Friends were very important to the Moran family. If you could see all of the pictures and correspondence we have about and from friends you'd know what I mean. So many times we can't identify the friends and sometimes we are blessed with having an inscription on the photograph as in the case of Pierre Toutant Beauregard and Augustus "Gus" W. Aston.
Augustus W. Aston
You'd think having a name and date would make it easy but not always. So I'll share the information I have about Gus Aston here. Perhaps someone will come along and fill in the blanks.
His name is Augustus White ASTON. The photograph was taken when he was attending the University of Virginia. You can't see it very well but there is an imprint under the picture that says "University Store, Holsinger, Charlottesville VA". Rufus W. Holsinger had a reputation for quality work and was a famous photographer.
According to Gus' world war I draft registration he was born July 21, 1875. I have seen it listed in family trees as 1874. I found references to him in Vol. 11 of Corks and Curls (1899), the yearbook for the University of Virginia. He was a member of The St. Albans' School Club, the German Club, The Thirteen Club, and on page 192 he is listed, Augustus W. Aston of Meadow View. Meadowview Virginia is where he lived.
I found an article in the Richmond Dispatch dated Sept. 14 1902. There was a big party honoring the 11th Session of St Albans at Radford VA opening for the year. Among the many attendees Gus Aston is listed and he was attending "stag".
In 1916 Gus was the best man at his niece's wedding in Knoxville TN. From the Knoxville Daily Sentinel: "This evening at 9 o'clock at the Church street M.E. church, South, the marriage of Miss Emily Stringfield KENNEDY and Mr. Ralph Victor THURSTON will be solemnized....Mr. Gus Aston, of Virginia, uncle of the bride, will serve as best man." Emily KENNEDY's mother was Sarah Elizabeth ASTON, sister of Augustus White Aston, the subject in our picture. Their parents were Augustus Washington ASTON and Emily Elizabeth KENDRICK.
1880- 5 years old living at home with his mother and siblings. His father has died by this point.
1890 - the census that was lost to fire
1900 - he is living in Charlottesville VA and is listed as a "law student"
1910 - 34 years old living at home with his mother and sister. Occupation is cashier. I have seen in another reference that he was cashiering at the bank. Later he became the president of "the county bank". James Moran also became the bank president of the Dresden Bank which his family owned.
1920 - 44 years old and living with his sister. Their mother has passed on. Occupation is Banker and cashier
1930 - 54 years old, his sister Mary is still living with him. His occupation is now listed as Farming. I wonder if this had anything to do with the depression and so many banks crashing? The Dresden Bank crashed as well and James Moran had moved on to other business endeavors.
1940 - 64 years old. His sister Mary is still in the household and his brother William H Aston has joined them. Augustus' occupation is now Postmaster.
And that is where the trail ends. I did find him listed in some family trees with a date of death Sept 14, 1943 but I haven't been able to confirm that and I don't know where he is buried. Drop me line if you can tell me when Augustus died and where he's buried.
Updated June 17 2013: Thanks to EastPiney we now know that Gus is buried in the Aston Family Cemetery in Cedarview Virginia. Here's the link to his memorial on Findagrave.
Updated July 26 2013:
|Emily Elizabeth Kendrick|
1835 - 1913
|Augustus W. Aston|
1815 - 1876
A.W. had purchased the house in 1860. Before it became Cedarville and home to the Aston family the house had been an Inn and stopping point on the route going west through the Cumberland Gap. If only houses could talk I'm sure it would have many interesting tales to tell us!
|Cedarville, front view, post-1900|
|Cedarville, back view, post-1900|
Pictures of Cedarville, Emily Elizabeth Kendrick Aston, and Augustus Washington Aston are used here with permission of Emily and Carter Baker who also provided me with the material for today's post. Other posts will follow soon.