Note: !Judge John Ashley (Yale College, 1730) was the son of Colonel John Ashley, of Westfield, Massachusetts, and first cousin of his Yale classmates that are named Ashley; Israel, Jonathan, and Joseph. He was born in Westfield on December 2, 1709. His mother, the second wife of Colonel Ashley, was Mary, daughter of Joseph Whiting, of Westfield, and widow of Joseph Sheldon, of Suffield. His father was one of the chief propretors to whom was committed by the General Court of Massachusetts in 1722 the organization of the settlements on the Housatonic River, which afterwards became the towns of Great Barrington and Sheffield; and the son as early as 1732 settled in Sheffield and there rose to distinction as a lawyer. He was also a man of large wealth. He soon became a Colonel in the militia, often represented the town in the Legislature, and was for most of his life a magistrate. He was a Judge of the Berkshire County Court from its establishment in 1761 until 1781, with the exception of the period from 1774 to 1779, when the disturbances due to the Revolutionary war caused the suspension of the Court. He died in Sheffield, September 1, 1802, in his 93rd year. He married Annetje or Hannah, daughter of Pieter and Jannetje (Muller) Hogeboom, of Claverack, Columbia Co., New York, who died June 19, 1790, in her 78th year. They had one son, and three daughters. The son, also John Ashley, graduated at Yale College in 1758, and as Major General of the militia distinguished himself during Shay's Rebellion in dispersing the insurgents. One of the daughters was the third wife of Colonel Joshua Porter (Yale College, 1754).
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