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Robert Ashman

Birthplace: Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Hempstead, Long Island, New York
Place of Burial: Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Ashman and Elizabeth Ashman
Husband of Catern Jeacockes and Katherine Ashman
Father of Lydia Ashman; John Ashman; Lydia Ashman; Phebe Smith; Deborah Denton and 1 other

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Robert Ashman

FamilySearch Family Tree Birth: Mar 13 1605 - Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England Death: Mar 15 1682 - Hempstead, Nassau, New York, United States Parents: John Ashman, Elizabeth Ashman (born Scott) Spouses: Catern Ashman (born Jeacockes), Katrina Ashman (born Artimage), Catherine Ashman (born Armitage) Children: John Ashman, Deborah Denton (born Ashman), Lydia Ashman, Martha Cox (born Ashman), Thomas Flewelling, Mary Carpenter (born Ashman), Hannah Ashman, and name of one more child "1671 Census of the Delaware"

“Aspinwall’s Notarial Record, p. 321, shows that Robert Ashman was in Stratford, Conn., September 30, 1648.” (Evelyn Wood Keeler, wife of Willard Underhill Taylor, Compiled for their Children, p 63, database)

“Robert Ashman is first found in Hampsead, Long Island, when he is listed in 1647, as sharing in the first division of land there, and it is not unfair to assume that his name was one of the three, missing from the original list of the founders, which had been eaten off by mice before 1848. On November 10, 1654, he was nominated with others to serve as Magistrates, and the Director-General and Council in New Amsterdam chose John Symons and Robert Ashman. On December 15, 1661, Robert Ashman was again appointed Magistrate, and on February 25, 1661, he complained to Peter Stuyvesant that he was not fit to fill the place because he could not read nor write, but on February 4, 1662 and January 18, 1663, he was denominated and the New Amsterdam powers endorsed him, showing that he must have been an unusually able man. He does not appear in Hempstead after that date, but in the 1680’s is a land owner in Jamaica, where he died March 15, 1683, and here his widow Catern, Katrina or Katharine sold certain of his lands. Her maiden name has not been found, but it is suggestive of Dutch origin. The date of her death is not known, but she was living in 1689.” (Evelyn Wood Keeler, wife of Willard Underhill Taylor, Compiled for their Children, p 62, database)

“List of Proprietors of Hempstead in 1647: 1. Ashman, Robert, 1650, at Hempstead; 1660, at Jamaica.” (Long Island Source Records, The Early History of Hempstead, L.I., p 578, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“Richard Nicolls, Govr of N. Y., by Patent dated January 1st, 1667, granted to Rob’t Ashman and his Associates, viz Rob’t Ashman, John Ashman, Tho. Caleb, Carman Duncan, Will’m Francis Walker, Thos. Llewellin, Frederick Anderson, Joshua Jacob and Thos. Jacob all that parcel of Land commonly known by the name of Passayuncke on Delaware by the side of Skuylkill, containing, by Estimation, 1,000 Acres, be it more or less, bounded on the South with the Main River, on the West with the Skuylkill, on the North with Peter Rambo’s Plantation, on the Est with a parcell of Land called Molbee’s Land, under the Rent of 10 bushells. . .with a Mem’dum added that John Ashman, first planters, should have the greatest proportion of Land according to their stocks and Ability. John Ashman, by a Writing under his hand, dated 30 July 1607, granted to Andrew Bankson all his Land taken up or untaken up in Passayunk, of this, being 100 A’s, he sold to the Minister 80 A’s and to Mathias Holston 3 Acres. So he holds 17.” (Early Pennsylvania Land Records, Minute Book G, p 349, On-Line Genealogy Library database) -- NOTE: “Jacob” surname sometimes appears as “Jacock” in these early records.

“Pasiunk Patent. Richard Nicolls, Esqr., Principall Commissioner from his Ma’tye, in New England. Governor Generall, Under his highness James Duke of York and Albany, &c. of all his Territories in America, and Commander in Chief of all the forces employed by his Ma’ty to reduce the Dutch Nation and all their usurped lands and Plantations under his Ma’ties Obedience. To all to whom these present shall Come, Sendeth Greeting. Whereas there is a Cerain piece or parcell of land Commonly Called or known by the Name of Pasiunk, Scituate, lying and being at Dellaware by the side of the Sculkill, Containing, by Estimation, one thousand Acres, be it more or less Bounded on the South with the main River, on the west with the Soulkill, on the North with the Plantation belonging to Peter Rambo, and upon the East by a Parcell of land Called Malboes Land; Now Know yee that by Virtue of the Commiss’n and authority unto me given, I have thought fitt to give and grant unto Rob’t Ashman, John Ashman, Thomas Jacob, Caleb Carman, Dunkin Williams, Francis Walker, Thomas Llewellyn, Frederick Anderson, Joshua Jacob, and Thomas Jacob, their Heirs and Assignes, the aforecited piece or parcell of land and premises with all singular heir appurtenance, To have and to hold the said piece or parcell of land and premises, unto the said Rob’t Ashman and his Associates before Mentioned, their Heirs and Assigns, unto the proper use and behoof of the said Robt Ashman and his Associates, their heeirs and Assigns for Ever. . .Given under my hand and Seal at fort James, in New York, on the Island of Manhatans, the first day of Jan’y in the Nineteenth Year of his Ma’ties Reign, Anoq Domini 1667.” (Early Pennsylvania Land Records, Minute Book F, pp 137-138, On-Line Genealogy Library database

