Hi Christopher, I am a great X 3 grandchild of Joshua and Mary Ashmore. I descend through Robert Doke Ashmore and Elizabeth H Stickland; Robert Doke Ashmore, II and Presia Marilla Mullins; and finally my grandparents Robert Marion Ashmore and Rosa Elvira LeFan. The following is a copy of Joshua's obituary. This is from the Banner of Peace, Cumberland Presbyterian Advocate, Lebonbon, Tenn 26 Mar 1847.
"Another Revolutionary Soldier and servant of Christ has gone to the house appointed for all living.
"Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me." Jeremiah 49:11.
Joshua Ashmore died in Pope County, Arkansas on the 8th of July 1846 being in the 86th year of his age. The deceased, according to the best information obtained was born in North Carolina, 1761. In his sixteenth year, he was enlisted in the cause of his country to fight for the liberty of a free and republican government, which his youthful mind was vigorous and zealous to obtain, brooking the difficulties and perils to which a man is subject in such a campaign. His name will be enrolled on catalogue of the last of the heroes of '76 who fought and bleed in liberty's cause and purchased for us the right and privilege of worshiping God under our own vine and fig tree. Oh, with what veneration and respect should we look up on names of the fathers of our country. Father A. was a subject and servant of the Kingdom of Christ. In his 27th or 8th year he embraced religion and attached himself to the Presbyterian Church in Green County, Tenn. He emigrated from there to Kentucky, where he enjoyed the ministerial labors of the pious J McGready. He then returned to middle Tenn. where he enjoyed the great blessing of the revival of 1800. Here he begin to reap the fruit of his doings as a pious father living in the discharges of all his Christian duties.-He had the glorious privilege of seeing all his children hopefully converted to the religion of Jesus Christ.-A circumstance which is seldom seen in all the bounds of Christendom. Why do not parents pray with and for their children! By his advice all his children became members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, save one.-Father A's house was a house of rejoicing, a house of prayer, a house and home for the circuit preacher; and his hand was always ready to contribute to sustain the Gospel Minister. Often was he seen to engage with his children at the House of God in praising the Lord for redeeming grace and dying love. Father A emigrated in 1810 to the State of Arkansas and settled in a very destitute portion of it, as it regards ministerial labors; but his heart being fixed upon Christ, he would meet with his pious friends and neighbors in a prayer meeting capacity where his language was, "O Lord, revive thy work! Our Father, call and send forth more faithful laborers into Thy vineyard." For several years past he was almost deprived of the organ of hearing, so much so that he could scarcely converse with any person except those with whom he was intimately acquainted. Consequently he lived retired and resorted to the reading of the Holy Scriptures and such religious books as would feast his mind, out of the rich treasures of divine wisdom. The last six months of his life, he was almost entirely confined to his bed. Here he showed that Christian fortitude which none but a Christian could show, while his body and hands suffered with intense pain. It seemed that while his body was fast sinking his soul was growing to the full stature of a man in Christ Jesus. His noble theme was religion and frequently, while conversing with friends upon the subject of death and his departure he expressed the greatest anxiety to depart and be with Christ. In fact, he prayed for this, and it seemed that he had an earnest of his acceptance with the blessed Savior and reward in Heaven. "I could renounce my all below, if my Creator bid, and run if I were called to go, and die as Moses did, clasped in my heavenly Father's arms I would forget my breath and loose my life among the charms of a divine death."
He bade farewell to his weeping friends on the 8th of July last, and took his exit for a world of spirits where had laid up treasures, where moth and rust could never corrupt. He has left his children to follow his footsteps in training up their offspring in the nurture and admonition of the Lord: while he has gone to join the happy throng around the respondent throne of God to sing redemption and life forever more.
We sorrow not as those who have no hope; but we look forward with sweet anticipation of clasping anew the immortal hand of Father A and many of his friends. May the Lord grant it. Amen.---Anderson Cox"
*micro-film-Tennessee State Library (2) Positive Tenn. 744 Lebabon, Wilson Co Tennessee. Banner of Peace, March 13, 1846 to May 25, 1849.
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