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Geoffrey Spray Ashburn
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1887
Reedsville
Preston County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 26, 1935
Preston County
West Virginia, USA

Geoffrey (pronounced Jeffrey) was the second oldest of eight children born to Elmer E. & Laura (Guseman) Ashburn & was the grandfather of this contributor. On April 4, 1908 at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Masontown, West Virginia he married Lora Ida Martin and they became the parents of six children; Elmer Lee Ashburn, Harry Virgil Ashburn [this contributor's father], Howard Gilmer Ashburn, Paul Moody Ashburn, James Alfred Ashburn and Frank Ashburn. He was employed as a foreman & salesman at the Morgantown Transfer Company, a local moving & storage company.
Geoffrey's son Frank Ashburn stated to this contributor that Geoffrey had a drinking problem and when he was drinking he had an explosive temper. Due to his drinking problem there were periods of time when he did not live at home with his family. According to Frank, during these time periods, Geoffrey never failed to provide for the material needs of his wife and children. At regular intervals, during the time periods that Geoffrey was absent from home, boxes of food would "appear" on the porch of the home where his family lived. Somewhere in the boxes would always be an envelope containing cash to provide for their other material needs. Geoffrey always denied any knowledge of where these boxes came from but it was commonly accepted that he was responsible for the "mysterious appearance" of these packages and that it was his way of providing for his family.
There are several "Ashburn Plots" within the Reedsville Cemetery & as of the date of this writing every Ashburn & Guseman buried in the "old section" of this cemetery are members of the family of this contributor, as are many others with different surnames who are also buried there. In the same plot as Geoffrey & Lora are the graves of Harry & Evelyn (Kimble) Ashburn (this writers parents), Paul Moody Ashburn, Charles & Jessie (Moore) Ashburn, & other family members. According to Frank Ashburn this plot was originally owned by a co-worker of Geoffrey's at the Morgantown Transfer Company. Geoffrey's co-worker wanted to use some company trucks, equipment, etc., to move his own household belongings to a new residence, & since Geoffrey was the foreman the use of the equipment had to be approved by him. Geoffrey, meanwhile, had been upset with himself for not having the foresight years earlier to purchase this particular burial plot because of it's proximity to other family plots. According to Frank, Geoffrey traded the use of the trucks, equipment, etc., for ownership of this burial plot, which included the exhumation & re-burial elsewhere of a member of the original owners family.
His death, at age 48 years, 4 months, and 20 days, was the result of heart failure.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Elmer Evans Ashburn (1864 - 1931)
  Laura Ellanora Guseman Ashburn (1862 - 1935)
 
 Spouse:
  Lora Ida Martin Ashburn (1888 - 1970)
 
 Children:
  Elmer Lee Ashburn (1908 - 1986)*
  Harry Virgil Ashburn (1909 - 1949)*
  Howard Gilmer Ashburn (1909 - 1972)*
  Paul Moody Ashburn (1911 - 1971)*
  James Alfred Ashburn (1915 - 1990)*
  Frank Ashburn (1917 - 1993)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Chester Ashburn (1886 - 1950)*
  Geoffrey Spray Ashburn (1887 - 1935)
  Ralph Waldo Ashburn (1889 - 1943)*
  Vadna Ashburn Gross (1891 - 1962)*
  James Paul Ashburn (1895 - 1957)*
  Robert Russell Ashburn (1899 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Reedsville Cemetery
Reedsville
Preston County
West Virginia, USA
Plot: "Old Section"
 
Created by: John R. Ashburn (Sr.)
Record added: Dec 23, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7028895
Geoffrey Spray Ashburn
Added by: John R. Ashburn (Sr.)
 
Geoffrey Spray Ashburn
Added by: John R. Ashburn (Sr.)
 
Geoffrey Spray Ashburn
Added by: John R. Ashburn (Sr.)
 
 
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