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Genealogical Records in Belmont Co, Vol 9: Isaac Ashton died at his home on Colerain Pike, 3 miles west of Martin's Ferry, at age 82. He and his wife were married 60 years.

The Wheeling Register, 29 Jun, 1893, page 2:
Martins Ferry
A number of our people will attend the funeral of Mrs. Isaac Ashton, which takes place this morning at 10 o'clock.

Certified Copy of Marriage Record, Probate Court , Belmont County , Ohio
George W. Ashton and Louisanna Cline: Marriage License Issued September 21, A. D. 1872
The State of Ohio , Belmont County , ss:

The undersigned, being qualified, according to law, says: that George W. Ashton is twenty-one years old, and has no wife living; that Louisiana Cline is eighteen years old, and has no husband living; that said persons are not nearer kin than first cousins; that both are of one color, and that the said Lousiana Cline resides in said County. G
eorge W. Ashton

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of Sept. A. D. 1872. __________Probate Judge

The State of Ohio , Belmont County , ss:
I certify that on the 26 day of September 1872, Mr. George Ashton and Miss Lousiana Cline were by me legally joined in marriage. Jas. N. Turner
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The State of Ohio , Belmont County , ss: I, John C. Nichols, Judge and Ex-Officio Clerk of the Probate Court within and for said County, hereby certify the foregoing to be a full and complete transcript from the Record of Marriages, Vol. 11, Page 490, required by the Laws of Ohio to be kept in the Probate Court of said County.
Witness my signature and the seal of said Court, this 9th day of September 1919.

Submitted by by Cheryl Skinner

The Wheeling Register, 29 Dec 1892, pg 3:

Martins Ferry

George B. Barr, of the Times, and George G. Sedgwick were called to St. Clairsville yesterday for the purpose of probating the will of the late Isaac Ashton. It provides that the widow shall have the benefit of all the property during her natural life time, after which it is to be divided between his legal heirs. George W. Ashton is made trustee for the share of two grandchildren by a daughter of the deceased who died several years ago.

Submitted by by Cheryl Skinner

The Wheeling Register, 1 Dec 1882, page 4:

The Martins Ferry News will not believe Newton Ashton committed suicide. After several reasons for this belief it concludes: Other circumstances are mentioned which seem to preclude the possibility of suicide. But who fired the fatal shot or what was the cause, may never be known till the earth and sea give up their dead, but from our knowledge of I. N. Ashton, as a boy and man, we cannot assent to the idea of suicide. But whatever may have been the cause of his death, his aged parents, brothers and sisters, have our heartfelt sympathy.

Beautiful Belmont, Part 33 -- The Abolitionist Movement. by John Salisbury Cochran: Greeley's Tribune became the most popular and influential newspaper in America . The Democrats in power refused to permit it to go through the mails, and subscribers were compelled to obtain it by express. Clubs were formed throughout the country and the Tribune was sent in large or small packages by express to certain points, and there distributed to the subscribers. I well remember as a boy of taking weekly turns with other neighbor boys in riding to the express office at Wheeling and Bridgeport for copies of it, bringing them back to the tavern, and subsequently to the Tollgate, there to be distributed to the subscribers -- Joseph Chandler, William Brown, Doctor Pratt, Jacob Davis, Isaac Ashton, our father, and others. This elaborate process was required because of the pro-slavery sentiment then held by those in control of our national government which, despite the fact that these upright, law-abiding citizens were contributing by taxation toward upkeep of this very same mail system, denied them use of it to distribute an anti-slavery newspaper. All these noble Abolitionists were men of honor, and their names will shine with resplendent glory through all history. In order that their memory may be perpetuated and remembered with respect and veneration so far as I can contribute to that end, I list the names of a few Abolitionists as I recall them: in Bridgeport and vicinity were . . .Isaac Ashton . . .

Submitted by by Cheryl Skinner


Pub. Nov. 30, 1882

Harrison Co., OH

NEWTON ASHTON, son of a respectable farmer near Martins Ferry, enacted the pistol tragedy on the 22nd. Newton was 24 years of age and was engaged to be married. The indefinite postponement of the wedding and the return of the ring probably were the cause of the suicidal resolve.

Submitted by by Cheryl Skinner

The Wheeling Register, 23 Nov 1882

A Sad Suicide

A Young Man Who Died for Love

Newton, Ashton, Preferring Death to Life Without His Sweetheart, Blows Out His Brains With a Revolver

Martins Ferry and the country surrounding were startled, yesterday morning, by a sad suicide, enveloped by the most gloomy, yet romantic circumstances. It was the case of a young man, who, preferring the voiceless gloom of death, to a long life without the lady of his love, deliberately blew out his brains. The victim was Newton Ashton, aged 28 years, the son of Isaac Ashton, a prosperous farmer living on the old Iron Ore farm, two miles west of Martin's Ferry. He was a bright and companionable young man with many friends and no enemies and yet of a jealous disposition, with a great capacity for loving. For some time past he has been engaged to Miss Mary Catherine Powell, an attractive young lady, residing in the neighborhood of his home. And, like Elaine, he loved with a jove that was his death.

On Tuesday evening a party was given at Woods, on Glenn's Run, to which Ashton escorted Miss Powell. They left the party about 1:30 o'clock, the lady riding behind Ashton on his horse. They arrived at her home at 2 o'clock and he remained until 3, and in that hour occurred what induced him to end an existence grown miserable to him.

