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Living. Parents: Living and Living.


Living. Parents: Living and Living.


Living. Parents: Living and Living.

Spouse: Living. Children were: Living, Living, Living.


Winnie Irene ARROWOOD died on Jul 7, 2001.

Spouse: Living. Children were: Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living.


Living. Parents: Living and Living.


Living.

Spouse: Living. Children were: Living.


Deta M. ARTHUR was born about Jun 1891 in Tennessee.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
1900 Polk County, Tennessee census (microfilm):
- HH # 207, Civil District # 5, E.D. # 3
- Age 8, single, living with parents
- Born Jun 1891
- Born in Tennessee, father in Tennessee, mother in Georgia
- Attended school in census year Parents: Willis Smith ARTHUR and Martha Jane MOORE.


Ernest C. ARTHUR was born about Sep 1889 in Tennessee.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
1900 Polk County, Tennessee census (microfilm):
- HH # 207, Civil District # 5, E.D. # 3
- Age 10, single, living with parents
- Born Sep 1889
- Born in Tennessee, father in Tennessee, mother in Georgia
- Attended school in census year
- Can read, can write, speaks English
Parents: Willis Smith ARTHUR and Martha Jane MOORE.


James T. ARTHUR was born about Aug 1893 in Georgia.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
1900 Polk County, Tennessee census (microfilm):
- HH # 207, Civil District # 5, E.D. # 3
- Age 6, single, living with parents
- Born Aug 1893
- Born in Tennessee, father in Tennessee, mother in Georgia Parents: Willis Smith ARTHUR and Martha Jane MOORE.


Lou S. ARTHUR was born about Feb 1888 in Tennessee.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
1900 Polk County, Tennessee census (microfilm):
- HH # 207, Civil District # 5, E.D. # 3
- Age 12, single, living with parents
- Born Feb 1888
- Born in Tennessee, father in Tennessee, mother in Georgia
- Attended school in census year
- Can read, can write, speaks English Parents: Willis Smith ARTHUR and Martha Jane MOORE.


Mary C. ARTHUR was born about Sep 1897 in Tennessee.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
1900 Polk County, Tennessee census (microfilm):
- HH # 207, Civil District # 5, E.D. # 3
- Age 2, single, living with parents
- Born Feb 1897 1893
- Born in Tennessee, father in Tennessee, mother in Georgia Parents: Willis Smith ARTHUR and Martha Jane MOORE.


Willis Smith ARTHUR was born about Feb 1861 in Tennessee.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
1900 Polk County, Tennessee census (microfilm):
- HH # 207, Civil District # 5, E.D. # 3
- Age 39, married to Martha J. for 13 years
- Born Feb 1861
- Born in Tennessee, father in Georgia, mother in Tennessee
- Occupation was coal mine, own account
- Can read, can write, speaks English
- John Moore (father inlaw), age 74, and Ulysses Moore (brother inlaw), age 31, living in household

Spouse: Martha Jane MOORE. Willis Smith ARTHUR and Martha Jane MOORE were married about 1887. Children were: Lou S. ARTHUR, Ernest C. ARTHUR, Deta M. ARTHUR, James T. ARTHUR, Mary C. ARTHUR.


Living.

Spouse: James Norman HOUSTON Sr.. James Norman HOUSTON Sr. and Ella ARVEY were married on Oct 21, 1922. Children were: Living, Living, James Taylor HOUSTON, Living.


Living.

Spouse: Living.


Susan Hollingsworth ASHBY was born on Mar 9, 1894 in Surry County, North Carolina. She died on Mar 1, 1959 in Surry County, North Carolina.

Spouse: William Samuel WOLFE. William Samuel WOLFE and Susan Hollingsworth ASHBY were married on Nov 19, 1919.


Alice Sina ASHE was born after 1888. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.

Spouse: Living. Children were: Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living, Living.


Living. Parents: Bartlett Marion ASHE and Harriett M. PEEK.

Spouse: Living. Children were: Living.


Amos Jesse ASHE was born about 1859. He died on Jun 19, 1929. Parents: Thomas Jesse ASHE and Sarah DILLS.

Spouse: Margaret Katherine MOORE. Amos Jesse ASHE and Margaret Katherine MOORE were married on Feb 6, 1881 in Macon County, North Carolina.