“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)

“Robert Ashman, the wise and respected magistrate whom Stuyvesant refused to exempt from service because of his inability to read or write, was often charged with trusts by his fellows, as was his son John. . .In 1660, out of five townsmen there were four who could not write their names, the most notable being Robert Ashman, one of the most prominent and prosperous inhabitants, who was repeatedly elected to offices of trust. . .” (Colonial Hempstead, Vol V p 114, Vol IX pp 248-249, Bernice Schultz, database)

“Robert Ashman on 3 June, 1659 testifies that he was bound in/about nine years past, for James Pine unto Thomas Armitage his father-in-law for the some of 230 as may be seen on an ye specially the wch as he towld this deponent that he did intend to give it to his sonn Manasseth And this he did, because his wife should not have his estate after his death and deprive his Sonn Alsoe that he had an estate in the hands of Daniel Whitehead of L70 sterling for his son Manasseth. And being at Hempstead in the winter last part Anno 1658 The said Thomas Armitage was at the house of the deponent (Robert Ashman) and he said that James Pine had been with him at the house of Robert Jackson the night before, and Thomas Armitage told Robert Ashman that James Pine were best be quiet as he would make such work with him and his son Mannesseth that would make them better be quiet. And Ashman replied - I know you said you would give him that estate in Daniell Whitehead‘s and Goodman pines hands, and now I hope you will not deprive him. Whereupon Thomas Armitage said he had married a young wife and may have other children and therefore needed the estate. William Smith cites 3 June, 1659 that about nine years, past Thomas Armitage put the cattle to him for the use of his son Manasseth. Jeremy Wood also deposed, and so did Anna, wife of John Smith nants.” (Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut, Vol I, pp 119-120, Hubert Furman Seversmith, 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)

“Probate: Joseph Smith, Jonathan Wellman and John Colman, declared that some short time before his death, Robert Ashman being in perfect senses; they heard him declare as his will, that he gave all the estate for his wife for her life and then, to be divided among his children. Only Thomas Flewellen was to have a double portion, if he was a dutiful and good child to his grandmother. This they heard him declare the 13th of March last. The nuncupative will was produced in court, June 13, 1683. Letters of administration were granted to his widow (not named). July 26, 1683.” -- “Probate: ‘Nicholas Evertse, Constable, with Thomas Smith, Samuel Smith and Nathaniel Denton, overseers, coming to the house of Mr. Robert Ashman, who died the 15th of this instant, March. Made an inventory.’ Dwelling House, small barn, home lot and orchard, meadow 10 acres, and other upland 30 acres, and part of a 10 acre lot. The personal estate was valued at L50.” -- “Probate: On April 10, 1689, Katrina Ashman, the widow; Nathaniel Denton, jr., her son-in-law; and Wait Smith were appointed administrators.” (Putnam and Related Families, Gary D. Putnam, RootsWeb World Connect Project database)

“From Wills, etc., in back of Book A of Queens County, N. Y. Deeds, pp. 42, 43: ‘Jamaica, June the 13th Anno. 1689, An inventory taken of the estate of Robert Ashman, deceased, by Nathaniel Denton, Senr & John Everett. . .Queens County, S.S. Whereas at a Court of Sessions for the North Riding of Yorkshire on Long Island on the 13th day of June in the 35th year of the reign of the Lord Charles the Second, late King of England &c. Anno Domini, 1683, A nuncupative Will of Robert Ashman, late of Jamaica, aforesaid, deceased was proved by the oaths of Rush Smith, Jonathan Furman & John Carman & the widow (in regard the sd testator had not named in his said will, nominated in executrix) having desired letters of administration upon the said estate, was recommended to the Comander & Councill for obtaining the same according, And Whereas at an Inferior Court of Pleas held at Jamaica in the County aforesaid on the 10th day of April, 1689, Katrina Ashman, the widow of the said Robert Ashman, deceased & Wait Smith and Nathaniel Danton, Jr., her sons ‘in’ law (‘in’ omitted) (not having obtained letters of administration of the Comander Councill aforesd) made application to adminster upon the estate aforesaid.’. . .New York published wills, Vol. 1, 125, state that Joseph Smith, Jonathan Wellman and John Colman declared that a short time before Robert Ashman died, when ‘being in his perfect senses, they heard him declare as his will, that he gave all his estate to his wife for life and then among his children, only Thomas Flewellen was to have a double portion, if he was dutiful and good to his grand mother. Letters granted to his widow, March 13, 1683 and the declaration signed, July 26, 1683. He died March 15, 1683 owning a home lot, orchard, barn, 10 acres of meadow and 309 upland and part of a ten acre lot.” (Evelyn Wood Keeler, wife of Willard Underhill Taylor, Compiled for their Children, pp 62-63, database)

Queens Co. original county formed 1683.* Reference: RootsWeb's WorldConnect - SmartCopy: Oct 21 2016, 19:35:39 UTC

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Robert Ashman's Timeline

Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
Age 30
Hempstead, Suffolk, New York, USA
Age 32
New York, United States
Age 34
Hempstead, NY, USA
Age 35
Hempstead, NY, USA
August 1650
Age 37
Hempstead, NY, USA
Age 37
Jamaica,Queens,New York,USA
May 15, 1683
Age 70
Hempstead, Long Island, New York