Rev. George Alexander Hamilton ASHE
- Born: 29 May 1812, Acton, Co. Antrim, Ireland
- Marriage (1): Mary OGLE on 10 Jan 1840 in St. Mary's Church, Newry, Ireland
- Marriage (2): Mary PICKERING on 11 Feb 1851 in All Saints Church, Mackworth, Derby, England
- Died: 17 Nov 1897, St. Bees, Cumberland, England aged 85
- Buried: 21 Nov 1897, St. Bees Churchyard, St. Bees, Cumberland, England
Extract from "Alumni Dubliensis" by A. Thom (1935)
ASHE, GEORGE ALEXANDER, Pen. (Mr. Needham), July 5, 1830, aged 17; son of Henry, Clericus; born Armagh. B.A. Vern, 1835.
Extract from the "Belfast Commercial Chronicle" dated Wednesday, 24 July 1839
The Lord Bishop of Chester held an ordination at Durham Cathedral, last Sunday, when the following gentlemen from Trinity College, Dublin, were ordained:
Priest: Rev. G. Ashe, A.B.
Extract from "Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1868"
ASHE, George A. Hamilton, Witton, Blackburn. -- Dublin A.B. 1835; Deacon 1838 and Priest 1839 by Archbishop of Canterbury. Perpetual Curate of Witton, Diocese of Manchester 1839. (Patron, Vicar of Blackburn; Tithe, comm. 244l; P.c.'s income 300l; population 5,297).
Extract from Burke's "A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Ireland" (1958)
Ashe, George (Rev.), married Mary Ogle.
Extract from "The Belfast Newsletter" dated 14 January 1840
In St. Mary's Church, Newry, by the Rev. Dr. King, the Rev. George A. H. Ashe, Incumbent of St. Mark's Church, Witton, Blackburn, to Mary, second daughter of George Ogle, Esq., Marcus Square, Newry.
Extract from the "Liverpool Mail" dated Saturday, 29 July 1843
A very elegant copy of the "English version of the Polyglot Bible" with "Cruden's Concordance", in one volume, has been presented to the Rev. G.H. Ashe, B.A., Incumbent of St. Mark's Church, Witton, near Blackburn, by the scholars of his own class, as a token of love and affection towards him, as their pastor and Sabbath school teacher.
Extract from the "Liverpool Mail" dated Saturday, 16 September 1843
The congregation have presented to the Rev. G. H. Ashe, incumbent of St. Mark's Church, Witton, near Blackburn, a handsome pocket communion service, and to Mrs Ashe, a silver teapot, together of the value of twenty guineas.
Extract from "The Derby Mercury" dated 12 February 1851
Marriages: On the 11th inst., at Mackworth, by the Rev. Henry Moore, the Rev. George A. H. Ashe, Incumbent of Witton, Lancashire, to Mary, eldest daughter of the Rev. George Pickering, Vicar of Mackworth.
Extract from the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, dated Saturday 22 February 1851
On the 11th inst., at the Parish Church, Mackworth, by the Rev. Henry Moore, the Rev. G. H. Ashe, Incumbent of St. Mark's, Witton, near Blackburn, to Mary, eldest daughter of the Rev. G. Pickering, Vicar of Mackworth.
Extract from "England Marriages"
Groom: George Alexander Hamilton Ashe
Father: Henry Ashe
Marriage: 1 February 1851 at All Saints, Mackworth, Derby, England
Spouse: Mary Pickering
Father: George Pickering
George Alexander Hamilton ASHE was born in 1813, the son of the Rev. Henry Ashe, Vicar of Acton, Pointzpass Ireland. He became Vicar of St. Mark's Witton, Blackburn, where he was vicar for 55 years. In 1894, he retired to St Bees, Cumberland, where he died on 19 November 1897, and is buried there. A Window in his memory is in St. Mark's, Witton, Blackburn.
George Alexander Hamilton Ashe married:
(1) Mary Ogle (died 1846)
By her, he had three children:
(a) a daughter, Isabella;
(b) a son, George Ogle Ashe, born 1843; and
(c) a son, the Rev. Henry Ashe, R.A.
Later, George Alexander Hamilton Ashe married:
(2) Mary Pickering, the daughter of the Vicar of Mackworth, Derbyshire. (There are references in George's diary of 1853/4 to her sister Ellen, and to visits to Mackworth.)
By Mary Pickering, he had:
(a) Mary, born 1851 (who did not marry);
(b) Ellen, born January 8 1854 (died July 26 1869);
(c) Florence, born 1855 and died 1934 (who did not marry);
(d) William Ashe, born 24 December 1856, and died 1 January 1857;
(e) Robert Pickering Ashe, born 29 November 1857, and died 29 May 1944. Mary Pickering, his mother, died in childbirth.
Extract from the England and Wales 1871 Census
Head of Household: George Alexander Hamilton Ashe
Census location: Blackburn, Lancashire
Daughter: Isabella Woods; age; 30; birthplace Ireland
Daughter: Florence Ashe; age 15; birthplace Witton, Lancashire
Sister: Jane E. Ashe; age 63; birthplace Ireland
Sister: Alicia Ashe; age 52; birthplace Ireland
Extract from "A History of Blackburn, Town and Parish" by William Alexander Abram (1877)
Page 345: The present (1875) List of Governors of Blackburn Grammar School is as follows:
Rev. George Alexander Hamilton Ashe.
