Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Michael Ashford

Male Abt 1680 - 1734  (~ 54 years)


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  • Name Michael Ashford  [1
    Born Abt 1680  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Nov 1734  Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21890  Tree1
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 

    Father Michael Ashford,   b. Bef 1660,   d. Aft 1714, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Rachel Neville,   b. 1658, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1701, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Nov 1677  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne MNU Ashford,   b. Abt 1684,   d. 20 Mar 1735, Prince William County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married Bef 1706  Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Ashford,   b. Abt 1710, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1765, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)  [natural]
     2. Michael Ashford,   b. Bef 1723, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1804, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 81 years)  [natural]
     3. George Ashford,   b. Abt 1723, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1814, Newberry County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)  [natural]
     4. Anne Ashford,   b. 13 Dec 1725, Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1798, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
     5. William Ashford,   b. Bef 1727, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1779, Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years)  [natural]
     6. Constance Ashford,   b. Bef 1734, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F12382  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ===
      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 Ashford, Michael.
      Publication 1735
      Gen. note Part of index to Prince William County Wills and Administrations (1734-1744) (1778-1800)
      Note pp. 28-29. Will rec. 20 Mch. 1734.
      Page 30. Exors bond rec. 20 Mch. 1734.
      Page 45. Exors bond rec. 21 May 1735.
      Note Will Book C, 1734-1744 (Reel 18)
      ===
      Prince William Co VA Bond Book 1732-1847
      February 20th 1734 (C-22)
      Know all Men by these Presents that we John Ashford, Thomas Smith and Edward Emms are held and firmly bound unto Denis McCarty the first Justice in the Commission of Peace for Prince William County for and in behalf and to the sole use and behoof of the Justices of the said County and their successors in the sum of three hundred pounds to be paid to the said Denis McCarty his Executors Administrators and Assigns. To which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us our and every of our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals dated this twentieth day of March 1734.
      The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bound John Ashford with the will annexed of all the Goods, Chattels and Credits of Michael Ashford deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which have, or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of the said John Ashford or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him and the same so made, do exhibit into the County Court of Prince William at such time as he shall be thereunto required by the said Court; and the same Goods, Chattels and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased at the time of his death or which at any time shall come to the hands, possession of the said John Ashford or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law and further do make a just and true account of his Actings and Doings therein when thereto required by the said Court and all the rest and residue of the goods Chattels and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said administrators account, the same being first examined and allowed by the Justices of the Court for the time being shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the said Justices by their order or Judgment shall direct pursuant to the laws in that case made and provided and if it shall hereafter appear that any Last Will and Testament was made by the Deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named do Exhibit the same into Court making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly if the said John Ashford being thereunto required do render and deliver up his letter of administration approbation of such Testament being first had and maid in the Court.
      Then this Obligation to be void and of none effect or else to remain in full force and virtue.
      Sealed, and delivered, in presence of Catsbey Cocke & Thomas Robinson
      John Ashford SEAL
      Thomas Smith SEAL
      Edward (X) Emms SEAL

      ===
      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 ¾ 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 ¾ 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; [Beth Mitchell]: 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; [Beth Mitchell]: 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; [Beth Mitchell]: 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)
      ===
      Beginning at a White Oak; [Beth Mitchell]: 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.
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.ls dot 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

      ===
      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
      ===
      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 County, 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*.
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      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 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.
      ===
      1699-1709 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 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.
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      Note:
      URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=170&last=&g_p=GA&collec tion=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, Page 170, folio (Reel 290).

      URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=181&last=&g_p=GA&collec tion=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, Page 181, folio (Reel 290).

      URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=219&last=&g_p=GB&collec tion=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, Page 219, folio (Reel 290).

      URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=70&last=&g_p=GD&collect ion=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, Page 70, folio (Reel 291).

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