Capt Stephen Ashby

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Capt Stephen Ashby

  • Birth 1710 Prince William County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 19 May 1797 Christian County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Hanson, Hopkins County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 79401846

Son of Thomas and Rose Ashby.
born in 1710 in Prince William County, VA. He died on 19 May 1797 in Hopkins County, KY. He was buried in Old Ashby Cemetery, Hopkins County KY. He is reference number 82988. Captian Stephen Ashby was a Captain in Woodford's Brigade in the Virginia Continental Line, from which he retired on or about September 14, 1778 at White Plains, New York, when the 15 regiments of the VA Continental Line were consolidated into 11 regiments, retiring some 50 or 60 senior officers as supernumeraries in order to allow active young officer to move up. Mr. S.H. Parker's letter of May 15, 1847 to Gilliam Gordian, Esq, datelined Richmond, refers to this consolidation as to "Capt. Stephen Ashby of Woodford's Brigade, who aged and infirmed elected to retire".(National Archives: Bounty Land Warrant Claim BLW & -2420-300).

Virginia Grants of land in Kentucky states that Stephen Ashby, Captain of Virginia Continental Line was granted 1000 acres on Warrant 3591 on Dec. 11, 1784 along with his brother Benjamin Ashby. Stephen Ashby pension in Archives Records of Virginia (B.L. Wt. 300) Bounty Land Warrant 2420 for 300 acres.

Capt. Stephen Ashby died in May of 1797 in what was then Christian County, KY and probably in that part which is now Hopkins County. However, at the time he was a citizen and resident of Mercer County, KY where his will was proved in July Court 1797(Mercer County, Will Book 2, p 36). It names five sons and three daughters and mentions his wife, but not by name.

Hopkins County records show that seven of his children resided there(Order Book Aug. 1831/Dec. 1839) The only one who appears not to have lived there was daughter Letty Nealle. A document of April of 1834 mentioning heirs of Capt. Stephen Ashby names his grandchildren"except the children of Letty Neale".

Stephen Ashby, his heirs at law proven in Court by oath of John Combs of this County that Daniel Ashby, Letty Neal, widow of Thomas Neal, deceased, Absolom Ashby, John Ashby, Stephen Ashby, Enos Ashby, Rose Timmons, wife of George Timmons, and Anne Prather, wife of Thomas Prather. That they were the children and heirs at law of Capt. Stephen Ashby who departed this life in May 1797 in what was then Christian County , KY. It was further proven to the satisfaction of the Court that the said decedent at the time of his death was a citizen and resident of Mercer County, KY. January 13, 1834. Court Order Book 1831-1839, pg 137.

More heirs of Capt. Stephen Ashby were beside ones named (on pages 137 and 139) are as follows: Iley Prather, Thomas T. Prather, Fielding T Prather, Sally Ann Prather, James Ashby, Lewis Ashby, Wilson Ashby, Sally Prather, wife of Philip Prather, Ann Barr, wife of Alfred Barr and Gemima Pritchett, wife of Robert Pitchett. Excluded as heir were the children of Letty Neal. April 14, 1834. (pg 145).


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  • Created by: Luke Davidson
  • Added: 27 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79401846
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Stephen Ashby (1710–19 May 1797), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79401846, citing Old Ashby Farm Cemetery, Hanson, Hopkins County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Luke Davidson (contributor 47338505) .