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John Ashcraft, IV

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Stonington, New London County, Connecticut.
Death: 1745 (48)
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. John Ashcraft, III and Mary Tuttle
Husband of Mary Ashcroft; Margaret Hurd and Mary Ashcraft
Father of John Ashcraft, V; Abigail Ashcraft; Desire Ashcraft; Jedidiah Ashcraft and Margaret Ashcraft
Brother of Daniel Ashcraft; Ephraim Ashcraft; Jedediah Ashcraft; Mary Willis; Uriah Ashcraft and 1 other
Half brother of Ephraim Tuttle; John Tuttle; Nathan Tuttle; Mary Loomis; Desire Read and 7 others

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About John Ashcraft, IV

John Ashcraft; born 14 Sep 1696 probably at Stonington, Connecticut; married 1st Margaret Hurd 25 May 1719 also probably at Stonington, Connecticut (had 5 children); he and Margaret Hurd were divorced 18 Sep 1733 at Winham County, Connecticut; married 2nd Mary Keeney, daughter of Joseph Keeney and Hannah Hills, after 1733 in Connecticut (had 3 children); died 1 Nov 1745 at Ft. Louisbourg, Quebec, Canada; buried at Ft. Louisbourg, Quebec. John wrote a will on 4 Apr 1745 probably at Stonington, Connecticut: "Being listed to go upon a dangerous expedition to an enemies' land, have thought good to make this my last will and testament." His will was probated 7 Jan 1746 at Stonington, Connecticut. Inventory includes "John Ashcraft's share of booty."

From a reading of the will it would appear that Ann may have been a daughter by his first Wife but Ann, Samuel, and Timothy were minors and a guardian was appointed for them. Samuel and Timothy both served in the Revolutionary War.

From Genealogy of the Ashcraft Frith. Short Breese and Kilbourn Families, 1680·-1923.

From Nathan Whiting's complete list of the men on roll when turned over to him and dates of death of those dying after that date are published in Connecticut Historical Collection, Vol. XIII.The list of the Connecticut dead, all buried at Louisburg, are as follows· the list included John Ashcoft d. Nov. 1 1745. The stated cause of John and Margaret's divorce was adultery no mention of who was the guilty party. Vital Records of Stonington. CT, Vol I

From the will - John had a former wife Margaret Hurd. His will named wife Mary, mentioning "what we have purchased during our marriage"; dau Anne, "household stuff that was mine in her mother's lifetime"; three children: Anne, Samuel and Timothy 'to share equally "excepting my present wife have another child by me": my children that I had by my first Wife. namely Abigail. John, Jedidlah and Desire, five shillings apiece, having received the bigger part of their portions already: Joseph Kellogg was a witness

Children ...

  • Abigail ASHCRAFT Born: 10 Feb 1723
  • Capt. John ASHCRAFT'Spouse: Mary BIRCH Born: 27 Jan 1725: Place: Stonington. New London. Conn Chr: 27 June 1725 Mar: 7 June 1747: Place: Stonington. New London. Conn Died: 1790
  • Margaret ASHCRAFT Born: Ca 1725 Chr: 27 June 1725
  • Desire ASHCRAFT;Spouse: Abner ADAMS Born: 1726
  • Jedidiah ASHCRAFT:Spouse: Sarah (Saranna) MONROE Born: 22 Jan 1728; Place: Connecticut Mar: 23 Feb 1743; Place: Canterbury. Conn. Died: 6 Mar 1813; Place: Brooklyn. Conn. Bur Place: Old Trinity Burial Grounds. Brooklyn, CT

2nd Wife: Mary Keeney Children ...

  • Ann ASHCRAFT:Spouse: Nathantell PEASE
  • Samuel ASHCRAFT
  • Timothy ASHCRAFT

Research: Donald Jacobus et aI, Hale House and Related Families, Page 587

Source: Neal, Martha Ashcraft. The Ashcraft Family - Descendants of Daniel. Baltimore: Gateway Press (1994).

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John Ashcraft, IV's Timeline

September 14, 1696
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut.
February 10, 1723
Age 26
10 feb 1723/4 stonington, connecticut
January 27, 1725
Age 28
27 Jan 1724/5 stonington, connecticut
Age 28
Age 29
Canterbury, Windham, CT, United States
January 22, 1728
Age 31
Voluntown, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Age 48