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ASM is My s 


AUG 12 1974 

Vol. I No. I 


October 1970 



CD The first quarterly publication of the Ashley 

CD Family Association, Organized August 29, 1970 




To collect, preserve and publish material about 
The Ashley Family in America 


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October 1970 

Fvom the 
Editor* 8 Desk 

The mailing list furnished did 
not show titles (Mr, Mrs. Miss) 
Sorry If the wrong guess was 
made. Please advise correction 
before next ma 1 1 i ng • 

This is youp News Bulletin — 
To succeed It must interest and 
help ASHLEYS in the East, West 
and all In between. Comments 
will be appreciated. 

Do you I Ike it? 
How can It be Improved? 
What do you I i ke best? 
What do you like least? 
What records or data can you 

Next pub 1 1 cat ion will come 
out in January 1971. S E N D 
your material new. 
(See page 22) 

Esther Ashley Spousta, Editor 

PO Box 321 

Rogers, Arkansas 72756 














Vol. i No. I 



"The Villager" 

COVER STORY - Col. John Ashley House 

ASHLEY HISTORY - Paper by R. Eugene 
Ashley - 1938 

1790 U.S. CENSUS - Comments, 
Vermont, Connecticut, New York 

TOWN HISTORY - Milton, Vermont 

BIOGRAPHY - Silas Pickens Ashley and 
Dr. Calvin Fillmore Ashley 

BIBLE RECORDS - Beman Ashley and 
Jonathan PrentIs 

OLD LETTERS - Southern Ash leys 

Revolutionary Patriots 

ANCESTOR CHARTS - Preparation 
Ftobert E. Ashley Chart 





News Bulletin published Quarterly, January, April, July and October. 
Free copy with each membership. Extra copies $1.00 each 

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Dear Cousins, 

The f i rst meet I ng of the ASHLEYS OF MJERICA I s now h I story . 
And what a history! With no less than eighty-six sitting down for 
dinner and a considerable number of others who came for only part 
of the day, we can safely estimate that over one hundred were In 
attendance. The weather man must be an "Ashley" too, for he came 
up with two beautiful days after violent thunderstorms the night 

Now as to the business decided upon - - - - 


Objects - - To collect, preserve and publish material about 

the Ashley Family in America 

Meni^erakip - Anyone Interested in our objects 

Dues $3.00 per year, single membership 

$5.00 per year, husband and wife membership 

Officers - 

President: Robert E. Ashley 

68 Spring Hill Ave., Bridgewater, Mass. 02324 
1st Vice President: John S. Ashley 

1664 Main Rd., Westport, Mass. 02790 
2nd Vice President: Paul C. Leonard 

Howland Rd., Lakeville, Mass. 02346 
3rd Vice President: Bradford F. Swan 

15 Arnold St., Providence, R.I. 02906 
Secretary: Marie Davis 

Green River Rd., W i 1 1 i amstown , Mass. 01267 
Treasurer: •^- Paul ine Ashley 

Dr. Bra ley Rd., East Freetown, Mass. 02717 
Publications Committee: Doris Ashley Lang 

Washburn Rd., E. Freetown, Mass. 02717 

Helen Gurney Thomas 

107 Hillside Rd., Franklin, Mass. 02038 

Susan Ashley French 

PC Box 205, Assonet, Mass. 02702 
News Bu 1 1 et i n Ed i tor Esther Ash I ey Spousta 

PC Box 321, Rogers, Arkansas 72756 

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Page 2 

Meetings * To be held annual ly, weekend r{i^;arest August 25 
and In Southeastern Massachusetts. 

Amendnente - By-^lcaoa - To be framed by publications Committee 
and presented for vote (along with approval of above 
officers) at next meeting. 

It is planned to issue a greatly expanded . news I etter in 
October, January, April and July - about 25 mimeo pages at first, 
photo offset or other printing as soon as possible. Contributions 
are desfred and will be welcomed in the form of abstracts of deecfs, 
wills, traditions, information re: old homes and sites, news of. . 
new births, marriages, etc., -- in short anything of Interest to 
the Ashleys of America. 

At the end of the morning session, a group picture was made in 
front of the church and we hope to be able to include a print in your 
next newsletter. Eighteen more people arrived for dinner than we had 
reservations for, but those unsinkable ladies of the Scotland Church 
simply held dinner up for twenty minutes while two went home for family 
silverware and paper plates; 

At the end of the afternoon session a spontaneous suggestion was 
made that a collection should be made to start a treasury and the impromp- 
tu offering netted some ninety odd dollars which was quickly and efficient- 
ly taken care of by our new treasurer. Since then, more offerings and 
some dues h^ye come in to further swell the coffers. This will help us 
to get out our first enlarged newsletter; 

On Sunday, eleven cars made a cavalcade tour of old Ashley sites 
In Rochester, Freetown ahd Lakeville, ending up at Paul Leonard's farm 
in Lakeville, where we enjoyed the triple treat of excellent refreshments 
(both Black Ashley punch and Red Ashley punch), a tour of the over 200 
year old house, and good conversation. Paul has big plans and has ob-* 
tained promises of funds to restore the Old Ashley Cemetery in Rochester. 

• * • • • • 

As chairman of your first meeting, my only regret was that there 
just wasnH enough tim* •fb talk as long as I wanted to with everyone. 
I must also beg foigiveness for the stack of unanswered letters beside 
me and also <or my failure to accept (as yet) the many Invitations to 
visit that so many have offered. 

Time will, I hope, correct ail these things. 

<d'i 4^h 

Robert E. Ashley 



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A w%Mf nt^poiNPr' Mtving Hm tawna of frt»«AQ«vn 
•fid UktvMi h» lotu fc iigHm MoMdHMtfa ««iry ThtoAlty. 

flSPTSUaSR S« 1970 

Missing Link in 

Copy of 

f-runt Page Artule Appearing 

In «ws»>c«pcr -THE VILLAGER" 

Freetown, MJi^iacrtiisetts 

September 1,-1970 

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Once Owned Mo^t 
of Cast Freetown 

Uiridttr JoMpb Afktosr^ mio imrdiAiM 
aft of East FiMtmm •arljr In tte 1700*1, tHtl 
rmoMM t myMry tt ttM edoeluMoii d 

tte Aral AM«yi of America maettacMMlA 
BrMstwaUr, Sidurday. 

AooordlAf to liiformafeloa vbldi waa 9rite> 
MnkMDT flit famtly^ft first ]^raslMit df tht 
assoolatioo, R6btrt8. AshliQrof Brtdpywtter, 
a TlMiiiaa Atfiil«r it Stated liack to Use IflOO^C, 
Bla naroa ftrat agvaara In hiatot? as.Uf!nf 
laC&oiieastar, at Oapa*Ann,1ik463Q, i 

m 1688 rtonrda mem that Utibart A4llif 
livad In Ilia 60rli«Md«Agawam %tm. 
Another AAla?, Edwardi:)ira8ballevadtdiha«i 
baen In AmaHoa m.m'VbiitJto no diiaoei^ 
dants In Amarloa axeoiM maybe eome HaU 
Inreed Tndiana.'" ' • 

Moat of Itie Aaii} thta aree.«re 
daaceuM iromi Jeeepli AAUnr i»lK>:piir« 
cbaaed all of SaM Fraetovnk (itata Tlverw 
tonX ptrt of Aeilalmel and* Roebe<ter« Tbesr 
made tlieir home for feneratlcnai and etill 
aome daacendanta oootlnue. In thla area 
near Route 108» Morton aoed, Seat Frae* 
tom, and Nortti Aveoya, Rodieater« IIm 
Urat homt waa on iiropertr now owned 
by tha New Bedford Water Works, 

Used Spanish Money 

To pordhtaa thla Urge tract of land, 
tt Is sftld^ StMAiah money was uaad. It la not 
known whare Joseph Aaiiley eam« ft^^i, 
07 huw he ^ tt)a money but some Imi^lly 
mambero were siu^pleknia of pirattng, 

A8 6ketohdd out by tl^ uaaocltitlon^a 
pracrtdentf It la probable that Joa(>ph Ackley 
waa the ran of cr gr^r^frtaon of t3:e 'Hiomaa 
Athl<»y already meneonad. 

TxA the mydt'^ry st^ll remalna onaolimd 
while many A^'lcye tftlU woodar how, or 
eten If. they are related to others, liTlnt 

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In adnfiieaatetii Maseedidaetts or lAdaa 
acetlared aerosa the nation. 
. Asaodetton presldant . R<^rt AtfUey of 
8$. Spring mu At^anae, .Brtdtenvater made 
most of ttie trraagem^nts for^ Die -first 
organisational meetlaf h4fld at. the Scotland 
Trinitarlen Congragatlonal.Cb«irchUrmdke» 
waten About 8S attimded, dinner wait.serred, 
talks presentsd and Mftcers eleetedL Mr, 
Ashley, the only AShley In Brldgewaler, 
has been wcnrking on the fhAlly genealogy 
for aaveral yeai^s* 

Mr.. Ashley, who liso complied Aahlay 
lenei^ogy and fimtly hi^Aorf, is a gradttite 
of l^rocklon HIgtt. Miooi, Wentworthlnsdtate» 
Photo MedtaSdibo]o(P)ipt^«Pby«M North- 
ean tehodl of PhotogfsiJhy. He U an arthee*^ 
olotis^ colonial historian and genealogist, 
Mott of his x\k he has wortM ss epro- 
iesdiooal phobgrepher ind su^ 1^86 has 
tieen 8 profeaepr and head of ttie depart* 
meut of .photoipraphy of tha FrankUn tn* 
stitute In Boston. . . 

Others elected at the llrat meeting were 
John 8L AShley pj pertmcwth, first iflce* 
pjmaldent, B'rndfcffd Swaii bf FroTidenoe, 
second vioe-presldant, Paul Leonard of Lake- 
Tllte, third Tice-prealdent; Mr. and Mra, 
Ken DsYls or Wllllamatown^ aacratary; Mr a. 
Theodore Ashley of Freetown, tra&surer; 
Mrs. Dorts Lang, Mrs. Helen Oomey Thomas 
and Mrs. {insan AShley French, imbllsning 

The group plans to work on pobliSMng 
a bo()k on the Ashley family* Donatlona 
were aecapted tn liau of xembersutp dues 
and newslet^s will be sotit out An amiual 
meeting la already being planned next year 
towardfs the latter pari of Aupist. 

Where Did Thsy 
Get The Money? 

Robert Ashley tdd the folIowlAg story: 
'<The mysterious appearance of Joaeph and 
Abraham Ashley In the CXd Colony at about 


jjcvrm.r'xxrv w^ 


in.^ VIX4ijAV3&R 

Ashley Genealogy 


1700 wUh s foodi/ iopplsf of SkMttilsh stlTor^ 
Yms Mvtr bdOD satSflfftetorily •xpltlned. Why 
tfld Hmf purehiM esctenfltiv lands ta the then 
remote !nl»d feetloo ef North Rochester? • 
Why did Ihey for msiiy yetrs, seem to srotd 
eontaet ^{h the dtll nd reUfloiis life of 
the town? If (es ouuiy beUeve) they were 
the sons or crtiidsoiis of Hiomts AJhley 
tte respected factor of the PUgrlm's tradliic 
post on the Keic4hec» then where had they 
heen in the mesBtim<i» 

<«The sncestry of their wlves^ Clis^beth 
PerdTil ef rAlmovih and Snsenns White 
of Plymouttt ^ «<xi^ traced. Why is their 
orlgte so obscure? An agp^fate of oter 
100 years and many fliousatids of dollars 
spent has not provided an.ansmr. 

Involved in Piracy? 

panic they may have harted some rwaalnlDf 
treasure near the East Preetown • North 
Rochester bomdary. 

It is also believed thst everycM by the 
name of Ashley Uvlnf in the Southeastern 
If assadiQsetts area has been proven to be 
a descendant of Joseph ArtOey and his 
wlte EUEaheth Perdval vphe settled in 
Rochester near the NewBedftMrd waterworks 
In 1700. 8ome of ttiese, doe to early cousin 
marriafsSi are also deseendante of Joseph's 
broOier Abraham's wife Susanna (White), 
the fpranddanshter of Resolved White who 
came over on ttie Mayflower in 1620, 

Other Links 
Missing Also 

It has been considered tiiat they were 
Involved In piracy, which hi those days 
was looked upon about the same as booU 
lenint in the 1920»s. 

It Is suspected that the two AAley brothers 
sailed with Captain WlUlam Kldl This Ship 
captabi seemed to get more daring as his 
experience gained, attaddnf all Alps re- 
gardless of whldi flag It flew* 

But as Kldd prc^essed -with his work, 
law ofAcers started looking for him. Finally 
when he stepped a^lhere In Boston, walking 
Into a trap, he was arrested and put In 
JalL Finally, Kldd wail hanged along with 
other crew members* 

When the news of Kldd had reached form»r 
crew mem^rs who had been put ashore 
earlier. It appears that they ''must have 
been encouraged to lose themselves even 
more completely and say nothing about their 
travels and occupation or the origin of 
their money/' 

Some family members believe that In a 

Several lines of descent are still not 
available and some family menOiers fear 
thai the information may never be gained, 
even throui^ mote research. But there is 
still hope for this family In ttie Bast Free- 
town area tB many will probably turn up 
at a reunion next year wondering Just how 
they might be related to So and So Ashley. 

About as attended the first meeting In 
Biidgewater, Saturday. Another 20 traveled 
a roitte through LakevlUe, East Freetown, 
Rochester, and Aeushnet viewing aieai of 
Interest to the Aihleys Including the Ashley 
family cemetery off Morton Road, mu, 
another smaller group viewed the recently 
bolldoned remUnIr of the cellar of Abraham 
Ashley Jr. R Is now dn lot 4S tn the Park* 
hurst hom ) building developments. 

Hie Sunday afternoon tour and two^day 
affair concluded at the hom>) of Mr. and 
Mrs. Paul Leonard on Rowland Road where 
refteshmente were served. 


The historic Col. John Ashley house In Ashley Falls was the site of two events 
that changed the course of history. Col. Ashley owned a young negro slave that 
he had bought as a child and raised to be a house servant. When she "Mombett" 
heard the Col. and his friends talking of the about to be adopted constitution 
that made all men free and equal, and a little later had a bitter clash with 
Mrs. Ashley, she ran away to the home of Theodore Sedgwick and pleaded with him 
to go to law for her seeking her freedom. Sedgewick, although a close friend of 
the Ashleys, took her case and won her freedom, thus establishing a precedent 
more than 100 years before the Civil War, All parties seem to have remained 
friends. In spite of Ashley's loss. 

The second event occurred In the winter \772-73 when the leaders of Sheffield 
drew up. In the Ashley house, the Sheff .^f ^ Declaration of Independence which 


inaepengence ana preceaea Oy mcv. than ^ k'^ /» 
Philadelphia on July 4, /776, ^^ HsI ^ 

America's first declaration of 
^ears the one adopted In 


We ape alt deeply indebted to R. Eugene Ashley for much of what we kncta 
about the As'ileys of Souiheaetem iilqasaahugette . Gene spent thirty years of 
his. life gathering information fran various souraes, but did not live t6 oam' 
plete thd work. On September 5 1938, about two years before his death, he 
spoke at the 80th birthday celebration of hie fatlier Charles S. Ashley, and 
sunmarizgd his work to that point. We give here his speeah in full on that 

"At this time I want to report to all of you my, further investigations 
and work on the Ashley Genealogy during the past five years.- I have accom- 
plished much, but have not reached the goal that f set out to get to, but If 
I live long enough I hope to attain that. 

Some very Interesting things have developed though during the past five 

In the first place,- I have been ab,le to establish that James Ashley,' 
who was the forefather of Frederick W. Ashley, the Librarian of Congress, 
was a son of Thomas Ashley, the' first son of our first Joseph. 
Mr. Frederick W. Ashley had worked for over thirty years trying to establish 
a connection with his line, "but was do so, until an attorney work- 
ing for me, found the evidence In the Taunton Bristol County Probates, wherfe 
It had been misplaced In the file of another James Ashley one hundred years 
later. This started me on the further work on the Thomas line, which 1 had 
never bothered much about. He had altogether f ifteen chl Idren that we know 
about so far, and mosi of them went into Vermont and Canada, many of them 
going from Canada to Ohio, as did. Frederick Ashley's ancestor James. 

Frederick Ashley has written for me to use In the genealogy, when It Is 
prepared, a fine article on the James Ashley line migrating to Ohio. 

nos. iMot**s *»«ttr 

I also wish to exhibit 
a si Ihouette'Of the 
Hon. Thomas Ashley, son 
of Thomas., who was the 
son of Joseph. 

I also found In the 
PJymouth records where 
this Thomas was at 
Canaan, Litchfield Co., 
Conn., in 1762, and 
came homo to go on a 
bond as guardian of 
Isaac Ashley, a minor 
son of Thomas Ashley, 
his father. Evidently 
Isaac was the only son 
by the first wife, 
Phoebe Freeman, who was 
not of age at the time 

of his father's deaths as Mary Gifford Ashley, the second wife, was bonded 
guardian of all the rest of the children. 

What was Thomas Ashley doing in Canaan, Litchfield County, Conn.? Why 
did he go there? 

It has always been stated, and my grandfather always told me, that 
there was a relationship between Ethan Allen and the Ash leys, and I have 
found In my work that there was a relationship by marriage, but I have not 
checked it as yet; but nevertheless this Thomas Ashley, who afterwards 
turned out to be the Hon. Thomas Ashley, went with Ethan Allen's brother 
and settled the Town of Poultney, Rutland County, Vermont. He also was the 
second man behind Ethan Allen on the stairs when Ethan Allen demanded the 
surrender of Fort Ticonderoga, Benedict Arnold being the first man behind 
Ethan A 1 1 en • 

I have succeeded in the past five years in getting the work sheets of 
the late Burton J. Ashley of Chicago, but was unable to get his finished 
work, which has caused me many hours of painful, tedious work in trying to 
assort the mass of material that he had accumulated. He had stamped each 
and every sheet as having been "copied", which meant that he had a better 
set, and I know that I could have done a lot better if I had been success* 
ful in getting it. He also had hundreds of pictures of old Ash leys and 
old Ashley Homesteads, which have been lost. 

I have within the last two days found a proof that Thomas Ashley, the 
first, (son of Joseph) wife, Phoebe Freeman, was a direct descendant of 
Governor Thomas Prince ahd his wife. Patience Brewster, the latter a dau- 
ghter of Elder William Brewster, who came In the MAYFLOWER. 

I have also found tnat the earlier Freeman was a brother- In- 1 aw of 
Mr. Beauchamp, in whose name Edward Ashley had the original patent of 
land on the Kennebec River in Maine. 

I have also found that a Gilbert, after Edward Ashley went home, was 
In charge of the Kennebec Trading Post. The Gilberts were related to 
Queen Elizabeth's governess, Mrs. Kate Ashley. The New England Historical 
and Genealogical Register for the year 1850, Volume IV, under the heading 
of The Gilbert Family by J. Wingate Thornton, says as follows: 

'Queen Elizabeth's governess, Mrs. Kate Ashley, to whom she was fondly 
attached, exercised the most remarkable influence over the mind of her 
royal pupil from her earliest years. She was aunt to Sir Humphrey Gilbert, 
to whom Sir Walter Raleigh was uterine brother, and was married to a rela- 
tive of Anne Boleyn, the Queen's unfortunate mother. Queen Elizabeth 
placed her chief favor and confidence In her maternal kindred to the end 
of her life, and Mrs. Ashley's powerful influence was of great advantage 
to her nephews'. 

This may lead me to believe what Carrie Stevens Walter of San Jose 
wrote In November 19, 1905, to Burton J. Ashley, that Thomas, Sr., was 
descended from Lord Ashley of England, first Earl of Shaftesbury, by a 
third wife, as near as we could trace \f, Margaret, daughter of Lord Spencer. 

You will remember that the Earl -. Shaftesbury had a grant on the 
Ashley River In South Carolina. ^ 


It Is my belief that Thomas Ashley, whom I think to be the grandfather 
of Joseph and Abraham, was driven out of Maine when the Indians drove them 
out at the beginning of King Phillip's War. I quote from the HISTORY OF 
GARDINER by J. W. Hanson: 

"On the breaking out of Philip's war, the Indians destroyed or drove 
them all away. Gen. Joseph Sewall, to whom we are Indebted for these 
facts, says — "The whole Kennebec country was deserted by the whites, 
their forts, houses and mills were burnt, their improvements destroyed, 
and the territory again left free for the roam of the savage, and the 
occupation of his game." 

The Ash leys, when they arrived in Rochester, started purchasing large 
tracts of land by cash, in hard silver, and in many of the deeds it is 
mentioned that they paid Spanish silver. In those days there was not much 
actual money, and who else but buccaneers and fur traders could have had 
real cash. 

For your Information, I have now in the regular Ashley line 1049 
families, and in the Thomas Ashley line 727 families. I also have in 
the regular line 1713 individuals not Aishleys connected with the regular 
line, and 1145 in the Thomas Ashley line; this making a grand total of 
over 4,634 people; so that you see when this work is published it will be 
quite a corrtprehensive genealogy, as thel"6 are thousands of the late gener- 
ations which I have not obtained as yet. 

I am very thankful for the help that everyone has given me, but I 
am also greatly disgusted with those who simply do not pay any attention 
to letters. 

I have had a very thorough search made of the Registries of Deeds 
and of probate records, and have accumulated a wealth of Information con- 
cerning our ancestors, of which we may well be proud. 

My work has been the means of connecting many families and straight- 
ening out many lines. One of the most pleasant things that I accomplished 
was for a Mrs. Louisa Ashley Grover of San Jose, California, who had work- 
ed for many years, trying to connect her line back, and wanted to do it 
before she died. I had the pleasure of straightening her out and receiv« 
ed many thankful letters from her, and she died June 13, 1936. Roberta 
met her. 

Another case was Anna Ashley, who was a daughter of Perclval, the 
Freetown records were incomplete and nothing could be found as to her 
parentage, and we about here knew nothing about her, as she had moved 
off away from here when she married Walter Durfee, and she died in 
Castleton, Vermont* Then her husband moved to Western New York, and a 
Mrs. Nora Wilhelm of Canton, Ohio, had worked on it for many years, but 
the poor woman died before I had found the evidence, and she had made 
her nephew, a young man by the name of W. E. Page of Rochester, N.Y., 
promise that he would carry on the work. 

The way I found out about Anna being the daughter of Perclval, was 
through Mrs. Nellie Robinson, who showed me a letter from Patience 
Parker, who was Dr. Bradford Bra ley's wife, and daughter of Harriet 

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Ashley Parker, daughter of Perclval Ashley, which gave the children of 
Perclval, and It said that Anna was Perclval 's daughter and she married 
a Walter Durfee and moved to Vermont. 

Captain Williams Ashley had dictated to Edward R, Ashley, April 7, 
1868, a little memorandum about the different Ashleys, of which I had a 
copy, and in that he stated that Abram had a daughter Anna that married 
a Durfee, thinks his name was Ode, son of Captain David Durfee, and that 
is the only record that I had of an Anna, so that you can see Captain 
Williams Ashley was confused when -he dictated to his son E. R. Ashley. 

Mr. Page was greatly delighted to get this evidence that straighten- 
ed their i Ine out. 

It was the funniest thing when I was talking to Mrs. Robinson 
about it, it was an awfully cold day, and you know her house is not much 
to get warm In, and when I told her the trouble I was having about trying 
to place Anna, she said, *M think she was the daughter of Perclval, but 
moved away and no one knew much about her; and I think I have a letter 
upstairs that will prove It." 

I thought to myself, my God, how will she ever find that letter In 
this house; but she volunteered to go up and look for it, and bless my 
heart the poor woman was not gone five minutes and she came down with 
the letter in her hand, yellow with age; but it had the evidence that I 
wanted, and since then I have been able to prove the same. 

We have Ash leys spread all over the world and the job Is getting 
tougher and tougher, but t hope to live long enough to publish a book that 
that will be a credit to our branch of the Ashley family; and also to 
connect our line back to Thomas of Maine. 

If there is any Information that any of you want at any time I will 
be only too glad to try to help you out, and If at any time you see any- 
thing about Ashleys In the paper, if you will Just mall them to me I will 
appreciate the same, or If you find any old Ashley pictures or records. 

(The End) 

THOMAS ASHLEY - MIscel laneous" 

Court was 'to be holdeit the 3^ day of the weeke following the 20"*"*^ of May 
next at the house of Thomas Ashley* (1652) 

"That Thomas Ashley shall have liberty to keep an ordinary for naklng provision 
to entertaine strangers and others for the I re refreshment paying for the same. 


"Thomas Ashley, Abram Robinson and James Smith were prosecuted for debt, 
about 1641-2 (Ref. Putnams History Mag. 5-18) 

There is a "Thomas" drowned in New Haven Harbor 1640. 
There is a Thomas who is 26 years old in Boston In 1639. 

(Geo. L. Randall - Search 1907) 

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G THE 1790 CENSUS [3 

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Mrs. Ruth Warren In her genealogical column, ''Titles and T^Ios" publish* 
ed weekly In the ^4obile Press Rsglster, has a word of caution rabout accepting 
the early census records of our United States as completftiy accurate. She 

"I have never accepted as "gospel" the Federal Census, at least, those 
from the first In 1790 through the early 1800's. If we consider the . 
difficulties facing the census taker and his means of transportation 
into the hinterlands, he must have gotten some second-hand information 
in many places simply because it was Impossible to reach the people 
he may have heard resided in a certain area. He was paid for each 
person tabulated, therefore, it was to his interests to record as many 
people as possible. 

For instance, in 1790, he was paid $1.00 per ISO persons in rural areas 
and SI. 00 per 300 in towns over 5,000, or less than a penny per person. 
In 1800 he was paid $1.00 per 100 in the country and SI. 00 per 300 
persons in towns. 

Consider the plight of the census taker, at the end of a trail and 
he could go no further, yet, he had been told there were people living 
beyond his reach. Mindful of the three*-quarters of a cent he would 
receive for each enumeration, it is possible he took hearsay from 
squatters who said they knew the nalnes and ages of the unreachables. 
Misinformation or guesswork could account for variances In family names 
and numbers which have puzzled many researchers of the early census.*' 

The total population as returned In 1790 was 5,929,214 and the eatire 
cost of the census was $44,377.00. 

Mrs. Warren will pub 1 1 sb quer I es at no charge In her column. If you 
have Alabama questions, you may reach her at the Mobile Public Library, 
701 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama (36601). 

On the following page are listed the Ash leys recorded In the 1790 
Census in the states of Vermont, New York and Connecticut. 

**Remember the days of old, consider the years of may generations. 
Ask thy falher and he will show thee, thine elders and they 
will tell th'^e". 

(Moeee in the Book of Deuteronomy 



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A. Free white males 16 Years & Upward inct. Heads of Famili 

B. Free White Males under 16 Years 

C. free White Females including Head of Family 

D. All other Free Persons 

E. Slaves 






ASHLEY , Enoch 

Zebu I un 






ASHLEY, Zaners 
E I kanah 





ASHLEY , Abreham 


















































Ch 1 ttenden 


New Haven 


Pou 1 tney 

Rut i and 








Benn 1 ngton 



Hart land 











New York City 
North Ward 


New York 
Wash i ngton 





New London 






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The name Is supposed to Have been given to MHton In honor of the blind 
author of "Paradise Lost", as many of the towns In New England and throughout 
the east were named from English originals before the separation of the colonies 
from the mother country. 

Charter was grianted Jbne 8, 1763. The largest stream Is the Lamoille 
River which takes a sinuous course through the town from northeast to Southeast, 
Bnd has many tributaries. 

Early settlements: Milton was first settled by William Irlsh^ Leonard 
Owen, Amos Mansfield, Absolom Taylor and Tholhas Dewey, In February 1782. 
Thomas Oewey was the eldest son of Major Zebedlah Dewey, of l\>ultney, Vermont, 
who took an active part in the battle of Hubbardton and probably also In the 
battle of Bennington. Major Dewey was born in Barrlngton, Mass. In 1726 and 
was probably descended from one of the proprietors of Poultney. He was a great 
lover of hunting. He died at Poultney on the 28th of October, 1804. Thomas 
Dewey married an Ashley and moved to Milton on the 15 of February 1782, settling 
on the farm now owned by Mrs. Lucretia B. Witters, about one and a half miles 
south of Milton Falls. He was soon followed by his brothers Zebedlah and 
Azarlah, and three sisters -^-» Beulah, wife of Ellsha Ashley, Anna, wife of 
Samuel Murdock, and Kezlah, wife of Warren Hill and grandmother of Mrs. Witters. 
Thomas and Zebedlah Dewey both died of the epidemic of 1813 .... 

Enoch and Ellsha Ashley, brothers, came to Milton In 1784, the former 
locating on a tract of land on the east road, which Includes the farm now 
owned by Edward W. Allen and the latter east of Milton Falls on the comer ^f 
the east and west and fiorth and south roads. Enoch, who served as first town 
clerk, remained here until 1820, when he removed to Western New York, the place 
of his death. 

His son Beamaii was born In f^ultney In 1784, came here with his father, 
married Lucy Prentiss and had a family of 10 children, 5 of whom are now living. 
He died in September 1852. His widow survived him until 1865 when she died at 
the age of 97 years. 

Ellsha, as before stated, married Beulah Oewey and reared a family of 12 
children, who are now represented In town by 5 descendants. Ellsha Ashley 

built and for years kept a tavern In the house now owned by Rev. Johh. H. Woodward 

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Town Organization: The town was orgaTiized on the 25th of March I788> 
Nilliam Irish being moderator of the meeting, by the election of the following 
officers: Enoch Ashley, town clerk; Samuel Church, Elisha Ashley and Absalom 
Taylor selectmen. Thomas Oewey Treasurer, Enoch Ashley Constable and Collector, 

It was voted "that the Dower of Enoch Ash I ey hous sha 1 1 be the 

Sine Post for this year". 

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MILTON TOWN (Continued) 

On the 9th bf March 1795 ...Enoch Ashley were appointed a committee to 

••Set a stake for *e center of the town'% and reported that they had set such 
stake •'About two rods from the northwest corner of Alpheus Mansfield - lot 10 
so called - being about 3/4 of a mile southeast of Mr. Oean^s Mills"« 

The War of 1812: Following is the roil of a company of militia which went 
from Milton Into the War of 1812 under command of Capt. Jonathan Prentiss •••• 
Arch. Ashley, corporal; William Ashley, Corporal; Elisha Ashley, private. Arch 
Ashley was present at the battle of Plattsburgh. 

Hilton from 1825 to 1630: Officers for tiM year .1825. John Vf. Dewey, 
Constable* Elisha Ashley Jr. road surveyor. 

The oldest store in Hiltoti Village was built by George Ashley. who himself 
kept it for some time. ......Among the other manufacturing concerns In the town 

of Milton are the carriage manufacturing of Charles Ashley, who recently began 
the making of all kinds of carriages and sleighs. 

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Town officers I886t George Ashley selectman; C. S. Ashley, Auditor. 

(End of Milton Town) 

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From: History of Chittenden Co,, Vt, 
By: V, S, Beam - IB86 (Page $88) 








CALVIN FILU40RE ASHLEY, M.D., Ypslianti, Michigan, was* born in the town of Phelps, 
Phelps, Ontario County, New York, Hay 30, 1816. His father, Thomas. Ashley, 
was an early settler in that local ity.^ His antecedents settled in Conn, at 
an early day having received large land grants from the. King of England. His 
mother, Rachel (Woodward) Ashley was the daughter of Ontario County Pioneers. 
She died when the subject of this sketch was but 3 years of age, and from 
that time his hdme was with a sister who married about the time of his mother's 


His literary education was chiefly received at Lima Seminary at Lima,NeY. 
There he also pursued the study of medicine two years with Or. William Butler. 
He then went* to a medical college at Fairfield,. N.Y«, where he passed the 
school year of 1839-40, the last session df that institution. The following 
3 years were spent in teaching, and pursuing studies pertaining to medicinee 
In the fall of 1844 he went to New York City and entered the medical depart* 
ment of the University of the City of New York, from which he graduated in 1845. 
The next year was spent at his home in recruiting h4s health. 

In 1846 he came to Michigan and after visiting various places settled 
near Wayne, where he remained two years. He then returned to New York and 

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BIOGRAPHY - C. F. ASHLEY, M.D . (Cont'd) 

and spent some months in reviewing and studying medicine. In 1849 he came to 
Michigan again. Intending to go further west, but was persuaded to stay In 
Ypsilanti. Since then this city has been his home. 

Dr. Ashley served as an Alderman from the first ward for one term, but 
his profession kept him out of political life thereafter. He is a member of 
the County Medical Society and was for some years connected with the State 
and National Societies. He was a member of the original organization of 
Odd Fellows In this city, but since Its reorganization has not been connected 
with It. He Is a member of Phoenix Lodge and Excelsior Chapter of F. & A.M. 
of this city and was for some years a member of Detroit Commandery No. I. 

Reared In the Methodist Episcopal faith, he at the age of 16 united with 
that church and has always remained with It. Dr. Ashley Is quite a naturalist 
and has a fine collection of the birds of Michigan, collected and mounted by 
himself. He is also Interested In bee culture and has an apiary of about 
70 colonies. A life of kind acts and good deeds has won a warm place for 
the Doctor In the hearts of a large circle of friends. 

(The end) p^^,^. History of Washtenou County ^ 

Michigan - 1981 

Editor's Note: Lineage Is C. F. Ashley^, Thomas*, Elkanah^, Thomas2, Joseph' 

Dr. Ashley died May I, 1896 at Ypsilanti, Mich. 

BIOGRAPHY - SILAS PICKENS ASHLY, a respected citizen and farmer of Lakevllle, 
Mass. was born in this town April 4, 1813 a son of Noah and Ruth (Pickens) 
Ashley. His paternal grandfather also bore the name of Noah. Noah Ashley 
(2nd) and his wife Ruth became the parents of a large family of children: 
namely, Jephthah, Silas P., Noah, Abiel W., Susan P., Elizabeth M., Earl S«, 
Sarah, Josephus P., Levi L., and Abbie, all of whom are still living with 
the exception of Abiel. 

SilasPicken^ Ashley, who was the second born child of his parents, was ed- 
ucated In the district schools. He remalhed beneath the parental roof until 
his 25th year, when he began life for himself, turning his attention to agri* 
culture as his main occupation. His present farm, which consists of about 60 
acres, has been his home since 1844, and Is endeared to him by many associations 
of his younger days. In addition to farming he has also dealt to some extent 
in wood and lumber. In 1835 Mr. Ashley wedded Miss Phoebe E. Davis of Tiverton, 
R.I. Seven children were born to them, and were named respectively: Phoebe J., 
Mary B., Clementine L., Noah, Isaiah, Silas Edmund and Abiel Davis, of whom 
Noah and Isaiah have passed away. 

His first wife dying, Mr. Ashley contracted a second marriage In 1857, 
Miss Almira F. Dean, a native of Taunton, becoming his wife. Mr. Ashley is a 
Republican in politics, having been a whig In the days of that early party. 
He has lived to see many political and other changes during his fourscore and 
three years of experience, and he has always been numbered among the reliable 
and trustworthy citizens of his town. 

Editor's Note: S. P. Ashley died 
2 April 1897 at Lakevllle, Mass. 

From: Plymouth County ^ Mass. 1897 

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!3 U' topiiitt'ihiltf 194? wfmi tiblsa in ppaeMsion of 

E.RECQROSI...G . Mevtha Aehley Boppin, Hilton, Vtmont, 

T3 ' ''' Biblk nab U poeeoeaicnof tfaniel V, Aehl^, 
XXXXXXl , Mghfiltd Lane, Darieri Conn, {06820) 

ASHLEY 9 tBlE - Published H^^ Shisper Hardrng,^M». 97 South Third St. 

Philadelphia,: 154^. ' 

Beeman Ashley was born April 24, 1784 

Lucy Prentiss was born January 2^\' 1788 *v»t: •' 

Married October 2, 1808 "» .v 

. Children: 

Lucy Ee Ashley was born at Milton, Nov* 26, 1809 

Emily Ashley was born at Milton Sept. 16, 1811 

Orson B* Ashley was born at Milton Aug. 14, 1813 

Marcus Pe Ashley was born at Milton. I^r I day April 19^ 1816 

George Ashley was bprn at Milton Ft* I day October 9, 1818 

Jonathan P. Ashley was born at.St« Albans Suiie Nov* 26, 1820 

Hemah Allen Ashley was born at St. AlbanS| Tues* Feb. 4, 1823 

Sandford Ashley was bom at Mlltbn, Tues. Apr! I 12, 1825 

Lucld4 A. Ashley was born at Mitton Sat. May 12^ 1827 

Azro, Ashley was born at Milton Wed. Aug. 26^*329 

Infant daughter was born at Milton Si^te iO^ 1832 

Jonathan P. Ashley died at Milton Feb. 4, 1836 

Infant daughter died at Milton, Sept. 14, 1832 

Beemah Ashley died Sept. 23, I85;2 

Liicy Ashley died May 6; 1883 

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^ ,.-,^ortathan Prentis was born July r2^ 150 
MbVgatet Daniels Was born Apr!*! 1g 13^ 
Jb0,dthan Prentis itrld Margaret Oanieis were Joined In marr^tage 

April 8, 1772 
6i Ibert Prentis wa« bo^h riovember 21/1773 
Benjamfn Prentis was born July 29, 1775 
P^9y prentis was born May 21, 1778 
Edgcomb' Prent i s was born March I ) / - 1 780 
Mercy PrenVfs was born January lO,' 1782 
Jonathan Prentis was born November 29, 1783 
Sally Prentis was born February 3,* 1786 
Lucy Prentis was born January 24, 1788 -' • . 
Joseph Prent 1$ was born April 11, 1790 * 
Alvira Prentis was born October I, 1792 
Jonathan Prentis died April 3, 1833 
Margaret Prentis died December 2, 1824 
Lucy Prentis died May 6, 1885 
Marcus Prentis was born February 6, 1795 
Auson (Anson) Prentis was born August 20, 1797 
Marcus Prentis died October 31, 1813 
Auson Prentis died October II, 1815 

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OLD LETTER - The follcwing ate extraota from' a teiter written at Barringlfin^ 

Hava Sootia^ August 18S3 iSn/ REV., WILLIAM WASHINGTON ASHLEY sent 
to REV. WM. WASHINGTON ASHLEY JR. in)€tMWer to inquvriee re. 
genealogy and hietovy of the Ashley family » Extracts were made 
Dec. 6, 190S» letter at that time^ po^eesion of 
Rev. B. Greeman Ashley of Ravenndi'()hi&' < 

"We descended from an ancient English family which'^bOre the name in its present 
shape. In the early settlement of America two brothers came over from England, 
one of whom settled at Charlestown, S.C. and tH^ other going north. The Ashley 
River near Charlestown, was named for the first, and from him sprung the Ashieys 
of the South. The other is presumably the forefather of the numerous Ashieys 
of the Northern and Central and Western States i" '.» 

**l4y great grandfather Ashley, whose first name I db not remember lived to the age 
of 105. I kn6w nothing of his wife nor of his famt lyexcept my grandfather and 
two of his sisters. One of these sisters married James Forest; the other was 
twice married, the 1st husband being a Sherman and the other a Thompson. There 
were several children by Sherman but none by Thompsbrti' who was a planter. 


Hy grandfather's name was JOSEFS who was a bold, active, educated man. In the 
Revolutionary War he fought for Independence, but of hjhs-mi lltary career I have 
no knowledge save that he went from Orange CountV, N.C. He was^i;thrice married, 
but so far as I have ascertained all his offspring Werefrom hi^s first marriage. 
When I knew him he was a very interesting old man and' aa honored member of the 
Baptist Church. He died in Orange Co., N.C. . . •' )<0f his family there were 
six sons and five or six daughters. The sons were EDWARD, NOAH, CAREY, JOHN, 
RICHARD AND JOSEPH. Edward, the eldest of the famify was my father. 

Carey, who had a large family, moved into Ohio when I was* a small boy and faded 
entirely out of my recollection and knowledge. Joseph, who became a Baptist 
minister, brought up a large tamily wit|i which he moved from N.C. to one of the 
new States where I lost trace o* him and all begotten of him. Noah settled at 
Kingston, Tenn. where he became a magistrate and a mdn of business. He was 
twice married, but had only one child and that by hUf Irstfwife. 

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There being no school of high classical standing neAir ijs?€dwftrd. went to PowelMs 
Valley Seminary, and I to Anderson Seminary . . .In thfe'^arly part of 1814 Edw. 
joined the Claibourne Co. Volunteers apd went out In pursuit of the Creek Indians. 
In Nov. of same year I joined . . . • We fought through the Indian country to 
Mobile where I spent the wlntdr. I was one of the number who volunteered to go 
to the relief of the fort at Mobile ^^fnt when It was besieged by the English. 
The fort capitulated before w^ «»rrfyed and we being without provision nearly 
starved to death. We re"fr«''ned. to Mobile after an absence of 10 days and were in 
that city when the Battle of New Orleans was fought. We remained in Mobile until 
the end of the y^* <For this W.W^A. received 2 grants of lend from the Gov.) 

In the fjll of 1815 . . . set ap/art to the ministry of the Free Baptists. In 
1820 ... I traveled thu the Eastern States to Portland and Eastport, Me. and 
thence to St. Johns, New Brunswick and over the Bay of Fundy to DIgby, Nova Scotia 
and down to Liverpool ... At Liverpoot I married Hannah Kempton 3- 1 5- 1 82 1 
daughter of Samuel Dogget Kempton, a direct descendnat of Manassah Kempton of 
Plymouth, Mass. who many times from 1646 to 1660 was elected representative from 
Plymouth to the General Court of Plymouth Colony." 

(Sote similarily of given names) 

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Desoended from Joseph Ashley whose service 
and identity haxfe been established by DAR 

NOTE: Application for membership In the National Society, Daughters of the 
American Revolution may be submitted on new short forms if an appli- 
cant Hes Into an approved line within three gonerations. The follow- 
ing list of DAR approved ASHLEY Patriots, and their descendants may 
expedite proving your line for membership in this Patriotic Society. 

ELISHA ASHLEY^ (Thomas2, Joseph') (1757-1835) m Beulah Dewey 

Private, Vermont - Served in Vermont Militia in Capt, Zebedia Dewey's Co. 
1778 and 1781 and under Capt. Abishal ^4oseley at the Castleton, Vt. alarm 

(4) Jesse Woodruff and Sally Ashley 

(5) Solon Buck Bag ley and Beulah Woodruff 

(6) James Miner Bag ley and Susan Mansfield 

(7) Frank H. Intfeld and Julia Bag ley - DAR ji?45043 

ENOCH ASHLEY^ (Thofrtas2, Joseph') (l750-cl820) m Phebe Owen 

Prviate, Vermont - Served in Vermont Militia in Capt. Zebedlah Dewey's Co. 
and in Capt. Israel Hurlbut's Co. and at the Alarm at Castleton, Vt. 

(4) Beman Ashley and Lucy Prentiss 

(5) Sanford Ash I fey and Caroline Haight 

(6) Charles Sanford Ashley and Cora Belle Harris 

(7) Sanford Harris Ashley and Josephine Caroline Strecker 

(8) Winslow Clement Spousta and Esther May Ashley - DAR jy395322 

PERCIVAL ASHLEY^ (Abraham^, Joseph') (1740-1822) m Anna Bishop 

Lieutenant, Mass. - Served as Lt. In Capt. Joseph Morton's Co., Col. John 
Hathaway's Regiment in Mass. line. 

(4) Jethro Ashley and Lois Gifford 

(5) James Ashley and Philena B. Leonard 

(6) John Williams and Susan E. Ashley 

(7) George H. Finney and Edith Williams - DAR ii^l 14829 

(4) Jethro Ashley and Lois Gifford 

(5) Alden Rounseville and Cornelia Ashley 

(6) John Cudworth and Sarah Rounseville 

(7) G. Delmar Dunbar and Carrie A. Cudworth - DAR jifl28l52 

(4) John Ashley and Charity Sherman 

(5) John S. Ashley and Mary G. Brown 

(6) Joshua Bishop Ashley and Susan Sanderson 

(7) Ellaphlne Ashley - DAR #15114 2 

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NOAH ASHLEY^ (William^, Joseph') ( 1757-1839) m Ablga 1 1 Hoar 
Priva+e, Mass. - Placed on pension roll; 1618 for two years actual service 
as private in Mass. Line. In 1832 his pension was increased. 

(4) Noah Ashley Jr. and Ruth Pickens 

(5) Joshua McCully and Susan Ashley 

(6) Thomas Jefferson Browne and Suth|e Adine McCully - JDAR #32812 

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(4) & (5) Same as above 

(6) ChaMbsJ^ Skinner and Sarah K^ McCully 

(7) Fred WHItam Mi I tigan and Norma .Lee Skinner.- PAR 1100868 

THOMAS ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') (1738-1810) m Zerli lab. Richards 
Private, Vermont - Served \t\ Capt. Zebedtah Dewey's. Co* 1778. Member 
of the Committee of Safety of Poultney, Vt. 

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(4) Zebu I on Ashley and Thankful Pond ' 

(5) Asahel Pond Ashley and Ursula WMIiams Woodcock 

(6) Josiah Everett Stevens and Emdiine Ashley 

(7) Wl 1 1 lam Walter and Carrie Stevens - DAR #321^70 

(4) Jonathan Marshall and Phebe Ashley - 

(5) Paul Marshall and Rebecca Smith 

(6)t George Al fred I4arshal I and Del la Ma-i lony 

(7) L. F. Phelps and Pauline Marshall ^ «DAR #59993. 

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(4) & (5) Same as above 

(6) Joseph pryden Warren and Lucy Ann Marshall 

(7) Cugy Rebecca Warren - DAR 119406 


WILLIAM ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') (1758-1828) m Phebe Howe 
Private/ Vermont • Served several enlistments 1 777- J 78 1 as Pr I vatf. 
Corporal and Sergeant in Vermont Mi title 

(4) Hiram Burtch and Phi I'anda Ashley 

(5) John Huff Mikesell and Phebe Burtch 


(6) Powel Garner Mikesell and Mary Cline Watts 

(7) Adolph George Henning and Phebe Eliza Mikesell - DAR II 12523 
(T) Mrs. Anna Burtch WkeseM Watklns - DAR -#11 2524 

(7) Harley J. Ch I ttenden -and Lou Mikesell - PAR #10^3 1 6 

(4) Same as above 

(5) Asa Burtch and Catharine Miller 

(6) John F. Burtch and Arlila Lucas 

(7) Maxwell A. Arnold and Daisy G. Burtch - DAR 1133947 

(4) George Washington Ashley and PoJIy Dickinson ; , . 

(5) H6rry Ashley and Mary< Ann Smith 

(6) John Marcellus'Govey and^ ElsIa Idel Ashley. - QSR |l002i6 

(7) Frank A. French and LI 1 1 law Covey - OA R #95248 "^ ' 

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(To be continued) 

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It is commonly known that people who are related through one family, line 
are often also related through other family lines, sometimes more closely than 
through the originally investigated line. The easiest way to exchange this 
information Is through the use of ANCESTOR TABLES which are really skeleton 
genealogies containing only the most basic facts about a person's ancestry 
for as many generations back as you might want to carry It. We hope to pub- 
lish as many of these as possible so that others with the same ancestors can 
readily get In touch with each other. 

To write your ancestor table, number It as follows: 


1st Gen. I - I. Your name, birthdate and address. 


2nd Gen. II - 2. Your father's natne, birth, death and principal residences 

3. Your mother's " " . " " ' " " 

3rd Gen. Ill - 4. Your father's father's name, birth, death and " 

5. Your father's mother's " ". " " " 

6. Your mother's father's " " ". " " 

7. Your mother's mother's " " '^ 

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4th Gen. IV - 8. Your father's father's father's name, etc. 

9. Your father* s " mother's name, etc. 

10. Your " mother's father's name, etc. 

11. Your " •' mother ?s name, etc. 
' 12. Your mother's father's father's name ^ etp. 

13. Your " " mother's name^ etp. 

14. Your " mother's father's name, etc. 

15. Your " " mother's, name, etc 

Note that except for yourself (first generation), ai I males are even 
numbers and all females are odd numbers. Also that any number doubled 
gives the father of that number and any number dbulbed plus one gives the 
mother of that number. 

Anything unknown is left blank and indicates that the sub^ect(#l) Is 
seeking that information. 

Why not sit down right now and start your ancestor table, complete 
what you can and send it in for publication. You will probably be pleasant* 
ly surprised at the number of cousins you have who will help you^ 

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See the Ancestor Table covering Robert. E. Ashley^ pur presijpent, on 

the following page. 

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V V. 


ANCESTOR TABLE: Robert E. Ashtey^ 68 Spring Hill Avd.^ Bridgewater, Mass. 02324 

I I. Robert E. Ashley, 1913- Bridgewater, Mass. 

II 2. Oscar Ashley, 1868-1914, Raynham, New Bedford, Brockton, Mass* 

3. Ruth Ann Hasklns, 1873-1953, New Bedford, Brockton, Mass. 

ill 4. Thomas Henry Ashley, 1827-1887, Dartmouth, Freetown, Raynham, Mass. 

5. Susan A. Bruce, 1833-1923, Falrhaven, Freetown, New Bedford, Mass. 

6. Eben Franklin Haskins, I847-I9>6, Dartmouth, New Bedford,^ Mass. 

7. Mary Maria Dexter, 1853^1913, New Bedford, Mass. 

tV 6. Thomas Ashley, 1783-1856, Freetown, Mass. 

9. Rest Haskins, I7d3-bef. 1843, Freetown, Mass 

10. Edward Bruce, 1799- , Scotland (came over bef* 1824) jsettled Freetpwn 

11. Susan PIttsley, 1807-1863, Freetown, Mass. 

12. Steven Haskins 2nd,, 1819- , Dartmouth, Mdi^s. 
I3| Ruth Ann (Tucker) Brayton, 1826- , Dartmouth, Mass* 

14. James Dexter, I8I4-I86I| Rochester, New BedWd, Mass* 

15. Pamelia Dexter, 1815-1882, Rochester, New BAdford^ Mass. 

V 16. Abraham Ashley, 1743-1821. Freetown, Mass 

17. Hannah Crapo, 1753-1843, Freetown^ Mass 

18. Anthony Haskins, 1750- , Middieboro, FrebtowH^ Ma^d. 

19. Rest Crapo, 1753- , Itochester, Freetown, Mass. 

20. Robert Bruce, b & d in Scotland 

22. James PIttsley, , Freetown, Mass 

23. Merc y . _» • Freetown, Mass. 

24. Ebenezer Haskins, , 1817, Dartmouth, Mass. 

25. Luranah Pool, 1796- , Taunton, Dartmouth, Mass. 

26. Benjamin Tucker 3rd, 1796- , Dartmouth, Mass 

27. . Peace Borden, , Tivertown, Dartmouth, Mass. 

28. Capt. Samuel Dexter, 1773-1856, Rochester, Smithfield, N.Y. 

29. Mercy Keen, 1782- , Rochester, Mass., Smithfield, N.Y. 

30. Johnathan Dexter, 1782- , Rochester, Mass. 

31. Mary Stud ley, 1786-1841, Yarmouth, Rochester, Mass. 

VI 32. William Ashley, 1708-bef. 1783, Ftochester, Freetown, Mass. 

33. Elizabeth Ashley, 171 1-1745, Rochester, Freetown, Mass. 

34. Consider Crapo, 1735- , Rochester, Freetown, Mass. 

35. Mercy West, 1732- , Darlmouth, Rochester 

36. Eliphalet Haskins, 1721- , Freetown, Mass. 

37. Susan Hoyt, 

38. John Crapo, 171 1-1799, Rochester, Mass. 

39. Sarah Clark, 1714- , Rochester, Mass. 

(See Reverse Side) 
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ANCESTOR TABLE: Robert E. Ashley (Continued) 

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Slrblrnus Pool, 1753- 

Levln a 

Benjamin Tudker, 1741- 

Sarah Barney, 

, Dartmouth, Mass 

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,• Dartmouth, Mass 
, Dartmouth,: Mass. 

Edward Daxter, 1730-1795, Rochester^ Mass. 

Mary Babcock 

3ohn K^en, 1744-1812, Rochester, Mass. 

Mary Clifton, 1746-1822 . ^ 

David Dexter, 1749-1827, Rochester, Mass. 

Sarah Allen, 1755- 

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This ie our QUERI SECTION and could become one of the 
most valudble of our publication. Are you miseing a 
vital link? Send in your problem - the answer might 
be forthcoming. Keep queries brief and concise. 

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Seeking grandparents of Peace BORDEN' (Int. Peace W. Burden of Tiverton) who 
m. Ben. Tucker Jr. Mar. 30, 1820 at Dartmouth. Was dau. of Theophilus and 
Ann Borden, b 1803 In Tiverton. Tucker d bef. 1844 and she m (2) Jerlmiah 
Cornell, single, fanner, of Dart, son of John E. Cloe on Mar. 14, 1847. 
R. e. ASHLEY, 68 Spring Hill Ave., Brldgewater, Mass. 02324 - : . 

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Vanted Information on PITTS LEY family of E. Freetown. Name formerly PIggsley 
or PIgalle (according to PauI'Gen.) Prob. from France bef. Rev. War. Served 
with Minute Men* One branch of family were all albinos. Others raised 
particular hell tn Freetown on occasions but mostly respectable. 
R. E. ASHLEY, 68 Spring Hill Ave., Bridgewater, Mass 02324 

VanUd descendants of Timothy ASHLEY b 7 Nov. 1789, Milton, Vt., son of Elisha 
and Beulah (Dewey) Ashley. Moved to Tenn. or Ky. no further record. 
MRS. W. C. SPOUSTA, PO Box 321, Rogers, Ark. 72756 


Need daU of death of ENOCH ASHLEY b 25 Nov. 1750 at Milton, Vt. Moved to 
western New York circa 1800. Old he remarry? Where \s he buried? 

MRS. W. C. SPOUSTA, Pd Box 321, Rogers, Ark. 72756 


Brad Swan writes (Sept. 16, 1970) "I am off for Nepal and 
Mt. Everest next week and so you won't be hearing from me 
until November* - - •♦ Brad Is Drama Critic for the 
"Providence Journal" and "Evening Bulletin". We also 
knew that he was Active in the Appalachian Mountain Club, 
and have read some of his articles on Mountain Climbing 
in their pub I Ications — but Mount Everest ? ? ? ? ? 
We are anxious to. hear more. 

From Wi 1 1 iamstown, Mass. • - 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth 0. Oavis have 
the honor of announcing the marriage 
of their daughter Eloise Margaret to 
Mr. Holger Jurgen Harrer on Friday, 
the ninth of October — Manti Temple, 
MantI, Utah. At home after Oct. 20 
108 E. 500 South St., Provo, Utah 
BEST WISHES to the happy couple. 



And in Lakevitle, Mass. * - Paul and 
WTffiona Leonard will celebrate their 
fiftieth wedding anniversary, Oct. 24. 
BEST WISHES to another happy couple. 


Buzzy Ashley (Mrs. John S.) sends clipping from Miami Herald, Oct. 6, pg. 
Florida police have issued nationwide alert for Virginia ex-convict names 
HENRY THOMAS ASHLEY, 27» who has been charged wfth the murder of 5 people at 
New Port Richey. Co. Sheriff Gaines warns Ashley is armed & considered ex- 
tremely dangerous. Served sentence in Va. for grand larceny — Who is he ? 

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The aim of this publication \% to share/ infQnrtat(^on and Its success 
depends upon the contributions received from each And^every one of y6u« 
As you have climbed your family \t^^^ we know that you have acauired some 
valuabfci data that might help another solve a problem. PLEASE SHARE ! ! 

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Suggested materia Is. wan ted for publtcetion In ypyr News Bulletin are: 

BIBLE RECX3RDS - Include the original owner of the Bible if possible^ 
present owner (name and address) and the name of publisher and dat6« 

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OLD LETTER^ * Abstracts of letters containing historical Infohnatfon. 
Be sure to Identify the' sender and receiver^ and who has possession. 

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TOMBSTONE INSCt^lPflONS - include the nttne and location of c^metet-y. 
CHURCH REGiSTERS •* Include, naime 6f Church and its location. 

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OLd NEWSPAPER NOTICES ^ Obituaries^ rfiarHagesi births, from old, n«wpapers 
could verify or solve a problem. Include name and location of paper 
and publication date. 

ABStRACts dp WILLS ^ Incliide location wriere recorded^ Book & page Kbs* 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES of prominent Ash leys • incliide SbiirQS. 


LISTS OF DEEDS - Include where recorded and identify Grantor nti^f Gratitee 

ANCESTOR TABLES * Start preparing yours now and we wl il;:pubMsh each . 
quarter as many as we have space for. ' . 

VITAL STATISTICS * Marriages/ deaths , births, letters of administration, 
deeds and land grants, etc. * Include source (location, book & page Nos.) 


Neither the off leers nor the association can. accept responsibility for 
the correctness df material supplied us by our contributors, but we shall 
make every effort .w.l: thin. our means to publish authentic' records. Please 
help by document! fig the material you send us. 

NOTE • - - While not imperative. It would expedite ACCURACY If material 

submritted is ty pjsd . If you .spot an error, advise, the editor 
In order that a correction may be made In the next Issue. 

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DEADLINE DATES '- - - Material to be pub I i shed must be received by the Editor 

by DECENBER 20, MARCH 20, JUNE 20, or SEPTEMBER 20 to be Included 
in the Quarterly Bulletin the following months. Material received 
too late, will be he Id' over, for next l^sue. \,.Send contributions to 
MRS. W. G. SPOUSTA, Editor, TO Box 321, RbjeH, ArKansas 72756 

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AUG 12 1974 

Vol. I No. 2 


January 1971 


Troy, New York 


Organ izod August 29. 1970 


President ••- — •- Robert £• Ashley 

1st Vice President - - - — - • John S. Ashley 
2nd Vice President - — - - - Paul C. Leonard 
3rd Vice President - - — - - Bradford F. Swan 
Secretary •-•---• ^Kenneth and Marie Davis 

Treasurer -.-- paui (ne Ashley 

Publications Committee Doris Ashley Land 

Helen Gurney Thomas 

Susan Ashley French 

News Bulletin Editor - - - -Esther Ashley Spousta 

^Kenneth Davis* name omitted In last bulletin 


Anyone Interested In the collection, preservation 
and publishing of material about the Ashley Family 
of America. 


(Payable each Calendar year) 

$3.00 per year - - SIngie Membership 

$5,00 per year - • - - - Husband & Wife Membership 

Please make checks payable to ASHLEYS OF AMERICA 
and forward to: 

Pau 1 1 ne Ash I ey , Trees • 

Dr. Bra ley Rd., East Freetown, Mass. 02717 

Note: Since no records were kept of contributions at the 

organizational meeting In August, It has been decided 
to use this money as an "Initial starting fund** and 
to operate on a Calendar Year basis • January I to 
December 31. Therefore, DUBS are new payable for 1971. 

We realize there will be some confusion since those 
attending the organizational meeting who so generously 
contributed to the "starting of a treasury", and those 
absent that mailed In contributions, may have considered 
their dues paid for 1971 

Our official Membership Roll will start with those 
paying 1971 dues. 


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Thank you all lor the encour- 
aging conments arM "limited** 
material received. Your In- 
terest and contributions will 
be the criteria of the success 
of our quarterly bulletin. 

If you know of persons Inter- 
ested In the Ashley. Family 
Organization, please send me 
their names and addresses. 
This is how we will grow! 

aOiatT - but If your 1971 dues 
are not received by the 20th 
of March 1971, we will be ' 
forced to remove your name • 
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prohibits further free copies. 


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back Issues as long as they 

Next 8ul latin wl 1 1 be pub- 
liahed In APRIL. Your con- 
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January 1971 

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25 ATTENDEES at First Ash I ay Raunlon 

26 COVERED WAGON DAYS, from "Early 
Fireiands Families'* by 
Mrs. Ross Cherry 

28 ■ COVER STORY - Capt. Stephen Ashlay*s 
. Tavern, Troy, New York 

30 , EARLY HISTORY - Highway from Peak 
.Rock to Quittacas Brook, by 
Robert E. Ashley 

35 ANCESTOR TABLES - Harrlette ilord Park 
and K&nneth Omner Davis 

' 35 QUERY - Ashley-Oorr-OIcklnson 

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ASHLEY FAMILY TREE - Five generations 
by Esther Ashley Spousta 


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OBITUARY > Joseph Ashley, son of 
Luther and Abigail (Pierce) Ashley 

News Bulletin published Quarterly, January, April, July and Octobar 
fr— copy with each membership. Extra copies $2.00 each. 


August 29, 1970 


PARTIAL LIST OF ATTENDEES - compMed from advance reservations. If your name 
is omitted^ please notify the editor that we might have as accurate a registra- 
tion as possible of the attendance at the organizational meeting of the ASHLEY 
Family Association: 

Robert E. Ashley, Bridgewater, Mass. 

Elizabeth '*Lib'' (Gushing) Ashley 

fonneth Fugere, Barrington, R.I. 

Judith (Ashle\jFugere " " 

Rev. Robert Mayhew, Bridgewater, Mass. 

Irma Mayhew ** 

Kenneth 0. Davis, Wi II iamstown, Mass. 

Marie (Antoninl) Davis *^ 

Roger P. Ashley, Springfield, Ohio 

Mary Lou Ashley ^ 

John Sherman Ashley, Westport, Mass. 

Anne "Buzzy" (Johnson) Ashley ** 

Anne Bus ley, Chichester, England 

Edna Sowie, N. Dartmouth, Mass. 

Doris (Ashley) Lang, E. Freetown, Mass. 

Helen (Gurney) Thomas, Franklin, Mass. 

Arthur Staples, Segregansett, Mass* 

Lois Staples " 

Helen L. Ashley, Acushnet, Mass. 

Virginia (Ashley) Goff, Attleboro 

Kenneth V. Ashley, New Bedford, Mass. 

and two guests 
Nancy Ashley, S. Dartmouth, Mass. 

and three guests 
Paul Leonard, Lakevllle, Mass. 
Winona (Stevens) Leonard ** 
Susan (Leonard) Loom Is ** 
Mildred (Ashley) Karl, Falrhaven, Mass. 
Lillian (Ashley) McGrath, Auburnham '••. 
Joseph Ashley O'Brien, Greenville, 0. 
Thomas O'Brien " 
Elmer J. Keiser, Somerset, Mass. 
Dorothy A. Reiser 
William L. Phlnney 
Harry A. Call 

Barbara (Ashley) Quimette, S. Dartmouth 

Claudia Fisher 

Karl J. Ashley Jr., E. Freetown, Mass. 

and five guests 
Hazel (SowIe) Smith, N^ Dartmouth, Mass. 
Earl Ashley -., 

Mildred A. Ashley, Middiebofo, Mass. 

and one guest 
i^eburn Hammond, Abinaton, Mdss« 
Helena (Gilpin) Hammond 
Chester W. Ashley Jr., Attleboro, Mass 

and six guests 
Theodore C. Ashley, E. Freetown, Mass. 
Pauline Ashley *' 
Barry French, Assonet, Mass. 
Susan (Ashley) French ^ 
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ashley 
Mrs. Mildred Ashley 
Edith Chase, N. Olghton, Mass 
Kenneth Oakley, Randolph, Mass. 
Alonzo Ashley, New London, (^nn. 
Marie (DeSImone) Ashley *' 
Marion G. Rogers, Wollaston, Mass. 
William Barker Ashley, Maiden, Mass. 
Mrs. William Barker Ashley ^ 
Amantha (Ashley) Paradis, New Bedford 

and one guest 
Harvey Versailles, Williamsburg, Mass. 

'. (Goodelt) Versailles 
Bradford Swan, Providence, R.I. 




Plans are under way for the Second Reunion 
of the Ashley Family in August of 1971. 

Organize your schedule now in order that 

you may be a part of this family get-together. 

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Excsrpt from "Early Flrelands 
Fafflllies" compiled by 
Marjorfe Loonis Cherry 

Votume 11, THE ASH TREE 
Chapter III, pages 1 6 thru 2 1 

"Having now briefly reviewed the 
story of my uncles and aunts and 
reserving for later telling the 
story of my father, let us go back 
to the time when Warden and Susannah 
Ashley left old Massachusetts and 
took the witderness trail. 

We have few historic facts as to actual 
conditions among the descendants of 

JAMES ASHLEY Just before thefr dlspers4on from the otd home region, but we 
can be certain from general conditions that they could not treve been very 
prosperous. Massachusetts was then an old settled land. It was nearly 200 
years since the white men began to edge the Indians out of the rich meadows 
along the rivers. The good farming lands, like the tobacco growing country 
along the Connecticut, had long since all been occupied by earlier comers. 
The hills were rocky; and life upon t^e stony farms was an endless struggle. 

The James Ashleys, that consisted of two persons when established In Franklin 
County about 1767, by 1816 had grown to eleven fanillles, about 40 persons. 
Economic pressure began to scatter the tribe, rath -r than to compact |-f - {o# 
there was abundant roan to escape on the north anb vi the west. The second 
son, Calvin, seems to have been the first to seek >.. countries. Married In 
Petham in 1797 we find him Jn Vermont In 1799, where his first son, Lyman 
Ashley was born, "on the Green Mountains" May 13. 1799. L*t.->r Phllomon took 
his northern trail (after 1806) but he and his tribe remained \n New England. 
WasJ^lngton County. (Vermont). Simeon kept on Into Canada, and his descententt 
for the most part there remained, a few of than coming Into the States in 
later years. Leonard the youngest, tried his fortunes at Toronto, still 
farther west than Simeon, who had settled at Bellvllte, Hastings County, 
Ontario, but after a few years joined the larger part of the ctan then set-* 
tied In Ohio. 

Stories of the fair prospects In Ohio began to come through the forests to 
New England, which had large Interests there. In the claims of Massachmetf^j 
and Connecticut, whose loosely drawn and conflicting charters granted them 
150 years before by the King of England In blissful Ignorance of geography, 
gave these two states ownership (on paper) clear to the Pacific Ocean. '*T« 
the South Sea" as the Charters said. Massachusetts abandoned her claim In 
1769. In 1786 Connecticut gave up all claims to Ohio except a triftlog llttte 
piece in the Northeast corner of the State, north of the 41° ot latitude, 
reeching 120 mlt«s ms* fro» Ihe 5t84«- -Une-^etMM r«imsyl^nl« «otf Ohio, 

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containing 3,700,000 acres, more or less. This little piece of Connecticut was 
called the Western Reserve. In 1792 Connecticut made a donation of 500,, 000 
acres at the Western end of the Western Reserve to Connecticut, to citizens who 
had suffered from the depredations of the British In the Revolutionary War. 
After the esteemed Connecticut native Benedict Arnold turned traitor, the British 
gave him command of some ships and men, and he amused himself sailing up and down 
Long Island Sound, setting fire to towns and villages inhabited by his old neigh- 
bors. The Ohio lands given to the sufferers by fire, were called "THE FIRELANDS", 
situated In Huron and Erie Counties. If the sufferers didn't want to move Into 
the wilderness, they could still take their allotments of "firelands" and sell 
them at very low prices to people like the Ash leys who were keen to go. 

In 1795 Connecticut sold all the rest of her Western ■ Preserve to the Connecticut 
Land Company, an association of about 320 rich Connecticut men who paid the State 
$1,200,000 for the 3,200,000 acres of woodland In Ohio. That is about 37-1/2 cents 
per acre. The land company intended to sell It at a profit of course, to whomever 
would buy. 


There were certain red gentlemen living In the Ohio Wilderness, however, whose 
claims to the woods and rivers antedated even the royal charters given by the 
Kings of England. They had no Intention of moving west; they held firmly to 
the belief that Ohio was still a "Land of the noble free", and that they were the 
free. The perils of Indian warfare followed by the War of 1812 with Great 
Britain retarded the settlement of the Western Reserve. It was not until 1815 
that the machinery of the White man's law reached Into Huron County through the 
establishment of a court. The next year you will remember that A I den Pierce 
went to Ohio to judge for himself what was the truth of the reports ebout the 
forest paradise. The next year Luther Ashley and his son Gilbert came on from 
the East and were on hand to look out for Aunt Lucy Ashley Pierce and her fa:nily 
while Aldon went back to Deerfletd to "round up" the Ashleys and lead them to 
the new land of home. 

One who has traveled over the rocky hills of New England, between the endless 
stone fences made by heaping up wide rows of rocks collected from the fields, 
can easily Imagine the picture Alden Pierce spread before his brothers-in-law. 
I remember a walk I took In the hills west of New Haven, Conn. In the spring of 
1886. Traveling along a lonely road I came to the most tremendous stone fence 
I have ever seen - well .built wall about 7 feet high and about an eighth of a 
mile long. I climbed up to look over. It was flat on top, about six feet wide, 
made of the boulders and smaller stones culled from the field behind the wall. 
Two men were at work planting corn. The whole field where they were planting 
was still covered with loose stones, although that ground had yielded all the 
materials for the wall, so near together that one could cross the field In any 
direction without stepping on the soil. Probably for 150 years the owners had 
been scratching some sort of a living out of the cracks and crannies between 
those stones, generation after generation. 

ftlhat wonder It Is that Alden Pierce soon mustered a caravan of Ashleys to take 
the woodland trail, the Old Albany Road out of Deerfleldl What pictures he could 
paint of the rolling woodlands and rich creek bottoms of the Fire lands - the 
thick forests, the huge sycamores, the huge oaks, the sugar maples, 'the glcdes 
full of wild game, the rivers thick with fish, and the air black with wild pigeons! 
True stories too. Old I not see with my own eyes, when a small boy at Fremont, 
the seines drpwing. fish by the wagon load out of the Sandusky River, Just below 

tho Stoto sirool bi l<iQ& - flfly yoors aifter the Ashleyi» migrated? As a little 

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older bey did I not wada in the rapids Just below the dam, along with dozei)^ 
of Mv<;n and boys, capturing with ol+chforks, Iron raMs? clubs^ any sort of 
.yeapon, tlie Ved horse^' and "suckers*' on thetr mad Journey to the spawning 
places upstream? Haven't I seen huge flocks of birds on their way South In 
the fall •* flocks miles long? 


What mattered it to the pioneer if fields were to be chopped and grubbed out 
of the forests and thickets, if logs had to be rolled and burned i>efore the 
corn could be planted, so long as one could bring down a fat deer by a shot 
from the dooryard to furnish meat for the table, and a deerskin coat for the 
back? If the forest had first to be exterminated before the ground would 
yield bread; that ground would in the process of extermination of its burden 
of timber, give up the materials for homes at the price of nothing but hard 
work. One could put black walnut beams into his house, (such as were used for 
Joists In our old house at Fremont) timber that would be priceless today. 

No wonder then that Warden Ashley and Susannah Turner, his wife, heard those 
voices from the west, nor that they gave up grubbing among the rocks, and pack* 
ed their belongings and their six children (the oldest was I 7 and the youngest 
5) into a covered wagon and left the beautiful old elm*shaded streets of 
Deerfield for the far country where the primeval forest was to be bought for. 
$2.00 an acre! 

it was going to take six weeks to make the trip, so they knew they were sep<* 
arating forever from their old friends and neighbors* There'^would be no more 
going over to Mother *s in Leverett for a week or so. Ra i i roads x^re undreamed 
of; the telegraph hadn't been imagined; the postal service did not mc 1st; Aunt 
Lucy's telephone number would not be In the book for a long time to come* So 
they tried to take aiong^es many of their kin as could be persuaded to go. 
It would save a lot oi JK^nes i ckhess and lonljjiess If they could transplant"-* ., 
their brothers and sisters and cousins as well as some of the rose bushes out < 
of the old Deerfield garden. So Warden's family (himself and wife and six 
children), Luther's wife and six children (Luther and his oldest boy were 
already in Ohio), probably James, his wife and 4 children, with Lucy's 
husband, A I den Pierce, as leader and possibly Susannah Turner Ashley's brother 
Levi, (for his family were old*-time residents In Milan) set out from Deerfield 
Nenty or more persons. 

I wish we could follow their course as they moved slowly along the "Old Albany 

Road" out of Deerfield, followed the Mohawk trail through the Berkshire hi its 

and the Hoosac Mountains, and on into New York State. Perhaps they crossed 

the Hudson at Troy on Ashley's Ferry (prior to 1785 Troy was known as Ash leys 

Ferry) Perhaps they called at Ashtevs Tavern on River Street 

at the corner of Ferry Street for Captain Stephen Ashley of 

the Robert Ashley line had kept a famous old tavern there. 

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both stopped there in 

May i79U It had a three $ided box sign that turned with 

the wind, and bore this invitation, "C!ome, here Is Ashleys,^ 

Let us Call", and high above the street suspended from a 

horizontal bar was a small gate, upon which was painted 

in large letters, "This gate hangs high, it hinders none, 

refresh, then pay, and travel on". ^ If our caravan passed 

through Troy (and that was on their dTrect line) they must have crossed Ashleys 

Ferry, but (^ptain Stephen Ashley, himself, was gone •* he died in 1814. We 

know they passed through Buffalo, 300 long miles west of Troy, f dr .at Buffalo 

they shipped part of their goods by lake boat to Huron and continued their 

Journey in their covered wagons through the new settlemeats along the lake. 



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I wish we could camp over night with then on a few of the 40 nights or more 
they spent on the Journey (It took 6 weeks). We may be sure the men and older 
b0ys kept their eyes open for wild game as they traveled, so that the pot over 
the campfire at night would hold a savory stew. The grownups walked most of the 
way - it was easier than riding ever corduroy roads. Sometimes the grass at the 
camping spots was scarce. Uncio Baxter toH me they had to cut down small trees 
for "browse" for the cattle. Con't you smell the smoke of their campflres? Can't 
you see the boys - little souts on the watch for everything of interest? What 
V fun to roll up In a blanket and sleep out under the stars! The last few days 
wfre no doubt full of excitement, for Huron County was still the wi Iderness.There 
were a few clearings five or six years old, a few scattered families living In 
log cabins. There were also bears, and a good many wolves. 

There Is an authentic story of one of the neighbors escaping from a flock of 30 
,^^ives by taking refuge In a cabin, where he was kept prisoner all night by his 
'^blplng, howling pursuers who were hungry and yearning to taste him. That was in 
'^^^ neighborhood of our Ashley settlement and later than their arrival on the 
scene. My father told of hearing the wolves howling while he and other school 
boys were on their way home from school In the winter evening. Father was not 
born until seven years after the Ashleys arrived In Huron county, and he of 
course did not go to school for at least 5 or 6 years more. There were wolves 
In Huron County after 1830 according to the stories told at the meetings of the 
old settlers. 

Aunt Lucy Pierce had a son Alexander Pierce (my father's first cousin) who mar- 
ried Polly Curtis of Leverett, a girl of 17, and brought her to Ohio In 1816. 
They settled In Peru Township, the next town east of Greenfield. During Polly's 
first summer in Ohio, she took her little dog and went through the dense forest 
to visit her mother* I n- I aw in Greenfield. The family gave her some good eatables 
to take home with her. When she was about a mile from her own cabin on the re- 
turn trip, a huge bear put in an appearance, intent on getting a meal, either 
cooked food, raw dog, or Polly Pierce. Polly decided she would try to save all 
she had. So she caught up the dog, crouching In fear at her feet, and ran for 
dear life with the provisions under one arm and the dog under the other. She 
got home safe with a very slender margin to spare, for the distance between her 
and the bear was small when she slammed the door In his face. Alexander Pierce 
lived twenty years after that time, and Polly survived him by 29 years. She 
died in Peru September 26, 1865 in her 67th year. She ?s said to have been a 
r%re character with an Inexhaustable store of reminiscences of pioneer days. 
She had 3 sons and one daughter. 

#*#*»* END OF EXCERPT ****** 
itors note: All Ashleys named are descendants of James Ashley^ (Thos^ Jos') 

who married Annette CaswelK The foregoing was written by Frederick William 
shley^ (Geo^ Warden* James^)who was working on the Ashley Family History at 
the time of his death in 1942 at the age of 80. He retired from the Congres- 
sional Library, Washington, D.C. in 1936 - was author of several books. 

We are grateful to F4ARJ0RIE LOOMIS CHERRY^ for preserving his material by 
Including in her compilation of the "Early Flreland Families" which was bound 
and presented to the OAR Library, Washington, D.C. In 1952. 

MRS, CHERRY, now 82, is still an ardent researcher who has helped to perpetu- 
ate the early history of the ASHLEY and related families. 

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One of the more Interesting branches of Genealogy 
Is the locating of the homesltes of our early 
ancestors. Indeed, this Is a prerequisite of our 
ever doing any archaeological work. We are very 
fortunate to have papers of Eugene Ashley which 
Include detailed Information fran the early 
Rochester records showing the laying out of the 
highway cat led "Bra ley Hill Road {Route 105) as 
It passes through Rochester and giving in detail 
the names of the 1746 owners of lands along this rbad. 

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The earliest records of the Plymouth Colony re: possible use of these lands 
was as early as 1640/41, but It appears to haye been 1679 or later before any 
settlers actually lived In Interior Rochester. 

Indians, however, had been living and traveling through here for a very long 
time. Some archaeologists say for as much as 9000 years. Whatever the time 
was, tt was many times longer than from 1620 to now, and during this time a 
very ancient trail was established leading from the present MIddleboro to the 
present northern part of Falrhaven and New Bedford. This trail followed very 
nearly the present Bra ley Hilt Road, according to a map In the Bronson Museum 
of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. 

When the white men came, they naturally followed the trail on foot, then with 
oxen and on horse back with only a little widening and trimming, and then In 
1746 voted to make It a highway. 

The following records are verbatim from the early Rochester Records with only 
footnotes for clarity. The quaint spelling of the time Is preserved. 

Robert E. Ashley 
Brldgewater, Mass* 


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Highway from Peaked Rock 
Vote, March 31, 1746 

At a Town meeting In Rocheater March 31, 1746 . 

Voted that the select- 

men of Rochester for the year 1746 be Impowered to lay out a highway fro m 
Peked Rock hill to Quitecus Brook (I) & from John CI arks to said Brook (2) 
with this proviso that the respective owners of tne land wilt assign it to 
that use & the Town to pay for laying them out. 

footnote (1) Braley Hill Road - Route 10 S 

(2) Negua ttay (?) 

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A true copy of the Town Records of Rochester. - Exanlnacf 

Recorded a second time that it maight stand with the ways, &c. 

Signed by: Samuel Wing, Town Clerk 

We the subscribers (3) to assign the land for the use of the within men- 
tioned highways: 


Benj. Terry Jr. Edmond Sheirman Elieha 'Preeman 

Ebenr. Lewis Peter Crapo John Crapo 

Bamabaa Hedge John Vittefield Peter CiKcpo Jr. 

Ebenr. Semis (?) his X mark Thomas Vhittridge 

Nehemiah Sherman Isaao Freeman William Hall 

John Shoreman Roger Braley 

Recorded by Samuel Wing, Town Clerk 

Rochester Town Records, Book 2, Page 103 ~ TOWN MEETINGS 

Highway from Peaked Rock to Middleboro 

Layout : Rochester - November 17, 1746 

We the subscribers laid out a highway beginning at a certain Rock called 
and known by the name of the Peked Rock, a bound between Dartmouth (4) 
and Rochester (5) & thence from said Rock N 8 degrees West 36 rods to 
stake & from thence about North 7 degrees West 24 rods to Roger Bra ley's 
Northwest corner bound of his homestead land; thence North 3 .degrees East 
20 (29?) rods; thence North 12 degrees East 24 rods to Edmond Shalrman & 
John Sheirman*s dividing line between them; & thence North 20 degrees 
East 25 rods; thence East 43*^ (?) degrees North 20 rods over the Brook (6) 
& from thence North 35 degrees East 10 rods to John Shelrmans Northwest 
corner" bound this way from said Rock to said Shelrmans Northwest corner 
bound I ayes on the west side the line run (?) & from thence North 28 
degrees East 12 rods; thence North €^ degrees West to a white oak tree 
marked; thence North 6 degrees West 40 rods to a white Oak tree Marked; 
thence North 5 degrees East 26 rods; thence North 14^ degrees East 44 rods; 
thence North 9j degrees East 64 rods to a tree marked, thence North 2^ 
degrees East 33 rods to the Northwest corner of the 6th lott of land lying 
in Tomsons Purchls; thence North 12 degrees East 8 rods to a white oak 
tree marked; thence North 13 degrees West 17 rods; thence North 25^ degrees 
West 7^ rods to a walnut tree marked; thence l^oath 4 degrees West 24 rods 
to a pine tree marked; thence North 6 degrees West 20 rods to a heap of 
stones; thence North 16 degrees West 21 rods to a black oak tree marked; 
thence North II degrees West 35 rods to a red oak tree marked, standing by 
a muddy slough to the northward of ABRAHAM ASHLEY'S NEW DWELLING HOUSE & 
thence as the way goes to Quitecus Brook, & there to stop. 

Footnote (3) Residents along the road who gave land for the highway 

(4) This part of Dartmouth is not^ Am^ahmt 

(5) Oft iJi%da£m-t hcttunJaartf between Rochester Sl Freetown 

(6) Ashley Brook 

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This road is laid from said Peked Rock to Qultlous Brook (?) 40 feet across 
in width — on the west side the line runs from said Rock to the aforesaid 
Brook, one half of said way to ley on the westerly end of the second, third, 
fourth, fifth & sixth lotts & the west side of the nJnth lot of land lying 
in Tomsons Purchls and the other half on the land adjoining to said lotts. 

Roger Bra ley per order of Samuel Wing one of the selectmen 

Recorded by Samuel Wing, Town Clerk 
Ellsha Freeman ^ c i +« 
Barrilla Hammond ) ^^"^^tmen 

Voted to go to record with proviso the owners of the land allow it for that use 

Rochester Town Records, Book 2, Page 168 

Layout, Assignment, December 13, 1750 Rochester, December 13, 1750 

Then we laid out a highway from the highway that leads from Dartmouth Peked 
Rock to Quitecus Pond, and began where Rochester Road (9) began that leads 
to Rochester Old Meeting House and was lald^out November 18th 174(6?) by 
Rochester selectmen, and recorded on Rochester Town Records. 

thence West 21 degrees North 23 rods; thence West 7 degrees North 7 rods; 
thence West 14 degrees South 14 rods; thence West 21 degrees North 20 rods; 
thence West 9 degrees South 88 rods to the northwest corner of 
ABRAHAM ASHLEY Jr's land by Freetown line; 

This highway lyes on ye north side of the line above described on THOMAS 
ASHLEY *S land (lO) t*! I It comes to the line (It) between THOMAS ASHLEY 


and between JOSEPH ASHLEY Jr . , i ABRAHAM ASHLEY Jr . - 

and It lyes yet one half on one and the other half on the other owner of 
said land and it Is laid out forty feet wide. 

Noah Sprague ) r i a. 
Fllsha Frieman ) Selectmen 

We the subscribers owners of ye land whereon the above described highway 
Is laid out do by these presents for ourselves heirs and assigns, assign 
the same for the use of a highway forever. 

WITNESS our hands this 13th day of December 1750. 

Testees: El I sha Freeman ABRAHAM ASHLEY 

Noah Sprague JOSEPH ASHLEY Jr. 

Recorded per Sam. Wing, Town Clerk 

Footnote (?) Quittaoas Brook between Great and Little QuCttacas Ponds 

(8) North Ave. West of Braley Hill Road 

(9) North Ave. East of Braley Hill Road 

(10) N.W. Comer Braley Bill Road and North Ave. 

(ID ?2 Roda^ or 1188 feet West from comer 

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. Rochester Town Records^ Book 2, Pngo 169 

• • ■ * 

Highway^ PeakQd Rock to Quitect's Pond, Highway from — -, 

* ■ * 

Lay-out y Assignment, December 15, 1750 Rochester, December 13, 1750 

> * ■ 

Then we laid out a highway (12) from ye highway that goes from Dartmouth 
Peked Rock to Qultecus Pond and began on the west side of said roade 
at the southeast corner of JOHN WHITFIELD land; 

thence North 40 feet; thence west 10 degrees north across said Whitf lelds 
land to Freetown line, adjoining to Bllle Hall's land on ye south 
and lyeth on ye said John Whitfield land 40 feet wide. 

Noah Sprague ) 
E I i sha Freeman ) 

Se I ectmen 

I, JOHN WHITFIELD of Rochester In ye County of Plymouth formerly a Draggoon 
In ye Royal Regiment of Queen Ann, whereof my Lord Ralfe Earl of Stratford 
was Colonel, do hereby with REBECKAH (Ashley) (IZ) my wife for ourselves 
heirs and assigns give and bequeath the land whereon the highway above 
described Is laid out to that use for the benefit of the publlck* 

WITNESS our hands this 13th day of December A.D* 1750 



Testees: Noah Sprague 

E 1 1 sha Freeman 

Recorded by Sam Wing, Town Clerk 

Footnote (12) Dr. Braley Road on Roohester side of Totm line 

(13) Sieter of Firet Joseph and First Abraham Ashley 

.-.- T H B END 

On the next page is a map of the •'Highway from Peak Rock to Quittacas Brook", 
taken from U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey map showing modern roads and town and 
County I i nes • 

The right side Is the Northwest corner of Rochester and is that part commonly 
referred to in old deeds as "The Gore", The left side Is the Easternmost part 
of East Freetown and was originally a part of Tlvertown, called "Tlvertown 
Outlet". Acushnet was originally a part of Dartmouth, and Lakevllle was the 
"Sixteen Shilling Purchase" part of Mlddleboro. 

Of the eight cemeteries shown. Ash leys are known to occupy most and perhaps 
all of them. Cemetery "A" recently discovered, is yet to be carefully ex- 
plored and documented. Cemetery "B" appears on old maps but not on modern 
ones. We would welcome Information from any cousins who might like to explore 
and record gravestones from these two ?'mystery" cemeteries. 

All of the first and second generations of Ashleys lived in this area. 

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■0 Morton Cemetery CEMETERY "A" 

d) Ash fey Cemetery white Cewtery 

Old Parish Cemetery Central Cemetery 

Bra I ay Cemetery CEMETERY "B" 

Scale: 2" - I Ml l« 

CD C3 




ANCESTOR TABLE: Harrietts Word Park (Mrs. Campbell) 

2135 S.E. 76th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97215 

I la Harrlette Emma Mord, 1914* Portland, Oregon 

II 2. Sam Bassett Word, 1866-1944, Richmond, Mo*, Portland, Oregon 

3e Ethel Viola Main, 1876-1964, Amboy, ilK; LaCrosse, Wis., Portland, Or 

III 4e Thomas Mord, 1829-1884, Lebanon, Tenn; Richmond, Mo. 
5e Emma Rebecca Cole, 1834-1897, Ohio, Richmond, Ito. 
6e Sidney Albrey Main, 1856-1935, Lee Coa, ill; LaCrosse> Wise. 
7a Harriet Estelie Dickinson, 1853-1919, Broome Co. N.Y.; Lee COa 111* 

Lacrosse, Wise. 

IV 8a John Word, cl798 - , Vaa, Lebanon, Wilson Co., Tenna 

9a Elizabeth (Queries) Wesson, c 1798- ^ Va., Lebanon, Tenn. 

lOa Zachariah Smith Cole, 1805-1886, MiBdTebury, Vt., Mad. Co. NY, MOa Utah 

11. Lydia Ann Chi Ids, 1809- , Nelson, Madison Co. NY; Ray Co., Mo; Utah 

12. Peter A a Main, 1819-1889, Broome Co., NY; Lee Co., III. 

13a Phi la Ann Lewis, 1822-1900, Broome Co* NY; Lee Co. Ill; LaCrosse, Wise. 
)4a Azariah Dickinson, 1811-1884, Bennington, Vt; Broome Co* NY; Lee Co. III. 
15a MARY BORLAND ASHLEY, 1818-1876, New York, Amboy, Lee COa, Mia 

V 16a John Word, 1738-1821, Va. Tenn (In Battle of King^s Mt.) 

17. Fanny Collins, , d aft. J82i, Va. Tenn. 

18. Roger Queries, - 1817, Va. Tenna 
19a Nancy Trigg, c 1770 - , Vaa; Tenn. 

20. John Cole, 1769- , Massachusetts, Vermont 

21. Cynthto, .,^____ 

22a Ebenezer Chi Ids, cl772-i847, MasSa, Madison Co. NY 

23. Paitience Tibbetts, c 1780-1826, Mass.; NY 

*24. Lewis Main, 1786- , Willington, Conn.; Broome (3o. New York 

25. Phoebe Albray, 1788- aft. 1855, Willington, Ct.; Broome Co., NY 

26a Levi Lewis, 1796-1857, Susquehanna Ck>a, Pa; Lee C>Oa, III* 

27. Sophia Banker, c 1802-1873, New York, Illinois 

28a Richard Dickinson, 1781-1847, ? , Bennington, Vt. 

29a Ruth Armstrong, 1785-1868, Bennington, Vta 

30a JAMES ASHLEY, ? ? ? ? . 

31. Eunice Dorr, *''' 

QUERY *May flower line through John How I and 

Parents of both and all data needed for James ASHLEY and his wife Eunice DORR. 
She died 1856, where ? 7 Known children were: Mary Borland ASHLEY, b 26 Feb a 
1818 (Bible Record), m (when and where) as 2nd wife, Azariah DICKINSON (he had 
m (I) Harriet Hubbeil); and NICHOLAS B. ASHLEY, resided 1858 to 1874 in New 
York Mills, Oneida &>., NY (according to annual reports of Am. Bible SocietyK- 
Were there other children? Was Eunice connected in any way to the famous 
DORR family, of Hassachusetts-whose progenitor wes Edward? "Grandma** Dickinson 
(Mary Borl^and Ashley) told my mother that she had a dozen cousins who served 
in the Civil War? ? Mrs. Campbell Park, (Address above) 

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ANCESTOR TABLE: Kenneth Omner Davis » Green River Rd*, Wf 1 1 iamstown,. Mats. 



I le Kenneth Omner Oavts, 1907- DesMoines, la; NY; N.J.; Mass. 

; • • . . • 


II 2., Geopjge E. Davis (1882- DeisMofnes» Iowa 

3. ' Margret Lena Richards (IG|83-I963) OesMofnes^ Iowa 

.1 . . . 

• • • 

III A. Edward Calvfn Davis (185*6-1925) Qulncy, 1 1 1; DesMolnes, Iowa 

5. Joanna Gertrude Ashley (1862-1944) Springfield, 0; DesMolnes, Iowa 

6. John Thomas Richards (1839-1906) Wales, 6.B.; Bevler, Mo. 

7. Mary Jane Crockett (1845-1923) Spencer, Ind.; DesMolnes^ Iowa 

IV 8. Edward 0>k Davis (1818-191 1) Baltimore, Md; Quincy, III. besMoines 

9. Jane Clark Skinner (1821-1892) Cincinnati, Ohio; OesMolnes, la. 

10. William Martin Ashley (1839*1921) Lincoln, III; DesMoines, Iowa 

11. Emoline S. Chenoweth (1842-1864) Ohio, Logan Co., Ill 

12. Richards 

14 » John Jackson Crockett (1823-1860) Owen (>o., Ind* 
15. Clarihda Griffith (1819-1888) N. Carolina 


V 16. Paris (Perry) M. Davis (1790-1840) Phi ladelphia* Pa. 

17. Elizabetli Johnson (1793-1867) Covington, Ky. 

18. Phillip Skinner (_ ;-l867) QuJncy, IIU 

19. Harriet Kel ly • 

20. Joel Laomi Ashley (I8I6-I87I) New York} III. 

21. Mary Ann Martin (1819-1897) Greenvi lie, Ohio; ill inois 

22. Chenoweth 



28. Wl i I iam Crockett (1809- _.) -Mnchester, Tenn. 

29. Sal ly Bryant 

30. J«h«-«ftfflth (1794- )BuHmgtCTn Kftns. 

'ST. Elizabeth ( 1854- ,) Merom, Ind.; Burlington, Kans. 

VI 'Sfl, Richard Davis (cl750*_) Philadelphia, Pa 

33. Sarah Moore 

34. Johnson (Gov. Surveyor) 

35. Ann Phlfer ( ) b. Leipzig, Germany, m. 1792 Covington, Ky 

36. Richard Skinner (Capt.) (1740-1779) 

37. Jane Clark 



40. Rev. Elisha Ashley (1796-1865) Ontario Co., NY; Merom, Ind. 

i. Sally Baker (1798-1863) Herom, Ind; 

12 to 55 
36. Oavid Crockett (1766-1836) The Alamo, Tex. 

57. Mary (Polly) FInley, ( -1818) 

58 to 63 


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ANCESTOR TABLE: Kenneth Omner Oavis (Cont'H) 

Vri 64 to 71 

72 Richard Skinner 

73 Sarah Britten 

74 to 79 

80 William Ashley (Capt) b 7 May 1758 Rochester, Mass. m at Poultney, Vt. 

d 27 Dec. 1828, Oarke Co., Ohio 
*8I Phebe Hone, b 19 Feb. 1761 New Marlboro, Mass. d 4 Jan 1833 

Ithaca, Ohio 
82 -to 101 

102 John Crockett, be. 1752 - \ 

103 Rebedca Hawkins, b 1770 

104 to 127 \ 

Si V 

Vm 128 to 159 

160 Thomas Ashley b 21 Feb. 1704/5 Rochester, Mass. d before 1762 

at Poultney, Vt. 

161 Mary GIfford, b Freetown, Mass 

162 Nehem!dh Howe, b 13 Jan 1720 Marlboro, Mass. d Apr. 1777, Pouttney, Vt 

163 Beulah Wheeler, b I Mar 1724 Lancaster, Mass, d 1799/80 Poultney, Vt. 

164 t6 255 

IX 256 to 319 

320 Joseph Ashley n 25 Aug 1704 Falmouth, Mass. burled at Rochester, Mass. 

321 Elizabeth Perclval b 10 Sept 1675 Sandwich, Mass. d c 1728 


324 Peta'' Howe b Marlborough, Mass. 

325 Grace Bush b Marlboro, Mass d age 74 yr. 7 roo. "7 da. (dau. of 

Ablel and Grace Barrett Bush 

326 Benjamin Wheeler, b 29 Sept 1693 Concord, Mass. d 1759, New Marlboro 

327 Hannah b c 1716 d 1778 

328 to 511 

X 512 to 651 

652 Obadlah Wheeler b 1650 Concord, Mass. d July 1672 Concord, Mass. 
*653 Elizabeth Whit'? b 4 June 1652 Scltuate, Mass d 25 May 1714, Concord, 

Mass. (dau. of Resolved White of the Mayflower 

*May flower Lines Note: 652 and 653 can be traced back many. 

more generations. 

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A5fJL£y J^AJvJJLy -rx££ 

Compiled by Esther Ashley Spousta, Editor 

Several requests have been received by your editor to list the children 
of the Revolutionary era ancestors to help beginners on their climb up the 
"family tree". This Is a "big order" but we will endeavor to do Just this. 

Your editor and her late husband have spent over 25 years collecting 
Ashley data with the hope of publishing an ASHLEY GENEALOGY, descendants of 
Joseph. Others before have started, but their work was interrupted before 

Now that we have a Family Association It is hoped that all can pool their 
efforts, eliminate repetition and hours of tedious research resulting In the 
long dreamed of Ashley Genealogy. 

The parents of Joseph, Abraham and Rebecca have yet to be proved. There- 
fore for the tjme being, we are calling Joseph and his brother Abraham - 
Generation One. We have no further data on Rebecca other than her marriage 
to John Whitfield on Z5 Jan. |73l (Plymouth Deeds 40:129) 

On the following pages we are showing descindants of Joseph through the 
Fifth Generation. It is Impossible to Include all the family in one Issue, 
thus this project will be continued in succeeding issues of the News Bulletin, 
and after completing Joseph's family, we will list what is known of his 
brother Abraham's famity. 

It is obvious that there are many missing links. This is where each of 
you con help. If you have additions, correc;tlons or questions, please write 
the editor so that together we can publish an Ashley Genealogy as accurate 
as possible. 










THOMAS b 21 Feb 1704/5 d about 1762 

(l) 16 Jan 1728/9 Phebe Freeman 


(2) 19 Jan 1949 (int) Mary (Bodflsh) Gffford 
(First wi^fe) 















(2nd wife) 
3-M Enoch 



b II Jan 1706/7 d 

m 7 June 1728 Elizabeth Holmes 

3-16 Fear 
3- I 7 Pat I ence 

3-18 Othnell 
3-19 Noah 

3-20 Nichols 
3-21 Elizabeth 




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WILLIAM b 12 Sept 1708/9 d about 23 Dec. 1783 

m (I) .12 F9b 1732/3 Mercy AshJey (1st Cousin) 
(2) 31 May 1746 Elizabeth (Macomber) RounsevIM* 

(let Hf») 
3-22 Jephthah 
3-23 Abram 


3-24 Ablah 
3-25 MIcah 

3^26 Noah 



ELIZABETH b 4 Jan 1710/11 

(I) 18 June 1730 Abtal Sprague 


(2) 12 Feb 1732 William Ashley (1st cousin) 

(3) I Dec 1759 Samuel Joy 
CkiUbfon: (unknown) 


b circa 1715 d before 1783 

m (I) 22 Nov. 1733 Elizabeth Rogers 

(2) 3 Nov 1736 (Int) Rebecca Whittredge 


ChildMn: (^nd ffife) 
3-27 Perclval 3-29 Mary 
3-28 Lydia 3-30 Deborah 

MARY b 12 Mar 1718/19 d 6 Nov 1778 
Not married 

3-31 Barnabas 
3-32 William 


JOSEPH JR b circa 1720/25 d befOTB IT79 
m 3 Mar 1748/9 Elizabeth Swift 

3-33 Lott 
3-34 Phebe 
3-35 Barnabas 

3-36 Thankf u 1 
3-37 Joseph 

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3-1 THANKFUL ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b 28 Jan. 1729, d _,.^____ 

m 7 Nov. 1751 Semuel Swift Jr., son of Samuel & Abigail ( T Swift 
Children: Unknown 

3-2 MIRIAM ASHLEy' (Thomas^, Joseph') b 14 July 1732, d 

m Robert Whttcomb 
Children: Unknown 

3-3 ELIZABETH ASHLEY^ (Thomas2, Joseph') No further record 

3-4 FREEMAN ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b d 1832 at Hermon, N.Y. 

m 22 April 1771 at Dartmouth, i>4ass. Elizabeth Hammond 
Children: Unknown 

3-5 THOMAS ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b 5 June 1738, d 9 July 1810 

m (I) about 1761 Zeruiah Richards, dau. Zebulon & Lydia (Brown) Richards 
(2) at Poultney, Vt. Mrs. Beulah (Stearns) Dewey 
Children: (All by 1st wife) 

i. Phebe (1762-1831) m Jonathan Marshall (1762-1830) 

Children: Nathaniel (1786-1840) m aetsey Peirce; Paul (1788- 

1865) m (I) Rebecca Smith (2) Wdo Sector Marsh 
(3) Ann Cochran; Levi (1792-1861) m (I) Jehannah 
Sanford (2) Clarissa H. Smith; Lewis m Mariah 
Sanford; James; Rachel; Rhode m John Hibbard; 
Lucy (I796/7-I8I3); Martha (Patty) m Wm. Allen; 

Mary (Polly) m Hiram Larkin; Nancy m McFarland; 

Mariah; Phebe m Nathaniel Kimberly 
\\. Charity (1766-1849) m Thomas Dewey son of Zebedlah Dewey 

Children: Anne (1785- ); Rising (1787- ); John (1789- ) m 

Emily Stone; Fanny (1794- ) m Loren Brigham; 

Betsey Ashley (1807-1882) m Dr. John S. Webster 
i i i • Rhode - Unmarried 
iv. Zebulon (1767-1835) m Thankful Pond (1770-1839) 

Children: Asahel Pond (1791-1876) m Ursula Holly Woodcock; 

Polly (1792-1844) m Truman Strong; Harvey (1794-1810); 
Alma A. (1797-1888) m Curtis A 1 1 en ; Sophrona (1798- 
1847) m Samuel Denman Bouton; Clarissa Wyman (1805- 
1870) m Daniel Streator Pond 
V. Elkanah (1769-1803) m I annah Thompson (1775-1852) 
vl. Abigail (1771-1835) m Benjamin Pond (1768-1814) 

Children: Laverna (1788-1846) m Clark Rawson; Jared (1790-1856) 

m (I) Betsey Peet (2) Statira Bartlet; Ashley (1792- 
1827) m Luclnda Rawson; Nathan (1794-1878) m Rutllla 
Mead; Lavina ( -1855) m Dr. Resolved Baker; Clarissa 
vli. Prlscilla (1777-1836) m Dr. Rufus Partridge (1777-1851) 
Children: Eliza b 1800; Sarah b 1806; John S. b 1819 

vl i i . Amel lam ( I ) Cook (2) Jacobs 

Children: Had one child by each 
ix. Clarissa (1780-1802) m Dr. Solomon Wyman (1766-1857) 

Children: Ashley (1801-1888) m (I) Mary Ann Damon (2) Elizabeth 

Dinah Damon 
X. Betsey (i784-l807) Unmarried 

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3-6 JOHN ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b 30 Aug. 1740 d 28 S«pt. 1817 

n (I) Desire Thach3r (1745- ) dau. John & Lois ( ) Thacher 

(2) Abigail Adams (3) Mrs. S^^rdh ( ) Freeman 

Chltdrmi: (1st Wife' 

i. Isaac m In Poultfiy, Vt. rj|C-l2 

ChiWran; "HTrcn ir Hofiy Glljeri,- Luranea (1763-1339) m 

Dor I us Srrong 
ii. Noah (1776-1840) .n Crusiita i-bH (I70l-ie69: 

Ckildxmi: Marchis Rucklin (tSOO-lBCS^ m (1) M^iy Allen (2) 

Marlah riolmor; Stnpnen Holt (!603-l3S6) ir Nancy 
Waterbury; <^ch3ah (1005-1829) m Peter l-lophni 
■ Ryther; (^nthia Eliza (1807-1885) « Peter HophnI 
Ryther (after Achsah's dearh); Lucy Ann (1810- 
1896) m Henry 0. Wallace; John Holt (1811-1888) 
m Mary Bertrlnda Case; Emily (1813- ) m Hiram 
A. Cas%; Chauncey Commodore (1816- Tm Celine 
Cornwell; Louisa (1818- ) m Suel TTlson; Sarah E. 
(1821-1880) m Lyman Chauncey Hunger ford; 
Manetta M. (1824-1826) 
Ml. Alta (No further data) 
iv. Desire (1785-1872) m Philetus Brooitlns (1784-1849) 

Ckildren: Eliza (1824-1904) m (1) Daniel Merrill (2) 

Alexander 6. Clemons; James (1810-1889) m 
Sophronia Smith; Lucy (I8I5-I87I) m Robert Parks; 
Emerilla ( -1888) m Win. 0. Clemons; Alfred (1820- 
1873) m ^iFkarietta Lewis (2) Jane VanHorne; 

Albert (1820- ) m Anoretta Hutchens; Laura (1829- 

) m Melancthan Duel; Sally (1827-1854) m 

Al^tander C. Clemons 
Ckildren: (2nd Wife) 
V. Cynthia (1787-1877) m Benjamin Franklin Leavitt (1785-1875) 

Childxwi: Benjamin Franklin (1812- ) m Nelina Shaw; William 

Ashley (1814-1869) m Electa Johnson; Asaph Wallace 
(1816-1886) m Amelia Clark; Altha Zera (1818-1846) 
m Warren Dewey; John Adams (1821- ); Harlow 
Wellington (I823-J886) m Jenette mTi ler; Lucele 
Elmina ( I 825- ) m Alexander Dods; Hasley (^rroll 
(1827-1885/6) m Romanda Leach 
vl. William (1780- ) m Deborah (Guernsey) Clark 

3-7 LEMUEL ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b abt. 1741, d II March 1799 

m Olive Wright (1745-1799) dau. Jonathan & Jemima (Whl-tney) Wright 

i. Luclnda (1764- ) m Nahum Whipple 

ii. Olive (1766 - ) m Aaron Blanchard 

ChildP0n: Luclnda; Abel; Cephas; Warren; Aaron Jr; Seth 
ill. Betsey (1769-1854) m Silas Shattuck (1766-1842) 

Children: Fanny (1797-1840) m Aaron Crandall; Betsey (1801- 

) m Joshua Rogers; Mary b 1805 m George Burl 1 1; 
lames b 1807 m (Proline Chase; Matilda b 1809; 
Foster b I8!2, m Louisa West; Oliver b 1813 
iv. Jonathan (1771-1839) m Sarah Osborn (1769-1856) 

Ckildrenz Luclnda b 1794; Jason (1796-1896) m Lois Graves; 

Sarah (1798-1879) m Charles Wolcott (1795-1879) 
Parma (1802-1843) m Calvin Boyden; Norris (1800- 
1865) m Sarah Smith or Sally Ellis; Jonathan 
(I804-I888).m Sarah Campbell; James Bell (1806- 
1876) m Mary A. Morrell; Caroline (1808-1810); 
Caroline (I8I0-I8I2); Hinckley (1814-1862) 

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3-7 LEMUEL ASHLEY^ (continued) 

V. Sophia (1777-1858) m Ephrlam Shattuck (1771-1847) 

0iildren: Charles b 1797 m Lucy Wright; Paschal b 1799 m Betsey 

Lamphere; Harriet b 1801 m Harvey Lamphere; Sophia 
b 1803 m Thompson Lamphere; Nohum b 1806; Patty b 
1810 m Daniel Town; Lucia b 1812 m William Durfee 
vi. Lemuel (1780-1834) m Mary Williams or Williamson (1783-1849) 

Children: Louisa (1805-1893) m Willard Wilson; Lucy (1806-1807); 

Joseph Jackson (1808-1872) m Clarissa D. Center; 
James Madison (1810-1870) m Hannah Jewett; Seneca 
(1812-1836); Caleb b 1814 m Hannah Ford; Alice b 
1816 m Alvin Goff; Alden S. (1818-1894) m Sarah Pierce; 
Aurora (1821-1886) m Brackett Twombley; Aurella 
vii. Joseph b. 1782 
viii. Benjamin (1785-1863) m Olive Pratt 

Children: Had several - all died young 

3-8 JAMES ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b 1740/3 d 1828 

m Annett C^aswell (1736-bef 1824) dau. Jedediah & Mary (King) Caswell 
Children: • . 

I. James Jr. (1769-1837) m Rebeccah Sloan 

Children: Salome (1799-1850) m William McKelvey; Joel H. 

b 1805 m Jane McCammon; Col lister 
ii. Simeon b 1787 m (3) Mary Nash b 1803 

Children: (1st wife) Simeon; (2nd wife) William; (3rd Wife) 

Mallssa b 1821 m Dr. John King Fairfield; Matilda 
b 1822 m (I) John Helton (2) Silas Loucks (3) Josiah 
Markham; Mary b 1823 m Benj. Reed; Margaret b 1827 
m Josiah Parker Frasier; Catharine b 1830 m John R. 
Sills; Annie b 1832 m Wm. Hamilton Ross; Hiram 
b 1837 m (I) Pheobe Ann Mott (2) Agnes Maclndo; 
Harriet b 1837 m John Mott; Harford b 1840; 
Esther E. b 1844 m Henry Yager Cannlff; Cynthia b 
1846 m Albert Louck; Chauncey D.; James D. 
III. Calvin (1773/4-1854) m Matilda Munn 

Children: Calvin M; Reuben; Lyman; Lucy; Orpha; perhaps more 
iv. Levi 
V. Luther (1775-1838) m Eunice Smith 

Children: Gilbert (1801-1859) m Roxanna Ann Shoot; Nancy 

(1803-1893) m Hiram Spencer; Dexter ( 1 804- 1 84 1/4) m 
(I) Catherine 6. Halllday (2) Abigail Newberry; 
Louisa (1806-1895) m Nathan Beers; Dennis (1810- 
1892) m Lauranta (Lurany) Bliss; Harriet (1813- 
1901 m Martin Smith; Emily (1816-1900) m Erastus 
Smith Jr.; Smith (1822-1898) m Sally Call; 

Abigail m Newberry (Question last child) 

vi. Warden ( 1 777- 1 822) m Susannah Turner (1781-1855) 

Children: Lewis (1799-1834); Caroline b 1802 m Abel Holiday; 

Electa b 1804 m Jacob Town; Baxter (1806-1892) m 
(I) Sarah Wilbur (2) Marcia Sturtevant; Elizabeth 
(Betsy) (181 1-1877) m James Gamble; Levi b 1812 m 
Susan Ferris; George (1821-1822); George (1822- 
1905) m (I) Elizabeth Adams (2) Rachel Adams 

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3-8 JAMES ASHLEY^ (continued) 

vU. Leonard (1791-1873) m Sarah McDougall (1794-1863 

Children: Janies (I&I5-I88?) m Polly Lucretia Mc6ee; Stewart 

Brown (1818-1998) m Harriet Haria Parker; Sarah A. 
(1823-1898) m (1) David Skeels (2) Dean Kelfer; 
John (1822-1898 m (I) Betsey Vaughn (2) Frances 
S. Procter; Luther (1824-1853?) n Abigail Str Ingham; 
Wtlllcm (1827-1903 m (I) Buiah MaIgs (2) Mary 
White; Allen T. (1829-191 1) m Clbra T. Warner; 
Mary K (1833-1897) m George W. Lewis; Joseph B. 
t 1831 m Angel Ine Reamer (7); Hfnry Perry b 183$; 
Daniel Webster (l8»-idb4t^^^ '-^''"^' -^-^'^J '^ < 
vlll. Jalrus (Jarvis) ( ) m Dolly McDougall 

Ckit4r0n: Annie m Webster; John; Wl 1 1 lam; Maria m 

Falrchlld; James 
Ix. Philemon (1785-1865) m Sylvia Keete (1789-1865) 

Children: Stebblns (1810-1892) m Zlllah Foster; Ira (1811- 

1889) m Nancy Matilda Glading; Sylvia (1812-1885); 
Harriett (1815-1899) m Benjamin Franklin Mead; 
Dexter (1818-1892) m Persis Bail; Nancy (1821- 
1846) m George A. Thornton; Jane (1824-1842); 
Malinda (1827-1896) m Solomon Hutchins 
X. Lucy (I77I-I86I) m Alden Pierce 

Children: Alexander m Polly Curtis; Alden Jr.; Martin; 

Hiram m Rachel Ann Stevens; Betsey (1807-1827) m 
Asahel Beach; Willard (1800-1847) m Nancy Curtis; 
Lovina m William Smith 
xi. Anna ( ) m Benjamin Glazier of Leverett, Mass. 

3-9 ELKANAH ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b 13 June 1744 d 23 June 1803 
m Amy Wood b 1749 

\. Ebenezerbb 1771 

11. Thomas (1773-1843) m (I) Rachel Woodward (2) Susan Ann Lindsley 
Children: Betsey (1798-1674) m Warren BlaIr; Amy b 1801 
(1st wife) m Daniel Lindsley; Lucinda b 1803 m Erastus 

Seagar; Hannah m (I) Thomas Sprague (2) Daniel 
Bird; Thomas (1808-1894) m Elizabeth Betsey 
Darling; Elkanah b 1813 m Eliza Jane Roberts; 
Harry b 161 1 m Anna ; ; .Ca^v<n fIJImore HBICrs 
Children: C2iid Wife) David b lS!?2pDaniel S. (1824-1854) m^ 

Claranda Harper; Charlotte (1826-1892); LaFayette 
(1828-1906); Susan Ann (1830-1830); Harriett 
(1832-1844); Margaret (1834-1672) m John Spade; 
(Elista b 1836 m Alex Crawford; Andrew A. (1838- 
1840); Anson b 1841 
III. Jonas (1775-1852) m Elizabeth Eaton (1780-1860) 

Children: Jonas (1797-1862) m Sarah Hawks; Salmon (1799- 

1862) m Leucine Lamphere; Horace (1801-1870) m 
Louisa Lamphere; Ebenezer (1804-1843) m Mary Ann 
Aumend; Almira (1806-1886) m Samuel Russell; 
Clarissa (1809-1886) m David Aumend; Eaton b 1811 

m Myra ; Elijah (1814-1850) m Wdo Mary (Aumend) 

Ashley;TlTsha (1814-1894) m Eliza Glrard; 
Elizabeth (1817-1820); Del I la (1819-1820); Phi la 
Ann b 1821 m John Bonar; William Henry Harrison 
(1824-1858) m Hannah Whitney 

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3-9 ELKANAH ASHLEy' (contlnuod) 

Iv. Phlllnda b, 1778 m Scuthwick 

CkildiMfn: Three girlSi beliclve one named Sylvia 
v» Salmon b 1783, d at Hopewell, N.Y. 
vi. Elkanah b 1786 d age 29 at Arlon Springs, N.Y. 
vIK Sylvia b ^ d 1805 m Rufus Branch 

3*10 ISAAC ASHLEY^ (Thomas2, Joseph') b 13 April 1747 d 17 April 1777 
m Olive Howe (1750-1826) dau. Nehemlah and Beulah (Wheeler) Howe 

\. Luranea (1768-1839) m Oarlus Strong (1761-1843) 

Children: Lucy (1784-1801); Dau. (died); Orilla (1788-1855) 

m Alfred Manning; Truman (1790-1870) m Polly Ashley 
(dau of Zebulon); Polly (1793-1870) m Myron Dixon; 
Augustus b 1795 m Sal lie Doolittte; Franklin b 1797 
m Jane Kirkpatrick; Washington (1800-1878) m Sally 
Johnson; Betsey (1802-1827) m Phllo Doolittle; 
Harriet (1803-1847) m James Doolittle; Nelson b 1805 
m (I) Elvira Keyes (2) Malvina Ames; Rachel Maria 
(1809-1841) m Caleb 6^ Fairchitd 
il. Silas (1772-1857) ro Jemima Joslin (1769-1857) 

Children: Isaac ( -1882/8) m Polly Munger; William d 1850 m 

(I) MartHa Wilson (2) Malvina Stevens; Elisha d 1884 
m Olive Sprout; Artemus; Jabez (1804-1894) m Lola 
Benedict; Lucredla; Alvin (1806-1890); Olive (1811- 
.1898) m William Moulton; Silas m Laura Briggs 
iii. Elisha (1776-1857) m Mrs. Hannah (Thompson) Ashley 

3-11 ENXH ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b 25 Nov. 1750 d after 1800 in N«Y. 
m Phebe Owen (1753-1798) dau. Elijah and Patience (Wright) Owen 

1. Mary (Pblly) (1774-1842 m Truman Fairchlld 

CMldrm: Truman (1793-1849) m Eliza Bartlett; Lovina (1795- 

1874) m Orson Bartlett; Phebe (1797-1886) m Erastus Hi 
Hickock; Eliaklm (1801-1886) m Mrs. Laura (Montague) 
Wetherby; Heman Allen (1803-1889) m Sarah Elizabeth 
Torrence; Mary (1805-1887) m Zenas Crooker Wood; 
Lucy b 1798 m (}orneitus Cunningham; 
il. (^ndace (Candls) b 1777 m Luther Wlnslow .'..,: 

Children: .Milone 
iii. Abel (1779-1797) 

iv. Lydia b 1781 m (I) Zaccheus Moorehouse (2) William Baxter 
V. Cherry 
vl. Beman (1784-1852) m Lucy Prentis (1788-1885) 

Children: Lucy Elvira (1809-1867); Emily (I8II-I86I) m 

Hawley Witters Jr.; Orson Beman (1813-1885) m 
Palmyra Beach Hill; Marcus Prentiss (1816-1877) m 
Hannah Marlah Henry; George (1818-1902) m Mary 
Elizabeth Hill; Jonathan Prentiss (1820-1836); 
Heman Allen (1823-1896) m Cornelia Eunice Tuttle; 
Sanford Gadcum (1825-1867) m Caroline Height; 
Lucius Allen (1827-191 1) m Mary Cuthbert; Azro 
Buck (1829-1892) m Jane G. Warner; Dau. died; 

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3-11 ENOCH ASHLEY (continued) "^v 

vlU Beulah (1787-1863) m (I) Ashley Somers (2) Ellsha Dewey 
Children: (tst husb) Nathan b 1819 m Maria Manning; 

Sarah b 1821 m Henry 01 en Smith 
(2nd husb) Alzina b 1827 m Aiden King; Charles 
b 1830 m (Cornelia Sarah Cota 
vlti. OeAlton (1790-1866) m (i) Ruth Saxon (2) Nancy Smith 

Children: (Mother not identified) Sarah m (i) Abirham John 

Sticl<ney (2) Nicholas Webb; Elmira; Amanda; 
Jane; Seymour Saxton b 1833 m Marietta Ford 
Harlow; Oilferna; Polly 
ix. Lois (1792-1835) m David Furman Forman (l794-_) 

ChildP0t: Sarah Phidelia b 1818 m John Mm. Martin; 

Mary Smith b 1821 m WMi. Needham; Hannah Mai lea 
b 1825 m Calvin White; Jesse Miron b 1824 m 
Dora Chase; Electa J. (1831-1835; Truman F. b\ 
1815 d about 1835; Infant died 
x. Sal ley (Sarah) (1795-1862) m Levi Mansfield 

Ckildreni Mary b 1820 m Laren Butler 
xl. Luther b 1797 
xii. Harry b 1794 m F>olly Richardson 

3-12 LUCY ASHLEY^ (Thomas^ Joseph') d 9 Jan. 1823 m John Pierce 

3-13 EUNICE AHSLEY^ (Thomas^ Joseph') b 26 June 1755 m (I) Thomas Wood 

(2) Haskins 

3-14 ELISHA ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b 4 Oct. 1756 d 30 May 1835 

m Beulah Dewey (I76I-I85I) dau. Zebediah S Beulah (Jacltson) Dewey 

i. Sally (1780-1863) m Jesse Woodruff (1772-1836) 

Ckildptn: Marl 1 la (1797-1893) m Phelps Smith; Ellsha A. 

(1799-1649) m Nancy Clark; Harmon (1802-1675) 
m (I) Prelina Loomis (2) Hannah Hurlburt; Beulah 
(1805-1693) m Solon Buck Bagley; Lavinia b 1606' 
m Sylvester Ward; Timothy (1810-1811); Luclna 
(1611-1627); Sabrina b 1815 m Marquis Marr; 
William (1818-1619) 
11. Anna (1782-1823) m James Ives d abt 1820 Springfield, 0. 

Childrtm: John (1602-1889); Lewis; Ashley; Susan; William 

Ashley b 1613 m Rebecca Anderson; Robert; Lucy E.; 
Ml. Luclna (1783-1876) m Lewis Lyon 

0ti'Ubf«n: Sarah Ann m Zenas Wood; Henry m Elizabeth Mitchell 

Iv. Azariah b 1785 m Lydla 

Ckildptn: Julia re Whitney; Morton; William 
v/ Archibald (1788-1861) m Harriet Howe 

Children: Henry Lyon b 1825 m Mary Jane Brltton; Warren 

Hill b 1828 m Helen Inda Yost; William b 1841 m 
Attle Sherman; Cynthia m George Sherman 

vi. Timothy b 1789 m Kendrick of Tenn, 

vil. William (I792-I88I1 

vii. Ellsha Jr. (1794-1875) m (I) Maria Pratt (2) Harriet M. Gaut 
Ckildren: (Mother ^d^ identified) Ellsha; David; Zebediah; 

Will Jem; Carlton <ia5<-ie57); Abbey (l8^0->840); 
Abby (l3?7-!8:.9) 

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3-14 ELISHA ASHLEY^ (continued) 

Ix. Phlllnda (1797-1867) m Harr/ Everest 

Ckildr«ni .Leonora (1819-1893) m Nelson Evarts; Zebadlah 

Ashley (1823-1906) m (I) Betsey Ann Kellogg (2) 
Augusta M. Warner; Benjamin (1832-1832); Lucia 
b. 1833 m Orvllie Del Ivan Hason 
X. Oav Id Dewey (1799-1865) m Olive Lewis 

CHldetn: Beulah A. (1822-1864) m Sanford Evans; Azarlab J. 

b 1824 m Eliza Jane Adams; Sarah Ann b 1828 m 
Orran Granger; Charles Jerome b 1831; Clartnda H« 
(1834-1846); Timothy W. b 1837 m Mary Shear 
xl. Zebediah Dewey (1801-1876) m Charlotte Ward (1806-1885) 

Ckildrmi: Ellen (1825-1876) m Needham; Herman W. (1627- 

1828); William W. (I^5r-I872); Jededlah (1635-1865) 
Irene m Jededlah Clark 
xit. Oliver Landon (1805-1882) m Tryphosa Ann Stack (Stark) 

Children: Luc tana Lyon (I 84 I -I 883) m Abraham Enmet Shearer 

Ellen Francis (1850-1876) m Ervin Brown; 
xiit; Malona L. (1806-1860) m Royal Sanderson d 1845 

Ckildttn: Julia b 1831 m Henry McGee; William m Lucy Blake; 

John; Leonora Everest b 1840 m George Oakman 
* Hutchinson; George 


3-45 WILLIAM ASHLEY^ (Thomas^, Joseph') b 7 May 1758 d 27 Dec. 1828 

m Phebe Howe (1761-1833) dau. Nehemlah & Beulah (Wheeler) Howe. 

I. Phtiinda (1780-1857) m Hiram Burtch (1773-1820) 

CkildrmM Eunice m Winders; l.orana; Phebe (1799-1869) m 

JohirHuff Mikesell; Electa; Horatio Nelson m 
Elizabeth Weaver; Sarah m Daniel Turner; Diana 
b 1811 m John Griffith; Hiram; Asa b 1820 m 

Catharine Ml I ler; El tza b 1820 m ( I ) CI Ine 

(2) John B. Watts; Michael; Wheeler 
it. George Washington (1781-1853) m (I) Polly Dickinson (2) Sally 


ChUdtmi: Eliza (1807-1648) m Sylvanus Young; Harvy (1810- 

1611); Harry (1812-1889) m Mary Ann Smith; 
Perry (1813-1873) m (1) Nancy Adelta Pendleton 
(2) Jane Catherine Wilson; Polly (1820-1696) m 
David Bronspn; Rodney (1821-1897) m (1) Lydia 
Ann Shepherd (2) Mrs. Cassle (Carpenter) Tupper; 
John Hector (1824-1853) m Charlotte Rose Weed; 
Sally (1826-1854) m Earlman R. Hatch; Avollne 
b 1829 m Simon. B. Hatch 
lit. Loami (1784-1855) m (1) Rachel Baker (2) Mary Draubaugh 

ChtldMn: Rheumllla TI807tI857) m Joel Hdw*; Baker (1608- 

1839) m Rebecca Thomas; Phebe b 1810 m David 
Thatcher; Sarah (1812-1859) m Allen Sharp; Mary 
Ann b 1814 m (I) Ellas Arnold (2) Philemon Noble 
Hart; Dewey (1816-1868) m Levi Mills; Polly S. 
(1818-1863) ffl John Bachman; Pol ley Saphrona b 1819; 
Leivona (1821-1860) m Lewis Wesley E^nnon; Merles 
(1822-1864) m Sally Garner; Susanah (I&2i>-I890) 
m John Walker Apperson; William Perry (1827-1902) 
m Jemima Thatcher; Mahal a (1830-1891) m (I) Jacob 
Vanmeter (2) Luther Price 

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3-15 WILLIAM ASHLEY^ (continued) 

iv. William Howe (1786-1875) m (I) Betsey Thompson (2) Wdo Phoebe 


Children: (1st wife) Maria (1808-1891 m Hiram Wetbrook; 

WilU?ifr. Tiomfison (1810-1845) m Mancy Lorilla 
Davis; John Giffcrd (1812-1883) m Polly Manvilie; 
Wheeler Elisha (1814-1886) m (t) Hannah Hayden 
(2) Elizabeth Reese; Riley (I8I6-I8I6); Henry 
Perry (I8I7-I89I) m Sarah E, Davis; Jane (1819- 
1866) m Thomas Love; Betsey B. (1821-1832) 
Matilda (1824-1825); Mahala Ellen (1826- ) 
m James Thorpe Rouse; Phiiinda (I829-I83?r; 
Lafayette (1832-1837) 
v. Rheumllla (1789-1838) m Aaron Osborn (1781-1844) 

Children: Nelson A. (1809-1884) m Mary Richmond; Lyman; 

Emily (1812-1855) m Watterman Dalee; Jane (1814- 
1884) m William Henry Gardner; Mary. Ann (1817- 
1840) m Levi Thompson Reed; (^ndace Fidelia 
(1819-1904) m David Curtis Stewart; Elial Lyman 
(I82I-I83I); Elizabeth (Betsey) (1829-1860) m 
Thomas 61 nn 
vi. Phebe n792-l660) m (I) Amasa Mead (2) John Weed 

Children: (1st husb) Angel ine m Abel Dodge; Lois Phllfnda 

m David Case; Anistlne Vilette m Calvin Hills; 
Catherine Phebe (1820-1904) m Frederick Morgan 
Webb; Adelia Maria (1803-1892) m Andrew Hodgland 
Reed; Alonzo 

(2nd husb) Walter Tartulus (1826-1886) m Lydia 
Ann Andrews; William; Charlotte Rose (1832-1876) 
m (I) John Hector Ashley (2) (Seorge A. Robb 
vli. Alanson (1793-1857) m Jane Bolton (1792-1876) 

Children: Elizabeth (I8I9-I85I) m Elisha Byers; Sarah 

(1821-1846) m James Jones Markwitt>; Alanson (1822* 
1851); Phoebe Jane (1827-1898) m Richard Langston 
Thompson; Anna (1828-1877) m Isaac Hercules; 
Boltin (1831-1864) m Mary Ann Hercules; Mary 
vlii. Elisha (1796-1863/5) m (I) Sally Baker (2) Wdo ^(Toles)Debra 

Children: (1st wife) Joel Loami (I8I6-I87I) m Mary Ann 

Martin; Julia Ann (1818-1875) m Thomas Kearns 
ix, Harry (1798-1841) m Dorothy l^owers 

Children: William Riley (1821-1893) m (I) Drusilla 

Helphrey (2) Mrs. Anna (Helphrey) Woodruff; 
Eliza Jane m (^leb Roberts; Elisha Wheeler (1820 
-1904) m Sarah Joyce; Phillip; Daniel Long; 
Elm Ira (1830-1894) ro Charles Perry Button; 
Phoebe Ann d 1858 m Charles Hulse 
X. Sardis (1801-1853) m (I) William Reed (2) Alfred Ayers 

Children: (2nd husb) Jane (1824- ) m Barton Harlan; 

Ashley b 1826 m (I) DeiTre Guest (2) Polly Ann 
Adams; Mallnda; Eliza m Joshua Johnaway Bailey; 
Joel Loami m Lavina Bragg; Alien; Harless; 
RheumI I la m Richard Freeman; Wi 1 1 lam; Sal I ie 

Ann m (I) William Bailey (2) Hickman 

xl. Pamel (1804-1830) m John Hlgglns (1810-1875) 

Children: Orange (1323-1893) m Rebecca Johnson Wright; 

Thomas Wm. b 1825 m Isabella Wade; Ethan Allen 
(1827-1891) m Sarah Locke 

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P C R S i^l A L 1^ T E S 





VIRGINIA hUnlVt GOFF writes that 
mountain cllnbing Is not new with 
the Ashleys. She has In her posses- 
sion a letter written in 1897 by 
Henry Ashley to his sister Myra 
Ashley Moore about his climb up 
Pikes Peak. She has promised to 
share it with us. 

