|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1881|
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 1954|
Ashley's mother, Jennie (Rhodes) Dunham died when he was two, so was raised by his father's sister & husband who had no children at the Ashley Homestead Ranch near Gann Valley, South Dakota. The area was settled by homesteaders; located near a Crow Creek Indian Reservation and close to Fort Defiance on the Missouri River.
Due to lack of local schools and their desire for him to be well educated, they sent him to Waterloo, Iowa for his education. He returned and married Katie Wellman on Nov 27, 1901, in Buffalo Co, Gann Valley, SD.
Ashley and Katie Dunham were prominent members of the community. There they had one son, Roy and four daughters, Thelma, Dorothy, Doris, and Rae Dunham. In the 1920's they moved to Long Beach, California where he worked the oil fields. Katie died in 1931 in Long Beach after about a year's illness.
Ashley married 2nd, Olive Lavinia ( ? ) They moved to Avenal, CA, where Ashley was the foreman on the discovery well in the nearby Kettleman Hills Oil Field. He died in 1954. 'Ollie' lived another thirty years eventually being cared for by her step-daughters in their Nice, CA guest home. She died there in May 1984.
Ashley was a member of "The Improved Order of Redmen", America's oldest Fraternal Organization and chartered by Congress. Originally called Sons of Liberty, the organization was founded in 1765; and patterned its democratic governing body after the great Iroquois Indian Nation. Many of our Nation's founding fathers and several US Presidents have been members.
Whitney Oliver Dunham (1854 - 1929)
Emilie Katie Wellman Dunham (1879 - 1931)
Thelma J Dunham Grout (1902 - 1970)*
Regnold Roy Dunham (1904 - 1985)*
Dorothy Winifred Dunham Benjamin (1906 - 1999)*
Doris Norene Dunham Dudley (1916 - 1985)*
Created by: Nelda
Record added: Sep 05, 2013
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