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Maj. Gen. John Ashe

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cape Fear, North Carolina
Death: October 24, 1781 (56)
Sampson Hall Plantation, Duplin County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Duplin County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Baptista Ashe and Elizabeth Lillington Ashe
Husband of Isabella Ash and Mary Rebecca Ashe
Father of Elizabeth Combs McBrayer; Anna Rebecca Hall; Maj. Samuel Ashe; William Algernon Ashe; A'Court Ashe and 4 others
Brother of Mary Moore and Gov. Samuel Ashe

Managed by: Brian McDonald Hall
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About Maj. Gen. John Ashe

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A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of BRIGADIER GENERAL. DAR Ancestor # A003388

John Ashe (c. 1720 – October 24, 1781) was a general officer in the North Carolina militia during the American Revolutionary War.

Born to a prominent family in Grovely, Brunswick County, North Carolina around 1720, Ashe enlisted in the North Carolina militia during the French and Indian War. The Harvard-educated Ashe served as Speaker of the colonial assembly from 1762 to 1765 (his father, John Baptista Ashe, had served as speaker in 1726-27). An outspoken opponent of the Stamp Act and eventually a supporter of independence from Great Britain, Ashe served in the North Carolina Provincial Congress and on both the committees of correspondence and safety as hostilities between the colonies and Great Britain began to rise.

Leading a force of 500 men, Ashe destroyed the British garrison of Fort Johnson (near present day Wilmington, North Carolina) in 1775, becoming a colonel later that year. Raising and equipping a regiment at his own expense, Ashe would later be promoted Brigadier General of militia in April 1776. Dispatched to support Gen. Benjamin Lincoln during the defense of Charleston, South Carolina in 1778, Ashe led a force consisting of 1,200 men to recapture the British-held city of Augusta, Georgia, defended by Col. Archibald Campbell in early 1779. Ashe was at the time serving as one of North Carolina's state treasurers, so Governor Richard Caswell assumed those duties while Ashe fought.

On Mar. 3, 1778, while advancing towards Augusta, however, Ashe's forces were flanked in a surprise attack by Col. James Mark Prevost and routed during the Battle of Briar Creek, with an estimated 150 Americans killed compared to around 16 British casualties, on March 4. The British hold on Georgia was thereby strengthened, resulting in the effective halt of colonial resistance within Georgia, Ashe was censured by a later court of inquiry for "lack of vigilance."

Returning to Wilmington, he was captured and held as a prisoner of war following the town's capture in 1781. Contracting smallpox while imprisoned, Ashe died in Sampson County on October 24 shortly after his parole.

Governor Samuel Ashe (1725-1813) was his younger brother.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ashe_(general)

John Ashe (ca. 1720 – October 24, 1781) was a general officer in the North Carolina militia during the American Revolutionary War.

Born to a prominent family in Grovely, Brunswick County, North Carolina around 1720, Ashe enlisted in the North Carolina militia during the French and Indian War. The Harvard-educated Ashe served as Speaker of the colonial assembly from 1762 to 1765 (his father, John Baptista Ashe, had served as speaker in 1726-27). An outspoken opponent of the Stamp Act and eventually a supporter of independence from Great Britain, Ashe served in the North Carolina Provincial Congress and on both the committees of correspondence and safety as hostilities between the colonies and Great Britain began to rise.

Leading a force of 500 men, Ashe destroyed the British garrison of Fort Johnson (near present day Wilmington, North Carolina) in 1775, becoming a colonel later that year. Raising and equipping a regiment at his own expense, Ashe would later be promoted Brigadier General of militia in April 1776. Dispatched to support Gen. Benjamin Lincoln during the defense of Charleston, South Carolina in 1778, Ashe led a force consisting of 1,200 men to recapture the British-held city of Augusta, Georgia, defended by Col. Archibald Campbell in early 1779. Ashe was at the time serving as one of North Carolina's state treasurers, so Governor Richard Caswell assumed those duties while Ashe fought.

While advancing towards Augusta, however, Ashe's forces were flanked in a surprise attack by Col. James Mark Prevost and routed during the Battle of Briar Creek, with an estimated 150 Americans killed compared to around 16 British casualties, on March 4. Resulting in the effective halt of colonial resistance within Georgia, Ashe was censured by a later court of inquiry for "lack of vigilance."

Returning to Wilmington, he was captured and held as a prisoner of war following the town's capture in 1781. Contracting smallpox while imprisoned, Ashe died in Sampson County on October 24 shortly after his parole.

Governor Samuel Ashe (1725-1813) was his younger brother.


GEDCOM Note

U.S. General in Revolutionary War. Active until captured - died of small-pox while in prison.

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1725
March 24, 1725
North Carolina
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Antrim, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina
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