Gen. John Ashley

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John Ashley

Birthplace: Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: November 05, 1799 (63)
Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. John Ashley, Sr.; John Ashley and Hannah Ashley
Husband of Mary Ashley and Mary Ashley (Ballantine)
Ex-husband of Lovisa Ashley (Ward)
Father of Olive Ashley; William Ashley; John Ashley; Mary Turner Ashley; Lovisa Ashley and 9 others
Brother of Jane Porter (Ashley); Mary Fellows; Preserved Ashley and Hannah Vosburgh (Ashley)

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About Gen. John Ashley

Major General John Ashley (Yale College, 1758) 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 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 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).


John ASHLEY Given Name: John Surname: Ashley Birth: 26 Sep 1736 in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA Death: 5 Nov 1799 in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA Change Date: 1 Sep 2003

Father: John ASHLEY b: 2 Dec 1709 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA Mother: Hannah HOGEBOOM b: 1712

Marriage 1 Lovisa WARD b: 15 Oct 1739 in New Marlborough, Mass

   Married: 20 May 1762 in New Marlborough, Mass


   Has No Children Lovisa ASHLEY b: 10 Mar 1763
   Has Children Col. John ASHLEY b: 11 Jan 1767 in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA

Marriage 2 Mary BALLANTINE b: 10 Dec 1744 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

   Married: 17 Oct 1769 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA


   Has No Children Ballantine ASHLEY b: 2 Dec 1770
   Has Children William ASHLEY b: 4 Jan 1773 in Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
   Has No Children Roger ASHLEY b: 27 Mar 1775
   Has No Children Samuel ASHLEY b: 21 Nov 1778
   Has No Children Mary ASHLEY b: 20 Mar 1781
   Has No Children Hannah ASHLEY b: 10 Sep 1782
   Has No Children Jane ASHLEY b: 19 Mar 1784
   Has No Children 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, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States