MARRIAGE NOTES:
General Index and Revised Marriage Register for Macon County, North Carolina, From 1828 thru 1942 "Woman", page 239, located at the Macon County Courthouse:
- Date of Marriage was 2-6-1881. Moore, Margaret E., age 16 to Ashe, Jesse A., age 21. Held at res. of Logan Berry. Performed or recorded by C. S. Buchanan, minister. Witnessed by D. A. Allen, R. F. Henry, and B. M. Allen.
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Macon County, North Carolina Marriages 1829-1939 by James E. Wooley, page 6:
- Date of Marriage was 2-6-1881. Ashe, Jesse A. age 21 to Moore, Margaret E. age 16. Performed or recorded by C. S. Buchanan, M. G. Children were: Cora ASHE, John A. ASHE, Margaret ASHE, Charles B. ASHE, Maude ASHE, Minnie Gertrude ASHE, Mae Belle ASHE.


Photo Bartlett Marion ASHE was born on Mar 19, 1866. He died on Apr 20, 1912. He was buried in Macon County, North Carolina - Ellijay Baptist Church Cemetery. Parents: Thomas Jesse ASHE and Sarah DILLS.

Spouse: Harriett M. PEEK. Bartlett Marion ASHE and Harriett M. PEEK were married on Dec 12, 1897 in Macon County, North Carolina.

MARRIAGE NOTES:
Macon County, North Carolina Marriages 1829-1939 by James E. Wooley, page 6:
- Date of Marriage was 12-12-1897. Ashe, B. M. age 32 to Peek, Harriet age 28. Performed or recorded by J. W. Parker, J. P. Children were: Living.


Living. Parents: Living and Living.

Spouse: Johnny Ray CLAYBO. Children were: Living.


Catherine ASHE was born between 1820 and 1840. She was buried in Graham County, North Carolina - Carver Cemetery.

Spouse: James Archibald STEWART.


Catherine ASHE was born about Jan 1855. Parents: Thomas Jesse ASHE and Sarah DILLS.

Spouse: David Jackson AMMONS. David Jackson AMMONS and Catherine ASHE were married. Children were: James Bartlett AMMONS.


Charles B. ASHE was born after 1881. Parents: Amos Jesse ASHE and Margaret Katherine MOORE.


Living. Parents: Robert J. ASHE and Alice HIGDON.


Charlie ASHE was born after 1888. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.


Clingman ASHE was born about 1867. He died about 1930.

Spouse: Ida A. STEWART. Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART were married on Oct 31, 1888 in Jackson County, North Carolina.

MARRIAGE NOTES:
Jackson County, North Carolina Marriages, http://www.geocities.com/shahall/marriage.html
- Date of Marriage was 10-31-1888. Ashe, Clingman age 24 to Stuart, Ida age 20. License not returned.

Children were: Hix ASHE, Alice Sina ASHE, Louis ASHE, Charlie ASHE, Walter ASHE, Hattie ASHE, Fred ASHE, Edward ASHE, Jessie ASHE.


Cora ASHE was born after 1881. Parents: Amos Jesse ASHE and Margaret Katherine MOORE.


Edward ASHE was born after 1888. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.


Fred ASHE was born after 1888. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.


Hattie ASHE was born between 1888 and 1910. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.

Spouse: George Marion ADAMS.


Living.

Spouse: Living. Children were: Living.


Hix ASHE was born after 1888. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.

Spouse: Living. Children were: Living, Living, Living, Living.


Jessie ASHE was born after 1888. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.


Photo John A. ASHE was born on Jun 10, 1885. He died on Mar 1, 1905. He was buried in Macon County, North Carolina - Ellijay Baptist Church Cemetery. Parents: Amos Jesse ASHE and Margaret Katherine MOORE.


Living.

Spouse: Living.


Louis ASHE was born after 1888. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.


Mae Belle ASHE was born on May 12, 1891. Parents: Amos Jesse ASHE and Margaret Katherine MOORE.

Spouse: Thomas C. JONES Sr.. Children were: Living, Living, Living, Living.


Photo Margaret ASHE was born on Apr 3, 1853. She died on Jun 6, 1930. She was buried in Jackson County, North Carolina - Fox Cemetery.

