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The Ashley surname appears back in time on my father’s side of our family. My 8th great grandparents, Thomas & Ann Ashley were in Bertie County, NC in the early 1700s.  Their son was Thomas Ashley, Jr. [after 1710 – Aug 1790 NC]. I have a brief glimpse into the Ashley family before they marry the Lawrence family and the Ashley surname is gone from my direct line.

1 Thomas Ashley, Jr. b: c. 1710, d: Aug 1790 Bertie, NC
… + Ann Hicks
……2 Ann Ashley b: c. 1733
…… + Humphrey Lawrence b: c. 1726, d: 1772 Bertie, NC
………3 Frederick Lawrence b: c. 1746 Bertie, NC, d: 1823 Bertie, NC
………3 Reuben Lawrence b: c. 1748 Bertie, NC, d: Bertie, NC
………3 David Lawrence b: c. 1750 Bertie, NC, d: Abt. 1786 Chowan, NC
………3 Anne Lawrence b: Abt. 1762 Bertie, NC, d: Abt. 1830 MS
……… + Richard Dillon b: 7 Oct 1745 Norfolk, VA, m: c. 1776, d: 7 Oct 1833 MS
………3 Nathaniel Lawrence b: 27 Jul 1766 Bertie, NC, d: 24 Dec 1849 Artesia, Lowndes, MS
……2 Elizabeth Ashley
…… + Boulton
……2 Mary Ashley
…… + Hodgeson

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Selected Sources:

  • Bell, Mary Best. Colonial Bertie County North Carolina 1753 – 1757. Volume VI; Abstracts of Deed Book H. Windsor, North Carolina: Colonial Bertie, 1968. From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A – H, 1720 – 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. [Ashley deeds in this book]
  • Creel, Bevin. A Patriot’s Legacy: The Family of Richard Dillon and Ann Lawrence from Bertie County, North Carolina to Southern Mississippi and Louisiana; Mildred Penton Richbourg, Publisher, 2002. [Lots of information but no sources in their book]
  • DeHuff, E. W. (1962) The Ashley Family; Retrieved from family search.org, April 2017.
  • Hathaway, U. R. B. (Ed.) (1900) The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register. Edenton Publishers, North Carolina. Retrieved April 2017 from archive.org.
  • Haun, Weynette Parks. Bertie County North Carolina County Court Minutes (Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions) 1724 thru 1739. Book I, North Carolina: 1976. From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC.
  • Haun, Weynette Parks. Bertie County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1740 thru 1743; 1758 thru 1762. Book II. North Carolina: 1977. From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC

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