I did have a good chuckle when I checked the blog I did in 2009 listing Asby's grave marker. At the conclusion I mentioned that I need to do a more extensive blog soon. It's taken me thirteen years. Perhaps it has taken me this long to tackle a blog about an ancestor who's history is chronicled in numerous sources. I hope to do him justice.
My paternal great great great great grandfather, Asby Pool, was born on June 4, 1787 in Hampshire County, Virginia, the son of William and Easter (Esther) Pool. The Pool family made their home near Hanging Rock, Virginia. Asby was the fourth child born into a family of fifteen children. His name has also been spelled Ashby, Asbury, Asberry and Ashberry.
|Asby Pool |
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,
U.S., United Methodist Church Records, 1775-1949
As a young man, Asby was admitted to the Methodist Church in Cumberland, Maryland. At the age of twenty-three he entered the ministry at an annual conference held in Baltimore, Maryland on March 9, 1810. Asby was a circuit rider, preaching the word of God in numerous towns. Among the areas are Rockingham, Virginia, Prince George, Virginia and the Mahoning Circuit of the Pittsburgh Conference in Monongalia. At this time, 1813, he located in Morgantown. Next was the Redstone Circuit, Monongalia Circuit, Harrison Circuit, back to the Monongalia and last the Harrison in 1822. Asby was active from 1811 through 1825
During the early 1820's, Asby helped to organize the Bethel Methodist Church which was constructed in 1828. Following a division within the Methodist Episcopal Church in the early 1820's, the Methodist Protestant Church was formed. Reverend Pool was one of three organizers of a Methodist Protestant church in Monongalia County in 1833.
Two years after he relocated in Morgantown, on September 26, 1815, twenty-eight year old Asby married thirty year old Vilender Lanham, daughter of William Lanham and Catherine Ferguson. The wedding took place in Monongalia County, (West) Virginia. Early pioneers, the Lanham family removed from Prince Georges County, Maryland to Monongalia County, the Morgantown area. Vilender was born in Monongalia County in 1785.
Vilender spent all of her marriage taking care of the children and managing the household, while Asby was out riding his church circuit. The Earl L Core newspaper article mentions that, "The later years of his life were spent on the farm willed to him by William Lanham, his father-in-law." To the Pool family eight known children were born.
- William Lanham Pool, born June 1817, died October 7, 1911, married first Ann Louise Frum (MY PATERNAL GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDPARENTS) married second Sarah Clark Runner. I have also seen the year of William's birth as 1816.
- George Henry Pool, born 1818, died February 6, 1881.
- Catherine Esther Pool, born 1819, died September 13, 1858, married James Laws Donley.
- John Asby Pool, born December 19, 1820, died November 1, 1892, married Rebecca Spangler.
- Mary T. Pool, born December 12, 1822, died June 21, 1906, married Josiah W. Hoffman.
- Anna Vilender Pool, born 1824, died June 25, 1898, married James S. Bowlby.
- Alexander Ferguson Pool, born May 28, 1825, died March 1, 1891, married Mary Anderson.
- Theophilus Pool, born 1828, died, 1893, married Persis Armedia Wood.
- Hamilton Smith Pool, born September 1831, died May 3, 1910, married Mary Asine Davis.
- Walter Greenmont Pool, born about 1833, died August 28, 1861, married Sarah Jane Murphy.
- Nancy Jane Pool, born November 17, 1837, died 1896, married John Henry Davis.
- Harriet Pool, born 1843, died May 3, 1868, married Rufus E. Weaver.
|1838 Map of Morgantown|
Listing the owners
|Copy of map showing Pool Cemetery location |
in the Jerome Park neighborhood
|Pool Cemetery area|
Marker for Reverend Asby Pool
|One side of memorial|
|Other side of memorial for|
Reverend Asby Pool
|United Methodist Minister|
|In Memory Of|
REV ASBY POOL
|Asby Pool's Last Will and Testament|
Cale, Freda Robinson, Poole Family, personally bound, no date.
Callahan, James Morton. History of The Making of Morgantown West Virginia A Type Study of Trans-Appalachian Local History, Morgantown Printing and Binding Company, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1926. pages 97 & 98, 117 & 118.
Core, Earl L. The Monongalia Story A Bicentennial History III Discord, McClain Publishing Company, Parsons, West Virginia, 1979. pages 21, 38, 94, 107, 161, 189, 277, 326, 412, 483, 603.
Core, Earl L. The Monongalia Story A Bicentennial History IV Industrialization, McClain Publishing Company, Parsons, West Virginia, 1982. pages 280, 310
Core, Earl L. The Monongalia Story, Asby Poole rode local circuits many years, newspaper article, newspaper and date unknown.
Wiley, Samuel T., History of Monongalia County, West Virginia, From It's First Settlements to Present Time, Preston Publishing Company, Kingwood, West Virginia, 1833. pages 363, 444, 593, 688.
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