Bessie Leola Ashton

Brief Life History of Bessie Leola

When Bessie Leola Ashton was born on 16 August 1877, in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, her father, Albert Ashton, was 37 and her mother, Sarah Hydorn, was 30. She died on 13 April 1928, in Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Albert Ashton
1840–1907
Sarah Hydorn
1847–1906
Bertha Ashton
1873–1948
Bessie Leola Ashton
1877–1928
Olin G. Ashton
1879–1946
Alden Lavern Ashton
1883–1960
Pearl Winifred Ashton
1884–1956

Sources (6)

  • Bessie L Ashton in household of Albert Ashton, "Michigan State Census, 1894"
  • Bessie Leola Ashton, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Bessie Leola Ashton, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

1892 · The Chicago Canal

The Chicago River Canal was built as a sewage treatment scheme to help the city's drinking water not to get contaminated. While the Canal was being constructed the Chicago River's flow was reversed so it could be treated before draining back out into Lake Michigan.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of numerous places so called, especially Ashton-under-Lyne near Manchester. Most are named from Old English æsc ‘ash tree’ + tūn ‘settlement’; the one in Northamptonshire is (æt thǣm) æscum ‘(at the) ash trees’. Others have been assimilated to this from different sources. The one in Devon is ‘the settlement (tūn) of Æschere’, while the one in Hertfordshire is ‘the settlement of Ælli’.

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

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