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Extract from "The Visitations of the county of Devon: comprising the herald's visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620" by J.L. Vivien (1895) James Ashe, 3rd son, named in his father's will, living 1552.
Extract from "The Visitations of the County of Somerset, in the Years 1531 and 1575, together with Additional Pedigrees, chiefly from the Visitation of 1591" by Fredrick William Weaver (1885) Ashe or Esse, of South Petherton, Somerset: James Ashe, of Somerset, third son of Nicholas Ashe and Joan Pollard, married Ann, daughter of John Walrond of Bovey House (near Beer, Devon), and had issue: 1. John; 2. William; 3. Humphrey; 4. Thomas; 5. Catherine; 6. Joan; 7. Cicely.
Extract from "A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank, but uninvested with with Heritable Honours: Vol. II" by John Burke (1835) James Ashe, married Anne, daughter of John Walrond, of Bovey, and had issue. From this James Ashe sprung John Ashe, Esq. of Westcombe, in the county of Somerset, living in 1634, who wedded Anne, daughter of Thomas Strode, of Huxton Mallet, and had (with two daughters, Alice, the wife of John Pitt, Esq., of Melcombe Regis, and Margaret, of John Mansel, of Weymouth), a son and successor, James Ashe, Esq., of Freshford, in Somersetshire, who married Grace, daughter of Richard Pitt, Esq. of Melcombe Regis, and had issue.
Extract from "Records of the Ashe Family" by Waller Ashe (1876) James Ashe of Westcombe, in the parish of Batcombe, Somerset, the third son of Nicholas Ashe of Sowton, living about 1600, married Ann, daughter of John Walrond, of Bovey, and had a son, John Ashe of Westcombe.
Extract from "The National Archives" The Ayshes were originally a Devonshire family who were settled at Ash in Musbury. In 1566 James Aysh of Chulmleigh, Devon, son of Nicholas Aysh and Joan Pollard [see Visitations of Somerset, 1531,1573, p.2; 1623, p.4.], acquired a moiety of the manor of South Petherton als. Hele and in 1582 he purchased the third of three parts into which the other moiety had been divided. The manor, with other properties acquired by marriage, descended to his great-grandson, William Aysh, who left a son, James, and two daughters, Mary, wife of James Prowse, and Elizabeth, wife firstly of Samuel Cabell, secondly of Richard Fownes. James died in 1681 and Elizabeth in 1724. By her will dated 14 June 1735 [DD/SAS, Brown 25/71-2], Mary Prowse left the manor to her 'kinsman', the Rev. Thomas Bowyer, Vicar of Martock. A pedigree of the Somerset branch of the Aysh family is given in DD/SAS, Brown 25/63.
Extract from "Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset: Vol. III" by Frederick William Weaver and Charles Herbert Mayo (1893) The Ayshes (variously spelled de Esse, Esse, Aysshe, and Ashe) were an old Devonshire family seised of the manor of Sowton near Exeter, in the reign of Edward II. Our first James Esse was the third and youngest son of Nicholas Ayshe of Slowcombe (Vis. Devon, 1564, p. 71), and of Clist Fornyson in the same county (Burke, Extinct Baronetcies). This James Ashe who signed the Visitation of Somerset, 1623, died May 5th, 1626, and was buried in South Petherton Church. The following table will show his relationship to James of Fifield. James Ashe, of South Petherton, ob. 1615, married Ann, daughter of John Walrond of Bovy, Devon, and had issue: (1) John, who married Anne, daughter of Thomas Strode of Shepton Malet, who had issue: (a) James of Freshford, who married Grace, daughter of Richard Pitt of Melcombe Regis, who had issue: (i) John of Freshford, M.P., who married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Davison, who had issue: - James of Fifield. (2) William, who married Mary, daughter of ____ Ford, Devon, who had issue: (a) James of South Petherton, ob. 5 May 1626 (The Signator), who married Elizabeth, daughter and heir of John Martyn, of Exeter. Signed: Hugh Norris, South Petherton.
Extract from "Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset: Vol. II" by Frederick William Weaver and Charles Herbert Mayo (1891) James Ayshe, who married Elizabeth Martin, of Exeter, was the son of William Ayshe (by Mary, daughter of Ford, of Devon), who was the son of James Esse alias Ashe (by Ann, daughter of John Walrond, of Bovey, Devon, Vis. Somerset, 1623). The latter was the first of this family who resided in South Petherton (in 1573), to which place he appears to have come at his marriage with the daughter of Walrond, who held lands here. From his eldest son, John, descended the Ashes of Freshford, now represented by the Ashes of Langley Burrell in Wilts, and through a female branch, by Lord Heytesbury.
Extract from "Somersetshire Parishes" by Arthur L. Humphreys (1905) South Petherton Wills: James Aysshe, 23 January 1602, proved 6 April 1615.