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Nicholas ASHE (of Drogheda)
(Cir 1725-)
Frances STONE
Rev. Isaac ASHE
Frances WHITE
Rev. William Stone ASHE


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Rev. William Stone ASHE

  • Born: 1803, Derry, Ireland
  • Marriage: Jane PAUL in 1827 in Armagh, Ireland
  • Died: 11 Feb 1884, The Rectory, Kinlough, co. Leitrim, Ireland aged 81

bullet  General Notes:

Extract from the "Pedigree of the Rev. Isaac Ashe (1801-1888)", as certified by W. Betham, Ulster King of Arms of all Ireland, dated 14 January 1846
The Rev. Isaac Ashe (1750-1834), Rector of Tamlaght, married Frances, daughter of John White, of Whitefield, and had issue:
(1) Rev. Isaac Ashe (born 1801), married to Jane, daughter of Henry Ellis, of Dublin, Esq., who had issue:
- Isaac
(2) Rev. William Ashe (born 1803), married to Jane, daughter of Rev. Thomas Paul, Rector of Balinderry, who had issue:
- Thomas.

William became Rector of Killoughter (Co. Cavan) (1835-56) and Rector of Rossimer, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

Extract from "Alumni Dubliensis", 1924 Edition
ASHE, William, Pen. (his father), July 3, 1820, aged 17; son of Rev. Isaac Ashe; born Derry. B.A. Ęst. 1825.

Extract from the "Belfast Commercial Chronicle" dated Wednesday, 14 March 1827
The Church.
At an Ordination held on Sunday last, by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Down and Connor, in St. Anne's Church, the following gentlemen were ordained:
DEACONS: William Stone Ashe, A.B. for the Cure of Ballinderry, in the Diocese of Armagh (having letters dimissory from his Grace the Lord Primate).

Extract from Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage License Bonds Indexes
Marriage License Bonds, Diocese of Armagh:
1827: William Ashe and Jane Paul

Extract from "Armagh Clergy and Parishes" by Rev. James B. Leslie (1911)
Curate of Ballinderry, co. Tyrone:
1827: W. Stone Ashe, Lic. Nov. 20 (D.R.)

Extract from "The Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent" dated Saturday, 26 October 1844
National Education.
We feel much gratification in being able to lay before our readers this day a letter on this all-important subject, written by one of the most pious men in the Church in this country, or living in the world, the Rev. William Ashe, brother of the Rev. Isaac Ashe, author of the "Ecclesiastical Catechism".

Extract from the Anglo Celt newspaper 6 October 1853
DEAR SIR - After coming from the water, I found a letter in your journal, written by the Rev. William ASHE, denying the fact of the conversion of Margaret SMITH, and asserting that she was always a Roman Catholic, and brought up and educated as such. I totally deny his statement. She was baptized and reared up in the Protestant church from her infancy, and generally attended it until within these last six months, during which time she was preparing for her conversion. He states in his letter that she was not acknowledged by her father, or even his connexions. This is also unfounded, for her father, in his last testament, bequeathed her a sum of £20, to be given by his executor as a marriage settlement, which the Rev. Incumbent in endeavouring to deprive her of, because she did not continue to live up to Protestant principles as usual; and even after her conversion he threatened that he would do so unless she would retract and go back to church.

He also states he ministered to real converts from the Church of Rome. I am at a loss to know the meaning of the word minister, and so are the public who read his letter; and I call for an explanation from him and his hawkers, who are going about throwing Methodistical and swaddling tracts along the highways and bye-ways(sic), when not admitted into their cabins by the poor Catholics. Shame upon them! They are truly a set of "lepers and whitewashed sepulchers, covered over with a varnish of fine words, but within full of worms and putrefaction, twice dead to truth and virtue, clouds without water, charged with winds and storms, wandering stars, which rolling in no certain orbit have only caused them to go astray and loose themselves in an extricable labyrinth." The rev. gentleman speaking of the Church of Christ, which I am happy and proud to be a member of, calls it a "corrupt church." I will not insult my Protestant neighbours by going back to the Protestant Reformation, and tracing the pedigree and origin of Anne Boleyn, a child and wife to Harry, King of England. He also states he was sent for by Roman Catholics to visit their children when there was no priest by Christ Jesus. What a rabbit borough(sic) he crept into. How many did he ill or wound ? - he and his swarm of uncommissioned and unblushing hawkers dealing out many maxims, subversive of all moral order, and so many seditious discourses which, as St. Paul says, work their way as a cancer. But I will raise a barrier against all those fetid and corrosive doctrines, which are likely to disturb the social and vital existence of every denomination in my parish. I call upon the Rev. Incumbent to name the individuals in my parish through the Anglo-Celt whom he converted, and until he does so I remain, dear Sir, yours, &c.,

WILLIAM M'AULEY, P.P., Annagh East.

