Dr. Sylvester Nash Young was born on the 1st of July, 1854 in Ridgetown, Ontario. His father Russell Young, was born in the United States and his mother, the former Fannie Fatima Nash was born in Ontario. His parents were farmers and they had 5 children; Dorinda, Harriett, Mary Jane, Sylvester and Duncan.
Dr. Young attended primary school in Ridgetown and High School in St. Thomas, Ontario. Dr. Young became a teacher, teaching in Elgin County and Kent County. In 1884 he was an assistant teacher at Ridgetown District Secondary School. He did not become a doctor until 1889 when he graduated M.D.,C.M. from Victoria University. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Young joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 22nd of May, 1889. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Young practiced in Fletcher for 18 years before moving to Ridgetown, where he continued to practice medicine for another 22 years.
Dr. Young married Elizabeth Newcombe on the 16th of June, 1891. She was the daughter of William Newcombe and the former Anna Rebecca Lankin. Mrs. Young was born in Orford Twp on the 10th of April, 1864, the 3rd of 4 daughters. Her parents were farmers and her sisters were; Mary Jane, Sarah Abigail and Annie Rebecca. By 1891, the Newcombe family had moved to Ridgetown. According to the census of 1891, Elizabeth was a tailor and her father made a living as a carpenter. Mrs. Young’s sister Annie died of tuberculosis in Ridgetown at the age of 26.
Dr. and Mrs. Young had two children. William Russell Young was born on the 25th of November, 1895 and Fannie Elizabeth was born on the 23rd of February, 1902. The family lived at 48 Main Street in Ridgetown.
Dr. Young collaborated on a historical book with author O.K. Watson, entitled, “Memories Of The Old Home Town” published around 1850.
Dr. Young practiced medicine until the day before he died. He was 81 years old when he passed away on the 19th of May, 1936. At the time of his death, he was the Medical Officer of Health. Mrs. Young died at her residence in Ridgetown on the 18th of October, 1952. They are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
Their daughter Fannie Elizabeth (Young) Simpson became a nurse.
Webmaster/Editor’s Note: The date of death for Dr. Young is confirmed as May 19th, 1936, by the death record.
The home pictured below was purchased by Dr. Young in 1908. His office was also located in this home at 48 Main Street.