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  • ID: I3139
  • Name: Bert Ross Ash 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 Aug 1892 in Canton, Doddridge County, West Virginia 2 3
  • Death: 6 Nov 1948 in Huntington, Wayne County, West Virginia of Hemorrhage due to carcinoma (tumor) of the larynx. 4 5
  • Burial: 9 Nov 1948 Belington, Barbour County, West Virginia
  • Note:
    Bert Ross Ash and Family c.1943.
    Bert Ross Ash and Family c.1943
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    BIIOGRAPHY: Bert Ross Ash (1892-1948)

    Bert Ross Ash, the fourth born, was the son of James and Amanda Belle (Wilcox) Ash. He was born 11 August 1892 near the town of Canton, Doddridge County, West Virginia. He had four sisters. The first was unnamed and died at birth. The other three were Bessie Leora, Mollie Lee, died at the age of nine and Mary Blanch Ash. He also had four younger brothers. One was unnamed that died at birth and the other three were James Lawrence, Dallas Earl and Clay Kenneth Ash. As of 2001, nothing remains of the town except for a few houses and a empty two room building that might have been the school house. He is listed in the 1900 census as being 8 years old under the name of "Bertie". His two younger brothers, Dallas and Clay were not born yet. His father was working as a carpenter for the oil companies. Sometime between 1902 and 1903, he and his family moved to Salem, Harrison County, West Virginia. He and his entire family are listed in the 1910 census as living in the Salem District, Harrison County, West Virginia. His father is still working as a carpenter for the oil companies and Bert is working as a stone mason at the age of 17.

    During 1917, his WW I draftcard shows his age as 24, single and working as a automobile mechanic in Detroit, Michigan for Kelsey Wheel Co located at the corner of Military St. and Michigan Ave. His address is 46 Abbott Drive, Detroit Michigan. On 13 Mar 1918 he enlisted in the US Army and served in WW I. He was station at Camp Meade, Maryland and assigned to Group #103 Training Battalion, 154th Depot Brigade. His service lasted one year and was discharged from the Army on 2 May 1919 at Camp Meade.

    Soon after leaving the Army, he went to work at the Goodyear Rubber Plant in Akron, Ohio. On 9 Jan 1920 the census list him as age 26, single and a lodger at 1408 Goodyear Ave, Akron, Ohio. Four months later, he met and married Thelma Lillian Ware. They were married by the brides father, Rev. William Graham Ware on 30 May 1920 in Fairmont, Marion Co, W.Va. According to their marriage license, Bert had married before and was widowed. Just prior to their marriage, Thelma was living with her parents and attending school at Salem College. She is listed in the 1920 census living with her mother and father, Rev. William G. and Alletha (Robinson) Ware in Salem, Harrison County, West Virginia.

    Bert worked as a company store manager for the coal mines. He and his family would move from town to town as the mines gave out and closed. During 1927 he moved his family to Baxter, West Virginia and during 1930 he moved again to Belington, Barbor County, West Virginia. He had children who were born in all three of these towns. The 1930 census shows Bert and Thelma with four children (Betty, Martha, Ross and Ellen) living on Hall Ave, Belington, W.Va. He is working as a store manager, probably for a coal company. After moving to East Dailey, Randolph County, West Virginia, he got a job as a lumber grader at a local lumber yard. During 1934 he bought a homestead house on two acres of land for $8,000.00 that was built by the government. He raised a garden and grew his own vegetables. He continued to raise support his family until his death in 1948 after a seven month stay in the VA Hospital at Huntington, Wayne County, West Virginia. He died from a hemorrhage due to a malignant tumor in his throat. He was 56 years old and is buried in the Fraternal Cemetery near Belington, West Virginia next to the Ware and Robinson families.

    WVM 2006
  • Occupation: stone mason 18 Apr 1910 Harrison County, West Virginia
  • Note: He is living with his parents on Oak St, Salem, W.Va. 6
  • Event: WW I Draft Card WW I Draft Card 5 Jun 1917 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 7
  • Occupation: automobile mechanic for Kelesey Wheel Co 5 Jun 1917 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 8
  • Residence: 46 Abbott Street, 5 Jun 1917 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 9
  • Event: during WW I Military Service Bet 13 Mar 1918 and 2 May 1919 Fort Mead, , Maryland
  • Note: US Army, Pvt. First Class, Gr #103 Traning Batt, 154th Depot Brigade, Camp Meade (now Fort Meade), Maryland. 10
  • Event: US Census US Federal Census 9 Jan 1920 Dist #202, Akron, Ward 6, Summit County, Ohio
  • Note: He is 26, single and living as a lodger at 1408 Goodyear Ave. Akron, Ohio. He can read and write. He was born in West Virginia. He speaks English. His occupation: Rubber worker, rubber factory. He works for wages. 11
  • Event: US Census US Federal Census 4 Apr 1930 Dist #13, Belington, Ward 2, Barbour County, West Virginia
  • Note: He is living with his wife and 4 children on Hall Ave, Belington, West Virginia. He rents his home. His value of monthly rent: $[not stated]. He does not live on a farm. He can read and write. He was born in West Virginia. He speaks English. His occupation: Store manager, store. He works for wages. He is actually at work. He is a veteran of WW I. 12
  • Occupation: store manager 4 Apr 1930 Belington, Barbour County, West Virginia 13
  • Residence: Hall Ave, Belington 4 Apr 1930 Barbour County, West Virginia 13
  • Event: WW II Draft Card WW II Draft Card 27 Apr 1942 West Union, Doddridge County, West Virginia 14
  • Occupation: construction laborer for Harwood Nebel Construction Co, Washington, DC 27 Apr 1942 Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia
  • Note: The company was doing construction work for the US Marine Barracks at Inantics, Prince William County, Virginia. 15
  • Residence: RFD #1, (East Dailey) 3 miles south of Beverly 27 Apr 1942 Randolph County, West Virginia 16
  • Event: tombstone Tombstone May 2001 Belington, Barbour County, West Virginia 17



    Father: James Ash b: 25 May 1864 in Doddridge County, West Virginia
    Mother: Amanda Bell Wilcox b: 8 Dec 1867 in Tyler County, West Virginia

    Marriage 1 Thelma Lillian Ware b: 12 Dec 1896 in Belington, Barbour County, West Virginia
    • Married: 13 May 1920 in Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia 18
    • Note:
      Bert R. Ash and Thelma L. Ware 1920 Wedding.
      Bert R. Ash and Thelma L. Ware 1920 Wedding.
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      Bride's age-23; Groom's age-27. They were married by the brides father, Rev. William G. Ware at Fairmont, W.Va. According to their marriage license, Bert had been married before and was widowed.
    Children
    1. Has Children Betty June Ash b: 23 May 1921 in Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia
    2. Has Children Martha Eleanor Ash b: 21 Jun 1922 in Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia
    3. Has No Children Ross Edwin Ash b: 2 Nov 1925 in Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia
    4. Has Children Ellen Jane Ash b: 27 Jan 1928 in Baxter, Marion County, West Virginia
    5. Has Children Living Ash
    6. Has Children Vera Lea Ash b: 6 Nov 1932 in Belington, Barbour County, West Virginia

    Sources:
    1. Title: "U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database and images.
      Publication: Ancestry.com . http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 : 2007.
      Page: (http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 : accessed 13 Dec 2006), Bert Ross Ash, serial #U-2234, order #none, roll: WW2_2243892, Randolph Co, W.Va; citing US World War II Draft Cards.
      Text:
      Name: Bert Ross Ash.
    2. Title: "Register of Births, 1853-1911" West Virginia Vital Research Records
      Author: West Virginia. Doddridge County. West Virginia Division of Culture and History
      Publication: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx :2005.
      Page: "Register of Births." 1892 section, 8, item #77, Bert Ross Ash, accessed 29 Jun 2009.
      Text:
      Date of return: Aug 11, 1892; Name of child: Ash, Bertie Ross; Sex: Male; No. of child of this mother: 2nd; Race: White; Date of birth: Aug 11, 1892; Place of birth: Flint Run; Nationality of father: American; Place of birth: Doddridge Co; Age: 26; Nationality of mother: American; Place of birth: Doddridge Co; Age: 24; Name of mother: Bell Wilcox Ash; Maiden name of mother: Bell Wilcox; Residence of mother: Doddridge Co; Name of father: James Ash; Occupation: Saw Milling; Informant: A Ashburn, MD, West Union, W.Va.
    3. Title: Birth Certificates.
      Author: West Virginia. Doddridge County.
      Repository:

        Page: birth certificate (1892), Bert "Bertie" Ross Ash.
        Text:
        Name: Bertie Ross Ash; Date of birth: Aug 11, 1892; Sex: Male; Father's name: James Ash; Mother's name: Bell Wilcox Ash; Book #2, Page #8; Date: 18 May 1944; Hall Maxwell, Clerk County Court.
      • Title: Death Certificates.
        Author: West Virginia. Wayne County.
        Repository:

          Page: death certificate no. 15580, dist #500, serial #299 (1948), Bert Ash.
          Note: [Note: Bert's correct age at death was 56 yrs, 2 mos, 26 dys. His mother's correct name was Amanda Belle Wilcox].
          Text:
          Name: Ash, Bert; Usual residence: Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia; Place of death: VA Hospital, 1540 Spring Valley Dr, Huntington, Westmoreland Dist, Wayne County, West Virginia; Date of death: Nov 6, 1948 at 7:35pm; Veteran: WW I; SSN: Unknown; Male, White, Married; Wife: Thelma Ash, age-51; Birth date: Aug 11, 1892; Age: 56 yrs, 3 mos, 25 dys; Birthplace: Canton, W.Va; Occupation: Lumber grader; Father: James Ash, W.Va; Mother: Belle Wilcox, W.Va; Informant: VA chart, 1540 Spring Valley Dr, Huntington, W.Va; Cause of death: Hemorrhage due to carcinoma of the larynx; Doctor: E L Wash, MD, Acting Chief, Professiona l Services, VA Hospital, 1540 Spring Valley Drive, Huntington, W.Va; Date signed: 11-8-48; Place of burial: Cemetery, Beverly, W,Va; Date of burial: 11-6-48; Funeral Dir: ? C Johnson, Huntington, W.Va, Lic #556; Embalmer #7??; Filed: 11- 8-48, Charles H Lyles, Registar.
        • Title: "Deaths, 1853-1969" West Virginia Vital Research Records
          Author: West Virginia. Wayne County. West Virginia Division of Culture and History
          Publication: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx :2005.
          Page: "Register of Deaths." 1948 section, 9, Bert Ash, accessed 30 Jun 2009.
          Note: [Note: Bert's correct age at death was 56 yrs, 2 mos, 26 dys].
          Text:
          Name of deceased: Ash, Bert; White, Male; Date of death: Nov 6, 1948; Age: 56 yrs, 3 mos, 25 dys; Place of birth: Canton, W.Va; Cause of death: Hemorrhage; Name of parents: James Ash and Belle Wilcox; Occupation: Laborer; Consort of: Married; Informant: E L Walsh, MD.
        • Title: 1910 U.S. census, Ancestry.com
          Author: West Virginia, Harrison County
          Publication: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=7884&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0: National Archives and Records Administration, 2006
          Page: T624, roll 1683, town of Salem, Ward 3, enumeration district (ED) 40, p. 234A, dwelling 27, family 29, Bert R Ash, accessed 13 Dec 2006
        • Title: "World War I Draft Registration Cards, (1917-1918)." Database and images.
          Publication: Ancestry.com . http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : 2005.
          Page: (http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : accessed 13 Dec 2006), Bert R Ash, Forn 1 #934, No.42, Roll: 2023956, Ward 4, Precinct 2, Detroit, Wayne Co, Mich; citing US World War I Draft Cards.
          Text:
          Name: Bert R. Ash; Age: 24; Home address: 46 Abbott St, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan; Date of birth: Aug 11, 1892; Natural born US citizen; Birthplace: Canton, W.Va; Occupation: Automobile mechanic; Employer: Kelsey Wheel Co; Where employed: Military and Michigan Ave; Dependents: No, single, Caucasian; Prior military: None; Claim exception: No; Signature: Bert R. Ash.
          Registrar's Report - Height: Tall, Build: Medium, Eyes: Dark brown, Hair: Dark brown, Bald: No; W. H. Marshall, Registrar; Ward #4, Precinct #2; Wayne Co, Detroit, Mich; Date: Jun 5, 1917.
        • Title: "World War I Draft Registration Cards, (1917-1918)." Database and images.
          Publication: Ancestry.com . http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : 2005.
          Page: (http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : accessed 13 Dec 2006), Bert R Ash, Forn 1 #934, No.42, Roll: 2023956, Ward 4, Precinct 2, Detroit, Wayne Co, Mich; citing US World War I Draft Cards.
          Text:
          Occupation: Automobile mechanic; Employer: Kelsey Wheel Co; Where employed: Military and Michigan Ave, Detroit, Mich.
        • Title: "World War I Draft Registration Cards, (1917-1918)." Database and images.
          Publication: Ancestry.com . http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : 2005.
          Page: (http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6482&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 : accessed 13 Dec 2006), Bert R Ash, Forn 1 #934, No.42, Roll: 2023956, Ward 4, Precinct 2, Detroit, Wayne Co, Mich; citing US World War I Draft Cards.
          Text:
          Home address: 46 Abbott St, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.
        • Title: Military, Compiled Service Records. World War I. National Archives and Records Administration. Information Releasable under the Freedom of Information Act.
          Repository:

