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  ASHBROOK, THOS. M., was born August, 1847, in Fairfield county, Ohio. His father is Edward P. Ashbrook, and his mother Margaret Redmond, residents of Amanda township, Fairfield county. His father's brothers are
William., residing in Amanda township, Cedar Hill, P. O.;
Mahlon, in St. Joseph, Missouri;
Absalom, deceased.

Amelia Ashbrook, mother of Edward, and grandmother of Thomas M., is now (1881) eighty-nine years of age, in full possession of her faculties. Her maiden name was Peters. Her sister, the wife of Aaron Ashbrook (deceased), lived to the advanced age of ninety-three years. Thomas was raised on a farm, and is one of three brothers and one sister; was raised on a farm to the age of twenty-one years. He then engaged his services in a grist mill in Pickaway county. After three years there he came to Somerset, engaged in the same business, and afterwards started a planing mill on the site now occupied by the Snyder Brothers. He also engaged in the sale of mill machinery, and continues in the same business. The Ashbrooks are of Scotch descent, and seem to have originated in Berkley county, Virginia, where six sons and one daughter are recorded as follows: John had a family. He was killed by a horse in his native county. Thomas, who emigrated to Washington county, Pennsylvania, and had two sons. He was killed by Indians, or in the war. James, a noted lawyer, died in his native county. Moses, emigrated to Tennessee, and is doubtless the progenitor of those Ashbrooks residing in Nashville and other parts of the South. Aaron, the fifth son, emigrated to Hampshire County, Virginia; had two sons and removed to Kentucky. Levi, the sixth son of the Berkley county, Virginia, Ashbrooks, was a Baptist preacher; removed to Hampshire county, Virginia, and is the great-grandfather of Thomas M. He had one son and three daughters by his first wife. His second wife was Miss Chinnith. She had six sons and eight daughters. Levi, son of the first wife, married and emigrated to Kentucky, accumulated large wealth at or near Louisville, and then removed to St. Louis, Missouri, where he became a stock man and pork packer. John, a son of the second wife, married and emigrated to Kentucky. Absalom, another son, moved to Kentucky, died there, and his family moved back to Virginia, and thence to Ohio. Aaron, another of the six sons of Levi, emigrated to Fairfield county after his marriage to Miss Peters. His family consisted of four sons, Tunis P., John M., James and E. P. Ashbrook and four daughters. William, another of the six sons of Levi, emigrated to Fairfield county, Ohio. He had five sons, in order of age as follows: John, Absalom ( note: who wed Phebe Dunnick - added by webmaster), Mahlon, Samuel, Edward, the father of Thomas M., the subject of this sketch, and from whom these facts are derived, and William. Also three daughters---Minerva, who was married to Benjamin Dunnick; Iva, married to Daniel K. Kellerman; Salicia, married to Benjamin Boman. Thomas, the fifth son of Levi, emigrated to Pickaway county, Ohio, and by his first wife had three sons and two daughters, by his second wife four sons, and in 1854 emigrated to Coles county, Illinois. Eli, the sixth son of Levi, became a preacher in the same church as his father Levi, and is better known as Elder Eli Ashbrook, born in Hampshire county, Virginia, from whence he emigrated to Pickaway county, 1810, then to Fairfield, and last to Johnstown, Licking county, and died January 24,1877, aged ninety-six years. Thomas M. Ashbrook was married 1869 to Martha Griffith, of Fairfield county. They have two daughters, Daisy and Minnie. He is a Universalist in religion, and Republican in politics. He has interested himself largely in gathering geneological facts relating to his family ancestry, and to him is due the above
record of a large connection, to whom the above facts are entirely new.