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Katherine Ashman (Armitage)

Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Death: after April 10, 1689
Jamaica, Queens County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Jamaica, Queens County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Armitage and Susan Armitage
Wife of Robert Ashman
Mother of John Ashman; Lydia Swanson; Phebe Smith; Deborah Ashman and Martha Cock
Sister of Sarah Whitehead; Susannah Pine and Manasseth Armitage

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About Katherine Ashman

Burial record:


“There are some Ancestral Files that give Catherine Jeacockes as Robert Ashmun’s wife, and some genealogies, but Torrey says she was Catherine Armitage. I haven’t seen any evidence that she was either one -- though I have seen what both these ‘guesses’ are based on. Probate records named her as Katrina, and she apparently lived until about 1707, since that is when the estate was finally distributed.” (Joanna Ashum, Ashman Genforum database, #13, 23 Jan 2000)

“Thomas Armitage came in the ‘James’ from Bristol in 1635, with Mr. Richard Mather. He was at Lynn, a freeman at Plymouth, 6 Mch., 1636-7, then at Sandwich as deputy, 1639. He had a grant of land at Stamford, Conn., 1641, and later settled at Oyster Bay, Long Island. . .Manasseh Armitage was a graduate of Harvard College in 1660, of whom Mr. Savage says, ‘who gladly would I find some, the minutest story of, as date of birth or who was his father or anything else’, etc. Sigley’s Harvard Graduates states that Manasseh was son of Thomas above mentioned (Register xli., 83). As recent works have not acknowledged these facts, I present the following document to confirm them; ‘Whereas I, Thomas Armitage, now of Oyster Bay, of perfect health and memory, and so have been of a long time nor have been deprived of sense or reason whereby I should have made over my estate by deed or will to my son Manasses, now in Cambridge College, only to be allowed by him a maintenance for life. If any such shall appear, they are forged and false. He had fraudulently taken from me several bills, bonds and writings, to convert them to his own use. I desire all persons not to pay him any debt due me, lest they pay in their own damage.’ Then follows testimony, 3 June, 1656 -- ‘Robert Ashman said nine years back he was bound for James Pine to Thomas Armitage his father-in-law, for L30 which he intended to give his son Manasses, so that his wife should not have his estate and deprive his son. --- Armitage said, I have now married a young wife and may have other children, and therefore may have need of that myself, to be at my own disposing, that Manasses has taken away. William said nine years ago, Armitage proffered me cattle to keep for the use of Manasses and that at the end of eleven years I should return the cattle and profit. . .Elizabeth, wife of Jeremy Wood said that about seven years past, Martha, the late wife of Thomas, being at my house, said she told me that Mr. Wood and Mr. Moore, were at her house and were about making a deed of gift form her husband to her son-in-law.’ (Hempstead Records, A, 155-162.).” (New York Settlers from New England, p 299, The New England History and Genealogy Register, Editor John Ward Dean, JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive, Internet)

“List of Proprietors of Hempstead in 1647:. . . 2. Armitage, Thomas, in 1635, as reported from Bristol, Eng. One T.A., at 24, sailed from Gravesend, Newark London, for Barbadoes; 1635-6, at Lynn, Mass.; 1637, at Sandwich; 1651, at Stamford, Conn., afterwards at Oyster Bay, L. I. He mar. twice; Manassah, a son by 1st wife, studied at Cambridge and grad. at Harvard in 1660; d. by 1678.” (Long Island Source Records, The Early History of Hempstead, L.I., p 578, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

1 Jan 1683 witnessed land deed to Thomas Oakley by Nathaniel and Richard Denton, “town of Jamaica” -- “Catern x Ashman” (Historical Miscellany, Vol 2, p 766, Ancestry.com database)

“Johnson, John; 1686 May 6; from Kathrin Ashman” (Historical Miscellany, Queens County land records, Vol I, p 339, Ancestry.com database)

“I Katherin Ashman of Jamaica -- sell -- unto John Johnson of Flatbush -- tract of land -- in ye west bounds of Jamaica containing ten acres. . .this fifth day of May, 1687. . .Katherin x Ashman her marke -- witnessed by Waitt Smith and Daniel Denton” (Historical Miscellany, Vol 2, p 804, Ancestry.com database)

“Ashman, Robert, of Jamaica. A nuncupative will produced in court 13 June 1683, was pro. by the oaths of Ruth (?) Smith, Jonathan Furman, John Carman, & the widow. On 10 April, 1689, Katrina Ashman, the widow, Nathaniel Denton, Jr., her son-in-law, & Wait Smith, were apt. admrs. Inventory shows personal estate L50. Will not recorded.” (Long Island Source Records, Abstracts of Early Wills of Queens County, NY, p 130, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

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Katherine Ashman's Timeline

Age 17
New York, United States
April 1647
Age 19
Hempstead, Long Island, New York
Age 20
New York, United States
August 1650
Age 22
Hempstead, Long Island, New York
Age 24
Hempstead, Long Island, New York
April 10, 1689
Age 61
Jamaica, Queens County, New York, United States
Jamaica, Queens County, New York, United States