Born Stanley Young of Nelson County in 1831, Stanley visited the area of Meade County as a child. His mother’s brother, William Marsh, resided there. While visiting Marsh, Stanley’s father, St. Clair Young and Marsh got into an argument at the dinner table. Marsh grabbed a carving knife, and while Stanley looked on, stabbed St. Clair Young to death. Stanley was nine years old, but vowed to avenge his father’s murder.