Van Buren Young
& Martha Adalaide (Green) Young
of Frost, Navarro County, Texas


Biography Index



Van Buren Young
Photo from the collection of Cathy Powers


Martha Adalaide (Green) Young
Photo from the collection of Cathy Powers


Van Buren & Martha Adelaide (Green) Young


Van Buren Young, was born August 11, 1873 in the Burshie Prairie Community in Navarro County Texas, to William Pinkston Elmira Ann (French) Young.  His maternal grandparents were Lewis P. Mary "Polly" (Lawrence) French.

Sometime after his mother's death, his father moved his family to Itasca, Texas after marring his second wife Della E. Groves on June 22, 1881 in Navarro County, Texas.  Della was the daughter of the Rev. Richard B. & Paulina Jettie "Josephine" (Wharton) Groves.  William and Della later moved again to Elk City, Oklahoma.

On June 19, 1901 in Corsicana, Navarro Co. TX, Van Buren married Martha Adelaide Green, the daughter of Caleb Pinkney and Mollie Othella (Williams) Green.  She was born on March 6, 1884 in the Raleigh Community in Navarro Co., TX.  Martha was the grand daughter of Henry Thomas & Martha Jane (Thomas/Lindsey) Williams.

In 1912,Van Buren and Martha moved to Frost, and settled on a farm near his parents.  They operated the first Motion Picture theater in Frost.  Their theater was destroyed, along with most of the Frost Community, in the 1930 tornado and Van suffered a broken leg.  They later opened and operated Young's Cafe until he retired after a heart attack in 1946.

Their Children:

James Carrol Young, b. Dec 6, 1903, married Hattie Mae McKee on 23 July 1924 in Navarro County and had a son, James Charles Young, Jr.  James Sr was a banker.  James Carrol died Nov 30, 1992 at Webster, Harris Co., TX and is buried in the Frost Cemetery. (Obituary).  Hattie died 2 July 1986 and is also buried at the Frost Cemetery. (Obituary)

Annie Lee Young, born Jan 15, 1906, married Orval Mason Caskey of Palestine on on Aug 4, 1929 at Palestine, Anderson Co., TX.  An employee of Geophysican Service Inc., Orval traveled with his family over Texas and many other states exploring for oil.  He settled in Dallas in 1941 and worked for the City of Dallas until his retirement in 1972.  They had a daughter Jacqueline Arline Caskey.  Annie died October 13, 1995 in Mesquite, Dallas Co., TX.  (Obituary).  Orval died March 19, 1984 at Doctor's Hospital, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX. (Obituary).  They are both buried at the Frost Cemetery.

Lonnie Ruel Young, born April 2, 1910, attended Rice University and was a Chief Warrant Officer in the Air Force.  He married Katherine Martin of Terrell, TX, on Sept 10, 1941.  They lived in San Antonio.  Lonnie died 6 January 1974 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.  Katherine died 5 March 1972.

Van Buren Green died on May 15, 1952 in Frost and was buried in the Frost Cemetery.  Martha Died on March 10, 1976 in Corsicana and was burned next to him. (Obituary)

Van Buren & Martha
Mar 6, 1884


Frost Theater, owned by Van Buren Young

Photo of Van Buren in front of
the movie theater he owned at Frost, Navarro Co., TX
It was located between the Post Office and the Cafe and was
Destroyed by the tornado.  He also owned a hotel which
was destroyed by fire.  He also owned a Cafe there.
Submitted by Cathy Powers


Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., Texas



Van Buren Young
Aug 11, 1873 - May 15, 1952

May 17, 1952
Van Buren Young, 78, life-long resident of Navarro County, died at his home in Frost Thursday. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Frost Baptist Church with burial in the Frost Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife of Frost; two sons, J. C. Young, Frost, and Ruel Young, United States Air Force, Parks Air Force Base, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. O. M. Caskey, Dallas; a brother, J. E. Young, San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Dana Stubbs - Apr 2005
The Dallas Morning News - May 18, 1952

Van Buren Young
Aug 11, 1873 - May 15, 1952

Pioneer Frost Resident Dies
Van Buren Young, 70, life-long resident of Frost, died at his home there Thursday.

He was born in the old Brushy community, and for years operated a movie theater in Frost.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a. m. from the Frost Baptist Church, with the pastor, Rev. C. C. Ellis, officiating. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery.

Surviving are the wife of Frost two sons. J. C. Young of Frost and Ruel Young, U. S. Air Force, Parks Air Force Base, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. O. M. Caskey of Dallas; a brother, J. E. Young of San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Home is in charge.



Mrs. Young

FROST-Services were to be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bardley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Martha Young, 92, resident of Frost, who died yesterday in Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. James Aldridge, Frost Baptist Church, was to officiate, with burial following at Frost Cemetery. Survivors include a son, J. C. Young of Frost; a daughter, Mrs. O. M. Caskey of Mesquite; two sisters, Mrs. G. W. Webb and Mrs. Alice Green of Corsicana; two grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were to be Truitt Green, Irving Green, J.C. Green, M. R. Green, Paul Green, and Pat Caldwell.



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