William Ashdown

Meopham, Kent, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Ashdown was born on 23 October 1820, in Meopham, Kent, England, United Kingdom, his father, Daniel Ashdown Sr, was 31 and his mother, Anne Lines, was 28. He married Harriett Blunt on 25 December 1845, in Marden, Kent, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. He lived in Marion, Wayne, New York, United States in 1880.

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William Ashdown
Harriett Blunt
Marriage: 25 December 1845
Carrie Ashdown
Emma Blunt Ashdown
Mary Ashdown
Edward Ashdown
Manette Harriet Ashdown
Lucy E Ashdown
Almina Ashdown

Spouse & Children

25 December 1845
Marden, Kent, England, United Kingdom


  • Carrie Ashdown


  • Emma Blunt Ashdown


  • Mary Ashdown


  • Male1854–1930Male

  • Female1856–1939Female

+2 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Daniel Ashdown Sr


  • Anne Lines




World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

Age 3

On 11 April 1823, Wayne County was formed by combining portions of Seneca and Ontario counties.
1854 · The Crimean War

Age 34

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

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)

  • William Ashdown, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wm Ashdown, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Ashdowne, "England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911"

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