Has anyone heard from BRAD SWAN 
since he scaled Ht. Everest — or 
did he? 

« » « M tt tt 

Our first bulletin was listed on the 
Periodicals Page of the Genealogical 
Forum of Portland Oregon Bulletin - - 
thanks to HARRIETTE WORD PARK (Mrs. 
Campbell) editor - and an "offshoot 
of the Ashley Tree". 

4^ K K « » » 

DID YOU KNOW - that during the early 
17th century any formal observance 
of Christmas was ruled out by the 
rigid code of Puritanism? Yule 
festivity was forbidden as emana- 
ting from the Devil. And the Devil 
was very much a personage In those 
days. This rule persisted until 
1661 when it was repealed. Probably 
the influence of the Dutch and 
German settlers had prevailed, and 
their customs of Christmas feasting 
and gaiety softened the hearts of 
the strict Puritans. 


They sleep in God'e beautiful gatdan 
In the eurtehine of pepfeat peace 
In life a beautiful memory 
Their abaenoe a eilent grief. 

FRANK T. HOWLAND, 84, died Monday, Decem- 
ber 7, 1970 at the Brockton Hospital 
after a short illness. Born in Freetown, 
Mass, son of the late Seth and Emily 
(Ashley) Howland he moved to Bridgewater 
as a child and was educated In the 
Bridgewater schools. He was employed by 
the Carver Cotton Gin Co. for over 40 
years until his retirement In 1962. 

Suvlvors include his wife Josephine, 
and two sisters, Mrs. Ethel (Howland) 
Ashley of Athol and Mrs. Sarah (Howland) 
Tranmer of Bridgewater. Interment was 
in Melrose Cemetery, Brockton, Mass. 

EDWARD L. ASHLEY, 536 Hinman Ave., 
Evanston, Illinois died Oct. 26, 1970 at 
St. Francis Hospital there. Born In 
South Royalton, Vermont, Mr. Ashley was 
graduated from Dartmouth Osllege. He 
was principal of a high school in Vermont 
and then became associated with the 
Pullman (^. in the Boston and Chicago 
offices, serving in a managerial capacity. 

Survivors Include his daughters, 
Eleanor of Evanston, Mrs. Robert F. 
(Julie) Acker of Des Plalnes, III., a 
son Prof. Gardner P. Ashley at Franklin 
(Ind.) (Allege, and one grandson, James 
6. Acker. Funeral services were held 
Oct. 30 in the Federated Church of 
Rochester, Vermont. 

GENEALOGIST - One who traces back 
your family as far as your money 
will go. 


the best cranberries 
come from the bogs 
near East Freetown, 
Klass. - grown, and 
picked, and trans- 
ported by the 
K. J. Ashley i Sons 
Inc. The Ashley 
brothers, James, 
T.-.wOwcr« j.K. uiwrson. In addition to pick- 
ing fifty acres of their own bogs, pick 
another 100 acres for neighbors on a 
contract basis ~ besides running a truck- 
ing firm. Emerson Ashley designed and 
built a mechanized water picker which has 
Increased the yield and modernized the 
picking operation. It Is a tricky but 
Interesting vocation to grow cranberries 
because temperatures must be watched 
closely to prevent destruction of the 
crop from frost. Ocean Spray has a 
processing plant In MIddleboro where 
most of the harvest goes. So-o-o — - 
Look for ASHLEY cranberries processed 
by Oceen Spray. 

Mr. and Lrs. Karl J. Ashley Jr. 
of East Freetown announce the 
engagement of their daughter, 
Alexis to Brian Blowers, son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Shirl C. Blowers of 
Watervltle, New York. Alexis and ' 
Brian are students at Springfield 
Col lege. 

Karl J. Ashley III, U.S.N.R. has 
returned to electronics school 
In Memphis, Tenn. after spending 
the holidays with his wife Wendy 
and his parents. 

B/M 2/c Edward Ashley, son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Karl J. Ashley Jr. 
has returned from Rota, Spain 
with his wife Jacqueline and 
daughter Lisa after a three year 
tour of duty In the Navy. His is 
now employed at an electronics 
firm In Stoughton. 

Macolm G. Ashley of Howland Rd. 
met with Lakevtlle Selectman 
and secured a renewal license 
for his business, "Ashley Used 
Cars and Parts", 


Starting on Page 50 we are listing members of ASHIEYS OF AMERICA who have 
paid their 1971 dues. (See note on reverse side of cover). 

A "Membership Number" is being assigned to each, and when reference Is made 
to that person In future publications, this Identification number will appear 
after the name; e.g. Robert E. Ashley (#1). This will facilitate exchange 
of correspondence and identification of contributors. 

We would like to show the lineage of each member who is an ASHLEY descendant. 
Our records are Incomplete, and If this Information Is missing after your 
name, please send your lineage to the editor, and It will be Included In 
the next Issuo of the bulletin. 











Name and Address 


Elizabeth (Gushing) Ashley 

68 Spring Hill Ave. 

Bridgetfater« Mass. 02324 

1664 Main Road 

Westport, Mass. 02790 


Winona (Stovens) Leonard 

Halcyon Farm, How I and Rd 

Lakeville, Mass. 02346 

15 Arnold St. 

Providence, R.I. 02960 

Marie Frances (Antonlni) Davis 

Green River Road 

Wi 1 1 tamstown, Mass. 01267 

Paul ine Ashley 

181 Dr. Braley Rd. 

E. Freetown, Mass. 02717 

fteymond L. Lang 

Washburn Road 

East Freetown, Mass. 02717 

Benjamin Thomas 

107 Hillside Road 

Franklin, Mass. 02038 

L, Barry French 

The Villager, PO Box 205 

Assonet, Mass. 02702 

<Mrs^^W;C.) PO Box 321 

Rogers, Arkansas 72756 

Mrs. Wm, R. Anderson 

1969 Marshal I Ave. 

St. Paul, Minn. 55104 
ALO;>IZO ASHLEY and Mrs. Ashley 

5 Manwaring St. 

New London, Conn. 06320 

178 Rr^hemboau Avo. 

Providence, R.I. 02900 


[Oscar (6) Thomas Henry (5^) Thorns (4) 
Abraham (3) William (2) Joseph (t)3 

[Ralph Eugene (8) Charles Sumner (7) 
Joshua Bishop (6) John Sherman (5) 
John (4) Percival (3) Abraham (2) 
Joseph (1)3 

[Al ice Ashley(7) John Sherman Jr. (6) 
John Sherman (5) John (4) Percival 
Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 


[Caroline Ashley (7) Rhodolphus (6) 

John Sherman (5) John (4) Percival (3) 
Abraham (2) Joseph (I) ' 

[Geo. Edward Davis (8) Joanna Gertrude 
Ashley (7) m. Martin (6) Joel 
Loami (5) Eltsha (4) William (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (DU 

[Frank Harold Ashley (7) Marcus (6) 
Marcus Tu II us Cicero (5) Abraham (4) 
Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 

[Sanford Harris Ashley (7) Charles 
Sanford (6) Sanfcrd Gadcum (5) 
Beman (4) Enoch (5) Thcs.(2) Jos,(l) 

[Wm. Rockwell Anderson (8> Arthur 

Con verso Anderson (7) r!ary Ann Wyman (6 
Ashiey Wyman (5) Clarissa Ashley (4) 
Thomas (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

[Phfllp Bcrwsrs (6) Farl Sears (5) 

Noa'T (4) Noah (3) William (2) Jos.d) 

- 50 

Wo. Name and A'jdress 

14 E^.RL HUTaniSON ASHLEY Jr. (8) 

PO Box 154 

Bristol, N.H. 03222 

15 ELTON E. ASHLEY Sr, and 

Mrs. Ashley 

166 Or. Braley Rd. 

East Freetown, Mass. 02717 


206 N. Federal St. Apt. 122 
Mason City, Iowa 50401 


24 Stdlow R Apt 12-A 
Brighton, Mass 02135 


Or. Braley Rd. 

East Fr3fto\''n, Mass. 02717 

19 LUCY ASHLcY (7) 

PO Box 1454 

Sioux Fails, S. Oal(. 57106 


17 Hobbs Road 
Warwicit, R.I. 02889 


26 Rune Stone Rd. 

S. Yarmouth, Mass. 02664 


17 Stony Clover Lane 
Plttsford, N.Y. 14534 


17821 S.W. 1 1 2th Ave. 
Miami, Florida 33157 


70 Arrowhead Way 
Darien, Conn. 06820 


14 Dumond Place 

Glen Head, L.i. N.Y. 11545 


14 Dumond Place 

Glen Head, L.i. N.Y. 11545 


(Mrs. Ross) RR #2, Box 131 
Monroeville, Ohio 44847 


Mrs. J.Holger Box 338 
Bainbridge Island, Wash. 98110 


10861 N. Mason Rd. 
Wheeler, Mich. 48662 


2807 Adams St. 

Des Moines, Iowa 50300 

CEarl H» (7) Philip Bowers (6) Earl 

Soars (5) Noah (4) Noah (3) William (2) 
JosRph (I)] 

C Same as 114 2 

Dames Alton (6) Marcus Prentiss (5) 

Beman (4) Enoch (3) Thos (2) Joseph (1) 


i ) George L. Ashley ( ) George 

Hale Ashley (1814-1868) John Ashley 
(1777-1843) m Elizabeth Johnson 

CRaymond Elliot (7) Abiel Davis (6) 
Silas Pickens (5) Noah (4) Noah (3) 
William (2) Joseph (i);| 

CRaymond Elliot Jr. (8) Same as §222 

CFranIt (6) Perry (5) George Washington (4) 
William (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

CTraey Mollis (7) Same as #253 

CGrace Darling Loomis (7) Augusta Maria 
Beers (6) Louisa Ashley (5) Luther (4) 
James (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

CFred H. Ashley (7) Francis Marion (6) 
Joel Loami (5) Elisha (4) William (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

CJoanna Gertrude Ashley (7) William 
Martin (6) Joe! Loami (5) Elisha (4) 
William (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (1) 

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Name and Address 

Lineag e 

CCora Belie Asitiey (7) Elisl^a Balder (6) 
Joel Loami (5) Elisha (4) William (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

CAnnette Brown Ashley (7) Joseph Mylod (6) 
Calvin (5) Luther (4) Noah (3) 
William (2) Joseph (I) 

CEarl Hutchison Ashley (7) Same as #133 

(Mrs. Harris) 2136 Frlley Rd. 

Ames, Iowa 50010 

315 Riffle Ave. 

Greenville, Ohio 45331 

(Mrs. K.H.) 345 Pine Hill Rd. 

Westport, Mass. 02790 

38 Mayfair Lane 

Greenville, S.C. 29709 

La Review Heights 

Lakevilie, Mass. 02346 

Kenneth Fugere 

21 Western Ave. 

Barrington, R.I. 02806 
ETHEL ( ) FULLER (Mrs. Wm.E) 

Box 51 

Assonet, Mass. 02702 

300 W. Grangeville Blvd. 

Hanford. Calif. 93230 

PO Bx 56, E. Freetown, Mass. 02717 

RFO 3, Box 200, Melbourne Beach, Fla. 
MRS. ELIZABETH (ALBRIGHT) GLASKY (9) [Jessie Strong (8) Wilbur Strong (7) 

Rt. I 

Geneva, Ohio 44041 


(Mrs. A.S.) 56 Kelley Blvd 

N. Attleboro, Mass. 02760 

(Mrs. H.R.) 14 Cherol<ee Rd. 

Arlington, Mass. 02174 

1220 S. Hull St. 

Montgomery, Ala. 36100 

108 E. 500 South St. 

Provo, Utah 846001 
EDNA PAULINE (BLANKENSHIP) HOLMAN (8) [Clarissa Laury (7) Vienna Eliza 

(Mrs. J.D.) 212 E. 16th St. Bouton (6) Sophrona Ashley (5) 

San Bernardino, Calif. 92404 Zebulon (4) Thos (3) Thos (2) Jos 
RUTH A. (BLANKENSHIP) HUNT (8) [ Same as #45 

(Mrs. W.R.) 3151 Garden Ave. 

Los Angeles, (^lif. 90039 

Norman Strong (6) Polly Ashley (5) 
Zebulon (4) Thomas (3) Thofflas(2) 
Joseph (I) 

[Chester Wins low Ashley (7) Noah 
Earl (6) Earl Sears (5) Noah (4) 
Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (I) 

[Wm. Everett Moore (7) Myra Ann 
Ashley (6) Calvin (5) Luther (4) 
Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (I) 

[John G. Ashley to N.Y 1768 to Ala. 
1819, dau. Eliza Ann m Dr. John 

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N o, Name and Addresj 


(Mrs. E.R.) 1335 Grafr Ave. 
San Leandro, Calif. 94^77 


Rigor HIM Rd. 

Ghent, New York 12075 


16 Ml i ton Road 

W. Barrington, R.I. 02890 


The Rambles 

E. Makefleld, N.H. 03830 


83 A Middle HlghMay 
Barrlngton, R.I. 02806 


937 ^nbta St. 
Toledo, Ohio 43610 


Trimtown Rd. 

North Scltuate, R.I. 02857 


328 (^Ippewa Or. 
Greenville, Ohio 45331 


370 Hickory Dr. 
Delaware, Ohio 43015 


III Ave. C 

Greenville, Ohio 45331 


133 S. Vine St. 
Celine, Ohio 45822 


136 Airline Road 
Clinton, (k>nn. 06413 


2135 S.E. 76th 
Portland, Oregon 97215 


Merle Pattee 

Box 13 

Lake Preston, S. Dak:. 


(Mrs. Raymond 

6906 Oakridge Dr. 

San Antonio, Texas 78229 


31 South St. 

Taunton, Mass. 02780 


RR 3 Westbrook Rd. 
Brookville, Ohio 45309 


C3c)^sie Byers (7) Isaac Jackson Byers (6) 
Elizabeth Ashley (5) Alanson (4) 
Will lam (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

COennis McMasters (7) Mary Ashley (6) 
Dennis (5) Luther (4) James (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

CEthel Viola (Main) Word; Harriet E. 

Dickinson; Mary Borland Ashley; 

James Ashley m. Eunice DorreJ 
C(^eo. Vf. Freeman (7) ileien Maria 

Ashley (6) Marcus Prentis (5) 

Beman (4) Enoch (3) Thos (2) Jos.(l) 

C Same as #14 3 

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Na'ne and AdJress 

Segregansett, Mass. 02773 

HAZEL SMITH (Mrs. Clinton) 
79 Wilbur Ave. 
North Dartmouth, Mqss. 02747 


515 W. Scanlon St. .^ 
Culpeper, Va. 22701 ^ :. 

1302 Vanderbeck Laoe 
Woodburn, Oregon 97071 

5102 Douglas St: 
Mas, Texas 752 IS 



23 A Bridges Rd. 

Wllliamstown, Mass 02167 

658 Main St. 

Acushnet, Mass. 02743 

101 Newbury St., Boston, Mass. 

CJulta Delilah Reed (8); Amelia Parlor 
.(7) Mary Jane demons (6) Sally 
Brooktns (5) Desire Ashley (4) 
John (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

CGrace Davis Morgan (8) Joanna Gertrude 
Ashley (7) Mn. Martin .(6) Joel 
LaomI (5) EJisha (4) William (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

CLIIburn Patrick Ashley;( ) John and 
Kitty (Moon) Ashley ( ) James and 
Lucy McCrary) Ashley ( ) John and 
Elizabeth (Garrett) Ashley from S.C. 

[Eugene White (7) Sara J. Nye (6) 
Sally Todd Ashley (5) Abraham (4) 
Perclval (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 




Quote from "The Prophet" by Kahili 61 bran 

(kmtributed by Allen i Mccty Cooper 

Sacpcmento^ Calif. 

Your children are not your children. 

They are the sons and daughters of Life's iong^ing for itself. 

They come through you, but not from you. 

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. 

You may give them your love but not your thoughts. 

For they have their own thoughts. 

You may house their bodies but not their souls, 

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow. 

Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. 

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. 

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. 

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows may 

go swift and far. 
The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite. 
And He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. 
Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness; 
For even as He loves the arrow that files so. 
He loves also the bow that is stable. 

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From the Scrapbcx>k of Almlra F. Ashley (wife of 

Silas Pickens Ashley) 

Friday, September 14, 1888 

Yesterday, Mr, Joseph Ashley, one of our most reliable men and highly 
regarded citizens, a man whose hours in cheerful labor flew, and who 
was remarkably addicted to minding his own business, at such an hour 
as calls industriously disposed people to the labors of the field, went 
out upon the bog to harvest his crop of cranberries. This bog Is upon 
the Hon. Philip J. Tripp's farm on what until his death was his farm, 
and of which Mr. Ashley had become the lessee. The bog Is not a work of 
modern scientific art, but rather an old time relic of crude nature, 
and is too retentive of water to afford the direct avenues to wealth. 

Mr. Ashley probably suffered in his person, as all who invest there have 
done in their pockets, from overplus of water. In short, he appears to 
have become partially paralysed and fell In the wet fresh meadow, and 
lay there nobody knows how long, but summoning his remarkable native 
energies, he crawled to the upland, and there in utter exhaustion lay 
until night, when the search instituted to learn his whereabouts found 
him, he being speechless and nearly dead; and medical aid being summoned 
declared all efforts to save his life would prove utterly useless. 

Mr. Ashley was the sixth and youngest son and eighth child of Luther Ashley 
and wife Abigail Pierce, and born in that ancient part of Middleboro, now 
Lakeville, in October 1821. He was an early pioneer to California, being 
of the gold hunters of nearly forty .years ago. 

He was among those who were compelled to *'to be a law unto themselves" and 
many stories of far less instruction, as well as of less general interest 
got Into widely circulated print than those romantic tales he has confined* 
to the knowledge of the few who were permitted to learn what truly con- 
stituted his California experiences. 

Contributed by: 

Mrs. Louise Pickens Tanner 
Winter Park, Florida 

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AUG 12 1974 


Vol. I No. 3 


Apr 1 1 1 97 1 


Organized August 29, 1970 


Author: Jane (White) Rounsevel|7 
(IdenHfiaatione in Italica) 

I started forth, with the Intent, 
One fine and pleasant morn 
To seek the old deserted farm 
where Grandmother* was born. 
^Sally Todd (Aahley) Nye 

Through dewy fields I reached the spot* 
Where the red school house stood. 
And here a narrow cart track leads 
Through a cool and fragrant wood. 
^Uhere Dr. Braley Rd. turns from 
eaat'-weet to novth-aouth 

I follow this and soon emerge 
To a sunlit, charming spot: 
*Tls an old deserted homestead. 
And time great change has wrought. 

The cellar walls have fallen In 
(The house has long been gone*) 
The rose bush by the old door step 
Droops lonely and forlorn. 

^Rodolphna and John Aahley bought 

plaoe^ dismantled house and 

rebuilt on County Road 

The spacious barn, in olden times 

Filled to the eaves with hay. 

The blacksmith shop* and row of sheds 

Were long since torn away. 

^Abrahan^^ Peroival^j A Abrahanr 
were blaoksmitha. Bldg. aaid to 
be 100' long. Abraham^ was 
called "squealing^ Abram for 
his very high pitched voice. 

A heavy growth of timber stands 
Where once were fields of grain. 
Tall trees now grow around the spring 
And all along the lane. 

There's not a living thing In sight 
No sign of toil or strife: 
A hushed and solemn stillness reigns 
Where once was teeming life. 

The house lot still lies fair & green 
As In the days of yore 
When Great Grandfather Percival 
Beheld It from his door. 


Along this path he must have gone 

A soldier* faring on 

To Join the brave determined men 

Who fought with Washington. 

^Percival served under Copt. Levi. 
Rounseville at Lexington^ also Lt. 
under Copt. Jos. Norton and several 
other times. His father Abraham Jr^ 
held a comnission as Lt. under King 
George the Third and remained loydl 
to his King all his life. An early 
'Generation Gap'^ . 

in thoughtful mood I stroll about 
The old neglected place. 
Hallowed by pleasant memories 
and a well remembered face. 

I've listened in childish wonder 
With round wide open eyes. 
To Grandma's* tales of her childhood's home 
And deemed it Paradise 
^Sally Todd (Ashley) Nye 

I picture a lassie flying 
Over these pastures fair. 
Without either saddle or bridle 
Astride the old gray mare. 

I see her climbing In winter 
This hilt and sliding down; 
And trudging forth to salt the sheep 
Clad In her homespun gown. 

And now with eager Interest 
I scan each rock and nook. 
When Just behind a clump of trees 
I hear a singing brook. 

'Tls Squlnn's!* I pry In pleased surprise 
Where Grandma used to drive the cows 
At night and morn to drink 

^Sqt4am Brook on U.S. Geo. Survey 
maps but "Squin's" to all Freetownere 

"Twas somewhere near they washed the sheep 

On pleasant summer days. 

And with Joyful shout and laughter 

The woodland echoes raise. 

While musing. Idly, on the past 
I see as In a dream, 
A host of youthful ancestors 
Vlho played beside this stream 

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Editor is human. If you find 
an error In any Information 
printed, please notify me Im- 
mediately, giving verification 
for correction. Accuracy Is 
of primary Importance for any 
one doing research and for 

Thanks to those spotting an 
error and to those sending 
mater I a I • Your response has 
been heart-warming and most 
encouraging. Material re- 
ceived after deadline date 
will appear In next Bulletin, 
space permitting. 

I regret that the element of 
time has prohibited me from 
acknowledging all correspon- 
dence received. However, 
your communications are 
greatly appreciated. 


JUNE 20th Is deadline for 
the July Bui letln. 

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PO Box 321 

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April 1971 

Vol. I, No. 3 


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Jane (White) Rounsevell^ 

57 COVER STORY - The Ashley Flag 


OLD LETTER - Written In 1897 
by Henry Ashley" 

New Bedford (1809-1906) 


Newspaper Article, March 1971 

BIBLE RECORD - Harriet (Strong) 

QUERIES - Reynolds and Ashley 

By Mrs. Judith Gurney 

ANCESTOR TABLE - Gerald Ashley 
Cooper (#29) 



AUTOBIOGRAPHY - Augustine Lucas 


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CXXXDC3CX3CXXXXXX3 ^ Robert E, AahUy m) 

since showing the Ashley Whaling flag at our first reunion (as a part of 
my collection of Colonial and early American flags) I have had requests to en- 
large upon this subject of the flag of Captain Abraham Ashley's fleet so that 
duplicates can be made for use on present day Ashley cruisers. 

A large folding chart "Private Signals of the Whaling Vessels belonging 
to the port of New Bedford** was published by Charles Tabor and Go. in 1837 and 
shows Abraham Ashley 2nd (otherwise known as Capt. Abraham^, William^, Abraham^, 
Joseph') had the ship "Saratoga", bark "Cachalot" and bark "Endeavor" at that 
time. His flag was red and white as shown on the cover. 

Copies of this chart are now very scarce but a fairly good reproduction in 
color appears on pages 30 and 31 of the American Heritage book "Story of Yankee 
Whaling". It Is also possible to get full size colored reproductions from the 
"Old Dartmouth Historical Society and Whaling Museum" on Johnny Cake Hill, New 
Bedford, for $150. 

(^ptain Abraham had previously owned a part interest in the schooner "John 
and Mary" of Assonet but had sold out before 1837. Perhaps at other times he 
owned various interests In other ships. At any rate, on May 5, 1809, Abraham 
Ashley 2nd, age 23, height 5*9", of 'dark complexion*, hometown given in one 
place as Freetown, and in another place as "Sherman" (7), sails from New Bedford 
as * Merchant* on the ship (or schooner) "Thacker". Then, after being at sea 
for three years, he sailed his ship into the harbor of Baton Rouge, not knowing 
war had been declared. He was captured and sent a prisoner to England. He must 
have been released sometime before the treaty of Ghent for we find that he mar- 
ried Cynthia Ta 1 1 man of Dartmouth at an unknown date and settled In Freetown, 
where Mary the first of their eight children was born l»n January of 1815. 

Captain Abraham and Cynthia are buried In the Dr. Braley Cemetery on 
Dr. Braley Road. Their children were Mary who m. Marcus Baker; Abraham Tallman 
who m. Wealthy Baker; Sylvia 6. who m. Ellhu H. Lawrence; Cornelius G. who m. 
Emily W, Cobb, and 2nd Waltstlll Atwood; Albert; Cynthia; Clarissa who m. 
Rodney Bennett; and Avis Tiltinghast who m. Charles Sidney Josselyn. 

A simple way to make a copy on cloth or other material is to cut out the 
flag, sew the edges, cover the A with a cut out letter, cover the other white 
parts and then spray with a spray can of red paint. Repeat on the other side. 
Of course if you are more ambitious, s^\t It of two colors of cloth. 

foot cruiser "The Broad A 




n From your PRESIOEI0 Q, 


On February 28, 1971 your offlcert fwt at. tlw homa. 
of Raul and Winona Laonard In Lakavtila (wa understand 
ttiat Minona prefers to be called "Steve" for her maiden 

nsM Steyenai) and -completed tentative plans for oar 

second reunion. 

Pir9t: It was voted to extend our sincere t^nks to Esther Ashley Spcus1«i for 
her splendid work ion the Newslstter. We are most fortunate In having such a 
careful and devoted worker as bo-Hi Editor and Printer. N* call attention to the 
fact that her labors are Mlthout any rastunaratlon except perhaps what our early 
deeds called - "for love and consideration". 

S^oond: It was decided that In this 59(mi celebration of the first year of our 
Pilgrim Ancestors, Plymouth would be an aotcetlent choice for location. Also, 
that a Motor Inn where out of town iwnbers could stay under the same roof, with 
air conditioning and excellent dining would be desirable. Hie new two ml I lion 
dollar Governor Carver Motor Inn In downtown Plymouth was selected. 

ThCreb The Program (Tentative) 

August Z8th 

9 to 10 A.M. - Registration and coffee hour. Coffee and sticky 
rolls "on the house". Come early and gam with your Cousins. 
(For landlubbers - a gam was when two or more whalashlps met 

at sea, and sailed in company for a day or two while the crews 
visited and ganmed.) 

10 to 11:30 A.M. - Business meeting followed by several short 
talks on Interesting Ashley subjects, by various manbers. 

12 Noon - Group picture In front of the Inn 

12:30 P.M. - Luncheon - several choices (About $3.25 to (5^79) 
tax and tip included. (^Ildrens portions about $1.00 less. 

2:00 P.M. •<• Afternoon Session - Slide lecture by our own 
Brad Swan who last fall climbed Mt. Everest (almost). 
D B ' T HISS T M I S ! S ! 


August 29th 

Afternoon trip to be arranged. 

For those who can spend more than two days, there are any number of attractions 
In and around Plymouth. Also mora research sources than you could exhaust In a 
lifetime - - Mayflower Society Library - Pilgrim Hall Library - Registry of 
deeds and of probate - and many mora - within a half ml le radius. Rochester 
and Freetown within 20 miles. 

Fourth: • A proposed Constitution and By-Laws was discussed and some changes 
made. It will be printed In our next Bulletin and will be voted on August 28 

Other items in the Works: 

More research (s being done on Coats of Arms. We have found nearly 30 
'^authentic'* C.O«A*s. for the name ASHLEY* Which one ts ours? 

Archaeology - Many of the early homes ites In Rochester and Freetown have 
lain undisturbed for centurieSf. since the last dwelling on those sites was 
razed. We hope to organize some scientific *'digs" soon and may even ar- 
range for classes in Archajsotogy for interested members. Meanwhile, If 
this *'turns you on*' you might read 'Pilgrim John Alden*s Progress', 
Archaeological Excavations In Ouxbury by Roland Wills Robbins, published 
by The Pilgrim Society, priced $2.15. Order direct from The Pilgrim 
Society, Plymouth, Mass. 02360. This Is practically a textbook on how to 
excavate an old house site. Great reading too. 

See you in August, 
Bob Ashley, President 




'THE DESERTED FARM" (Continued) 

Some In the little graveyard* lie 
Upon the old home farm: 
While others sleep In distant lands 
Far from It's sheltered calm. 
^Ashley Cmnetery, iJarth Ave. 

Rousing at length from my reverie 
I leave these pleasant bowers 
Impressed by God's omnipotence 
Thift fleeting life of ours. 

Author : J ane ( Wh I te ) Rounseve 1 1 ' 

i^te: The author was the granddaughter 
of Sally Todd (Ashley) Nye^ and lived 
on the Middleboro Road (Rt. IB) She was 
the author of many poems about Freetown 
and her fami ly. 

In the above poem 'The Deserted Farm" 
she describes a visit to the lands that 
were purchased by Joseph I between 
1760 and 1769, Lots 21, 22 and 23 of 

the Pocasset Outlet, alt of the land 
between the Morton Road and Or, t3raley 
Road which was the home of Abrhanr. Jr^^ 
Perciva!'^, Abrah^r..^ Lnd Sally "^Q^d^* 

Sally married Pardon Nye and they had 
14 children, only two of whom died 
before reaching a ripe age. Six went 
to California in the gold rush. 

Mass. Historical Collections state, 
"Six persons by the name of Ashley 
died in one house". Gravestone records 
show it was this house. Perhaps this 
was the reason It was deserted. 

Another granddaughter of Sally Todd, 
Or. Nellie (Brlghtman) Robinson, (her 
husband was also a doctor) bought back 
60 odd acres and bu i 1 1 a house near 
the old place in the early I900's. 
Her eider son was lost on a ship tor-* 
pedoed when it left the Phlllipines. 
Dr. Nellie was burned to death in the 
house in the I930's. Her sons sold 
the land to Goodhue & Chase the lumber 
dealers who are the present owners of 
that part of the land. Part of the 
land Is now Ashley Heights, a new 
housing development and part is the 
home of Ted and Pauline Ashley. 

Contributed by: 

Doris Aehley Larg (U7) 






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EXCERPTS ft'om a letter written by Henry Ashley (6) CaltHn (S) 
Luther (4) Noah (3) Uillim (2) Joseph (1) to hie sister 
Myra (Ashley) Moore. At the time this letter was written 
Henry lived at 6Q9 E. High St.^ Colorado Springs ^ Colo, and 
Myra lived in Taunton^, Mass. 

January 8, 1897 

Dear Sister & Co. 

My birdie having gone to an auction of Jewelry and taken our oldest (Jennie) 
along, leaving her baby (That's me) all alone and Carl having tired of my 
society and being at present engaged In building a fire with some other kids 
not so warm, I take advantage of the unusual quiet to pen, or rather pencil, 
an answer to your letter of some time agone. I don't know whether ''agone'' Is 
grammatical, but It sounds classic, so I use It. - - 

i am doing the turning for two mills at present and hope to get in nearly full 
time by so doing thJs winter • I expect to go to Wyoming by the first of 

March The place Is called Grand Encampment. This Is great couhtry 

out here and I have seen things I would not have missed for a whole stick of 
Taunton herring! 

Hold your brtoth and I will tell you of a few Ihings we have seen and of a 
few places we havb been« We have left our beds at five In the morning and 
Journeyed to Cheyenne Caiyyon. We have slowly winded our way 'neath the cool 
shade of the mountain pines and In the glare of the midday sun. We have ex* 
piored the blooming thing from stem to stern. We have gazed In silent awe up 
the majestic heights of its rocky sides and have timidly approached the edge 
of its rugged crags and gazed fearfully down its Jagged sides a thousand feet 
and wished we were in Taunton! 

We have climbed the rustic steps leading up the seven falls and taken our 
solemn oath that Bunker Hill Monument Is not in It. We have seen the sweet 
child of nature (girl) and the Intelligent man of letters climb their lofty 
heights and gaze upon the silvery spray as It Jumped from.. crag to crag seek- 
ing Its natural level hundreds of feet below and removing their cady and 
$7 flower garden silently acknowledge the supremacy of their Maker. We have 
seen the besotted boozer c^lmb to the top with unseeing eye and shaking knee 
and taking a pint flask from his pocket throw back his head, place the bottle 
to his lips and with the azure blue of the canopy above obscured by the yellow 
tint of the fiery poison quench his ungodly thirst and staggering to the 
friendly shade of some pitying mountain pine throw himself upon the ground 
and sink into an unnatural sleep unconclous of the beauty of .his bedchamber, 
unconscious of the war In Cuba, unconscious of the twittering, songsters as 
they flitted from branch to crag above his head, unconscious of the possi- 
bilities of Klondyke> unconscious of the roar of the falU. ..A poor lost soul 
once some loving mother's Joy, now a victim of the demon Rum. 

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We have climbed another 5 hundred feet and depositing our lunch basket upon 
the ground, revbrently approach the grave of Helen Hunt, Authoress, and while 
the squirrels were swiping our dinner, wonder where she was at. For you see 
she was not there, her husband having removed her sometime previously. Al- 
though the signboards are still up directing you the way. It was here she used 
to sit, thousarids of feet above the world (Col. Springs) when working out the 
plot of some n^ book and here she desired to be buried. 

We have roamed the streets of Manitou while the band played oni We have drank 
of its sulphur waters and spit up 8 day matches. We have quaffed of Its Soda 
Water and then spewed all over the Pavlllion. We have dallied awhile at the 
Iron Springs and quenched our thirst and then took turns In sandpapering the 
rust from our bodies* 

We have hit the Cog Road for Pikes Peak and wished we fiadn*t before we got there 
We were singing and laughing the first two miles but we didn't the last two. We 
ate our lunch at the halfway house and washed It down with water from a mountain 
stream, clear as crystal and cold as Ice, and then tolled on. We heard the cog 
train coming up and stood aside to let it pass. We met It coming back and we 
glided to one side and let it went. We saw apparently insurmountable hills 
forminst us but we phased them. We got mixed up In a most terrific storm and 
naturally got wet. After plugging throuh It for 1% miles we went back 2 miles 
to a section house where we arrived at 11:30 PM and spent the rest of the night. 

The man In charge built a fire and got us some hot coffee which was very good. 
The females took off their shoes which were soaking wet and then peeled their 
stockings and treated me to the most shameful display of legs It has ever been 
my unhappy luck to experience and me and the poor devil of a section hand the 
only men there. The display made him quite desperate and he actually proposed 
to a Miss Jean Reid of Sioux City who visited us this summer. When she told 
him she was already engaged to be married I Ml be blowed If the blamed chump 
didn't go putting up to Min which made me real hot and I got dry awful quick. 

Three of us continued our climb in the AM while two went back. The sun was 
shining brightly and the dear little chippy birds were twittering gaily but we 
were still 5 miles from the Peak and the steam not up on the elevator. We pas- 
sed the bleaching skeleton of a horse which my wife said reminded her of old 
man Hawse' tripe works over toward Raynham and she at once proceeded to get 
homesick as it made her feel so Taunton. We wondered as each hill came Into 
view if It would be the last, but it wasn't. We saw puke scattered all along 
the track where, because of high altitude, people had thrown up, but we left 
none of ours. We divided half of a sandwich between the three of us, the last 
we had, % a mile from the top and felt refreshed. We could not climb more 
than 30 feet without resting but we enjoyed the rest, also the view. We some- 
times would walk backwards which seemed easier and when resting generally lay 
flat on our backs. We all got blue about the mouth, nose and ears, but we per- 
severed and at about I PM we reached the Peak, 14,127 feet above sea level. We 
at once ordered hot coffee for which we paid fifteen cents a cup, but we did not 
kick. We did not dare ask the price of a square meal as we had but f 12 with us 
so we took it out In doughnuts at three for a dime. After resting we went to 
the highest point and looked to the north, to the south, to the east, and to 
the west. Dsnvsr to the north 80 miles we could see the smoke of. Pueblo; 
50 miles to the scjth we could see quite easily, while Cripple Creek, Victor, 
and several otiiar mining camps were In plain view to the west and north. 

(Continued on Page 67) 
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NEW BEDFORD from 1809 to 1906 

CompMed from custom house records 
now In the "Moby Dick Room" of the 
New Bedford Free Public Library. 

Submitted by Robert E. Ashley, 
Brldgewater, Mass. 

Whaling ships were always called "vessels", the term "ehip" being applied only 
to a particular arrangement of sails. Thus, a vessel could be a "ship" on one 
voyage and a "bark" on the next, etc. There ware four main types: 

Brig ~ was a two-^nasted square sailed vessel 

SofwonsT - could be two or three masted, but always had "fare" and "aft" sails. 
Ship - was three masted with square sails 

Bark - had square sails on the two forward masts and fore and aft sails on 
the "mizzen" or aftermost mast. 

Only a "landlubber" would call a vessel a "boat". A boat is any craft that can 
be hoisted aboard a "vessel". 

Officers and crew were never paid wages but sailed on shares called a "lay", the 
Captain getting a large share such as l/IO and a greenhand getting perhaps 1/200 
of the total final profit of the voyage. After an unlucky voyage a man could 
end up with very little or even no money. <e.g. see Henry who got 80<. 

On the following pages are listed the ASHLEYS who went a-whallng from New Bedford 
from 1809 to 1906, complied from custom house records now In the Moby Dick Room 
of the New Bedford Free Public Library. 


Acush - Acushnet 
Ftn - Freetown 
Lkvl - Lakevitle 
Mad - Madison 

Lub - Lubec 
Midd - Middleboro 
N.B. - New Bedford 
N.Y. - New York 

Roch - Rochester 
Sher - Sherman 
Taun - Taunton 
W.lsl- West Island 

Type Ship 

Bg' - Bi^lgg 

Bk - Bark 

Sch - Schooner 

Sh - Ship 

Vs - Vessel 







Albert B 

Albert R 

A. J. 



A I son 6. 


Andrew T 





Home plex* 
Hght Town tlon 






• « 


Ftn ' ' Ok 

Sher Ok 

I n 

I I 


N.B. Ok 

■ I 

» ^ ' 

. ■ ) 

.^ ' \ 

*•* w« 



• - 

























20 5»7%'' Ftn Lt- Lt 




Vessel & 
Home Port 

Oate of 
& Return 

Rank A Lay 

Sch "Thacker" 
New Bedford 
Sh "Thacker" 

* * 

6g "Ellas^r 

New Bedford 
Bg "Ellas" 

New Bedford 
Sh ••Minerva" 

New Bedford 

New Bedford 
Sh •*Adm Blake" 

Bk "Pioneer" 

New Bedford 
Bk ••Cachalot" 

New Bedford 
Bk "Cachalot" 

Sh •'Marcel la" 

new deuTora 
Bk "Marcel la" 

New Bedford ' 

New Bedford 
Bk ••Cachalot" 

Sh "Heroine" 
- Fa I rhaven 
Sh "Com. Morris 

New Bedford 


May 5 1809 Captain r/-i; 

Jul 17 1819 
Jun 21 1820 
Jun 24 1820 

Sep 9 
Mar .3 
Jun 8 
May 26 
May 5 
Oct 24 
Apr 28 
Nov 6 
Aug I 

Sep I 
186) - 
Aug 10 


Capta i n 
Capta i n 


Boy 1/190 




Owner (f-2) 

1857 Managing Owner 
Sold Foreign 

1 858 Greenhand 
27 1861 1/165 

Aug 17 1858 Greenhand 
Jul 27 1861 $42(5.94 
Jun 8 1854 Ord. Seaman 
May 26 1857 1/165 
Dec 6 1851 Greenhand 
1853 sold N.B. 1/135 (f-2) 
1 832 



Jun 4 
Feb 27 
••May II 
Dec 3 

Bk ••Falcon" 

New Bedford 
Sh ''Emerald" 

New Bedford 
Sh ••Maine" 

Sh ••Montpeller" 

New Bedford 
Sh "Zepher" 

New Bedford 

Oct 25 1875 
Apr 21 1879 
May 19 1864 







Footnotee: ' 

(1) Thia voyage ended at Baton Rovge in 1812 vhen Abvahamt not knowing a war 

had been declared, eatled into Louieiana harbor held by the British. Be 
wap orptured and taken prieoner of war to England where he eat it out in 
an En^lieh oaiZ, He then returned to hie home on the oroeeroad between 
Braley Hill Road and Morton Road, 

(2) Veeeele owned by Abraham Aehley II A flying the Aahley Flag were the 

ehip "Saratoga" and the barks "Caohalot" and "Endeavor", 

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Hght Town 

Com- Color 
pi ex- of 
tlon Hair 

Vessef & 
Home Port 


Date of 
& Return 

Charles 18 5'W N.Y, Dk BIk Sh "Draper" 

Clifford W. 4/-3;- 



E, R. - • 

E- R. - - 




Edward R, 






21 3»8" Lkvl Dk 

Enoch S. 21 5M0" Mldd Dk 





Frank M, 


Franklin M - 

George H 

20 5*6" Mad Bl 




.,Bk "Sunbeam" 
New Bedford 




Feb 20 1850 
Jun 12 1863 

^ "Wm. Hamilton" Jun 17 1840 

■iNew Bedford ' 
oik "Pacific" 

New Bedford Oct 13 1867 

Sh "Reindeer" Oct 14 1856 

New Bedford Oct 27 I860 

,Sh "Gov. Troup" Dec 2 1862 

New Bedford Jun 4 1867 

Sh "Washington" Dec 14 1842 

New Bedford 

"R{ tan" 

New jedford 
Sh "Youey" 

Sh "Wm Wirt" 

New Bedford 
Bk "Emigraht" 

New Bedford 
Sh "ChlnaV 

New Bedford 
Sh "China" 

New Bedford 

S i ppecah 

Oct 19 1847 

Apr 2 1850 

Sep 30 1850 

Jul i6 1853 

Sep 30 1853 

May Id 1856 

May 31 1848 
(Sw f'4) 

Oct 5 1840 

Nov 26 1842 

Jun 10 1843 

Oct 30 1845 

May 6 1863 

Aug 27 1863 

Sch "Golden City Apr 28 1888 
New Bedford Jul 30 1889 

Sh "Rainbow" Sep It 1865 
New Bedford Apr 20 1870 

Sch "Wtti Martin" Nov 13 1879 

Boston Sep 8 

Sh "Rainbow" Sep M 

New Bedford Apr 20 

__ "Mary" Jul 21 

New Bedford Mar 22 
Sh "John How I and" Nov 

New Bedford Apr 11 






6 1854 


Bk 'ndm Glfford" Aug 30 1858 

New Bedford Nov 28 1863 

Sh "Fab i us" Aug 10 1846 

New Bedford Jan 8 1849 

Sh "Fab i us" Jul 5 1844 

New Bedford Feb 14 1846 

Rank i, Lay 

Asst. Mech 

2nd Mate 





3rd Mate 

1st Mate 

Master per 
Boat Steerer 





Boat Steerer 

3rd Mate 


1/195 $174 

Footfiotet : 

(S) Cliff oxd is th* painter and author of "The Jankee 

"Ashley Book of Knots", 
(4) Bark "Bnigrant" found bottom up off Frenoh Book, t 

and area never heard from ' 

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George H 




Henry J 

Henry J. 

Henry T 





Horace S 
liorace S 


J. H. 

J. H. 



A^i Hght 

Com- Color 
Home pi ex- of 
Town tlon Hair 

18 5'5" N.B. Ok Br 

18 S'S" N.B* Ok Br 

19 5«5" Ftn 
19 5'5" Ftn 



16 5»5%" Ftn Lt 

Horace L 25 5 '9" Ftn 

Horace S 24 5 '4" Ftn 




28 5»9" Ftn 


17 5'6" Ftn 

17 5»8" Ftn 



- Ftn 




5 •7" Roch 




5'6>s" Roch 




_ . 





20 5 •5-3/4" Ftn Dk Br 




Dk Dk 

Dk Ok 



Vessel & 

H one For t 

Sh "Fab i us" 

New Bedford 
Sh "Condor" 

New Bedford 
Sh "Batholomew 
Gosnold" N.B. 
Bk "Oak 

Sh "Condor" 

New Bedford 
Sh "Condor" 

New Bedford 
Bk "Oak" 

Sh "Mentor" 

New .Bedford 
Sh "Partheon" 

New Bedford 

Date of 
& Return 





















Rank & Lay 

l/lOO $430.02 
60<t (total 

Ord Seaman 




Sh "Mm Thompson Jun 15 1835 
New Bedford Aug 31 1838 
Sh "independence" Aug 29 I83i DiedUn 

New Bedford 
Sh "Mary" 

New Bedford Lost 1833 
Sh "Heroine" Jun 4 1831 

Freetown Feb 27 1832 
Sh "Mary" N.B. Dec I 1832 
Sh "Gen Group" Oct 30 1841 

New Bedford Apr 25 1844 
Bk "Pacific" Jun 12 1865 

New Bedford Oct 13 1867 
Bk "Henry Tabor" Jun 14 1866 

New Bedford Jun II 1866 
Bg "Abbot Lawrence" 

New Bedford 
Bk "Willis" 

Sh "Euphrates" 

Apr 27 1635 Madagascar 
Dec 9 1632 


2nd Mate 

Bk "Dragon" 
New Bedford 

Bk "Dragon" 
New Bedford 

Bk "Duraco" 
New Bedford 

Sh "HSeorge" 




Apr 9 1675 
Nov 5, 1877 
31 1859 
12 I860 

4 1862 tf^Si 
15 1840 
26 1842 

24 1840 

20 1641 

21 1842 

25 1844 



3rd Mate & 



Pootnotea : 

(S) Skip "Puphratea" woe captured by the Confederate Cruieer "Shenandoah" 
and httened during the Civil War, 

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, ,^ • Cow- Color Oat« of > 

Home pi ex- of Vessef'& Dbt>drture ' 

Name Age Hght Town tion " Hair Ttome Port & Return ' Rank A lay 

James - - - -< - Sh 'londor^ Hay 29 1944 2nd Off leer 

NewTgedford Apr I > 1846 1/42 
James .. - - - . . . ■ .. Sh "Joii^ • . May U 1852 Gneennand 

. . (Crev% Captain killed.) , 1/175 

Jamies -. ! r . -• . - . - . Sh "PacJfTc?* Oct ;4 1852 Greenhand '" 

Ne«r Bedford Apr : 7 J855 1^/200:. .X 
Janies . 21 'S'e**. W.t,' Ok pk . Sth '"Ellen Rodfflbn*" May 14 1879 Gr^enhand • 

rNew'Bedford. . Aug'l8l88a '..'v. '."J 

JtrehP. - - . - . -- - • Sh "Oesdenoala?' Oct 26 »846^.eoy 

' . : Mew Bedford . Jun 2 1849 ' 1/175 

John - - Ub -' . - Soh. "WW Grazier" ^ May T |.^5 .; •' 

Prevlncetown ' Jjul 2^-1905 
JOMph •> t- • •< - . - Sh "Fene^on Aug 31 4842. Qreenhand. •. 

•t«siw 'Bedford Cot M Ii944 1/180 
Joseph - - - - -r S»^ VFenelon" ' / 5^44 'fioatsteere?." . 

-New: Bedford Apr-,22 »84?. i l/92<: 
Joseph : " - - - - -' Sh "SwFft" Jun 25 1«49 preeriNahd- 

.New.;Bedforcj;. NOV' 26X852 , 1/119:; " ' 
Joseph a • .^ >- «. Sh "Oondor," . : May 29 •«8«4 and »<etlr > - . 

... ' .Nev fiedfoW Apr 13 1.846.. ..1/42.,. " 

Lorlng p. - - - - - Bk "Pamela May 8 1858 Boy 

Prentiss" N.B. May 17 1862 1/225 
Lorlng P 18 - Ftn it .. Ok Bk "Penny" . r ^un .13 ip6P ..:,'.,-. . 

'New Bedford ' Ajpr 14' 1864 ' 
Mrcus - - - - - ■ - 3ch *'ein e ratd**-1t.B:WBy-t9 1864 Lost at Sea 

MBrcfisH;. .,l^.o5*7". ; Uv^ Dk Br, Sfiti x"JaR|Bs'* May. 6 1863 ^ •« .— t 

• Sipploin A^g 27 r863 

Marcus 21 , - - ,M|dd, Dfc W .Sch »'Adin.Blfl«",May, .9j «8« .. + n 

........ . . . . -Nw. Bedford- ..Oct . 8.1862 -. ,.- •,., •,,-,.,•. 

Millard F - - -> - . - 6k "Mdrew", Qct J7 1866 Ord ^epm . 

_ . . Newl|ted.fgr<l Mayp2<l867,., I/J.^?^ ;. 
Nicholas 16 5*3%" Ftn It ^t Bg "Cha^ . May 21 1835, , Died, pt sen 

' .. • • . Packet"i^.e.. fiar ^5 I837<i ^ 

Npph .19 5»9r . Ftn.: Lt Br Sh "H^rolftp" 4*ii' 2^ i^ ^r >: ". i ■". 

Freetown Fp|> .14 ,J84I ....*..,.. 

Paul - - - - - 'BkVillls' Apr lb l86i Seeiiiafir 

■•- ■■■'■■ .'.' mew Bedford- ' Sep -U i«6t -'•. IVI 001!:''' ' 

Rueben •< - - - > - Sh "Chlnfe* Jim 1^48^ '«r«ehhaiid'. 

."••' ' New Bedford Oct 30 1845 1/175 

Paul 14 4*9" Roch Lt Br Bg "Willis" Jun 14 1849 

v^'- ' • • Rochester Aug 31 1840 

Robert ..... Bk "Eag1«« NiB; Jun 5 jses v'UMtvii 

Robert - - -. - r Sh "Adeline" Aug 29 186? 

' ■ ' . .New Bedford" J(il2(S-|869' ; ' • 

Robert - - - r - Sh "Adeline" N.B., Between 18W^^«' 

Rufus - - - - -'"ek"Sun» Oct 5 '1858 Ord Seam 

Matta|»li»b+t^ Ju 1^^0 18(50' ^t /1 40 
SlMioen - - J - • - 5clS *John Oct 9 1867 

Randolph" Ftn Aug 4 1869 
Slmoh ~ . 18 5*7"^ ^tn Lt' ' • 8r Sh «Hero1 ne"' Juh 4* I83l- 

" - •• -Freetown' Feb 77 .1832 •''"' 

Tom (Taw) - ' - - =^^ •- - fik "Sarah*'' ' 'Aug 31 1846 '3rd fl»te 

Mattapolsett Jun 27 1848 

(fO U COtniKUEO) 

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Stons' New Department of Commerce 
Order Ends Ofd Whaling Industry 

lBd«io*imM«e kiMrta 


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«n «H^a^ Bctnriac to faaot 

te ntadt tt^-M aM Iht 

Ite Oam «m nit «i flu 
ttdaogmd ipMlit w fey fte 
ijBltrlor Dif^arloMt km !)•* 

trilk fli» imr 
Blu«» Bnavbidk; 

conq^anr, Iht M UMt Drih 
JiD« Ci. opMllv aol fli 8«& 
Avnelsc* Bv* ii aOKtod br 
the order, lb compaoy mm 
mt dufftor botti to Mnc to 
vbadat thai art piwttnd an 
dimi for wbB^ food and Ubri- 

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l^( todoatiy provkU wa c far 

caodtoo; 4dl for la«f^ bwwa 



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■ailed «ut of te Mav amflaal 
poKt «( Ntar Budbrt ud Nan- 
faSat. Md <Mn«d tht wU 

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tht utelat Ii 9m botti iMk «| 49'fUbMt. U M wl n 

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latad tad «f OVtata AhiA far 

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SS^W ai f«ii«e»«il dia» 

SV-njal^tat «( lAaUBg iitt 

harpooo wXli tha ondoai^ fix 
tn BAlPOm \$ ttnA tvm 
a aUp loto a aurfadaf whda 
and aniodaa toMa* flnanato^ 
tos a ULlha madiadliia baaa 
aa oSkUvs ttat fo ia a UiJ ro" 
iMetlana iwia aal ap aoAr M 
Ifltoraattoaal ooaivoBUaa to aaia 


Dnrtaf tot evarcat jaar 4» 

la topdag d» aidar« _ 
aaid that te liia Brat ttma to 

aloml m yoaca aa lAdag 

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vliak to aoir tU <oaat. al toa 

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aad aOar tl diva far MOBMt. 
Iha aaMtoiy vU toaaa « Baal 
arder. B to a toDev a» to Ika 
dbaettaa taaaad kit Baambar 
bf tea btorlar Saeratoqr Wal- 
tar J. BkhiL 

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Ibaa » dtttmat ipactoa af iriU 

•»•»«a Daily Worlds Tulsa^ Oklahoma - Thursday march 4, I97i 

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LETTER FROM H. <<, ASHLEY TO MY^^A ANn' (ASHLEV^ MOORg - tCbrttlnueif fro* pag«'60 

To tha East was an unbroken stretch of pralrta uhlla Colorado Springs s aaroad ' 
almost at our faat* although 16 oh 16 miles away« We then started back and found 
the going down mbr^ tiring than going up and ire punched the toes out of all our 
5tockIngsM)eforV reaching the bottom. We got home about ten thirty PN very tired 
but St! 1 1 IJr the ring. We did not Kese much time getting to bed and the next 
day we were very ^tlff. The next cfay after we were stiffer but we are all right 
at the present writling knd are willing to make the' trip ai^ln if "soma of you wilt 
come out and^tapkljb It with us. . • ; • « 

I wl 1 1' Jet' you Idiow by 4«rd wNm!)* i go to Wyoming so you may feel sure of finding 
me here in-ltie Bpring, untJI you hear fromme again.- ... 

.,.:'. Your brother. 


I.. . « 

B • 

H. W. Ashi«y 

Contr I butdid. by : VI rg i n l« Ashi <ky GoiF f ( #4 1 ) 

• . • . . • 

Note: Your editor also received a copy. of this same letter from Earl Ashley ' 
Wood C#J23) grac^dsoQ of H. W. Ashley. .He adds that h t s. grandfather ^ , 
Ashley was not only a 'Vather flowery writer.**/ but, was also "ha I anted 
in painting' and jaopdcarvlng. He has In his possession a blrdseye 
maple table that, afteiats to hU grendfatherV^ ablljty. ^ ^ 

Henry Ashley, writer of the above, letter, wa|i prqfpJAent Miong the first 
citizens of tlie Grand Encampment, now known as Encampment, when It was 
a twfMl^ mInJng town with thirteen saloons,.. a general .store ,^ and a r) 


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Q Copied from th« 8tbl« of Harriot (Strong) 
BIBLE RECORD P Oool Ittlo (6) Cturonoa Ashioy (9) Ismc (4; 

John (3) ThcNMS (2) Joseph (Oj 

Contributed by Elizabeth A. Glasky (#40) 
Published by: who now has this Bible In her possession. 

Mathew Carey, No. 122 Mrket St. 

Philadelphia, Pa Note: (}opy Is verbatim with eKplanatory 

Date: 1610 data shown In bta^mttd italiaa. 


Inscription on Flyleaf: 
**Harrlet Ooollttia h#r Book gtvon to her a short tlma bafora the daath of 
har Mothar by har Farthar and Mothar 1839* 

TrMman Strong his Book laft by raquast of his sistar Harrtat Doollttia on 
har daath baad to him. Baquaathad by him to Norman M, Strong and his 
hairs foravare Truman Strong** 

MARRIAGES^ Paga 677 

Darius and Luranaa Strong (Lutcama AMKUy (6) I^aas (4) John (8) fha9.(2) Jcb(1) 
MS marriad tha llth Day of Oac 1783 in Roultnay Stata of Varmont by m. Word 

Orrtlla Strong was marriad to Alfrad Manning Sapt 19th 1809 In POultnay St* of 
Varmont e 

Truman Strong was marriad to Polly Ashlay March 21st 1811 in Roultnay St of Vt 

Polly Strong was marriad to Miron Otxon Sapt 1st 1812 In Wayna Township Stata 
of Ohio 

Batsay Strong was marriad to Phllo Ooollttia Sapt 28th 1818 in Wayna Township 
Stata of Ohio 

Truman Strong was marriad to Mrs Elvira Amas Sapt tha 2 1847 

Franklin Strong was marriad to Jana KIrkpatrick Nov 5th 1818 In Chastar Town- 
ship Stata of Ohio Knox County 

Augustus Strong was marriad to Sally Doollttia May 6th 1819 in Wayna Township 
Knox County Stata of Ohio 

Washington Strong was marriad to Sally ۥ Johnson Oct 9th 1826 Mlddlabury 
Township Knox County Stata of Ohio 

Harriat Strong was marriad to Jamas Doollttia Nov 13th 1826 Mlddlabury Township 
KhoK County Stata of Ohio 

Rachal M. Strong was marriad to Calab 6. Falrchlld July 3rd 1828 Mlddlabury 
Township Knox County Stata of Ohio 

Harvoy A* Strong to Sal ly Matlar May 9th 1833 

Ellsa Pe Strong to J. B. Llndslay (John Bssm Undat^y) Nov tha 24^ 1840 

Morman M* Strong to Sarah A* Farquhar July tha 29, 1896 

BIRTHS^ Paga 678 & 679 

Darius Strong was born April 27th 1761 In Canaan Stata of Connactlcut 
Luranaa (Aohtay) Strong was born Fab llth 1768 in Nawmar I borough Stata of 

Lucy Strong was born Nov 9th 1786 in POultnay Stata of Varmont 
Sacond Daughter to Darius and Luranaa Strong was born t8th of Dae 1786 In 

Poultnay but diad immadlataly aftar It was bom 
Orrilta Strong was born 24th of April 1788 in Poultnay Stata of Varmont 
Truman Strong was born 7th of March 1790 in Poultnay Stata of Varmont 
Pblly StroAg was born May 19th 1793 Tn P^ultoay Stata of Varmont 
A!jgustus Strong^was bom Juna 24th 1799 In Poultnay Stata of Varmont 

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BIBLE RECORD (Continued) - BIRTHS, Page 678 & 679 (Conttnued) 

Franklin Strong was born August 26th 1797 In Poultney St. of Vermont 
Washington Strong was born March 27th 1800 In Poultney State of Vermont 
Betsey Strong was born March 26th 1802 In Poultney St of Vermont 
Harriet Strong was born Oct 19th 1803 In Poultney State of Vermont 
Nelson Strong was bom Oct 24th 1805 In Poultney St of Vermont 
Rachel Maria Strong was born May 8th 1809 In Poultney St of Vermont 
Children of Truman Strong (and wife Hary ^olly^' Ashley Strong) 

Harvey A Strong Dec the 21 1811 

Truman C« Strong June the 19, 1817 (Pond Genealogy ahcwe January) 

Ellsa P. Strong Jan the 15, 1820 

Franklin P. Strong July the 13, 1828 

Norman M. Sti^ong June the 8, 1832 


(dkildren of Bormooi Hunay and Sarah (Farquhar) Strong) 
Wllber Truman Strong Oct. 30th, 1857 
Charles F. Strong December 7th 1862 
Edwin & Franklin Strong May 6th 1865 .. 
El da Strong Jan, 27th 1868 - t^8 - 

N. M. Strong (Nomrnt Murray) married to Sarah A. (Ann) Farquhar July 29th 1856 

DEATHS, Pages 679 & 680 

Frank R. Strong died Sept 29, 1886 

Charles Strong died April 15, 1898 

Edwin K. Strong died November 8, 1910 

Sarah A. Farquhar born 1831 July 1st, died 1870 March Ifth. 

Lucy Strong 1st daughter to Darius and Luranew Strong who departed this life 

Monday July 29th 1801 about 12 Oclock at night In the 17th year of her age 
Ariel Strong departed this life on the first day of Dec 1813 about 5 Oclock In 

the morning being In the 51st year of his age 
Deac. Oliver Strong departed this life on the 9th of Jan 1815 about I Oclock 

In the morning aged 74 
Daniel Strong departed this life on the 19th of August 1816 being In the 

47th year of his age. * * Hannah his wife died the March previous 
Esther the wife of Oliver Strong departed this life June 8tti 1820 aged 47 years 
Sally the wife of Augustus Strong departed this life Sept 3rd 1827 aged 31 years 
Norman Murray Strong died July 7th 1908 

Betsey the wife of Phllo Doollttle departed this life Nov lOth 1827 aged 25 years 
Lois Strong daughter of Oliver & Lois Strong departed this life May 9th 1833 

aged 66 or thereabout 
Luranea Strong died September the 16th 1839. She was 71 years seven months and 

5 days old 
Polly Dixon died Ded the 1st 1850. She was 57 years six month & 12 days old 

5 minlts past one oclock 
Rachel Me Falrchild died April 27 1891 had she lived until the 8 of May she 

would have been 32 but dearest sister thou art gon where I shall meet thy 

form no more on earth 
Feb 2nd 1871 Eliza P. LIndsley 
Harry A. Strong 28th March 1872 

Darius Strong February the 12 1893. he was 81 years & ten month 12 days old 
Thomas Doollttle died March the II, 1893 he was 75 years & 9 months old 
Harriet Doollttle died February the 21st AD 1897. She was 93 years 4 months & 

2 days old. Swet is the scene where virtue dies 
James F. Doollttle died April the 9, 1849 aoed 
Candlce Strong died Dec the 16, 1856 aged 73 years 6 M 
Polly Strong Jan 25th 1844 
Truman C Strong Jan the 13, 1820 
Franklin P. Strong April the I, 1851 (1841) 

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Seeking parents of SARAH REYNOLDS of 

HIddleboro b (?) d 61824-39, need dates. 

m 25 Dec 1777 MiCAH ASHLEY^ (Wm^, Jos') 

Children: Anna m Smith; Betsey m 

Ablal Rousevllle; Sarah m Mn. Booth; 

Abiah m Gammons; Thankful m. Geo. 

Cummings; Judith m Tyron; Aldea; 

Lucy ffl Geo. Cummings; Mellnda; Parmela. 

1st dau. named ANNA •* is there a family 

bearing? Son named ALDEN - Why? 

Micah d 1805 - where buried? 

Sarah m 2nd Micah 's brother Noah^. 

You who descend from Micah^ or Noah^ 

can you help? 

107 Hillside Rd., Franklin, Mass. 


Desire Information on AUGUSTUS . 
FRANK(LIN) ASHLEY^ and family, b 
29 July 1835 at Acushnet, Mass. son of 
Marcus T.C. Ashley^ (Abraham^, Percl- 
val^, Abraham^, Jos.') and Almira 
(Potter) Ashley. Left Acushnet about 
I860 for San Jose, Calif, m. Sarah 

(Sallle) . Children: Charles Wm. 

b 30 Dec 1868 (may have drowned in 
reservoir about age 12); Clarence 
Augustus b 1871 (last heard from In 
Virginia City, Nevada 1890-92. 

Washburn Rd., E. Freetown, Mass. 




Staples Street CE^ETERY at CD 

East Taunton, Mass. is badly Cj 
in need of attention. Last 
fall I discovered the graves 










The Rochester Historical Society Is at- 
tempting to locate where ALL of Its 
early settlers lived. On their 1754 
town map It was decided to put JOSEPH 
ASHLEY on the present Snipatult Road 
a 1 1 tt I e north of where 1 1 crosses 
SnIptuIt Brook. There are two old 
houses still standing here but we have 
no reason yet to believe that either Is 
THE HOUSE. It Is believed the actual 
house of JOSEPH (purchased from 
Benjamin Burge In 1709*) was botween the 
two standing. Working on assuTiptlon 
and educated guesses, we have put the 
house on a knot I where a new house was 
recently raised. 

Contributed by Hj?e. Judith Gumey 
Roaheeter Hietorioal Society 

^PLYMOUTH CX). DEEDS, Book 12, p 215 

Benjamin Burge to Joseph Ashley both of 

Roch. Mar 15, 1709/10 "for 30 pounds 

current money of New England • • .ail 

my whole lot of land I yet have In ye 

Gore in Ye Twnp of Roch aforesaid being 

In number the fifth & Is part of ye shar 

share of land which at first did belong 

to my honored father Joseph Burge dec. • 


Samuel Prince J.P 

Witness: Abraham Ashley 

Ichabod Burge 
Peter Blackmer 

(Note) Since Joseph tMa already living 
in Roaheeter for acme 8 to 10 yre. it 
is believed this woe second house he 
bought. Eugene Ashley said Joseph first 
settled at southern end of Sniptuit 
Pond and lived later at foot of 
Braley Hill. 

Robert E. Ashley 



John Macomber^ (John^, John') b 1681 Taunton, Mass. and hie taife 

Elizabeth Williams^ (Nathaniel^, Richard') b 1686 
They were parents of Elizabeth (1715-1815) who m 2nd WILLIAM ASHLEY^ 
Both have large slate stones, still readable. Area overgrown & neglected. 

If you are a descendant of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH (MACOMBER) ASHLEY, they 
are your grandparents too. Do I have any offers of HELP with this 

Project? pteaae oontaat: Mea. Benj* D. Thomae (08) FrcoikUn, Maaa, 02038 





□ ANCESTOR TABLE 12 |. (Sara Id Ashley Cioop«r (#29) 1908- Tuscola Co;, Lansing 

□ CD • Wheeler, Michigan 
CHXXXIXXXX3 I. Floyd Leverne Cooper 1909-1914 Tuscola Co. Michigan 

1. WNma Arltne (Cooper) Rolf (Mrs. Floyd) 1913- 
Gen ; Kingston .&. Lansing, Michigan 

II 2. Curtis Wm. Cooper, 1883-1948, Kingston, Lans I r^, Wheeler, Michigan 

3. Florence Olive Ashley, 1887-1957, Highland, Kingston, Lansing, WheJ»ler, Mich. 

Ill 4. James Cooper, 1845-1931, Grenvllle Co., Ont. Kingston, Pontiac, Michigan 
5. Eiiza Kinch, 1848-1928, Grehvi I le Co., Ont. •• " " 
: 6. Daniel Augustus Ashley, 1857-1948, Chatham, N.Y., Highland, Kingston, Mich. 
7. Elizabeth Dobbs, 1861-1940, Clio, Highland, Kingston, Detroit, Mich. 

IV 8. Robert Cooper, 1812*1889, Notttnghamshire, Eng., Grenvt I le Co. Ontario 
9. Mdry Wright, 1816*1852, England, GrenvMIe Co., Ontario Canada 

10. William Kinch, 1815*1886, Cork Co,, Irelancl, Grenvllle Co., Ontario 

11. Rachel Shatford, 1815*61861, Canada, Augusta Twp., Grenvllle Co., dhtarlo 

12. Alden Ashley Jr. 1821*1880, Chatham, N.Y., Highland, Isabella Co., Mich. 

13. Cornelia Cornwell, 1826*18867, Chatham? N.Y., Highland, IsabeMa Co., Mich. 

14. John J. Dobbs, 1821*1912, Lebanan, N.Y., Highland, Clio, Flint, Michigan 

15. Lcuica eee«'nan, ca 1850*1864, Chatham? N.Y., Highland, Clio, Michigan 













24. Alden Ashley, 1763-1856; Chatham? Columbia County, New Yorit 

25. Ruamah Green (7) 1789-1868, Mew Yoric State, Chatham, Oolumbta Co. N.Y. 

26. Wilber Cornwell, 1799-1877, New Yorlc State, 1844-1870 in Highland, Mich. 

27. Siiva Mosher, I80>I878, New York State, 1844-1870 in Highland, Mich. 

28. Abraham Dobbs, ca 1796- after 1850. 1850 Census, in Stuyvesant, N.Y. 

30. Beeman 


VI 48. Noah Ashley, 1747-1615, Mass, Dutchess Co., Rayville, Columbia Co., N.Y. 
49. ^Rebecca Iteynolds, 1754-1822, Filkintown, Dutchess Co., Rayville, N.Y. 

VII 96. **Jethro Ashley, 1706/7- , Rochester, Mass., Nine Partners, Dutchess Go. 

97. »«E 11 zabeth Holmes, Rochester, Mass. " " ""N.Y. 

98. *«»Nehemiah Reynolds, 1709 after 1759, Greenwich, Ct., Nine Partners, N.Y. 

99. »»«Mary Palmer (?) Nine Partners, N.Y. 

VIM 192. Joseph Ashlsy, settled in Ftochester, Mass. soon after 1700 

193. Elizabeth Perclval, b 10 Sept 1675, Sandwich, Mass., Rochester, Mass. 

R»f0renoa: * Amei'ioan Genaalogioal Indtx, VoU S» p. IIB, Aihtyy, Reheeoa 

- 44 oii08 Mgmoridl^ p,. ^1, Bolnma Pamity of Mawahfield, Maae, 
.*** John Reynolds. (teSQif UaUrtxMt, Maaa.t Qreenaieh, Conn, 
by Mevion J?. R^ifJ^Mt 1924 
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flmr4^9 on eprni gatm at Hm &nd 

of Urn road 
through ^Moh oaoh must go alonos 
And tharo^ in a XUfltt wo. oannot ooo^ 
Our Fathor olabm uio oians 
Bogond the goto your lovod ono 
Hndo happinooo and root^ 
And thoro io oomfort in Hio thouf/ht 
That a Looing Ood knowe boot. 

ROSS CHERRY, MonrcMvHIe, Ohio 
passed away January 31, 1971 « Born 
19 Octobar 1893 at MJIan, Ohto^ ha 
waa tha son of Buford and Laura 
Susan (Spltlar) Charry.* Ha Is 
survlvad by hts wifa, llarjorla 
(Loomts) Charry (#27) 

of S. Oartnouth, wtfa of tha lata 
Mannath V. Ashlay, diad 2 March^ 
197 U Bom 30 March 1897 at Taunlon 
dau. of Frad Fitch and MInnfa Warran 
(Hathaway) Elliott, rastdad mstly 
at Naw Badford, Mssp. sarving as 
organist for savaral churcha? thara. 
Sha la survlvad by a dau. Mrs* 
Josaphlna (Ash lay) Thayar of Nan- 
tuckat, two sons, Kannath Valantlna 
Ash I ay Jr« (#88) of Rochastar, Mass* 
and Jaroma D* Ash I ay of Naw York City, 
four grandch 1 1 dran and a graat grand*- 

Auburn, Mash. dl«d 27 July 1970. H« 
««M born 9 Jan. 1903 pt PhlMlpsbMrg,. 
Mont, graduato of WSC and U< of Oregon 
Madlcal School end praetlead wadlclno 
for many yaars. He Is survived by his 
wife Marjorie Arl«tt« (Morion) 
Branble (#96) 

ON YOU TOP THIS? - Sixth from Joseph 
Ashley (I) and Ninth frosi the Mayflower 
Mrs. Abby Amsden (#75) a new member, 
now 90 years young, fs able to boost 
of an ASHLEY GRANOMOTHER bom In 1790, 
(rhBoikfUl AtKUff^, MoA^, Villim^, 
Jo»^^i • maerUd Osoi^ Cumdngp) 
Abby Is eldest of 4 children bom to 
Jason and Eudora (Hood) Ludlow Cunmlngs. 
She M. Fayette Amsden and had one dau- 
ghter Dorothy (Amsden). Lynch with whom 
she now resides. Abby Jane (Cummtngs) 
Amsden traces her Mayflower ancestry 
thru the Ashley I Ine from Ihemat Jtopexw^, 
Jchn Bog&n^t fftiaobeM A09«m'« EHaar 
betfc ffiltUm^t mmOmth Maoonbn^, 
. Modk ABhUy^, IfiahkfUl Atht^f^, Jaacn 
Cuming9^t AiAif Aamdlufi* 


L. Barry French (#9) (3ol lector of Taxes 
at Freetown 

Susan 0. Franch (#9) and Ethal K. Fullar 
(137) Library Trustaaa at Fraatown 

John Laonard (son of Paul Laonard (#3) 
Lakavllla Salactmane (Has B.S. dagraa 
from Comal I, graduata studlas In 
soil chamlstry) 

Susan He Ashlay, wlfa of salactman 
Elton A. Ashlay, .narrowly dafaatad 
: for school post of Acuahnat, MasSe 



Mrs. Clarence Garner (138)" writes that 
• recent headlines In their local paper 
WILLED $800,000.*' This bequest was. 
by Mrs. Jessie Ashley* widow. of 
Harless Ashley (188*6-1964)7, Arthur 
McKlnney Ashley^, Harless Ashley", 
Loam! Ashley^, William^, ThomasS 
Joseph' . It is said that these 
Ashleys lived almost like hermits. 

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' ContributBd ^ Mp9^ ^idith Oumay 

Cemstery "B" (awp f». 34) almost lost. Few people in Rochester" {[K>u Id be able .to 
locate tt. It Is hidden in the woods, off a trail across .the streei^ ffom-where I 
live. Many "occupants'* believed inoved to Central Cematery oh North Avenue. 

■ • ■ 

A Mendair lady lies alone with a deep hollow next to her wher^' someone , perhaps 
her husband was moved away (perhaps by hfs 2nd wife). A marker for a Caleb Pierce 
"Lost oh a passage from Charlestown to New York in 1812**, his parents and three 
Shews. These 7 stones complete the cemetery. (List Identified in Rochester Vital 
Records ^ 6.R. 6 of Pierce Cemetery. 

A Hasltell femtly burying ground on the east side of road where It winds through 
the Quittecas Ronds» oe a steep hill almost across from the Indian Burying Ground 
could be added to the map. Oametery '*A" is believed to be a Braley Family C>em. 
and while confusing' since there Is already one listedj. It is stit I possible 


(X)RRECTiOM * Kap on page 34, January 1971 Bulletin 

#4 should read '*Dr. Braley Cemetery** rather than Just **Bra ley Cemetery*** There 
are two cemeteries by the above name and each on a road by the senie name. The 
first is near the Rochester I Ine and the 2nd near that of New Bedford & Dartmouth. 

♦ • : r 

Page 9» October 

Last paragraph, last word * Patience Perker was the daughter of HANNAH Ashley 
Parker - not Harriet. 

AOOITtOH - Attwtdees at First Reunion (page 25 Jan. 1971 Bulletin) 

Madeline Ashley, Oighton, Mass; Vema Ashley, and Oebra Ashley, Berkley, Mass; 
Edith A. WhitMin, Lakevllle, Mass; Roger WInslow Ashley, M.O., Attlebpro, Mass. 








AUGUSTINE LUCAS SMITH^ (Harriet Aaliley^e Luther*^ J 
' ''" Thomas^t Josmphi) 


**DoB*t know as 1 have any very striking peculiarities. When* I was 21 I went 
to Kansas, was there during the year of 1856. Was in. several skirmishes 
with the Free State Men against the pro-^slavery party or border ruffians as 
they were called. Was with Old John Brown in one raid. Worked tn the free 
State Hotel on Ellsworth House when tt was burned end the Free State print- 
ing offices were destroyed, the type thrown In the Kansas River. Helped 
pick tt out ifnd mould it into cannon balls that we shot at (>oi'. Tttus ahd 
his coi^pany, when we captured thepf. Have served on the Board of Education 
of DesMoines 6 years, was a member of the city council from 1902-1906, have 
followed contracting most of my life. Served as 3rd Seargent In (>o. C, 123 
Regt., Ohio Volunteer Infantry tn the late rebel lion.** 

tMO CAN H£LJI> with more rveent data on ills fanlty? Need h\'s death date. \ 
He and his wife Cynthia Lufehe Pttker had chitdrenj Bartha b 5 June 1861; ^ 
Charles b 22 March 1866 m Mary Bailey; Martin b 4 March 1870m tHI«a C. 
GitMore. ANY CLUES on these children? 

(§10) tmmr ABhU^ Spomta 

flmoB* Ctmtaet 









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:d (IEMBERship rollc: 
:: C3 






#34 ANN H. (ASHLEY) FILES (8) 


Sorry, we omitted his wife, "Buzzy" Anna 

(Johnson) Ashley 
New Address: 22A West St., Laconia, N.H. 

Correct Lineage to: Frank Merwin ( ) 

Dr. John J. Jr. ( ) John Jay ( ) John ( 
(^rrect Lineage to: Same as #14 









( two 1 1 nes ) 



and Marie (DeSimone) 

CKarl James Glfford Ashley (7) James Glfford 
Jr. (6) James Gifford (5) Jethro (4) 
Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 

CWarren C. Gurney (8) Sarah Imogene Bra ley 
(7) Horatio A. Braley (6) Patience Parker 
(5) Hannah Ashley (4) Percival (3) 
Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 
Warren C. Gurney (8) William A. Gurney (7) 
Lucy P. Chace (6) Lucy Cummings (5) 
Thankful Ashley (4) Micah (3) Wm.(2)Jos(l) 

CTheodore Chace Ashley (8) balance same 

as #63 
CLouis Everett Ashley (7) James Thomas (6) 

James M. (5) Thomas (4) Abraham (3) 

William (2) Joseph (1)3 

ELTON ELSBREY ASHLEY Sr (8)CHarry Elsbrey Ashley (7) James Emerson Jr. 

& Alice (Sutcliffe) (6) James Emerson (5) Percival (4) 

Ashley Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 

MRS. GRANVILLE J. ASHLEY Cson of John Ashley & Eliz. Harmon from 

MILDRED (ASHLEY) ASHLEY(8) [Herbert Wilmart Ashley (7) James Emerson 
(Mrs. Karl J.) (7) Jr. (6) James Emerson (5) Percival (4) 
(Husband was father of #6) Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 
MARGUERITE ASHLEY (7) CSame as #133 
RICHARD CHACE ASHLEY (8) [Same as #143 

GERALD ASHLEY COOPER (8) [Florence 0. Ashley (7) Daniel A. (6) 

Alden Jr. (5) Alden (4) Noah (3) 
Jethro (2) Joseph (1)3 
MRS. MARY (COCHRAN) ELLER (9) [Martha Ann Howe (8) John Howe (7) 
(Mrs. Denver Lowell) Loemi Ahhiey Howe (6) Rheumilla 

Ashley (5) Loami (4) William (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (1)3 
MRS. CYNTHIA (ASHLEY) FOLLIS (9) [Ernest Alonzo Ashley (8) Alonzo 

Gifford (7) Thomas J. (6) Abraham (5) 
Thomas (4) Abraham (3) Wm. (2) Jos (1)3 
MRS JUDITH (ASHLEY) FUGERE (8) [Robert Ellsworth Ashley (7) Balance 

same as #l3 

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(Mrs. William Eddy) 


(Mrs. Preston W.) 


(Mrs. Holger J.) 



(Dorothy Leigh) 

#54. . CORNELIUS H. O'BRIEN (9) 

#55 JOHN S. O'BRIEN (9) 


#57 THOMAS W. O^BRIEN (10) 



#63 MRS. ROSE ( COCHRAN )SH I LT (10) 


Mrs. Herbert Francis) 

tEdf'th. Irons (7) Helen Hatheway (6) 
Susan Hathaway (5) Elizabeth "Betsy" 
, Hatheway (4) Ablah Ashley (3) 
William (2) Joseph (1)] 
CGrant (Jarner (7) Barbara Al len Sharp (6) 
Sarah Ashley (5) Loam! (4) William (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (DH 
CPhillp Rounsevell (8) Jane White (7) Sara 
J. Nye (6) Sally Todd Ashley (5) Abraham (4) 
Perclval (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 
10) CKenneth Oniner Davis (9) Balance same 

as #53 
CCharles N. Kingsford (7) Arthur Ashley 

Kingsford (6) Sarah Ashley (5) Noah 
Jr (4) Noah (3) William (2) Jos. (1)3 
CJohn Croad Kingsford (6) Sarah Ashley (5) 

Noah Jr. (4) Noah (3) Wm. (2) Jos. (1)3 
CArthur Ashley Kingsford (6) Sarah Ashley (5) 
Noah Jr. (4) Noah (3) Wm. (2) Jos. (1)3 
CJames G. Ashley Jr. (6) James G. (5) 

. Jethro (4) Perclval (3) Abraham (2) Jos. (1)3 
CMary Howe (8) John. E. Howe ji 7) Loam I 
Ashley Howe (6) Rhetjmllla Ashley (5) 
. Loami (4) William (3) Thos. (2) Jos. (1)3 
CSame as #543 
CSame as #543 

Doseph Ashley O'Brien (9) balance same as #54] 
(9) CRaymond Whltmore Johnston (8) Julia 
Agnes Anderson (7) Mary Ann Wyman (6) 
Ashley Wyman (5j Clarissa Ashley (4) 
Thomas (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (1)3 
CErnest Alonzo Ashley (8) Alonzo Gifford (7) 
Thomas J. (6) Abraham (5) Thomas (4) 
Abraham (3) William (2) Joseph (1)3 
CHarold Ck}chran (9) Martha Ann Howe (8) 
John Howe (7) Loami, Ashley Howe (6) 
Rheumllia Ashley (5) Loami (4) William (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (1)3 

CCharlie Gerry Staples (6) Sarah Ashley 
Noah Jr (4) f^ah (3) Wm (2) Jos (l)J 

CFrlend of the Asfileys,^. Mayflower Desc. 
Francis Cooke - Stephen;iHopkins - 
George Soule - Richard Warren3 

CSame as #643 




PO Box 1 146, Duxbury, Mass. 02332 

Governor BIdg. Suit** 320, Portland, Oregon 97204 

New Bedford, Mass. 02700 

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Name and Address 


72 MRS AMANTHA ASHLEY (ARNOLD)AKIN (9) [Helen Ashley Gammons (8) Amantha 

103 Chancery St. 

New Bedford, l^ss. 02740 


340 S. Normandie Ave. 

Los Angeles, Cal. 90005 

1545 Dale St. 

San Oiego, Caltf. 95822 

Borden Ashley (7) John Sherman Jr. (6) 
John Sherman (5) John (4) Percival (3) 
Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 
CAmantha Ashley Arnold (9) balance same 
as #72] 

CPercy MelviMe Allen (8) Charles Howard 
Allen (7) Elisha GNman Allen (6) Alma 
A. Ashley (5) Zebu Ion (4) Thomas (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (1)3 
MRS AB6Y JANE (CUMMINGS) AMSOEN (6) Dason Cunmings (5) Thankful Ashley 

518 Grand Ave. (4) Micah (3) William (2) Joseph (I)] 

Pawtucket, R.I. 02861 

362 Harvard St. 

Cambridge, Mass. 02138 

Box 152 

Salisbury, New York 13454 

Newby (Parrish) Ashley 

788 Fa I rv lew Ave. 

Annapoi is, Md. 21403 

Mr. and Mrs. 

183 Tamal Vista Dr. 

San Rafael, Calif. 94901 
CHESTER WINSLOW ASHLEY Jr (8) [Chester Winslow (7) Noah Earl (6) Earl 

CDavid Peirce (7) Chester (6) David (5) 

Luther (4) Noah (3) William (2) Jos. (1)3 

CCalvin Lewis (7) Joseph Mylod (6) Calvin 

(5) Luther (4) Noah (3) William (2) 
Joseph (1)3 

CCharles Hartwell Ashley (7) Charles Henry 

(6) Thomas Henry (5) Thomas (4) 
Abraham (3) William (2) Joseph (1)3 

CCharles W. (7) William Lewis (6) Baxter (5) 
Warden (4) James (3) Thomas (2) Jos.(i)3 

h Shirley (Snellgrove) 

Ashley, 6 Daggett Rd. 

Attleboro, Mass 02703 

and Al ice B ( ) Ashley 

369 Foch Blvd. 

Mineola, L.I. N.Y. 1 1501 

(Amel ia Palmer) 

165 Elm St. 

S. Dartmouth, Mass 02748 

14 Brookwood St. 

Glen Head, L.I. N.Y. 11545 

87 Pleasant St. 

Raynham, Mass. 02767 

15 Friend St., 
Tauntoa, Mass. 02780 

Sears (5) Noah (4) Noah (3) William (2) 
Joseph (1)3 

CChester (6) David (5) Luther (4) Noah (3) 
William (2) Joseph (1)3 

[Arthur Stone (7) Silas Edmund (6) Silas 
Pickens (5) Noah (4) Noah (3) William 
(2) Joseph (1)3 

CCharles Warren (7) Noah Williams (6) Abiel 
Williams (5) Noah (4) Noah (3) 
William (2)' Joseph (1)3 

CHerbert Wi Imarth (7) James Emerson Jr (6) 
James Emerson (5) Percivai (4) 
Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 

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Nawe and Address. . 


272 m. PiMsant St. 

Athoi, Mass.. 01331 AM) 


Gaaa S. Ashley 

I Crockar St. 

S. Oartaouth, Nbss. 02748 

L443 N. Main St. 

Acushnat, Mass 02743 

Theiaa Nata (FJerastad) Ashley 

e08 E. 33rd St. 

Sioux Falls, S. Oak. 57105 
WtfU. J/MES ASHLEY Jr. (8) and . 

Grace R. (Raradis) Ashley 

182 Or. Braley Rd. 

E. Freetown, Mass 02717 


14 Reynolds Ave., Randolph, Mass 
KF:JCTH valentine ASHLEY (8) and 
Jane K ( > Ashley 


CCharles Henry (6) ThoMS Henry (9) 

Thosas. (4) Abraham (3) Mi (2) Jos (1)3 

CBally Martha Ashley (6) J 
Thos (4) Abrahaii (3) 

M. (5) 
(2) Jos (1)3 

CWI I i la 

Crapo (6) Wi 1 1 lam A (5) Capt. 
(4) Mi (3) Abrahaa (2) Jos (I)] 

Marcus Prentis (5) 
(3) Thos (2) Jos (1)3 





, 02368 

Citenneth Valentine C7) Joseph Mylod 

Calvin (5) Luther (4) Noeh (3) 
C Wllliaa (2) Joseph (1)3 
Rochester, Mass 02770 
8 Sturdy St. 
Attleboro, Mass. 02703 
165 El« St. 
S. Oartaouth, Mass 
RMBlla ( ) Ashley 

1212 Flint Hill Road, NllMlngton, Del. 19008 
ROGER PATTON ASHLEY (7) and C^BTcy Al Ian Ashley (6) 
Mm^ UMlse (Oonrad) Ashley Bonn (4) Enoch (3) Thos 
31 Birch Rood, S 
Springfield, Ohio 45503 

IflNSLOH ASHLEY (9) and QChester Mlnslow Jr (8) Chester Wlnslow 


CEduerd Gay (7) Millard Flli 
Calvin (5) Luther (4) Noeh 
Nil lias (2) Joseph (1)3 

CEdMmd Stone (8) Arthur Stone (7) 
Silas EdMind (6) Sties Picltens (5) 
Noah (4) Noeh (3) Mi 1 1 las (2) Jos. 


Allen (5) 
(2) Jos (1)3 

: • ^ z : 

Berbers Olane (Staples) Ashley 

15 Prince St. 

Attleboro, Mks 02703 

2430 Riverside Ave. 

SoMrset, Mass. 02726 

109 W. Sixth St., Pratt, Ks. 67124 

(Mrs. R. B.) 

Auburn, Mash. 98002 

(7) Noah Earl (6) Carl 
Noah (4) Noah (3) Milii 

(2) Jos 


CDorotfty Asniey (9) Harold (8) harb»rt 
Ni Inarth (7) JaMs Ennrson Jr (6) 
James Eaarson (5) Parclval (4) 

Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph ( I ) J 
CSaae as #453 

CPercy Frederick Morton (7) Ella 
Arlette Hatch (6) Avallne Ashley (5) 
George Mishii^ton .(4) Ml 1 1 Ian (3) 
(2) Joseph (1)3 

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Name and Address 

L I neage 


LyndonvMIe, Vt. 05851 

Rt. 2 Box 395 

Monroe, Washington 98272 

(Mrs. Guy Robert) 

4522 West Greenway Rd. 

Glendate, Ariz. 85301 

(Mrs. Al l6nT 

RR 2, Box 16 

Adel, Iowa .50003 

6134 N. Winchester 

Chicago, III. 60626 

(Mrs. Gerald 0.) 

Daven port , I owa 52803 

CFrlend of the Ashleys3 

CSame as #453 

CGrace Davis Morgan (8) Joanna Gertrude 
Ashley (7) William Martin (6) Joel 
Loami (5) Elisha (4) William (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (1)3 

CZelma Morgan (9) Balance same as )fl043 

[Ethel Morse (8) Elbridge E. Morse (7) 
Adeline Spooner (6) Hannah Parker (5) 
Hannah Ashley (4) Perciyal (3) 
Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 

CWilliam Gardiner (7) Wallace S (6) 
Simeon (5) Abraham (4) Percival (3) 
Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 

CAIIce Ashley (7) John Sherman Jr (6) 
John Sherman (5) John (4) Percival 
Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 



(Mrs. Roger T.) 

55 Elm Ave. 

Falrhaven, Mass. 02719 
MARGARET ANN (O'BRIEN) KLEEHAMMER (10) CJohn S. O'Brien (9) Balance 

(Mrs. John) same as #553 

34 Paddy Hill Circle 

Rochester, N.Y. 14616 
RUTH EILEEN (STEVENS) LEFKOWITZ (9) CEdna Pauline Biankenship (8) 

(Mrs. Sol) Balance same as #453 

4522 W. Greenway Rd. 

Glendale, Ariz. 85301 

(Mrs. Luke) 

How I and Rd. 

Lakeville, Mass. 02346 

(Mrs. John A.) 

1612 Prospect St, 

Springfield, Ohio 45503 
MRS LILLIAN (ASHLEY) McGRATH (8) CWilMam Gardiner (7) Wallace S (6) 

51 Lake View Dr. Simeon (5) Abraham (4) Percival (3) 

S. Gardner,, Mass. 01440 -..Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 

10861 N. Mason Rd., Wheeler, Mich. 48662 
WALTER V. MILLER [Historian, Co. of Columbia, N.Y. 3 

Germantown, New York 12526 
KENNETH H. OAKLEY [Friend of the Ashleys3 

24 Reynolds Ave. Randolph, Mass 02368 
JOHN S. O'BRIEN Jr. (10) [John S. O'Brien (9) Balance same as #553 

7310 Cujon Dr., Dayton Obio 45431 
MARGARETTA M. (DOCKSTADER) PLEWE [Joanna Gertrude Ashley (7) William 

(Mrs. H.L.) Martin (6) Joel Laomi (5) Elisha (4) 

3911 S.W, 9th St. William (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (1)3 

DesMolnes, Iowa 50315 

[Charles Wilcoxson (7) William Lewis (6) 
Baxter (5) Warden (4) James (3) 
Thon.&6 (2) Joseph (1)3 

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Name and address 

I I neage 

CHarold Ashley (8) Herbert Wllroarth.C?) 
James Emerson Jr. (6) James Emerson (5) 
Perclval (4) Percl.val (3) Abraham (2) 
Joseph (t)D 

COorothy Ashley (9). Balance same as #1183 

and Elmer J. Reiser 
211 Mohawk Rd. 
Somerset, Mass. 02726 

117 Lynne Dr. Beaver Falls, Pa 15010 
North Ave., Rochester, Mass. 02770 
MARJORIE (ROBINSON) SHOEMAKER (9) QOreal Fay Oockstader (8) Joanna Gertrude 
(Mrs. George K.) Ashley (7) Wm. Martin (6) Joel Laomi (5) 

703 Apache Dr. • Elisha (4) William (3) Thos. (2) Jos. (I)] 

. Independence, Mo. 64056 
RUTH (ASHLEY) SOKOL, Mrs. J.K.(8) CSame as #10] 

2604 Simpson St., Evanston, 1 1 1 60202 

1745 Cot-'nty St., E. Taunton, Mass -02718 
MISS EOMA SOWLE CFrlend of the Ash leys] 

89 Wilbur Ave., N, Dartmouth, Mass. 02747 


(Mrs. F..W,) 

921 Lincoln Circle 

Winter Park, Florida 32789 ^ 

Box 317, Rt. I, 

Half. Moon Bay, Calif. 94019 
Rums tick Road 
Barrington, R.I. 02806 
PO Box 6, Nash Hill Rd. 

Wll liamsburg. Mass 01096 
123 Davenport St. 

Taunton, Macs 02780 

Irene O^adley) Westfield 

82 Water St., Rehobath, Mass. 

592 North Rd., Sudbury, Mass. 

15 Friend St., Taunton, Mass. 

1923 Custer, 

Laramie, Wyo. 82070 

CJohn Ashley Pickens. (7) Clementine Level ia 
Ashley (6) Silas Pickens (5) Noah (4) 
Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (I)] 

CPaul Leonard (8) Balance same as #3U 

EAmentha Borden Ashley (7) John Sherman 
Jr. (6) John Sherman (5) John (4) 
Perclval (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 
CFrlend of the Ashleys- Beth Is Cert. Gen. 
Author of. Hathaway § of AmerlcaU 

[Jane White (7) Sara J Nye (6) Sally 

Todd Ashley (5) Abraham (4) Perclval (3) 
Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 



02788 y,;.. . 

CJennle May Ashley. (7 t Henry OavJs (6) 

Calvin (5) Luther (4) Noah (3) 

William (2). Joseph (1)3 

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age 96, died at Toledo, Ohio. Born 22 June 1876 at Peru ' Townsh I p , Huron Co. 
Ohio, daughter of Louis and. Barbara (Schonacker) Wi IheJm, marrl6d to the. 
late Dennis McMasters', interred at Steuben Cemetery, Greenfield Twp, Huron 
Qo, Ohio. She Is survived by one daughter, Frances (McMasters) Martin (#52) 
two grandsons and five great grandchildren. . ^; '/ 

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AUG 12 1974 

0? AUiBiCA 

Vol. I No. 4 


July 1971 



AU6UST 2S and 29, 1971 
at the 

Plymouth, Massachusetts 

(S«0 dttaiU inHdm) 

Organized August 29, 1970 


President — - Robert E. Ashley 

1st Vice President John S. Ashley 

2nd Vice President Paul C* Leonard 

3rd Vice President Bradford F, Swan 

Secretary * - - - - - -Kenneth and Marie Davis 

Treasurer — -- -•- Pauline Ashley 

Publications Committee - - - Doris Ashley Land 

Helen Gurney Thomas 

Susan Ashley French 

News Bulletin Editor — Esther Ashley Spousta 


Anyone Interested In the coHoctlont preservation and 
publishing of matorlal about the Ashley Family of America 



ROBERT ELLSWORTH ASHLEY, son of Oscar and Ruth Ann (Hasklns) Ashley was 
born In Brockton, Massachusetts, on August 29th, In a house that was at 
the exact Junction of the present Fall River Expressway and Pleasant St. 
His father died when he was but four months old and he was brought up by 
his mother and three elder sisters. 

12 He was a commercial photographer until 1956 when he became an instructor 
of photography at Franklin Institute of Boston. He Is now Professor and 
head of the Department of Photography at Franklin Institute. 

He is Interested In Archaeology, Genealogy and Colonial History, Is a mem* 
ber of 12 historical societies, 6 professional societies including American 
Association of University Professors and Society of Photograph Is Scientists 
and Engineers. 

On January 29, 1941 he married Elizabeth CusWng, daughter of Alberto Henry 
and Emily Elizabeth (Holmes) Gushing. She Is a direct descendant of Mathew 
Gushing who came to Hingham, Mass. in 1638, a 3rd cousin four times removed 
of Abraham Lincoln, has 9 Mayflower ancestors, and after 25 years of ., 
marriage it was discovered that she and her husband were fifth cousins 
through Glifton and Deliverance Booles. 

They have one daughter, Judith Elizabeth who married Kenneth Fugere. She 
Is a first grade teacher and her husband Is In the pleasure boat business. 
They reside In Barrlngton, Rhode Island. 

The leadership ability of our president Is self evident by his instigation 
and help in organizing Ash leys of America and his guidance through our first 
year. We all appreciate you. Bob — and THANK YOU ! 







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From 1^ 
Editor' 8 

Desk " ' 

Your editor Is eagerly 
awaiting August when she 
hopes to meet many of you 
who have made this publi- 
cation possible through 
your contributions. 

Since Uncle Sam has 
Increased the postage 
again, may i suggest 
each of you bring with 
you clippings, letters, 
or other material of 
Interest to all Ash leys 
for future News Bu 1 1 e- 
tlns. All material 
wi II be returned If 
requested . 

See you in August ! 

Sethgr AahUy Spouata, 
PO Box 321 
Rogers, Ark. 72766 











July 1971 
Vol. I, No. 4 



PROGRAM - Second Reunion 



PIONEER DAYS - Marcus Prentiss Ashley' 

LEADER OF THE BAND - Lemuel Ashley^ 

of Generation One become Single 
Ashley Line, Generation Two 


ANCESTOR TABLE - Clarence Raymond 
Gamer (138) and Mildred Ashley 
(King) Dickey (#31) 







News Bulletin published Quarterly, January, April, July & October 
Free copy with each membership. Extra copies $2.00 each. 

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August 28 & 29, 1971 
The Governor Carver Motor Inn, Plymouth, Mass. 

(Formerly the Holiday Inn) 

AUGUST 28 - Saturday 

9 to 10 A.M. Registration - $1.00 per family group 

Coffee Hour - Come early - chat with your cousins - look 
over many displays of photographs, clippings, maps, 
charts, & ether Ashley memorabilia on display In the 
Banquet Room 

10 to 11:30 A.M. Business meeting - followed by short talks by several 

cousins on interesting Ashley sidelights. Have your 
questions ready. 

11:30 A.M. 

12:30 Noon 

2:00 P.M. 

Even I ng 
AUGUST 29 - Sunday 

Group photograph In front of Inn. - Copies will be made 
available of both this and last year*s groups. 

Luncheon - New England Style - Seating capacity 175 
(Menu on Reservation Fonn) 

Bradford F. Swan climbs Mount Everest 
SI ides and lecture 

Group discussions or moonlight cruise 

Open for Church or Sightseeing 

Meet at Plymouth Rock for group tours 

Motorcade throu North Rochester and Freetown If sufficient 
advance reservations are made. 



Send In your reservations 

NgW on the forms enclosed so as not 

to be disappointed !!!!!! 

Room reservations are sent direct to Motor Inn 
Luncheon reservations are sent to R. E. Ashley 

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As the time for^our second reunion nears. 
It hardly seems possible that a whole 
year has passed since those wonderful 
two days last August. Our membership 
has more than doubled, we have acquired 
a fine editor for our excellent News 
Bulletin, a healthy treasury, several 
more hard working genealogists, and 
most of all a great deal of new Informa- 
tion, sent In from various sources, for 
which we are deeply grateful. 

Now about our coming meeting. We will be meeting at the Governor Carver Motor 
Inn, at Plymouth, Massachusetts during the 350th celebration year of the land- 
ing of our Pilgrim Ancestors, and at the height of the tourist season. 
Therefore, I am constantly warned that early reservations are In order to avoid 
disappointment. Please make all ROOM RESERVATIONS direct with the Motor Inn 
as per the pink card enclosed. Should you not get In at the Governor Carver 
Motor Inn, the Governor Bradford Motor Inn (owned and operated by same people 
as the Governor Carver, and which has substantially the same accommodations 
at a wider variety of rates) Is only three blocks away. Both are air conditioned 
Rates: Gov. Carver - Singles $24 Doubles $30 

Gov. Bradford - Singles $l8-$30 Doubles $22 - $30 

(Higher rates overlook the harbor) 

Campers will be pleased to hear that the new Indian Head Resort of Plymouth 
Is now open and Is located about 12 miles south on Route 3-A. 

Advance Registration and Luncheon Reservations should be sent directly to me 
on the enclosed REGISTRATION FORM. The seating for the luncheon Is limited to 
175 and I urge you to send your reservations In early. Reservations with 
checks will be accepted In order received. Cousins mailing In reservations 
after reaching the 175 limit will have checks returned. Lunch will be available 
for the overflow In the adjacent "Hungry Pilgrim" restaurant - order from menu. 

Our speaker Saturday afternoon will be our Third Vice President, Bradford Swan, 
Drama and Art Editor of the prestigious "Providence Journal - Bulletin", and 
an active member and writer for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Late last fall 
he went to Nepal as a member of a team to cl Imb Mount Everest. Although Brad 
was not one of those who reached the summit, he came so close as to make little 
difference. Brad has slides and a lecture that we are all looking forward to 
seeing and hearing. After this you will agree that some of the Ash leys really 
"get around". 

Saturday evening plans are still indefinite. Some have suggested leaving the 
evening open for Informal groups and discussions. Another suggestion is to 
have a moonlight cruise on the new 72* Diesel "Islander". We would welcome 
your opinions and suggestions. 

Sunday morning Is open for church or sightseeing. "Old First" the Church of 
the Pilgrim Fathers is the stone church directly In back of the Motor Inn. 
Be sure to visit Burial Hill for a spectacular view of Plymouth Harbor and to 
examine the many quaint gravestones. On a clear day you can see Provincetown. 

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Sunday afternoon we plan to meet at Plymouth Rock for group tours. Mayflower M, 
Mayflower Society House, built 1754 by Edward WInslow, grandson of the Pilgrim 
Governor (who was a half first cousin to wife of the first Abraham Ashley), the 
Sacophagus on Co(e*s Hill where at least one of our Mayflower ancestors, William 

White is burled then if your feet hold out, there Is the Pilgrim Wax Museum, 

Pilgrim Halt, etc. etc. 

And/or - If you so desire - we can arrange a motorcade through North Rochester and 
Freetown to visit graves and homesltes of the first Ashteys. Please write me 
If interested. 

We have arranged with the Plymouth Chamber of Conwnerce to mall each of you a 
packet of Plymouth literature Including a map of Plymouth. The Governor Carver 
Is about opposite the Sparrow House. The Governor Bradford Is on Water Street 
In back of the Mayflower Society House. 

f^MEKBER: Room Reservations - direct to Motor Inn 

Iteglstratlon & Lunchoon Reservations - direct to me. 

Looking forward to greeting you all. 

Robert E. Ashley, President 
68 Spring HIM Ave. 
Brldgowater, Mass. 02324 

Those arriving on Friday, August 27th, may bo Interested In THE PILGRIM 
PROGRESS, Instituted by the Town of Flvrrouth In 1921 in honor of Its Pilgrim 
founders, and which takes place every Frldpy at 5 o'clock. Each marcher 
represents ooeof the Pil.GRIMS, man, woman, or child, who survived the rigors 
of the first winter. The line of march leads up the first street (Leyden St.) 
to the site of the Fort on Burial Hill, where the Pilgrims met for worship. 

Of the fifty-one marchers the following persons represented have descendants 
in Ashleys of America: 

Elder Brewster - about 54 years old - one of the - 

leaders of the Pilgrims In Scrooby & Leyden 
John Howland - about 27 - servant In Carver 

household. Married Elizabeth Tlltey 
Francis Cook - about 38 - wife came over 

In the Anne - many children 
John Cook - his son about 13 years old 
Mrs. Mary Brewster - about 50 
Love Brewster - a boy about 9 

Elizabeth Til ley — Richard Warren - Mrs. Susanna Whir- 
Tp'wivqd White and George Soule _ 


ASH - LEIGH - A lea or field abounding In Ash Trees 

Upon receipt of data covering surnames from Mrs. Amantha Akin (#72), It 
prompted your editor to combine this Information with other material received 
and In file to briefly cover this subject. 

Primitive personal names doubtless originated soon after the Invention of 
spoken language, although the date of their first use Is lost In the darkness of 
ages preceding recorded history. For thpusands of years thereafter, first or 
given names were the only designations that men and women bore, and In the dawn 
of historic times, when the world was less croweded than It Is today and every 
man knew his neighbor, one title of address was sufficient. 

Only gradually, with the passing centuries and the Increasing complexity of 
civilized society, did a need arise for more specific designations. While the 
roots of our system of family names may be traced back to early civilized times, 
actually the hereditary surname as we know It today dates from a time scarcely 
earlier than 900 years ago. 

As early as Biblical times certain distinguishing appelatlons were occasion- 
ally employed In addition to the given name; e.g. Joshua the son of Nun, or 
Simon the Son of Jonas, or Judas of Galilee. 

In ancient Greece daughters were named after their fathers, as Chrysels, 
the daughter of Chryses; and sons* names were usually an enlarged form of the 
father's, as HIeronymus, son of Hiero. 

The Romans, with the rise of their civilization met the need for hereditary 
designations by inventing a complex system whereby every patrician traced his 
descent by taking several names. None of them, however, exactly corresponded to 
surnames as we know them, for the "clan name", although hereditary, was given 
also to slaves and other dependents. This system proved to be but a temporary 
Innovation; the overthrow of the Western Empire by barbarian Invaders brought 
about Its end and a reversion to the primitive custom of a single name. 

The ancient Scandinavians and for the most part the Germans, had only In- 
dividual names, and there were no family names, strictly speaking, among the 
Celts. But as family and tribal groups grew In size, individual names became 
inadequate and the need for supplementary appellations began to be felt. Among 
the first employed were such terms as "the strong", "the hardy", "the stern", 
"the dreadful in battle" and the nations of northern Europe soon adopted the 
practice of adding the father's name to the son's, as Oscar, son of Carnuth, etc. 

True surnames. In the sense of hereditary designation, date In England from 
about the year 1000. Largely they were Introduced In Normandy, although there 
are records of Saxon surnames prior to the Norman Conquest. Perhaps the oldest 
known surname In England Is that of Hwlta Hatte, a keeper of bees, whose daugh- 
ter was Tate Hatte. 

By the end of the twelfth century hereditary n^^s had become commin In 
England. But even by 1465 they were not universal. During the reign of 
Edward V a law was passed to compel certain Irish Outlaws to adopt surnames: 
"They shall take unto them a Surname, either of scfme Town, or some Colour, as 
Blacke or Brown, or some Art or Science, as Smyth pr Carpenter, or some office 

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as Cooke or Butler". And as iate as the beginning of the ninteenth centruy a 
similar decree compelled Jews In Germany and Austria to add a German surname to 
the single names which they had previously used. 

^4ost surnames may be divided Into four general classes according to their 
origin. One of the largest of these classes Is that comprising surnames derived 
from the given name of the father. Such names were formed by means of an added 
prefix or suffix denoting either "son of" or a diminutive. English names termin- 
ating In son^, ing, and kin are of this type as are also the innumerable names 
prefixed with the Gaelic Mac, the Norman Fitz, the Welsh a£, and the Irish 0^. 
Thus John^s sons became Johnsons; or Net 1 1 's sons became MacNellls, or Herberts 
sons became FitzHerberts, or Rellly*s sons became O'Reillys, etc. 

The second class are those arising from some bodily or personal characteris- 
tic of their first bearer, apparently grew out of what were in the first instance 
nicknames. Thus Peter the strong became "Peter Strong", or Roger of small stature 
became "Roger Little" or "i^oger Small", etc. 

A third class and perhaps the largest of all. Is that comprising local 
surnames - names derived from and originally designating the place of residence 
of the bearer. Such names were popular In France at an early date and were intro- 
duced into England by the Normans, many of whom were known by the titles of their 
estates. The surnames adopted by the nobility were mainly of this type being used 
with the particles de, de la, or del (meaning of, or of the). The Saxon equivalent 
was the word atte (at the) employed In such names as John Atte Brook, etc. A 
vestige of this usage survives In the names Atwell, Atwood, etc. 

While England enjoyed a period of comparative peace under Edward the Confessor, 
a fourth class of surnames arose, names derived from occupation. The earliest of 
these seem to have been official names such as Bishop, Mayor, etc. Trade and craft 
names, although of the same general type, were of somewhat later origin. Currier 
was a dresser of skins, Webster a weaver, Taylor, Barber, etc. 

The name ASHLEY is believed to be derived from the third class - from the 
residence of Its first bearers at a place of that name in England. It Is found 
on ancient records in the various spellings of Aslegh, Asseley, Assele, Asslegh, 
Asseleghe, Asshelegh, Ashlee, Ashleye, Ashlie, Ashly, Ashley, and numerous others, 
of which the form last mentioned is that most generally used in America today. 

Families of this name were to be found at early dates In the English counties 
of Devon, Dorset, Chester, Norfolk, Suffolk, Warwick, Somerset, Northampton, LIcester, 
Bedford and London, and were, for the most part, of the landed gentry and nobility 
of Great Britain. The given names often found In the 13th Centruy are Thomas, 
Robert, John, Henry, and Walter. 

In Saxon lelgh, ley or lea signifies uncultivated grounds, a wood or clearing 
In wood and in later times a meadow. Therefore It Is assumed that ASHLEY means 
a lea or field abounding In Ash trees. 

Elsdon C. Smith states Smith to be the most common name, Johnson second, 
Williams third. Brown fourth and Ashley is ranked as 883. 

Bibliographg: Bardaley - Engliah A Welsh Sutncmea; Finlayaan - SumameB & SivemamBSi 
GruesB - Chats on Chriatian Vamea; Harriaon - Sumamaa of the United Kingdom; 
Bughea - Ameriocat Anoeatry; Holmea - Direotoiy of Anceatral Heada of N.E. Familiaas 
Lower - Diotionary of Family Namea; Smith - Amavican Sumamaa s Encyolopedia 
Americana^ and othera. 

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(Beman-Enoch-Thomas- Joseph ) 



^ Tl^Xcrfurniehsdlyy his grccndeon Jcome David Ashley 

The following letters, the originals being In my possession, tell a chapter of 
western migration. This first letter was penned by Marcus P. Ashley to his 
family from Wlsonsln where six years later he moved his family from Medina, Ohio. 
(Coincidental ly my daughter Joyce now teaches at Madison, Dane County, Wtsc.) 

Mi Iwaukee 

July 25, 1847 

"I have arrived at this port safe. I saw Mr, Morton's folks only a 
few minutes. They were all well. They are In a fine place, a beauti* 
ful country. The Indians are plenty there. 

I shall start for Jaynesvl I le at 7:00 in the morning by stage. I am 
fine as silk. George Sibley Is here at this place. I had a hard time 
on Lake Huron, a yery strong wind ahead on Lake Erie. We were struck 
by a squall and almost upset. On Lake St. Clair we ran aground and 
were stuck past an hour. 

This Is all at present, hoping that all are well and cozy.** 

At 7 o'clock P.M. 
Arrived at 5:00 P.M. 


M. P. Ashley 

Marcus P. Ashley, a cabinet maker by trade, turned farmer and left the woods of 
Wisconsin for more open Iowa land In another land^seeklng expedition In advance 
of his family of five. This second letter was written In pencil from north 
central Iowa to his wife. 


June 10, 1866 
Boons Station 

Mrs. Hannah Ashley 

I am at Boonborough and all right. Wagoner and myself left the wagons at 
Fort Dodge, Alty left Thursday morning and I on Friday. Tomorrow I start 
for Monro Co. to look farther South. I can buy all the land that the whole 
town wants from 2.25 to ten dollars per acre. 2.25 to six is the common 
price for wild land within 2 to 5 miles from timber. Timber 15 to 35 an 

I expect to be to Demolns tomorrow night, then I shall go to Monro Co. 
I hear that land Is better and more timber and Just as cheap. So you see 
that they say, land-looking Is Just like everything else, there Is some- 
thing better ahead* I shall be home next week unless I go to Missouri. 

(ContinuBd next page) 

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I shall try to see H.D. If I can. *Alty went to Ft« Dodge with me and 
then went back* 

Yours M.P.A* 

Tell Genevra that there are lots of strawberries here and flowers and 
lots of fish In the rivers. Thursday rained all day. Thunder and 
lightning and rain all night. This is all that I think of now. 

Father Ashley 
*Alty no doubt refers to James Alton, his younger son, who was 24 at the time. 

Since my grandfather had passed on 25 years before I was born, and my father, 
(referred to as Alty above) died when I was but 14, the following excerpts from 
obituaries help to recreate the migration to the west of my forebears. 

From the RBPUBLICAN^ EauHXPden^ Icwa^ Man 2^ 1907 

**GRANOMA*' ASHLEY GONE - Hannah Maria Ashley, more familiarly known as "Grandma** 
Ashley . . . died • . . April 28, 1907. . . Hannah Maria Henry was born in 
Onondaga County (Eagle Village) New York, April 10, 1820. Left without a mother 
at the age of 5 years she was taken into the family of her mother *s brother 
( 'Gardner) where she grew up till about 14 years old. When following her 
father's family she emigrated to the state of Ohio, when she chose her elder 
brother's protection and with his family made her home till the age of 20 when 
she united In marriage to Marcus Prentiss Ashley of Miedina, Ohio, where they 
resided till the spring of 1850. Her husband then having caught the western 
fever they gathered together their little personal effects and with their two 
boys and one girl made their way to Wisconsin where they settled among the 
scattering oaks and marshes of Dane Co., 18 miles east of the capital city. 

Here they continued to reside till the fall of 1866 when they sold their home and 
In a covered wagon with a young daughter born to them In 1856 started for the 
broad prairies of fair Iowa finding a home upon the open sea of waving grass in 
the county of Grundy, camping on the open prairie from some time In the month of 
November till lumber could be hauled a distance of 20 miles and a house erected. 
Her life of house wife was completed In the year of 1879 upon the death of her 
husband .... Before passing to her eternal home she bore the distinction of 
the last survivor of the seventh generation of Gardners, descendants of George 
Gardner, who settled In the state of Rhode Island during the old Colonial days. 

Pram a Bawardsn Net)epaper 

J. A. ASHLEY PASSES AWAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS - Came to Hawarden In its Infancy 
and helped lay foundation for Its progress. James Alton Ashley • . . passed 
away Saturday evening (1916) . . . was the son of Marcus P. and Hannah M. Ashley 
and was born at Medina, Ohio May 26, 1842. At the age of ten he moved with his 
parents to Waterloo, Wis. His father was a cabinet maker by trade and at an 
early age James became an apprentice and was soon as proficient at the trade as 
his father. Later his parents moved to Relnbeck, Iowa and located on a farm 

near there In the year 1882 when the Northwestern railway was being 

extended to Hawarden, he decided to locate here. He was made the local repre- 
sentative of the Western Town Lot Co., an auxiliary organ I zst ion to the 
Northwestern Railway Co. and was given full charge of their interests here. 

(continued on page 101) 
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(Thomas - Joseph) 

Copy of article dated Movember 8, 1898, 
presumably from a Barnard, Vermont Newspaper 
(date! ine missing) 

Contributed by: Gardner Pierce Ashley (#140) 


uuiiuel Ashley came to Barnard from Shaftsbury, Mass., in 1781 and settled 
on what Is now called Ashley hill. More than one hundred years ogo this hardy 
pioneer founded a family that afterwards became famous as musicians. The old 
farm descended to his soh, Lemuel, and from him to his son Joseph Jackson, whose 
family are still owners; so for more than a century the hill has remained In the 
hands of the Ash leys. 

Joseph Jackson Ashley was born in 1808, was a carpenter by trade and for 
some years worked in the city of Steshua, N. H., where he marrlod and became 
quite a noted citizen. His natural talent for music was cultivated to some 
extent and he became a member of a brass band and a proficient player, both ^ 
with violin and bugle. While yet a young man of thirty-six he C3ne back to 
Barnard and bought the old fann of his brother, James M., working part of the 
time at his trade. He built the present residence of W. C. Danforth, which 
has stood the test of more than fifty years and will still compare with modern 
houses of recent date. Jack, as he was familiarly called, being the oldest 
of his father's children {had tDo older sisters) who were all born musicians, 
somewhere in the 40's organized and became the teacher of a brass band In 
Barnard with headquarters on Ashley hill. The nucleus of this cor.ipiny Mere the 
four Ash leys. Jack, Madison, Caleb and A I den, the only living sonss or Uncle Lem. 
Added to these were the two Pelrce boys, Isaac and Ban I ah, who were adjoining 
neighbors, and Thomas Wright, who lived on the creek road and ownod the original 
Wright homestead where old Deacon Thomas Wright, his grandfather, waf5 captured 
by the Indians in 1780 and carried a prisoner into Canada. This band first be- 
gan to play for Its own amusement, but this being in the days of militia muster 
and trainings, their services were always In good demand, not only for military 
drills but for all great political gatherings. 

I am more particular in describing this company because it was the first, 
the last, and the only brass band that Barnard ever had and In all prob^.hllity 
ever will have. In looking backward we can easily credit them with having given 
the best all round martial music ever In town. Jack Ashley, the leader, or- 
ganizer and teacher of this band, was, as I said before, a born musician and 
also a born gentleman. The same will apply to his three brothers. Jack was 
six feet tall, with broad shoulders, and would weigh 250 pounds. His plca^^jant, 
open face and clear-cut feafjjres would readily give him a passpor+, >?nd rr»ake 
him an ornament to any society. He was a great reader and his easy, fluent con- 
versation made him exceedingly popular on all occasions. As a bugler he could 

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not be surpassed In the country around Barnard. 

A I den Ashley played the second bugle and marched by the side of Jack, A I 
was a trifle taller and quite as heavy as his brother. The two made a great front. 
Following Jack and AlJen rrcrchad Issac and Banish Peirce, also two heavy-weights, 
playing bass and tenor trombones. These Instruments were the old fashioned, long* 
reach kind that require a good deal of room, and consequently made a good deal of 
noise. The Pelrce boys lacked the musical talent of the Ash leys but performed 
well their parts. 

Next In order came James H., known as Mad (short for Madison) Ashley, and 
Caleb, known as Cape. The tall, wiry, sinewy form and nervous temperament of Mad 
Ashley well adapted him to playing the tenor drum, and what there was In this snare 
drum had to come out when **Mad** handled the sticks. James M. was an open-hearted, 
free, generous kind of man that made him too popular as Jack. No man, however bur-- 
dened with sorrow, but would get some relief from a visit with Mad Ashley. 

Next to Mad marched Cape with the fife and it Is of him that I would partic- 
ularly write. He could fiddle with the best, and played for all the Junkets for 
miles around, but as flfer he was not surpassed in Vermont, so all acknowledged. 
At a great muster In Royal ton where the drum corps had 20 flfers they all played 
together. Cape was not appointed leader, yet as soon as the play began Cape's soul 
entered Into the music and, like a bird his music soared above them all. It was 
so clear and powerful he seemed to be alone. No other was needed. Again at 
Middlebury one commencement time they played^ mixed with several other bands, and 
here he was at once In the lead. All other instruments were compelled to follow 
the splendid notes of that remarkable flfer from Barnard* 

All of that fair band have gone over the river, with the possible exception 
of Cape Ashley, who, at last accounts, was living with one of his sons In Tunbrldge 
or Strafford. His teeth gone and lips dried, he fifes no more; but oould he hear 
Jack, Alden and Mad his soul would still go marching on. 

Behind Mad and Cape marched Tom Wright with the big bass drum. Tom had a good 
ear for music, but made no great pretensions or flourishes, yet his perfect time 
pleased Jack. Many an evening on Ashley hill this band, playing for practice and 
Its own amusement, could be distinctly heard In Barnard village four miles away. 

It is often said, and In this case perhaps with some truth, that what a man 
sees and hears when a boy, lasts him through life as the best. It was my fortune 
to hear the celebrated German band that played at the World's fair In Chicago, where 
they charged a thousand dollars per day and all expenses for the music; also the 
N.Y. 7th regiment band and another German company at Detroit's great exposition, 
and again I have heard Hall and Gilmore's bands at Boston and still later the Green 
Mountain band of i^ndolph as they played at Woodstock fair last fall, but the boyish 
memory of Ashley's band can rw^er be effaced. How vivid the picture of the return- 
ing company from the parade ground on the common as they marched down the street at 
the close of a June training day to be dismissed In front of the big hotel! Five 
or six marshals in front, generally riding those old Morgan horses, now extinct, 
and.then Jack and Alden with bugles high In the air sending out blasts that would 
bring everybody 1xi -the -sJ das of the street and almost wake the dead. They usually 
played at the close a piece called "Ashley's Grand March"; this tune was as familiar 
to us boys as "Old Hundred", In this there Is a solo for Cape,on the fife, and of 
course ill eyos were turned upon that great flfer when his turn came. With head 
thrown back aid gazing into the sky, locking to be ten feet high, he sent the screams 
oi- tricot ^\ffi away and above us all, hitting every note so clearly that he seemed to 
bH .:^i:.ylng for the edification of Hoaven Itself. The command was soon given to halt, 
the music ceased, and we all returned to earth. When Cape shoved the fife Into his 
pockel I was surprised .to see, ha i*a^ poly a common man. (continued on page 101) 

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By: Robert E. Ashley (H) 

Much puzzlement has been expressed by the members about the fact that 
although there were two Ashley brothers, and a sister. In the first generation 
In Rochester, yet there Is only one line leading down to us, Joseph and 
Elizabeth (Perclval) Ashley are §\ In every line of descent, so what became 
of Abraham and his descendants, and of Rebecca and her descendants? 

Let*s clear up Rebecca first. Ail we know of her Is that she married 
her second husband John Whitfield "formerly of the Dragoons in the l%>yal 
Regiment of Queen Anne, of which Lord Rolfe, Earl of Stratford, was Colonel" 
sometime before 1731 for in January of that year Joseph Ashley deeded ten 
acres to them "/or love and good wilV\ Plymouth deeds 26/129 shows this 
land to be on the West side of Bra ley Hill Road about opposite Peaked Rock. 
Whether they ever built a house or lived here is not known. There are no 
further records that we know of on Rebecca and If she had any children by 
her first husband, we would not even know their surname. 

ABRAHAM, who appears to be the younger brother by perhaps as much as ten 
years, was the first to appear in Rochester. He was born July 28, 1682 at a 
place unknown, purchased land in Rochester on February 8, 1704 (old style) 
from Samuel Prince of Sandwich for six pounds, and the next year at the age of 
22 married Susanna White, age 21, who was the granddaughter of Resolved White 
of the Mayflower, (f^l) This first purchase by Abraham was Samuel Prince's 
"all of my half of ye seaond lot in ye Gore . . . on ye middle branoh of ye 
Mattapoieett (river) near foot of Cedar 8toamp^\ Abraham made extensive addi- 
tional purchases In Rochester and by 1746 had moved to a "new dwelling House" 
on the east side of Bra ley Hill Road Just south of Quittacas Pond. (See 
News Bulletin Vol. I No. 2, pg 31) He died before November 5, 1759 when his 
estate was declared "greatly Insolvent", His second wife was Elizabeth Rogers 
by whom there were no children. 

Abraham and Susanna (White) Ashley had four children of record: 

REBECXiA, born March 30, 1704 about whom nothing more is known. 

MERCIY, born October 5, 1708, married her cousin William Ashley, third son of 
Joseph and Elizabeth (Perclval) Ashley, on February 12, 1732 (o.x.) and thus 
her line of descendants is the same as William^, Joseph'. 

