Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 52 of 322 (Transcription)

John Richard Aston was one was one of the early members of the Old Settlers Association and attended its annual meetings as often as possible as long as he lived. J R Aston move to Grayson Co. 1856 from Powhatan Co. age {strikethrough}66{/strikethrough} correction 40 _ Jan. 16th, 1961 by Tellie T. Aston _ Taken from our family Bible:
"John R. Aston, son of John and Elizabeth (Taylor) Aston was born in Powhatan County, Virginia, January 24, 1816. He married Mary E. Straton of Virginia September 16, 1838. (He was a farmer and a miller by trade). To this union were born nine children. In the fall of 1856, he and his family sold their land and their mill in Powhatan County, Virginia, and drove through to Texas, in seven covered wagons, bringing their personal belongings and their slaves with them. They were on the road seven weeks and travelled almost one thousand miles before reaching Pink Hill (east of Sherman) Grayson County, Texas, December 3rd, 1856. He became the owner of 600 acres of land. He built a tread-mill (the first in Grayson County) having a wide and high wheel which was turned by yokes of eight and ten oxen walking abreast in the wheel. This turned the machinery and ground wheat into flour and corn into meal. During the Civil War he ground grain for women whose husbands were in the army without charge. His wife died JUly 29, 1860. Over four years later, December 1, 1864 he married Miss Priscilla E Catherine Eatherly, daughter of Robison and Amelia Eatherly of Grayson County. She bore him seven children, three of whom died in infancy, one of them being Ella Catherine Aston, a twin sister of John Elmore (Bolie) Aston, the father of Tellie T. Aston, and Floyd and LLoyd Aston (twins.) His second wife died Jan. 22, 1889. On October 11, 1891 John Richie Aston passed away at his farm near one of his former slaves who was the head of a household One Hundred Dollars in gold, and his wife helped spin and weave cloth and made a dress for each negro woman and their daughters.

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Old Settlers Association (Grayson County, Tex.). Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1., book, 1879 - 1899; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11279/m1/52/transcription/: accessed February 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Old Settler's Association of Grayson County.