Monday, January 9, 2012

Military Monday ~ D. M. Ashby

I found my 2nd great grandfather, Daniel Morgan Ashby, of Barren County, Kentucky, in's Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865:, U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2010),, Database online. Line 20, record for D. M. Ashby.

Detail from above record
D. M. Ashby was 37 years old, white, occupation Merchant, and born in Kentucky. (I think that N. B. Ashby, two lines above, age 39, a farmer, was his brother, but I don't have primary source evidence for this.)

From's description of these records:
There were four drafts between 1863 and 1865, which included 3.175 million records. Historically, the 1863 draft was one of the most tenuous moments in the Union outside of the battles fought on Northern soil. Most of the concern was due to the draft riots that took place in New York in 1863.
These records include 631 volumes of registries and are basically lists of individuals who registered for the draft. The records are split into two different classes, Class I are those aged 20-35 as well as those 36-45 and unmarried. Class II is everyone else that registered.
Another item for my to-do list: find out if Daniel Morgan Ashby served in the Civil War. A quick look at shows me that there were at least two other Daniel Ashbys on the side of the Union in the Civil War - one in Indiana and one in Missouri. There were also Ashbys on the Confederate side in Virginia, very likely cousins to great great grandfather Daniel Morgan Ashby, but at first glance, I don't see "my" Daniel Morgan (or D. M.) Ashby in other Civil War databases or in Civil War databases.

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  1. i would like you to figure out our connection to Turner Ashby
    i enjoy your blog

    1. I will try to write about this connection soon. However, right now, what I have on our branch of the family that connects us to the common Ashby ancestor is from secondary sources and I try to share primary sources as I write. Thanks for reading and commenting!