Ashcraft Family Photo Album
Photographic "Twigs" from the Family Tree of
Elijah Tameson Ashcraft and Betsey A. Thompson
circa 1870 - 1985
Cattaraugus County and Other Locations

Submitted by Phil Roblee
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Introduction

This album contains photos of many of the descendants of Elijah Tameson Ashcraft (B: Jun 17, 1784 D: Apr 15, 1867) and Betsey A. Thompson (B: Sep 27, 1788 D: 1878). In his History of Cattaraugus County, NY, F. Ellis describes how Elijah and Betsey settled in Cattaraugus County:

ELIJAH T. ASHCRAFT emigrated from Northfield, VT, to Genesee Co. NY in 1810. In March, 1817, accompanied by his wife and children, viz., Chester, Nathan, and Luvira, he removed by sled and ox-team to Ischua. When within three miles of their destination - the south part of lot 17 - their sled broke down and the remainder of the journey had to be performed on foot through snow knee deep. Squire Ashcraft was one of the foremost men in the new settlement, and was prominently identified with all that related to its best interests. He was one of the first justices of the peace in the town of Yorkshire (which was formed in 1820), and also of Machias in 1827. His latch-string was ever out to the weary and hungry traveler, as well as to the needy of his own immediate neighborhood. Even the dusky sons and daughters of the forest sought the shelter of his roof, and often, during inclement weather, slept upon his kitchen floor to the number of a dozen at a time. Mr. Ashcraft died at the age of 82 years[sic]. His wife, BETSEY THOMPSON, died in 1877 [sic], aged 90 years. Of a family of twelve children, ten lived to be men and women, and eight survive, as follows: Chester and Nathan, in Machias; Luvira, in Springfield; Hiram, in Wisconsin; Albert and Norman, in Illinois; and Caroline and Daniel, in Michigan." ("History of Cattaraugus County, NY," 1879, Everts Publishing, Page 357).
With 12 children, 10 of whom lived to adulthood, Elijah's and Betsey's family tree quickly branched out. Some of those branches, photographed roughly between 1870 and 1895, are represented in the 59 photos that comprise this album. Only a few of the photos have been identified, but there are clues that will help lead to the identification of all 59 photographs. For example, most of the photos list the name and location of the photographer; those photographed in Wisconsin likely are related to Hiram Ashcraft. Those taken in Cattaraugus County are descendants of Chester or Nathan, and since I am descended from Chester, it is likely most of the photos in this album relate to Chester as well.

For the benefit of readers, my line to Elijah and Betsey (Thompson) Ashcraft is as follows:

Phil Roblee, grandson of
Ruth Isabelle Vaughn, daughter of
Nellis Vaughan, son of
Betsey A. Ashcraft, daughter of
Chester A. Ashcraft, son of
Elijah Tameson Ashcraft and Betsey A. Thompson

My hope is that by publishing these photos (and clues) on the internet, the amount of time required to identify them will be significantly shortened. I hope as well that we can mutually benefit from whatever interaction this album generates among genealogists.

One final note...Two other documents relating to the Ashcraft (and related) family have been posted on the PHGS web site. Ashcraft, Cattaraugus County is a compilation of transcribed articles, announcements and obituaries relating to the Ashcraft Family in Cattaraugus County. These articles were pulled from a Scrapbook, which has since been fully transcribed. The fully transcribed scrapbook is entitled, A Circle of Friends and Family in Cattaraugus County, New York. Links are provided in case you wish to view these documents.

Phil Roblee
February 2000
email: roblee.1@osu.edu (or click name to link automatically)


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Index to Photographers


Photographer & Location
Photo Reference Link
Stewart Block, Ellicottville, NY No. 29, No. 30
Brand, Delevan, NY (and Yorkshire Centre, NY) No. 12, No. 20, No. 51
Churchill, Arcade, NY (and Franklinville, NY) No. 17, No. 18, No. 19, No. 52
A. H. Coit, Franklinville, NY No. 3, No. 15
Dawson, New London/Hortonville/Seymour WI No. 35, No. 36
A. E. Drury, LeRoy, NY No. 31
Dudley, Chicago, IL No. 14
Duffey, Corry, PA No. 25
A. E. Dumble, Rochester, NY No. 33, No. 34
Fenton & Andruss, Jamestown, NY No. 48
W. C. Foote, Flint, MI No. 50
Harnish, Kentland, IN No. 55, No. 56
L. D. Judkins, Bismarck, D.T. No. 49
Mason, Buffalo, NY No. 53
Pearson, Arcade, NY No. 11
A. J. Puhl, Holland, NY No. 2, No. 4, No. 21, No. 22
Rykert, Buffalo, NY No. 45
A. Samsell, Location Unknown No. 23
Chas. F. Schwab, Bradford, PA No. 24
Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center, NY No. 5, No. 6, No. 8, No. 26, No. 27, No. 28, No. 37, No. 39, No. 40, No. 46, No. 47, No. 54
Stevens, Spring Valley, MN No. 41, No. 42, No. 43, No. 44
Thurston, Freemont, MI No. 16
Unknown No. 9, No. 10, No. 13, No. 32
Geo. L. Washburn, Castile, NY No. 1, No. 37, No. 57

