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Name: Joshua C. Abshire
Birth Date: 1833
Spouse's Name: Jane Ann Pate
Spouse's Birth Date: 1839
Spouse's Birthplace: Kentucky
Spouse's Age: 18
Event Date: 23 Dec 1857
Event Place: Hancock, Kentucky
1870 US Census, Hawesville, Hancock, Kentucky
Joshua Abshire M 37 Kentucky
Jane Abshire F 30 Kentucky
Lilly Abshire F 7 Kentucky
Anna Abshire F 6 Kentucky
Frank Abshire M 4 Kentucky
David Abshire M 2 Kentucky
Wm E Mollinas M 48 Germany
1880 US Census, Troy twn, Perry, Indiana
Josh Abshire Self M 48 Kentucky, United States
Lily Abshire Daughter F 18 Kentucky, United States
Anna Abshire Daughter F 16 Kentucky, United States
Frank Abshire Son M 13 Kentucky, United States
Mary Abshire Daughter F 4 Indiana, United States
Katie Abshire Daughter F 9 Kentucky, United States
Jane Abshire Wife F 40 Kentucky, United States
Cannelton Telephone, 3 Fev 1922, Jane M. Pate Abshire, Obituary, Cliff Cemetery.
Tell City News, 3 Feb 1922, Mrs. Abshire, w/o Josh, 78 years, obituary, Cliff Cemetery.
Cannelton Enquirer, 4 Feb 1922, Mrs. Abshire, w/o late Josh, Obituary, bur Cannelton.
The Following is about Jane's husband Capt. Abshire.
Captain Josh Abshire, the veteran steamboat-man, was born in Hawesville, August 17, 1833.
The family came to Hawesville from Virginia and his father and grandfather were both river pilots, the grandfather being a flatboat-man who brought salt from the Kanawha salt well to all Ohio and Mississippi River points and the father following as a flatboat-man at first and afterwards as a steamboat-man.
The grandfather died at Hawesville and the father, lost his life at New Orleans while there on a steamboat trip. The exact manner of his death was never known and his grave is not located.
The family early became interested in the coal mines in and about Hawesville where they were the only ones between Pittsburg and New Orleans, and the senior Abshire was one of the first to take coal to New Orleans for the purpose of inducing the people there to use it.
During the war, "Captain Josh," as he has long been familiarly called, was wharf-master at Hawesville and sold coal to all the boats that passed. In this way he became familiar with some of the most stirring events of the war between the states in this part of the country, for Hawesville was a strong secession town and Cannelton was just as radically pro-Union.
Gunboats were often landed on either side or anchored in the river, as there was such demand for coal in those days that there was often much delay. Sharpshooters infested the high hills on either side of the river here and thus there was frequent excitement.
For sixty years, Captain Abshire had been on the river in some form of service and for thirty years he had been in charge of the boats of the Crammond Line between Cannelton and Owensboro. He was in charge of many night and Sunday excursions between Cannelton and Evansville and he was always genial and accommodating and was well known to thousands. He made friends of all and yet he was a man of most positive character and asserted himself whenever the occasion presented itself without the least mental reservation. He didn't mince words and was no policy trimmer. In politics he was an ardent Democrat and often expressed the wish that he might live to see at least one more Democratic president. He never ceased to be an un-reconstructed rebel and was never afraid to hurrah for Jeff Davis during or since the war.
He was one day standing in the presence of the writer some years since on the Owensboro wharf when suddenly he turned and pulled out his knife and went to a board nearby and cut a notch saying as he did so: "This is my third notch in thirty years. I have been able to get away from here on time only three times in that many years, and every time I got away on time in the past, I cut a notch. I am now cutting the third."
It was his last notch. He soon afterward went into that decadence that released him from anchor here and set him free to go to the haven beyond earthly scenes.
J.D. Kelly, Hawesville, Kentucky.
Joshua C. Abshire (1833 - 1910)
Note: No dates, Her stone beside that of Capt. J. C. Abshire.
Created by: Christina
Record added: May 02, 2014
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