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. I didn't see any Banfield that 'hit' Harriet, but some mention of contemporary Banfield's. I ran out of time so only got this:
Oxford Press, January 30, 1896
ASH- January 22, 1896, in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Elizabeth MacGregor Ash, widow of Joseph Ash, aged 81 years. The interment was made at Upper Octorara Presbyterian cemetery last Saturday.
Morning Republican, January 25, 1896
To-day at eleven o’clock the remains of Mrs. Elizabeth MacGregor Ash, will be buried at the cemetery adjoining the Upper Octoraro Presbyterian Church. Yesterday the remains were brought from Washington to Parkesburg, from which place they will be removed this forenoon.
Morning Republican, January 24, 1896
Mrs. Elizabeth MacGregor Ash
Yesterday the many relatives of Mrs. Elizabeth MacGeagor Ash, who resided in this county, received word that she had died at the home of her son, MacGregor Ash, in Washington, D.C., after a very short illness of congestion of the lungs. She was only sick a few hours before she died.
About two months ago Mrs. Ash was visiting relatives in Chester County and had gone to Washington to spend a few weeks with her two sons, William and MacGegor, in honor of her birthday, which occurred about two weeks ago.
The deceased was 81 years of age. She leaves in addition to the two sons mentioned, both of whom reside in Washington, one daughter, Mrs. Colonel Grover, of Philadelphia, who is well known throughout Pennsylvania in Grand Army Circles.
The first wife of her son, MacGregor Ash, was a daughter of Senator J. Donald Cameron, of Pennsylvania. The husband of the deceased was Joseph Ash, who was a native and resident of Chester County most of his life, until he died some years ago. The deceased was much of her life engaged as a teacher in the public and private schools of this county. About fifteen years ago she conducted a private school in the borough of Downingtown. She was an artist in the making of wax and zephyr flowers and spent much of her spare time at this kind of work.
During the past few years the deceased had been spending her summers at Atlantic City and her winters at Washington. She is an aunt of John Winfield Curry, of Coatesville, and a cousin of Louis Ash, of this borough, and Isaac Y. Ash, of Downingtown. Mrs. John Curry of West Brandywine, who in now past the three score and ten mark in life, is the only surviving member of her deceased family.
The deceased was years ago a member of the Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church, and yesterday her remains were brought to Parkesburg from which place they will be taken at 11 o’clock a.m. to-day to the Octorara Presbyterian Cemetery where they will be interred.
Note: The Morning Republican was a West Chester newspaper; hence “ of this borough” refers to West Chester.
The Oxford Press is obviously Oxford, Pa.