James Henry
"Uncle Jim"


JAMES HENRY YOUNG was born in Pennsylvania around 1842. He married his wife Emma around 1865. The Youngs resided in Delaware in the 1860s, where daughter Louisa was born, around 1866. 

James and Emma Young had moved to Camden by 1880, living at 1029 Mount Ephraim Avenue and working as a laborer.  By 1887 the Youngs were at 1028 South 10th street. By the following year they had moved across the street to 1013 South 10th Street, where they would reside into the 1900s. In 1888 he began driving a hack- a horse-drawn taxi- for many years, picking up his customers as they got off the Market Street Ferry. In this capacity he became a well known and much loved character, and was known as Uncle Jim.

By 1910 James and Emma Young had moved to  734 Chestnut Street, near the Union American Methodist Episcopal Church. James H. Young passed away on April 1, 1928 and was buried at Mt. Peace Cemetery in Lawnside NJ, survived by his wife and a brother.

Camden Courier-Post - April 4, 1928


The funeral of James H. Young, known to hundreds as "Uncle Jim" who died Sunday will be held at 1:00 PM tomorrow from the Chestnut Street U.A.M.E. Church, Chestnut street near Seventh. Interment will be at Mt. Peace Cemetery.

Mr. Young, who was 86 years old, drove a hack for many years at the Pennsylvania Railroad ferry for many years, and during that time served a number of well known Camden families. He was very fond of horses and despite the encroachment on his business by taxicabs, clung to his old fashioned hack for many years, after which he engaged in the moving and hauling business.

Mr. Young, who lived at 734 Chestnut Street, was a resident of Camden for 37 years. a widow, daughter and brother survive.