Donald Ashdown

Brief Life History of Donald

When Donald Ashdown was born on 11 April 1918, in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States, his father, Franklin D. Ashdown, was 30 and his mother, Alfretta Boulton, was 29. He married Theresa Marie Hill on 28 June 1941, in Logan Utah Temple, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He immigrated to World in 1940 and lived in Albany, Albany, New York, United States in 1940 and Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma, United States in 1950. He died on 31 December 2014, in Alamogordo, Otero, New Mexico, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Alamogordo, Otero, New Mexico, United States.

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Donald Ashdown
Theresa Marie Hill
Marriage: 28 June 1941
Franklin Donald Ashdown

Sources (19)

  • Donald Ashdown, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Legacy NFS Source: donald ashdown - Individual or family possessions: birth: 11 April 1918; Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Donald Ashdown, "United States Western States Marriage Index"

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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

1944 · The G.I Bill

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, named in Old English with æscen ‘growing with ash trees’ + dūn ‘hill’. Perhaps also occasionally from Ashdown in Lenham, Kent.

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

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