The Bulfords

Compiled by Ann Simmons Eldredge

Sarah Smith Henry (1814-1888), the daughter of James and Sara (Glenn) Henry (and granddaughter of John and Margaret (McMillan) Henry, was born at her parents’ farm, located not far from MLEPC. Sarah married Captain James Young (1810-1869). Census records show Captain Young changed his profession sometime between 1850 and 1860 from carpenter to attorney. James died in East Birmingham (now the South Side) the result of a serious fall and typhoid fever. His wife, Sarah, is most likely buried at St Clair Cemetery with her husband, her parents and grandparents and other Henry and Glenn relatives.

James and Sarah Young had three children: Edward Johnston Young, Maria (born about 1844) and Ann (born about 1845). Both girls were single and living at home at the time of the 1860 census. Edward (1835-1905), born in the Banksville area, was a lifelong member of MLEPC, associated with the Pittsburgh Gazette, the Pittsburgh Gas Company and was secretary of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. About 1864, Edward married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Mathews (born December 1842), daughter of German emigrant George Mathews and Pennsylvania native Ann Cairns. Elizabeth’s sister Annie and her husband, Joseph Roush, were the parents of Joseph Cairns Roush, the owner of the “Sunnyhill” (now the Universalist Unitarian Church on Washington Road).

Edward and Elizabeth had two children-James Henry Young and Harriet Mathews Young (1868-1927)-both born in Chartiers. In 1894, Harriet married George Young by whom she had four children including Mildred M. (1899-1971). Mildred married Roy M. Brahm (1898-1974), an employee at her parents’ grocery store at the corner of Osceola and Cypress streets in Pittsburgh. The couple lived in the Banksville area and had three children: Harriet Young Brahm, who died at the age of 2; Elsa M. Young, a school teacher who never married; and Margaret E., who married George Smythe.

Edward died of pneumonia in 1905 at his daughter Harriet’s home. He is buried between his aunts, Margaret (Henry) Simmons and Jane Glenn (Henry) Neely. Descendants suspect the plot in which Edward rests also contains the remains of his parents, James Young and Sarah Smith Henry.

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