Cynthia Ainesly[1]

Female 1783 - 1859  (75 years)


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  • Name Cynthia Ainesly 
    Born 31 Mar 1783  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Census 1850  Pampas Township, DeKalb County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: 47 
    Lakin, Elisha Family:  1850 U. S. Federal Census
    Lakin, Elisha Family: 1850 U. S. Federal Census
    Elisha, Cynthia (Ainesly), Martha, Vincent, Elizabeth, Esther, Cynthia, Polly, Charles L. Lakin
    Died 4 Jan 1859  Lakin's Grove, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Homewood Cemetery, Ellsworth, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Ainesly, Cynthia Lakin Gravestone
    Ainesly, Cynthia Lakin Gravestone
    Lying flat; Homewood Cemetery, Elsworth, Iowa
    Ainesly, Cynthia Lakin Gravestone
    Ainesly, Cynthia Lakin Gravestone
    Upright; Homewood Cemetery, Elsworth, Iowa
    Person ID I592  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2007 

    Family Elisha Lakin,   b. 6 Oct 1797, Groton, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1879, Lakin's Grove, Iowa, an unincorporated village that no longer exists. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Children 
     1. Mary Ann Lakin
     2. Harriet Lakin
    +3. Lucinda Lakin,   b. Abt 1821, Pennsylvania, according to the 1850 U.S. Federal Census Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1857, Lakin's Grove, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
    +4. Luther Lakin,   b. 7 Mar 1830, Pike County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Martha Lakin,   b. Abt 1832, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Vincent Lakin,   b. Abt 1834, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Brinton A. Lakin,   b. 25 June 1835, Pike County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 May 1915, Dows, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [Birth]
     8. Elizabeth Lakin,   b. Abt 1836, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Esther Lakin,   b. Abt 1840, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Cynthia Lakin,   b. Abt 1843, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Polly Lakin,   b. Abt 1845, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Charles Lakin,   b. Abt 1849, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1923, Greenacres, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
    Family ID F247  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    •        In the 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Cynthia Ainesly Lakin is a 47 year old, white, married female [according to the census - she may be much older]. She lives with her husband, Elisha in Pampas Township, DeKalb County, Illinois. With the couple live seven children (Martha, 18, born in Pennsylvania; Vincent, 16, born in Pennsylvania; Elizabeth, 14, born in Pennsylvania; Esther, 10, born in New York; Cynthia, 8, born in Illinois; Polly, 6, born in Illinois; and Charles L., 1, born in Illinois). [EL 08.]
             [There is some question as to the birthdate for Cynthia. What I have used is the date provided on the tombstone in the cemetery near Elsworth, Iowa. This date could be wrong in the light of some of the birthdates of the children of Cynthia and Elisha Lakin. In the 1850 U.S. census, for example, Cynthia's age is listed as 47. Thus, there is a discrepancy between what appears on her tombstone and what appears in the 1850 U. S. Census. - DLL]]
             The obituary for Cynthia Ainesly [CA 02] is given:
             "Distressing Casualty
             On the 5th inst. the wife of Elisha Lakin, Esq., of Lakin's Grove, in this county, came to a sudden and unexpected death. She had been suffering from ill health, and had been in the habit of using morphine to alleviate her sufferings. During the absence of all the members of the family, except a little grandson, on Sunday evening, the 3rd inst., at an evening meeting, she administered morphine to herself-as she was suffering from disease--and when the family returned she was found insensible. Medical aid was obtained, and friends did everything that could be done to arrest the effect of the anodyne, but all the effects were useless. After lingering about 36 hours she died leaving a husband and a large circle of children to mourn her loss. A kind and industrious wife, a watchful and affectionate mother, and an esteemed neighbor has passed away. Mrs. Lakin was nearly 60 years of age. In a moment cut down as the grass; the warning is be wise--prepare."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1872] This name is found in the article, "Luther Lakin," Biographical and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Biographical Publishing Company, 1889, p. 279.

    2. [S1873] This birth date is calculated from her gravestone in Homewood Cemetery in Ellsworth, Iowa. It says she died at 75 years, 9 months and 4 days of life.

    3. [S1876] Elisha Lacon household, 1850 U.S. Census, DeKalb County, Illinois, Pampas Township, page 375, dwelling 169, family 158; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 104. [EL 08.].

    4. [S1874] This date is on her gravestone in the Homewood Cemetery, Ellsworth, Iowa. It is also found in her obituary. Cynthia Ainsely obituary, Hamilton Freeman, 07 January 1859. [CA 02.].

    5. [S1875] The grave of Cynthia Ainsely is found in the Homewood Cemetery, Ellsworth, Iowa.


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