Section 9 – Young, Anisley

Written by Sandy Kinter, from Waterford Genealogical Society E-Newsletter Volume 18 Number 1

Williams Lake Road is the northern
boundary of Section 9, and the southern
boundary is Hatchery Road. West is
Huntoon Lake and Airport Road. The
Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad cuts across
the northeastern corner. In 1872 Section
9 would have been covered with farms.
Today it is mostly residential with
Waterford Kettering High School located
on the farm of George Richmond. The
adjoining farms of Beekman Van Zandt and
Richard King are now covered with
businesses along the railroad tracks.

In the southwestern corner of the section is part of the farm of Emily Huntoon. The Huntoon family was included with Section 8. Two parcels were owned by Oliver Hazard Perry Osmun. His residence was in Section 10, and he will be reported with that section’s biographies. George Richmond was a son-in-law of Oliver H.P. Osmun and, since he lived with his Osmun in-laws in the 1870 census, Richmond will be included with their biography. D.M. Judd, or Daniel M. Judd, owned an 80 acre property in the southwestern corner of the section. He resided in Section 15 and will be included with those biographies.

James Young
Ann Anisley

The household of James Youngs (sic) is recorded in the 1870 census on page 690, Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan. In the household are James Youngs, age 61, farmer, born in Scotland; Ann, age 50, born in New York; and Alice, age 17, and Bruce, age 14, both born in Michigan. Also present were Edward Neal, age 59, farm laborer, born in England, and Ellen Gundrey, age 23, domestic servant, born in England. The 1872 Waterford plat map shows J. Young in the northwest corner of Section 9, at the intersection of Depot Road (now Airport Road) and Williams Lake Road, on the north shore of Huntoon Lake. J. Young also owned small pieces of property in Section 4 along Depot Road. The 1857 plat map of Waterford Township shows Jas. Young residing in the same location. (1)

James Young was born 4 March 1809, in Scotland. (2) The death certificate of daughter, Alice, says her father was born in Berwick, Scotland. (3) James’ death record says his father’s name was John Youngs. (5) It is not known when James Young came to the United States, but he certainly settled in the state of New York first, for eldest child, Isabella, was born about 1835 in New York and wife, Ann Anisley, (3) was also from New York. (4) The Young family were residents of Waterford Township when their young son, John, died 30 March 1845, and was buried in the Waterford Village Cemetery. (2) At one time, James was the proprietor of the Waterford
Exchange Hotel on the corner of the Saginaw Turnpike (Dixie Highway) and Grand River Street (Andersonville Road). (4)(8) On 11 March 1869, James and Ann Young, sold a lot located in Waterford Village, to the First Freewill Baptist Society. This would be the site of the old church building which still stands, on Andersonville Road, in the village today. (7) James Young died 17 September 1892 in Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan. (2)(5) He is buried in the Waterford Village Cemetery. (2)

Ann Anisley was born 12 December 1819, in New York. (2)(6) Her death certificate says she was born in 1820 and her parents were Adam Ainslie and Elizabeth Maggs?, both born in England. (6) Ann died 16 December 1900, in Waterford Township. (6) She is buried in the Waterford Village Cemetery with her husband and two small children, John and Annette. (2)


  1. 1857 Plat Map, Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan, Oakland History Center,
  2. Waterford Village Cemetery, Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan, Find A Grave,
  3. Death Certificate, Alice Y. Williams, #137, Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1952; Monroe-Osceola, 1911, Ancestry,
  4. 1850 census, page 121, Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan
  5. Record of Deaths, Oakland County, Michigan, Volumes 1-2, 1867-1902; Volume 2, 1887-1897, page 110, Image 501, FHL #0973983, FamilySearch,
  6. Death Certificate, Ann Young, #25, Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1952; Muskegon-Saginaw, 1900, Ancestry,
  7. Deed Records, Oakland County, Michigan, Volumes 97-98, 1869-1871; Volume 97, 1869, page 155, Image 86, FHL #0975453, FamilySearch,
  8. History of Oakland County, Michigan, L.H. Everts & Co., Philadelphia, 1877, page 310, Hathitrust Digital Library,