Edwin Ashbel Winegar, 1873-1946
Edwin Ashbel was born in Vergennes Township, near Lowell, Michigan. In 1879, his father, Ashbel, died leaving his mother, Mary Rease Roberts, with four young sons and no one to help raise them. In 1883, she moved back to New York to live with her sister. She died in 1889.
The Howe home was not far from the Edward W. Stephenson farm and he became acquainted with the Stephenson sisters, Bertha and Myrtie. At first, he courted Bertha until Myrtie was old enough to be courted. Edd and Myrtie were married in 1900 at the bride’s home. More about Edd and Myrtie will be covered in the 1900s section.
William Wirt Winegar, a second cousin to Edwin Ashbel, fought in the Civil War and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Apparently a huge number of these awards were granted, many of which were rescinded. We do not know if his was or not. An account of his award can be found on the Internet.
Dr. Ira Winegar, possibly a cousin to Ashbel, served as a surgeon during the Civil War. He was commissioned in 1861 and mustered out with a disability in 1865.
Another group of Winegar moved to Michigan by the Erie Canal in 1864. At Detroit, they purchased a ticket on the train to “as far as the track is built.” On August 19, 1844, they were a few miles out of Marshall, and the conductor told them that he was going to run into Marshall on the wooden framework even though the iron rails were not laid. The conductor said that anyone so inclined might take the chance and ride in too. Isaac and Jacob Winegar were on the first train to reach Marshall. The trip from Albion was made in 40 minutes compared to the stagecoach time of two hours. The distance was twelve miles.