Hello, Friends, and welcome to our Ashley
Families homepages. On these pages you will find information about our various
Ashleys, where and when they were in early America. Ashleys have fought in every
war this country has been in, from the Revoluntionary War, when our country
became the United States of America, through the past 350 years, to the Gulf
War. Their presence is likely represented in Iraq today.
Our Ashleys came to the Colonies and Canada as Gentlemen with money in their pockets, people searching for new lands away from the King, as indentured servents and as convicts, sent away by the king for petty crimes. The name Ashley has been spelled a variety of ways depending on how the people recording the name in transactions, documents, later in census, as Ashley, Ashly, Ashleigh, Ashlea, even Ashby, Ashlin, Aslin. Accents and literacy/illiteracy account for many
of the spellings. They bought land, received grants, worked for land owners, spreading from the original colonies along the Atlantic coast ever westward, searching and following a dream. Today, Ashleys are world wide. They are in politics, business, sports, military, in every walk of life. Many are descendents of those early Ashleys that came to an unknown, wild country, seeking their
dreams, all those many years ago.
The Ashley research list was formed in 1997, by Virginia Ewing, to help each other with these searches. Prior was a small group of researchers banded together for this purpose. If you are visiting our pages and have a Ashley hanging from a branch in your family tree, we invite you to join our group on ASHLEY-L Mail List. You may hold the key to one of our dead ends!. Or.... perhaps..... one of your new cousins will have the key you need! The Ashley Message Board has many entries. Perhaps an answer is there. Post your query here, maybe there is someone with the answer out there.
These links will take you to some of the information we have discovered in our searches.
Many of us have "family stories" of a "great great grandmother" or other ancestor that was "full blooded Indian". Here are a few tips for your search. Indian Heritage Research Tips Keep in mind, the search could be a long one, unless you get lucky and find the person you are searching for on one of the government rolls, as our Native American families did not keep the types of paper records our Euro ancestors did. Many of the family stories mention the Cherokee. This is my favorite legend regarding the Cherokee OriginsAs we are researching our ancestors, we find them by documents or census, first in one place, then in another. How many times have we stopped to think, “They were here, now they are there, but how did they get from “here” to “there”? If we use the context of the time period, we can build a scenario of how they got from one place to another. This little article explores those concepts, and hopefully will give someone a “feel” for the way our ancestors had to travel in the 1600, 1700, 1800's.
First of all, they could not just call up Mayflower or United, or any of the present day movers, tell them where to come to, to pack up their belongings and take to a new place and unload. They could not then, call a cab to take them to the airport, to whisk away in a silver airplane to their new home. Or they couldn’t just hop in the car with the kids and make it a vacation trip to their new home. Their mode of travel was a lot longer, harder, and much more dangerous, than the way we would move today.
Many times the move to a new place held danger. Life in a new place for our ancestors was not easy. Take a..... Glimpse Into The Past...as we go Rafting A River,, over the mountains with a Pack Horse, cross the prairies with a Wagon Train.
It was not an easy life, carving a home out of the wilderness, as our Frontier Settlers did. When they decided on a place and a destination, land had to be cleared and prepared for Building A Settler's Cabin . As more people moved into an area, Early Churches and Early Schools were built. Little towns were formed as a general store, blacksmith shop and other small business men moved into the area to provide for the needs of the folks settled there. Small farms were carved out of the wilderness. In the spring the cleared fields were plowed with horses or mules, with the farmer following behind the plow. Following the plow, someone was dropping the seeds by hand, covering the seeds in the trench left by the plow, by raking the dirt from the sides, over the seeds, with their feet.
Through the summer the seeds poked their heads through the ground. The family worked the fields, chopping the weeds from between the rows as the cotton plants grew. Late summer the plants had grown large and started blooming. It would not be long now. Crops were harvested, gardens grown and food put up to feed the families during the coming winter. Wood was cut and stacked for heat and cooking. Foodstuffs they could not grow themselves, trades were made with the store keepers. When the winters closed in on those pioneer cabins, most activity was inside where a warm fire blazed in the fireplace. Outside chores were mostly trudging through the snows to the barn to feed the animals. Inside the barn, it smelled of hay and the warm smell of the animals. It was somewhat warmer than outside as the body heat of the animals helped. Water was hauled from the well, to fill the troughs, and the skim of ice broken, so they could drink. Hay was thrown down from above, the cows milked twice a day, with the barn cats getting warm steaming milk poured in their dishes. With the children busy with learning their lessons, the Quilting could begin in a corner of the cabin. In secret, Mama and Daddy would start preparations for their Christmas presents for the children, who in turn, being very quiet but amid lots of giggling, made the presents for their parents and each other.
Some of our ASHLEY-L cousins have joined the ASHLEY DNA Study . Please visit them to see if you can connect to their Ashley, or perhaps a collateral family.
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These awards were made possible by the hard work the Ashley cousins have done in "digging our roots". Thank you, all.
Web page update March 11, 2012