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PINNIX, SHORE, DICKERSON, PARDUE, MARTIN, OLVEY, SWAIM of Yadkin Co. and SHAW, SIMPSON, MILES, MATKINS, BOULDIN, LEATH, HORNBUCKLE, GUNN, HOOPER, SNIPES, KIMBROUGH, GRAVES, STADLER, ARNOLD, BLALOCK, PRENDERGAST, WILDER, VINCENT, WALKER, ASHFORD, BIRD, WHITTED, CLENEAY of Caswell/Alamance/Orange Co. -- also WALL, WHITSETT, MOORE, HENRY of Rockingham Co.

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  • ID: I069199
  • Name: Michael Ashford
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1674 in Charles Co., MD
  • Death: ABT MAR 1735 in Prince William (later Fairfax) Co., VA
  • Event: Fact 1698 Bought 500ac in Prince George's Co., MD for 21,000 pounds of tobacco -- part of larger tract known as "Haddock's Hills," alias "Seaman's Delight."
  • Event: Fact ABT 1712 Moved to Stafford Co., VA in a section which became Prince William Co. in 1730 and then Fairfax Co., VA.
  • Event: Fact 8 NOV 1720 The land which he willed to his sons in 1734 had been previously granted to William DANIEL or O'DANIELL, then to Ashford on 29may1729.
  • Event: Fact 1734 Will written. Wife Ann, exec. Named children John, Michael, William, George, Ann, Mary, and Constance.
  • Note:
    Stafford Co., Va. was formed in 1664 from Westmorland Co.; Prince William Co. was formed in 1730 from
    King George and Stafford Cos.; Fairfax Co. was formed in 1742 from Prince William Co. Part or all of the
    Michael Ashford estate eventually became a part of the Mount Vernon Estate. George Ashford and his wife, Mary, sold their part of the estate to George Washington. 3 There is also a record to indicate that John and William sold their part of the Michael Ashford estate to George Washington.

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    "At the meeting on April 16, 1733, Michael Ashford took oath and subscribed the test as a Vestryman. An agreement was made with the Reverend DeButts to preach three times a month for one year at Occoquan Church." After the year 1733 the name disappears and that of Pohick is substituted. The church stood until superseded by the new or present Pohick in 1744. The attendance record of the Vestry meeting on 11 0ctober 1734, is the last one showing Michael Ashford as among those present. 5 He evidently died not too long after this date, since his will was probated 20th March, 1735.

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    Charles County Land Records
    Volume II, p. 56

    Liber Z, Page 214
    Recorded at request of Daniell DeLOSER, tailor:
    7aug1705
    Indenture from Philip LYNES, Gent. to Michael RATCHFORD (ASHFORD?) of St. Mary's Co. for 11,000 pounds tobacco, a parcel called THOMAS STREET bounded by John ROBBINSON's land called WASSELL containing 100 acres, also land called TOWER DOCK formerly taken up by George LANGHAM and sold to Lynes also bounded by Wassell laid out for 100 acres.
    /s/ Philip LYNES;
    wit. James COTTRELL, Edward PHILPOTT, Thomas ORRELL.
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    Michael Ashford 's Will:

    IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the Twentieth Day of October in the year at our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty-four, I Michael Ashford of Prince William County Virginia being sick & weak in Body, but of sound and perfect memory thanks be to God for the same and knowing the uncertainty of the life on earth & being Desirous to settle things in order to make, constitute, & ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form following That is to say first & Principally I commend my soul to almighty God my creator assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon & remission of my sins, & be saved by the precious blood & merits of my blessed Saviour & Redeemer Christ Jesus, and my Body to
    the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such Christian & Decent manner as to my
    Executrix hereafter named Shall be thought meet & convenient and as touching such worldly
    Goods & Estate as the Lord in his mercy hath Sent me my will and meaning is the same shall be
    employed and bestowed as by this my last will & Testament is Expressed And first I do Revoke,
    Renounce, Frustrate, & make void all wills by me formerly made, and declare & appoint this my
    last Will and Testament. I Give & Bequeath to my son John one horse named Roger and one
    black foal & two cows & two calves. I Give & Bequeath to my son Michael a horse called his &
    a young Bay mare and two cows and two calves. I Give & Bequeath to my Son William a Bay
    horse called his own & two cows & two calves. I Give & Bequeath to my son Michael all that
    Tract of land lying on the Head of Doge Run & Feather Bed with the furniture. I Give & Bequeath
    to my sons George and William that Tract of land at Doge Run not before bequeathed to be
    equally Divided between them allowing their Brother Michael Timber sufficient to supply his
    necessity. I Give & Bequeath to my son John a Tract of Land lying between Doge Run & little
    Hunting Creek & one feather Bed with ye blanketts & Rugg and Sheets belonging to it. Item I
    give & bequeath to my Daughter Ann a little white horse called Cordit. Item I Give & Bequeath to
    my son George a Black mare which came of a Dun mare. Item I Give & Bequeath unto my
    Daughters Mary & Constance two filly foals between them. I do constitute and appoint & ordain
    my loving wife to be my sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament and none other in witness
    whereof hereunto I have set my hand & seal Signed sealed and delivered in the Presence of Item I
    Give & Bequeath unto my Son George one Negro Named Dick. Item I Give & Bequeath unto
    my son John that Tract of Land upon the head of Accotink. Item I Give unto my son William a
    Bed with the Rugg, blanketts & Sheets belonging to it. Item I Give unto my sons George &
    William one bed a piece ye with Ruggs, Blanketts & Sheets belonging to them. Item I Give unto
    my Daughter Ann, Mary, & Constance each of them one Bed & Furniture with the Ruggs,
    Blanketts & Sheets belonging to them. Item I do constitute & appoint my well beloved Wife my
    sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament in Witness whereof the preceding will on the other
    side mentioned I have hereunto set my hand & seal this Twenty-first Day of November 1734.
    Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Mic. Ashford John Camplin his Joshua Pealy
    Mark At a Court continued and held for Prince William County the Twentieth Day of March
    1734. This Will was presented into Court by John Ashford who made a Oath thereto announcing
    to Law and the same being proved by the Oath of the Witnesses thereto subscribed was admitted
    to Record and Ann Ashford Sole Executrix appointed in the said will being dead without having
    first undertaken the Burden of the Executrix thereof on the motion of the saidJohn Ashford and he
    performing what is usual in such Cases, Certificate is granted him for obtaining Letters of
    Administration with the said will annoted in Due form. Test Catesby Cooke, Clerk Court After
    reading the will, you may be as confused about the dates used as the writer was. The will was
    dated 20 October 1734, and it was filed for probate, 20 March 1734. The dates were given
    according to the Julian calendar which was used by England and the colonies prior to 1752, when
    the Gregorian calendar was adopted. According to the Julian calendar in England and in the
    American Colonies, the first day of the year began with March 25.


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    LETTERPRESS EDITION of THE PAPERS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON...

