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Rev John Hergen Ash
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1843
Death: Jan. 3, 1918

The Rev. John Hergen ASH II was the son of George Adam ASH & his second wife, the widow Sarah EVANS BURTON. He was the namesake of his father's elder brother, John Hergen ASH I (1791-1822).

In 1863 in Effingham County, John married
Estelle A. POWERS, who died the following year.

In 1866 in Effingham County, he married
Laura V. DASHER - in 1871, she and their three children died tragically.

In 1874 in Effingham County, he finally married
Eutoile Talulah FOY (1846-1933), and they were the parents of his two children who survived to adulthood:
John A. ASH (born 1875, died after 1920), who, in 1900 in Effingham County, married Lillian E. GUYTON (born 1879, died after 1920), and
George Brinson ASH, Sr. (1880-1970), who was the husband of Merle CATES (1901-1984).

Summary of his C.S.A. service record: 5th Georgia Cavalry, Troop A (Georgia Hussars, Chatham County) 2nd Lieutenant John H. ASH enlisted as a private on 23 Nov 1861, and was promoted to 3rd Corporal on 9 May 1862. He continued to be promoted through the ranks and on 22 Aug 1863 he was promoted to First Sergeant. On 26 Jul 1864, he was appointed First Lieutenant. Second Lieutenant Co. B, "Georgia Hussars," from 26 Feb 1864 to 23 May 1872.

From History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia Volume II Pages 12-13 (1881): John Hergen ASH was born in Savannah, Georgia, November 17th, 1843. He was the only son of George A. and Sarah ASH, by a second marriage on both sides. He was deeply impressed by the death of an only sister, at the age of three years. Though he was very young, this bereavement caused him to reflect most seriously about his responsibility to God, and the "vast concerns" of eternity. He was fortunate in having a mother of deep piety, who communed much with God, and the remembrance of her fervent pryaers for him still lingers in his bosom. She often took her boy by the hand to lead him to place where she daily knelt in prayer to pour out her soul to God, and with sweet, gentle voice invited him to go with her. At other times, he would hear the voice of prayer, and, tracing out the sound, would be made an auditor to his mother's pleadings before the throne of grace. This devoted mother gave her son to the Lord, asking that he might be called into the ministry. Her prayers have been answered, though she did not live to see it.

He received his education in Savannah, being sent to the private schools and academies of that city until the war between the States. He never forgot the early religious impressions stamped on his mind and heart, but like many others who make vows to the Lord and fail to keep them, he delayed repentance until April, 1857, when during a revival season, under the ministry of Rev. D. G. DANIEL, he united with the church, and was baptized.

At the breaking out of the war he left school, and thought only about seventeen years old, enetered the Confederate service, among the early volunteer troops who occupied Fort Pulaski, near his native city. Four years of the spring-time of his life were passed in camp. He was impressed, as he had been before, with a sense of his duty to give himself to the ministry; but as he had enlisted for the war, he determined, in view of the need of men in the army, to remain until hostilities ceased, or Providence opened the way for his discharge. With resources shattered and prospects blighted, he returned from the army and began the business of life. Settling in Effingham county, he was ordained deacon of Cowpen Branch church in 1867; licensed to preach by Elim church in 1871; and, at the request of the latter, ordained during the session of the Middle Association, with Turkey Branch church, September, 1873, by Revs. G. L. JACKSON, J. C. EDWARDS and H. E. CASSIDEY.

He has been a regular pastor, but has been acitive in aiding other ministers in protracted meetings, and filling appointments, as occasion presented. He is a lover of Sunday-school work, and for thirteen years has put all energies into it. For a considerable time he acted as superintendent of two Sunday-schools, nine miles apart, meeting them promptly each Lord's day. God has blessed him in this work, and many of the scholars, under his instruction, have been brought to Christ. He is earnest, extemporaneous speaker, rather diffident, but heard with not a little interest.

He has been married three times. His present wife, Miss E. T. FOY, of Effingham county, has borne him one son, his only living child [they had two sons who survived through adulthood]. As a husband and father, he is affectionate; as a citizen, public-spirited, with the confidence of all. He is fond of the private life of the farm, and enters into all details of his business with great interest and success. 
Family links: 
  George A. Ash (1793 - 1861)
  Sarah Evans Burton Ash (1805 - 1866)
  Estelle A. Powers Ash (1844 - 1864)
  Laura V. Dasher Ash (1846 - 1871)
  Eutoil Talulah Foy Ash (1846 - 1933)
  Sarah B. Ash (1867 - 1871)*
  Ida V. Ash (1869 - 1871)*
  George W. Ash (1871 - 1871)*
  George Brinson Ash (1880 - 1970)*
  William Rahn Ash (____ - 1841)**
  Eugenia Rosamond Ash (____ - 1831)**
  Georgia Ann Gorham Ash (____ - 1827)**
  Charles Burnsides Ash (1821 - 1891)**
  Susannah B. Ash Patterson (1824 - 1907)**
  John Hergen Ash (1843 - 1918)
*Calculated relationship
Old Elam Cemetery
Effingham County
Georgia, USA
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Record added: Mar 07, 2009
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Rev John Hergen Ash
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Rev John Hergen Ash
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Rev John Hergen Ash
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
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