Charles Clement Johnston Aston (15 Jul. 1832-9 Jul. 1908)

Charles C. J. Aston was the son of Henry Dickenson Aston (1808-1880) of Russell County, Virginia, and his first wife, Margaret Ramsey Hanson. He was named for U.S. Representative to Congress Charles Clement Johnston, who died on 17 Jul. 1832. Johnston had been a lawyer practicing in neighboring Abingdon, Washington County, VA.

In 1850, C. C. J. was attending Emory & Henry College in Washington County, VA. (1850 U.S. Census) He then attended the University of Virginia in session 30 (1853-1854). While at the University, Aston was a founding member of the chapter of Phi Psi Fraternity. (The Shield, 1880). He became a physician in New Garden in Russell County.

The Virginia Civil War records state that C. C. J. Aston served in the Civil War in the Sixty-fourth Mounted Infantry (Slemp’s Regiment). Schele de Vere states that Aston was a surgeon in the war. After the Civil War, Dr. Aston resumed his practice in Russell County. He and his family are living there at the time of the 1880 U.S. Census. Sometime between 1880 and 1900, Dr. Aston moved his family to Farmersville, Collin County, Texas, where he lived until a few years before his death. In 1907 and 1908, Dr. Aston was practicing as a physician in Dallas, TX. (City Directories) He died at the home of his daughter in Dallas, TX.

In 1857, Dr. Aston married Elizabeth B. Hill (1836-5 Mar. 1870), and had the following children: William J., Henry Hill, and Charles G. Aston. On 17 Apr. 1871, Dr. Aston married secondly Elizabeth Ellington (Fugate) Easterly (1840-1915), the widow of Nathaniel Webster Easterly (d. 1862), and had the following children: Elizabeth E., Margaret R., and Maria Carson Aston.

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