    Ashford, Butler, 7:377; 9:35

    Ashford, George, 7:106, 110, 151, 174, 228, 278, 309, 350; 8:144, 283; 9:431

    Ashford, John, 7:9, 110, 228; 8:144; 9:432

    Ashford, Michael, 7:110, 377

    Ashford, William, 7:4, 174, 278, 350; 8:283; 9:431, 432

    Ashford's quarter, 7:148
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    Title: Will of Michael Ashford
    Author: Michael Ashford
    Publication: Circuit Court, Fairfax County, Virginia, Will Book A, 20 Oct 1734
    Note:
    Number 1, part 1, pages 32-33
    Text: Will of Michael Ashford, dated 20 Oct. 1734. "Michael Ashford of Prince William County,Virginia, being sick and weak in body.
    To my son John one horse named Roger and one black foal and two cows and two calves.
    To my son Michael a horse called his and a young bay mare.
    To my son William a bay horse called his own and two cows and two calves.
    To my son Michael all that tract of land lying on the head of Doge Run and 1 feather bed with the furniture.
    To my sons George and William that tract of land at Doge Run not before bequeathed to be equally divided between them allowing their brother Michael Timber suffiecient to supply his necessity.
    To my sone John a tract of land lying between Doge Run and little Hunting Creek and one feather bed with the Blanketts and rugg and sheets belonging to it.
    To my daughter Anne a little white horse called credit.
    To my son George a black mare which came of a Dun mare.
    To my daughters Mary and Constance two filly foals between them.
    I do constitute appoint and ordain my loving wife to be my sole executrix.
    To my son George one negro man named Dick.
    Unto my son John that tract of land upon the head of Auatinck.
    Unto my son William 1 bed with the rugg blanketts and sheets belonging to it.
    Unto my sons George and William one bed a piece with ruggs blanketts and sheets belonging to them.
    Unto my daughter Ann, Mary and Constance each of them one bed and furniture with the ruggs blanketts and sheets belonging to them. I do constitute and appoint my well beloved wife my sole executrix. Mic. Ashford Wit: John Camplin Joshua (I) Oxely 20 March 1734. Presented into Court by John Ashford. Proved by the oaths of the witnesses thereto subscribed. Anne Ashford sole executrix apointed in the said will being dead without having first undertaken the burthen of the execution thereof, on the motion of the said John Ashford certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration with the said willl annext." Page 30. Bond of John Ashford, Thomas Smith and Edward Embs unto Denis McCarty, first justice. For 300. 20 March 1734. John Ashford is administrator with will annexed of Michael Ashford. John Ashford Thomas Smith Edward E. Emns Wit: Catesby Cocke, Thomas Robinson
    ===
    Title: Fairfax County, Virginia, Deed Book B
    Publication: Fairfax County, Virginia, 15 Mar 1747
    Note:
    Division of Michael Ashford's land by his sons, George and William Ashford.
    Text: Page 298:
    William Ashford Bond to George Ashford
    Know all men by there profonds that I William Ashford of Parish of Truro County of Fairfax and Colony of Virginia am held firmly bound unto George Ashford of the Parish County and Colony aforesaid in the full and just sum of 600 hundred pounds, Sterling money to which payment to be made to the said George Ashford, his heirs, Executors, Administrators or assigns, I bind myself, my heirs, Executors, Administrators, assigns for the whole and in whole firmly by these profounds, sealed with my seal and dated this fourth day of November 1747.

    The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounded William Ashford and the above named George Ashford having a certain parcel of land and bequeathed between them by their Father, Michael Ashford laying and being in the Parish County and Colony aforesaid to be equally divided between them, Now if the above bounded William Ashford his heirs, Executors, Administrators or assigns shall well and truly stand to a division of said land made by Mr. William Godfrey of the Parish and Colony aforesaid then this obligation to be void and in none effect otherwise to be and remain in full force power and virtue.
    William Ashford Seal
    In profound of us.
    William Godfrey, John Gist, Robert Mills

    Page 299:
    Two hundred and seventy acres of land given by Michael Ashford unto his two sons by will, William Ashford and George Ashford, to be equally divided between them and by agreement of both parties that the land may be equally divided, employed William Godfrey to make the division which may be seen by the following Platt laid down. William Ashford?s parts is the uppermost which begins at an old Rotten stump which was a red oak with three Bodys extending thence No. 132 po. To a hickory, antient marked tree of the said land thence SSW 117 po. To a red oak sapling standing in the back land of the said land extending thence S72 dsgs East to a marked wild cherry tree standing in Doeg Run said thence up the several courses and the meanders of the said Run to the first beginning
    (drawing on page 299)

    At a court held for Fairfax County March the 15th 1747. William Ashford acknowledged this Bond to George Ashford to be his Act and Deed which together with the above Platt and Division were on the motion of the said George Ashford admitted to record. Test
    John Graham, Clerk

    George Ashford Bond to William Ashford
    Know all men by there profonds that I George Ashford of Parish of Truro County of Fairfax and Colony of Virginia am held firmly bound unto William Ashford of the Parish County and Colony aforesaid in the full and just sum of two hundred pounds, Sterling money to which payment to be made to the said William Ashford, his heirs, Executors, Administrators or assigns, I bind myself, my heirs, Executors, Administrators, assigns for the whole and in whole firmly by these profounds, sealed with my seal and dated this fourth day of November 1747.

