About Ephraim Ashcraft
Martha Ashcraft Neal, Ashcraft Family Descendants of Daniel, The, 1994, Gateway Press Inc., Baltimore, Md. pg. 26-27 - If Ephraim's land transactions are any indication,, he must of come of age about the same time that he purchased 60 acres of Skie Thorn on the 7th of March 1745 from thomas cresap; Prince george's co. Land Records, (L BB 1 Folio 276). for some reason he re-sold this same parcel of land in October of the same year to a Job Warford for sixty ... [NOTE: seems to be missing wording here] Prince George's co. In the land transcations, ELizabeth is indicated as his wife.
In the 1760 census of george's Twp., Fayette co., Ephraim had 3 males over 16 in his houshold and 4 females (presumably they were his daughters). The idenity of Ephraim's children require further investigation. According to Mt. moriah Church records, an Elizabeth Ashcraft was deceased before 1789; this is believed to be Ephraim's wife.
Ephraim also owned land on decker's Creek, in Monongalia co. near John evan's plantation. this land was assigned to Ephraim in 1773, and in early records was called a hunting camp. Amos married John Evan's daughter.
Ephraim lost his life to the indianas at little Bingamon in 1791.
Amos b. 1757 was listed as a son of Ephraim by default. he was deposited here for lack of a better place. Amos was an interesting character, and his parentage invites further research.
On of the oldtimers wrote: "Amos served here in our valley in the indian Wars in capt. gaddis co. of va. Militia. He applied for and received a Rev. War pension in Howard county. In winter certain descendents say Ashcraft would dress the outside walls ofhis and Bozarth's cabins with bearskins, hair side out to keep the inside most compy against the chill of northern winds.
descendants are started pg. 452 of this book
Ephraim Ashcraft b. c. 1724
married Elizabeth Lewis? b. 1702
- 1 Amos b. 1757 Virginia d. 7 oct 1833 howard co., mo.; m. arried Elizabeth Evans
- 2 James b. c. 1760 - 1765 d. c. 1840 - 1850; m. Mary [-?-]
In 1745 Ephraim bough 60 acres of Skei thorn
with felix hought 400 acres from Lord fairfax, Sleepy creek, va. 10 sep. 1766. Lord Fairfax had an estat of some 6 million acres in the nerothern part of the shenandoah Valley. he divided the doman into manors, giving 99 year leases to settlers already there.
ephraim and felix were to pay "one shilling sterling yearly and eveyr year on the feast day of st. Michael the Archangel for every 50 acres of land herby granted.' it they did not pay the propert was to revert to fairfax. "as if the grant had never passed." The frontier in American history by Turner pg. 92
On 5 Nov. 177 ephraim and elizabeth Ashcraft of frederick co., Va sold to george Tarr of frederick co. MD the same lot #19 on sleepy creek for 160 pounds, the transaction was witnesed by icahbod ashcraft. two years later george and amelia tarr sold the same land (400 acres in berkeley co., va. to Henry Ambrose for 375 pounds Berkeley county Va deed book 1 pg. 385)
1773 ephraim (Mongongalia co. WV survey) assignee of william powell 400 acres on Dickens (sic) creek Monongalia glade
1777 ephraim on decker;'s creek Georges twp Fayette co. pa.....
1785-1794 census Georges Twp. Fayette co. Pa. 3 males over 16 4 females...
1788 tax assessor's rolls - EPhraim had 2 Horses and 3 cows
from the 'Kentucky Genealogist" a Prudence Ashcraft, daughter of Ephraim and Elizabeth Ashcraft married daniel More on 2 jan. 1794.
no more on him or descendants