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Martha Ashley

Female 1717 - 1766  (49 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Martha Ashley was born on 23 Apr 1717 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (daughter of Joseph Ashley and Martha Leonard); died on 10 Jun 1766 in Wilbraham, Hampden, Massachusetts; was buried in Adams Cemetery, Wilbraham, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Martha married Daniel Lamb on 19 Dec 1734 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Daniel (son of John Lamb and Sarah Jones) was born on 6 Apr 1716 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died before 1786 in Wilbraham, Hampden, Massachusetts; was buried in Adams Cemetery, Wilbraham, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Sarah Lamb was born on 4 Sep 1736 in Wilbraham, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 15 Feb 1832 in Belchertown, Hamsphire, Massachusetts; was buried in Dwight Cemetery, Belchertown, Hamsphire, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Joseph Ashley was born on 27 Jul 1686 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (son of Joseph Ashley and Mary Parsons); died on 12 May 1720 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Chosen town constable of West Springfield 12 Mar 1717.

    Joseph married Martha Leonard in Feb 1716 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Martha (daughter of Benjamin Leonard and Sarah Scott) was born on 23 Oct 1695 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Martha Leonard was born on 23 Oct 1695 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (daughter of Benjamin Leonard and Sarah Scott).
    Children:
    1. 1. Martha Ashley was born on 23 Apr 1717 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 10 Jun 1766 in Wilbraham, Hampden, Massachusetts; was buried in Adams Cemetery, Wilbraham, Hampden, Massachusetts.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Joseph Ashley was born on 6 Jul 1652 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (son of Robert Ashley and Mary); died on 18 May 1698 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 19 May 1698

    Joseph married Mary Parsons on 16 Oct 1685. Mary (daughter of "Cornet" Joseph Parsons and Mary Bliss) was born on 27 Jun 1661 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 23 Aug 1711 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Mary Parsons was born on 27 Jun 1661 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts (daughter of "Cornet" Joseph Parsons and Mary Bliss); died on 23 Aug 1711 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 2. Joseph Ashley was born on 27 Jul 1686 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 12 May 1720 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  3. 6.  Benjamin Leonard was born on 5 Sep 1654 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (son of John Leonard and Sarah Heald); died on 21 Dec 1724 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Benjamin married Sarah Scott on 9 Feb 1679 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Sarah (daughter of John Scott and Sarah Bliss) died on 2 Dec 1751 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Sarah Scott (daughter of John Scott and Sarah Bliss); died on 2 Dec 1751 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 3. Martha Leonard was born on 23 Oct 1695 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Robert Ashley died on 29 Nov 1682 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    From Ancestors of American Presidents, 2009 edition, by Gary Boyd Roberts (Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society):

    Robert Ashley = Mary
    Mary Ashley = John Root III
    Mary Root = John Smith Jr.
    John Smith III = Elizabeth Smith
    Israel Smith = Abigail Chandler
    Chloe Smith = Rutherford Hayes
    Rutherford Hayes Jr. = Sophia Birchard
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893)

    Robert married Mary. Mary died on 19 Sep 1683 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Mary died on 19 Sep 1683 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 19 Sep 1683, West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    She was the widow of Thomas Horton of Springfield.

    Children:
    1. David Ashley was born on 3 Jun 1642 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 8 Dec 1718 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; was buried in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
    2. Mary Ashley was born on 6 Apr 1644 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 9 Mar 1701 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; was buried in Old Burying Ground, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
    3. 4. Joseph Ashley was born on 6 Jul 1652 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 18 May 1698 in West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  3. 10.  "Cornet" Joseph Parsons was born before 25 Jun 1620 in Beaminster, Dorset, England (son of William Parsons and Margaret Hoskins); died on 9 Oct 1683 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1618, England
    • Alternate birth: 1617-1618
    • Baptised: 25 Jun 1620, St. Mary's, Beaminster, Dorset, England

    Notes:

    The date of his emigration is unknown. Often claimed to have come in 1635 on the Transport of London, but the "Jo: Parson" on its passenger manifest is alphabetized under John rather than Joseph. He first appears in New England records witnessing a deed on 15 Jul 1636.

    One of the founders of both Springfield and Northampton, Massachusetts, according to Cornet Joseph Parsons, One of the Founders of Springfield and Northampton, Massachusetts, Springfield, 1636; Northampton, 1655, An Historical Sketch from Original Sources, Viz., Town, County, Court, and Private Records, by Albert Ross Parsons. Garden City, New York, 1898.