    The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounded William Ashford and the above named George Ashford having a certain parcel of land and bequeathed between them by their Father, Michael Ashford laying and being in the Parish County and Colony aforesaid to be equally divided between them, Now if the above bounded William Ashford his heirs, Executors, Administrators or assigns shall well and truly stand to a division of said land made by Mr. William Godfrey of the Parish and Colony aforesaid then this obligation to be void and in none effect otherwise to be and remain in full force power and virtue.
    George Ashford Seal
    In profound of us.
    William Godfrey, John Gist, Robert Mills

    Page 300

    Two hundred and seventy acres of land given by Michael Ashford unto his two sons by will, William Ashford and George Ashford, to be equally divided between them and by agreement of both parties that the land may be equally divided, employed William Godfrey to make the division, George Ashford?s merety of the aforesaid two hundred and seventy acres of land is as follows beginning at a wild cherry tree marked in William Ashford?s Line Standing by the side of Doeg?s Run extending thence No. 72 left to a Red Oak Saplin in the Back line thence SSW 163 po. To a hickory being the antient marked tree of the said land thence E 71/2 S 90 po. to a marked hickory Standing by the side of Doeg Run thence up the Several Courses and Meanders of the said run to the first beginning.
    (drawing on page 299)

    At a court held for Fairfax County March the 15th 1747. George Ashford acknowledged this Bond to William Ashford to be his Act and Deed which together with the above Platt and Division were on the motion of the said William Ashford admitted to record. Test
    John Graham, Clerk
    Note: Land is mentioned as having belonged to Michael Ashford.
    ===
    Title: Maryland Hall of Records
    Publication: Maryland, 10 Mar 1714
    Note:
    Michael Ashford's sale of Moore's Ditch.
    Text: 10 Mar 1714 - Deed of Bargain & Sale between Michael Ashford of Stafford County, Virginia, carpenter, and Ignatius Luckett of Charles County, Maryland for 7000 lbs. of tobacco, land known as Moore?s Ditch. Deed recorded on 23 Aug 1715.
    Note: Michael is living in Virginia when he sells this land in Maryland.
    Repository:
    Name: Maryland Hall of Records
    ===
    Title: Maryland Hall of Records
    Publication: Charles County, Maryland, 14-18 Apr 1726
    Note:
    Michael Ashford's sale of Tatsel land to Jno. Smallwood {Tattersail}
    Text: 14-18 Apr 1726 - Pages 264-265 Michael Ashford, Planter, of Stafford County, Virginia sells 60 acres called Fotsel (Tatsel) in Charles County, Maryland to Jno. Smallwood for 600 lbs. of tobacco. This land adjoins Moore's ditch.
    Note: Michael is living in Virginia when he sells this land in Maryland.
    Title: Fairfax County, Virginia, Deed Book D
    Author: Fairfax County Clerk
    Publication: Fairfax County, Virginia, 29 Mar 1729
    Note:
    Michael Ashford land grant on Doage Run.
    Text: 29 Mar 1729 - Pages 811-813 - Michael Ashford granted 270 acres on Doage Run
    ===
    Beginning at a White Oak pages 114-115

    130 ASHFORD, MICHAEL 151 12 November 1725 NN A:170
    Begins at red oak corner, late George Mason, on branches of Doegs Run

    Francis Ashford and Henrietta his wife and John Hill and Elizabeth his wife sold for $1000 to Francis Keen 151 acres which belonged to Mials Ashford, dec'd., "friend." One-half acre was excepted "at the graveyard." (Fx. Deeds B2:283. 27 August 1799) Francis Keen sold 151 acres 7 January 1804 for $1100 to William Violette. (Fx. Deeds E2:230)
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    Beginning at a White Oak pages 114-115
    136 ASHFORD, MICHAEL 112 18 November 1725 NN A:181 South side of branch of Accotink adjacent William O'Daniel.

    Butler Stonestreet Ashford and Susannah his wife, of Fairfax County, sold this tract for 62.10 to John Bates, also of Fairfax County. Michael Ashford devised the land to John Ashford, eldest son and heir who died intestate. The land then descended to Butler Stonestreet Ashford. (Fx. Deeds M:163. 20 November 1775)
    ===
    Beginning at a White Oak pages 114-115
    214 ASHFORD, MICHAEL 270 29 May 1729 NN B:219 Doges Run. Escheated land of Georg Smith, dec'd.

