Two brothers,Joseph and George Lashley, came to America during the Seven Years War and, we believe, fought under General Braddock.After his defeat, one of the brothers. Joseph Lashley, remained in America, eventually settling in Belmont County of Ohio. Does anyone know anything about this Lashley family BEFORE they joined the English army? Some historical accounts of those troops say that they were recruited from the north of England.
According toHistory of Belmont County. Notes from Blanche Keyser:
"JOSEPH LASHLEY HISTORY Brothers Joseph and George Lashley came to America from England to fight with the British forces in the French and Indian War (1754 -1761). It is possible that they came in early 1755 with General Braddock who had been sent to the colonies as Commander-in-Chief of the military and specifically to drive the French from Ft. Duquesne (Pittsburg). The Lashley brothers marched with General Braddock and his hand picked men to within a few miles of the Fort where they were attacked by the French and Indians and completely defeated. General Braddock was mortally wounded and died a few days later. He was buried south east of Uniontown, Pa. along Rt. 40. After the war, a monument was placed at this spot and Joseph took part in the dedication.
By this time, the Colonists were becoming more and more dissatisfied with the laws and taxes imposed upon them by the English King. Joseph Lashley sympathized with the Colonists and deserted the British forces. His brother, George, vowed to kill him and almost caught up with him one morning when Joseph and other deserters stopped at a farm house for breakfast. The group fled and Joseph escaped. George eventually returned to England leaving his brother in America." We are seeking information on this Lashley family prior to 1754 in England, somewhere along the borderlands(or, possibly, Scotland.)