Spouse: Nelson FOX. Nelson FOX and Margaret ASHE were married. Children were: Sarah Ann FOX, James Henry FOX.


Margaret ASHE was born after 1881. Parents: Amos Jesse ASHE and Margaret Katherine MOORE.


Mary Elizabeth ASHE was born between 1850 and 1870.

Spouse: Robert Woodward HOLBROOK. Children were: Lula HOLBROOK, Dora Belle HOLBROOK, Hoyt Ash HOLBROOK Sr., Robert L. HOLBROOK, Kate HOLBROOK, Living.


Maude ASHE was born after 1881. Parents: Amos Jesse ASHE and Margaret Katherine MOORE.


Minnie ASHE was born before 1900.

Spouse: Grady BRYANT. Children were: Maybelle BRYANT, Living.


Minnie Gertrude ASHE was born on Mar 10, 1887. She died about 1956. Parents: Amos Jesse ASHE and Margaret Katherine MOORE.

Spouse: George Robert CLOUSE. George Robert CLOUSE and Minnie Gertrude ASHE were married about 1903. Children were: Ida Moleta CLOUSE, Living, Robert Edward "Guy" CLOUSE, Living, Ollie Mae CLOUSE, Living, Living, Charles B. CLOUSE, Living.


Robert J. ASHE was born about 1859 in Jackson County, North Carolina.

Spouse: Alice HIGDON. Robert J. ASHE and Alice HIGDON were married on Mar 14, 1883 in Jackson County, North Carolina.

MARRIAGE NOTES:
Jackson County, North Carolina Marriages, http://www.geocities.com/shahall/marriage.html
- Date of Marriage was 3-14-1883 at V. Higdon's. Ashe, Robert age 27 to Higdon, Alis age 20. Performed or recorded by D. G. Bigham, J. P. Witnessed by V. S. Higdon, E. Highdon.

Children were: Living.


Roxanne Ida ASHE was born on Jul 13, 1861 in North Carolina. She died on Feb 13, 1938 in Jackson County, North Carolina. She was buried in Jackson County, North Carolina - Stillwell Cemetery (Webster).

Spouse: Vespucius Americus HIGDON. Vespucius Americus HIGDON and Roxanne Ida ASHE were married on Mar 9, 1881 in Jackson County, North Carolina.

MARRIAGE NOTES:
Jackson County, North Carolina Marriages, http://www.geocities.com/shahall/marriage.html
- Date of Marriage was 3-9-1881 at Malinda Ash's. Higdon, Americus V. age 20 to Ash, Ida R. age 19. Performed or recorded by E. P. Stillwell, J. P. Witnessed by Columbus Higdon, J. Buchanan.

Children were: Napoleon HIGDON, Cordelie HIGDON, Oscar HIGDON, Roscoe Osborne HIGDON, Ida V. HIGDON.


Rua Emmaline ASHE was born about 1855.

Spouse: William BUCHANAN. William BUCHANAN and Rua Emmaline ASHE were married on Sep 15, 1878 in Jackson County, North Carolina.

MARRIAGE NOTES:
Jackson County, North Carolina Marriages, http://www.geocities.com/shahall/marriage.html
- Date of Marriage was 9-15-1878 at Malinda Ash's. Buchanan, Wm. age 20 to Ash, Rua E. age 23. Performed or recorded by E. C. Ash, J. P. Witnessed by J. R. Ash, C. C. Higdon.


Thomas Jesse ASHE was born on Jul 28, 1828.

Spouse: Sarah DILLS. Thomas Jesse ASHE and Sarah DILLS were married. Children were: Catherine ASHE, Amos Jesse ASHE, Bartlett Marion ASHE.


Walter ASHE was born after 1888. Parents: Clingman ASHE and Ida A. STEWART.


Maxine ASHEAR was born on Feb 8, 1929. She died about Nov 1981. Her Social Security Number was 571-30-4010.

Spouse: John Marion MOORE Jr..

Spouse: Living. Children were: Living, Living.


Joe ASHER died on Apr 2, 1967.

