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Alexander SMART was born 4 December 1835 in Kinard Castle, Farnell Parish, Angus, Scotland to William and Jane Johnston(e)SMART. He was christened 27 December 1835 in Ireland. Living siblings listed in his father's obit (8 total) James Johnston, William, John Johnston and Alexander. William and Jane's 3 sons, Walter, Frances Kerr, and Charles, and dtr Agnes B. Donald not listed.
William was born 14 April 1800 in Brechin, Angus, Scotland. As a gardener/forester for the Carnegie estate, he thought there were better opportunities in the New World. In 1856 he sailed on the "Caroline", registered in Rockland, ME, from Liverpool to Boston and established a home in Andover, Essex, MA. He was a member of the Old Free Church of Scotland and was a man whose record for integrity and fidelity gained him uniform confidence and esteem. William died in Andover, 6 January 1878. No bio info for Jane, born 13 May 1798 in Scotland (no location) and died in Andover 1 September 1855. They are buried in Andover's South Church Cemetery.
Alexander was educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, and throughout his life has manifested many of the sterling traits of his race. He began learning the machinist trade while young and worked at this for 2 years. He worked for the North British Railroad for 2 years as engineer, in the same capacity between Edinburgh and Berwick.
In 1857, he came to the US at 21 years-of-age and settled in Boston as superintendent for Stone & Smart, where his brother (no name) was a junior partner. Alex managed their machine shop until 1859, when he made his way to Davenport, Scott, IA and engaged in farming in the vicinity of the city for about 2 years.
On 15 December 1859 in Chicago, Cook, IL, Alex married Miss Lucy A. Sanger, born in Danvers, Essex, MA, dtr of the late George W. SANGER of Watertown, Middlesex, MA (no mother listed). George was a native of MA and conducted an extensive and successful business as a contractor and builder. He died when Lucy was a child (no date) Lucy SANGER SMART died 26 August 1871 of typhoid and is possibly double-buried with Thomas (?) in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. Interment date was 15 June 1872 as the body was moved from Dallas County, IA.
Alexander moved to Whiteside County, IL, two years later and again engaged in farming for 5 years. In 1866, he went to Malcolm, Poweshiek, IA and was an agent for the Mississippi and Missouri Railroad which sold its line to the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company. Mr. Smart built a grain elevator and engaged in business until 1868 in Malcolm when he moved to DeSoto, Dallas, IA, terminus for the CRI&P. The line was extended to Stuart, Adair, IA, and Alex took charge of the station and continued as agent until 1887. While in Stuart, Alexander served on the school board and was interested in progressive public measures tending to promote community welfare along business and intellectual lines.
Alexander married Emily H. ELDRIDGE PARKER 17 October 1872 in Davenport, Scott, IA. She was born (no date) in 1836 in Gloucester County, NJ, dtr of John M. (MULLEN?) and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE. Emily had 2 dtrs in Davenport with husband Dr. Wallace William PARKER who died in a railroad accident on 8 August 1868 in Ames, Story, IA: Ida Helen born 1857 (no date), married Willard B. Conger, and Anna H. born 1860 who died of typhoid on 3 September 1869.
In 1887, Alexander was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
On 15 May 1888, he came to Perry, Dallas, IA and was the agent for the CRIP until 1891, living in Guthrie Center, Guthrie, IA. He then went to Des Moines, Polk, IA and bought out the Blue Line Transfer Co. He carried on business until 1894 when he sold out and organized the Bazalt (basalt?) Hardwall Plaster Co., until 1899 when he again sold out and went to Guthrie Center. Emily ELDRIDGE PARKER SMART died in Guthrie Center on 24 July 1899. He took charge of the CRIP station. The Minneapolis and St. Louis RR purchased this line and Alexander was the gent until his retirement.
He died in Zenith, King, WA on 9 January 1935 where he was living in the Masonic home. He celebrated his 99th birthday there, where he arose at 4:30 each day. His long white beard and cheery smile were familiar to everyone. He joined the Masons in 1869 and was a Shriner since 1906. He was honored as being the oldest Shriner in the world in 1935 at 99 years old. No burial info as of Oct 2014.
ASHER: Charles William m. Martha NITSCHMANN / NITCHMAN; they enjoy hospitality / restaurant work together
Charles William was born 23 June 1889 in Missouri (no location), middle child of Lewis Micajah and Agnes NOBLE. He returned to Davenport with mother Agnes who filed for divorce for Lewis' dissertion. Charles attended public schools until age 17 when he began working for the Arthur J. WILEY Grocery Store as a clerk.
