family is of English origin, but our forbearers immigrated to the
United States about 1732 from Queens County, Ireland and made their
way to Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The immigrants, Peter and Mary
Ashton, were granted a Land Patent in April 1745 and with their
oldest son, Robert, established a homestead on a tract of 207 acres
on Cook's Creek in what was to become Springfield, Pennsylvania.
Peter and Mary were active Quakers and attended the Richland Monthly
Meeting. This website contains the history of this family through
Peter and Mary's son, Thomas and his posterity. Thomas and his
sons—John, Thomas, Stephen, and Abraham—left Bucks County and
eventually settled in Locke, Cayuga County, New York about 1800.
John, the eldest son of Thomas, was the father of nine sons. The
history of these sons has been a subject of considerable speculation
among Ashton researchers in the past and the genealogy of these sons
is included in this work. As far as we know, their history has not
been previously documented. The history presented here is the
result of two years of research by three of Peter Ashton's
The information on this website is organized by generations with Peter
and Mary Ashton of Bucks County identified as the First Generation.
There are eight generations in our database. You may browse from
generation to generation or you may use the
search engine below to locate a particular person. Our family tree may be a few
branches short, since this is a work in progress, but we hope you
find the information presented here valuable in your search for your
family heritage. We welcome new information about our Ashton
family, so if you are a cousin, let us hear from you.