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Frank COMPSTON born 1867 Hanging Rock Ohio

Dan Compston contacted me to say Frank COMPSTON was his grandfather.  




Dan sent me the following summary:


'Frank Byron COMPSTON was born in March 1867 in Hanging Rock Ohio to an unwed mother Laura Ellen Compston born 1846 in Hanging Rock Ohio, the daugther of James K. Compston jr and Martha Jane Pendland-Compston.


James was the son of James K. Compston sr born in Maryland to John Compston and Sarah Knott-Compston.


Frank was an iron molder by trade and worked in Ironton, Ohio, Piqua, Ohio and Hamilton, Ohio.  He Had an early marriage that I have not been able to locate.


In 1899 in Piqua Ohio he married Matilda Saurs who had a daughter named Fredia. They had Jon, Lawrence, Carl and Laura Matilda.


Matilda the mother died in 1910 in Piqua Ohio of complications from childbirth.  


Laura Matilda died later that year from milk poisoning.


Frank died in Hamilton, OhIO in 1913 and is buried in Greenwood cemetery.


Laura also had a daughter out of wedlock named Rosella and a son Clarence by her 2nd husband John Wilson Shannon Auckerman. John had a son named Horace from a previous marriage (John was a widower).


Laura and John both died in November 1916 one day apart and were buried on the same day in Greenwood cemetery.


My research has led me to believe the father of Frank was a Thomas Canaan or Cannon.


Laura was widowed  during the Civil War when her husband George Mercer was killed in the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain in Virginia in May 1864


Also on your page you show a grave marker purported to be James M. Cumpston, this was James Martin Compston married and widowed from Mary Jane Neal.


James never used the name Cumpston.  I have his mother's will and the papers where a pension was applied for for his children after he died.  A lot of the confusion on the Compston/Cumpston comes from people not completing their "o" and from a lot of illiteracy during that period when no one knew if their name was spelled correctly.

In Frank's school roster in Hanging Rock sometimes he was refered to as Compston and othe times as Cumpston as was his sister Rose.'






Father: John Cumpston

Mother: Mary Lewis

Marriage: Harriet Abt 1862


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Frank Byron Cumpston

William G. Cumpston

Horace R. Cumpston