Note: SOURCE: CORRESPONDENCE: Jaxie J. Kelley 304 52nd. Ave. Plaza W. Bradenton , FL 34207
FAMILY GROUP RECORD: Wilma Carroll Hillman 7144 Summit Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45242-2518 16 August 1966
OCCUPATION: Farmer/Justice of the Peace
Collins History of KY, page 291 - Jediah Ashcraft was among the firstmagistrates.
History of Grant Co., Compiled by Robert H. Elliston, 1876, page 8 - Jediah Ashcraft was among the first Justices of the Peace.
PROBATE: Grant County, KY Order Book A, April 1820 - June 1834; page 103April 1824 Application of James Ashcraft, Ichabod Ashcraft, Jediah Ashcraft, JobAshcraft and William Ashcraft by his guardian. Lewis Gregory (itappearing to the court that William Smith, one of the heirs of JediahAshcraft, dec'd) motion to divide the real estate of the dec'd JediahAshcraft, "having departed this life intestate."
Wills and Marriages, Grant Co., KY 1820-1850, Will Book A - JediahAschraft - inv. & appraisment - dec'd. returned Oct 1820, by M.B. Smith(clerk), Simon Nichols, Robt Childres, Henry childres, Widow Sarah Ashcraft. Debts due from Amos Ashcraft.
Assessor's Books, Georges Twp., PA- 1789 and 1794 Jediah was on the tax rolls of Georges Twp., Fayette Co.,PA 1788 - Jediah had one horse 1793 - Jediah had one horse and 2 cows.
Jediah was commissioned Justice of the Peace in March 1806 of PendeltonCounty, KY by Gov. Christopher Greenup.
SOURCE: Ashcraft Family Cemetery Peaceful Hollow Road Dry Ridge, KY by Verner Ashcraft July 1984 The first known record of the ASHCRAFT FAMILY CEMETERY is mentioned in the division of the land of JAMES ASHCRAFT estate, Grant County Kentucky Will Book F page 197, dated 12th September 1869: "First we laid off one half acre of land including the family burying ground" etc.
James Ashcraft was born 8 February 1790 in Virginia and died 4 August 1867. He married Elizabeth Wortman in Pendleton County 28 January 1808; she too was born in Virginia in 1782 and died 23 Nov 1878, age 96 years. They had ten children, five boys and five girls.
James Ashcraft was a private in the War of 1812 in Captain Thomas Childers Company, Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia, Commanded by Colonel William Mountjoy.
Deed Book O pages 298 and 299 concerning the Grant County Circuit May Term court 1868, naming the heirs of the deceased JAMES ASHCRAFT and at the end of page 299 "Forever warrant and defend so far as they have secured assets from their said ancester JED ASHCRAFT and no further. JEDIAH ASHCRAFT was a Commissioned Officer in the Campbell County Regiment, Lieutenant, 21st Regiment, July 12, 1797 and promoted to Captain in the 21st Regiment October 8, 1798.
Jediah (Jed) Ashcraft was one of the first appointed Magistrates when Grant County was formed in April 1820 out of Pendleton County. He was also a justice of the peace prior to 1820 in Pendleton County. Jediah Ashcraft resigned his Grant County appointment in June of 1820, no reason given. The September Grant county court of 1820, indicates, Sarah Ashcraft, Jed's wife, and James Ashcraft, his son, were appointed administrators of Jediah's estate account deceased. To date, no written record or marker of his burial has been located in either Pendleton or Grant Counties.
In the Cemetery there are eleven identifiable graves with markers and seventy one field stone head markers. Apparently there are other graves, not yet located, but time, weather and growth of vegetation has changed the cite. This cemetery has not been cleaned and fenced and shall be maintained.
The oldest member buried in the ASHCRAFT FAMILY CEMETERY is James Ashcraft's sister-in-law(should be mother-in-law), Mary Wortman, age 99 years, died 1 August 1856 and buried next to her sister (should be daughter) Elizabeth. A homemade marker of sand stone has two falling ash leaves etched thereon. The last buried was 17th March 1915, that of Napoleon Bonaparte Ashcraft.
Those that assisted in the cleaning and fencing of the cemetery were Archie Ashcraft, Dale Ashcraft, Edward Hillman, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Pence and Verner Ashcraft, the latter's great grand father being Robert William, the youngest son of James and Elizabeth Ashcraft.
SOURCE: USGenweb Project Grant Co., Kentucky http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wduffie/ashcraft/.ash000001.htm 21 September 2002
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