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Asa C. Ketchum (ca 1862) [ASA C-7 (1821), SENECA-6 (1798), EPHRAIM-5 (bapt 1765), EPHRAIM-4 (1719), NATHANIEL-3 (1679), JOSEPH KETCHUM-2 (ca 1648), EDWARD KATCHAM-1 (d 1655)] ASA CALKINS KETCHUM, b 4 Jun 1820-1 (Cortland, Cortland Co., NY), son of Seneca & Sabrina (Stowell) Ketchum, L [1830 (Cortland Co., NY), 1837 (LaFayette, Onondaga Co., NY), 1840 (Constant Twp., Oswego Co., NY)1, NY, 1850 (Cook Co., IL)2, 1862 (Memphis, TN), bef 1867 (Marble Hill, Bollinger Co., MO), 1877 (DeSoto, MO), 1878 (Ft Smith, AR), 1880 (Columbus, Cherokee Co., KS), & 1881 (Neodesha, Wilson Co., KS)], Educ (poss school near Ithica, NY and/or apprenticedwith Attorney - Stowell or Spencer cousin?), O (Attorney, U.S. Circuit Court Judge), Military (Civil War: "Captain, Co. B, 15 TN Infantry, CSA May 17, 1861; Colonel, 2nd Regiment, Enrolled Militia, District of Memphis 29 Dec 1863, Resigned 15 Oct 1864 (Memphis, TN)3), d 16 Dec 1881 (Chautauqua Springs, Chautauqua Co., KS), bur Chautauqua, poss Oak Hill Cem (has stone next to parents in Lafayette Rural cem, NY - "A. C. Ketchum 1820-18??"); m1 (M. W. NAYT Jul 1847 (NY), "a Kentucky girl") sep/div?, m2 SUSAN (G. F.) TINGLE 29 Mar 1850 [b 11 Nov 1834, d 13 Sep 1872 Marble Hill, MO), bur old Baptist cem (Marble Hill, MO), 37y-4m], m3 LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON 10 Nov 1872 (Marble Hill, Bollinger Co., MO), [b 28 Dec 1851 (Marion, Williamson Col, IL), (her m2 George R. McCorkell 7 Nov 1883 (Cherokee Co., KS)), [see], L aft 1883 (Scammon, KS), 1910 (Joplin, MO) & 1914 (Riverside, CA), d 4 Jul 1924 (Riverside, Riverside Co., CA), bur Olivewood Cem] Children:

1F   ADA LOUISE WILLETS, b 21 Feb 1849 "remained with mother after separation"[m1   issue]

2M   WILLIS, b 11 Feb 1861 (TN), d 1 Jun 1862 (TN), 15m-19d [m2 issue]

3F   GRACE GREENWOOD, b 21/22 Nov 1862 (Memphis, TN)

4F   HESTER, b 1 Jun 1865, d 7 Jul 1865 "14 days of age"

5M   ASA, b 6 Jul 1866, d 28 Jan 1867 "aged 6 months"

6M   FRANK, b 19 Nov 1867, d 30 Sep 1868 10m-20d

7M   EPHRIAM SENECA, b 6 Sep 1872 (Marble Hill, MO), d 6 Oct 1872 (Marble Hill, MO),   aged 1 month

8M   HENRY CLARK (Harry), b 13 Jun 1870 (Marble Hill, MO)

9F   MINNIE SHERMAN KETCHUM, b 26 Feb 1875 (Marble Hill, MO) [m3 issue]

10F   ELIZABETH SABRINA, b 26 Jan 1877 (DeSoto, MO)

11M   DAVID SENECA, b 13 Nov 1878 (Ft. Smith, AR), L 1879 (Columbus, KS), d 5 Nov 1879, bur (Empire City now Galena, KS), 11m-22d [1880 Census Mortality Schedule: "Seneca Ketchum, Nov 1879 congestion of bowels, 6/12th yr, Salamanca Twp., Columbus, Cherokee Co., KS."]

