Some one in the family did some digging back in the 20/30 Here are some of the notes from then Beginning in 1066 when Roger de lyiand guiied clain to Adam de Asshenurst and his heirs.---Roecord for the 15th line of the 21st in line descent William (1642) Spelled the names Asshhurst but from this time the name of the propert was spelled Ashurst. Roecord for the 22nd in line, thomas (d1699) spelled his name Ashhurst and so to end of the baronetcy. This baronetcy became extinct in 1732. [Soure: Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies in England, Ireland and Scotland, by John Burke and John Bernard Burke
Boy I can see where my problems with spelling can from!
The pedigreee dates from the eaarly part of the 12th century and is found written from the time of Edward II where a break occurs. The founder of the family was John Ashenhurst (d'Ashenhurst) near Leek in the County of Stofford. The family figures more or less prominently until after the period of the civil wars in England. There was a collateral branch of the familyat Beard Hall in Derbyshire.
How an old Peak family gets lost sight of can be illustrated by the aeard's, the most careful and accurate of Derbyshire copilers (Lysons) has three sentences. "the grandfather of the last Beard of Beard Hall and L, sons: the 2nd elder died without male issue, each of them having only daughters. Alice, daughter of Richard, married Bowden; William, son of John the 3rd son was of Beard Hall had 3 daughter married to Ashenhurst, Holt and Yeoweley(?).
The Ashenhurst inherited Beard Hall. Ralph, the 4th son had 4 sons, but we know nothing of their posterity.
The posterity of the younger son continued at Beard Hall for 4 generations. The previous pedigree is Ashenhurst of Ashenhurst, County of Stafford and of Beard Hall, Derbyshire
Randle Ashenhurst (d'Ahesnhurst) time of Edward I. William Ashenhurst 1318 A.D. then six generations to John Ashenhurst time of Edward IV.
Then the pedigree becomes most complicated. One married Elizabeth Beard etc. as above. The last male heir Edward, an officer in the English army died in 1770, "but owing to the dispersion of the family during the great civil wars in which the arch-rebel Colonel John Ashenurst played so conspicuous part in cannot all be traced" this was probly the time when part of the family immigrated to America.
1275 Other tenant, naneky, Henry de la Atherhurst and 4 other named to be geltable to the hundred.
William de Ashenhurst felonies killed by Richard Turbek 1663: Proposal presented by William Ashenhurst to Hi Highness the Duke of York: - "to make ship sail against wind or tide, turn roud and steer at pleasure, - to cast heavy grenades into ships and to take them with out firing a gun or destroying anyone. All of which thing his Highness may see acting in a model in the river before Whitehall at small expense".
02/27/1b64(my guess 1664?) Warrant for execution of said William Ashenhurst late reprieve not with standing. (This last fellow seens to have been a vary respectable chap.
John Ashenhurst arrived from Barbados 1675 (
Goldham"list of convicts")
The old house still stands in Staffordshire (Leek) the old well is said to be of Roman origin.
Fred Ashenhurst in a letter of July 20,1896 wrote as follows:"If i am not mistaken you branch of the family (Ashenhurst) came out of to America from County Tyrone, Ireland. They descend from on of two sons of the Ashenhurst's of Leek who went out ot Ireland as a revenue officer, and was lost sight of. I am decended from the other son. This man was the last of the English line so that our more immediate ancsestry is a mixture of English, Irish, and Scotch.
My great-great grandfather, a brother or cousin, of you great x3 grandfaather and his sons tooook to the army, with six sons were afterward engaged in Peninsula wars in the eary par of the century, oly James retured. He had served under Sir John Moore and was, I belive, one of the six immortalized in verse, whe buried Sir John at midnight? He afterwards went off out to Mexico and was never heard from again".
In another letter dated Feb 20th, 1897, in referring to the difficulty of connectiond the English and Irish families. said "that jealousy has been carried to such length in the family, unfortunately, that cousin of mine now in Irland obtainded possession of my grandfather's bible with all the records and data for several generations and refuses either to give it up or let any member of the family see it".
Ok I don't know just when and or were some of this came from. Other that were were other notes that came from aa time when the Dunn's were on tour in England.
Please let me know if you cane make hide or heir of this.
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