WILLIAM, born May 17, 1710 married his cousin Elizabeth, the daughter of 

Joseph on February 12, 1732. He was her second husband as she had been married 

to Abial Sprague about a year and a half before. William died, leaving her a 

widow again for on December I, 1759 "Mrs. Elizabeth Ashley of Rochester 

married Samuel Joy of Dartmouth". There Is no record of any children of the 

three marriages. , . . 

^ (see next page) 

Footnote #1 - A printed iHeet enclosed explains hew you may Join the Society 
of Mayflower Descendants throu descent from William ffhite, if yottr firct tlwee 
generations are Joseph^, Williarfi. Abraharfi - or through descent of Willian 
Brewster through Joseph^, Thomas^ aid third generation children of first wife^ 
and/or quite likely a number of others not yet discovered. 

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ELIZABETH Ashley^ youngest child of Abraham was born July 23,, 1711, and married 
(guess who) her cousin Samuel White on March 14, 1733. They had two sons, William 
and Samuel whose descondsnts are too numerous to mention here. She died on 
January 26, 1776 and her gravestone. In remarkably good condition, may be seen 
near the south end of the "Old Parish Cemet^try" on Braley HIM Road In Rochester. 
Look for ^^Elizdbarth Jmite^^ perhaps the older.t "Ashley" gravestone. 

We are reminded of a line from "Gone with the Wind" where Scarlett O'Hara Is 
told that Asi^ley Wilkes will not marry her but will marry his cousin Helanie 
Hamilton because the "Wilkes always marry their cousins". 

Now we come to JOSEPH , the patriarch, the ancestor of ps all. Joseph Ashley 

bom about 1670-75, married Elizabeth Perclval In Falmouth on August 25, 1704. 
She was tho dc^ughter of James and Mary Ralnsford (Bassett) Perclval. James 
Perclvoi Came from England to Virginia and later settled In Sandwich. He was a 
Quaker end whc»n trouble developed with the Pilgrim Fahters of Plymouth, he re- 
moved to Succanosett (Falmouth), where he was an original proprietor and extensive 
landowner. Item 2 of his will says, "J will and bequeath to my dxughter Eliaabelk 
Ashley my hlaak mare and three oowe and one bedd and beding to it tmd one pott". 
It Is Interesting to picture Joseph and Elizabeth riding the black mare from 
Falmouth to Rochester, leading the three cows (and the bedd and beding and one 
pott) to establish our family. 

Tradition has It that James was descended from Lord and Lady Perclval. Be 
that as It may, there Is little doubt that he is descended from Richard Perclval, 
the crusader, who died about 1194 and who Is burled In Weston, Somerset, England. 
(Hey kids * you are descended from a real crusader!) 

Elizabeth's mother was the daughter of Edward Ralnsford who came with the 
Puritans In 1630, His home was on Ralnsford Island In Boston Harbor where his 
signature carved on a rock may be seen today. 

After Elizabeth died, Joseph married Mrs. Mary (Hall) Whltredge but there 
were no children of this marriage. 

Joseph's descendants are easily traced - for a start see article In News 
Bulletin Vol. I, No. 2, pgs 3B thru 47, by Esther Ashley Spousta. 







The April 1971 Issue of American Heritage Magazine contains an excellent article 
on our collateral ancestor Mad Jack Perclval, 'Ttod Jack and tha Miesumariee'' 

Mad Jack Perclval is a descendant of Elizabeth (Perclval) Ashley. 

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□ CD 

C3 ANCESTOR TABLE C3 I. Clarence Raymond Garner (#38) 


□ 300 West Grangevl lie Blvd. 

□aCX3C3CX3C3DCX3 Hanford, California 93230 

II 2. Grant Garner (1868-1953) Finchford, la, Mflltown, S.D., Hanford, Cal 

3. Elsa (Elsie) Charlotte Swope (1776-1943), Iowa, S. Dak. '* " 

HI 4. James Garner (1835-1920) Indiana, Iowa, S.D., Oregon, C!alif. 

5. Barbara Allen Sharp (1837-1912), Ohio, S.O., Oregon 

6. William Elza Swope (1834-1913) Ohio, Iowa, Stillwater, Okla. 

7. Percy Jane Wood (1844-1888) Quebec, Canada, Ml 1 1 town, S. Oak. 

IV 8. Job Garner (1795-1879) Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Mo., Iowa 

9. Rebecca Jones (1799-1872) Pa., Ohio, ind., Iowa, Mo., Iowa 

10. Allen Sharp ( 1 805/8- 1 90 1 ) Ohio, Iowa, Colorado 

11. Sarah (Sally) Ashley (1812-1859) N.Y., Ohio, Ind., Iowa 

12. David Swope (1800-61888)) Ohio , towa 

13. Julia Ann Furr ( ) Virginia, Iowa 

14. Ckmfort Wood (ca 1816-1897) Canada, Iowa 

15. Charlotte Matilda Jane Cross (I8I7-I9I0), Ireland, Canada, Iowa 

V 16. 

18. John Jones 

20. Daniel Sharp (ca 1784/6-1868) Tenn. Darke Co., Ohio 

21. Elizabeth Albright (1788-1871) N.C., " " 

22. Loami Ashley (1784-1855) Vermont, Ohio, Indiana 

23. Rachel Baker (1788-1850) Vt.- Ohio, Indiana 

24. William Swope (ca 1770- ) Germany 



28. John Wood (1780- ) England 


30. P. Cross (1790- _ Ireland 

31. Elliott Ireland 

VI 32 - 41 

42. Philip Albright (1756-1825) Orange Co, N.C., d. Lewlsburg, Ohio 

43. Christine Clapp (1759-1817) Guilford Co., N.C., d. Preble Co., Ohio 

44. Capt. William Ashley (1758-1828) Rochester, Mass. Darke Co. Ohio 

45. Phebe Howe (1761-1833) New Marlboro, Mass, Ithaca, Ohio 
46 - 63 

VII 64-83 

84. Ludwig Albright (I73I-I8I0) Penn. Orange Co. N.C. 

85. Anna Maria Keller (1733-1803) b. Orange Co., N.C. 

86. John Phillip Clapp (1740-1798) Guilford Co., N.C. 

87. Barbara Clapp (1742- ) Guilford Co., N.C. 

88. Thomas Ashley (1704/5-61762) Rochester, Mass. Poultney, Vt. 

89. Mary (Bodfish) Gifford ( ) b. Froetown, Mass. 

90. Nehemiah Howe ( 1 720- 1 777 )Mar I borough, Mass. Poultney, Vt. 

91. 3(=^ulah Wheeler (1724-1799/1800) Lancaster, Mess. Poultney, Vt. 
92 - 127 

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VIM 128 > 171 

172. George Valentine Clapp (1702-1773) Germany, Guilford Co., N.C. 

173. Mary Albright (ca 1709- ) Berks Co., Pa 

174. John Ludwig Clapp ( X Germany 

175. Anna Margaret _^___ 

176. Joseph Ashley ( ) m 25 Aug 1704 Falmouth, Mass, d. Rochester, Mass 

177. Elizabeth Perclval (1675-ca 1728) b. Sandwich, Mass. 


180. Peter Howe ( ) b. Marlborough, Mass. 

181. Grace Bush ( ) b. Marlborough, Mass. 

182. Benjamin Wheeler (1693-1759) b. Concord, Mass. d. New Marlboro 

183. Hannah (ca 1716-1778) 
184 - 255 

IX 256 - 361 

362. Ablel Bush ( ) m 27 June 1688 Marlborough, Mass. 

363. Grace Barrett " " " 

364. Obadiah Wheeler (1650- ) Concord, Mass. m 17 July 1672 

365. Elizabeth White (1652-1714) Scltuate, Mass, Concord, Mass. 

X 512 - 729 

730. Resolved White (1612/20-1690/94) Marshfield and Scltuate, Mass. m 4-8-1640 

731. Judith Vassal I ( -1670) Marshfield, Mass. 
732 - 1023 

XI 1024 - 1459 

1460 William White ( - 1621) m I Feb 1612 Lyden, Holland, d Plymouth, Mass. 

1461 Anna or Susanna Fuller (ca 1594-1680) m i Feb 1612, Lyden, Holland 
1462. William Vassal 

1463 - 2047 

NOTE: Nos. 730, 1460 and 1461 were passengers on the Mayflower 
No. 1460, William was a signer of Mayflower Compact 
No. 45 i5 descendant of Mayflower line 


C3 CD Page 36 - January 1971 


CD CD Since to date proof has not been established, remove from 

CIDCDCXDCXXDD IV-U the Vo^in". it should read "JaokBon Cvookett" only. 

Mark V-28 & 29 {Willim Crookett and Salty Bryant); VI-56 & 57 
(Daifid Croekett and Mary Finley); and VI 1-102 & 103 {J<^tn 
Croehttt and Rebeooa BaiakinB) as questionable until further prrof is established. 

Eioise (Davis) Harrer (#44) 
46 - January 1971 

Under the children listed for III - Loami Ashley - correct spelling of "Deweu (181$- 
1868 ffl. Levi HilU" to read "Dmou (1816-1868) m, Levi MilU" 

Mary (Cochran) El ler (#32) 

Page 59 - April 1971 

Correct last paragraph from "Eer elder eon woe loot on a ehip . . " To read "Sir 
youncrer eon Winfield, woe loot on a ehip ..." The elder son was George Nye 
Robinson who died following an operation. He was a teacher In the Acushnet School 
System and was not married. Winf ield, the younger son was married 

Emma S. (Ashley) Randall (167) 

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[3 I. I. Mildred Ashley (King) Dickey (Mrs. Harris) 

2131 McCarthy Road, Ames, Iowa 50010 


11. 2. Charles Monroe King (1868-1946) Marshall Cto., Iowa, Tama, Iowa 
3. Cora Belle Ashley (1871-1948) Hartsburg, Illinois; Tama, Iowa 

III. 4. David Simeon King (1845-1935) Illinois; Gi Iman, Iowa; BIrchtree, Mo. 

5. iJiny (Madeleine) Sophronia Lukehart (1849-1923) 1 1 1.; Iowa; Birchtr6e, Mo 

6. Elisha Baker Ashley (1839-1907) Darke Co., 0; Hartsburg, lit; Anthon, ia. 

7. Martha Noel Shirley (1837-1916) Stamping Ground, Ky; III; Anthon, Iowa 

iV. 8. John Henry King ( ) Died at Gilman> Iowa 

9i Louisa Falk ( ) Died at Oilman, Iowa 

10. George Washington Lukehart ( -1906) Gliman, Iowa 

Hi Magdelaine (Lany) Fanner (1832-1924) Louisville, Ky; la.; Winnebago, Neb. 

12. Joel Laomi Ashley (I8I6-I87I) New York (/); Lincoln, III. 

13. Mary Ann Martin (1819-1897) Greenville, Ohio; Lincoln, ill. 

14. William Roach Shirley (1814-1862) Scott Co., Ky.; Logah Co., III. 

15. Elizabeth Dorothy Alsop (1819-1903) Kentucky; Logan Co., III. 

V. 16 to 23 

24. Elisha Ashley (1796-1865) Ontario Co. N.Y.; Merom, Indiana 

25. SaJly Baker (1798-1863) Ontario Co., N.Y.; Merom, Indiana 

26. William Martin (1780-1863) Pennsylvania; Greenville, Ohio 

27. Sarah Lorimor, (1800-1855) 

28. Archibald Shirley, Early In 19th century, probably Maryland 

29. Esther Allen (1770-1855) Virginia (?); Kentucky; Logan Co., III. 

30 . Spencer A i sop (1 785- 1 829( ? ) 

31. Judiath Carter (1785-1847) Virginia; Kentucky 

VI. 32 to 47 

48. William Ashley (1758-1828) Rochester, Mass.; Preble or Darke Co. Ohio 

49. Phoebe Howe (1761-1833) New Marlboro, Mass; Ohio 
50 to 61 

62. Obadiah Carter (1755-1820) 

63. Judiath Carter (1755- ) 

VII. 64 to 95 

96 Thomas Ashley (1704/5- ) Rochester, Mass; Poultney, Vt. 

97 Mary Gifford ( ) Freetown, Mass. 

98 Nehemiah Howe (1721-1777) Marlboro, Mass.; Poultney, Vt. 

99 Beulah Wheeler (1724-1799/1800) Lancaster, Mass; Poultney, Vt. 
100 to 127 

VIM. 128 to 191 

192 Joseph Ashley (cal670-cal750) Rochester, Mass. 

193 Elizabeth Perciva I (1675- ) Sandwich, Mass. 

194 & 195 

196 Peter Howe (1695-1778) Marlboro, Mass 

197 Grace Bush (1696-1700) Marlboro, Mass. 

198 Benjamin Wheeler (1693-1759) Concord, Mass; New Marlboro, Mass. 

199 Hannah 

200 to 259 

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IX. 256 to 391 

392 John Howe ((I67t-I754) Marlboro, Mass 

393 Rebecca Josiin (1672-1731) Lancaster, Mass. 

394 Abiel Bush 

395 Grace Barrett (1669-1739) died in Marlboro, Mass. 

396 Obadiah Wheeler, b 1650/1 In Concord, Mass. 

397 Elizabeth White, b 1652 In Scltuate, Mass. 

398 to 51 1 

X. 512 to 783 

784 John Howe (1640-1676) Sudbury, Mass. 

785 Elizabeth Ward (1643-1710) Sudbury, Mass. 

786 Nathaniel Joslln (1626-1694) England; Marlboro, Mass. 

787 Sarah King (1632-1706) England; Marlboro, Mass. 

788 & 789 

790 John Barrett ( -1711) m. at Marlboro, Mass. 

791 Mary Pond, d 1711 at Sudbury, Mass. 

792 Obadlan Wheeler, Bap. 1609 England; Will probated Dec. 20, 1671 

793 Susannah first wife 

*794 Resolved White, b ca 1614 Leyden, Holland; d p 1690; m 1640 Scltuate, Mass 
#795 Judith Vassal I (cal6l9-cal670) 
796 to 1023 

XI. 1024 to 1567 

1568 John How, d abt. 1678, lived Id Sudbury & Marlboro, Mass. 

1569 Mary 

1570 William Ward (1603-1687) 

1571 Elizabeth (1613-1700) Marlboro, Mass. 

1572 ThcTias Joslln (1591-1660) England; Lancaster, Mass. 

1573 Rebecca Mar low, b England abt 1589 

1574 Thomss King, b abt. 1605 In Dorset C^., England; d 1676 Marlboro, Mass 

1575 Anna Ck>IIIns, d In Sudbury, Mass 1642 

1576 to 1579 

1580 Hiimphrey Barrett, (abt. 1592-1662) 

1581 M.?ir/ 
1552 to 150' 
ir&d Wllllesm White (Mayflower) d. 1621 

1589 Susanna Fuller, b. abt. 1594 (controversial) 

1590 William Vassal I, b abt. 1593 

1591 Anna Kinge, b abt. 1593; marriage license Issued June 9, 1613 

*May flower Line # Huguenot Line 






Page 25 - January 197 1 

Addition names of persons attending the first Reunion on 
August 29, 1970 furnished by Virginia (Ashley) Goff (#41) 

The six guests listed under Chester W. Ashley were 

his wife Shirley Snelgrove (Currie) Ashley 

Dr, Rogers Ashley and his son David 

Thomas Atwood Ashley and wife Joan Evelyn (Gehrig) Ashley 

Bradford Chester Ashley 
Other names omitted are: Elton Staples and wife Miriam; Grace (Ashley) Marble and 
daughter Eleanor; and Harold A* :Ash4ey * 

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itiss Alexis Ashley^ daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Karl James Ashley Jr. (#90) of 
Dr. Bra ley Road, East Freetown, Mass., 
married Brian A. Blowers, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. S. C. Blowers of WatervHIe, 
New York, on Saturday, June 5, 1971. 
The bride Is a student at Springfield 
College, and the bridegroom Is a grad- 
uate student at the same school. 

« « « # « 

Brian Jay Ashley, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Theodore Chace Ashley (#6) of Dr. Bra ley 
Rd., East Freetown, Mass. was married 
on June 6, 1971 to Miss Susan Schipper 
of Norwich, New York. 

ft # « # » 

David W. Ashley, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Leon J. Ashley of 200 Court Street, 
has been accepted at Virginia Poly- 
technic Institute and State University 
where he will major in Architecture. 
A graduate of Plymouth-Carver High 
School, he was also accepted at Case 
Western Reserve University and at 
Syracuse University. He has been a 
member of the school band, interested 
in drama, athletics, and is a member 
of the Plymouth Rock Chapter of DefAolay. 

« « K « ft 

Mrs. Winona Leonard (#3) of Lakeville 
will return to High School next year 
to teach mathematics. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Ashley of E. Freetown 
will again teach Art at Apponequet, 
in the Freetown-LakevI I lo Regional 
School District. 

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Robert Ashley Jr., son of Mrs. Robert 
Ashley Sr., of How I and Road, Lakeville, 
Mass. received his Bachelor of Science 
Degree from the University of Massachu- 
setts Sunday, May 30, 1971. His major 
was Physical Education. Those attend- 
ing this 101 st Commencement exercises 
were his wife Mrs. Ashley, his mother 
Mrs. Robert Ashley Sr., sister Susan, 
niece Wendy, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence 
Benoit, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wood. 

ft ft ft ft ft 

Mrs. Grace Gorham Ashley and Miss Irma 

A. Gorham of New Bedford, Mass. have 

given a pair of wooden shoes, supposed 

to have belonged to Myles Stand ish, to 

the Mayflower Society House at Plymouth, 


ft ft ft ft ft 

Mr and Mrs. Stephen 
Ashley of Washburn Rd., 
E. Freetown, are the 
proud parents of a son, 
Christopher Peter, born 
at St. Luke's Hospital, 
New Bedford, on April 
13, 1971. The maternal 
grandparents are Mr. 
and Mrs. Albert Foster 
of East How I and Road, and the paternal 
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Theodore 
C. Ashley (#6) of Dr. Bra ley Rd., East 
Freetown, Mass. 

ft ft ft ft ft 

Harriette (Word) Park (#59) has two 
photographs in her possession. One is 
of a young man, light hair, collar & tie 
vest and checkered or tween jacket, whlc 
is signed ''GEORGE B. ASHLEY''. On the 
back is "HOLLENBECK'S Photographic Rooms 
Oneida, N.Y. and a blue stamp with face 
of Washington. The other is a young man 
with fairly full mustache and small tuft 
of hair on chin under lip. On back is 
written In same handwriting as above, 
Oneida, N.Y. Pictures belonged to Will 
Dickinson, son of Mary Borland (Ashley) 
Dickinson. Will share with other de- 

'^There are a tore that go out in the darkness 

But whose silver li^ht shine th on; 
There are roses whose perfume lingers 

When tlie blossoms are faded and gone. 
There are hearts full of light and of sweetness 

When no longer their life current flows; 
Still tl%eir goodness lives on with -tiie living 

Like the souls of the star and the rose. 

Lindsay K* Dickey died March 31, 1971 at 
Los Angeles, California and was interred 
In the Military Cemetery at Sawtelle, 
Cal Ifornia. 

Lindsay was a flyer in the Navy during 
World War I and a commander of a flying 
squadron for the Marines during World 
War IK He retired as a Major USrC 

He was born April 21, 1895 at San Bernar- 
dino, Calif, son of Or. Clarence Dudley 
Dickey and Julia A. Kearns. He Is rur- 
vived by his wife Margaret Mary (Chlsholm) 

(Lineage: Lindsay K. Dickey (8) Julia 
Kearns (?) Martha Ashley (6) Harles (S) 
Loami (4) William (3) Thos. (2) Jos. (1) 

Lindsay K. Dickey (8) Julia A. Reams (?) 
Lindsay G. Kearns (6) Julia Ann Ashley (S) 
Elisha (4) William (3) Thos (2) Jos. (1) 

Word just received that Fred Tabor 
Bullock, born October II, 1929, passed 
away October 27, 1970. He is survived 
by his wife Evelyn (Wood) Bullock, 
three daughters, Cora lee and Amy, and 
Mrs. Evan Bush, and one grandson. 

Mrs. Sarah M. (Howiand) Tranmer, 74 
of 596 Summer St., Bridgewater, Mass. 
died April 24, 1971 at the hone of her 
daughter, Mrs. H. A. (Natalie) Ross. 
Interment was at the Mt. Prospect Ceme- 
tery In Bridgewater. 

She was born in Bridgewater, the daugin- 
er of the late Seth and E. Martha (Ashley 
Howiand. She attended Bridgewater school.' 
and was a lifelong resident of the town. 
She was a member of Gammons Memorial 
Methodist Church. 

In addition to Mrs. Ross, she is survived 
by 3 other daughters, Mrs. Hazel Irving 
of Bridgewater, Mrs. Winona Souza of 
Seekonk, and Mrs. Shirley Fetrosky of 
Sharon; two sons, Richard and El lery 
Tranmer both of Bridgewater; 19 grand- 
children, 18 great-grandchildren, a 
sister Mrs. Ethel Ashley (#86) of Athol 
and several nieces and nephews. 

(Lineage: Sarah M. Howiand (7) E. Martha 
Ashley (6) James M. (6) Thxirras (4) 
/Graham (3) William (2) Joseph (I) 

Lineage: Fred Tabor Bullock (8) Rosalie 
A. Granger (7) Lucy Maria Ashley (6) 
San ford Gadoum (S) Beman (4) Enoch (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

ASHLBl^ buried in Rounsevell Cemeterif^ East Freetam^ Mass. prior to 1850 

Noah - d. Aug. 23, 1839 In his 82nd year 
Abigail, wife of Noah - d. April 12, 1792, age 35 
Jepthah, son of Noah & Abigail - d. Sept. t, 1810, age 20 
Fanny, only dau. of Capt. *Simeon and Susan - d. April 18, 1816, 
Sally Maria, dau. of ^Leonard & Prescilla C. - d. June 12, 1825, 
^Elijah - d March 17 1821, age 20 y. 6 mo. 
*Sally - d. Feb. 2, 1821, age 9 y. 5 mo. 

^Children of Perclval Ashley Jr. 
CUMMINGS - Thankful, wife of George, d. May 14, 1819 - 29 yrs. 

Lucy, 2nd wife of George d. Dec. 13, 1850, age 55 
((both Thankful & Luch dau. of Micha (3) William (2) Joseph (I) 

age 10 
3 yrs. 

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and Anna Charlotte (Price) Garner 




Correct lineage to read: Rodolphus 
Ashley Swan (8) (Proline Brown Ashley 
(7) Rodolphus (6) John Sherman (5) 
John (4) Perclval (3) Abr. (2) Jos (I) 

(Correct spe I II ng of father ' s name to 
Harrj[e Elsbrey Ashley (7) 

Add wife's maiden name 


and Alice Beatrice (Logan) Ashley 

Correct spelling of middle name from 
Margaret to Margret 
Correct spelling of middiS name from 
Lainwood to Linwood 
Add wife's maiden name 

and Harold C. Randall 

and Pamela Jane (Snavely) 
Ash I ey 


735 East Michigan Ave., Lansing, Michigan 46913 
JOHN S. O'BRIEN Jr (10) Change address to 

3801 Lujon Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45431 

Correct surname from Ashley to Randall 
and add I i neage - Same as # 1 5 

Add wife's maiden name and add lineage 
Roger Patton (7) Percy Allen (6) 
Heman Allen (5) Beman (4) Enoch (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

Change address to: 


(Mrs. Gilbert) 


O^rrect spelling of surname and add 

lineage - Seme as 0\i6 
Add lineage - Gertriide Ashley Kings ford 

(7) John Croad KIr.gsfcrtJ (6) Sarah 

Ashley (5) Noah (4) Noah (3) William 

(2) Joseph (I) 
Add I i neage - Howard Wentworth 

Westf ield (8) balance same as 


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Name and Address 


CSame as #683 


E. 2805 18th, Spokane, Wash. 99203 

Ann E. Ashley 

129 E. Clinton St., New Bedford, Mass. 02740 

Box 63, Star Route 
Essex Junction, Vt. 05452 


360 Walnut St. 

Franklin, Indiana 46131 

1875 Hubbard Rd., North Madison, Ohio 

72 Maple Ave. 

Swansea, Mass. 02777 

15 N. William St. 

Little Falls, N.Y. 13365 

10 Lafayette St., Fairhaven, Mass. 02719 

CHerbert Wl Imarth Ashley (7) James 
Emerson Jr. (6) James Emerson (5) 
Perclval (4) Perclvai (3) Abraham 
(2) Joseph (l)D 

CEdward Lester (6) James Gamer (5) 
James Madison <4) Lemuel (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (1)3 


CMyron ThomaS (7) Noah.Wt 1 1 iams (6) 
Abial Williams (5) Noah (4) 
Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (i)D 

COr. Robert C. (8) Calvin Lewis (7) 
Joseph Mylod (6) Calvin (5) Luther 
(4) Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (1)3 


c/o M. B. Hill 

Baieu Creek, N.C. 27009 

(Mrs. Harry Holmes) 

194 Bow Street 

North Oighton, Mass. 02764 

Box 191, LaVlta, Colorado 81055 

Middleboro Rd. 

East Freetown, Mass. 02717 

CMary Esther Briggs (7) Esther Isabel le 
Ashley (6) Noah (5) Noah (4) 
Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (1)3 

CCharlie Gerry Staples (6) Sarah 
Ashley (5) Noah (4) Noah (3) 
William (2) Joseph (1)3 

CMarcJs Harold Ashley (8) balance 
same as 1*73 also 

CAnna Brown Ashley (7) James Gifford(6) 
James Gifford (5) Jethro (4) 
Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 


Orexel, Missouri 64742 

Maxwell Field Air Base, Montgomery, Ala. 36100 
ALICE ELIZABETH (ASHLEY) FRANCOEUR (8) CCalvIn Lewis Ashley (7) Jos. Mylod (6) 

(Mrs. Alfred) 

Sol-E-Mar Apt 43, Sol-E-Mar Rd. 
South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 
Baieu Creek, North Carolina 27009 

405 South Franklin, 
Windsor, Missouri 65360 

Calvin (5) Luther (4) Noah (3) 
William (2) Joseph (1)3 

CMary Esther Briggs (7) Esther Isabel le 
Ashley (6) Noah (5) Noah (4) 
Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (1)3 

CVirgil Lee Ashley - Silas Lee - 
Gilby K. - Uriah - John Jr. - 
John b. ca 1755 N.C. 3 

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No. Name and Address Lineage 


144 E. 84 Street, New York, N.Y. 10028 


7532 Baylor Ave., College Park, Md. 20740 

156 LUKE LEONARD (8) CAIice Ashley (7) John Sherman Jr. (6) 

75 School Street John Sherman (5) John (4) 

Middleboro, Mass. 02346 Perclval (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (1)3 

157 GRACE (ASHLEY) MARBLE (8) CWItliam N. Ashley (7) Nathaniel 

(Mrsi R. Winthrop) Caswell (6) Noah (5) Noah (4) 

206 Palmer St., Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (DH 

Somerset, Mass. 02726 

158 MISS ELEANOR ASHLEY MARBLE (9) CGrace Ashley (8) balance same as 

206 Palmer St. #157] 

Somerset, Mass. 02726 

159 MISS CAIVIY SUE MARTIN (10) [Richard Lee Martin (9) Frances 

8070 Webster, McMaster Martin (8) Dennis McMaster 

Lambertvllle, Mich. 28144 (7) Mary Ashley (6) Dennis (5) 

Luther (4) James (3) Thos.(2) Jos. (I 

160 MISS JANET LEE MARTIN (10) [Same as #159] 

8070 Webster 
Lambertville, Mich. 48144 


624 West 9th Ave., Albany, Oregon 97321 


13 South Shore Drive, Peabody, Mass. 01960 


1213 BIythe Ave., Alexandria, Louisiana 71301 

164 HARRY EARL RICHMOND (8) CCIara Maria Morgan (7) Eliza Emellne 

136 East Ave. 37, ' Pond (6) Clarissa Wyman Ashley (5) 

Los Angeles, Calif. 90031 Zebulon (4) Thomas (3) Thos(2) Jos ( 


100 Southern Artery, Apt. 403, QuIncy, Mass. 02169 
(July-Aug.) Fishervilie Lane, Westport, Mass. 02790 


Arthur Rose 

14 Dean St., Taunton, Mass. 02780 

167 Mr. & Mrs. ARTHUR L. ROSE JR. 

Parker Terrace, Taunton, Mass. 02780 


62 High Street, Chatham, N.Y. 12037 

169 (CUMMINGS) WALKER (7) C Cunnings (6) Jason Cunmings (5) 

(Mrs. Wm) Thankful Ashley (4) Mlcah (3) 

3535 Alabama St. William (2) Joseph (i)] 

San Diego, Calif. 92104 


222 Jefferson St., Decatur, Indiana 40733 

171 MRS. ADA (ASHLEY) WHITEHOUSE (9) CCharies Ashley (8) Herbert Wllmarth 

1130 Castlewood Place (7) James Emerson Jr (6) James 

Owensboro, Ky. 42301 Emerson (5) Perclval (4) Perctval 

(3) Abraham (2) Joseph (1)] 


8 Bailey St., Nashua, New Hampshire 03060 


1776 D Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006 

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LEADER OF THE BAND (Continued from page 88) 

Tho Ash leys were typ?cal Green Mountain boys as pictured In the history 
of Vermont. Tall, robust $nd athletic, they were ready for any emergency. 
Being great fox hunters theif knew all the runs and byways of wild gariie. No 
tramp was too long for dogs 6r men. In the fall and first of the winter their 
hounds could be heard almost every day, and the number of skins gave proof of 
their great success. 

Horace S. Ashley of Nashua, N.H., Is a son of Jackson, and In form^ fea* 
ture and musical ability is a true son of the father. He Is a prominent busi- 
ness man In that city and a builder by trade. He has been a member of the city 
council and of the New Hampshire state legislature. His mother and sister are 
residents also of Nashua, and it is this family that still owns Ashley hill. 
The house is deserted, and It Is only a matter of t line when strangers will 
pasture their cattle and sheep where once was heard the baying of hounds, 
shouts of hunters, crack of the rifle, rattle of drums and notes of the bugle, 
fiddle and fife. 

Barnard's only brass band has long since passed Into history. 


J. A. Ashley Obituary (Continued from page 87) 

It was while in charge of this important department that Mr. Ashley early 
demonstrated his keen business acumen, his ability to cope with big things 
and his untiring energy In any enterprise which he undertook* To James A. 
Ashley, perhaps more than any other man, Hawardon owes her early day victories 
and \^er ultimate stability, a stability which finally led up tq her present 
dcy prosperity. It was his foresight, his energy, his never fall -spirit which 

wor the fight when Hawurden was fighting for har very existence 

In the prime of his life, before his health begon to fall, he was undoubtedly 
one of the most successful real estate men who over d^d business In low^. 
He was a member of the first town council, afterwards may of the city, and In 
all of these positions he gave faithful and efficient service. 

In 1892 he was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Hibbard of Hereford, 
Canada, who still survives him. To this union were born, Lucy, Helen, Warren, 
and James, Helen dying In 1904. Two sisters also survive him, Mrs. V*n. Lane 
of San Jose, Calif, and Mrs. D. R. Freeman of Greene, Iowa. He was ever 
loyal to his family and to them the sympathy of the community Is extended." 

K K # # K 

Marcus Prentiss Ashley was born In St. Albans, Vermont April 19, 1816. W9 know 
that he W3S fn Ohio In 1840. When did he leave his New England home and movo 
to Ohio? Rocorrls show one brother Heman Allen Ashley also in Ohio and perhaps 
It can be essumad the two brothers came together. 

Does anyone hove more information about Marcus P. Ashley from the time he was 
born in Vermont until we find him In Ohio In 1840? When did he leave Vermont? 
How did he travel? With whom did he travel? I shall appreciate any help In 
reconstructing the past of my grandfather. 

JameB Dcarid Ashley (#89) 


AUG 12 1974 

Vol . II No. I 


^*??.-a^^*«»(N*i^<^Tv w 

Organized August 29, 1970 


October 1971 

From the 
Editor 'a 

Ash leys of America is stepping 
Into Its second year of ex- 
istence. More and more Ashley 
descendants are becoming In- 
terested In their progenitors 
and their cousins of today. 

We realize that we have just 
scratched the surface, but 
we could grow like Topsy if 
all will spread the news of 
our organization. 

Increased membership is one 
of our 1972 goals. Wont each of 
you help our new Membership 
Chairman by alerting her of 
any Ashley descendants. 

I appreceiate receiving the 
material from many for the 
News Bulletin. Keep It 
coming as without your help 
there could be no bulletin. 

Esther Ashley Spousta^ 

PO Box 321 
Rogers^ Arkansas 727S6 

4 4 4 H 4 4 

Neue Bulletin - Published 
quarterly, January, April, 
July and October. Free sub- 
scription with each membership 
Extra copies $2.00 each. 








Vol. M No. I 

C m E N T s 


COVER STORY - Four generations 

ASHLEY CEMETERY - New Gate (Rochester) 


ATTENDEES - 1971 Reunion 

MINUTES - 1970 Organizational Meeting 





LAST WILL - Noah Ashley Sr.^ 

WARRANTY DEED - Canedy to Noah 
Ashley Jr.^ 

Sumner Ashley^ - Heman Allen 
Ash ley 5 - James Monroe Ashley 

PROBATE RECORD - Noah Ashley Sr.^ 

OBITUARY - Erne line Ashley Stevens^ 


ANCESTOR TABLE - Paul Coo I edge 






President - — - — - — --.- Robert E. Ashley 
1st Vice President ------ — John S. Ashley 

2nd Vice President Paul C. Leonard 

3rd Vice President - - • Bradford F. Swan 

Secretary •--•.----.- Marie A. Davis 

Treasurer -------- m---- Nancy Ashley 

Publications Committee ----- Doris Ashley Lang 

Helen Gurney Thomas 

Susan Ashley French 

Membership Chairman ------- Marie A. Davis 

News Bulletin Editor - • — Esther Ashley Spousta 


Note change in dues (BYLAWS * Article I - Sec. 1) voted on at Second Annual 
Meeting, August 28, I97K There will be only one type membership with dues 
at the rate of $5.00 per year. It was the concensus that since Individual 
memberships received all the same privileges and materials as as husb&nd 
and wife memberships, the dues should be the same. Membership listings will 
be recorded by individual or by household, whichever way the application Is 
received, and there will be one mailing of Quarterly News Bulletin and any 
other material for each paid membership. 

Please make checks payable to ASHLEYS OF AMERICA and forward to our new 

MISS NANCY ASHLEY, 165 Elm Street, South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 

CD COVER STORY CD OLDEST and YOUNGEST Ashley descendants attending the 
CD CD second annual Ash leys of America reunion were recognized 

CDCDCDCXXXXXD at the morning session, August 28, 1971. Seated are 

Mrs. Abby Jane (Cummings) Amsden (175) of Pawtucket, R.I. 
who is 90 years young, beside her Is her great granddaughter Jennifer Smith, 
age 5, standing are her daughter Dorothy (Amsden) Lynch, and her gradnddaughter 
Linda (Lynch) Smith. 

Abby Is only six generations removed from Joseph Ashley who married Elizabeth 
Percival and settled In Rochester shortly after 1700, probably the least number 
of generations removed from the first settler. Her grandmother. Thankful Ashley, 
was born in Freetown in 1790. Mrs. Amsden traces her Mayflower ancestry through 
the Ashley line to Thomas Rogers, a merchant of camlet, who came over with the 
Pilgrims In 1620. 

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Our second reunion was a success In spite of 

"Dor I a" and the weatherman giving us some 

anxious mements. I appreciate the help of 

the various committees that worked hard In 

preparln9 for this meeting. Highlights of 

the meeting recorded* on follow I hg pages. 

I am prompted to talk about "FEED BACK'\ ^Webster defTnes'^Feed Back" as '^the 
return to the input of a part of the output'^ to an educator or an editor It 
Is the very welcome comments, questions and criticisms that enable us to know 
how we are going over and the directions we should take. 

For example, at the second reunion I was asked more than once about the possible 
archaeological work that i had mentioned In the January and April News Bulletin, 
and what progress was being made. I had to answer "none, because no one let me 
know they were Interested, so I thought there was noonewho wanted to do this 
work". Sorry about that. Feed back was too late for this year. 

A very round about feed back conceri;ied material b^lng sent In and not published. 
With any new publication the general pattern Is -^ very little material at first 
and then too much. Your editor Is ina^ faced with an oversupply of some materials 
and not enough of others, and must exercise the function of "editing", i.e. 
selecting that which Is of Interest to the greatest number of members. We hope 
you will all continue to contribute (that's what the news bulletin Is for) 
but dont be upset If It does not appear at once. The same subject may already 
be in the backlog and waiting. Then too, new and previously unpublished facts 
are much preferred to that which has appeared in books unless those books are 
very old or rare. And, as the Journalism teachers always say - - typing or 
very clear writing Is a must. Dont forget to freely quote your sources; wills, 
deeds, old letters, gravestones, etc. 

Regarding a Coat of Arms - "The shorthand of genealogy" highly desired by all. 
We are faced with an embarrassment of riches. There are nearly thirty Ashley 
coats of arms, but we can not claim any of them until we find out who Joseph's 
ancestors were. I refer you to Cleveland Amory's book "Who Killed Society" 
where he says, in the old days in England there was a law that the manufacturer 
of bogus arms should be docked of an ear. If the same law were to be now en- 
forced In this country we would have a small army of one-eared businessmen 
offering to research (?) your arms (?). This Is a very complex subject and 
will be covered in detail later. Amory's chapter on "Cod Fish Aristocracy" 
makes hilarious reading for genealogists. 

It is not too eorly to start planning for our third reunion In 1972. While 
the p I ea5:ant^ thoughts of our recent meeting at Plymouth are still fresh In your 
mlt^, write me with suggest4oi>s.and ideas for our next year's program. 


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A new gate has been installed on the Ashley Cemetery 
In Rochester, Mass., which is located about one quarter 
mile West of Ashley Corner (Junction of North Ave. and 
Braley HIM Road) with a temporary sign reading - 



This cemetery Is the burial place of Joseph Ashley and many of his .descer\dants 
through the mid 1800's. The dated stones remaining (1970) run from l7d8Vto 
1858, however, about a dozen graves with plain fleldstone markers, fn the ' 
manner of the colonists before carved stones became available here, suggests 
that If Joseph Is burled here then so are most. If not all, of the other early 
Ash leys 

Paul Leonard has contributed a sum of money for "some special purpose" and if 
the date of i7$0 is agreeable^ We will have a more permanent sign made and 
instal led. 

The following Inscriptions, In the order of dates of death, are verbatim except 
for the. poetic verses which are not given: 

In Memory of ANNA wife of PERCIVAL ASHLEY who died April 13, 1788 tti her 

43d year 
HORIS C. son of Mr. JETHRO and Mrs. LOIS ASHLEY died Jan 2, 1807 aged 

eleven months 
MARY wife of JOHN ALLEN died Feb. 7, 1809 AE 32 years 
Mr. JETHRO ASHLEY died Jan 5, 1814 AE 39 

Mrs. MARY ASHLEY wife of Mr. ABRAHAM ASHLEY died March 26, 1816 AE 41 
BISHUP son of Mr. BISHUP & Mrs. LYDIA ASHLEY died March 27, 1816 aged 

7 years 4 days 
WILLIAM H. son of JOHN & SUSAN ALLEN died Apr. i, 1816 AE 2 yrs 7 mos 
Mr. JOHN ASHLEY died April 2, 1816 AE 54 (1816-1865 Vet. marker & flag) 
ABRAHAM son of Mr. ABRAHAM ASHLEY died April 3, 1816 AE 13 
SPENCER L. son of JOHN & SUSAN ALLEN died Oct. 27, 1821 AE 10 years 
In Memory of Mr. PERCIVAL ASHLEY who died Jan. 13, 1822 in his 82 year 

(S.A.R. marker & flag) 
in Memory of Mr. JOHN S. ASHLEY who died Feb. 7, 1826 AE 35 yrs 

(Roch. E.V.R. says "killed by a wheel of a wagon running over him") 
In Memory of EPHRIAM LANDRESS who died Aug. 28, 1828 AE 29 years 
In Memory of Mrs. LYDIA wife of Mr. BISHUP ASHLEY who died Sept. 7, 1828 

AE 44 yrs (Next to the above is the base of a stone broken off with no part 

legible but with 1861-1865 Vet marker & flag) 
In Memory of ALMIRA dau. of BISHUP & LYDIA ASHLEY who died Sep. 24, 1833 

AE 19 yrs 
ABIGAIL wife of John Barns died Oct. 28, 1833 AE 37 yrs 
In memory of CHARLES ASHLEY who died Jan. II, 1835 AE 24 years 28 days 
in Memory of Mr. JOHN ALLEN who died Feb. 25, 1835 AE 59 years 
ASENATH L. dau of JOHN & SUSAN ALLEN died Aug 2, 1837 aged 20 yrs & 5 mos. 
HANNAH^ wife of JAMES ASHLEY vho died March 19, 1836 aged 25 years 

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(Continued on page 12) 


Place: The Goverfx>r Carver Motor Inn, Plymouth, Massachusetts 

Date: August 28, 1971 

Attendance: 83 members and guests (see page 6) 

Robert E. Ashley, president, presided. Welcomed all and told of plans for day. 

Marie and Kenneth Davis, Secretaries, read minutes of organizational 
meeting August 29, 1970. Approved with minor changes (see page 7) 

Pauline Ashley, Treasurer, reported a balance In treasury 

Helen Gurney Thomas presented gifts of recognition to: 

Oldest and Youngest Attendees V_ See Cover and 

Highest total age of four generations attending ) Cover Story page 2 
Esther Ashley Spousta for travelling greatest distance 
Bob Ashley for outstanding service as president 
Pauline Ashley for serving as first Treasurer 

Constitution and Bylaws approved (see page 9) 

Open discussion of purposes of our organization. All agreed that a printed 
Genealogy should be one of our prime goals. Archaeology, Heraldry, repository 
for Ashley historical items, items for Quarterly Bulletin, were among other 
topics discussed. The need for growth in our organization was expressed and 
it was approved that a Membership Chairman be appointed. Marie Davis (15) 
agreed to serve in this capacity for the coming year. She will welcome names 
and addresses of any Ashley descendants. 

During recess for lunch all had opportunity to view many photographs and ex* 
hi bits of interesting data pertaining to the Ashley family furnished by 
Robert E. Ashley and Roger P. Ashley of Springfield, Ohio. 

Highlight of afternoon session was a talk by Bradford Swan, 3rd Vice President, 
and the Drama and Art Critic for the Providence Journal, covering his exper- 
iences on an expedition up Mt. Everest. The object was to climb to the base 
of Mt. Everest, which they did - up to an altitude of 18,000 feet. They were 
30 days on the trail and hiked 300 miles. All enjoyed his interesting narra- 
tive and the scenic and artistic slides taken along the trail. 

A vote of thanks to our President, the officers and committees that worked hard 
that this second reunion would be so successful. 

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•••^•v *.• 

August 2$i, .1971 at Plymoutt>, Mass. 

Amantha Ashley Arnold Akin (#72) and guest. New Bedford, Mass.. 

Abby Cummlngs Amsden (173) and dau. Dorothy Lynch, granddau. Linda Smith and 

gr. granddau. Jennifer Smith, Pawtucket, R.I. 
Alonzo Everett Ashley and Marie DeSlmone Ashley, New London, (^^• (#12) 
Chester W. & Shirley Ashley Jr. and son Bradford, Attleboro, Mass. (180) 
Earl Hutchison Ashley (113), Providence, R.I. 
Amelia Palmer Ashley (Mrs. Edward S.) (#82), S. Dartmouth, Mass. 
Karl James Ashley Jr. and Grace Paradls Ashley (#90) children Scott, Edward and 

Jacqueline and guest Jacinto Baldo, East Freetown, Mass. 
Kenneth Valentine Ashley and Jane K. Ashley (#92), Rochester, Mass. 
Leon and Ruth Ashley (#180) and children Joyce and David, Plymouth, Mass. 
Merwin F. Ashley (#21) South Yarmouth, Mass. 

Mildred A. Ashley * and guest Dorothy Phlnney, Mlddleboro, Mass. 
Madeline Ashley, Dighton, Mass. 
Nancy Ashley (#94) South Dartmouth, Mass. 

Robert Ellsworth Ashley and Elizabeth Gushing Ashley (#1) Bridgewater, Mass. 
Theodore Chace Ashley and Pauline Baker Ashley (#6) and guest Mildred Ashley 

East Freetown, Mass. 
Edith Leonard Staples Chase (#146), North Dighton, Mass. 
Kenneth 0. Davis & Marie Antoninl Davis ((#5), Wi 1 1 iamstown, Mass. 
Kenneth & Judith Ashley Fugere (#36), Barrington, R.I. 
Virginia Ashley Goff (#41), North Attleboro, Mass. 
Roger T. and flildred Ashley Karl (#f07) Falrhaven, Mass. 
Doris Ashley Lang (#7) and Ve*«« Ashley Dunham (#148), East Greotown, Mass. 
Eleanor Ashley Marble (#158), Somerset, Mass. 
Grace Ashley Marble (#157), Somerset, Mass. 
Lillian Ashley McGrath (#112), South Gardner, Mass. 

Charles and Shirley Johnston Parmelee (#58) and daughters Ann and Joan, Clinton, Ct. 
Winona Stevens Leonard (#3), Lakeville, Mass. 
Harold C. and Emma Ashley Randall (#87), South Dartmouth, Mass. 
Elmer J. and Dorothy Ashley Reiser (#118) and guest Ruth L. Ashley, Somerset, Mass. 
Marion G. Rogers (#165) and guest Eliza Beck, Quincy, Mass. 
Antonio and Virginia Ashley Santos (#62), Taunton, Mass. 

Edna L. Sowie (#124) and guests Florence Sowie and Hazel Sowie Smith, N. Dartmouth 
Esther Ashley Spousta (#10), Rogers, Arkansas 
Arthur C. and Lois Leonard Staples (#64), Segregansett, Mass. 
Elton E. and Mrs. Staples, Chatham, Mass. 
Bradford F. Swan (#4), Providence, R.I. 
Helen Gurney Thomas (#8) Franklin, Mass. 
Molly Nye Gammons Tobey (#127) and guest, Barrington, R.I. 
Howard Wentworth Westfield and Irene Had ley Westfieid (#130), Rehoboth, Mass. 
Robert Lynwood Westfield (#131), Sudbury, Mass. 
Ruth Staples White (#69) and guests Louise Byers, Daniel Byers, Jeffrey Byers, 

Amy Byers and Ann Elizabeth Byers, of Wi 1 1 iamstown, Mass. & East Flshkill, N.Y. 

Note: We have endeavored to have an accurate attendance list but when so 

many arrived at one -Klm<), wo vrould appreciate your help If we missed. 

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The first meeting of the family 
organization, ASHLEYS OF AMERICA 
was held In the Scotland Trinitarian 
Congregational Church In Bridgewater, 
Mass. on Saturday, August 29, 1970. 



First Organizational Meeting C 

Approved August 28, 1971 £' 

D c: 


As people entered the meeting place, they were greeted at the door by 
Mary Lou Ashley of Springfield, Ohio, and were given attractive name plate. 

The meeting was presided over by Robert E. Ashley of Bridgewater, Mass. 

The meeting was opened with the singing of America the Beautiful. 

Marie A. Davis at the piano accompanied her husband Kenneth 0. Davis on the 


Robert E. Ashley then proceeded to explain what the program for the day would 
be. He then went on to explain and show the various flags under which our 
Ashley ancestors served. They were: 

The Union Jack (over 150 yrs. ago) 
Green Mountain Boys 
Bunker Hill Flag 

Bennington Flag 

The Ashley House Flag 

After this Interesting talk, each person was asked to Introduce himself. Many 
humorous remarks were made such as the one made by Helen Ashley when she said 
that she liked her Ashley name so much that she never changed it. 

Flags (replicas of the Ashley House Flag) were presented to the following: 
To the person who traveled the greatest distance to come to the 

reunion - ELTON STAPLES of Florida 
To the youngest person present - DAVID ASHLEY, 7 years old, son of 

Dr. Roger Ashley 
To the oldest person present - PAUL LEONARD, 80 years old 

We next heard from Beth Versailles who told us how the Hathaway Family started 
their organization. She made many good suggestions and answered questions from 
the f loore 

Robert E. Ashley then made a tribute to the deceased Eugene Ashley of New 
Bedford, Mass. acknowledging the great time, effort and money that Eugene 
Ashley used to assemble a great amount of Ashley data. 

Esther Ashley Spousta was also commended for the great work she has done and 
is still doing on the Ashley Family Genealogy. 

We were then asked to consider a name for the family organization, - to be 
decided upon at the afternoon meeting. 

It was unanimously agreed that the object of the family association was 
"to gather^ preserve and publish Ashley Family InformatiorC\ 

The nominating committee to present a slate of officers at the afternoon 
meeting was appointed comprised of Doris Ashley Lang, Helen Gurney Thomas, 
and Winona Leonard. 

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The meeting was then recessed after which pictures were taken in front of the 
Scotland Trinitarian Church. Aniong those taking pictures were Robert E. Ashley 
and Roger Patton Ashley. A delicious lunch was served to about 86 people In 
the Scotland Church by ladles of that church. 

The meeting reconvened after lunch with over 100 people In attendance In the 
Scotland Trinitarian Congregational Church, Bridgewater, Mass. 

The election of officers took place and the following persons were elected to 

President - Robert E. Ashley 

Vice President - John Sherman Ashley 

2nd Vice President - Paul Leonard 

3rd Vice President - Bradford Swan 

Treasurer - Pauline Ashley 

Secretaries - Marie A. Davis and Kenneth 0. Davis 

Those present suggested many names for the family group; finally the name 

The goal of the ASHLEYS OF AMERICA was again reiterated to be as stated In the 
morning meeting - "to collect, preserve and publish facts of the Ash leys of 

It was decided that dues would be $3.00 per year for a single member and $5.00 
per year for a family membership. Spontaneously donations were offered to 
enrich the treasury. About $90.00 was collected. 

It was agreed that the date for the 1971 meeting of the ASHLEYS OF AMERICA 
would be set by the officers. 

Mzrtd 4. DcayCa and Kenneth 0. Davie 


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/.<; / 


Pllmoth Plantation 

August 29, 1971 V (^W^'^^^^Av^v/ 

Over a dozen Ashley descendants tooirpa?\t In the reenactment of^'^e^ ll$2| JfAaoe 
Treaty between Pilgrims and Wampinoag lna|ans, and then Joined ' 'cs'^V vi?^"^?? 
Sabbath Service. Dressed in cosTum^s^-^#Ooined members of the >fe rt^' Me'l^Od I st 
Church, the Mashpee Indian Churclr^and ^meinfelgrs of the How I and FamHy^hcJ 
down a dusty street lined with ^^^A^t^^^us^^^^S^ounded by fende^^ 
could smell wood smoke, see fQpd^^pTOl< Srfd watch people carrying < 
tasks of a 17th century farsfl^g-lfo^ i^^, 

Just 350 yeara ago a group of Eff^ I T^hi^^Hpersecut for their re 

sailed for the New World and ^^^^'•^^''i^f^^^ established a cj^on^ 

Pllmoth Plantation where they/ cou I d %)5^S^.,qn^^ wlthja^-f^ 

The full scale re-creation ov the vl I lage a^JfappSSrsS^^A^ fe 

years of existence Is now neiring completion, "^rrftjL+S'-rCns^dered ^^epjfjhe 

outstanding historical re-CTOatlons In the United States. \ v- 

We thank Rev. Dr. Robert Bartlett of the 350th aTmfv©i=9ar*y conf^j^Ltt^S^OC^^ I 
vlting us to. share In this unique experience. 

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13 CD 

Approved August 28, 1971 CD 





The name of this organization shall be ASBLEIS OP AMERICA* 


The objects of this organization shal I .be to oolleot, preserue and publieh 
material about the ASBI£I family in Amerida* >. 

ARTICLE III - Meniberehip v^ 


Membership in this organization shall be open to any person who is interest*- 
ed in furthering its objects. 

ARTICLE IV - Officers 

See. 1 - The elected officers of this organization shall be a President, 
three Vice Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. A Publications Committee 
(consisting of three members), a Membership Chairman, and a News Bulletin Editor 
shall be appointed by the President, or other presiding officer. 

See. 2 - The President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be 
nominated at the annual meeting by the Publications Committee, and voted on by 
the members. 

See. 3 - Terms of office shall be for one year or until successors are 
e I ected • 

Sea. tf - In case of a vacancy in any off tee, the President or other presid- 
ing officer shall appoint a replacement on a temporary basis. 

ARTICLE V - Meetinga 

See. 1 • The annual reunion shall be held each year, if possible, on the 
weekend nearest to August 25th Cthe date of the marriage of our earliest proven 
ancestors, Joseph and Elizabeth (Perclval) AshleyD. It shall be held In the 
"01 de Colony" as defined by Governor William Bradford, that part of Southeastern 
Massachusetts, I.e. Plymouth and Bristol Counties in Massachusetts, and that part 
of Rhode Island formerly included In the Old Colony. 

See. 2 - Special meetings may be called by. the President or other presiding 
officer for the purpose of preparing for the annual jneeting or other business. 

See. 3 - Chapters may be organized wherever Intet^est is shown. 

ARTICLE VI - Amendnente 

Amendments to this Constitution, or to the Bylaws may be made at any regular 
meeting on a majority vote of the members present, provided due notice of such 
amendment Is given In a previously published News Bulletin. 

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Sea. 1 • Annual dues shall be five dollars per year for each full 

Sao. 2 - Each full membership shall entitle the holder to one vote and to 
receive copies of the Auarterly News Bulletin of the year in which the member- 
ship is taken out. Copies of back issues of prior years shall be available at 
two dollars each as long as the supply lasts. 

Seo. 3 - The dues of members Joining in the months of October » November and 
December shall be credited to the next succeeding calendar year. 

Seo. 4 - Minor children may be listed as an Associate Member by the payment 
of a registration fee of one dollar. Associate Memberships shall not entitle 
the holder to have a vote nor to receive copies of the Quarterly News Bulletin. 

Sea. 5 - A membership year shall be from January first to December thirty-first 
except as stated in Section 3. 



Every member of this organization Is encouraged to collect books, pamphlets, 
records, original papers, deeds, letters, sermons, memoirs, biographical and 
genealogical notes and treatises, family registers, epitaphs, autographs, maps, 
newspapers, scrapbooks, volumes and collections of the antiquarians, and any 
articles of historic value, both ancient and modern, which relate to the history 
of the ASHLEY FAMILY IN AMERICA, and to take all possible care of such material 
and to make such material available for publication in some form available to 
all members of the organization. 

ARTICLE III - FatPtoHo Soaietiee 

Every member, who is so able. Is encouraged to assist other members to prove 
descent enabling them to Join the patriotic societies such as Society of Mayflower 
Descendants, Daughters (or Sons) of the American REvolution, Huguenot Society, etc. 

ARTICLE IV * Neus Bulletin 

Every member Is urged to contribute items of general interest to the News 
Bulletin. Highlights and sidelights of the Ashleys are of special interest. 
*'How to Search** and **Where to Find It" articles are much wanted. Also news items, 
past and present, showing our failures as well as our successes. 

ARTICLE V - Clippings 

Every member is urged to collect birth, marriage, and obituary notices, and 
any newspaper stories concerning Ashleys, and to mail them to the News Bulletin 
Editor with the date and name of the newspaper. 

ARTICLE VI - Genealogy 

In order to compile material for the publication of AN ASHLEY GENEALOGY, every 
member Is urged to complete his own line of descent and to send copies to the 
President and to his Family Line Genealogist. The latter will assist members In 
completing lines, keeping records, and continuing research on his particular branch. 

Approved Auguet 28^ 1971 

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(Fwmiehed by Robert E. Aahley ffl) 

Of Interest to ail Ashley descendants Is the following write-up by Edward 
Rowe Snow, famous author of "The Flying Santa Glaus" and of many seafaring 
books. The Edward Ralnsford referred to was the grandfather of Elisabeth 
PoToival wife of Joaeph Aehley^. We regret that the storm Doria prevented a 
side trip to the island during our second- reunion. Perhaps another year. 
However, It Is well worth the trip If you are In the Boston area. 

iiOtm WRJW' HAVIUlb TinSBAT. Hon^ A <t 

^Myltary and Adventure*^ 

Rginsford Island 
Old Burial Ground 

■r BDmiVltO VE SNOW 

Own Xom, wrtdDg to JAa WiaQinp la the vfa- 
tar ot 1631; itquested that "Mr. Xaluford mty ba wb- 
tmam^*^ irtth bate tar a lanu." Tbm^ Urn 
PBrttn gomnmeat gava Elder Edmid Kalas!»d a 
dun tilaitd ff elBVn acres fitnated betvcan Fad- 

Epitapb «n Ralmferd'a tsland 

dock^ aad Lopff Idandi, about atrea mills' aalllRni 

Tm' nanjr jcan tt vu one of the Harfaor*! prettl. 
est, hut In ttapreuBt ndaoui itate It ts hard^ ittrac* 

Head stm centalM nuuy de- 
U^iifui voAm and cant, 
bawever, and die Blih BtuH 
OB the eatfon iMe U a mU' 
knom ludmadL TUt VbOt 
alopei away on the Isslde to 
lonn a flat area laiie eBoogh 
lOr a basabaO dlamaod. Be- 
tmaa tMi lead aad Weat 
Head there ii a aano* itrlp 
«t beach, Araeriy wide 
eaotti^ tor a read but aow 
barely passaUe at bl^h tide. 

. Edward ]talns(ord.'.or Xaynafard as the name ms 
senwtiBiu gelled, was the brother of Sir Bldiaid 
Kalutord, Lord Chief Justice of the Kjii^'s Benrli. At 
tHe date ef the Antlaomiaa Controversy, the Puritaai 
declared Ralastod a heicUc and disarmed him. > 

THE QUARANHNE hospital *as moved to Rains- 
tari Island tnm Spectacle Island in 1737, but before 
thUi Ae Island senas to ham 1»ei) used altter by the 
lodana or the cdonUU as a burial ground. Aa iad- 
dtot wUcb occurred many year* li^er oonfims thii 

Pr. 7.V.C. Smith. OB the Island In the iprfaig of 
U», iTatehed a Ud setting Dp posts around snne yonDg 
trees. Theboy drove Us crowbar into one of the many 
tunkea piu and found a hnaum slmtl in a fairly good 
suta of preservation. Smith believed tiiat Ute sunkea 
pUs near the old fever hospital were ancieot graves, 
but both histary and tradltiim are silent cooceming 
them. _^ 

Smith was able to count about 500 graves in ISM, 
and believed that with caretid exambiation perhaps TOO 
could be IdenUfied. About this time a most unusual 
iQaie grave was discovered containing a skeleton. 

BESIDE THE ^eleUn was in Iron sword bllt, poa- 
Mdy aacCestlBs the burid place ol that ancient Notse- 
' .naa, Tborwald. 

the Qnazantlae Station wa* moved fn»n Raiitf' 
ford*! Island la 1S«. Dr. Smith, who later baeanie 
mayor ot Bostoa,- spent much ct his time eogravlnE 
hi&t(«lcal facts and pert proverbs on rocks all over Iha 
Island. ' He was not alone, however, for tncre are 
ecores.^f other signatures and messages In many 
- MhrufN ^t^PS b^ to 1M7. Pertiaps, the oldest sig- 
nature ts UiaTot Rdynsford, presumably written by the 
man himself. ' '■ - 

' I have spent many days on the island trying to d». 

Cipher the various tnscriptltms on bodi gravestones and 

. racks «n tb9 BboTK' On tiie BDutfawestem bluff, between 

dia lectin of -^ old fever hoqtltal ot 1B3> and the 

(ta.'nvaid, .riiAnd the foUowtDf e^tapb cut lota a 

Nearby these gray nclB 
Sndos'd in a box 
Vho died ot sraallpa 

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Ashley Cemetery Inscrfptfons (cont'd) 

In memory of BISHUP ASHLEY JR. who died Nov. It« 1839 AE 23 years 

MARY G. wife of ABRAM ASHLEY died Jan. 9, 1840 In her 49 year 

LURA ANN 0. wife of CALEB A. KNAPP & Dau. of JOHN & SUSAN ALLEN died 

Oct. II, 1841 AE 21 yrs 
In Memory of JAMES ASHLEY who died at sea March 19, 1846 In his 27th year 
(Roch. V.R. says son of Bishop & Lydia Hammond (Ashley) consumption at 
sea ae 26 y. 3 m. 3d.) 
ASENATH wife of ARCHIPPUS LEONARD died Jan. 12, 1848 In her 88 year 
ASENATH C. wife of GALEN H. PIERCE born Dec. 19, 1799 died Oct. 22, 1849 
ABRAM ASHLEY died Nov. 29, 1852 aged 80 yrs 10 mo & 28 days 
SUSAN wife of JOHN ALLEN died Nov. 15, 1858 aged 74 yrs 
ALONZO PEIRCE Co. E 5th Mass. Cav. (no dates) 1861-65 Vet Marker & flag 

• • 

Rochester V.R. also show the following burled here although there are no markers 
BETSEY d. ABRAHAM Apr. 21, 1816 ae 5 
THOMAS B. s BISHUP & LYDIA Mar. 23, 1816 ae 8 y 1 1 m 

Notice that there are seven deaths here within a three week period In March and 
April 1816. In the Mass. Historical Collection we find "A mortal fever appeared 
In Falrhaven In September 1815 and spread northerly to Rochester. Between that 
date and the following May, when the contagion ceased, 200 perspns died, as a 
result of it. From Itovember I, 1815 to June I, 1816 (seven nonttiis) 63 persons 
died in Rochester « a 49th part of Its population. The epidemic followed the 
course of the river, tracing up the Acushnet and Mattapoisett.ftlvers toHhe 
great poad In Freetown extending a little beyond the meeting house In North 
Rochester. Six persons by the name of Ashley died in one house.'' 

This "spotted fever epIdemic'Vgives all the appearances of typhoid, and we note 
in the "History of Acushnet" thftt In September 1815 at just about the time It 
started, there .was a "great gale" on the 23rd "when the river rose ten feet . 
above the high water mark. The bridges at Falrhaven and Acushnet were carried 
away and aalt spray was felt as far inland as Mlddleboro". "Wells were ruined 
by salt water at Mattapoisett". Could there have been a connection between this 
hurricane and the Epidemic? 

m t' • 

Since Jtorth Avenue (or The Morton Road) the location of the Ashley Cemetery, was 
laid out In 1750 on land belonging to Abraham Ashley Jr., the question arises 
as to whether the road was laid out bMi4B the cemetery or was the cemetery 
laid out beside the road? ? ? ? AND, since the earliest dated stone is 1788 
but there being many of the old type field stone markers dating much earlier, 
we feel that a marking ''ASHLEY CEMETERI - Ciroa 1760^' would be a fairly 
accurate estimate of the date of origin of the cemetery. If we receive no 
objections, we shall proceed to install a permanent sign for the gate of this 

Robert E. Ashley #1 


Rochester marriages (p. 129) Preserved Fish marries Abigail Clark Nov. 1788 
Freetown records - Choice Valehtihe and Olive Blossom and Glove White and 

Thani(ful Fr^ei^e-love and Oarkis Hope 
Rochester Records - Fall If ear Hunter and Ivory Snow and Patient Spooner and 

Mercy Tripp and Welcome Payne 
Aldaberontophosphornia (Ek>wen) Fear I fig bur^ Parker Mills Cemetery, Wareham 

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□ WIIIIam2, Joseph' G 

G cn 


From: Bristol County Probate 

Records at Taunton, Mass. 
Book 81 , page 71 

Fuxmished by: Belen Oumey Thomaa #8 

In the narfie of the Lord Amen. I Noah Ashley of MIddleborough In the County 
of Plyrnouth and Comfr,onwoa I th of Massachusetts yeoman being advanced In life but 
of sound and disposing mind and memory, calling to mind the uncertainty of life 
and the certainty of death, do make and ordain this my last will and testament 
as fol loweth: 

First, I give my soul to God, hoping when it leaves this body it may arise 
to dvtell with Angels of light. My body I commit to a decent burial by my 
Executor hereafter named. As to the worldly property which the Lord hath bless- 
ed me with, I dispose in the following manner. 

Item - I devise give and bequeath unto the heirs of my son Luther Ashley 
their heirs and assigns forever all the shares of land which I own 
In the farm which my brother MIka Ashley late of Freetown died 
seized of except two shares, one of which I bought of Lucy Ashley 
now Lucy Cummlngs. Also one other share which I bought of 
Wm. Ashley, except what I hereafter dispose of, said farm situated 
In Freetown, County of Bristol, also I give unto the heirs of my 
son Luther Ashley one undivided half of all the personal estate 
which shall not be hereafter given away that I may die seized of. 

Itrnn - i devise give and bequeath unto my son William Ashley his heirs and 
assigns one half of all my personal estate not hereinafter disposed 
of which I shall die seized of. 

Item - i devise give and bequeath unto my son Noah Ashley his heirs and 
assigns forever one half of all the swamp meadow land t own In the 
farm formerly owned by MIka Ashley of Freetown aforesaid above and 
below the dam. 

Item - I devise give and bequeath unto my grandson Silas P. Ashley his heirs 
and assigns forever one other half of all the swamp meadow land I own 
In the farm formerly owned by MIka Ashley of Freetown aforesaid above 
and below the Dam. 

Item - I devise give and bequeath to my grandchildren Joshua Rowland, Almira 
Howland now Almira Evans, Jeptha Howland, William Howland, Harrison 
Howland and Franklin Howland Sixty dollars to be equally divided 
between them to be paid In one year after my decease by my executor 
hereinafter named. 

And it is my will and I do appoint constitute and authorize my son William 
Ashley to be the above Executor to this my last Will and Testament making void 
all othors hoping It will be truly kept and faithfully preformed according to^ 
the true Intent and meaning thereof. 

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In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of 
July, In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven* 

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Noah Ashley as and 
for his last will and testament In the prescence of us who at his request and 
In his prescence hereunto set our hands as witnesses to the same. 

W I tnesses : Oil ver Pe I rce Woah Aehley 

Anna Pel rce 
Job Pel rce 

On October 4m 1839 William appointed administrator of the Noah's estate - 
Noah then spoken of as "late of Fall River" ^^^^ Prob(0,».Jl^^^^mp^^ 16) 


113 c; 

C3 Zobulon Canedy to C 

C3 c: 


Oxiginal of thie Deed in poeeeaeion of 

Who furnished us this copy 

Know all men by these presents that I Zebu ion L. Canedy of MIddleborough and 
county of Plymouth yeoman do In and for the consideration of eighty-five dollars 
and fifty cents to me In hand paid by NOAH ASHLEY Jr. of town and county af fore- 
said the receipt whereof I do bargain sell and convey unto the said Noah my un- 
divided part of a lot of Ceder Swamp that I own jointly with the said Noah that we 
hold by Deed from John Clark of Berkley and county of Bristol bearing date May 14 
1833 and Is the first share In the Assonet Ceder Swamp so cat ^ and is bounded as 
follows beginning at a white oak stump then on the line of the heirs of William 
Canedy Esq. to John V. Crother Aliens corner that Is a ceder stake then by said 
Aliens to a stake and stone In swampy land then by the upland to the road near 
bel Is bridge so cal^. 

To have and to hold the abbove undivided part to the said Noah and his heirs 
and assigns for ever and I do covenant with the said Noah that I am seized In fee 
of the afforegranted premlssis that they are free of all incumbrance that I have 
good right to sell and convey the same and that I will warrant and defend the same 
against the lawful I closing of all persons whatever in witness where of I the said 
Zebu I on have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of October In the 
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven. 

Witnesses: Salmon Snow Zebulon L. Canedy 

Hopeste 1 1 B I sbee 

and I Olive wife of the said Zebulon do rellnquls all right of dower in my above 
named premises by my hand and seal. 

Olive Canedy 

Attest to Olive Candy: Silas P* Ashley 

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HONO RABLE CK^>RLES SUMNER ASHLEY* ^ (Joshua B. - John Sherman - John - Perclval - 
Abraham - Joseph) 

John Sherman Ashley (#2), our first vice president, tells this story about his 
grandfather, Charlie Ashley, who was mayor of New Bedford for 32 years, 

Charlie was a great fishing enthusiast and often sailed down Buzzard's Bay with 
friends for a days outing. Once during the nineties when his group was catching 
a great many fish, another boat anchored nearby was catching none. So, when 
they had finished, Charlie sent a man over to the other boat In a dory with their 
remaining bait and the suggestion that they "try this bait with the compliments 
of the Mayor of New Bedford". When the man returned he brought "thanks from 
the President of the United States". It turned out to be President Cleveland 
who was staying at the Summer White House at Gray Gables. 

Some time later when Charlie suffered one of his very rare defeats at the polls 
he heard that the postmastershlp was to be open In New Bedford. Traveling to 
Washington he waited to see the President. When President Cleveland heard who 
wanted to see him he was Immediately Invited In and the President told him his 
bait had proven to be highly successful. "And now what can I do for you, 
Mr. Ashley?" "Well Mm out of my job as Mayor and would like to be postmaster", 
and President Cleveland answered, "by the time you get back to New Bedford you 
will be Postmaster". Three years later, however, he was back In the Mayor's 
office again. 

Another of the Mayor's dally pastrhes was to feed the pigeons at City Hall steps 
where they gathered at exactly 12:00 noon each day. 

HEMAN ALLEN ASHLEY^ (Beman - Enoch - Thomas - Joseph) 

Percy Allen Ashley (1874-1942) wrote Burton J. Ashley In the early I900's that 
his father Heman Allen Ashley was not only a contractor, carpenter and builder, 
but an Inventor as well. Heman Invented the "Ashley Mole Ditcher" and th3 
"Ashley Co I ton Press" which were on exhibition at the Centennial of 1876. He 
was a staunch member of the Second Lutheran Church, was tall and straight, and 
did not use tobacco or liquor In any form. He was a greenbacker and populist. 

After serving several months In the Civil War he was discharged at Vtcksburg, 
Miss, and for a while he and his family lived In Indiana, but were forced off 
their 600 acre farm and returned to Ohio. 

Roger Patton Ashley (#96) a very active member of our organization. Is the 
grandson of Heman, and like his father and grandfather before him, he Is 
a good machinist and mechanic. 

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JAMES MONROE ASHLEY (Excerpt from the New Americanized Encyclopedia Britannica, 
Vo. IX, pg. 264, published 1903 by The Saaifield Publishing Co.) submitted by 
Alonzo E. Ashley (iff 12). 

James Monroe Ashley, an American politician, born near Pittsburg, Pa. Nov. 14, 1824. 
He edited the Portsmouth (Ohio) Dispatch, and later the Democrat. In 1849 he was 
admitted to the bar, but never practiced, becoming interested In the Drug business 
In Toledo. In 1859 he was elected to ODngress as a Republican, and served through 
five successive terms. He held the position of chairman of the Territorial Commit- 
tee, It being during this period that the territories of Arizona, Idaho and Montana 
were organized. In 1869-70 he was Govornor of Montana. 

{Editor^e note) In order to place James Monr6e on the family tree I found this ad- 
ditional Information In Mitchell's Dictionary of Am. Blog.; History of Scioto Co., 
Ohio; and In my files: His education was acquired while a clerk on boats on the 
Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Later he worked In printing offices and became editor 
of the Dispatch ... .He served In Congress froih 1859 till March 5, 1869. He was 
nominated for the 41st Congress but was defeated, and In 1869 was appointed Governor 
of Montana. 

He counted ancestors among the early English settlers of Virginia - the name of 
C^pt. John Ashley appearing In the Virginia Charter of 1609. For nearly two cen- 
turies the descendants of Capt. John Ashley resided in and near Norfork. One branch 
of the family drifted to Pennsylvania and settled near Pittsburgh. His father 
was John Clinton Ashley who married Mary Ann Klrkpatrlck, grandfather was Rev. 
Benjamin Ashley, gr-grandfather William (?). James Monroe Is known to have one son 
Charles whose grandson Thomas L. was a Democratic O^ngressman In 1955. 

Note similarity of given names - - could our Joseph come from down Virginia way? ? ? 

(CONTINUED from page J4) PROBATE RECORDS, Book 81, page III 

October 10, 1839 - Taunton, Mass.: Hezeklah Mason, Ablshai H. Chace and Philip 
Taber appeared and made oath that they would appraise NOAH ASHLEY'S estate. 
Completed November 5, 1839 and Included: 

I lot of land - about 48 Acres (woodland, old field and swamp meadow) 

said land lyeth In Freetown and of which the County Road passeth 
through - and the Rail Road passeth It all 
Personal estate: 

17 cords of wood % $3.00 $ 51.00 

! 4-1/2 cords of soft wood % $2.00 9.00 

I Note against Silas Williams 152.20 

I Note against Thomas Lucas 53.30 

I Note against William Ashley 153.00 

I Note against William Ashley 105.00 

I Note against Elbridge G. Ashley 59.67 

I Note against David Ashley 196.26 

I Note against Asa Pickens 28.39 

I Note against Noah Ashley 79.31 

I Note against Job Peirce 260.00 
Notes against John F. Chace, Sumner Hinds 

John P. Chace and Silas Williams 286.65 $1,433.78 

Signed by He7ekioh Mac;nn« Fhlllp Taber & Abishal H. Chace - Appraisers 

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Zebulon!^^ Thomaa^, Thomae^j Joseph?- CD , w 


The follcwing clipping was from the San Joee CD 

Daily^ December 31^ 1903 in the poeeeeeion of CIIXDCIIXDCIXXDCDCXD 

Meruin F. Ashley (#21) 

Deceased lady passed through the horrors of Panama riots In the fifties. 

Intelligence has been received of the death in Los Angeles (California) on the 
28th Inst, of Mrs. Erne line Ashley Stevens, mother of Mrs. Carrie Stevens Walter 
and H# C. Stevens of this place (San Jose), Horace Stevens of San Francisco, 
and Miss Augusta Stevens, Miss Alice J. Stevens and W. W. Stevens of Los Angeles. 

Mrs. Stevens who had reached the advanced age of 80 years was one of the pioneer 
women of (California who will be long remembered for the large hearted hospitality 
and many sterling qualities that distinguished the noble women of those days. 

She came by water to Marysville, California in 1856 to Join her husband who had 
preceeded her two years. With her four little children she passed through the 
horrors of the Panama riot in which a wild mob of natives attacked the steamer 
passengers In the outer town of Panama and murdered many. For several hours 
Mrs. Stevens with her children and two of their friends were barricaded in an 
assaulted house finally escaping almost miraculously, when the death of the en- 
tire party seemed inevitable. In the early days, Mr. and Mrs. Stevens were well 
known and prominent factors in the business and social life of northern California, 
and their circle of friends was very extended. 

Mrs. Stevens came of an ancestry that was active In early Colonial days and In 
the formation of our (Sovernment, her great grandfather Maj. Thos. Ashley was one 
of the founders of the State of Vermont having been granted with some others the 
Township of Poultney In 1761. Major Ashley was one of the famous Green Mountain 
Boys and was second in command under General, then Colonel, Ethan Allen (a rela- 
tive) at the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. Thomas Ashley's mother was a direct 
descendant of Governor Thomas Prence whose wife Patience Brewster was a daughter 
of Elder William Brewster who came in the first voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. 
Mrs. Stevens' mother was directly descended from Roger Williams of Rhode Island 
the well known pioneer of religious liberty In the (^lonles. 

Mrs. Stevens remains will be brought from Los Angeles and Interred beside her 
husbands at Oak Hill Cemetery. The funeral which will be private will be held on 
Fr,lday Morning. 


Member #2 - Should be Anne (Johnson) Ashley instead of Anna 

Member #124 - Edna L. Sowie, Friend of the Ashleys Is a Mayflower Descendant from 

Francis Cooke, Stephen Hopkins, George Soule and Richard Warren 
Remove Elmer Reiser's name from J 970 Attendees. and add Ruth L. Ashley 
Pg. 90, July 1971 - re: John & Rebecca (Ashley) Whitfield - "whether they ever 

built a house or lived here Is not known". Plymouth deed 34/141 shows they 

had a house and I Ived here 

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Taken from Fredrick County, Virginia 
Court Booklet 

Furnished by Mrs. Ross Cherry (127) 

Page 18 

Page 19 

To Col« John Smith for I horse 15 hands high for Cont. use 
To Thos. Edmonson for I horse 11 ha lids high, same use 
To Robert Wood for 2000 lbs. hay for same use 

Sept. 1782 
To Peter Catlett for 3 bullocks 
To Henry ASHLEY for pasturage for cattle 
To Henry ASHLEY for 60 beeves 
To Henry ASHLEY for 13 horses 2 beeves 
To Will ASHLEY 13 days wagonage 
To John Taylor for 33 gal Ions brandy 
To Grace Parkins for (looks like 44 butter) 
To Samuel Trobrldge for 27 flour 
To Pol In Hodgin for 619 lb. flour 
To Jacob Somirs for 225 lb. for bread 

To Jacob Lindsay for 280 lbs 

To Anthony Crum 

To Meredith Hills ? for 8 days wagon hire 

To Barnet Williams for 840 lbs. flour & 2 casks 

To Barnet Williams for flour 480 

To Barnet Wt 1 1 iams for 1 17 Bus 

To John Samuels for 218 

To Robert Glimoner 60 bbl. corn 
To Wm Vance for 125 oz. butter 

To Thomas B. Mastln Esq frr 125 Gal whiskey & 10 d wagonage 
To Thomas B. Mast in for 50 do bud 
To Henry Canix (?) 6 days wagonage 
To Wim. Campbell for shoeing horses 
To Abraham Nuite (7) for flour & casks 
To wm. Womack 23 bbis 

To-Merdecal Bean for 216 lbs. flour 

16 pounds 
60 " 
2 " 















This record is good as proof of military service in supplying soldiers of 
Fredrfck County, Virginia. 


Tradition tells of the old New Bedford sea captain (perhaps one of the many 
(^ptain Ashleys) who was invited to speak to the school children about his 
travels as first hand geography. All went well until at the end he said, **Now 
boys and girls, I know your books tell you that the world Is round like a ball, 
but I have sailed clear around It three times and I can tell from experience that 
It Is flat as a pancake". 

Bob Ashley 

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13 C3 

'J ANCESTOR TABLE C3 I. PAUL COOLEDGE LEONARD b May 28, 1890, Arl Ington, .Mass 
"3 C3 m. Oct. 23, 1920 Winona May Stevens (desc. of 

IXXX3nC3GC3C3C3 Anneke Jans, early Dutch settler In 

New Amsterdam and prominent In early 

Pumiehed by his daughter Colonial days) 

nancy (Leonard) Tkuratan #126 

II. 2. *John Wood Leonard (1855-1930) New Bedford, S. Dartmouth, Mass. 

3. (I) Ada Rollins, stepsister) (e)^AIice Ashley (1861-1932) Acushnet, Lakeville 

III. 4. *Capt. John Wood Leonard ( ) New Bedford, Mass. Salina, Kansas 

5. (I) Phebe Corney (2) Sylvia Ann Tucker (1832-1876) Dartmouth, Mass 

6. John Sherman Ashley Jr. (I8I7-I87I) Acushnet, Mass. 

7. *Mary Purrlngton Nye (1825-1901) Acushnet, Mass. 

IV. 8. *Samuel Leonard (1791-1869) Middleboro,, New Bedford, Mass. 
9. Hannah Taber (1788-1872) New Bedford, Mass. 

10. James Tucker, Jr. (1807-1827) S. Dartmouth, ^ass. 

11. Phebe Hart ftosher (1805- ) S. Dartmouth, MasV 

12. John Sherman Ashley Sr. (1790-1826) Rochester, Mgss. 

13. Mary (Polly) Gooch Brown (1796-1840) Rochester, Mass. 

14. Pardon Nye (1791-1839) Falrhaven, Acushnet, Mass. 

15. *SaHy Todd Ashley (1795-1878) Rochester, Acushnet, Mass. 


V. 16. *George Leonard ( ) Middleboro, Mass. 

17. *Mary Allen 

18. Benjamin Taber (1766-1846) New Bedford, Mass. 

19. (I) Rhobe Akin 

20. James Tucker, Sr. (1777- ) Dartmouth, Mass. 

21. Phebe Tucker (1722-1816) Dartmouth, Mass. 

22. Joseph Mosher ( ) Dartmouth, Mass. 

23. Ruth Lawton (1780- ) 

24. John Ashley (1762-1816) Rochester, Mass. 

25. Charity Sherman 

26. Jos i ah Brown ( ) Freetown, Mass. 

27. Mary Gooch 

28. Nathan Nye (1751- ) Rochester, Mass. 

29. Lucy Bennett (1752- ) 

30. Abraham Ashley (1772-1852) Rochester, Mass. 

31. *Mary (Polly) Purrlngton (1775-1816) Freetown, Mass. 

VI. 32. Capt. Philip Leonard (1725-1785) Taunton, Mass. 

33. *Mary Richmond ( ) Middleboro, Mass. . 

34. ^Nehemiah Allen ( ) Middleboro, Mass.. 

35. «Ablah (or Bethia) Thomas ( ) Middlebdrp 

36. Benjamin Taber ( - 1820) 

37. Hannah Gardner (1737-1766) 
38 & 39 

40. John Tucker (1731-1820) (Dartmouth, Mass. 

41. Rhode Wing (1741- ) 

42. Benjamin Tucl<er (1741- ) Dartmouth, Mass. 

43. Silvia Ricketson (1742- ) Dartmouth, Mass. 
44 4 45 

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VI. (continued) 

46. Jonathan Lawton 

47. Sarah 

48. PerclvQi Ashley (1739-1822) Rochester, Mass 

49. Anna Bishop 

50. John Sherman 

51. Ruth Alien 
52 & 53 

54. Col. Ja-nes Gooch 

56. Nathan Nye (1708- ) Sandwich, Cape Cod, Mass. 

57. Sarah or Patience Perclval 

58. Jeremiah Bennett 

59. Chc.rlty Rounsevel I 

60. Perclval Ashley (1739-1822) Rochester, Mass. 

61. Anrsa Bishop 

62. *Sartiual Purrlngton (1742-1789) 

63. Patience Parker (1749- ) 

VI I. #64. Joseph Leonard (1692-1775) Taunton, Nlpplnlckett, Mass. 

65. Charity Harvey (or Hodges) 

#66. *Joslah Richmond (1697-1793) 
#67. Mehitable Deane m. Feb. 6, 1745 

68. James Al len 

#69. *Mary Packard 

70. Jededlah Thomas ( ) m. March 12, 1723 

#71. *LoIs Nelson (1704- ) 
#72. Benjamin Taber (1796- ) 

73. Suscnnah Lewis 

74 thru 79 
#80. Joseph Tucker (1696- ) 

81. Mary htowland (1700- ) 

82. Benjomin Wing 

83. Rhocia Rogors 

#84. Abrcihanfj Tiicker (1718- ) 

85. Rebecca R«jssel I 
#86. William RIcketson Jr. (1717- ) 
#87. Hannah Russel I 

88 thru 95 

96. Abraham Ashley (c. 1715-c. 1783) 

97. (2) Rebecca Whittredge 
98 thru 1 1 1 

#112. Nathan Nye (cl665- ) Sandwich, Mass. 

113. Mary 

114 thru 119 

120 and 121 (same as 96 and 97) 

122 & 123 
#124 Hezeklah Purrlngton (came to C^pe 0>d from Ktttery, Maine) 
#125. ^Mercy Bates 

126. Ellsha Parker 


* Mayflower Line 

# More data ava If ab J a. f rum Nartcy Leonard- Thurston #126 

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THURSTON, Mrs. Harry, Box 317, Rt. #1, 
Half Moon Bay, Calif. 94019 - wants 
data on TBVBSTON families In early 
New England, especially the old Colony. 

THURSTON, Mrs. Harry, Box 317, Rt. #1, 
Half Moon Bay, Calif. 94019 - wants 
to exchange data on FRASCISCO - TUTTLE - 
SOB - BOGARWS families In New York State 
or New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Noe 
line is reputedly descended from 
Anneke Jans Bogardus, early settler In 
New Amsterdam, N.Y. 

DUNNINGTON, Mrs. Leslie C. Drexel, Mo. 64742 

wants parents of JAMES PETTON ASBl£y b. 30 Mar. 1825 at Carl Isle, Nicholas Co., 
Ky. d. 21 April 1904 at Carlisle, m. Rebecca KIncart, b 14 May 1829, d. 21 Apr. 
1905. Hearsay Is that father was John Ashley (Sgt. Maj. N.C.) b. 1755, 
d. 29 May 1858. Can this be proved? (Editor's note - Could father be John Jr. 
Bee querie belou) 

HUDSON. Mrs. Robert E. Sr., 405 S. Franklin, Windsor, Mo. 65360 - wants data on 
fmWy of JOHN ASBLEY SB. b. circa 1755 N.C. d. cirt3a 1810. tHad SOS John Jr; 
01794-1857/8) m. 1813 Elizabeth iJicntgomery. Who wore John Sr.'s parents? 
Does anyone have name of John Sr.'s wife and were there other children? 

HORTON, Mrs. C. J., Rt. I, Box 565-166, Benton, Ark. 72015 - wants Information 
on OUVEB ASBLEY who m. Frances Cates; father bel leved to be John Ashley who 
m. Artimlse Skinner; possibly were In Alabama. 

WEBSTER, Mrs. Freela Dee, 222 Jefferson St., Decatur, Ind, 

data on VILCOM M. ASBLEY of Ky. (1801- ) m. Bathsheba 

Who were parents of Wllcom? 

46733 - needs i.iore 
In 1824 In Ky, 

THURSTON, Mrs. Harry, Box 317, Rt. #1, Half Moon Bay, Calif. 94019 - Does anyone 

have tnfonnatlon on maiden name of Martha m. 1st settler Henry Tucker 

(1619-1694). They settled In Dartmouth In 1609 after persecution as Quakers, 
May have come from Marshfleld, Duxbury or Plymouth with the Howland family. 

Does anyone have the answers to these Queries 7 ? ? 





Jam L, Ashley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Allen C. Ashley of 78 Laurel St., 
Falrhaven, was married July 17, 1971 
to Louis V. Downing, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Cornelius V. Downing of Wrentham. 
The bride graduated from Falrhaven High 
School and Hew England Deaconess 
Hospital School of Nursing. The Bride- 
groom was graduated from King Philip 
High School and is currently employed 
at the V.A. Hospital, West Roxbury. 

Frank ff. Ashley <7r., son of Mr, and 
Mrs. Frank H. Ashley of East Freetown, 
was married to Lois Dorothy Valentine, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Valen- 
tine of 2706 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford 
on August 14, 1971. The couple will 
reside In East Freetown upon their re- 
turn from a wedding rip to New Hampshire, 

KEW ARRIVAL - - - - 

We welcome to the Clan CEADD CONRAD 
ASBLEI born June 25, 1971, son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Ashley of Wilming- 
ton, Delaware, and grandson of Mr. and 
Mrs. Roger P. Ashley, of Springfield, 
Ohio. We hear that Chadd has lots of 
very dark hair and dark brown eyes. 

SCOTT ASHLEY son of Karl Ashley Jr. 
tied for first place when the Laker 
Harriers ran to their second win In a 
row over Hull High. Scott crossed the 
finish line with time of 15:29 over 
Apponequets course. 

Hcofy Coohran Eller (#32) Is currently 
compiling all Church records In Darke Co. 
Ohio. She Is nearing completion of those 
at St. John Luthern Church, which are 
all In German and requiring clearing 
through a transcriber. Slow going but 
this data will be Invaluable for future 

Clarence and Anna Gamer (138) have just 
returned from a five-week trip to the 
Orient. We are eager to learn more. 

Poulpiey_t Vevmcmt celebrated their 
200th anniversary on August 14, 1971. 
Since this town was organized with the 
help of seven of Joseph's grandsons, 
the Ash leys were recognized for their 
very active part in the towns beginning. 
We have been advised that rubbings of 
the tombstones In the old cemetery can 
be obtained from the Jr. Division of the 
Poultney Historical Society for $2.00 
each unmounted, or $3.00 each for mount- 
ed rubbings. 

The KARL ASHLEY JR. family of Or. Braley 
Road, Freetown, are hosts to Jacinto 
Martinez, an American Field Service 
student from Valencia, Spain. He is 17 
and a Senior at Apponequet Regional High 
School. About one' year of preparation 
was required, including tests on the 
English language, public speaking, per- 
sonality and Intelligence, In addition 
to extensive reading. His specialty 
will be biological sciences. Scott 
Ashley will be his brother for the yeac 
helping him in every way to adjust to 
the American way of life. In 1968 the 
Karl Ashley family hosted Dawn MItal of 
New Zealand, also an exchange student 
under the same program. 







Add I ineaqe - AlmedTa Jane Trlbby - Mary 

Francis Ashley - James Peyton Ashley - 

John Ashley 
New Address: 133 Dr. Bra ley Rd.> 

Edsi" Frdoi'own Mdss 027 1 7 
#161 BETTY LOU (COLLINS) MOORE Add Lineage: Erdine Ashley - Peter Morgan 

Ashley - William Ashley - Peter Ashley 
RUTH ELVER (ASHLEY) PIERCE^ Add lineage - Archie Abie I Ashley (7) Noah 

Williams(6) Abiel Williams (5) Noah (4) 

Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (I) 
Add lineage - William Cullen Roberts • 

John Cherry Roberts - Elizabeth Ashley - 

John - Nathaniel (?) of S.C. 
Add lineage - Calverna Nelson - John Wm. 

Nelson - Martha Jane Ashley - El loom M. 

Ashley of Ky. b. 1801 m 1824 Bathsheba 





1006 Tongess Apts., Ketchican, Alaska 99901 
#175 MRS. JOHN g. AN0ERS0N(9) Mrs. Ellis DeCann (8) Susie Ashley (7) 

47547 Orangelawn Ave. William (6) Baxter (5) Warden (4) 

Plymouth, Mich. 48170 James (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

108 Race St., Lexington, Miss. 39095 
#177 HENRY C. ASHLEY (10) Henry Simeon (9) Warren King (8) Simeon (7) 

19013 Chagun Blvd. Stephen (6) Stephen (5) Joseph (4) 

Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120 Joseph (3) Joseph (2) Robert (I) 
#178 HENRY SIMEON ASHLEY (9) Warren King Ashley (8) Simeon (7) Stephen 

10 Knollwood Dr. (6) Stephen (5) Jos. (4) Jos. (3) 

E. Longmeadow, Mass. 01028 Joseph (2) Robert (I) 

207 Middle Rd., Falmouth, Maine 04105 

200 Court St., Plymouth, Mass. 02360 
#181 MILDRED ASHLEY (7) Chester Ashley (6) David (5) Luther (4) 

50 North St. Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (I) 

Middleboro, Mass. 02346 
#182 ROBERT C. ASHLEY (II) Henry C. Ashley (10) Henry Simeon (9) 

Warren King (8) Simeon (7) Stephen (6) 
Stephen (5) Joseph (4) Joseph (3) 
Joseph (2) Robert (I) 
#183 WARREN H. ASHLEY (10) Same as #177 

Ice House Road, 
Watertown, Ct. 06795 

740 N. Main St. 
West Hartford, Ct. 06117 

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#184 MARILYN (ASHLEY) BOEHN (ID Same as #182 

33 Tobey Ave. 

Windsor, Ct. 06095 
1185 JANE (ASHLEY) COATS & Same as #94 

Or. Thomas L. Coats 

PO Box 517, Alpine, Texas 79830 
#186 MRS. ELLIS DeCANN(8) Susie Ashley (7) William (6) Baxter (5) 

2726 Burnham Rd. Warden (4) James (3) Thos. (2) Joseph (I) 

Royal Oal^, Mich. 48073 

3375 Crooked Limb Court, Flushing, Mich. 48433 

12 Rockland St., Taunton, Mass. 02780 
#189 ELOISE (ASHLEY) HORTON Myrtle Z. Ashley - Oliver - John 

Rt. I Box 565-166 

Benton, Ark. 72015 
#190 ELIZABETH (WALKER) JOHNSON (8) Daughter of 1169 

8233 Nathan AVe., Norfolk, Va. 23518 
#191 JANE (ASHLEY) LANOU (II) Same as #182 

200 St. Anftrews Blvd. Apt. 2208, Winter Park, Fla 32780 
#192 CONSTANCE (WALKER) OEDEKOVEN Daughter of #169 

Recluse, Wyoming 82725 

PO Box 12103, San Antonio, Texas 78212 
#194 NEIL B. WALKER (8) Son of #169 

528 Brown Ave., Seekonk, Mass. 02771 
#195 W. BRUCE WALKER (8) Son of #169 

3051 Nute Way, San Diego, Calif. 92117 
#196 EDITH (ASHLEY) WHITMAN (8) Alonzo Gtfford Ashley(7) Thomas J. (6) 

Laksville, Mass. 02346 Abraham (5) Thomas (4) Abraham (3) 

William (2) Joseph (I) 

60 Taos Rd., Altadena, Calif. 91001 

MISCELLANE OUS ASHLEY NOTES (Furnished by Harrlette Word Park #59) 

ASHLEY, John - Nat. Gen. Soc. Qtdp. V 51 p 90 "Early NY Wills" 
File No. 836. Ashley, John 25 June 1729 (will not recorded) 
NY Co. Surrogate's Office, Rm. 303, Hall of Records, NY City 

ASHLEY, Peter - 1850 Census NY Oswego Co. Part f First War July 16, 1850 
18 132 Peter Ashley ae 55 Carpenter 
Margaret 55 b. Ct 

ASHLEY, William 1850 Census - Otsego Co. Town of Westford 
Dw 14 Fam 66 William C. Ashley ae 36 Mason b NY 

Pol ly 36 " 

Carlos 10 " 

Lucy M. 8 " 

Margaret A. 3 " 

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Vol. II No. 2 


January 1972 

Aaushnatt Maaeaohuaetta 

Organized August 29, 1970 


President Robert E. Ashley 

1st Vtce President John S. Ashley 

2nd Vice President Paul C. Leonard 

3rd Vice President Bradford F. Swan 

Secretary - -_---- Maria A. Davis 

Treasurer ------------ Nancy Ashley 

Publications Committee - - -Doris Ashley Lang 

Helen Gurney Thomas 

Susan Ashley French 

Membership Chairman ----- Marie A. Davis 

News Bulletin Editor - -Esther Ashley Spousta 

Objects: To oollaot, preeetve and publieh material about the ASHL£I 
FAMILS of Amerioa. 

Membersh I p : Open to any peraon interested in furthering the C^jeote 
of the Organisation 

5.00 par Calendar Year 

But - we hope YOU haven't 
forgotten to pay your 1972 dues. 

Sorry - but menders whose 1972 
dues are not received by MARCH 1st 
will be removed from the mal I Ing 
list receiving the Quarterly News 


Make checks in amount of S5.00 

Mal I promptly to: 

Miss Nancy Ashley, Treasurer 

165 Elm Street 

South Darfmouth, Mass. 02748 


January 1972 

from the 
Sditor '8 



May 1972 be a prosperous and 
happy one for each of you. 

Please make one of your 1972 
New Year's Resolutions - that 
you will share your ASHLEY 
data by sending material 
to me for publication. 

Our Bulletin can only be as 
good as YOU make It. 

Mall NOW to: 

Eether Ashley Spousta 

PO Box 321 
Rogers t Arkanaaa 7 27 56 

Published quarterly In months 
of January - April - July and 
October . 

Free subscription with each 
$5.00 membership. 

Extra copies may be obtained 
by mailing $2.00 to the 
Ed I tor 

Vol. II No. 2 





28 BIOGRAPHY - Thomas Ashley^, Thos^ Jos' 


William Allen Ashley^ 


31 OBITUARY - Alonzo GIfford Ashley^ 

32 TRIBUTE - Clarissa Wyman Ashley^ 


Re: Phllinda Ashley^ 

From: Colgate - Palmollve - Peet Co. 


Rheumllla (Ashley) Howe^ 


Ruth Emily (Gloor) Flngar 


William Ashley 

41 OUT OF THE PAST - Miscellaneous 







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ESTHER ASHLEY SPOUSTA, daughter of Sanford Harris and Josephine (Strecker) 
Ashley, was born In Grand Forks, North Dakota where her father and mother 
moved from Vermont and Massachusetts respectively. 

She studied Architectural Engineering at the University of North Dakota 
and the University of Minnesota. For several years she was employed as 
a Wage Practices Engineer at Western Electric Co. In Chicago, where she 
met and married Wins low Clement Spousta, who was a mechanical engineer 
for the same company. 

After Mr. Spousta's retirement, they moved to northwest Arkansas. 
WInslow was killed In 1965 In a tragic accident while superintending the 
construction of the Prairie Creek Boat Dock located on the new Corps of 
Engineer's "Beaver Lake". 

Esther has always been/a career;.glrl , but has found time to take an active 
part In women's church work and patriotic organizations serving In many 
offices. She Is listed In the 1970-1971 Who's Who of American Women. 
She Is now design engineer and office manager for the Prairie Creek De- 
velopment Company. 

She has compiled and published two genealogies, one on the Strecker 
family, the other covering the Spousta-Clpra families. She and her hus- 
band have spent over 25 years collecting data on the Ashley family and 
It Is her ardent hope to have an active part In publishing an ASHLEY 
genealogy. Another recognized publication is the Arkansas Roster and 
Register of Ancestors of all Arkansas DAR members, both active and Inactive 
from 1893 through 1968, of which she was the comt>iler and editor. 

An active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she has 
served as State Regent of Arkansas, and Is currently on the national 
board as Vice President General. While State Regent, she organized a 
Chapter in her home town of Rogers, which is named after her revolution- 
ary ancestor, ENOCH ASHLEY. 

We are fortunate to have her serving as editor of our Quarterly News 
Bulletin of Ashleys of America. 

Robert E. Ashley 










Ashley County, Arkansas 
Ashley, Illinois 
Ashley, Indiana 
Ashley, Michigan 
Ashley, North Dakota 
"■^ *sh!ey Falls, Massachusetts 
*iley Creek, Utah 

Ashley County, New Zealand 
Ashley, Ohio 
Ashley, Pennsylvania 
Ashley, N.S.W., Australia 
Ashley, Saskatchewan, Canada 
Ashley Junction, South Carolina 

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with little over six months to go until our third 
reunion, I am sure you will all be Interested In 
the great progress being made. 

Tentative plans now call for a Saturday, August 26 
meeting at the WHALING MUSEUM of the Old Dartmouth 
Historical Society, 18 Johnny Cake HIM, New Bedford, 
where we will be among the first to have the use of 
the new theatre now under construction as part of the 
museum ccmplwc. 

In addition, Mr. Richard Kugler, museum director. Is arranging an exhibition 
of the paintings of Clifford Warren Ashley' (Abiet Daoie^, Sitae Hakerte% 
SodhTt Soah^, VilViam^t Joseph^) our cousin who was the well known artist and 
author. This exhibit will open the night before the meeting and will continue 
for the general public afterwards. Mrs. Sarah Ashley Delano, Cllfford*s widow 
will Include paintings never before exhibited, as well as many that have been. 
Additional pictures are expected from other sources. As far as we know, this 
Is the first time that any family having a reunion will have such a remarkable 
added attraction. 

Morning and afternoon programs are yet to be selected, but so many good ones 
are available that narrowing it down to what will fit into a single day will 
be a problem. Sunday also Is still open. Luncheon on Saturday will pro- 
bably be at the Wamsutta Club. 

Our thanks to Nancy Ashley for her extensive leg work In Investigating the 
above arrangements and'rtow - let's hear your desires regarding programs. 


It was unanimously agreed at our second reunion that one of our goals for 1972 
should be to inareaae our membership. It was the opinion of all present that 
to accomplish another of our goals - that of publishing an ASBLEI GBNEAL0G7 - 
we need to contact as many living descendants as possible. 

Enclosed are copies of an Introductory letter which Is being sent to all bear- 
ing the name of Ashley or those known to be related to the family. Wont you 
help by mailing these letters to someone you know to be an Ashley descendant? 

It will also assist in our membership drive If you wilt send me names of Ashley 
descendants In your area. Check your telephone directories, keep alert for 
Ashley names In your newspapers, etc. end forward to me. 

With your help we can grow. 







(Thomas^, Joseph') 

Copied from the VERMONT HISTORICAL GAZETTEER^ Edited by: Abby Maria Hememoay 

Published in 1871, Burlington, Vermont - VOL. HI, page 978 

THOMAS ASHLEY - The first that will attract our attention Is the bold and Intrepid 
Thomas Ashley. He was a man of superior abilities both natural and acquired, and 
was extensively employed In advancing the good order of the town. The proprietors 
were so well satisfied with his services that they gave him 200 acres of land as 
an acknowledgment of his kindness in promoting the good order of the settlement. 
He was often a representative in the Legislature, Judge of the court of common 
pleas. The State, then a British Colony, often committed to him Important business. 

Thomas Ashley removed to Poultney In 1771* He was treasurer for a long time of 
the Proprietors. He was a man of athletic and firm constitution, and of bold 
and fearless spirit. He was the leading man of this settlement (Poultney) for 
many years. For more than twenty years he was justice of the peace, and held 
some of the most Important town offices. He was a representative of the General 
Assembly In 1787, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1800 and 1801. 

While a member of the legislature he would not let a member dodge the responsi- 
bility of voting. An exciting question coming under trial by yeahs and nays, 
a man took his hat and rose. Ashley, quick as the man was upon his feet, with 
as loud a voice as became the man who followed next after Allen at TIconderoga, 
calls out - "Mr. Speaker, I move no member be permitted to leave the room until 
the quest Ton is decided." The man dropped back Into his seat; The house shouted. 

In politics he was an unbending Republican. He was one of the original members 
of the Poultney Library Association - in fact, he may be called Its Founder. 
He was a great reader; after enjoying its advantages for a few years he often 
remarked that he knew the situation of the old world as well as he did that of 
his own farm. 

He was the next man to Ethan Allen, as already noticed, that entered the old 
Fort at Ticonderoga and stood at the top of the stairs as sentinel white Allen 
entered the fort as commander. He was a great man of strong mind, retentive 
memory and strict Integrity, and was ardent in his love of country - bold and 
inteprld as a soldier, and greatly beloved In private walks of life. He died 
July 9, 1810. 

Perhaps never in the history of this town, has so large a concourse of citizens 
been In attendance upon funeral services, as at his - with the exception perhaps 
of Roll In C. Mallary and Joel Beaman. The citizens bore the remains of their 
venerable and respected neighbor upon a bier, from his residence to the burial 
ground In this village, where he was laid to rest beside his kindred and those 
who had been the recipients of his hospitality, and had shared with him In tolls 
and privation. In the early periods of our history. He exerted as great an In- 
fluence as any man In town, while he lived. 


hrdhair, Ji 

William^, Abn 


Whaling Ship "CANTON" 

By: Robert E. Ashley (ft) and 
Helen Louise Ashley (#86) 

Everyone kiK)ws the story of Captain Bllgh of "Mutiny on the 
Bounty" fame. At least two movies have been made and -hvo 
books written on the subject of how Bllgh and the loyal 
members of his crew were set adrift In an open boat by the 
mutineers and of his amazing 46 day, 4000 mile trip from 
the Friendly Islands to Timor, Indonesia. Nordhof and 

Hall wrote "Men Against the Sea" as a sequel to their famous "Mutiny on the Bounty" 

which gives the whole story In great detail. 

Not SO well known Is -Hte longer, 49 day, 3600 mile trip In open boats made by 
William Allen Ashley, one of the 32 man crew of Captain Andrew J. Wing of the 
whaling ship "Canton". 

William Allen Ashley was born In Falrhaven, Mass. on September 10, 1833, the 
seventh and youngest child of Captain Williams and Del ana (Alien) Ashley. It was 
not surprising that he should take to the sea. His protection certificate Issued 
August 7, 1852 describes him as 19, of Falrhaven, 5'^" tall, complexion light, 
hair brown, eyes dark, a typical "black" Ashley. (See article on page 42) 

Three days later on August 10, the whaling ship "Canton" 409 tons under the helm 
of Andrew J. Wing, Captain, with William Allen Ashley as one of the 33 men aboard, 
sailed from New Bedford for a voyage to the North Pacific. It was never to re- 
turn. "Lost on a ree/ in Paoifia Ooean with actrgo of 1300 barratte of uhal» oil" 
according to the report of the Commissioner of Fisheries. 

Captain Wing was 32 and known to be an able master who always returned with enough 
oil to place several hundred dollars In the pockets of each crew member. Round- 
ing the horn and heading across the Pacific, they must have done very well In the 
first eight months out, but on the night of March 4, fate was to Intervene with 
a then uncharted mId-PacIfIc Island, now known as Canton Island after the whale* 
ship that It wrecked. A strong wind was bowling them along at a good clip but 
no one was worried for they were under reefed canvas, in a strong ship with an 
excellent crew and captain, and - they thought - plenty of open water ahead. In 
fact Captain Wing had gone to his cabin when he heard the lookout shout - 
"Hard a-lee ... hard a-lee". 

Dashing to the deck, he was too late for the ship was mortally wounded as It 
ground onto the coral reef of the Island that nobody knew was there. Water poured 
In and the gale forced the vessel on her beam ends. Captain Wing then shouted the 
orders that would save the lives of the men even though the ship was doomed. 

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(Continued on page SO) 

The masts were cut away to prevent the "Canton" from turning turtle^ Now through 
the night the men worked to save themselves and as much of the food and supplies 
as possible. Four whaleboats, some fresh water and biscuits were all they could 
sa I vage . 

A few days later the four boats, with another strake added to give more height, 
set out on what would total a nearly 4000 mile journey from their position In 
the Phoenix Islands (see National Geographic Map #61, Sec. HiO) toward the 
KIngsmlll Group, about 800 miles to the West. Captain Wing frankly told his men 
that he was merely guessing about the nearest land as all of the charts had been 
lost In the sinking, but the crew gave him a vote of confidence and were with him 
to a man. Rations were short, one biscuit and one-half pint of water a day for 
each man. Soon the 100 degree heat and the lack of water began to show Its toll. 
One member of the crew plotted to kill the captain, but was foiled by another. 
"A mate plans to do you In Captain", he said. Wing at once took away the knife 
of the accused and had him sit next to him for better watching. 

fot days the starving men rowed or sailed. If a wind offered. Then In the dark 
of night, breakers could be heard on a distant shore - a welcomed sound for It 
Indicated that land was near. The next day they landed, but although there was 
water and rest for them, there was very little food. After resting awhile they 
decided to push on another 3000 miles toward Guam. By dead reckoning, they 
reached Guam where cocoanuts and turtles supplied the needed food, which at 
first they ate raw. 

After two months on this Island, a Swedish brig picked up the Captain and three 
others taking them to Hong Kong. Other whaling vessels soon picked up the others 
and all eventually arrived back In New Bedford. 

CXX3CXj •■ Five of these men built homes In Acushnet, Massachusetts - the 

C3 cover illustrates the home of William Allen Ashley at 1443 Main St 
COVER CD Another was built by Thomas E. Bra ley two doors North now occupied 
STORY Z2 by Braley's grand nephew. Captain Wing grandfather of Sal lie 
n Nye White (#70) built his home at 858 Main St.. Alden T. Manter 
CIXXXD and William BIsbee also built their homes In Acushnet. 

William Allen Ashley married 14 April 1861 Hannah Howtand Crapo, daughter of 
Philip and Hannah (Crapo) Crapo. They had one son, Williams Crapo Ashley, 
born 1863 who married Ellen Louise Geggatt in 1886 and to them were born six 
children, one of whom Is Helen Louise Ashley (#88), a retired teacher who lives 
In the old homestead and operates the large fruit farm where the superb "Ashley 
Peaches" are raised and sold. People come from far and near to buy these 
peaches planted by the man shipwrecked a half a world away. 

Helen Ashley remembers hearing her grandfather and Thomas E. Braley often dis- 
cuss their days adrift at sea. 

This early Ashley homestead Illustrated on the cover was built circa 1850-1855. 

(The end) 

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Thomas*, Abraham^, Wmiain2, Joseph') C3_ _□ 

From the Sew Bedford Standard 

Dated Jamuxry SU 1911 

KILLED AT HOWLANO*S - Alonzo 6. Ashley and LeRoy R. Howland walked to death - 
Failed to see train approaching when they alighted from Taunton train - 
Mrs. Ashley discovers bodies — 

Alonzo 6. Ashley and his nephew LeRoy R. Howland were instantly killed at 
Howiand*s station about 6 o'clock on Monday night as they alighted from a south 
bound train. 

The man and the boy were returning from work In Taunton and were going to 
Mr. Ashley's home which is not far from the station. They started to cross the 
north bound tracks and were struck down by the engine of the Boston train that 
leaves this city (New Bedford) shortly before 6 o'clock. 

Rowland's already has a record for railroad accidents, and the two lives added 
to the number who have met death at the station near Myrlcks adds to it's repu- 
tation as a dangerous crossing. 

The train continued on it's way and none of the crew knew that the two men had 
walked to their deaths. The New Bedford bound train started on after leaving 
the two passengers at Myrlcks and undoubtedly the noise of the starting train 

muffled the sound of the engine that was speeding towards Myrlcks. 

• • . • _ • . 

Mrs. Ashley, waiting at home for her husband, began to think something was 
wrong when her husband did not arrive promptly at the usual hour. She waited 
until the noise of the trains was heard no more and no one came. When she had 
given the men ample time to reach home, she lighted a lantern and walked to the 
station, a building by the side of the tracks with no agent or keeper. 

There was no one at the station and she had passed nobody on the road. She had 
heard the train slow down at the station and somebody must have got off there. 
Swinging the lantern she walked along the track a short distance north of the 
station and she saw the body of a man In the ditch that skirts the tracks. When 
she bent over the body she recognized her husband dead. 

She guessed what had happened and walked further looking for the boy. His body 
she found In the tracks some distance away and she moved It to the ditch beside 
her husband's. Then she went for help summoning the neighbors to assist her In 
removing the bodies to her home. 

Mr. Ashley was In his 41st year and was employed as a painter of automobiles. 
The Howland boy, 16 years and 6 months old, worked In the Mason Machine works, 
and lived with the Ashley family. He was the son of the late Lyman B. Howland 
and Mrs. Ashley was Rose (Rosen la) Howland, sister of Lyman B. Howland. 

Hr. Ashley is survived by a grown up son (Em4»t Alonao 1894'196S) and a 
daughter (Bdith AaKUy Whitman #196) . 

(Continued ort page 40) 
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T R I B U T E to CI 
DCIarrlssa Wyman AshleyCI 


Thmias^y 'Thomas^, Joseph?-) 

b. 20 May V 1805, Poultney, Vermont 

d. 2 March 1870- Rochester Depot, Ohio 


The following tribute to his mother was written by Stephen Decatur Pond and was 
found In Burton J, Ash leys notes • 

"Clarissa Wyman Ashley, my mother, was but seven years old when the family left 
Vermont for the then great West the wilderness of Ohio. They bid farewell to 
near and dear friends never expecting to see them again. They were on the road 
six weeks before they reach their chosen home on the banks of Owl Creek In Knox 
Co. (Ohio). 

As soon as they got comfortable fix In their log cabin their attention was turned 
to clear away the forest trees to put out the spring crops. By the time the corn 
came In sight the squirrels were so thick that In order to keep It from total 
destruction Clarissa carried two short boards and would clap them together to 
f Irghten them away every few steps around the field. What would you think of 
that young girls. Shortly after they got settled the pioneer Nursery man 
Johnny S. Apple See as he was called, who had small nurseries scattered all over 
pOpijttja.LJQt readily bought young trees and soon had a thrifty 

'yfeuing" apple" orchard' gTO but the trials of pioneer 1 1 fe especially on the 
frontier In war time, we of this day no nothing of. They were all fearful of 
hostile savages as well as Brttlch soldier alt or nearly all able to bear arms 
were In the field with Gen. Harrison, but when they herd the cannon twelve miles 
away at Mansfield they rejised, because It ment victory; but no telegraph or 
telephone, but In a short time the news of Comodore Perry's victory on Lake Erie 
gave them a chanse to shout for Joy. Soon the war cloud for new settlers In 
the West was lifted and brave boys came home to follow the persults of peace. 

Then was the time when with economy and Industry the hills and valleys provided 
abundance for the wants of the new settler. Mother was full of her recollections 
of old Vermont home. Knew all the phrases peculiar to each old settler. 
Thomas Ashley's was "Let us consider'^. She preformed the duties as wife and 
mother In those pioneer times always had a helping hand for the afflicted. 
Knew how to economize, nothing of any value went to waste. Her suffering of 
last sickness dates from the birth of the twins. (2 July 1842). Her death 
was peaceful and happy. 

Her children will remember her crowning characteristic was an unflagging devo- 
tion to the best Interest of her family. Was ever mindful of her duty to her 
neighbors, as God had given her to see her duty. Always ready to drop the 
tear of sympathy with those who mourned, and to give councel and good advice 
to those In need. Especially to the weak and wayward of her own sex. The 
writer hereof believes all who knew Clarrlssa Wyman Ashley will join him in 
declaring the world was much the better for her having been In It. Though no 
great beauty, yet with a grace and comeleyness of person that was good to see, 
piercing black eyes and hair as black and glossy as the ravens wing which re- 
mained thus, untarnished with gray, to the day of her death" 


(The end) 

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12 O 

Infopmtlon about CD INTERESTING LETTERS □ 

Philinda AshUy^ iHUiam\ CIIXIIIIIII3C3C3 

ThcmouB^^ Joeeph^ 

August 8, 1909 

Mr. Burton Ashley 
Chicago, Illinois 

Dear Relative, 

I will procede to answer your letter. WM I tell you Phlllnda Ashley Burchs 
history what I know. She had a great memory. Could tell every thing she read 
when she was a child. 

She married Hiram Burch when she was 15 years old and she had five children 
when she left Harkarmer Co., New York to Chautauqua Co., New York. She lived 
there till her eighth child was borned. Then they started down the Ohio River 
on rafts, landing atClnclnatI, Ohio. Before they started down the river. 
Grandfather Hiram Burch traded his money, some seven hundred and fifty dollars 
on the Rackoon Bank at Clnclnatl and when they landed there the bank was 
bursted so he lost all of his money. 

Then they took there rafts down the river to Indlanla, a small trading place. 
Then they rented a farm. The first crop of wheat he raised In Indlanla was 
called sick wheat and they had to burn It alt up. The second fall, grandfather 
died of tiples fever, leaving grandmother Burch with ten small children. In 
the spring of 1822 grandmother took her children all except Uncle Hiram who 
died of fever there to Ohio where she lived till she died. 

Grandmother smoked a pipe from the day she was 14' years old till she died. She 
was a Mormon. Never told any thing on ley what she knew was true. She never 
was Ina tailing tall In no neighborhood. Never packed news. Anyone could be-* 
lieve her.. 

Now, If you want grandmother^s picture, you write to Mrs. R. J. Walters, R.D. 2, 
Box 8, Stockton, Cal. She has It for her mother was my sister. They are very 
poor and send a small piece of money to have It drawn off If you want It. 
Grandmother's death was caused by a fall. 

I would like to know who's son you are or who was your grandfather. I saw four 
of my greatuncies on the Ashley side. One greataunt on that side. My daughter 
would like to Join the Daughters of the Revolution. Would you write back and 
let us know If she can Join It. I will close, hoping to hear from you soon. 

Mrs. Margaret A. Wlkle 

42 Winnie St., Denver, Colorado 

P.S. Mr. Frank B. Ashley, 1460 Grant Street, 

Denver, Colorado - he may be a near relative 

of ours. 

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Copy of letter 

written on letterhead: COLGATE - PALMOLIVE - PEET COMPANY 

Executive Off I cos 
105 Hudson Street 

Furnished by: Jersey City, New Jersey 

Alonso E. Ashley (#12) 

September 23, 1938 

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ashley 
76 Harrison St. 
Providence, R. I . 

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Ashley: 

We want to thank you most sincerely for your Interest In our radio 
program, "Gang Busters". 

These broadcasts are dedicated to the three-fold purpose of stimulating 
greater public cooperation with law enforcement bureaus, paying tribute 
to the heroism and tireless efforts of American police departments and 
providing good radio entertainment. 

We have noted that you did not like to have us mention the "Ashley Gang" 
on our program. But of course. It was absolutely necessary to use that 
term In dramatizing this story as these cases are based on true facts. 
However, we do feel that no one will ever think you have any connection 
with the Ashley case and after all there are thousands of families whose 
surname Is "Ashley". 

We do hope that you will be listening In every Wednesday night to this 
program, which is made possible by the sales of our fine Palmollve 
Shave Creams. 

Thank you again for your Interest and for your kindness in writing. 

Sincerely yours. 

Roy W. Peet 
RWP:LM Advertising Manager 

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March 8 and 9» 1857 

In the spring of 1857, nine members of RHEUMILLA 
(ASHLEY) HOWE'S ^ (Loami^, Willicarr^ Thomae^j 
Joeephr) family were among the early settlers 
brutally massacred by the WakpkutI Band of Sioux 
Indians under leadership of Chief inkpaduta. 

Full details of this horrible massacre are found In 
the book "History of Spirit Lake Massacre" written by 
Abble (Gardner) Sharp, the only surviving captive. 
The following excerpts are about Ashley descendants. 

page 48 * Joel Howe's family consisted of himself, wife (Rheumilla Ashley), and 
six children; besides four married children who were not at this time membe 
of his household, and only one, Mrs. Nobles, was In the settlement* He 
settled on the east side of East OkoboJI, at the south side of the grove, . • 
The names and ages of their children were as follows: Jonathan, aged 23, 
Sardls, 18, Alfred 15, Jacob 13, Philetus II, and Levi 9. Alvin Noble, son- 
in-law of Joel Howe, with his wife (Lydia Howe) an4<one child, some two years 
old, and Joseph M. Thatcher, with wife and one Child, 7 months old, came with 
the family of Mr. Howe, from Hampton, Franklin County. They were formerly 
from Howard County, Indiana. 

page 52 - The winter of 1856-7 was one ever to be remembered by the people of 
Iowa and Minnesota for Its bitter cold weather, deep snow, and violent storms, 
rendering communication between the different settlements almost Impossible. 
Of course the settlers were Illy prepared for any winter, and much less for 
such a one as this; for It must be remembered there was no lumber to be had 
within a hundred miles, and all the provisions, of every kind, except what 
might be captured from the lakes and groves, had to be brought a like distance. 
Some cabins were yet without floors; the doors were made of puncheons, hung 
on wooden hinges, and fastened with wooden latches. • . . 

Page 56 - In order to understand the events recorded It is necessary to have some 
knowledge of Inkpaduta, the chief, under whose leadership was perpetrated the 

bloody massacre of March 1857 He supported himself by hunting and 

plunder; leading a wandering, marauding life, the number of his followers 
varying from time to time from fifty to one hundred and fifty. As I remember 
Inkpaduta, he was probably fifty or sixty years of age, about six feet In 
height, and strongly built* He was deeply pitted by smallpox, giving htm a 
revolting appearance, and distinguishing him from the rest of the band. His 
family consisted of himself and squaw, four sons, and one daughter. His 
natural enmity to the white man; his desperately bold and revengeful disposi- 
tion; his hatred of his enemies, even of his own race; his matchless success 
on the war*path, won for him honor from his people, distinguished him as a 
hero, and made him a leader of his race. 

(Continued page 36) 

Page 62 - In the autumn of 1856, Inkpaduta^s band went down to the lower valley 
of the Little Sioux, where the first trouble with the whites began . . . 
Several aggressions by the Indians and violent repulses by the whites are 
given, as preceding the incidents, generally accepted by both Indians and 
whites, as the immediate cause of the fatal catastrophe. It seems that one 
day while the Indians were in pursuit of elk, they had some difficulty with 
the settlers. The Indians claimed that the whites intercepted the chase. 
There Is also a report that an Indian was bitten by a dog belonging to one 
of the settlers; that the Indian killed the dog; and that the man gave the 
Indian a severe beating. It Is also said that the settlers whipped off a 
company of squaws, who were carrying off their hay and corn 

Page 80 * (Second day) One day's carnage only sharpened the savages' thirst for 
blood. Accordingly, at an early hour the next morning the braves, having 
smeared their faces with black, which with the Sioux, means war, started 
again on their work of slaughter. The four remaining families were busy with 
their domestic cares, not dreaming of aught amiss, while these terrible 
scenes were being enacted at their very doors. The Indians had gone but a 
short d I stance on East Okobo j I when they met Mr. Howe , who was on h I s way to 
my father's to borrow some flour. Him they shot, and severed his head from 
his body, the skull being found, some two years later, on the southern shore 
of the lake. . . Thence they proceeded to the house of Mr. Howe, where they 
found his wife, his son Jonathan, his daughter Sard Is, a young lady, and four 
younger children. They left only lifeless bodies here to tell the story of 
their bloody work. 

Page 81 - From here they went to the cabin of Itoble and Th&tcher, where were 
two men and two women - Mr. and Mrs. Noble (Lydia Howe), Mr. Ryan (husband 
of Rachel Howe) and Mrs. Thatcher, besides two children. With their usual 
cowardice and hypocrisy, the Indians feigned friendship until they had 
secured every advantage, so their own heads would be in no danger. Then by 
concert of action, the two men were simultaneously shot.. . . They next 
seized the children by the feet, dragging them from their mother's arms out 
of doors, and dashed their brains out against an oak tree which stood near 
the house. They then plundered the house .... after slaughtering the 
cattle, hogs and poultry, they took the two women, Mrs. Noble and Mrs. 
Thatcher - captives and started back to their camp. 

Page 181 * After six weeks of incessant marching over the trackless prairie, 
and through the deep snow, across creeks, sloughs, rivers and lakes, we 
reached the Big Sioux (at about the point where now stands the town of 
Flandrau) • • • Sometimes these undermined trees cling by their unloosened 
roots, while their tops reach far into the stream, forming a "boom" across 
the channel. Against this boom will accumulate a tangled mass of floating 
timbers . . . thus forming a precarious but picturesque bridge, over which 
one with clear head and steady step may pass with tolerable safety. 
On such a bridge, we were to cross the now swollen waters. Mrs. Thatcher, 
whose painful Illness and terrible sufferings have been alluded to, had now 

partially recovered, and was complelled to carry her pack as before 

As we were about to follow the Indians across one of these uncertain bridges, 
where a single ml step might plunge us Into the deep waters, an Indian, not 
more than sixteen years old, the same who snatched the box of caps from my 
father, and who had always manifested a great degree of hatred and contempt 
for the whites, approached us, and taking the pack from Mrs. Thatcher's 
shoulders and placing it on his own, ordered us forward. This seeming kind- 
ness at once aroused our suspicions, as no assistance had ever been offered 

(Continued on page 3?) 
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to any of us • • • • When we reached the center of the swollen stream, as we 
anticipated, this Insolent young lavage pushed Mrs. Thatcher from the bridge 
Into the Ice-cold water • . • • She was carried down by the furious bolll^ig 
current of the Stoux; while the Indians on the other side of the stream were 
running along the banks, whooping and yelling, and throwing sticks and stones 
at her, until she reached another bridge. Here she was finally shot by one 
of the Indians • • • thus ended the tortures and agonies of Mrs. Thatcher. 

Page 227 - • • and as Mrs« treble (Lydla Howe) and I were about to lie down to. 
rest, a son of Inkpaduta, of the name of MakpLoahbtoman, or Roaring C^ouidt, came 
Into the tent of the Yankton, and ordered Mrs. Noble out. She shook her head 
and. refused to go • • • • Mrs. ^k>ble was the only one of us who ever dared to 
refuse obedience to our masters. Naturally of an tndepiendeht nature, and 
conscious of her superiority to her masters In everything but brute force. It 
was hard for her to submit to their arbitrary and Inhuman mandates. . . . 
all the reward she got for her show of Independence was heavier burdens by the 
way, and a bloody death at last. No sooner did she positively refuse to comply 
with Roaring Cloud's demand, than seizing her by the arm with one hand, and a 
great stick of wood In the other, he dragged her from the tent. ... He 
struck her three blows, such as only an Indian can deal, when, concluding he 
had finished her, he came Into the tent, washed his bloody hands, had a few 
high words with the Yankton and lay down to sleep. The piteous groans from 
my murdered companion continued for half an hour or so — deep, sorrowful and 
terrible; then all was silent . • . • 

End of Excerpts 

A monument costing the State of Iowa $5,000 now stands to mark the graves of 

Rheumllla (Aishley) Howe and family who lost their lives In what was known 

as Spirit Lake Massacre. Names of the Howe family all appear on the monument. 

James D. Ashley #89 informs us that there Is a marker In north central 
South Dakota where Abble (Gardner) Sharp, author of the above mentioned 
book was finally released from captivity. 

Other references to this tragedy may be found in 

White Men Follow After by Hattle P. Elston (copyright 1946) 

Athens Press, Iowa City, Iowa 
Palimpsest — The Spirit Lake Massacre, published by the State 

Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa - October 1962 
Spirit Lake Massacre by MacKlnlay Kantor (author's idea In fiction 

of historical facts * highly resented by some and to 

others only a boring treatise with excessive verbage) 

Gruesome as these excerpts may be, they do portray the perils and hardships 
the early settlers encountered, the courage and stamina our forebears had 
In order to develop these United States that we enjoy today. 

Esther Ashley Spousta 110 

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(Mrs. Warren L.) RlJTH EMILY 6L00R FIN6AR #187 
3375 Crooked Lfmb Court, Flushing, Mich. 48433 

I I. Ruth Emily Gloor, b. 6-1 1-1897, Flushing, Mich. 

11 2. William Gloor (1867-1938) Webster and Rochester, New York 

3. Grace Lucretia Myers (1872-1907) Brownsville, Webster & Rochester, N.Y. 

Ill 4. Jacob Gloor (1832-1919) Egg Harbor, N.J.; Webster & Rochester, N.Y. 

5. Anna Hllbold (1842-1875) Webster, N.Y. 

6. John Myers (1830-1907) Brownsville & Penfleld, N.Y. 

7. Harriett Emily Finn (1838/9-1900) Brownsville, Victor & Rochester, N.Y. 

IV 8 to 13 

14. Calvin Finn 

15. Louisa Harriet Ashley (10 Mar 1817 - 24 Feb. 1902) Battle Creek, Mich and 

probably Webster, N.Y. 

V 16-29 

30. William Ashley, b. 1792, d. 19 Jan. 1880 - Hopewell, N.Y. 

31. Lucretia Anson, b d. 1830 


MRS. WARREN L. FINGAR #187 is seeking information on William Ashley and his wife 
Lucretia Anson. William born 1792 and died Jan. 19, I860, served in War of 1812 

(see page 39) married January I, 1815 at Catskill, N.Y. Lucretia Anson, b 

d. 1830. Believed to have hgd at least ;twd: daughters - Louisa Harriet #15 above 
and Arvilla (see Application for -Reimbursement, page-40) 

Arvilla Ashley b. d 1897 m. 

and had children Caroline, Elizabeth, 

and Charles Ashley (surname unknown). Elizabeth married Watson Spangle and had 
four children: Henry who d. 1847; Elsie; Emmiai C. Brlnkerhoff; and Charles 

Brother of Watson Spangle was Will Spangle who married Harriett Myers. Both are 
buried !n Chaptn Cemetery near Canandaigua, New York. Incidentally there are 
many Ash leys and Spangles buried In Chap in Cemetery, Rt. 88 near Canandaigua, 
Ontario County, New York. 

Legend has It that either through his mother or his wife, William Ashley was re- 
lated to Thomas Jefferson. Can we find proof of this? 

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WAR OF Idl2 


County of Ontario ) 





Furnished by: 
Mra. ftatren L. Fingar M187 

On thU 21 day of March, A.D. 1871, personally appeared before me, Washington 
L. Hicks, a Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court, a Court of Record within and for 
the county and State aforesaid, WILLIAM ASBLEI, aged 79 years., a resident of 
Hopewell, County of Ontario, State of New York, who being duly swohn according 
to law, declares that he Is married; that his wlfe^s name was LSUCRETIA ANSON 
(now dead), to whom he was married at Catsklll, Green Co., N.Y., on the 1st 
day of January, 1815; that he served the full period of sixty days In the 
(i) military service of the United States In the war of 1812; that he Is the 
Identical William Ashley who (2) was drafted In Captain John Vanbechter^s 
company. Col. Post N.Y. Mllltia, at New York City ... at Harlem Heights on or 
about I day of September, 1814, and was honorably discharged at Harlem Heights, 
near New York on or about I day of December 1814; that (3) he was a private In 
his said company. He lost his discharge many years since on duty In New York 
City about 3 weeks all the rest of the time at Harlem Heights. Got 2 Land 
Warrants one for 40 acres No. 26,608 .issued Nov. 3, 1851, another for 120 acres 
Issued May 9, 1855 No. 1249, that he, at no time. during the late rebellion 
against the authority of the United States, adhered to the cause of the enemies 
of the Government, . . . .that he Is not In receipt of a pension under any 
previous act; that he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on 
the pension roll of the United States, under the provision of the act approved 
February 14, 1871, and he hereby constitutes and appoints, with full power of 
substitution and revocation, John S. Coe, of Canandalgua, N.Y. his true and 
lawful attorney to prosecute his claim and obtain the pension certificate that 
may be Issued; that his post office Is at Hopewell Center, County of Ontario, 
State of New York, that his domicile or place of abode Is Hopewell, N.Y. 

Attest: D. W. Casbrough and William Wood 


App 1 1 cant 

County of Ontario ) ^^ 

On this 14th day of March A.D. 1655 personally appeared . • . William Ashley 
aged sixty two years, a resident of Hopewell, Ontario Co. in the state of N.Y. 
who being duly soworn .... He further states that he has heretofore made 
application for Bounty Land and received a Land Warrant No. 26,608 for 40 acres 
under the Act of September 1850 which he has since legally disposed of and 
cannot now return. He also declares that he has never applied for nor received 
under this or any other Act of Congress any Bounty Land Warrant except the one 
above mentioned. He makes this application for the purpose of obtaining the 
Bounty Land to which he may be entitled under the Act passed March 3d, 1855, 
and he desires his Land Warrant to be forwarded to the care of S. W. Salisbury, 

Esq. Canandalgua, N.Y 


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Re: William Ashley of 

Hopewell Center, N.Y, 

Furnished by: 

Mr3. Weaken Fingar %187 

U Arvllla Ashley, do swear that William Ashley, late resident of Hopewell 
Center, County of Ontario, State of New York, died on the 19th day of January, 
1880; that the decedent drew a pension, under Certificate No, 6378, up to the 
4th day of December 1879, as formerly a soldier In the service of the U.S.; 
that said decedent left surviving neither widow nor child under sixteen years 
of age, and did not leave sufficient assets to meet the expenses of decedent's 
last sickness and burial; and that said expenses are correctly enumerated In 
the following statement, the names of the persons who rendered service or 
furnished necessaries being given, with Items and amounts: 

0. N. Crane 
John P. Spangle 

Coffin, burial, robe and service 
DIgIng Grave 


Total $36.00 

I further swear that the above Is a complete list of all the expenses of last 
sickness and burial; that they were proper and necessary; that they were all 
actually paid by me I therefore hereby make application for re- 
imbursement under the provisions of Section 4718, R.S 

The total value of all property of whatever kind, personal and real, left by 
the decedent did not exceed (no) dollars and consisted of nothing • • . • 
The decedent's last sickness continued uninterruptedly from December 29, 1879 
to date of death and Its nature and degree were as follows: Parallsis . . . 

My residence Is Hopewell Center, Co. of Ontario, State of New York . . . 

(Affiant's signature) ArHlla Ashley 

Attested to and notarized 12 March 1880 

(The end) 


OBITUARY of Alonzo Gifford Ashley 
(Continued from page 31) 

Tragedy seems to have dogged the heels of this family for In 1944 while 
Ernest Alonzo Ashley^ S his wife were In Fall River, a forest fire 
completely burned their home at Howland's as well as the fifteen room home 
and barn of his mother who had been widowed In the train accident recounted 
on page 31. 

On August 10, 1954, Ernest Alonzo was seriously Injured In another train 
wreck near the Fall River (k>untry Club, when the train he was riding to 
the scene of an earlier wreck, was itself wrecked. 

Note: Grandchildren of Alonzo Gifford Ashley^ who are members of Ashleys of 
America are: Mrs. Virginia (Ashley) Santos if62 and 

Mrs. Cynthia (Ashley) Foil is «35 

(The end) 

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Copy of handwritten unda tad note found {n papers 
of Nettle Josephine (Fisher) Ashley, wife of 
Arthur Stone Ashley^ (.Sitae Edmund, Sitae Hokene^, 
Soah^t Vodh^t Viltian^, Joeeph^), She was ■ 
Daughter of: Richard Arthur Fisher (1845-1930) 

Aurilla Maria NIckerson. (1848-1896) 
6r*dau. of: Richard Holly Fisher, Edgartown, Mass. 

Jane Margaret Brown Anderson, b. London, dau. of 
Capt. James Anderson 

**Meinoir of James Anderson. He was born In 1822. His father, my great grand-* 
father, was born In old freetown of Berwick-upon-Tweed. My great grandmother 
was born In Ayeshlre - Belong to Dundee . She was rocked In the cradle by 
Robert Bums the Poet, and her mother was the very person of whom he wrote 
the song called '*Lass Gowie'*. In this book it tells about the mate 
Richard Holly Fisher, my grandfather, in a voyage from the South Sea Islands 
visiting the Anderson home and becoming engaged to one of the daughters Jane. 
Captain James Anderson was a great sea-going man.** 

Also in Nettie Josephine (Fisher) Ashley's papers was 
found the following - IDont suggest you try it. 



Alcohol : 


■ • « 

I Gal. 10 oz. 

Capsicum (7) 


6\ L of Tar 

.1 oz. 

Spirit Turptlne 




Guffl Camphor 




Sulph Ether 








(Above items fumtehad by Hanay Ashley ^94) 

BDffAED WARREN ASSZSX^ (Edward R. 5, Williams*, Williams', Abraham2, Joseph') 
was bom in HI lo. Sandwich Islands (now Hawaal) In 1864, and his brother 
Granville Allen was born there in 1865. They were sons of Capt. Edward R. and 
Adra C. (Braley) Ashley. Their father was a master mariner and made many great 
voyages. Was 3rd mate of the "Roman" In 1847, 1st mate of the "Youey" In 1850, 
master of the "Reindeer" In 1856 and of the "Governor Troup" In 1862. When he 
retired he built a nice house In Acushnet at the comer of Robinson Road and 
itorth Main Street which Is still standing though greatly changed by remodeling. 
After the father died, the two brothers lost their money and Roland 6. Pray 
built a house at the rear of the Captain's house. This house was divided In 
half, each half being exactly alike, for the brothers never spoke to each other 

• I 

HARRIET ASBLEI^ (Baxter^, Warden*, James', Thomas^, Joseph') and her sister 
Sarah married missionaries and went to India. One night she took a lighted^ 
candle and went up to bed. As she turned down the covers there was a deadly 
poisonous cobra. Only the fact that she had the light of the candle saved her 
from getting into bed with the snake. Harriet and her husband returned to the 
United States about 1878. Sarah and her husband went to China where she died. 
Does anyone have more Information on this family? 

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(Continued page 42) 

CARLETON L. KINGSFORD (#50) remembers as a small child when sitting on his 
grandmother's lap iSardh Aehley Kingefordr^ Noah^^ Noah^^ Witlian^, Joeephr) 
that (i) she said her grandfather told her she was descended from a Lord, 
(2) she had a relative named Jethro and he fell on the floor* His wife said, 
'Vethro, Jethro, if you've dead speak and tell me of it", and (3) she always 
accused him of "Jumping around like a plssmore on a hot skillet". 

LEGEND OF THE "RED" AND THE "BLAC K" A SHLEYS (from Robert £• Ashley #1) 

Two old but persistent legends concerning our early ancestors are the "pirate" 
legend, which was covered extensively at our first reunion, and the "Indian" 
legend which is constantly being offered from highly diverse sources. 

Let us make it clear that when we say Red or Black we are not referring to skin 
color or In any way meaning the modern use of Redmen or Blackmen. There are, 
of course, many Ash leys who are full negros, descendants of the slaves held on 
the old Ashley plantations In the South and some perhaps descendants of the 
slaves owned by the Ash leys of New England. We do not refer to them. 

What we do mean Is the story that an early Ashley said to be a redhead^ married 
an Indian princess and that s<xne of their children had red or sandy hair, while 
others had black or dark brown hair, Thomas Ashley of the Kennebec trading 
post in Maine (moved to Boston 1658) who Is perhaps our first American ancestor, 
had a wife named Joanna (no other name given) who died In Boston December 27, 
1661. Could she have been the Indian Princess? 

Certainly Edward Ashley of Maine was known to have lived with the Indians, 
indeed that was why he was arrested by Myles Stanlsh and sent back to England. 
But that Is another story. 

If Joseph and Abraham of Rochester were grandsons of Thomas and Joanna, were 
they one-quarter Indian? Is this where the Ashley "beak" comes from? Oddly 
enough the "reds" would be taking after their English ancestor and the "Blacks" 
after their Indian ancestor. Pure speculation, of course, and will probably 
always remain so. Nevertheless, I am a "black" Ashley with two sisters who were 
"reds" (blondes) and two who were "blacks" dark brown hair. What about your 

FRANCES McMASTER MARTIN (#52) has heard rumors that Walt Disney ties iQto the 
Ashlev family through Alice (Cleland) Murphy' (Kate 6. Ashley^, Dexter^, Luther^; 
James^, Thomas^, Joseph'). At one time someone sent Mr. Disney a picture of 
Alice's sister Laura, stating that It was his aunt. Mr. Disney acknowledge 
receipt of the picture and expressed his thanks. (k)uld he have been polite 
and answered all mail that he must have received after achieving his fame, 
or Is he truly descended from the Ashley Clan. Does anyone have further in* 
formation on this? 

(The end) 

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lito are happy to 
announca tha arrival 
daughter of Hot gar and 
Eiolsa (Davis) Harrar #44, 
granddaughter of Kenneth and Marie 
Oavis 15, bom October I, 1971 at 
Provot Utah. 

CONGRATUt^TIONS to Harris and Mildred 
(King) Dickey #31, who celebrated 
their 50th i#edding anniversary on 
January I, 1972. 

WEDDINGqBELLS tolled for Cheryl Jean 
Dlcl<ay , daughter of Charles and 
Vivian (Brand) Dickey, granddaughter 
of Harris and Mildred (King) Dickey 
#31. On August 14, 1971 she was 
married to Michael McKltrick. They 
are at home In San Diego, Calif, 
where '^Ike*' is finishing his navy 

'9Aeiv is 


Xtm 9tan go 

dowi to 

Rioo upon ocmo 

/Mxwp ohom^ 

And bright in Itoouen'e 

Jmiolod ormm 
Th^f oh(m foto vor maro. 

Mrs. Mary Lubbock (Johnsoh) Ashley, 
widow of Charles Marvin Ashley'^ 
(Sliohaadkorf^ Jpol Lomi^ nioha*, 
Villicmfi^ Thcmao', Joooph^) passed 
away August 21, 1971 at Correctionvi I le, 

NANCY ASHLEY, our Treasurer had the 
misfortune of breaking her left leg 
on December 7th. Me hear she Is wel I 
on her way to recovery and has used 
these weeks of confinement profitably 
working on genealogy. Incidentally, 
we are happy that she wes able to do 
so much "leg work** on our third re- 
union before the accident. 


DIRECTORY 1776-1878 

»•.: ^; 


Page 263: 

(XESTER ASHLEY, b. Westfleld, Mass. June i, 1790 served as Senetor from 

Arkansas in 1844 
DELOS R. ASHLEY, b. Post, Arkansas, Feb. 19 1828 went to California in 1849 

then to Nevada In 1864. Was elected representative from Nevada in 

the 39th Congress as a Republican 
HENRY ASHLEY, b. In Cheshire County, New Hampshire, removed to New York and 

located at Catsklll. Elected representative from New York in the 

19th Congress, 1823 to 1855 
JM4ES M. ASHLEY, b. near Pittsburg, Penn November 14, 1824. Moved west. 

Edited **The Dispatch** and afterwards **The Democrat** at Portsmouth 

Ohio. Was elected a representative from Ohio in the 36th Congress 

as a Republican. Was Governor of Montana Territory 1869-1870 
WILLIAM H. ASHLEY was b. in Powhatan County, Virginia in 1778. Removed to 

Missouri in 1808. Was Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 1820. 

Wfeis elected a representative from Missouri in the 22nd Congress as 

a Whig on a general ticket. Served from 1831 to 1837. d. near 

Boonvllle, Missouri on March 26, 1838 

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Q U E R I E S G 


MOORE, Mrs. Richard, 624 West 9th Ave., Albany, Oregon 9.7321 - i*ants Infor- 
mation on PETER ASBI£I b, d. 8 1849 In Benton Co., Missouri. He was 

married to Martha 

Chi Idren: 























and according to census record had the following 








Peter Ashley and a partner, Edward Powers, ran a ferry across the Osage 
River at Warsaw, Mo., and after his death his wife Martha sold her share 
of the property to the partner. Deed Is date 1849. 

Since first child was born In Kentucky, It Is to be assumed that Peter was 
either born In Kentucky, or at least was married there. Does anyone have 
any Information on Peter and-hfs parents? 

PITTS, Mrs. Joe W., 1213 BIythe Ave., Alexandria, Louisiana 71301 Is seeking 
Information on JOBN ASHLEY known to be In Wilinson Co., Georgia about 1819 
at which time he gave Power of Attorney to Cull en Roberts, his son-in-law 
for settlement of his affairs In Barnwell District, South Carolina. 
He is believed to have had the following children: 
Elizabeth m. Cull en Roberts 

m. Ben (or Green) HI 1 1 








App 1 ewh 1 te 



m. _ 


(It Is said that all daughters had 
same Baptist Minister to officiate 
at their weddings. Name unknown) 

whose will was probated In 

2 more daughters 
There Is Nathaniel Ashley who m. Elizabeth 

1816, Barnwel I Dist. S.C. No proof that he was father of above John though 
he Is known to have had children named Wilson, Joshua, John, etc. 

This Ashley family Is reportedly from New England and am anxious to find 
this connection. Who can help to solve this mystery? 

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Canedy St., Rose Point 
West Wareham, Mass. 02576 


4060 Acushnet Ave. 
New Bedford, Mass. 02745 


Racine 6. (Madison) Eriand 



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Harrle Etsbrey Ashley', Barnes Emerson Jr^, 
James Emerson^, Perclval^^ Perclval', 
Abraham^, Joseph' 

Mflton Earl Ashley^, Arthur Stone^, Silas 
Edmund^. Silas Pickens^, Noah^, Noah^, 
William^, Joseph' 

Helen Jolley'^, Hazel Pond^, Chauncy Pond" 
Prlcllla Strong', Harvy Strong^ Truman 
Strong^, Luranea Ashley^, Isaac^, 
Thomas^, Joseph' 
..^- and 

Polly Ashley** (wife of Truman Strong), 
Zebulon^, Thomas'^, Thomas^, Joseph' 


MRS. ZELLA (WHEELER) HER^JER° Edith i3eU (McMasters) Wheeler', Mary 

(:trs. Clarence R.) '•' -— Ashley°, Dennis^, Luther^, James^, 

p' 2. l>lbnrofivl I |0,OhIo 44847 Thomas^, Joseph' 



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#19 MISS LUCY ASHLEY Change PO Box to 1404 

#94 MISS NANCY ASHLEY Change father's name to EDWARD Stone^ 

#31 MRS. MILDRED ASHLEY (KING) DICKEY Change address to: 2131 McCarthy Road 

Ames , I owa 500 1 

#51 MRS. DOROTHY (LEIGH) KINGSFORD Change street number to 83 Instead of 83A 

#127 MRS. MOLLY NYE (GAMMONS) TCBEY Add street number 173 Rumsttck Road 

#130 HOWARD W. WESTFIELD Change zip code to 02769 

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(c) 1972 ASBLEIS OF AMERICA - Vninoorporated Family Aeeooiixtion 
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AUG 12 '974 

Vol. II, No. 3 


April 1972 


President Robert E. Ashley 

ls'^ Vlc^ Presldant John S. Ash'ey 

2r.d V!ce President Prjul C. Leonard 

3rd Vice Prc3\dcr*f Bradford F. Swnn 

Socretnry Marie A. Davis 

Treasurer - — Nancy Ashley 

Publications Committee - Doris Ashley Lang 

Helen Gurney Thomas 
Susan Ashley French 

Membership Chairman flarle A. Davis 

,News Bulletin Ed I tor - Esther Ashley Spousta 


Open to any person Interested In furthering 
the objects of the Organization 


To col tect> preserve and publish material 
about the ASHLEY FAMILY of America 


$5.00 por Calar.dir Yoor - Make checks 
payaole to ASMLCt'S OF AMERICA and send to 

Miss Nancy Ashley, Treas. 

165 Elm Street 

South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 

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^/^^rom the 
Editor 'e 


Spring lsT)urstlng out all 
over - Redbud and Dogwood 
adorn the hills. 

As Mother Earth springs 
Into action - Time now 
we do the same. 

Shouldn't we, the Ashley 
offspring, keep In step 
and rejuvenate our ef- 
forts to forge ahead 
with family research? 

Your editor is anxious 
to receive more data 
to share. 

Esther Aehtey Spouata 

PO Box 321 
RogerOt Ark, 7 27 59 

April 1972 


PubHshed quarterly In'months 
of Icsnuary, April, July and 
* . October. 

^ree subscription with each 
$5.00 fflembership 

Extra copies may be obtain- 
ed by ma Ming $2.00 each 
to the Editor 



Vol. II No. 3 






51 SILVER MINING TOWN - Nevada Austin 


52 JOE'S RXKS - North Rochester, Mass. 


55 AN ASHLEY FARMER - Alden Ashley^ 

^ SCHOOL DAYS IN OHIO - Zebulon Ashley 


58 PROBATED WILLS - Noah^ & Alden^ Ashley 


PROFILE - 9KN«y (Hathewa^) Hathaway 



62 OBITUARY - Edmund Davis Ashley 






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JOHN SHERMAN ASHLEY, son of Ralph Eugane and Rooerta Randall (Sherman) 
Ashley was born In New Bedfordt Mass. on June 17, 1913, grandson of 
the Honorable Charles Sumner Ashley (aee ooD^r atary) who was Mayor of 
New Bedford for 32 years. 

John was very early Introduced to genealogical research for his father 
**Gene'* spent over 30 years and a great deal of effort and money compiling 
material for an Ashley Genealogy, working In close conjunction with 
Frederick W. Ashley, who was Librarian of Congress, Burton Ashley of 
Chicago, Noah Ashley of Taunton, and many others who had compiled Ashley 

He was educated In the New Bedford Schools and at Tabor Academy In Marlon, 
Mass. He served In the U.S. Coest Guard In Morld War II. 

In 1941 he married Anne Vfyatt Johnson, daughter of Harold T. and Helen 
Ann (Walker) Johnson of Hartford, Conn. John and Anne (she will answer 
only to the nickname **Buzzy**) live In Westport, Mass. in the summer and 
In the Bahamas in the winter, commuting between their fwo homes on their 
fifty foot cruiser ^Broad A'*. The popularity of this friendly couple is 
reflected In an old newspaper Item at the time of Anne's brother's 
marriage when John served for his thirteenth time as best man, consid- 
ered to be something of a record. 

John's number one hobby and Interest, like that of many generations 
before him, is fishing and the sea, and he has the trophies to prove It. 

He has been associated In the Charles S. Ashley Insurance Agency, the 
Ashley Ford Motor Sales, and Is currently President of the Hathaway Oil 
Co. where his office Is a regular museum of Ashley seafaring memorabilia. 

It is largely through his generosity of freely sharing the extensive . 
records and documents of the Ashley Family that our Association has been 
able to attain such a eealth of information and to grow to such an extent 
In such a short time, and to the surprise of many a professional genea* 
legist. Without John's help the "Ashleys of America" might never have 
come Into existence. 

Robert E. Ashley #1 






COVER ^TORY This portrait of the fonner New Bedford Mayor, CHARLES SUMNER ASHLEY 

(Joahua BUihop^, John Shnrnen^, John^, Pmnitfal^t Abrdhair, Joseph*) 
wa» roturned to th« mayors office by Mayor John A. Markey on January 27, 1972 
after a two-year absence. On hand to witness the unveiling was JOHN ASHLEY (see 
above) grandson of the former mayor who was presented with his grandfather's 
offipe chair found recently in City Hall 

(Standapd-Timea Staff tfioto Ify Haiik Secman) 

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Your executive conmittea met on March 1 1 
at the Wamsutta Club In New Bedford, and 
we are happy to report the fol lowing pro- 
gress on the THIRD REUNION: 

Plaoe: The nmi> theatsv of the \fhal%ng 
Muneien of the Old Dewtmouth 
Biotorimzl Society^ Johnny Cake 
Billt Nea Bedford, ttaeeaohuaette 

Data: Friday Evening August BS, Saturday 
AuguBt 26th <md Sunday tfie 27th 

At 8 P.M. on Friday, the Ashleys are Invited to Join other guests of the museum 
at a special prevue showing of the exhibit of the paintings of CLIFFORD WARREN 
ASHLEY In the new gallery. The exhibit will open to the public the next day 
and will continue for eight weeks after which It will move to another museum. 

Saturday morning - REGISTRATION IFREE - but piok up your name badges) and a 
get-acqualnted hour followed by Whaler Out of New Bedford", an award winning 
film of the Russel l-Purrlngton panorama. (See page 57). A short business 
meeting will follow at which the Secretary and Treasurer reports will be ap- 
proved. (.Note: Theee reports iHll be published in the July Seus Bulletin and 
not read at the meeting} . 

Then - group plctares. He plan to divide the members Into five groups, one 
for descendants of each of the five sons of Joseph and Elizabeth (Perclval) 
Ashley. Such groups will be less cumbersome than one large group, and we plan 
to have an annual award for the largest group. If you have lines of descent 
from more than one son, you may appear In more than one group. 


Wamsutta Club, Corner of County & Union Sts. 
club In America ' 

the oldest men's 

Saturday P.M. - Main program. Dr. Maurice Robbins, director of the Bronson 
Museum of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society will give an Illustrated 
lecture on the archaoology of the LakevI I le-Freetown-Rochester area where our 
ancestors first settled and where their descendants lived, and still live, 
nearly two and three-quarters centuries later. Dr. Robbins Is a fascinating 
speaker and his enthusiasm for the subject Is bound to be transferred to you. 

Our Sunday afternoon tour will Include a visit to his present dig In LakevI lie 
where members of the Society have been digging for the past twenty years and 
have excavated Indian sites that are as much as 9000 years old. Since many of 
the earliest Ashley homes were on lands now preserved as part of the reserva- 
tion of the New Bedford water department, we believe It would be rare Indeed 
to find another family with ancestral lands so fortuitously saved for posterity. 

(Continued next page) 

Sunday Morning - Across the street frcm the museum is the Seamen's Bethel, the 
Whaleman's Chapol of Melville's "ftoby Dick". This, as well as the many nautical 
flavored antique shops In the area, should oe a must on your program. Although 
no regular Sunday services are held, one will bo conducted for the Ashleys If 
a sufficient number will attend. Let's hear from you on this. 

Sunday Afternoon • Tour of the Ashley country and Dr. Robbtns' dig. Details to 
be worked out. 

In other business, your committee voted to discontinue the renlstration charge 
at reunions even though we will have to pay the museum $1.00 per adult for the 
use of the theatre and museum exhibits. Thus, If you are a PAID UP member. It 
will cost you noth I ng to attend except for mea Is. It was strong I y f e 1 1 that 
attending ihe reunions should be a free prlvl ledge of membership and expenses 
will be paid from the treasury. Be sure to allow yourself time to visit the 
museum and the Ashley painting exhibit. 

■ • 

Arrangements were also made. for the better accommodation and entertainment of 
out-of-state members. 

It was voted that the committee approve the minutes of each reunion shortly 
after the fact so that tney can appear In the October News Bulletin and serve 
as a summary of the meeting. 

Last year our attention was called to an error in the Memoir of R. Eugene Ashley 
that appeared in Volume 95 of the New England Historic Genealogical Register 
In whlr:h his third and fourth generations were confused. Your president has 
been In contract with the N.E.H.G.S. and a correction of this 31 year old error 
will shortly appear In the Register. 

It was also voted to follow the N.E.H.G.S. suggestion to write our Senators and 
Representatives, and If possible to attend a State House hearing on proposed 
legislation to liberalize accessab 1 1 i ty of birth and marriage records in the 
Commonwealth. Currently such records are open only to 1841. The proposed 
petition would open the records to ail searchers to within 70 years of date, 
and to members of legally Incorporated genealogical societies to even more 
recent dates. 

Finally, it was decided to investigate the possibility of having the Ashley 
Cemotary and other sites of Interest to us, declared Historic Landmarks under 
the Historic Sites Act of 1935. As such they would be given a plaque at a 
ceremony and be automatically Included In the national register, which does 
give some protection. 

Robert B. Ashley §1 




On Sunday, April 23rd at 10:30 AM (weather permitting) a group will begin P] 
the clean-up and restoration of our cemeteries, starting with the CRAPO- 
V.THITE-ASHLEY Cemetery at Quanapoag In East Freetown. If you would like 
to help, and wo hope many will, meet us there any time from mid morning 
until late afternoon. Bring your lunch - a saw - some clippers - rakes 
etc. and most of all, your energy I It promises to be a pleasant day in 
the open as well as getting a much needed Job done on graves of our 
ancestors. Location: Near corner of Bulloc4< Road & Quanapoag Rd. In 
E. Freetown. (See directione en page 68) 


MINING TOWN - - - - 

Upttten by Sydney Aehley' 
of Steep Brook, Fall 
River, Maae. in 1986 

"My father's name was 
may wonder some about his un- 
usual name. 

My grandfather Job Borden 
Ashley was in a si Iver mlntng 
town In the Territory of Nevada 
when my father was born. Some- 
one he was with thought it to 
be a good Idea to name him after 
the place they were In. This 
man agreed to have my father re- 
ceive a handsome silver gift of 
some sort. It so happened ttte 
man was somehow or other never 
heard of again. 

My father never knew hew he came 

by his middle name. It could not 

have been for the town of Austin, 

Texas, for It was too far away and neither of ttwm ever was there. 

But after many years I got the answer Just by chance. I always listened to or 
watched "Death Valley Days". One night the Old Ranger said 'The story tonight 
coriC!»rns whst took place in a small silver mining camp in Austin, Nevada.' 
There I had the question solved even If It was back end to. 

My wife's name was Florida. When she was expecting the first, my sister said 
she hoped It would be a girl so that we could name her Virginia and add one more 
state to the list. 

My mother's name was Mary Frances Wilbur. Her mother was Abigail Cleveland and 
she was a cranky, contrary old thing anyhow. Those who dared called her the Old 
~«he OevtI. NeverHieless she gave birth to fine girls. My mother was a saint 
ail the days of her life. 

My Mayflower line of descent Is: 

9 - Sydney Ashley m. .Marie Florida Marceau 

8 - Nevada Austin Ashley m. Mary Frances Wilbur 

7 - Job ttortJen Ashley m. Wealthy WHson ■ 

6 - Jane Canedym. W) 1 1 lam J^^Mey " ' 

5 - WIN lam Canedy Jr; m. Mary Gooch Brown 

4- - William Canedy m. Charity Leonard 

5 - Elizabeth Eaton m. William Canedy 

2 - Elizabeth Fuller m. Samuel Eaton 

I - Dr. Samuel Fuller m. Elizabeth Bowen 

(Continued on page 56) 


They're famous as the hiding place 
Of one vfhose name was Joe: 
Who vowed he wouldn't go to war 
To fight for friend or foe. 

And then when he was cal led upon 
The enemy to beard. 
To go and fight, the Britishers, 
Joseph disappeared. 

When officers came after him 
He climbed the chimney flue. 
And Abby Ann, his faithful spouse. 
Didn't know what to do. 

But when a knock emphatic came 
She met them at the door; 
And when they asked where Joseph was 
She told them lies galore. 

**Why Joseph, he has gone away * 
He's gone to make a trade 
With somebody on Betty's Neck 
And won't be back I'm afraid 

"Til after dark. If you can wait 
He may be back right soon. 
He has been gone some little time - 
Since early afternoon". 

While Abby held them talking there, 
Joe fled In headlong haste. 
Far In the woods, a mile or more. 
In fear and dread he raced. 

And there he 1 1 ved among the rocks 
In a narrow eel 1*1 Ike cave. 
Far out of sight of all his friends 
With none to see him save 

His Abby Ann, who carried him 

Some food from day to day; 

His comforts, they were mean and scant. 

His bed was leaves and hay. 

'Twas after dusk that Abby went 
Suspicious folk to blind; 
And cftcn o'or hor shoulder cast 
A furtive glance behind 

The entrance to Joe's hiding place 
Was screened by twin oak trees. 
That grew together near. the ground 
Like unto Siamese. 

Sometimes In darkness of the night 
He stealthily went home; 
But not unti I the vrar was o'er 
Did Joseph freely roam» 

The old frame house In which they lived 
Was torn down long ago. 
And on the site where once it stood 
The trees and bushes grow. 

And the old fashion rose bushes. 
That grew around the door, 
Are sending forth their tender shoots 
As In the days of yore. 

When Abby Ann dug round their roots. 
With anxious loving care 
They gaily bloom each year In June 
And bravely flourish there. 

ffritten by: 


(granddocughter of . 

Sally Todd (Aehley) Nye 

Note: See poem in Vol. I, No. S 

Quote: "Joe's Rock, In a picturesque 
locality of North Rochester, near 
the pumping station of the New 
Bedford water-works, contains Joe's 
cave, said to be the hiding place of 
a fugitive of the Revolutionary era" 

Pg 8S '9tattapoiaett and Old 

by: Mary Ball Leonard 

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CD □ 

The poem on the opposite page and the CD JOE*S ROCKS \3 
research on Its authenticity CD CD 

CD North Rochester CD 
Fwmiehed by: Doria Aehley Lang ^7 and CD CD 


Joe*s Rock Is a large formation of gtaclaly split and tumbled rock, about 
1000 feet In the woods from the pumping station. Perhaps 100 feet or more 
In diameter and about one fourth as high. It Indeed does have any number of 
cave-* I Ike places that could be made Into adequate shelters. In the poem 
**Joe*$ Rocks on the opposite page, Jane describes In detail the legend that 
has been handed down, that It was a Joe Ashley Involved here. 

"And there he lived among the rocks. In a narrow cell-like cave'* Is hard to 
find but easily reached If you know where to look. 

When Doris Ashley Lang loaned me a copy of "Joe^s Rocks'' some time ago with 
the suggestion that I find out Just which Joe this was, I began a search of 
all the records, that tasted over a year and produced nothing. The only 
Joe Ashleys living during the Revolution were Joseph Jr. who Is fully ac- 
counted for (and too old anyway) and Joseph 3rd who enlisted early and died 
In the army at a very young age. A search of Joslahs, Jethros, and similar 
names produced nothing* Then one day while going over the problem for perhaps 
the hundredth time. It occurred to me that Jane said nothing about the 
Revolutionary war, so why not try the War of I8I2» Mary Hall Leonard could 
have made a wrong conclusion on that point. 

Indeed, the more we think of It, the more likely 1812 becomes. This was a 
very unpopular war and much more likely to have had an *'obJector" rtamed Joe. 
Furthermore "his faithful Abby Ann" appears to have had a middle name as well 
as a first name, and middle names were almost unheard of before about 1800. 
Finally, he would simply have been called a Tory during the Revolution and 
ordered not to leave his farm, as Abraham Jr. was. 

A search of Ashleys of the right age In 1812 has produced a likely candidate 
In the person of JOY ASHLEY, born September 22, 1784, son of John and Charity 
(Sherman) Ashley, who would have been 28 In 1812. Eugene's records say, 
"A blacksmith, lived at Sherman Ashley Corner, drank all the time". 
MIddleboro death records say "Mr Joyin Ashley of North Rochester", and date 
of death fits the Rochester records July 13, 1857. He Is burled In Ashley 
CJemetery, North Avenue, Rochester. 

There Is no record of any marriage to Abby Ann or anyone else. This could be 
a missing record, as many are, especially If she died young, or it could be 
that she was only his "Intended" and never really became his "spouse". There 
Is an "Abigail, wife of John Bams who died October 28, 1833, ae 37 years" 
In the Ashley Cemetery. She would have been 16 In 1812. Ck)uld she have de« 
elded against marrying Joy? 

The will of Joy's father, John Ashley (Blacksmith) and Charity his wife. Is 
Interesting In it's strange treatment of Joy as compared to the other two sons 
Thomas and John Sherman. The three daughters, Lydia (Biehcp), Anne IBraley) 
and Charity, a minor and unmarried, get equal cash and movables according to * 
the custom of the times, while sons Thomas and John Sherman get all of the 

(Continued on page 63) 
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Who was D. Thurber Wood? 

In tlw conUnulDB dlKoulon w 
to wtnOier or aMBtiilol Coun^ 
thotdd bulU a new courtbooM 
aodJnU, and If U abodd, when 
would tt In buflt, the nanM c< 
Tfaurber Wo«d !■ fnqmntly 

Who vat 0. Umber W«odT 

Bt was tbe num who ooet 
owMd ibe land ia Segresunet 00 
which pnpooaati ti tbe new 
courttwai* Dcm' have their eye. 

Here ii aomflOilng mote about 

DanMlhuFbar Wood IMS bom 
Marc!] 4, Ifr/S. He WM the aeo o< 
Daniel T. Wood And Mary 
Jooerblne Aihley Wood. 

In i3», at rxe 26, ha rowrksd 
May Florence Aadrewa, the 
daugMer of DanM D. Aadrewa 
and Mary Andrewt. 

hir. Ai^rews la familiar to area 
rtBi^xOa ai the owner cf D. D. 
Andrew! tbre on Main Street, 
DlKhtOD, whirli wai a fine 
ejcample of ai. oM Htm country 
etcre. ttm ntore Is cow known at 
Dighton Red and WhUe Harkit. 

llm em|^ had one cMld, 
Dntrihy Woo4, bcm hi IRO, btd 
che lived only for five yeara. 

Thmbrr'tf fstier was a i£i)or 
.03 long aa ibl^ laUed from 
Dts^t^.□ port*, a miner during the 
CaliT^nrila 6o>d rvh and flni^ a 
carptattc In Uigbton from ms 

Bi'i Thurber became lotneetcd 
hi i±i srcn^tbor Aahley's farm, 
the fum now owned by tbe 


He added to hit farming In- 
come t^ st>i»K each year to Hw 
.. Hacipshire and Vermont In 
search of fine cattle. 

When eeveral cattle can ttdl c< 
eowa arrived at tbe South 
INghtoo Btatloa Ma nnirioyeca, 
with lh« he*p of neightxpfiood 
' boys, drove ttiem to tho faim. 

Sorce cf tiw fir.eet dMry cvM 
w&Ti] sold to other farrseni trA a 
mir'-J.<w wKre flau^biand U>r 
nrut Ut hn vM &cji tJs cart 
whi^ tio drsve tlmugh Digfaton 
v:^: surrounding towsa. 

r complained 
about liia meat. It wm exeaDesit, 
many older realdeiiu recall, 

Aa Tlwrber grew older, Chariei 
Scare assumed much o( the 
deiivoy of meals and the Sears 
family hdpcd in running the 
bouse and farm as well. 

Thurber then was ^e to take 
bit wife May to Midne each, 

lliere be lived in a van wUeh 
ha had nude t^ boxbig to an 
automotrila chaasls. 

Long before ttie d»y of trallen 
and campers, Ti!urh(ir drove hk 
van to Boothbay Harbor, Kia'ne, 
near the (dd three masted sailing 
vessels which stood U^ere unused 
and he ond Mary travelled over a 
pla/di to use the cabin of one 
vessel tor laundry and toilet 

By day they went deep sea 
fishing, turning over Qw fish to a 
dealer and canner of fish. 

At sanini2r's end be rode home 
with a fine load of salted fish and 
msiiy plAaeant memories.. 

Thivu^ the years Thurber 
oflen nerved m town committeea. 

In hit eariy days he served 
aeveral terms, aa Sealer of 

WeighU end Measures and 
lubsequettly aa Inqwctor of 


As Thurber bad no desceodasts 
and was anxious that his Cam be 
continued lor agriculture, he 
willed It to the County at his death 
May 1. 19U. 

Atxxit two yean ago the Wood 
farmhouse waa demoMied bii 
the lind was put bito bay f arise 
for tbe Aggie School herda. 

Now Coun^ CommisslDiwn 
would use the 100 acre farm as 
the dte tor a new coarthouse. 
Bond counsel baa ruled tb«y cm 
borrow $300,000 agahwt a tMB 
apin^atian of US mlUlon to 
begin placnbg for a centralired 
courthouse b:it only after tbe ute 
has been acquired. 

Itie proposed site is abODt l,ora 
feet away from a strotch of road 
that is planned for the new 
DlgUoQ-BerUey .Bridge and wiD 
jiAa up with Route 24 wfaeo it is 

Tbe land is on Oie west Ude of 
Somerset Avenue sdjaeeot to tbe 
Segreganset Post OSlce and ia 
about one quarter mite souttiweat 
of the Bristol County Aggie 
School. It is bounded by prtvste 
property on throe sidea. 


ALDEN ASHLEY^ (1783-1856) 
(Noah Ashley"^, Jethro , JosephM 

Fvamiahed by: Gerald Ashley Cooper 


Found at last, the exact location of the Alden Ashley farm^ It was about 
100 acres on the Columbia and Rensselaer County line, part in the Town of 
Nassau, Rensselaer County, mostly In the Town of Chatham, Columbia County, 
New York, about one mile south of the Intersection of Route 20 East of Albany 
and Route 66 which Is South through Chatham Township. It was one mile West 
of the East line of Chatham Township, In an area still called **Ashley HIM". 

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Geo, Carpenter 

Alden Ashley Jr. 
jfi Cornelia Cornell 

Jonathon Reynolds 
m Nanoy Green 

Scale: 3/4 Sq. Inch 
five aarea 

This map was drav/n from the description In the deed and shoi/s oivners of 
adjoining land. Hore research may prove that Alden 's father, iloah Ashley 
ov/ned the farm before him, and It Is possible that Alden Ashley was bom on 
this farm on March 6, 1783. He died August 25, 185G and by the terms of his 
win, tills farm of about 100 acres v/as sold flay 4, 1857 to George li. Palmer 
and Lorenzo Humphrey for $2,875.00. 

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(continued next page) 

The family burial plot on this farm has eleven rrarked graves. Eight are marked 
with plain native stones, and three have narriiDs. on 1h(^.m* 

The area In which this fafin Is located was In Renslaerwyck until Albany was 
formed In 1683. Columbia County was fonr.od from Albany In 1756. In 1790 
this area was In the Town of Cana:3n, Columbia County. The town of Chatham 
was created March 17, 1795, having been erected from the Towns of Canaan and 

I have been told that the Rider's Mills Historical Association has authentic 
school tax receipts signed by Noah Ashley In 1796. Other records pertaining 
to this fami ly are: 

The 1790 Census * Town of Canaan, Columbia County, New York 

Noah Ashley 3-5-4 
Elisha Ashley I - I -* 4 (Were they related?) 

American Ancestry - by Thomas P. Hughes, 1887 - Vol. 2, p. 4 (#32) 
ASHLEY, Henry A. of Chatham, b 1854 (m. Fidelia A. Burrows); son of 
Abram of Chatham, b 1816, d 1882 (m. Lydia Ann Young), served In the 
\tr.r of the Rebellion; son of Abram of Chatham, b 1789 d 1876 (m DeMlah 
Beemcn); son of Noah of Chatham, b April 14, 1747, d Oct. 2, 1815, 
(m Rebeccah ) 

I have copies of the Wills of Noah and Alden Ashley (see Wills on page 58) and 
there Is no doubt that- they are my ancestors. (Gerald A. Cooper (8) Porenoe 
Aehley Cooper (7) Daniel Aehley (6) Alden Ashley Jr (6) Alden Aahley (4) 
Noah Ashley (3) Jethro Ashley (2) Joseph Ashley (I) 

I believe Noah Ashley is the son of Jethro Ashley and Elizabeth Holmes of the 
town of Rochester, Plymouth County, Mass. Jethro was In the Third Parish of 
Rochester at the time It was set up, 1743 to August 1747. Noah was born 
April 14, 1747, as yet we have not been able to find his birth recorded there. 

Jethro Is believed to have taken his family to Nine Partners, Dutchess County, 
New York about 1762. I have not been able to find his name on any roster there. 
There was an Alden Ashley, a member of the Baptist Church In North East Precinct, 
who signed a pledge to support the Continental Congress, canvass made In June 
and July 1775. Alden Ashley also signed an order for his pay due him for duty 
In Revolutionary War, on Dec. 6, 1784. A Jabez Ashley signed a petition for 
land, as a late soldier on Oct. 25, 1776, land In Newbourgh, Orange County, or 
Plattekill, Ulster County. 

According to the John Reynolds Genealogy, Noah Ashley married Rebecca Reynolds, 
daughter of Nehemlah Reynolds of Nine Partners, whose sons, David, Amos, 
Nehemlah and daughter Mary (who married Solomon Finch) came to the RayvIMe 
area of Chatiicm township In Columbia County, New York. ._. .. 

((kmtlnued from page 51) 

Sydney Ashley^ lives In the over 200 year old home at the corner of North Main 
Street and Ashley Avenue In the **Steep Brook" section of Fall River. He wl 1 1 
be the fourth and last generation to live there as the property Is now owned 
by the Montaup Electric Ck>. Sydney sold It to the Company In 1961 with the 
provision that he could live out his days there. Montaup Electric will tear 
It down after Sydney's passing. 

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Pumiehed by: M^a. Win. E. Gtaaky 


Polly Ashley^ (Zebulon^Thos.'-Thoe.^OBeph) and Truman Strong were married on 
21 March 1811 In Poultney, Vt. and moved to Ohio in 1812 as did Polly^s father 
Zebulon and family. The Ashleys and Strongs were granted land In Ohio by 
Thomas Jefferson for service in the Revolution to encourage westward movement* 

On the farm of my grandfather Wilbur Strong stood a school house started by 
these early settlers. I attended this country school a half year - and dont 
you know, that was the last year that they used that school. Thus you might 
say I was the last descendant to attend the school my ancestors had started. 
I have the school belt as we do not yet have a historical society to preserve 
these things for future generations. 

The farm I own today has always been In the Strong family since they came from 
Vermont in 1812 

About the film - - "WHALER OUT OF NEW BEDFORD" 

The Whaling Museum in New Bedford has in Its collection the largest i9th 
century panorama still In existence. These huge paintings toured the U.S. 
and Europe and were extremely popular with those who did not have the op- 
portunity to see the wonderous sights described by explorers and the 
fortunate few who could travel. The original Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 
round the world was one of the very largest of which there Is a record. 
It was painted by Benjamin Russell In 1848 after a four year voyage on the 
whaleshlp Kutusoff. 

When the Panorama was put on special exhibition In I960 for the first time 
in at least 50 years. It became evident that it would lend Itself admirably 
to a motion picture based on the beautiful scenes of New Bedford harbor, 
the Azores, Cape Verdes and the romantic islands of the Pacific Including 
Tahiti, Hawaii, PItcairn*s and the Marquesas. 


Francis Thompson has produced a charming film which brings out the unique 
primitive quality of the panorama. He has brought movement and excite-* 
ment to a sti 1 1 subject which Is a delight to the eye as well as to the 
ear. Instead of spoken commentary which accompanied the display, the 
film has a singing score and sound effects sung and recorded by Ewan 
MacColl, Peggy Seeger and chorus. Various musical Instruments associated 
with the period supply the background music. The songs describe the 
action and the faraway lands visited by the whalemen. 


This Is the treat tn store for us at our THIRD REUNION! C 



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I • •.. 

Excerpts from Wl I Is of NOAH ASHLEY & ALDEN ASHLEY 


□ a 

FumUfmd by: Gerald A. Cooper *Z9 CIIIIIITTTl 

NOAH ASHlfY Dated June 4, 18 

Probated October 


Noah Ashley 
Rebecca Ashley 

Nicholas Ashley 

Stephen Ashley 

Albany Ashley Oliver 

James Ashley 

Jabez Ashley 

Patience Ashley Finch 

A I den Ashley 

Rebecca Ashley We I don 

Noah Ashley 

Abraham Ashley 

Elizabeth Ashley 

Joseph Ashley 

April 14, 
April 22, 


died October 2, 1815 
August 8, 1822 

June 25, 1771 
June I, 1773 
April 5, 1775 
May 14, 1777 
Sept. 20, 1779 
Dec. II, 1781 
March 6, 1783 
Dec. 6, 1785 
October 18, 1787 
July 14, 1789 
September 17, 1791 
March 31, 1795 

February 14, 1825 
October . 1866 

August 25, 1856 


From Will of ALDEN ASHLEY of Chatham, N.Y. dated January 14, 1853 

Probal^ November 26, iB56 Book L, I .Dates 

A I den Ashley born 
Ruamah (Ruamy) Green Ashley 

Albania Ashley Roberts 

Alvanta Ashley 

Betsey Ashley Moeher 
^Caroline Ashley Reynolds 

Amy Ashley Hasson 

Lewis Ashley 

Gennond Ashley 

Alden Ashley Jr. 

Nf'itlson G« Ashley 

Ncincy Mar I ah Ashley WIckham 

Paulina J« Ashley 

Floral le R. Ashley 

Horatio R* Ashley 

Mary Ann Ashley 

*Sm!th F. Reynolds 1833 

(grandson of Caroline and Alanson Reynolds) 

March 6, 


Nov. 14, 


Dec. t8> 


Aug. \2p 


July 2U 


Meiy 15, 


Nov. 13, 


Oct. 31, 


Aug. 20, 


July 25, 


July 21, 


April 1, 


July 1, 


March 1, 


Jan. 21, 



August 25, 1856 
Sept. 16, 1868 

March 22, 1832 
Dec. II, 1835 


Nov. 5, 1880 

March 27, 1849 

(The end) 



If you approach from route 24, go through Assonet Village and take Slab 
Bridge Road vfest to the Junction of Chace and Bullock Road. Follow Bullock 
Road to Quanapoag Road. From Route 140 take Braley Rd east to Braiey's 
corner, then left to Quanapoag Road. 

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By: Ethel Fuller §37 with additions 
from Robert E. Ashley #1 and 
Mrs. Louise (Pickens) Tanner if 125 

Ambrose Dean of Assonet was in California In the i850*s err^)loyecl at Valentine 
Hathaway 's ranch In Napa County. When riding Into Napa, the town, one morning 
he was hailed by a far off rider with a shout of "Ship Ahoy". Being a button- 
ed-up Yankee, Ambrose paid no attention, but the other horseman hastened to 
catch up and shouted "Where you from?". 

Ambrose still uninterested shouted back "Slab Bridge" thinking that would end 
the matter. But back came the answer "Heave to, I We been there". That so 
astonished Ambrose that he pulled up. The sailor had once put in at New 
Bedford and a shipmate had taken him to his home at Slab Bridge for Saturday 
and Sunday. 

In the I840*s a wealthy Southerner had come to Freetown and bought up many 
dcres of white pine woodland In the area east of the present State Forest. 
Foh a number of years, William Richardson^s saw mill at Slab Bridge was a busy 
place throughout the week, and a gay place Saturday nights. No one mentions 
dances, but there Is a written report of Corn-husking bees. The home cooking 
and the friendly young people had made "Slab Bridge" a pleasant memory for., 
the sai lor. He and Ambrose rode into Napa together and spent the afternoon 
talking about New England. It was said that Richardson could cut a cord of 
wood 'a day and yet never own any less cords of wood, the growth on his many 
acres being at least one cord per day. 

The Freetown History, on page 206, describes the Assonet River as flowing 
from Cranberry Swamp northerly "crossing the northerly New Bedford road 
(Slab Bridge Road) at Slab Bridge; so named because the bridge that crosses 
the stream at this point was once made of slabs. Here are the ruins of an old 
dam and a mill of some kind was undoubtedly once located at this point. It 
next crosses the How I and road and here we find the ruins of the How I and saw 

mill" And on page 196, "William Richardson came from the South to 

Assonet and settled at Slab Bridge". 

A man who was born in 1846 and who went to school at Slab Bridge from a home 
on Slab Bridge Road writes (In 1922) "Now the school house and all save three 
houses have disappeared". He remembers as a small child being left at home 
one night when his mother went "to a husking bee at Bill Richardson's". 

Footnotes: (from notes of Noah W. Ashley of Taunton, written 1907 and loaned 

to Association by his grandson, Norman E. Ashley #142) 

The children of William Ashley^, third son of Joseph Ashley' and his first 

wife Mercy Ashley, dau. of Abraham', his cousin were: 

Jephthah who never married and appears to have died In the Revolution 
Abraham, known as Deacon Abraham who settled at Quanapoag and married 
(1) Phebe Tabor and (2) Hannah Crapo 

(Continued next page) 
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Wltllan^ marrivd second Etlzabeth Macomber* and ttMlr cbMdrsn war*: 

MIcah who settled either at "Slab Bridge" or at "Backside", he married 
Sarah Reynolds 
**Ablah who married Elder PhllMp Hatheway and lived In the house still 
standing on Main Street, Assonet, Just north of the cemetery opposite 
the Congregational Christian Church where Elder Phillip Is burled 
Noah who settled In the Sixteen Shilling Purchase part of Mlddleboro, 
now known as Lakevllle, and built the house where our 2nd Vice Presi- 
dent Paul Leonard now lives. Noah married three times - (I) Abigail 
Hoar, (2) Lavlnia Howtand, (3) Mrs. Sarah (Reynolds) Ashley, widow of 
his brother MIcah. 

*Beecrd8 of t^ Hathaaay Family AaBoeiatlcH ahaa Sliaabtth 
MaocmiMV to be a direat dgaomdant of Villian Thm Conqutror, 
King of SngUotd 1068-1087, 

**MM«e c^Mut Abidk on page_^„:i81 

(AHdh Aehl0y^, Hllim^^ Joeeph^) 

BETSEY HATHEWAY, born 12 Oct. 1780, 
died 10 Oct. 1873, daughter of 
Rev. Philip and Ablch (Ashley) 
Hatheway married Edmund Hathaway 
on 19 May 1799, son of Lt. Philip 
and Lucy (Valentine) Hathaway. 

According to Hurd*s History of Bristol 
Co., Edmund Hathaway was the most 
prtxninent man In Freetown - Shipmaster, 
Shipbuilder, etc. Edmund died In 
1832 and Betsey lived In Freetown as 
a. widow until her death some 41 years 

Her portrait^. ap(tai-«ntly a charcoal 
and chalk enlargement from a daguer- 
reotype, hangs In the home of Ethel 
Fuller (*37) In Assonet and shows the 
hardy determination o< these third and 
fourth generation women. eM>«t points 
out that Betsey Is wearing a "false 
front", a small dark wig under her cap, 
while the hair at the sides Is white. 

We are sorry that we are unable "Yq 
reproduce a better copy of Betsey'-s 

fumiehad by: 

Mm, Loid99 PiokoM Tammr §126 

n CD 




(William^, Joseph') 

The doughty ABIAH ASHLEY was one of our most Interesting characters. Born 
July 15, 1751, daughter of Will lam Ashley and his second wife widow 
Elizabeth (Macomber) Rounsvll te. She died "out west" In 1843 In her 93rd 
year. She married in Mlddleboro, 18 December 1777 Phillip Hatheway, who was 
Elder (today we would say Reverend) of the First Baptist Church of Freetown, 
and later became a Swedenborgian. 

He served as a private and as a sergeant in the Revolution, guarding Boston 
Neck and preventing the British from getting supplies or leaving the city 
during the siege. He was the illegitimate son of Melettah Hatheway and 
Rachel Hosklns, a servant In the Hatheway home In Dartmouth. (Rachel was 
the deceased wife's sister). Rachel was sentenced by the (bounty Court to be 
publicly whipped but there was no punishment recorded for Meietlah. No 
record of the punishment being carried out. 

Children of Elder Phillip and Abiah (Ashley) Hatheway were Noah who died at 
age 27, Betsey who married Edmund Hathaway, and Persts Lysom who married 
Benjamin Chase. Benjamin died In 1817 and Persis apparently returned home 
to her parents in Assonet. 

In 1839 Elder Phillip died and Ablah, now 90, went west with her daughter 
Persis and her granddaughter Elizabeth who had married James Pickens. They 
traveled by packet to New York and up the Hudson to Albany, then by canal 
boat the entire length of the newly opened Erie Canal to Buffalo. From 
there it was overland by covered wagon to Ottawa, Illinois, a distance of 
some 1100 miles all told. Ablah lived in Ottawa another three, perhaps 
eight years. Her daughter Persis also lived to be 98. An excerpt from 
her obituary In the Ottawa Free Trader follows: 

"September 17, 1881 - Mrs. Persis Chase, remembered as probably the oldest 
lady in LaSalle County, who attended the old folks picnic in Ottawa a year 
ago and sang a song with all the clearness and steadiness of a young lady, 
died while on a visit to a relative at Fowler, Indiana on the iOth instance. 
She had come to Ottawa from Freetown, ^4ass. In 1841 with her mother who was 
then 90 years old and lived to be 98 (?) and lived with her son-in-law 
James H. Pickens Esq. In south Ottawa, ever since. She had married young, & 
In a few years was left a widow with two children and never remarried. She 
lived to see her descendants to the fifth generation; had lived through 
every administration of our government and remembers well when the death of 
Washington was announced. She was a woman of more than ordinary intelligence, 
tenacious of memory as of life, a close observer and therefore always in- 
terested in the social circle. She had all her life enjoyed good health, and 
was so vigourous and well preserved that she might have lived years longer 
but for an Imprudence that brought on the fatal attack, although she main- 
tained the full possession of her faculties to the last. " 

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O CD- 

CX3CXXXIXX3 (Silas ErjttuKdP sil<XB Hckefie^, Noah^^ 

Noah^j IJillicsrfi^ Joseph^ ) 

Excerpts from "Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass, - July 1936 

Furnished by Nancy Ashley #94 

newspapers* pictorial reproduction in the last 50 years are recalled by the death 
of Edmund D. Ashley, New Bedford artist and photographor for whom funeral services 
will be held tomorrow QJuly 8(?) 1936]. Mr. Ashley was one of the premier expon- 
ents of the chalk-plate art, through which an artist, with the aid of a stylus, 
transferred to a sheet of chalk, superimposed upon steel, the outlines cut by the 
artist wherever black lines or shadOngs were to appear, was in turn placed under 
molten metal to form a printing plate In much the manner that some plates are 
made today from papier mache matrices. 

The chalk plate process, which illustrated hundreds of newspapers from the small- 
est to the largest In the 1800's fell Into discard with the advent of the half- 
tone method of photo-engraving, now universally used. There probably are no 
more than two or three chalk-plate artists still plying their skill on American 
newspapers • 

Mr. Ashley, who made sketches at the famed Lizzie Borden trial In New Bedford, 
kept pace with progress. When chalk plates were no longer In demand he turned to 
camera, and rounded out 40 years with the Standard as a cameraman; No assignment 
was too difficult for him. 

For the last two or three years, Mr. Ashley, In falling health, had done free 
lance work. One of his last jobs was the taking of pictures of Greater New 
Bedford grammar school graduates In June. He also was official photographer at 
the New Bedford House of Correction. His death, at 65, came early Sunday at 
St. Luke's Hospital, following a shock. 

BY THE WAY by C.G . 

Reading of the death of Edmund D. Ashley, my mind went back to the first days 
of my newspaper work In New Bedford. A year's experience as a reporter lay 
behind me, but that experience had been with a paper that did not boast an art 
department. One of my first assignments with The Standard was to go about and 
see a lot of persons who were prominent In municipal politics, and attend some 
political rallies - the city election campaign being In full blast then - and 
write a feature story on municipal politics in New Bedford as It looked to a 
stranger. I was awed by the assignment, but uneasiness turned to fear when I 
was told: "An artist will be placed at your disposal". Now what the heck, I 
thought, would I do with an artist who had never worked with one? 

But It was easy. Because the artist was Ed Ashley, and he knew his business, and 
was friendly and helpful, so that we got along swimmingly, and anybody who had 
taken a superficial view of the matter would have believed I was a "journalist" 
who never worked without an artist at his disposal. 

(continued next page) 
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Meanwhile, I was Initiated Into the art of chalk-plate making, the process 
used when The Standard first began to Illustrate Its news and feature stories. 
A piece of sheet metal was coated with chalk perhaps a sixteenth of an Inch 
thick, and with a graver Ed Ashley would make a line drawing, cutting away 
the chalk where necessary. If he was making a portrait he worked from a 
photograph. For other pictures he might use photographs or pencil sketches 
he had made on the scene. Once the plate was etched, a cast was made from It 
In type metal, and this cast went Into the form. When photo-engraving came 
into general use, the chalk plate went Into the discard. Instead of being a 
photographer, sketch artist and engraver, as In the early days, Ed Ashley 
devoted most of his time to new photography. But not until he had turned 
out a lot of good work by the old process, and was recognized In this part of 
New England as one of the best In his trade. 

THE BIRTHDAY CLUB - He had the knack. In the chalk plate days, of being able 
to work even when he had company, and because of the fact we boys of the 
news department, once the last edition was out of the way, were In the habit 
of gathering In Ed's room at the end of the hal I, to watch him at his work, 
to swap experiences, and to talk shop. And sometimes, if truth be told, to 
play vingt-et-un with tobacco tags for chips. Out of this association came 
a group of fellows who called themselves the Birthday Club. Composed origin- 
ally of members of the Standard and the Mercury staffs. It came to Include 
some outsiders, of whom two were Judge James P. Ooran and the late Louis E. 
Walker of Taunton, then tenor In the Unitarian choir of this city. Whenever 
a member's birthday came around, we would have a dinner somewhere and 
celebrate It. For each dinner there would be a set of steins, with lettering 
and pictorial design appropriate to the member whose birthday It was; and 
Ed Ashley's Important contribution was to decorate these steins, which re- 
mained with us as lasting souvenlers of a congenial association. 

WRIle his work was chiefly black-and-white sketching and photography, he 
had no mean skill In water colors. Even as I write this about him, one of 
his pictures comes to mind - a marsh scene near Padanaram, with two stacks of 
salt hay, and over all An automnal haze - a picture full of feeling and 
indicative of true artistic talent. 

For Ed Ashley, the last photograph has been snapped, the last picture painted. 
But he lived to be the sole connecting link between the chalk plate era of 
newspaper illustration and the modern photo engraving. And when the older 
newspapermen of New Bedford recall the old days, Ed Ashley plays a prominent 
part In their reminiscences. 

(The End) 

JOE'S ROCKS {Continued from page S3) 

land, tools, etc., and are charged with the care of Joy. 

"I give to my son Joy Ashley $10 out of my estate with a privilege In my 
house to live in, also one bed and bedding, with a place to set his bed to 
lodge in, also a privilege In my blacksmith shop and tools to work with and 
when sick and unable to labour to be supported and provided for by my two sons 
Thomas and John Sherman Ashley with clothing, provisions and medicine necessary" 
Could It be that Joy had ruined his health while living at Joe's or Joy's Rocks? 
All cumulative evidence to be sure, but If we allow for missing records* poetic 
license and a lack of anyone else to fit the place, then we may have found Joe. 
Would appreciate hearing from anyone with more facts or theories. 

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There are stave that go out in the darknecs 

But whose si'lver, light shineth onj 
There are roses whose perfimie lingers 

When the blor^scme are faded and gene. 
There are hearts f»dVL of li^ht and of sweetness 

Ifhen no longer their life aurrant flews; 
Still their goodness lives on with the living 

Like the souls of the star and th^ rose. 

DR.J. KENNETH SOKDL, noted urologist, 
died March 20th of a heart a1*tack while 
on vacation with his family In the Bahamas. 
A doctor In Chicago since 1937, Dr. Sckol 
was a member of several honorary uro logi- 
cal soclatles. Including the North Central 
Urologlcal Society and the American Urolog- 
Ical Society and was formerly president of 
the Chicago Urologlcal Society. A member 
of the staff of Wesley Memorial Hospital 
for more than 25 years, on faculty of 
Northwestern University Medical School, 
and a significant contributor In the 
urologlcal field, writing for many medical 
publications. In the 1950S Dr. Sokol 
was a member of a team of doctors who were 
Instrumental In bringing the use of radio- 
active gold to Its prer^ent high state of 
efficiency In the treatment of prostatic 
cancer. He also worked closely with the 
Planned Parenthood Board of Chicago and 
was an adviser to that group In promoting 
the safe utilization of male sterilization. 
Dr. Sokol Is survived by his wife, Ruth 
nee Ashley {ff\22), a daughter Jane, and 
a son Richard. Your editor Is Ruth's 
only sister. 


TEXT from l og of whal eship ARAB 

Published by the Whaling yhiseum 
Hew Bedford^ Massachusetts 

died In January. Services were held 
In the Little Church of the Flowers 
on January II, followed by Interment 
at Forest Lawn. She was born In 
Bedford, Iowa, was a past Regent for 
DAR, and Organizing .Regent of the 
DAC and a member of Atwater Park 
Baptist Church. She Is survived 
by her husband, Wei ley, a daughter 
Mrs. Clarissa VIets of Atwater, a 
son James Daughterty, four grand- 
chlldren and nine great grandchildren. 
Her Sister^ Ida: Belle (Bianenshlp) 
Gaut (#103) and brother Otto H. 
Blankenship (#99) are active members 
of Ash leys of America. 

HAROLD C. ASHLEY (86) passed away on 
January 25, 1972 and Is burled In 
South Cemetery, Orange, Mass. He 
Is survived by his wife Ethel (Howland) 

ISAAC L. ASHLEY Jr., 87 of South 
Dartmouth, Mass. died Jan. 22, 1972 
after a brief Illness. He Is sur- 
vived by his wife Ethel, a daughter 
Mrs. Virginia Stevens, a granddaughter 
and great grandson. A native of 
New Bedford and lifelong area resi- 
dent, he was a retired artist. 


Ship ARAB In the Gulph of the Red Sea - 

Tuesday, July 18, 1843: - First part heavy gales from S.S.W. heading S.E. under 
reff fore sale close reff Main Topsail & Main Spencer. Mid part the Same our 
crew In perfect good health eating at the Rate of 8 bis of Meat a month In this 
warm weather besides Bread and other things to numerous to mention. This day 
Practice I ng on the Flute and reading my Letters which I received from Home for 
the 50th time with cheers my drooping Spirits a little whllelylng here In this 
dismal weather with no prospects of being any better In reading my letters 
today It was quite Laughable to read over their Excuses In writing to us. one 
says I have not got any news to write another that my pen Is poor and It is 
getting late the children Is troublesom I have no time to write & a 

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(Continued on page 66) 

Comedienne Phyllis D) I ler has has a 
$4,000 reconstruction Job on her 
face« but her famous cackle has been 
left untouched. Is she abandoning 
her standard role as a harried wife? 
"Absolutely not," she says. "I'll 
still project the same Image when 
performing. I'm not deserting the 
housewife. I'll Just be showing her 
It isn't a sin to look better." The 
work by her surgeon, DR. FRANKLIN 
ASHLEY Includes a face lift and a 
nose Job. Miss Dlller also had her 
teeth straightened. 

Bottybjood AP S-B-19T2 

FRANK ASHLEY of the Louisville 
Courier-Journal Is written up In 
Time Magazine, January 24, 1972 
In connection with his Investiga- 
tion of federal appropriation to 
create Jobs was being spent in 
Boonevllle, Owsley Co., Kentucky. 

have you heard? 

A story entitled "Whiff of Pine" appeared 
in a recent issue of tfie Sunshine Magazine 
written by Nova Trimble Ashley of Wichita, 
Kansas. Is she part of our ASHLEY clan? 


VIRGINIA ASHLEY GOFf^ #41 was one 
of the lucky persons to purchase 
an old pew from the Mul lein HI 1 1 
Church In Lakevllle, Mass., being 
sold to Increase their building fund 
for expansion of the church. Many 
Ashley, WInslow, Canedy and. Staples 
ancestors are burled In cemetery 
adjoining the church. 

Fails, New York retired last August 
from GTE Sylvanla Electric after 
42 years service. A professional 
in the electronics field, he is 
widely known In Europe, Mexico and 
South America as he Is In the U.S. 
He and his wife Rhoda look forward 
to returning to New England, having 
purchased a home in Wolfboro, N.H. 
He Is the brother of our 3rd Vice 
President, Bradford F. Swan. 

NANCY ASHLEY (#94) has thrown away 
her crutches. The broken leg Is 
atmrwhos good as new. 

Jaclntho Martinez, American exchange 
student staying with the Karl James 
Ashley Jr. family In Apponequet cele- 
brated his birthday In February. 

CAITLIN ASHLEY, daughter of L. Barry and 
Susan (Ashley) French <#9) arrived Jan. 
16, 1972. Maternal grandparents are 
Theodore Chace and Pauline (Baker) Ashley 

Descendants of William Ashley and his 
wife Pbebe Howe are very distantly ro- 
tated to Brigham Young, president of the 
Church of Latter Day Saints and founder 
of Salt Lake City, Utah - viz. 


JOHN HOWE ( -1687) 
(Came to Amer' 1636) 

John (1640-1676) 
John (1671- ) 
Peter (1695-1778) 
Nehemiah (1721- ) 
Phebe (1758-1828) 
m Wm. Ashley 


Samuel (1642-1713) 
Samuel (1668-1731) 
Peter («I698-I756) 
Phlneas (I735-IBI7) 
Abigail (1766-1815) 
m Or. Joseph Young 
Brigham (1801-1877) 



#138 ARTHUR $• ASHLEY (9) 

#179 JOAN P. ASHLEY (9) 



PI ease add these lineages to your membership 
roll. If you can assist In filling In any 
blanks it will be appreciated. 

Edward Stone (8) Arthur Stone (7) Silas 
Edmund (6) Silas Pickens (5) Noah (4) 
Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (I) 

Clifford Forrest (8) Edwin Forrest (7) Marcus (6) 
Marcus TX* (5) Abraham (4) Perclval <3) 
Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 

Francis M. KprnH?) Lydla Ann Reed (6) Mary 
"Polly" Ashley (5) Abraham* (4) Noah (3) 
Jethro (2) Joseph (I) 

John Rogers and Nellie M. Gushee 

Jarlus Gushee and Elizabeth White Ashley 

Capt. William Ashley and Delano Allen 

(Who can help on this lineage?) 

Mrs. Arthur L. Sr, 

-Harold Wi Imuth Ashley (8) Herbert 
Wl Imuth (7) Jamers Emerson Jr. (6) 
James Emerson (5) Perclval (4) 
Perclval (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 

#167 ARTHUR L. ROSE Jr (10) 



Pried I la L. (Ashley) Rose (9) 
Balance same as #166 above 

A friend - lineage of 1 SIster-ln-law 

Ruth Virginia (Manning) Dickinson ( ) 

John Ashley Minn log 4 Augusta Pee^ey Russell 

Wilt lam Richard. Manning K Virginia Ashley (cousins 

Nathaniel Ashley & Caroline Clay Marshall 

William Ashley and Mary Raines 

Nathaniel Ashley and Jane Williams 

Wi I t lam Ash-ey and 

John Ashley and Mary (lived In Anson Co. 

N.C. where he d. 1759) 

Witlard Creighton Ashley ( ) Henry ( ) 
Abraham Jr. ( ) Abraham ( ) Noah ( ) 

(jloah was the son of 


Ship ARAB - Continued from page 64 

thousand other things What would they say If they were here toss to and fro 
by the Waves beating against our frail Bark where It takes one to hold the 
Inkstand another to brace while one is writing. they might then lay down their 
pen and Say that It Is improbable I Cannot write. Think of this Friends 
when you sit down to write to your Friends who are absent from home. 

(The end) 
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34 Roosevelt St. 
Acushnet, Mass. 02743 


G C3 


c: CD 


Harry F ( ) Henry G ( ) James ( ) 

MR & MRS MARCUS H. ASHLEY (lOMarcus Harold Jr (9) Marcus Harold (0) 
Keene Road Frank Harold (7) Marcus (6) Marcus T.C. 

East Freetown, Mass. 02717 (5) Abraham (4) Perclval (3) Abraham (2) 

Joseph ( I ) 


130 West Locust St. 
Boonvllle, ind. 47601 

3314 N.W. 23rd Court 
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 33311 


195 Valley Road 

Schenectady, N.Y. 12309 

405 Coconut Isle, 
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 33301 

Leonard ( ) Lafayette L ( ) Alvis M ( ) 
Francis M ( ) 

Elbert Fletcher ( ) Addison Sterne ( ) 

Francis William ( ) Francis ( ) 

#208 Mr & Mrs JOHN BOSWELL ASHLEY (8) Charles Hartweli (7) Charles Henry (6) 
21 Blackstone Ave. Thomas Henry (5) Thomas (4) Abraham (3 

BInghamton, N.Y. 13903 William (2) Joseph (I) 


690 Hudson Ave. 
Albany, N.Y. 12203 

62 Tyler Terrace 
Newton Centre, Mass. 02159 


1300 Bayard Park Drive 
Evansvllle, Ind. 47714 

#212 Mr & Mrs DAVID P. HART 

Lena May (Ashley) Hart 
Rt 3, Box 5072 
Port RIchey, Fla. 33568 

#213 Mr & Mrs ANTHONY F. NERO 
Doris (Ashley) Nero (9) 
II Joslen Place, Hudson, 
Hudson, N.Y. 12534 

Jerman Ashley ( ) Jerman ( ) 

A friend 

Jacob B ( ) William ( ) 

Charles Wesley Ashley ( ) Matthew Gurley ( ) 
Alvts Wesley ( ) Francis M ( ) William ( ) 

(seorge Nester Ashley (8) Louis Frisbee (7) 
Charies (6) Abram (5) Abram (4) Noah (3) 
Jethro (2) Joseph (I) 

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515 N.E. Jackson St. 
Roseburg, Oregon 97470 

1215 Mr & Mrs CHARLES H. ASHLEY ( ) 
Old Baltimore Ptke« R.0.2 
Newark, Delaware 1 97 1 1 


30 Masterton Rd. 
Bronxvllle, N.Y. 10708 


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Francis William b i I856» Frodsham, 
Chesire, England 

Charles Henry ( ) William Henry ( ) 

Allen ( ) Wit I lam Frank ( ) Marion 
Walker ( ) Judge John ( ) 

Change Zip Code to 92102 

#175 MR & MRS JOHN 6. ANDERSEN Change street number to 40547 Orange I awn Ave. 

Correct spe 1 1 1 ng of name - AndersEn 

#77 CALVIN LEWIS ASHLEY JR. Change town 1o Salisbury Center 


Change street to CHAGRIN Blvd. Zip to 44122 

Change town to Oakvi I ie. Zip to 06779 

Change to 51 Oockray Rd., Wakefield, R.I. 02880 

#25 MRS. TRACY HOLLIS ASHLEY Sr. Change to Cortland Housing Authority #9007 

51 Port Watson St., 
Cortland, N.Y. 13045 


Add - 1068 Digby Lane, Mount Vernon, Wash. 98273 

#39 ms, PRESTON W. GIFFORD Change to Rt. I, Box 2e9A, E. Freetown, Mass 02717 



Change to 226 Paipon St.^ Hoffman Estates, III. 

Change to 3424 Douglas Rd, Apt. 2 

Toledo, Ohio, 43606 

Add Rt. 3, Box 235 Zip 02857 

#62 Mr & Mrs. Antonio Santos Change to 458 N. Main St., Raynham, Mass. 02767 

;fl22 Mrs. J. Kenneth Soto I 

Change Zip Code to 60201 

#!70 MRS. FREELA D. WEBSTER Change Zip Code to 46733 

1972 ASHLEYS OF AMERICA - Uninoorpcvated Family A^sooiation 


vol. M No. 4 


July 1972 

Organ I led August 29, 1970 

August 26th 

August 27th 

12:30 noon 
2 PM 




Date: August 26 & 27» 1972 

Place: THE WHALING MUSEUM of The Old Dartmouth 
Historical Society 
18 Johnny Caka Hill, New Bedford. Mass. 


• Registration {Free adniaeion to Museum for members and 
thetr limtedlate families - paid by association) 
Guests welcome - $1.00 per person Museum admission 
Anyone arriving after 10 AM must pay regular admission 

Welcome by Mr. Richard C. Kugler Museum Director 

Film - "Whaler out of New Bedford" 


Dinner - Wamsutta Club (reservatloRS please) 

"Archaeology at the Crossroads - by Dr. Maurice Robblns 

Program at "The Seamen's Bethel" 

Motor tour of old Ashley sites - Rochester, Freetown, 
and Lakeville ending at "Wapanucket #8". 


From yout 'fmatrated" Editor: 

Carpenters, painters, plumbers, etc* 
Jumping over each other trying to 
complete my new home. Sold old 
house * had two weeks to move 
after 21 years In same spot (and 
a full basement too). 

Being a "pack«-rat^ genealogist, 
hand I -^rafter, etc. It was a monu- 
mental task. 

Move complete -* house Incomplete. 

Can't find anything and am I 
confused I 

I t f 

This explains the delay In answer- 
ing your many letters. 

Note: NO CHANGE In mailing 

Keep news bulletin material 
coming In. 

Bather Ashley Spouata 
PO Box 321 
Rogers^ Ark. 72756 

July 1972 
Vol. II No. 4 


70 Know Your 2nd Vice President 

71 Presidents Message 


73 ASHLEY CEMETERY - Rochester, Mass. 

75 LOOKING BACK - Ablngton Tragedy 


77 NEWS ITEM (1908) - Capt. Wallace S. 

Ashley (6) 




83 CLEAN-UP DAY - Crapo-White-Ashley Cem. 



90 OBITUARY - David C. Ashley (6) 

News Bulletin published Quarterly - January, April, July and October 

Free subscription with each $5.00 membership 

Extra copies may be obtained by mailing $2.00 each to the Editor 

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Paul received his early education In the Old f4orth School, built and do- 
nated to the city of New Bedford by his grandfather, John Sherman Ashley. 
Ji His aunt, Mary I. Ashley, taught there for over forty years. Later, Paul 
ID attended Moses Brown, the Chauncey Hall School In Boston, and M.I.T. 


On both Ashley and Leonard sides, Paul goes back to the earliest settlers 
of New England, among them Peter Browne, who came on the Mayflower In 1620. 
The Leonards, who pioneered In the Iron Industry and established the first 
forge In America, go back to William the Conquerer, 1066-1087, and Alfred 
the Great, 871-901. All of this Is recorded on a fascinating large chart 

JJ.J that Paul has In his home, and which he let me photograph. I might add that 
from entirely separate, reliable sources I have found other data saying 
Alfred, the only English King to be called "the Great" was the earliest 
known Ashley ancestor, 

Paul has spent much of his life as a very successful farmer and lives In 
the house built by the first Noah Ashley, grandson of Joseph, over two hun- 
dred years ago. ..;..•' He gave part of his land to the Freetown- 
Lakevllle Regional District on which has been built the Apponoquet High 
School and where presently a new Middle School is being constructed, which 
will serve the two towns. 

Nearly fifty-two years ago, on October 23, 1920, Paul married Winona 
"Steve" Stevens of South Orange, New Jersey, They have four children: 
Nancy Tucker (#126) who married Harry Thurston; Ruth Nye who married John 
J. Kendall; Susan Cooledge who married Eliot Putnam Loomls; and John Wood 
who married June Hall. 

Paul and Steve are a delightful couple to know, and Paul adds "This 200+ 
year old house of mine Is always open to anyone who wants to see It". 

Paul has done some remarkable work In restoring the old cemeteries In 
Lakevllle, and we might all do well to copy him In the other towns. 

We are grateful to the Leonards for their preservations, restorations 
and abundant hospitality. 

Robert E. Ashley 



ID PAUL COOLEDGE LEONARD (#3), the son of John Wood and Alice (Ashley) 

Leonard, was born In l^w Bedford, Mass., on May 28, 1890. He was the sixth 
.J of their fifteen children who Included Faith, Hope and Charity, Matthew, 
13 Mark, Luke and John, Gorome, Paul, Ashley, Ruth, Mary, Sylvia, Alice and 
ID Sally. 


CD Both Ashley and Paul served In World War I; Ashley as Combat Flying Of- 
G fleer In the Signal Reserve Corps, stationed In Georgia where he died of 
ID the flue In 1918; Paul as Instructor and Admission and Academic Recording 
ID Officer In the Aviation Section of the Signal Reserve Corps, U.S.A., sta- 
tioned In the Aeronautical School at MJ,T. 












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I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our 
Third Reunion the end of August. See schedule on 
back of cover. 

The Friday evening preview of the Clifford Ashley 
painting exhibit has been cancelled. Due to schedul- 
ing difficulties with other museums that were to 
receive It after the Whaling Museum, it has become 
necessary to hold the exhibit later In the year. 
However, some Ashley paintings may be seen at the 
Museum, The New Bedford Free Public Library and In 
the main office of the Hathaway Oil Company. 

Please note that the association Is paying the ad- 
mission charge to the museum for all members and their 
immediate families If they register before 10 AM. 
All late-comers must pay their own admission. We 
welcome guests but they will need to pay $1.00 for 
the museum admission. 

We believe you will enjoy the new facilities at the Whaling Museum which will 
be explained by Mr. Richard C. Kugler and the film "Whaler out of New Bedford"* 
a 24 ninute movie in sound and color of the largest 19th century panorama in 
existence. More details appeared In the April '72 News Bulletin. 

We will keep our business session brief and shall not read reports that appear 
in this bulletin. 

Group photographs by descendants of the five sons of Joseph and descendants of 
Roberl of Springfield will be taken Just before dinner. If you fall In the 
unidentified class - we plan a picture of this group also. 

We urge you to send your dinner reservations together with your check as soon 
as possible to facilitate planning. Use the enclosed reservation form and 
malle to our Treasurer, Nancy Ashley, 165 Elm St., S. Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 

The afternoon program on Saturday promises to be most Interesting. Your name 
badge will give you free re-admission to the Museum. Or. Maurice Rcbbins who 
Is Director of the Bronscn Museum of the Mass. Archaeological Society, Mass. 
State Archaeologist and a foremost authority on the early history and pre-' 
history of the Old Colony will give an Illustrated lecture "Archaeology at the 
Crossroads". Or. Robblns points out that we who are living today are the last 
people who will ever find or see undisturbed sites or artifacts of our ancestors 
or of the Indians who preceded them. Since his forte is the very area where 
our earliest ancestors lived, we ..should all bo prepared to recognize, understand 
and wherever possible preserve thse things for posterity. Dr. Robblns is a 
stimulating spoaker with a fascinating and little known subject that should be 
of especial * interest to the Ash leys. 

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Sunday morning we are all Invited to a program at the "Seamen's Bethel" on 
Johnny Cake Hill opposite the Whaling Museum. This Is the Whaleman's Chapel 
of Melville's "Moby DIckV Founded by the New Bedford Port Society whose 
object was to protect the rights and Interests of seamen, and to furnish them 
with such moral. Intellectual and religious Instruction as the board of managers 
should deem most desirable, the "Seamen's Bethel" was opened on May 2, 1832 
for divine worship, 

Sunday afternoon there will be a motor tour of old Ashley sites In Rochester, 
Freetown and Lakevllle, ending with a visit to "Wapanucket #8" an active 
archaeological dig In MIddleboro. Dr. Robblns and the Mass. Archaeological 
Society have been excavating Indian villages here for many years. Some of 
these sites are on top of other sites and date back as far as 9000 years. 

My thanks to all committees working on this our erd reunion and all Indications 
are that It will be better than ever. DO PLAN TO COME. See you In New Bedford 
on August 26 and 27. - 

Robert E. Ashley (H) 


Would you like to own a priceless heirloom for the 

Mr. Ned Jones, scrimshaw artist of Falrhaven, has designed 
designed a special Ashley flag pin for us. On an 
oval of whalebone, one Inch by 3/4 inch high, he 
has engraved the Ashley flag In color. Each pin 
In Individually made and has a find gold clasp. 
Several will be worn at the coming meeting and orders will be taken by 
Mrs. Amantha Ashley Arnold Akin 
103 Chancery St., New Bedford, Mass. 02740 

Best of all Is the special price. Have you priced any scrimshaw lately? If so 
you wilt be pleased to hear that these pins will be only $15 through August 27. 
After that date - price will be $20.00 (a pccrt of which will go to the 
aaaociation treasury). 

WARNING: Since they are each hand crafted, be sure to allow at least a month 
for delivery. You may order anytime from Mrs. Akin at the above address ,_or 
look at samples and order at the reunion. 

NO orders accepted unless accompanied by REMITTANCE for the full amount. Check 
or money order - no cash please. 

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North Avenue, Rochester, Mass* 

Report by: Roberb E. Aehtey (#1) 

May 20, 1972 - On the evenfng of May II 
several members of the Ash leys of America 
met with the Board of Appeals of the 
Town of Rochester at the Town HalK 

We understood that a petition for a vari- 
ance had been asked to build on the lot 
East of the cemetery, at a distance of 
ortv 10 feet from the wall Instead of the 40 feet required by law. Since 
this Is a large lot, cleared for building but not laid out, we had entered 
an objection, feeling that there was plenty of room and no need to build so 
close to the cemetery. It turns out, however, that the variance asked for was 
not for that lot or a new building but rather for an extension on a one car 
attached garage on the lot on the West side where a home has been for several 
years. It further turned out to be 17 feet from the back corner of the ceme- 
tery and not 10 feet from the side as originally understood. 

We also learned, however, that a search of the deeds Indicated that the cemetery 
was originally a quarter of an acre and not Just the area inside the walls as 
supposed. Assuming the quarter acre to be a square, it would have included about 
15 feet outside of the existing walls. Our attention was called to the fact 
that at the nearby Third Parish Cemetery, there Is one grave that Is actually 
outside of the walls. With so many new factors to consider, we asked for and 
were granted a two week extension for further study. 

The condensed data now appears to be as follows: 

The first Joseph Ashley purchased all of this area on April 21, 1719. We don't 
know the date of the earliest burial but it must have been by 1727 or earlier, 
the death of Elizabeth (Perclval) Ashley, Joseph's first wife, having occurred 
before that date. Since there was no other cemetery In the area (the Third 
Parish was not established for another 20 years * hence the Third Parish Ceme- 
tery) it is reasonable to assume that she was burled here, as were perhaps others 
before her. The burying ground Is not mentioned In early deeds as It was all 
Ashley property anyway. 

In the latter part of the last century, the surrounding lands ieft the hands of 
Ashley descendants for the first time and the deeds from here on all read, 
''excepting and reserving about one quarter acre 'used as a place of burial and 
known as the Ashley burying ground**. 

In the early I900's, Helen A. Brightman Robinson (Dr. Nellie - another Ashley 
descendant) bought back about 57 acres and lived there until hor tragic death 
in the fire when her home burned about a decade ago. Her only heir, Nathen 
Winfteid Robinson of North Carolina, sold the surrounding property to Goodhue 
and Chace In 1963, and development of the area began. The deed to Goodhue and 
Chace states "to the boundaries of the stone wall'' and the lots as laid out 
use this as the cemetery boundaries # 

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A revisit to the cemetery leads us to believe that the stone walls are probably 
still where they wera originally built. They are 70' on the West side, 75* 
aci*cs5 tiie buck and 77* on the, East side. 

We also think It unlikely that thore are any graves outside of the stone wall, 
althc'igh we would like to resei've tha privilege to probe the ground for a 
rei^sonable distance outside 1he walls in a search for possible gravestone 

In view of the foregoing study, and the different conditions of the appeal 
for the variance, and In tho Interest of better public relations for the 
Family Association, we think that the original objection should be withdrawn. 

May 30, 1972 

At a special meeting held at the home of Paul Leonard in Lakeville on May 24th, 
It was decided to hold to the original decision to oppose the variance to 
build closer than the legal limit to the Ashley Cemetery. With time running 
short it was decided to attend the meeting of the appeals board on the follow- 
ing evening to present this decision that we would hold to our objection. 
This was done. 

Paul also offered to furnish a sign for the cemetery similar to the ones now 
being placed In the Lakeville cemeteries by him. This will be erected soon. 
He also suggested that we should raise a furld for perpetual care on the 
cemetery and $75 was pledged at once. We will solicit additional money from 
among the members, and are sure It will be forthcoming. 

The arguments of the abutter, Gerald Sllva, were too numerous to mention but 
perhaps the most significant was the statement made publicly before the group 
and heard by many, that he would, "tear down the stone wall and build a 
fireplace if he couldn't have the variance". 

RESULT ; The Board of Appeals at the Rochester Town hall denied the variance. 

Further sea^c^rrhg of the deeds reveals that the cemetery may Include as tnuch as 
15 feet of land outside of the stone wall. We are checking further on this. 

Who owns these old burial grounds? We Just don't know, however, legislation 
passed by the General Court a few years back enab I es the towns to take them 
"by gift, purchase or eminent domain" as has been done In Lakeville. As the 
towns Rochester and Freetown have not yet acted, we suppose the cemeteries stttl 
belong to the he Irs, the "ASHLEYS OF AMERICA". 

At any Tate, we have started to raise a fund for the perpetual care of the 
First Asftley Cemetery In Rochesler. As statedabove, Paul Leonard Is contributing 
and arecting signs. These do provide for a degree of authoritative protection 
and offset the appearance of abandonment and neglect. 

If any would like to help us In the "clean-ups" or the "fund" for perpetual care 
plsaf>5 gtjT In touch with Bob Ashley (#1), Nancy Ashley (#94), Dot Lang (#7) 
and/or David Gurney Ashley (iff 1 99). 

Robert E. Aahley (§1) 
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Headline from the Brockton Dclly 
Enterprise - December 30, 1907 

Ficrrtiehed by: Robert E. Ashley (%1) 

(1890-1907) (Fred G. - CharUe 
Churahitl - Jireh - Thcmae - Abraham - 
Willixm - Joseph) 


Ablngton, Mass. Dec. 30 - Edith M. Ashley, the youngest daughter of Mr, and Mrs 
Fred G.. Ashley of Thaxter Avenue, a member of the senior class at the High School, 
17 years of age, was fatally shot below the heart on Saturday evening. In the 
rear of the Dunbar school building, by Samuel T. Stetson, Jr., of Rockland, son 
of Samuel Stetson of that town, who a minute or two later turned the revolver 
upon himself and fired two shots Into his own body and expired almost Instantly. 
Miss Ashley was taken to the Brockton Hospital, where she lingered until death 
came to her early Sunday afternoon. The bullet was extracted but It left a 
mortal wound. 

The girl did not rally sufficiently before her death to make any coherent state- 
ment. Saturday night. Just before being taken to the hospital, she said to her 
mother: "Sam said to me: M did It and I'm sorry. Oh, why did I do It! What 
made me kl 1 1 you?" 

Stetson had been wrought up by the gIrMs rejection of his love and return of 
his presents, coupled with the fact that work had been slack In the shoe factory. 
Medical Examiner Osgood found that Stetson had shot himstef twice, once In the 
breast and once In the pit of the stomach. Either wound would have been fatal. 
No autopsy will be held. 

Dr. J. P. Stedman, who attended Miss Ashley at the hospital, located the bullet 
very near the skin and extracted It. It had entered the body under the left 
breast, was presumably deflected by a corset steel and took a diagonal course 
to the back, 

"MAMA, SAf^ HAS SHOT ME!" - People In the vicinity of the school building about 
8:30 o'clock heard a report of revolver, followed by a woman's scream and a 
little later two more reports were heard. Samuel Drake, living ODposlte the 
building, hastened to a nearby telephone and sent word downtown that sameone was 
shot and to send an off I cor up there. The mother of Miss Ashley, who had left 
about ten minutes before to go to a market, leaving both of the young people In 
her home, heard the scream. She thouqht she recognized the voice as that of her 
daughter, and being not far from the building ran over there toward the scream- 
lr.g girl and said "Edie, Is that you?" And the reply came, "Oh,, Sam has 
shot me I" 

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East Freetown, Massachusetts 

Furnished by: Doris Ashley Lang (#7) 

Source: Research by Mrs. Granville Allen 

The church home of the Ash leys from 1831 to present day. Though the present 
butldtng Is tittle over 100 years old, the church was established in 1831. 
Notice of 1st meeting read Nov, 9, 1831 - The Christian brethren met In the 
school house #13 for the purpose of forming a church and the following persons 
came forward and agreed to take the New Testarfient for their rule of faith and 
practice: Hezeklah Mason • • • James Ashley • . • ' The school house was ht 
Mason's Corner beside a dwelling house still standing. 

At a meeting held Nov. 27th, 1831, Bradford braley, for many years a well-known 
country doctor - was chosen to keep the records of the church, a position he 
held for many years. The records thereafter were kept by James Ashley . • . 
Meetings were held monthly In the old school house or In private homes and are 
recorded as meetings of prayer and exhortation'. The names of persons desiring 
to become church members were brought before these gatherings and an Investigat- 
ing committee appointed to consider their moral character 

In March 1832 It was thought expedient to build a house for public worship. It 
Is recorded as 'Now they thought proper to proceed In the building of a house for 
public worship and adopted the following articles and constitution: *We the under- 
signed to hereunto set our names for a pew In said houde, which pew shall not 
exceed $27.00 and be paid In lumber of material for said house as Is wanted. 
Shall be delivered by April 1833. A part of said lumber to be made by said 
pew owners. The house shall be under the care of above named church for meetings 
Sabbath schools and always free for funerals. The proprietors shall have liberty 
to Invite any minister of regular standing to preach In said house providing It 
does -not"' Infringe on previous appointments of the church, nether shall the 
church make any appointment to Infringe upon the proprietors appolnftnents. 

The pew owners became virtually and legally, by a law established previous to 
1845, the owners of the church aad by legal document these pews were transferred 
as the owners desired. One iramber, James White, giving by deed a pew to each of 
his six children. The^o pews were box like shape, with doors- fastened by brass 
hooks and seats of scich height from the floor that crickets became a needed 
article of church furniture If anyone was to be comfortable. The old-fashioned 
whale oil lamp was the first method of lighting. These lamps were placed In 
wall brackets and the glass reflectors made of crystal cut In Intricate patterns 
were objects of admiration to the younger members. The house was a barn- 1 Ike 
structure, similar to many Quaker churches still seen In the country, without 
belfry or any addition to relieve Its severity. All woodwork was modelled by 
hand and the frame work mortised with long wooden pins made by the church car- 
penter. The house was not always heated, but contained two Iron box stoves, one 
on each side, the necessary fuel being contributed by the members. 

The leather covered Bible from which selections were feed for many years, con- 
tains this Inscription - ^'presented to the second Christian Church In Freetown 
by the females, Feb. 7, 1835. So they read In the Book, In the Law of God, 
distinctly, and gave the sense and caused them to understand'* (Neh 8:8) 
Several years Koter this book was laid aside and a new Bible presented to the 

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July 1908 

Pwmiehed by: Robart E. Aahley (M) 

CAPT, WALLACE S. ASHLEY* of this city, who has been 

whaling for Vat par I so owners for a number of years, 

has wrl-tten a letter to friends here. In which he 

tells a story of peculiar hard luck. While off 

Galapagos Islands he saw whales In Banks bay and lowered five boats. His men 

killed 15 sperm whales, several of which were of good size. An unfavorabte 

shift of the wind made It necessary for him to leave the bay for the night, 

as there was no favorable anchorage. Returning the next morning he found a 

current had taken the whales through a passage between two Islands In which 

the sea was so heavy on the rocks that no boat could follow. So 300 or 400 

barrels of oil of the value of $4000 or $5000 was lost. 

Capt. Ashley stated that his catch to June 27 Aggregated 320 barrels of sperm 
oil, and he was bout going for humpbacks, with which he expected to fill the 
ship before returning to Valparlso. Capt. Ashley Is now In ayimand of the 
bark Pescadora. Mrs. Ashley Is with him on this cruise. 

pt. Watlaoe S. Aahlay (Simeon-AJtnTdhcan-Peraivat-Ab: 
Znd Catheiri,ne Gardiner Kelley^ the Mve. Ashley mentioned above, 
Mra. Mildred Ashley Karl (#107) and fira. Lillian AehUy MaGrath (0112) 
are granddaughtera of Capt. Wallace . 

ABINGTON TRAGEDY (Continued from page 75) 

Mrs. Ashley was the first one on the scene, quickly followed by others, and 
Miss Ashley was taken to her home a short distance away, and Drs. Hutchinson 
and Stevens were called. A little later she was taken to the hospital. Others 
hastened to the scene of the shooting and found the body of young Stetson on 
the concrete walk about four feat from the steps and the revolver on the steps. 
Life was almost, if not entirely, extinct. Medical Examiner Osgood viewed the 
remains and the relatives at Rockland were notified and later In the evening 
the body was taken to that town by Rice's undertaking team. 

GIRL GAVE BACK HIS GIFTS - Stetson was an edgetrlmmer. Is about 20 years of 
age, and was employed at the Alden factory and earned good wages, but had been 
out of work as It was slack the past few weeks. He has roomed at Hotel Elms 
since last July and has taken his meals at a restaurant. Before living here 
he lived with a married sister at Rockland. He Is spoken-of by those acquaint- 
ed with him as being very quiet and reserved and they are surprised that he 
should have done such a thing. He has been very attentive to Miss Ashley, 
being at her home nearly every day or evening and often eating a meal with the 
family, who looked upon him as a welcome visitor. For the past two weeks he 
has been at the home a ^reat deal and on Sundays they would go to Rockland to- 
gether to attend the Baptist Church where he was accustomed to go before coming 

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ABINGTQN TRAGEDY IContinued from page 77) 

On Saturday evening Miss Ashley left her home to do some errands, and he evidently 
met her on the street as he was seen near the home behind a tree, evidently waiting 
for her, and they were seen by several together. He accx>mpanted her home, but 
when he found others in the house he seemed to be displeased and would not go in« 
Some conversation took place on the piazza of the house, and It is supposed that 
she told him, for some reason that he must not come there any more and she gave 
him back a diamond ring that he gave her for a birthday present, with some other 
things, which he threw into the air. Some of them were found later but not the 
ring. He proposed to her that they go and meet her mother, who left on her errand 
while they were there, and talk It over and they brought up where the shots were 

DEED PROBABLY PREMEDITATE - There is evidence that he had planned the shooting 
after brooding over the girl's change of sentiment toward him and his despondency 
because of lack of work. He had carried a revolver for some time, and the weapon 
had been cleaned and oiled within a few days 

WAS IN DISCOURAGED MOOD - It is said by some who know Stetson that he was out of 
money and discouraged and at noon while eating at Bennett's made the remark that 
If King (meaning the factory superintendent) did not set him at work soon he 
could see his finish. Those who knew Miss Ashley are certain that there must 
have been a very good reason for her giving back his presents, as she thought 
well of him and liked his company. Stetson placed the revolver so near himself 

when he fired that his vest was scorched The scene of the shooting 

was visited yesterday by many people, but there was nothing to be seen, as 
the janitor of the building had cleaned up the blood that was upon the concrete. 
The matter was the talk of the town and nothing but expressions of sympathy 
were heard for the girl antf her family. 

WOULD GRADUATE IN JUNE - Edith Mildred Ashley was the youngest tn her family and 
a general favorite with the young people. Her death comes also as a blow to 
the senior class of the (Abblngton) High School, of which she was a member, and 
she was looking forward and already preparing for her graduation In June next. 
Her age was 17 years, 5 months, and 5 days. She Is survived by a father, mother 
and sister Edna, who with a grandmother constitute the family. Miss Ashley was 
a member of the Y.P.S.C.E. of the Congregational church and her sister Miss Edna 
Ashley, is a soloist in the choir of the church. Both attended the Sunday school 
and were much interested In the work of the primary department. 


UNIDENTIFIED ASHLEYS in Columbia Co., New York Pumiehed by Gerald Cooper ( 


1820 CENSUS, Town 




Abraham Ashley 

45 years or over, wife, same 

Thomas Ashley 


26/45 sons: 1 16/26; 1 0/10 
16/26, 10/16, 2 0/10 

Armpnt Ashley 


26/45, 2 0/10 

Solomon Ashley 



2 16/26 no 


EdCtore Note: Beaetuse of many inquiHau i^egaxding 
the "Aehtey Gang" pori^Kcyed on Gc-ic, ''we-tferi the 
following artiole %a being printed i/i. few paxtf^ 


Author; Baynard Kendrick 

Fumiaked by: Mra^ David P. Bart (U212) 

On November I, 1924, Sheriff Robert C. Baker of Palm 
Beach County, arranged an ambush on the old wooden 
bridge crossing the Sebastian River on FlorIda*s East 

Although Baker was unable to be there, the ambush took 

place four days prior to the sheriff's re-election and 

wiped out the last of the "ASHLEY GANG" - John Ashley; 

Hanford Mobley, his nephew; Ray Lynn and Clarence 

MIddleton, the last dregs of a mob that had terrorized the entire state for 

nearly ten years. This neat shoot*out with o Ford-load of bloody bandits, 

carrying four Winchesters and eight revolvers, brought considerable criticism 

of the lawmen involved. 

Letters flooded the papers: ". . , I have never seen a more generous and open, 
big-hearted family of people In my life . . . always ready to feed fiie hungry 
. . . that was the Ashleys, those desperate people of whom you have heard so 
much and of whom John was one. The same I commend Into the charge and keeping 
of Him who is the Judge of the quick and the dead . . . Rest In Peace." 
This eulogy for lawbreakers left me confused 44 years ago! I am more con- 
fused today! 

Pa and Ma Joe Ashley were a quiet, ignorant peaceful pair of Illicit distill- 
ers In the Caloosahatchee River Valley during the latter years of the 19th 
century. There, while not busy mashing mash or attending to the multifarious 
duties necessary to operating a good, clean stitt, they manufactured babies 
until they were blessed with a brood of five fine sons - John, Bill, Ed, 
Frank and Bob - and four comely daughters. Pa's heritage to his sons was a 
fear of God, a burning hatred of the law, and the ability to shoot the eye 
out of a flea. 

When Henry Flagler started pushing his railroad south from St. Augustine, 
Pa Joe Ashley moved this brood of trigger-happy cretins over to the lower 
East Coast, where they were employed as wood-choppers In the railroad camp 
at Pompano. 

This was in 1904, and John, then a boy of II, was recognized as second only 
to his father as a sharpshooter. Edmund Rodgers, later to become Bill Ashley' 
father-in-law, said of John: "I believe be was the best shot I ever saw . . . 
I have seen him ride along in a wagon, take his revolver and shoot off the 
head of a quail, off-handed 20 to 30 yards". Maybe the other four boys had 
not Inherited quite so much of Pa Ashley's skill, but as time went on both 
citizens and law officers, seeking a long and peaceful life, decided it was 

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the better p:^rt of valor to keep out of the Ashley famHy's range. 

John Ashley first hit the hsadlfner. as FlorMa-s "Pawnee BIN of the Day" when 
on Dec. 29, 1911 - some 2?5 miles northwest of For! Laud^rcJale - a large digger 
dredge, cutting a csna! to Okc-echobee, fcroujht up -the body of a Seminole Indian. 
Sheriff 600. B. Bafor (father of Sr;erlff £x.^b Hoker) of J-he recently created 
Palm Beach County, quickly estob 1 5 r.^-.od the Idoniih/ of the IndJ-in as thot of 
DeSoto Tiger, a tranpar. He had been shot In tha back of the ho^d. Jimmy 
Gopher, another Indian comp.^nfvon of Dr^Soto iJgnr and Ashley ?n their trapping 
an alligator hunting, told Deputy btheriff S. A. Barffeld of Pahokee, that 
Ashley was the last man seen wllh SoSoto Tiger. 

Sheriff Baker quickly discovered th^t fhe otter skins had been sold by John Ashley 
alone to GIrhnan Bros. Miami for $1200.00. The previous night, Ashley had been 
arrested for recklessly displaying firearms In a house In the redllght district 
of West Palm Beach. He had Jumped a $25 ball and departed for parts unknown. 

Deputies Barfield and Bob Hannon were walking along the Dixie Highway, near 
Hobe Sound - seeking a passage through the heavy growth of palmetto, to the 
point where It was believed Ashley was In camp - when they suddenly found them- 
selves gazing Into a couple of pistols held by John Ashley and his brother. Bob. 
John kept them covered while Bob disarmed them and ordered them to return to 
Sheriff Baker with a parting Insult: "Tell him not to send any more chicken- 
hearted men with rifles after us or they are apt to get hurt!" 

John was unconcerned about the episode. He was reported to have boasted he, 
"woilld Just as leave kill and Indian as a buzzard". His reluctance to enter 
court was due less to his fear of being tried for the murder of DeSoto Tiger, 
than the apprehension of being found guilty of selling Indian bootleg shine 
to get him drunk. Whatever the cause, he vanished for three years to a cooler 
climate In the Pacific Itorthwest, where he apparently engaged In some honest 
labor - taking time out only to crack a bank crib In Canada, or at least so 
he boasted. 

Then, bowed down with nostalgia, he returned to Florida In 1914 and gave himself 
up. Meanwhile, his devoted family had settled down In the vicinity of Gomez, 
a whistle stop some 15 miles south of Stuart. There they had populated the 
countryside so effectively with kith and kin and friends of their Ilk that the 
State's Attorney, John C. Grammling, saw Immediately the futility of trying 
to pick an unbiased Jury. 

Shortly after the trial began, Grammllng started an argument for a change of 
venue, requesting that Ashley be taken to Miami (Co. seat of Dade County) for 
trial. By this time It was dark and the court adjourned until the following 
day so the arguments for a change of venue were not completed. 

Deputy Sheriff, Robert C. Baker (the son of Sheriff George B. Baker who died 
In 1920) was County Jailer. Ha was on good terms with John Ashley and consid- 
ered him an exemplary prisoner. Consequently, no other guards had been provided 
to assist Baker and Ashlsy was not handcuffed when Bob Baker started back to tlie 
County Jail with his charge In a pouring rain. 

At the Jail, Mrs. B?)ker met her husband with a plate of hot supper which she 

and Pa Shley had left for his son. John's father, brothers and several reSctlves 

had attended the trial and wore all, without exception, burned up at Grarrn^ilng^s 

double-cross by asking for a change of venue. As It turned out, so was gentle 


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Jailer Baker's home was only a few steps from the JalU and the Jail was en- 
closed by a 10 foot fence of chicken v;ire. Baker, without examining the food 
for files, handed the plate to Ashley and unlocked the jail door, over which 
a strong electric light was burning. It was In that Instant that he learned 
his father's warning iK^t to trust the Ashleys was perfecfly true. John hit 
hin In tiie face with the plate of hot food and dashed off Into the darkness. 
He ducked around the corner of the building, about 10 feet away, and was 
Immediately out of view. Bob Baker squeezed off a couple of shots toward the 
sound of running footsteps; but, by the time his eyes were freed of the grits 
and gravy, John Ashley was long gone. How he scaled the 10 foot fence has 
never been established. Bob Baker said, "He simply melted through It," which 
Is probably as good an explanation as any. 

The Ashley crime wave slacked off for the balance of 1914, except for the at- 
tempted hold-up of a passenger train on the Florida East Coast railroad. In 
this John was said to have been assisted by brother Bob and Kid Lowe, a bank- 
robber and goon from Chicago, who was In Florida for his health. The "Great 
Train Robbery" turned out to be a mistake, because the boys never got together 
on who was to stand guard and who was to rifle the passengers and mall car. 
This foul-up should have taught the Ashleys that crime does not pay without 
proper planning^ but somehow It didnt. Maybe they were Just a hard luck gang, 
for all their capers seemed to lack finesse and end In some kind of tragedy. 
Could be they were Just naturally dumb. 

On Feb. 23, 1915, John Ashley and Kid Lowe, aided by a new young recruit, 
Clyde Caldwell, stuck up the bank at Stuart - an amateurish Job that netted them 
only $4300. For their getaway, they commandeered a car from Frank Coventry 
(one of the customers who was standing nearest to the door) and forced him to 
drive them out of town. This robbery was most costly to John Ashley. Driving 
away over the bumpy roads, he was accidentally shot by Kid Lowe. The bullet 
lodged In his right Jaw and destroyed the sight of his left eye, a wound that 
was directly responsible for his apprehension. Realizing his need for medical 
treatment, he failed to seek the safety of the Impenetrable ^glade and was 
quickly overtaken by Sheriff Baker and his posse In the woods about 12 miles 
southwest of Stuart. Kid Lowe and Caldwell were not taken. (It Is well to 
note here that Frank Coventry, who had been forced to drive the commandeered 
car, was mysteriously shot to death 10 years later In 1925, one of several such 
satellite victims of the Ashley gang) 

With John's recapture, a change of venue was granted and he was taken to Miami 
and lodged In the pokey which was equipped with $50 worth of new locks and 
chains to keep the killer of DeSota Tiger. This, of course, was years before 
the Miami Jail went upstairs to the 26th floor. 

The family swore they would free him. On the afternoon of June 2, 1919, Bob 
Ashley walked Into the house of Jailer Hendrlckson (Immediately adjacent to the 
Jail) shot him In cold blood. In the presence of his wife and took his keys. 
Bob Ashley bolted out of the door and was only a few steps away when Mrs. 
Hendrlckson grabbed a shotgun and pulled the trigger. The gun failed to fire. 

Bob Ashley leaped on the running board of a passing delivery truck and, holding 
his rifle on the driver, T. H. Duckett, ordered that he be driven to the ccunty 
noad. Mr. Duckett, although facing death, managed to stall his truck and 
brought it to a stop within a few feet of Miami Police Officer Robert RIbtett, 
who h^d pursued in a car driven by Will Flowers. A dramatic shootout resjft'^d 
In which officer RIblett, although mortally wounded, managed with one last shot 
to finish off Bob Ashley. 

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Although John Ashley was actually convicted of "Murder One" by a jury on April 6, 
1915 and sentenced to d€3th, "fhe trial soniehcw mfscarrled. He languished In 
Jail until November 19! 6 when hfs lawyers suceeded In having the murder charge 
nolle prossed. He was returned to West Palm Beacii to stand trial for the much 
more serious charge of robbing the Stuarr bsnk. Needing a little time to think, 
he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to \7^\/2 years in prison. They welcomed 
him with open arms at Ralford on Nov. 25, 19! 5. He found the food and accommoda* 
tlons below par and stood them for 17*1/2 months before escaping from a road camp 
with Tom Maddox, a notorious bank robber. In the summer of 1918. 

A fugitive from a chain gang, for the next three years John's activities centered 
on rum»running« He was known to have operated three moonshine stills In isolated 
sections of the north end of Palm Beach County, and aided by Kid Lowe, his brothers 
Ed and Frank, and other members of the gang, he operated a very fast camouflaged 
fishing boat and ran liquor from BImlnl. 

Forays of the gang under the alternate leadership of Clarence MIddleton, another 
Chicago recruit, and Roy Matthews, a much feared Junkie, were confined largely 
to high-Jacking boats and automobile loads of hootch. The Ashley gan became 
more feared than the federal enforcement agents. 

Another recruit was Hanford Mob ley, a son of John Ashley's oldest sister, who had 
grown up In an environment of law-breaklng, moonshine making, bootlegging and 
gun-toting. Frail and effeminate In appearance, Hanford's efforts to emulate 
his uncle might have been laughable, except for the ever present menace of a 
brace of 38's which he knew how to use most effectively. 

Later, Ray Lynn, an escapee and Joe Tracey, a graduate cum laude of Ralford and 
half-brother of Laura Upthegrove, became active members of the gang. It Is be- 
lieved that John Ashley first became acquainted with Laura, self-styled "Queen 
of the Everglades" while he was running liquor from BImlnl and distributing It 
from his camp on Peck's Lake, an impenetrable mangrove Island In Manatee Bay at 
Salerno. Laura's credentials were good. In addition to Joe Tracey, she had a 
brother "Buddy" Upthegrove serving a five-year prison stint for robbery. Laura 
with her dark, unkempt hair, tawny weather-beaten complexion, prominent cheek- 
bones, squinting sharp black eyes and generally sloven appearance, was far from 
being any gun moll movie queen. Yet, all through his career of crime, John 
Ashley apparently loved this amazon. 

Laura would appear suddenly, direct the delivery of a load of bootleg liquor and 
melt again Into the 'glades until another sortie was necessary. Always armed 
with a .38 revolver - which she carried belted and strapped to her hip - Laura •s 
rare appearances In public were drametlc. Ever on the alert for the "law" her 
warning saved the gang from crpfvre many times. In an unllghted car she would 
drive through the wocds - follov^'ng a blazed trail known only to Ashley's 
followers and sound the alarm when capture seemed Imminent. She had a great 
Influence over the Ashley gang. 


John was picked up quite accidentally In Wauchula with a load of liquor and return- 
ed to RaTford !n iun^ 1921 • While John was planning his third escape, Ed and 
Fronk V^l.iey loft BImlnl on Oct. 21, with a boat loaded down to the gunwales 
with liquor. A bad storm hit them and they were never heard of again. 

(To be onnoluded - Oot. 1972) 
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If your camping rig Is less than 19 feet In length, you 
should give serious consideration to the excellent camp- 
ing area between Mew Bedford and East Freetown known as 
"Amy*s Hide-away". It Is near East Freetown nearly 
opposite the Crapo*White-Ashley Cemetery on land once 
owned by William (2) Abraham (3) Thomas (4), etc. 

It accommodates 40 units and offers ail the desired 
conveniences Including flush toilets, hot showers and 
an on the premises grocery store. Outdoor activities 
Include swimming, recreational play field and a child- 
ren's playground. One of the main advantages Is that 
it is a short drive to the Cape Cod Canal with its 
striped bass fishing and other tourist attractions of 
the upper Cape. 

The New Bedford area Is rich in 19th century tradTtion as It was a leading 
whaling port and boasts many maritime museums. This being the site of our 
THIRD REUNION In August, It Is a suggestion to you campers who will be plan- 
ning to attend the Ashley Reunion. 

"CIEAN-UP day a t CRAPO-WH I TE- ASI ILEY CEMETERY, Ouanapaug, East Freetown^ Mass. 
April 30, 1972 miling helpei^ may oontaot Sol M'.iUy) 

We have a picture of Helen Gurney Thomas, Doris Ashley Lang, tlancy Ashley and 
Elizabeth Ashley uncovering the long burled gravestone of Deacon Abraham Ashley 
(Wllllaf.i2, Joseph'). Next to this was found the stone of Hannah (Crapo) Ashley, 
his second s'Ife. On the other side was a plain fleldstone marker which Is 
probably the grave of Phebe (Tabor) Ashley, Abraham's first wife. Just beneath 
the grass this earlier grave was thickly covered with rocks in the manner of 
early burials to prevent wolves from digging them up. ; 

All stones have been re-erected and Rev. War markers and flags added. Also re- 
stored and re-erected were stones of William Ashley, son of Abraham, also son . • 
James and wife Mary S. Howard, and her mother Catherine Howard. A number of 
West stones were also restored as well as some Cummlngses, GIffords, Phllllpes 
and White. Two Crap lots were cleaned up and that of MiiiachI White restored ex- 
cept for a large granite stone too big for us to reset. 

Some records obtained about 30 or more years ago reveal there are many more 
graves not yet discovered, including Thomas and Rest (Has kins) Ashley and 
many more Reynoldses. Our David Gurney Ashley (*M99) who Is a registered 
surveyor, has surveyed the cemetery and Is making a chart of the known gravesltes. 

"(k>nslder Crapo and his brother Peter Crapo 2nd were partners In a lumber and 
sawmill at 'Quampog* where a forge formerly stood called Babbitt*^ Forge. Their 
sawmill was partly In Freetown and partly In Dartmouth. At one time Abraham 
Ashley and the widow Mereba Hathaway were partners In the mill" iCevtain Comeov-- 
Brere). Abraham Ashley was a private under Capt. Levi Rounsevllle and later a 
Lt. In Capt. Nathaniel Morton's Co., Pope's Regt. (National Arahiveo) 

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C A T - F - A R H S 

In a news letter that I ma] led In December 
of 1968 prior to the forming of our 
present association, I reviewed the 
origins of Heraldry and presented some 
of the 19 Coats-of-Arms for the name 
ASHLEY that appear In the generally ac- 
cepted authority "'Burke's General Armory", 

t also pointed out that we can not claim 
any of them until we find the parents of 
Joseph Ashley'. Also» that It is quite 
possible that we never will find this 
missing link, although we feel pretty 
sure he was either from the Ashleys of 
Maine or the Ashleys of South Carolina. 

Like many another family association, none 
of us are happy about this, and like so m 
-. .J many others, we would like to select one 

..^Sui^li ^"^ '^^" ''*' ^^''^ " '''9^1'*' Of" wrong. It's 

The two following manuscripts present the 
rwo best arguments for both the ROBERT 
ASBLEX of Springfield arms (A silver 
shield with a rampant black lion wearing a gold crown) and #1 and #4 portions of 
WED AJtTHONY ASHLEY-COOPER arms (a si Iver shield with three black bul Is and 
gold horns and hooves) We will have big enlargements of these and other ASHLEY 
arms at the August reunion. Notice that the colors are the same in each case 
and that the rampant lion also appears in the #2 and #3 sections of the arms 
of Lord Anthony Ashley. 

Someone who knows us very well has facetiously auggested that since Lord Ashley's 
arms have seven bulls and twelve lions - that with so much bull and so much 
lyin - it must be the one for the present Ashleys. Glad I didn't aay that. 

New England Historic Genealogical Society - Manuscript #5.6. Ash 13 

Robert Ashley family of England and Roxbury, Mass, by Bowdoln Square Baptist 
Church: Robert Ashley came from England and located first at Roxbury, Mass., 
where he remained until about the time when Mr. Pynchon and his company moved 
to Springield. There are 19 coats of arms for the name Ashley. Robert was 
the first Ashley who came over to New England. He brought wlfti him his family 
coat-of-arms. By It his descendants In New England can find their relatives 
In England. He took the oath of allegiance In Mass. with two of his sons, 
Johnathan and Joseph In 1672. His children were born at Sprinfleld. 
(Pg. 61 HInman Settlers of Conn., 2nd Ed.) 

This is the apgutnent favoring the Rampant blaok lym 

COAT-OF'ARMS (Ccntinu^d) 

N.E.B.G.S. - Mannaovipt # G Ash 2226 - by Mabels E. Joint author with Mary 
Kingeley Aehley Caspar (1S43) 

The Ash leys are originally fran V/tltshIro, whore they possessed the manor of 
Ash lev at a very early period* 
DLNSDICT ASHLEY, of Ashley, living In the reigns of Henry Ml and Edward I, 

(1216-1304) was the great-great-grandfather of . . . 
ROBERT ASHLEY, flourished under Henry IV and his two Immediate successors. 
( 1399-1461 )• He married Egldla, only daughter and heiress of Sir John 
Hamelyn by Joan Plecy, by whom he acquired the manor of WImbourne Saint 
Gllds^ in the County of Dorset, and had a son and successor • . • 
EDMUND ASHLEY, living In the time of Edward IV, (1461-1485) who married 

Margaret daughter of Robert Turgis, and was the father of . . . 
hHJGH ASHLEY, of WImbourne Saint Giles, who died April 29, 1493, leaving by 
Elizabeth, daughter of Raynold Welwyn, of Sussex, a daughter who married 
Stephen Wallop, of Over Wallop, in Hampshire, ancestor of the Wallops 
of Portsmouth, and a son and successor . . . 
HENRY ASHLEY, Esq., of WImbourne Saint Giles, who married Radegar, daughter 
of Robert Gilbert, of Somersetshire, and had Issue as follows: 
Henry died In 1549 and was succeeded by his older son 
* !• Henry (Sir), his heir 
!!• Anthony, of Damerham, who married Dorothy, daughter of John Lyte, 
Esq. of Lyte^s Carey, In Somersetshire, and had 3 sons, viz: 
^^ I. Anthoney, who suceeded his cousin at WImbourne (see below) 
II. Robert, shosen M.P. for Dorchester, 39 Elizabeth: d.s.p: 
III. Francis (Sir) Knight of the Middle Temple, married Anne 

Samwayes, leaving an only daughter and heiress, Dorothy, 
who married Danzell Lord Holies 
*SIR HENRY ASHLEY, of WImbourne Saint Giles, M.P. born 1519, knighted at the 
coronation of Queen Mary, October 2, 1553: married Catherine Bassett, dau. 
of Sir John Bassett, Knight, and was succeeded at his death In 1588 by his s^ 
SIR HENRY ASHLEY, Knight, of WImbourne Saint Giles, gentleman pensioner to 
Queen Elizabeth: married Anne, daughter of Lord Burgh, and had four daughter: 
and three sons, all dead s.p., whereupon the family estates passed to his 
cousin. . • 
**SIR ANTHONY ASHLEY, of WImbourne Saint Giles: sat In several Parliaments, and 
was highly distinguished by the favor of Queen Elizabeth: was Secretary-at- 
War In her reign: was created a baronet In 1622: married 1st, Jane Okeover 
Cokalne, by whom he had an only daughter and heiress . • • 
ANNE who married Sir John Ox>per, Baronet, and conveyed the Ashley estates to 
the (}ooper family, by which they are still possessed (Sir Anthony Ashley- 
Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury). Sir Anthony Ashley married, 2nd a lady named 
Philip, but they had no child. He died January 13, 1628, and es he left 
no male heir the baronetcy was extinct. . . (until re-established below) 


R I cha'^d Cooper, succeed l*ng his father and brother In large estates In Sussex 
and Southhampton, augmented these possessions by the Manor of Paulett, 
which he purchased In 23rd Henry VIII from Sir Amicus Paulett, Knight. He 
merrled June, dau. of John KIngsmlll of SIdmaster, Southhampton, and dying 
May 8, 1566 was succeeded by his oldest son . . . 

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COAT-OF-ARMS (Continued) 

SIR JOHN CXWPER, M.P. In 1586, from Whitchurch, Hants: married Martha Skutt, 
dau. of Sir Anthony Skutt of Stanton Drew, In Somersetshire: and dying In 
1610 was succeeded by his only son . • • 

SIR JOHN COOPER, 1st Baronet, of Rcckbourne, Southhampton, who was created 
Baronet July 4, 1622; he married first Anne, dau. and sole heiress of Sir 
Anthony Ashley, Knight, of WImbourne Saint Giles, Dorsett, by whom he had 
two sons and a daughter; he married secondly Mary, relict of Sir Charles 
Morrison and dau, of Baptist Hicks, VI count Campden, but had no other issue. 
He died March 23, 1631, and was succeeded by his elder son • . . 

SIR ANTHONY ASHLEY-COOPER, first Earl of Shaftesbury, born July 22, 1621. He 
was made Baron Ashley, of WImbourne Saint Giles, Dorsett, April 20, 1661; 
became a member of the "Cabal" administration; advanced to earldom by titles 
of Baron Cooper of Paulett, Somerset, and Earl of Shaftesbury, April 23, 1672; 
the following November he was made Lord High Chancellor of England. 
(For more on Sir Anthony Ashley-C-oper see any good encyclopedia) 

The Arms of Ashley which WILLIAM HOLBROOK ASHLEY brought with him from England 
are the same as those In quarters I and 4 (upper left and lower right) of the 
arms of the Earl of Shaftesbury. All the members of the later generation of 
Ash leys above-mentioned, and all the descendants of the Earls of Shaftesbury, are 
accounted for of record: and since William Holbrook Ashley, born 1819, was the 
sixth eldest son of an eldest son named William, the connection of his family 
with the Ashleys of WImbourne Saint Giles would be several centuries ago. 

Tnis ia the argument favoring the three black bulla) 
Moat preaent Aahleya favor this deaign 

We will discuss the Ashley Coat-of-Arms during our business meeting and decide 
whether to adopt one of the 19 or do further research before establishing one 
for use of our association. 

Robert E. Aahley (fil) 

COVER STORY (Continued from page 76) 

Search of records reveal that the land the first church stood on was given by 
Samuel Macomber to the founders of the church, to hold forever and the only 
proviso being that In no wise should the land ever revert to the heirs. In 
1887 the need of a more comfortable house of worship located In the central 
part of the community became urgent. The hearty cooperation of church members 
together with the financial aid and Interest of many friends resulted In the 
church that stands today. Todays church was dedicated April II, 1888, built 
on land given by Alphonzo Braley and Granville S. Allen. Designed by Prof. 
C. Franklin Edmlnlster, built by Abiah S. Ashley, contractor, the cost of the 
building and furnishings was $2,720.00 of which $2,245 was pledged by 137 
subscribers. Supplemental funds were obtained by an oyster supper, a quilt 
raffle, a postal card puff, etc. 

Today, still holding the New Testament as their rule of practice, this little 
church stands, as It stood one hundred years ago, for the upbuilding of the 
cause of righteousness rather than that of creeds. 