 

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Index to Known (or Probable) Individuals


Names of Known/Probable Individuals
Reference/Link
Airdine/Airdyne, Hattie See Ashcraft, Hattie
Arnold, Lydia "Waity" (Ashcraft) No. 1
Ashcraft Albert No. 14
Ashcraft, Betsey (Vaughan) No. 8
Ashcraft, Curtis No. 15
Ashcraft, Hattie (Airdine/Airdyne) No. 16
Ashcraft, Mary Jane (Hall) No. 6, No. 10
Ashcraft, Norman No. 13
Ashcraft, Waity See Arnold, Lydia
Curtis, Julia (Jackson) No. 35
Dodge, Waity (Hall) No. 9
Eastland, Lottie See Hall, Lottie
Hall, George H.  No. 10
Hall, Harvey C. No. 5, No. 10
Hall, Laurice W. No. 11
Hall, Lottie (Eastland) No. 10
Hall, Mary Jane See Ashcraft, Mary Jane
Hall, Martha Louise See Tiffany, Martha Louise
Hall, Waity See Dodge, Waity
Hall, Zelo No. 9
Jackson, Julia See Curtis, Julia
Jackson, Grace No. 36
Jones, Bertha See Vaughan, Bertha
Tiffany, Martha Louise (Hall) No. 11
Vaughan, Bertha Jane (Jones) No. 57
Warren, George Melvin No. 41
Warren, Mrs. George Melvin No. 42
Warren Grace No. 43
Warren, Minnie No. 44

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Photo Album


No. 1 Above: Lydia "Waity" (Arnold) Ashcraft
b: Feb 28, 1819, d: Dec 27, 1914
Daughter of George and Waity Arnold
Wife of Nathan T. Ashcraft
Photographed by: Geo. L. Washburn, Castile, NY
No. 2 Above: Unknown.
Photographed by: A.J. Puhl, Holland, NY
No. 3 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: A.H. Coit, Franklinville, NY

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No. 4 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: A.J. Puhl, Holland, NY
No. 5 Above: Harvey C. Hall
b: Sep 28, 1840, d: Dec 19, 1920
Husband of Mary Jane Ashcraft (right)
Member Co. "H", 44th NY Volunteers
"Ellsworth Regiment."
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center, NY
No. 6 Above: Mary Jane (Ashcraft) Hall
b: Jun 19, 1842, d: ?
Wife of Harvey C. Hall (left)
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center, NY

 
 
 
 

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No. 8 Probably Betsey (Ashcraft) Vaughan
Handwritten on reverse of Photo is "Bet"
b: May 4, 1844, d: Aug 28, 1927
Wife of Daniel C. Vaughan
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center, NY
No. 9 Above: Probably Zelo Hall, brother of Harvey (right) and Waity Dodge Hall.
Photographed by: Unknown
No. 10 Above: Harvey C. Hall & Mary Jane Ashcraft Hall, with Children Lottie (later married Sheldon Eastland) and George H.
Photographed by: Unknown
No. 11 Unknown
Photographed by: Pearson, Arcade NY

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No. 12 Above: George & Mary (Weast) Hall on their wedding day  *
Photographed by: Brand's Studio, Delevan NY

* name submitted by: Lauriice T. "Bud "Hall

No. 13 Above: Norman Ashcraft
b: circa 1805, d: ?
Brother of Daniel and Albert (right) Ashcraft
Photographed by: Unknown
No. 14 Above: Albert Ashcraft and Mrs. (name unknown) Ashcraft
Brother of Norman (left) and Daniel Ashcraft
Photographed by: Dudley, Chicago IL
No. 15 Above: Curtis Ashcraft
b: ? d: ?
Son of Daniel Ashcraft
Brother of Hattie (right)
Husband of Mary Jane Coy
Photographed by: A. H. Coit, Franklinville NY

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No. 16 Above: Hattie Ashcraft
Daughter of Daniel Ashcraft
Sister of Curtis (left)
Married Mr. Airdine (or Airdyne)
Photographed by: Thurston, Fremont MI
No. 17 Above: Unknown
Probably Husband of woman (right)
Probably father of boy and girl (below)
Photographed by: Churchill, Arcade NY
No. 18 Above: Unknown
Probably Wife of man (left)
Probably mother of boy and girl (below)
Photographed by: Churchill, Arcade NY
No. 19 Above: Unknown
Probably son of man and woman (above)
Probably brother of girl (right)
Photographed by: Churchill, Arcade NY

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No. 20 Above: Unknown
Probably daughter of man and woman (above)
Probably sister of boy (left)
Photographed by: Brand, Yorkshire Centre NY
No. 21 Above: Unknown
Probably husband of woman (right)
Photographed by: A.J. Puhl, Holland NY
No. 22 Above: Unknown
Probably wife of man (left)
Photographed by A.J. Puhl, Holland NY
No. 23 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: A. Sampsell, location unknown

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No. 24 Above: Unknown
Photographed by Chas. F. Schwab, Bradford PA
No. 25 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Duffey, Corry PA
No. 26 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY
No. 27 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY

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No. 28 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY
No. 29 Above: Unknown
Probably husband of woman (right)
Photographed by: Stewart Block, Ellicottville NY
No. 30 Above: Unknown
Probably wife of man (left)
Photographed by: Stewart Block, Ellicottville NY
No. 31 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: A.E. Drury, LeRoy NY

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No. 32 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Unknown
No. 33 Above: Unknown
Appears to be same as woman (right)
Photo Dated 1890
Photographed by: A.E. Dumble, Rochester NY
No. 34 Above: Unknown
Appears to be same as woman (left)
Photo dated 1889
Photographed by: A.E. Dumble, Rochester NY
No. 35 Above: Julia Curtis
Married Mr. Jackson
Mother of Grace (right)
Handwritten: "Mrs. J.L. Jackson, Age 49, 1893"
Photographed by: Dawson, New London/Hortonville/Seymour WI

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No. 36 Above: Grace Jackson
Daughter of Julia Curtis Jackson (left)
Photographed by: Dawson, New London/Hortonville/Seymour WI
No. 37 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY
No. 38 Above: Unknown
Reverse side reads, "A Merry Christmas to Bertha & Millard," (referring to Millard and Bertha (Vaughan) Jones)
Photographed by: Geo. L Washburn, Castile NY
No. 39 Above: Unknown
Probably husband of woman (right)
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY

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No. 40 Above: Unknown
Probably wife of man (left)
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY
No. 41 Above: George Melvin Warren
b: Jun 12 1847, d: ?
Husband of woman (right)
Father of women (below)
Photographed by: Stevens, Spring Valley MN
No. 42 Above: Mrs. G.M. Warren (first name Unk)
b: ?, d: Aug 28 1805
Wife of man (left)
Mother of women (below)
Photographed by: Stevens, Spring Valley MN
No. 43 Above: Grace Warren
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. G.M Warren (above)
Sister of Minnie Warren (right)
Photographed by: Stevens, Spring Valley MN

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No. 44 Above: Minnie Warren
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. G.M Warren (above)
Sister of Grace Warren (left)
Photographed by: Stevens, Spring Valley MN
No. 45 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Rykert, Buffalo NY
No. 46 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY
No. 47 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY

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No. 48 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Fenton & Andruss, Jamestown NY
No. 49 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: L.D. Judkins, Bismarck D.T.
No. 50 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: W.C. Foote, Flint MI
No. 51 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Brand's, Delevan NY

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No. 52 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Churchill, Franklinville NY
No. 53 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Mason, Buffalo NY
No. 54 Above: Unknown
Photographed by: Nelson Smith, Yorkshire Center NY
No. 55 Above: Unknown
Possibly sibling of (or same person as) child on right
Photographed by: Harnish, Kentland IN

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No. 56 Above: Unknown
Possibly sibling of (or same person as) child on left
Photographed by: Harnish, Kentland IN

 
 
 
 

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No. 57 Above: Possibly Bertha Jane (Vaughan) Jones
b: Aug 26 1871, d: ?
Handwritten on reverse: "Our Pet, Birdie"
Photographed by Geo. L. Washburn, Castile NY

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