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1819 Married Susan Matheson in Edinburgh
1824 Birth of son George Williamson Young
1826 Birth of son John
c.1833 Birth of daughter, Elisabeth. in St Madoes, Perthshire
1841 James Young 45, farmer, lived in St Madoes, with Susan Young 45, Janet Young 13, Alison Young 11, Elizabeth Young 9
Practising as an engineer and architect in Perth in partnership with Alexander Mitchell
1851 James Young 56, Farmer Of 66 Acres Employing 3 Male Labourers & 1 Woman, Also Miller Employing 2 Labourers, Also Landsurveyor, lived in St Madoes, with his daughters, Aleson Young 20, his housekeeper, and Elizabeth Young 18, and niece Susan Y. Rait 2
1861 James Young was absent; he was a Farmer of 67 acres (employing 2 Man 1 Boy), lived in St Madoes with Susan Young 67, Elizabeth Young 28
Early 1870s, James Young, with his son James junior, were contractors for two sections of the Glasgow, Hamilton, and Bothwell Railway which required a considerable amount of earth cutting. They went to see one of the new American steam diggers when it first arrived in England and eventually procured one which they placed on this contract.