4 September 1875
Image Courtesy of State Historical Society of Missouri
Why George and Mary Banford left Missouri is subject to speculation. The following was compiled from Caywood's 1888 History of Adair, Putnam, Sullivan & Schuyler Counties:
"The Civil War caused many hardships for Schuyler Countians. Although Missouri was a free state, enlistments in Schuyler County were almost evenly divided between Union and Confederate forces. Neighbor no longer trusted neighbor, and families were divided in loyalties. Bushwhackings and skirmishes occurred throughout the area. Some families left, unable to live under such stress."
Apparently George and Mary Banford left Schuyler County without disposing of all of their real estate as indicated by the clipping from the Lancaster Excelsior.
Another intriguing article was found by searching for Ashworth in the Adair County, Missouri newspaper. The Historical Society of Missouri website redirected me to the Chronicling of America website.
The Weekly Graphic
Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri
6 July 1888
Who is this elusive Mr. Banford?
Image courtesy of Library of Congress
I found several more articles about the Ashworth cousins by "casting a wider net." I was also happy to "spear" the above article about a most interesting real estate transaction. Happy trails until next time!