12F   HESTER EUPHEMIA, b 26 Dec 1880 (Neodesha, KS)

1. Stork, Ginger Ketchum, KETCHAM KABLES Newsletter, vol. 2 no. 2, p. 34. "Ketchum A. C., NY, Oswego Co., Constant Twp, 200."

2. Stork, Ginger Ketchum, KETCHAM KABLES Newsletter, vol. 3, No. 1, p 6. "Cook Co. canal boats: Ketcham, A. C. 30 bp unkn, p452."

3. Hunt, Roger D., Email <>, 24 Nov 2012: "While doing research for my upcoming book on Union army colonels of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, I found your excellent Ketchum family website, which provides much information on Colonel Asa C. Ketchum, but questions his official status as colonel. I have information from the National Archives that clarifies his status as colonel. He was colonel of the 2nd Regiment, Enrolled Militia of the District of Memphis. The "Enrolled Militia" was an organization of Memphis citizens formed under orders issued Oct. 28, 1863 by Major Gen. William T. Sherman to provide emergency protection of the city of Memphis. Asa C. Ketchum served as colonel from Dec. 29, 1863 to Oct. 15, 1864. If you send me your mailing address, I will be happy to send you copies of the National Archives information."

Roger Hunt Email, 26 May 2013: My book "Union army colonels of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee"will be published by the end of the year. Reference: "COLONELS IN BLUE, A Civil War Biographical Dictionary, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee," McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2014, by Roger D. Hunt; (Col. Asa C. Ketchum (1820-1881), pages 199, 207 & 208).

[Note: No stones were readable with the Ketchum surname in Marble Hill, MO; Chautauqua or Galena, KS. Marilyn Schmitt from the Cherokee Co., KS Genealogical-Historical society stated on 31 Mar 1998: "The old Empire City you asked about is now a part of Galena, Kansas, not Baxter Springs. I checked our cemetery records for all the cemeteries in that area and did not find DAVID SENECA KETCHUM. Most of the stones from that long ago were no longer readable when the cemeteries were indexed in the last 30 years. The city of Galena had no record from that long ago, and the county did not start keeping death records ntil 1896."



   ASA CALKINS KETCHUM-7 was reported to have been raised in the Cortland County, New York area and may have attended college/university near Ithica. He majored in law and became a lawyer. He may have practiced law in several states before he eventually settled in the midwestern town of Marble Hill, Bollinger County, Missouri. He is reported to have been married three times. His first wife was a Kentucky girl, recently recorded as M. W. NAYT in 1847, who eventually separated from him after the birth of their daughter ADA-8, because of poor health. He apparently continued to practice law and migrated westward. He married his second wife, SUSAN TINGLE from Ohio, 29 Mar 1850 and had two children that lived: GRACE G-8 (1862) and HENRY CLARK-8 (1870). During this time, he joined the Home Guards and was a colonel assigned to Memphis, Tennessee during the Civil War (> 6 Jun 1862) [now validated]. The youngest of Asa's five deceased children from his second marriage was named Ephriam Seneca. It is more than probable that Asa named Ephriam-8 after his (Asa's) grandfather, Ephriam-5. It is less likely that he would have named him after his great-grand-father Ephriam-4. After the death of his second wife, he married LILLIAS JACINTH BURTON on 10 November 1872 in Marble Hill, Bollinger Co., Missouri. They had four more children, of whom only three lived: MINNIE SHERMAN-8 (1875), ELIZABETH SABRINA-8 (1877) and HESTER EUPHEMIA-8 (1880). Asa continued practicing law and serving as a judge. He passed away at a health resort on 8/9 December 1881, Chautauqua (Springs), Chautauqua County, Kansas. He had an earlier stone next to parents in Lafayette Rural cem, NY - "A. C. Ketchum 1820-18??." After two years, his widow remarried to GEORGE RILEY McCORKELL. The family resided near Joplin, Missouri until after the death of George McCorkell in 1910. Then major portions of the family migrated to southern (Arlington, Riverside Co., CA) and northern California (near Sacramento, CA).

   Finally, the name 'ASA' appeared in the Ketchum, Spencer, Calkins & Stowell families, so it can be presumed his name originated from one of these families.



   One of the problems in researching Asa Calkins Ketchum was the fact that he moved around so frequently. This resulted in very little being recorded about him. If he wasn't a professional man (an attorney and circuit court judge), very little would have been recorded. The following documents were the only data found that might provide an audit trail of his movements.

   The 1870 U. S. Census taken in Lorance Township, Bollinger County, Missouri shows "A. C. KETCHEM" is 50 years old, a white male who was born in New York and is now a lawyer. His real estate is valued at $2,000 and his personal property is valued at $500. His wife, "G. F. KETCHEM," is a 37 years old, white female who was born in Ohio and is keeping house. Their daughter "GRACE," is 7 years old, a white female who was born in Tennessee and is attending school.

"the office of Circuit Judge and serving two terms. There they raised the daughter born in Tennessee. Her name was GRACE GREENWOOD. A son HENRY CLARK KETCHUM was born June 13, 1871. Then in September, 1872, his wife died and was buried in Marble Hill Cemetery.On November 10, 1872, he married Miss LILLIAS JACINTHA BURTON. They continued their home in Marble Hill for some time. On February 26, 1875, a daughter was born, MINNIE SHERMAN KETCHUM."

Minnie's father was noted as the first lawyer in Bollinger County, Missouri, in a Bollinger county history.

"First lawyer A. C. Ketchum

"Bollinger County [MO] may be said to have had no resident bar prior to about 1868. The first lawyers to locate there were A. C. Ketchum and Alexander Barrett. The former had practiced in several different states, and was of a roving disposition. He continued only six or eight years. . . ."

   The marriage of ASA C. KETCHUM to LILLIE BURTON was recorded in the Bollinger County, Missouri courthouse on 10 Nov 1872.

   Many deed transactions occurred in Marble Hill, Bollinger Co., Missouri between "A. C. Ketchum & wife," and others between 1867 and 1878. The earliest was 13 April 1867, from James A. Grant to A. C. Ketchum, 320 acres + 20 acres (S10-T28-R8). On 17 Jan 1871, James Rogers sold a town lot to A. C. Ketchum for $100 (T-Marble Hill-Lot 20-RF). On 19 August 1871, Aaron Hufstetler sold some land to A. C. Ketchum for $200 (S22-T30-R9). On 12 December 1872, Asa C. Ketchum sold some land to A. W. Eckert (S36-T32-R9). On 16 January 1863, A. C. Ketchum & wife sold a warranty deed to David A. Abernathy (S21-T30-R8). On 15 July 1873, he again sold some land to John C. Andrew. On 10 Oct 1874, he again sold some land to Joe M. Smith "by meets and bounds." On 15 Dec 1875, he was the grantor to W. L. Lovelok and Measer Whybark on a Sheriff's deed. On 22 June 1878, A. C. Ketchum sued for $50 and received land from A. W. Eckert at a sherriff's sale (S36-T32-R9). In the 1880 U. S. census, Asa C. Ketchum (60, NY) and Lillias J. Ketchum (28, IL) were noted in Columbus (Salamanca Twp.), Cherokee County, Kansas. Their children were recorded as: Harry C. (10, MO), Minnie S. (5, MO) & Elizabeth S. (3, MO). A boarder, Allen Scott (25, IL), was also living with them. They were recorded in the census as living next to Lillie's parents.

   On 27 March 1881 in Wilson County, Kansas, Asa C. Ketchum was a witness to the marriage of his wife's younger brother.

   "BURTON, JOHN A. 23 Cherokee Co - TOLER, MARY J. 19, m. 27 Mar. 1881 by U. Farmin. Aff: A. C. KETCHEM swears to age of both parties. (G-f/ DAVID A., m/ELIZABETH TARR)."

   Asa & Lillie Ketchum's last residence was in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas. On 14 July 1881, the grantor was Asa C. Ketchum and the grantee was M. L. Hutton for a mortgage consideration of $325. Almost one year later and after Asa's death, a release was recorded on 18 Aug 1882 between the grantor, M. S. Hutton and the grantee, A. C. Ketchem. The house was located on Wisconsin Street near Seventh Street (between Seventh & Eight Streets).

   The last location Asa C. Ketchum was reported to have been was Chautauqua Springs, Kansas where his sister-in-law reported he went when his health failed.

   "This little city sprang into existence August 10, 1881. The presence of mineral springs, highly celebrated for the medical properties of the waters, was the chief incentive to its starting. The place is situated in the south part of Chautauqua County, about eight miles south of the city of Sedan and one mile from the picturesque Indian Territory. Its surroundings are beautiful, lying as it does on the brink of a small rocky canyon, a branch of Turkey Creek, from which stream it is a short distance. . . .

   "Chautauqua Springs is a thriving little village of 600 inhabitants situated in the southern part of Chautauqua County, only one and a half miles from the line dividing Kansas and the Osage Indian Reservation. . . . One of the main points of benefit of this town is the quality of water to be found in the numberless springs, from which the town derives its name. Ever since the Osage Indians were removed from Kansas to the reservations, the healing power of the water has been known all over the central part of the United States.

   "In former years, along about statehood in Oklahoma, Chautauqua springs was known far and wide for mineral water shipped from there. In neighboring towns restaurants offered coffee, tea, or Chautauqua Springs mineral water. Water was shipped out in car load lots and hauled away by wagon loads. People by the thousands came to drink and recuperate. A hotel was built with a bath and bottling works."

   Later, a Civil War pension application [on her second husband] by Lillias J. Ketchum-McCorkell clarified the death and location of her first husband, Asa C. Ketchum.

   "In the matter of the claim for Pension No. 939922 of LILLIAS J. McCORKELL, widow of GEORGE R. McCORKELL, late of Co. C. 146 Regt Ind Ift. -- John W. Alexander of Chautauqua Kansas. Being first duly sworn, declares relative to aforesaid claim, That he first knew ASA C. KETCHUM in the fall of 1881 at Chautauqua Kansas, and that the said ASA C. KETCHUM died late in the fall or winter of 1881. The knowledge of the facts here given was derived from having been present at his death. And also attended the funeral at the cemetery at Chautauqua, Kansas and further affiant saith not. J. W. Alexander, aged 69 years. [signed and sworn] 7 May 1910."



The limited number of remaining historical documents for Asa C. Ketchum demonstrates various levels of research complexity with highly mobile ancestors. Asa's descendants were fortunate that he was a professional man who at least left a research audit trail. Existing documents were compiled, evaluated and presented in this book for future generations.

   Current research (May, 2000) reveals very little about Rev. Seneca & Sabrina (Stowell) Ketchum and their two children, Asa and Hester. They was recorded in the 1830 U.S. Census in Virgil, Cortland county, New York. Soon after, he and his family moved to LaFayette, Onondaga county where Seneca Ketchum passed away in 1837. One report says he was buried at the Onondaga Indian Reservation and then later moved to a LaFayette Rural cemetery. Henry Perry, in his 1980 research, reported that Seneca was buried in LaFayette and later says he was buried in Pompey (near LaFayette).

   Widow Sabrina Ketchum (age 53) was next reported in the 1855 New York state census as living with her daughter Hester & son-in-law Harry Clark in LaFayette. One can only speculate as to what happened between 1837 and 1855. Asa Calkins Ketchum was 15-16 years old when his father died in 1837. Around 1843, Hester Ketchum married Harry E. Clark and remained in LaFayette. J. Roy Dodge wrote in his 1975 book, LaFayette, NY: "On January 10, 1866 Henry C. Williams sold the farm to Henry E. Clark and under his son, Seneca E. Clark, it was for sixty years one of the larger farming operations in the Town." A saved newspaper clipping reported their 50th wedding anniversary in LaFayette. At her death in 1871, Hester (Ketchum) Clark was buried in LaFayette and is buried in the Lafayette Rural Cemetery with her parents, husband and famly.

