Mary Boren was born 6 September 1784 in Springfield, Robertson County, Tennessee, United States to Bazel Boren (1745-1812) and Susannah Bryan (1763-1836) and died 28 February 1848 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States of unspecified causes. She married Jacob Young (1774-1842) 1801 in Springfield, Robertson County, Tennessee, United States. She married Willis William Boren (1796-1895) 30 June 1819 in Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois.

Just prior to the birth of Alfred Douglas Young, Jacob went away to work and was not heard from for a year. Years later his son Alfred wrote in his autobiography attributed his parent's divorce to a long work-related absence of his father from home. Jacob and Mary divorced in about 1810.

After the divorce, Mary's father convinced her to move north with him to Union County, Illinois where her children with Jacob grew up. She lived with her father until he died in 1812, then she went to live in the same house as her cousin Willis Boren. They were eventually married on 30 Jun 1819 in Union County, Illinois. Despite his young age, Willis was a good father to Mary's children by Jacob Young and they enjoyed a happy married life together.

The family moved to Gibson County, Tennessee where they joined the Mormon Church in 1843. Mary died about 1848 at Winter Quarters in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

Willis left Winter Quarters, Nebraska, to join his children in Utah in the summer of 1853. Since Willis Boren's cousin-wife, Mary Boren, died at Winter Quarters, Willis married again to Mary Sampson.


Offspring of Jacob Young and Mary Boren (1784-1848)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Squire Boren Young (1802-1848)
Elizabeth Young (1804-1825)
William Alma Young (1805-1875) 28 August 1805 Smith County, Tennessee, United States 3 September 1875 Washington, Washington County, Utah, United States Leah Holland Smith (1810-1897) Anna Reynolds (1819-1904) Leah Holland Smith (1810-1897) Anna Reynolds (1819-1904) Druzilla Boren (1812-1880)
John Young (1807-1813)
Alfred Douglas Young (1808-1889)



Offspring of Willis William Boren and Mary Boren (1784-1848)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Andrew Hibbitts Boren (1814-1890)
Persada Boren (1816-1893)
Priscilla Boren (1820-1900)
Mary Boren (1822-1843)
Carel Boren (1823-1943)
Susan Mills Boren (1825-1939)
Sarah Ann Boren (1825-1908) 28 October 1825 Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee, United States 11 October 1908 Tropic, Garfield County, Utah, United States Thomas Washington Smith (1815-1892)
Hulda Mills Boren (1826-)



See Also

  • Mary Boren
  • Boren Family
  • Boren in Robertson County, Tennessee
  • Boren in Pottawattamie County, Iowa

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