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Asheville, North Carolina, USA

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Where is Asheville, North Carolina, USA? 

Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States.

The history of Asheville, as a town, began in 1784. In that year, Colonel Samuel Davidson and his family settled in the Swannanoa Valley, redeeming a soldier's land grant from the state of North Carolina. Soon after building a log cabin at the bank of Christian Creek, Davidson was lured into the woods by a band of Cherokee hunters and killed. Davidson's wife, child and female slave fled on foot overnight to Davidson's Fort (named after Davidson's father General John Davidson) 16 miles away.

In response to the killing, Davidson's twin brother Major William Davidson and brother-in-law Colonel Daniel Smith formed an expedition to retrieve Samuel Davidson's body and avenge his murder. Months after the expedition, Major Davidson and other members of his extended family returned to the area and settled at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek.

The United States Census of 1790 counted 1,000 residents of the area, excluding the Cherokee Native Americans. Buncombe County was officially formed in 1792. The county seat, named “Morristown” in 1793, was established on a plateau where two old Indian trails crossed. In 1797, Morristown was incorporated and renamed “Asheville” after North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe.Wikipedia


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Asheville, North Carolina, USA - Bon Marche Department Store
Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Bon Marche Department Store
Asheville, North Carolina, USA - Battery Park Hotel, Asheville, N.C.
Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Battery Park Hotel, Asheville, N.C.
Asheville, North Carolina, USA - Airplane View of Biltmore Hotel, Asheville, N.C.
Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Airplane View of Biltmore Hotel, Asheville, N.C.

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1785 - Asheville, North Carolina founded

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1886 - December 4-6 - A great snowstorm hit the southern Appalachian Mountains. The three day storm 33 inches at Asheville NC.

The Weather Channel
News  1888 - An epidemic of meningitis was on the 20th depopulating Asheville, N. C., at the rate of a dozen deaths a day,
all attempts to check it proving futile. Many inhabitants were leaving town.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 28, 1888
News  1888 - George H. Vanderbilt, of New York, purchased one thousand acres of mountain lands near Asheville, N.C.,
where it was said on the 2d he would build a large industrial institute for the free education of...Read MORE...

News  1895 - December 24 - George Washington Vanderbilt II officially opens his "Biltmore House" estate, inviting his family to celebrate his new home in Asheville, North Carolina.

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December 24, 1895
News  1909 - GUESTS FLED SCANTILY CLAD; FIRE BREAKS OUT IN THE FASHIONABLE KENILWORTH INN NEAR ASHVILLE, N.C.
SEVENTY-FIVE GUESTS ALL ESCAPED.

MOST OF THEM LEFT BEHIND THEIR CLOTHES AND VALUABLES - MEN WORE ...Read MORE...

1916
Asheville, or Asnville, a city, capital of Buncombe co., N.C., situated at the junction of the...Read MORE...

News  1917 - SCHOOL FIRE.
Asheville, N. C. - Five children are dead, three missing and eight are seriously injured as the...Read MORE...

News  1936 - THREE KILLED IN FIREWORKS BLAST. OTHERS BELIEVED DEAD AS CHARCOAL FIRE CAUSES EXPLOSION.
Asheville, N.C., Dec. 25. - An explosion in a downtown fireworks store tonight killed at least...Read MORE...

News  1938 - ASHEVILLE BLAST IS FATAL TO FIVE IN STONE QUARRY.
Asheville, Sept. 1 - (AP) - A terrific dynamite explosion that killed five men at a stone quarry...Read MORE...


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Ancestors Who Died Here


Adams
  James C. ADAMS (1868, - 14 February 1909, Asheville, North Carolina, USA)
 flag  Tallulah Fannie ADAMS (19 March 1850, , Georgia, USA - 29 August 1935, Asheville, North Carolina, USA)

Blake
flag  Donald Albert BLAKE (1 October 1898, , North Carolina, USA - 25 July 1934, Asheville, North Carolina, USA)

Coates
immigrant flag  Edith Jane COATES (18 June 1907, , England (United Kingdom) - 15 June 1996, Asheville, North Carolina, USA) gravestone

Davis
  Graham DAVIS (1836, - 27 October 1902, Asheville, North Carolina, USA)

Mathews
  Katherine MATHEWS (1877, - 14 October 1902, Asheville, North Carolina, USA)

Moulton
 US Civil War Soldiers flag  John MOULTON (28 August 1835, Parsonsfield, Maine, USA (Kezar Falls) - 18 May 1920, Asheville, North Carolina, USA) gravestone

Sheely
 flag  Ella V SHEELY (1 September 1847, Watertown, New York, USA - 19 June 1934, Asheville, North Carolina, USA) gravestone
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1946
Grattan HAMMOND (9 November 1915 - 20 April 1996) & Emily Annette PORTER (10 May 1912 - 19 October 2007)
married 2 March 1946
 

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