Page 760: St. Mark's Church.
The Church of Witton, dedicated to St. Mark, stands on the hill-side just outside the eastern wall of Witton Park. It was erected at a cost of £700; including a gift of £200 and the site by Joseph Feilden, Esq., who laid the corner-stone, Oct. 6th, 1836. The church was consecrated June 10th, 1837. The church is in the Norman style; and consists of nave, octagonal tower and spire at the east end, west porch, and a handsome mortuary chapel of the Feildens, added in 1870, forming a south transept. An organ was placed in the church in 1850. The church contains 560 sittings; 300 are free seats. Value of the living £300. The Vicar of Blackburn is patron. Rev. G. H. Ashe, B.A., has been vicar since 1839.
Extract from the England and Wales 1881 Census
Head of Household: George A. H. Ashe
Est. birth year: 1813
Marital status: Widower
Occupation: Vicar of St. Mark's Church, Witton
Address: Witton Vicarage, Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Daughter: Isabella Woods; age 40; est. birth year 1841; birthplace Ireland; marital status widow.
Daughter: Florence Ashe; age 25; est. birth year 1856; birthplace Blackburn, Lancashire; marital status single.
Daughter-in-law: Elizabeth J. Ashe; age 34; est. birth year 1847; birthplace Lancaster, Lancashire; marital status married.
Grand Daughter: Mary I. Ashe; age 2; est. birth year 1879; birthplace Leyland, Lancashire.
Grand Son: George H. Ashe; age 1; est. birth year 1880, birthplace Stavely-in-Cartmel, Lancashire.
Extract from the "Warrington Guardian" dated Wednesday, 13 November 1889
The jubilee of the Rev. G. A. H. Ashe, B.A., as vicar of St. Mark's Church, Witton, Blackburn, was celebrated on Sunday, when addresses from the congregation and Sunday School were presented to him.
Extract from the Blackburn Standard, dated Saturday, 29 July 1893
The Rev. G. H. Ashe, Vicar of Witton, has sustained a sad bereavement by the death, on Tuesday, of his eldest son, the Rev. Henry Ashe, Vicar of Staveley. The deceased clergyman, who was in middle life, was not robust, and had been ill for some time, we believe. His half-brother, the Rev. Robert Ashe, well known as one of the missionaries attached to the Church Missionary Society's mission-station at Uganda, East Africa, but who is at present in England, has come down from London to be with his venerable father a few days in his bereavement. As a boy and young man, Mr Harry Ashe was known to many of his father's parishioners in Witton, and also had numerous friends in Blackburn.
Extract from "The Weekly Standard and Express" dated 28 May 1898
That is a pretty stained glass window which has been placed in the north transept of Witton Church to the memory of the late Rev. G. A. H. Ashe, B.A., who for many years was the vicar of the parish. The subject is the "Journey to Emmaus". On the left hand side of the window our Lord is depicted standing clothed in robes of richly drapered ruby and white, and bearing the pilgrim's staff. The two disciples, also in rich garments, are standing and pleading with their Divine Master that he will enter the house and tarry with them a while. The background is composed of a landscape, together with an interior view of the house. The subject is surmounted by a canopy in the Perpendicular style of architecture, and contains two angels holding a crown, all being treated in white and gold upon ruby backgrounds. Under the subject is a base of the same style, and contains an angel supporting a scroll, bearing the text, "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent." Below is the dedication sentence, as folows: - "To the Glory of God and in memory of the Rev. G. A. H. Ashe, B.A., for fifty five years the devoted vicar of this parish; fell asleep November 17th, 1897, in the eighty-sixth year of his age." The window, I understand, was designed and executed by T. F. Curtis (Ward and Hughes), 67 Frith Street, Soho, London, W., and is a fine example of careful and expressive drawing and composition. The work is full of elaborate and appropriate detail, while the decorative function of the window has been duly kept in view. The painting is delicate and refined, and the colour is of an exceedingly harmonious and pleasing character.
Extract from Summary of Probate
ASHE, the reverend George Alexander Hamilton, of St. Bees, Cumberland, clerk, died 17 November 1897. Administration London, 4 January, to the reverend Robert Pickering Ashe, clerk. Effects £197 5s.
Extract from the Graveyard Records of St. Mary and St. Bega
Forenames: George Alexander Hamilton
Date of Death: 17 November 1897
Funaeral Date: 20 November 1897
Graveyard Location: St. Bees
Graveyard Register: YPR 42/24
Gravestone Number: CL41
Noted events in his life were:
• 1881 England Census, 3 Apr 1881, Witton Vicarage, Preston New Rd, Lancashire. Three servants also listed in the 1881 census: Mary Mulligan, Sarah Mulligan, and Ann Thompson
George married Mary OGLE, daughter of George OGLE and Unknown, on 10 Jan 1840 in St. Mary's Church, Newry, Ireland. (Mary OGLE was born in 1814 and died on 5 Dec 1846 in The Parsonage, Witton, Blackburn, Lancashire.)
George next married Mary PICKERING, daughter of Rev George William PICKERING and Elizabeth SMART, on 11 Feb 1851 in All Saints Church, Mackworth, Derby, England. (Mary PICKERING was born on 23 Nov 1824, died on 16 Dec 1857 in Witton, Blackburn, Lancashire, England and was buried in Dec 1857 in Wheeler Vault, St. John's, Blackburn, Lancashire, England.)