Ruth Ann "Ann" Ashcraft

1853–1942 (Age 88)
Aurora, Center Township, Dearborn, Indiana, United States

The Life of Ruth Ann "Ann"

When Ruth Ann "Ann" Ashcraft was born on 23 September 1853, in Aurora, Center Township, Dearborn, Indiana, United States, her father, Jacob Ashcraft, was 36 and her mother, Sarah Ann Chamberlin, was 30. She married Daniel Wilson Chamberlain on 6 October 1871, in Shelby, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Shelby, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Ash Grove Township, Shelby, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. She died on 4 July 1942, at the age of 88, and was buried in Zion Hill Cemetery, Paradise Township, Coles, Illinois, United States.

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Ruth Ann "Ann" Ashcraft
Daniel Wilson Chamberlain
Marriage: 6 October 1871
Josephine Chamberlain
Infant Chamberlin
George William Chamberlin
Charles Edward "Ed" Chamberlain
Earnest Chamberlin
Frances Bell "Fanny" Chamberlin
Frank Wilson Chamberlain
Oma Chamberlain
Eva Nell Chamberlin

Spouse & Children

6 October 1871
Shelby, Illinois, United States


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Parents & Siblings

  • Jacob Ashcraft


  • Sarah Ann Chamberlin




  • James Oliver "Oliver" Ashcraft


  • Joseph Morgan Ashcraft


  • Male1848–1888Male

  • John Wilson Ashcraft


  • Female1853–1942Female

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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 3

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 24

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.

Name Meaning

Altered form of English Ashcroft .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Ruth A Chamberlain in household of William Chamberlain, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ruthann Ashcraft in household of Sarah Ashcraft, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Ann Ashcraft in household of Sarah Ashcraft, "United States Census, 1870"

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