One piece that stands out is this item, which was published in The Rutland Herald, of Rutland, Vermont, on 20 February 1808:
We are left without any doubt about how David Palmer of Castleton, VT feels about this particular Asa O. Ives of Wallingford. Love how he "hints it to the public" by taking out an ad in the local paper. Could you do that today?
This quote comes to mind, whether this turns out to be "my" Asa or not: “You can choose your friends but you sho' can't choose your family, an' they're still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge 'em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don't.”― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird