Asa Doane Stanley

b. 24 May 1833
d. 12 May 1900
age 66y 11m

Background

Asa D. Stanley was the son of John & Margaret (Stanley) Stanley.  He married Ellen Maria Spurling, daughter of Joseph S. & Matilda T. (Young) Spurling, probably no earlier than 1857 (when his wife would have been 15) and no later than 1863 (when their first child was born.)  They had eight children:

nameborndiedagenotes
Arthur P.1863187810buried in Spurling Point cem., GCI
Frank Leslie, fisherman1865194580eldest son; inherited house
May Florence (mar. J. Gimm Stanley)1868


Josie Spurling (mar. Benaiah B. Bunker)1870195888Omer Mountain's grandmother
Flora (mar. Charles H. Coulter)1871189928lived in Brockton, MA
Perley D., fisherman1881195978
Addie Ethel (mar. Wm. E. Duren)1886197387second occupant of Asa D. Stanley house
Elva A. (mar. Edw. A. Stanley, then later Geo. Lagouette)



Here is a copy of Asa's Draft Exemption Certificate from the Civil War, dated August 1863.  Obviously, he was very careful with it, for it to have survived all these years.

Asa and Ellen Maria built and lived in the house that the Mountains currently occupy.  It was probably built between 1857 and 1863.  They lived in it 40 and 70 years, respectively, before their deaths.

Newspaper Clipping

"Mr. and Mrs. Asa D. Stanley celebrated the thirty-fifth anniversary of their wedding last Thursday night.  About sixty guests partook of a bountiful supper.  The presents were many and were greatly appreciated by the household."

-courtesy of Omer & Annette Mountain.

This indicates that they were married for at least 35 years, so since Asa died in 1900, they must have been married in 1865, or some years before, if this anniversary was some years before his death.

Buried in the Spurling Cemetery.

Obituary

On Saturday morning, May 12th, Asa D. Stanley, aged 67 years on the 24th of this month, died of dropsy, having been a great sufferer since last January.  He had not for many years enjoyed robust health, having suffered from catarrh, but bore his sufferings with courage and patience.  Since dropsy developed he was not known to have murmured in the least.  Only five months ago his daughter, Flora, wife of Charles H. Coulter, the present mayor of Brockton, Mass., was brought to her childhood's home and buried from the Union church, Rev. C. N. Davie officiating.  Last Sunday he was again called by the doubly afflicted family to officiate at the funeral of the father.  The chair [sic] sang three beautiful and appropriate selections, Sometime We'll Understand, No Sorrow There and We'll Never Say Good Bye in Heaven.  The family are very grateful to the friends and neighbors, who so kindly rendered assistance to him and to them through his long and severe illness since January.  He leaves a widow, six children and one brother, besides numerous other relatives to mourn his loss.  He was a kind husband and father, a good friend and neighbor and an honored and respected citizen, and many hearts will long cherish his memory.  The writer who has known him intimately all her life, thinks that it is no exaggeration to say that a good man has been removed from our community and has gone to reap his reward.  The funeral was largely attended and the interment was on Spurling's Point.

Silently gather round us memories cherished of yore,
Friends that are widely severed, forms we shall see no more;
Lips that have long been silent, eyes that have ceased to beam,
Voices of gentle sweetness that come to us in dreams.

-courtesy of Omer & Annette Mountain.

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photo courtesy of Omer & Annette Mountain


art courtesy of Bruce Komusin

Ellen Maria (Spurling) Stanley

b. 18 Aug 1842
d. 13 Nov 1929
age 87y 2m

Background

Ellen Maria Stanley was the daughter of Joseph S. & Matilda T. (Young) Spurling.  She married Asa Doane Stanley probably no earlier than 1857 (when she would have been 15) and no later than 1863 (when their first child was born.)  See their children above.

Buried in the Spurling Cemetery.


photo courtesy of Omer & Annette Mountain


art courtesy of Bruce Komusin

Ellen in her 80s

photo courtesy of Omer & Annette Mountain

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