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Jediah Ashcraft (abt. 1735-1794)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Jediah Ashcraft, born abt. 1735, perhaps in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the son of Daniel Ashcraft (1698-1755) and Elizabeth Lewis (1702-1788). He appears always to have preferred the spelling "Jediah," which may (or may not) have been a variation on "Jedediah." He married prior to 1766, Nancy Ann Friend, the daughter of John Friend (abt. 1713-1778) and Elizabeth Banner. Their family lived for many years in Hardin County, Kentucky and they raised at least eight children together. Jediah served as one of Col. George Rogers Clark's "Long Knives" in Virginia's Northwest Expedition, 1778-79 (as did several other residents of Fayette County). In recognition of this service, Virginia awarded him a land warrant in Hardin County, Kentucky, and he migrated there in 1780 or '81 with a party of friends and in-laws, via flatboat down the Ohio River. They settled at Philips Fort (dismantling the flatboat and building a house with the timber), on the present site of Louisville, where they were among the earliest inhabitants. In 1794, Jediah was killed by Indians while crossing Clifty Hollow in Hardin County, near the present location of the Big Clifty Highway Bridge. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

Easter is known and celebrated as both a religious holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and as a secular holiday that, in many households, centers around a mythical Easter Bunny who delivers baskets filled with candy and chocolate eggs to children. This month's Challenge highlights two individuals who passed away on Easter weekends in the early 1990s.

Greta Garbo was a multi-talented Swedish actress who was a pioneering star of early cinema and was widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women of her time. Benny Hill was a British comedian and television star who was known for slapstick comedy, silly chase sequences, and comical music. Many regard him as one of the most famous funnymen ever on television.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing details of the lives of these two film and television personalities to life here in WeRelate. Have fun.