Charles married Martha NITSCHMANN on 3 June 1913 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota. Martha was the dtr of Herman August and Wilhelmina GREUSCH NITSCHMANN, born 15 Apr 1893 in Elgin, Kane, Illinois. At age 20, Martha went to Sioux Falls to work at the Sherman Hotel where she met Charles ASHER.
The ASHERS returned to Davenport where Charles worked as a waiter in the Hill Cafe until 1915. They moved to Michigan where they owned restaurants in several cities in the Detroit area.
During WWII, Charles worked for the Ford Motor Company in the bomber plant at Ypsilanti, Michigan in the executive dining room. After the war, he transferred to the Ford Rouge Plant executive dining room at Dearborn, Michigan where he was employed until his retirement in 1954.
The ASHERS also owned a small hotel in Wayne, Michigan for several years. They were members of the Methodist church. They had 6 children.
Charles died 1 Nov 1958 in Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin while watching his grandson play football. Martha died 12 May 1975 at Garden City, Wayne, Michigan. They are buried in Roseland Park Cemetery at Berkley, Oakland, Michigan.
1. Charles William, Jr. born 2 Jun 1918 in Washington, D.C.
2. Robert Burdette born 13 Aug 1919 in Highland Park, Michigan
3. LeRoy Lewis born 22 Nov 1921 in Detroit, Michigan
4. Daughter, born 18 Feb 1923 in Detroit, buried 20 Feb 1923 in Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
5. Twin sons, born prematurely after 1923, died at birth
6. Howard Henry born 22 Apr 1926 in Fordson, Michigan.
Information given by Mrs. Willadene STOLDT ASHER of Garden City, Michigan, Dec 1985
ASHER: Daniel Howard marries "Penny" WANGKUMJUN and Miss NFN CHIN and there is 1 child born in Korea
Daniel was born 22 Feb 1947 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan, son of Howard and Rebecca RUSTIN ASHER. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and in Thailand, Germany and Korea before his 1978 discharge.
He married Soomboon "Penny" WANGKUMJUN on 26 Feb 1969 in Korat, Thailand. She was born 1 Nov 1941 in Salangpan, Thailand. They were divorced 4 Feb 1977.
In 1978 (no date), he married XXX CHIN (no first name)in Korea. There was a child, Jason CHIN ASHER born 13 Jan 1979 in Korea.
Since his discharge, Dan worked as a chef in San Francisco, California.
Gertrude May ASHER was born 26 Mar 1887 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. She attended Davenport public schools and worked as a bookkeeper for the Arthur J. WILEY grocery store on Brady St.
She married Frederick Bird COX of East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois on 25 Nov 1910 in her mother and stepfather's home on East Locust St. in Davenport. (Agnes divorced Lewis for dissertion and married Fayette M. JONES). Frederick was born 26 Nov 1883 in Jasper County, Iowa (no city) son of Jason J. and Hattie ARCULARINS COX. He worked on the railroad. After their marriage, they lived in Moline, Rock Island, Illinois.
She and Frederick seperated in about 1922 (no date). Gertie worked as a clerk or salesperson for various Davenport and Rock Island businesses.
She died from cancer 2 Oct 1932 in Davenport and is buried in Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport. She was a member of St. John's Methodist Church. They had 2 sons:
In the 1930 federal census, J. Reed and dad Fred lived at 1522 15th St. Moline, Illinois.
1. Robert Burdette COX b 10 Sept 1911 in Moline, Rock Island, Ilinois, d 10 Jan 1998 in Carson, Los Angeles, California
2. Jason Reed COX b 14 May 1914 in Moline, Illinois. 1920 and 1930 census as J. Reed Cox d. 28 Mar 1995 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
References are on page 81, rather than 61 - typo.
Howard was born 22 April 1926 in Fordson, Wayne, Michigan, son of Charles and Martha NITSCHMANN/NITCHMAN ASHER.
He married 26 Jan 1946, in Wayne, Michigan, Rebecca Aline RUSTIN. She was born 7 Apr 1926 in Evansville, Indiana and died 18 Apr 1981 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
No bio info on Howard and no parentage or bio info on Rebecca.
They had 3 children:
1. Daniel Howard born 22 Feb 1947 in Ypsilanti, Michigan
2. Pamela Aline born 20 Nov 1950 in Ypsilanti
3. Timothy Charles born 25 Sept 1959 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He earned a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin/Whitewater, and is employed by the University of Missouri. (1985)
Karen was born 22 May 1946 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan, dtr of Robert and Carol POWERS ASHER. She married Dale C. ROSKO 28 Aug 1965 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Dale was born 28 Oct 1944 in Chicago. They divorced in 1977 (no date).
She married John Walker PYBURN III on 2 Apr 1977 in Largo, Pinellas, Florida. John was born 14 May 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas, son of John W. and Berneice L. GUSTAVSON PYBURN, Jr. John had 2 dtrs by his first marriage (wife unk). a. Julia Christine born 20 Feb 1969 in Clearwater, Florida and b. Katherine Dawn born 18 Nov 1970 in Clearwater, Florida.
Karen graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College in St. Petersburg, Florida with a degree in psychology.
1. Julie Ann ROSKO born 20 Nov 1967 in Chicago, Illinois
2. Dale Robert ROSKO born 11 Jan 1974 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
No other information.
Any info on Lewis Micajah ASHER, that scoundrel, should be shared with Karen as she is an ASHER direct from this line. Also with the writer of this blog. Thank you.
Marian was born 29 Oct 1929 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, dtr of Irad Lewis and Flora BLANKENFELD ASHER. [Irad was son of that scoundrel Lewis Micajah ASHER who deserted his wife and 3 children and refused to pay child and spouse support.]
She attended Davenport and Geneseo schools before moving to Geneseo with her mother in 1946.
On 14 Dec 1947, she married Dale Herbert KEAG, born 26 Mar 1926 in rural Geneseo to Andrew JOHNSTON and Edna Pearl LEWIS KEAG.
Marian was a unit secretary in Moline, Illinois' Lutheran Hospital (no longer exists). Dale worked for International Harvester (farm implements) in East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois for 39 years before he retired in 1982. THey live in Mesa, Arizona (1985)
Their children born in Geneseo, Henry, Illinois:
1. Maureen Elizabeth born 18 Sept 1948. She attended Geneseo High School and married Richard McKAY on 30 Jun 1967. They divorced in 1972. She works for the John Deere plant in Mt. Joy, Iowa and makes her home in Colona, Illinois. They had 2 children : Paula Sue born 26 Mar 1968 in Geneseo and Jason Edward born 21 Aug 1971 in East Moline.
2. Steven Michael born 6 Jan 1952, graduated from Geneseo High School and served in the Army for 5 years, 4 of that in Thailand. He married Mrs. Roxanne HINES ARNETT on 8 Aug 1981 in Geneseo. He had 1 son Jeffrey ARNETT. Steven graduated in 1985 from Black Hawk Jr. College in Moline, Illinois with a degree (AA or certificate?)in electronics. He is employed by the R.C. Stoner Co. of Davenport, and they live in Hampton, Illinois.
3. Jeffery Lee born 10 Aug 1955, graduated from Geneseo High School. He married Linda Sue DAVIDSON in Geneseo on 16 Apr 1977. He is employed by H.D. Duke and Sons in East Moline, Illinois. They had 2 children: Brian Andrew born 17 Aug 1977 in Geneseo and Timothy Aaron born 26 Sept 1980 in Geneseo.
ASHER: Pamela Aline marries Gary THOMAS, they were divorced, and there are 2 children born in Janesville, Wisconsin
Pamela was born 30 Nov 1950 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, dtr of Howard and Rebecca RUSTIN ASHER.
She married 20 Jan 1973 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Gary S. (no name) THOMAS in the Methodist Church.
Gary was born 12 Aug 1952 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were divorced in 1984 (no date).
1. Shannon Aline born 13 July 1975
2. HEather Marie born 8 Feb 1979
No other info.
Irad was born 28 Dec 1891 in Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Agnes brought Irad to Davenport as an infant and he attended Davenport schools. Irad worked at various labor jobs while living in his mother's home.
On 24 Aug 1918 in St. John's Methodist Church at Davenport, Irad married Flora Martha BLANKENFELD of Geneseo, Henry, Illinois. Flora was the dtr of August and Albertina GLAWE BLANKENFELD, born 4 Feb 1896 on a farm near Geneseo.
At various tmes the family lived in Davenport and Geneseo. In 1946, when the family was living at Davenport, Flora and her daughter moved permanently to Geneseo; Irad remained in Davenport where he helped care for his mother Agnes, who was blind. Flora BLANKENFELD ASHER died 8 Dec 1958 in Geneseo, Illinois; Irad ASHER died 29 Sept 1966 in Geneseo. They are buried on the BLANKENFELD lot in North Cemetery in Geneseo.
