When a lad of five summers Job Ashby accompanied his parents to Indiana where amide pioneer scenes, he was reared to manhood. Early inured to the hard labor of a frontier farm and receiving very meager educational privileges, his youth was not an easy one. Deploring his lack of schooling, he counteracted it by extensive reading in subsequent years and is now a well-informed man. He remained upon the old home farm until his marriage which occurred February 11, 1847, when he wedded Miss Eliza E. Cave, a native of Indiana, born in Clinton county, on the 18th of February, 1832. After two years spent in Indiana, Mr. and Mrs. Ashby removed to Wisconsin, locating in Richland County, in 1849. He settled upon Government land where the Indians had once had a farm and in connection with his brother-in-law owned and operated four hundred and forty acres of land, most of which he improved until 1853. Selling out he came to Iowa and settled on a farm in West Union Township. The now flourishing city of that name was then a mere hamlet and the county gave little evidence of the rapid growth which would take place in the next few years. In 1862 Mr. Ashby again changed his place of residence. He spent a year and a half in Jasper County, Ind., and at the close of the civil war returned to Iowa in 1865/66, buying two hundred and forty acres of land where he now lives (SW corner of Sec 18 of Westfield Twp) . His farm is furnished with good buildings, a comfortable home and all the modern improvements
The Ashby Clan lived in Sections 18 of Westfield Township and Section 13 of Center Township, just to the south of the Dunham Grove area. Dunham Grove a fairly large stand of oak-hickory climax timber out on the edge of the prairie savannah country. The Ashby's would have attended school at the Dunham Grove School and would have done business in both Randalia and Fayette, as well as West Union and the Albany, Lima.
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Ashby Genealogy in Fayette County, Iowa
From the "1878 History of Fayette County, Iowa"
Job Ashby was farming in Section 18 of Westfield Township in Fayette County, Iowa. This is 2+ miles east of Randalia, 2+ miles NW of Fayette and just to the SE of the Dunham Grove area. Job was born in Butler Co., Ohio, October 16, 1825. He accompanied his parents to Tippecanoe, Ind., in 1831. Job was marred February 11, 1847 to Ellen Cave. She was born in Clinton Co., Ind, February 18, 1832. They moved to Wisconsin in 1849 and to Fayette County, Iowa in 1853. The couple had six children living---Mary M. (Mrs. Burget), William W.(living just to the west in Center Twp), Sarah R. (Mrs. Turner), Susie, Ettie (Mrs. Mathews) and Grant. They lost two children---Miranda J. who died June 27, 1864 and Joseph who died April 27, 1862. Job owns 385 acres of land and has sold forty to the C.,D. & M. R.R. Co., who chose it as a location for a town; the Davenport & N.W. crossing here make it an important point. It is also the center of the county and would probably have been the county seat, but the companies suspended work in 1874 and it is at a stand-still. The Ashby’s belong to the United Brethren Church of Christ.
William Ashby (son of Job) was farming in Section 13 of Center Township in Fayette County, Iowa. This is 1-2 miles east of Randalia and 3 miles NW of Fayette, just south of the Dunham Grove area. His post office was Fayette. William owned 60 acres of land valued at $1,800. He was born in Richland Co., Wisconsin, April 17, 1850 and came to Fayette County with his parents Job and Ellen Cave Ashby in 1853. William married Andie Lucie Owen on September 8, 1870. She was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, May 30, 1853. In had two children Myron W. and Freddie L. William was a Republican and Protestant.
Place: Westfield, Fayette, Iowa
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Job ASHBY Self M M W 54 OH Occ: Farmer Fa: DE Mo: NJ
Eliza E. ASHBY Wife F M W 48 IN Occ: Keeping House Fa: KY Mo: KY
Susie ASHBY Dau F S W 24 IA Occ: At Home Fa: OH Mo: IN
Grant ASHBY Son M W 15 IN Occ: At Home Fa: OH Mo: IN
Charles TAYLOR Other M W 14 IN Fa: NY Mo: NY
1 Joseph ASHBY b: Abt. 1806 in Delaware d: Abt.
1872 in Tippecanoe Co, Indiana Note
1: Migrated from Delaware to Ohio as a young man. Note 2: 1830 Removed to
Tippecanoe Co, IN Note 3: Six children Number of
children: 6 Occupation: Carpenter, farmed Politics: Whig; voted for
William Henry Harrison Religion: United Brethren Christian Church,
ministry 40yrs. Residence: Tippecanoe Co, Indiana
.. +Sarah CONAROE b: in New Jersey
.. 2 William ASHBY b: Bef. 1823 d: Aft. 1861 in Civil War casuality.
