Ashton, James, was a native of White Creek, Washington county, and became a farmer and resident of Groton in
1830, locating south of the village. Here he lived twenty years, then moved to the excellent farm now occupied
by his son, George W. Ashton. The wife of James was Susan Raymond, and both are remembered as highly respected
residents of the town. The wife died in 1872 and James November 8, 1888, being then more than ninety years old.
Their children were: George, who now owns the old homestead; Elizabeth Jane, who died in infancy; Mary R. who married
Allen Hakes; Thomas K., a member of Co. K, 10th Cavalry, enlisted in 1862, captured and confined in Libby and Andersonville
prisons, dying in the latter; Jenny, who married Nelson Halliday, and after his death, Charles T. Gray, and is
now living in Groton; Harrison, of Auburn; Emily L., who married A. J. Baldwin; and Joseph J., who died in Virginia.
Nelson Halliday and Jenny Ashton were married January 8, 1863. Their children were: Everett N., Mary Frances, and
Grace Townsend, the latter being a child by adoption. Mr. Halliday died in 1870, and in 1876 his widow married
Charles T. Gray.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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