Article from The Franklin Press, Macon County, North Carolina, dated March 31, 2006:
Syrian peddler helped shape downtown Franklin

Know Your County

By Barbara McRae, Editor

During the “Great Migration” (1880-1924), about 95,000 Arabs came to the United States from the region known as Greater Syria (including present Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine/Israel).

One of those immigrants would have a profound impact on the little town of Franklin, N.C.

Joseph Ashear, like most Arabs who arrived during the Great Migration, was a Christian. He arrived in the U.S. in 1909 and began following the typical immigrant pattern. He became a peddler.

Ashear was renowned for his physical strength. He went to Gainesville, Ga., was outfitted by his contact there and set off on foot, covered all over with goods. He was a virtual walking department store, carrying pots and pans and just about any portable item his customers could want.

Ashear and the other Syrian peddlers brought a new level of retail choice to the countryside, arriving with a selection of tools, utensils, material, notions and, perhaps, exotic spices and goods from foreign lands. In those days, people in rural areas had few shopping opportunities. Country stores carried the basics, but for anything beyond that they had to go to town. Given the poor state of transportation, many country folks were lucky to make one or two trips to town each year. Mail-order catalogues offered a world of choices, but it could take weeks or months to get the merchandise. The Syrian peddler was a welcome novelty.

The immigrants literally hit the ground running. Most were on the road with merchandise a day or two after arriving at their destination.

According to Alixa Naff, who has documented the fascinating era of the Syrian peddler, these newcomers arrived with a well-thought-out plan.

“Generally, the Syrian immigrants knew their specific destinations in the United States,” Naff wrote. “It was to a particular supplier in a particular location and they knew they were going to peddle merchandise from door to door in towns and cities and from farmhouse to farmhouse in the countryside.”

Naff described the supplier as “a veteran peddler who decided to settle down in a well-chosen location.” Once established, he would recruit peddlers from his family and home village in the old country. By the time of Ashear's arrival, a well-established network of Syrian suppliers and peddling routes covered the continent.

When a new immigrant arrived, his supplier fitted him out, briefed him on the sales techniques he would need and taught him a few necessary English phrases. Then he was off.

The network functioned efficiently and was hugely profitable. Peddlers could make $200 per month in 1910. Many original peddlers soon graduated to permanent storefronts in little towns all across America.

Joe Ashear chose Franklin, opening his first store here in 1911. He married a local girl, Eva Henry, in 1912. His first storefront was in a small frame shop facing the public square. Later, he moved to a store in the Franks Building (which now houses Nina's Lingerie and the Scottish Tartans Museum).

In 1930, the Syrian-born merchant built the Ashear Building in the same location as his original store. This building, which he later expanded, is now the home of People's Department Store.

Ashear's legendary reputation for physical strength gained further currency during the construction of his building. Charles Davis recalled that he excavated the site with mules and scoop pans. The mules would draw dirt up a ramp and haul it back to below the Baptist Church to dump it.

When a mule stepped into the fill dirt and got stuck on the edge of the ravine, some men ran to get Joe. “He held that mule by his tail and pulled him up until he got his footing,” Davis told me.

Ashear marked his 30th anniversary in Franklin with an ad in The Franklin Press (1941) that summed up his business philosophy: “Today my pride is that during these 30 years many of you and your families have been my steady customers. You have relied on my judgment. When you have said, ‘I'll ask Joe if this is what I want,' you have paid me the highest possible compliment.”

As did many Arab immigrants of that period, Ashear brought over several members of his family - his parents, Nessar and Mildred Ashear, and his brothers George and Mitchell. Another brother, Ellis, settled in Brazil.

The 1930 census showed Ashear living on Palmer Street in a house valued at $5,000. The household included his wife Eva, brother Mitchell and widowed father Nessar. He gave his birthplace as Syria and his native tongue as Arabic.

Ashear plunged enthusiastically into civic life and served as the Franklin fire chief. He was a Rotarian and a member of the Woodmen of the World. He was one of the founders of St. Francis Catholic Church and his funeral service was conducted there following his death on April 2, 1967, at age 80.

For a visual reminder of the Ashear era, see the special section, “Main Street,” published by The Press on Feb. 10. Several pictures of Joe Ashear, his family and his store are included in that section.

Spouse: Eve C. HENRY.

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