Thomas Ashdowne

Rotherfield, Sussex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Ashdowne was christened on 15 April 1678, in Rotherfield, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Ashdowne, was 31 and his mother, Anne Ellatt, was 28. He married Catherine Archer on 27 October 1715, in Tonbridge, Kent, England. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He died in June 1728, in Rotherfield, Sussex, England, at the age of 50.

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Thomas Ashdowne
Catherine Archer
Marriage: 27 October 1715
Elizabeth Ashdown
Mary Ashdowne
Sarah Ashdown
Ann Ashdowne
Catharine Ashdowne
John Ashdown
Elizabeth Ashdowne
Thomas Ashdown

Spouse & Children

  • Male1678–1728Male

  • Catherine Archer


27 October 1715
Tonbridge, Kent, England


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World Events (2)

1688 · Glorious Revolution

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.
1720 · South Sea Bubble

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Ashdon in Essex, Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, or Ashdown in Berkshire (now lost). The first two are named from Old English æscen ‘growing with ash trees’ + dūn ‘hill’. The last may be from an Old English personal name Æsc or Old English æsc ‘ash tree’ + dūn ‘hill’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Tho. Ashdowne in entry for Tho. Ashdowne, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thos Ashdown, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "
  • Thomas Ashdowne in entry for Thomas Ashdowne, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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