From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Young, Charles

(born: 1891  -  died: 1970) Charles Young, a groomer, was one of the many African American horsemen in Lexington, KY. He was married at 18 years of age, then later married Pearl Steele, with whom he had three sons: Earl, Charles, and Thomas [source: 1930 U.S. Census]. In 1931, the family lived at 624 Chestnut Street [source: p. 558,  Polk's Lexington (Kentucky) City Directory Vol. 1931-32]. Charles Young was later married to Virgie R. Carter when they lived at 356 Corral Street [source: p. 694 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory vol. 1956].

Charles and Virgie Ruth Young are listed in the city directory as early as 1943. When Charles Young completed his WWII Draft Registration Card, he and his wife lived at 633 Chestnut Street in Lexington, and Charles was employed by Olin Gentry at the Idle Hour Farm. In 1958, Charles Young was a horseman with the J. J. Greeley Farm, according to the p. 789 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, Ky.) City Directory, 1958),  the last employment listed along with Charles Young's name in the Lexington city directories.

By 1966, Charles Young had retired [source: p. 741 in Polk's Lexington City Directory]. He and his wife are last listed together in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, Ky.) City Directory, 1970, p. 748. Virgie R. Young is listed by herself on p. 818 in the 1971 city directory. 

Charles Young was born in Warrentown (Fayette County), KY; he did not have a middle name.

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