Member of GAR post 219
Ashley A. Pond
Wellington Enterprise, 15 October 1913, pg 7-8
He was a Firelands pioneer and a Civil war veteran. When he was nine years old he came with his parents to New London township. At that time (1838) the farm chosen by the Pondís for a home, consisted of an almost unbroken forest, only one acre being cleared thereon.
He learned early in life to be content with little and not complain. He became master of the ax, now a lost art. Being a lover of books and a natural student, he acquired a liberal education, the greater part he obtained while seated in the old chimney corner. After assisting his father to carve out a home in the woods, he began life for himself locating on a farm in the same township.
In 1853, he married Mary M. Crandall of Rochester, Ohio. To this union three children were born, one daughter dying in infancy, and one daughter and one son, and a wife survive to mourn his loss. In 1864, he enlisted in the Union army, serving in the 191st. O.V.I. in Virginia until the close of the war.
After the war he removed to Hillsdale county, Michigan, but in 1867 he returned to Ohio, and located in Rochester village. He was a resident of this town for more than thirty years, during which time he was active in all propositions for the betterment of the community. He will be remembered by his old neighbors as a model township official, a good schoolmaster and a man of peace.
During his long and useful life, he never had a quarrel nor a lawsuit. For the past fifteen years, he has lived in retirement, enjoying a well earned rest. His last sickness was brief, and his passing hours were full of hope and peace. Mr. Pond was a member of the First Universalist church of Norwalk, and also a member of the local G.A.R. Post.
Funeral services of the deceased were conducted at this home, Sunday, Oct. 12th and at Rochester, the following day, Rev. Condin, officiating, assisted by his comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic.