William Ashley, the first clerk of Tampa is buried with his servant, who he lived with as husband and wife. The couple could not legally be married because Nancy, his former slave was African-American.
Here lies William Ashley and Nancy Ashley, Master and Servant. Faithful to each other in that relation in life, in death they are not separated.
Stranger, consider and be wiser, in the grave all human distinction, of race or caste, mingle together in one common dust.
To commemorate their fidelity to each other, this stone was erected by their Executor, John Jackson (1873).