Hi all, Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Its been a long year or two. Anyway, I recently went to Woodstock CT, Claremont NH and Jaffries Center NH. So I took some pics. Edward3, my direct revolutionary ancestor, along with 43 other soldiers have their names on a plaque that the Daughters of the American Revolution placed at its gate in 1920/8?. Edward2's stone is in pretty decent shape in Woodstock. Edward1 still eludes me. He might be in another cemetary in Woodstock or possibly in Roxbury, but I doubt it. The best find was at Jaffery Center. Rev. Laban and (Mary)his wife's stones are in excellent shape. Capt. William P. Ainsworth who died (leading a charge I think) at Front Royal, Va. Edward2's wife's (Sybil), headstone is in excellent shape. Edward2 appears to have died of an apoplexic fit. His stone says "We mourn his sudden exit out of time". The road that Rev Laban's Church is on is called "Laban Ainsworth Way". Interesting side note. Laban's descendents are still living in Laban's house...How cool is that. There is also a painting of him inside. I think I read elsewhere there painting(s) of him in Dartmouth. I am going to order up a revolutonary grave marker for Edward's grave. A few of the others had them.
Anyone who doesn't know anything about Rev Laban should read the book "Amos Fortune" Rev Laban plays a big part in Amos's life. He also was a Pastor for 76 years, ending it only with his death. During the American Revolutionary War, despite the fact his arm was either crippled or withered (scarlet fever or something) he carried the buckets of gun powder to the canoneers with his "good arm".
Last year I was in Oak Park Illinois doing some research on another Ainsworth. He was heavily involved with a newspaper that he purchased there. He had no children and he only got a paragraph or so in the Parker book. His house is still there but in horrible condition. I am going back in a few weeks so I will get pics of him and his wife's stones.
About 10 years ago I've went to Ainsworth Iowa, went to the bar there and I got proofed. The bartender goes "New Jersey?" with a grumpy look on his face. He then looks at my license and says "Ainsworth......This is Ainsworth Iowa" I said "I know, I just drove out here from NJ, I am here to photograph the town, its named after my ancestor" Well...here's a beer on the house" Actually there where a lot of beers on the house, and we talked about the other towns named Ainsworth. Now my brother did the same trick in Ainsworth Nebraska and had a blast. Although they are named after different Ainsworth's, both are Edward's descendents.
After I scan the photos in and shrink them down to a decent size I'll email them out to whomever wants a copy. I need to pic up a decent digital camera and retake some of the pics though. I also might be able to convince my friend to give me some webspace and post them there. That way if you have a dial-up connection you can still view them.