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Louisa Young was the 10th child of John Young and Abigail Nabby Howe. She was born September 25, 1804 in Sherburne, New York. Sherburne was located at a junction of the Chenago and Susquehanna rivers. The area was rich in wild berries, nuts, and wil animals, large and small. Louisa's parents had moved to this area in the spring of 1804, just before Louisa was born.

In 1813, the family moved to Aurelius, Cayuga County, some six miles from the upper end of Cayuga Lake. Two years later Louisa's mother died after a long battle with consumption. John then moved his family to the "Sugar Hill" district of Steuben County near Tyrone, along the Tioga River. Louisa and her younger brother, Lorenzo Dow, lived with their married sister, Rhoda Young Greene, in Aurelius.

Louisa's older brother was the famous western colonizer, Brigham Young. Louisa married Joel Hubbard Sanford on October 6 or 9, 1824 at the Tavern of James Pine betwen Auburn and Bucksville. A Justice of the Peace from Aurelius named Gilbert Weed performed the ceremony. The previous day Louisa's brother, Brigham, was married in the same tavern by Mr. Weed.

Joel and Louisa were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1829. The 1830 Census lists Louisa and Joel Sanford as residents of Mendon. Louisa died August 1, 1833 at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, in her 29th year almost 4 months after her fourth child was born. Joel died May 2, 1847 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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