    Michael Ashford bequeathed to his two sons, William and George, equal shares of this land. A division was made by William Godfrey. (November 1747. Fx. Deeds B:298) John, heir at law of Michael Ashford, whose will, in error, made George and William tenants, made a deed to secure George and William's title. (Fx. Deeds D:800) Then George and William sold to John Ashford. (Fx. Deeds D:813) The next week John Ashford sold one half of the tract of 270 acres to George for 1 shilling. This deed mentions the will of Michael Ashford 1 November 1734 in Prince William County. (Fx. Deeds D:817. 29 January 1761)

    After the above deeds were recorded John Ashford and Elizabeth his wife sold for 150 to George Washington 135 acres, one half of the 270. (Fx. Deeds D:323.
    30 January 1761) George Ashford and Mary his wife sold for 165 to George Washington 135 acres. (Fx. Deeds E:25. 14 January 1762)
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    Beginning at a White Oak pages 114-115
    278 ASHFORD, MICHAEL 400 12 November 1731 NN D:70
    + South side Little Hunting Creek adjacent Mason and Dorrell. Beginning at two marked maples on west side main south branch of LHC, corner Spencer's land . . . to Darrell . . . to Mason. There is not space between the older Spencer, Darrell and Mason grants for this grant. No mention of this grant has been found in later records.

    Michael Ashford was a vestryman of Truro Parish 1733-34. His will is dated 1 November 1734 in Prince William. In 1749 on Charles Green's list of tithables for Truro Parish three Ashfords are listed: John, Michael and William. The latter two are identified as Papist. In 1744 it is noted in the Vestry Book that Michael Ashford was overcharged for one levy in 1741. That is the only mention of a Michael Ashford after 1734. In 1765 Michael Ashford Junior is listed.

    Michael Ashford (II or III?) was on the rent rolls 1761-1774 for 151 acres. William Ashford was on the roll 1761 for 135 acres with the notation "now George Washington, Esqr." and George Ashford was on the rolls for 135 acres. John Ashford was on the roll for 112 acres 1761-1764 and 75 acres 1772-1774. All four voted and all but John had accounts at the Glassford stores. George is identified on his account as of Loudoun County.
    ===
    Name: James Hughes
    Email: jimony2k@yahoo.com
    URL: http://www.ls.net/~newriver/va/truro1.htm
    URL title: The History of Truro Parish in Virginia
    Note:
    At the meeting on April 16, 1733, Michael Ashford took the oaths and subscribed the test as a Vestryman.

    1733, June 9th, Mr. Richard Blackburn agreed with the Vestry to build a Church at the Cross Roads near Michael Reagan's, "Forty feet in length, two and twenty feet wide, and thirteen feet pitch, to be weather boarded, covered, and all the inside work perform'd and done after the same manner the work upon Pohick Church is done, for the sum of thirty-three thousand five hundred pounds of tobacco." William Godfrey and Michael Ashford were "to take care that the work upon the Church be well and sufficiently done and performed."3 12th. October: Jeremiah Bronaugh, William Peake, John Farguson and Thomas Lewis were chosen Vestrymen in the room of several deceased members, and qualified and took their places accordiliglv. Joseph Johnson was chosen "Reader at the new Church and the Chapell above Goose Creek," to receive 1300 pounds of tobacco provided he does his duty in his office." In the Parish Levy for this year provision is made for 2500 pounds of tobacco to Capt. Francis Aubrey towards building the chapel above Goose Creek, and the next year the same amount, and in 1735, 4000 Pounds for finishing said chapel.

    VESTRYMEN AND CHURCH WARDENS OF TRURO PARISH 1732-1785 C.W.=Church Warden Michael Ashford, 1733-34
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    Name: James Hughes
    Email: jimony2k@yahoo.com
    Note:
    URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=170&last=&g_p=GA&collection=NN Grant
    Title Ashford, Michael.
    Publication 12 November 1725.
    Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
    Note Location: Stafford County.
    Description: 151 acres beginning &c corner to George Mason on the branches of Doogs Run.
    Source: Northern Neck Grants A, 1722-1726, p. 170, folio (Reel 290).

    URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=181&last=&g_p=GA&collection=NN Grant
    Title Ashford, Michael.
    Publication 18 November 1725.
    Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
    Note Location: Stafford County.
    Description: 112 acres on the south side of a small branch of Accotink adjoining land surveyed for Wm. O'Daniel.
    Source: Northern Neck Grants A, 1722-1726, p. 181, folio (Reel 290).

    URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=219&last=&g_p=GB&collection=NN Grant
    Title Ashford, Michael.
    Publication 29 May 1729.
    Gen. note (Escheat land of George Smith, decd.).
    Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
    Note Location: Stafford County.
    Description: 270 acres on Doges Run.
    Source: Northern Neck Grants B, 1726-1729, p. 219, folio (Reel 290).

    URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=70&last=&g_p=GD&collection=NN Grant
    Title Ashford, Michael.
    Publication 12 November 1731.
    Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
    Note Location: Prince William County.
    Description: 400 acres on the south side of Little Hunting Creek adjoining land of Mason, and Dorrell.
    Source: Northern Neck Grants D, 1731-1732, p. 70, folio (Reel 291).
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    Prince George's Land Records 1710-1717 - Liber F - Folio 95: Indenture, 11 Sep 1711
    From: Michael Ashford of Staford County in the Colony of Virginia
    To: John Bradford, merchant of Prince George's County
    For 30 a 400 acre part of a tract of land called Haddock's Ash, Seaman's Delight; lying formerly in Charles now in Prince George's County on the north side of the Eastern Branch of the Potomac River
    Signed: Michael Ashford (seal)
    Witnessed: W. Fitz Redmond, James Bunefant (mark), Humphrey Beckett (mark)
    Virginia, Staford County: George Mason and George Mason, Junr., Justices, examined Anne Ashford wife of Michael
    Alienation: John Bradford paid the sum of 16s for 400 acres on 2 Nov 1713
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    Charles County Land Records, Liber F#2, Page 61
    22 Aug 1715; Recorded at request of Ignatius Luckett, planter:
    10 _ 1714; Indenture from Michael Ashford of Stafford Co., Va., carpenter, to Ignatius Luckett, planter; for 7,000# tobacco; a parcel of land called Moore's Ditch on the west side of Zachia Swamp; adjoining land of George and Robert Goodrich; /s/ Michael Ashford; wit. Sam. Hanson, Robt. Hanson; ack. in open court by Michael Ashford
    ===
    Charles County Liber L#2 Page 264.
    At the request of John Smallwood, the following deed was recorded this Apr 18, 1726.
    Apr 14, 1726 from Michael Ashford of Stafford County, Virginia, planter, to Jno Smallwood of Portobacco [Cr] in CC, for 600 lbs of tobacco and for divers other causes, all that tract of land called Totsal, lying in CC on the east side of Portobo fresh, adjoining a tract of land called Moredam, bounded by a parcel of land called the Exchange now in the possession of Ralph Shaw, a bounded oak of James Smallwood's land called Eltham, thence on Edmd Lindsey's land, containing about 60 acres. Signed - Michael Ashford. Wit - Jno Fendall*, Robt Hanson*.
    ===
    STAFFORD COUNTY VA DEED & WILL BOOK 1699 - 1709; THE ANTIENT PRESS p. 389
    An Inventory of the Estate of WILLIAM HARWOOD of Stafford County deced & appraised by us MICHAEL ASHFORD and JOHN GOSLING sworn appraisers of the said Estate on the 5th day of November 1707 .. items listed with value and totalled 8035 in Tobo .. appraisers sworn before M. THOMPSON.
    At a Court held by adjournmt the 13th day Movr. 1707 This was Exhibited into Court as a true & perfect inventory of the Estate of William Harwood deced same is ordered to be recorded & is recorded.
    ===
    STAFFORD COUNTY VA DEED & WILL BOOK 1699 - 1709; THE ANTIENT PRESS p. 390
    The Estate of WILLIAM HARWOOD .. mentions funeral charges to his wife 600 .. MICHL. ASHFORD for making 4 coffins 880; to my trouble getting the stock together 100; 2 appraisers for one day 60; due Estate 2207: Errors excepted ABRAHAM FARROW,
    At a Court held 13th day 9ber 1707 This Account was Exhibited by Abraham Farrow admr. with the will annext of Estate of William Harwood deced .. is allowed and likewise ordered to be recorded & is recorded.
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    The History of Truro Parish in Virginia
    by Rev. Philip Slaughter, D.D.
    Edited
    With Notes and Addenda by Rev. Edward L. Goodwin
    Historiographer of the Diocese of Virginia
    Published by George W. Jacobs & Company, Publishers, Philadelphia, 1h

