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 Joseph David Ashbaugh

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Joseph David Ashbaugh

  • Birth 25 May 1856 Hamilton, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Death 31 May 1936 Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
  • Burial Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
  • Plot JONES/*/22/013/0007
  • Memorial ID 26256288

The family originated in Germany, likely in the Palantine region of the Rhineland. At the beginning of the 1700s, thousands of Palantine families emigrated to Britain, and many travelled even further (aided by the Crown) to settle in The Colonies of America. The Eschbach family arrived in Pennsylvania about 1735. During the American Revolution / War of Independence, the Eschbach (Ashbaugh) family remained loyal to the British Crown. They eventually removed themselves to the Niagara region of Upper Canada, were granted land from the Crown, and were awarded the designation of United Empire Loyalist. The surname Ashbaugh has continued into this century in the Mount Hope / Glanford area of Hamilton, in the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Joseph David Ashbaugh was born in Barton Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, the son of Frederick Andrew Ashbaugh UE and Margaret (Ralston) Ashbaugh

On May 23, 1877, in the City of Hamilton, Joseph Ashbaugh married Agnes, daughter of George and Mary Hartley of Ancaster, Wentworth County. Joseph was 22 and Agnes 21. Sadly Agnes may have died soon thereafter

The Hamilton City Directory for 1882-1883 lists Joseph Ashbaugh, painter, situated at #19 on the west side of Queen Street North, where it intersects with Market Street. His neighbours included a blacksmith, a printer, several carpenters, and a customs agent, with a grocer and a fruit dealer each about two blocks away

In April 1882 at Toronto, with older brother Thomas Ashbaugh, Joseph engaged with the Royal North-West Mounted Police force. He served as a Constable in Regiment 813 and was stationed for a while at Fort Walsh, in the Cypress Hills of south-western Saskatchewan (then the remote North-West Territories). After about a year, he was invalided due to a previously fractured wrist which made it difficult for him to carry out his duties, and honourably discharged on June 26, 1883

Joseph married secondly to Fanny Ann Smith, on October 29, 1883, at the Royal Hotel in Port Elgin. Joseph was 27 and Fanny Ann 23, the daughter of Alfred and Jane Smith of Arran Township, Bruce County, Ontario

Yet another marriage for Joseph took place on August 25, 1885, to Ellen Mary Bramham. The groom was 29 and the bride, 21. Her parents were Charles Bramham and Mary Elizabeth (Wells) Bramham of Tecumseth Township, Simcoe County, Ontario. Another of Joseph's brothers, John Ashbaugh, and his family were farming in Tecumseth Township around that time

By the time of the 1901 Census, Joseph was a lodger in the household of Wellington and Mary McCrea, at Delta, New Westminster District, British Columbia. He was enumerated as age 44, born Ontario, date of birth 25 May 1856, single, occupation Painter, and of Presbyterian faith

The RNWMP force merged with the Dominion Police in 1920 to form the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada's "Mounties"

Joseph Ashbaugh died in poverty in Vancouver in 1936 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Mountain View Cemetery

A descendant in Joseph's family tree, who himself is a retired RCMP officer in BC, is currently working to determine whether Joseph would be eligible for a gravestone through the Mounties.

Family Members


Joseph Ashbaugh has lain in Mountain View Cemetery in an unmarked grave for the past 75 years. As of May 2011, it is hoped that an RCMP headstone and a memorial ceremony can be arranged in the near future.





  • Maintained by: ohSunnyOne
  • Originally Created by: Headstone Genealogist
  • Added: 23 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26256288
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph David Ashbaugh (25 May 1856–31 May 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26256288, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by ohSunnyOne (contributor 47178112) .