Cynthia Ann Beard

4 September 1856–1914 (Age 57)
Castalia, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States

The Life of Cynthia Ann

When Cynthia Ann Beard was born on 4 September 1856, in Castalia, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States, her father, Abraham Beard Sr, was 35 and her mother, Mary Ann Yerigan, was 32. She married Austin Crosby Ashley on 4 September 1878, in Charles City, Floyd, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Chickasaw, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Chickasaw, Chickasaw, Iowa, United States in 1910. She died in 1914, in Bassett, Chickasaw, Iowa, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Rowley Hill Cemetery, Bassett, Chickasaw, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Austin Crosby Ashley
Cynthia Ann Beard
Marriage: 4 September 1878
Charley William Ashley
John Lee Ashley
Lloyd Jay Ashley
Olive Esther Ashley
Harold Ashley

Spouse and Children

4 September 1878
Charles City, Floyd, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 1

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 16

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

English:1. nickname for a bearded man (Middle English, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation. There is a place name and other evidence to show that this word was used as a byname in the Old English period, when beards were the norm; in this period the byname would have referred to a large or noticeable beard. As an American surname, this name has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, in particular German Bart . 2. habitational name from a place in Derbyshire, which derives its name by dissimilation from Old English brerd ‘rim’, ‘bank’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Senca Ashley in household of Otto Ashley, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Cynthia A Ashley in household of Austin C Ashley, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Cynthia A Ashley in household of Austin C Ashley, "Iowa State Census, 1895"

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