Dec. 4, 1784 Sheffield Berkshire County Massachusetts, USA
Oct. 12, 1853 Oswego Kendall County Illinois, USA
STEPHEN ASHLEY was born Dec. 4, 1784 and was the son of Daniel Ashley and Olive Boardman. He accompanied his father to Martinsburg, NY (1802). He married Roxanna Jane Pitcher Feb. 27, 1806. After his marriage he settled in Genesee, NY, and lived there until 1822, when he moved to Maysville, on Chautauqua Lake, where he lived about 13 years. In 1835 he emigrated to Kendall County, Illinois and settled in Oswego, where he resided until his death. He was engaged in farming all his life. He was a Baptist in religion, and was highly esteemed as a good man.
He and Roxanna had 12 children: Lydia b. 9 Feb 1807; Amanda b. 8 Mar 1809; Roxana b. 20 May 1811; Otis b. 7 Aug 1818; Lodena b. 19 Apr 1816; Mary b. 22 May 1818; Martha Polina b. 18 Jun 1820; Almon Pitcher b. 16 Sep 1822; Malvina b. 2 Apr 1825; Stephen b. 22 Jul 1827; Almira b. 1 Oct 1828; Louisa b. 8 Apr 1832. He married secondly, Mrs. Jane Inscho and a third time to Mary Ashley. Stephen passed away Oct. 12, 1853 in Oswego, IL. Source: The Ashley Genealogy, A History of the Descendants of Robert Ashley of Springfield, Massachusetts by Francis Bacon Trowbridge 1896, p. 158.
Stephen Ashley was one of first settlers of Oswego, IL arriving in 1835. "History of Kendall County, p. 157 and Kendall County Pioneers" His brother Daniel came a few years earlier, p. 128. A copy of his will is on file at the Kendall County court house. There is a road named after the Ashley's off of Route 126 near Yorkville.
In 1839 he purchased 159.45 acres of land at $1.25 per acre. In 1843 he purchase 80 more acres at $1.25 per acre. Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales. "The farm was handed down for several generations before being lost...Kendall County Historian, Elmer Dickson
Stephen is one of the "old settlers who rest" (12 Oct 1853) at Cowdrey Cemetery near the trolley line that runs between Yorkville and Oswego and is well situated on a hill. Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, p. 842.