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Re: Bickerstaffe Quakers -- Lookup for Ashton
Posted by: Sharon Davis (ID *****2842) Date: March 22, 2009 at 17:23:50
In Reply to: Re: Bickerstaffe Quakers -- Lookup for Ashton by sandra ferguson of 4759

Sandra, thanks for the website and purchase info. I've done numerous google searches, and that hasn't turned up.

Yes, you're right about putting in the location, and that was just an error on my part. I've been doing so much research on Lancashire websites that I forgot where I was!

You've also got my family in Lower Dublin, and I think I've exhausted about all possible resources putting that together. I've been working with another woman, and between her ancestry subscription and my subscriptions to several other websites, we have quite a bit of info on that line. Unfortunately, so far we've found nothing on his age, or his parents.

Someone posted a family tree saying Joseph in Lower Dublin/Philly is the son of Isaac Ashton of Ormskirk -- that's what I'm trying to prove now, without much success. I've talked to quite a lot of people researching this line, and most people accept the family tree posted as gospel, repeat it in their own lines, but when asked about proof they have none.

The person who posted that tree provided only a couple sources, which I've tracked down. While they mention the name Joseph, they don't add any new info to link him to Ormskirk. The tree also identifies the Isaac Ashton who died in 1699 as Joseph's father. Problem, as you may note, is that the guy was engaged, and referenced his mom in the will, NOT likely for a 75 year old guy, IMO.

On the other hand, the tree gave some pretty precise dates that lend itself to credibility, and I've found documentation for a few of them, which I consider a good sign.

I've got the Hinshaw Quaker CD, and I know some meetings document people movement; this is really what I'm hoping to find with the book. Maybe it's strictly BMD, but at least that may confirm, or not, the family tree, though I'll still be at a loss for connecting the two Josephs!

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