1971 Current Ashley members: Brian J. Ashley, Charlene Ashley, Mrs. Harrle 
Ashley, Mrs. Frank H. Ashley, Frank H. Ashley, George W. Ashley, Mrs. Tfceodore 
Ashley, Stephen Ashley, Mrs. Stepehn Ashley, William H. Ashley 

CONGRATULATIONS to Marie Davis (#5) 

As a resu I t of her dill gent work on the 
membership drive we are happy to welcome 
the following new members. 

















May Fisher Ashley Knowles (8) Arthur 
Stone Ashley (7) Silas Edmund (6) 
Silas Pickens (5) ^k>ah (4) ^k>ah (3) 
William (2) Joseph (I) 

William R. Ashley Sr. ( ) Charles H. ( 
William Henry ( ) 

(Hope Knowles9} 

234 W. Wi I low Grove Ave. 

Phliadelohia, Pa. 191 18 

iOI Laurel Lane 

Wilmington, Del. 19804 

6081 Holstein Way 

Sacramento, Ca I . 95822 

(Bonnie Jean Dixon) 

622 McBee St. 

Malvern, Ark. 72104 
OR & MRS CHARLES ALLEN ASHLEY () Allen ( ) William Frank ( 

Lakeview Drive 

Cooperstown, N.Y. 13326 

102 W. Sprlngvailey Ave. 

May wood, N.J. 07607 

2805 N. Lexington St. 


Mona Hazel Owens (8) Rose Ashley (7) 
Francis Marion (6) Joel Loami (5) 
Ellsha (4) William (3) Thos (2) Jos.d 

Maggie Ashley Dixon ( ) Jessie Jordan 
Ashley ( ) Willis G. ( ) James ( ) 

Walker ( ) Judge John ( 
William Ashley ( ) Howard 



( ) 


Arlington, Va. 22208 

Box 317, Rt. #1 

Half Moon Bay, Cal. 94019 

226 N. Windsor Blvd. 

Los Angeles, Cal. 90005 

(Aseooiate Member) 

Robert Paul Ashley Jr (9) ftobert Paul 
James (7) Mn. Martin (6) Joel Loami 
Ellsha (4) William (3) Thos (2) Jos (i) 

Oesc. of Dorothy Ashley b 1687 at 
Boston, dau. of Edward Ashley and 
Mary Hoiiowel I 

Seth Kelley Akin (I) Amantha Ashley 
Arnold (9) Helen Ashley Gammons (8) 
Amantha Borden Ashley (7) John Sher- 
man Jr. (6) John Sherman (5) John (4) 

Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 
MR & MRS JAMES RUSSELL ASHLEY(7) Edward Everett (6) Dr. James (5) 

4010 Gait Ocean Drive Or. James (4) Percival (3) Abraham (2) 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla 33308 Joseph (I) 

303 Evandale Rd. ) 

Scersdale, N.Y. 10583 ) Address from May I to Nov. I 


312 Dunn Way 

Golden, Co\o. 80401 

22 Brook Street 

East Longmeadow, Mass. 01028 

Maiden Bridge, N.Y. 12115 

Widow of Charles F. Ashley, II 

Frank Smith Ashley (8) Marvin Weeks (7) 
Joseph (6) Capt. Stephen (5) Rev. 
Joseph (4) Samuel (3) David (2) 
Robert (i) 

( ) Henry Dorian ( ) Charles ( ) 
Calvin (?) Silas (?) Ezra (?) 

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510 Lincoln St. 

RIpon, Wise. 54971 

1540 Waterwitch Drive 

Orlando, Fla. 32806 (winter) 

96 Lakeview Dr. 

Chatham, Mass. 02633 (summer) 
(Thetis Ashley) 

1180 Maywood N.W. 

Warren, Ohio 44485 

2604 Arlington Blvd.) 

Arlington, Va. 22204) Winter 

Box 442 Indian Lake, N.Y. 12842 
#234 MR FRED MULLER JR. (8) 

1536 Vinton 

Memphis, Tenn. 38104 

1086 Bryden Rd., Apt. II 

Ck>lumbus, Ohio 43205 

13020 LIndo Lane 

Lakeside, Cal. 92040 
#237 MR &*MRS GEORGE H. ASHLEY Jr ( ) 

Taconle St. 

Ck>pake, New York 12516 

1404 W. LIndley Ave. 

Philadelphia, Pa. I9I4I 

CNorma Ruth Heff ley (9)3 

1851 Monterey Drive 

Lincoln, Nebr. 68506 


CVIrglnIa June Ashley (10] 

Islamabad (ID) Oept. of State 

Washington, D.C. 20521 

3411 Martha Custis Dr. 

Alexandria, Va. 22302 

4560 Campus Ave. 

San Diego, Cal. 921 16 

698 School St. 

North DIghton, Mass. 02764 

(Alethea Ashley ( )j 

31 Morgan Park 

Clinton, Conn. 06413 

CEIIzabeth Juctetia Ashley ( )] 

388 Porter St. 

Melrose, Mass. 02176 

Robert Paul Sr. (7) James LaomI (6) 
William Martin (5) Joel Laomi (4) 
Ellsha (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

Charles Geary Staples (6) Sarah Ashley (5) 
Noah Jr. (4) Noah (3) William (2) 
Joseph (I) 

(8) Edward Everett Jr (7) Edward E. (6) 
James (5) James (4) Perclval (3) 
Abraharh (2) Joseph (I) 

"cLottie Virginia Ashley (7) Edward 
E. (6) James (5) James (4) Perclval 
(3) Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 

Aionzo Carleton Ashley ( ) Thomas 
Jefferson ( ) Obidah ( ) 

Clyde Leslie Ashley ( ) Marcus 
Morton ( ) 

George H. Ashley Sr. ( ) Chauncey ( ) 

Arthur Edward Ashley ( ) William 
Henry ( ) 

LaVetta CVanHorn) Heff ley (8) 
Printiss Monroe VanHorn (7) 
Joanna Josephine (Hart) VanHorn (6) 
Mary Ann Ashley (5) Loami (4) 
William (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (i) 

Robert Paul Ashley Jr (9r Robert Paul (8) 
James LaomI (7) William Martin (6) 
Joel LaomI (5) Ellsha (4) Will lam (3) 
Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

Dwight Ashley Jr ( ) Dwlght Sr ( ) 
William ( ) Richard ( ) 

Silas Aubrey Ashley ( ) Silas Aubrey ( ) 

Silas Emanuel ( ) John 0>leman ( ) 

John ( ) 
William Cumnings (6) Jason Cummings (5) 

Thankful Ashley (4) Micah (3) 

William (2) Joseph (I) 
Harry Francis Ashley ( ) Henry ( ) 

Frederic Bunning Ashley ( ) William B ( ) 

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Organization of our FIRST CHAPTER 
for Ash leys In the Hudson, N.Y. 
area Is In the planning. 
Doris A, Nero (#213) Is con- 
tacting Ashley descendants In 
that area — We shall be anxious 
to learn of the progress. 


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JUDITH ASHLEY AKIN (#222) Is our youngest member of 
Ashleys of America. She was born on April A, 1972, 
daughter of Seth and Janice (Johnson) Akin (#73). Her 
paternal grandmother Is Amantha Ashley Arnold Akin (#72) 
She and her parents are enjoying their new home at 
226 N. Windsor Boulevard, Los Angeles, Cal. 90004. 

EDWARD P. ASHLEY, son of Mr. & Mrs* Karl Ashley (#90) received an associate 
degree In applied science for electronic technology, evening division from 
Wentworth Institute, Boston on June 17, 1972 

SUSAN ASHLEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Ashley of Copake, Connecticut 
received an associate In Arts degree. Liberal Arts from Dutchess Community 
College where she was a Dean's list student for two semesters. 

EDWIN P. ASHLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Ashley, Herkimer, New York, 
Is now taking his boot training at the Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, 
111. He Is a graduate from Drury High School and attended Berkshire Community 
College In PIttsfleld for two years prior to his enlistment. 

MRS. CLARENCE GARNER (#38) of Hanford, California attended her class reunion 
at Pittsburg, Kansas the end of June and Is now visiting relatives In Illinois. 

MR AND MRS. KEN 0. DAVIS (#5) of WI 1 1 tamstown, Mass. are spending the summer 
In Utah visiting their daughter and family, Mrs. Holger Harrer (#44) 

MRS. LI LA (COBB) GORDON (#43) passed away recently. We have no further In- 

WILMA ARLINE ROLFE (Mrs. Floyd A.) passed away April 17, 1972, age 59 years 
4 months, at the Extendicare Facility, Lansing, Mich. Death was caused by 
Amvotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. She and her husband are Interred In Greenwood 
Cemetery, Fowlervllle, Mich. WI Ima carried on the genealogy work after the 
death of her mother In 1957, and later when health did not permit her to con- 
tinue, her brother Gerald Cooper (#29) picked up the threads and Is doing 
outstanding work on that branch of the family. 

ADDITION: Please add the following Information to membership #169. Should 
read: Margaret L. (Cummlngs)WWalker (7) Herbert S. Cummtngs (6) Jason 

(Mrs. William E. Cummings (5) Thankful Ashley (4) 

3535 Alabama St., San Diego MIcah (3) William (2) Joseph (i) 
Calif. 92104 

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(Abram Jr^ - Phrdhan^ - BocO^ - Jethaxr - Joeephr) 

Fumiehed by: Gerald A. Cooper (§29) 

The following resolution was found In the papers of Wtllard C. Ashley^ (Henry A^ 
Abram Jr. s Abraham^ Noah^ Jethros Joe.) (1882*1933) of Chatham^ N.Y. concerning 
his uncle David C. Ashley b In Chatham 31 May 1839 and killed In the Civil War 
5 April 1864 at Compte^ Louisiana. Quote: 

At a regular meeting of Ocean Engine and Hose Co., No. I held at their house 
August 1st 1864 the following preamble and resoluslons were unanimously 

WHEREAS, the report of the death of Ord. Segt. David C. Ashley, Co. P. 2nd 
Veteran Cavalry N.Y.S.P. a former member of this company has been most pain* 
fully confirmed by an authentic announcement of his demise. He was killed 
while charging the Rebels across a bridge at the village of Compte eight miles 
from Gran Ecre In the Stale of Louisiana in the Red River expedition under 
Gen. Banks, on the 5th day of April 1864, and 

WHEREAS, while bowing In humble submission to this especial dispensation of 
the Inscrutable Will we are pained to realize the loss of one whose long 
association with us has deepened evry Sentiment Into the warmth of earnest 

RESOLVED: That in the death of Segt. David C. Ashley the sorrowful realiza- 
tion Is brought home to evry member of this Company that the Spirit of Its 
most zealous friends and warmest supporters has returned to Him who gave It. 

RESOLVED: That while we deplore the loss df one upon whom the opening of 
early manhood were Just casting the golden prom is of eminence and honor we 
would not forget the glory which surrounds him In the grave of a hero and 

RESOLVED: That although we were deprived the privilege of paying him the 
last sad tribute of respect by attending his funeral In a body we have the 
sweet assurance that he was surrounded by those whose affections he had 
entwined around him by his Meritorious conduct receiving worthy commenda- 
tions from his Superior officers for his Skill and courage and with pride 
we refere to the attatchment which he has secured from his comrades by his 
unvarying kindness. 

RESOLVED: That to the Relatives of the deceased we tender our heartfelt 
condolence In their bereavement and Implore for them the tender consola- 
tion of Him who holds In His hands the lives and destinies of all. 

RESOLVED: That a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions be trans- 
mitted to the family of deceased and published In the Chatham Courier. 

Seal: Ocean Fire Engine Chas. A. Belden^ Foreman 

April 18^ 1859 
Boee Ccmpany Samuel Bright^ Secretary 

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M 1 ::=■■« 

Vol. Ill No. I 


October 1972 


AUG 12 1974 

''"'^ <»»«6ffl;«««eTv 

Organized- August 29, t970 


President Robert E. Ashley 

1st Vice President John S. Ashley 

2nd Vice President ------ Paul C. Leonard 

3rd Vice President - - Bradford F. Swan 

Secretary Aniantha Ashley Akin 

Treasurer Nancy Ashley 

Publishing Editor- Esther Ashley Spousta 

Membership Chairman - - Marie A. Davis 


Membership dues In the amount of $5.00 are now 
due. DO NOT let your membership lepse.' 

Please make checks payable to ASHLEYS OF AMERICA, 
and forward to our Treasurer: 


165 Elm Street 

South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 


To preserve the democracy our forefathers fought for It Is 
the duty of each and every United States Citizen eligible 
to vote, Irregardless of party affiliation, to express 
themselves at every election. He who ehir^ his duty, has 
no right to aritioiee. 


October 1972 

From the 
Editor ^8 desk 

One of the prime purposes 
of our organization Is 
RESEARCH - to share data 
and assist Ashley descen- 
dants to climb the family 

Seldom do we receive a 
query, and even more 
seldom do we receive an 


Scan our membership list 
and associated lineages. 
Can you furnish more on 
a line? 

Do your part to help 
bui Id our Genealogical 
Data File- Someday we 
wi 1 1 publish the 
Aehley Genealogy and 
we want It as accurate 
and complete as pos- 

Alway anxious for more 
bul let In material . 

Bother Aehley Spoueta, 

PO Box 321 
Rogers, Ark, 727S6 




Vol. Ill No. I 





5 THIRD REUNION - Summary 




1909 ROBBERY - Henry C. Ashley (9) 

DAWN OF TRUTH - by James Russell Ashley 

BIOGRAPHY - James Peyton Ashley and 

father John Ashley 


ASHLEY GANG - Conclusion 


VITAL STATISTICS - Freetown, Mass. 






News Bulletin published Quarterly - Januay, April, July and October 
Free subscription with each $5.00 membership 

Extra cop I es may be obta I ned by ma 1 1 i ng $2 . 00 each to the Ed { tor 



BRADFORD FULLER SWAN (i^4), son of Rodolphus Ashley Swan and Anna Nye 
Fuller, was born In New Bedford, Mass on October 27, 1907. Ho attended 
New Bedford public schools and graduated from Yale with honors In 1930. 
During his college years he skippered Eugene Ashley's yacht *'Eli". 

After working for newspapers In New Bedford and Worcester, Brad went to 
the Providence Journal as a re-wrlte man In 1937. Five years later he 
became "theatre critic" and today Is Theatre and Art Editor. 









Brad, however. Is far from a "bookworm". He Is an outdoors man too. 
An ardent mountain climber, mostly In the White Mountains, the Appala- 
chian Mountain Club conferred corresponding life membership on Brad 
last year for his contribution to mountain safety In starting the 
leadership workshops 14 years ago, and for his work as editor of 
G "Appalachia", Its semi-annual publication. 






Brad chalks up two '^ first aaaente^^ In the Canadian Rockies, made the 
Grand Canyon of the Colorado on a rubber raft, been twice to the South 
Pole, - and to celebrate his 63rd birthday, hiked some 300 miles to 
reach 16,200 feet on Mt. Everest. 

Now a widower. Brad was married In 1938 to LI la Locher McVay (d. 1965), 
They had no children, but his branch of the Ashley family Is being 
carried on through a niece and nephew, who both have children. 

Robert E. Ashley (§1) 

He recently served as president of the Rhode Island Historical Society; 

was elected this past summer to be one of Rhode Island's two represen- [ 

tatlves to the Association of Yale Alumni, and for more than 25 years ^ 

has been a trustee of the Yale Library Associates. He has been active £ 

In organizations supporting the libraries of Brown University and the f 
Swain School of Design. 

A writer. Brad has written and published many articles on Rhode Island 
history, with Roger Williams and the 17th Century as his specialties. 
His books Include a biography of Gregory Dexter, a London printer and 
friend of Williams who became an Important figure In early Providence, 
and a survey of the beginnings of printing In the West Indies - a 
subject on which he was the lecturer at the John Carter Brown Library. / 
Is a member of the American Antiquarian Society, the Bibliographical 
Soc ety of London, and several bibliographical and book-collectors* 
organizations. Was awarded the honorary degree of "Doctor of Humane 
Letters" by Rhode Island College In 1966, and the same year was awarded 
the Providence Art Club Medal. 


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Robex^ B. Aehley (W 

As wfl flftt*r our third year, we can look back on another well-attended reunion, 
an ever growing membership Mst, a healthy treasury balance, a considerable 
amount of cemetery Improvement work done, and a growing file of excellent 
bulletins. We can look forward to many more years of the same and - soon we 
hope - our first book - an "ASHLEX GENEALOGI, Desoendanta of Joseph emd Abraham 
Aahlay of RooJwBtert Mass." Also contemplated Is a reprint and updating of the 
1896 ASHLEY GENEALOGY, The Descendants of Robert Ashley of Springfield, Mass, 

We ore also happy that we are now getting some "feed-book" )coniplalnts If you 
prefer) that will help us to shape our course for the future. Aside from the 
obvious ones of our last reunion - Inadequate air cooling In the new theatre 
<whlch we suspect was only because It was not turned on until the last minute) 
and poor projection of the movies and slides (resulting from poor operation of 
first class equipment) - we have received some very good Ideas that we hope you 
wl 1 1 comment on. 

It has been widely suggested that since the main purpose of a reunion Is to get 
together for conversation, meeting our other members, etc., we should devote 
more time and opportunity to the social side. Good suggestion - and we especial- 
ly like Buzzy's ()f2) suggestion that we meet on Friday evening for dinner, 
followed by one good after-dinner type speaker (on the light side) and an even- 
ing of conversation lasting as late as you please. 

Then Saturday morning could be devoted to our regular programs (some members 
have volunteered their services) followed by a luncheon. The afternoon could be 
left open for more visiting, comparing of notes, etc. The Sunday program, which 
has seldom been well attended, would be dropped. 

Another advantage of the above arrangement would be to those who must travel for 
to get here. Travelling on Friday afternoon and returning on Saturday afternoon 
would mean only one night away from home Instead of two. It would also eliminate 
those empty evenings for out-of-town members. YOUR (XMMENTS _ Please! 

Then It has been pointed out to us by our sister organizations that It would be 
wise for use to INCORPORATE as a non-profit corporation. The cost Is tow and 
the advantages are great, e.g. 

1. We would be able to make savings on postage and state taxes on purchases. 

2. Members could deduct their dues and some other expenses from income taxes. 

3. Members wishing to make contributions of money, property, books, papers, 

and many other things, could effect substantial Income tax savings. 

4. Individual members would be safe from possible law suits (especially 

nuisance suits) for fancied libel In our publications, personal Injuries 
at meetings, cemetery repair work, etc. Only the corporation could be 

(Contimied on page 4} 

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5. Most of all would be the aspect of permanence of the Organization, Insur- 
ing a succession of offlcership and responsibility for funds and safe- 
keeping of Important papers, etc* 

All of this for only $25.00 Incorporation fee (plus a nominal attorney's fee) and 
then $5,00 per year thereafter. May we have your thoughts on this matter. 

I am Indeed honored to serve again as your President and shall do everything 
within my power to guide our Organization, that we may progress forward with 
fruitful results. 




Robert E. Ashley (W 


.3 The cover reproduction is the Coat of Arms which 
ID Francis Bacon Trowbridge chose to adopt for the 
1 Robert Ashley family from Springfield, Mass. 

However, he stated that he would not put himself on record as the authority for 
the use of these arms by descendants of Robert Ashley, as he had been unable to 
prove that the Settler sprung from that family. It was taken from a painting 
which was owned by one of Robert's descendants for over a hundred years. It Is 
the arms of Ashley of Lowesby, County Leicester, England, and Is: Argent a lion 
rampant sable crowned or. 

It was decided at our meeting that we shall continue to research our nineteen or 
more Coats of Arms, hopeful of eventually pinning down the right one for our 
fami ly. 

It helps to hear of troubles of another family association with similar difficulty. 
From the ^'Edsonlan", a publication of the Edson Family Association, Col. C. A. 
Edson, editor, states. 

"WARNING: I have received many Inquiries regarding an outfit named 'Halbert's 
Inc.^ of Bath, Ohio, who profess to furnish and Edson coat of arms for $2.00. 
I consider them to be a racket. While there are elements of truth In some of 
their material, there are definite falsehoods In some of their claims." 

Col. Edson goes on to refer to his earlier writings concerning the English "College 
of Arms" and the family's Invest I eat Ions In that area. He states that the one 
offered by Ha I berths Inc. Is grotesque and bears no resemblance to the real Edson 
arms. He continues, 

"I am Informed that by mid May of this year they (Halbert's) had distributed 
16,000,000 letters. The local Post Office (Bath, Ohio) which had been closed, 
now has 130 employees, and the Post Office reports that they received as many 
as 23,000 orders a day. They presumably have made millions In their apparent 
racket, but an "escape clause" In their literature prevents the Post Office 
from stopping them . When I wrote them" says the Col. "pointing out some of 
their false statetnents, they simply, after a time, returned my letter with no 
defense or explanation. I would recommend Ignoring any communication from them." 

Well said. Col. Edson! We hope that all Ashleys, and others, may profit from 
nis thorough Investigation. 

(The end) 
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August 26-27, 1972 

Whaling Museum of the Old Dartmouth Historical 
Society, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mas 

I] S U M M a'r Y 



From minutee of Amantha A. Akin (#72), Acting Secretary in absence of 

Marie A. Davis, (if 5) Secretary 

Mtetlng convened at 10 AM with Robert E. Ashley,(#l) President presiding. 

Richard Kugler, director of museum, welcomed members, and gave a brief history 
of the museum. New Bedford museum Is one of the largest In America devoted 
to local history, concentrating Its Interest on the whaling Industry, with 
related artifacts - the largest such single display In the world. 
(Recomnended as a must for anyone visiting this area) 

Film - "Whaler Out of New Bedford." 

Lunch - At Wamsutta Club (onoe the home of James Arnold who later gave money 
for Arnold Arboretum) Excel lent meal and time for chatting. 

Business - Treasurer's report (See page 6) 

Coat of Arms (See Cover Story page 4) 
Incorporation (See President's Message page 3) 
Election of Officers (See Cover Back) 
Announcements: Pictures taken 

Tour on Sunday Including Old Ashley Cemetery 
on North Ave., Rochester (See page g) 

Speaker - DR. MAURICE RDBBINS, director of the Bronson Museum of Massachusetts 

Archeologlcal Society told about the land "hereabouts" and Its people 
long before the Ash leys or other white people came. With diagrams, 
maps, drawings, pictures and a wealth of Information, Dr. Robblns 
traced the development of the area from the Ice age, and fascinated 
his audience with views of the material found at various diggings. 


The weekends of October 8 and October 22 
are three-day holidays. We hope to do 
some work on cemeteries, especially the 
Old Parish Cemetery In Freetown where the 
earliest dated ASHLEY stone Is located. 



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Elizabeth Ashley , daughter of Abraham who 
married Samuel White Is here. We suspect 
there may be others as many stones are down 
and covered with leaves, soil, etc. 

JOIN US on those Sundays or Mondays In the 
beautiful October weather. Bring your lunch 
shovels, clippers, rakes, etc. p^^ ^xaat time 

Call Bob Ashley - Bridgewater 697'-6761 or 
Nanoy Ashley - Dartmouth 992^2275 



Sunday, August 27, 1972 

Pteomad and oonduoted by DoHe Ashley Lccng (If?) 

Starting from Lunds Corner to 
ACUSHNET CEMETERY - (Main St. about a mile an left side) Ashley Stones - many 

reset by Paul Leonard. (Leave cemBtevy, turn rights go to 
bridges first right - atraight up Middle Road to) 
^MARCUS T, C. ASHLEY HOUSE - Built about 1714. *S. of Abram & Mary Purrlngton Ashley 

(TakB firet left and continue to first right to Braley Bill Rd^ 
Rt. lOS * take left to) 
WILLIAM A> ASHLEY^S HOUSE « Helen Ashley's present home - peach orchards (See Jan. '72 

' but letln) (aontinue on past Dr. Braley Rd. to) 

OLD PARISH CEMETERY - Stones of Elizabeth (Ashley) and Samuel White 

(continue to four comers (North Ave.) to) 
SITES OF OLD ASHLEY & WtilTRIDGE HOUSES - (take left at four comers to) 

ASHLEY CEMETERY - Meet "natives" here. 

SITE OF OLD ASHLEY HOUSE - In Parkhurst Development 


" (took to North Ave.^ take left to Middleboro Rds go straight and 

around sharp curve to Mason Rd.^ take right, continue to old 

Rt. 140, take left to 
ROUNSEVELL CEMETERY - on the right. (take right out of Cemetery to bridge, turn 

left on Washburn Rd. continue to) 
SITE OF HOUSE OF SUSAN (ASHLEY) AND SAM. BROWN - dau. of Abram & Mary Purrlngton 
~" Ashley - on right next to church, (continue on to) 

HOUSE ON HILL - research being conducted on this house (continue on to) 
Site OF JCSgPH MYLOD ASHLEY house - where Grange Hall now located on right oppo- 
""" site Pond. Next 

HOUSE OF COL. SIMEON ASHLEY - built In I700's. Son of Perclval & Anna (Bishop) 

Ashley. He moved to New York c. 1820. Next 
HOUSE OF DR. JAMES AS HLEY - son of Perclval & Anna (Bishop) Ashley. He also moved 

foUew York, but lived In this area, possibly Edmlnster's 

house which Is on E. Howl and Rd. (TcAe left at curve to) 
PERCIVAL ASHLEY JR - J. EMERSON ASHLEY HOUSE - with cemetery In back. Cemetery 

badly In need of care. Across street. Marker - one corner 

of "Proprietor's WaY" under tree, (turn around and go back 

to curve, take left, continue to)Pa 
PAUL LEONARDS HOUSE - See July '72 bulletin Ueaoe Paul's, go straight to Pierce 

St - High School on left, take right to Rt. 118, take left 

near the comer on Rt. 118 on right is) 
A. DAVIS ASHLEY'S HOUSE - (continue to Highland Rd., 1st road on right, take right 
LUThER ASHLEY^ S HCUSE"^ on right of bridge, (continue to 
CEMETERY - on left side of road (continue on to 
HIND'S PLACE - being remodeled. An Ashley m. Hinds, (continue to end (Pond), 

take left, then next right, continue to Vaughn St. and stop 
"THE DIGS" - an active archaeological dig In Middleboro, where Dr. Robblns and 

the Mass. Archaeological Soc. are excavating Indian villages. 

Sites date back as far as 9000 years. 


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CEMETERY, ^k^^th Avenue, Rochester 

(Lieted in Ovder of Death Datee) 



12 Rochester, Massachusetts 



FIRST TWO GENERATIONS ; There are no marked stones here for generations I & 2, 
However, there are rows of plain f leldstone markers of the type used by early 
settlers, and these could be for our first Rochester American ancestors. 
Plymouth deeds 14/252, April 21, I7!9 show that Joseph Ashley' (and Joseph 
Prince) purchased this entire tract from MIddleboro on the NoV^th, to 
Acushnet on the South, and from Freetown on the West, and extending about 
a mile to the East. This tract of about 2-1/2 square miles extended along 
the entire present stretch of route 105 through Rochester, and Included 
roughly about 1/2 mile on each side of the road which was then an Indian 
trail. It Is reasonable to suppose that they are all burled here. 

ANNA (BISHOP) ASHLEY, first wife of Perclval' (Abraham2, Joseph') d. 1788 
ae. 43. This ie the earliest dated stone. 

HORIS C. ASHLEY^ , son of Jethro* (PerclvaP, Abraham^, Joseph') and Lois 
(GIfford) Ashley, d. 1807 ae. II months 

MARY (ASHLEY) ALLEN^ , wife of John Allen d. 1809 ae. 32. She was dau. of 
Perclval^ and Anna (Bishop) Ashley 

JETHRO ASHLEY^ , son of Perclval^, d. 1814 ae 39 

The nextTeven deaths oaour uithin a three week period during the 
great ^^ Spotted Fever Epidemic". 

MARY (PURR I NGTON) ASHLEY w of Abraham* (PerclvaP, Abraham^, Joseph') d 
March 26, 1816, ae 41 

BISHUP ASHLEY^ , son of Bishop* and Lydia (Hammond) Ashley d March 27, 1816 ae 7 

WILLIAM H. ALLEN , s of John and Susan (Leonard) Allen, d April I, 1816 ae 2 
(After death of Mary (Ashley) Allen^ above, John Allen m Susan Leonard 

JOHN ASHLEY* (Perclval^, Abraham^, Joseph') d April 2, 1816 ae 54 (a soldier 
in Revolution on several oampaigns. Married Charity Sherman) 

ABRAHAM ASHLEY^ son of Abraham* (Perclval^, Abraham2, Joseph') d April 3, 1816 

BETSEY ASHLEY^ , dau. of Abraham* d April 2lr 1816 

THOMAS B. ASHLEY^ , s of Bishop* and LydIa (Hammond) Ashley, d March 23, 1816 
ae 8 (stone missing) 
The above epidemic wiped out l/49th of the population of Rochester 

SPENCER L. ALLEN, s of John and Susan Allen d 1821 ae 10 (bro. of »n. H. above) 
PERCIVAL ASHLEY- ^ (Abraham2, Joseph') d 1822 ae 82. (A minute man, he answered 

the alarm of April 19, 1775. Later a Lieut, and served on several campaigns 

in the Revolution) 
JOHN SHEfyiAN ASHLEY^ (John*, Perclval^, Abraham2, Joseph') d 1826 ae 35 

(Killed by the wheel of a wagon running over him - Rochester records. This 

happened on the North side of the Dr. Braley Rd. at the curve cbout I mile 

north of the Dr. Braley Cemetery) 
EPHRIAM LANDRESS , d 1828, ae 29 (Nothing more is known of him) 
LYDIA (HAMMOND ASHLEY , wife of Bishop Ashley* d 1828 ae 44 (The base of 

a stone next to fits is probably that of Bishop^) 
ALMIRA ASHLEY^ dau of Bishop* and LydIa (Hammond) Ashley d 1833 ae 19 
ABIGAIL (ASHLEY) BARNS^ , wife of John M. Barns d 1833 ae 37 (She was dau. of 

Abraham^ and Itary (Purnngton) Ashley) 

((kmtinued on page 8) 
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CHARLES ASHLEY^ (Bishop^, Perclval^, Abraham^, Joseph') d 1835 ae 24 

JOHN ALLEN dT835 ae 59 (Bueband of Itaey^ (Ashley) Alien) 

ASENATH L." ALLEN d 1837 ae 20 (Decu. of John cmd Susan (Lsonocrd) Alien) 

Vimim <i fmi) ASH^ET w I f e of James G Ashley^ (Jethro^, Perclval^, Abraham2, 
Joseph l^) d 18^196 25 (Jams Clifford Ashley^ built the house at Ashley 

eonwp in 1844, It is said that he wore a white beaoer hat at all times) 
BtSHOP ASHLEY^ Jr d Nov. 1839 ae 23 
MARY G. (BRSwN) ASHLEY wife of Abraham Ashley^ d 1840 ae 44 (Mary Goooh Brwn 

called Folly, was IReahan 's second wife. Bis first wife Mary Purrington, 

was also called Polly) 
LURA ANN (ALLEN) KNAPP, wife of Caleb A. Knapp and dau. of John and Susan 

(Leonard) Allen, d 1841 ae 21 
JAMES ASHLEY^ (Bishops, Perclval^^ Abraham^, Joseph') d at sea In 27th yr. 1846 
ASENATH LEQInard , wife of Archlppus Leonard d 1848, ae 88 
AsENATH c. "PTERbE wife of Galen H. Pierce d 1849 ae 50 
abrw ASHLEY* ^ <Perclva|3. Abraham*, Joseph^ d 1852 ae 80 61 privaU in fktr 

of 1612. Blacksmith, called "Squealing Abram" far his very high pitched voice) 
SUSAN (LEONARD) ALLEN wife of John Al len d 1858 ae 74 
ALONZO PIERCE, husband of Luclnda Ashley^ (Thomas', John*, PercIvaP, Abraham^, 

Joseph') fCto, E Sth Mass, Coo., Civil War, served for 2 years as a corporal 

in U,S, Coo,) Sots: A strange tale has Alanao as a colored slave of the 

Ashleys %iho was given his freedom for his war service. Easily proven false 

by his war record. White, a carpenter from Boston, he married Ludnda 21 

years before the Civil War, 

(The end) 



CD C3 (September 15, 1971 thru September 19, 1972) 

CXXXXXXXXXXX3 Sanoy Ashley (094) Treasurer 




Savings Account 



Checking Account 




21.00 - 



1971 Dues 

1972 Dues 


1973 Dues 


Scrimshaw Pins 




Cemetery Fund 


1 nterest 


Reunion Luncheon 





IS Balance (9*15-71) 








Membership Drive 


Statements & Postage 


Gene. Helper Ad 


Reunion Expense 


M 1 see 1 1 aneous Expense 










FiKm the Brockton Enterpriee - April 5, 1909 
Furnished by Robert E. Aahley (M) 


OVER $25 




After a desperate struggle lasting a hiaf hour» 

HENRY C. ASHLEY (Benry Collina Aahley^. Witlim J." 

G&orge i.^, William^, faber^^ Ahrdham^, »n.% JoaA) 

of 15 Herrod Avenue, a driver for the Joslyn Express Co., 

was overcome by two men Saturday evening at about 7:30 In 

the J. P. Morse barn on May avenue and robbed of between $25 and J^g In cash. 

and $35 In cash. 

Ashley was badly bruised and used up, especially about the mouth, where hts two 
assailants thrust their hands Into his mouth In efforts to gag him. His back 
was slightly hurt. At one time his assailants stood over him with an Iron bar 
four feet long and two Inches In diameter, threatening to brain him, but desist- 
ed, declaring they were human after he besought them not to strike him with the 
bar. "I've got a family to support", he pleaded. 

Despite the almost total darkness In which the battle for the roll of money 
was fought Ashley retained his presence of mind sufficiently to recognize, he 
believes, the names and voices of the two men. These names and descriptions 
as near as he was able to give them, were In the possession of Police Inspec- 
tors Grace and Morey within 15 minutes after the express driver was able to 
give the warning of the bold robbery by crawling to Harold Morse's house, 250 
yards distant, at North Main and Snell streets, where the girl phoned to 
Mr. Morse. 

Mr. Ashley Is a trusted man of the Joslyn Co., and at the North End his special 
work Is the handling of cash on delivery parcels. He Is permitted to take his 
week's pay out of his day's collections at noon Saturdays and this was done 
Saturday, when he gave his week's earnings to his wife, or the thugs would have 
obtained a bit more than $50. 

Ashley told his story, one of the most thrilling In recent tales of crimes In 
Brockton, to the Enterprise. 

TWO MEN WAITED IN THE BARN - - "I drove Into the barn at shortly after supper 
time. The barn was In darkness. I never expect to find a lantern burning 
there. When I got In, the two men were there. I could make out their forms 
because of lights back of windows on the East side of the barn. They said 
'Hello' pleasantly and I replied 'Hello". I unhitched the horse, put him In 
the stall, and took the harness Into the harness room to hang It up. Both 
doors, rear and front of the barn and several windows were open. 

(Continued on page 10) 

As I reached up to the harness peg one of the men darted through the door and 
leaped onto my back. The other swung In front of me and grabbed me by the 
throat and attempted to get one of his hands over my mouth. I dropped the 
harness and began to f fght right off thinking that by the way they went at me 
It was far from a Joke. We struggled around quite a few minutes before they 
got me down bu eventually one of them gave me the leg and I went down In a heap, 
with both of them on top. I held as hard as I know how to one of themi and got 
sort of a vice grip with my crossed legs on one of the arms of the other fellow. 
I remember that part when we first struck the floor. Then we rolled and fought 
and threshed about the place. I don*t know now that I yelled for help, but as 
near as I recall It, I only made a remark once In awhile In reply to their mutter-* 
ed curses. I was too busy to shout much. One called the other 'Jack' repeatedly 
and one of them finally got me sort of winded and held me down while the other got 
an Iron bar that I knew was standing near and raised It over my head. 

THREATEO TO KILL HIM - "Get out of the way Jack until I smash head In; 

we'll put him out and finish this Job, one of them declared. I begged of hiro not 
to strike; that I had a family to support and a blow from that heavy Iron would 
surely kill me. Then one of them spoke to the other and said "well, we're human'. 
Then they went at me again trying to get Into my pockets and It was only a short 
time before they had the money, for I was all In. They were both fairly heavy, 
nearly as big as I am, and It was hard work as I was down on the bottom of the 
pile most of the time, trying to get up as well as defend myself. Then they were 
trying to get something Into my mouth and their hands banged my lips and face so 
I had all the agony I wanted. One of them kicked me In the back towards the 
last of It. It was only after much pain that I was able to make my way to 
Mr. Morse's house and tell the girl there to send word to Harold Morse of the 
company . " 

As soon as Mr. Morse got word he telephoned to the police and the Inspectors re- 
sponded In the auto and carried Mr. Ashley home. He was too far overcome to walk 
home unaided. The May Avenue barn Is situated some little distance from Horfh 
Main Street near Albion Street. The so called John F. Morse barn Is really a 
barn of the Joslyn Express Co. The barn Is a considerable distance from any house 

(The End) 


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/^MBS'BUSSELL AgBiPJ (#226) Is the author of 
(nany poems with deep meanings. From time to 
time we will Include some of them In our 
bulletin. The following poem Is entitled 

May I walk In the simple way. This and every other day. 

Simplicity Itself profound. Is so very seldom found. 

May I be as when a child - Open face and open mind; 

Clear all my debris away. Mountain of complexity. 

Give me room to breathe again. Clean full breaths and pure; 

Let me see the good around. See things simple, straight and sure. 

CHRIST taught In simple vein. Thoughts as pure as summer rain; 

Paul and John of simple birth. Their ample wisdom left on earth; 

Give It forth In truth unvarnished. Simply, humbly and ungarnlshed. 

Teach us all to walk again. In simplicity. 

J .K. A. 

Dawn of Truth No. 4 
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Fumisked by: Leslie C. Durnington (iUCS) 

By Perrln - page 400 

''Captain James P. Ashley who followed the county seat through all Its mutations 
Captain of the night patrol at Bedlnger's mill. Blue Licks, and Elllsvllle, 
came along with the balance of the town of Elltsvllle and settled for life 
In Nicholas County, Kentucky. He was born In Culpepper County, Virginia 
about the year 1780, came to Kentucky about 1800 (Editor ^8 note - thie is 
in error - it was Copt. James ' father John who was bom in Virginia and 
migrated to Kentucky - Copt. James was bom and died in Nicholas Co.j Ky. 
We assume that the following sketch covers James' father) 

He stopped for a time at Paris; then went to Mason Co., and engaged In work 
as a carpenter with a Mr. Robin Clark, at stocking plows. He then built a 
boat on the Ohio River, loaded It with plows, and In partnership with Matthew 
Throckmorton started for the Southern market. Landing at New Orleans, and 
finding the market extremely dull, they shipped their valuable cargo to 
San Domingo, the largest well-known Island of the Bahamas, lying about fifty 
miles to the southeast of Cuba. Throckmorton went with the cargo and died on 
the Island, a victim of yellow fever. No return was ever made for the cargo, 
and as there were no steamboats In those days, Ashley and the rest of the 
crew were compelled to return the long and tedious Journey by land. Arriving 
at home he went directly to Clark, whom he owed for the plows, and worked 
for him by the day'.s work until the whole debt of fifteen hundred dollars was 
paid. After this he came to the Blue Licks and built several mills for old 
Major Bedlnger." 

"Captain Ashley was an eccentric character, we might say an oddity. He drove 
no less than sixteen droves of hogs to Virginia, the last of which severely 
crippled his finances. Often when he had returned from his trips. If any one 
asked him If he made money, he would reply, ^No, about come out even - but I 
had a d — d sight of fun'. That he was a man of high principle and punctili- 
ous sense of honor, let his great plow speculation prove. How many of those 
who are in these last days squandering the hard-earned money of too-conf I d I ng 
friends, will go to those whom they Justly owe and make such full and ample 
restitution as he did? Captain Ashley lives among the countless dead In the 
Old Shiloh Cemetery. Sleep on, brave heart, and above thy green and grassy 
grave may violets spring." 

Commonwealth of Ky., Dept. of Military Affairs, Frankfort 40601 
ASHLEY, James P. Private, Mexican War (1846-1847 

Co. "I", Second Regiment Kentucky Foot Volunteers 
ASHLEY, James P. Captain, Civil War (Union) (1862-1865 

Co. C, Seventh Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry 

(Continued on page 12) 
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r^iLJT AR Y R<^.CORD S (continued) 

National ArchTves and Records Service, Washington, D.C. 20408 
CIVIL WAR: A - 7 Cav. - Ky James P. Ashley, Capt., Co. ''C" 7 Regt. 

Kentucky Cavalry. Appears on Co. Muster Roll for Jan 8, Feb. 
1863 - Promoted from 1st Lt. Fob. 6, 1863 - Now at Frankfort, 
leg broken. (Leg broken by kiak from horse Feb. 2j 1863) 
General Services Adm., National Archives, Wsshlngton, D.C. 
Resigned as Captain of Co. "C" 7th Regiment, Ky. Volunteer Cavalary 
December 29, I8S6 

The Captain and his wife Rebecca KIncart had problems. Her father, brothers and 
most of the KIncarts were rebels or confederats. The story goes that the KIncarts 
dldn*t have too much against the Captain, except he was a damned Yankee. The 
confusfng thing about the situation they could not understand because he was a 
native In that part of the country. He owned staves (one colored gentleman 
stayed with the Captain and his family after the war the remainder of his life) 

Rebecca was a KIncart, was born a southerner. Her family to a certain extent 
had reasons to tolerate her, because she was one of the family and loyal to 
her husband. The KIncarts had troubles of their own. They could not let their 
sympathy go too far In Rebecca's direction because of the possibility of being 
branded as traitors or In sympathy wllti the North. Rebecca got herself In this 
mess and she was In It up to her neck, but was not to blame. When everything 
was added up the answer proved one thing. All the heart aches, hardships, 
bloodshed and there were plenty of them In that section of the country, not all 
but a large percent fell on the shoulders of that Infernal Inlaw, bull headed 
Yankee Captain. 

Captain Ashley came home under a secret furlough to visit his wife and six little 

daughters, ranging from a few months to eleven years In age. 

Elizesa Jane "a wee tott" b 9 Mar 1864 Roseanna Leuicus (3 yr) b 21 July 1660 

Elizabeth Tharton (6 yr) b 29 Jan 1858 Laura Isabela (7 yr) b 7 Aug 1866 

Lucy Ann (9 yr) b 3 Sept. 18S4 Mary Francis b 26 Sept 18S2 

(son Villim J. b 17 May 18S1 d 19 July 1852 

There were three other children bom after the war: Nancy (Kate) Datherine 

b 6 Sept 1866, Loretta (Dula) b 9 April 1868, Janes Haroey b 21 Dec 1872 

They lived on their farm located on Stony Creek, In Nicholas Co., Ky. a short 
distance from the present county seat town of Carlisle. The Confederates re- 
ceived Information the Captain was supposed to be at his home. They has been 
trying to capture him for some time and decided this was a perfect setup, for 
he was suppoeed to be alone. The Confederate detail was discovered by the 
Ash leys before they surrounded the house and Capt. Ashley went out the back 
as the rebels came In the front. 

The troops encircled the house and Rebecca entertained them by going from 
room to room and nook to corner saying or calling In a rather loud voice so 
ail of the soldiers could hear, "Lay low, Ashley, lay low". In that way my 
great gransmother kept the Confederate soldiers searching In the wrong places 
long enough for Captain Ashley, my great grandfather to escape capture. 

The conclusion of this short story ends with a heroine as well as a hero. 

(Conilnued on page 18) 

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August 1968 


Mrs. Robert M. Sherman 


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Old Meanings of Words 


It !s difficult to persuade those who have not used original documents that 
spelling was a rather casual affair from I620-I820. Words and even names were 
spelled the way they sounded to each writer. In a single deed, a man's surname 
may be spelled several difflerent ways. Indeed, not until about the Civil War 
did there suddenly appear to be a "right" and a "wrong" way to spell words, and 
relatives started feuding over the "correct" way to spell their family, names 

Even the terminology expressing family relationships was not as precise as today 
and the genealogist who applies only modern meanings to the terms cousin. In-law, 
junior, and spinster can draw some very wrong conclusions. Here are a few 
examples of the use of these terms, taken from the Colonial period: 

COUSIN: - although we usually apply the term rather strictly today to the child- 
ren of our aunts and uncles. In the early days of our country, cousin often 
meant nephew, niece, or an even more distant relative. Perhaps this sort of 
meaning survives today among persons who share the same remote Immigrant 
ancestor, or merely descend from fellow passengers on the Mayflower and yet 
address each other as "cousin". 

IN'-LAW: - a relationship produced by law, rather than by nature. Thus a man's 
father-in-law was either his wife's father or his own mother's new husband. 
It Is rather plain when a 14 year old boy chooses as guardian his "father- In 
law", that step-father Is meant. The terms son-in-law, etc., had the same 
dual usages. 

JUNIOR: - one of the most misleading of all terms, for although we limit Its 
use today to the man whose father bears the same name, 200 years ago It meant 
merely the younger man in town bearing that name, be he cousin, nephew, grand- 
son of senior, or even no relation at all* As middle names were virtually 
unknown until the 1800s, and towns often had several families of the same 
name, tbose who also carried the same first name were bound to become difficult 
to distinguish. They lessened the confusion for themselves (but not for us) 
by labelling the elder man Sr. and the younger, Jr. When Sr. died or moved 
from town, Jr. stopped using the title. When a third of the same name appeared 
in town, this again altered the order. Visualize, If you can, the town of 
Wallingford, Conn., where five men, all bearing the name of John Hall, lived 
at the same time. They were called, from eldest to Youngest, Sr., Jr., 3rd, 
4th, and 5th without regard to their family relationship. If 3rd died or 
moved from town, 4th and 5th then became 3rd and 4th ard so on. One may even 
find deeds where a man refers to himself as "Jr., formerly 3rd." Could there 
be a more confusing situation. 

The author has seen a wi 1 1 In Plymouth, Mass. where a man named Samuel referred 
to his sons Benjamin, Jr., Samuel, Jr., and David. Samuel Sr. may well have 
had a brother In town also named Benjamin, thus Samuel's sons must be called . 
Jr. to avoid legal confusion. -' 

SPINSTER: - even more experienced genealogists say this moaning has not faced 
them, so perhaps it Is a Massachusetts phenomenon, however, the author has 

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(Continued on page 14) 

found enough examples using the term to mean "a woman who spins*' rather than 
the popular "an old maid" (both are Webslcr definitions) to prove that Is not 
an error. We had spent some time checking wills and deeds searching for various 
female Mayflower descendants who had married, and found documents describing 
women of those very names as spinsters. At first we passed them up, but finally 
found proof that these were the women we sought. Here are two examples we have 
CO 1 1 ected : 

Plymouth (Mass) Co. deeds 36:144 - Adam Hall and Sarah Hall, wife 
to the said Adam and we Mary Sherman and Abigail Sherman • • . the above 
said Adam yeortan and Sarah, Mary and Abigail apinaters^" sell land to 
Cornelius White, Jr. of Marshflled, 28 March 1744. 

Plymouth (Mass) Co. probate 40:234 - "I Deborah Reed of Weymouth In 
the County of Norfolk, spinster . . . give to my sons Seth Reed, Noah 
Reed . . . five daughters ... II April 1804 . . . presented as last 
will and testament of Deborah Reed late of Ablngton, widow, deceased . . . 


BROTHER - may mean brother-in-law, church brother, or step-brother, etc, 

UNMARRIED - this term may only mean that the person ^s spouse Is dead, that he Is 
presently unmarried. This usage continues today In land records and even occurs 
In the deeds conveying the Wins low House In Plymouth toe the General Society. 

A final word to sum up, don't draw cons I us Ions about ancestors without knowing 
the facts. You may climb the wrong family tree! 

The End 




CONCLUSION - from Vol. 11^ No. 4 - page 82 

In September 1922 Hanford Mob ley, becomingly attired In a white shirtwaist, black 
skirt, and picture hat with veil, led the gang In knocking over the Stuart bank 
for the second time. The take was better than the $4500 In 1915 but Mobley and 
MIddleton were picked up by the Plant City polIt::e at 3 A.M., and Mathews, who 
had fled to Georgia was nabbed In Griffin about a week later but not for bank 
robbery. . he didnt have a proper license for a car full of liquor he was driving. 

Meanwhile, the restive Hanford Mobley along with Matthews and MIddleton, were 
slowly demolishing the Palm Beach County jail In efforts to escape. The young 
Sheriff Baker, who had trailed the trio over 500 miles, arranged to have them 
transferred to the Broward County Jail at Fort Lauderdale, under the care of 
Jailer Fred M. Powell who was afterward replaced by W. W. Hicks {another ncme 
to he watched). Quick as a wink, Mobley and Matthews were sliding down tied-up 
blankets from the Jail roof and were loose again. 

MIddleton, for some reason, refused to Join them and was subsequently sentenced 
to 15 years. While at Ralford he met Ray Lynn, John Ashley and Joe Tracey. 
Tracey was released when his sentence expired. He then helped Lynn and 
MIddleton escape from a road gang at Marianne, and shortly after John Ashley 
took French leave for the third time - no one knows how. 

In November 1923 plans were completed by John Ashley, Joe Tracey, Ray Lynn and 
Clarence MIddleton to knock off the bank at Pompano, In memory of the fact It 
had once been John's boyhood town. Tracey did the driving In a taxi stolen from 

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I • Amantha A. Akin 

2. Mrs. Abby Amsdan 

3. Dorothy Lynch 

4. Linda Smith 

5. Jennifer Smith 
6* Helen Thomas 

7. Alonzo E. Ashley 

8. Marie Ashley 

9. Charles H. Ashley 

10. Al Ice Ashley 

1 1 . Beatrice Ashley 

12. Bertha Ashley 

13. Gerald Murphy 

14. David G. Ashley 

15. Jacquie Ashley 
IS. F. Donald Ashley 

17. Mrs. F. Donald Ashley 

18. Jerome D. Ashley 

19. John B. Ashley 

20. Margaret Ashley 

21. Marie Ashley 

22. John S. Ashley 

23. "Buzzy" Ashley 

24. Karl J. Ashley, Jr. 

25. Grace Ashley 

26. Edward Ashley 

27. Scott Ashley 

28. Jacqueline Ashley 

29. Kenneth V. Ashley 

30. Jane Ashley 

31 . Leon Ashley 

32. Dorothy Ashley 

33. Made I tne Ashley 

34. Mrs. Mildred Ashley 

35. Mildred A. Ashley 

36. Dorothy Phlnney 

37. Mrs. Edward S. Ashley 

38. Nancy Ashley 

39. Robert E. Ashley 

40. Lib Ashley 

41. Judy Fugere 

42. Ken Fugere 

43. Ted Ashley 

44. Paul Ine Ashley 

45. Roger P. Ashley 

46. Mary Lou Ashley 

47. William R. Ashley, Jr. 

48. Catherine Ashley 

49. Mrs. Henry R. Bollinger 

50. Edith L. Chase 

51. Emil F. Dahlqulst 

52. Alethoa Pah I qu 1st 

53. Velma Dunham 

5A. Virginia Ashley Goff 



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55. Mildred A. Karl 

56. Roger Karl 

57. Lillian McGrath 

58. Edward McGrath 

59. Doris A. Lang 

60. Mrs. Paul C. Leonard 

61 . Susan L. Loomis 

62. Lucy Loomis 

63. Eleanor A. Marble 

64. Grace Marble 

65. Doris Sshley Nero 

66. Terry Nero 

67. TImmy Nero 

68. Renee Nero 

69. Marlon G. Rogers 

70. Mrs. Clinton S. Smith 

71. Edna L. Sowie 

72. Mrs. Florence SowIe 

73. Elton E. Staples 

74. Miriam Staples 

75. Bradford F. Swan 

76 . Mo 1 1 y Nye Tobey 

77. Gustav Wtedeman 

78. Hettle WIedeman 

79. Howard Westfleld 

80. Irene Westfleld 

81. Robert Westfleld 

82. Mrs. Herbert F. White 

83. Dr. Maurice Robblns 

84. Mrs. Maurice Robblns 

Attended Meeting Only: 

85. Helen Ashley 

86. Ethel Farmer 

87. L. Barry French 

88. Susan French 

89. Ruth Howard 

90. Virginia Santos 

91 . Chartene Sisson 

92. Roger Sisson 

93. Roger Sisson, Jr. 

94. Darlene Sisson 

Attended Luncheon Only: 

95. Ashley Clark 

96. Zelma Ashicy Clark 

97. Oddette Clark 

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a Negro at gunpoint In Lantana. The Negro was presented with a bullet to talce 
to Sheriff Baker with love and kisses and a message that John would meet him in 
the Everglades* This token really got under Baker^s skin. Lynn and Middieton 
carried two .AS's each, and John an automatic rifle. The Job went off smoothly 
netting $23,000. The Negro's taxi was found where the gang had promised to 
leave it, but the gang had vanished into the *g lades again. 

By February 1924 -* what with paper walled Jails, snide presents of bullets and 
insulting messages - Sheriff Robert Baker had had It up to his tonsils. After 
the heist at Pompano the gang had become more daring than ever and continued 
their hi-* Jacking and piracy of liquor- laden boats. They had planned a wholesale 
ov3rseas raid on the liquor dealers of Bimini, which was only broken up by chance 
when Charles T. Helsley (another name to remember) a resident of Stuart, happened 
along an old dock at Salerno and noticed Bay Lynn seated in a boat that had been 
stolen from Helsley. Lynn was armed and Helsley only escaped with his life by 
outtalking him. The raid was pulled off, but the details of It were always 
sketchy. The morning of the raid the British Express Boat had taken $250,000 
in cash from Btmtnt to the bank In Nassau. 

After two weeks of scouting through snake infested swamps In February, Baker and 
his deputies smoked out Pa Ashley's still and hideout In the 'glades. A night 
raid was staged with a posse, half the size of a company of Marines, headed by 
Deputy Sheriff Fred Baker (no relation). Pa Joe Ashley's dog gave the alarm 
Just at daylight. When the smoke had cleared away. Deputy Fred Baker was dead, 
and Pa Joe Ashley was dead, shot though his head and fallen across his gun. 
Laura Upthegrove, who had been In a tent with John had a few buckshot In her, 
but John Ashley, who knew a back exit, escaped without being Injured. 

The killing of Deputy Baker and Pa Joe Ashley happened in February 1924 and 
Bob Baker and his deputies kept continually on their trail until the following 
ttovember covering about half the East Coast of Florida. Hanford Mob ley had re- 
turned rUrom California and Joined the gang again. Four days before election. 
Baker learned the Ashley gang was going to Jacksonville to rob a bank somewhaer, 
then return and kill him and his deputies In the courthouse after he was elected. 
It was then he arranged the ambush at Sebastian that finally ended the Ashley 

Of those names noted more or less as innocent bystanders who were caught up in 
the malignant currents which flowed around the Ashley Gang - this Is what became 
of them: FRANK (X)VENTRY forced to help them escape In his Ford at Stuart was 
shot to death by Jesse Quinn, who got life for it in 1925. CHARLES HEISLEY, who 
recognized his stolen boat at Salerno was shot to death in the door of his garage 
in Stuart in 1925 by 0. B. Padgett who got life for the killing. W. W. HICKS, 
Jailer at the Broward County Jail when Mob ley and Matthews escaped got life 
for the killing of Clarence Barber in 1925. LAURA UPTHEGROVE finished her 
brilliant career with a bottle of Lysol In 1927. When Joe Tracey,one of thd 
last of the ^ang, tricked his way out of Ralford by promising to reveal the hiding 
place of $110,000 loot, the Tampa Tribune of Aug. 8, 1926 asked plaintively: 

"Joe Tracey broke faith with the officers? What Is coming over the criminals 
of fair Florida? Business men and public off Iclals sometimes neglect their 
pledges, but who ever heard of a we 1 1 -organ I zed, high-class bandit and killer 
breaking faith with off lers". The whereabouts of the loot, which he*d promised 
to reveal, or any other plunder ot the Ashley gang Is still a mystery. 

Note: Bayncmrd KendHck^ a veeidont of Leeaburg^ id the author of 17 booka 
46 novelettes cTid IflO short atoriee. Be hoe been a student of 
Flori-da hictory throughout his life. 

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From records of Freetown, Mass. at Assonet 

Extracted by: Frederick W. Ashley of Washington^ V.C. 

(deceased) with additions from data of 
Mary Phillips Herbert 

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Oct. 9, 
Sept. 10 
Jan. 23, 
Dec. 16, 
Mar. 9, 
June 6, 
Nov. 12, 





, 1824 


, 1822 



Charles P. 
Catherine H. 
Alfred L. 
George Lee 
Susan G. 
Mary C. 

Thomas and Rest Ashley 

U ft ft 




James and Mary Ashley 
11 If ft 




Abraham and Thankful Ashley 
ft II It 

Leonard and Hannah Ashley 
Wlliiam and Sarah Ashley 






Dec. 4, 1843 Hannah Ashley, wife of Dea. Abraham old age 86 





Mary Ashley 




Hannah " 




William *' 








Thankf u 1 
























































Sylvia G. 



to SImeen Babbitt (by Thost Gilbert Esq.) 

to Elijah Parker (by Rev. Abner Lewis) 

to Elizabeth White (By 

to Rebecca Ashley 

to Dan Col tins 

to William Allen of. Dartmouth 

to (name of groom torn off) 

to John Al len of Rochester (by Rev. J Lawrence 

to Eunice Hasklns ** 

to Rest Hasklns " 

to Susannah Rousevllle (by Rev. P. Hatthaway) 

to Sarah Clark (by Rev. James Taylor) 

to Nancy Hathaway (by Rev. James Taylor) 

to Israel Washburn of N.B. (by Rev. P. Hathawa 

to Israel Smith (by Rev. Phillip Hathaway) 

to Ablel RounsevI I le 

to William Booth (by Rev. John Lawrence) 

to Phllena Leonard (by Rev. Wm. Shurtllff) 

to Ellhu H. Lawrence (by Rev. Bart Cushman) 

(continued on pg. 18) 

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MAPJRIAGJSS^ Recorded at Freetcwn^ Maes (Cont'd) 

Jan. \2p 1843 William H. to Joannah H. Barnaby (by Rev. James Taylor) 

(of Fall River) 
.May 21, 1843 Thomas to Polly Slmrnons (wdc)(by Reb. B. Collins) 
May 5p 1844 Catherine H. to John W. White or F.'i!rh:!iV3n (by E. H. Tripp) 

MA RRIAGES copied In Freetown records from records of other towns 
Aug. 2T, 1761 Perclval to Anne Bishop of Rochester (by N. Spraguo) 
Jan. 3, I7S9 Tabour to Nancy Phillips of Dart, (by Rev. Daniel HIx) 


Sept, 9, 1773 Henry Perkins of Dartnouth and Anna Ashley of Freetown 
Dec. 13, 1771 Benjamin Hath and Deborah Ashley both ot Freetown 
May I, 1772 Henry Perkins of DartnK>uth and Ablah Ashley of Freetown 
Jan. 21, 1768 Elijah Braley of Rochester and Lydig Ashley of Freetown 
Nov. I, 1794 Abrsm Ashley and Polly Purlnton, both of Freetown 

Mar. 9, 1795 John Allen of Rochester and Mary Ashley of Freetown 
July 12, 1783 Perclval Ashley and Serah Oliver, both of Freetown 
Aug. 23, 1783 William Ashley and Elizabeth White both of Freetown 

Dec. 14, 1732 John Ashley of Freetown and Charity Sherman of Rochester 
Jan. 14, 1783 Abraham Ashley and Hannah Craoo, both of Freetown 

Dec. 2, 1780 Noah Ashley of Freetown and Abigail Hoare of MIddleboro 
Apr. 4, 1775 Edward Hackett of Freetown and Phebe Ashley of Freetown 

(The end) 


Another story handed down from generation to generation about Capt. Ashley tells 
that a detail of Co. "C" 7th Ky. Cav, under confwnand of Capt Ashley was on rcuttna 
patrol. They encamped near the bank of LIcken River In Ky, to be near wster. It 
was early on that bright and lovely morning - everything seemed very peaceful. The 
horses were tied to the picket line, the men had finished their chores and were 
cooking breakfast of black coffee boiled In river wator, salted sow belly (tk^^ 
hoi'led the meat to get as much ealt from the fat then fried with fl^^jcake made 
of commeal and ixiter) . Cornnieal wes often covorecl with water to separate it 
from the weevil before It was cooked. 

Capt. Ashley commented on the peace and quiet, and about that time several rifle 
shots were heard. All the camp seemed to explode t^^o excltem-^nt and confusion. 
Guards on outpost were surprised and retreated to the canp. Horses frightened, 
broke loose and scattered In all directions. Soldiers grabbed what they could 
carry easily, levlng their breakfast and retreated to places of hiding. Capt. 
Ashley followed suit, taking wha1 was easy to cerr/ and ren on foot to the river. 
His saber proved a burden so ha quickly hid it and swam the river. The Rabols 
carried out a surprise attack on the camp. However, "Johnny Reb" was attracted 
Tore to breakfast tijan pursuing the "Yankeys", It was not as dangerous as swap- 
ping bullets with the enemy already concealed In the brush. 

Both details were on patrol and were not prepared for a pitched battle, Capt. 
Ashley quickly gathered his men for a counter attack and crossed the rive and 
retrieved material that was lost, along with his saber. 

(The end) 
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(AP release) 
BOUGHTON^ England 

A local court fined 
MARY ASHLEY $12 for 
refusing to tel I 
police her age after 
stopped for speeding. 
"Womens ages should 
be closely guarded 
secret" said Mrs. 
Ashley, wife of an 
engineer. "It cost 
me 5 lbs. ($12) but 
ft was worth every 
penny to draw atten- 
tion to petty of- 
ficialdom" Private- 
ly she admits to 25. 

(fumiehed by 
Alcnzo F. Aehley 

# K K K # K 


John Spencer Jr. and Benjamin Davis 
Ashley (twins) born July 30, 1972, 
are sons of John Spencer and Elizabeth 
Ashley of Freetown, Mass. 

Maria Ashley, born August 30, 1972, 
1st child of AT-3 Karl J. and Wendy 
(Darling) Ashley of Oxnard, (iailf. 
and grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Karl 
J. Ashley Jr. of E. Freetown (#90) 

Brian Scott Blowers, born Sept. 12, 197 
1972, 1st child of Brian A. and Alexis 
(Ashley) Blowers, grandchild of 
Mr. and Mrs. Karl J. Ashley Jr. (#90) 


Thomas E. McKIe and Darlene Bogardus 
were married In May, honeymooned In 
Nova Scotia, and now at home In 
SI Ingerlands, N.Y. Thomas Is a 
grandson of Mrs. Grace E. (Ashley) 
MIsulls (#209) 

Peter K» Ashley of Freetown and 
Carmen A. Costa, of Acushnet, were 
married In Freetown, Mass. on 
August 26, 1972. 

MISS MARY ASHLEY, formerly of Masons 
Island, recently celebrated her I 00th 
birthday at the Masons Island home of 
her nephew, William Hartman. Miss 
Ashley, who v/as born In New Britain, 
lived on Masons Island for 50 years be- 
fore moving to Mystic Manor 2 yrs. ago. 

J( 4 H 4 J( J( 4 

ROCHESTEBs Maaa (Aug. 22^ 1972) 
Selectmen this week voted to have Atty. 
Richard W. Paul I of Marion and Arthur 
C. Thompson, surveyor, Marlon, do title 
examinations and surveying for six 
cemeteries In town. They Include 
Hillside, Woodslde, ASHLEY, Union, 
Sherman and Old North Rochester, Towns- 
people two years ago voted $2,000 to be 
used for this purpose. 

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Eaet Freetcwn: Mrs. Mary C. (Brtndle) 
Gurney, 72, wife of Warren C. Gurney^ 
died at St. Luke's Hospital Sept. 8, 
1972, after a short Illness. 

Born In New Bedford, she was the dau- 
ghter of the late John and Margaret 
(HIbberts) Brindle and had resided In 
East Freetown for 58 years. A former 
librarian at the James White Memorial 
Library, she was a 50-year member of 
the E. Freetown Grange, and honorary 
member of the E. Freetown Woman's Club 
and an active worker for the Red Cross 
and the New Bedford Council of Girl 
Scouts of America. 

In addition to her husband, she Is sur- 
vived by a daughter, Mrs. Benjamin 
(Helen) Thomas of Franklin (#8) and a 
granddaughter Mrs. Melanle O'Nell. 
Interment will be In Chace Cemetery, 
East Freetown. 

(Continued on page 20) 

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DR> FR^ K HN ASHLEY, a surgeon at the 
UCLA niedTcal center In Los Angeles per- 
fonwd surgery on entertainer Ann-Margaret 
who was seriously Injured In a fall from 
a stage platform. The actress-*dancer- 
singer fell 30 feet from a stage platform 
at the Sahara-Tahoe Hotel In State line, 
Nevada, suffering five broken bones In 
her face, a broken Jaw and left arm, a 
cut knee and a chipped tooth. A hospital 
spokesman said she had lost feeling In 
her face, but was expected to recover. 
(Dip. Ashley ie the ecma surgeon who did 
Phylie Diller'e faoe^lift) 

LEON T. ASHLEY (1180) was recently I n- 
stalled as Worshipful Master of the 
Plymouth Lodge AF and AM. Worshipful 
Arne M. Erickson was Installing officer 
who was presiding master of Plymouth 
Lodge when Leon first Joined the lodge. 

(The end) 

F RANKLIN A. AS HLEY, former president of 
the now defunct Vernon Court Junior Col- 
lege In Newport, R.I. Is being sued for 
more than $400,000. The suit charges 
that Mr. Ashley, his wife Lucille, and 
others caused Vernon Court to make pay 
ments, purchases and provide services 
"To or for them or on their behalf" or 
that benefited members of their families. 
It charges that "No goods or services 
were furnished" the college and that the 
payments or purchases were unauthorized 
by the school and were "Improper, Irreg- 
ular and In fraud of the rights of credi- 
tors". Vernon Court opened In 1963 as 
a profit-making Institution and occupied 
27 buildings on a 65 acre campus. It"; 
enrollment reached a peak of 500 students 
In 1965, but by last fall enrollment 
dwindled to 157. The school closed joo 
January 25, 1972, the date the col lege 
filed a bankruptcy petition. (Ccat cmyone 
identify Pvahktin A. Ashley?) 





WILLIAM R. ASHLEY, Jr . (#218) Is seeking Information on WILLIAM HENRY ASHLEY, 
born August 5, 1838, d. October 30, 1890. Place of birth not known, but It 
Is said he was a ship's carpenter when he came to the Wlllmlngton, Deleware 
area about 1863. He married Theresa J. Lynch, date unknown. 

FREELA DEE WEBSTER (#170) seeking parents of WILCOM (Welcome) ASHLEY. Listed In 
1850 Census of Grayson Co., Kentucky as being a farmer, 49 years of age, born In 
either Missouri or Kentucky. Census lists wife as Bathsheba, ae 48, and eight 
children ranging In age from 6 to 24. It Is believed that In 1830/32 the family 
lived In Indiana. 

VILLI AM DALE ASHLEY (#252) seeking parents of ELMER ELLSWORTH ASHLEY who married 
Izetta ^^_^_^_ . Descendants now live In Ohio. 

^. S. G. D. CARLTON (#248) seeking parents of John Riley Ashley who married 
Ann Prultt. It Is believed that they died near Galsden, Alabama. 

I AMES MANSFIELD ASHLEY ill (#253) anxious to continue line beyond great grandfather, 
JOHN CLINTON ASHLEY who m Mary Ann Kirkpatrlck. The names Bonjamln and William 
are possible clues. 

(The end) 

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Editor's Note: A vote of thanks should be given 
Marie A. Lewis ^ our Membership Chairman 
who has worked diligently on the project 
of increasing cur membership. 








The membership committee has been most fortunate In receiving the cooperation 
of many members who have sent In lists of names of prospective members. 
We have sent out over 400 membership Invitations to almost every state In 
the Union. 

As of August 8, 1972 we have added 39 members by this method. Statistically 
speaking, this Indicates we reach 10 new members from every 100 Invitations. 
We feel a \0% return Is very good. It Is recommended that we continue 
sending Invitations to potential members. 

Plans are still In the making for forming chapters In various areas to enable 
Ashleys to gather during the year for sharing of material and social get- 
togethers. Many living a great distance from eastern Massachusetts where 
our annual reunions are held, could benefit from a chapter closer home. 
This program hinges on a few willing volunteers to call the first meeting 
in an area. 

As we grow In membership, so shall v/e grow In knowledge thus bringing nearer 
one of our goals - that of a published ASHLEY GENEALOGY. 

Marie A. Davis (ffS) 
Membership Chairman 

Vol II, No. 3 (pg. 58) - CORRECT *SmIth F. Reynolds 
to read son (not gi^andson) of Caroline and 
Alanson Reynolds 

Vol II, No. 4 (pg 88) ADD lineage for 






Andrew WInfred Ashley (6) Andrew White 
Ashley (5) William Washington Ashley (4) 
Edward (3) Joseph (2) William (7) (I) 

Vol II, No. 3 (pg 66) - ANSWER TO QUERY - Complete lineage of 
MARION G. ROGERS (#165) (7) TJellleM. (Gushee) Rogers (6) Elizabeth 

White (Ashley) Gushee (5) Cc?pt. William 
Ashley (4) Williams (3) Abraham (2) 
Joseph ( I ) 

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(Mrs. Henry R.) 

74 Ferris Lane» 

Poughkeepsle, N.Y. I260( 

4724 Amsden Ct. 

Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 



and Mr. 6. 0. 

Rt I Box 61 

Hens ley. Ark. 72065 

202 Wilbur Street 

New Bedford, Mass* 02740 

53 George St. 

South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 

Church of Jesus Crist of Latter- day Saints 

107 South Main Street 

Salt Lake City, Utah 841 1 1 

1634 Hlllbrook Ave., S.E. 

North Canton, Ohio 44709 

3327 Pel ham Road 

Toledo, Ohio 43606 

Bertha (Mason) Ketchum (9) Jane (Ashley) 
Mason (6) James Ashley (7) Roger (6) 
Joseph (5) James (4) Joseph (3) 
David (2) Robert (I) 

Sanuftt ltot.fe. Atniey (lO) Robert Roll In 
(9) Lucteus Samuel (8) Samuel III (7) 
Samuel Jr. (6) Samuel (5) Daniel (4) 
Samuel (3) David (2) Robert (I) 

Joseph Riley Ashley ( ) John Riley ( ) 
John RI ley ( ) (from Aldbcma) 

Edmund Davis Ashley (7) Silas Edmund (6) 
Silas Pickens (5) Noah (4) Noah (3) 
William (2) Joseph (i) 

Kenneth Valentine Ashley (7) Joseph 
Mylod (6) Catvin (5) Luther (4) 
Noah (3) William (2) Joseph (I) 

Chauncey Murl Ashley ( ) Elmer Ellsworth 

Charles Sumner Ashley ( ) James 
Mansfield ( ) John Clinton ( ) 
Benjamin ( ) - (7) William 

© 1972 A3ELSI3 OF AM5RICA - Uninoorporatad Family Aaooaiation 

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©# AilMllJSA. 

Vol. Ill, No. 2 


January 1973 


AUG 12 1974 


Organized August ?9, 1970 


President --- - Robert E. Ashley 

1st Vice President - - - — - John S. Ashley 

2nd Vice President Paul C. Leonard 

3rd Vice Presldeht Bradford F. Swan 

Secretary ---- Any^thq Ash|.ey Aklrt 

Treasurer -- — --.-- — '•' Nancy Ashley 

Publishing Editor - — - - Esther Ashley Spousta 
Membership Chairman - - - - — - Marie A. Davis 



Membership dues In the amount of $5,00 

now due and payable !!!!!!! t ! 

Please make checks payable to: 
Ash leys of America 
165 Elm Street 
South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 

Dues not received by March i, 1973 
will delete your name from our 
mailing list. 


January 1973 

Editor 1$ 

A word of appreciation 
to a 1 1 those who have 
sent material to your 
Editor for publication. 

Have you written our 
President regarding 
your preference of 
days for our fourth 
Reunion? IP I ease 
do so as it Is hoped 
to choose the best 
time for everyone. 

She 1 1 be watch I ng the 
mails for more material 
for our next bulletin. 

Bather AehUy SpouBta^ 

PO Box SBl 
ItogwB^ Ark. 72766 

Vol. Ill No. 2 




27 20th CENTURY HISTORY - Mrs. Ross Cherry 

Ruth Marjorle (Loomts) Ch.rry® 

29 COVER STORY - Honorable Thomas Ashley^ 

33 CHURCH RECORDS - First Christian Church 

Dartmouth, Mass* 


35 OLD CORNER STORE - Assonet VI I lege, 

Freetown, Mass. 

36 LOOKING BACK - Clifford Warren Ashley^ 

37 MONTANA - James Monroe Ashley 

39 OLD LETTER - Robert Paul Ashley* 

42 OLD LETTER - Noah Wl 1 1 lams Ashley^ 



NEWS BULLETIN published quarterly In months of January - April - July - October 

FUSS subscription with each $5.00 membership 

Extra copies may be obtained If available by mailing $2.00 for each issue 
direct to the Editor, 

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Ashleys of America 

Chapter No. I of ASHLEYS OF AMERICA was organized on 
October 15, 1972 at the home of Mr. 4 Mrs. Anthony Nero, 
II Joslen Place, Hudson, New York, by our Membership 
Chairman, Mrs. K. 0. Davis. 

Ashley descendants from Hudson, Maiden and Ghent, New York and WI 1 1 lamstown, 
Massachusetts were present for the organizational meeting. Officers elected 

Mrs. Anthony Nero (#213) - President 

Mrs. Donald Kern <f46) Secretary 

Mrs. Davis gave some high-llghts of the Ashley ancestors and discussed the 
purpose of the meeting. All present discussed their relationship, their 
memories, their genealogy and the vicinity of Ashley HIM end the old cemetery 
where Noah Ashley (1747-1815) Is presumed to be buried. 

Mrs. Nero reported on the Ashley Reunion held In August held at New Bedford, 

It was voted to have two meetings a year, one In May and one In October. The 
next meeting will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. K. 0. Davis In WI 1 1 lamstown, 
Mass. and all were urged to contact Ashley descendants In the area before the 
next meeting. It Is hoped that Individual chapter meeting get-togethers will 
Implement the overall purpose and objects of the Ashleys of Amerlcal organiza- 

Members present were: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Davis (#5), Mr. and Mrs. Frederick 
Ashley (i((229), Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Nero (#213) and children Torrance, 
Timothy and Renee, Miss Betty Ashley of Maiden Bridge, N.Y. and 
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kern (#48) 

The meeting adjourned at 4 P.M. with a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. 
and children serving as most gracious hosts. 


MARION KERN, Secretary 


Robert E. Ashley (§1) 

One of the mosf amazing things about our Association Is 
the ever increasing rate that new data Keep turning up« 
Many members send me extensive material and photocopies 
of their research, all Items for which I am extremely 

The largest Item to date Is, of course, the four large 
cartons, of books consisting of 247 bound volumes, from 
the library of R. Eugene Ashley, turned over to me by 
John Sherman Ashley (#2). These books filled both the 
Interior and the trunk of my car twice, necessitating 
. two trips to get them here* 

I am now having them appraised and will seek an Insurance policy for them, 
although It Is clear that these plus my own nearly equal number of books, and 
the three file drawers of family group sheets cbuld never really be replaced. 

About six years ago. Brad Swan (#4) turned over on "permanent loan** a chest 
full of data sheets, these being duplicates of Genets work and of all those 
who preceded him. 

This brings me to the main point. Our steadily Increasing membership means 
a steadily Increasing number of Inquiries from members who expect, and are 
entitled to, extended replies. The trouble Is the time It takes to copy 
"everything on my line** or similar request. Yet I believe that every member 
has a right to all Of this Information. The problem Is - how to furnish It. 

I therefore am proposing a new publication to be In addition to our bulletin. 
This would be a temporary genealogy (mimeograph, offset, or similar Inexpensive 
looseleaf form) which would begin by turning the clock back some 50 years and 
publishing Gene's work exactly as he left It. We would then Issue supplements 
from time to time with proven additions and corrections as presented by our 

Such an arrangement should be relatively Inexpensive and would ultimately cost 
the Association very little If anything, as the Initial cost would be relm* 
bursed by the purchase of the copies by interested persons. 

As soon as It Is deemed reasonable complete and accurate, we would be ready to 
publish a Genealogy In book form. 

Since It seems more and more likely that most of the American ASHLEYS were 
first In New England, and since it is also In these pre- revolutionary years 
that most of the uncertain lines appear, I am offering the chart on page 26 
as a starting point. If anyone has other Information or Ideas on these 
early generations PLEASE SEND IT IN. 

Do not overlook the Impwtance of old letters. Often valuable information 
can be obtained from them. Wont you share yours? 

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All nanes are of Ash leys who lived at the tines and places shown but names In 
brackets CH are not yet proven to be related. For simplicity dates of births, 
deaths, and marriages and wives names are not Included. Only male lines of 
descent are carried. Name In parenthesis ( ) after daughters Is married name. 

We are starting with JOSEPH and his brothers and sister as first generation. 
Numbers preceding name Indicates generatfon and descendants number: e.g. 
3-29 Indicates Third generation, 29th child. 


Children: *3-8 James 

3-1 Thankful (Swift) 3-9 Elkanah 






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Miriam (Whltcomb) 3-10 Isaac 

Elizabeth 3-M Enoch 

Freeman * *- 




3-12 Lucy (Pierce) 
3-13 Eun Ice (Wood )X Has; 
3-l4Ellsha •^'"*' 

3-15 William 
*CMore proof needed^ 

3-16 Fear 3-19 Noah 

3-17 Patience (Van Erd) 3-20 Nichols 
3-l8 0thnell 3-2 1 E i i zabeth 

3-22 Jephthah 
3-23 Abram 

3-24 Abiah (Hathaway) 
3-25 MIcah 3-26 Noah 

2-4 ELIZABETH (Sprague)(Wm. Ash ley) (Joy) 
ChiliSrtn: Unknown 

2-5 ABR A HAM Jr 

CfnXdran: 3-30 Mary (Johnson) 

3-27 Perclval 3-31 Lydia (Braley) 

3-28 Deborah (Heath) 3-32 Simeon 

3-29 Williams 3-33 Rebecca (Barnabas 

2-6 MARY (not married) 

3-34 Lott 

3-35 Phebe (Hackett) 
3-36 Barnabas 

3-37 Thankful (Collins) 
3-38 Joseph 1 1 1 


2-9 MERCY (m Mn. Aehley #2-3) 

2 -10 WILLIAM rm. Elia, Aehtey n-4) 
2-11 ELIZ/».BPTH (White) 

Note: 1-4 

JOHN appears In records of 3rd Parish of Rochester 
but nowhere else. 

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(Grace Deri Ing^, Augusts Mcrla Besrs^, [] C" 

Louisa Ash I ay 5, Luther^ James3, Thomas2, CXXXXXDCXXXXXX! 

By: Bather Ashley Spousta (§10) 

A common fault of all of us doing research on genedlogy, is to bury ourselves 
fn the past^ We are so eager to learn of our forbears, that we somet I mes over- 
look the ASHLEYS of today. 

Marjorle Cherry (#27) Is one of those descendants we are very proud to claim 
on one of the branches of our "Ashley Tree". I am making no attempt to write 
a complete biography, only to tell you one or two of her outstanding contribu- 

Quite by accident many years ago when visiting Judge Williams house, the clean- 
er brought back a wedding gown of Mary Cannon Lockwood. As they talked about 
Mary Cannon, a petite lady little over four feet tall, who married Mr. Lockwood 
in 1810, Mrs. Cherry had an Inspiration. Why not give a program on the early 
women of Erie County, Ohio and model the clothes of the day. And thus started 
a vocation which has brought her much acclaim. 

She did not go about this work lightly, but was diligent In her research for 
historical authenticity. After having collected the facts, her nimble fingers 
created the costumes, and finally she was able to narrate her pageantry In a 
most interesting and fascinating manner. The following excerpts from various 
papers give., you an idea of her success and variety of subjects covered: 

Bcwling Green Sentinel^Tribtme 

•'Lady Of Fashion" - a pageant depicting the history of women's clothes from 
the cave woman to the lady of today. It explains why women had thread and 
needle before there was any cloth to sew on. It shows the first Merry 
Widow hat 4000 B.C. from a land where there were no widows. A spectacle 
that is colorful, amusing and Instructive. Mrs. Cherry then came to the 
stage in a lovely red velvet gown of the Elizabethan period, autSientfc In 
every detail from the Jeweled sleeves to the tiny mirror attached to her 
girdle. The audience was captivated by her easy informal delivery and 
followed her eagerly as she explained the costumes." 

Nonoalk Reflector^ Feb. 12^ 1936 

"Flags of America" A patriotic program showing the development of our flag 
from Columbus' time to the World War. "The Pageant Is the product of the 
versatile mind of Mrs. Ross Cherry - - - -" 

Akran-^Beaeon Journal ^ Oct. S^ 1938 

' "Sa a Naral" - a program of Indian music. Mrs. Cherry evoked the primitive 
life with translations of chants and songs that until recent years were 
burled In the little known Indian laguages. The author grew up In the 
country of the Arapaho and learned many of these as a child. Also the 
winter and fire dances which are Included, (all In costume) 

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Ashland Timee'-Gazette^ Apr. 20^ 1939 

^Poetic Ladles of America" A Pageant-Recital of American women who wrote 
poetry'. For each period, Mrs, Cherry appeared in a costume representing 
the typical dress of that time, "* 

Laudenvills Tunea^ Daa. 2^ 193 8 

"Christmas"' Gives a brief history of the Christmas play and the carols that 
were written for It, These are sung by ladles In Old English Costumes In 
the style of the madrigal, 


Toledo Tim^BM Feb. 1939 

*'Old Erin" A program of little known Irish songs and legends In costume, 
Mrs, Cherry has more than 200 authentic costumes, some of which will be 
on display In the pageant, 

SanduelQf Stax^Joumal^ Nov. 17^ 1987 

^The Wedding Ring" A pageant giving the history of the wedding ring from the 
marriage market of Babylon to the first all white wedding gown, **Roman> 
Greek and Druid bridges wore bright purple, blue and flame colored veils. 
The Quaker women went to their weddings In gay, green aprons, 

Bcwlina Gpeen SentineUTribuneM Feb. 20^ 19 89 

^'Mrs, Cherry has made a name for herself In Historical Pageantry; her 
^Mothers of Erie County* was bought by the Cleveland Plain Dealer In 1932 
and presented In Cleveland Public Auditorium at the Theater of Nations 
program. The American Magazine purchased her pageant built around the 
McGuffey Readers In honor of the McGuffey Centennial" 

The above are but a few of the notices commending her work. Her pageants were 
a moving picture of a period of time showing the changing taste of women for 
clothes, music and poetry with their Interesting lives woven Into It, 

Works of art - yes, so much so, that In 1950 she was elected a Fellow of the 
Royal Society of Arts, the 2nd oldest Literary Society In England, At that 
time she was one of only 6 women In the United States to have that honor. 
It Is my understanding that the costumes for "Lady of Fashion" are now on display 
In one of the museums In Kentucky, 

But this has been only one facet of Mrs, Cherry *s talents and accomplishments. 
Her Interest In genealogy has Inspired her to preserve our early history and 
she has compiled and published at least 57 bound volumes of genealogical and 
historical works, which can be found in libraries from coast to coast. 

Her research did not stop at the base of her own family tree - she has reached 
out to help others by copying and compiling cemetery records In Ohio, assisting 
In abstracting the wills of Huron County, an active worker In the Flrelands 
Museum - and far too many more accomplishments than space here allov/s us to 

Ruth Marjorle (Loomis) Cherry now In the t^;f Wight years of her life, who will 
celebrate her 84th birthday on February 17th, can look back with pride at her 
many accomplishments, 

CONGRATULATIONS to you, Marjorle Cherry ! ! ! 

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fThomas (2) Joseph (l)J 

BoBed en raritinga of hie eon Elieha 

by Rob^re E. Aehley il 


A 3 2 I 

In the year 1854, Ellsha Ashley^ (Thomas , Thomas , Joseph') then a man of 
seventy *e I ght years, wrote an article which was published In the Rutland Herald 
Mr. Ashley was born In Poultney, In the year 1776, was a son of one of the first 
settlers and, at the time he wrote, probably knew more of the history of the 
town than any man then living. He says: 

"The first settlement of Poultney was begun April 15th, I77|, by Ebenezer Allen 

and Thomas Ashley, They commenced some twenty rods south of where the turnpike 

bridge now Is In West Poultney - Allen a little west, and Ashley a little east - 

the river then running some twenty rods north of where It now does," 

"They erected a shanty for Allen, who brought his family wl+h him. Ashley re- 
mained one month, erected a shanty for his family, which was done by setting 
four crutches In the ground, placing poles on top, and covering the roof and 
body with bark. He cleared some land and raised sufficient corn to b^ead his 
family of seven. He then returned and brought his family. Allen had a son 
born the same year, the first white child born In Poultney, Allen remained a 
few years, sold out and moved to Grand Isle, Ashley remained In town, and on 
the same farm until his death, which occurred In 1810" 

"Several families followed the saae season, Elijah and John Owen, Issac Ashley 
and Nehemlah Howe - and soon others Including John, Elkana, Ellsha, Enoch and 
William Ashley, all brothers of Thomas and Issac Ashley - and others all of 
whom were driven off by Burgoyne*s Army and Indians In July of 1777*" 

From Mr. Ashley we get the names of all who settled here from April 1771 to 
June 1777. During this time, a little over six years, Mr. Ashley says, "The 
town was settled slowly due In great measure to the troubles with New York 
about titles to the lands, so that non located here but the most bold and 
fearless spirits, and they were all, without exception, extremely poor". 

The last proprietor's meeting, before adjourning to Poultney, was held In 
Canaan, Conn, on the 23rd day of February 1772, and that the meeting was ad* 
Journed to meet at the house of Heber Allen (brother of Ethan Allen) In Poultney 
on the third Tuesday of April 1772, 

All of the Ashley brothers were bom in Rochester^ Mass. and although no oon-^ 
nection has ever been proven between the Old Colony Ashleys and the Berkshire 
Ashley s, it seems signifioant that the elder brother j Thomas^ should settle in 
Canaan^ Conn, a tofM only tiDo miles across the state line from Ashley Falls ^ 
Mass. where the Col. JoJm Ashley house is looated. Rot much farther away, over 
the New York line, we find Dutohess and Columbia Counties whire the "Nine 
Partners*^ area was located, and where the Uncle Jethro Ashley^ relocated. The 
father of the seven Ashley brothers died in Rochester, Mass. in 1762. Thomas 
of Canaan, the elder broWter, was made a bended gucardian of his brother Issac 
before going to Poultney, and soon the five remaining brortitere followed. 

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Extracts from oarly town meetings In Poultney: 

"Voted to lay out a road from the Governor •s farm, between Thomas Ashley's 
farm and Ebenezer Allen*5# north as far as needful". 

"Vote that Thomas Ashley and Ebenezer Allen may lay out 100 acres of lend In 
their own right on any of the undivided lands In said Poultney^ this liberty 
Is on account of these men coming first to town". 

And In June 1773 - "We have covennanted as follows:, for to bare our equelle 
part In giving, one fifty acres of land out of our undevlded land or cays, to 
be payd In some sort of Murchantabel.l Speesheys our Equalety, for the settle- 
ment of a midwife. If those that <Jont bare their part In land., ;they are to 
pay there part to thoee that let the land gow, and the Speeshay for to be 
paid In three months". Among the signers were John; Elkanah, Enoch, Thomas 
and Issac Ashley. ' . 

Mrs. Beulah (Stearns) Dewey, who later became the. second wife of Thomas Ashley, 
was for many years the mid wife and was a familiar figure, riding her gray pony, 
sidesaddle, around the town on her errands of mercy. 

At the Centennial Celebration of the Town of Poultney on Septembec 21, 1861, Henry 
Clark, Esquire, delivered an address and said: "In common with all of the early 
settlers of Vermont, those In Poultney endured severe privations. and hardships. 
None but those who saw, suffered and endured can form an adequate l.dea of the 
same. They ail, at first, built log houses. In some cases, families moved Into 
those houses before the roof was on, even- I o- winter. Many furnished themselves wit 
with bedsteads, tables and chairs made from poles and slabs, and put together with 
no other Implements but the axe and augur. For a f Ifeplace, a stone buck was 
built up, and a hearth laid at one end or one side- of the house, with such stones 
as they could get from the land. After the flr^t year, with a little corn, they 
raised wheat, and some kept a cow, which ran In the woods, for the first few 
years they had to go to Manchester to mill, some thirty ml les distant. Soon a 
mill was built at Pawlet, by a Mr. Fitch; this shortened the distance to mill 
by about one half, 'which was considered 6 great convenience'. Nehemiah Howe 
had the first §rlst mill In Poultney, whibh was erected at the falls, where the 
east village now Is, some little time before 1777." 

'Mt will now seem Incredible that many of the settlers went to the Manchester and 
Pawlet mills on foot and carried their grain and flour to and from on their 
shoulders; but such were the facts, and we have one Instance In which a man took 
a hundred pounds of Iron on his shoulders, carried the same to Manchester and 
then carried home to Poultney, tho equivalent In meal. It was not regarded as 
an unusual feat at that time". 

At a town meeting on March 6, 1775 - Issac Ashley was elected Constable, and 
John Ashley, Tithing Man. Thomas Ashley and two others were appointed surveyors 
of highways. 

Thomas Ashley was closely connected to Ethan Allen by marriage. It was during 
these years, 1771-1777, that the Green Mountain Boys acquired such fame by the 
successful resistance to the New York claims and In the taking of Fort TIconderoga, 
May 10, 1775. Ethan Allen, as all the world knows, was the leader In these ex- 
ploits which changed the course of history. Thomas Ashley was the first man 
behind the two leaders, Allen and Benedict Arnold (prior to his turnlning traitor, 
Arnold was a capable and honorable officer) In entering the fort, and It was 
Thomas Ashloy who stood guard at the head of the stairs when Allen entered the 

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of the commander and demanded the surrender 'Mn the name of the Great Jehovah 
and the Continental Congress". The rest Is well known of how the guns of 
Ticonderoga were hauled over land In the dead of winter and set up by George 
Washington on Dorchester Heights, thus driving the British out of Boston. 

Mr Clark continues: "Another thought now occurs - Ethan Allen was as honest 
a man as ever lived; his brother Heber, his cousin Ebenezer, and the seven 
Ashley brothers - were models of honesty, patriotism, and devotion to the 
Interests of the new community. But It Is also known that they all ravored 
Atheism to Christianity. It Is well known that the prevailing Influence In 
the western part of town for the first half century was Infidel In character. 
We only know from well authenticated facts, that an Infidel sentiment was 
created and prevailed, and remained years after the Aliens and elder Ashleys 
were In their graves". 

We have uncovered some additional facts which may provide good reasons for 
their antl-Chrlstlan feelings. In the year 1790 the "old Poultney Library" 
Association was formed with Thomas Ashley being the prime mover. Membership 
shares'were sold at $1.50 per subscriber and with dues of 12-1/2* per two 
months. The library became large and flourishing with the meetings well at- 
tended. Several of the most distinguished sons of Poultney have referred to 
the library as one of the best and most awakening Influences of the days of 
their youth. 

The most Influential members of the association and thus the ones who had the 
most to do with the selection and purchase of books had embraced a form of 
religion called Deism. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson^ Voltaire and 
many other leaders of the time had become Deists; a personal form of religion 
which holds that the work of God can only be seen In Nature and not In Biblical 
Revelation. Since Deists do not support any church, the ministers Rev. Kendrick 
and Rev. Leonard, who came later, were much disturbed by the books that the 
Ashleys and their friends were buying. Through their Influence, a vote was 
obtained to sell the old books and use the money to buy new ones. Kendrick 
and Leonard were present at the auction and purchased every book which offend- 
ed them. They then took them to the home of Rev. Leonard and committed them 
all to the flames. (Shades of Savonarola!) 

Where Kendrick and Leonard went after this Is not known, however, "many have 
spoken of the demise of the old Poultney Library with regret and many have 
censured the people of the town for permitting It to godown, and have gone so 
far as to treat the fact as evidence of the decline of our people". 

In 1797 Lorenzo Dow, a famous Evangelist and Itinerant preacher, after visiting 
the area, wrote the following In his Journal: "At Clarendon and at Castleton 
the society were watching over me for evil and not for good. These two places 
I visited, likewise from house to house; next to Falrhaven, where I met with 
hard speeches; then to Poultney, where there was no regular preaching. Here 
lived a yourgwoman whom I began to question about her soul, but met with cool 
answers. 'Well,* said I, MMI pray to God to send a fit of sickness upon you. 
If nothing else will do, to bring you to good, and If you won't repent then, 
to take you out of the way, so that you shall not hinder others''. 

Said sh6,<, Mf you Ml pray for such things as these you can't be the friend you 
pretend to be to my soul; and I'll venture all your powers', and was much 
displeased, and so was her mother likewise. The whole family began to grow 
outrageous toneards me, which occasioned me to go seven ml les late at night 

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for the sake of family quietness." With religion presented In this fashion It 
Is hardly surprising that the Aliens and the Ashleys «s well as many of Iha 
othor leading men of the times, should turn away from It. 

In later years It appears that such extremeism was reduced, for Ellsha Ashley 
became a member of the Baptist Church where he was a leader for a half century. 
Issac and John also became members, but Thomas, however, was f\e>/sr reconciled 
and opposed the doctrines of Christianity for the rest of his life. 

Although the taking of TIconderoga and the part played by the Ashleys In that 
affair Is well documented In the history books so that we do not need to repeat 
It here, there was another exciting episode less well known. This concerns the 
flight of the women and children from the town before Burgoyne's invasion. 

In the summer of 1777, the British sent General John Burgoyne with 10,000 troops, 
a large number of Indians and some Tories down Lake Champlain toward Albany 
where they were to Join up with another force In an attempt to divide the colonies. 
A call to arms was Issued by the Green Mountain Boys and every man In Poultney 
responded except one who was an Invalid. They met the enemy at Hubbardtown 
where there was a brief fight, but the odds were too great and the Americans 
were forced to retreat and scatter. 

A messenger was sent to Poultney to warn the women and children of their danger 
and that they must flee at once to the south. The messenger arrived on a Sunday 
morning when many were assembled In the log school house for a service. There 
were thirteen mothers and their families In Poultney and they all left at once^ 
some not even visiting their homes first. 


Among these women were Mrs. Thomas Ashley (Zerulah Richards) and also Mrs. 
Beulah (Stearns) Dewey, the woman who was later to become Thomas' second wife. 
There was also Mrs. Nathaniel Smith, who was the widow of Issac Ashley, and 
a number of other Ashley relations. 

Mrs. Ichabod Marshall had nine children ranging from three months to fourteen 
years. She gathered them all up and together with what she thought they could 
carry, prepared for the long march to Bennington. They had a horse but It was 
allowed to raom free In the woods and there was no time to search for him. When 
about ready to start she heard a whinney at the door and there was the horse. 
With saddle and bridle she soon had him ready for the Journey. 

By evening the fleeing mothers and children had reached WM lard's tavern In 
Paw let where they asked the landlady for food but were refused. When the land- 
lady left the room, one of the women opened a cabinet and found there was plenty 
of bread, which she quickly distributed to the children. 

When they reached Pownall, Mrs. Zebedlah Dewey, who had assumed the role of 
leader, asked the landlord of the tavern whether he was a Whig or a Tory. Told 
that it was none of her business, she replied, '*lf you are a Tory, we shall go 
on. If not we will remain'*. The house proved to be full already, however, so 
the women and children were quartered for the night in a log meeting house. 
During the night one of the women detected sounds of footsteps outside, and on 
looking out saw several Tories and British soldiers who apparently were planning 
to break In. But Mrs. Zebedlah Dewey stood up boldly for "women's rights". 
Pretending there were soldiers within, she called for the "men" to load their 
gunz. She remembered she had seen a gun In the house as she entered and noisily 
running the ram rod down the t>arrel as If loading It, she ran the muzzle out 

- (Continued on page S4) 

A Sketch of Elder Daniel Htx 

with the 
In Dartmouth, Mass. for 100 Years 
By: S. M. Andrews 

Flemished by Esther A. Spoueta (#10) 


Page 60 

- April 23, 1788, In Freetown he (Elder Hlx) writes . . . the con 

May 21 In MIddleborough ANNA ASHLEY 

Sept. 28 at the Lewis Meeting House SARAH ASHLEY 

Oct. 7 at John Hinds - a person named ASHLEY 

March I, 1794 - REBECCA ASHLEY baptized 

July 26, 1795 In Freetown - MEHETABLE ASHLEY 

We have a paper 
. . . at this tl 

Nov. 3, 1803 
Aug. 21, 1804 
Aug. 2, 1808 
Sept. 22, 1811 
Oct. 6, 1811 
Oct. 29, 
Nov. 3, 
Dec. 12, 
July 23, 

dated June 18, 1795 showing names of members living and dead 
me Abraham Ashley was deacon In place of Alexander Mason, 


. 1812 

M I dd I eborough 
















Page 127 Deacon Abraham Ashley died In the first part of December 1824 


Page 132 Deacon Tabor Ashley died March 7, 1829 

Page 147 List 


Before 1825 


June 2, 
Before I 
July 7, 
March 5, 
Before I 
March 3, 
Before I 
Jan. 4, 
June A, 
April 4, 
March 5, 
Before I 








of church members living In 1829 who joined from 1825 to 

2, 1844 

Abraham Ashley, deacon, died June 1870 

Almeda Ashley - dead 

Elizabeth Ashley - dead 

George Ashley - dead 

Hannah Ashley - dead 

Hannah Ashley - dead 

Hope Collins Ashley - withdrew Sept. 7, 1844 

James Ashley * died 1839 

Jefferson Ashley - withdrew Nov. 4, 1843 

Leonard Ashley dismissed with letter Nov. 6, 1852 

Malora Crapo Ashley withdrew March 1845 

Phebe Founce Ashley 

Rachel Davis Ashley 

Rebecca Ashley died In Faith Jan. 25, 1827 

Stephen Ashley - dead 

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(Continued next page) 

CHI liORc-JOPOS (Cont'd) • 

Juno 2, 1838 Susan Ashley - dead 

July 2, 1842 Sybil Ashley 

Before 1825 Tabor Ashley, deacon - died Feb. 22, 1845 

March 7, 1829 Warren Ashley - dismissed Nov. 1837 

Before 1825 William Ashley - died April 5, 1830 

April 16, 1842 Phebe Ashley Shaw - dismissed wit-h tettetr 1874 

Page 188 - Marriages In DartfTouth, Mass . 

Jan. 22, 1783 Abraham Ashley & Hannah Crapo both of Freetown 

Jan. 3, 1799 Tabor Ashley of Freetown & Nancy Phillips 

July 18, 1816 Tabor Ashley of Freetown i Elizabeth Wordell 

Dec. 21, 1817 Abraham Ashley 3rd of Freetown & Thankful Allen 

June 17, 1821 William Ashloy and Sarah Collins 

Dec. 4, 1822 Stophen Ashley of Freetown & Sybil Bullock 

Dec. 5, 1822 John Edmlnster of MIddleborough & Betsey Ashley of 


Nov. 2, 1823 Henry Davis of New Bedford and Mary Ashley 

(The end) 


the window, which accomplished her purpose. Mrs. Marshall later said, *'lt would 
have done your heart good to see those redcoats run". 

In the morning they continued on to their old homes In Massachusetts and Con- 
necticut. Some must have remained In Bennington, however, for Mrs. Marshall 
also related that they visited the Bennington battleground where, of course, 
the Yankees had fared much better than they had at Hubbardton. Soon the defeat 
and surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga put an end to the hostilities In this area 

Finally, from the Dewey family history, we find that after the death of Major 
Zebedlah Dewey, his wIdow> Beulah (Stearns) Dewey resided with her son Azarlah 
at the old homestead. Sometime In the early part of the century, Mrs. Dewey 
and Mrs. Marshall, being widows, were called upon by Thomas Ashley, a widower, 
with the question: "Mrs. Marshall, do you wish to change your condition?",. 
"No Sir", she replied, ''but my sister does". Thomas now put the same question 
to Mrs. Dewey who said yes and so they were married. 

Thomas Ashley lived but a few vears after this and after his death Mrs. Beulah 
(Stearns) Dewey) Ashley returned to live at the old homestead with her son 
Azarlah. She died In 1820 at the aga of 83. At his funeral, Thomas was 
referred to as "The Father of Poultney". 

(The end) 


BrIdgewater onco had a prominent irian named "Porley Gntes". 

In old North BrIdgewater (now Brockton) ^ht"^r^ w.^s once a population of le^.s 
than Z(:0 people, all of v-'hor"* woro ei^fher Howords or Packer cs. Al! that li 
except one man - His ^^amo, w?,& lioword Packard . 

(The end) 
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Assonet Village, Freetown, Mass. 

Account Book loaned by Kenneth V. Ashley §92 
Excerpts by Robert E. Ashley M 

Kenneth Valentine Ashley (.092)(he was born 
on February 14th), the only Ashley still 
residing In Rochester, Mass., has loaned us 
an Interesting account book of the Old Corner 
Store of Assonet Village, Freetown, Mass. 

This store was opened in 1810 by Earl Sampson end 

John Hinds. The firm was dissolved the next year by 

the death of Mr. Hinds. Capt. John Nichols was taken 

Into partnership by Mr. Sampson and continued to do a 

lucrative business for many years; people coming in 

from far and near for supplies. About 1820 a new 

building was erected and it was during this period 

that the following accounts were made In the book that 

we have been studying. The time is from Sept. 17, 1829 to March II, 

Nov. 10, 



I Jack knife 
4r lb., tobacco 


(Sivcan died on whaling 
voyage - ie buried in 


I hair comb I3< 
4 lbs 6 oz cheese 44< 
% bushel apples 254 
10 lbs pork $1.00 
I pr boys shoes SI. 00 
I rum 3< 

(Thomas lived at 
Quanapaug near 
Crapo-f/hite^Aeh ley 


pr be I lows 

1 peck salt 
28 lbs flour 

t pail 

2 qts N. rum 
2 lbs shot 

(Prb. refers to Abrcofif 
the son of Thcmas abovet 
who m. Ifcmay Sathaaay) 

bee. 17 JAMES ASHLEr" 

*Pearlaah, a refined 
potash ttsed in soap 

l-3/a yds broadcloth $6.19 

I pr thin shoes $1.28 

4 lbs sugar 50< 
* lb tea 33« 

1 lb pearlash* IOC 

5 lights 6x8 glass 20< 

2 qts gin 2I< 
4 lbs cut nails 36« 
% quire paper I K 
I almanack 6< 

(Prob. 8 of Abr Cum, Jos) 
who m Mary Howard. Both 
buried in Crapo Cemetexy) 

Nots: We reset their 

stones last Spring 

Dec. 14 LEOfJARD AShLEY 3rd 

2 qts gin 22*" 

I yd red flannel I 58<t 
l-V lbs tobacco $1.50 
6 segars 34 

i lb candles I7« 

4 lbs pork 404 

(m 1st Catherine Boyt 
Znd Mehitable Tiedale) 

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n A f 1/ n i/<b\e\ Oavls^, Silas Pickens^, Noah* 

""^•^ g Noah^, Will Iam2, Joseph') 


From Collection of Noah WMIIams Ashley of Taunton 
Loaned by: Normcm E. Aehley (#142) of Sixxnoea 


Clifford W* Ashley, the artist, has always had a bad case of "collector's Itch". 
It led hfm far afield not long ago to the Island of Jamaica, where he went Into 
the old furniture business at wholesale* The result of his visit was a schooner 
load of antiques that filled a warehouse when landed at Providence and brought 
collectors from all over the state. He tells an amusing story of his experiences 
In the June Scrlbner's. His business methods were unique, 

• * 

"We opened a second repository at No. Ill Barry Street and hung out a shingle 
bearing the legend *Old mahogany furniture bought, not sol<l. 

Hours 8 to 9 A.M. only^ 
(I always steered clear of the word * ant I que* for It's magic has penetrated 
even to the Carlbs.) Then I advertised In the papers for furniture. Replies 
to the advertisements came In by the first mail and t had Harry make a 
letter box to receive the matter. Unfortunately the postman would not use 
It, and the neighbors misunderstood It*s purpose and used it to post their 
letters In. So Harry at last put It Inside and cut a slot through the door. 

On some mornings when I arrived there was a crowd before No. Ill Barry St. 
which overflowed the sidewalk and even on occasions filled the street to the 
opposite side. Many brought articles upon their heads from there-was-no- 
telllng-what distances. Others left their addresses that I might give them 
a turn. A negro once arrived with a sofa upon his head which weighed all of 
100 pounds and would not even put it down until the price was decided on 
and the money turned over." 



Over one thousand pieces gathered in Jamaica, B.W.I, 
after the earthquake, and brought tn a sailing ship 
to Bristol, R.I. The collection Includes many 
carved high post bedsteads, bed steps, several sets 
of dining chairs, a number of unusually large dining 
tables, sideboards, tea tables, bookcases, cupboards, 
presses, cabinets, etc. 

Nov offered for sale at The Old Sugar House, Bristol, RJ. 

(Note: Above not dated bitt believed to be after January 
the date of the eartJiquake mentioned) 

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INFLUENCE ON \ ^ f^ j p^ 


Clipping submitted by: V^ 

Donald F. Aehley, M.D. 01236) ' 
and son Jeff 

N A 

When a recent clipping from the Columbus News, Montana, was received from 
Dr. Ashley, your editor was motivated to do a little digging to learn more 
about James Monroe Ashley who played an Important part In naming Montana. 

Dr. Ashley's son Jeff, a medical student at L.A., spent the summer of 1971 
working at a hospital In Columbus, Montana. He was so Impressed with Montana 
that he still subscribes to the newspaper, and ran across the article copied 
from Stamps Magazine of October 1971, and sent It on to his father. 

The article states that the name "Montana" was first suggested as a name for 
Idaho Territory by JAMES M. ASHLEY while a member of Congress from Ohio, and 
chairman of the Committee of Territories during the 37th Congress in 1863. 
The name Idaho met with more favor and was adopted by a vote In Congress. 
Aishley again introduced the name Montana In the 38th Congress when the forma- 
tion of a new western territory cut from Idaho, Dakota, and Washington was 
being considered. The name was accepted with the approval of the Congress when 
Montana Territory was created on May 26, 1864. The word "Montana" taken from 
the Latln-Spanlsh means moimtaine or movntainoua . The article goes Into 
detail about the spelling and varlou postmarks. 

It further states that James M. Ashley was defeated in his try for election to 
Congress In 1868 and the following year President Grant appointed him Territor- 
ial Governor of Montana. Who was this JAMES M. ASHLEY ? ? ? ? 

From data received Thomas L. Ashley of Watervllle, Ohio, who served as Congress- 
man from Ohio In 1955, and great grandson of James Monroe Ashley, and from 
Appletons Cyclopedia of Amer. Blog. p. 110 this Is what we learned. 
JAMES MONROE ASHLEY was born 24 Nov. 1822 near Pittsburgh, Pa. and later lived 
In Toledo, Ohio. His father was John Clinton Ashley. 



Jamea M. Ashley j b. Pittsburg^ Pa. Nov. 24^ 1822 son of John Clinton and 
Mary Ann (Ktrkpatrlck) Ashley. His colonial ancestor was Capt. John Ashley 
of London, England, whose name appears In the second Virginia Charter of 1707. 
His great grandfather, William, was master's mate In the navy during the 
Revolution. His grandfather. Rev. Benjamin Ashley, was a Baptist Minister. 
James M. Ashley removed to Portsmouth, Ohio In the spring of 1826. He was 
married In 1851 to Emma J. Smith of Portsmouth, Ohio. They had 3 sons, 
James M., Henry W., and Charles S. and ono dau. Mary, wife of Edward Ringwood 
Hewitt of New York City. 

- (Complete histpry of James M. Ashley In this Vol.) 

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A HISTORY OF SCIOTO CO. ^ OHIO (Vol. 2 pg 645) 

JOHN CLINTON ASHLEY, t). May 14, 1800 In Norfolk, Va. His father Was Rev. 
Benjamin Ashley a Baptist minister. His grandfather was William Ashley, masters 
mate In the State Navy of Virginia during the Revolution, These were all 
descendants from Capt. John Ashley of London, England whose name appears In 
the second charter to the Virginia Colony In 1609 and whose descendants came 
to Jamestown, Va. In 1635. 

In 1820 he married Mary Ann KIrkpatrIck of Alleghany City, Pa. She was born 
Oct. 25, 1800 and died Oct. 26, 1861. They had three children. 
(See complete history In this volume) 


JAMES MONROE ASHLEY, congressman, b. near Pittsburg, Pa. Nov. 14, 1824. His 
education was acquired while a clerk on boats on the Ohio and Mississippi 
rivers. Later he worked In printing offices and became editor of the "Dispatch", 
and afterward of the "Democrat" at Portsmouth, Ohio. He then studied law, and 
was admitted to the bar of Ohio in 1849, but never practised. Subsequently he 
settled In Toledo where he became Interested In the wholesale drug business. 
He was elected to congress as a republican in 1859^ and was re-elected four times 
serving continuously from Dec. 5, 1839 till Mar. 3, 1869. He was four times 
chairman of the committee on territories and It was under his supervision that 

the territories of Arizona, Idaho and Montana were organized 

The End 

OLD CORNER STORE (Continued from page 27) 

Feb. 5, 1830 

m. Ruth Pichma 

I comflter 
I almanack 
^ lb powder 
I jb shpt 
I gal. W.i. 
% lb snuff 



15 lbs 10 penny nails $1.35 
I pr thick shoes $1.50 
I gal N. rumm A4€ 



~1 chest lock 

I doz buttons \lt 
3 spl thread 9^ 

1 whip 30« 

2 lbs 14 oz butter 48« 
I doz buscit 13^ 

14 lbs codfish 49« 

(Went to sea aa young moat 

fammr later 

His father built house 

Inhere Paul Leonard new lives 


(per lame son - referring 
to ^lame Jim" who had 
hurt l*ig in a aharooal 
pit S limped thereafter 


1-3/4 yds shirting 



% fb tea 


(Prob, Abigcdl (Caamll) 


% lbs sxtuff 


Ashley widow of 


1 gal molasses 


Noah Spd 

This list goes on and on and refers to everyone then living In Freetown 
or nearby at the time, all trading In this ISO year old supermarket 

(The End) 

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(James^, Wm. Martin^, Joel LoamM, 
Elisha4, WI 1 1 fam^, Thomas2, Joseph') 






Excerpts from letter written October 3, 1941 by Robert Paul Ashley° to 
Fay Fern (Ashley) Foley^ 

Fuxmialied by: Uarie A. Davis (#5) 

Dear Aunt Fay, 

I have read and re-read your very absorbing "report'' on the family history. 
You have read the couplet that memorializes the Lowells and Cabots: 

•'Here's to good old Boston 

Home of the bean and the cod: 

Where the Cabots speak only to Lowells 

And the Lowe I Is speak only to God 

That ancient gentry now would ring In their cerements, may they rest In peace: 
but some of the Ash leys ought to go to Kings Chapel and dust off a pew for us. 
After all, the Beacon Hill Brahmins are about passe in these parts anyway. 

Your letter moved me deeply and I am very grateful for It. The time may come 
In the not too distant future when many more Ashleys than myself will owe you 
a debt of gratitude for the work that you have expended In our behalf. 

Not the least Interesting part of your letter were the Intimate details you 
have given me of your family and you have every reason for your sense of pride 
In the accomplishments of your children. 

I have no doubt that Aunt Josle (lira. Frank Dockatader) and yourself are 
equally curious to know something about me and mine. At the risk of talking 
a little bit about mysolf but entirely with a due sense of obligation to my 
Dad's memory, I will give you In some detail the story of my life. If It re- 
flects some credit on h!s memory then you will excuse the first personal 

You may know that our home v/as broken up around 1900 when my mother took my 
sister Gretchen and me East and parted company with my Dad. We v/ere then 

living in Vandal la, Ml. and I was about 10 years old I recall hfm 

as having sandy hair, blue eyes and with a slight limp. Naturally enough, 
my mother has exerted a tremendous Influence 

Very early she exerted a very lively Influence on my imagination and especially 
she built In me a confidence that I would amount to something. What really 
counted, however, was the fact that she made me believe It so as time v/ent on 
I developed a considerable personal confidence and this was manifested In 
almost everything that I have undertaken. 

When we left Vandalla, III. we moved to Baltimore, Md., to be near ^^other's 
relatives. I had only been In Maryland several years when I was chosen trom 
among a large group of contestants to enter McDonough School, McDonough, Md. 
I was known as a "free pupil" - all my expenses of education and living being 

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paid to graduation In 1907. It Is Important for me from here on to speak of 
personal achievements, and I hope you will pardon my frankness. (You want 
ferithers on this bird as well as flesh) 

.In my senior year at McDor.ough, I won all the prizes offered - Debator*s, Readers's, 
Orator's, Essayist's, and also first prize for ringing the bells In the Chapel 
Carillon. In addition, I was commandent of the battalion and captain of both 
baseball and football teams, and I wos editor- I n-chfef of the wjekly publication. 
More especially, howsver, I was awarded as a special mark of distinction, a 
scholarship to Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. Here again this 
scholarship paid all my expenses; tuition, living expenses, etc. to graduation. 
I got my B.A. degree In 3 years In 1910. I was a member of the gym team, tennis 
team, and I was Ed I tor- In-Chief of the "Southern Collegian**, the college monthly 
I Iterary magazine. 

^V luck must have been running well because once more I got another scholarship to 
Johns Hopkins University where I had expected to take my Ph.D. In English literature. 
However, I suddenly decided that the easy going life of cloister and gown did not 
fit my temperment so In the midst of a seminar on the subject of Walter Savage 
Lander and the romantic poets of the period, I decided to come down to earth and 
go Into the Insurance business. 

Before I tell you about my business career let me add a footnote or two. After 
graduating from Washington and Lee, I became Interested In my college fraternity, 
i was editor of the magazine for 15 years. Subsequently vice president and presl« 
dent of the National Organization for 5 years, (see page 

Now you will want to know how I kept the wolf from the door. Well, I will admit 
that there have been times when the wolf has gotten his nose right over the 
threshold, and I am afraid that If the New Deal keeps on, the wolf and I will be 
bosom pals. At any rate, I have been In the Insurance business all my life and 
I am today vice president of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Co, with which company 
I became associated In 1920. ...... 

Now for the domestic statistics. My wife was Ethel Rice, daughter of a Methodist 
Minister of the f Ire-eating variety. We have two boys. Bob Jr. and Donn Langdon, 
both boys are chips off the old "Charlie McCarthy". Here Is a subject that I can 
really get wanned up on. I have two of the greatest guys for sons and they ere 
also bosofn pals. I have never heard either of them say a harsh word to the other 
and they will give each other their shirts, to use a colloquial expression. 

Bob (#230) Is the older, being 26. He Is a graduate of Bowdoln College, A.B.; 
Harvard, M.A.; and has one year at Harvard towards his Ph.D. He graduated from 
Bowdoln a Phi Beta Kappa, was editor of his college newspaper and Inter-col I eg I ate 
tennis champion In the State of Maine. For his accomplishments In tennis, Bowdoln 
awarded him the only major sport letter ever awarded for tennis. He Is now teach- 
the American and English novel and the drama at Colby Jr. College for Women, New 
London, N^H. This past summer he added to his tennis laurels by winning the 
Eastern Maine Singles Championship. He Is married and has a beautiful daughter, 
4 months old. 

Donn Is 19. He entered Mass. Institute of Technology one week ago and will 
specialize In research chemistry. He seems to be a nut about that subject and 
has been ever since he was small enough to have the first toy chemistry set. 

I • * 

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That set has grown to one of major proportions In our cellar; the house has 
been blown up several times with no damage except odors, reminiscent of desl- 
cated eggs. He also Is quite athletic, played on the High School football 
team, was a member of his championship relay team and Is a golfer In the 
low eighties. During the past 3 or 4 years we had worked very hard to get him 
Into the Naval Academy, but without success. 

There you have the story. My mothar Is still living at the age of 75 and 

still Independent. . . 

Cordial ly yours. 

Robert Paul Ashley Sr. 

From: The Carnation^ March 1941 #3 

Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Bulletin 

BUILDERS OF DELTA SIGMA PHI - Robert Paul Ashley, Zeta 

Delta Sigma Phi honored Robert Paul Ashley with election to the national 
presidency at the Atlanta, 6a. convention In 1931. He served In that capacity 
until the Mackinac Island Convention In the summer of 1935. 

But Robert Paul Ashley was part and parcel of Delta Sigma Phi long before that. 
He became an active In old Zeta Chapter at Washington and Lee University In 
1909. Upon graduation In June 1910, he was awarded a fellowship at Johns 
Hopkins University In Baltimore. It was while at Hopkins that he became In- 
terested In the Insurance business. And, It was coincidental that It was 
Insurance that was accountable for his meeting "Dutch" Defendorfer, also In 
the same profession, who quickened his Interest In Delta Sigma Phi In 1914. 
As Bob relates, "It's a long story, but 'Dutch' had a vision, and I discerned 
It too. We Journeyed to Philadelphia In December 1915 where 'Dutch' was 
elected business manager and I was elected editor of THE CARNATION. The 
Fraternity was founded In 1899 In New York City, but It was really born In 
Philadelphia in December of 1915. From that date. Delta Sigma Chl's progress 
was continually upward and forward. In the June 1916 CARNATION I listed 13 
Chapters, although I doubt If they were all really active. The rest Is so 
much detail - full of romance, struggles, problems and final fulfillment". 

Bob lists as his concrete accomplishments for the Fraternity the following: 

1. Created the new CARNATION of which he was editor from 1915-1925. The 

cover design was carried out under his direction by C. W. Jaqulsh, 
now deceased. 

2. Originated and created the Sphinx. 

3. Created the present Coat of Arms 

4. Created the Fraternity flag. He states, "You will recall how that came 

about. The Board met at the Wlllard In Washington and a committee on 
the flag reported no progress. It Is my recollection that I thereupon 
drew a rough sketch of the flag, designating the colors, which was 
adopted and Is In general use nowV. 

5. Revised and co-ordinated the ritual In Its present form In 1924. 

6. Elected first vice-president at Raleigh In 1921 

7. Installed Alpha Beta and Alpha Omlcron chapters. 

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n (Able) Williams^, Noah*, Noah^ 

CXXDCIXXXXXXIX] Wl 1 1 Iam2, Joseph' ) 

Pumiehad by: tlopman E. Ashley (Jephthah^, Noah*. Noah^ 

(#142) William^, Joseph') 

Dated: April 1911 

Cousin Mercle, 

I make another move. We had quite a snow Sunday April 9th. From 2 to 3 
Inches on the ground. Snowed most of day. 

Mica Ashley married Sarah Reynolds. (That Is where Aunt Sarah Staples got her 
name. She wanted the Reynolds buf Grandmother Ashley did not think much of the 
Reynolds). Aunt Sarah as you remember her, was wife of Uncle Charles Henry 
KIngsford. He died and she married Elbrldge Gerry Staples, my mother*s uncle. 
Mica married Dec. 25, 1777 - supposed to have died 1805 - property divided by 
his widdow 1807 had I boy 8 girls. Abraham born 1743, died 1821. He was the 
oldest. MIcah 2nd, Ablah comes 3rd| great grandfather 4th and last. Great 
grandfather Noah 1757 - Aug. 23, 1839, age 82 yrs. First wife Abigail Hoar, 
birth unknown, death April 22^ 1792, 35 years old. Second wife Lavlna 
Hbwiand, find no record of birth or death. Third wife was MIcah's widdow, 
hci record of birth or death 6s yet. I have hunted cemeterys far and near 
biit no find. 

Great grandfather Noah had brothers and sister. First Luther, 2nd William of 
Steep Brook, Noah our grandfather was 3rd, 4th Abigail, 5th Jeptha. 
Luther married Abigail Pierce, do not know as to number of children but he had 
one son Luther who lived on Mullen HIM nearly across road from Mullen Hill 
Meeting House and cemetery where grandfather and grandmother were burled. 

Mullen Hill Luther had 3 daughters: Abigail, Theodora, and Artbella - think 
no boys. Luther Tiwirr led Aunt Abigail Ashley's sister Theodora Caswell but 
her father was Nathani^l.CabWQi | .(oailed Uncle Nat). Abigail married Phillip 
Philander Pierce. No children. He Is a ii^scendant of Ablah Ashley who married 
Rev. Phillip Hathaway. He Is dead. She lives at My ricks. Theodora married 
a Henry Kleth and lives at MIddleboro. He died 20 or 3 years ago. \ mmi 
over to see her Thursday April 13. Found her sIcR abed under care of nurse. 
She had one boy and one girl. I think that Is all. Aribelta never was married. 
Lives at old homestead In Lakeyllle, Mass. That cleans up Grandfather's oldest 
brother's family as far as I know. 

Now comes Wt 1 1 lam Ashley of Steep Brook. Had 3 boys. Job and WI 1 1 lam. I 
lost name of the other. Job had one girl and one boy. I was acquainted with 
girl. The last time I saw her she was going to New York to live. She married 
a Jenkins (2nd husband) I think. The boy I think lives at Fall River or 
Steep Brook. William had one boy and one girl. Do not know anything about 
them. They sailed In a higher class than the average people. Both married. 
The other son I know nothing about. Abigail I have given you her record In a 
previous letter. She married MalachI Howland. Jeptha d. Sept. I, 1810 at 
Steep Brook, 20 yrs. old at his brother William's. Burled at E. Freetown, side 
of his father. Grandfather Noah was 3rd child. Gr. grandfather Noah died at 
William Ashley's at Steep Brook. 

^2 "^^ ^* ASHLEY 

Kenneth 0. Davis (05) celebrated 
his 90th birthday on October 31, 
1 972 . C0N6RATUUT I ONS ! 

NEW ARRIVAL - Richard James MancinI 
was born May 5, 1972, son of 
Richard and DIxanna (Klngsford) 
Manclnl, grandson of Arthur Ashley 
Klngsford (#49) and great grandson 
of Dorothy A. Klngsford (#51). 

WEDDING BELLS rang on Dec. 24, 1972 
for Mary Jayne Ashley, daughter of 
Tracy Hoi I Is and Mary El Izabeth 
(Johns) Ashley (#26), granddaughter 
of Mrs. Tracy H. Ashley Sr. (#25). 

PROMOTION recorded In the Oct. 2, 
1972 "American Banker" for 
LEE C. ASHLEY. Mr. Ashley began 
his banking career In 1930, In 
1958 was named senior vice prest-* 
dent and cashier of the First 
National Bank, Denver, and Is 
now appointed Executive Vice 
President of this bank. He Is 
also treasurer and a director of 
St. Luke's Hospital and vice 
president of Boys Clubs of Denver. 
tte, has been a trustee of the 
Gates Foundation since 1970. 
Does anyone know what branch of 
the Ashley family he comes from? 

RECOVERING Is Robert Allen Cooper, 
son of Allen and Mary Cooper (jS^2I9)/ 
Bob suffered severe injuries last 
April in a 30-foot fall In a moun- 
tain canyon. We all wish him a 
Speedy recovery so that he may 
return to Law School • 


In the November 1972 Issue of "Steel 
Labor", Thomas R. Ashley was listed 
as a recipient of a $2400 Scholarship, 
presented at the Labor Institute at 
Kent State. WHO IS THOMAS ? 

MARY COCHRAN ELLER (#32) advises that 
the St. John Luthern Records In Darke 
County, Ohio are complete and a bound 
edition has been sent to Ohio State 
Museum, the DAR Library in Washington, 
and their local library. She has 
generously offered to check the records 
for anyone upon request asking that 
they please enclose a self -addressed 
stamped envelope with their inquiry. 

ROBERT E. ASHLEY, our president advises 
that the following old books have been 
loaned to Ash leys of America: 

Genealogy and correspondence of 
NOAH W. ASHLEY of Taunton, loaned 
by his grandson Norman E. Ashley 


Account book of Abner Wood & Son 
who had a forge at Stillwater In 
MIddleboro on Black Brook. Dates 
are from Oct. 28, 1790 to April 22, 
1796 and show many Ashley transac- 
tions. Loaned by John Sherman 
Ashley (#2) 

The District School Record of 
MIddlebury Township, Ohio from 
Oct. 17, 1834 thru FebT 14, 1880. 
Also contains some Ashley deeds. 
Loaned by Elizabeth Glasky (#40) 

Account book of old general store 
in Assonet Village from Sept. 16, 
1829 thru Mar. II, 1830. Loaned 
by Kenneth V. Ashley (#92). See 
excerpts on page 

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(Lttitan B.) 

