James Absalom Young raised his family in a small Mormon colony in Mexico called Colonia Dublan. There were several Mormon communities in that area, even now referred to as the “colonies.” There were many great leaders that came out of the “colonies.” James died when his grandson, James Brown, was about 7.
He had no formal medical training, but had a practical skill in taking care of the sick and injured. Essentially he was the doctor for the Mormon colonies when no other medical help was available. He raised a second family after his first wife Lillian Hurst, Jim’s grandmother, died. He was well thought of by his neighbors and his family.