Sarah Ann Ashby was the daughter of John Miller Ashby & Mary Harris Garnet. She was born in Lexington, Shelby County, Kentucky.
1st. marriage: September 1, 1829,Sarah married Bartlett McClure in Spencer County Kentucky.
Came to Texas February, 1830 with her husband, Bartlett McClure, and her father,John Miller Ashby and his family of seven(7)children. John Ashby received title to a sitio tract on the Lavaca River. The Ashby and McClure's travelled by boat from New Orleans;arriving at Compano(on the Gulf coast of what is now TEXAS)near the mouth of the Guadalupe River. There John Ashby and Bartlett McClure were denied entrance into the country by the Mexicans. John Ashby walked to Goliad where he & Bartlett were granted admittance. The families travelled to their homestead via oxen pulled carts. Bartlett & Sarah settled at Peach Creek in Gonzales County.
Records show their were approximately 25 families settled in the DeWitt Colony in Gonzales County.Bartlett and Sarah first built a log cabin there in 1831. Indians were a constant menance to the settlers at that time. Sarah and the other women pioneers suffered many harships;however, diaries and letters reflect the bravery these women exhibited.
When the massacre occurred at the ALAMO,word quickly reached the Ashby family at Peach Creek. Sarah & her family were part of the "RUNAWAY SCRAPE". Sarah & Bartlett's log house was burned when they returned after the Texians victory at San Jacinto. They proceed to build the 2 story home that still stands on Peach Creek.
2nd.marriage: Married Charles Braches March 2nd, 1842.Charles Branches was born at Gaulkhausen, Kreuznach, Rheim, Prussia, February 25th, 1813. They were the parents of 4 children.
When Sarah died she was 83 years of age. Sarah was one of the last survivors of the colonists who came to Texas in 1831.
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Martha Frances Ashby
Mary Harris Ashby Smothers
Benjamin Thomas Ashby
Sowel Harris Ashby
Jane Isabella Ashby McCulloch
Frances Bertram Ashby Gellhorn
William Wayne Ashby
Travis Hill Ashby
Euphemia Texas Davis Ashby King
Dorathe Elizabeth Ashby
John Henry Pertle Ashby