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Maj. Gen. John Ashley, Rev. War Vet.

Birthplace: Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: November 05, 1799 (63)
Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: 73 Clayton Road, Sheffield, Berkshire County, MA, 01222, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. John Ashley, Sr. and Hannah Ashley
Husband of Mary Ashley
Ex-husband of Lovisa Ashley
Father of Lovisa Sheldon; Col. John Ashley; Ballantine Ashley; Maj. William Ashley; Roger Ashley and 7 others
Brother of Jane Porter; Mary Fellows; Hannah Vosburgh and Preserved Ashley

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About Gen. John Ashley

Gen John Ashley

  • BIRTH 26 Sep 1736 n Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
  • DEATH 5 Nov 1799 (aged 63) in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
  • BURIAL Ashley Falls Cemetery, Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA, MEMORIAL ID 15467143 This is a Memorial Monument only, for John, his father and his son. He is buried in Barnard Cemetery, with a full headstone.

Major General John Ashley (Yale College, 1758 with honors [2]) was the only son of Judge John Ashley (Yale College, 1730). He was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1736. He read law but did not practice the profession, settling in his native town as a merchant. He was in the possession of ample means from his father, who outlived him.

He was representative to the General Court at Boston and commissioned as Justice of the Peace in June, 1771. In April, 1777, he was commissioned Colonel of the 1st Berkshire Militia (in succession to his classmate Hopkins), and he participated with his regiment in the battle of Bennington and the Burgoyne campaign. Ten years later he distinguished himself by his part in the suppression of Shays' Rebellion,-having the good fortune to command in the severest engagement (on February 27, 1787) which occurred in connection with the uprising. In 1788 he was made Brigadier General of the militia, and in 1789 Major General of the 9th Division.

At various times he represented Sheffield in the General Court. He died suddenly and greatly lamented at his home in Sheffield on November 5, 1799, in his 64th year. He married on May 20, 1762, Louisa, youngest daughter of Jabez and Phebe (Eager) Ward, of New Marlborough, Massachusetts, who died on April 2, 1769, in her 30th year; their children were a daughter and a son.

He next married, on October 17, 1769, Mary, elder daughter of the Reverend John Ballantine (Harvard College, 1735) and Mary (Gay) Ballantine, of Westfield, who died on March 8, 1827, aged 83 years. By this marriage he had four sons and four daughters; the second son was graduated at Harvard College in 1793. The sermon preached at General Ashley's funeral by the Reverend Ephraim Judson (Yale College, 1763), of Sheffield, was printed at Stockbridge in 1800 (32 pp. 16). [1]

Parents John Ashley b: 2 Dec 1709 in Westfield, Hampden, MA
Hannah Hogenboom b: 1712

Lovisa Ward b: 15 Oct 1739 in New Marlborough, MA, d. 1769 m. 20 May 1762 in New Marlborough,
Mary Ballantine b: 10 Dec 1744 in Westfield, Hampden, MA, d. 1827 AE83 m. 17 Oct 1769 in Westfield, Hampden, MA dau. of Rev. John Ballantine of Westfield

Children 10x (2x w/Lovisa*, 6x w/ Mary**, w/ children^)

  • Lovisa Ashley b: 10 Mar 1763
  • Col. John Ashley b: 11 Jan 1767 in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA ^
    • Ballantine Ashley b: 2 Dec 1770
    • William Ashley b: 4 Jan 1773 in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA ^
    • Roger Ashley b: 27 Mar 1775
    • Samuel Ashley b: 21 Nov 1778
    • Mary Ashley b: 20 Mar 1781
    • Hannah Ashley b: 10 Sep 1782
    • Jane Ashley b: 19 Mar 1784
    • Lydia Ashley b: 19 Nov 1788


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Gen. John Ashley's Timeline

September 26, 1736
Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
March 10, 1763
January 11, 1767
Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
December 2, 1770
Sheffield, Massachusetts
January 4, 1773
Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
March 27, 1775
Sheffield, Massachusetts
November 21, 1778
Sheffield, Massachusetts
March 20, 1781
Sheffield, Massachusetts, Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States