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My Genealogy Home Page

Updated January 8, 2008


Diane Young Merchant
Washington, DC United States

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  • Leah Etta Sykes Young (85 KB)
    The first negro mother of the year in Virginia in 1952. She and her husband, John P. Young, were the parents of fourteen children in Southampton County, Virginia.
  • John Purcell Young (37 KB)
    John P. Young and his wife, Leah Sykes Young, from Sebrell in Southampton County, Virginia, were the parents of 14 children. They were the subjects of an article by Richard C. Davids, published in the 1951 issue of Farm Journal, entitled "Sixteen Sticks in a Bundle". The story was produced on Dupont's Cavalcade of America radio program and condensed in the April 1952 issue of Reader's Digest.
 
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