Main Street 

Cotuft, Mass. 02635 

1852 Hillvlew St. 

Sarasota, Florida 33579 


41 Chtpman Park, 

MIddlebury, Vt. 05753 

(El leen Ashley) 

19 Byron Drive 

Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920 

(Mrs. Robert) 

19377 Halsted St. 

Northrtdge, Cal. 91324 

Mrs. Henry S. Sr.) 

1901 Monterey Drive 

Lincoln, Nebraska 68506 

1901 Monterey Drive 

Lincoln, Nebraska 68506 

P.O. Box 959 (9) 

Wolfeboro, N.H. 03894 

13825 12th Ave. S.W. 
Seattle, Wash. 98166 

Edna Evitts Swasey ( ) Will lam Pray 
Swasey ( ) William Martin Swasey ( ) 
Benjamin Bowden Swasey ( ) Nancy 
Martin ( ) Elizabeth Bowen ( ) 
Sarah Ashley who m. 1720 to 
Nathan Bowen (1697-1776) 

Forrest Henry Ash I ey ( ) Dayton E 1 1 sworth ( ) 
Edward ( ) Edward ( ) 

Same as j(^256 

Rodolphus Ashley Swan Jr. (9) Rodolphus 
Ashley Vwan (8) Caroline Ashley (7) 
Rhodolphus (6) John Sherman (5) 
John (4) Perclval (3) Abraham (2) Jos. (I) 
(8) Printiss Monroe VanHorn (7) Joanrta 
Josephine (Hart) Van Horn (6) Mary 
Ann Ashley (5) Loami (4) William (3) ' 
Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

Norma Ruth Heff ley (9) LaVetta VanHorn (8) 
PrIntIss Monroe VanHorn (7) Joanna 
Josephine Hatt (6) Mary Ann Ashley (3) 
Loamt (4) Wm. (3) Thos. (2) Joseph (1) 
Jr. Rodolphus Ashley Swan (8) Caroline 
Ashley (7) Rhodolphus (6) John 
Sherman (5) John (4) Perclval (3) 
Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 

Wilson Ward Rader ( ) Mordecal James 
Rader ( ) Mahala Ashley b. 6 1820 W. Va. 


Changes of Address: #19 Miss Lucy E. Ashley, 3901 S. Marlon Rd« 

Sloux Falls, S. Dak 57IC6 
#26 Dr. Tracy Hollls Ashley Jr., 190 Mineola Blvd. 

Mtneola, L.I., N.Y. II50I 
#45 Mrs. J. D. Holman, 4522 W. Greenv/ay Place 

Glendale, Ariz. 85306 
Addition: p. 17, Vol III, No. I Oct. 1972: Add name of husband I.e. Anna Ashley 

m. Walter Durfee Nov. I, 1792 

Change of Address: #38 Mr & Mrs Clarence Garner, 245 W. Earl Way, Hanford 

Hanford, Ca. 93230 

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Vol. Ill, No. 3 


April 1973 

AUG 12 '974 

Commemoiating 200th 

Anniversary of first 

"Declaration of Independence" 

Drawfl op st Cd. AiMey HeoM. 

Cat. lata AaU<r K««a ■ ITU 

ApfMved at toWR meeting 

9)effield, Matsachusetti 
January 12, 1773 



Organtzad AugiKt 29, 1970 

• « 

•• V 


AUGUST 2 5th 


Tenatlve Program 

9 to 10 AM Registration and coffee hour 

10 to 11:30 AM Progress reports and business meeting 


12 Noon Luncheon 

2 .to 4 PM Speaker -^ To be announced 

6:30 PM Dinner followed by speaker (to be 





.D \. I*^*^*^ y^ We have been advised that Ashley Flag Scrimshaw 

12 ^"'--— -''•''^^ pins are still available and can now be had as 
ID tie-plns as well. Price ,$ 15.00 each 


.D This priceless heirloom was designed by Mr. Ned Jones, scrimshaw 

ID artist of Falrhave^ especially for us. They are oval shaped 

^D whalebone I Inch x 3/4 Inch with the Ashley flag engraved In color. 

D Each pin Is Individually made and has a fine gold clasp. 

.D Order yours NOW and wear at the Reunion. 

.3 Order from: Mrs. Amantha A. Akin 

13 103 Chancery ST., New Bedford, Mass. 02740 




April 1973 

From ycut 



Our pr«sld«nt advises that 
wa need the following 
to complete our files: 

New England Historic 
Genealogical Register 
Vols. 42» 43, 44, 45 

Jan. Oct. and Index 
of Vol « 46 

Me have extra copies to 
trade (not sell) of the 

N.E.H.G.R. Apr. '28; 
Apr. '29; July '32; 
Oct. »4I; Jan. '65; 
Apr. July, Oct. '66 
and Index to Vol. 103. 

Early Vital Records of 
Rochester, New Bedford, 
Taunton, Dartmouth, & 

What do you have to 
trade? Please write 
to our president, 
Robert E. Ashley. 

COPI dirsat to ms! 

EB-tii9P AehUy Spouata, 

PO Box 321 
Rogers, Ark, 72756 

Vol. Ill No. 4 










46 RESTORATION - "Old Parish Cemetery" 

DeMoranvll ies 


PARISH REGISTERS - Marshf leld, 
Gloucestershire, England 

BIOGRAPHY - Col. John Ashley 

POEM - Aunt Hannah's Last Visit 


QUERY - Sarah Ashley 

OLD RELICS • A. D. Ashley's Red 
Sea Balsam Bottles 






- Massachusetts Towns 






News Bulletin published Quarterly - January, April, July and October 

Free subscription with each $5.00 membership 

Extra copies may be obtained by mailing S2«00 each to the Editor 

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Several proposals and suggestions have been received from the members^ all 
which have been given consideration. Since some would involve a revision tn 
our By-Laws, we are presenting them to you for consideration and ccmrnent, 

!• That an additional optional class of membership be "Life Membership*' 
at an amount suggested as $100.00. 

2. That the regular class of membership dues be raised by an amount to 
be determined at the next business meeting. 

3. That the name of the Publications Committee be changed to Executive 
Committee to be more In keeping with the duties they are actually 
performing. It Is suggested that three directors be elected rather 
than appointed and that all elected officers and directors make up 
the Executive Committee, responsible for handling business of the 
organization between annual meetings. 

4. That Information requested by non-members (I.e. Realtors, Attorneys, 
and others who stand to profit) be issued to them only at a nominal 
fee and no longer be furnished free of charge, it would be understood 
that this would not affect members, regardless of the reason for their 

5. That the possibility of reprinting the Ashley Genealogy, Descendants of 
Robert of Springfield, by Francis Bacon Trowbridge, be considered 
together with possibilities of financing. 

6. That an Honorary Chaplain of some denomination be named for the Ashley 
Family Association and that prayers tn some form be said at the opening 
of each and all meetings 

7. That a slogan be added In our newsletter at the end, middle or some 
place, "A Family that Prays Together Stays Together". 

Your Executive Officers and Publications Committee are unanimous In recommend- 
ing action be taken on the first five suggest I pns. 

The consensus on Items 6 and 7 were that they are not reasonable because: 

a. That "mandatory" prayers are contrary to the freedom of religion 
guaranteed by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution and that 
no one should be obliged to take part In any religious ceremony. 

b. That after a search of many constitutions of similar groups. In no 
instance was It found such rules requiring prayers by members 

c. That at our 1st meeting In Bridgewater In 1970 when Invited by 
Rev. Mayhew to take part In a Sunday morning service and breakfast, 
only 2 or 3 attended. 

d« That at our 2nd nesting In Plymouth, 1971, we were Invited by 
Rov. Bartlett to take part In the Plymouth Plantation Ssrvlce In 
costume, and only 6 or 7 took part. 

(Continued on page 48) 

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Your Executive Coi^lttee met on March 18th at the home of 
Nancy Ashley In South Dartmouth to evaluate suggest lofif 
from our members and to make plans for our 4th annual 

Analyzing the proposals of members regarding our forthcoming 
Reunion, iie found that the most common requests, In order of 
their frequency, were: 

1. That more time be allowed for socializing 

2. That the meeting be held all In one day under one roof 

3. That the programs be as much ^'Ashley Genealogy" as 


After thorough consideration of all suggestions your Executive Board have set 
up the time (August 25, 1973) and place (Wamsutta Club, New Bedford, Mass.) 
for our fourth annual Reunion. £Kie inHdB 0oV0r fcfjf dstatls. 

It was felt that the 2-1/2 hour space between the afternoon and evening pro- 
grams and the "open end" following the evening session will give more time for 

The Mamsutta Club was a near unanimous choice for location as It Is spacious, 
atr conditioned, and has plenty of free parking. The excellent service and 
food that we had last year made It an obvious favorite. 

The program suggestion Is more difficult to fill. How much can we talk about 
ourselves? However, we have several excellent speakers on closely related 
subjects "In the works*' and will announce them In the next bulletin. 

Other matters of I nterest to a 1 1 are : 

A PRELIMINARY INDEX of the Ash leys descended from Joseph and Abraham of 
Rochester, Mass. has been completed as a first step In compiling our genealogy. 
It gives the generation, year of birth and death, father's name and spouse(s) 
name of every descendant In our records. Since we have only a limited number 
of copies of this 60 page Index, we have sent them only to those whom we know 
are actively working on genealogy. If you think you can use one In your work, 
drop me a line and I* II send them out while they last. 

RESTORATION OF OLD PARISH CEMETERY on Braley Hill Road In Rochester, Mass. Is 
to begin on Sunday, April 30th at 1 1 A.M. (See page 48 for detaiU) 

COL. JOHN ASHLEY'S HOUSE in Ashley FaHs Is being featured on a commemorative 
cachet for the 200th anniversary of Sheffield's Declaration of Independence. 
(See Cover and Cci}er Story on page 61 for further information and hoia oopiee 
oan be obtained) 

PROPOSED BYLAWS CHANGES have been reviewed by your Executive Board. (See 
page 46 covering ahangee and your board 'e reoommendationa) 

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EXECU TIVE COHHITTF E REPORT (Cont'd, from page 46) 

e. At our 3rd meeting In Mew Bedford, 1972, a special service at the 
Seamen's Bethel was arranged and NCONE sh-owed up. 

The lack of Interest In planned church services at our Reunions has meant 
that your President has had to write throe letters of apology. It Is felt 
tl^at this very strongly indicates thaf at our annua) Reunions the Ashleys 
are not Interested. 

However, your committee certainly has no objection nor do any of the members, 
to having a few words at the opening of our meeting by a clergyman should he 
be present as a member - but NEVER should prayer be a requirement written 
into our ByUoM* 

In accordance with Artlile VI - Amendmente changes to our Constitution and/or 
Bylaws may be made at any regular meeting by a majority vote, provided due 
notice has been published In our Quarterly News Bulletin. 

We ask that you consider the suggestions listed above and let us hear your 
viewpoint. In our July 1973 Bulletin we will list the changes that will come 
up for vote at our Fourth Annual Reunion. 











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On Braley Hltl Road In Rochester, Mass. 




Weather permitting, we will start work parties 
at "Old Parish Cemetery" on Sunday, April 30th, 
beginning at 11:00 A.M., and continuing every 
Sunday thereafter as long as needed, or as long □ 
as our energy lasts. CD 


YOU ARE INVITED to bring your lurch, garden n 

haols, etc., and enjoy the outdoors and at the f] 

' same time be helping with a much needed project. ^3 


This cemetery rfas next to the Third Parish Meeting House of Rochester, 
woe bounded by the Asbieys and related families In the early ITCO's. 
We expect to find m^ny burled stones, and perhaps reveal some unknown 
relatives. COME to work, or just stop by to look. 

Contaot Robert F. ABhtey . 
for information 









ASHLEYS In the I700»s 

Fi'rnished by: Robert E. Aehley (ifl) 

Among the names early Intermarried with the 

ASHLEYS are the Whites, Shermans, Crapos and 

DeMorcHvl I les. Since the first two are of 

the English stock like the Ash leys, we will 

cover here the latter two who are of the 

French Huguenots (Prenoh Proteatants driven out 

of Franoe by Cardinal Riolielieu). Peter Crapo and Louis DeMoranvMIe, the 

first In each line, were both - according to legend - shipwrecked castaways 

on Cape Cod In the late i600's. 

From H. H. Crapo* s excellent two volume ^'Certain Comeoverers" we find It un- 
likely that the name Crapo exists as such In France; that "Johnny Crapaud" was 
a generic term for a Frenchman as "John Bull" was for an Englishman and later 
"Uncle Sam" for an American; that Crapud Is pronounced Crapo with the accent 
on the last syllable; and that a crapaud Is a toad, in the early records 
Peter called himself "Pierre*' which was written Pier, Pero, Peroo, Perez and 
other ways, so that perhaps In the end he gave up and called himself Peter, 
Perhaps his original surname was equally mangled by the yankees until he 
wrote It CRAPO. 

All agree, however, that he was Just a boy when he survived the wreck of a 
French ship from Bordeaux that was lost off Cape Cod about 1680; that his 
elder brother Francis was captain and that he (Francis) returned to France 
promising to return for Peter, but was never heard from again. 

Now Pierre, being a minor, was "put out" under Indenture to another Frenchman, 
Francis Coombs, who kept an "ordinary^' (a tavern) at "The Green" some miles 
north of the present town of MIddleboro. By thrift and hard work, Peter Crapo 
saved enough to buy 20 acres of land In 1703 at the southern end of Sniptult 
Pond, and the following March, twenty acres more. 

Then on page one of the Rochester Records we find ^^Perez Crapoo Dae married 
Penelabe White hie wife the Slat day of May, 1704". Penelabe was a sister of 
Susanna White who married ABRAHAM ASHLEY, brother of Joseph. This was Just 
the beginning of two centuries of business and social relations between the 
families ending at the "CRAPO-WH I TE-ASHLEY CEMETERY" In East Freetown. 

Peter and Penelope had six sons and four daughters. The eldest daughter, 
Susannah, married Louis DeMoranvMIe. And here we turn to the DeMORANVILLE 
genealogy for some even more remarkable happenings. 

Legend says that Louis DeMoranvIlle was born In Paris, France, and was a young 
officer In the army at the age of 19. One morning while walking in the garden 
he saw his new stepmother punishing his little sister and becoming enraged, 
pulled out his sword and knocked her bonnet off. 

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To escape a worse punishment, he was put on board a French man-of-war sailing 
from Bordeaux to America. The captain of this ship was Francis Crapaud, and 
he had taken aboard with him, against his parents wishes, his little brother 
Pierre, aged 12, as cabin boy. This vessel was wrecked off the shore of Cape 
Cod In the 1680 *s, and the Captain, cabin boy and three other men were the 
only survivors. 

A rhyme repeated by the descendants goes: 

*'Louls DeMoranville and Louis Voteau, 
01 Peter Jucket and Francis Crapeau" 

suggesting that these may have been the names of the survivors. All French, all 
once common, and all survive In some form today. 

The castaways eventually arrived at Plymouth, the captain returning to France 
promising to send for his brother, but was never heard from again. 

This genealogy now repeats the early life of Peter Crapo, but adds that at the 
time of the marriage of Peter and Penelope, Louis DeMoranville made a vow never 
to marry until he could marry a daughter of Peter Crapo - which 26 years later 
he did. Louis thus gained a father-in-law younger than himself, and a wife 
Susannah Crapo, who must have been some 25 years his Junior. 

Such marriages were common In those days for we find In the "History of Old 
Scltuate" that Chief Justice William Cushing as a young lawyer visiting the 
Phllllpses of MIddletown, Conn., was chlded about his single blessedness at the 
age of 22. Turning to the cradle where the baby Hannah Phillips lay, he said, 
"I shall wait for this young lady to grow up and make her my wife". Twenty 
years later they were married. 

It was while Louis DeMoranville was waiting for his future wife to grow up that 
he built and cleared an exceedingly nice farm for those days and built thereon 
a wall so wide that a team of oxen could be driven along the top of It. Al- 
though the farm has long since reverted to woodland, the wall nearly 300 years 
old can still be seen In surprisingly good condition In the woods off Quanlpaug 
Road In East Freetown, Massachusetts. 

A deed dated 1773 refers to Louis as "lately deceased" and If the legend Is 
true, he must have been between 100 and 110 at the time of his death, over 
50 at the time of his marriage and over 70 at the time his 13th and last child 
was born. 

At any rate, we know that his son Louis DeMoranville Jr. died In Cazenovia, New 
York at the age of 110. He had been In the Revolution where he had lost both 
arms In battle, but had hooks arranged so that he could hoe his garden and do 
many things. All of Louts senior's sons except Chaumont, the eldest, and all 
of his sons-in-law were In the Revolution. Some were minute men and answered ' 
the Lexington Alarm of April 19, 1775. 

As for the latter days of the farm, primogeniture seems to have been the rule 
as only the eldest son In each generation remained there, while the younger 
sons sought their fortunes elsewhere. 

(Continued on page 52) 

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^ • Q^ CD 

The commemorative x7a(?/iet on our cover was CD COVER STORY CD 

Issued Jointly by the Sheffield Historical O CD 

Society and the Berkshire Museum Stamp Club, CIIIXX3CXXIXIIXD 
for the 200th anniversary of Sheffield's 

"Declaration of Independence" v/hich was passed unanimously at a town meeting 
January 12, 1773. 

The cachet contains a drawing by Earle Gllllgan, Sheffield home designer and 
builder, of the Ashley House, where the document Is believed to have been drawn 
up. The owner of the house, built In 1735, was Col. John Ashley, one of the 
leading citizens of Southern Berkshire. The classic Colonial structure Is 
now owned by the Trustees of Reservations, which also controls adjacent 
Bartholomew's Cobble. A larger reproduction of this famous house was used 
as a cover on our very first Ashleys of America Bulletin,, October 1970 

The Sheffield "Declaration" which predated the national Declaration of Indepen- 
dence, resembled that historic delineation of grievances, but fell short of 
proposing severance of the colonies from British rule. The original now rests 
In the town records. Now available Is a verbatim copy of the Sheffield 
Declaration with commentary by Mr. f^organ Bulkeley, a naturalist, essayist and 
columnist, showing 14 resolves with striking similarities to the Declaration 
written Sg years later by Thomas Jefferson at Philadelphia. Mr. Bulkeley feels 
that since the Sheffield document was drawn up In the panelled ballroom of 
the Ashley House, and since the Colonel was the respected town patriarch, 
selectman and moderator for 43 of his 70 years, that It seems reasonable to 
suppose he was the author or at the very least, a co-author, of this Declaration 
that Jefferson seems to have drawn on so heavily In 1776. 

The Trustees of Reservations Is appealing for funds to preserve the ASHLEY 
HOUSE at Ashley Falls and to Include the nearby Bartholomew's Cobble reserva- 
tion. The drive Is for $167,500.00 of which $135,000 has been pledged as of 
March I, 1973. Here Is a chance for Ashley descendants to assist In a very 
worthy Ashley cause. If you wish to make a direct tax deductable contribution 
(as some have already done), send your contribution to: 

Cobble-Ashley House Fund 
515 Holmes Road, Plttsf leld, Mass. 0I20I 

Because of the many InqulMes received your president has prepared a packet 
which contains the Sheffield Declaration with Mr. Bulkeley^s comparisons 
a copy of the cachet and a photograph of the Ashley House. A contribution 
of $3.00 or more will entitle you to a packet. All money received will go 
to the Ashley House Fund. Address your requests to Mr. Robert E. Ashley, 
68 Spring Hill Ave., Brldgewater, Mass. 02324. 

Bartholomew's Cobble was recently named the State of Massachusetts Second 
National Natural Landmark, the first being Gay Head Cliffs, Martha's Vineyard. 
It Is recommended that you make a special effort to visit Col. John Ashley's 
House and Bartholomew's Cobble on your vacation this year. 

^A cachet^ for those of you who are not stamp collector e^ is a 
specially prepared envelope postmarked at a special post office 
on a certain date as a soiwenier. 

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CD c: 



Marshfie!d, Gloucestershire, England 

Printed at ths Private Preaa of Frederiok 

Avthup Crisp - 1893 
Pago 90 - Ano Dowl - 1635 





















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XXVO Octo: 

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XVjo die MartlJ: 

eode die 

eodem die 

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XXIXO die MartlJ 

Au3 18th 

ffeb: 25th 

Jan: 14th 

Jul I J 29 

Eodem die: 

April 22 

Ncvemb: 25 

Novemb : 1 9 

Aug: 24 

Apr: 25 

Octob'" 18 

Nov: 19 

Sept: 28 

XVIijO Mai J: 

baptz: fult Elizabeth ftllla Nicholas Ashley 








E I ! zabeth 




Thomas Ashley 
NIckt Ashley 
NIcholalJ Ashley 
NfchI Ashley 
NIcholalJ Ashley 

Carol us Reeves et Margarett Ashley nupti fuerunt 

Petrus flllus Petri Ashley Sepultus est 

Robert y® son of Peter Ashley and Mary his wife Baptz. 

Elizabeth wife of Nicholas Ashley was buried 

Baptlzata: fult Maria fllla Petri Ashley 

Sepultus fult Nicholas Ashley 

Baptlsata: fult Ellsabetha fllla Petri Ashley 

Sepult fuit Nicholas Ashley 

Bapttsat: fult Nicholas fit - Petri Ashley 

" Anna fllla " " 
Anna Ashley - Sepult 

Bap. fult Susan: fll: Robert et Martha Ashley 
Seupult: fult Petrus Ashley 
Georg: flit RobertI et Martha Ashley - Baptz^ 

Baptles Thomas Ash 1 1 fllta Ned Is Ashtl 


SHIPWRECKED CASTAWAYS (Cont'd from page 50) 

The descendants of the first Louis are numerous and spell the name DeMoranvMle 
DeMeranvI I le/MoranvI I le, Ranvllle and Ralnville^ as well as other variations. 
Surnames of wives and husbands of the second generation are Hasklns, Pierce, 
Lombard, Spooner, Roussvllle, Taber, ASHLEY, Simmons, Russell, and others. 

Only a cellar hole and the great wall hidden by woods remain today but a 
map published between I860 and I8&0 shov/s a house there with occupant 
J. Crapo, showing that the last one to live there was a descendant of 
Peter Crapo as well as Louis DeMoranvl I le. 

Nearby Is Crapo HIM, the Crapo-White-Ashley Cemetary, the remains of the 
Crapo-Ash I ey-Hathaway saw mill etc. The last remaining Ashley In Freetown 
was **Aunt NelT* who lived alone In her home at Quanlpaug until she was 101. 
She died In a Lakevllle nursing home on September 22, 1968 at the age of 
104 years, 10 months and II days. Less than a year later her home was 
burned to the ground by vandals. 


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Piamiahed by: Esther A. Spcueta (HO) 


Col. John Ashley was born 2 December 1709 In Westfield, Mass.^ son of 
Capt. John Ashley^ (David^^ Robert^ of Springfield) and his second wife 
Mrs. Mary (Whiting) Sheldon. 

John's father had been sent out from Boston In 1722 to buy land from the 
Indians and to establish two townships In what was then a wilderness. The 
lower of those two townships became Sheffield In 1724. Eight years later 
John, his son, having graduated from Yale College In 1730, moved to this area 
after his admission to the Hampshire Bar In 1732. 

John drove his cattle from Sheffield to Claverack Landing (now known as Hudson, 
New York) the trip taking about four days and nights. It was here In 1733 or 
1734 that John Ashley, then 24 years old, met Hannah Hogeboom (Hoogebaum), the 

daughter of Pleter Welse and Jannetje (Miller) Hogeboom, She was a native of 
Holland. In 1735 they were married and John brought his bride to Sheffield 
where he had already built a house. 

In this house they raised a family of one son and three daughters. It Is of 
special Interest to note that Frances Bacon Trowbridge, author of the Robert 
Ashley Genealogy, published In 1896, was the gr*gr-gr-*grandson of Col. John 
through the daughter Jane. 

John Ashley rose to distinction as a lawyer; was an extensive land owner and 
merchant; and became a man of large wealth. He held title to large tracts of 
land in the Housatonic Valley and a farm at "Kbnkepof' three miles east of 
the river - he owned sawmills and gristmills In Sheffield, and rights In the 
Iron ore beds at Salisbury, Conn. John early took an active part In the 
management of town affairs. On May 22, 1735, "Obadlah Noble and Ensign Ashley 
were made choyce of to Dool out Drink" to the labourers for the raising of 
the meeting house when It is convenient, and likewise to sell Drink to 
Strangers or Town people, and also to receive the money. He was a leading 
member of the First Congregational Church In Sheffield. 

John Ashley became a colonel in the army and led the First Foot Company of 
Sheffield to the relief of Stockbrldge and Pontoosuc in the French and Indian 
war. He commanded men that went to Fort Edward In 1757 for the relief of 
Fort William Henry. In the battle for American liberty, "he arrayed himself 
on the popular side" and continued a firm and consistent Whig throughout the 

(^1. Ashley was patriarchal In appearance, of middling size, and domestic 
habits. He commenced life with a reasonable capital, which he increased by 
industry and good management. He became a gentleman of great wealth for 
time and locality and left a large estate including about 1000 acres of finely 
cultivated land, most of which he had held from Its first settlement. 

Col. Ashley and his wife were buried In the old cemetery In Sheffield center, 
and their graves are marked by handsome white marble monuments on which appear 
the following Inscriptions: 

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This monument Is erected to perpetuete the Memory of 

Col. John Ashley 
Who departed this llfeSeptember 1st 1602 In the 93d 
year of his age. 

"Virtue alone has majesty In Death, and Triumphs most/ 
when most the tyrant frowns; Earth's highest station 
ends In 'here he lies,' and 'dust to dust' concludes 
her noblest song« 

"Sacred to the Memory of Mrs. Hannah Ashley, consort of 
Col. John Ashley Esq. who died June 19 A«D« 1790 
In the 78 year of her age.'* 

But why, you ask, Is the house of CoK John Ashley "special" and why should It 

be preserved. First, the Ashley IHouse is one of the oldest In western New England. 

Secondly, two particular events occurred In the Ashley House that deeply affected 
the course of regional and state history. The first was the Inauguration of a 
suit by a Negro slave for her freedom. Elizabeth Freeman had been bought by 
Col. Ashley as a child and ra(sed as a house servant. In the late I760's, when 
Massachusetts was about to adopt a new constitution, the details of the document 
were freely argued and discussed by Col. Ashley and his friends. The Negro 
servant girl heard the talk and when, a little later, she had a bitter clash 
with Mrs. Ashley, she ran away to the home of Theodore Sedgwick. She pleaded 
with Sedgwick to go to law for her on the basis of the new constitutional clause 
declaring "that Manklnde In a state of Nature are equal, free and independent". 
Sedgwick, though a close personal friend of Col. Ashley, saw logic In her argu- 
ment and started suit for her freedom. They won the case and won a subsequent 
appeal. Elizabeth Freeman was the FIRST SLAVE IN AMERICA TO WIN FREEDOM by 
legal suit. That case abolished slavery In Massachusetts. 

The second event occurred In the winter of 1772-73 when the leaders drew up in 
the Ashley House, the "Sheffield Declaration of Independence. It is called 
than two years the more famous Meckienberg Declaration In North Carolina. 

Much history was made In the Ashley House, and the marvel Is that this house still 
stands. Thanks for this are due to two men and their wives. Mr. and Mrs. 
Harry N. Brigham of Boston and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brewer of PIttsf ield. 

Mr. Brigham, a great-great«grandson of Col. Ashley, bought the house In the 
early I930's. He moved It from Its original site, opposite the Ceorge Fitch 
house, to a site a quarter of a mile away on the Ashley Fal Is-TaconJc, Conn. 
road, still a part of the original holdings of Col. Ashley. The house was 
sound and not greatly altered from Its original pattern, so sound that most 
of the original plaster Is still intact. The old paneling was cleapod, the 
old windows duplicated. A new central chimney was built, but on the same 
foundation stones that had been In the original cellar. A new wing, perfectly 
In keeping outwardly but modern as a city apartment inside, was added as living 
quarters. The original house was kept as a kind of museum. 

In 1946 when Mr. Brigham died, Mr and Mrs Brewer bought the house which had once 
belong to Mr. Brewer's father. Mr. Brewer, though no relation to the Ashleys, 
grew up In the Ashley House* He also had a keen sense cf history and an ap- 
preciation of the past. Th« Brewers c^M&d to the collections and added 

(continued on page 56) 
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By: Jane (White) Rousevel 1^ (Sarah J. Nye^, Sally 

Todd Ashley^, Abraham^, Perclval', Abraham^, Joseph') 
(AIbo eee pg. 59, Vol. I, No. 3) 

Fwmiahed by: Doria Ashley Lang (if?) 

"What? Another story? Dearie me! 

Now I wonder what It wilt be!" 
"Tell us about that Great Aunt, you know. 

Who went off and was lost In the snow," 
"That happened before my day you see. 

Grandmother (fl) used to tell It to me," 

Aunt Hannah (f2) was along In years. 
Seventy- five or so. 
When she want forth to spend the day. 
Some ninety years ago. 

"Aunt Hannah" grandma said to her, 
"I wish you wouldn't go. 
I see a snowbank in the east, 
I think It's goln ter snow." 

"Nonsense, Sally!V Aunt Hannah scoffed, 
"The sun Is shinning bright 
And If It should come on to snow 
They'll keep me through the night." 

"I promised Polly (f3) I would come 
And spend the day with her. 
You know when winter once sets In 
I never wanter stir." 

Clad In her newest homespun gown. 
Stout shoes upon her feet. 
With quilted hood and padded cloak 
Her outfit was complete. 

Down thru the old burnt lot she went 
Her knitting on her arm. 
And then she crossed the sheep pasture 
Upon the Perkins farm. 

And now her way led thru the woods. 

It was a mile or more, 

The roads were naught but cart tracks then 

That ox teams traveled o'er. 

The squirrels chattered overhead 

And scolded as In wrath. 

She heard the bluejays raucous 

A rabbit crossed the path. 

At last she reached her Journeys 

end (f4) 
And Pol ly cordial ly 
Invited her to come right In 
And have some pepper tea. 

"You must be cold and tired to 
After so long a walk, 
I'll hang the kettle on the crane 
And then we'll have a talk." 

They talked of neighborhood 

And how their tongues did run! 
They talked about the quilting 

And yarn that they had spun 

TIM suddenly Aunt Hannah cried; 
"Sakes alive! It's snowing! 
I'll go and get my things right 

It's time I was a goln" 

They begged of her to stay a 1 1 

But she was obdurate; 
"It atnt a snowing hard" she 

sa i d , 
"I'll get home fore It's late." 

But In the woods It darker grew 
It was a bitter night. 
And colder, fiercer grew ttNisdorm 
And filled her heart with fright. 

(Ck>ntlnued on page 

(fl) Sally Todd (Ashley) Hye^, Abrdham^, Fercival^, Abraham^, Joseph^ 
ff2) Hannah (Ashley) Parker^, Peraival^, Abraham^, Joseph^ 

(f3) Polly was Mary (Purrington) Ashley, wife of Abram, sistet^in^lm to Hannah 
(f4) Near present Ashley Heights 

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COL. JOHN ASHLEY (Cont'd, from pag» 
antique household and farm equipment. 

The house stands on a seven acre plot within a stone's throw of Bartholomew's 
Cobble, which at one time was a part of Col« Ashley's holdings. As a museum 
of regional history It attracts a constant flow of visitors. As an example 
of early 18th century architecture, the Ashley House Is a classic. Its upstairs 
study, so-called, where Col. Ashley and his aasoclates discussed and often 
determined public affairs, has been called one of the best complete rooms of 
the period now extant. The whole house, from outside walls to Interior finish. 
Is close to perfection, wisely and carefully preserved. 

It seems most fitting that the house of a prosperous man, a distinguished man, 
a leader In every sense and a maker of history - the house of CoU John Ashley 
should be a public monument, not only to Col. Ashley, but to those who came 
after him and to the history of our hopes and our dreams and our highest 

The End 

AUNT HANNAH'S LAST VISIT (Cont'd, from page 

In fear Aunt Hannah looked around. And there they found hier In the 

Her mind was In a daze; spring, 

I'm afraid I've took the Old Swamp Road, Her knitting by her side; 

and I'll go back a-ways. Upon her face a peaceful look 

As though she Just had died. 
I'll sit me down on this old stump 

And think what I must do. They bore her body tenderly 

I oughter be most home by now. Back to the old home door 

I'm tired and sleepy tool Where she went forth so happily 

A few short months before 

That winter snow came fast and deep. 

It made for her a tomb, **Her time had come". Grandmother 

And overhead the giant trees said. 

In ghostly silence loom. The Lord guided her way. 

And to the pearly gates above 
Aunt Hannah found her way. 

Hannah Ashley was born 13 March 1763, daughter of Perclvai and Anna (Bishop) 
Ashley. On 3 February 1781 she married Elijah Parker In Old Church near 
Mason's corner by Rev. Abner Lewis. Hannah died In 1857 and Elijah died 
before 1873. Both are burled at White Cemetery, Keene Road, Rochester, Mass. 
There Is no marker. To this union were born 13 children. 

The End 


O C3 Mrs. G. 0. Carlton (#248) 

n W A N T E D C3 Rt. I Box 61, Hens ley. Ark. 72065 

O C3 

CIXX3CXXIX3 Is a col lector of picture postcards. If you have 

picture postcards of your area, why not put a Jiote 
on one and mall It to Mrs. Carlton. Like all "hobbyists" It would mean a 
great deal to her to Increase her col lection, and especially from far off 

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Query from: William Sbxiaey Hatt, MD^ PA (§255) 

1852 Hillview St., Sccrasota, Fla. 


I am anxious to learn the parents of Sarah Ashley who married Nathan Bowen 
and lived In Marblehead, Mass. I have done considerable research which I 
am sharing with you below - but still no proof of parentage of Sarah. 


Nathan b. abt 

1697 m. abt 1720 SARAH ASHLEY 

d. 23 Dec 

1776 ae 79 

Chi Idren: 



. 30 Dec 1720 


9 Oct 1722 


7 Dec 1724 


17 Dec 1726 

Ash 1 ey 

8 Jan 1728 


16 June 1730 


12 Feb 1732/3 


27 Feb 1734 m. Knott Martin 1756 


3 May 1737 


6 Sept 1740 

Nathan m. 2nd 


18 Nov. 1741 Mrs. Hannah Harris 

one child Hannah b 8 July 1743 

m 3rd 


27 May 1764 Mrs. Mary Boden 

Nathan Bowen was probably the most Inf luenclal man In Marblehead^ except 
for the minister. He was Justice of the Peace, Notary, Teacher and 
astronomer. As Justice of the Pease he held a position similar to that 
of Trial Judge. In his office he would hear cases and give sentence. 
From his window he could see his sentence being carried out In the town 
stocks, which stood across the way. 

Nathan purchased "The Norden House" on Glover Square, Marblehead, Mass. 
which still stands today. It was presumably built between 1657 and 1686 
by Col. Norden, and bought by Nathan Bowen May 4, 1732. At that time the 
estate consisted of the dwelling house, barn and slaughter house. 
Capt. Bowen had his office In that part of the house next to the street. 
He died possessed of the house and land - he devised his mansion house, 
barn and house I and to his widow Mary Bowen during her widowhood and then 
to his children Edward, Ashley, Sarah, Abigail, Elizabeth and Anna. Some 
say he left the front part of the house to his daughter Elizabeth (Bowen) 
Martin, and the back part to Ashley Bowen, his son. 

Ashley Bowen went to sea as a young man and he kept a diary. He also 
made some sketches which are owned by the Marblehead Historical Society 
and v.'hich hang In the lower hall of the Lee mansion. A zerox copy of 

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tho dfary Is In the Society's file, 

(In Library of the Essex Instltutay 

Sarah of Edward and Mary Ashley born 22 pel?. 1696 (Town pg 226) 
Sarah Ashley bp 8 Aug 1698, First Church (pg 239) ^ . 
Johanna, wife of Thomas Ashley deceased 27 Dec 1660 (pg 8^1). '. 
Thomas Ashley m. Hannah Broome, wld« last of Jan. 1661 by Thos Oa^fbrth of 
(^mbrldge (pg 82) 

Children of Edward and Mary Ashley: 

William, of Edward & Mary Ashley, b 24 June 1673 (pg 131) 

Edward Ashley bp 9 days II mo«. First Church 1676 (pg 146) 

Dorothy of Edward & Mary Ashley b II July 1687 (Town p 172) 

Dorothy of brother Ashley aged about I week bp 17 July 1687, First Church 

Esther of Edward & Mary Ashley b 25 March 1690 )pg 180) 

Mary of Edward & Mary Ashley dyed II July 1690 

Mary of Edward & Mary Ashley b 13 Apr 1693 (Town pg 200) 

Mary Ashley bp 17 Apr 1692, First Church (pg 205) 

Sarah of Edward & Mary Ashley b 22 Feb 1696 (Town pg 226) 

Sarah Ashley bp 8 Aug 1698, First Church (pg 239) 

Children of Thomas and Mary Ashley 

Mary of Thomas and Mary Ashley b I Sept 1681 (Town pg 154) 
Thomas of Thomas & Mary Ashley b 3 Dec 1682 (pg 156) 
Ann of Thomas & Mary Ashley b 17 Sept 1684 (pg 162 
Joseph of Thomas & Mary Ashley b 7 April 1689 (Town pg 183) 
Joseph of Thomas & Mary Ashley dyed 12 March 1690 (Pg 192) 
Anna of Thomas and Mary Ashley b 8 Jan 1690 

End of quote 

I am also vitally Interested In a ship called '* ASHLEY" Does anyone have Informa* 
tlon on this? According to Mr^ P. Chadwick Smith of the Peabody Museum, there 
was a fishing sloop named ** Ash ley** which was probably named for Ashley Bowen. 
Arnold Martin was Captain from 1773 onwards. The **Ashley** may be the hospital 
boat that was used during the Small Pox epidemic ferrying cattle to Cat Island 
(now Chlldren*s Island) and was nlck*named **Noah*s Ark". 

Can anyone help Dr. Hatt prove the parentage of Sarah Ashley, his gr-gr-gr-gr-gr- 
grandmother? -^he End 


In answer to two letters sent to the newspaper Inquiring about old bottles 
bearing the name A. D. Ashley's Red Sea Balsam, the following reply was 

"YouVe right. We promised another graph on A. Davis Ashley, patent medicine 
man, carriage maker and real estate entrepeneur. He was born In New Bedford 
In 1851 and died here June 4, 1917. He was a fourth cousin once removed, of 
former New Bedford Mayor Charles S. Ashley." 

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1640 French began settlements at Montreal 

1635 English began settlements at Springfield, Mass. 

1670 English began settlements as far up as Deerfleld 

1698 Col. Fletcher, Governor of New York made a grant to Godfrey Delllus, 
a clergyman at Albany on the east side of the Hudson River from the 
"northermost bounds of Saratoga to Split Rock" about seventy miles In 
length and In width about twelve miles. This was vacated In 1699. 

1716 The General Court of Massachusetts made a grant In the southeast part 

of what Is now Vermont, containing more than one hundred thousand acres^ 
but not until 1724 were any settlements begun within the bounds of that 
state. The Governor of Mass. then built Fort Dummer. This was the 
first settlement. 

1731 The fort at Crown Point was built by the French. This part of America 
then, of course, became the seat of war. Vi/hen the French arid Indian 
wars terminated In the reduction of Canada, the frontiers were no 
longer menaced by the Inroads of the French and depredations of the 
Indians, and the prospects for peacab I e settlements became flattering 
and the lands were explored and sought after by speculators and 

Among the most attractive lands was that lying between Lake Champ lain 
and the Connecticut River. Encouraged by the prospects, many persons 
were disposed to attempt their fortunes by settling or speculating In 
those lands and made applications to the Government of New Hampshire 
for grants as this territory was generally supposed to fall within the 
limits of that government. 

The Government of New Hampshire desiring to encourage these applications 
was always ready to make grants and Issue charters, whenever a sufficient 
number of persons appeared and advanced the purchase money and paid the 
customary fees. Nor could the purchasers be apprehensive that any 
controversies should arise. In as much as the charters purported to come 
by the authority of the King of Great Britain under the signature and 
seal of the appointed Governor of New Hampshire, then one of the royal 

The boundary line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire had long been 
In dispute and was not settled until the year 1740. The survey 
establishing this line ran as far west as a point twenty miles east of 
the Hudson River, and the Government of New Hampshire therefore natur- 
ally concluded that Its jurisdiction extended to a line twenty miles 
east of said river. The King of Great Britain had repeatedly recommend- 
ed to the Provincial Assembly of New Hampshire to make provision for 
the support of Fort Dummer and thereby recognize this fortress as being 
within the jurisdiction of the New Hampshire province. 

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1749 Banning (7) Wentworth, Governor of the poevlnoe of New Hampshire made 
a grant of a tovfnshfp six miles square, twenty miles east of the 
Hudson and six miles north of the Massachusetts State line and named 
1+ Cennlngton. 

1754 For four or five years several other grants were made west of the 

Connecticut River, when In 1754 hostilities began between the French 
and English In America, until the year 1761 when Hie war had termin- 
ated, the Governor of New Hampshire Issued no less than sixty grants 
for whole townships and within the space of but two or three years 
had granted and chartered no less than 138 townships within the 
territory of what Is now the State of Vermont and their extent was 
from the Connecticut River on the east to a line twenty miles east of 
the Hudson River. The state of New York wishing to have the profits 
which were accruing to the Government and Governor of New Hampshire, 
became alarmed and Jealous. 

1664 To go back one hundred years, Charles II made an extraordinary grant to 
his brother Duke of York, after whom the present state of New York Is 
named - ^all the lands from the west side of the Connecticut River to 
the east side of the Delaware Bay" covering lands that previously had 
been granted to the provinces of Massachusetts and Connecticut. The 
grant was full of Inpalpable Inconsistencies, and If examined for Its 
correctness geographically speaking, the boundaries were contradictory. 
Indefinite and Impossible. The gran carried no power to govern a 
province, nor even to establish a colony to be governed. 

It was on this blundering transaction of Charles II that New York Province In 
1760 laid claim to the territory covered by the New Hampshire grants. Lt. 
Governor Colden, theref<>re. In 1763 Issued a proclamation asserting the validity 
of this grant and directed the sheriff at Albany to return names of all persons 
who had taken possession of any of the lands lying In the territory lying west 
of the Connecticut River. 

The Governor of New Hampshire In 1764 put forth a counteractary proclamation 
declaring the grant of Charles II to be, as It really was, obsolete, and that 
the Jurisdiction of New Hampshire extended as far west as the states of 
Massachusetts and Connecticut. 


CORRECTION - Vol . 1 1 1 , No. I - page 7 (Grave Stones In old Ashley Cemetery) 

Dot Lang (#7) has furnished more Informatloh on Ephrlam Landress. Please note 
that Ephrlam Landress was born 1799, died Aug. 28, 1818. He was the first 
husband of Ma re I a Ashley, dau. of Abraham and Mary (Purring ton) Ashley. She 
m. 2nd Simon Pierce of N.E. Marcia was b. 25 Dec 1799. Marcia & Simon had 
Sarah A. Pierce who m. May 1859 Burrage Y. Warner, son of J as. & Nabby (Buttrick) 
Warner of Falrhaven, Vt. Burrage was b. 15 July 1828 In Vt. and d. 9 Feb. 1888 
In Acushnet. He was first owner of Eureka Flour Mills In New Bedford, was 
Sgt. In Civil War, Co. A, 2nd Mass. Vol. Cavalry. 

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VITAL RECORDS OF O vital statistics G 


(Compilations In Boston Public Library) 

Furnished by: Robert L. Westfield (#131) 

Editor's Note: These records are of great assistance to Researchers not living 

in New England and thus do not have easy access to such data. 


Ashley ALPHONSO R, son of Richard C, farmer, & Rachel C*, of Dartmouth - 

In Dartmouth, 16 March 1844 
CHARLES 6. son of Richard C, fanner, & Rachel C. In Dartmouth 

15 May 1849 
ELLIN ELISABETH, dau of Edward, farmer & Harriet - In Dartmouth 

18 Oct. 1848 
EhWALINE F. (~); wife of James M. - 22 Jan. 1827 (GR 2) 
HANNAH H, Mrs (?) - 1824 (on stone beside William J.) (GR 2> 
JAMES M. - 29 Dec. 1811 (GR 2) 
MARCXIS, son of Joslah, farmer, & Malora of Dartmouth - In Dartmouth 

Oct. 1844 
WILLIAM J. - 1843 (GR 2) 
; dau of Stephen L. farmer & Phebe A. - Dartmouth 19 Apr 1849 


Ashley ABIAH - see Annah 

ABRAHAM of Dartmouth & Phebe Taber of Dartmouth - Int. II April 1767 
ABRAHAM of Freetown & Hannah Crapo of Freetown - 22 Jan 1783 iPR I) 
ABRAHAM 3rd of Freetown & Thankful I Allen of Dartmouth - Int 

21 Nov 1817 (PR I: m 21 Deo 1817) 
ANNAH (duplicate: Ablah) of Freetown & Henry Perkins of Dartmouth 

Int. 25 Sept. 1773 (duplicate: 27 April 1772) 
BETTEY of Dartmouth & Nathan Jenne of Dartmouth - Int. 3 May 1760 
BETTY of Freetown & John Edmlnster of MIdbr. - 5 Dec 1802 (PR I) 
CHARLES P., single, 25, farmer of Dartmouth; b Dartmouth, son of 

James 4 Mary of Freetown, & Betsey (Int. Betsy) Russell 22 of 

Dartmouth, b Dartmouth dau. of Humphrey & Betsy of Dartmouth - 

18 Nov 1849 
ELIZA, Miss, of Dartmouth & John Fance (Int. Faunce) of Dartmouth - 

13 March 1831 
ELIZABETH of Rochester & Sam 1 1 Joye of Dartmouth - Dec 1759, Int. 

I Dec 1759 
EUNICE of Dartmouth & Thos Wood of Rochester - Int. 13 Aug 1773 
FANNY (Int. Fanney) W., Miss of Dartmouth & Isaac F. Terry of 

Dartmouth - 18 July 1841 
FREEMAN of Dartmouth & Ells. Hammond (d) of Dartmouth - 22 April 

HANNAH of Dartmouth & Geo. N. S locum of Dartmouth - 27 June 1837 
HIRAM of Dartmouth & Miss Ellz. Ann Ryder of Dartmouth - Int. 12 

Aug 1842 

(See page 64 for references) 
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Ashley JEFFERSON o Freetown & Miss Hope Collins of Darhnouth - 27 Feb. 1831 

J I RAH of Freetown & Sally Down In of Freetown - In Freetown 29 May 1842 
JIREH of Freetown & Miss Sarah Clark of Dartmouth - Int. 20 Jan. 1827 
JOSIAH H. (Int. L) of Dartmouth & Melora (Int. Merala) Crapo of 

Freetown - 31 July 1841 
L0WRIN6 single^ 23^ farmer, of Dartmouth b Dartmoutht son of 

Stephen & SybU of Dartmouth, & Phebe Ann Faunce, 23, of 

Dartmouth, dau. of Thomas - 22 Dec« 1847 
LUCY F. of Dartmouth & Abraham Pet roe (Int. Pierce) 2nd of 

Taunton - 14 Oct. 1832 
MARY (Int. Marcy) olf Dartmouth & Simeon Babbet of Dartmouth - In 

Freetown 3 Dec. 1766 
MARY, Miss of Dartmouth & Henry Davts of New Bedford - II Oct 1833 

(PR I -^ m 2 Bav 18S3) 
PHEBE P. 20, of Dartmouth, b Dartmouth, dau of Stephen & Sybi I of 

Dartmouth & Job L. Shaw, single, 26, trader. of New Bedford, son 

of Job & Amy of New Bedford - 13 Jan 1848 
REBECCAH of Dartmouth & Game I eel Spooner of Dartmouth - Int 23 May 1763 
RICHAfV) C. of Dartmouth & Rachel (Int. Miss RachaeJ) C« Davis of 

Westport - I n Westport • I 6 Aug I 842 
STEPHEN of Freetown & SIbbel Bullock, resident of Dartmouth - Int. 

16 Nov 1822 (PR I; Sybil Bullock -* m. 4 Deo 1822) 
SUSAN G. Miss, of Freetown & Homphry (Int. Humphrey) Russe4l Jr. 
— ir-irnr-.r-ir-»r-irn5f,-0jp,^uth - In Freetown 23 April 1843 

SUSANNA of Freetown, & Mkn. All In (Int. Allen) of Dartmouth - In 

Freetown - 25 Nov 1790 
SUSANNAH of Dartmouth (Int. Freetown) & Sam I Joy Jr. of Darhnouth - 

13 May 1755 (BCM: Suscmnah Ashley of Dartmouth i Scml Jay Jr. 

of Dartmouth) 
TABER of Freetown & Ellz. Vfordle (Int. Wodei) of Dartmouth - 18 July 

1816 IPR I: Tabor Ashley of FrestoiM i Elis. ffodell of Dartmouth) 
TABOUR (Int. Taber) of Freetown & Mancy Phillips of Dartmouth - 

3 Jan 1799 iPR I: Tdber of Frsetoun) 
THOS. of Freetown & Polly Simmons of Freetown - in Freetown 21 May 

1843 . 
WARREN of Dartmouth & Miss Hannah Rider of Dartmouth - II May 1828 
WM. of Dartmouth & Sarah Collins of Darhnouth - Int. 30 Apr 1 1 1821 

{PRI m. 17 June) 


Ashley JAMES - 1839 (PR 44) 

MARY C. dau of William & Sarah - 28 Oct. 1831, Ae 5 (GR 2) 

REBECCA - 25 Jan 1827 (PR 44) 

TABOR, Ddacon - 22 Feb. 1845 (PR 44) 

WILLIAM - 4 April 1830 (GR 2) - 5 April 1830 (PR 44) 


Hoar ABIGAIL, dau. of Reuben Hoar, bapt In Monson, Mass - 18 Dec 1768 

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(See pags 64 for }^fereneee) 

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M I DOLEBOROUGH - DEATHS (ftcm a private oompilation) 

Ash I ey 

Gravee at 
New Ckuroh- 
house at 


LAURETTE, dau, of Luther, In Lakevllle - 28 Dec. \B55 
_ Ae i ! yrs, 8 mos, 2 days, of lockjaw (Hem. Gazette) 
rHAKIviA!! C. wife of Earl - 8 July , 1848, Ae 24 yrs, 17 days 
(LUTHER - 13 Feb. 1830, Ae 48 yrs 
(CHLOE. wife of Lu+her - 6 Nov. 1804, Ae 23 yrs 
(ABIGAIL wife of Luther - 27 Jan. 1845, Ae 64 yrs 
(WILLIAM - I Oct. 1835 In 24th yr 
UUD'.TH, 41 fe of David - 27 July , 1847, Ae 37 yrs 

( PHEBE E. wife of Silas, In Lakevllle - II Aug. 1856 

( Ae 42 vrs 9 mos 

( MR. JOYIN,' In North Rochester - 13 July 1857, Ae. 74 yrs 

( ANNIE B. dau of Earl S & Harriet in Lakevllle - 29 Feb. 

( I860, Ae 7 yr 

( SARAH, wife of Jlreh In Taunton Precinct - 13 March 1861, 

( Ae 35 yrs 

( CARRIE M. dau. of Cornelius - 17 Sep 1862, Ae 6 yrs 8 mos 20 < 

( MARY A. wife of Charles of MIddieboro & dau. of Zebulon 

( Shaw of Lakevllle - d Lakevllle 3 Jan 1868, Ae 29 yr 6 mo 

EMILY W. - 26 May 1868 Ae 44 yrs (Coffin plate) 


Ash I ey 

ANDREW J. (In lot with Mary J.) - 9 March 1833 (GR 9) 
BETSEY B., dau of Abraham & Mary G - 7 April 1835 (GR 9) 
BRADLEY M. husband of Mary E - 1830 (GR 3) 
DANIEL C. son of Simeon, housewrlght & Eliza (Caswell) 

of New Bedford - in New Bedford - I Jan 1844 
DAVID M. husband of Emily J. Lockwood - 1843 (GR I) 
DELIA M. (— ) wife of Silas E. - 1846 (GR 3) 
EDWIN M. son of Warren, farmer & Hannah Ryder of New Bedford 

in New Bedford - 13 Oct 1845 
EMMA J. dau. of Rodolphus, blacksmith (b Freetown) 8 Ruth 

Parker (b. New Bedford) - II Dec. 1849 
EMMA L. dau of Thomas, innkeeper & Lucretia S. Theayer of 

New Bedford - In New Bedford - 4 Aug 1845 
FR,'\NKL1N M. - 12 Nov. 1835 (GR 1) 
HANNAH (— ) wife of Warren - II March 1807 (GR 1) 
HENRY T. "husband" - 5 Aug. 1849 (GR 9) 
HOPE COLLINS (— ) wife of Jefferson - 1806 (GR 1) 
JANc C, child of Job B., grocer & Wealthy of New Bedford 

5 June 1847 
JARVIS T. (on stone with Mary A.) - 12 Oct. 1821 (GR 12) 
JEFFERSON, husband of Hope Collins - 1801 (GR 1) 
HANNAH S. Mrs (?) (in lot with Charity S. Cushman 1836) - ' 

1811 (GR 1) 
JOSHUA B. (on stone with Susan) - 8 Sep 1820 (GR 1) 
LORING (on stone with Phebe A.) - 1824 (GR 1) 
LOURANIA FRANCIS (--) wife of Rodney F - 1849 (GR 1) 
LOVISA W. Mrs ('/) (on stone with Sarah C.) - 1840 (GR 1) 
LUCY J. dau of Warren, farmer (b Dartmouth) & Hannah Rider 

(b Dartmouth) of New Bedford - in New Bedford 7 Sept 1848 
MARIA C. dau of Simeon, housewrlght & Eliza Caesley of New 

Bedford - 31 May 1846 

(See page 64 for referenoee) 

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(-►-) (bh stone with Jarvis T.) - 

Kl ngsf ord 

to Dec 1830 (OR W 
(~) wife of Bradley H - 1837 (OR 8) 
(— ) wife of Andrew J. - 7 June 1846 (GR 9) 
REBE A. Mrs (7) (on stone with Loring) - 1824 (GR 1) 
REBECCA wife of Wilson S. Reynolds & dau of Deacon Taber and 

Elizabeth (— ) Ashley • 17 Feb 1827 (GR 12) 
ROBERT E. son of Joshua B, Blacksmith & Susan Sanderson of 

New Bedford - In New Bedford - 15 Nov. 1849 
RODOLPHUS (on stone with Ruth) - 19 May 1818 (GR 9) 
RUTH (-«) wife of Rodolphus - 8 Sep 1818 (CSi 9) 
SARAH C (on stone with Lovlsa W.) - 1835 (GR 1) 
SUSAN Mrs (?) (on stone with Joshua B) - 31 Aug 1824 (GR 1) 
SUSAN C. dau. of Joshua B.» blacksmith & Susan Sanderson of New 

Bedford - In New Bedford - 28 Feb 1844 
THOMAS CLARK child of Thomas, boarding house of New Bedford * 

2 May 1847 
WARREN husband of Hannah - 12 March 1807 (GR I) 
WILLIAM W. son of Joshua B., blacksmith & Susan Sanderson of 

New Bedford - 20 June 1846 
^__^^ dau of Rodolphus, blacksmith & Ruth of New Bedford - 

18 Sep 1847 (probably Ruth Anna) 
^^^^^^^^ son of Thomas, trader (b New Bedford) & Lucretia Thayer 

(b. Conway) of New Bedford • In New Bedford - 5 May 1849 
JOHN C. son of Charles H, printer (b England) & Sarah (Ashley) 
(b. MIddleborough) of New Bedford - !n New Bedford 26 July 1849 


Ash I ey 

CAROLINE B., 23, of New Bedford, dau of John S & Mary 6. and 

Andrew 6. Wing, single, 27, mariner of New Bedford, son of 

Stephen & Ruhamy - 13 April 1848 
CATHERINE of New Bedford & George J man of New Bedford - 14 May 1840 
HANNAH of Freetown & Joseph Keene of New JBedford * tnt 13 Aug 1811 
HANNAH P., Miss, of New Bedford & Siocum Allen of New Bedford - 

In Dartmouth - 2 Jan 1642 
HIRAM of New Bedford & Caroline Hoyt of New Bedford - int. 23 May 

1835; "Hiram Ashley forbids". 
JAMES of New Bedford & Betsey Rounsevetl of New Bedford - 3 July 1803 
JETHRO of New Bedford & Lois GIfford of New Bedford - 16 March 1800 

("1801" written In pencil; Int. 7 March 1801) 
JOHN S. of New Bedford & Mary Nye of Falrhaven - Int. 6 April 
JOSHUA B. of New Bedford & Susan Sanderson of New Bedford - 

23 Oct. 1842 
LUCINOA of New Bedford & Alonzo Pelrce (int. Pierce) of New 

Bedford * In New Bedford - I Aug 1840 
MARY of Dartmouth & Henry Davis of New Bedford - Int. II Oct 

(to be continued) 



GR 1 ^ 

GR a ^ 

(inoomplete - eee later bulletina) 

Graveetone Record • let Pariah Cem.^ Neu Bedford Rd.^ Rooheeter 

Centre^ I4a88. 
Union Cem. Rochester ^ Uaee. 



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We have been told that Clifford Warren Ashley's 
paintings scheduled for exhibit at the Whaling 
Museum last year, and then plans changed, are 
now scheduled to be shown there soon. It Is 
hoped they will still be on display In August. 

We regret to report that - 

Wayne L. Whitman, 79, of Precinct St. 
Lakevllle, died January 28, 1973 at 
St. Luke's Hospital In Mtddleboro. 
He was the husband of Edith I. 
(Ashley) Whitman (#196). E3orn In 
Plymouth, Vt. he had been a resi- 
dent of Lakevllle for 32 years. 

He was a retired silk finisher, 
formerly employed at ther Mount Hope 
Finishing Co. In DIghton. He was a 
former custodian for the Lakevllle 
Town Hall. He attended Lakevllle 
Church of the Nazarene. 

in addition to his widow, he Is sur- 
vived by two daughters, Mrs. Harold 
(Verna) Ashley of Berkely, and 
Mrs. Russell (Dorolhy) Lawrence of 
Rochester; f Ive grandchi Idren, six 
great grandchildren and several 
nieces and nephews. 

# # ^ ^ # # # 

Mary E. (Kelley) Ashley of Belmont, 
Mass., died Jan. 26, 1973. She was 
the wife of the late Thomas Woodbury 
Ashley, and mother of Mrs. David 
(Elizabeth) Gardner of Concord, 
Thomas A. Ashley II of Belmont, and 
Mrs. James (Priscllla) Jackson of 
Baldwinsvl I !e, N.Y. Services were 
In tho Payson Park Congregational 
Church, Belmont. 

)f « # # 4( ^ # 

Bernicu (Phllbrick) Freeman, wife of 
Oar re I Freeman^ iGeo. Freeman^, Helen 
Ashleu^j Marcus Prentiss^ ^ demands Bnooh^ 
Thoe.^j Joseph^) died Nov. II, 1972 at 
DeSmet, S. Dak. Besides her husband 
she Is survived by four children. 

^ ^ ^ ik ^ ^ 

Paul Coo I edge Leonard (#3) our 2nd Vice 
President, underwent surgery at St. 
Luke^s Hospital In MIddleboro on 
March 19, 1973. We wish him a speedy 

¥t ¥t ^ .* ^ ^ 

John Sherman Ashley (#2) and Buzzy, our 
1st Vice President are at this time on 
a 66 day Circle Pacific cruise. 

# ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 

Amantha Ashley Arnold Akin (#72) our 
secretary was recently photographed 
with a snow scraper. While she has 
been writing the column (A. A. A. says 
"Look what I found") for a good many 
years, this Is the first time her 
picture has appeared In the column. 

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Mrs. Jennie Ashley of How I and Road, 
Lakevllle, Mass. is recovering at her 
home following surgery at the Eye and 
Ear Infirmary In Boston. 

^ ^ # ^ « « # 

Police Chief Harold Ashley and Patrol- 
man Harold Ashley Jr. made print In a 
recent newspaper article covering a 
Berkley Drug Raid. 

# # ^ # # # ^ 

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"Forty Great Years" was the theme of a 
testimonial honoring Benjamin D. Thomas 
(#8) of Franklin and Freetown, retiring 
as superintendent of schools In Franklin. 
Born. In How I and, Me., educated In the 
local schools and a graduate of Castlve 
Normal School ho bagan his teaching 
career In Hudson and How I and, Maine. 
Among the statistics listed at the event 
was the fact that In his 18 years at 
Franklin the school polulatlon grew from 
1600 to 5500 students. Salute to you 
Mr. Thomas. 

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A newspaper query lately answered the 
question of where Is Lady Sylvia Ashley 
today. (Ahs.) Sylvia Hawkes, a British 
acress of the films In the early I930's, 
was married to Lord Anthony Ashley, 
Douglas Fairbanks, Lord Edward Stanley, 
Clark Gable and Prince Dmitri DJorJadze. 
Now approximately 70 years of age she 
resides In Los Angeles and feels free 
to travel now that her dog, a Chihuahua, 
has passed on. 

The Identity of Robin, Adams, and Sloan 
who write a column In a California paper 
are Patricia Newcomb, formerly Marilyn 
Monroe's press agent, Roberta Ashley, 
and Liz Smith who write for Cosmopolitan. 

In the January 15, 1973 Issue of the 
American Banker It carried a notice 
that Richard S. Ashley had been elected 
Senior Vice President-operations of the 
Fidelity Union Trust Co. of Newark. 

Wedd I ng be 1 1 s rang for Doug I as E • 
McKle and Carolyn Buzo In January, '73. 
After honeymooning In Cape Cod, they 
are at home In Albany, New York. 
Douglas Is a grandson of Grace E. 
(Ashley) Mlsulls (1(^209) 

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Mary Beth Foil Is arrived on Jan. 26th 
at Union Hospital, Fall River. Her 
parents are Donald E. and Cynthia 
(Ashley) Foil Is of Lakevllle, and 
grandparents are Mrs. Jennie Ashley arid 
Mrs. Lucille Foil Is. 

Jamie Lawrence Gross arrived on Feb. 20 
In North Adams Hospital. His parents 
are Lawrence H. and Marc I a (Ashley) 
Gross Jr. of Wt 1 1 tamstown. Grandparents 
are Mrs. Jennie Ashley and Mr. and Mrs. 
Lawrence H. Gross of Adams. 


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The continued success of our organization lies 
within our membership. If you know of an 
Ashley descendant Interested In perpetuating 
Ashley History, please notify our membership 
Chairman, Mrs. K. 0. Davis, Green River Rd. 
Wl 1 1 lamstown, Mass. 01267 


Box 106 Babson College 
Wellesley, Mass. 02157 

#264 Mrs. Alvreta I. Buck ( ) 

22344 Paraguay Dr. 

' ^ Saugus, Cat . 91350 

Sidney John Wheeler ( ) Byron E. Wheeler ( ) 
Delora Jane Ashley ( ) 

(c) 1973 ASHLEYS OF AMERICA • Unincorporated Family Association 

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Vol. Ill, Na. 4 


July 1973 


AUG 12 1974 

«T*1t HJSIOtoMj. «««" 

Orsanlnd August 29, 1970 


Years ago, a Kentucky grandmother gave a new bride the following '*receet'* 
for washing clothes. It appears below Just as It was written and despite 
the spelling, has a bit of philosophy: 

1. i)iit fire In backyard to heet kettle of rain water. 

2. set tubs so smoke won*t blow in eyes If wind Is pert. 


3. shave one hole cake lie soap in bllln water. 

4. sort things, make three piles. I pile white, I pllecullard, 

I pile work britches and rags 

5. stir flour in cold water to smooth then thin down with bllln water, 
rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, then bile. Rub cullord, 
don't bile. Just rench In starch. 

6. st>read ted towels on grass. 

7. hang old rags on fence. 

8. pore rench water in flour bed. 

9. scrub porch with hot soapy water. 

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10. turn tubs upside down. 

11. go put on clean dress, smooth hair with side combs, brew 

cup of tee, set and rest and rock a spell and count blessings. 

(Hang this up above your automatic washer and dryer 
and when things look bleak, read It again) 


AUGUST 25 th 
WAMSUTTA dLUB (Corner County & Wi M lam Sts.) 


New Bedford, Massachusetts 





July 1973 

*^ From your 



Your editor 
"goofed" . 

The N.E.Reg I sters are not the 
property of our organization, 
but the personal property of 
our president. Sorry. 

Do keep your eye trained for 
accuracy when reading our 
bu 1 1 et I n • Whenever you 
find errors In material pub- 
lished * PLEASE DO send in 
the correct data and your 
proof for. same. Only thus 
will we get the actua I 
facts for our genealogy. 

Be sure to check the queries 
this time and see If you can 
help with the answers. 

Esther AshlBy Spouata^ 

PO Box 321 
Rogers^ Ark. 727S6 


Vol. Ill No. 4 




Cover Story 


Presidents Message 


Program - 4th Annuan Reunion 


CEMETERY RECORDS - 01 Parish Cemetery 
Rochester, Mass. 


OLD LETTERS - Frederick W. Ashley to 
Noah W. Ashley 



77 BIOGRAPHY - Clifford Warren Ashley 


81 EARLY ASHLEYS - Samuel Perry Ashley^ 
Dr. James Ashley^ 




News Bulletin published Quarterly - January, April, July & October 

Free Subscription with each $5.00 membership 

Extra copies may be obtained by mailing $2.00 each to the Editor 

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|j u V f t i\ J.-J j^jgg QP PRISCILLA (ASHLEY) PARTRIDGE^ 

;] 03 (ThomoB^^ ThcmoB^^ JcBeph^) 

Poultney, Ventont 

This picture taken in 1964 by Ken and Marie Davis (15) was at that time said 
to be the second oldest house In Pou I tney,. Vermont, still In use. 

They were told by old time residents of Poultney, that Thomas Ashley^ (8h$tah 
of ThomoB in Jamoaey 1973 Bulletin^ page 29) built this house for his 
daughter Priscllla who married Rufus Partridge. Purely speculation, of 
course, but this could have been the birthplace of the three children 
known to have been born to Rufus and Priscllla, 

b. 19 June 1777 
d. II July 1836 

m, 19 February 1798 Rufus Partridge 

Eliza b. 22 October 1800 
Sarah b. 9 July 1806 
John S. b. 28 June 1819 

Ten years ago this house was being used as a Catholic Rectory. We trust 
the house Is still kept In good repair and will stand as an Ashley 
monument for years to come. 

DOES ANYONE KNOW the progenitors of Rufus Partridge and/or what became 
of the three children? ? ? ? ? 


We know that George Partridge came from Kent (^unty, England to Duxbury 
In i623 on the ship "Anne". In 1638 at Duxbury he married Sarah Tracy, 
dau. of Stephen and Tryphosa (Lee) Tracy 

We know that there was a Nathaniel Partridge living in the late I700*s 

We know there Is a printed genealogy of the George Partridge family 
published in 1915. 

Anyone who can help to Identify Rufus Partridge, please write your editor. 

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trOU^Ll So Glad f o Kn^w 


••t Plans for our 4th 
annual Reunion have 
been final Ized. 

The Ash leys are a 
sociable group - * 
or perhaps It Is 
Just that we like 
to talk a lot* Whichever It Is^ we are ansipering your most common 
suggestion - - that more time be allowed for conversation^ with 
longer spaces between sessions. (800 ppogrcm onn$sgt paga) 

The Wamsutta Club Is a very **comf ortab I e" place and we have 
scheduled some Interesting programs. Whether you can stay for the 
whole day or only for some parts of It, we think you will enjoy 
yourself. DO COME 

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We had hoped that the exhibition of paintings by Clifford W. Ashley^ (Ablal 
Davis^, Silas Pickens^, Noah^, Noah^, Wililam^, Joseph') would still be on 
display at the Whaling Museum on August 25th. Itowever, it will be In New 
Bedford only until July 9 and will then go to the Brandywine River Museum at 
Chadd*s Ford, Pa., where It will remain from August 4 through September 16. 
If your trip to the reunion takes you near the Wilmington-Philadelphia area, 
you might want to stop off to see the exhibit there. 

An excellent catalog of the exhibit Is available from the Whaling Museum, 
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 02740. It contains 69 fine quality 
reproductions of Clifford's paintings, some in full color, a considerable 
number of his drawings and an excellent biography. About 100 pages, 8% x 10, 
Price $6.00. Please order direct from the Museum - NOT from Ashleys of America^ 
iMore about Clifford W. Ashley on page 7?) 

By August 25th we should be able to use our new name "Ashleys of America, 
incorporated". We thought we would have It before now, but the wheels of the 
law grind slowly. 

In regard to the proposed changes In the Bylaws given on pages 46 and 48 of 
the April 1973 Bulletin, your executive committee's recommendation to vote 
"YES" for Items I thru 5, and "NO" on Items 6 and 7, have been widely accepted 
except for Item 2. This Item, to raise the regular membership dues, has come 
in for some criticism on the ground that It Is not needed at this time aad it 
might cause us to lose members, especially those who can not attond tho meet- 
ings and therefore have only the publications to show for their money. There 
Is much to be said for this thought. DO re-read the proposed changes and be 
prepared to vote on them with a minimum of discussion thereby saving time for 
more interesting things. 

if you arrive by car and come thru the western part of Mass., we suggest you 

stop off at the Col. John Ashley House in Ashley Falls, and the Parson 

Jonathan Ashley House in Deerf leld - both handsomely restored. The same may be 

said for Fort T?conderoga where Hon. Thomas Ashley and other Ashleys helped in 

the taklr^ of the fort on May 10, 1775. 

See you In August, 

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Robert E. Ashley (§1) 

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August 25, 1973 

Wamsutta Club - Corner of 
County and Will iam Strwts, 
New Bedford, Mass. 

10:30 to H:00 AM ' 

lt:00 AM 
11:30 AM 

- 9 to 10:30 AM - In SoHh LoUnge - RegUtratlon 
and Coffee. Pick up namo badges and vtev 
soma Ashley pictures on display. 

(il.OO par parson club use fee) 

■ Welcome by Robert E. Ashley, President 

Two short anecdotal biographies of Ashleys 

1 * Barnabas Ashley of Ftochester, Mass. a real 

"Yankee character" 

2 - LcndAshley, the Tenth Earl of Shaftesbury and how 

his ancestors rose to the peerage In the reigns 
of Henry the Eighth and Elizabeth the First 

Progress reports and business meeting 

LUNCHEON - In tha Main Dining Boom Price: $4.00 ea. 

Chilled Cape Cod Cranberry Juice 
Chicken Salad Platter with Asparagus Spears 
Sliced Tomatoes and Hard cooked Egg Wedges 
Chocolate Ice Cream Roll with Fudge Sauce 
Rolls and Butter - - - Beverage 

Xn th0 North lounge 

"Migrations to end from New England by our Early 
Ancestors" - — - - - Mite Aiwie Borden Harding 
We are fortunate In having Miss Harding, Associate 
Editor of the New England Historic Genealogical 
Register. The "Register" Is the oldest and most 
prestigious genealogical publication In America and 
perhaps In the world, having published continuously 
since 1647. Miss Harding Is an acknowledged expert 
having spent a lifetime as a professional genealogist. 
If your ancestors moved to the South, West or North, 
you may find some Important answers at this session 
Question period to follow. 

PROGRAM ^Continued) 

5:00 PM Cocktails 

6:30 PM DINNER - In the Main Dining Room Price: $6.00 ea. 

Chi I led Jel I led Consomme 
Baked Sugar Cured Ham with Champagne Sauce 
Candled Sweet Potatoes 
String Beans Amandine 
Chef *s Tossed Salad - Wamsutta Dressing 
Iced Melon 

Rolls and Butter Beverage 

7:30 PM DR. JORDAN FIORE, head of the Department of History 

State College at Brldgewater^ will speak on 
'^LizBie Borden'^. This popular and often amusing 
lecture on the world* s most famous murder mystery 
Is of special Interest to us as many Ash leys are 
distantly related to the Borden family. 
0on*t miss this! 


RESERVATIONS for Luncheon and/or Dinner must be made by not 

later than August 18. Please mall check direct to: 
Miss Nancy Ashley, Trees* 
165 Elm Street 
South Dartmouth t Mass* 02748 

(The prices listed Include tax and gratuity.) 

WAMSUTTA CLUB RULES - Members and guests are reminded of the 

rules as set forth by the Rules Committee as follows: 
'Jackets shall be worn at all times by men while on 
the main floor and when in private dining rooms. 
Shorts shall NOT be worn in the Club with the exception 
of the Squash Courts and Cellerette. The 'no shorts* 
rule also applies to women using the Club" 

PARKING - Ample parking space is provided on the grounds 


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Furnished by: VoHb Ashley Lcmg (§7) and Robert B. Ashley (%!) 

Also called The Third Parish Cemeteryi or the Bennett Cemetery, Is located 
one-half mile South of Rochester Four Corners on route 106, Bra ley Hill Poad. 
(See Ashley BuL Vol. I No. 2, pg 30 • The Highway from Peak Rock to Quittacus 
Brook) This plot Is about 300 feet long and perhaps I /3rd as deep, surrounded 
by a stone wall and mostly In oak woods. It is Just north of the place whore 
stood the first meeting-house In North Rochester, erected "between the cross- 
road by Thomas Ashley's and Whitfield's". 

The Ash leys were Instrumental in establishing this parish as eight columns of 
fine print In Kurd's History of Plymouth County, pgs 975-979 will show. See 
also "Mattapoisett and Old Rochester" by Leonard et al. 

Some excerpts from the latter - "The first meeting-house In North Rochester 
stood about a mile westward from the present structure, in the northwest 
angle of the town. It's frame was raised November 17, 1748, with the sturdy 
exertion of many men (including Joseph, Abraham, Jethro, Thomas, Joseph Jr., 
William and John Ashley) aided by some West India rum as the custom of the 
times demanded. It was a poor structure, built hastily because winter was at 
hand and a place of shelter for the ark of the Lord was sorely needed. Yet 
it was used as a place of worship for more than forty years when It's timbers 
were given to the man who would tear them down and carry them away, which lot 
fell to Mr. Abner Wood and his son Zenas." 

The first minister was Rev. Thomas West who was born on Martha's Vineyard In 
1708. He was a graduate of Harvard and worked as a Missionary on the 
Vineyard before coming to Rochester. He has been described as "eccentric" 
and "devoted to prophecies". Two of his sons also gained distinction In the 
ministry, one being Rev. Samuel West pastor of the Hoi I Is Street Church In 
Boston. Rev. Thomas died In 1790 and Is burled In the Old Parish Cemetery. 

The second minister was Rev. David Gurney who baptised Marcus Morton and Polly 
Morton on Sept. II, 1791. The chief Interest here Is the fact that Marcus 
Morton became Governor of Massachusetts, gaining his election by a majority 
of only one vote. 

The third was Rev. Calvin Chaddock who also established an "Academy" in North 
Rochester which did good work In educating our early ancestors. His pastora+e 
and the Academy came to an end ip 1805. 

After this the North Rodiester church went through two short pastorates with 
Rev. Ichabod f^ialsted and Rev. Wl I (tarn Utley. 

CContinued on pg 83) 

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Written by: FREDERICK W. ASHLEY of 

Washington, OX. 


Taunton, Mass* 1906-7 

CD n 


Pumiehed by: Hov/nan E. Ashley (§142) 
Edited by: Robert E, Ashley (§1) 

The following Interesting series of letters written some 56 years aao to 
to Noah W. Ashley^ (Ablal WllllamsS, Noah*, Noah^, William^, Joseph^) grand- 
father of Norman E, Ashley contain data worth sharing. We have extracted 
the more Interesting parts from eight letters and have left out only the 
discussions and speculations about ancestors and possible relationships that 
have since been cleared up. To repeat those parts would only tend to confuse 
the Issue. What remains shows the state of the genealogy at that time and 
leaves some clues and unanswered questions for us all to work on* 

132 S Street, N.W. 

Washington, D.C. 

12-30-1906 and 11-12-1907 
Mr. Noah W. Ashley 
59 Harrison Ave. 
Taunton, Mass. 

Dear Sir: 

Thank you for your prompt and full response to my recent Inquiry. I am very 
sorry I missed seeing you in Taunton last fall. My time then was quite llmitec 
and I felt that I must push on to Middleboro where I found clues that finally 
led to my writing you. I hope to visit Massachusetts again before many months 
and if so I should like very much to meet you. 

I should also like to have an Interesting biographical details as to yourself, 
your father, grandfather, etc. as to occupations, places of residence, offices 
held If any, etc. Such matters add very much to a mere list of names and 
dates. I understand that your great grandfather saw long service In the 
Revolutionary war and that he lived for a time In New Hampshire. . . . 

I found out some time ago that there were still a few Ash leys (my father had 
eleven children of whom ten grew up) My last mall brought me five letters on 
the subject, one of them 22 closely written pages of names and dates from 
St. Lawrence County, N.Y. ... 

I have not heard from Josephus Pickens (Ashley) in reply to my letter but I 
take It that he means to answer. I have written twice to Charles L. McCuily 
of Ottawa, III. but have had no answer. I have had a good long letter from 
Mrs. J. H. Pickens giving the facts as to her family which I wanted. I have 
had correspondence with Burton J. Ashley going back over 20 years . • • 
R. Eugene Ashley, son of Mayor Charles S. Ashley of New Bedford has promised 
to send me a lot of information regarding their branch .... 

(Continued next page) 

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Jethro AsMoy of Segregansett has sent me some Information which Is going to 
be useful In straightening out the Perclval Ash leys of whom there are several 
In the record. I also have heard from Moses E« H. Ashley whose name you 
sent me« He Is one of the Perclval line. # • • 

I have lately been successful In getting the names and dates of 73 descendants 
of Ablah Ashley your groat-grandfather's sister. They are widely scattered, 
but I have not yet got trace of any of the descendants of MIcah • . • 

I have lately come Into possession of a copy of an old record narrated by 
Captafn Williams Ashley In 1856 to his son who took It down. In this he says: 
"Will lam Ashley 1st - Brothers Joseph, William and thinks Thomas (Tkie is an 
error. Winian was in no way first. Be was eeocnd ganeration and was Srd 
eon of Joseph who ie earliest Aehley eettler in the Old Colony). "Brothers, 
Joseph, William and thinks Thomas" (Also Jethro^ Abraham Jr.^ Blizabeth and 
Hary) . "Joseph ffr.) was father of Barnabas. William was father of Mike (tiiodh) 
Noah and Abraham that lived at Quonlpog. Noah lived In Rocky Woods. Mtke 
lived near Slade Bridge (Slab Bridge) Mike married Sarah Runnels (Reynolde) 
and lived and died In E. Freetown, had 6 or 7 daughters and two sons. Noah 
married Abigail Hoar, went West, had Luther Jan 1782, William Apr. 9, 1783 at 
N dew) Salem, returned to Freetown Furnace had Noah 1787, Abigail 1789, 
Jethro 1791 and died at S. (at eea) 

. . . The grandfather of the lady you met at Cottajge City was Tabor Ashfey, who 
had sons Warren, Richard, Albert W. and others. (Hany others^ he had 21 cMldran 
in all) 

• . . My latest Information, derived from the old records at Plymouth, Is to the 
effect that Joseph Ashley had a brother Abraham and a sister Rebeccah there. 
(In Plymouih?) It Is probable that their father came over from England. No 
reoorde have ever been found to oonfiim thie * that they acne direotly over. 
It ie more likely that they aame from Maine or perhape 

. . . Unless you were financially Interested In the City Hotel (in Taunton) 
I won't pretend to be sorry about the fire; but I can't understand how the 
loss could have been $10,000 unless part of the Taunton Green was destroyed 
with It and Included In the loss. Positively the City Hotel Is the worst In 
my experience. 

• . • I have written to Mrs. John Moore of Attleboro as to Calvin's children 
and to Mrs. Doan of Monte I lo . • . 

I am glad to have your Interesting account of your excursion to E. Freetown. 
. • . about some of the Ash leys you mention. Anna Ashley who married a Bra ley 
was b. Aug. 22, I802« She was a sister of Mayor Ashley's grandfather. She 
was a daughter of John Ashley and Charity Sherman. Her nephew Joshua Bishop 
Ashley was Mayor Ashley's father. Joshua Bishop Ashley was a son of her brother 
John Sherman Ashley who was b. May 3, 1790. 

The Sherman Ashley whose tombstone you saw was another party, not the John 

Sherman AShley Just mentioned. Sherman Ashley was an Illegitimate, born 

March II, 1796. He married Emily Westgate In 1840. You saw her tombstone also. 

(Continued on page 76) 
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FumUiud by: (hrald A^ Coaptr (92$) 

During the 129th annual Columbia County Fair held 
th« week of August 28. 1969, the following Item 
was one of many on the history of the Fair printed 
In the Chatham Courier of Chatham, New York. Quotei 

At the annual meeting of the Columbia County 
Agricultural Society held In 1660, Abraham Ashley Jr. 
of Chatham was elected Secretary. 

Mr. Ashley was a young mrn then and aside from being Interested In ihB 
Fair, was extremely active In the affairs of Ocean Fire CcmpAny No. I. In 
fact he held several offices In that organization. 

Two years later the 128th New York State Volunteer Infantry Regiment frorr 
Columbia and Dutchess Counties was being organized and Mr. Ashley offered Itis 
services which were gladly accepted and he was named Regimental Adjutant with 
the rank of First Lieutenant. He remained with his regiment until March 1963, 
when he was discharged In New Orleans for physical disability. 

Apparently he had resigned as Secretary of the Agricultural Society early 
In 1862, as E. Backus of Chatham succeeded Ashley at the annual meeting held 
In January. . 

In 1866 however, he was re-elected to that office once more although a 
study of the minutes of the Society for that year shows that his handwriting 
had decidedly changed and was no longer in the bold manner it had been before 
his military service in the Civil War. He continued In this position for 
two years when ha was succeeded by J. P. Hogoboom. 

Mr. Ashley was later appointed Indian Agent In the Government Service 
and he served for some time In the Indian Territory, now the State of Oklahomt 
His son, Frisbee Ashley of Chatham, who dl«d only a few years ago, resided 
with him as a boy In the Territory. Later the elder Ashley was transferred 
to Texas as an Agent and he died there at Port Aruthur. 

The late George Ashley, who conducted the Western Auto Store on Main 
Street, Chatham, was his grandson. (B^liw thU G9org9 wom gr^grandaon) 

End of Quote 
RifarenoM: Amerioan Arusattr}/, Vol. 8j p. 4 

Pcmily raoorda of Willard C. Aahlay, CAothom^ ff.JT. 

Abram^of Chatham, b. 1816 d. 1882 m. Lydia Ann Young - son of 
Abram^of Chatham, b. 1769 d. 1876 m. Delilah Beeman - son of 
NoahSof Chatham, b. April 14, 1747 d. Oct. 2, 1615 m. Rebecca Reynolds 
Jethro^ of Rochester, Mass. b It Jan t706/7 n Elizabeth Holmes 
iOMph' of Rochester 


, « « I have within a week got tracl< of all the names and dates of the children 

of Dr. James Ashley who went from East Freetown to New York State In 1811. 

;.; . Some of. his grandsons are living in New York City and some In Missouri. 

. . • k) rega.rtl to Brother Randal I of New Bedford iC. J. Bandatl wob a prc^ 
^ fSe$i<mal geMaiogist of that time. Tke HatJuMoy Fanily Aseoa. also reports 

they. Buffered the loee of some fcmily doauments oe Mtl ae financial lojses 
<t^iru dealfnge lA'th ^Brother'^ Bmiall) I have had some correspondence with him 
^as he says> .it; first began thru my writing to R. Eugene, which revived his 

Interest In the subject of the Ashley family history. About that time, 

Randall appeared on the scene and R. Eugene (Innocently) hired him to visit 

the surrounding towns and search the records for him . . . 

There will not be any opposition between us, because my only interest ts to 
see an accurate and reliable history of everything that can be found In the 
records prepared and published. If other parties should be willing to take the 
great trouble and the heavy expense of publishing upon themselves, then I shall 
not object at all. But I am anxious that whatever Is prepared for posterity's 
information shall be reliable - not mere guesswork or conjecture. The principal 
objection to hired searchers Is that they cannot always be depended upon as 
fBllabte. They are naturally anxious to make a good show so that their employers 
^lii think they are getting full value for their money. . The result Is that 
soUietlmes they may be tempted to invent a few ancestors when they can't find 
what they Want In the records* 

. . . While the Investigation is being pushed from the New Bedford end, I am 
letttng that end of the business rest, because as you say. It does not pay to 
have more. than one party asking questions and writing letters. The work has 
been handicapped already by the work of Francis B. Trowbridge who got up the 
history of the Rober Ashley family, and by the search which Burton J. Ashley 
Is making for the descendants of the Rochester, Hess. Ash leys who went to 
Vermont before the Revolution.- It Is diffucit to carry on such work at long 
range and therefore I think It best to await developments from New Bedford. • . 

... I think you will agree with me that It would not be well to trouble the 
Ashleys with two sets of inquiries and that there should not be a duplication of 
the labor and time and expense of getting the material together. I also received 
letters from other Ashleys not very far from your locality which showed pretty 
clearly that Randal i^s Inquiries. were not very welcome to them. ... I would 
like to have your Judgment about It. You are on the ground where you can tell 
better than I can. 

if you have never been to Washington, I think you would enjoy a visit to the 
national capItol and I should be glad to have you come and see us. • 

Yours Very truly yours, 

Fred ^ W. Ashley 

This ends the eeriee of lettere. Whether there were more that haoe been loet 
or not^ we don't knew. Frederick Wf Vieited R. Eugene on at least one 
ooooBion on August 18^ 19S6. 

(Continued on page 78) 

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(Ablel Davls^, Silas Pickens^, Noah*» Noeh^ 
Wllllm^. Joseph!) 

Furnished by: Dorie Lemg (U?) and 

Louisa P. Tctrmer (HZ5) 

Visitors to the Whaling Museum at New Bedford 
can see the New Bedford of yesterday forever 
fixed in paint on canvas. In the exhlbiMon 
of some 70 olt paintings by Clifford Warren 
Ashley. To make the show possible Elton 
W. Hall, associate curator of collections, 
traced Ashley paintings from an extant card 
file kept by the artist, a Job halfway 
between that of a genealogist and a 

And who was Clifford W. Ashley? Born In 

New Bedford Dec. 18, 1881, the son of 

Ablel Davis and Caroline (Morse) Ashley, 

he lived for many years In the old 

Ashley homestead on 8th Street at 

William, which was razed In 1942. H entered 

New Bedford High School with the class of 1900, attended there three years, 

and went to Boston to study at the Eric Pape Art School. Later he studied 

under George Noyes and Howard Pyle, attending Mr. Pyle's school at Wilmington, 

Dei. He remained for years a member of the Howard Payte art colony at 

Wilmington, spending his winters there and his summers In New Bedford. 

Brought up a lover of the sea. In a family which Included whaling captain 
uncles, Mr. Ashley In 1904 made a six-month whaling voyage on the bark Sunbeam. 
This experience gave him background material and technical knowledge which was 
reflected In many of his paintings and In "The Yankee Whaler", this book first 
published In 1926 and reissued In 1938, and which Is ranked as a standard 
authoritative work on whaling. It combines two chapters on the Sunbeam voyage, 
cofflporhensive discussions of whaling methods and gear of whaleboats. Informa- 
tion about whales, the story of life aboard a whaleboat, and 375 illustrations 
by the artist. >..••. 

Equally authoritative, readable, and richly illustrated with line drawings. 
Is the massive "Book of Knots" published In 1944, which took II years to com- 
plete, it was the fruit of a lifetime hobby of studying and devising knots, 
marine and otherwise. His "Whaleships of New Bedford" published in 1929 Is 
a book of Ashley drawings with an introduction by the late President Roosevelt. 

As a young man Mr. Ashley was an Illustrator for principal magazines of the 
day - Century, McClure's, Success, Delineator, and others, and also Illustrated 
a number of books by other writers. He spent a month aboard Nantucket Shoals 
lightship In 1914 to study by painting, action of the waves and skies at sea. 
He designed a recruiting poster for World War t. 

(Sext page) 


During his residence In Wilmington, Mr. Ashley executed many commissions for 
prominent persons. Including members of the DuPont family. These Included 
paintings of the Delaware region, mural decorations and historical paintings* 
Some of his picutres are owned by the Wilmington Society of Fine Arts. 

A painting by Mr. Ashley **New Bedford Wharves" completed In 1938 was reproduced 
on the Standard-Times calendar of that year. 

A lover of antique furniture, Mr. Ashley collected and Imported quantities of 
antique mahogany In Jamaica, some of which he retained for his own home. 
After his death his collection of nearly 1000 antique mahogeny pieces, person- 
ally collected among the plantations and home of the old English Colonies 
consisting of more than 200 chairs, 50 high post beds with carved headboards 
and posts, dining tables of all sizes, banquet table with claw feet, sideboards, 
cellarettes, bookcases, desks, etc. were sold at public auction. 

On March 66, 1932 he married at Bethesda, Md. Mrs. Sarah Rodman (Scudder) Clark 
of New Bedford ancestry, and who had been a summer visitor at Nonqultt for 
several seasons. After his death she married Stepehn C. L. Delano of Smith 
Neck Road, South Dartmouth. 

Clifford had three daughters - Phebe Warren who married Alain J. B. Chardon, 
Jane kodman and Pauline who married Jim T. Reld of Kansas City. 

Clifford died September 18, 1947 at "Driftway" his home on Drift Road, Westport 
Point. He had been III since he was stricken with a shock tvo years previously. 

As stated In your President's message on page 69, a book of some 100 pages 
Is available from the Whallnp Museum, New Bedford, Mass. for $6.00. It contains 
an excellent biography and a considerable number pf' his drawings, some In color 
Order direct from the Museum. 

The end 


Re: Sherman Ashley of Freetown (called illegitimate by Frederick W.) We know 
he had 11 children, only 6 of whom reached adulthood. Four married and 
presumeably had children. Does anyone know the truth about Sherman? 

Can anyone furnish more information about "Brother'* C. J. Randall? 

Concerning others mentioned: 

Burton J. Ashley of Chicago, died Dec. 4, 1921 

Frederick W. Ashley of Washington, D.C. born 1862, died . (after 1936) 

R. Eugene Ashley, died Jan. 6, 1941 -?>— — 

Noah W. Ashley, <lled March 16, 1914 

The End 

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WANTED - Parents of JABGZ ASHLEY b 20 Sept. 
1779 (perhaps In New York) m. Phebe Norton 
b. March 2, 1784. Childeen: Isaac b 2 Dec 
1603; MMly b 12 Dec 1805; 'Rebecca b 9 Sept 
m Sllkworth; Marenda b 9 Dec 1609 m Ketcham; 
Jacob b 4 Jan 1812 m Ketcham; Jabez b 30 Jan 
1814 m Ketcham; Jonathan N b 8 Apr 1816 m 
KetchaiT; Lewis Clark b 24 Sept 1816 m 
Cynthia Holmes; Milllacent b 22 Nov 1821 m 
Macomber; Sarah Emallna b 26 Sept 1824 m 
Burdick. Mra. W. C. Spomta^ FO Bcxe SZl^ 
Ark. 72766 (HlO) 


WANTED -Any Information at alt on ROBERT CHESTER ASHLEY 
believed born In the I750*s, found In many southern 
states. Mtb. Auctcay A. Zaviok, lOlSl Miller Ave., 
Cupertino, Calif 95014 (iH9?) 

WANTED - Maiden name of Martha 

who married first settler HENRY TUCKER 

(1619-1694). They settled in Dartmouth In 1669 after persecution as Quakers. 
May have come from Marshfleld, Ouxbury or Plymouth with the Howland family. 

AND Does anyone have any data on THURSTON families in early New England? 

AND Does anyone have data on FRANCISCO, TUTLE, NOE or BOGAROUS families 
In New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania? 
Mre. Barry L. Thurston, Box SI? Rt, I, Half Moon Bay, Cat. 94019 ($126) 

WANTED - Information about JOHN ASHLEY who married Mary Hudson at Trinity 
Church in Newport, R.l. on 13 November 1757. It seems that after the British 
broke up the fishing fleets about 1780, there was a great emigration from 
Rhode Island to Claverack, New York, and these people a year later founded 
the town of HUDS(»J across the river from Catsklll. My gr-gr-grandfather John 
established a bakery in Catskill about 1788. Stili searching for the proven 
progenitors of my JOHN ASHLEY. Mr. Mtawin F. Aahlay, 26 Rune Stone Road, 
South larmouth, Maea. 02664 (Ul) 


QUERIES (Continued) 

9 Your editor has received numerous Inquiries about various ASHLEYS who at one 
time lived In Kentucky. There seems to be a dearth of Information from 
Kentucky. Can anyone tie-In the following ASHLEYS. If so please write your 
editor^ Mrs. W. C. Spousta. 

ZACHARIAH ASHLEY b In Kentucky 28 July 1848. After devastation during the 
CIvli War he removed to Missouri^ near Montrose. He m Sarah Cox and they 
had three children: Mary, Sarah Alice and Orvy. 

RACHEL J. ASHLEY b • 1830 In K^tucky. Married at age 13 In 1843 to 

NowelU 8nd this family appears on the 1850 Census of Paris, Lamar Co., Texas 

showing three children, one of which was Joe Ashley Noweil b 6 April 1847. 

GiLBY K. ASHLEY b 1836 in Kentucky, d between 1868-1874 at Grayson Co., Texas. 
Son of URIAH ASHLEY (1817-1882) one of 23 children by two wives. Fmlly 
listed In 1850 Census of Pulaski Co., Ky., and In I860 Census of Casey Co., 
Ky« Uriah's father could have been Charles or John. 

JORDAN ASHLEY (1761-1837) m Sarah Sanders (I769-«I850). Children were 

George Sanders (1791-1868); John (1793-1857) Susana (1795-1864) Thomas (1797-1844) 

Elizabeth (1799 - ) . JOHN ASHLEY (wife Mary) shows In his will on file 

Anson (k)., N.C. 1759 the following children: John; Francis; Jurden (Jordan); 
William; Mary Ann Franks; Elinor Sutton; Rose Touchstone; Sarah Ashley. This 
JURDEN ASHLEY, son of John and Mary, had sons Robert and John who applied for 
Rev. Wflir Pehsons. Oescendnts of Jordan and Sarah (Sanders) Ashley settled 
in Mississippi. 

JOHN ASHLEY b 6 1825 at Grayson Co., Ky, m. Nancy Newton b • 1825. John was In 
Co* I, 3rd Ky. Regiment during Civil War. Had at feast one dau. Jennie Linn 
b • 1856 tn Grayson Co., Ky. who m. James Knox Hockenberry* Who were John^s 

WILLIAM HENRY ASHLEY b 5 Aug 1838, d 30 Oct 1890 at Wilmington, Del. m. 
Theresa J. Lynch b 16 March 1844, had at least one son Charles H. Ashley 
b 9 Jan 1865 at Wilmington, Del. m. Margaret Gertrude Leathem. Who were the 

WILLIAM ASHLEY b • 1826 in Kentucky, raslded In I860 at Paris, Linn Co., 

Kans., m. Deborah (McGren?). Father said to be PETER AHSLEY who died 

in Benton Co., Mo. William had son Peter Morgan Ashley b 14 March 1853 at 
Bates Co., Mo. died 15 Oct, 1915 at Waltervllle, Lane Co., Oregaon. 

JAMES PEYTON ASHLEY b 30 Mar 1825, Carlisle, Nicholas Co., Ky d 21 April 1904 
m. Rebecca Kincart. Possibly son of Sgt. MaJ. John Ashley of N. Carolina b. 
about 1755. 

FRANK ASHLEY b in Knott Co., Ky., m Lucy Taufbee (b NX.) had one son b in 
Knott C!o, Ky. Freeland Ashley who m Sally Kelly. Who were the progenitors of 
Frank Ashley. 

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(Perclval^, Abraham^, Joseph') 
Pumiehed by: Jamee R. Aehley (B226) 

(The following eketohes were dated March 1892 and were 
oent to James Ashley by hie eieter some 3C years ago 
The initials C. F. M. appear on tJie sheets.) 

-James Ashley- who Came to Boston from England between 1639 and 1650 and after- 
wards removed to Freetown, Bristol County, Mass., which became the seat of 
numerous descendants many of whom the War Records of Massachusetts show served 
their country In the Revolutionary War. (Editor ^s note -^ This statement is 
hearsay only and there is no proof) 

The first of the family concerning whom deflnate Information had been obtained 
Is the great grandfather PERCIVAL ASHLEY, who was a lieutenant In Colonel 
Hathaway*s Regiment In the Revolutionary War. He married first Anna Bishop 
on 27 August 1761 at Freetown, Mass. Perclval Ashley of Freetown, Mass., 
whose name Is among a list of Revolutionary officers of the Mass. Mllltia In 
the 14th Co. Captain Joseph Norton of the 2n Bristol Co., Regiment., 
Col. John Hathaways commissioned Aug. 10, 1779. 

Perclval also appears with ranks of Lieutenant on muster and pay roll of 
Captain Joseph Nortons Co., Col. John Hathaways Regiment for service at Rhode 
Island - enlisted Aug. 7, 1781, marched under order of Council July 23, 1781. 

Percfval Ashley had several sons, some of whose names ware BIshcp Jr., Jethro, 
Perclval, Simeon and Jaraes. One son, Simeon became a Colonel of Militia and 
sheriff of Bristol Co. 

Another son, James born In Freetown February 3, 1777 dleoat Caroline, N.Y, on 
Dec. 9, 1870. He married Betsey Rounsvell who was born at Freetown 1784 and 
died Dec. 3, 1856. She was the daughter of Levi Rounsvell, a captain In the 
Revolutionary War. 

*James was a physician, studied medicine In New York City and at home In Mass* 
Dr. Samuel Perry was his preceptor and his eldest child, a son, was named 
In his honor, namely Samuel Perry Ashley, who we shall cover In later paragraphs. 
Dr. James came to Caroline on a tour of Inspection and trial early In the year 
1814, and having decided to locate here, his family followed the same summer. 

His wife Betsey was a sister to the Rounsvell brothers who emigrated from the 
same place in Mass. to Caroline, and whose settlement here anti-dates the 
erection of the present town. John Rousvllle, a cousin of the others, but 
who spelled his name with a vl I le Instedd of vel I was the forerunner of the 
stock in this section. He came in 1800 when the town at Tobeytown and which 
may have been a "still" before as well authenticated tradition says the 

*See page 87 

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Rounsvells some time before had a dtstlllery on that spot. Th^y lived there 
a few years then for a time on the corner where A. T. Lott now lives (Merrlcks 
Place) but In time bought a little farm of the Freemans, built and moved on 
It and this was their old home around which the family gre* up to men and 
women. This place has been variously owned and called the Thorn, Speed, 
Eldrldge and Bolce (tenant) fann. 

Dr. James Ashley was an ardent ant I -si every man. He practiced medicine con« 
tinuousiy for more than 50 years. He moved to Ithaca, resided In Ithaca and 
practiced medicine there two years (1838-39) but returned to (Proline again 
and resided with his sons Samuel and William till his death In the early 
seventies at the great age of 93. His wife died several years before. Both 
are burled at Speedsvllle. He had four sons: Samuel Perry, William P., 
James Jr4 and Harrison. 

Samuel Perry Ashley^, In his younger days taught school, worked out on a farm, 
and began trade In a small way at Speedsvllle carrying on business for many 
years and also carried on a wagon, blacksmith and cabinet shop as adjuncts. 
Many of the old buildings standing around Speedsvllle were built by him. 

One by one the old men whose lives have nearly spanned the present century, 
are passing to Join the great silent majority. The venerable Samuel P. Ashley 
a former resident of Caroline, died at Curtis Frontier County, Nebraska In his 
ninety-second year. More than three-quarters of a centruy of this extra- 
ordinary longevity were passed In (Proline where he was well known for genera- 

Mr Samuel P. Ashley was for more than fifty years a local lawyer. Among his 
compeers In the law and against whom he frequently pitted In the trial of 
causes were, Mllo Goodrich, Robert H. S. Hyde, George D. Beers, George- 6. 
Freer, Stephen B. Cushing, Samuel Love, all of whom he outlived one or two 
decades . 

To the very few who still survive of the old-line-whlgs, Mr. Ashley will be re- 
membered as one of their number and a supporter of Henry Clay and Whig princi- 
ples as enunciated by that great statesman. Later he Joined the Republican 
party and remained one of Its active members and firm adherents. He had voted 
at every presidential election from 1828 to 1896 - all but last In Caroline. 

As a citizen and good neighbor, he will long be remembered by his friends and 
neighbors living among the Caroline and Berkshire Hills, where he lived so long. 
In 1892, when past 85 but still quite a middle aged man In appearance, he went 
to Nebraska to reside with members of his family. He made the Journey of 
some 1,800 miles alone, and made the trip as expeditiously and safe as a 
younger, experienced tourist would have done. 

Mr. Ashley says that he taught school one summer In Venice, Cayuga Coui*ty, N.Y. 
when he was nineteen years old. That becoming homesick while there, he started 
after school one Friday afternoon and walked the entire distance home - atout 
35 miles. His cousin Gilbert Smith worked on a farm there and that w«s the 
up-start of his going there. He also taught school one term In the Blair 
district near Sp©odsvllle. Ausin Blair, Michigan's War-Governor, was then 
a small boy and one of his scholars. He also touglvt one term In the B'rearly 
Will district In Caroline. 

March, 1892 

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Then came Rev. Issac Briggs during whose term the second church was 
built on North Avenue, on the site where the third or present struc- 
ture stands. 

When the second meeting house was built In 1791, some members of 
the parish wanted It to be on a lot near Stillwater Furnace at Black 
Brook on the Marlon Neck Road. Timber was actually drawn there for 
the purpose bu others, not pleased with this arrangement, quietly 
carried the timber down to the present church lot. 

On May. 6, 1973 a group of members of Ashleys of America gathered at 
this cemetery to clear brush, reset gravestones and probe for missing 
stones. We found no new data but did discover many f leldstone markers 
at the southern end of the cemetery which were probably of the earliest 
burials. They could be some of the early Ashleys. 

At any rate we are Indebted to Dot Lang (#7) for preserving the records 
of this cemetery made by one Thatcher many years ago. 

THATCHER RECORDS: (Bracketed Information are corrections from 

vital records of Rochester) 

BENNETT - Ebenezer Livy, d June 30, 1806 - 70th year 

John, d Jan. 24, 1816 - 76th year 
Kezia (mother of Cccpt. John of the Cavalry) widow of 

John d May 7, 1819 - 76th year 
Mary, dau. John and KezIa, d. Sept. 17, 1780 - In 6th year 
Godfrey Robinson, son John Jr. & Catee Caloe) d June (Jan) 4, 

1799-2 yr, 2 mo, 24 da 
Joseph, son Joseph & Patience, d June 13, 1832 - ae 14 years 
(Aleo here but not in Thatcher liet which indicates liet made 
prior to 1856) 

Joseph^ d 1856 
Patience (Nye) d 1857 

BRIGGS - Deacon Elijah, d Oct. 14, 1808 - 83rd year 

Ruth, consort of Dea. Elijah, d May 27, 1807 - 73 ur, 10 mo., 
2 da. 

BURT - Silence, w, Capt. Joseph d Feb. 2, 1818 - 86 yrs. 

CAMP - Hannah, dau.- John & Hannah, d July 28, 1780 - 4 yrs, 5 mo., 

28 da. 

CLARK - Capt. Wlllard, d Sept. 19, 1819 - 88th yr 

Jane, w of Wlllard, d Aug. 2, 1809 - 75 yrs 
Eunice, dau. of Wlllard (and Jane) d 17th 1778 - 19 yrs 

( Cont I nued next page ) 

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COOMBS - Caleb, d April 4« 1813 - ae 61 

HATHAWAY - Mi 1 1 lam, son of Samuel & Margrett, d Nov. 8, 1775, 2 yrs f mo II da 

Phebe, dau. Silas and Mary, d June 25, 1789 - 21 yrs 
Freeman, d July 19, 1839 - 50 yrs 6 mos 

LEWIS - Ebenezer, d May 18th, 1758 - 58th yr 

Polly, dau. Ebenezer & Luzanah, d June 18, 1793 - 14th yr 

LUTHER - Daniel, b In Salem 1803, d Sept. 14, 1829 - age 26 yrs 

NYE - John, d April 25, 1809 - 71 yrs (Lt. In Rev. War) 

Charles D., son Richard & Content d June 4, 1832 - 3 yr 2 mo II da 

PI6SLY - Abigail, w of John, d Mar. 2, 1777 - 24th yr 

with 3 children buried by her side 

SNOW (SHAW) • Samuel (rest of stone missing) 

Hannah, w of Samuel d Nov 14, 1795 - 41st yr 

SWIFT - Thomas d Dec. 24, 1770 - 70th yr (?9th yr) 

WEST • ItoVe Thomas, d July 14, 1790 - 82n yr & 42nd of his ministry 

Drusilla, w of Rev. West d May 14, 1763 - S6th yr 
Lucy, dau Thomas & Deborah, d Dec. 22, 1791 - 23rd yr 

(Deo. 2) 
Abner, s of Thomas & Deborah, burled In same grave. 
(Also from Rocheater Reearda^ bu. in Bannand Cem. Mattapaisett) 
PHoilla^ w Rev. ThanoBj former w Benjanin Hcmnond 
Oot. 28, 1779 ^ ae 70 yra 

WHITE - Samuel, d Oct. 14, 1762 - 60th yr 

Elizabeth, wid d Jan 26, 1776 - 60th yr (Tkie is Blinci>eth 
Ashley, the dau. of the first Abrdhm) 

WING - Deborah, w Daniel Esq. (tkzoid Jr. - dau Thomas Vest Jr.) 

d Dec. 30, 1789 Tn her 25th yr. 

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ABBY JANE AMSDEN (#75) who observed her 93rd birthday 
on June 1. She was born In Berkley, Mass. In 1880, the 
daughter of Jasen Cummings and his 3rd wife Eudora (Hood) 
Ludlow. Jasons mother was Thankful Ashley of the 4th 
generation from Joseph. (See note bottom of page) 


Dot AehUy Lang (#7) who underwent 

emergency surgery on June II th. 

We dont want you to miss the reunion! 

Nm Bedford^ Maes. May 27^ 1973 
The program "The House We Live In" 
highlighted the 50th anniversary 
cetebratlon of the school that 
honors the late Charles S. Ashley, 
New Bo<iford*s mayor for 32 years, 
and tnat bears his name. 

Toledo^ Ohio (UPI) May 12^ 1973 
Rep. Thomas L. Ashley, D-Ohlo, said 
he was "going to be treated like 
other citizens who made a mistake" 
as he began serving a 3-'day Jail 
sentence after being found guilty of 
intoxication and resisting arrest. 
Ashley, 50, has served In Congress 
for 19 years. 

July isoue of YANKEE Magazine pg 93 
You wilt find BRAD SWAN smiling at 
you with a very timely article on 
the coming 200th Anniversary of our 
country. Be wre to read it. 

We Just received word that among 
the many congratulatory messages re- 
ceived by Abby Amsen on her 93rd 
birthday was one from President and 
Mrs. Richard H. Ntxon. 

HAPPY DAYS AHEAD to Jten 0. Daoie (U) 
who retired on May 18th after .nerving 
many years as a Professor of Science. 

The Traneeript - May IS, 1973 
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the 
new Drury Senior High School took place 
on May 4th. The architect for the 
school Is WARREN H. ASHLEY (#183). 

WEDDING BELLS will ring on August 25th 
for Linda Louise Ashley, daughter of 
Theodore and Pauline Ashley (#6), and 
David Joseph Cass of Falrhaven, son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cass of Westborough, 
Mass. Miss Ashley Is a student In the 
college of nursing at Southeastern Mass. 
University, Dartmouth, and Mr. Cass Is 
a graduate of Wentworth Institute and 
the University of Missouri. 

HOLIDAY IN HAWAII for Merwin and Berntce 
Ashley (#21) in July. They wilt visit 
their younger son In Los Angeles enroute. 

ilfortft Adams Transcribe - May 1973 
Alison Kemper, dau. of Mr. & Mrs. Robert 
Kemper, grandaughter of Mrs. Herbert 
White (#69) named National Merit Scholar- 
ship finalist. Graduate of St. Margaret's 
School for Girls, Waterbury, Ct. where 
she combined her Junior & senior years, 
she is now a freshman at Yale University. 


NEW ARRIVAL • Bethany Jean was born 

Benjamin and Helen (Gurney) Thomas (18) June 25, 1973, at the Plttsfleld, Mass. 

celebrated their 35th Wedding Annlver- Medical Center, The proud parents are 

sary on June 25th Christopher and Meianle J. (Thomas) 

O'Neill, and grandparents are Benjamin 
and Helen (Gurney) Tbomais (#8). 

NEW GRATE WILL FIRE COOK'S IMAGINATION was the headline in a recent issue 
of the Courant, Hartford, Conn. Quote: "A new fireplace grate recently 
designed by a Clinton man gets you out of the lonely kitchen and Into the 
living room - or wherever your fireplace is - with your guests, watching dinner 
roast before the fire. 

The Radiant Grill was designed by EMIL DAHLQUIST (#244)for fireplace cooking. 
His wife Alethea (Lee) said 'We have always been partial to the taste of meat 
roased by a wood fire . • 'When their old andirons were bent the Dahlqulsts 
bought a flat, cast Iron grate, and Emit started fooling around with the small 
discount store grate and came up with a final design featuring two hooks under 
the grate on which a steak placed between a wire grill can be broiled, a . 
rotlsserie equipped with a spit on which meat can be roasted In front o4 the . 
Radian Grate and even to being electrically operated to turn the spit slowly. 

For fireplace owners fearful of grease In their flues, Mr. Dahlqulst Is reassur* 
ing. *'Any smoke given off by the meat passes under the grate and through the 
wood, so any grease smoke Is consumed In the burning logs on the grate before 
it gets to the flue. The cool air traveling toward the fire also keeps the 
area directly In front of the fireptaae cool. 

Besides cooking, the Radiant Grate can be used for heating purposes too, they 
say, because again, while cold air travels toward the fire, heat radiates out 
from It. It is possible to keep an eight-room house warm In winter merely 
by starting a fire In the Radiant Grate. 

The Dahlqulsts now have the Radiant Grate manufactured for sale (the company 
officially beginning on Lee's birthday, November 16, 1971), with patent 

Designing the oven for use with the grate, Emil "stuck to the classic colonial 
design". The oven, made of tin Is also placed In front of the fire, and the 
heat is radiated toward It.. 

This article was accompanted with several excellent photographs. 

Today's Ashley descendants are equally as talented as those of olden days. 
You will find Ashleys In every walk of life - artists, engineers, teachers, 
scientists, etc. 

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ID Perclval^, Abraham^, Jos .CD 

□ CD 



Refer to Vol. Ill, No. 3 

April 1973 Bulletin 
Page 56 - quote 

^Varmah Ashl^ dob bom 18 Hoanh 1768^ daughtw of ?^roival 
aand Anna (Bishop) Ashley. On 8 Psb. 1781 shs mootrisd Eliiah 
Farksr in ths Old Churoh nsar Mason's CormsT by Rsti. Abnsr 
Lmais. Banndh disd in 1857 and Elijah died before 1878. 
Both are buried at Vhite Cemetery^ Keens Road, Roohester, 
Mass. There is no marker. To this union were bom 18 

Helen Thomas (#8) brings the facts Into a far better perspec- 
tive with the following comments: 

\. Poetic license allowable to a certain degreoi but how 
much? The Hannah (Ashley) Parker supposedly referred to 
died 21 Spetember 1857, as a widow, at the age of 94 yrs. 
(See p. 125 "Mtddleboro Deaths*" by Dea. Wood - 1947) 
Are we to believe that such a heavy snow fell In East Freetown on September 21 
that her body was not found until the following spring? The entire tale Is 
rather tall and probably best we accept it for fictional content but not as 

2. The Old Church near Hason*s Corner was not erected until 1832 (see page 76 
of July 1972 bulletin). Elder Abner Lewis' Meeting House was not In this 
location. Though located In East Freetown, It was In the vicinity of the 
New Bedford line. In the County Road area. 

3. Elijah Parker died sometime between 1830 and 1840. (See Census records for 
Freetown). Had he lived until 1873, as stated above, he would have been 
112 years of age at death. 

4. The White Cemetery Is located on Keene Road, East Freetown and not In 
Rochester. Family records tell us that both Hannah and Elijah are buried 
here, with "stones from the wall" as markers. A deed dated Jan. 9, I8i0 
(Book 20, pages 533-4 copied records at the Fall River Registrar of Deeds) 
from Joseph White of New Bedford to James White of Freetown, affirms that 
Eltsha Parker (father of Elijah) is also buried here, giving approximate 
location of graves I te. 


LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - Flft/-FIrst Session (1828) Chap. 63 
An Act for the Relief of James Ashley -* Passed March II, 1628 

The People of the State of New York, represented In Senate and Assembly, do 
enact as follows: The Medical Society of the county of Tompkins, shall be and 
they are hereby authorised to examine Doctor James Ashley, of Caroline, In said 
county, and to license him to practice physic and surgery. If they find him 
duly qualified, without requiring further proof of his having pursued the 
studies and fulfilled the terms prescribed for medical students, by the revised 
statutes of this state. (Pertains to Or. James Ashley, page 81) 

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Editor* 6 Note: Correotione and additiona ape tite 
crux to an aoourate faotual kiotovy of the 
Aehley family, PLSASS dont heeitate to 
XXIXXXXXXX3 send in any information that differs fron 

that publiehed in our Quarterly bulletine. 

The New England Historical & Genealogical Register Vol. CXXVI, Oct. 1972, p. 278 

ASHLEY CORRECTION: In the memoir of R. Eugene Ashley (The Register, 95-243) 
PercivaP Ashley (Abraham^, Joseph') of Freetown, Mass., Is said to have been 
born in 1762, to have died In 1826, and to have married Charity Sherman. In 
truth he was born 1739/40, died 13 Jan. 1722 In his 82nd year (Vital Records 
of Rooheater, Mase. 2:339). He married In Rochester 7 or 27 Aug. 1761, Anna 
Bishop, who died there 13 April 1788 tn her 43rd year (Ibid.), it was their 
son John, died 2 April 1816, aged 51 yrs. (g.s.) who married (.int. in 
Rooheeter 23 Aug. 1782) Charity, daughter of John and Ruth (Allen) Sherman 
(Ibid, p. 18) and had John Sherman Ashley born 3 May 1790, died 7 Feb. 1826. 

ASHLEY BULLETIN Vol. 1 1 1 , No. I - October 1972, pg. 19 

(iorrect error I n age of the late Mrs. Warren C. Gurney to read 82, not 72. 

ASHLEY BULLETIN Vol. 1 1 1 , No. 3 - April 1973, pg. 66 

Additional degrees should be listed for Benjamin D. Thomas (08), namely. 

Two degrees from Boston University 

A third degree from Harvard University 




690 Hudson Ave. 

Albany, N.Y. 12203 

Box 106, Babson College 

Wellesley, Mass. 02157 

Jerman Ashley (6) Jerman (5) Aiden (4) 
Noah (3) Jethro (2) Joseph (I) 

Donald Stewart Jr (II) Donald S. Sr. (10) 
Frank Grant (9) John Qulncy (8) Jamos (7) 
Roger (6) Joseph (5) Jamos (4) Joseph (3) 
David (2) Robert (I) 


#20 MISS MARGUERITE ASHLEY, 1811 Warwick Ave., Jamestown Apt. S-5 

Warwick, R.I. 02889 
#47 MRS. ERWIN R. JENSEN, 6650 Jensen Road, Castro Valley, Ca. 94546 
#197 MRS. AUDREY A. ZAVICK, 10151 Mllier Ave., Cupertino, Ca. 95014 


#265 GEORGE R. ASHLEY (7) 
4380 LaSalle St. 
New Orleans, La. 70115 

Edward Everett Ashley (6) James Jr. (5) James (4) 
Percival (3) Abraham (2) Joseph (I) 

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Orgenlied Aug. 2S, 1970 -ASHLEY FWllY ASSOC I AT lOM - Inoorporatwl June 8, 1973 


President — •----• Robert E. Ashley 

1st Vice President - - • - - Jphn S, Ashley 
2nd Vice President - - • - Pgul C. Leonard 
3rd Vice President - - - • Bradford F. Swan 
Secretary ------ Amantha Ashley Akin 

Treasurer --------- Nancy Ashley 

Executive Committee - - Doris Ashley Lang 

Kenneth Valentino Ashley 

VIrglnFa Ashley Goff 

Publishing Editor - Esther Ashley Spousta 

Mi3fnbershlp Chairman . - - • - Marie A. Davis 


BE IT KNOWN THAT WHEREAS, Robert E. Ashley does hereby declare with the 
Intention of forming a corporation to be known as 


under the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 180, that he has complied 
with the provisions of the Statutes of the Comrnonwea I th In such Ccse made 
and provided, as appears from the Articles of Organization of said corpor- 
ation, duly approved by the State Secretary and recorded In this office: 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN F. X. DAVOREN, Secretary of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that said Ash leys of America, Incorpor- 
ated Is legally organized and established as, and Is hereby made an exist- 
ing corporation as of June 8, 1973 with the powers, rights and privileges, 
and subject to the limitations, duties and restrictions, which by law ap- 
pertain thereto, 

WITNESS my official signature hereunto subscribed and the Great Seal 
of the-Commonwea I th of Massachusetts hereunto affixed, this ninth day of 
August In the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred seventy-three. 

Archie D. 
Deputy Secretary 

John F. X. Daooren 
Secretary of the Commonwealth 


TO PAY your 1974 dues. Make check payable to "ASHLEYS OF 
AMERICA, INCORPORATED" in the amount of $5.00 and mall to: 

Miss Nancy Ashley, Treasurer 

165 Elm Street 

South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 



October 1973 

Fron th0 



Thr«e successful years of 
publication has brought us 
considerably closer to our 
goal of putting the ASHLEY 
family in print. 

There Is much more to be 
cone and 0aah of you can 

Me still need historical 
and vital facts on many 
of the Ashley clan. 

EVERYONE - please - sub- 
mit to your editor any 
family data you find - - 
be It from "grandma's 
tales*', old letters and 
papers. County Histories, 
newspaper c I i pp I ngs , etc . 

Material you wish return- 
ed should be so marked and 
copies will be made and 
originals returned to you. 


Eethar Aahl^y SpouBta, 

TO Box 321 
Rog»re» Ark. 727S6 

Vol. IV No. I 










BIOGRAPHY - Barnabas Ashley^ 


BIOGRAPHY - Janes Nonroe Ashlay 


BIOGRAPHY - Jabez Ashl€;y^ 

VITAL STATISTICS - Hiscellaneous 

EDITORIAL - American Revolution 

B1 -Centennial 





News Bulletin published Quarterly - January, April, Jaly and Cetobtr 

Free subscription with each $5.00 membership 

Extra copies may be obtained by mailing $2.00 each to the Editor 



August 25, 1973 Warnsutta Club 

Now Bedford, M^ss. 

Registration end Social period before meeting very successful under the guidance 
of John and Buzzy Ashley and their heip'-^rs. 

Meeting called to order at 10:30 AM by Robert E. Ashley, president, who pre- 
sented two short anecdctal biographies of Ash leys. The story about BAR^l^SAS 
ASHLEY Is Included on page 5 . Copies of the sketch on the Lineage of Lord 
Ashley, The Ear! of Shsftesbury (Anthony Ashley-Cooper) are still available 
by writing to our president. 

The program as printed on pages 70 & 71, July 1973 Bulletin was adopted as 
the order of the day. Progress reports by various conwntttees and officers 
were given showing that we are a growing organization now Incorporated under 
the laws of the State of Massachusetts (See eover back) 

REVISIONS IN BY-LAWS (as proposed In the April 1973 Bulletin, page 46) 

APPROVED: (I) Addition of Life Memberships at $100.00 

(3) Name of Publications Committee changed to Executive Committee 

(4) Discontinue furnishing free aid to non-members 

TABLED: (2) Increase in dues 

(5) Reprinting Trowbridge^s Robert Ashley Genealogy 

DEFEATED: (6 & 7) Inclusion of Prayer 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS New officers were elected as appear on the cover back 
and sa!d officers will comprise the "Executive Board" 

Miss Anne Borden Harding, Associate Editor of the New England Historic 
Genealogical Register presented a fascinating talk on the migrations to and 
from New England by our early ancestors. The question and answer period 
proved of great Interest to all attending. 

Dr. Jorden Flore, head of Department of History, State College at Bridgewater, 
held his audience spellbound with the tale of "Lizzie Borden's mystery murder**, 
Thts talk was taped and copies are available at cost from our president. 

After the formal program, members attending gathered In groups and "Ashley 
talk" carried on till late that night. 

Amantha Ashley Akin, Secretary 


October 1973 


If the comments, both spoken and written, can be 
taken as a guage (and I believe they can) then our 
Fourth Reunion on August 25, 1973 was easily the most 
successful ever. - - "Never enjoyed a dtry eo ntUnh" - 
"Donderful program" - "Keep up thia format" - 
"everything Juet great" - eta. etc. 

It appears we have hit upon the right formula 
and should continue It. 

A great deal of credit for the smooth operation 
goes to Nancy Ashley, our treasurer, who saw to the . 
arrangements for the. Club, the superb meals, and such. 
John and Buzzy Ashley and their greeters made everyone 
feel at home, and a special thanks to our two great 

speakers, MISS ANNE BORDEN HARDING, and DR. JORDAN FIORE. Miss Harding heid 
the audience "In the palm of her hand" and the question period following 
lasted and lasted. Informal discussion groups ran right into the evening. 
Or* Flore's talk on "Lizzie Borden" was a hit as always. Even Dr. Flore came 
away with new Informattoh about Lizzie. We all look forward to his forthcoming 
book and of course, the movie. 

Perhaps It should be noted that both speakers declined any remuneration. 

Inquiries were made about additional reading and Miss Borden suggested 
Val Greenwood's new book "fhe Reoearaher'a Guide to Amerioan Genealogy" just 
published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland. 
Or. Flore suggested wryly - waiting for his new book" - but in the meantime 
read Edward D. Radln's book, "Lizzie Borden^ the Untold Story" published In 
hard cover by Simon i Shuster, and later in paperback by Dell. 

Speaking of publishing, we may have a pleasant surprise soon with regard 
to Trowbridge's "Ashley Genealogy t Deaaendanta of Robert Aehley of Springfield" 
<I896). Commercial distributors have shown an unexpected Interest. 

Meanwhile, the work goes on with the descendants of Joseph Ashley of 
Rochester, Mass. with the various branches being written by Dot Lang, 
Gerald Ashley Cooper, Esther Ashley Spousta, and myself. 

My thanks goes also to all who have written In with corrections and 
additions to the preliminary index (and there are a lot of them) especially 
when the reference authority Is included. This is important, but send them 
to me whether you know the source or not. 1 can probably check the origin. 

Keep hunting - '*The world is waiting for the "ASHLEl GENEALOGIES" 

Robert E, Aahley #2 

October 1973 

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Taken from: Eouo0$ of Gcd in Berkekira County by 

Charlsa 7. Morey 

The history of frontier New England Is capsullzed In Sheffield's Congregational 
church. It appears, without doing a lot of research, that Old Parish Church 
represents the first established parish In Berkshire County. At the time when 
the town was Incorporated In 1733, the General Court of Massachusetts gave the 
Inhabitants three years In which to build "a suitable Meeting House for the 
publick worship of God, and to procure and settle a learned and orthodox 
minister, of good conversation, and make provision for his comfortable and 
honorable support." 

But, five months before this typical theocratic edict was Issued, the citizens 
of Sheffield had already made up their minds to build a meeting house. The re> 
suit was a 35 by 45 foot frame, by 1735 adequate to protect the faithful from 
the direct Impact of the weather. This building was succeeded by the main 
part of the present church - bu 1 1 1 In 1 760 

In the period 1819-1820 the meeting 
house shown at the right, was moved to 
its present location, and by popular 
demand, was augmented wlfh an addition 
toward the road, strong enough to sup- 
port the steeple and bel i that every- 
body wanted. The resulting facade is 
an architectural gem whose closet Old 
World relative would be the work of 
such English architects as Christopher 
Wren and James Gibbs, a century earlier. 

