Thursday, April 4, 2013

Newton Ainsworth.

Newton Ainsworth.
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Newton Ainsworth, a prosperous farmer and breeder of short Horn cattle, residing four miles south of Olather, Johnson County, Kansas, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio March 23, 1835, While Mr. Ainsworth was very young his father John Ainsworth, with family removed to a farm three miles north of Piqus, Miami County, Ohio, where Newton lived until he was grown.  His educational and social advantages were those common to a pioneer life in Ohio.

In 1856 he removed to Kansas and settled in Quindaro, Wyandotte County, and in 1857, he removed to Johnson County, locating on his present farm where he has since resided.

An historical and interesting featur about this farm was a large elm tree, which stood about center of the farm at the crossing of the Booneville and Santa Fe trail; it was the first camping ground from outfitting points in Missouri going west, and was very familiar to the ''Old Forty-Niners'', On their way to California as the ''Lone elm'', Camping ground, and was known from St. Louis to Mexico and California.  Mr. Ainsworth's farm has inherited the name ''Lone Elm'', It has been known by that name in the past and will be known as such in the future.

Mr. Ainsworth was married to Miss Rose Hamill, of Leavenworth, and this union has blessed with five children; David E., Ralph W., Harry C., George B., And Homer A., Mr. Ainsworth has much love for Kansas soil that he has been reaching out from the old homestead until he has a farm or each of his boys, all ressiding in Johnson County.

The surviving members of his father's family are all living in the West.  The eldest now, Mrs. E. M. Black, is a resident of Olathe.  The second child was a porsperous farmer in Wyandott County, and died in 1871.  Dr. Richard M., is a resident of Oklahoma City.  Ephraim H., was well to do farmer of Spring Hill, of this County, and died April 18, 1902.  David E., the youngest member of the family enlisted in the Civil War while attending collage at Ann Arbor, Michigan, received a Lieutenant commission and afterwards, promoted a captaincy.  He was killed at the battle of the Wilderness.

David E. Ainsworth, service record.

David E. Ainsworth. Residence Ann Arbor.  Enlisted service in Company D., Tweneth Michigan Infantry, at its organization as Second Lieutenant, Age 24.  Commissioned July 29, 1862.  Mustered in August 18, 1862.  Commissioned First Lieutenant January 26, 1863.  Mustered in February 29, 1863.  Killed in action at Spottsylvania Virginia, May 12, 1864.

Authors note.  His service record does not show he was promoted to Captain although its possible he was promoted to Captain but was killed before beening mustered in.

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