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 William Ashley

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William Ashley

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 2 Dec 1871 (aged 66–67)
Burial Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 25730824 View Source
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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.


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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).


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