan)" by W. Landels.

Both paintings above are from "Courier & Ives Color Plates."

Once in the States, Martha Young, by now married to Thomas Moore, also from the Reyden-Southold area, lived in Salem until about 1651, when she joined other relatives in Southold, Long Island, New York, most notably her brother John, who by then had followed in his father's footsteps and become Reverend John Youngs of Southold, Long Island.

At Southold, her husband Thomas became a large ship and land owner, deputy to New Haven, and constable at Southold. Her fourth child, Nathaniel, of the second Young generation to live in America, is my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- grandfather.


To further complicate genealogical matters, Nathaniel Moore's daughter Elisabeth married Christopher Young, grandson of Martha's brother, Rev. John Young. (Which makes me related to the Youngs through both Martha and her brother John.)

The painting on the right is "Between Two Fires" by Frank Millet.


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