   Very little is known about Asa Ketchum between the time he left New York and the Civil War. In fact, the only information that exists on his attending college or a university is again family tradition. Mary (Bobo) Addleman-Bearden reported she had remembered her mother repeating the story that he attended school near Ithica, New York. Warren S. Eddy, Library Director for Cortland Free Library suggested he may have attended Colgate College in Hamilton, New York. He may not have attended a university at all but instead, may have apprenticed with another attorney while he "read for the bar." Currently there is some speculation that he may have done this with an attorney who was a Stowell or Spencer. There was also some suggestion that he probably practiced law and may have even passed the BAR exam in New York.

   Asa's second wife, Susan (Tingle) Ketchum was from Ohio. Did he live in Ohio for a number of years? The article about Asa being the first attorney in Bollinger County, Missouri stated; "[Asa C. Ketchum] had practiced in several different states, and was of a roving disposition."

   Also, as of this writing, we have been able to validate [validated in 2012 above] Asa's Civil War service in the "Home Guards." This may have been from the state of Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana or Missouri. His sister-in-law, Euphemia (Burton) Howe stated, "They were sent to Memphis, Tennessee, where he was Colonel of the Home Guards." This implies he was a member of a state different from Tennessee. To further compound research on his military service, verbal family tradition reports that he proudly refused to accept payment for serving his country in a time of need. This would mean there probably isn't any financial records in existance. A little historical review might help at this point. The Civil War existed between 1861 and 1865. Memphis was captured on 6 June 1862, with most of the Union Naval forces coming down the Mississippi from New Madrid, Missouri. Col. Ketchum's daughter, Grace, was born on 22 Nov 1862 in Memphis, Tenn. It's plausible that Asa Ketchum was part of the 'military government' that was maintaining Memphis after its surrender and may have had an 'honorary' title of colonel. Now validated: "He was colonel of the 2nd Regiment, Enrolled Militia of the District of Memphis. The "Enrolled Militia" was an organization of Memphis citizens formed under orders issued Oct. 28, 1863 by Major Gen. William T. Sherman to provide emergency protection of the city of Memphis."

   Other verbal history reports "Asa was friends with General Sherman and General Grant and he flipped a coin to determine the name for his daughter after one of the two general's wives. She was named after Minnie Sherman." (See chapter three, Minnie S. (Ketchum) Bobo's obituary.) Did Asa actually know them or just know of them? In retrospect, it seems doubtful that Asa knew Generals Grant or Sherman. They were both prominent in Civil War battles and very well known. A final consideration is that Minnie was born approximately seven years after the Civil War ended. As previously stated, family tradition is hard to validate.

   It can be seen by the birth dates of Asa's children that he was in De Soto, Missouri for the birth of his daughter Elizabeth S. Ketchum in 1877. He was also in Fort Smith, Arkansas where a son was born, David Seneca Ketchum, and also passed away after a few months. No record was found of this event, other than family tradition. Was he a circuit court judge during this time? The circuit courts for the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) were assigned from Fort Smith. Is this where he had a lot of involvement with the "Red Man." His last residence was in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas where his youngest daughter, Euphemia Ketchum, was born. The deed was researched, validated and a picture was taken of their last home on Wisconsin Street. When he became ill, his visit and eventual death was validated by John W. Alexander in a Civil War widow's pension application through Lillie's second husband. No gravestone marker was found in the Chautauqua Springs Oak Hill cemetery but there were many unmarked graves that are now unrecorded.

   Unfortunately, a lot of research time-and-expense must be expended in order to validate family tradition and/or uncited research. There is also the important possibility that an historic 'scrap of paper' might provide a major breakthrough to newer research. In any event, family traditions and verbal history are sometimes difficult to disprove, especially when they reach historic prominence within a family. An example of a minor 'breakthrough' might be the rediscovery of the names of Asa's deceased young children through his second wife, i.e., HESTER, ASA, FRANK, HARRY & EPHRIAM SENECA. The latter name supports existing circumstantial evidence that Asa's grandfather was named EPHRIAM-5. Finally, it isn't hard to figure out that the name 'HESTER' was probably repeated from Asa's brother-in-law, Harry E. Clark. Asa had a stone next to parents in Lafayette Rural cem, NY - "A. C. Ketchum 1820-18?? but later died further west in Kansas"


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