Capt. Henry ASHE
- Born: 1725, Ashbrook, co. Londonderry, Ireland
- Marriage: Rebecca LEECH on 25 Mar 1749 in Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Died: Jan 1761, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA aged 36
- Buried: 22 Jan 1761, Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Note by Robert Ashe (25 April 2014):
While "The Ash MSS", written in the year 1735 by Lieut. Col. Thomas Ash, and published by Henry Tyler in 1890, has provided a wealth of information about the Londonderry branch of the family, it remains silent about the exact line of descent of this Capt. Henry Ash. However, where the manuscript begins on page 14 of ther book, it tells us that the first four and the last two pages of the MSS are missing -- a great loss, as they would probably have filled in a number of gaps. The book makes the following references to Capt. Henry Ash:
(1) Page 6: Henry Ash, of the Ashbrook family, emigrated to America in 1750.
(2) Page 46: Letter from Mr. Phillips, descendant of Henry Ashe, son of Capt. Henry Ashe, of Ashbrook, who emigrated to America, 1750.
(3) Page 48: Copy of an obituary notice which appeared in the newspapers at Philadelphia on the death of my great grandfather (son of Capt. Henry Ash, of Ashbrook).
During the research, it seemed possible, at one point, that this Henry could have been the son of Thomas Ash, of Eccles Green, whose Will is included in the Ash MSS, and which mentions a son Harry. However, Harry's children, who are mentioned in the Will, are different to the known children of Capt. Henry Ash, and Thomas Ash's family had moved to the Eccles Green area.
While I can find no conclusive evidence, I believe that Capt. Henry Ash was the son of George Ash, of Ashbrook. The Ash MSS records that George (1679-1729) had 17 children with his wife, Mary Rankin, from 1704 to 1727. It also shows the the Ashbrook house and estate passed in the following line of succession:
Josias Ash, who bequeathed it to his son,
John Ash (died 1684), of Cornerin, later Ashbrook, who bequeathed it to his son,
George Ash (1679-1729), of Ashbrook, who bequeathed it to his eldest surviving son,
Alderman George Ash (1712-1796), who died without issue, and bequeathed it to the husband, William Hamilton, of his daughter, Jane. The Hamiltons subsequently added Ash to their name, and became Hamilton-Ash.
The various references to this Henry Ash being "of Ashbrook", as well as the time period leads me to believe that he was probably the penultimate child of George Ash, owner of Ashbrook.
Extract from "Record of Pennsylvania Marriages, prior to 1810: Vol. I" by Clarence M. Busch (1895)
Christ Church, Phildelphia:
25 March 1749: Rebecca Leech and Henry Ash.
Extract from Find A Grave
Name: Capt. Henry Ash
Birth: 1725 in Ireland
Death: January 1761 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Note: He was born in Ashbrook, Fermanagh, Ireland. He married Rebecca Leach on March 25, 1749, at Christ Church. She was the daughter of John Leech and Mary Harrison. He was a sea captain , and a contributor to the Pennsylvania Hospital.
Spouse: Rebecca Leech Ash (? - 1803)
- Col. James Ash;
- Mary Ash (married to Capt. James Craig);
- Henry Ash, Jr.;
- Joseph Ash.
Burial: Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Extract from "Christ Church Register" (Online)
Name: Henry Ash
Buried: 22 January 1761
Henry married Rebecca LEECH, daughter of John LEECH and Mary HARRISON, on 25 Mar 1749 in Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (Rebecca LEECH was born in 1728, died on 14 Dec 1803 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and was buried on 16 Dec 1803 in Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.)