            Page: Ash, Bert R; Branch: US Army, Serial #1 061 986
            Text:
            Name: Ash, Bert R; Branch: US Army, Serial #1 061 986; Dates of service: Mar 13, 1918 to May 2, 1919; Duty status: Discharged; Rank/Grade: Private First Class; Salary: N/A; Source of commision: N/A; Promotion sequence #: N/A; Assigment and geographical location: Group #103 Training Battalion, 154th Depot Brigade, Camp Meade, Maryland; Military education: N/A; Decorations and awards: N/A; Transcript of Court-Martial trial: None; Photogaph: N/A; Place of entry: Detroit, Michigan; Place of separation: Camp Mead, Maryland; Place of birth: N/A; Date of death: 10/31/1948; Location of death: N/A; Place of burial: N/A.
          • Title: 1920 U.S. census, Ancestry.com
            Author: Ohio, Summit County
            Publication: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6061&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0: National Archives and Records Administration, 2005
            Page: T625, roll 1441, city of Akron, Ward 6, enumeration district (ED) 202, sheet 19A, p. 169A, line #9, dwelling 265, family 359, Bert R. Ashe, accessed 29 Nov 2010
          • Title: 1930 U.S. census, Ancestry.com
            Author: West Virginia, Barbour County
            Publication: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6224&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002
            Page: T626, roll 2528, town of Belington, Ward 2, enumeration district (ED) 1-13, sheet 3A, p. 13A, dwelling 60, family 60, Bert R Ash, accessed 13 Dec 2006
          • Title: 1930 U.S. census, Ancestry.com
            Author: West Virginia, Barbour County
            Publication: http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=6224&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002
            Page: T626, roll 2528, city of Belington, Ward 2, enumeration district (ED) 1-13, sheet 3A, p. 13A, dwelling 60, family 60, Bert R Ash, accessed 13 Dec 2006
          • Title: "U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database and images.
            Publication: Ancestry.com . http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 : 2007.
            Page: (http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 : accessed 13 Dec 2006), Bert Ross Ash, serial #U-2234, order #none, roll: WW2_2243892, Local Board #1, Elkins, Randolph Co, W.Va; citing US World War II Draft Cards.
            Note:
            [Note: Revised 5/21/2012. Update and correct register's report].
            Text:
            Name: Bert Ross Ash; Address: RFD #1, 3 mi south of Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia; Mailing address: Same; Telephone: No; Age: 49; Date of birth: Aug 11, 1892; Place of birth: West Union, W.Va; Nearest relative: Mrs Thelma Ash, Beverly, W.Va; Employer: Hardwood Nebel Construction Co, Washington, DC; Place of employment: Marine barracks, Inantics, Pr Wm, Va; Signature: Bert Ross Ash.
            Registrar's Report - Race: White, Height: 5' 8 1/2", Weight: 162, Eyes: Brown, Hair: Brown, Complexion: Sallow, Physical charactertics: None; Anne Myers, Registrar; Local Board 1, ???; Date: Apr 27, 1942.
          • Title: "U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database and images.
            Publication: Ancestry.com . http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 : 2007.
            Page: (http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 : accessed 13 Dec 2006), Bert Ross Ash, serial #U-2234, order #none, roll: WW2_2243892, Randolph Co, W.Va; citing US World War II Draft Cards.
            Text:
            Employer: Hardwood Nebel Construction Co, Washington, DC; Place of employment: Marine barracks, Inantics, Prince William County, Virginia.
          • Title: "U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942." Database and images.
            Publication: Ancestry.com . http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 : 2007.
            Page: (http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1002 : accessed 13 Dec 2006), Bert Ross Ash, serial #U-2234, order #none, roll: WW2_2243892, Randolph Co, W.Va; citing US World War II Draft Cards.
            Text:
            Address: RFD #1, 3 mi south of Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia.
          • Title: Cemetery Marker (Rural, Medium)
            Text: Bert Ross Ash tomestone, Fraternal Cemetery, Belington, Barbour County, West Virginia; Photographed by the author: Walter V Munza May 2001
          • Title: Marriage License, 1842-1970. Digital images.
            Author: West Virginia. Marion County.
            Publication: West Virginia Division of Culture and History, West Virginia Vital Research Records . http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx : 2005.
            Repository:

              Page: pg. 443, Ash-Ware, 30 May 1920, accessed 18 Mar 2010
              Note:
              [Note: The Minister's Return states that Bert and Thelma were married o the 13th of May, but the marriage license was not issued untill the 29th of May. The author believes that the Minister (who was the father of the bride) made a mistake when he wrote down the date and ment to write 30th instead of the 13th of May.]
              Text:
              Bert Ross Ash, "W" (widowed), age 27, born Doddridge Co, W.Va married Thelma Ware, age 23, born Barbour Co, W.Va; His residence: Akron, Ohio; Her residence: Fairmont, W.Va; Informant: Bert Ross Ash, Akron, Summit Co, West Va (Ohio).
              Marriage Licenses was issued 29 May 1920 by A. G. Martins, Clerk County Court, Marion County, West Virginia.
              Marriage was preformed 13 May 1920 by W. G. Ware, at Fairmont, Marion Co, West Va.

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