    ...The Vestry Book opens with a recitation of the Act of the General Assembly
    instituting the Parish, the election of the Vestry and the proceedings of their
    first meeting. The Act of Assembly prescribed that the Sheriff of the County
    should summon the freeholders and housekeepers to meet and elect so many of the
    "most able and discreet persons in the said Parish as shall make up the number
    of Vestrymen in the said Parish twelve and no more." Which order being complied
    with, "Five of the Vestrymen elected, to witt, Charles Broadwater, Richard
    Osborn, John Lewis, Gabriel Adanis, and EDWARD EMMS, together with Denis
    Mc.Carty, John Heryford, and Edward Barry, having taken the oaths appointed by
    law, and Subscribed to be conformable to the doctrine and discipline of the
    Church of England, took their places in the Vestry accordingly." The first
    Vestry met on November 7th, I732, with the above gentlemen present. Edward Barry
    was nominated for Clerk, and "the question was put whether the said Barry should
    enjoy the place or not, which was carried in the said Barry's favour. And he was
    thereupon sworn, and took his place accordingly." I-Te was ordered to "provide
    paper & books for the minutes and orders of this Vestry, and that he be paid for
    the same at the laying of the next parish levy." John Heryford and EDWARD EMMS
    were chosen Churchwardens for that year, and "were sworn accordingly." At the
    next meeting- of the Vestry, held March 26, 1733, JOHN STURMAN and GILES TILLETT
    were added to the Vestry, and there were present also Francis Aubrey and William
    Godfrey, not previously mentioned. It was "Ordered, that the Churchwardens give
    publick notice to workmen to appear at the next Vestry to be held for this
    parish to agree for the building of a Church at the cross roads near Michael
    Reagans in this parish." At the meeting on April i6, I733, MICHAEL ASHFORD took
    the oaths and subscribed the test as a Vestryman. An agreement was made with the
    Rev. Lawrence De Butts to preach three times a month for one year, "at Occoquan
    Church, the new Church, or William GUNNELL's, and at the Chappell above Goose
    Creek,1 for the sum of eight thousand pounds of tobacco clear of the Warehouse
    charges and abatements,---And the said De Butts doth further agree to and with
    the Vestry aforesaid, that in case he fails, or is by the weather prevented to
    preach at any of the places aforesaid, any of the times aforesaid, tobacco shall
    only be levied for him in proportion to his service." Mr. De Butts seems to have
    been a bird of passage. From 1721 to about 1728 he was Minister of Washington
    Parish in Westmoreland County, where he had two churches, and also officiated
    during the week in the neighboring Parishes of St. Stephen's, Northumberland;
    Farnham, Richmond County; and Cople, Westmoreland, when they were vacant. In
    173i he was employed in St. Mark's Parish, Culpepper County, at 5oo pounds of
    tobacco a sermon, and now is in Truro for one year.2 At the expiration of this
    engagement he seems to have preached eight sermons in the Parish, for which he
    received 245 pounds of tobacco per sermon, and then he disappears from the
    record, having, we believe, gone to Maryland...




    Father: Michael Ashford , Capt. b: ABT 1650 in Accomack Co., VA
    Mother: Rachel Neville b: ABT 1655 in Charles Co., MD

    Marriage 1 Ann Harrison??? b: ABT 1682 in Charles Co., MD or Prince William Co., VA
      Children
      1. Has Children John Ashford b: ABT 1712 in Charles Co., MD
      2. Has Children Michael Ashford b: ABT 1714
      3. Has No Children William Ashford b: ABT 1716
      4. Has No Children Ann Ashford b: ABT 1720
      5. Has Children George Ashford b: ABT 1722
      6. Has No Children Constant Ashford b: ABT 1725
      7. Has No Children Mary Ashford b: ABT 1727
      8. Has Children Unplaced Orange Co. NC Area and DE Ashfords

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