History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
Alvin A. Young, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Virginia in 1838, the
thirteenth of fifteen children of Michael and Emilla (Kazei) Young,
natives of Virginia, where they were reared and married, and about 1841
went to Missouri, where the father died in 1877, and where the mother
still lives. She is a member of the Free Baptist Church. With an ordinary
education our subject left the Missouri home in 1861, and for some years
was engaged at Cairo in contracting and building, his leading occupation.
He served about three months in the navy in 1864. In 1867 he married
Louisa C. Stephens, daughter of Elisha and Nancy Mann, a native Of
Hamilton County. Their four children are Julia A., Mattie (deceased),
Jessie M. and Alvin E. First locating on a farm adjoining, he has since
1879 been on his present fine farm of 120 acres, which is well improved,
three miles south of McLeansboro. He is an active and energetic man and
public spirited citizen.
He has always been a Democrat, first voting for Douglas.