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I am a great-great-great-granddaughter of William and Elizabeth Ashman through their eldest daughter, Caroline, who married Joseph Lippiatt and immigrated to Salem, Ohio.I am still working on tracing the line through England but I have made some progress.
I have that William Ashman was born 28 July 1819 in Kilmersdon, Somerset, England, not far from Bath.The Ashman and Lippiatt families were from the area (Camerton, Kilmersdon, Dunkerton, etc.) and many children moved north to Durham and other northern counties in the 1860s.Because they were miners, this was probably due to the increasing availability of jobs in the north at this time.
William is listed in the 1841 England census livin in Dunkerton, Somerset with his mother and siblings.
He married Elizabeth Plummer on 3 February 1842 at All Saints Church, Dunkerton.
Elizabeth was born on 30 July 1822 in Kilmersdon, Somerset.She was baptised on 10 November 1822 in St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Kilmersdon.
William and Elizabeth are listed in the 1851 census in Dunkerton with their elder children, Caroline and John, and Elizabeth's mother Sarah (more on her later).
They are still in Dunkerton in 1861 when William is listed as a Coal Miner.All of their children save their youngest are listed with them.
The family has relocated north by 1871 when William and Elizabeth are listed in Brancepeth, Co. Durham with their children John, James, Mary, William, Jabez and Jacob (Caroline had married by this time- she and her family accompanied her parents north).
William died in County Durham in April of 1873.
Elizabeth remarried following William's death.Her second husband was Alexander Taylor (born about 1823 in Kilmersdon, Somerset, the son of Charles and Beth Taylor), who she married in 1876 in Durham, Co., Durham. The couple are living on Victoria Street in Crook and Billy Row, Durham (two small towns listed together in the census records) in 1881.Living with them is Elizabeth's youngest son, Jacob Ashman, and a granddaughter, Rose Witcomb (age 8, b. Waterhouses, Durham).I do not know if Rose was Elizabeth's granddaughter or Alexander's.
I have not been able to establish when Elizabeth Plummer Ashman Taylor dies but she is not listed in the 1891 census.
Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Plummer.Thomas died before 1851.Sarah (maiden name unknown) was born between 1776 and 1786 in Wells, Somerset.She is living with her daughter Elizabeth in 1851 but has, presumably, died before 1861.
Sarah's maiden name may have been Ashman, as their is a Thomas Plummer marrying a Sarah Ashman on 25 December 1821 in Kilmersdon, conveniently pre-dating Elizabeth's death in 1822.There is another child baptised in Kilmersdon, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Plummer.Her name was Harriet and she was baptised on 26 March 1826.
Sarah and Harriet are living in Dunkerton in 1841, where Sarah's birth year is given as 1786.A later birthdate would make more sense than the year 1776 (as given in the 1851 census), which would make her in her mid-40s at the birth of her daughter, Elizabeth.
Harriet married Joseph Cook (b. 1823, Camerton).The couple are listed in the 1861, 1871, and 1881 censuses living in Camerton.In 1881, they have a grandson by the name of Arthur Austee (b. 1877, Camerton) living with them but I have not been able to establish whose son this is.The couple are living in Battersea, London in 1901 with one of their children.In 1911, they are living in Bristol with their daughter, Alice.Harriet died in July of 1911 in Bristol.
Harriet and Joseph Cook has seven known children, all born in Camerton:
Mary A., b. 1852
Emma, b. 1854
Arthur, b. 1856
James, b. 1859
Alice, b. 1862
John, b. 1864
Joseph, b. 1870
Their daughter, Alice, is living with her parents in 1881.She married Arthur Lintern (b. June 1860, Camerton) and the couple moved to Bristol and are listed in the 1901 and 1911 censuses.They had at least one child:
Frederick Arthur, b. Dec 1889, Bristol, d. 1954, Bristol, served in the British Army.
William was the son of Richard Ashman and Ann Churchill.
Richard was born about 1785 in Somerset.He died before 1871.
Anne was born in around May 1783 in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, the daughter of John Churchill and Esther Chappell and had two siblings, George (b. 1778) and Hannah (b. 1781).She was baptised on 1 June 1783 at the Cowl Street Chapel, Shepton Mallet.She died in May of 1844 in Dunkerton, Somerset and was buried at All Saints Church in the same town.She is living in Dunkerton in the 1841 census.
Richard and Anne were married on 30 December 1804 in Midsomer Norton, Somerset.
They had five known children:
Richard, b. 10 January 1813 in Kilmersdon, m. Sarah Winup (b. 1811, Maryleborne, London) on 4 September 1836 in Lyncombe and Widcombe, Somerset.Had Edwin (b. 1840), Celia Mary (b. 1843), George (b. 1847) and Thomas (b. 1851)
William, b. 1819, m. Elizabeth Plummer
Jacob, b.1826, Somerset
Mary Ann, b. 1827, Somerset
Mercy, b. 1829, Somerset
This is what I have discovered in my work on the subject.Obviously there is still a lot to do!