They were to have been married on Thanksgiving day and she wore upon her finger a plain gold engagement ring, engraved "I.N.A. to M.C.P." When they reached home on Tuesday night she told him the wedding would have to be postponed as she could not get ready by that time, and returned him his ring. She said she did not mean to break off the engagement, but only to postpone the wedding, but he evidently accepted it as a "conge." Filled with her words, as he thought breaking the engagement and breaking his heart at the same time, he left her and almost within call of her home and where his dying groan might have almost reached her ear, he drew a revolver and blew out his brains.

His family were startled, yesterday morning, by not finding him at home, and a search was at once instituted. At 8:30 o'clock his father found him lying in a little strip of woods, about a quarter of a mile from home. Though the place is by a path much frequented the body was not sooner discovered, the horse with the empty saddle conveying the first sad tidings. The unfortunate young man was found lying on his left side with his left hand and arm under him and his right hand stretched out near the fallen revolver. In his right temple was the gaping wound made by the ball, which passed through the brain and lodged in the scalp, two inches behind the left ear. He was tenderly taken up and conveyed home, where Drs. Williams, Hervey, Blackford and Weirich examined him. Coroner Thos. Garrett, of Bellaire, was called and an inquest duly held. The following witnesses were examined: Isaac Ashton, Mary C. Powell, Martha Powell, John Powell, Charles Ashton, Thomas Mitchell, John A. Mitchell, Wm. Cline, J. D. Tweed, James Duff, Elizabeth Duff and the examining surgeons. The principal witness was Miss Powell, the fiancee of the victim, who gave told above. She only gave him the ring to wear for a time, she said, and had no intention of breaking the engagement. She stated that he had threatened to take his life unless she consented to become his wife, and the sifficulty [sic] was bridged by the engagement. The arrangement was that they were to marry and live with his parents this winter. He had shown her the revolver on Tuesday night, but had made no threats against his life.

Charles Ashton, cousin of the deceased, who lived with him, testified to giving the revolver to Newton , on Sunday. Newton had asked for and received it. The witness identified the revolver, as also did Miss Powell.

These were the material facts developed in the case. Testimony taken showed Newton Ashton to have been a sober and industrious young man, well respected and very generally liked. He never showed any indications of insanity and was considered of perfectly sound mind. The affair produced a profound sensation, yesterday, throughout the entire neighborhood. The family of the unfortunate young man have the sympathy of all who know them, in their sadness. The young lady, Miss Powell, who played so prominent and sad a part in the tragedy, is a general favorite and comes in for a large share of the sympathy. She is the daughter of William and Matilda Powell, who live on the ridge, near by. Altogether the suicide is one of those heartbreaking affairs, in all of its surroundings and cannot but win the sympathy of all who learn of it.

Submitted by by Cheryl Skinner

St. Clairsville, Ohio, Jan. 21
U.S. Mail Lost
On Saturday evening last, the mail was lost in crossing the west branch of the Ohio River at wheeling.  The force with which the wheels of the stage struck the boat, broke the chain which held it to the shore.  The boat started with horses in it and the stage out in the river.  The weight of the stage soon brought the horses from  their more comfortable situation into the water and before they got to the opposite shore, the small mail bags floated off and have not since been heard of.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)  February 8, 1826 - Sub. by Nancy Piper]

The Belmont, Ohio Medical Society
This association, commenced in 1866, has been reorganized, under the appellation, "The Medico-Chirurgical Society of Easter Ohio" A meeting was held in Bellaire, Ohio, June 7th, and an extension of the Society, to take in the neighboring part of West Virginia, was proposed. The President is Dr. W.W. Junkins, Bellaire, Ohio. (The Medical and Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia, August 7, 1875. D.G. - Sub. by Linda Rodriguez]

Boy Missing.
Paul, the bright sixteen-year-old son of Dr. John Cook, of Bridgeport, left home Saturday afternoon. He was seen in Wheeling between 9 and 10 o'clock Saturday night, since which time all trace of him has been lost. He had no money when he left, so far as his parents know, except one dollar that he borrowed from a friend shortly before he left. The parents feel very uneasy about him, and have visited the homes of all his relatives in this and adjoining counties only to find that he had not been there. Any information leading to his whereabouts will be thankfully received by them.
[The Evening Times, Martins Ferry, Ohio, Tuesday, October 4, 1892 - source: Microfilm edition, Ohio Historical Society, Roll #22848 - Sub. by Nancy Edwards]

Mrs. Sarah Sweeney, of Belmont county, Ohio, who is 114 years of age, is the mother of 22 children, 16 of whom served their country in its wars, and consequently Senator Pomerene, of Ohio, has asked that a pension of $100 a month be granted her. She can walk back and forth to the village, a distance of three miles, and has not had a day's illness for the last fifty years.
Miami Herald Record, Apr. 28, 1912]

Ohio Woman is Sewing Story of Life in Quilt
St. Clairsville, O., Mar 12- The story of her life Miss Sarah Thompson, 75, has sewn on her "quilt of generations", which she has just completed after 65 years of labor.
There are the bright red and yellow and white patches in the quilt these represent the gay days of Miss Thompson's youth, when she was the belle of the cotillion and the waltz in the age of hoop skirts, top hats and softly strumming guitars. They stand for the merry winters of coasting and skating, and the happy summers of horseback riding. They indicate the era of the "gay nineties", when she glided here and there thru this quiet little city on her bicycle.
Then come the browns and blacks and greens, middle age!
Hours by the fireside with her books.
Finally there are the grays, which are the most recently added patches, placed with her skillful fingers when they were not too occupied with housework and other useful tasks.
There are 7,500 different pieces in the quilt- 750 for every year she has lived, and more than this for every day she has labored on this item.
[Lima News, Mar 15, 1931]

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