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Ashley Chase
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Birth: Jan. 4, 1831
Otsego County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1903
California, USA

son of Samuel Chase & Lydia D Spencer
married Emma Belts in 1874
father of E Eva Chase
Lydia Mabel Chase
Laura E Chase
Henry Ashley Chase
Harry M Chase
Elizabeth Emma Chase
Samuel James Chase

February 19, 1903
Cawker City Public Record
Cawker City, Kansas
Death of Ashley Chase.
Four Thousand Miles after a
Can of Milk.
- Reuben Chase, of Hiawatha
received a telegram Feb. 2d from
California, announcing the death
of his brother Ashley Chase, one
of Cawker's early settlers.
Ashley Chase was born in 1831
at Schenevos, N. Y. His first
settlement in Kansas, in 1858,
was at Hiawatha where he en-
listed as private, August 31, 1861
in Co. A., 7th Kansas Cavalry, the
famous Jayhawker regiment, and
was discharged Sept. 25th 1864.
He moved to Cawker in 1872 and
bought of W. Keeler the 80 acres
immediately north of our town
site, paying $1,000 therefore, only
three acres having been broken.
The next Spring he set out a nur-
sery of 15,000 apple trees, 6,000
grape cuttings, and large num-
bers of other fruit trees. The
hoppers* swarmed down upon his
[*July 26th, 1874 and lasted 8 days.]
beautiful growing orchard leav-
ing only four hundred plants. He
borrowed $400 and started in
again, and in 1879 his debt had in-
creased to $1,000, and he sold 3 3/4
acres to E. O. Garrett for $1,150 and
paid off his indebtedness, and at va-
rious times later, sold other por-
tions of his place and in 1885 sold
to Mr. Garrett the remaining 65 ac-
res. Mr. Chase then moved to Cal-
ifornia, buying property near San-
ta Ana, but later sold that and
bought in another nearby locality.
In 1882, Mr. Chase related to
the writer* his army experience.
[*Levi Lockard Alrich.]
He said: "On the first day April
1863, our regiment, known as the
7th Kansas Cavalry, but really
the First regiment of Kansas Cav-
alry, was stationed at German-
town, Tenn., fifteen miles east of
Memphis, and received orders to
march, with five days rations. In
company with a comrade, he went
to a nearby farm house after
some milk and while there, was
surprised and captured by the
rebel picket and taken to their
headquarters. He expected to
be shot as the Kansas Jayhawk-
ers received no mercy from the
enemy. He was taken out into
the timber for that purpose, but
the leader of the party recognized
him as one of a party who had
captured him, the rebel, three
weeks before and who had es-
caped. Chase was then taken to
their main camp twenty miles
distant. He was cautioned by
one of his guards to keep quiet on
the identity of his regiment. An
officer invited him to play check-
ers and was beaten by Chase.
The defeated officer called others
to "come and beat his ---Yan--
kee," but he vanquished them
all in the game. He was or-
dered to accompany Gen'l Chal-
mers command and was in con-
stant danger because it was
learned that he was a Jayhawker
and the men were anxious to kill
him. The provost marshal learn-
ing that he was from his own
county in New York, took some
interest in him and protected
him. He was imprisoned at At-
lanta, and afterward in Libby
Prison at Richmond, and was la-
ter exchanged at City Point,
thence going to Fortress Monroe
then to St. Louis, visited his Kan-
sas home and re-joined his regi-
ment at Corinth, Miss., after
journeying four thousand miles.
As he entered camp, his comrades
inquired: "Did you get your
Family links: 
  Emma Chase (1852 - 1935)
Note: same person as FAG # 7920971
Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Created by: Toni Helvey Schlaefli
Record added: Mar 09, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106437921
Ashley Chase
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- Toni Helvey Schlaefli
 Added: Jun. 16, 2013

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