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The first sighting of the Ayshfords of Barbados are in the will of a John Ayshford, died 1638. In the will he leaves his belt and rapier to his brother Robert Ayshford, and to his brother Anthony he leaves: All his right title and and interest of Little Okenbury; and all of his plantation lying within the land of Barbados, and all of its appurtenances, servants, hoggs, turkeys and all other implements. A John Ashford also appears on a list of the names of Barbados settlers in 1638 who possessed more than 10 acres of land.

It is not known who John Ayshford and his brothers Robert and Anthony are, but a connection with the Ayshfords of Wonwell Court is a possibility as Little Okenbury may be Okenbury, a Domesday manor in Ringmore Parish, just East of Wonwell Court (See map in Ayshfords of Wonwell Court).

The next possible sighting is of an Arthur Ashford who is recorded in 1640 as holding a 100 acre estate on Barbados. [Ref: "chronicle barbados - 1630-1644: Land holdings of 100 acres or more" on rootsweb.]

Then the next sightings are in the 1680 Census. A Lt Robert Ayshford and a Mr James Ayshford are recorded in the St Thomas Parish, and a Lt Thomas Ayshford and a Mr John Ayshford are recorded in the St Phillip Parish. [Ref: "chronicle barbados" on rootsweb.]

Parish Map of Barbados
Parish Map of Barbados

A James Ayshford, Planter of Barbados, dies in 1687 and in his will names his brother, Robert Ayshford, as one of his executors. It seems that the two Ayshfords of St Thomas recorded in the 1860 Census are brothers. James also makes mention of a daughter, Elizabeth, who is not yet 18, and kinsmen Joseph Harbin, Edward Wright and Thomas Fretwell. His daughter Elizabeth marries a William Copp of St Thomas and has one surviving daughter, Mary, as found within her will of 1704.

Next is the will of Robert Ayshford Senior, Planter of St Thomas, in 1690. Mentioned are two sons; the eldest Robert and the youngest Anthony, and four daughters; Sarah, Anne, Margaret and Elizabeth. Robert is to marry Francis Feake, the only daughter of Henry Feake, planter of St James Parish. Anthony has yet to reach the age of 20. Sarah is to marry William Bushey, and Anne is to marry Benjamin Hole. The other two daughters are already married; Margaret to George Lillington, and Elizabeth to Charles Pope. A grandchild, Robert Lillington, is also mentioned.

Henry Feake himself dies in 1716 and makes mention in his will of two grandchildren - Harry Feak Ayshford and Seberry Ayshford. Harry is left his Greek, Latin, French and law books, and Seberry is mentioned as being born on 21 May 169_. These must be the children of Robert Ayshford and Francis Feake mentioned above.


In 1722 a Robert Ashford subscribed to the production of a map of Barbados by William Mayo, and showed the position of 976 plantations. [Ref:] This may be the map. The Ayshford (Ashford) Plantation can be found just above the 'A' of St Thomas Parish. This Robert Ayshford could well be the son of Robert Ayshford senior, mentioned above.

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One Barbados Ayshford line that can be traced is Captain Miles James Ayshford, who immigrated to Liverpool in late 1818 / early 1819 with his wife Mary Christian Gibbes; they were married in St Michael, Barbados in 1818. Miles James Ayshford was the son of Charles Sober Ayshford and Martha Collyns, who were married in St Michael, Barbados in 1781. Their other children where Henry Hendy, b. 1785, and Charles Collyns, b. 1787 (of whom nothing more is known) and a daughter Martha Elizabeth Peartree Ayshford, b. 1793, who also returned to Liverpool and married a Thomas Dixon in 1818.

Miles James Ayshford is a sea captain and crops up in various records. On January 20th 1849 he is recorded as the Captain of the 1200 ton Liverpool built Clipper "Antelope" entering Liverpool docks for loading and coming from California. He then returned to California, arriving in San Francisco on August 4th 1849. In early 1850 he was the Captain of the "iron ship Antelope" offered as a 1200 ton storeship moored in San Francisco in the middle of the California Gold Rush. He obviously returned to Liverpool as he died in the Wirral in late 1850. (Unless the sea captain was his son Miles James, but this seems unlikely as he would have only been in his mid twenties.)

Miles James Ayshford and his wife Mary Christian had three children, all born in Liverpool. Martha Anne, b. 1819, Mary Elizabeth, b. 1821, and Mile James, b. 1824. Martha Anne married John Bently in 1841, and Mary Elizabeth married George Chadwick in 1840, both in Liverpool. Of the son Miles James, nothing more is known.

Henry Hendy Ayshford married Ann Matilda Carr on 1st January 1810 at St Andrew Holborn, London. At the time they were both resident at Thavies Inn, Holborn. Also in 1810 Henry Hendy Ayshford MD is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London and Assistant Surgeon in the Royal Artillery and author of "Tabular Views of the Anatomy of the Human Body".

Capt Miles James Ayshford
Captain Miles James Ayshford
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