    A memorial plaque to him and his wife can be found on Bridge Street in Northampton, between Market Street and Pomeroy Terrace. It reads:

    In Memory of
    Cornet Joseph Parsons
    c. 1618-1683
    A founder of Northampton
    and his wife
    Mary (Bliss) Parsons
    c. 1628-1711/12

    From the Find a Grave entry for "Cornet" Joseph Parsons:

    Joseph Parsons received many notations in colonial town records. Young Joseph is mentioned as a witness to a deed on July 15, 1636 in Springfield, MA. The deed was between Joseph Pyncheon and local Indians. The wealthy Pyncheon may have sponsored his young friend (or relative?) in establishing himself in Springfield as well as in Northampton.

    In 1646, Joseph was appointed highway surveyor of Springfield, holding this position in 1653. In 1652, Joseph was elected a Springfield selectman but was living in Northampton, MA by 1655. In December of 1656 in Northampton, Joseph Parsons was elected to the Board of Selectmen. He served as a selectman in 1659, 1664, 1667, and 1670. Joseph served frequently as a juror.

    In 1834, an examination of Northampton records by Dr. Usher Parsons revealed that Joseph Parsons' house lot covered four acres. He bought an adjoining lot and in 1661, was licensed to keep "an ordinary," or house of entertainment in Northampton. Also in 1661, Joseph Parsons was made a member of a committee to lay out the plans of the Meeting House and residence for the Rev. Eleazer Mather, first minister of Northampton. In this same year, Joseph was on a committee to meet with counterparts of Newtown, MA to see to the establishment of a road between Newtown and Northampton; in 1670, Joseph Parsons was made a member of the committee to construct a "Cart bridge" over the Munhan River.

    Joseph Parsons was one of two persons of Northampton licensed to trade with Native Americans. It is supposed that this trade was primarily in furs. A common practice was for a trader to offer money or articles of value in exchange for the promised delivery of furs, which would then be sold at a great mark-up. If the fur delivery was defaulted, land would be exchanged for the debt. Joseph Parsons seems to have obtained much land by this means, including land upon which was established the town of Hadley, MA.

    The 1834 Usher Parsons study reported that Joseph Parsons owned 100 acres at the foot of Mount Tom, at a place called Pascommuck. Joseph Parsons "for half a century remained the richest man in the Connecticut Valley" (manuscript of Dr Holton, family genealogist, quoted in Burt's CORNET JOSEPH PARSONS, 1898, page 93).

    On Nov 26, 1646, Joseph Parsons married Mary Bliss (?-?) in Hartford, CT. They became the parents of 13 children, 5 girls and 8 boys. It seems probable their first three children (Joseph Jr, Benjamin, John) were born in Hartford, as their births were not recorded in Springfield.

    Joseph Jr. was the father of four sons, Ebenezer, Daniel, Moses and David, through whom Joseph Jr and Sr are ancestors of this contributor.

    [...]

    1664, Joseph Parsons was charged with resisting a constable in his lawful duties. Court records indicate that the constable had meant to appropriate oxen belonging to Joseph Parsons for use on a public project, as decreed by county authorities. There followed "Scuffling in the busyness whereby blood was drawn between them." The charge was not denied and Joseph sold an acre and a half to the town in payment of the fine, part of which was abated owing to Joseph's apology.

    Joseph was the plaintiff or defendant in several suits over money owed. Some of these were settled out of court; in some cases, payment was made through the court or a parcel of land would be sold to satisfy the debt.

    Joseph Parson's business records are deposited in the Springfield, MA, library.

    On the 7th of October 1678, the General Court appointed Joseph Parsons, Sr. to be "Cornet of the Troop of Hoarse," Hampshire Co. (Maj. John Pynchon, commander). With this appointment, Joseph was third in command and the color-bearer of the Hampshire Cavalry.

    Joseph Parsons died on October 9, 1683. He was probably buried in the Elm Street cemetery, in Springfield, and in 1848, reburied in a mass grave near the Pine Street entrance to the present Springfield Cemetery, when land within the cemetery was needed for the Hartford-Springfield railroad.

