Francis Ashens was born near Salem, Washington Co. Indiana.He was a Civil War veteran. Married 1st Margaret Creasman in Carthage, Mo. d. 11 May 1919. Was buried in Galena, Ks. Cemetery by Hurlburt Mortuary of Joplin, Mo. He had 7 children, Jennie, Robert, Ransom, Wm., Bert, Francis Jr. and Earl.
s/o Henry Ashens/Ashing and Eliza Seals Ashens
The following article was taken from The History of Jasper County, Missouri, Published in 1883. "At the age of fourteen Francis immigrated with his parents, Henry and Eliza (Seals) Ashens, to Southwest Missouri, settling on Haskins Prairie, Jasper County, where he led an uneventful life up to the Civil War, when the family was obliged to leave the county for safety on account of their Union sentiments. They went to Kansas, where our subject enlisted in Company M of the Fifteenth regiment, Kansas Cavalry Volunteers, U. S. Army, serving in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, and New Mexico. He was at the battles of Lexington, Little Blue, Independence, Big Blue, Round Mound, Mine Creek, and Newtonia. They were ordered into the Western Department to suppress the hostile Comanches, Kickapoo, and Ute Indians, where they had several brushes with the red men: in one important fight over 300 Indians were killed. They were ordered back to the states and mustered out in October, 1865. After a three months' stay in Kansas he returned to Jasper County, since which time he has been a permanent resident, He was married here March 30, 1867, to Miss Margaret Chrisman, a native of Jasper County, only daughter of Robert and Melvina (Sanders) Chrisman. old residents of the county. From this union there are five children:Robert, Ransom, Albert, William and Jennie Ashens Carr. His farm is well situated, four and one-half miles northeast of Carthage, skirted on the south by Spring River timber. Mineral is supposed to exist in paying quantities."
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