|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1863|
Asa McCawley (a.k.a. "McCauley") was the son of William & Harriett (Robinson) McCawley (a.k.a. "McCauley") both of whom are also buried at Mill Creek Cemetery. Although Asa's tombstone indicates that he was born in 1831, there are records indicating that his actual date of birth was October 7, 1832. Federal census records indicate that Asa was a carpenter and a farmer. On July 4, 1854, Asa married Susan Cork in Delaware County, OH. The couple resided in Mill Creek (a.k.a. "Millcreek") Township, Union County, OH, and parented four children: Susan Malvina (a.k.a. "Melvina") McCawley, Raimeth (a.k.a. "Ray") Gillead McCawley, Harriett (a.k.a. "Hattie") M. McCawley, and Margaret J. (a.k.a. "Jennie") McCawley. On February 17, 1863, Asa took a load of cut timber to a sawmill located north of the town of Dublin, OH. His intent was to have the timber sawed into boards. Upon his arrival, the steam boiler being used to power the saw exploded killing Asa and four other men: John Baighly, John M. Bowersmith, John Bugh, and Fletcher W. Dulin. The site of the explosion created much local media attention at the time and hundreds of people from nearby Columbus, OH, came to investigate the grisly scene. Asa's widow, Susan (Cork) McCawley, remarried Civil War soldier Seth G. Hyland (a.k.a. "Highland") on March 17, 1864, and parented an additional seven children with her second husband.
Susan Cork Hyland (1835 - 1912)*
Raimeth Gillead McCawley (1857 - 1871)*
Harriet M McCawley James (1859 - 1936)*
Margaret J McCawley (1861 - 1865)*
Mill Creek Cemetery
Created by: Gene Dulin
Record added: Aug 20, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11575195
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