Owen J. Aston

ID#603, b. about 1800, d. 1868
Birth date: about 18001 or about 1805.2
Birth place: Pennsylvania.1,2

Two Owen Astons? Or One?

The 1850 U.S. census for Marshall County, Virginia, included an Owen Aston, born in Pa, whose age of 50 gave a DOB circa 1800. Ten years later the 1860 census recorded an Owen J. Astin living in Cameron who was also born in PA, but the age of 55 meant a DOB circa 1805. The question for me had been whether those two men were one and the same.

I knew that the parents of my 2nd great-grandfather, James Aston, were Owen Aston and Mary Creighton/Crughton, which was supported by the 1850 census showing Owen and 48-year-old Mary with three children at home.

The 1860 Owen was living with Motaline Aston, 20 years younger than he, with a household of three young children, including 9-year-old Amanda Whipkey. According to a transcribed Pennsylvania marriage record for "Owen Astons," Motaline's maiden name was "Magdaline Whipkey." Considering that the Amanda included in the 1860 census was born in Pa, whereas the three younger children were all born in Va., and that her last name was Whipkey rather than Aston, it seemed like a logical conclusion that Amanda would have been the daughter of Motaline/Magdalene before her marriage to Owen.

Like many of my Aston ancestors, 1850 Owen was a farmer - but the 1860 Owen was a tailor. This had been one of my biggest stumbling blocks until the 2015 Aston reunion where I talked to one of my cousins a generation older than me. She remembered hearing it said while she was growing up that her 2nd great-grandfather had been a tailor.

At that point, I decided it was finally time to combine these two men into one Owen Aston in my database. I now have one man, two wives, and a total of 11 children per my research to date. If anyone has info to dispute this conclusion, I'd love to hear it!


Owen's surname has been spelled various ways in addition to Aston, including Astons3, Astin2, and Asten.4

Owen's first marriage was to Mary Crughten on 8 October 1827 in Ohio County, Virginia, where they were married by Thos. Beetes. Note that the official record is typed, so it seems likely that there was a written record and that there could be transcription errors. Owen's surname is spelled as Asten rather than Aston; Mary's name is spelled as Crughten rather than Creighten which I have been told is the correct spelling. It would be easy to mistake a handwritten "ei" as a "u" - especially if the loop of the "e" wasn't clear. Is it Creighten or Crughten? I hope to find convincing evidence one way or the other.4

His second marriage was to Magdaline "Polly" Whipkey on 25 October 1853 in Greene County, Pennsylvania.3,5

Although I have yet to find confirming documentation, Owen reportedly died in 1868.6

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1840Marshall County, VirginiaOwen J. Aston, head of a family of seven (three males, four females); believed to be the a male age "30 & under 40" and employed in manufacture and trade
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)7
In 1850:  Real estate = land and buildings.
1850Marshall County, VirginiaOwen Aston, male, age 50, born in Pa, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)1
1860Marshall County, VirginiaOwen J. Astin, male, age 55, born in Pa, a tailor with no real estate but a personal estate valued at $50
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)2

Deceased Children of Owen J. Aston and Mary Creighten:

Deceased Children of Owen J. Aston and Magdaline "Polly" Whipkey:

Family Line(s):
Aston Index
Last Edited Date=21 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S1011] Owen Aston household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, 33rd District, page 304B, National Archives micropublication M432_959.
  2. [S1201] Owen J. Astin household, 1860 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Cameron Post Office, page 170, National Archives micropublication M653_1360.
  3. [S477] Early Greene County, Pa. Marriages - Part 1 (transcribed from Docket A), online http://www.ourfamilyhistories.com/hsdurbin/marry/… Our Family Histories), Mr. Owen J. Astons and Magdaline Whipkey data.
  4. [S902] Register of Marriages for Owen Asten [sic] and Mary Crughten [sic], Ohio County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00208.jpg.
  5. [S476] Marriages in Greene County, PA, online http://www.cornerstonegenealogy.com/Grooms.htm (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: Cornerstone Genealogical Society).
  6. [S78] Information from privately maintained database, LIVING Kirke, compiler, obtained 03 September 2000.
  7. [S1247] Owen J. Aston household, 1840 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Western District, page 265 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_568.
  8. [S725] Register of Marriages for James Mundle and Mary J. Aston, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130824_00033.jpg.
  9. [S2133] Marriage License for John Love and Mary Jane Mundell, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130825_00228.jpg.
  10. [S730] Marriage License for William P. Gibson and Sarah Aston, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130824_00277.jpg.