|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1797|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1871|
The Old Cemetery by Desmond Schulemann
One can imagine a warm, late summer afternoon when the Black-Eyed Susans are blooming and the drying dillweed and wild grasses give the air a certain aroma. It was on such an afternoon when I chanced onto the old Buena Vista Cemetery.
Trees, brush, and weeds grew up among the tipping, toppled, and broken markers. Some were barely legible. One might wonder how many thunderstorms, sleet, and snowstorms they’ve weathered.
The first row of graves we come to are a family plot. Going down the row the first one happens to be the grave of John Ashbaugh. A tree growing on his grave tipped his white, round topped marker severely. Whatever of him remains is probably entangled in roots. He died January 25, 1873, after living 49 years.
The next grave in line is that of Mary Martha Ashbaugh. She lived to be only 18 years old. One would question how she died that young. We can only imagine. Life can be so fragile! Like “the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven...” Luke 12:28. At the time her stone was placed, or within the year, James Buchanan was elected president. Lincoln was to follow. Mary also had to give way to the tree. Her thoughts ceased on February 23, 1856
Then there was Rachel Ann Ashbaugh. She lived to be only 20 years old. What a waste. As I stand and look at the inscription on this stone, I wonder about the one who lies here. As a guy I’d wonder, was she pretty? What caused her to die? She was probably a very nice girl with a desire to love and be loved. She passed away October 7, 1845
Further down the row is Fredrick Ashbaugh. Fredrick died almost five months before the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. However it is most probable that he heard about it. He was almost 30 years old when Julia Ward Howe penned the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic late in 1861. He too had a rather short life. His ended at just after his 37th birthday on Jan 31, 1869
The last grave we come to in this row is that of Fredrick Ashbaugh Sr. We can assume that he was the father of the other Ashbaughs we have discovered so far. We notice that three of the headstones had Son of F&M Ashbaugh or Daut of F&M Ashbaugh. Fredrick Ashbaugh Sr lived a long life. During his life the war of 1812 was fought, Illinois became a state in 1818, the California gold rush in 1848, Lincoln became president on March 4, 1861, the civil war from 1861-65, Lincoln killed April 14, 1865, The Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871, and also in his lifespan there were 18 presidents including George Washington. His life ended November 7, 1871.
Andrew Ashbaugh (1775 - 1823)
Buena Vista Cemetery
Created by: Tim Dowling
Record added: Sep 18, 2004
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