Joseph Ashley and Elizabeth Percival are my 7th great grandparents and the 5th great grandparents of my maternal grandmother, Ethel Annie Evison Eichenberger.
It is unknown where or when Joseph Ashley was born, but it was likely around 1675.
And just exactly who begat Joseph is a subject of much debate!!
Joseph first appeared in the records when he married Elizabeth Percival in Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts on 25 August 1704.
Elizabeth was born on 10 Sep 1675 in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts.
The following is a chart of the children and grandchildren of Joseph Ashley and Elizabeth Percival. Jethro, the second child of Joseph and Elizabeth, is my 6th great grandfather.
All of Joseph and Elizabeth’s children were born in Rochester, Massachusetts (USA).
The most comprehensive list that I’ve found for histories of Rochester is on familysearch.org (click on link to go to the website).
On the familysearch.org site, there are links to the various publications, many of which are available on-line. The Ashley family is mentioned in several of the publications.
After Elizabeth died, Joseph married the widow Mary (Hall) Whittredge on 1 Jan 1728 in Rochester. Note: some on-line family trees and family histories record that Mary Hall Whittredge is the mother of Abraham and Joseph Jr. Ashley, but this has to be incorrect. Abraham and Joseph Jr. were born before Joseph married Mary!!
In everything that I’ve read about Joseph Ashley, I have yet to find anything written about what he did for a living! For certain, he bought and sold a lot of land and it’s obvious that he and his family were very involved in the community.
Speaking of buying land, on 21 Apr 1719, Joseph purchased about a 2 1/2 square mile tract of land along Route 105 which goes through Rochester (Plymouth deeds 14/252).
The purchase included the land where the Old Ashley Cemetery is today.
Joseph died sometime after 21 Sep 1754 (the last time he is mentioned in available records). I don’t know when Elizabeth died but it was before 1 Jan 1728.
They are likely buried in the Old Ashley Cemetery but there are no gravestones for them. However, there are rows of plain fieldstone of the type that were used by early settlers as grave markers.
My next blog will be about Joseph and Elizabeth’s son, Jethro — my 6th great grandfather!