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Fort Ashby in the Youghiogheny Glades page 8

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The "Dug-Out" and the three-storied log cabin were constructed between 1795 and 1800. It was during the year 1795 that the family moved to its temporary "Dug-Out" at "Piney Bottom", now known as Underwood.

The first winter at Piney Bottom was unexpectedly severe; the Youghiogheny was frozen over and drifted with snow. There were no barns at that time, and the domestic animals had to fend for themselves at all seasons of the year, but there was plenty of natural forage in the forests and glades. William had cut the wild buffalo (glade) grass the previous summer and stacked it for the horses and cattle in case of just such an emergency, as natural forage was unobtainable under these weather conditions. William's concern for his stock was almost his undoing. One winter day he went to Mill Glade to feed the animals, but failed to return at his usual time. His wife found him in a snowdrift, half frozen—his fingers too stiff to retie his snowshoes. She tied them for him and helped him to the dug-out.

In spite of their hardships, the family prospered at Piney Bottom. William Walton and Sarah Williams Ashby reared a family of six


Rev. J. C. Breuninger

Left to right: Iret Ashby of Crellin, Maryland and Isaac Ashby of Kentucky. Isaac Ashby wanted to locate the land mentioned in land grant to Jesse Ashby in 1789—200 acres on Snowy Creek. Picture taken June 13, 1962.

Summer 1963

Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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