Daniel's first wife is claimed to have been Elizabeth Shuman, to whom he was married briefly in Pennsylvania, although no documentation for that seems to exist. It is assumed that she died after just a few years of marriage. He may have married Catherine before leaving PA for Ohio, or met her on the way, or met her in Ohio when he got there. After she died he married a widow with two children.
Catherine was one of the very first people to be buried "in the little family cemetery on top of the hill above the old homeplace." That statement made me think that perhaps they were not really buried here in the Broomstick Cemetery, as is stated in "The Ashcraft Family" by Martha Ashcraft Neal. But a photo from Linda Page showing the location of the Ashcraft homestead at the bottom of the hill down along Fivemile Run confirmed that they were buried here. It was actually their second home in the area.
Starting in 1945, Helen Meredith with the help of family and friends, searched and recorded the cemeteries of Coshocton County. There was a stone for a Catherine Ashcraft (not this Catherine, but the fourth child of Daniel's son Jacob) in the Broomstick Cemetery back then; it was there when Linda Page visited in 1998; but it was no longer there in the summer of 2009. Indeed, less than half the stones that had been recorded back in the middle of the 1900s were still there. Whether some were stolen, or whether they have all toppled and sunk in the mud and been overgrown is hard to know.
If you click on the first picture you can clearly see that fewer than 60 stones remain of the nearly 120 that were catalogued by Helen Meredith and her family and friends.
The second picture shows this "Ashcraft homeplace" - the SE 1/4 of Section 12 in Pike Township, with the Broomstick Cemetery in the northeast corner.
The third picture shows the original home - the SW 1/4 of Section 22, where two of Daniel and Catherine's daughters are buried in what is now called the McKee Cemetery.
The last two pictures show the location of Ashcraft Ridge shown on modern maps - Sections 8 and 14.
Daniel Ashcraft (1761 - 1846)
Rachel Ashcraft/Jones Downs (____ - 1871)*
Mary Ashcraft McKee (1785 - 1824)*
Jonathan Ashcraft (1792 - 1883)*
Hannah Smith (1796 - 1869)*
Jesse Ashcraft (1799 - 1871)*
Elijah Ashcraft (1800 - 1867)*
Elizabeth Ashcraft McKee (1805 - 1865)*
Daniel A Ashcraft (1811 - 1875)*
Created by: RobMinteer57
Record added: Jan 28, 2011
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