October 6, 1853.

[Some weeks ago, we thought ourselves called on to make a remark upon a letter of the Rev. Mr. Ashe, in which he styles the Roman Catholic Church a "corrupt": one. We could not allow such so expression, calculated, as we thought, to insult our readers of a certain persuasion to pass over without disclaiming it, and beseeching that it would be abjured for the future. Surely it will not be thought that we can allow innuendoes of no less offensive import against the Protestant religion or its supporters escape unnoticed. Our Journal affects to be a neutral one; to do justice to all parties; to affect none with injury; an, so long as it is such, no person of this persuasion or that will or can be allowed to offer violence to another of whatever way of thinking. It appears to us that in the foregoing letter of one whom we esteem much, there is a great deal that might be and ought to be omitted; and we leave it in - just for the reason we assigned in a former case, lest any party might charge us with concealing any thing that appeared on its side. For the future we shall be sure to exercise our own judgment in retrenching adjuncts which are calculated to offend. Mr. M'AULEY must have forgotten that we will not accept another letter in this case except as an advertisement when he calls upon Mr. ASHE for certain explanations and proofs. We stated so most expressly, and we are not inclined to alter our decision. - ED. A. C.



SIR - I have to thank you for your courtesy towards myself, and your fairness towards my party, in publishing my letter on the alleged conversion of Margaret SMITH in this parish. As no notice has been taken of my statement sin either number of the Celt since printed, your readers may conclude that they cannot be contradicted.

But the bird has flown to another branch; and it is now proclaimed in your paper of the 22nd ult., that "Mr. Matthew HAYES, of Lascaldra, has renounced Protestantism, and been received into the bosom of the Catholic church." I am uncertain whether this advertisement has been sent from this parish seriously, or in burlesque. Mr. M. HAYES is now an aged man, who some forty years ago married into a Roman Catholic family, and unmindful of the Lord's admonition (Luke, c. iv., 26) forsook the religion of his father's, and brought up all his children, grandchildren, and it might be, his great grandchildren, in the Church of Rome. Mr. HAYES is a quiet and easy-going man, and acted, I believe, not from conviction but for peace sake. May God open his eyes before it be too late, and lead him even at the eleventh hour to retrace his steps.

I remain, faithfully yours,


Killoghter, Redhills, Oct 6, 1853.

[In this case our first correspondent has the right of reply if he judges proper to make one. Beyond this we can insert no communication on the subject except as an advertisement - ED. A.C.]

Extract from the "Connaught Watchman" dated Wednesday, 20 August 1856
Ecclesiastical Appointments:
Rev. William Ashe, A.B., to the rectory and vicarage of Rossinver; patron the Bishop.

Extract from the "Armagh Guardian" dated Friday, 29 August 1856
Diocese of Kilmore:
Rev. William Ashe, A.B. the perpetual curacy of Killoghter; patron, the Rector of Armagh.

Extract from the "Belfast Newsletter" dated Thursday, 4 October 1860
Disgraceful Proceeding:
We regret to state that on Sunday last, the Rev. William Ash, Rector of Kinlough, while reading the burial service over one of his parishioners in the graveyard at Finner, was grossly insulted by some miscreants who happened to be present on the occasion. - Ballyshannon Herald.

Extract from Ireland Civil Registration Indexes
Name: William Ashe
Death Registered: Jan-Mar 1884 in Ballyshannon, Ireland
Age: 80
Est. Birth Year: 1804

Extract from the "Morning Post" dated Thursday, 14 February 1884
ASHE - On the 11th inst., at Kinlough, Ireland, the Rev. William Stone Ashe, formerly rector of Rossinver, in his eighty-first year.

Extract from the "Cork Constitution" dated Tuesday, 19 February 1884
ASHE - At the Rectory, Kinlough, in the 81st year of his age, the Rev. Wm. S. Ashe, formerly rector of Rossinver.


William married Jane PAUL, daughter of Rev. Thomas PAUL and Jane PACK, in 1827 in Armagh, Ireland. (Jane PAUL was born in 1799 and died on 15 Jun 1878 in Kinlough, co. Leitrim, Ireland.)

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