Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday's Obituary ~ Morgan Ashby

I've been looking for an obituary for my second great grandfather, D. M. Ashby and I found one at the Chronicling America website, in The Adair County News.

July 24, 1907, page 4. Morgan Ashby obituary., The Adair County News,
Columbia, Kentucky, online images (
Not quite accurate, as he died not on July 20 (the previous Saturday), but the Saturday a week and a half prior, on July 13, 1907. Birth records for the early part of the 19th century Kentucky are thin, but I believe he was born in January 1828 (noted in his 1900 U.S. Census record), which would make him 79 at his death. I've seen records indicating that he was born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky (on one daughter's death certificate) and in Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky (on another daughter's death certificate), and this states he was born in Logan County. The statements that I can corroborate are that he did spend the greater part of his life in Glasgow (Barren County, Kentucky) and that he resided in Louisville for the last twenty years of his life.

According to his death certificate, Daniel Morgan Ashby was 80 years old when he died on July 13, 1907, in Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois, where he had been for three days.

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922, ( from Illinois Department of Public Health,
Division of Vital Records, Springfield, Illinois), FHL microfilm 1,239,952. Record for Daniel M. Ashby.

Several of his surviving children lived in Chicago at this time. Maybe he was visiting his daughter, Mary Bowman (Ashby) Adsit, and his grandchildren, Charles C. Adsit, Jr. and my grandmother, Elizabeth Adsit, who would have just turned ten less than a month beforehand.

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  1. Nice find, Elizabeth! Do you use GenealogyBank? I found a couple of death and marriage notices through it.

  2. Karen, I love GenealogyBank and usually have great luck with it, but didn't have any luck finding an obituary for this ancestor. (And I looked at various iterations of his name.) As GenealogyBank adds more newspapers, I'll have to keep checking.