Mary Jane Houston, my great Aunt, was a daughter of John Carrol Houston, one of the first settlers of Eau Gallie Florida. Her mother was Mary Virginia Hall. Her father gave her a dower of land.
On April 6 1897 Mary Houston Young signed away a portion of her dower rights She and her husband, Charles John Young, signed the warrant deed transferring a lot in the Houston addition to Eau Gallie to the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Missionary Juristiction of Southern Florida, for the purpose of building a church already named "St. John's.
They were among the first 29 communicants of St John's Church. They aided and assisted by money and work in building this church. The documents were witnessed by Henry Hodgson and Jno. E.M. Hodgson, Notary Public. The examination of title (search) was made on April 16 1897, and the transaction recored in Deed Book "B.B." pg 650, on May 1 1897.
Mary and her husand Charles
are buried in the Eau GallieCemetery,
Eau Gallie, Florida
Mary Houston Young was sister to my great grandmother, Ada Louise Houston Roesch. They are all buried in the Eau Gallie Cemetery. Whereas Mary and Charles Young built the St. John's Church, Ada and her husband William Roesch built the St. Paul's Methodist Church.
As the membership grew at St. John's, it became necessary to enlarge the Church. It just amazes me that it was decided to retain to the original sanctuary so the new church was enlarged around it. The old sanctuary is beautiful.
I wish everyone respected history this much.
The Young family moved to Miami about1922, where Charles Young continued to work for the East Coast Lumber and Supply Company.