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John de Ashton

Male - Abt 1360

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  • Name John de Ashton 
    Birth of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Death Abt 1360  [1, 2
    Person ID I124  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2021 

    Family Margaret de Legh   d. Aft 1365 
    +1. John Assheton,   b. Abt 1354, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Abt 1398 (Age ~ 44 years)
    Family ID F32  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2021 

  • Notes 
    • He is frequently confused with his son; see, for instance, the article by William Edward Armytage Axon in the 1885 Dictionary of National Biography about "Sir John Ashton, fl. 1370, military commander".

      From "Ashton-under-Lyne" in volume 4 of VCH Lancaster, it seems clear that while there were Ashtons in this parish as far back as the late 1100s, this John de Ashton is the earliest one from whom descent can be definitively traced. Many sources make him a son of a Thomas de Ashton, and indeed in 1337 a John son of Thomas de Ashton is a defendant in a number of suits, but it is unclear that the defendant John is the same man as the husband of Margeret de Legh who was father to the John who served several times as a knight of the shire.

  • Sources 
    1. [S812] The Victoria County History of Lancaster. Portions online, linked from

    2. [S47] The History of Parliament. Some citations point to entries from the printed volumes not yet added to the online site.

    3. [S5947] Contributions toward a History of the Ancient Parish of Prestbury by Frank Renaud. Contained in Remains Historical and Literary Connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, volume 97 (1876), published by the Chetham Society.