The notion of adding a fancy tower to 
a plain meeting house was pretty com- 
mon in New England during the earlier 
years of the 19th Century. How high 
it became was frequently a matter of 
plain economics. There is a baste 
similarity in the design of these 
towers all over New England. You 
begin with a square box perched on 

the roof. If you have money enough, you put a clock In It, with faces left, 
right and center. The next stage Is the belfry, which can be square with 
arches cut out of it or, as In Old Parish Church, an octagon described by 
eight slender columns. Then if you* re still feeling ambitious, and If you 
have the money, you add one or two more stages, ending up with some kind of 
spire or finiale In some cases, appearance would have been better served 
had the builders stopped when they completed the clock stage. Old Parish 
Church, happily, is not one of these. Whoever designed this church managed 
to achieve that admirable balance of candor and delicacy which is typical 
of New England churches- at their best. 

(Continued on page 10) 



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BARNABAS ASHLEY^ (Joseph Jr. - Joseph) 
1753-1833 Rochester, Mass. 

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From: Paper prepared and presented at 4th Reunion 
by Robert E. Aehley #i 

One of the most interesting tasks of genealogy is the 
gathering of many facts about one person and then putting 
them together to form a biographical sketch about an 
Ashley who lived long ago. 

It has been said that one of the most interesting times to have lived was to 
grow up in the Colonial period, be a young man In the Revolution and then live 
on for many years in the young Republic. Such a man was BARNABAS ASHLEY. He 
Is also a desirable subject for biography because of the many times he appears 
in the records. Only those who were in endless scrapes make good reading or 
researching. The quiet law-abiding citizens passed nearly unknown. 

There was only one Barnabas, that is only one has ever been proven to exist, 
but like the disciple for whom he was named, he led quite a life, and came 
to a very strange end. 

Barnabas was a third generation Ashley, the son of Joseph Jr. and Elizabeth 
(Swift) Ashley, and was born in 1753 at his father's farm which was on North 
Avenue, Rochester, Mass., opposite the Ashley Cemetery. We dont know the 
exact location of the house but the farm must have been a big one occupying 
125 acres and extending north to Little Quittacas Pond. That the family was 
prosperous seems certain for at the time of Joseph Jr.'s death, the inventory 
of his estate came to well over 1500 pounds, a considerable amount for those 
days. The Inventory which runs to four pages shows many animals, a good deal 
of persona! property, mortgages on the lands of several neighbors and a sur- 
prising number of books at a time when books were scarce. 

Barnabas was the eldest surviving son. There had been an earlier son named 
Lott but he had died at the age of 7 months. There were two sisters, Phebe 
who married Edward Hackett, and Thankful who married Daniel Collins. The 
remaining merober of the family was Joseph 3)"d who was the youngest. He was 
a soldier in the Revolution and died at the age of 19, apparently while home 
on furlough 

We wondered how Barnabas and Lott came by their names until we heard that a 
comrix>n way of naming children In those days was to have th3 head of the house 
open the family Bible at random and closing his eyes, bring his finger down 
on the page. Perhaps Barnabas was lucky at that - it could have bean worse. 

Of his childhood we know little for fact but can guess that It must have been 
very pleasant If we read "The Deserted Farm" the poem by Jane White Rounsevflle. 
This referred to his Uncle Abrahaii's farm around In back of the Ashley Cemetery. 

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A little farther to the southwest was his Uncle William's lands, while Just 
east of Barnabas* liomo was the farm of his Uncle Thomas. All of these families 
had numerous children, so If we add all these to the cousins on his mother's 
side, the Swifts, there must have been far more cousins than non-cousins. No 
wonder the area is still called Ashley Heights. 

This picturesque land Is called a knob and kettle terrain. The iittle hills 
and hollows were formed thousands of years ago when the melting glacier of the 
last ice age stopped It's retreat briefly and formed a recessional moraine. 
Huge icebergs broke from the edge of the dying glacier and crashed to the earth* 
When they melted, the peculiar surface of land was left. The Indians favored 
the iahd around the lakes and Indian artifacts are turned up in great numbers. 

but while the Ashleys and their neighbors were prosperous, happy and with no 
apparent religious differences (they were all of the Third Parish of the ^k>rth 
Rochester Church, which the first and second generations had established) In 
the matter of political beliefs. It must have been another matter. Some, like 
Abraham Jr. were staunch Loyalists (later called Tories) and supported the King. 
Abraham Jr. was given a commission as a Second Lieutenant, and many other of 
the leading men of Rochester held such commissions. When news of the Boston 
Tea Party reached Freetown, a meeting was called and it was voted to severely 
condemn the parties responsible. Soon, however, the opposite sehtiment began 
to prevail and eventually Abraham Jr. was "sentenced" not to go off his farm. 
He did, however, and one dark night he was seen passing the house of Mrs. White 
who took down her husband's loaded gun and fired It at Abraham. She missed 
but frightened him Into staying home thereafter. 

Barnabas, like the others of the younger men, favored the Patriot or Whig party, 
while the older men remained Tories. Nearly all of the young Ashleys served In 
the Revolution, and at least four (Perclval, Micah, James and Abraham) of 
Quanipaug, were minute men and answered the alarm of April 19, 1775. 

Barnabas married in 1777 his cousin Rebecca Ashley, daughter of Abrham Jr. 
There were no children. Barnabas was an Ensign and then a Lieutenant, served 
At Bennington, but resigned to come home to settle his father's estate on 
March 24, 1778. 

Let's take another look at those revolutionary days - - - In the late I700's, 
abundant bog iron ore was discovered In the bottoms of the great ponds, that in 
Assawampsett being by far the best. As much as 500 tons a year was taken from 
this one pond at the height of the industry. Most of It was taken from the bed 
of the lakes with tongs, such are used for oysters, lifted into boats and 
carried ashore. It was hard and dangerous work but for many years a man could 
easily get two tons a day, which hauled to the nearby furnaces made for good pay 

From Great Qulttacas Pond Black Brook led up to the furnace of Abner Wood and 
Son on the Marion Road at a place called "Stillwater". This should not be con- 
fused with another Stillwater Furnace In East Freetown. The traffic up Black 
Brook was so great that at some time a canal was dug to eliminate the curves In 
the winding brook, a canal which is still there. In Gene R. Ashley's papers is 
the account book of Abner Wood and Son showing extensive payments for ore and 
also for charcoal. Barnabas and the other Ashleys were surely In on this 
bonanza. Eventually the bog Jron-gavo out end It became more profitable to 

Import ore from New Jersey. 

(Continued onpg. 8) 


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This bottle (actual size) with the words 
**A. D. Ashley's Red«Sea Balsam, New Bedford, 
Mass.** (nolded In the glass, holds about 1*3/4 
ounces. Perhaps there were other larger sizes 
but when we consider the contents. It may be 
that this was all that was safe to put up at 
one time - what atomic scientists call "a 
oritioal maea". It Is also obvious why such 
thick glass was used. 

No proof that this Is the formula, but refer 
to ASHLEY COMPOUND below found by Nancy Ashley 
#94 among papers of Arthur Stone Ashley whose 
father was brother to A. 0. Ashley. Using old 
fashioned 200 proof or ethyl alcohol which was 
4/5* s of the total mass, we estimate that a 
tablespoon of Red^Sea Balsam was equal In 
strength to one martini. 

It would appear that our ancestors who took 
this before retiring, went to bed a little 
'^smashed'* on good old Red*Sea Balsam. Of 
course the ev 1 1 taste made i t 'Vned I c I ne" 
according to the Puritan ethic. 

In fairness to A. D. Ashley, we should hasten 
to point out that all patent medicines at the 
turn of the century were essentially alcohol. 
Lydia Pinkham*s being a prime example, con- 
sisted of \e% alcohol, 1/2 of \% Vegetable 
extract^' and the balance being water. 

At that time there were open quarrels between 
rival schools of regular medicine and the 
nostrum makers were quick to take advantage. 
One manufacturer claimed he really was a 
doctor - "In some states**. Most of all we 
like the honest druggist who put a sign over ^^ 
his patent medicine department that said, ^ 
"We sell all kinds of patent medicines but do 
not recommend any". 

This bottle has become a collector's item, 
and fortunately never has one been found com- 
plete with contents. 


on of Tar 

I Gal. 


.2% oz. 

10 oz. 

Capsicum (7) 

.5 oz« 

. 1 oz. 

Spirit Turptlne 

t oz. 

.4 oz. 

Gum Camphor 

1 oz. 

.2 oz. 

Sulph Ether 

i oz. 

.2 oz. 

Ch 1 of orm 

4 oz. 

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Returning to the tangled affairs of Barnabas and his family we find that his 
father, Joseph Jr. died before March 2, 1779 for on that date Ebenezer Keen 
of Dartmouth Is appointed guardian of Joseph 3rd "a minor above the age of 
14, son of the late Joseph Ashley". Note that now the second Joseph Is no 
longer called Jr. In less than two years Joseph 3rd Is dead. 

Now there Is only Barnabas, eldest son and administer, his mother Elizabeth 
who Is entitled to 1/3 of the estate, but who refers to herself as "so far 
advanced In years and Infirm of body" (this at age 54) agrees to a division 
as do the sisters Phebe Hackett and Thankful Collins. Phebe and her husband 
Edward Hackett sign away all rights In return for a horse, a feather bed and 
several other household goods, while Thankful and husband Daniel Collins give 
up all rights for 45 pounds. The Collinses soon removed to Industry, Maine. 
This leaves Barnabas owning all the rest of his father's estate and money. 

He Is soon, however. In "great disputes" with Benjamin Heath and his wife 
Deborah over bound^riesi There IS also trouble with sister Phebe over a bed 
and some other articles which Barnabas demands returned. 

His wife Rebecca dies on March 16, 1824, and with his mother apparently also 
dead, Barnabas is alone. His sister Thankful has moved to Maine, and Phebe 
Is estranged. He Is, however, now termed "gentleman" which In those days 
meant that he did not have to work. 

And now to those strange closing years. Two years later, the Selectmen of 
Rochester receive a complaint signed by nine of his neighbors that 
"Barnabas Ashley — does by excessive drinking spend and waste his pro- 
perty thereby disturbing the neighborhood and the peace and good order of 
society In general . . v and .- . r therefore pray . .• . some suitable person 
•' .- .• be appointed guardian . • . to the said Barnabas Ashley". The 
Selectmen apparently see the need for this for they turn to the Court of 
Plymouth and a guardian, one Philip Crandon, Is appointed in spite of 
Barnabas* objections. 

Barnabas is now legally declared to be a "spendthrift" and five pages of 
accounts by various guardians seem to confirm it. The prices are even more 
Interesting. I.e. I gal gin - 40« and 1/2 gal. brandy - 88* and I Qt. rum 
for 25* are but a few Items and the list goes on and on. 

In 1828 a new guardian, Jesse Martin, takes over and the spending increases 
In amount and scope. A bunch of cigars for IOC and an ounce of opium and 
six pipes for 56*. Myself and wife attendance on him 22 days while confined 
by a burn at $11.00. A silk handkerchief (probably for the burn) $I.(X). 
Bills for liquor are now literally by the barrel. 

And then - "Cooking and carrying his food, washing and mending his clothes, 
shaving and taking care of him for 6 months 6 $3.50 a week - total $275". 
*^ving his goods to Capt. WInslow's" - "Myself, horse and wagon to carry him 
4 miles" - 'Taking him to Sniptult" - "Going to Snlptult for him". 

In 1831 - "attending court at Plymouth on trial of the Bacon action, 3 days 
Including expenses - $4.84" Ohatever this trial was, Barnabas had to pay 
Bacon's executor $24.73. 

(Concluded on pg |0) 

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Supplement to previous write-up 
Vol, III, No. 2 - January 1973, pg. 37 

Furnished by: James Manfield Ashley %2S3 

In your Ed I tor *s attempt to verify the middle name of James Monroe Ashley 
(1822- ) the follwing Information was received. While only a check of 
the birth records of Pittsburg, Pa. can be used as proof - this early history 
Is most interesting. 

His grandson (James Mansfield Ashley III #253) writes that not only do we have 
two middle names attributed to this man, but a third ''Mitchell** can be added. 
The son of James Monroe was called "Jr/* and he gave his name as James Mitchel 

QUOTE: "I am inclined to think that grandfather's father^ named him James 
MONROE. His birth occurred during the second term of President Monroe, and 
it was fairly common practice to adopt the President's name, particularly in 
the time historians refer to as - the era of good (political) feelings. 
During his early years, grandfather would have had no objection to the name 
"Monroe" despite his reservations about his father, who seems to have been 
a bit on the peculiar side. He, John Clinton Ashley, gathered on a hillside 
all his congregation, dressed In white robes by telling them that the end 
of the world was at hand. 

Grandfather ran away from home at an early age. He worked his way as a shoe 
shine boy down the Mississippi on a river boat and called on Andrew Jackson 
at the Hermitage In 1837. Jackson treated the boy with great courtesy and 
since Jackson's Democratic Party might be considered the spiritual heir of 
the Jefferson-Madison-Wonroe Democratic-Republican Party, grandfather would 
not have felt any political animosity toward the name "Monroe". 

However, that trip down the river to New Orleans caused grandfather to detest 
slavery. When he returned to Portsmouth, he became an active force in the 
underground railroad. After sundown each night, he would go down to the banks 
of the Ohio and when a certain combination of lights appeared on the Kentucky 
side, he would row across the river and return with runaway blacks. He con- 
tinued this activity until the friendly local sheriff told him that Federal 
officers were going to arrest him for violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. 
He fled north to Toledo, where he again became active In the underground 
railroad, transporting runaways across the lake (Erie) to Canada and freedom. 

He was one of the founders of the Republican Party and was elected to (k)ngress 
from Ohio's ninth district from 1858 to 1868. While In (k^ngress he authored 
the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (Ant i -si a very) aqd was defeated In 
1868 campaigning for the 15th Amendment (negro right to vote). After that 
defeat. Grant appointed him (Sovernor of the Territory of Montana which, as 
chairman of the Congressional Committee on Territories, he had named. 

In the I880's, grandfather mortgaged his home for $5,000, and using that 

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modest sum, plus money he raised from starry-eyed investors in New York, he 
built the Ann Arbor Railroad which short*circuits Chicago as a route to the 
Northwest by linking up with the Pere Marquette by car-ferry across Lake 
Michigan* (This was his son Jcmea Jr. 'a idea, and it still operates that way) 
Grandfather lost control of the railroad in the panic of 1 893. 

None of the above explains where the ^'Mansf ield'* comes from« It Is my 
hunch that this ninth district of Ohio, which grandfather represented In 
Congress may have. In his time. Included a small city of Mansfield. If 
so, I can imagine that grandfather campaigning there, may have said, *Vhy my 
middle none ie MANSFIELD''. Thereafter he would have been stuck with the 
story. (Probably completely apocryphal). All I know for sure. Is that my 
father had no doubt that "MANSFIELD** was grandfather's middle name, however 
he came by It." 

(End of Quote) 

It Is interesting to note that Thomas Ludlow Ashley, great-grandson of 
James Monroe Ashley, is now serving his tenth consecutive term as Congress- 
man (0) from Ohio's ninth district. 

COVER STORY - Continued from page 4 

It was close to the turn of the 19th Century before there was any artificial I 
heat provided In New England houses of worship (apart from soapstone foot- 
warmers), even In civilized towns, like Boston. And, In a God-centered 
culture hereabouts, men, women, children and horses could expect four or 
five hours out of every Sunday dedicating themselves to a very fundamentalist 
Sabbath. That any of us Yankees survived from those early days is witness 
to faith, independence, orneriness and, when the occasion reasonably demanded, 
a goodly portion of "rhumb" a commodity wholly accepted In the raising of 
community buildings, and other sociable occasions. 

Our particular Interest In the Old Parish Church stems from the fact that 
Col , John Ashley was one of Its active early members. 



In 1832 - "Going after hat and Jacket which he had exchanged" apparently for 
a drink. 

In 1833 - "Nursing, watching and finding watchers during his last sickness, 
2 years and 4 days - $366.79" He died at Jesse Martin's on May 8, 1833 
at the age of 80. 

AND FINALLY - "Funeral chargos^ Including cap and robe - $2,50". 



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Pumiehed by: Glerma Ashley Budson UlSZ 

In response to your editor's plea for Information on the 
Ash I ays of Ki^ntucky, Glenna Ashley Hudson Is sharing the 
following vital records collected by her when doing research 
in Kentucky. These records are a valuable addition to our 

GRANTORS INDEX - Court House, Pulaski Co., Kentucky 

Book 3 
Pg 346 

Book 4 
Pg 22. 

Book 5 
Pg 145 

Book 6 
Pg 61 

Book 12 
F^ 505 

Book 12 
pg 616 

Book 13 
Pg. 227 

Book 13 
Pq 498 

Book 14 
Pg 14 

Book 15 
Pg 341 

Book 15 
Pg 441 

July 23, 1818, JOHN ASHLEY a nd Molly, his wife, of Pulaski Co. 
$100 to V. David Richardson, 4-1/4 a. on Pitman Creek 

Jan. I, 1819, JOHN ASHL EY and Molly, his wife, of Pulaski Co. to 
George Mease of PulasklTb., $826, land on Pitman Creek containing 
96 a. 

Nov. 15, 1822, JOHN ASHLEY and Polly, his wife, of Pulaski Co. 
to James Linn of Pulaski Co., $500, 70 a. on Pitman Creek 

Oct. 8, 1825, JOHN ASHLEY of Co. of Warren and State of Tenn. to 
James Lynn of Pulaski Co. $500 land on Pitman Creek 

John G. Lair, security on 2 notes of Wkn. Oenham $18^90 due Mar. I, 
$19.42 due Dec. 25, 1846, mortgage: I wagon, 4 pr. gearings, 2 
horse beasts, I sorrel horse with but I eye, I chestnut sorrel I 
mare, I gray mare. Signed Aug. 27, 1845 by mark ( ) CHARLES C . 

Feb. 12, 1846, JOHN ASHLEY and Elizabeth, his wife, of Pulaski Co., 
Ky., of the one part and Instant Lay of Casey County, Ky., of the 
second part — sold land to Instant Lay 

July 15, 1847, JO HN AS HLEY and Elizabeth, his wife, of Pulaski 
Co. to Instant Lay $75 land on Fishing Creek. 

Nov. 9, 1848, THOMAS ASHLEY and Elizabeth, his wife, to Richard 
Woosley $150 land on Fishing Creek 

November 28, 1849, LINDSF.Y ASHLEY and Ann, his wife, of Pulaski 
Co. to Elthu Debord $212 land on Fishing Creek 

Slave agreement between V>m> W. ASHLEY and V*n. F. Richardson 

July 25, 1853, JOHN ASHLEY , of Pulaski Co, to V*n. W, ASHLEY of 

Pulaski Co. $100, 50 a. of land In which John and 

Wm. W. Ashley have Joint claim and will be entered to upon death 
of Susan Richardson, widow of Chas* Richardson, deceased, land on 
pitman Creek, 

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Book 16 Sept. 23, 1853, LIND SEY A, ASHL EY and Annie, his wife, of Pulaski 
Pg 8 Co. to Henry 6. Ware of Casey Co. $200 land on PItrnan Creek 

Book 16 Jonklns VIckery as security for purchase money of 2 yoke oxen 
Pg 13 purchased from George Gregg by C. C. ASHLEY , Nov. 30, 1853 

Book 16 Oct. term, 1854, Polly Keeney, dau. of Catharine Keenoy, to serve 
Pg 596 and obey until 18 years old. W. W. ASHLEY to provide medical 

attention, clothing, wholesome dlcrt and lodging. Polly ta learn 
to spin, knit, etc. Polly was 9 years old In 1854 

Book 16 John E. Copen security for $20.91 mortgage to Copen 2 yoke of oxen 
Pg 596 and wagon by C. C. ASHLEY. 

Book 17 Sept. 17, 1855, deed between Bourne G. Richardson and WM. W. ASHLEY 
Pg. 59 of Pulaski Co. by John Crawford, Commissioner, division of lands 

of Charles Richardson, deceased, among his heirs 

Book 17 Sept. 17, 1855, deed between W. ASHLEY and V*n, F. Richardson, first 
Pg 61 part, and Bourne Richardson, second part, division of lands of 

Charles Richardson (Heirs not shown) 

Book 18 Mortgage between JOHN 0. ASHLEY, first part, and C. C. Carter, 

Pg 43 second part, note dated Har. 24, 1858, mortgaged lot where he 

(John 0. Ashley) Is now living - No. 5 In town of Mount Gllead 

in Pulaski Co. 

Book 18 For the conslderatlbn of the amount adjudged to him by Pulaski Circuit 
Pg 299 Court In his suit against us $31.66 being paid, further consideration 

of horse and bridle valued $165, we have sold and conveyed to Robt. 
Graves all our right title and interest, our undivided 1/4 part of 
Interest to the following slaves belonging to estate of Moses Keeney, 
deceased, the father of MARGARET ASHLEY (viz) Eliza and her 4 children 
Lucy, George, John and Bob. Jan. 14, 1859. Signed by mark by 

Book 18 Sept. 15, 1851, URIAH ASHLEY and DIannah, his wife, to V*n. More 
Pg 190 $150 land on RocTdTcR" Creek 

Book 18 UBIAH ASHLEY and DIannah, his wife, to John Wesley #20, land on 
Pg 232 Rocklick Creek, dated Sept. 30, 1851 

Book 20 Commissioner's Deed, dated Mar. 29, 1865, deed between URIAH ASHLEY 
Pg 535 ROBERT ASHLEY , MONT GOMERY ASHLEY , C. P. Miller and Emily, his wife, 

late EMJLY 'AgHLEY, Wm. A. Adams and Eliza, his wife, late EUZA A 
ASHLEY, k*n 8. Wilson and Mary, his wife, late MARY ASHLEY , Obed J. 
BolTnger and Manerva, his wife, late Maner va Ashjey^f ADEN J. ASHLEY 
SARAH ASHLEY , THOMAS ASHLEY and JOHM AS HEBY, ' the last two being 
Infant heirs, by Eben Milton, CommTssloher of Pulaski Circuit Court 
of the first part and Monroe Surber of the second part - Judgement 
rendered in suit of JOHN 0. ASHLEY , administer of JOHN ASHLEY 
deceased Plaintiff, against parties of first part, in which It was 
claims against the estate. Land to be taken from the East side of 
tract of land In Pulaski County. 


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(Jabez^, Noah-^, Jethro^, Joseph') 

From: Portrait ccnd Biographical Album of Barry and 

Eaton Counties J Michigan - Pubtiehed before 1902 

Furnished by: Gerald Ashley Cooper #29 

J ABEZ' ASHLEY; one of the early settlers of Windsor Township, Is well 
known throughout Eaton County and has been Identified with her progress 
since 1853. He had come to the State In the previous year but spent a few 
months In Jackson County before becoming the purchaser of land where he now 
lives. He was born In Rensselaer County, New York, January 30, 1814, being 
a son of Jabez and Phebe (Norton) Ashley. 

His father was born September 20, I779%nd his mother March 2, 1784, and 
both were of English descent. Gr^andfather Ashley, whose given name was Noah, 
crossed the Atlantic from the mother country prior to the Revolution (this 
statement has been disproved} and settled In Columbia County, New York. He 
married Rebecca Finch and reared a large family. 

The household band of which our subject is the sixth member also includes 
Isaac, born December 3, 1803, died In New York December 31, 1841; Millie, 
born December 12, 1805, died March 19, 1828; Rebecca, born September 9, 1807, 
died March 10, 1845; Marinda, born December 9, 1809, died October 22, 1836; 
Jacob N., born January 4, 1812, died December 31, 1841; Jonathan N., born 
April 8, 1816, died In 1861; Lewis C, born September 24, 1818 and now 
living In Detroit; Millie A. born November 22, 1821, and now the wife of 
Moses Macomber of Battle Creek; Phebe E., born September 26, 1824, died 
May 29, 1848. The father of this large family was a Whig In early life and 
afterward a Republican. He died In October, 1866. Mrs. Ashley was reared 
In the Quaker faith but In mature years united with the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, In the belief of which she passed away March 19, 1828. 

The district schools afforded our subject opportunity to gain some in- 
sight Into books, but his chief knowledge was secured by experience. His 
only reader when attending school was a New Testament, and his arithmetic 
was that compiled by Dabol I - a name dear to the hearts of the old scholars - 
which he studied only so far as compound fractions. He was fourteen years 
old when his mother was called hence and the following year he was apprenticed 
to a blacksmith. He served three years with Ira Abbot, whose good wife 
treated htm as well as one of her own children, and made him In very truth 
a member of the household. 

Mr. Ashley took up a man's work with a good trade at his command and 
stood by the forge until after his removal to this State, when he bought 
land and turned his attention to farming. He bought eighty acres whereon 
he still lives, by degrees made It attractive to the eye as well as remuner* 
atlve, and now has a valuable piece of property. When he came hither much 
of the territory was uncultivated and uncleared, and DImondale contained but 
one house. He brought with htm to his forest home a true-hearted and 

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* 1777 on somo records 


efficient vlfe, who bravely and cheerfully shared his tolls and hardships until 
fortune smiled upon them and comforts surrounded them. Her maiden name was 
Lavlnia L. Partridge and she was born In Rensselaer County, N.Y., February 22, 
1821, and became a bride on her seventeenth birthday. (Sh§ died in 1910 and 
is buried at Dimandale Cemetery) 

The record of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Is as follows: Elizabeth 
born March 30, 1839 and died February 19, I85U She was burned to death while 
her parents were at prayer meeting; Maria J. born November 20, 1840, died 
October 20, 1872; Polly E. born November 10, 1842, died February 6, 1843; Isaac 
N« born November 4, 1843 now married to Sarah Hull and living In Lansing; Daniel 
P. born September 17, 1845, living In Lansing and the husband of Jessie Wright; 
Ml 1 1 lam M. born October 2, 1847, who married Jessie Graham and Is farming In 
Windsor Township; Margaret A. wife of Dr. Tyler Hull of Olmondale, born August 19, 
1849; John A., born November I, 1851 died May 24, 1861; Asa I. bom January 20, 
1854, died March 29, 1861; Clara born April 15, 1856, died September 30, 1855; 
Alice L. born December 31, 1857, wife of Elbert Bates of Eaton County; Emma F. 
now the wife of Arthur Wigent of Jackson, born April II, 1863. 

While he still lived In New York Mr. Ashley helped In the organization of 
the Free Soil party having been a Whig In his political faith, and after he 
became a citizen of Michigan he assisted in forming the Republican party of 
Eaton County. 

He has been Justice of the Peace and Highway Commissioner and has been 
active in all laudable enterprises, moral, educational and benevolent. He 
has ever shown himself a friend of the schools and his example adds weight to 
his words In behalf of morality. A stanch Republican, he upholds his party 
by his ballot and by his voice whenever policy Is the topic of conversation. 
He and his wife are held In excellent repute and many friends rejoice In their 

(End of write-up) 


Harinda (Marena)^ (JabeM^, Woah^^ JeHhro^^ Joeeph^) m. ffillicn Ketohcm. 

Buried at CodkAhovough Cemetery^ Pittetcwn^ H.I. 

Phebe Sorton (1784^1828) wife of Jdbez Ashley^ was deeaended from 

Jonathan Norton (1768^1840) and Millioent Crandall 

Caleb Sorton (1788'- ) and Abigail Hoag 

Rowland Norton (1702'^ ) and lydia Fowler 

Noah Ashl^ ^ (1747^1814) married Rebeooa REYNOLDS rather than FINCH as etated 

dbooe. Ref. John Reynolds Gene, pg 64 §189 

American Gene. Index, pg ll9 
Boeton Traneaript: 6126 S^ 7 

CORRECTION ! Above corrects statement on pg 79, July 1973 Bulletin wherein 

It was stated that Jabez Jr. m. a Ketcham. 


October 1973 



FOOD FOR THOUGHT n vim statistics 




Suggested by: HeUn Gumey Thomaa #8 CXIIXXDCXIXXD 

For a decade and more, many have been researching the ASHLEY lines and yet 
today the puzzle remains unsolved -* where did Joseph of Rochester and 
Robert of Springfield come from? Do the Virginia and Carolina Ashleys tie 
in with the New England branches? 

It would seem that if each reader would collect all the miscellaneous data 
they have, which doesn^t seem to tie into a specific proven line, the pieces 
of our puzzle might begin to fall into place. 

As Mrs. Zavtck #197 found in her early search in North CarolJna, we should not 
overlook the variations in spelling - ASH • ASHLY - ASHBY - ASKER and even 
ACKLEY should not be passed by* We know that our "early scholars" often 
spe 1 1 ed words by sound • 

SEND IN all miscellaneous data to your Editor, being sure to give source of 
data. As collected and organized, it will appear in the bulletin from time 
to time* Won^t you do your part? Start digging In those records you have 
laid aside. Helen Tho^nas #8 is starting our collection with the following: 

"American Co l onist s in Engli sh R ecords" - Sherwood Pub. 1932 & 1969 

pages 101, 102 

June 18, 1604: ASHBY, John, apprenticed to John Stocks, seven years. 

(Made free of the company 7 July 1613; takes 
apprentice Robert Hind, 28 Feb. 1615. Query, 
married 29 Jan. 1614, SIscellay Sivler at 
St. Vedast, London. Note In Quarterage Book, 
1628/40 : Virginia) 
1606: ASTLEY, Thomas, apprenticed to Robert Thomas, 7 years (Made free of 

the Co. 1613; pays quarterage, 1614-1617; takes 
apprentice Thomas ASHBY, or ASHLY, 1616; and 
George Kemis, 1617. Notes In Quarterage Book, 
1617/27: "gone to Virginia"; "In Virginia") 

CENSUS RECORDS - 1790 - SOUTH CAROLINA (complete listing) 

In Charleston: Jdhn Ash - St. Bartholomew Parish 

Thomas Ashby - St. Thomas Parish 

John Ashby - St. Thomas Parish 
in Beaufort: Richard Ash; Lodowick Ashley; William Ashley; Jean Ashly 
In Ownden: Robert Ash - York Co.; Joseph Ashly - Fairfield Co. 
96 District: Thomas Ashberry - Edgefield Co. 

Charles Ashley - Edgefield Co. 

Wi 1 1 lam Asher - Pendleton Co. 

John Ashley * Laurens Co. 
In Orangeburgh: John Ashley, Sr. (South Part) 

Nathaniel Ashley (South Part) 

Robert Ashley (South Part) 

William Ashley (South Part) 

October 1973 



MARRTAGES - Frank Mn County, Tenn. - 1838 to 1875 

(FvantUhtd by Bomid Jtan (Dixon) StoiiUy §2il0) 

JOURDAN ASHLEY to lophia Bradford 

DANIEL ASHLEY to Polly Suthard 

EUNICE ASHLEY to Young A. Ivey 

EL I AS ASHLEY to Rebecca M. Bradford 

ELENOR ASHLEY to Edmond Johnson 

ELIZABETH ASHLEY to Silas Donaldson 

MICHAEL ASHLEY to Luolnda Winkler 

NANCY ASHLEY to John Davis 

LUCINDA A. ASHLEY to Henderson Dotson 

HALISSA ASHLEY to James Steel 

JAMES M. ASHLEY to Luclnda Steel 

MALINOA ASHLEY to Carl Miller 

ELIZA J. ASHLEY to W 1 1 1 i am Robert Davis 

EDWARD ASHLEY to Mary A. Wi 1 1 iams 

CENSUS RECORDS of Franklin Co«, Tennessee 

July 23* 1841 
April 29, 1844 
Sept. 27, 1846 
April 7, 1848 
Sept. 6, 1849 
Jan. 9, 1850 
Dec. 8, 1852 

Oct. 7, 
Nov. 2, 
Aug. I, 







ASHLEY, James 







Presh I a 



M I chae I 




Soph i a 



Reallyit?) male 

Relda (?) fem. 























male age 50 to 60 

males age 10 to 15 

male age 5 to 10 

males age to 5 

female age 30 to 40 

females age 10 to 15 

female age 5 to iO 

female age to 5 

born N.C, 









Wife of Willis 

(N.C. listed qb birthploM 
for all is in error) 

(Probably Jamaa Jr. eon 
of dhooB JcBms) 

CHATHAM OOURIERi . Chatham 4 Comer, N.Y. - Wednesday, Mar. 10, 1869 

Page 4, 1st column - Legal Advertisements 

Court of Sessions of Columbia Co. - order given on the 15th day of Feb. 1869 
named ABRAM ASHLEY JR., Arnold R. (K) White, Geo. J. Snyder as Incorporators 
Elector of the territory so described wish to incorporate at MTIItary Hall 
\Ahrch 18, 1869. Pols were open from 10 am to 4 pm. 


October 1973 









This Is the Era of the United States of America Blcenten-n 
nial - an historic mllepost to be shared by every proud 
citizen of this our land. But, being proud and excited 
Is not enough, for those who love our Country are 
challenged to pause for reflection, for renewed purpose, 
for reded I cat I on to the Imperishable Ideals of the 
American Revolution. Above all It Is time to gratefully 
acknowledge the foresight of those Founding Fathers who 
prior to 1776 had a dream - a vision - and whose trust In God and faith In man- 
kind has realized fullflllment of these United States of Amenoa. 

Each citizen should. In addition to reaffirming the funadmental principles of 
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness stated In the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence, focus on a new dimension of historical understanding of the American 
Revolutionary War period; and the factors leading to It. What are YOU doing? 

BRADFORD SWAN #4 had an article In the July "Yankee" Magazine In which he sug- 
gests : "There was one aspect of the Centennial celebrations which Is worth 
repeating. In fact, one can almost say that It meets a vital need. I refer 
to the publication of town histories which was such a prominent part of the 
Centennial celebration. In many cases those still are, almost a hundred years 
later, the best available histories of their communities. Yet, although they 
serve for the period up to IG76, ... no history covering the last hundred 
years is available. Surely we cannot expect the great number of our citizens 
whose forebears have arrived In this country during the (kast century to feel 
any Interest In, or affection for, a history with which they have no real 
relationship. And yet. It seems to me that the great task lying before us In 
this country Is to accomplish an amalgamation of all the peoples who have come 
here, whether they arrived on the Mayflower or on a charter flight from Puerto 

So, I would like to see what might be called Vol. II of these town histories 
published, and the earlier histories reprinted, because they have almost all 
become hard-to-f Ind, rather expensive books. I would also like to see a 
history of all the New England states written and published as a cooperative 

effort of the region Such state programs as Vermont's Oral Hiatory 

should be adopted throughout the area .... Important public buildings 
as the Colony House In Newport, etc. . . . should be restored to their past 
glory and used for some public purposes less demeaning than as district 
courthouses .... Citizens and Inhabitants of the United States of America 
• . . must be made to feel a part of this nation's continuing history." 

End of Quote 

THE LIBERTY BELL - that much revered symbol of America's Independence, probably 
cracked because It was fadty from the start. That Is the verdict of a promi- 
nent metallurgist, according to an article In the June 1973 issue of American 
Heritage. The bell cracked the first time it was rung, shortly after It 

October 1973 


^tie? thL r«+^rn ?l'r" ! ^^^^^ ^""^ ^'^"^^^ ""^^ I ndepondonco Hall) In 1752. 
SI^il^I!! K !!*?'*? '^^^^^' •" •-^"''°"* "^f^^ dismayed Ph 1 1 ade I p*»Tws. had 
!?«SS ihl?^ ^ ^? '°2' ^oundryn:en, John Pass and John Stow. whoWTcareful 
toadd their names below the original, and portentous. Inscription around tS bell's 
crown • 

ESTHER ASHLEY SPQ USTA #tO, Honorary State Regent, Arkansas Society, Daughters 
Of the American Revo l^iir Ion, assisted In the Society's selection of Arkanr-as 
Post as the site for a Blcentlrmlal project, Tne Society will underwrite the^ 
placing of a commemorative exhibit - a stodkadB'-tyve building of rough hown, 
lumber - at the approximate site of the Revolutionary War battle In April 1783. 
This was one of the two Revolutionary War battles occuring west of the Mississippi 
River. A force of over a hundred Englishmen and CMckasawg, led by Jamas Ck)lbert 
crossed the Mississippi and attacked Arkansas Post. The Invaders seized the 
village, but were beaten off when they tried to storm the fort. When the 
Spanish and Quapaws counterattacked, the English withdrew down the Arkansas 
River. The National Park Service will do the planning and construction of 
the exhibit, 

the National Society OAR Is refurnishing the Governor's Council Chamber and the 
Assembly Committee Room on the 2nd floor of the restoration of Independence 
Hall, Philadelphia at a cost of some $181,995. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Encourage organizations of which you are a member, participate 
with your local Chamber of Commerce, your State Bicentennial Committees, and/or 
work as an individual to emphaeize our Country's 200th birthday. Suggestions: 

I. Devise projects and events to focus attention to historic places 
2e Secure and display reprints of historical maps 

3. Arrange rotating exhlbl'ts in libraries, schools, banks, and 

public buildings. Including American art, music, education etc. 

4. Revive songs and dances of the Colonial and Revolutionary War 

period. Stimulate concerts of early American music. 

5. Promote and urge marking of historic routes. 

6. Clean up and refurbish historic cemeteries • chart abandoned 

and negl^ected cemeteries. 


Why don't we research all our progenitors who served their country during the 
Revolution? Some served as minute-men - some were at Fort TIconderoga *- 
some gave material aid - etc. 

Our project will be to collect every bit of information on Ashley patriots 
of the Revolution and after correlation we shall publish their histories 
In the bulletin during the next two years. 

Write your editor sending any Information you have (If you want material returned 
please so state ^* She will make copies of mater iai loaned). Copies of 
military service, family stories, excerprts from local histories — Any and 
all information you can find. State source, page nos. etc. 

Send to: Mrs. Esther Ashley Spousta 

PO Box 321, Rogers, Ark. 72756 


October 1973 


Linda Louise Ashley, daughter of Mr & Mrs 
Theodore C. Ashley (#6) East Freetown, Mass. 
became the bride of David J. Cass of 
Falrtiaven on August 25, 1973 at the Congrega- 
tional Christian Church. Mr. Cass is son of 
Mr apd Mrs Joseph E. Cass of Westboro. 

Linda Is a graduate of Apponequet Regional High School and Is attending the 
College of Nursing at Southeastern Mass. University. The bridegroom Is a 
graduate of Wentv/orth Institute and the University of Missouri with a B.S. 
degree In civil engineering. He Is a retired captain In the Army Corps of 
Engineers and Is affiliated with Brant Haworth Associates of Lakevllle. The 
couple will reside in Falrhaven. 

The residents of Old Chatham, Columbia County, New York were shocked and 
saddened by the sudden and unexpected deaths of M. Irene Ashley on August 9, 
1973 and her brother Eugene W. Ashley on September 2, 1973. M. Irene died 
suddenly while vacationing In the "Heart of the West" at ST. Johns Hospital, 
Jackson, Wyoming. Eugene died unexpectedly shortly thereafter at Columbia 
Memorial Hospital, Hudson, New York. Their many friends and loving sister, 
Grace E. (Ashley) Missulls iS209) wi I.I miss them. 

Our sympathy Is extended to our president, Robert E. Ashley (#1) who recently 
lost his sister, Mabel (Ashley) Edson, widow of the late Leon D. Edson 
(Edson Gen. #515-130) on July II, 1973 in Brockton, after a short Illness, and 
Just one day before her 83rd birthday. In addition to Rober, she leaves 
two sisters, Ruth and Ethel of Brockton, one niece, Mrs. Kenneth Fugere (if36) 
of Barr'ngton, R. I., two sons, MInot Ashley Edson and Bruce Dexter Edson of 
West Brldgowater, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

Plans are being made to re-enact the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan 
Allen and his legendary Green Mountain Boys, using descendants of the 
renowned band. The even will be staged on 10 May 1975, the 200th anniversary 
of the siege, at the historic restoration of the fort, located at the 
southern end of Lake Champlain. 

A wide ranging search has been Instituted to locate descendants. A list of 
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" cofr-pited by the late Robert 0. Bascom 
after many years of research. Is tho basis for the effort. Persons descended 
from those who took part In the expedition and individuals who can substan- 
tiate descent from any other Revolutionary members of Ethan's band, are 
Invited to contact Mrs. Jane M. Lape, Curator of Fort Ticonderoga, Box 390, 
Ticonderoga, N.Y, 12683, 

All you descended from Thomas Ashley take note! !!!!!!! 

ff.ff. Hzetomo Genealcgioal Regielvr 
July 137 S 
October 1973 


The alms of the Membership Committee are to invite interested persons 
to become members of ASHLEYS OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED and to encouragemembers 
in the same locality to form chapters in such areas. 

This report Is based on data for the period of April 1972 to August 25, 
1973* During this period 38 new memberships were received and accounted for 
the amount of $190.00 In dues. The expense entailed to our organization for 
the above period amounted to $57.00 which was used for stamps. 

We have CHAPTER NO. I already organized in the Berkshire County, Hudson, 
New York area. As already reported, the first meeting was held at the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Nero 1213, Hudson, N.Y. and the second meeting at the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Kern 148, of Ghent, N.Y. The October meeting 
will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. K. 0. Davis #5 of Wll liamstown, Mass. 

We are hoping to establish other chapters where there are groups of 
interested members. There are many members who live too far away to attend 
our annual meetings. The Chapter affords a chance for these people to meet 
with other members of Ashleys of America In their home area. I am always 
glad to help with the initial work needed to get a chapter started. 

We are still hoping to reach the goal of 50 new members a year. It 
would be a great help to the committee If all members would send the names 
of people interested In their Ashley lineage. The more members • - the 
more accuracy In our research. 

Our thanks to Esther Ashley Spousta for the mimeographed forms we send 
to prospective members. And, Thanks to Virginia Ashley Goff for her consis- 
tent help In furnishing Ashley names that she discovers on her travels. 
Many thanks also to all the others who have sent names to me - without them 
we could not continue to seek new members. 


MarU Antanini Davis (Hrs. K.O.) §S 
Membership Chairman 



c: [] 


#170 Mrs. Freela Dee Webster - 342 North Nth St., Decatur, Ind. 46733 
#245 Mrs. E. McKlnoon White 204 Pond View Drive, Springfield, Mass 01108 


October 1973 















2224 Clements Dr. 

Colonial Acres 

Durham, N.C. 27704 

1105 N. Msdison 

Lexington, Nebr. 68850 

176 Rockland St. 

S. Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 

60 Mosher St. 

S. Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 

I687A 32nd St. 

Allentown, Pa. 18103 

233 Wildmere Rd. 

Rochesfer, N.Y. 14617 

County Rd. 37, No« 4324 

Livonia, New York 14487 

2315 Belair Dr. 

Bowie, Md. 20715 

38 Parker Road 

Osterv i 1 1 e , Mass . 02655 

Fort Clark Springs 

Brackettvil le, Texas 78832 

PC Box 64 

Honeoye, N.Y. 14471 

Harlen ( ) Alexander ( ) Froeland ( ) 
Frank of Knott Co. Ky. m. Lucy Tauibee 
of N.C. 

Almeda Rebecca Cooney (JCoim?) Boynton (9) 
Evaline Ashley (8) Daniel (7) Daniel (6) 
Oliver (5) David (4) David (3) David (2) 
Robert (I) 

Robert l4arion ( ) Robert Rueh ( ) 
Edward Smth (in Clarka, S.D, 1888) m. 
Marian W. Laval I *e 

Mark Wilbur (9) Francis Alonzo (8) 
Noah (7) Noah (6) William (5) Aaron (4) 
Samuel (3) David (2) Robert (i) 
Morey Beach (9) Albert (8) William (7) 
Noah (6) William (5) Aaron (4) 
Samuel (3) David (2) Robert (1) 

From Andres b. 1803 In Kentucky 

Edward Warren Ashley (6) Edward R. (5) 
Williams (4) Wit dans (3) Abraham (2) 
Joseph ( I ) 

Mark Wilbur Ashley (9) Francis Alonzo (8) 
Noah (7) Noah (6) William (5) Aaron (4) 
Samuel (3) David (2) Robert (I) 

5 Northup Ave. Ruth Abigail (Ashley) Robertson (9) 

Wolcott, N.Y. 14590 Francis Alonzo Ashley (8) t4oah (7) 

Noah (6) William (5) Aaron (4) 
Samuel (3) David (2) Robert (I) 


Main St. 
Cotuit, Mass. 02635 

Edward Warren (6) Edwar R. (5) 
Williams (4) Williams (3) 
Abrsham (2) Joseph (I) 

October 1973 



Furnished by: Esther Ashley Spousta #10 

Few discussions generate so much confusion as those dealing with family 
relationships. To help clear the air, here Is a chart showing how you are 
related to males on the paternal side of your family tree* You can complete 
the picture by substituting femdie equivalents of the terms used here. 

Only blood relationships are shown: for relatives by marriage, tack 
'Mn-law" on the end 4 

People on any horizontal line of the chart are approximately the same 
age unless previous members of the family had children unusually late or 


Cous I n 

First Cous I 
once removed 








Grandfather •s 
First Cousin 


First Cousin - - - 

- Granduncle — - - Grandfather 


Uncle Father 


First Cousin 



Nephew - - - (Is first cousin to your) - - Son 

(Is a second cousin to your) - - - - Grandson 


October 1973 


Vol. IV, No. 2 


.ianuary 1974 

Old Utchmt - lonaOmK Atnltn hoim (17W 
Ummrfimldg MoMtaefmutta 

Oi-ganl»<l Auguit 29. 1970 Incorporatad Jurw 8, 1973 


Presldant -- — ----. Robert E. Ashl«y 

Itt Vice Preslttont - - - John S. Ashley 

2nd Vice President - - -r - - - Paul C. Leonard 
3rd Vice President ------ -Bradford F. Swan 

Secretary Anantha Ashley Akin 

Treasurer — - — Nancy Ashley 

Executive Ccnmlttee - Itorls Ashley Lang 

Kenneth Valentine Ashley 

Virginia Ashley Goff 

Publishing Editor - * - - Esther Ashley Spousta 

Membership Chairman ------ Harle A. Davis 


1974 DUES - Due and Payabia NOW ! 

Hcinbers whose duas are not racalved 
by March 1 , 1974 «n I be dropped 
from the mat I Ing I tst. 

Make'checks In the amount of $5.00 

Payable to; ASHLEYS OF AMERICA, Trees 

Mall to: Miss Nancy Ashley, Trees. 
Ashleys of Amerlce 
165 Elm Street 
South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 



From the 


desk — 

To those who 
have forwarded data on 
Ash leys during the Revo-* 
lutlonary period •- 

To those who have not 
please do so. 

We want our BlCenten* 
nial Issue to be a 
big and informative 
one. We have a good 

Those having access to 
libraries «* check town 
and county histories. 
Send In all bits and 
pieces about those 
ASHLEYS that helped 
to make our country 
free. Note on all 
material the source. 

Send to: 

Esther A. Spousta 

PO Box 321 
Rogers, Ark. 72756 


January 1974 

Vol. IV No« 2 




26 CEMETERY RECORDS - Crapo-White-Ashley Cem. 

East FraetoMn* Mass. 

EApLY WILL - Noah Ashley^ (Jethro-Joseph) 

Alden Ashlay * 
Alden Ashley ^ 

29 VITAL STATISTICS - Kentucky Marriage Bonds 

1790, 1800, 1830 Ky. Census 

31 OLD ASHLEY TRAIL - Rochester to Poultney, Vt 

32 CORRECTION - Partridge 

33 BIBLE RECORD - George Washington Ashley^ 

(William - Thomas - Joseph) 

35 PROBATE RECORD - Thomas Ashley^ - Joseph 






Albert Whi. Ashley^ - Tatar - 
Abram • Wl 1 1 lam - Joseph 



Neifs Bulletin published Quarterly - January, April, July, October 
free subscription with each $5.00 membership 


I - I ■ ■ . ■ ■■ ft ' t 

Oatoh^r 1978 BulletiriM POffB 7 

Starfes that the Red-Sea Balsam bottle pictured Is "actual size". Th-ls Is 
Incorrect* Largest bottle located Is 4-1/4 Inches high so Illustration Is 
about twice actual size. We don*t want to confuse the collectors. 

April 1972 BulletiriM paa^ 51 f 

More Information In Mark Twain's book "Roughing It". Check ''Nevada Miners 
bid on the Sanitcay Flour SaoV\ Also, "The little city of Austin In the 
Reese River country". 

y 1972 Bulletin^ vaaB 29 . ' 

Information given by Captain Wing to Mrs. Clara Wing Guild of Medford, Mass. 
statest "Struck Island at 1:30 A.M." • ' 

"at 6 A.M. William B. Carroll of New Bedford went thru the surf to 

a sandbar" 
"By the hetp of this line all 32 men reached safety" 
"reached Tin I an 45 days later" 

"fiepresentatlve of the Spanish Gout on that Island would not believe 
their story 'but forced them to leave" 
Also see National Geographic, June 1938 - "Crusoes of Canton Island" 

'^ " " " May 1946 - "American Pathfinders in the Pacific" 

Jan. .1955 - "Air Age Brings Life to Canton Island" 

It fi If It 

Cfotober 1971 Bulletin^ page 4 October 1972 Bulletin^ pages S and 7 
Juhi 1972 Bulletin^ vage 73 July 1973 Bulletin^ page 72 

Judy Gurney (#1.20) of the Rochester Historical Society has notified us that 
the Selectmen of Rochester, Mass., after nearly two years of deliberation, 
have voted to "accept" "OLD PARISH" and "ASHLEY" cemeteries, among others In 
Rochester. This presumably puts^ our two oldest resting places of the Ash leys 
under perpetual town care. . 

April 1972 Bulletin^ poaee SS^ 66 

Ftobert E* Ashley (#1) has done some research on the location of "Nine Partners" 
New York, where Jethro Ashley^ removed. Spaf ford's New York Gazetteer says, 
"Nine Partners, Great, was a large tract of land granted to 9 proprietors or 
partners, fr^xn which circumstance tt was cailed the Great Nine Partners, and 
was before the late subdivisions of towns, comprised within the towns of 
Amen I a, Clinton, Stanford and Washington. It extended from the Hudson to 
the west line of Connecticut. Nine Partners, Little, was a smaller grant, 
now In Northeast and Milan, and these names are still considerable In use", 
in Dooumenta Relating to the History of Nm^) lork^ Vol. 6^ pg 163 we find 
Rip Van Dam was one of the 9 partners of N.P. Great In Dutchess County. His 
great granddaughter Mary Thong m. Robert Livingston, 3rd proprietor of the 
Manor of Livingston. This same volume mentions that Massachusetts men, 
especially from Sheffield, made claims to part of the Manor but were driven 

January 1974 


(Robert Z. A»hUy) 

W« ware happy to find articles by our members appearing In national pub- 
- I.lcatlons during the past few months. The November Issue of "Yankee** features 
on page 40, '^oa to Hap a ^Vwn That's Not Ther^" by Judy Gurney and others of 
the Rochester, Mass. Historical Society. The 1704 map Illustrating the story 
shows Rochester Just before Joseph Ashley arrived there and places the home 
of Benjamin Bung that he sold to Joseph on March 14, 1709/10. Large 16" x 19" 
copies of this map are available from the Rochester Historical Society for 
$3.00 plus postage and will prove of great Interest to students of the early 
Ash leys and related families. Other maps are planned, one for each 50 years 
to show the growth of the town. Map f4 for 1854 Is also now available at $3. 

In the September "Genealogical Helper" we find an article on page 320 
by Elizabeth Gtasky of Geneva, Ohio, encouraging more reunions. She mentions 
that we should establish worthwhile projects for our young people and says In 
part; "Vtorkshops, research trips to libraries, oematery copying projects, 
trips to courthouses and state archives, family reunions, family newsletters 
and magazines, restorations of old homes, the building of family parks, family 
•chola^ship funds, the printing of family histories, old picture collections, 
or family pageants and plays". We quite agree. 

And right now Is not too soon to begin making plans for our next reunion! 
We hope to have again, the very agreeable Wamsutta Club In New Bedford on 
August 24, 1974. This Is the most convenient location for the largest number 
of members and will save the most gas If we have rationing by then. 

Speaking of the last reunion, we have not mentioned that Mr. and Mrs. 
Clarence Garner came all the way from Hanford, California and Mr. and Mrs. 
George Shoemaker came from Independence, Missouri. They were both awarded 
"Ashley scrimshaw ptns" for coming so far. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Ashley of 
West Hartford flew In to the New Bedford airport In their own plane. 

' We want to mention two other faithful regular attendees who were nurses 
In World War One. They are Mrs. Amelia (Pslmer) Ashley of South Dortnouth 
and Mrs. Ruth (Staples) White of Will lairsTOMn, Mass. 

We are especially pleased with the succ3ss of our local chapters. If you 
have two or more Ashleys In your locellty why not form one. 

The growth of Our picutre collection continues. This Is one of the most 
popular features of our August meetings. If you have something to share, we 
can copy It and return the originals to you. Thus you can share It with every 
' without ever parting with It. 

Looking forward to August - - let us know what you would like. 

January 1974 





13 • -^ Q • Aiao qal t«d - THE CWSPO - WHITE - ASHLEY Cenptery 


■4.- Located: On a small wooded knolt about i/8th mile 

off the road at the southeast comer of Bullock Road 
and Quant pau9 Road In EAST FREETOWN , MASS. 

^BRAHAM^ ASHLEY* rviUiaif^/iTat^ft^) id Dec « 20,. 1821 in his' 82nd year 

. . It. In Rovolufton 

HANNAH^ (Crapo) ASHLEY ^ (Ccmaidtr^/ John^, PbUt Qrapoh 2nd wife of Abrahm 

; d Dec. 4, 1843 in her 8(Sth year 
:, Nbte: On, the other side of Abraham are fougb fleldstone markers 

that probably Indicate the grave of PHEBE (Tabor) ASHLEY 
1st wife of Abrabame Family records say she was born 
. July 7, 1748 and died 1781 . 
JAHES^ ASHLEY {Abrdhoffi^ HlUmK Jo$0phh<i Nov* 17, 1839 In 45th year . 
^4ARY (Howard) ASHLEY, wife of James Ashley de Ap;rii 13, 1869 age 

. ^ 67 yr, JJ moe 22 da* 

WILLIAM^ ASHLEY lam of Abrahm^ and Ptmbayd hug. II, 1856, 82 yrs; 

Note: He m Nancy Anderson, wfent jo Galway, N.«Y, where his nine 

children were burled* He returned to Freetown and d. there. 
: Nancy d in Gaiwav June 28.^ 1869. 
THOI^S^ ASHLEY lAbrOumfi^ Willicm^s Joa^hh Family repords say he and ist 

. . wife ,buried here <- no marked stones. 
Note: He m. Rest Hasklns who was his mother*s niece. . 
He m. 2nd Mrs. Polly (Harris) Simmons. 
Rest was dau. of Anthony and Rest (Crapo) Hasklns.. . 
Thomas was a private In War of 1812 
Fern My records made sqne thirty odd years ago reveal more Ashley stones than 
listed above j^ either removed or more 4lkety still burled there. (R. B. Ashley 
atataa tkia ia inwror as thaaa buriala are to be aeen and read in the nearby 
PIBB. ISLAND CE^fiSTERX in Horth Dartmouth^ Maea. Perhape moved there) Viz. 

OiARLES P.5 ASHLEY Wmea^^ Abrahonfi^ WiUicnS^ Joseph^) 

d. Nov. 20, 1906 at 82 yr» 1 mo. 25 da. 
BETSEY (Russell) ASHLEY, (t^fe of Charlee PJ) 

d. Sept. 26, 1858, age 31 
MIRANDA B. (Phillips) ASHLEY, (wife of Charlee PJ) 

d. June. 21, 1887, age 49 
(XARLES ASHLEY d. Sept.. 19, 1858, 12 weeks old (age ehoutd be 2 weeka) 

. \ ' R. Eugene Asthley*s notes add referring to Charles P. * *'Llyed In a 
fine house on west side of Bullock Road, north of Quanopoag Corner 
on part of the old Abraham Ashley farm. Place burned to the ground 
after he died.'* Cellar hole and foundation still there In 1973 

(Other related family graves In this cemetery appear on page 40) 


January, 1974 




of the Town of Chatham fn the 
County of Colwmblai deceased 

Vol. /7j p« 304 in Office of Surrogate of Columbia Co. Budson, N.I. 12S34 

Ftamished by: Gerald Ashley Cooper HB 

In the Name of God Amen* I, Noah Ashley of Chatham In the County of Colum- 
bia and State of New York^ being weak In body but of sound mind and memory 
(blessed be almighty God for the same) considering my near approach to death, 
do make, ordain and publish, this my last Will and Testament^ In the form 
following; Viz, In the first place I will and direct that my lawful I debts 
and funeral charges be faithfully and speedily paid and discharged. I further 
give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rebecca the full use and enjoyment of 
one room of my House to be determined by her choice; also one good cow, one * 
third part of all my Household furniture, and the full use of profits of one- 
third part of all my Estate real and personal, to remain at her use during her 
widowhood, and, then when she shall cease to be my widow, to be an equally 
divided among all my children, daughters as well as sons* ! 

Further I give and bequeath to each my Daughters, to wit: to Albany Oliver, 
PatienceFlnch, Rebecca Welden and Ells.abeth Ashley one hundred and eighty- 
seven dollars and fifty cents to be paid to each of them out of the two-thirds 
of my estate. 

Further I give and bequeath to each of my Sons, to wit: to Nicholas Ashley, 
Jabez Ashley, A I den Ashley, Noah Ashley Junior, Abraham Ashley and Joseph 
Ashley an equal share of the remainder of the two-thirds of my property, after 
my daughters shares are taken out, but be It understood; and it Is my express 
Will and direction, that the following ones of my children stand now Indebted 
to my Estate in the following sums, which including interest has been paid them 
out of my Estate; viz: 

Nicholas Ashley - one hundred and eighty-six dollars and nine cents 
Stephen Ashley - one hundred and tt>trty-nln dollars and sixty-seven cents 
James Ashley - ninety-nine dollars and ninety-two cents 
Jabez Ashley - two hundred and eighty dollars and thirty-three cents 
Alden Ashley - three hundred and twenty-four dollars and fifty-one cents 
Abraham Ashley - one hundred and eighteen dollars and four cents 
which sums together with lawful I Interest thereon, till the division aforesaid 
are to be considered as parts of my Property and with Interest thereon from 
this date, are to be considered and all counted toward their shares respective- 
ly of the said two-thirds of my Property. 

Further, the Town lot which I own In the Village of Waterford, and which Is 
now in possession of my son Noah Ashley Junior Is to be signed to him by Title, 
from my Executors and Is to be reckoned and valued at one hundred and fifty 
dollars under Its present circumstances and to be accounted to him at that sum 
with lawful I Interest from this Estate and further and lastly, I do hereby 
constitute and appoint William E. Oliver and Titus Reynolds Executors of this 
my last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke and disown all other and fonner 

(oantinuBd next page) 

January 1974 


wills by me made* IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF accord I ng to the true Intent and meaning 
hereof and of all Its parts, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth 
day of June In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen. 

Signed, sealed and acknowledged In the presence of the undersigned Witnesses: 

Paul Roberts 

Darius Finch Noah Ashley 

Morris Finch 


From tfm Surrogate of Saratoga Co., ^^ ^^^ 

WILL OF ALDEN ASHLEY^ late of the Town of Waterford 

' Dated 7/24/1806 Proved & recorded 9/15/1806 

To my friend, Seth Baker of Village of Waterford, Town of Half Moon, 
County of Saratoga: $225.00 

To my beloved brother, Noah Ashley, all the remainder of my estate. 

Executors: John Stevens and Seth Baker, both of Waterford 
Witnesses: Amos Ketchem, Joseph Haswell, John Hazard 


From the Inventory of real and personal property of Aiden Ashley mention Is 
made of a Lot In Waterford - $100 

In the above will of Noah Ashley (1747-1815) of Chatham, Columbia Co., N.Y. 
he states **Further, the Town lot which I own In the village of Waterford, 
and which Is now In possession of my son, Noah Ashley Jr. - - - " 

It would appear that this Is the same Lot In village of Waterford, which proves 
that A I den of Waterford who died In 1806 Is the brother of Noah who died In 

From Book L^l, p 760 - Cotmbia County , fl.l. VilU 

ALDEN ASHLEY .^ of Town of Chatham Age 69 on Jan. 14, 1853 

^" Died In Chatham - Will proved Nov. 26, 1856 

Alden would be the son of Noah Ashley^ as mentioned In above will 
Heirs in order named: 

Wife - Runney (Ruamah) Ashley 

Sons - Lewis; Germond; Alden; Nelson; Horatio 

Daughters - Albania Roberts; Betsey Mosher; Amy Hepon (Hasson); 

Nancy Marlah WIckham; Pauline Jane Fredenburgh 
Grandson: Smith Reynolds 

Executors: My sons Germond, Nelson and Horatio 
Witnesses: Levi Pitts and John Oliver, both of Chatham 


January 1974 


We started the now section "Food for Thought" In our 
October 1973 bulletin. Your editor requests that 
each of you send in any miscellaneous items which 
seem unrelated to our family - - and perhaps that 
will be the missing link for someone else. 

C3 CD 

C3 Pulaski County C 
CD 1804 - 1863 G 


Pumiehed by: Mra. Glerma AoKUiy BudBon 0163 

John Ingram 

Alexander Evans 

Phebe Hal I 

Patsey Nov 1 1 

LInsay Abrel I 

Moarning Dye 

Frances B. Richardson 

Dianna Newel I 

Anna Aker 

Wl lllam A. Adams 

Alvlra Hendricks 

Joel H. HInes 

Luclnda T. Walden 

January 1974 

September 27, 1806 
July 28, 1804 

May 21, 1818 
Consent of John Ashley^ 
Kinship not stated 
Witnessed by Charles Ashley 

January 22, 1820 
Consent of father, John 
Ashley of Adair Co. and 
bride's mother Patsy Mease 

July 3, 1824 

August 3, 1830 
Consent of Mathew and Sa 1 1 y 
Reynolds for "my daughter 
Moarning Dye to marry" 

May 20, 1831 

February 3, 1836 
Consent of father, John 
Ashley. Surety made oath 
the bride of age 

January 18, 1842 
Consent of father, Johannes 
Aker, Witnessed by William 
and John Aker 

October 13, 1846 
Consent of father, John 
Ashley. Witnessed by 
John 0. and Sally M. Ashley 

March 16, 1846 

February 3, 1851 
September 27, 1853 

(Continued next page) 

Surety : 
John Ashley 
John Ashley 

William Hall 

James Earl 

Charles A. Ashley 
Uriah Ashley 

Charles Ashley and 
Charles Richardson 
Aden Jones 

William Aker 

John 0. Ashley 

Thomas Hendricks 

Ca 1 1 oway Ash I ey 
John D. Buster 



Margaret Keeny 

Elizabeth Vaught 

Willtam J. Vanhook 

April 30, 1853 
Consent of mother 
Catherine Keeney 

July I6| 1859 

Mn. F. Richardson 

February 26, 1863 
Groom 23 yrs. old, born 
Pulaski Co., Ky. son of 
Larra? and Mary Ann Vanhook 
Bride 20 yrs old, b. Pulaski Co. 
dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth Ashley 

Christopher Vaught 
Thomas Baugh 

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1800 CENSUS 

Joel Ashley 
John AShley 
Roland Ashley 
Wll Ham Ashley, Jr. 
William Ashley, Sr. 
James Ashley 
John Ashley 

1830 CENSUS 

Thomas Ashley 
Thomas Ashley 
John L. Ashley 
Jos I ah Ashley 
Joseph Ashley 
John Ashley 
Joslah Ashley 
Mn. Ausley 
Ruthy Ashley 
Jane As ley 
Robert Ashley 
Willis Ashely 
Uriah Ashley 
Andrew Ashley 
Thos. Ashley 
Hannah Ashley 
William Ashley 
Benjamin J* Ashley 
James Ashley 
James P. Ashley 
Charles Ashley 
Ben. C. Ashley 
Benjamin Ashley 
Edith Ashley 
John Ashley 
Edward Ashley 
H. P. Ashley 
Joel Ashly 


!790 CENSUS - Tax List Date 7-23-1789 

Joel Ashley 

Woodford County 
Clark County 
Henderson County 




Mason County 
Mercer County 

A 1 1 en County 
Al ien County 



Barren County 
Caldwell County 
Casey County 
Clark County 
F lemming County 



Harrison County 
Henderson County 
Hardin County 
Lincoln County 



Livingston County 
Logan County 



Madison County 

McCracken County 

Nicholas County 

Pulaski County 

S^lby County 
« If 



Todd County 
Union Counxy 
Vvoodford County 

Fayette County 

January 1974 



By: Robert E. Ashley (IH) 

A popular summer pastime oip Bob and Lib Ashley (#1) Is the 
retracing of the routes once followed by our ancestors. We 
highly recommend a trip to EAST POULTNEY, VERMONT. 

The path of the seven Ashley brothers of Poultney, Vermont, 
from Rochester, Mass seemed to offer great possibilities. 
Thomas' and Isaac^ went to Canaan, Conn, first and then on to 
Vermont. ^A of A Bulletin Vol. 3, #2, pg 29). In his book 
"The Great Trail of New England", Harral Ayers shows a map of 
1642 with the Indian trail from Plymouth to Providence - from 
there to Hartford, "|"o Canaan, following very nearly the present 
U.S. route No. 44. 

Ayers continues, "following the arrival of those colonists an embassy of Indian 
Lords f r jm that Connecticut country that was soon to be settled as Windsor, 
Hartrord and Wethersf leld, visited Boston and offered the hospitality of their 
,)i3ople, and lands, and furs • • • If the English would come and settle • • • 
The Connecticut tribes were menanced by the warlike Pequots. The basts of the 
Indian mission may have been that, with the English among them they could enjoy 
peace and security." All this before 1640. By the time Thomas Ashley removed 
from Rochester to Canaan the Indian trail had been In use by the white man for 
over 125 years. 

Perhaps they thought Canaan was getting "too crowded", so the Aliens and the 
Ash leys moved on to the wilderness that became Poultney, Vermont. 

Their route north was first through Ashley Falls, then probably on up the pre- 
sent U.S. 7 to Bennington. Note: When In Bennington, be sure to visit the 
museum as well as the battle monument. 

From here on we can be sure of the path as It Is detailed In the "History of 
Poultney" as the settlers escape route during the Revolution. 

Moving North along the valley with the Green Mountains on either side looking 
down on us as they did on Thomas, we come to the famous resort town of 
Manehester. Then on to beautiful little Dorset, on to Pawlet, Wells and past 
Lake ST. Catherine to Poultney, where Thomas Ashley and Ebenezer Allen made 
the first settlement on April 15, 1771, on the Poultney River. 

Poultney Is a pretty little town of 3000 with a wide main street beginning at 
the corner of Beaman Street where stands the house said to have been built 
by Thomas Ashley for his daughter Prlectlla who married *Rufus Partrldgo. An 
old map In the N.E.H.6.S. shows the Beaman Hotel across the streer and rne 
house occupied by a Or. Wm. McLeod. (Cover of Bulletin July 1973) At the west 
end of Main Street and snug up against the New York State line is the campus of 
Green Mountain College, established In 1834 as the Ripley Female College. 

*See correction next page. 

January 1974 


Moving east on Main Street and parallel to the Poultney River, we come to 
East Poultney. Now If Poultney Is a pretty town, East Poultney Is a perfect 
gem. Reminiscent of colonial days Is this little hamlet with it*s village 
green, the high columned Eagle Tavern, which dates from 1785 (whose pillars 
are said to be masts from British ships). The old meeting house In the 
Christopher Wren style of architecture. Here both Horace Greeley and George 
Jones, founders of the New York Tribune and Times, received their training. 

The old me tod I an factory houses the museum of the Poultney Historical Society* 
and next door Is the school house where Greeley gave his first political speech. 
Opposite the church Is the main building of the society where a fine new 
auditorium was dedicated last summer to the citizens who fled after the 
Hubbardton Battle (Pg. 32 July 73 Bulletin). Walter Johnson, host of the 
Eagle Tavern, has an 1825 deed for that Inn signed before Ellsha Ashley, J.P. 

Close by Is the old cemetery and opposite that a marker where the first church 
stood. We found no Ashley stones, but It seems the most likely place for 
the Ash leys. Of the other three cemeteries In town - one Is Episcopal, one 
Hebrew and one Catholic. 

Just south of the center of town the Poultney River has a series of falls 
through a narrow rock gorge, a perfect place for the early mills, all of which 
were lost In the great freshet of 181 i. But that's another story for another 

At nearby Castleton Is Remington's Tavern where the Green Mountain Boys planned 
the attack on Fort TIconderoga, and at East Hubbardton Is the Hubbardton battle 
ground and museum. Another dozen miles or so will take you to Larrabee's Point 
and the ferry across Lake Champ lain at the very spot where Thomas^ and the 
Green Mountain Boys corssed to take TIconderoga. But, that too Is another 
story for another time. 

^Buildings of the Historical Society are only open Sunday afternoons. 

CORRECTION (pg. 68 July 1973 Bulletin) 

George Partridge did not arrived In this country at Plymouth, Mass. on the 
Ship "Ann" In 1623. It was Stephen and Triphosa Tracy, parents of Sarah 
Gciorge's wife, that were married In Leyden Holland and sailed on the CAnnD. 

Proni 'PartvidGe Genealoou bu Georffe Eenru Pccptridae (1916) 

RUFUS PARTRIDGE^ (James^, George^, John^, George') was b In Canaan, Ct on 
Feb. 17, 1777 and d Magnolia, Wis. on Apr. 29, 1850. He m Feb. 19 1798 
>riscilla Ashley who was b. June 19, 1777 and d July II, 1836. 
Children: Eliza b Oct. 22, 1800 

Sarah b July 9, 1806 d Jan. 2, 1845 m Franklin Kendall 
John Staley b June 28 1817 In Watson, N.Y. d July 3, 1892 In 
Whitewater, Wis., m In Covington, N.Y. Apr. 18, 1848 to 
Henrietta Maria, dau of Uriah & Ann Johnson. She was b 
March 29, 1823, d at Whitewater Dec. 13, 1890. They 
had one child John Ashley b Sept. 28, 1849, m. 
Nov. 7, 1872 to Ella Branch and resided In St. Louis In 1909. 

C32D January 1974 


POLLY (ASHLEY) BRONSON^ * (George Washington, 

wn i ! am - Thcnas - Joseph) 

(6ib!e in- possession of gran^^daughter, 
Mrs. GftDrge Robertson, now (idceasod, 
in \Wj) 


George Washington Ashley^ Rutland Co., Vt. 
**Sally Page, Broom Co., N.Y, 
*Polly Dickenson INo pl^aae listed) 
Eliza Ashley, Brooni Co., N.Y. ) 
Harry Ashley, Broom Co., N.Y. ) by 1st wife 
Perry Ashley^ Broom Co., N. Y. ). 
Polly Ashley, Broom Co., N.Y*; ) 
Rodney Ashley, Broom Co., N.Y. *) 
John Hector Ashley, Broom Co., N.Y.) by 2nd wife 
Sally AlBhley, Broom Co., N.Y. ) 
Avoltne Ashley, Broom Co., N.Y. ) 

*Flrst wife of Geo. M. Ashley 
• **Second wife " " " " 

David Bronson, Broom Co., N.Y. 
Rhoda Page, Broom Co., N.Y. (1st wife) 
Polly Ashley, Broom Co., N.Y. (2nd wife) 
Children by let wife: 
James Bronson, Broom (}o., N.Y. ' 
David Arlow ) . r^ w y 
Electa Arllne ) ^'"^^ ^'^^ ^-^ ^•^• 

Rachel Armlnda Qronson, DuPage Co., III. 
Marlntha Janetto Bronson, DuPage Co., III. 
Marl He Elfzsbcth Bronson, DuPage (3o., III. 
CMld bf^ 2nd I'Kp^: 
Almeda Florerte Bronson, OuPage Co., III. 

dune 27, 1781 
December 22, 1799 
January 27, 1780 
July 24, 1307 
February 5, 1 8' 2 
Noveiflber 2A, !8i3 
March 27, 1620 
December 26, 1821 
^prli B, 1824 
April 15, 1826 
October 18, 1829 

karoh 3, 1809 
October 19, 1812 
March 27, 1820 

August ,23, 1836 
October 3, 1837 

July r7, 1841 ■ 
August I, 1844 
March 10, 1846 

October II, 1851 

November 27, 1 784 

Stephen Bronson, father of David Bronson was born 

at Broom Co., N.Y. 
Rhoda (Page) Bronson was sister of Sally Page above, thus she was 
Polly (Ashley) Bronson*s aunt 

(ieo.oo W. Ashley m (I) Pol ly Olckerson on November I6,.IC06 
Geoi-^e W. Ashley m (2) Sally Page at Broom Co., N.Y. en May 9, 


(oontinued on next page) 

January 1974 


MARRIAGES {from Tolly (AtMsy) 9ronBon*9 BibU) 

David Bronson m« (1) Rhoda ^a at Broomjp Co., N.Y. on October 20, 1835 
David Bronson m (2) Polly Ashley at Brooma Co., N.Y. on May 23, 1849 
Amos Churchi 1 1 m. Marl I la Bronson at puPage Co. , III. on Novambar 26, 1^866 
Abnar R. Mack m. Marintha Bronson at DuPage Co., III. on January I, 1869 


CkCldrmt of Amoe and Hatilla (Bronscn) ChsuTcMll 
Jassia Marllla, DuPaga Co., III. 
Jannia Elizabeth w tt tt 
Jos I a Marintha 
Julia Almeda 
Adeline Barker 
Fannie Bel I 
Rhoda Virginia 
Amos Churchill 

0iiUbpWi of Almmr R. and HarinHia (Bpan^an) Maak 
David Edward Butler Co., Iowa 
Fred A. " " 

Cora " " 

George " " 

Almeda Florette *" ** 
Maria •• •• 

A. Robert •• •• 




June 19, 1868 
September 14, 1870 
Movamber 29, 1872 
May 21, 1875 
Decamber 19, 1878 
Decamber 9, 1880 
October 2, 1885 
December 25, 1895 (7) 

March 28, 1870 
July 23, 1871 
June 10, 1873 
June 24, 1875 
Septamber 8, 1877 
March 29, 1879 
February 28, 1887 


James Bronson 
David Arlow Bronson 
Electa Arllne Bronson 
Rachel Armlnda Bronson 
Rhoda Bronson' 
David Edward Mack 
George W» Ashley 
Polly Dickenson Ashley 
Harvy Ashley 
Eliza Ashley Young 
John Hector Ashley 
Sally Ashley Hatch 
Julia Almeda Churchill 
Sally Page Ashley 
Almeda F. Bronson 
David Bronson 
Polly Ashley Bronson 
Abner R. Mack 
Fannie Bel le Matson 
Cora Mack 
George Mack 
A» Robert Mack 

Broome Co., N«Y,. 

November 21, 1836 

DuPage Co., 1 II. 

August 22, 1844 

ft It 

September 29, 1844 

ft tf 

October 20, 1843 

tf ft 

October 7, 1848 

Butler Co., Iowa 

March 26, 1870 

OuPage Co. ,111. 

March 7, 1853 

Broome Co., N.Y. 

February 6, 1819 

N ft 

March 23, |8II 

ft ft 

December 22, 1848 

Iroquois Co., III.. 

November 3, 1853 

Kankakee, III. 

December 13, 1854 

Lombard, III, 

August 23, 1875 

Mheaton, III. 

April 29, 1874 

ft ft 

July 23, 1876 

ft ft 

June 21, 1890 

It ft 

November 9, 1898 

DuPage Co., III. 

December 13, 1907 

ft ft 

October 18, 1908 

Butler Co., Iowa 

October 25, 1879 

ft ft 

September 29, 1879 

H n 

February 28, 1887 


January 1974 




Plymouth County Probate, #544, Book 16, p332 LJ L. 

by: Robert E. Aahley #2 

(Bundreds of recovda like this new on microfilm at Plymouth^ 

Taunton and New Bedford. Who will help extract Aehley data?) 


INVENTORY - May 24, 1762 

This Inventory taken by us the subscribers of all the estate, real and person- 
al that THOMAS ASHLEY late of Rochester In the County of Plymouth, Yeoman died 
seised of and set forth to us by the widdow, there being no administrator 

1 s d 
To his books 6 

" " wearing apparel 46 yards & 1/3 of new cloth 
" Pewter 
"Tin ware 
" Earthenware 
" Hoi low Iron ware 
" Indoor Iron Ware 
* Wooden Hollow household ware 
"Carpenters tools 
" Outdoor too I s and tack 1 1 ng 
Armour two Gun - ■* ye 
3 beds and furniture 
" Chest with drawers I rable 4 small chests 
2 Spinning wheels Reeler 
Warming pan and box Iron 
Seven chairs 

Loom and tackling 3 stays & Harnesses 
knives, forks, glasses, tea cups 
Quick stock viz: a mare yoak of oxen, two 3 yr. 
old stears I yr old heifer, I cow, II sheep 
7 lambs, 2 swine 
Hose tackling and an hand trunk 
Real estate _ 
















































\ 26 






Rochester 24' 1762 

Signed by Noah Sprague, 

Mark Haskal I 
Thomas Swift 

May 24, 1762: At Rochester, 

Oath by Mark Haskal i and Thoma$ Swift 
before Noah Sprague 

(continued on next page) 

January 1974 


June 1762: Oath by Noah Sprague before Nathaniel Ruggles: 


I would inform the Honorable Judge that My Husband In his life time promised 
My Daughter Elisabeth the cow mentioned In the Inventory though she had not 
received her at his death it being In Hen of a small piece of meadow of mine 
Intended for her. 

And also, JOHN ASHLEY second con to the deceased let his Father have money 
for which his Father promised him 10 lambs above two years ago. 

And also ELKANAH ASHLEY third son to the deceased had his. Father's promise 
to give him I sheep and lamb Just before his death. 

Signed by: Mary Ashley 

Plymouth County Probate Records #532 

Eunice, Enoch, Ellsha, William, Isaac ASHLEY Rochester 
' October 1 5 , ' 1 762 " "l -! BONDS OF GUARD I AN 

~ -J 

Four Bonds: To John Gushing, Judge of Probate 

By Mary Ashley, widow, . ^. ^ « u x 
Roger Bra ley, yeoman " ^^^^ ^^ Rochester 

100 pounds. Re Enoch, Ellsha, & William 
200 pounds. Re Eunice 

Condition: Mary Ashley to be Guardian of Eunfce, Enoch, Ellsha, WllHam 

minors, children of Thomas Ashley 

Signed by mark (Mary Ashley 
Witnesses: Edward Wins low & James Haward 

November 12, 1762 

One Bond: By THOMAS ASHLEY of Canon (?)ln the County of Lelchfleld, 

Colony of Conetlcut, husbandman 
THOMAS SWIFT of Rochester . • . yeoman 

200 pounds 

Condition: THOMAS ASHLEY • • • to be Guardian of Isaac Ashley a minor son 

of THOMAS ASHLEY late of Rochester, deceased 

Witnesses: Lemuel Hasklns and Samuel Swift 


January 1974 


AODENOA: To Lineage of Lord Ashley, the Earl 

of Shaftesbury showing relationship 
tq the Duke of Edinburg 
(July 1972 Bulletin, pg 85) 

Fumiehed by: Robert S. Ashley §1 

Prince Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburg and husband of Queen 
Elizabeth II, is the nephejpr of Lieutenant Lord Louis Mountbatten, Ck>unt of 
Bunna, who married EDMINA CYNTHIA ANNETTE ASHLEY, daughter of Wilfred Willi 
Ashley, the Baron Mount Temple. 

She was the great-granddaughter of the seventh Eari of Shaftesbury (q.v.) 
and was born In London on November 28, 1901. King Edward VII was her god- 
father. When she was less than twenty, her mother's father. Sir Ernest 
Cassel died and left between her and her younger sister, the income of an 
immense fortune. In 1922 she married Lt. Lord Louis Mountbatten, younger 
son of Admiral of the Fleet, the Marquess of Mi I ford-Haven, formerly Prince * 
Louis of Battenberg and his wife Victoria, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. 

Active in world-wide charitable functions, the outbreak of the war in 
1939 provided a real outlet for her activities and a distinguished career 
with the Order of St. John. When her husband was made supreme allied 
commander of South East Asia, she was able to make great contributions to the 
al lied cause. 

In 1947 her husband was made the last vice-roy of India and the first 
governor-general of that newly independent country. 

After the war, the Countess continued her exhausting missions and 
severely taxed her strength. She died in her sleep In North Borneo on the 
night of February 20, I960. Her body was flown back to England and buried 
at sea off Portsmouth with full naval honors. 

The Mountbattens had two daughters, Patricia, born 1924 who married the 
seventh Baron Brabourne In 1946; and Pamela, born in 1929 who married 
David Hicks in I960. 

Lady (Ashley) Mountbatten was not content to rest on her great inheri- 
tance of beauty, wealth and privilege, but made her mark as a tough and re- 
lentless fighter against poverty and suffering. India's prime minister 
Nehru said, "She had the healer's touch**. 

References: The Dicticfutry of National Biography and 

Enayolopedia Brtttanioa 

January 1974 




Infotmatien rtoHvd feemt 
Knmsth 0» Jka>i» §6 
Eliadb^th GtaaMy HO 
Allihta A, DahUtuUt §244 

iy, mm ^@o mm 

This ad appeared In the 

October Issue of Farm Journal Just a few years ago« The ad further stated that 
one filling lasts 12 to 1.8 hours - set It and. forget lt« Safe and dependable. 
Circulates heat up to 6 rooms. Combustion so complete little or no ashes to 
empty « Invention of patented ASHLEY doWndraft system made It a 1 1 possible. 
Backed by over 100 years of heater manufacturing. Order from ASHLEY AUTOMATIC 
HEATER CO., Dept. 01, Box 730 Sheffield, Ala. 35660« 

On November 27, 1973 the Transcript carried a full page story about the person 
^ho was trying to locate an Ajshley Wood Burning Stove. The obstacles incurred 
vvere most amusing. But - these fantastic stoves are still ava liable! And if 
/our fuel supply Is limited you might want to follow up on this. 

^ESTION - Mho was the ASHLEY that obtained this patent? 7 7 7 7 


MARCUS ASHLEY of Keene Road, East Freetown, Mass. was pictured In the December 27, 
1973 Issue of the Villager along with his homemade wood boiler which works auto- 
matically with his present hpt water baseboard heating system. Another Ingenious 
\shley solved his energy crisis. 

Jsing scrap parts from Junk yards, Marcus constructed a hot water boiler at the 
rear of his home. A supply and return pipe feeds Into the home's original 
toiler's circulator^ It only requires once a day feeding of several four-foot 
logs, and when the thermostat calls for heat, hot water from his wood burning 
toiler circulates through the conventional heating system. Ashley said he 
JIdnt want to go backwards with smokey stoves In the house, thus he put his new 
!>oi (er In the back yard. With the twelve cord of wood on hand, he hopes to stay 
'*warm** for the duration. 

EMIL DAHLQUIST*s Invention of the slanted fireplace grate (written up In our 
July 1973 bulletin) has solved their energy crisis. The design of the grate 
radiates a tremendous amount of heat into the room, thus cutting down o1her fuel 
requirements. "Everyone talks about hot air", he expat Ins, "But what we are work- 
ing with are rays. Rays will travel In a straight line until they strike an 
object. When we use the grate, rays radiate Into the room - not up the chimney, 
it cooks food as well as heatlrg. If you want to koep warm this winter and have 
a fireplace - ccntect Em! I F. Dahlqufst, 31 Morgan Park, Clinton, Ct. 05413. 


January 1974 




... ^ , GaaacxDcxxxxxxDac: 

JONATHAN ASHLEY* (Jonathm^s OccHd^M RdberlP} 

Our cover shows the old kitchen In the restored house of Rev. Jonathan Ashley^ 
(I7i2-!7e0) C'Odrfleld, Mass. The lot on the West side of Main St. known as 
Lot No. 2 In the early records of the town, was purchased by Ashley on June 28» 
1733 for 250 lbs. and he erected a house thereon that some year. The kitchen 
In the early days was the answer to today's enargy crisis * not only did It 
serve as a cooking stove, /but also to heat the room. 

Jonathan, graduated from.YaJe University In 1730, m. Dorothy Ml 11 lams, dau. 
of Rev. Ml I Mam Williams of Hatfield In 1736, who was second cousin to Rev. 
Jonathan Edwards. The two ministers had many theological battles, Ashley being 
more liberal. He was a *'Tory** sympathizer and on the occasion of the ''Boston 
Tea Party" sent a I lb. keg of tea to Parson Rogdr Newton of Qreenfletd. 
Preaching against those Americans who fell at Lexington, he said, "They would 
meet with a fearful doom In the next world'^ 

Historian Sheldon write, "Unfortunately Mr. Ashley's character was not a love- 
able one". It was not until years after his death that the village did make 
restitution to his widow for all unpaid accounts long due htm. 

Albeit -* he worked diligently for the establishment of the now famous Williams 
College working with money from Col. Ephralm Williams estate and with Israel 
Williams of Hatfield* He Induced the Governor to sign a charter. Harvard 
overseers were more than displeased. He also Journeyed to Norwalk to talk with 
General Geoffrey Amherst. After his death a 1793 charter established Williams 
College to the west of the Mohawk Trail. In a couple of decades Amherst was 
established east of Deerfleld - so Jonathan Ashley's efforts were not In vain. 

The house Is a plank house and has been removed to a new site In restoration. 
It includes a study, central hall, north parlor with two magnificent shell 
cupboards, bedrooms, leanto, and an attic with musket silts. It was built 
"bullet proof" and was stockaded during the French and Indian Wars. The 
plaster Is made of oyster shells, hair and sawdust.' 

In restoration It has been beautifully furnished In proper period • Queen Anne 
highboys mix attractively with Brewster chair (from I600's) a Windsor stool, 
Chippendale side chatrsi etc. A Chippendale block front secretary beautifully 
carved by Benjamin Frothlngham, circa 1775, was originally made for John Marsh, 
pastor of Church of Wethersf leld, Ct, a graduate of Harvard In 1761, Brigade 
Chaplain In Washington's Army. Marsh married Ann Grant of the Ulysses S. 
Grant family. This particular piece with Its colorful history also later be- 
longed to Richard Henry Dana (author of two years before the Mast" and topthe 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family In their Brattle St., Cambridge home. The 
original deed to Rev. Johnathan Ashley Is In his desk. The china Is from 
Or. Thomas Wllllafn$ whose daughter (a niece of Co\ Ephralm Williams) married 
Jonathan's son Ellhu Ashley* 

Furnish^ by^ Sancy (lacnard) Tkureton §126 

January 1974 



Con you identify or shed any light on any of 
the fol lowing Ashleys. If you have any In- 
formation at all, please forward to your 

Esther Ashley Spousta (flO) 

ABRAM ASHLEY BAKER (1^49-1929) burled at Mt. Pleasani 
Qemetery, Rock I and , Mass. Father was Marcus Baker 
(1612-1883), 9r-father Samuel Baker (1780-I85k Believe 
one of these Bakers married an ASHLEY girt. 

ADDISON STERNE ASHLEY - m Marietta Fletcher and known to have had at least 
one chltd« Elbert Fletcher Ashley - No dates or location known. 

BERNARD ASHLEY - m Mary Daniels and had at least one child viz. Francis (Frank) 
Remington, born Dec. I, 1854 In Conpectlcut. 

CHAUNCEY ASHLEY - m Sarah Louisa Von yo.lkenberg. Believed to have lived In N.Y. 
and perhaps burled. at Maiden Bridge Cemetery. I have a Chauncey b 
May 14, 1884 that lived around Pamelia and Red Creek, N.Y. but have no 
marriage listed. He was descended from Caslmir Buckltn Ashley (6) 
Chauncy Coomodore (5) Noah (4) John (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I). 

EDWARD ASHLEY - m Oelphlne Lucia _. and had at least one child EDWARD Jr 

who m Alma Smith dau. of Hersche! F, Smith, grenddaughter of Thos. Smith, 
gr-granddaughter of Daniel Smith Jr. 

EDWARD SMITH ASHLEY - b 8 1650, perhaps Virginia, m. Marian W. Lavalle (7). 
Settled In Clarke, S. Dak. In 1682. Had at least 4 children, tt)e 
4th chl Id being Robert Rush Ashley who m. Anna Meyers. 

EUGENE LIONEL ASHLEY - m Elisabeth Hitchcock, d « (916/17. Was lawyer and 
businessman In Warren County, New York In and around Glens Fallsi 

FRANK ASHLEY -bin Knott Co., Ky (7) and m Lucy Taulbee b. In N.C. Had at 
least one child Freeland Ashley b In Ky. who m Sally Kelly 

.HENRY ASHLEY - m Annie PIttsley (PIggsley). probably late 1800's. Had at 
least one child Harry. Francis Ashley who m Grace Edna Reynolds. 

JOHN ASHLEY - b. 1769 In S.C. m. Sarah b. 1795 His brother 

WILLIAM ASHLEY - b. 1803, m. Elizabeth b. 1805 

John's son, John Coleman b. 1822 at S.C. married his Ist cousin, 

Elizabeth June Ashley, dau. of William. 

Can we Identify the father of John and William Ashley of S.C? 

C403. January 1974 



(Taber*, Abram^, Wllllam2, Joseph') CXXXXXXXXXXD 

Frort Neu/ Bedford Standcopd - September 2^ 1913 

WAS OLD VETERAN - The late ALBERT W. ASHLEY served through whole of war, 
ALBERT W. ASHLEY who recently died In Mattapolsett, was a veteran of the late 
Ctvll War, having enlisted In the 23rd Massachusetts regiment, Co* "D". He 
served during the entire war and was honrably discharged at lt*s close. He 
took part In many battles and was wounded but once, 

Mr. Ashley was born In Dartmouth, and resided there about 40 years when he 
moved to Mattapolsett where he conducted a farm until his death. He was the 
son of Taber and Elizabeth (Wordell) Ashley. Taber was the father of 21 
children by two wives, Albert being the 19th child. Mr. Ashley was 80 years 
of age and leaves a widow and one daughter. (Wife of Albert was Mary E. 
Phillipe - dccu. was Alice W. b. 1866 m. Arthur W. Ashley) 

Note: Bob Aehley writes that in the Spring of 1972 when the work party 
of the Crapo^White-Ashley Cemetery visited the old Tabor Ashley 
home and the private cemetery in the rear, located on High Bill 
Roads ^« Dartmouth^ the children of the present owner showed them 
aroimd and told them of the family goke — that when the old 
house creaks in the nighty they say it is Deacon Tabor Ashley 
looking after his 21 Children. 

QUERIES (Continued) 

OBIDAH ASHLEY - ? ? ? Had at least one child Thomas Jefferson Ashley 

who m Martha 6oss. Descendants live In Ohio 

RICHARD ASHLEY - b m Elizabeth Had at least one child 

WI 1 1 lam who m Sarah Broomhel I . 

THOMAS ASHLEY of Conway, Mass. Int. to marry recorded as 5 May 1833 to 

Lucrez!3 "^hayer In Conwey vital records. Moved to New Bedford 
shortly after marriage* "Memorial of the Thayer Name from the 
Massachusetts Colony of Weymouth and Bralntree" by Bezallel Thayer 
1874 (p44, 55, 57) states there were at least two chlldredn from 
this marriage, viz. Sarah Price b 3 Feb. 1834 and Franklin M. 
b. 6 Nov. 1835. Where does this THOMAS fit In. 

WILLIAM HENRY ASHLEY - b 5 Aug. 1838, d 30 Oct. 1890 at Wilmington, Del. 

m. Theresa J. Lynch on II Nov. 1863. Had Charles Henry b. 
9 Jan. 1868 at Wilmington, and perhaps Arthur Edward (?) 
Who are the progenitors of William Henry? 

January 1974 



EBENEZER FRANKLIN ANDREWS d. August 10; 1841 j yr 16 mp. 15 da 

RACHEL ANDRES wife of Ebenezer, d. December 26, 1840 tn 23rd yr. 
PETER CRAP03 (called Peter Crapo 2n<i)Uohn^, P^ter^) 

d. March 3, 1822 - 79 yrs. 

He and his brother Consider and Abraham Ashley owned the sawmill 
at Quanipaug that was "partly in Freetown and partly In Dartmouth" 
^tdow Hathaway also at one time a part owner. 
SARAH (West) CRAP, 1st wife of Peter, d. May 16, 1789, 42 yrs. 
*C0NTENT (Peckham) (Hathaway) CRAPO, wife of later Peter, d. Oct. 27, 1856 

68th yr. 
(Above tJtp«e etonee restored and fenced in probably by Eeney 
Houland Crapo, about 1912. See "Certain Comeoverere" by 
B. H. Crapo) 

The following all on one granite obelisk: 

CAPT. PHILIP CRAPO, b. Oct. 12, 1797 d. Aug. 10, 1848 

HANNAH (Crapo) CRAPO, his wife, dau. Richard and Elizabeth (Crossman) Crapo. 

b. May 12, 1806 d. Dec. 30 1885 

(Their dau, Banndh B. m. Villicna Allen Aahley^» Copt. 
Villiom^, Villime^, Abrahem^, Joeeph^) 

(Banndh (Crapo) Crape, wife of Capt, Philip m. ind 


Children of Capt. Philip i Bannah: 



On book of obelisk: 




CAPT. GE0R6E H. CRAPO son of Philip & Hannah, May 8, 1825 Feb. 27, 1887 

WILLIAM CUMMIN6S (s of Phillip & Keturah (Booth) Curamlngs) d. Apr. 17, 1859 

66 yrs. (He m. Mrs. Mary (Booth) Pierce bef. 1813) 
LEWIS GIFFORO d. Dec. I4> 1843 86 yrs 
SUSANNA GIFFORD d. Oct. 5, 1833 66 yrs (Lewis Gifford m. Susannah Alien 

wid. Sept. 26, 1799 - Dart. Recs.) 
CATHERINE HOWARD d. Mar. 3, 1843 in 66th yr. (Mother of Mary S. Howard 

who m. James Ashley 
' HORACE S. PHILLIPS d. Jan. 17, 1864 51 yrs 
CHARLES H. PHILLIPS s. of Horace and Elizabeth, d. June 24, 1865, I y. 8 d. 
ELIAS REYNOLDS d. Dec. 8, 1887 69 yrs 
MR. NATHAN WEST d. Oct. 31, 1838 85 yrs. 5 mos. 
MRS. MERCY WEST wife of Nathan, d. Apr. 3, 1839 83 yrs. il.<)as.. 
NOAH WEST d. July 30, 1856 79 yrs. 5 mos. (He m. Hannah Cr'bsynan of 

Tiverton, Int. Mar. 31, 1808) , 

MALACHI H. WHITE 1816-1898 
HANNAH T. WHITE 1 8 16- 1 90 1 ^"-arge granite stone tipped Over and due to 

its size, the only one we were unable to reset) 
EXPERIENCE C. (White) wife of William H. Hunter, d. Dec. 9, 1651 24 y 6 m 14 d 

the end 
^ r42T January 1974 

b. June 16, 1828 d May 22, 
b. Aug. 18, 1841 d Aug. 6, 
b. June 7, 1833 d Oct. 9, 


b. 1763 d. 1838 
b. 1764 d. 1837 
their son 1801, 1838 


HENRY SIMEON ASHLEY (#178) b Feb. 27, 
1879, son of Narren King and 
Henrietta (Dewey) Ashley, died Nov. 
23, 1973 at the age of 94. He was 
the 3rd generation of Ash leys to 
live on and operate the Ashley farm 
at 22 Porter Rd, East Longmeadow. 
As the town's oldest citizen he 
had held the symbolic gold-headed 
cane since 1971. 

An active leader of the First Con- 
gregational Church, an honorary 
deacon since 1964 - active leader 
In Hampden Co. Improvement League, 
sponsor of youth development In 
agriculture - 50 year member of 
the Masonic Lodge. 

Married to the late Jennie (Coomes) 
Ashley he leaves two sons, Warren 
H. (#183) and Henry C (1177), a 
brother WI I Imore Ashley, 3 grand- 
children and 2 gr-grandchlldren. 

ZELMA B. (ASHLEY) CLARK (#268) age 
85, wife of the late Walter M. Clark, 
died Dec. 21, 1973. Born In New 
Bedford, she lived the past 10 years 
in S. Dartmouth. Member of the 
Pilgrim United Church of Christ, the 
Alcott Club, the Saturday Club and 
Ashleys of America. Survivors are 
two sons, Ashley Clark (1269) and 
Walter M. Jr. and two grandchildren. 

IDA M. (SNELL) ASHLEY^ widow of 
Allen C. Ashley, b In Fall River, 
died Oct. 17, 1973 In New Bedford, 
age 75* Survived by two sons, 
Allen C» Jr. of Falrhaven; former 
Acushnet Selectman Elton A« Ashley; 
two dau. MrSb Priscllla A. Lafferty 
of New Bedford; Mrs. June L. West- 
gate of Marlon; a brother Earl C. 
Sne 1 1 of Rochester; a s I star Mrs . 
Gladys E. Branch! nl of Westport; 
1 3 grandch 1 1 dre«« and severe I great . 
grandchJ Idren. 



MARY E. (GREGORY) ASHLEY widow of Ira 
Ashley, died Oct. 2, 1973 at New Bedford, 
age 95. Born In England, but had lived 
In this area nearly 90 years. Survived 
by her dau. Mrs. Lillian Sch lander of 
New Bedford and one granddaughter. 


IT'S A BOY - Johann Ludwig Harrer, born 
7 Dec. 1973 at North Adams, Mass. Proud 
parents are Holger and Eiolse (Davis) 
Harrer (144), grandparents are Kenneth 
and Marie Davis (15). 

IT'S A GIRL - Krlsten Adlna McKle, born 
26 Dec. 1973, first child of Thomas and 
Darlene (Bogardus) McKle of Sllngerlands, 
N.Y., gr-grandaughter of Grace E. (Ashley) 
MIsulls (1209. 


DIANNE (ASHLEY) PER-LEE (1223) and her 
father ROBERT P. ASHLEY (1230) have Just 
published a high school text called, 
UndBSPetariding Thm Saoel^ DIanne, a 1964 
graduate of RIpon ODilege, spent 2 years 
as a Peace Corps volunteer In Ethlpla. 
Received her Master's degree In folklore 
at Untv. of Pe., and Is now teaching In 
en experimental H.S, In Arlington, Va« 
Her father, ROBERT PAUL ASHLEY, the 
author of many articles and several books, 
is listed in Who's Who of America, Out* 
standing Educators of ''72, Director of 
American Scholars, and more. Is current- 
ly Dean of the College of RIpon, RIpon, 

JOHN ASHLEY, Freetown fireman, assisted 
In the rescue of 4 persons from a Cessna 
amphibian that crash-landed on Long Ppnd, 
Dec. 22, 1973. All passengers and the 
two firemen were ducked In Icey cold 
waters whon rescue boat capsized, but 
a 1 1 reached safety . 

January 1974 





GSOHTB in MEUBSRSBIP Is the key to our contin- 
ued success. Send names of prospective members 
to our Membership Chairman* vtai 
Mrs. K. 0. OaviSy Green Rfver Rd. 
WltltomstOim* Mass. 01267 


PO Box 673 
Morrllton. Ark. 72110 


(Constance Paradise Reed) 

159 Pleasant St. 

North Adams » Mass* 01247 
#280 MR. ALLEN W. ASHLEY (7) 

489 Covewood Blvd. 
. Webster, N.Y. 14581 

10408 Bright Angel Circle 

Sun City, Ariz. 85351 

1979 Tanglewood Or. N.E. 

St. Petersburgh, Fla. 33702 

3107 Charles Ave. 

Trenton, Mich. 48183 

11239 - 81 Street ' 

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 

2046 N.W. 19th Lane 

Gainesville, Fla. 32601 

Lee Roy Ashley ( ) Thomas James Nelson ( ) 
George Sanders Jr. ( ) George Sanders ( ) 
Jordan Ashley who m. Sarah Sanders 

Charles Ashley- who m. Annie Mashburn 

Andrew Wtnfred Ashley (6) Andrew White (5) 
William Washington (4) Edward (3) 
Joseph (2) William of N.C. (7) 

Stepson of James R. Ashley #226 

Alfred Kllburn < ) William Marcel lus 
Ashley ( ) Jeremiah ( ) John who m. 

William John Ashley ( > William ( ) 
Will lam who m. Miss Grono 
T5B 2R3 

John Ashley Manning < ) Virginia Ashley ( ) 
Nathaniel () William ( ) Nathaniel ( ) 
William ( ) John of Aoson Co., N.C. 






' October 14, 1973 

Chapter No* i. Ash leys of America, held Its third meeting on October 14, 1973 
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth 0* Davis, Wf lllamstown. Mass, with nine 
members present. 

A very educational session was held covering discussion of migration maps 
and Certificate Research,, led by Elolse (Davis) Harrer (#44). Mrs. Harrer 
has spent considerable time In the Salt Lake City area and has done a 
great deal of genealogical research. 

Plans were discussed for Ihe June 1974 meeting which will be held In the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. John 6.. Ashley (#208) at BInghamton, New York. 

Marlon Kern, Secretary 


t . • • 

January 1974 



AUG 7 1974 

Vol. IV No. 3 


April 1974 

Organized August 29, 1970 Incorporated June 8, 1973 


President — -•!.--•• Robert E. Ashley 

68 Spring HIM Ave., Bridgewater, M^ss. 02324 
1st Vice President --•••-•••-- — •- John S. Ashley 

50t County St., New Bedford, Mass. 02741 
2nd Vice President — - — --.--•-•- Paul C. Leonard 

Halcyon Farm, Howland Rd., Lakevtile, Mass. 02346 
3rd Vice President •-,- Bradford F. Swan 

15 Arnold St., Providence, R. 1. 02906 
Secretary — -- — - — --••••-- Amantha Ashley Akin 

103 Chancery St., New Bedford, Mass. 02740 
Treasurer -------••--••------ Nancy Ashley 

165 Elm St., South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 
Executive Committee: 

Doris Ashley Lang - Washburn Rd., East Freetown, Mass. 02717 
Kenneth Valentine Ashley * Mendel I Rd., Rochester, Mass. 02770 
Virginia Ashley Goff - 56 Kelley Blvd., N. Attleboro, Mass. 02760 

Publishing Editor - — .-•-•-•--. €sther Ashley Spousta 

P.O. Box 321, Rogers, Ark. 72756 
Membership Chairman •-- Maple A. Davis 

Green River Rd., Wllllamstown, Mass. 01267 



AUGUST 24, 19 74 

New Bedford « Massachusetts 



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April 1974 

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Vol. IV No. 3 






Your editor Is always glad 
to receive corrections as 
well as new material. 



A BOY IN OLD OHIO - George Ashley^ 

One of the purposes of our 
Quarterly Bulletin Is to 
obtain accurate Information. 
Do not hesitate at any time 
to question data* 


CORRECTION - 24" Boards 



BICENTENNIAL FOCUS - Ash leys on Bunker 

The printed material herein 
is collected from many 
sources and your editor 
has neither time nor the 
facilities available to 
verify It. 



Polly Curtis P 



A correction means that our 
readers are "Interested 
workers" and not Just 
pleasure readers. 


IN MEMORY - Merwin F. Ashley (121) 

Holger J. Harrer (144) 
Ida Golden (Ashley) Kllburn 

Bether Aakley Spousta, 

PO Box 321, Rogers, 
Arkansas 72756 






News Bulletin published Quarterly «- January, April, July, October 

Free copy with each membership 

Extra copies available by sending $2.00/each to the Editor 


Your Executive Board met in New Bedford on March 3, I97.4» for the purpose of 
transacting the Corporation's business. This meeting will eliminate the need 
for an extensive business meeting at the August Reunion and allow the maximum 
of time to be devoted to lectures, reports on research progress^ and Just plain 


August 24th Is the date set for the Fifth Annual Reunion. Place will be again 
at the Wamsutta Club, New Beford, Mass. Details In July Bulletin 

Agreed that the proposed reprinting of **Ashley Genealogy • Descendants of 
Robert Ashley of Springfield** by Trowbridge (1896) will be undertaken on the 
basis of "pre-print I ng" sale of copies sufficient to cover cost. This would 
be an exact reprint of the book, as updating at this time would be too costly, 
it has been indicated by the trustees of the John Ashley House of Ashley Falls 
that they could be interested In 200 to 300 copies, and it has not been 
ascertained as yet what the Deerf leld Historical Society would want. 

Contact has been made with Lord Anthony Ashley-Cooper the Tenth, the present 
Earl of Shaftesbury, Dorset, England. Details of this contact to be correlated 
by our president, Robert E. Ashley, and presented at our Fteunlon. Lord Ashley 
has been invited to become an Honorary Member of Ash leys of America. 

The response to the preliminary Index of Ashley descendants of Abraham - Joseph 
lines has been excellent, and a revised index should be ready for distribution 
at the Reunion In August. 

An English genealogist has been engaged on a "trial basis" to research early 
Ashley emigrants to America. A report will be forthcoming. 

Back issues of our Quarterly Bulletin are In process of being Indexed. 

A start at computerizing the "Ashley^s" Is under way. 



A BIG THANK YOU to our Executive Board. □ 


Your editor takes the liberty of speaking for all members to 
express appreciation to our Executive Board. 

No organization operates successfully without good leaders and 
the accomplishments of Ash leys of America can be attributed to 
the work being done by those you elected to guide our Society. 
They are working ail through the year, planning for our Reunion, 
cataloging dat^, and helping in research on the ASHLEY family. 


April 1974 


Robert E. Ashley II 

Genealogy and history can not be separated^ It Is 
impossible to know our ancestors unless we study the 
history of the times In which they lived* Geography 
too plays a part» for a close study of where they 
lived often reveals the clue as to why they moved» or 
did not move* 

But regardless of what we flnd^ our first respon* 
slbiiity Is to the truth. A true report^ regardless 
of the nature of the facts. Is the obligation of anyone 
who calls himself a genealogist. Those niho would try to alter or color the 
fruth to fit their own preconceived ideas are a liability to the science. 

I l(now that I have **turned off** some correspondents by giving them facts 
that they did not want to hear, and still others by proving their dearly held 
notions to be wrong. But to paraphrase Harry Truman, **lf you can*t stand 
family sl<eletons then stay out of family closets**. 

More often, however, there Is no siceleton but simply the fact that a 
supposed connection or relationship does not exist. 

For example -* I get numerous letters from people claiming to be descended 
from Lord Anthony Ashley-Cooper **who settled on the Ashley River In South 
Carolina**. This preposterous statement Is easily demolished by showing that 
neither the above Individual (who was later made the first Earl of Shaftes« 
bury) nor his only surviving son, the second Earl, nor his son the third 
Earl or the third Earl's brother Maurice who disposed of the property, ever 
even visited America much less **settllng** or producing so many **descendants** • 
All of this can easily be found In the many histories of South Carolina, (fl) 

If that Is not enough, I have before me a letter dated February 25, 1974 
from the present, tenth Earl of Shaftesbruy who tells ma, 'Vlwre is no 
0vidmte0 at all that any mmbar of my family ^r thair dM^mdantB vieit^d th^ 
Unitad StatoB befora 1800 or tht^Mtbouta. Tha barony you mmtticn n$ar 
CharlMton^ South Carolina^ waB achinietared by thm /tost EaiA '# Btmaard^ 
but nai'^ier He nor kU eon Cthe 2nd Earl3 or the third Barl^ or kis bro^uBT 
Maurioo Ashley uho diepoead of the propert y ^ mmr viHtod South Carolina. I 
9uggo9t that you find out the origins of ti^ Ashlsya %iho oms to Atei England 
in ths time of Sir PardMumdo Gorges^ ii^ was a fnsnd of a trustss of ths 
first Sari, bsfors proossding v^i-tit your rsssareh^. 

So there It Is, twice over, and will that end it? In the words of Eliza 
Ooolittle, * »4y Fair Lady - **not bloody likely**. The fable has appeared In 
print too often* 


April 1974 


On the other hand, there was a village called Dorchester on the Ashley River 
opposite the Ashley Barony which was so named because settled by people from. 

Dorchester, Mass* (f2) Our New England Ashleys could have been arrfong them* 

•' « » » . ' • ' 

Also from Maine's "Book of Eastern Claims" we find a "Jhomaa- AehUy nam of 
loi*th CaeeoliMx . * . (md Bi»t0ra) . . • cMldtm of ThomoB AeKUy^ Son of 
ThomoB AMhlsy Mom-ttum Flcavtw onyo Ba§t Sid§ of KmmBhock, at a plaao oalUd 
Ha HntvamHng ..." (fl) C^erhaps as early as 1625. Certainly Jong 
before 16943 (fi) This may be the origin, or one of the origins, of the 
Carolina .Ash leys. « ■' 

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LoM Ashley also writes, '*D4y3 f ami Ly us^d the siqi) of a clnque- 
fol^t as late as the' 1630* s; and Indeed there Is a document dated 
1647 bearing SIniAnthony Ashley-<kx)perU arms as a ctnque-foll 
quartered with the Cooper lions rampant* The same man, who became 
the first Earl of Shaftesbury, presumably changed ^is crest to be 
a Bull upon reoefving a peerage. There Is also an Instance of the 
Warpy being used prior to the 16th century^. 


This pretty well destroys our *^cl aims*' to the Bull as. it was not 
used at al I untl I long after our ancestors came to America, Tn the 
early 1600* Se Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper adopted it. when he became 
aSaron in 1661. (fS^) 

• ^ 

R Y 

' It Is not lively that the Sheriff of Nottingham will come after 
you If you keep It on the wall, but we would be'ln violation of the rules of 
heraldry to use it pub lie ly* We should stay with the sign of the cinque- foil and 
and study the •oohnectlorts between Sir Anthony Ashley, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, 
Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Perdinando Gorges # 

\ have accumulated so much data on the .subject that I think It only right to 
>ut it all together In a mimeographed booklet to distribute at the August * 

f k » 

I • 

See you> then. 

1 1 

Bab AaKUy 

» • 

(fl) The South Carolina HistoHcaL' and Genealogical Magazine - 

- Vol. XI #2 April I9W 
(fS) IbLd i . . 

(fS) . The Maine Recorder, Vol. VI 1 1 page 200 
r/i;. Anne Borden Harding, N.E.H.G;R. 119/15 • 
(fS) Mrs. Hilda M* Stowell, Archivist ta the Earl of Shaftesbury, 
. , March 1974 ■ . 


April 1974 


GEORGE ASHLEY^ (Warden^, James^) 

Written by Fredrick Will tern Ashley^, his eon 

May 28, 1924 
Published In ^'Early Firelands Families** 

Compiled by Marjorle Loomis Cherry (127) 

Let us leave "the Innumerable throng" of our remote 
ancestors to the kindly oblivion Into which they have 
long since faded, while we try to rescue from oblivion a few of the scenes 
and incidents surrounding the boyhood of my father, "Grandpa Ashley" as you 
knew him, 

A fetherless boy before his tenth day of life. • . Father's school days 
were spent In log school houses. Of course there were no stoves. Big fire*- 
places did what they could to warm the winter morning air, and oiled paper 
in the windows served instead of glass. A punishment much In favor with the 
teachers was to split a stick for part of its leitgth and fasten it on the nose 
of the small offenders. The bigger boys got something more severe. One of 
father's teachers was a one-legged man who went about on two crutches. Some 
of the boys thought It would be easy to "lick" this cripple, but when one of 
them came at him In school, a crutch came suddenly against the side of the 
young warrior's head and there was peace In the school house ail the rest of 
the term. 

The trip home from school In the winter twilight had thrills of Its own. 
School kept late In those times for It wasn't eaey to raise the money to pay 
even the scanty wages of the teacher, so they made the school day about as 
long as the daylight laste<f. 

But In 1830 It was probably dark on many a winter evening before the children 
finished the two mile trip home from school, through the woods. And many a 
time they heard the wolves Ion "aow*-oo*oo*ooo" and drew closer together and 
ran along the snowy path In the winter twilight. 

There was one low-down neighbor who thought It great sport to hide In the 
thickets and imitate a wolf's howl until he was caught in the act and persuad- 
ed by angry fathers to seek some other form of diversion than scaring little 
Chi Idren. 

Amusements were not varied, but no doubt the pioneers old and young, got a 
good deal of fun out If life. Father used to tell of sliding down hill In 
winter, using his coon-skin cap for a sled. And about the country dances 
where (In the absence of even a violin) the music was furnished by a noted 
loud voiced singer who reeled off a Jingle of meaningless syiables to which 
the young folks danced. This Jingle always ended with "ling aling, ling 
allng, ling aling lang". 

April 1974 


Hunting and fishing mu$t have furnished Daddy many a day of Joy In his boyhood. 
There was a famous Pigeon Roost In Huron County, still famed in story and men«- 
t toned In the books, where thousands of these wild birds came at nloht to roost. 
Father used to tell about trips to the Pigeon Roost. Nutting must have been 
wonderfully good« When I was 18 years old i gathered nine bushels of hickory 
nuts one fai I 

One October when daddy was 13 or 14 (about 1835) the attractions of the forest 
must have been Irreslstabte, for the school teacher passing Grandmother Ash ley *s 
one evening stopped to ask why George hadn't been to school for the last two 
weeks. This was news to Grandmother who had started George off each morning 
with. a good lunch In his basket. George graduated from school right then. 
He was forthwith apprenticed, indentured, '*Bound Out** they called It, to a 
carpenter and builder. 

That was the common practice In those days. The master agreed In writing to 
teach the boy his trade, to feed, clothe and house him until he was 21 years 
old and then to furnish him with a new suit of clothes and a small sum of 
money (say $5.00). The parent or guardian contracted to surrender hfs natural 
rights to the boy's time and labor. The boy had nothing to say In the matter. 


Whatever else Is to be said for the system. It produced In many cases a much 
higher grade of workmanship than Is commonly found today. The hours of servlxre 
were long - It was before the ten hour laws were passed; but food was abundant- 
for all classes of society In those times. There were few rich and few poor. 
Every one dressed plainly In the Ohio of the 30's and 40's. 

The master had a large Interest In transforming his apprentice Into first class 
skilled workmen. That Is what happened In father's case. He learned the busi- 
ness thoroughly. It was before the days of machinery - there were no steam 
driven planes and wood working machines. Everything had to be made by hand, all 
mouldings, all the parts of doors, windows, sash, blinds, ail the mortices dug 
out with chisels. Nails were hand made. Even the wire staples that hold blind 
slats to the rod by which all the stats are made to turn at once. 

But he did not become a master of his trade without having his troubles. He did 
not finish his term with his. f Irst'boss. They were at work at Huron, on Lake 
Erie, when George disappeared. I never heard Just what his grievances were, but 
home-sickness no doubt was a big factor. Without any "good*-byes'* he set out on 
foot for his sister Betsy's, then^Mrs. James Gamble, living In Waihondlng In 
CSoshocton County - about 120 miles southeast of Huron. Early In the Journey 
he lost his pocketbook and had less than a dollar In change to provision the 
trip, so that his diet was limited to crackers for most of the way, and there 
were few crackers on the last day. 

Coming Into Mansfield, the county seat of Richland Co., after dark, he foiind an 
empty stage coach standing In front of a tavern In the Public Square, in this 
he found his bed for the night and left at daybreak before the horses were 
hitched up for another stage. He arrived at Aunt Betsy's one evening about 
sunset, almost **all«-In". I think he was about 15 years old. 

(Continued on page 60) 


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BOARDS" cnitxxixini: 


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VOL. IV» No. 2 - January 1974 - ^age ^2, lines 4 and 5 

Correction by Robert E. Ashley II 

/ • . 

I have been called to account for a statement In the January 1974 bulla-* 
tin^ i«e. (whose pillars are said to be masts fronn British ships) referring 
to the Eagle Tavern In East Poultney* One member wrote » '*Bob Ashley, you 
of all people ought to Know better. Masts hauied more than one hundred 
miles over two mountain ranges when plenty of materiel was growing right 
on the spot7'' \ 

First, let me hasten tp sey that I did not make the statement e It was ' 
an editorial insertion and what our editor probably meant was to express the 
often made statement that "they are reputed to be f rdjn trees that were 
*meant* to be masts for British ships'^. 

Anyone traveling and visiting the old houses In New England Is aware that 
attention Is always called to the ''twenty-four Inch boards'', timbers and ^ 
planks, and In this case pillars, that strangely aboiind here. Tj|ey were, 
of course, open insults and defiance to the King In ColonTal times. 

As we know, the King claimed .ownership of all mast pines over twenty <»f our 
inches In diameter,* a feat from the ground,, and th^jse were supposed to be 
cut only for his use; Sp^lat* ships were designed and built* for their 
transportation to England, and great. care was taken' la their felling to 
prevent their being broken or warped. \A.';great swath was swamped through * 
the forest in the planned llne^of fall /and 6 soft bed of branches, saplings 
and snow was constructed to cushloN the faU. !Oi)ce down and limbed they 
were dragged to the nearest waterway by as majny as forty oken and floated . 
to the sea. They were worth about $500, even In the money' of those days. 

Now our ancestors dldn*t relish having their .best tlfner approprated this 
way, so they found ways to circumvent it. The King's surveyors marked the 
trees with the "King's Broad Arrow" thus - 

The colonics felt very strongly on this 

point If thfe tree was in the way of their 

planting or^ If they wanted the lumber 

themselves^ So If they dar^d, they simply 

cut It anyway. If this seemed too risky,^. they built brush 

* fires to riiln it for masts pdrpos^s, or c;l eared away all 
other growth ^nd. pi owed up the soil around the base. Now 
It was a 'push-over' In the first strong Wind, lacking the 

. protection of the forest and the strengtbvOf the soil. 
Crashing downi they were no good jfdr maste, ^having suffer- 
ed weakening strains. Quickly sawed -into boards (dr 

'pilia^s) they were trimmed to less than the 'damning' ^ 
twenty-four Inch width, and so we see them as ' ^JntandQd 
to be masts for British sMps^. 

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April 1974 


Fumiahed by: The lata Menain F. Aahley $21 

In response to our question In the lost 
- bulletin, "Which Ashley patented the 

Invention of down-draft wood burning stove" 
Merwin F. Ashley sent us the following Information J.ust two weeks before his 
untimely death. 

CAHB J. ASHLEY ofGoodloes, Virginia obtained Patent No. 1,786,931 on December 
30, 1930. He later obtained another patent No. 2,013,638 on Sept. 3, I93S, 
for a brooder attachment to his stove. Both patents were first assigned to 
the Autcfliatlc Draft and Stove Co. of Guinea, Va., and later assigned by that 
company to the King Stove and Range Co. of Sheffield, Alabama, who still 
market the Ashley stoves under that name. 

In Camb J. Ashley's application for the patent covering an Automatic Draft' 
Regulator, he stated: 

My Invention relates to improvements in automatic draft regulators. The 
' object of my invention Is to provide a draft regulator as a separate ele- 
ment, so constructed that it can be readily attached to the ordinary air- 
tight stove using a down draft, so that the draft of the stove Is automatic- 
ally regulated so that a stove can be kept at any predetermined even temper- 
ature. Ano+her object of my Invention Is to provide a draft regulator of 
this character having adjustable means whereby the same can be set so that 
the damper will be opened or closed by the heat from the stove at different 
degrees of temperature. 

A further object of my invention is to provide a damper- . . . having means 
for preventing the heat radiating from the stove, from coming In direct 
contact with the wafer controlling the damper ... to control the amount 
of heat radiated from the stove coming Into direct contact with the wafer. 

A still further object of my invention Is to provide a simple cheap and 
effective draft regulator having certain details of structure and combina- 
tion of parts, hereinafter more fully set forth. . . . 

On the opposite page Is one of several drawings that accompanied his applica- 
tion for this patent. - 

Now that we have the Inventor's name, our next question is ■ "Where does 
Camb J. Ashley fft on the family tree? This Is a challenge for those of 
you who live in the southeast and have access to records in that area. 
Anyone finding more data on Camb J. Ashley, please forward to your editor. 

April 1974 '53. 


April. H74 .. 



Fwmiehed by: Bobert B. Aehtey §1 

(TkU ie th^ firet of many arHolss w% -plan to 
publish about our Revolubicnavy AnaaatoTB aa 
ow^ part in oormamoroHng the 200th oelebration 
) of *5i« birth of ovr aountry) 

We are all familiar by now with the seven Ashley brothers of Pouitney, Vt., 
In the taking of Fort TIconderoga and the battle of Bennington^ but what about 
the Massachusetts Ash leys? 

The eighteen volumes of '^Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors In the Revolution** 
give no less than 64 Ash leys from Massachusetts in the war, and six of them 
from the Old Colony who "answered the alarm of April (9, 1775^* (Minute Men). 
They were Abraham, Jephthah, Mlcah, Noah and Percival of Freetown, and James 
of MIddleboro, ail third generation Ashleys. None could have taken part In 
the battles of Lexington and Concord, for the news did not reach Rochester 
unti I the 20th and then - Ht was eoaraely to bm believed. Abrcffian Hotmee^ 
then 22 years of age^ was sent to learn -tiie truth of the nenor. On reaahing 
Middleboro, he met a messenger who oonfirmed the report^ and Mr. Holmes 
reoords that he returned to Rochester 'as gay as a lark' at the joyful news 
that the struggle for Independsnoe was realT^ begun''. CMattapoisett and Old 
Rochester, (.eonardj 

The service of Abraham, James and Percival was for only three days at this 
time Indicating that they perhaps went home for awhile, then returned to the 
war after a year or so* Barnabas, Joseph 3rd, John, Simeon and William also 
had later enlistments. 

Jephthah, Micah and Noah, however, enlisted now for three months and were 
probably at the siege of Boston when General Gage and some 5,000 British 
troops were bottled up in the town by the Colonials who numbered some 8000 
to 10,000 men. Gagehad little respect for his Ill-trained opponents, but 
still he knew his situation was dangerous. Two glacial drumlins of high 
ground - Dorchester Heights to the South and the Charlestown peninsular to 
the North * dominated the town, and were as yet unoccupied by either side. 
Gage knew that If the Americans ever grew strong enough to take and hold 
them, his position would be untenable. Thus he decided in June to seize both 

By a fortunate accident, American intelligence learned of Gage's plans and on 
the night of June 16, about 1000 men led by Prescott of Massachusetts and 
Putnam of Connecticut occupied the Charlestown heights and began to dig In. 
Though they had been ordered to fortify Bunker Hill, a 110 foot high knoll 
well out of range of the British land batteries on Copp's Hill In Boston, 
Prescott and Putnam chose instead to station their men on the lower and more 
exposed Breed's HI II. (See map on opposite page) By dawn on the 17th when 
H. M. S. Lively discovered their presence and began to shell them, the 
Provincials had built a redoubt six feet high. 

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Gage, still smarting from the rough treatment his troops had received In the 
retreat froTi Lexington and Concord, pyerruled the advice of his generals 
Howe, Clinton and Burgoyne, and foolishly decided on a frontal assault. 

Now, where were Jephthah, Mich and Noah Ashley 7 

We know they were In Col. David Brewer's regiment. We further know that. 
Col. Brewer's regiment had taken a position on the northeast side of the hill 
between the breastworks and the rail fence. It was here that Cot. Brewer and 
Col. John Nixon were injured In the fighting. It Is reasonable to suppose 
they (the Ashleys) were with their regiment. Some of the fiercest fighting 
took place here. 

The rest is history. Of how the British made three assaults on the hill with 
2300 men nearly half of which were casualties when the Americans held their 
fire ••until you see the whites of their eyes*'. How the British had to try 
three times before they finally won the hill with no more than 450 Americans 
hit. How the colonials final lyhad to give up when their powder gave out. 
How they escaped across Charlestown Neck and fortified Winter Hill on the 
mainland, convincing the British they had better not try to follow up their 
pyrric victory. 

Noone wrote a better epitaph of the battle than British General Clinton when 
he said, "A dear bought victory, another such would have ruined us". 

What became of Jephthah, MIcah and Itoah? 


On November 8, 1775 Jephthah receives an order for a bounty coat or it's 
equivalent In money at Roxbury. The same for MIcah and Noah. Since they 
each served three months and four days It would appear that their enlistment 
was up and they went home. Jephthah now disappears from all records and we 
assume that he, like Col. Brewer, died perhaps of his wounds. MIcah and Noah 
settled Fn Freetown and Lakeville and raised large fami les from whom many 
of our present fnembers descend. 


