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YOUNG, HARVEY W. (1829–1898). Harvey W. Young, Texas Ranger, United States and Confederate soldier, sheriff, and state representative, was born in Maury County, Tennessee, on March 17, 1829, to Henry and Mary (Whitesides) Young. Young immigrated to Texas with his family in 1842 and settled near Chambers Creek in present-day Ellis County. On April 29, 1850, Young married Elvira Ann Jackson. This couple had one son and one daughter that lived to maturity as well as several children who died in infancy. Following service in the United States Army during the Mexican War, Young served as sheriff of Ellis County from February 1851 through December 1852. In addition, he was a member of the Texas Rangers. Young later moved to Hill County, where he worked as a schoolteacher and served as county judge and county surveyor. During the Civil War, Young served in the Thirtieth Texas Cavalry Regiment, and achieved the rank of major before the conclusion of hostilities. Following the war he returned to Hill County, where he worked as a farmer. In 1870 Young was elected a representative on the Democratic ticket for Hill, Navarro, Ellis, and Kaufman counties to the Twelfth Texas Legislature. He died in Hill County on April 21, 1898.


A Memorial and Biographical History of Johnson and Hill Counties, Texas (Chicago: Lewis, 1892).

Aragorn Storm Miller


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "YOUNG, HARVEY W.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 27, 2015. Uploaded on April 7, 2011. Modified on April 18, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.