Nancy Burgess Bell was born March 14, 1852, in Lawrence County, Tennessee. Her parents were John Newton Bell and Agnes Jane Burch. Nannie Bell married J. B. Ashmore on March 3, 1870, in Lawrence County. They became the parents of 12 children, 9 of whom lived to adulthood. In 1891, J. B. and Nannie Ashmore and their children moved to Texas and settled in Travis County near Manor. They spent the remainder of their lives in the Manor area.
Austin American-Statesman, April 27, 1933: Mrs. Nannie Burgess Ashmore, 81, widow of the late J. B. Ashmore, died at the home of her son, Alonzo N. Ashmore, at Manor, Wednesday night. Mrs. Ashmore was born at Lawrenceburg, Tenn., March 14, 1852. She was married to J. B. Ashmore in 1870. They were the parents of 12 children. Nine children survive her. They are Mrs. Luella Howell, Manor; William M. of San Antonio; Lee S. of Manor; Alonzo N. of Manor; Charles M. of Austin; Thaddeus H. of Bertram; George N., Franklin H., and Melvin J. of Manor. Two sisters, Mrs. M. P. Hudson of Fort Worth and Mrs. Clara Hood of Rising Star, also survive her. Mrs. Ashmore was one of the oldest settlers of Manor, having moved to Texas in 1891. Since that time she has lived in and around Manor. Mrs. Ashmore had been a partial invalid since January 1931. For the past year she had made her home with Alonzo at Manor. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 5 p.m. from the home of Lee Ashmore at Manor. The Rev. P. E. Hawkins, pastor of the Manor Christian church, will conduct the services. Pallbearers will be B. E. Chamberlain, A. R. Parsons, I. W. Popham, J. T. Hill, Marshal Hubbell, and C. C. Eppright. Burial will be in the Manor cemetery.