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Thomas Ashby
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1849, England
Death: Jan. 19, 1905
Utah County
Utah, USA


DIED--Mr. Thomas Ashby, at Provo, Janaury 18, aged 55 years. Mr. Ashby formerly a resident of this city and will be remembered by the old residents as one of the early shoe merchants, having engaged in that business 20 years.

The funeral will be held at the Third Ward Meetinghouse, at 12 o'clock noon, Saturday. friends are invited to attend.

-Ogden Standard Examiner, January 20, 1905, transcribed by Rhonda Holton
Thomas Ashby was the son of Hannah Ward and Samuel Ashby in Leicester, England. He did much to build up the home manufacturing interests in Ogden City.

After leaving school in his native town, he was sent to a large boot and shoe manufacturing establishment to learn the trade.

At eight years of age he was baptized into the Mormon Church. When twenty years old he left his native land and emigrated to the United States. He settled for a short time at Lynn, Massachusetts, where he worked at his trade and made himself thoroughly efficient to carry on the manufacturing of all classes of boot and shoe lines. In 1870 he married Miss Rachel Hill of Leicester, England.

In 1871 he came to Utah and settled in Ogden City, where he continued to reside ever since. After his arrival in this city he was engaged for a short time by Mr. Joseph Tyrrell in his cutting department; and in 1877 he commenced business for himself as manufacturer of, and wholesale and retail dealer in boots and shoes. He purchased machinery of the latest and most improved styles and entered into his business on a large scale. By steady industry and business integrity he built up a solid trade.

Mr. Ashby employed a number of skilled workmen in his establishment. He labored constantly to promote the growth of home industries. His establishment was a brick structure on the west side of Main Street. In the front part he had a showroom; in the rear was his manufactory.

He was a well known and respected citizen and known as one of the organizers of the Ogden Board of Trade. 
Family links: 
  Samuel Ashby (1818 - 1861)
  Hannah Ward Ashby (1825 - 1913)
  Rachel Hill Ashby (1852 - 1885)
  Thomas Lorenzo Ashby (1871 - 1937)*
  Rachel Ashby (1872 - 1878)*
  Samuel Ashby (1879 - 1954)*
  John Hill Ashby (1881 - 1881)*
  James Thomas Ashby (1887 - 1942)*
  Thomas Ashby (1849 - 1905)
  Mary Ashby Murray (1851 - 1922)*
  William Ashby (1854 - 1920)*
  Samuel Ashby (1858 - 1917)*
  John Latham Ashby (1861 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Rhonda
Record added: May 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19543541

Thomas Ashby is my 2nd great grand uncle.
- Rhonda
 Added: May. 15, 2009

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