.. 2 Eliza A. ASHBY b: Bef. 1824 in Indiana Residence: West Union, Fayette Co, Iowa
.. 2 Job ASHBY b: October 10, 1825 in Butler Co, Ohio Note 1: 1849 Removed to from IN to Richland Co, Wisconsin. Note 2: Improved 440a with brother-in-law in Wisc. Note 3: 1853 Removed to farm in West Union Twp, Fayette Co, Iowa Note 4: 1862 Removed to Jasper Co, IN. Note 5: 1864 Removed to 240a, Sec 18, Westfield Twp, Fayette Co, Iowa. Number of children: 8 Occupation: Farmed. Politics: Whig, Republican. Religion: United Brethren Christian Church
...... +Eliza E. CAVE b: February 18, 1832 in Clinton Co, Indiana m: February 11, 1847 in Clinton Co, Indiana
....... 3 Mary M. ASHBY b: November 16, 1847 in Tippicanoe Co, Indiana
........... +Unknown BURGET
....... 3 William Wesley ASHBY b: Aft. 1847 in Richland Co, Wisc. Number of children: 5 Occupation: Farmed, Westfield Twp, Fayette Co, Iowa
........... +Andie Lucie OWEN b: 1852 Father: John Riley Owen Mother: Marie Burgus
........... 4 Arthur Clyde ASHBY
................ 5 Wesley ASHBY
................ 5 Harold ASHBY
........... 4 Myron ASHBY
........... 4 Fred ASHBY
........... 4 Madge ASHBY
........... 4 Erma ASHBY b: May 22, 1884 d: July 31, 1973
............... +Robert Henry HOLROYD
....... 3 Sarah Lucinda ASHBY b: in Richland Co, Wisc.
........... +Unknown TURNER
....... 3 Miranda J. ASHBY b: in Richland Co, Wisc. d: June 27, 1864
....... 3 Oliver ASHBY
........... +Susan M. UNKNOWN
....... 3 Etta ASHBY b: in Fayette Co, Iowa
........... +Unknown MATHEWS
....... 3 Joseph F. ASHBY b: February 03, 1860 in Fayette Co, Iowa d: 1861
....... 3 Grant ASHBY b: 1865 in Indiana Occupation: Farmed, Westfield Twp, Fayette Co, Iowa
.. 2 Mary ASHBY b: Aft. 1825 in Indiana d: Bef. 1875 in Fayette Co, Iowa
.. 2 John ASHBY b: Aft. 1826 Occupation: Stayed to farm the old Indiana homestead.
.. 2 George ASHBY b: Aft. 1827 Military service: Civil War, 72nd Indiana Reg. Occupation: Farmed in Center Twp, Fayette, Co, Iowa
BIOGRAPHY of JOB ASHBY
from 1898 Biographies of Fayette County, Iowa
JOB ASHBY, who is engaged in farming on section 18, Westfield Township, is numbered among the early settlers of the county. He was born in Butler County, Ohio, October 10, 1825, and is a son of Joseph and Sarah (Conaroe) Ashby, the former a native of Delaware and the latter of New Jersey. His father was a carpenter by trade and when a young man emigrated west-ward to Ohio. He settled in Butler County, but on his arrival found himself in limited circumstances. He not only had no money but was $21.50 in debt. With a knowledge of carpentering as a foundation he began life and as his trade increased he was able to lay by money which he later invested in Government land in Indiana. In 1830 he removed to Tippecanoe County, Ind. where he spent the remainder of his life, dying at the age of sixty-six years, about 1872. He had made a good farm in that county and also devoted much of his time and attentions to Gospel work. In early life he belonged to the United Brethren and later was a member of the Christian Church. Forty years he spent in the ministry and the life he led, as well as his words, induced many to accept the truth. In his political sentiments, he was a Whig and supported William Henry Harrison for the Presidency. His wife died some years previous to his death. They were the parents of six children----William, who was commissioned Chaplain in an Indiana regiment during the late war, but never served as such and was a private, died in the service; Eliza A., living in West Union; Job is the next younger; Mary, who was born in Indiana is now deceased; John is living on the old homestead in Indiana; and George, who served in the Seventy-Second Indiana Regiment, now resides on a farm in Center Township, this county.
