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Clarkson Ashmead

Male 1829 - 1903  (73 years)


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  • Name Clarkson Ashmead 
    Born 8 Jun 1829  East Pike Run, Washington Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Feb 1903  Fairfield, Jefferson County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Evergreen Cemetery, Jefferson Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11801  MyTree
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2013 

    Father Samuel Ashmead,   b. 19 Apr 1794, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1869, Libertyville, Jefferson Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Abigail Milleson,   b. 2 May 1796, Pike Run, Washington Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1874, Lynnville, Jefferson Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Abt 1823  Washington Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5968  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane McCutcheon,   b. 18 Jul 1833, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1920, Fairfield, Jefferson Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 8 Jan 1852  Washington Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anna Ashmead,   b. Abt 1853, Washington Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. L. G. Ashmead,   b. Abt 1855, Jefferson Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Addie May Ashmead,   b. 22 May 1858, Jefferson Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1942, Sunnyside, Jakima Co., WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. Benson Chilion Ashmead,   b. 17 Jan 1863, Jefferson Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1950, Bloomfield, Davis Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. Samuel J. Ashmead,   b. Dec 1873, Jefferson Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1941, Spokane City, Spokane Co., WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F5966  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Fulton, Charles J., History of Jefferson County, Iowa: a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement, Chicago; S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1912-1914, 945 pgs., Pgs 153-155, HeritageQuest Online Books:
      "Clarkson Ashmead - One by one the soldiers of the Civil War answer to the last roll call and pass on to join the greater army of the boys in blue, who have gone before. Clarkson Ashmead was among those who were spared to enjoy for many years the peace and prosperity which came to the country following the cessation of hostilities between the north and the south. Patriotism ever remained one of his dominant qualities, for he was as loyal to his country in times of peace as he was when he followed the nation's starry banner on the battlefields of the south. His birth occurred in Washington county, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1829, his parents being Samuel and Abigail (Milleson) Ashmead, who were natives of Maryland and Pennsylvania, respectively. The father was a farmer by occupation and for many years cultivated a tract of land in the Keystone state but in 1855 he left the east and came to Iowa, settling in Jefferson county. He purchased and improved a farm in Cedar township, continuing its cultivation until his death, and his wife also passed away upon the old homestead.
      Clarkson came to Jefferson county with his parents when a young man of twenty-six years. He had acquired his education in the schools of Pennsylvania and had afterward learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked until he came to Iowa. He then took up farming in connection with his father, and following the latter's death, he rented a farm, which he operated for one year. At the end of that time he went to Missouri, where he purchased an improved tract of land, making his home thereon for ten years. He returned to Iowa and purchased a farm near Brookville, to the further development and cultivation of which he devoted his energies until 1901, when his children having married and left home and his own health being somewhat impaired he retired from the farm and moved to Fairfield, where his remaining days were passed, his death occurring in February, 1903. As an agriculturist he labored diligently and untiringly and had converted the once wild prairie into a productive tract, gathering large harvests as a reward of his persistent and practical methods. He kept everything about the place in a state of good repair and neatness, and thrift pervaded every part of the farm.
      On the 8th of January, 1852, Mr. Ashmead was married to Miss Jane McCutcheon, a daughter of John and Margaret (McCutcheon) McCutcheon, who though of the same name were not relatives. The father was born in Ireland and the mother in Pennsylvania. When he was but twelve years of age the family came to the new world, settling in the Keystone state, where he secured employment in the iron works of Pittsburg. Later he engaged in farming for a number of years and was a resident of that part of the country up to the time of his death, which occurred in the city of Pittsburg. His wife passed away in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. To Mr. and Mrs. Ashmead were born five children, two of whom died in Pennsylvania in infancy. Those still living are: Benson C., a resident farmer of Davis county, Iowa; Addie May, the wife of Moses B. Shelby, a resident farmer of the state of Washington; and Samuel J., who is also engaged in farming in Washington.
      While Mr. Ashmead devoted the greater part of his life to general agricultural pursuits he allowed nothing to interfere with what he considered his duty to his country in the dark days of the Civil war. Responding to the call for aid he enlisted as a member of Company E, Thirteenth Iowa Infantry and the hardships and rigors of war were such that his health became undermined and his death was really the result of his military experience. He held membership in the Grand Army of the Republic in connection with the post Batavia and he thus enjoyed meeting with his old comrades. He always voted with the republican party and his religious faith was that of the Methodist Church, to which his wife and family belonged. For many years he was a resident of Jefferson county and his good qualities were recognized by all with whom he came in contact. He worked earnestly and persistently in the cultivation and improvement of his farm, was ever willing to give his support to progressive measures for the benefit of the community and at all times cast his influence on the side of right, justice and truth. Mrs. Ashmead still survives her husband and now resides in a pleasant home, at No 406 W. Briggs street in Fairfield."

      1850 United States Federal Census
      Name: Clarkson Ashmead
      Age: 21
      Birth Year: abt 1829
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Home in 1850: Bridgeport, Fayette, Pennsylvania
      Gender: Male
      Family Number: 843
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Millison Carver 33
      Catharine Carver 27
      Sarah Carver 4
      William Carver 2
      Clarkson Ashmead 21
      Benson Ashmead 21

      U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865
      Name: Clarkson Ashmead
      Residence: Iowa
      Age at enlistment: 37
      Enlistment Date: 4 May 1864
      Rank at enlistment: Private
      State Served: Iowa
      Survived the War?: Yes
      Service Record: Enlisted in. Enlisted in Company E, Iowa 45th Infantry Regiment on 25 May 1864. Mustered out on 16 Sep 1864 at Keokuk, IA.
      Birth Date: abt 1827
      Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion

      1870 United States Federal Census
      Name: Clarkson Ashmead
      Age in 1870: 41
      Birth Year: abt 1829
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Home in 1870: Des Moines, Jefferson, Iowa
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Fairfield
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Clarkson Ashmead 41
      Jane Ashmead 38
      Ida Ashmead 12
      Benson Ashmead 6

      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: Clarkson Ashmead
      Age: 52
      Birth Year: abt 1828
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Home in 1880: Des Moines, Clark, Missouri
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Jane Ashmead
      Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Occupation: Farmer
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Clarkson Ashmead 52
      Jane Ashmead 46
      Benjamin Ashmead 17 (Benson)
      Samuel Ashmead 5

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Clarkson Ashmead
      Age: 70
      Birth Date: Jun 1829
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Home in 1900: Locust Grove, Jefferson, Iowa
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Jane M Ashmead
      Marriage Year: 1852
      Years Married: 48
      Father's Birthplace: Maryland
      Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Clarkson Ashmead 70
      Jane M Ashmead 66
      Samuel Ashmead 26
      Nannie M Ashmead 17
      Luther R Caser 57

      Web: Iowa, Find A Grave Index, 1800-2012
      Name: Clarkson Ashmead
      Birth Date: 8 Jun 1829
      Age at Death: 73
      Death Date: 10 Feb 1903
      Burial Place: Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA

      U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
      Name: Clarkson Ashmead
      State Filed: Missouri and Iowa
      Widow: Jane Ashmead
      Roll Number: T288_13