James Aston

ID#166, b. 2 April 1831, d. 26 September 1904
James Aston
Father: Owen J. Aston
Mother: Mary Creighten

Birth date: 2 April 1831.1,2
Birth place: Ohio County, Virginia. As many records show that James was born in Marshall County, he was obviously born in the southern part of Ohio County from which Marshall County would be formed in 1835.3,2

Photograph of James. Date taken: unknown. Location: Plummer's, 1138 Main Street, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.4

James married Rachel Job Anderson, daughter of Jesse Anderson and Angeline (unknown), on 10 February 1858 in Marshall County, Virginia. David Anguish certified that he united them in marriage.3

James died at age 73 from a ruptured cerebral artery on 26 September 1904 at Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.5

The date of death recorded on James' gravestone is 24 September 1904. Interestingly, it is recorded in the Death Register that the "duration of disease" was two days, the difference between the day recorded officially and the day that appears on his gravestone.2

An obituary was published in the Moundsville Echo. I was told that it was published on 30 September 1904, but this would be after the burial date so I believe that may be incorrect - the obituary reads as if the funeral and burial will be in the future.6 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"ASTON, JAMES-Of Fork Ridge, Marshall Co, WV, has died. He was 73 years old. He leaves three grown children. His wife died three years ago. Funeral will be held at his residence. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery"

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

James's body was interred on 27 September 1904 in the Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, Fork Ridge Road, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "James Aston."2

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1840Marshall County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Owen J. Aston (the male age 5 to 9) as his father age " (an unknown value)."
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)8
For years 1850 through 1870:  Real estate = land and buildings.
Personal estate = non-land property such as household goods, furnishings, and livestock.
1860Marshall County, VirginiaJames Aston, male, age 27, born in Va, a farmer, no real estate value, personal estate value $300
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)9
1870Marshall County, West VirginiaJames Axton, male, age 39, born in West Virga, a farmer, no real estate value, personal estate value $2,000
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)10
1880Marshall County, West VirginiaJames Aston, male, age 49, head, married, born in W.Va, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)11
1900Marshall County, West VirginiaJames Aston, male, age 69, head, married 42 years, born Apr 1831 in (West) Virginia, a farmer with no months unemployed
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)12

Deceased Children of James Aston and Rachel Job Anderson:

Family Line(s):
Aston Index
Last Edited Date=14 Nov 2015

Citations

  1. [S475] Marriage License for James Aston and Rachel Anderson, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130824_00292.jpg, Marshall County was formed from the southern part of Ohio County in 1835.
  2. [S26] James and Rachel J. Aston gravestone, Oak Grove United Methodist Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  3. [S475] Marriage License for James Aston and Rachel Anderson, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130824_00292.jpg.
  4. [S170] Photograph of James Aston. From antique photograph album with handwritten inscription, "Presented to Della (McGary) Aston 1888 by J. L. Hood." Inherited by Della's daughter, Dessie (Aston) Harris, who passed it on to her own granddaughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton, present owner of the album.
  5. [S741] James Aston, Marshall County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4132553_00481.jpg.
  6. [S74] LIVING Emerson, "James Aston Obit," e-mail to Jo Ellen Dalton, 02 April 2000.
  7. [S451] Digital photograph of James and Rachel J. Aston gravestone in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  8. [S1247] Owen J. Aston household, 1840 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Western District, page 265 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_568.
  9. [S1098] James Aston household, 1860 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Moundsville Post Office, page 121, National Archives micropublication M653_1360.
  10. [S1188] James Axton household, 1870 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Township, Glen Easton Post Office, page 28, National Archives micropublication M593_1693.
  11. [S1320] James Aston household, 1880 U. S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District, Enumeration District 188, page 4C (66 stamped), National Archives micropublication T9_1407.
  12. [S24] James Aston household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District, Enumeration District 67, sheet 11A, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  13. [S443] Ann R. Aston, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4132552_00247.jpg.