Mr. William Charles Young, 50, died this date, December 11th, in 1852 of Tuberculosis and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. He worked as a porter in a store likely near the family’s home at #5 S. Pine Street in the Moyamensing District of the city just south of the 5th and South Streets area. The Youngs had five children, 2 of which attended the St. Mary’s Street School and one other attended the Lombard Street School. The Youngs paid $5 a month for rent, according to the 1847 African American Census, which would have been one week’s earning for Mr. Young.
Mr. Young was born in Delaware and had resided in Philadelphia for the last 27 years. His death certificate is signed by the prominent African American physician, civil rights activist and Bethel Church member Dr. J.J.G. Bias.