When a lad of five summers Job Ashby accompanied his parents to Indiana where amide pioneer scenes, he was reared to manhood. Early inured to the hard labor of a frontier farm and receiving very meager educational privileges, his youth was not an easy one. Deploring his lack of schooling, he counteracted it by extensive reading in subsequent years and is now a well-informed man. He remained upon the old home farm until his marriage which occurred February 11, 1847, when he wedded Miss Eliza E. Cave, a native of Indiana, born in Clinton county, on the 18th of February, 1832. After two years spent in Indiana, Mr. and Mrs. Ashby removed to Wisconsin, locating in Richland County, in 1849. He settled upon Government land where the Indians had once had a farm and in connection with his brother-in-law owned and operated four hundred and forty acres of land, most of which he improved until 1853. Selling out he came to Iowa and settled on a farm in West Union Township. The now flourishing city of that name was then a mere hamlet and the county gave little evidence of the rapid growth which would take place in the next few years. In 1862 Mr. Ashby again changed his place of residence. He spent a year and a half in Jasper County, Ind., and at the close of the war returned to Iowa in 1865/66, buying two hundred and forty acres of land where he now lives. His farm is furnished with good buildings, a comfortable home and all the modern improvements and is operated by his son-in-law and nephew, he having retired from business life. It also takes in the geographical center of the county. In 1873 Mr. Ashby sold forty acres at $75 per acre to the C. D. & M. Railroad company for a town site. The construction of the Davenport & Northwestern Railroad was begun and crossed near his farm, making a junction with the other road. This being in the center of the county, would likely have become the county seat, but work was suspended in 1874 and the Davenport & Northwestern was afterward changed so as to pass through West Union.
Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ashby, as follows: Mrs. Mary M. Burget, of Fayette, who was born in Indiana, November 16, 1847; William Wesley, a farmer of Westfield township, Mrs. Sarah Lucinda Turner, and Miranda J., who died June 27, 1864, were all born in Wisconsin; Susan M., wife of Oliver Ashby, born in Iowa who operates her father-in-law’s farm; Mrs. Etta Mathews, born in Iowa; Joseph F., who was born in Iowa, February 3, 1860, and died in 1861; and Grant, a farmer of Westfield Township, born in Indiana in the year 1865. The children all received good educational advantages and Matilda, Susan and Wesley attended Western College. Mr. Ashby and his family are faithful members of the United Brethren Church with which he has been identified for many years. He is a man who keeps himself well informed on all subjects of general interest but has never taken an active part in political affairs, as far as office seeking is concerned. He cast his first Presidential vote for Taylor, and then supported the Whig party until its dissolution, since which he has been a Republican. He has witnessed almost the entire development of the county as has borne his part in it upbuilding, taking a commendable interest in all worthy enterprises. He is well and favorably known as an old settler and citizen and well deserves this recognition in his county’s history.
Job Ashby Farm
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Dunham Grove School
Dunham Grove School was across the road to the west of the Ashby farm.
....Mr. Robert Holroyd and Miss Erma Lucile Ashby both of Corvalis, Oregon, decided to start out the New Year by Getting Married. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Hurd at the Evangelical parsonage. The bride was beautiful in a gown of cream mohair, and carried a large boquet of white chrysanthemums and Oregon ferns. After congratulations the young couple went at once to their room which they had previously prepared for housekeeping. Erma Lucile will be remembered as one of the most beautiful and accomplished young ladies of Dunham's Grove. She moved to Corvallis, Oregon, a little over a year ago with her parents W. W. Ashby and wife. Mr. and Mrs. Holroyd will live in Corvallis and her many friends wish them a useful, long and happy life.
....Work comes here from Corvallis Oregon that
Robert Holroyd and wife are the proud parents of a baby girl born February
16. Mr. Hylroyd will be remembered in "Dunham's Grove" as Miss
Erma Ashby. Congratulations.
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