"The Battle for Bunker Hill" by Richard M. Ketcham 


"American History" by Itoscoe Lewis Ashley 

"Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors In the Revolution" 
Prepared by: Secretary of the Conmonwealth 
Published byj Wright 4 Potter Printing Co., Boslwj <»896) 


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'^ "// ^^1?/^ ^ POLLY CURTIS PIERCE 

^ll^iLtSii^/ Wife of Alexander PlerceS (Lucy Ashley*, 

James^, Thomas^, Joseph*) 

From: ''Mothers of Erie County" by 
Marjorie Loomie Cherry (§27) 

The first woman In Erie County (Ohio) to take an Interest In Politics was 
Polly Curtis, b. I April 1798, d. 26 September 1865, daughter of Ebenezer 
Curtis of Leverett, Mass. She married Alexander Pierce 14 Nov. 1815 at 
Leverett, and came to Ohio when quite young. Shen she had been here a short 
time she went one day to visit her mother-in-law. This good lady gave Polly 
a large pl^ce of pork to take home with her. 

At that time In Erie County was a very unhealthy place for both men and 
anlmaTs. 11^ was almost Impossible to raise cattle, hogs or sheep. Even 
horses could, not survive the strange maladies that attacked them. A great 
deal of the time the early settlers had only wild game for meat, so that 
pork :was considered a great treat. 

Polly was very happy over this present. She took It under her arm, and 
calling her little dog, started through the woods on her way home. When 
about a mile from her cabin, a bear appeared on the path In front of her. 
Polly stopped dead still. She was too far from her mother-in-law's to run 
back there, and the bear was between her and the shelter of her own house. 
The little dog cowered shivering and whimpering at her feet. 

"Oh Mr. Bear," cried Polly, "You want to eat Polly, the pork or the pup" 
And with that she picked up the little dog and ran out from the path In a 
circle, tearing through the briars and stumbling over roots and vines. 

Just as she expected, the bear came lumbering after her. Seeing him away 
from the path, Polly got back on tt, and how she did run for her own house. 
All that long mile Polly ran and hung onto the pork with one arm and the dog 
with the other. 

In spite of his clumsiness, the bear made good time and began to gain on her. 
As Polly would look back and see him coming nearer and nearer she would think 
she must drop either the pork or the dog. She Just couldn't give up that 
precious piece of pork, and neither could she bear to think of sacrificing 
her little dog to that hungry bear, so she hung onto both and kept running. 
She reached the door with the bear close at her heels. She burst Into the 
cabin, flinging the pork and the dog across the room and slammed the door, 
swinging the heavy wooden bar across It Just as the bear crashed against 
the heavy panels. 

Polly had quite a mind of her own. One day she attended a political meeting. 
She was the only woman there, for In that day women didn't go to such places. 
The men were quite scandalized to see her there. One of them said. 

April 1974 



"I will put Aunt Polly Pierce In her place**. So he began to question her, 
thinking to show her how little she knew. To his surprise she answered with 
much Intelligence, and then told him some things about the issues of the day 
that he had never thought of. Afterward he said It was too bad Aunt Polly was 
not a man and couldn^t vote. 

Little did he or Aunto Polly dream that the day would come when ail the women 
in Erie County would not only be allowed to attend political meetings, but 
could vote and hold office as well. 

The mother of our political women - POLLY CURTIS PIERCE. 

WILL OF POLLY CURTIS PIERCE (Probated 5 December 1865 

Alfred Brightman and John E. LaBarre, Administrators 

She directs that she be buried near Lemon Cole in the Bronson Cemetery, and 
that they do not go to the extra expense of buying her a coffin. (There Is 
no stone for her in this cemetery) 

To son Alden Pierce * the family Bible with the family records In It and 

one blanket 
To son Ebenezer Curtis Pierce * her pocket Bible and one blanket, a feather 

bed and pillows, and seven years after her death he is to be paid $50. 
To son Martin Pierce - all Interest in her land and all personal property 

Two sets of silver teaspoons to be purchased from the estate for $6.00 per 
set, and her name engraved on each spoon, one set to be given to each of 
her granddaughters, Belinda Pierce and Ciarlnda Pierce, daughters of Alden 
Pierce, when they shall come of age. 


I am the memory of Erie County. Before the beginning of years, I moved 
through the dark, thick forest. The great trees shut out the* sun. Creeping 
vines and briars grew thickly between. Only a few trails made by the deer 
and bear were open to travel. Rattlesnakes glided In the tail grass and 
coiled in the nettles. Overhead the panthers clung to the boughs and sent 
their wterd screams through the silence. At night the wolves howled. The 
Indians called this the land of the Erie - Erie being their word for Panther 

IDOLA - The first mother in this dangerous land was the Indian woman. With 
her two hands, she built her home, and with her own two hands she found 
food for her children. Here she kept them safe from the dangers that beset 
them. The spirit of woman triumphant, Idola. 


April 1974 


Froim Villian J Mcaey ColUga Quartefly 

BiBtcrio MagcaiM, Villicmburgt Va» 




















Vol 8 - 2nd Series - MARRIAGE BONDS OF NORFORK CO., VA. 

JAMES ASHLEY and Eliza Langiey (widow) I Nov. 1752 
Mathlas Christian & LYDIA ASHLEY, 12 June 1754 
George Webb and FRANCES ASHLEY, 18 October 1759 
JAMES ASHLEY and Mary Calvert, 29 July 1762 
JOHN ASHLEY & Margaret Williamson, 28 April 1763 
Joseph Langiey & ELIZABETH ASHLEY, 3 October 1765 
John Boyne I MOLL IE ASHLEY, 31 January 1769 
Wit I Ian Cormtck & MARY ASHLEY, 16 January 1773 
Willis Bramble & MARY ASHLEY, 17 March 1753 


pg. 277 Jonathan Polndexter & MARY ASHLEY* 27 April 1780 


York Co., Va from 1772-1792 

pg. 55 Anthony Peters X his mark, to Ann Carter, spinster, 

10 June 1786: Security JAMES ASHLEY, X his mark 

Vol 4 - 1st Series - From records of THRUSTON FAMILY OF VIRGINIA 

P9. 118 ^4y daughter Elizabeth being marryed to HR* JOHN ASHLEY vicar 

of Wtlicott y iOth of September 1701* She was delivered of 
a daughter April I ye 30th 1703 as above my sister Godmother 
and named Jane 


pg* 160 ••The Larger Book** a deed book from 1780-1790 

April 4, 1791 - James Davenport Jr & Dicey his wife to 
WILLIAM ASHLEY of Spotsylvania 150 acres; beginning where said 

James Davenport Jr.*s branch enters the Pamunkey adjoining 

Kannadays and John Sea*s 

Vol 23 • 1st Series - Mr. Robert Jones of Fleet's Boy, NORTHUMBERLAND CO., VA 

(By Mrs. 0. A. Keoch, Wichita, Kansas) 
pg 199 April 7, 1677 will of Thomas Hughes proved by THOMAS ASHLEY 

and George Pickering . 


pg* 56 (Monday) say Tuesday 27th Dec. 1796. Merchants and others 

with whome I made acquantance In Norfork 

April 1974 


A BOY IN OLD OHIO (Continued from page 50) 


t don't know hem long Dad(ty*s ^irst visit In Walhonding lasted. He had another 
boss of his own selection afterwards, and finished learning his trade, i saw 
a large house In Walhonding, or near It, for which father made by hand all the 
blind staples. He was engaged on churches, on the ornamental work of ships' 
cabins. In tfme he came to own a factory of his own In Milan, In which 
machinery did the work of many men. During my childhood and In ait the remaind* 
er of his active life, he had charge of men In the two principal '^sash and blind" 
factories of Fremont. 

In 1835 there had come to Walhonding from Guernsey Co., Ohio, John Adams and his 
family: Margaret Donley, his wife, their son William and three daughters - » 
Elizabeth, Rebecca and Rachel. Elizabeth was Just as old as Daddy (a few months 
older) and Rachel was 5 years younger. Walhonding, a little village at the 
Junction of the Walhonding and the Kokosing Rivers (better known in those days 
as the White Woman River and Owl Creek) was not so large a place that one couldn't 
get acquainted with the entire population In the course of time. The Adams girls 
were handsome as well as good, and It came to pass that on May 5, 1844, George 
Ashley and Elizabeth Adams were married. They went to live In Milan In Erie Co. 
Here his first five children were born: Julia E. (1849-1893), Anna F. (1850-1915) 
Velma C (1852-1924), and Jay (1855-1906). Their mother, Elizabeth Adams Ashley 
died at Milan, Ohio March 8, 1859. 

Her death was a heavy loss. Father seemed to have felt that he could not stay 
in the scene where he had lived with her. He sold his factory and his home and 
took his family to Missouri where his brother lev! Ashley was living. Elizabeth's 
sister, Rachel Adams (my mother) who had come from her father's home In Coshocton 
Co. to care for her sister's motherless children, went to Missouri with them. 
She and father were married In Missouri In April 1861. 


The Missouri episode in our family history was not fortunate^ The country was In 
suspense on account of the slavery question; business was dull and building at a 
standstill. As the war clouds darkened father realized that a border state like 
M4'8souri was no place for a Northern man with a family of young children to pro- 
vide for. He had been a Mfe-long Democrat, but he had no sympathy with the 
position that party was taking In I860. So father decided to get back to Ohio. 
The family passed through St. Louis on their homeward Journey on the day of the 
St. Louis riots, occasioned by the capture of Camp Jackson and its rebel forces, 
on the edge of the city. History says what happened on May 10, 1861. 

The Missouri adventure, with its two years of very small Income, and Its heavy 
travelling and moving expenses from Ohio and back again, had consumed ail the 
proceeds of the sale of the Milan property. The first stop was Mansfield, and 
later the family settled In Freemont. I was born in Mansfield, and my one brother 
and three sisters were born In Fremont, Ohio. 

(At the end of Frederick' e notes ^ he eaye) Here ends my brief sketch of the 
Ash leys. I have stopped short of the present generation, who can tell their 
story better than I .... I have not included here by any means all that my 
notebooks hold regarding the descendants of James Ashley's children . • • • 
Should I ever come to the point of printing the story, \ shell include them all. 
But that Is a costly venture and few are Interested enough to ask the question, 
"Who are my ancestors?" 

^- . April 1974 






Fumiahed by: L» R. S, AehUy (If 292) 

As author of critical biographies of Col ley Ctbber (17th and 18th century 
dramatist and theatre manager at Drury Lane) and of George Peeie (t6th century 
dramatist, contemporary of Shakespeare) I may be able to give you some Infor- 
mation on Ashleys In England at those times. For Instance • - - 

JOHN ASHLEY (17347-1805) member of The Royal Society of Musicians (1765) 

Assistant conductor at the Ccmmemorat I on for Handel (1784) 
Presenter of oratorio concerts at Covent Garden (1795) 

JOHN JAMES ASHLEY (1772-1815) son of the above, member of The Royal Society 

of Musicians (1792) 

CHARLES JANE ASHLEY ( I7737-I827), elder brother of John James above, member 

of The Royal Society of Musicians (1811) 

GENERAL CHARLES ASHLEY (17707-1818), elder brother of John James and Charles 

Jane, like them a string player (pupil of Gtrdlnl and Barthele- 
mon - his brother John James studied with Schroeter), took part 
In Handel Cksmmemoratlon (1784) with his father John, member of 
The Royal Society of Musicians (1791) 

Clearly one ought to check this musical Ashley tine In the documents of The 
Royal Society of Musicians* Another brother was RICHARD ASHLEY (1775-1836) 
member of that Society (1796). There were probably others before and after 
John Ashley and his sons. 

AND we find Jacob, Baron Astley (1579-1652) a major-general In the Civil War 
on the Royalist side? ? 7 Lady Ashley^s husband John (d. 1595), keeper of the 
Jewels to the Princiss Elizabeth and later Queen Elizabeth, member of pari la* 
ment (for Maidstone In Kent, J586 and 1589), author of THE ART OF RIDING (1584) 
often spelled his name "Astley". Other Astleys Include the portrait painter 
John Astley (17307-1787) who accompanied Sir Joshua Reynolds to Rome, was a 
friend of Horace Wa I pole (Earl of Orford) made several very rich and Important 
marriages, and the sporting baronet Sir John Dugdale Astley (1828-1894) MP, 
FIFTY YEARS OF MY LIFE (1894), and the circus performer and operator of 
Astley *s Ampltheatre, Philip Astley (1742-1814) who died In Paris after a 
famous career In London. 

JETHRO ASHLEY^ ( son of Joseph' ) 

In the early research of Burton J Ashley he stated that Jethro m Elizabeth 
Holmes, lived for a time on a part of her father's farm In Rochester, then 
at length removed to the "Nine Partners" to the State of New York, where the 
family embraced the Moravian system of religion, and all save the youngest 
daughter Elizabeth removed to Bethlehm In Pennsylvania, a place wholly in- 
habited by Moravians. We believe the basis for this theory of Burton J. 

April 1974 


was taken from the book *'HOLMES FAMILY OF MARSHFIELD'* pa^e 201 (Giles 
Memorial}. At a later dite Merwln F. Ashley checked this theory and found 
that the Moravian Mission at Nine Partners (Bethel) started In 1740 and 
Closed about 1746. Very good records survive at Bethlehem^ Pa.^ but he 
found no mention whatever of anyone named Ashley. 

Grace E. MIsulls (#209) has located the following data taken from **Records of 
Pennsylvania Marriages prior to 1810, Vol* 2: 

pg 107 - Moravian Church, Bethlehem; 

1767 Dec. 16 * ASHLEY, Patience and Adam Van Erd 
pg 129 - Moravian Church, Nazareth 

1782 Nov« 5, ASHLEY, Johanna Elizabeth and Agarlus Smith 
pg 133 - Moravian Church, Nazarath 

1787 July 29, Leventng, Joseph and Johanna Elizabeth (ASHLEY) Smith 

However, curr'ent research has proven that the family of JETHRO did not all move 
to Pennsylvania. Noah Ashley^ continued to live In New York as did his descen«- 
dants. Othneil Ashley^ was a Rev. Soldier from New York and was killed at 
the disastrous retreat from New York city In 1776. 


Our records show that many of the New England Ash leys moved westward and helped 
to settle Ohio In the early days. We are no finding that Ash leys from the South 
also migrated to Ohio - - - 

Thearon B. Kilburn (#287) has sent documents (Vital Records) showing that 
JOHN ASHLEY (1795-1862) was born In Virginia lived In Vernon Township, Scioto 
County, Ohio. Vernon Township is east of Wheelersburg, Ohio. The Intersec- 
tion of Ohio #140 and CJounty Road 5 (Turkey Foot Road) is known as Ashley 
Comers. It is believed that this area was the site of John's farm. Near 
there Is Township Fioad 360 and called Ashley Road. 

We find the fol lowing Ashleys with Revolutionary Service from the South. Ck^uld 
one of these be the progenitor of John who moved to Ohio? 

JOHN ASHLEY b t 1753 d 9 1810, m (?) Sgt. MaJ. from N.C. 
ROBERT ASHLEY b 1762, d 9-27-1829, m Sarah Rue - Pvt. from N.C. 
THOMAS ASHLEY b 1752 d 1826, m Mary Hart - Pvt. from Va. 

The similarity of given names of the New England branch and the Southern 
branch probes us to do further research to find a connection In these 
families. Let^s keep working on this and keep sending any data you find. 


April 1974 


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For each etoxmlimd - a ralriKW CXDDaCIDCXDCDDCXI 

for Back Bhadcw • the mm 
for oaoh parting • aiMut mrnnoriee tsUfon sorrow is dona. 


We were saddened to learn of Merwin's death on 16 March 1974, age 74. He has 
been for years one of our most ardent researchers on the Ashley family. Prior 
to his retirement In 1968 when he moved to South Yarmouth^ he served for 27 
years as General Patent Attorney for the United Shoe Machine Corp. He wns a 
member of the Boston Bar Association, the American Bar Association and was 
past president of the Boston and American Patent Law Associations. Mr. Ashley 
was a member of the U.S. Patent Office Advisory Commission, the Association for 
the Protection of International Properties, and he served as Chairman of the 
Patent Commission of the National Association of Manufacturers. 

A verteran of World War I, he graduated from Lawrence University and the 
Brooklyn Law School. He Is survived by his wife Bernice, two sons Charles C. 
of Warwick, N.Y. and Bennett C. of Los Angeles, and a sister Mrs. Robert 
Scherman of Sautertles, N.Y. 


Tragedy struck during an Ice storm February II, 1974 near Lanesboro, Mass. 
when Holger J. Harrer was killed Instantly as his car skidded across the hlway 
He was a native of Mannheim, Germany and became a U.S. citizen In 1963, was an 
electronic techftlclan with the General Electric Co. In PIttsf leld. The son of 
Ludwig and LIna (Delnioger) Harrer, he served In the U.S. Army Signal Corps as 
a radio operator from 1959*61, attended Brihham Young University In Utah and 
graduated with honors from the Utah Technical, Col lege. He held a degree of . 
Associate of Applied Science In Electronic Technology. He served two years on 
a teaching fellowship at the Great Lakes Mission of the Mormon Church In Fort 
Wayne, Ind. He Is survived by his wife Elolse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
K. 0. Oavis (our membership chairman), two children Margret Marie 2, and 
Johann Ludwtg, nine weeks, his mother, a brother and sister. 


Mre.Kilburn, mother of Thearon B. Kilburn (#287), died 2 February 1974 at 
RIvervlew, Michigan. Ida, age 87, was born 20 September 1886 In Oecatuer 
Township, Ohio, the daughter of William M. and Sablna (Smith) Ashley. The 
Ashley family moved to the Kauawha Valley east of Charleston, W. Va. In 1894. 
On 29 Sept. 1907 she m. Alfred Kilburn (1884*1959) and in 1942 they moved to 
Wyandotte, Mich. She was a life long member of the Baptist faith. Surviving 
are two sons, William C and Thearon B, ten grandchildren and 19 great grand- 

April 1974 




JAMES p. AbHLfcY t#by) of Sioux Palls, 
S« Dak, was honored for his contribu- 
tion to South Dakota athletics with a 
special award at the S.D. State Basket* 
ball tournament. Just previously he 
was recognized for •^47 years of super- 
ior Jounaltstic work on the Sioux Falls 
Argus-Leader" by the S.D* Press Associ- 
ation and SDSU Journalism department* 
After 20 years as sports editor, he 
served as city editor and then managing 
editor of the Staters leading newspaper* 

NELSON E. ASHLEY of Air New England 
nominated for outstanding service award. 
While on ANE Flight #627 a passengers 
wallet slipped out of his pocket and 
it was not noticed until after passenger 
boarded his connecting flight* 
Mr. Ashley had the plane searched at 
Hyannis, had the wallet sent to New 
York where he In turn mailed It to 
the passenger at Richmond by insured 

ELIZA JANE ASHLEY arrived March 19, 
1974 at ST. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford 
She is the 2nd child and first daughter 
of Mr* & Mrs Stephen E* Ashley of 
Washburn Rd., E. Freetown, Mass* 
Paternal grandparents are Mr & Mrs 
Theodore Ashley (#6) and great grand- 
mother Is Mrs. Karl J. Ashley (#18). 

PAUL LEONARD (#3) Is recuperating at 
home after his recent operation - his 
ninth, he says. 

HAROLD ASHLEY , who for many years has 
boen selectman of Berkley, Kass, es 
veil as serving as police chief, has 
decided not to run again. 

JOHN LEONARD, son of Paul and Winona, 
has also decided not to run again 
for that office althoug he won a land- 
slide victory 3 years ago* 

BRAD SWAN (#4) writes that he has been 
deathly III with some disease the 
doctors have not yet diagnosed* We 
wish him a speedy recovery. 

ELIZABETH GLASKY :|40) writes that 
business Is booming In her area due 
to gas shortage - a local factory 
makes parts for small cars* 

College tn New York City, made print 
in the National Inquirer* He states 
that the American language Is being 
wrecked by politicians, advertising 
men and educators. The advertising 
writlers are taking logic out, the 
educators are maltreating it» and the 
politicians are adding to the confu- 
sion* TheyVe bringing our language 
to the point of collapse with their 
gobbiedegook. Jargon and empty phrases. 
He foresees a time when people will 
have to carry objects to show Instead 
of talking, because words are becoming 
meaningless, e.g* "regular size" - 
what is "regular"* We dont talk about 
hard times, depression or bust - now 
It's deflation, retrenchment or down- 
ward readjustment* He reconvnends 
using only the simplest, shortest words. 


April 1974 


— — ^— — ^MW— ^i— I ■ ■ II I III ■ 

Ash leys who attended the first re- 
union of the family association 
on August 29, 1970, will be sadden- 
ed to learn that the Scotland 
Congregational Church In Bridge- 
water, Mass. suffered the loss by 
fire of its meeting room and 
kitchen on the night of Jan. 14, 
1974. We held our first organi- 
zational meeting here. 

Fortunately the ancient church, one 
of the oldest In the area, was 
saved Just as the flames were 
breaking through the walls and the 
old auditorium suffered only smoke 
damage. Firemen from Bridgewater, 
East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater 
and Raynham were able to stop the 
fire by the early discovery of a 
neighbor, otherwise It would pro- 
bably have been a total loss. 

PETER ASHLEY , son of Mr and Mrs 
Dbnald Ashley, Windsor Locks, has 
enlisted In the U.S. Alrforce. 
Peter, a recent graduate of 
Windsor Locks High School, select- 
ed a position In the electronics 
career field. 

OSCAR ASHLEY of New Carlisle pre- 
serves the magic of "Old Hollywood" 
with a series of scrap books started 
when he was a boy* They contain 
the histories of many of Hollywood's 
brightest stars. Among his proud- 
est possessions Is a 1966 newspaper 
clipping that details Mr. Ashley's 
capture of an escaping thief at 
Dayton's Union Terminal Railway 
Station. It vxplalns that Ashley 
chased and tackled the fleeing 
bandit and held him until the 
authorities arrived. "The Duke" 
himself couldn't have done it 
any better. 

WENDY ASHLEY of Brunswick, a longtime 
lecturer on astrology, looked Into Nixon's 
horoscope and came up with some less than 
rosy predictions. Since last August, she 
says, "Mars has been In Nixon's eighth 
house", and this has put "a lot of ten- 
sions on his secrets". April 22 or 26 
will bring "absolutely the decision of 
his lifetime. It may mean his retirement 
or possibly war", she says.' With April's 
full moon, there Is a chance that the 
President will have health problems and 
be hospitalized. • • . She ended her 
lecture In Portland, Maine, stating that 
looking even further Into the future, the 
astrologer became alarmed and said she 
would write to the President to warn him 
of what she called "death aspects" In 
October, 1975. Who Is WENDY ? ? ? 

« ««# « # K # # 

WARREN H. ASHLEY . (#183) Registered 
Architect in New York, Connecticut, 
Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, 
Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont 
has recently put out a very fine brochure 
covering the Tlconderoga Elementary and 
Middle School, at Tlconderoga, New York* 
It Is an "open-end" design concept for 
open-end education, which will provide an 
environment In which children will learn 
how to learn; where a continuous opening 
of balanced opportunity will occur as the 
child develops and matures* 

CLIFFORD W. ASHLEY 'S museum collection 
of works has grown to major proportions 
through the generosity of Mrs. Stephen 
C. L. Delano. With her gift, Ashley's 
distinction as the last of a line of 
artists intimately acquainted with the 
whale fishery of New Bedford is assured 
proper recognition and a permanent home. 
As author, artist, and authority on 
knots, Ashley's achievements have long 
been recognized, and now another talent 
of unexpected proficiency, photography, 
will henceforth provide an unsurpassed 
documentary of the whale fishery as he 
knew It. 

April 1974 





Can anyone help oomplate -Hm lineages below? 


211 S. Gilbert Ave. 

La6range« III. 60523 

Apt. 10, 2706 Williamsburg Ct. 

Colunbus, Ind. 47201 

Dorothy Ashley Brennan 

19313 Snowden Ave. 

Detroit, Mich 48235 

168 Kings Road 

Paiffl Beach, Fla 33480 

Mary Gertrude Ashley 
6140 Colgate Ave. 
Los Angeles, Cal. 90036 

1291 MRS J. W. BARR (Edna S.) 

Rt 2, Box 574 
Helens, Ore. 97051 


1901 Avenue H 
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230 


Noble Wilfred Ashley « Grace Standlsh 
Borden (Can anyone help here?) 

Annie (Crenshaw) Davis ( ) Dan Crenshaw ( ) 
Mary (Ashley) Crenshaw b t 1850 
(Mary lived In Grant Co., Ark.) 

Susie M. (Ashley) Brennan (7) Willlm 
Lewis Ashley (6) Baxter(5) Warden (4) 
James (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

Mary Josephine (Ashley) Leonard (7) 
Edward Everett (6) Or. Jamas (5) 
Dr. James (4) Pbrclval (3) Abraham (2) 
Joseph (I) 
Wki. Lewis Ashley (6) Baxter (5) Warden (4) 
James (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

Roseanna Levesque (Ashley) mother ( ) 

James Peyton Ashley m. Rebecca KIncart 
John Ashley (?) 
^Leonard Seville Ashley m Anne C. Nelllgan 
John Ashley m Mary ^___^__ 
• »b East RIndge, N.H. 1899 






~I204 53^. OONN L. ASHLEY (9) 

27 Halawa Or. 

Honolulu, Hawaii 96818 

Jesse Evelyn Weir 

2315 BelaIr Dr. 

Bowie, Md. 20715 


Robert Paul (8) James LaomI (7) William 
Martin (6) Joel LaomI (5) Elisha (4) 
William (3) Thomas (2) Joseph (I) 

Rose Etta Medearls) Weir ( ) Martha 
Jane (Ashley) Medearls ( ) 
Andrew Ashley of Ky. m Elvira Hendricks 

#282 MR. AUBREY C. ASHLEY (Changed from #284) 

#283 MR. ARTHUR R. ASHLEY (Changed from #282) 

#287 MR. THEARON B. KILBURN (Changed from #283) 

#290 MR & MRS HIRAM MANNING (Changed from #285) 


April 1974 

Vol. IV No. 4 


July 1974 

osMi^^^^ffii ; 


Organtzed August 29, 1970 Incorporated Juna 8, 1973 

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President •--•-•--- Robert E. Ashtey 
1st Vice President ------ John S. Ashley 

2nd Vice President ^ - - • • Paul C. Leonard 
3rd Vice President ----- Bradford F, Swan 

Secretary -- — ••-- Amantha Ashley Akin 
Treasurer ----- — - - - - Nancy Ashley 

Executive Coiwnlttee ----- Doris Ashley Lang 

Kenneth Va I ent I ne As h I ey 

Virginia Ashley Goff 

Publishing Editor * r * - Esther Ashley Spousta 

Membership Chairman - • -: -Marie A. Davis 





Hay 30, 1974 - Donors may daduct contributions to Ashieys of 
incorporated as provided In section 170 of the Code. Beq'tjests* 
legacies, devises* transfers, or gifts to Ashieys of America or for 
Its use are deductible for Federal estate and gift tax purposes under 
sections 2059, 2106, and 2522 of the Code. 










MAMSUTTA CLUB, New Bedford, Mass. 

Ma Ice Luncheon Reservations NOV! 

Send Reservations together with 
$4»50/each to: 

Miss Nancy Ashley, Treas. 
Athieys of America, Inc. 
165 Elm Street 
South Oarhnouth, Mass. 02748 



Vol. IV No. 4 


68 PROGRAM *- Fifth Annual Reunion, Ntw Bedford, Mom. 



73 BIOGRAPHY - Fredrick Will lam Ashley^ (George^, Warden^, 

James^, Thomas^, Joseph') 


75 VITAL STATISTICS - 1800 - 1810 - 1820 Census, New York 

77 WILL - John Ashley of Tennessee 

78 WILL - Nathaniel Ashley of South Carolina 

79 TRAGIC PLUM PUOOIN' CRUISE by Capt. Wallace S. Ashley^ 

(Simeon^, Abraham^, Perctval^, Abraham^, 


83 OBITUARY • Elder LoamI Ashley^ (William^, Thomas^, Joseph') 

84 OBITUARY - Pallas Neal Ashley (1864-1962) 

85 ANCESTOR TABLE - Mrs. Grace Edith (Ashley) MIsuils 


Neurs Bulletin published Quarterly - January^ April, July, October 
Free copy with each $5 #00 Membership 

Extra copies available by sending $2e00/each to the Editor 
Mrs. W. C. Spousta, PO Box 321, Rogers, Ark. 72756 

AUGUST 24. 1974 

WAMSUTTA CLUB, New Bedford, Hess, (Corner of County & Union Streets) 


9:30 - 10:30 A.M. Registration and coffee hour. (No fee) 

Our ever growing collection of photographs, maps, 
papers, etc. on display, and time to meet and 
talk with your cousins 

10:30 - 11:30 A.M. Morning Session - A new slide talk by your president. 

Bob Ashley, "ASHLEYS In the Revolution, where they 
lived and where they served". The coming bicentennial 
has sparked great Interest In our Revolutionary 
Ancestors, and there were a lot of them - on both sides 

11:30 • 12:30 A.M. Cocktails and more visiting 

12:30-2:00 P.M. ^Luncheon (Reservations necessary) $4.50 

Chilled Cape Cod Cranberry Juice 
Chicken Salad Platter with Asparugus Spears 
Sliced Tomatoes and Hard Cooked Egg Wedges 
Chocolate ice Cream Roll with Fudge Sauce 
Rolls and Butter * Beverage 

2:00 - 3:00 P.M. DR. JAMES DEETZ, Professor of anthropology at Brown 

Un I vers I ty and ass i stent d I rector of P 1 1 mouth 
Plantation, will be the featured speaker of the day. 
A lively and Interesting lecturer, his unique approach 
to classifying and dating of gravestones wilt give you 
a new Insight to your cemetery research. Add his 
knowledge of our pilgrim ancestors and you will see 
why you can't afford to miss this. 

3:00 P.M. Business Session 

There Is no formal evening program, however members are Invited to have their 
evening meal at the club and remain for conversation. Order from the menu. 

*lf you prefer to picnic, tables are available In lovely 
Buttonwood Park, one mite due West on Union Street. 


July 1974 



Betin or SkUm r X hopti to m« ycu 
all at oio* M/i^ Jlwmion on Urn 
94th of MtfpMt* 

Bob AthUy 

* • 

With our fifth reunion Just around the corner^ It It 
perhaps a good tima to answer a question of ^en asked and 
perhaps on the minds of many who have not asked « 

**Nhen will we publish our AsK^iey Genealogy?** 

To answer thut we* must go back to our^flrst meeting on August .^299n 1970 In 
Bridgewater when I asked what kind of a book was wanted. Pointing out that we 
oould, on the one hand, begin at once, publication of the work of R* Eugene 
Ashley (which Included the work of Burton 4* Ashley of Chicago, Frederick N. 
Ashley of Washington, D.C., Noah W. Ashley 6f Taunton and a number of others)^ 
or we could wait and add the births, marriages and deaths since 1941, as well 
as the other new data uncovered since then. The latter course was selectwl^ 

1941 saw not only 6ene*s untimely death, but also the outbreak of World War II 
and a nearly complete cessation of genealogical research. After the war, 
there was a gradual revival of Interest and the success of our 1970 meeting 
Indicated that It was again time to proceed. ''Interest runs In 30 year cycies"i 
according to W. M. Whltehllt. 

What I did not then appreciate was the number of Ashley births, merrl.ages, eto. 
that had taken place In the last third of a century. Neither did I realize how 
much more of the old data would now be available through such modem techniques 
as microfilm, as well as the many new publications and sources resulting from 
scholarly research Into "deep** history. 

In addition, we are now bound by stricter rules In our work. Every name and 
every date must now be checked back to lt*s original source, and much that a 
few years ago was readily accepted. Is now questioned and often rejected. In 
short, **6enealogy Is now a science**. 

To rush into print now In a half scientific and half old style fashion would 
hardly seem right. It could severely damage our credibility. 



(I) In the handsome three volume **Representatlve Men and Old Families of 
Southeastern Massachusetts** published In 1912 by J. H. Beers and Co. 
Vol. I, page 150 • gives Joseph and Elizabeth (Perclvai) Ashley of 
Rochester, Mass., and all of their chfldren listed correctly, and easily 
verified by tha Vital Records. It also gives Joseph's second wife as 
Mary (Hail) Whltrldga, correctly, but erroneous iy makes her the mother of 
the sons Abraham Jr. and Joseph Jr. Simple arlthinetic can demolish this. 

July 1974 


Abraham Jr« would hav« married at tha aga of 7 and begun raising hit 
large family the next year. Furthermore, he would have married his 
own half sister. The Beers recor^ on. Joseph Jr. Is very nearly Just 
as Impossible. 

2%e Truth • Plymouth apd Bristol, deeds show that these two ^ons were 
born at least 4 to 9 years before the death of Elizabeth (P^V;cfval) . 
Ashley. (6ene*s Reoords). There were no children of the seobnd marriage 
. but accepting the Beers statement would have changed greatly the 
ancestry of a great many present day Ash leys. 


(2) There has been far too little examination of the descendants 'of the 
daughters In the early generations. Elizabeth, daughter of Jos^h, 
married Abtel Sprague, and making some obvious corrections In ^fhe, 
Delano and Sprague genealogies. It Is easy to make her the 

^rs. Elizabeth Sprague who married Dr. Jonathan Delano, thus opening 
a whole new line. (Mil have more' on thU In our new revised Index) 

(3) Mary, another daughter of Joseph, who nB^^w meri^led, died Insane, yet 
Plymouth' Court Records show that she bore at least one child who 
appears to have been brought up with the name Ashley. Our Victorian 
ancestors hid all tht^ N a dark ciMet, yet If the record Is to be 
accurate we must examine all the Information. (More for the new Index) 

(4> In th. thli^ g9h.ratlon» som. of th. chlidrm atfrlbut.d to ThoRMs, son 
of» (Buli Vol. I« pg 40) could not possibly hav. bMn his 
' (Bui. Vol », 4 pg 35-6), according to Piymouth Probat.. 

I could go on and one, but what started out to b. a sfmpl. mplandtlon of th. 
bddk d.lay has becom. a rath.r long on., and If you aro still rMdlng this - •* 
my apologlM. 

A nM r.vl'sM lnd<»x Is sonrathlrtg i' hoip^ to hav. rMdy soon - th. first on. 
was a -smashing success In correcting' and updating - and this will b. 
available to all members on request. 

Meanwhile, keep sending me your data as you want It to appear. 

looking fonninf to meeting you all on the 24th of August, 

« • 

Bdb AMht^y §t 

• . ' 


July 1974 



We are delighted that so many members have attended our Reunions from far 
away places^ and offer the following to make your visit more interesting In 
New Bedford and vicinity - "that hot-bed of Ash leys". 

A few steps from the Wamsutta Club are the Grinneli, Rodman, Rotch and other 
mansions built In the golden age of whaling. Some are now various church 
headquarters and are open to visitors. Walk south on County Street to where 
"All these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific 
and Indian Oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither 
from the bottom of the sea". (MOBI DICK * Herman Melville) 

East of the club on Spring Street Is the 1821 Friends Meetlang House. 
Elizabeth (Perclval) Ashley, remold grandmother to us ail, came from a Cape Cod 
Quaker famlTy and some of our cousins are active Quakers to this day. 

North on County Street, with only the Masonic Temple In between. Is the 
Bristol County Superior Court, the ancient building where oar cousin Lizzie 
Borden was acquitted In what will probably always rank as the world's most 
famous murder trial. If court Is not In session, you can visit the court room 
where the genial court clerk says everthlng is exactly as It was In Lizzie's 
time except the chairs whJch had to be replaced because of age. 

Slightly more distant, but still within 9 quarter of a mile, are the Library 
and the City Hall. In the latter you can visit the Mayor's Room where the 
portrait of Hon. Charles S. Ashley hangs, and where he spent 32 years as mayor 
a record never equalled anywhere. As "New Bedford's greatest citizen" he Is 
generally credited with being "the builder of a greater New Bedford". 

• • 
Next door Is the handsome New Bedford Free Public Library with the Whaleman's 
statue In front. "A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat" Is the gift of another cousin, 
Hon. William Wallace Crapo. 

Caution! To all avid genealogists! The genealogical room and the Herman 
Melville room, contain such a wealth of materials that you could spend the 
summer and only scratch the surface. Always listed among the country's best 
genealogical sources, this library even gives courses In genealogy. If you 
go In and never come out again - - - we'll understand. 

Don't miss the paintings by Clifford Warren Ashley In the Herman Melville Room« 

Outside again, notice the street corner curbs and the unusual catch*basin 
drains called "Sand-catcher Charlies" an affectionate ntck-name given to the 
mayor who. In the nineties, fought to get them Installed and gave the city one 
of the earliest and best of street drainage systems, among other things. 

July 1974 


Continue east (downhill) on William Street to the Johnny Cake Hill area (about 
1/4 mile) to the Whaling Museum, the Seamen's Bethel » Mariner's Home, Custom 
House and Old W^arf area. Only the Museum, with the new Ashley gallery of 
paintings, charges admission. Everything else Is. free, but numerous Jam- 
packed antique shops In the area (all with a nautical flavor) will be happy 
to take your money* 

So much In walking distance. Retrieve your car and dross over to Falrhaven 
where you will find a popular restaurant at the east end of the bridge, 
"The Skipper'* and around Falrhaven a dozen more historic sites. C^sult your 
Moby Dick Trail Map. Probably the most important Falrhaven historical place 
Is Fort Phoenix, where the first naval battle of the Revolution took place. 
There were Ashleys here In the War of 1812 as well. 

Quoting again from Moby Dick - 'fBut Sma B^dfotd b^ata all VaUr Street and 
Vamihg. In theee laet-^nentioned haunts you eee only eailorei but in New 
Bedford aotual oannibale etand ehatting at etreet oomeres eavages outright; 
many of i^hom yet oarry on their bonee unholy fleeh. It msAee a etranger atare^^ 

Do descendants of these cannibals still stand chatting on street corners? 
Perhaps a few, buf New Bedford Is said to be composed. of four ethnic groups: 
The Old English; The Portuguese; The French; and the New English. The Old 
English are the descendants of the Colonial Yankee stock. Need we say more? 

The next major group were the Portuguese who returned on the whale ships to 
settle In the south end of New Bedford. The first port of call for the Whalers 
was often the Isle of Brava In the Oipe Verdes off the coast of Portugal. At 
this point many a Yankee lad, seeing the beautiful green hills, decided he had 
had enough of whaling and deserted to settle down there. Now the captain, 
needing to fill out his missing crewmen, enlisted the Portuguese boys, who 
when they arrived In New Bedford with the profits of the voyage In their pockets, 
decided to relMln and become citizens. 

The third group were the French-Canadians, enticed by the mill owners to come 
down from Montreal and Quebec In the hey-day of the cotton mills. Since the 
mills were mostly In the north end, that Is the placo where French Is often 
heard spoken today. It Is said that fhey have retained their heritage and 
Identity more than any of the other groups. 

Finally came the New English, mostly from the Lancashire district of England 
when the mills were reaching to Europe f6r skilled textile operatives. North 
Falrhaven attracted most of these recent former British subjects and until 
recently It was not uncommon to hear the distinct •'Mid-lands" English accent. 

There then appeared Charles Sumner Ashley, a man to cut across party lines end 
weld all of these diverse groups Into a single "Ashley Party". Some modem 
students of political science bellve It was he who set the pattern for his 
young friend Franklin Delano Roosevelt to follow a third of a century later. 

Bobert S. Aehley §1 


July 1974 


Copied from D. C. LibrarisB Bulletin^ July 19$e 

Fwmished by: MardoHe (Bremum) D^Cann §186 

Mp» AshUy^s retirement from the service of the Library of Congress, having 
taken place three months ago. Is no longer news; allusion to It In this, the 
first number of D. C. Libraries to be Issued since It occurred Is not only to 
record the fact In this register of events of Interest to members of DX.L.A. 
but also to give expression to that which again Is not news, the fact that nis 
friends In the Association - and this means the entire membership of the As- 
sociation - are finding it as difficult to adjust themselves to his absence 
from the active library scene as are his friends In the library of Congress 
Itself - and this means the entire staff of the Library • 

Mr* Ashley wae entitled to retire three years ago« Upon the earnest represent 
tat Ions of Or* Putman, a Presidential Order was then Issued authorizing his 
continuance without definite term. During the past winter, however, he sig- 
nified his desire of being relieved as soon as possible because of his III 
health and personal affairs, but consented to stay on through March, and made 
April I the date of his actual retirement. 

Western Reserve, Yale and Itervard gave him his academic training. He was In- 
structor In Latin In St. Charles College, St. Charles, Mo. in 1886-7, and in 
Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio from 1887 to 1891, and principal of the 
latter Institution from 1892 to 1897. Following, after filling the post for 
a year as the librarian of the Morley Memorial Library In Painesvlile, Ohio, 
he spent two yeers, 1898-9 In the New York State Library School; the next year 
he began his work In Washington, with the Library of Congress. 

Kle Is a Fellow of the American Library Institute and of the American Associa- 
tion for the Advancement of Science, a member of the American Library Assoc, 
and the Bibliographical Society of America, the Wlegendruck Geseilschaft and 
the District of Columbia Library Assoc, of which he was our president from 
I 927-9 « in 1935, Western Reserve University, his Alma Mater, conferred upon 
him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters. 

Mr« Ashley was the author of the ''Catalogue of the John Boyd Thacher Collection 
of Incunabula'', which was published in 1915 by the Library of Congress; the 
'K^atalogue of Miscellaneous Books In the Thacher Collection" (1931); "The 
Voilbehr Incunabula and the Book of Books" (1932). 

In his characteristic and inimitable style, the Librarian of Congress issued 
a memorandum to the staff of the Library upon Mr* Ashley's retirement, from 
which we take the liberty of quoting here. 

"You are aware of the length, and the character, of his service; as an 
assistant and, later. Chief Clerk of the Copyright Office (May 9, 1900 to 
October 31, 1909); as Chief of the Order (Accessions) Division (Mov. I, 1909 
to Sept. 15, 1915); as Superintendent of the Reading Rooms (Sept. 16, 1915 
to March 31, 1927); and as Chief Assistant Librarian from April I, 1927 to 

July 1974 


in thdse successive responsibilities he has represented to us a complete 
loyalty to the task» to his ootleagues^ to those whose work he directed, 
and to the Library as an Institution; an efficiency. Inspired by Intel 1 1- 
gence^ and perfected by steadfast industry and conscientious devotion; a 
spirit of cooperation that required no urging; a poise that avoided Im* 
patience In any administrative decision; a sense of Justice, that made htm 
a reliance In all service relations; and, tempering all, a gift of humor 
which, though outwardly guarded. Is fully operative within. A scrupulous 
scholarship also, obscured by modesty, but always responsive to the exigency. 
You will share my chagrin that we are to lose the companionship of abilities 
so Important and qualities so sustaining.** 

Siitor^a Bote: So many of our members have asked "Who was Frederick W. Ashley?" 

that we are Including a short biographical sketch. 

FREDERICK WILLIAM ASHLEY^ (George^ - Warden^ - James^ - Thomas^ - Joseph') 

b. 12 January 1662 at Mansfield, Ohio d. 12 June 1942, age 79 
m. Mary MattTda Cole on 29 June 1893. She was b 15 June 1870 at 

Palnesvllle, 0., dau. of Hezeklah and Matilda Cole 


Ruth Maverette b 6 Oct. 1894 m Philip Cyrus Gunlon 
Hary Rachel b 14 Feb. 1906 m Irving Sametz 

At the time of his death, Frederick W. was actively working on a history of 
the Ashley family. We have published exerpts of his research In previous 
bulletins. (Jan. 71 p 26 - July 73 p 73; April 74 p 49). From his pen came 
colorful, but factual, writings of the early Ashleys. From time to tfme we 
hope to use more of his material. 

From his sketch called ^If you*re off for Old Ohio In the morning** he wrote: 

• . I must tell you of my earliest recollection. One spring night 
my father took me downtown and carried me In his arms through a scene 
of wild. Joyous excitement. The windows of shops, offices, houses, 
were lit by thousands of short candles In rows on little temporary 
shelves, the primitive but effective means of Illumination of those 
dayse Everyone was cheering, all differences forgotten In the 
universal Joy. 

Next morning all was gloom and sorrow. Grown people were sobbing. A 
great man somewhere, far away, had died. It was Abraham Lincoln.** 



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PuntUhad by Mm. Grace A. Uieulia U209 

□ C3 



We wish to express our deep appreciation to Mrs« MIsulis for her diligent 
effort In copying all of the New York Census records pertaining to Ash leys. 
It would Indeed help our members living In locations where this Information 
is not available If others would send in copies of Census Records in other 
states • 


1790 CENSUS - (See Vol. I No. I - October 1970, pg M) 

1800 CENSUS 






Up to 10 




4 females 

10 to 16 




4 females 

16 -to 26 




1 female 


Up to 10 




i female 

26. to 45 


1 female 

45 & up 





Up to 10 




1 female 

16 to 26 




1 female 


Up to 10 


1 female 

16 to 26 




1 female 

26 to 45 




45 & Up 






Up to to 


2 females 

10 to 16 




16 to 26 




2 females 

26 to 45 




1 female 

45 & up 




1 female 

1810 CENSUS - 





Up to 10 


i female 

16 to 20 




1 female 

20 to 45 



45 & up 




Up to 10 



3 females 

20 to 45 



1 female 


16 to 20 


1 female 

20 to 45 



45 & up 



1 female 


Up to 10 
16 to 20 



1 female 
1 female 

20 to 40 





Up to to 




3 females 

10 to 16 




20 to 45 



1 female 


16 to 20 



1 female 

6a I away, Saratoga Co* 

Greenfield, Saratoga Co 

Pittstown, Rensselaer Co. 
Troy, Rensselaer Co* 

Troy, Rensselaer Co. 

Hudson, Columbia Co. 

Chatham, Colufobla Co. 
Chatham, Columbia Co. 

Chatham, Columbia Co. 

Chatham, Columbia Co. 

Chatham, Columbia Co. 

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I8J0 crNsus - untf york ( »d) 





Up to 10 - 

1 mala« 1 

1 female 


16 to 20 - 

1 mala . 

20 to 45 - 

3 malas 


16 to 20 - 


i female 


20 to 45 - 

3 mates 






Up to 10 - 

2 malest 

1 female 

10 to 16 - 

1 male. 

1 female 

16 to 26 * 

i maie. 

1 female 

26 to 45 - 

1 maie, 1 

1 female 

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1 male 


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I females 

to to 16 - 

1 male 


16 to 26 - 

1 female 

26 to 45 - 


1 female 

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1 male 

£• Pomsroy 

Up to 10 - 

1 female 

10 -to 16 - 

1 male 

16 to 26 - 

\ female 

26 to 45 - 

1 mate, 2 

I females 

Mtron (t) 

Up to 10 - 

1 male 

10 to 16 - 

1 male 

16 to 26 - 

1 female 

26 to 45 - 

1 male 

William P. 

Up to 10 - 

1 male, 1 

\ female 

26 to 45 - 

t male, 1 

1 female 


Up to 10 - 

2 males. 

2 females 

10 to 16 - 

2 females 

16 to 18 - 

2 males 

45 & up - 

1 male, 1 

1 female 


Up to 10 - 

t male 

45 & up — 

t male, 1 

1 female 


Up to 10 - 

5 males. 

1 female 

26 to 45 - 

1 mate, 1 

1 female 


Up to 10 - 

2 males. 

3 ferfiales 

10 to 15 - 

1 male, 1 

1 female 

26 to 44 - 

i mate, 1 

1 fe*»afe 


Up to 10 - 

2 males. 

3 f'^nales 

10 to 15 - 

1 male, 2 

I females 

16 to 18 - 

1 male, 1 

! female 

18 to 25 - 

1 male, 1 

1 female 

45 & up - 

1 male 

Mr. OMvw 

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2 males. 

1 female 


10 to 15 - 

1 male, 1 

1 female 

26 to 44 - 

1 male, 1 



10 1o 16 - 

1 male 

26 to 45 - 

1 ma!e, i 

1 female 

45 & up - 

1 male, 2 

I females 

Chatham, Colimibta Co. 

• » 

Clermont, Columbia Co« 

Germantown, Columbia Co. 

Hudson, Columbia Co* 

Hudson, Columbia Co. 

Hudson, Columbia Co. 

KInderhook, Columbia Co* 
Chatham, Columbia Coe 

Chatham, Columbia Coe 
Chatham, Columbia Co. 
Chatham, Columbia Coe 

Chatham, Columbia Coe 

Chatham, Columbia Co* 

Clermont, Columbia Co* 


July 1974 





Copied from the Oldsat Deed Book of 

Vaxren County, Termeeeee 
By: OVUe Jcmee Lytm i2$$ 

\p John Ashley of the County of Warren and State of Tennessee being of perfect 
RiiPd fnd memory but Calling to mind the mortality of man and knonrlng that It 
Is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and 
Testament. First of all I recommend my Soul to the hands of the Almighty Ge(l 
who give ft my Body t recommend to the earth to be Buried In a decent manner 
at the discretion of my Executors all my Just debts to be paid out of the 
money arising out of the Sale of my property here after mentioned first of 
all I give to my beloved Wife Polly Ashley the following property to wit: 
one cow and calf two Becde and furniture one flax and one Cotten Wheel two 
head of sheep one Sow and Seven piggs also one years old Barrow one kettle 
one small pot and Skillet and her Saddle one Smothing Iron one Chest (P-27> 
four peuteir plates and four delph plates one set of Tee Cups and Saucers one 
Water pale piggen and milk Churn and Tin Bucket also 2 Chlars three knives 
and three Crocks one Coffee pot one Soop Spoon three Tin cups one peuter dish 
and one delph dish also one square table and one pot Trammel and Washing tub 
2 Tumblers and mugs two. 

I give unto my son Francis Ashley one Broun mere Saddle and Bridle also one 
Cow and Calf and one sow one Barrow also Ewe and Lamb and one plough and axe 
and hoe and Rifle Gun. 

I give unto my daughter Sallv Abrel I fifteen dollars Worth of my property the 
rest of my Children having received their poportlonable part my Land and all 
the balance of my property to be sold at twelve months credit and the money 
arising from the Sale after paying my debts to be divided betwen my Wife 
PoUyt siy daughter Peg^y Colvlllej my daughter Rachel Evans ^ my daughter 
Ingram, my son Charl eayAshley^ and my son John Ash ley j my \iauohter Sally 
Abrel I, my son U^lirA filTle^ ^ my Son Ureah Ashley and my son Andrew Ashley # 
my daughter Wani^y^ A h J son and my daughter Marlah Lynn and my son Francis 
Ashley at I toThear and Sheare alike - ratifying and confirming this my 
last Will and Testament making Void all former Will. Leaving my beloved wife 
Poily and William Lynn mf Sole Executors In Witness Whereof I heve here unto 
Set my hand and fixed my Seal this llth April 1828 in presence of us " 

Witnessed) Benjamin Woaten 

William Woaten 

(Mote • Spelling ie oapied from original doaunent) 

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Beoo9d$d in Will Bock "A", pe^9 247 - IHh day of Mc^ 1816 


FuntUhod by: Birm HoamUng §290 


) ' • 


} ..... 

In the Name of God Amen » i Nathantej Ashley of the District and* State aforesaid 
being ve|7 sick and weak In body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given 
unto 6od# calling unto mind the mortal I tty of my body and knowing that It Is 
appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this My Last Wtll and 
Testament/ and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith It has pleased God to 
bless, me In this life .1 ^Ive demise and dispose of the same In the following 
manner' and form • - - 

First I lend to my Dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Ashley all my lands and 
tenements With all my hosehoVd furniture and personal estate dureing her 
natural life or widowhood and after heir decease or widowhood my desire Is for 
the whole both real and personal Estate to be equal ly^ divided amongst my 

children to wit: 

• .* 

« • < . 

Wilson, Joshua t William Pol ley^ Ann, John,' Charles, James and Sal ley and any 

of the Elder Legatees that have received any part of legacy my desire Is that 
it may be added In their shares. ' - 


Secondly I do constitute make and ordain my wffe Elizabeth Ashley my Executrix 
with my $on Wilson Ashley Executor and when my sen Joshua Ashley sherl I come to 
the age of twentyone years I request that he may Join as Executor with the others. 

Thirdly and If my wife should or does marry ^aln to another man I desire that 
my Executors Wilson and Joshua shall take the estate both real and personal out 
of her possess I on, and take care of the same for the benefit of the heirs, and I 
do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former 
testaments wills legacies bequeaths and executors by me In any wise before named 
willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and noother to be my last 
will and testament 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eleventh day of 
October In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen and In 
the th I rty seventh year of the American Independence. Signed sealed published 
and pronounced and declared by the said Nathaniel Ashley as his last Will and 
Testament In the presents of us who in his presence and In the presence of each . 
other have hereto subscribed our names. 

Witnessed by L^is Weathersbe, Peter Cooper 
Henry Strlngfellow, Elijah Treadaway 


July 1974 




By: Capt. Wallace Sumner Ashleyfi (Simeon^ ^ Abrahan^s 

Per&Lval^s Abrahem^^ Joseph^) 

Pumiahsd by: Mildred Ashley Karl §10? 

The following article written by Capt. Wallace S. Ashley 
appeared In the New Bedford Newspaper on November 8^ 1931 
with a half page sketch of Whalers at sea by F. L. King. 


It was along the middle of September, 1879, that we put 
out of New Bedford In the schooner "Admiral Blake", bound 
for a *plum puddin* cruise off the Carolines In quest of 

Short easy runs like that we called "plum puddln*" cruises in those days, for 
the crew was sure of good rations, out and In. As it happened In this parttc-* 
ular cruise wasn^t destined to be an easy one, in fact, there was tragedy 
ahead of us and for me, the first experience of seeing a man killed before my 

Cap*n Pearson was master of the ship, as i remember, and I was first mate* 
Then there was Jimmy Alcorn of Philadelphia, a fine upstandln* seaman who was 
making his last whaling trip before he went into the merchant marine; a 
Portuguese cook named Joe, a slim youngster we called "Smitty", and a half 
dozen others in the crew« 

Cap*n Pearson was a hard-bitten, down East Yankee, noted for his sailing abil- 
ity and his record of never coming in from a cruise without a paying cargo of 
sperm oIL Sperm oil and whalebone - the latter was worth nearly as much as 
the oil In those days - was Cap*n Pearson's gospel of contentment and his 
reason for existence, and If he had to come back without 'em he'd consider 
himself in everlasting disgrace. Of course, I wanted to make good with this 
Cap'n, because I was working for my master's papers and a word of favor from . 
Cap'n Pearson would go a long way to getting 'em. 

NOT A WHALE IN SIGHT - We had been out several days, tacking back and forth 
about 100 miles off Charleston, S.C., without even sighting a whale. Off the 
Carol inas was usually the best latitude for whaling; I suppose there's more 
squid around those waters and whales feed almost exclusively on squid - 
otherwise known as octopus. I've seen some ferocious battles between whales 
and squid, but the squid usually didn't stand much chance with a sperm whale, 
with his big Jaws and rows of sharp teeth - the only kind of whale that has 
teeth, by the way. 

But as I said, we'd been cruising around for near onto a week without sight 
of a whale, and Cap'n Pearson was getting cantankerous. The crew had put 
lines over and caught a couple of black fish, but not enough to amount to much. 

July 1974 


Jeweler^s oil oomes from black fish. ItU the finest oil In the world and Is 
drawn out of what we call the **melon** on the head of the fish. You have to 
get a lot of fish, though, to make much oil. It was beginning tb look as 
though this would be the trip that Cap*n Pearson put back to port' without his 

THAR SHE BLOWS - Then, on a Sunday morning, Smitty, who was up. In the crowds 
nest, called "Whale!*' and two points off starboard and about a mile away we 
saw what looked like a number of good sized whales, playing around on top of 
the water « evidently a school of cows and bulls. When cow or bull whales 
travel alone they generally keep steady on their course, swimming subiMrged 
for an hour, or an hour and a half , and then cruising on the surface for 
fifteen or twenty minutes to take air and blow. When cows and bulls are to- 
O^ther, however, they do a lot of fooling and showing off * the ladles pickin* 
t-heir mates, I suppose. 


We hove to and put out a couple of whaleboats, with the harpoon guns and hand 
lances, and pulled off In the direction of the whales. I took charge of the 
first boat and I had with me Jimmy Alcorn, Joe, the Cook; Smitty, who was an 
Inexperienced hand, and two able seamen. The water was a bit rough, and every 
time we dipped into the trough of the sea we^d lose sight momentarily of our 
quarry, but soon 'we had pulled up handy to *em. 

They proved to be smaller than we had thought - about "twenty-barrel** whales, I 
Judged, which means they were high on to fifty feet long and - bone and carcass < 
weighing close to sixty tons. The biggest whale I ever caught was around 15 
barrels - about ninety-five feet In length and around 100 tons« So you can 
see, while these were young *uns, they were fair sized, at that* 

LET FLYI - We had sneaked up on the nearest fellow,. and presently I saw him 
shake hTs back and 1 knew he had heard us. I gave the word, and the man with 
the bomb lance let fly. The lance struck the whale - 1 remember that much - 
when suddenly, right on the starboard side of our whaleboat a big, gray body 
broke out of the water and pitched us over till I thought we were goners. He 
swirled by us, his tail under water - thanks be - otherwise we might have got a 
sideswipe that would have crushed our boat like and eggshell, and the whaleboat 
righted Itself. 

In the excitement, we had temporarl ly forgotten the whale with the harpoon In 
her, but the rope was running taut and the bomb gun was pulHng back through the 
water toward the boat. IMI have to explain the bomb lance, so you can under- 
stand what happened. 

The bomb lance, or harpoon Is a sort of telescope-shaped gun to wh}6h a*sharp 
lance Is attached. A whaler throws throws a gun with a lance on It and the 
Impact of the gun striking the whale causes the gun to explode firing a round 
of shot that kills the whale. The gun itself is fixed with Iron loops to the 
rope that remains In the hands of the whaler and slides back through the 
water to the boat. 

A SHARP EXPLOSION - It happened that the lance In this Instance had not struck 
the whale deep enough, or forcibly enough to cause the gun to explode, but 
nobody apparently had noticed this. When the man In the bow hauled the gun 


July 1974 

aboard. It was handed back and Smltiy took It, and looked to me to know what 
to do with It, "Stow It under the thwarts", I told hlm« Alcorn was leaning 
over^ picking up a hand lance, as Smitty took the guh and started to place It 
under the center thwart. 

There was a sharp explosion and I saw Smitty drop the gun with a cry of pain 
and fall back on the bottom of the dory. I turned to Alcorn. He lay sprawled 
over the seat his body twitching In agony and a dark hole in his back, soaking 
red with blood. One of the seamen In the stern was holding his teg and rock- 
ing dumbly back and forth. 

For a second all I could do was stare In amazement - then I realized what had 
happened. The gun had gone off, making a clean hole through Smitty's left 
hand, had killed Alcorn outright, dug an ugly flesh wound In the seaman's leg 
and gone out the side of the boat about a half foot above the water line. 
Cap'n. Pearson, In the second dory, which was following close behind us, 
heard the report and saw by our actions, I suppose, that something was amiss. 
And while we paid out line on the harpoon that was still In our single whale, 
the Cap'n came alongside and, after considerable trouble, took off Alcorn and 
the two Injured men and put back for the schooner. 

I was left with Joe, the cook, and the one seaman forward with the lance line. 
Our whale was beginning to act up by now. I reckon the lance was In his hide 
Just far enough to be uncomfortable and he began weaving around, yanking us 
through the water with little spurts of speed and then leaving us becalmed 
again. Pretty soon we pulled up on him near enough to give. me a chance with 
a hand lance - and I let him have It. I figured we*d get one whale at any 
rate, for all our trouble, and by his thrashing and churning I knew I had 
made a hit. 

And then a strange thing happened - a thing that used to give me nightmares 
for many a month afterward. I had figured, when we first sighted the herd 
that there were five or six whales altogether. Usually you could pick two 
out of such a herd before the rest were "gall led" off. I was standing In 
the bow, holding the line and waiting for my capture to quiet down, when on 
both sides of the boat - big sleek, gray and black bodies began to heave all 
Into view, like the bottom of the ocean was rising up In humps all around us. 

There must have been twelve or fifteen whales gamboling through the water 
every which way. They rolled and turned belly up, and whacked their great 
tails and blew streams of water high In the air, while we hung on for dear 
life to the gunwales and wondered what moment we would be swamped, or have one 
of the critters charge down on us. 

I was scared good and plenty. Pursuing a running herd of whales was one thing, 
but finding yourself right In the middle of f Iteen of 'eifn - thrashing their 
tons of blubber like minnows splashing In a pool - was another thing entirely. 
^k)w and then one of the huge beasts would sweep across the bow of our cockel- 
shell of the boat, his big Jaws opening and closing - they must have measured 
twenty feet from ear to snout - and we'd get a wave of water over the bow that 
near drowned us. It locked like they were grinning to themselves and toying 
with us like a cat with a mouse - before they pounced in revenge for the kill- 
ing of their mate. 

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Finally, one of *6m swam up astern •* straight for us. I grabbed the extra 
bomb lance and hurled It Into him. What with the report and everything^ 
Hades broke loose right then and there! The water was a boiling cauldron. 
The man In the bow let fly a hand lance and caught one of the critters and 
I lanced another harpoon at a "forty*barreP* bugger that came plunging along- 
side^ hPstIng the boat half out of the water. 

PERILOUS MOMENT * After a few pert lous moments things calmed down and we took 
stock of ourselves. The boat was half full of water, which we proceeded to 
1>atl, but four fine whales were floating dead on the surface of the sea. 
We tied *em together, put a waif flag In one of *em and pulled back for the 
schooner. Cap'n Pearson greeted us with a glum face. I never sow a man so 
down in the mouth. They had patched up the wounded men and laid out poor 
Alcorn for sea burial. 

**Well, Mr. Ashley,** said the Cap^n, *M reckon this has been a unfortunate 
voyage, take It all In all - one man killed, two out of comlsslon and one 
whale for all our pains." I wondered how much he was thinking about the dead 
and wounded and how much more he was worried about his catch. 

'*^k>t one whale, Cap*n** I answered, **we got four of *6ml" **FourI** he exclaims, 
and his face brightens like sunshine after a shower. "Four of *em7" 

I pointed off starboard where the waif flag was bobbing In the sea and some 
half hour later we had all four In tow. They averaged 20 barrels apiece, 
which was 80 barrels of sperm oil, figured at the market price of $45 a barrel 
making $3600, - not counting the whale bone. Hof bad business for a "Plum 
Puddin* cruise" and a good deal for a mate and one dory. I gues the Cap'n 
thought so - at any rate for the next cruise I went out as master of the 
vesse I . 



fTTTTTTTTl 105 Brattle St. Cambridge, Massachusetts 

This house was headquarters for General Washington 1775 <- 1776 

Home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from 1837 to 1882 

The house was built by Major John Vassal I in 1759. Major Vassal I is 
a near relative through Judith Vassal!, grandmother of Susanna White 
who married Abraham Ashley, brother of Joseph. 


July 1974 


(Wlhtam^ Thomas^* Joset>h') 

Copy fern Btvatd of Goepel IdbeHy, Daytott, Chto *• 1866 


Elder LoamY Ashley has gone to rest. After a short Illness of four days he 
closed his career on earth at his residence In Montgomery County, Ohio. 

Elder Ashley was born In the State of Vermont, August 9, 1784 and departed this 
life September 25, 1859, aged 71 years, one month and 16 days. He emigrated to 
Ohio in the year 1817 and two years afterwards he became a happy convert to the 
Christian religion, and united with the Christian Church at Liberty, Hontomery 
Co., Ohio under the care of Elder N. Morley and remained a worthy and respect- 
able member of that body until his death. Being personally acquainted with him 
for many years I can say that he possessed a character of uprightness, honesty, 
truthfulness and peace. He was perservering and faithful in the cause of 
Christ and firm In his belief in the gospel. He served the church In the office 
of Deacon, « . • • For the last twelve years of his life he was a worthy, 
respected and beloved minister of the gospel of Christ. He was a member of 
the Tippecanoe Christian Conference In the State of Indiana when hts voice was 
heard In declaring the truths of Gods word, giving saint and sinner, their 
portion In due season. During Elder Ashley^s sickness he enjoyed his right 
mind, spoke of death with calmness, without any dread or fear. He gave orders 
how he wished his earthly things disposed of and then gave directions how he 
wished his funeral conducted. 


Loaml In early life served an apprenticeship as a Brick Mason and for several 
years followed that business as a contractor and builder. Four of hts sons 
served apprenticeships under him and ail became excellent brick layers. At 
one time he went into the merchantlle business at Twinsborough, Ohio, but tn 
that he made a failure and went back to his trade again. 

About 1841/2 he moved to Howard Co., Indiana, In a new part of the country, they 
called the Indian reservor. There he settled on a claim of eighty acres, and 
afterward came Into possession of It. It was near the present city of Kokomo. 

He was a man who believed In doing with all his might, what his hande found to 
do, and when In later life he entered the ministry, his labors were character- 
ized the same as in secular pursuits; 

Loaml married Rachel Baker on 31 Aug. 1806 who was born 30 Jan 1788 In Penn. 
daughter of Johathan Baker. To this union were born 3 girls and 9 boys. 

July 1974 



[1 OeiTUARY 


CXXXIXIX3 (1864-1962) 

Copied from: Dally DmnoiXPat, Woodland^ Cat. Deo. 8^ 1962 
Pwntiahed by: Mre. Anna C. Gamer §3$ 

Pallas Neai Ashley, 98 years old and a Pioneer Developer of Yolo County, Cal. 
died at his home In Woodland of a stroke on the 2nd of Decefnber 1962. His 
burial will be In the family plot In Woodland. 

Mr. Ashley was born on his father's farm near Nashville, Tenn 2 September 1864, 
He was the son of N. J, and Prudence P. Ashley, the latter died In Wood land on 
13 April 1925 where she was living with her son. 

Mr. Ashley attended New MIddleton Institute In Tennessee and graduated 
the Gordonvllle Academy In I884« He was principal of a school In Galena, Mo. 
(Co. seat of Stone Ck>.) when he was only 19 years old« One year later, on the 
advice of a physician, he came to California. Here he worked as a farm laborer 
and sold real estate until he regained his health. He then taught school for 
four years In Capay Valley, CaK In 1890 he took a position In the engineering 
department of the Southern Pacific railroad, and later worked for the California 
Oregon railroad. 

In 1891 he received one of the first licenses issued by the State Boieird of 
Examining Surveyors and was appointed deputy surveyor for Yolo County. He 
also served as city engineer of Woodland where he prepared plans and supervised 
the construction of the city sewer system. At that time It was considered the 
most advanced system In the state. 

In 1910 he received an appointment as Yolo Ck>unty Surveyor, a position he hejd 
for 24 years, serving under both Democratic and Republican administrations. 

Upon retirement he devoted his full time to farming In Yolo and Butte Counties 
and to subdividing land. He developed the ASHLEY variety of the English 
walnut. He was an expert on flood control and irrigation and developed a 
I and- I eve ling device that was the forerunner of the MARVIN LANDPLANE of 
Wood I and • 

On the 21st of January, 1894, Mr. Ashley married Miss Mary (k>rnelfa Chapman, 
daughter of George Chapman, who had extensive sheep and cattle Interests In 
the county. 

He was survived by his wife, a daughter Mrs. Wendell Payne of Woodland, 
grandsons Ashley and Wendell Payne both of Woodland and 3 great grandchildren* 

K)TB: DtFta OQltaeted by Barbara (Emdoroon) Dttp ZdMo^ndanet of 
Alien and Secpdh (Ashtejf) Sharp} and eent to 
Hra» Anna C, Gamer who ie Wflopkinff on the fmlty htetoxyt 

Doee PALLAS BSAL A3BLBI fit into your foully ? ? ? ? ? 


Ally 1974 

690 Hudson Ave.» Albany, N.Y. 12203 





I / i. Grace Edith Ashley (#209) 1900- Rock Ctty, N.Y. GJen Falls, N.Y. 

II / 2. Jerman Ashley 1854-1933 Rayvtile, Old Chatham, Columbia Co., N.Y. 

3. Mary Frances (kx>per, 1865-1947 Nassau,. Renss. Co. Chatham, N.Y. 


111 4. Jerman Ashley, 1818-1865, Ashley Hill, Rayville, Col. Co., N.Y. 

5. Sarah' A. Shufelt, 1823-^1892, Chatham, Rayvllhe, Columbia Co., N.Y. 

6. Henry B. C^per, 1838- England, Nassau, Chatham, N.Y. Cedar Falls, la. 

7. Mary Brinkworth Pitts, 1846-1871, Oxenton, England; Nassau, Chatham, NY 

IV 8. Aldon Ashley, 1783-1856, Rayville, Ashley Hill Col. Co., N.Y. 

9. Ruamah Greeni 1789-1868, Cattaraugus Co., Rayville,Oot. Co4, N.Y. 

10. William Shufeit, 1791-1872, Columbia Co., N.Y. 

11. Chrystlna 1792-1850, Columbia Co., N.Y. 

12. ' 

14. «riM1am Pitts 1825-1857, Nlbley, England, Chatham, Col. Co., N.Y. 

15. Mary Brlnkvuorth, 1825-1859, Nlbley, England, Chatham^ Col. Co.^ N.Y. 

V. 16. Noah Ashley, 1747-1815, Mass., Dutchess Co., Rayville, Col. Co., N.Y. 
17. ^Rebecca Reynolds, 1754-1822, Ft tkintoifirn, Dutchess Co., Rayville, N.Y. 

28. John Pitts 1799- , Nlbley, England; Chatham, Col . Co.; N.Y. 

29. Charlotte 1802- Nlbley, England; Chatham, Col. Co., N.Y. 


VI. 32 e **J6thro Ashley, 1706/7 - Rochester, Mass* Nine Partners, N.Y, 

33. ^^Eilzabeth Holmes, ? Rochester, Mass. Nine Partners, N.Y. 

34. ***Nehemlah Reynolds, 170^-11759, Greenwich, Ct*, Nine Partner*, N.Y. 

35. ***Mary Palmer ? Nine Partners, N.Y. 

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VI t 64.' Joseph Ashley, settled In Rochester, Mass. $ 1700 

65. Elizabeth Perclval, b 10 Sept 1675, Sandwich, Mass., Rochester, Mass. 



* American Genealogical index. Vol. 5, p. 119, 
ASHL£Y, Rebecca (Reynolds) 

«^ 'Giles Memorial, p. 201, HOLMES FAMILY of Marshfleld, Mass 

*«» JOHN REYNOLDS (I630-?) Watertown, Mass., Greenwich, Ct. 

by Marion H. Reynolds, 1924 

July 1974 


a CD 

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tte extend our eimpathy to tfm fomiliee 
of thoee uho have departed. 

yiLU^ E> WAtKER. husband of Margaret 
L. CiMiming Walker 1169, passed away In 
San Diego, CaL March 28, 1974. He 
was brought back East and Is burled 
at North Purchase Cemetery, Attleboro, 
Mass. He Is survived by his wlfe^ 
and four children: William B., Nell 6., 
Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson and Hrs^Constance 

BETTY-JO (OCXJM) ASHLEY > 47, wife of 
Robert E. Ashley of Waterbiiry, QU 
died on April 23, 1974. Born May I, 
1926 at Winder, 6a. She was employed 
at the Sewing Notions DIv. of Scovlll 
Mfg. Co. for 19 years and a member of 
the Watertwon United Methodist Church « 
Besides her husband she leaves a dau- 
ghter Mrs. James Dean of Orlando, Fla. 
a sister, a granddaughter and several 
nieces and nephews. After services at 
Barnes Memorial Chapel at Bristol 
burial was at West Cemetery, Bristol* 

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HELENMAY E. ASHLEY of Cheshire, Ct. 
died Feb. 6, 1974 at Cheshire Conva- 
lescent hospital. Born in Bridgeport, 
dau of the late Enoch and Nellie 
(Monahan) Ash ley » she lived In Water- 
bury several years before moving to 
Cheshire 19 years ago. She was an 
auditor at the Colonial Bank and Trust 
Co* retiring 7 years ago. Burled at 
Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury, Ct* She 
Is survived by one brother, Harold* 

long and distinguished careor as a ser- 
vant of the Church. Born May 21, 1908 
son of Stephen and Edna (Ashley) Bayne, 
CEdward E* Ashley - Or* James - Or* James 
Pare I va I - Abraham - JosephJ was ordain- 
ed to the Priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Mn. 
T* Manning, Bishop of New York and I 0th 
Rector of Trinity* In 1947 he was con- 
secrated Bishop of Olympla In Western 
Washington and served there until I960, 
when he became the first Anglican Execu^ 
ttve officer with headquarters In London. 
He filled that post until 1964 when he 
became Director of the Overseas Dept. & 
Vice President of the Executive Council 
of the Episcopal Church. He was called 
to England by the Arch-Btshop of Canter* 
berry to head the entire Episcopal 
Missions In the World and he lived In 
Lambeth Palace during that period* In 
1970 he Joined the faculty of General 
Theological Seminary and became dean 
until 1973 when he retired* 

His death occurred January 18, 1974 
while vacationing In St. Maartens, 
Puerto Rico. Bishop Bayne graduated 
from Amherst College In 1929 and from 
the General Seminary In 1933* He served 
as Rector of Trinity Church, St* Louis, 
St* John's, Northampton, Mass, and as 
Chaplain at Columbia University before 
becoming Bishop of Olympla. He Is 
survived by his wife, the former Lucie 
Culver Gould, whom he married June 19, 
1934, and five children 

ANNA B* (ASHLEY) SHERMAN. 79, wife of Carlton B* Sherman of E* Freetown, Mase* 
passed away Sunday, AprI I 21, 1974 at St* Luke^s Hospital, New Bedford, Mass* 
Bom at E. Freetown was daughter of James 61 f ford and Freda 'Barbara (Wolf > 
Ashley. She married ist Marcus Harold Ashley, and after his death In 1947 
she married Mr* ShAraien* She Is survived by her husband and three sons, 
Marcus H. of E. Freetown, FredeHck W. of Torrance, Calif., Franit H. of 
E. Freetown^ a dau. Mrs* Ve4ma A. Dunham of E. Freetown, 2 brothers Jethro 9* 
of Acushnet, James G* of E. Freetown, a sister Asenath A. MoCall of North 
Scltuate, R*l*, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren* 

July 1974 


GEORGE W. ASHLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Frank H. Ashley of E. Freetown, has 
been promoted to sergeant In the U.S. 
Air Force. Sgt. Ashley, an adminis- 
trative specialist at the North Truro 
Air Force Station Is assigned to a 
unit of the Aerospace Defenee Command. 

ANNA C. GARNER 136 on a recent return 
to the midwest for a school reunion 
and visit with her brother In Eureka 
Springs, Ark., spent one afternoon 
with your Editor, discussing genealogy. 

SUZANNE KEMPER, of Wllllamstown appeared recently In a Berkshire Pro Mustca 
production "An Evening of Lyric Theater". Ms. Kemper had the supporting role 
In Glan Carlo Menottl's "The Medium". Suzanne Is familiar to many as the 
head of acquisition and reference at Free! Library, North Mrtms State College. 
She Is a musician and concert singer. A music graduate of Carnegie Mellon 
University, she studied voice In Pittsburgh, New York and at Bennington College. 
She has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh and Wheeling Symphony Orches- 
tras, the Wheeling Opera and Downtown Chorale of Pittsburgh. She Is the 
daughter of Ruth Evelyn (Staples) White #69. 

THOMAS L. ASHLEY (D-Ohlo) was recently quoted In the March 18, 1974 Business 
Week magazine as saying "The position of the President has obviously changed". 
Mr. Ashley Is a member of the housing subcofirilttee who has been working on a 
compromise with the Housing & Urban Development Dept. Among hundreds of 
provisions in the Senate bill, the main features of the legislation would: 
Continue housing subsidy programs, most of which have been frozen since Jan. 
1973 and Institute block grants totaling $2.S billion for urban renewal and 
similar local projects, and create myriad new programs such as saf^ standards 
for mobile homes, direct loans to the elderly for housing, and a $150 million 
authorization for housing rehabilitation. 

MRS. GIOVANNA ASHLEY of Sacramento, Calif, tried giving away her dog Lucky, 
the 5-year old German sh^herd-col Me mix was given to a friend 30 miles north 
of her home. Three days later he was back. Then she tried giving him to her 
stepdaughter 60 miles away in Yuba City. But Lucky returned once again with 
sore feet and a Charley horse. Lucky won and he will stay with the Ashleys. 


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MRS. CHRISTINE ASHLEY, a divorcee is living at Extended Family No. 3 with 
her three children. She edits the church newspaper for the Unitarian 
Universalist congregation In Westport, Conn. She Is an artists' agent 
by profession. 


July 1974 


Jane Ashley Sokot, graduate of Kendall College^ Evanstoh, III. 
Susan Ashley, graduate of Apponeguet Regional High School, Lakeville, Mass. 
Will tarn C. Ashley, graduate of Apponeguet Regional H.S., Lakevllie, Mass. 
Dawn Ashley, graduated with honors from Dlghton-Rohoboth Regional High 

School at Berkley, Masb. 
Valerie J« Ashley, graduated from Dlghton-Rohoboth Reg. High School at Berkely 






*iineages for following members 

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37 Wright St. 

Keene, N.H. 03431 

816 State St. 

Madison, Wise. 53706 

212 W. Sixth St. 

OtI City, Pa. 16301 

140 N. Central Ave. 

Centervllle, Tenn. 07033 

448 Plttsdowne Rd. 

Columbia, S.C. 29210 

7467 Bagdad St. 

San Diego, Ca 921 1 1 

Ashley Ave. 

E. Freetown, Mass. 02717 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 46802 

Isaac Thos. Lynn ( ) John Newton Lynn ( ) 
William Lynn and A sh I ey < ) 
John Ashley of Warren Co. Tenn. (d 1840) 

PLEASE - Keep sending names of prospective members to 
our membership chairman 
Mrs. Kenneth 0. Davis, Green River Rd., 

Wllliamstown, Mass. 01267 


July 1974 

NOV 1 5 mJI 

9aU l<m 



lis. 24 to 38 Fort Sml lEW BEgFlRB, MUSI 

U tkt, h*aU oi thd. Old* ColoiUj 


Published 9oua. Oime^ a ^eo^ Sp^^ng.^ 6umme^, 9oJJL (md. U/tnte^ 

6y f^^hJLeAj^ of ftmeAAjcxi^ 9ncx>^o^jated, in the. Hecutt o{ the. 
Otd Cotomf, lihe^A ftmeAAXui iSetfon. 


4 - 5ec/teta^ '4. Afe/oo-t^ oj the 9i4th Rnnuai Aeettnf - ftuj^u^ 1974 

6 - 9nte^tim 9-teadu^te>t '4. Kepo^ 

7- iSlcentesvuja/i 9dea^ f^totK " Jankee!' S^txuL S^cm 

8^ [cutlif fl^hietf CmAjjAjonJU. to f^meAAxux - Dhe SiMHcaue ^^chiue 

14'^ Sttange^hdcumeKt - 

IS-^n fl^hJUif Oo4Aj t»ho wa^ a hinute hem -* SeJth UeAAoitie^ 

l64ii^6Ajo^4X^hinute4^ - K*[^ ft^hJUif 

l9'^^6hleLf^ in the Nea^ 

20^^hleii ^ccu>unt6. at PijeAJze & Du^ee'4. ^eneMuL Sto^te- 1829 

2S '^eneaJLoijAxijaJL Humo^ 

26'^'Jiietf^ on the ^ene^tcuL KnoK D^joaJL - R.l. fi^hieAj 

JO-On the CooeA. - SAjoumeJU^ ft^M^ & CO0, 9ine Comam^ /^(Mujfactute/td. 

" 31- New hembe4^. 


fl^hJLeij^ o{ ^me^Axui, PncjO^o^ated i^ a non-^p^ofiZ co^o^tatlon unde^ the 
Im^ of the Cotmomoeatth of ha^^^xxchu^ett^ and hai. been dete/tmined to be a 
twO-eKeMpt p^AjjoXje foundatA^on bij the Oi^ZeAnjot fievenue SeAJtjixue. . Se/fue/U^ . . . 
o^ qA^tA. . « • oAje deductable fo^ 9ede4aZ. estate and qA^t ta>C puApo^ie^. • • 

Vhe Offixie^^ and [Kecutiue Soa^ ate oa. 9olJio0^ - KobeAZ Cm ^^^hiecf, P^^e^m , '^ 
^hnS. fi^hleAj, I^U.P., PaulC. Xeona^, 2nd, U.P., S^adfo^ 9. Saan, 3^. U.P., 
fimantha ft. ft/Un^ Sec^^ Nanctf ft^hteif, ITteod^^ bo4i^. ft. Xanq., [Kea. Comti^ member, 
Kenneth U. ft^hteif^ 6cec. Coma, membe^y UiAjfAjiia ft. ^o{f^ 6cee» Com^ membeu 




NdrtCL/ 4/1/e^y (no iiuiddJLe ncu:ie) dau^hto^. of CdfOCMi <>£oiie rl^hte^ and 
^i/ste^AXL (paL:ieA.) h^JvLeLf^ 006. bo^n inl^ea dedfo^ /odd^^ onhoAcJi S, 1929, the 
ifounqje^ oj thkJBA cIxiLAAMn. i< e^ b^cjothe^ ftAXhat Mom fi^JU^j, and aIaXj^/l t»AA^ 
JhcriG^ X. CoaZi^ oaa both nieinbe^iA ojf ou^ ft^hU^ 'jG^.iLj fiAAOCjicJbion a^ Ia he4. 
Hiothe^^ hntetla. hancLf aZZeyuLed /Veur oedfo^ and ha/ttmouth 1 'ubtlc ^chooiA. and 
qAndujoZexL {^to^hean ^^cadetnif and )a^ LoULeqA in j^ankLin, iso^a^, in 1946. 

9n the poAt^ Nanctf ha^ been acZioe in both Oomn and iiepubiiaan politico 
hauin^ been e/,^ected to ^j&jeMJL te/un^ on both the uepubiican Jown Coi:aMXtee and od 
a Ooton fleeting. /,ei:ibe^ i>he aJUo ^ewed on the battaiouth JeACjentenoAAJ Coauaittee. 

Nancuj ii^ oua. computer expe/tt. ^*ftet having been 0ith haJtijonaJi Laah i^egi^ZeA. 
CoKipanij fo^ ten ijeoA^^ ^he i6. noio hoJba p^oce^^tg On^tAncJjo^ at the ^^ti^toif 
Pii/tHouth tsfifAjonaJL JechnlcjaJL odwoi in Oaunton, I odd^ i^'ot onhj id^ ^he teaching., 
4/ie i6. aUo attending. Jit xihbuAjg otate Cottege to obtain /tet deg^^ee in JocxUionat 

Jhe fiA^ iiieeting at the Scotland Lhutch in liAidgje^atet n^od Nanaf^ 
introduction geneatogcf and the foj.iiLj but ^ince then d/te A^id been one o{ oua. 
tivo^ actwe and ualuabie mentbe^^ ^6£4ifing oa. J^^eauiAjet ^ince 1972. 

9t i^ d/ie a/to, atong with 'John and l^ujj:^, ha^ been Aje^on^ibie fo^ the 
g/oeat ^juuccj^a^ of oua ta^t t/vtee i,i££ting^ in Neu> Jedfo^uL. 

\^Je weLcoiae he^ and knouf tjou^ wiLL enjjouj ^jeading thUy het fit6t jua^tetti/, 
t}iat Lfou oAje noa hoi^jing. Piea^e addte6^ ati cohittnication^ to hanc^/ fi^hJietj, 
I6S [li:i 6tAjeet, SovJJx ha/ub:icuth, f.a^^. 02748 


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Sec^^etcutif ' ^ Kepo^ o{ the 9ifth ^rtsiucui A/cetut^ - fiuqjuAt 1974 

Ke/jAj^tAotAjon and a ^etconie cup of coffee opened the f^th ^£wtion of the 
^^hietj^^ of nmeAAjca^ OncjOApoAxxZed on ftuquAt 24^ 1974 at the vioiMJuXZa Lluh in New 
Sedfo^, /^/odd^ ^hn and Sujjif RJ^JLeif^ oA^AAtjed bvf offijcje^j^ of the ^ocletUf, 
'wetcoined memb^A^ and f^A^end^ oa. theif a^Aemb^Led in the ChoAJt iioom^ 

fit 10:30 y iSob ^-i^hteif, p^jeAiAent^ qjojje an info^MotiAJC and fa^cAJtating. talk^ 
"^^kieif^ in the KevotutAcn, u)hete theif tiued and tohetje theif ^e^ved" iZluAttated 
uUth manij ^lAjdeA. Othet LoAqA picXAAAj^A of p^omAjtent ptace^ haif04. ChoAJLeA b. 
n^hieif and otheAA, mounted on caAjdboaAxL K^ote dUptoifed and had tduch to offeA in 
connectijon ufith ft^hteij (vUto^. 

ft map ^ho0ed loiXh btue dotA wheAe ^i^Mjeij^ lijued before the Kevotutijon; loiZh 
A£d dotA uheAA thete woa actijon in which ft^htet/^ paAtixUpated and qAMMX dotA to 
point out lifheAe ft^hteif^ who weAe Oo^te^ weAe tocated. Ohe ft^hteif J^atL, tAxioin^ 
a Aaute foJUawed bif <u)me of oua A^JiatiueA gaing. to UeAmont^ woa moAkexL 

Ohe CotoneJi n^hteif hou^e in ft^hleif 9ati6y ^Ate of eaAJLj ftm^AAjcan Keuotution 
events woa Juown. Bob gave a fine de^CA^ption of the buAJjUnq.^ aAxJvitectuAjoJL 
detaAJU.^ fuAniJiingA and hiA okaaX. in that oAea. 9t woa noted that the Sheffield 
becloAxitton woa ^^Ajgned thete befo^te the hecZoAXition of %ulcpendence wa^ ^Ajgned 
in Philadelphia^ 

9n peaking, of the [o^teAn t'OA^uxchu/^ett^ aAea^ Sob ^aid that H^hJLeij^ wete 
mo^ p^tobabtif not at XeKtngton and Conco^ becojuu^e it wa^ too foA awaif foA them, to 
Aepo^ foA. immedijate dutij. 

ft^hieif hi6to^ and that of oua. countAuf '^ development weA^ inteAwouen bif Sob 
loho oIao ^oke of actioitLj at 9oaZ DicondeAjoga^ 9oaZ phoenvC (hoAboA. defence of 
thi^ oAjea wheAA the fiA^ naoal battle of the Keuolution wa^ fought hoif 14^ l77S), 
Sunken hill and othet placje^. 

Sob ^^ talk with hU. wottdeAful backgAOund knowledge and foA Jteachinq. ^je^eoAch 
loa^ filled with a pAA^jed amount of info^jnation about oua ance<ito4^ - making u^ 
pAoad of OUA f^^Mjeuf heAitajg^e. Ohe delightful houA concluded with cjcea uiew^ ^^Ach 
OA. the ftJ^Leij CeMetetif^ fi^hleoj hornet and othet local, ^ite^. 


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^ cocktcuit houut uhith time fo^ in/fo^mal uia^LUng^ preceded ^Mucheon jo^ chout 

^^^k ^Jviaif ^S^tUn Of Ohio aa^ jo^ted^ntec^ an ^JvLaf tie cJUp {o^ haoinq. come 
the fcutthe^t to attend the ^ueuMX>n. 

Since it 1006. impo^Mbte fo^ the a/^tewoon ^cakeA. to attend, an info^mat, 
impromptu p^tog^am developed into a ^wtp44j64.n(fJbj inte^teMAjnq, aftetnoon^ Sob, ^J4)hn 
^^hieif, Paut Xeonxhtd and otheA^ <ywe bit^ of famnJ^f hUto^ and anecdotes (Hope 
Sob KTOd abte to tape ^^eco^ them aJLU) (iJlJe ^houtd have mo^te of thi^ f^tom ouut 
oLdet membeM.^) 

htane htApvU^. and Konatd Situta of the Xakevitte htiAto^tiaai Sooietj qave a 
^hoAX. hi^to^ of Xakevilie u>ith empha^i^ on the 9ndian inhabttant^ of the a^ea^ 
hixme told of iiiam^^utta (Kin^ PhiUp) amd ^leKondet (hetacom) and the Kinq. Philip '^ 
(ikut in I67S0 9t toad, ^epo^ted that Pndiand. had liued on Settif '4* /VecA in Xakeville 
untLi 1930. Ohe cjueatAx>n of f-l^hletj^ moA/ufinf^ Ondlan^ p^mld^^ to be an inteAeAtinq. 
topic fo^ ^tudif^ fildo noted woa. the fact that "i^ankee" i^ the Ondian^ mlAp^nustclation 
of "[nglUh\ 

^t the bu6^ine6^ ^e^^dlon, Elton Staple^., choAAMan of the nominating. commiXtee 
A^o^tted that, all offleeA^ had done theiA. u)0^ ^o loell in the pa^t Lfeat that the 
entlAe ^late wa6. ^^vbrnitted fo^ AjeelexiXAJon. 9t 1006. mooed and 'Seconded that the 
^^cAetaAL/ oa^t one oote fo^ the reelection of the present officet^ 

Kenneth ^^hleif moued to ^.eopen the dlMuu^^^n of an incAjeoAe in due^ 9t <pad 
voted (27 foA. and I lopo^^ed) to have a ^in^JLe membeA^hip co^ $S and a couple 4. 
meitJbeAAhip $10^ '!^lf^ menJ^eA/Jiip remains at $100. 

hl6cu6^uon concetnin^ the publUtinf. of the KobeAt ri^hleLf QeneaJboqif brought 
out the fact that po^^^ujble co^^t^ from the OroabrAJfe book ($I62S for. 300 copies 
lohich loould ^^eil for. $IS to $20 each) reprAJtted btf Outtle ^ and a quote btj Saif 
State Sudlnei^ Products (300 copies in paperback, $930, to ^^eLL for. about $10). 
Ohe iZ^m 00^ tabled a<i la^t ijea/c for. more information^ Helen Vhoma^ ^ufjge^ted that 
a committee be appointed to inueititjote the pubUJiing. and <iAe iva^ appointed to 
head that commiZteeo 

('Meeting. adjx>uAned at 3 9 SO PJ'u fimantha fl^htetj fimold fikin, Secretati/. 

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Saving 8<mk (9nc., -utteted^ to 6/1/74) 
CheclUng, accouttt 

Ootai cjodx on hand 

$ l,69S,B4 

$ 1,839,76 

fioed. - 1974 
Sue* - I97S 
PinA. - 

Sauinq^ inXeAAAt to 6/24/74 



OccjOAAjonaJL Pap ma- €■ NotixijeA 



ftppJuuAjoi, - K, [ujij.en& ^l-nhLei/ 

RejuviAjon - t^peMiAA (l) 

Xunch ''LejCjeApt^ 

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r'i'iic,, - StatejHenti, 

StencAjiA & 

Sookkeepinf jo^un^. 




Net income. 
CaJx on Hand 
CaJi on Hand 



Sept, 22, 1973 
Sept, 28, 1974 

(l ) Reunion e^^ertded, do. not include. (fAjtta,, 
teAAM, ^tate, ment -UAuexi jo/c Sept 22, 1973 thtu 
9incuL 4tateiHent wiUL be. oa. ol !)«/« ?/ loia. 




149, 3S 




$ 1,081,24 

$ 391,41 


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Sept 28, 1974 

Ae ;4t>i^/ /97J -cd^iuie o^ ^* .xutkee!* coMJieji cut qaXaxJLa 'V-i^-tee^i 9dec^ ^o-t a 

One. Of tJ^e^A idjSJOA^ 4j^ 6y ova. otort o^uu/ (bi'Xirt^ Voi i).P. . . o/ m« 

''i7;t 't/i^ r/tUi' o^tc^ o^ oiytix the e^&tde^ Oj' ^W^ a p^og^M*:'. a^ co^JUaj qa if'*^ 
v)Oi'Jji be^ it ^^ei,:^ cUi:-o^ ^^idicujioit^ to coi'uujdeA. an '' e^o^AJjion!' ttfpe of celeb^aZion 
oj' the rj^joe^i^teAMjoU^ ^tcfu 04* took pZace in t^fuU/ideZphia in 1876 and on a ^/JoJileA. 
^caZe in ^oa^ os^ Hie fiea [si^Zand- States. '^vZ tly2Aje 006. one a^ect oj' tl^e 
CentennixuL celebycotHjon vjhLcli i^ oo^JJi ^tepeaJting^ • 9 A^je/L to t^^e pi'hiioatAJon o{ 
toioii UXaXjo^iajq^ v)l\4jdi\ 0OA. ^'xJri a p^::Unent pa/ct 0% tJ\e Cente^jTiai oeieb^jaZijon. 9n 
uiantj cj0iAJ2A tl'o^^je tue ^XaJU^ oL^o^ a luiuad/oedL ijecut^ iaie<t^ tlie be^Z avcuLLabia 
iUAto^Ajea, of t/iei/c coi.:*:j.'JtoLie6^ « • 

. m 9 vjol'juL H!t.e to ^^eje pubi^Ahed loiiat nii^ht be caJuied iJoii.u:ie 99 of tJiMA town 
IxiAZo^cieA.^ cutd tlie ea/dJie^ !ii^6Xo/U,e^ /cep^Ajited^ beccuM^ theij liaoe aii:io^ cuii 
becoi:>e hxuut^to^'^ind, ^otlze/t. eXpen64Aje book^ 

9 0O(,UxL cuUo like to ^.ee a IhU^^uf o{ cXL tiie Hes} [n^/xxnd 6tate^ mAXten and 
pitblUied 06. a coope^oZiue ef'^o^Jt o<^ the ^tej^n. 9 (oa^ bo^cn in f^ieuf Ijed^o^d^ 
('a6ACJclMiAeZt^ de^cjended {^joc. peopie viho had aluHH/6. iijjed in piinrjoiith and iS^i^^^toi. 
CoiinAxe^. iSrX 9 kneiff oi^tai^f notlvin^ ahovX the ea^tLi lU^to^ of 'hode 96JxMd, 
vjiiixJi ioij onLf 3S ciie^ to tlie i»eAt^ and it wo^k t lyMJL 9 fiad cof/e to p^ooidence 
to tijje tJiat 9 ojcjovAAjed Oiv^i knou^ledg^, of '\hode 96Jjuul 6. fascinating hl^Zo^i. 
9 tiiink it i^ 6ja/^e to ^oij that the ^tje^ident^ of anij one NeiO [ngZarui 6taJte kno0 
ue/uj little about ^the lioAto/uj of tiie otheA. five 6txite6» in tlie ^je^Ajon^ even how 
t/ie!.j cjai:ie into e^A^tjencje and. ujivj. . « 

. m . Of coiMxie 6i'xd\ ^tjote p^co^/ucaiud. a^ 'Je^Mnt ^ ^^o^joL liisto^i'* pAoiject 
^horJid- be adopted tliAOLjQ/iout the a/fjea. hit the New [n^Zand ^tate6. ^outd have 
' a pAVCjA/u:.^ and keep it on a cointituUnq. basAj^ . « 

^^Avdfo^d ^m i>wajn 

Jizeate/c/ a^Jt^ Idito^c of tl-i 
r/iouidence 'JocJaicJU 

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E '1 I ?. R A M T REPORT 



(FRO-1 The Surnane /Archive, 108 Sea Lane Ferrinn, Sussex, Ennland) 

(1!^: The figures in brackets before each nroup of entries refer to 
the accession numbers in the list of eniqrant sources appended 
to this report.) 








Sir AnthoniG Ashley, Kt. and Caot. John Ashley, Charter -lenbers 
of the Virninii Conpany, 23 "lay 1609 (p. 29 and 31). 

<* '-r. Pshley is niven as the master of the 'Pide-Cowe* which 
sailed for "'ew England fron London durinn July 1635 (p. 106,110) 

Robert Ashly, headright of Capt. Georoe Read, Lancaster Co., Va. 

David Ashley, headrioht of "Ir. David Fox, Lancaster Co., Va. 


Early inninrants to Maryland appearing Land Patents at the Kail 
of Records, Annapolis, as follows:- 







Dennis ' 



















Fron Va. 
































Of Talbot Co. 




















Hi man 





to 1677 

^nn /^shley, aged 25, dauahter of Pichard /^shlie, resident in 
Ansterdan, qranted Licence to Pass Deyond Seas to Ansterdan, 
23 'lay 1532. (^lenealo^ist, :!e'/ Series » Vol.23, p. 119) 

Andrew Ashley, son of Ashby (sic), D.D. (?Deceased) , aned 24. 
of Staffori. bound at Middlesex Guildhall by 'Mlliam 
Haveland^ merchant, of London, to Barbados for 4 years as a 
tailor. To sail on the*"illian and 'Robert' (Cant, '^iles 3ond), 
21 Jan 1583 (sinns by nark) (Mo. B. 485, p. 31) 

Servants bound at the London Guildhall as follows: 
Elizabeth, dauqhter of ^Jchard Ashley of Mhitelyon Street in 
St. Riles in the Fields ,Middx. ^ deceased. Bound to John 
Pelly for four years in Barbados, 4 Anril 1685 (Fo. 14/211) 

ASHLEY - The Surname flrt:nive pa^e 2 of 6 

Rebecka, daunhter of Jerenlah Ashley, late of Benfleet, Essex, 
bound to Thonas Blake for 4 years in Barbados. Age 20. 
Unmarried. 25 ^larch 1685. (Fo. 14/195) 

(44) Servants bounds in the Port of Liverpool includinq 

Ann Ashley of Boaden (3ov/den) in Cheshire, aqed 20, to serve 

5 years in Virninia. Intho 'inizcibcth' of Liverpool, with 11 
Biibert Leivsay (p. 26) 

(61) Phineas Ashley amonn those in !?arwick Tribe, Bermuda, who took 
the Association Oath, 1596 (p. 56). 

(112) John Ashley Esquire appears as subscriber to Mayo's rnap of 
Barbados, 1720, with an estate on the island. Ordered two 

(45) 'lary Asley of London, bound by John Blackwood of London, chapman, 

at the London Guildhall, for 3 years in Antioua. Aged 18, 
signed bond, 29 Oct 1756 (Fo.24) 

(46) Convicts to the Plantations via the Port of London as follows: 

Mary Ashby otherwise Ashley from fjewaate Gaol to Virginia on 
the 'Dorsetshire' (Mm. Loney, master), 26 Jan 1735 (Ref. PRO 
T-53/38, p. 256) 


Daniel Ashley from Newgate to Viroinia or "iaryland on the 
•Smith' (Georne Buckeridqe, master) 3 Feb 1732 (PRO T-53 /37 
p. 10) 

James Ashley from Essex to 'laryland on the 'Vernon' (Henry Lee, 
master), 19 Dec 1740 (PRO T-53/40 p. 291) 

(84) Daniel Ashley of ^lanchester, Enqland, via Dublin to Mew York, on 
the 'Ontario', arriving 19 Jan 1816 (Code Mo. 22) 

(87) Arrivals in U. S. Ports during Quarters Ending as Follows: 

Ebenezer Ashley, 44, cabinet-naker, with wife Catharine, 50, 
and 5 children from England on the ship '^Mlliam' V^r. f'loyes, 
master) 31 Dec 1822 (p. 167) 

(108) Sarah Ashley settled in Columbia Co., i!ew York, c.1775. iiarried 
Daniel ^Mlkinson, had son Daniel (American Ancestry, Vol. 2, p. 48) 

(64) See separate photocooy of entries annotated with cross-reference 
to our own sources. 


The Surnf^ne Archive 

oaqo 3 of 6 


(•!ote: Sources are referred to In reports by their accession '^jnbers. 
I.e., the order In which they have been acquired by the Surnane Archive 
no;?ever, entires in reports are niven in rounh chrcnolonical order, 
fron the 17th to the 19th century. The list below also includes the 
'Lancour ?!unber" 'vhere appropriate: this is the serial number of the 
source as '^ivon in 'A 3iblio'^raphy of ^hip Passenoor Lists 1533-1825 
corpiled by Harold Lancour and published by tho le** York Public 
Library in 1963. The note "(Index)" an^inst an entry indicates that 
the names fron this source aro included in the Surnano /^rchivo's 
Eninrant Index - or * - usually because the orininal has not been 
indexed elsowhcrc. 

r II 


io. Briof Title 

or Source 


Period Lancour 

37 Orininal Lists of Persons t:nTTE:i,J.C. 1952 1600-1700 
of Ouality, Eni^jrantSj 



39 Early Virninia Imniarants GREER, f;.':^. 


lf23-lP56 2]5 

41 ^one Early Eni 'grants 
to Anerica 

raCMOLSO'], 1965 1682-15PA 12 
CO, P. 

A4 Eniorants to '\!nGrica 
fron L'pool 


19P2 1697-1707 


A5 r»Tiinrants fron Ennland 
to America 


.T » '1 

1956 1718-1759 

46 Eniorants in Bondaoe 
from London 


J ?j '1 

1967 1719-17^>/: 

48 Virginia CoJ^oany Charter LEESOfl.F. 1957 1606-1621 

'ienbers (Index) 


49 Licences to Pass Beyond FOTSER(=.ILL, 1910 1624-1638 
Seas 5. (Index) 


51 Association Cath Polls nA^:DY, '!. 
of the British Plantations 



64 Inniqrants to Anerica VIRKUS, F.A. 1965 1600-1750 
Before 1750 (A to Battles 

65 Early Settlers of 

SKOROAS, S. 1968 1633-1680 

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A?^PLEY - ThG Surname 'vrchlve 


nane ^: of 6 

:!o. Brief Title 

or Source 



Period Lancour 
Covered Vo. 

80 Eni^rants fror Ennland ^HIRELLI, 1968 16C2-1692 


• 1 

8/! Passonnors from Ireland HACKETT ?i 1929 1811-1816 27/8 


87 Passers. v;ho arrivad in KVUiIKOm, 

U.S.A. J. & '-^ 

108 Dictionary of Scottish 



112 Subscribers to 'layo's "lap TUTT, G 
of Darbados, 1722 

1969 1021-1823 

1972 Un to 1855 

197C 1722 

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ASMLFY, Ann (b. 1605), livinn at Jamos City, Va., census of Feb. IS, 

1623- naid servant of Capt. Ralph Hamor. 162^ (!n2/:9). 

ASHLEY, :avid» brouoht to Va., 15^2, by *ir. David Fox, Lancaster co. 


ASHLEY, Ednund, settled at Boston, 1670. had lived at Ipswich C^IS^). 

ASHLEY, Edv/ard, orob. came from Bristol, Enn.-, settled in He., 1630 


ASHLEY, Edward, settled at 3oston, Hass.; freeman, 1577; n. f'ary 

issue l-"illiam (b. June 2^:, 167/*) • 2-"iar-.« (H. '\pr. 28, 
3-Dorothy (3. July 11. 15R7)- (Cil54). 


ASMLEY, Ezekiel ("ill dated June 28, 17^5) , settled at Hartford, Conn; 

his v.rill offered by h'idow, /"uq. 17''''5, namino childrod all 

under aoe; n. Hannah - issue: 1-Ezeliol (d.l761), m. 

Elizabeth , and had issue; 2-Hannah; 3-dau. "Hrissill" 


ASHLEY, froorne, capt. (Ennlish); bouoht two olanatations at Gravesend, 

L.I., from John "'orrill, Oct. 30, 1651 ("1203). 

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ASHLEY • The Surname Archive pane 5 of 5 

r-i:.?TQ^./^/ITS TO A'^ERICA BEFORE 1750, F> ^. VIRKUS (Continued) 

ASMLEY, Gilbert, oranted 1 precinct lot in Colleton co., S.C, Oct. 6, 

ie85 (S1173a). 

ASHLEY^ JosGoh, r.. Elizabeth ; issue: l-Thomas (b.^^ochester, ftass, 

Feb. 21, 170V05); (CTT25?). 

ASHLEY, Lcnuel (b. abt. 17^;l-'i- Barnard, Vt,, Har. 11, 1799; came fron 

Shrewsbury, -lass*, to Barnard ••n'th children ab^j:-. 1734, where 

he bounht land: r". Olive (b. abt. W'lS-d. Barnard, y* * - i^ 

Dec. 22, 1799); Issue: 1-Lucinda, n. :iahum '^hippie; 2-Clive, 
n. r . Slancharf*- 3-3Gtsey (b. 17C8), n. Barnard, fiov. 2^, 1790, 
Silas Shattuck of Kartland, Vt. (Silas in town records but 
Ephrian in fanily recoris); 4-Lemuel, lived at Hartland, later 
renoved to Barnardi ni. "^arv "illiamson; 2 children b. Hartland, 
8 b: Barnard: 5-Jonathan (b. abt. 1771-d. Barnard Oct. ^, 1339, 
dea. 3arnard Christian Churchy n. S^rah Osbornr 10 children 
b. Darnard- 6-Soohia (b. 1777); 7-Josoph; 8-Benjamin (b.l785) 

ASHLEY, -"AllRICE, bro. of the Earl of Shaftesbury; one of the Proprie- 
taries of Carolina, 1708; Ashley barony or St. Hiles (the old 
Kussoe Indian settlement) of 12,000 acres "on the south side 
of the head of Ashley river" and which v/as granted '^ar. 18, 
157C/75 to Lord Shaftesbury, v/as by his q.son Lord Ashley, 
convoyed Julv 20, 1698, to his bro. Hon. "Maurice, and by hin 
'un. 7, 1717, to Samuel ^fraon, Esq. (S1167a-Sl 168a) . 

ASHLEY, Hoahj came from Eng., 1688; ni. and had issue; at leasts 

Stephen of Chathan, ri.Y., issue (A317). 

ASI'L^Y (ASHLY), Robert (b. Enq.-d. 'lest Sprinnfield, 'lass., Hov. 2/J, 
" ' or 29, 1S32): settle:! at Sprinc'field, :'ass., 1633-39; received 
allotment of land for a sinnle nan; farner- taxed on 51 acres 
16'^7; licensed to keen an ordinary, 16^6 and 1651-52, which he 
gave up, 1660, held various offices; selectman, 1553-59, 60, 
v^2, 55, 57; took oath of fidelity ^ar. 23, 1655/55; constable 
1559: excused fron military training, 'lar. 30, 1669; took oath 
of alleniance, Dec. 31, 1673; m. prob. Sprinnfield, 15/11, 
tary (prob. the "widow") »'orton (d. »'est Sprinnfield, Sept. 19, 
1683), wilow of Thomas Horton; issue b. Sprinnfield: 1-David, 
(b. June3, lfi/:2-d. 'festfield. Ore. 8, 1718), lived at Sorim- 
field; prob. renoved to Westfield, 1667; selectman 1675, 77, 
79-85, 9/*, 99: town treasurer, 169/^; n. Mew Haven, Conn., 
^5ov.?\ ir,:^i, Hannah (b. 'iew Haven, ;!ay 7, IS'^-d. Westfield, 
June 7«'17^2;, dau. of Henry and Helena Glover of »Iew Haven; 
5 sons, 5 daus; 2-1ary (b. f^^r. 5, l?/'/!), m. Octo 18, 1664, 
John ?.oot of Farninriton and "estfieldt 3'Jonathan (b. Fob. 25, 
16A5//!.5.cI. Hartford, Conn., 170/'-05), lived at fpringfield; 

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ASHLEY - Tho Surnanc Archive p^oe G of 6 

I''1K-'^vA;!TS Tf> A'lERICA ?EFORE 1750, F. A. VIRKUS (Continued) 

'»S[-!LEY, (^SMLY), Pobcrt (continued) 

. ronovad to Hartford, Conn., and nado freeman, 'tay 3, 168^^! 
stllloifned land In Sprlnoflcld, 1698: n. Sprlnofleld, f!ov. 10, 
1669, ?arah (ban. Hartford, lar. 17, 1650). dau. of '/Hilar 
an'' Elizabeth (Stone) Madsworth of i^artford; 3 sons, 2 daus.; 
4-Sarah (b. Aug. 23, 16''-3-Drob. d.y.): 5-JosGoh b. July 6, 
1652-d. ''est SnrlnnflGld, 'l?.y 18, 169??), lived at ''est 
Snrlnnflcld • laroe land-owner; took oath of allenlance to . 
Colony, .Tan .1 1678/79: n. Sprlnrflcld, Oct. 16, 1685, lary 
(b. riorthamnton, '^ass., June 27, 1651-d. Sprlnnfleld, ,'^ug. 23, 
1711), dau. of Joseph Parsons of "lorthampton, '^ass; 3 sons, 
2 -'cus.: Mary, n. 2d, Sprlncfleld, 'iar. 2, 1698/99, Joseph 
'•'iniston, of Sprlnfiflelc!, I'.obcirt '"^shlcy nay have had other 

JOa) . 

Children. (/"317-;.546-C310-C112Sb-G154-f!l/! 

ASHLEY, San (b.l615), snbarked, London, Jan. 2, 1634, In the "Bona- 

venturc", to sail for ^'a.; lary "shlay aqod 24 yrs. was a 
pj\ssenner on the sane vessel (H1249). 

ASHLEY, Thonas, settled In rialne, 1654; nay have rcnoved to Boston, 

27, 1661)-, m. 2d. Jan. 1662. 

1658: n. Joanna (d. Dec. 

'•'Idow Hannah Rroono ('5164). 

ASHLEY, Thomas, vias at Boston, ''ass., 1681; m. 'lary i Issue l-''ary 

(b. Sept. 1, 1681: 2-Thonas (b. Dec. 3, 1632); 3-Ann (b. 
Sent. 168A)- (G154). 

ASHLEY, 'inilan, settled at '^ells, '^e.; apptd. constable July ^. 

1659 (r.l84). 

ASHLEY, 'Ulllan (d. Nov. 24, 1694), settled at Providence, R.I.. 

Inventory of his estate presented by Sarah Ashley, Jan 15, 
1695, anounted to k 12, 4s., 3d.; n. Sarah , aftor 1695. 

ASHLY, Robert brought to Va., 1651 by Capt. Geo. Road, Lancaster co. 


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f • - . 

Know aii nten bvf ^^j2/sjci p^uiAjcjntc^ thjcut 9 f'^gAxidiA. /^. i^fiite. of 9^t(2jctotjn in i/ie 
Couuf^, of iS^u^^toyi crtd ^^jxte of J'ia^^/Uijc^^iu^jsZt^ atuL Cha/cLcA. P. fUh^jei\^ 9^oank H^ ^^ 

oLL of ^jcUxL 9^cejeAjOfon^ eXc^ept ^iaA ^'C/ujZ^ 0^ ^^U^, i»t%o 4A. of ba/ybnout/i In ^6/xld 
Countif have, axyoejzji to ^^jubrUt t/za d emon j (i ^tatef^ient whe/ceof i^ hsAxiXo cuit e^xiexL , 
to tJue. djet/i^pUAj^aZlon o<^ ^qjoaxjj^^ ;>. * idd-de^l, of deia^ /?e^^^— — and ^bZJicU. I^\ Oia^ 
of -^/ue/s^JovDn^ att in 4£tid Countii^ tli^ awa^ of ^luoni^ beinq. tttacle. and A^o^cteJ.^ to t/ie 
poAtie^ ^hcuti be finals 

Said ^hlt^ oLoijiu^ dciiiiaae. to ao/ctjaln wood <xind & /ujiiJi^^ tlie. Land being. mcA. hl^ 
daeJLilm^ bou4^ tlie. ^aid pa^iZieA. to t/ii^ omcA/L^ ag/tcje. tJuctt tlieif ate. & theiA. hciA^. 
atkUnb^t/uxtjo/o^ & o^aj^i^ ^lati be. bound in tlie. penxiL 4ita of tivo hundred doVuoi^o^ 
to tlue. t/cxjie. & fcit/ufiM. pe/cfo^^mancje. of tJui^ agAe/2y.tcnt^ 

\Jo tJte. puie. Cr ^ct4JJviVut pe/c/ro/^numae oi at^ lohich^ ae fwve. heAejunto 4<2^ oiM. 
!Tjaivi6.^ tihid. ^Aeventeent/z dcuj of Octobc/c, eigJitcen fiiuuUcd & ^.euentif ^ix^ 

JiXnej^A. fiatachi /v^ ^liite. 

Qi^lbeAt tl Collins 

9^umk A-» ^Jileij 
^cufie4. % ^Jilejtj 
Xeonatd /4 (iLl^ejgibte.} 
Cdtvin S^ Cottle. 

Oct 16, 1876 (/co^tg^ 0^ i</xA46^L & /^bi^hai. 1^ Chace haoe p^ti^ded tlie. daacu^e. 
btf fi^te. on Zand of lialachi /V ^^lilte. heAjein named and fined the. dajntcuae. to be. $20^00 

ftbijJuU. ;v' Chace. 

bij ^biAhai // Chace. 
October 2U 1876 
RfiCeioed tJie. aboue. Ajeaa/td hatachl A/ i^hite 

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fin fi^hieLf Oo^ loho u>a^ a f-iisiute t'ian- 

South bcM/i^ie/xL, ti(i6^ - /'^to^eddo^ fi^K. K'iqjf^ of hc^iJLt Unive^Mitif in 
f'ionttecui^ Canada, and fimeJLia 9. IHUUieA. of hee^i^eZd autho^M^ and hiAto^AXUt^ have. 
'teceitt^ uncjoue^jsd a ^ta/tXJUjnq. fact about one of bee/tfieZd^^ texiding. 'Vo^'' 

^}onathan fl^hte^ J^^ (1739^1787) <u)n and dame^Mke of bee^fletd'^ ^XeAjn 
mlniAZeA., the Kev. ^}onathan ftJ^JLeif, and nephew of 9^6>uieJL i^ittiam^ of Hatfield 
one of the ^C'ca^LLed "Kiue^ ^odJ* of the ConnectUudt Uatteif, (va^ huh^^eZf a 
p^u>minent laaije^ and fo^une^ member of the Qene^taJL Coutt of (^ia^A^^acha^ett6.p 
fltthou/ijh umiXaJL now con6/ide>ted a f<Am XoifatLdt, a^ o^ete the othot^ of the fanuitif, 
/^^^^ and OiiUiet have evidencje tv ^how that ^J4>natfian ft^Jiteij, ^ moAched f^om 
he£/c.fietd in the 4xznk^ of the. fuinute l^ien at the JlexJinqton aJijVM om flp^tit 20, 177^0 

ficco^ding. to Qev^jij^ Shetdon, 19th centutLf hiAto^ian of hee/tjfZeZd, lUat 
hepattKient ^eAvioe ^tecjO^/U. do not incJiujde the name of 'Jonathan fi^JvLeif, ^. 
Ki/y^ and t'lA.^ (^tiJUie/t have found a bee^i^etd town committee Ajspo^t JU^tijng. tho^A 
who ^eAved 1 775'-79# ^^hleif '^ name appea^^ fiA/xt on the lAAt of heeA^i^eid men 
who mojoched tv J^eXin/fton^ 

Kij^^ and I'i^ hiJite^ made theiA. ^toAtJiinq. di^coueAi/ at the Pocumtuck 
UaJULeij hemo^uxuL fi^^odatijon J^iJb^tatif in heetfietd white doistg. ^ted^oWi fo^ a 
foAth comAjng. edition of a pefuvnxiL dAjOAjj of [tihu ^^hteif, a vfounjgeA b^otheA of 
^nathano ^ phif^ictan, [tihu wa^ p^acti^oing. at iUoAthlnqton in fip^oit 1 775^ and 
Ajecv^djed ^ecU^le accounts of tuinute den companies moAching. f^om SeAkJiiAA 

^^9^ <^ ^^ f^iiJiteA. AepoAt that theij hope that thi^ ^evetation wiJUL pAvmpt 
a Aer^eXxmlnatijon of the teAm^ "iJl/hig/* and ''9o^'' in fetation to the 
KevolutAjonoAAj ^tAvjgjgJie^ 

Conttihuted bif I'tJtA. Seth OeAAOAJULe^ # \2i^ l/MJJAxxm^uAg.^ 
/^/ad4^ (Seth 44. a Cettified QeneaiogA^t^ and wAvte the two exLltion^ of the 
hathawoif ^eneatogif.) 

See pa/ge^ 99^ 100^ and 101 in the. AdtLeLf ^eneaJLogii bif 
9^0 O^owb^ixlge fo4. moAje on ^nathan ^ 

See oIm) pajge^ 3S and 36 in Ohe Keue^tend ^Jonathan ^diteif 
hou^^e bij (imjeiixi 9. (*>ilteA.. 

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/ .id^-^s^ />6^^'y£ed- --•••• '^OAne/teA bj tiob ^^^hte^j 

jfie (2yul} cot/AtdJ'iip of i^eacott .SoaZo^^ a conte*:^04jcutif and ^eilow^toan^iMn 
o{ ^jc^^k aaid fib/tjahcj:i -i^hJie^ hi OJU. \oche^^Jte/L in the. ea/oLj .700^ 

Oijd. heacoft :^aAJiov9^ oyie of ilie fVt^ p^top^ieto^^^ to hiuj out Icund^ aa^ jcu:tou4. 
in hU. cUuj CU6. de/sjco/t^ pillar of tfte cI^maxJi^ ancl taadeA. in ^ociet^^ jt i^ ^^oAjdi 
that 0hen tAe wife of i^eacon ^a^Uouf died, he t^u^ned fo^o lieA. with due p^p^ijet^ 
fo^ a ifeoA. and a dxit./. Jken iiCiAjntinq. hi^ ho^cAe., he ^ode fo^i to t/ie hou^/e o^ a 
K'joiden ladj, and having, knocked mXk hi^ cxme vhZIuxaZ diAi.x>unting., he g/cee^ted ket 
ufith '^jood rjoAni^, U ai.i in ptt^Miiit of a uMufe: if ifoa umJjL fuzue k^ 9 v»iJLL cotue in, 
if not, 9 ^mZJL qo %cAthje^.^' "jh^j beacon,^' wa^ tJie ^^ij, ^'ho0 ofou a^toniJi i,je! 
Jhjonk jOit, tfout had better cjonie in. '' >i {etnf da^j^ iaZe/L t}ieAje 00^ a wedding., and 
the beacon took hi^ new wife ha.e on a piUion behind /i^;>« 

*J^fU}ux. ''( attapoij6£tt and Oid sOcA.ed4:e^'^ 6y Jteona/ud et aJi^ 

• > I 

idioe^Z fitiz ^^jent tlie Hid^iAx^ Se/tvicje Co. of Okiahonxi thi^ ieZte^ aMAMAejd 
-to / -^ ?\jd^i. <Se^tLf . ; 

'Deo^ //4^ hekx). : hid ^oti know tfiat t/i^e 6eAV. : fajntiLj m&;:e wa^ ^uecx>/ud/ejd with 
a coaZ of a/^xi^ in the fiMxUdic. a/uihiue6. — and white the^je a/oe 60 i/yittion !wu6ehoid^ 
itx tl^e i nited *^>tate^ fojwet tha^t 212 of t/iei.i- a/oe ^MO.: ftoiu^^ehoid^i" 

^Jhe ie.tte/t went on and affected to ^.end / A., i'ubi. <^e^w. : of JuJUa a cjoat of 
GAi?^ and. tfie ^'entiA^e ^epo^ on the i>e^aJ. : fanJJUi dooM^ented and pAinJbed on 
paAcIi:::^nt papeA. ^titabie fo^. fjtdiA^. 


^J/aOi.:. Jhe \eade/c '4. hige^t iiOAcJi 1 974 

Ohe 9i/t^ CongAjegaXAJOnai Ckn/txilu, at ''-?/ie 'jAjejon^^ in i iiddJiebo^to , not foA f^joa 
tliA fi/tAt I'jOCie^ of ^Jc4>eph and i-ib^ixn'i >^^hLe'.j, onc& liad a oe/cij ab^^^nt tiMaded CAjnJu^Ze/L 
w!^o woiutd annoLince amf notijcje handed to iuim, without. fi/cAt ^tjeaxUng. ooe/u. One doif 
Aorie boij6. coytZ/dued to Cuiue Iiaji:. tfii^: 

'^ bidte^ i o^,^^je deAi/cje6. p^uOtjeAA^ fo^ faJiiing, down the Oeacon^ ^toAAA^ 

ohe b/cjoke ao bone^, but b^jtMj^ed h^e/t. f::,eat, v^xich wad. not fit fo^c dog^ to eat^ '' 

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ijot lAJJjje. faatuat info^i^ation {'4oa hMti. lie ^deeicrecf to have, taken a ^OKiei')hat 
hm:u}Aou^ ottltuxfje. toiiHSAxi t/ie ^cu/Jjjj and it ^ bacJi/^Ajound, - once. tcui^vUt^^ teUUuuf. 
n'je. thxiZ ''tlic te^6^ 9 iea/aiejcL of ttie nJiZe^j '4. the. better off 9 toocUd 6e" 0^ ao^uU to 
t^iat effect. ;ve once, ^^teptled to i^^ c^ue/Mjon of lu>0 th^e. ti^JvLe^,/^ get to the United 
dtate^. bo{ te^Ltinq. r^ tliat duie. to ce/cta4jn. acttoti^ in CngZand^ tficif v/e^tz given "f^tee 
t^an^o^ttcution to ! ^u^^X/uiLia!' bij tfie C^oum^ but thxit -t/iet/ '^;:ped ^^hJLp*' token it ii^ade 
on inteAAXi ^Xx>p in f^ew ^x>Ak. 

^^9 oL^Jo 4^:ies:tbe/E. (lie. add^j a ycer;>a^ of lii^ that one. fi^hte^ aa^ oMe^^ted and 
confined ot!t6^ide. J!o:^n fo^ tJ^e. ^i^pie. acZ of cjoA^imj. a ien^tk of ^tope ooe/c /vU. 
JwcUdeA:.. Of cotvtd^ /le added, the/te. Izappe^ted to be a fine ifot/ng. ho^t^A aZ the end 
of the ^opey u)hlch did not belong, to hJju. '' . 

''<So r/j,tc}i fo^ ;;:^ gAxmdfathet 4. fwj:u>^c. '^ 

(i/Miat ki/jiio/c? • <See iter/. 46 in [Jhe 9i:u?JjgAjanZ Kepo^ f^joa the SuAnanie 

Ohe ri^Jjeij^ ^.eetrs to be ^teiiuhtkablif f^jee of ^XAjanqA fiA^^ ^isch od u^ete 
often a^ed in Coioniat^, Ohe. iS^teio^iZe^ 4cn6., '^^te^tZing., Oi'td Xooe, ^fvLch. lue^te ^ho^Jt 
fo^ iHAeAttinq. loitJ^ fhe T^euti, and Xoue of jodL. One. i\odie^^te/c qiAJi v)a^ named 
pJteAe/coed, v)!iajcIu laod. not ^x) bad unttt ^le uJOAAAjed a man vJix)^.e ia^t nai:ie. 00^ 9iah. 

j>jOi\. a book ''CuAAjo<^Ajtie^ of ihi/oLtan NoKiencJxUjLiAjeJ* 0e find tl-te, fotloioing.: 
Qod^ ^ewa^d Si/M/ct, Stand^ya6XM)n'^'>!ijgJx ^t/cing^/t, ba^etif'^on4iirJx Snot, '^tghb- 
ther{;ood.''9tght'-of "900(^1 liJlvite, i .ucJz^^eACif Oufe/c, ^ea^i-^th^c^ipti/jte^ f^oA^eton, 
kater^oit l^att, Kttb^in i^icipte, Sniattn'^ol e *^tgjg^ etc., etc, 

Biit }iot9 about t'ze poo^ num ^fiO^^e CktiAtcan. narje wa^ ''9f^hti6t'4 ad^^ot^ied'^ 
9o4.'*0hee.^0!'jOu^MoLUd6Mie'^a*::ned^ Oo t^ke it woA^6.e hiA. tjadX. na'ie. cfod. ^^^OA^boneA^' . 

He loent bij the noyjue of '^arsned iSat^ot^eJ^m 

Dhe/te i^ oJUjo ^^Qenaine tngZi^h J^eed'', "A(M^4- Sfr^eZiif", and %anUxi i^Oij^^ 
6ut tJie favo^iJ:e. td. ^^hoKia^ Jodd Oeedle Oabb" f^jOfn ^odd^u/uf^ 


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Some timje agjo 9 u>a^ totd that the hou6^ on the cc^meA. of f^iain and Seaman 
SVoeeX^ in Pou/J>i^,Ue^tmont, and novo occupied a^ a pa/cAonagje fo^ the Koman Cathotic 
ChiMch, had been bu/Ut bif kon^ Ohoman ft^hJieif , foA. hi/i daughter P^cAxiAJita who 
moAAAjed KufiM^ PoAtAAxlg^. ft pijcXjuAje of it appea/t^ on the cooe/c of the ^^Suttetin" 
fo^ %Ujj 1973. 9 have been loaned a number of photogAoph^. btf ^<up/i ft^JiLetj Stolen 
of Ohio, and among, t