Friday, November 11, 2011

REMEMBERING THOMAS ASHTON

As we remember our military veterans today, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the namesake behind my blog and home—Thomas Ashton. We know very little about him but we do know that he enlisted in Iowa's 39th infantry in 1862 and fought in the Civil War. He also served as postmaster of his regiment. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Parker's Cross Roads and eventually paroled. After that, he returned to our small Iowa community, where he started a livery business and farmed on 136 acres of land. He is buried in our local cemetery alongside his infant daughter. Much like the simple home he built, his gravestone is humble and unassuming (we had a hard time even finding it!).


Someday, I plan to research Thomas Ashton, his wife, and children. So far, the trail ends in Modesto, California. Based on the information I do have, I just have a feeling there's an interesting story—and probably some eccentricities—behind this family. 

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing some of the history of Thomas Ashton. It would be fascinating to find out more about him. I think it makes your house more special having a story behind it!

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  2. Yes, this is quite interesting. I will bet you could know some great stories if the walls in your home could talk.

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  3. How intriguing! What fun to have a home with history behind it. Did you buy the home from his family or was there other owners in between?

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  4. I think his home is beautiful! or maybe the new owners improved it. When we lived in CA, we lived in the town next to Modesto,did all our shopping in Modesto. There are some awesome older homes there. It would be fun to see what his Modesto home looked like. Have a great weekend....

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  5. I hope you can find out more about him and share it please! I love the stories behind old houses and the people who lived there. How wonderful that he was a Civil War soldier.

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  6. How interesting Kimber. I get caught up in projects like that, too. Do you have pictures of the house when he lived in it?

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  7. I love exploring old "history mysteries" and wish you much luck with this one!

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