They had 2 dtrs:
May Elizabeth born 21 Sept 1919 in Geneseo died when she was a freshman (9th grade) in Geneseo High School of pneumonia on 15 Oct 1934 and is buried in North Cemetery.
Marian Louise born 29 Oct 1929 in Davenport. (see blog page)
This name enters my tree through the marriage of my Sarah E. ELDRIDGE and Charles William ASHER.
Sarah was the first daughter of Duncan Campbell and Rebecca LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE (his 2nd, her 1st). She was born 2 May 1837 in Davenport, Scott, IA as the first white girl of that city.
Sarah and Charles married 25 December 1860 in the Davenport family home.
Charles was born (my reference) ca 1834 in Niagara County, New York. Grave marker says 1840 with no date. He served before he was married in the Civil War as a private in Co. D, 20th Reg., Iowa Infantry which mustered in Davenport.
Sarah and Charles were divorced - no date - in Davenport. They had only one child. Lewis/Louis Micajah ASHER was born ca 1861 in Davenport.
Sarah committed suicide in Delmar, Clinton, IA by an overdose of chloroform and laudanum on 1 Dec 1875. She went to a hotel to meet a man. Charles left the area, married Phebe GARDNER JONES, a widow with children: Myrtle S. child who died in 1884 - no birthdate; Gertrude M. ASHER GORHAM 1876-1963; Clarence Charles 1879-1945; Lester Ellis 1883-1976; Clarence M 1915-1956. Charles and Phebe and family lived on a farm in Silver Creek, Merrick, Nebraska.
Charles had health problems, possibly epilepsy or heart. He died in a field fire 21 May 1884 and it was thought his health may have contributed. His step-son Charles tried to put out the flames on his father's clothes but it was too late. He is buried with a military marker in Jackson Cemetery, Duncan, Platte, Nebraska. His family is buried in Woodlawn Abbey, Sumner, Pierce, Washington. (See Find-a-Grave).
Son Lewis Micajah ASHER married Agnes May NOBLE 10 June 1886 in Davenport. Agnes was born to Irad Day and Lydia Myer(s) NOBLE on 19 May 1864 in Jamestown, Scott, IA (no longer exists).
Lewis worked for the [Chicago], Rock Island & Pacific Railway Co. as a brakeman and was not a resident of Iowa, their divorce records state. Lewis deserted Aggie on 25 Aug 1893. The family, 2 boys and a girl, moved frequently and Agnes returned to Davenport. She sued for divorce in November 1895.
Children: Gertrude May b 26 Mar 1887 in Davenport; Charles W. b 18 Jun 1889 in Missouri (1900 census says Kansas); Irad Lewis b 28 Dec 1891 in Waukesha, WI.
Agnes married Fayette M. JONES on 15 Nov 1905 in Davenport. He was educated in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa and moved to Davenport in 1904 where he worked as a fireman or stationery engineer for the International Milling Co. untill his retirement in 1945. Fayette JONES died 11 Oct 1951 in Davenport. Agnes ASHER JONES died 4 Jul 1957. Agnes was a member of St. John's Methodist Church and Eastern Star. They lived at 1225 Perry St in Davenport. (still exists) They're buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. No children.
I have held the 117-year-old lawyer's notes and divorce papers archived in the Davenport Public Library Richardson-Sloane Records archives. Agnes asked for support for the children and Lewis denied her, then she asked for support for her, and Lewis again denied her. The judge mandated $20/mo to Aggie.
I started by writing to the regional railroad pension office in Decatur, Illinois, for personnel/payroll records to see if the CRIP railroad deducted the $20 (and to find out where he picked up his pay). They said they don't keep those personnel records; they referred me to William Gibbons - a Chicago trustee who took receivership and repaid debts over-and-above before he transferred the railroad to his law partner; Wm is deceased - somebody should have told the Retirement Board; the Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago, which was not established until the mid-1930s, and said railroads were only required to keep records through 1986 of the pre-1930s; the Newberry Library in Chicago - no records, Colorado Historical Society - closed until 2012, Iowa Interstate Railroad, Maytag Corporation, and my last - Union Pacific in Omaha. The archivist, also a gene hobbyist, said they had no records and sympathised with my dead end.
Nothing more is known about Lewis M. ASHER. He could easily have changed names or re-invented himself, or met death where he wasn't missed. I'm sharing this quest with an ASHER direct who lives in Largo, Florida.