    "Cornet" married Mary Bliss on 26 Nov 1646 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. Mary (daughter of Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins) was born about 1628 in Gloucestershire, England; died on 29 Jan 1712 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Mary Bliss was born about 1628 in Gloucestershire, England (daughter of Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins); died on 29 Jan 1712 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1625, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1626

    Notes:

    From the Find a Grave entry for "Cornet" Joseph Parsons:

    In Dorchester, in 1656, almost 40 years before the witchcraft travesty in Salem, MA, Joseph Parsons filed a lawsuit for slander, seeking damages against Sarah Bridgman, wife of James Bridgman. The suit accused Sarah Bridgeman of calling Mary Bliss Parsons a witch. Sarah Bridgman's child had died and she accused Mary Parsons of causing the child's death. Other neighbors came forward with similar accusations. The quality of the evidence produced against Mary Bliss Parsons is indicated by testimony of Mrs Bridgeman on behalf of an older son, whose knee, being fractured and it being set, the child screamed in great pain that Mary Parsons was pulling his leg off and that he saw her on the shelf; when she went away, a black mouse followed her. Trial resulted in a verdict for Mary Parsons, which prompted the suit for slander, which was won by Joseph and Mary Bliss Parsons. The defendants were order to make a public apology and to pay the plaintiffs' costs: "seaven pounds, one shilling and eight pence."

    But the matter did not end there.

    Nineteen years later, in 1675, Mary Parsons was again accused of witchcraft when Sarah Bridgman herself died. These accusations, made by the father and the husband of the deceased, prompted the prosecution of Mary Bliss Parsons. Mary was indicted by a grand jury and imprisoned in Boston for several months and then put on trial. Her ordeal included the examination of her person by "Soberdized, Chast women to make Diligent Search upon ye body of Mary Parsons, whether any marks of witch craft might appear." She was acquitted.

    Such allegations as were made against Mary Bliss Parsons, by neighbors of long standing, living within minutes of one another's homes, treating with one another virtually every day, parents of families, whose children would have know one another in every aspect of small town life--such life-threatening denunciations must surely have sundered many friendships and provoked the deepest of bitter feelings. Dorchester, after 1656, like Salem after 1691, could not have been a happy place. In this, the first American generation, the Puritan experiment had turned toxic within itself.

    Children:
    1. Joseph Parsons was born about 1647 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 21 Nov 1729 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    2. 5. Mary Parsons was born on 27 Jun 1661 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 23 Aug 1711 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  5. 12.  John Leonard was born about 1615; died in 20 Feb 1676 - 24 Feb 1676 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Killed by Indians during King Philip's War.

    "The English origin of John Leonard has not been ascertained, and if related to James Leonard of Taunton, Mass., nothing has been found to indicate it." [Hale, House and Related Families]

    From a Wikitree page about John Leonard:

    "He was an early settler of the town of Springfield, MA [...] He was chosen surveyor, 26 March 1640, to see that the highways were cleared and kept in repair. He was one of the town appraisers in 1645 [...]

    "He was killed by Indians in Springfield 21 February 1675/766 during King Philip's War. 'He was killed by an Indian arrow while crossing the Agawam River to go to the assistance of relatives.'

    "He was living in Springfield in 1636. He is not mentioned in The Great Migration Begins. He had 15 children. He is the progenitor of the Springfield Leonard line. No relationship is known to the James Leonard line, although they apparently communicated and knew each other. The Springfield Leonard line is followed in the Giles Memorial Genealogical Memoirs by John Adams Vinton (Boston: Dutton, 1864), pp. 280-316. The early generations are also covered in thorough fashion by Donald Lines Jacobus in Hale, House, and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley."

    John married Sarah Heald on 12 Sep 1640 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Sarah died on 23 Nov 1711 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Sarah Heald died on 23 Nov 1711 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Possibly named Sarah Heath.

    "[Sarah Heald's] origin is likewise unknown, and since no Heald family was early settled at Springfield, she may have been brought there as a relative or as an indentured servant. It should be noted that in the next generation Gershom Hale or Heald, son of John Heald of Concord, settled in Springfield, and Sarah may have been Gershom's aunt and sister of John." [Hale, House and Related Families]

    Children:
    1. Sarah Leonard was born on 13 Dec 1645 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 20 Mar 1676 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
    2. 6. Benjamin Leonard was born on 5 Sep 1654 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 21 Dec 1724 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  7. 14.  John Scott died on 2 Jan 1690 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut.

    John married Sarah Bliss on 20 Jul 1659 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Sarah (daughter of Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins) was born about 1638; died on 27 Sep 1705 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  8. 15.  Sarah Bliss was born about 1638 (daughter of Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins); died on 27 Sep 1705 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 7. Sarah Scott died on 2 Dec 1751 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.