Hezekiah King Ash

Hezekiah was born ca 1854 in Virginia. He was the son of Andrew Ash and Elizabeth Elisabeth Gillum.
Hezekiah died on 29 Dec 1950 (White & Lyons emails).

Hezekiah had married first, Elisabeth Stephens and had 8 children.
Hezekiah then married Sirena/Serena Isabella Curnutte Burton,
widow of James Franklin Burton ("The Carter Family"; Mark & Cathy Ash emails).

Serena Isabella Curnutte was born 22 Sept 1866 at Adams, Kentucky and died 25 Dec 1937 in Rivesville, Marion County, West Virginia.
She was buried in the Oak lawn Cemetery in Rivesville (Lennie Carter, “The Carter Family“).

Mary Ash (wife of Lonnie Sr.) , holding Lonnie Jr., Serena, and Hezekiah Ash.

Serena Isabella Curnutte married first James Franklin Burton
(b. 1863 on Little Blaine Creek, Lawrence Co) 20 March 1886 in Carter Co. (Lennie Carter, "The Carter Family").
They had three children, all born in Kentucky: Ethel Burton born 1 Jan 1887; Ella Burton born Sept 1889; Howard Burton born 1 Jan 1891.
James Burton died on 11 May 1892 in Lawrence County and was buried in the Sam Burton Cemetery at Irad.

Serena married second Hezekiah King Ash

Hezekiah and Serena had 6 children together.
Hezekiah and Serena’s son, Arvel (b. 19 Aug 1900) was born in Kentucky.
They then moved to West Virginia. Arvil died at age 11 months, 1 Aug 1901, in West Virginia.

One of Hezekiah’s daughters from his first marriage and the daughter’s two young children died that same year.
Hezekiah and Serena’s only daughter, Virginia Dare, was born 24 Feb 1906, and died of a brain hemorrhage 31 Jan 1929 (Mark & Cathy Ash emails).

The youngest of Hezekiah and Serena’s children, Lonnie, was born in 1910.
The youngest child of Lonnie, Mark, contributor of part of this information, was born 1953.

Hezekiah and Serena buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Rivesville, WV along with Virginia Dare, their only daughter,
as well as Serena's daughter Ella Howvalt from her marriage to James Franklin Burton, and Hezekiah's son Thomas Ash, by Hezekiah's first wife Elisabeth Stevens.

Hezekiah Ash was the first postmaster at post office known as Afton in Carter County, Kentucky.
It served the Lower Stinson area called Boghead. The Afton post office opened Sept 15, 1897 (Robert M. Rennick's "Post Offices of Northeastern Kentucky").

Hezekiah was also the enumerator for District 1, Precinct 2 Carter County census for the year 1900 (Carter County Kentucky Genealogy Website).

Hezekiah again became a postmaster in West Virginia and was a well-liked United Brethren minister (Mark & Cathy Ash emails).

Serena holding Lonnie Jr.

Serena Curnutte Ash

Hezekiah King Ash

Montana Mines hometown article

Hezekiah & Serena Ash Headstone

Arvil Ash Headstone

Virginia Dare Ash Headstone

America Jane Ash is Hezekiah's niece. She was the daugther of Hezekiah's brother, Thomas.

Virginia Dare was never married or had children.
There is a photo of America in the Photo Gallery.

Submitted by: Mark & Cathy Ash and Joel L. Carter

This is a photo of Hezekiah King Ash and his second wife, Serena Curnutte Burton Ash.

Serena's sister was Mahala Curnutte Carter, wife of Asberry Carter.

They left Carter Co., Kentucky and came to WV in 1900-1901. Their 11 month old son Arvel Ash, was born in Kentucky and died here in WV.

Hezekiah's first wife was Elisabeth Stevens, or Stephens. I have never found anything of the Stevens family or exactly when Elisabeth died or where she is buried.

I would also like to know how someone can get a copy of the book The Carter Family which is referred many times on this site.

Submitted by: Mark & Cathy Ash

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