My earliest documented ancestor is RICHARD ASHTON, born in 1692 in
Middle Hulton, in Deane Parish, Lancashire. While I have no record of
his marriage I know that he sired a son, also named Richard in 1715.
This second Richard married MARY GERRARD, at St. Mary's Parish Church in
Deane Parish. This couple had two known children: another Richard, born
about 1738 in Middle Hulton and George, born date unknown, also in
This third Richard Ashton married MARTHA (MATTY) HATTON, daughter of JAMES HATTON and
MARIA GREEN, on 24 May 1763 at St. Mary's Parish Church in Deane Parish.
I have a microfiche of BMD at St. Mary's Church, but cannot identify any individual
who could have parented my 1692 Richard.
I have tried, unsuccessfully, to follow two possible assumptions:
1. That despite a family tradition, through five generations, of naming the first born
son Richard, the assumption would be that the next earlier father was a member of the same
congregation but NOT named Richard; or
2. The Ashton parents moved into Deane Parish from a different a yet unknown parish.
I am not aware of any sources that could connect my Ashtons to such a different parish.
I would obviously welcome any advice.
(logging in from Toronto and going through life like a porcupine in a room full of
Hello Fellow Listers,
A few ideas re Ashton. George Redmonds in Yorkshire West Riding English Surnames lists
Ashton on p 183 as appearing in Halifax parish before 1584. Have you looked at the
appearance of Ashton in surname distribution sites for 1881 which will give you an idea of
the most popular areas for the name. I know a lot of people were dislodged by the Civil
War and its aftermath and lots of people from Yorkshire ended up in Lancashire, at least
temporarily. Recently I looked at a family of Broadleys in Kent and got back to the late
1600s without finding any connection to Yorkshire (origin of the Broadley name). I was
just beginning to despair when I found a will belonging to a Kentish Broadley which listed
property in Lincolnshire in a town just over the river from Hull. If you can find a will
or property records, they are very useful. best wishes, Marie