Person:John Ashcraft (4)

John Ashcraft
d.between 28 Jul & 31 Dec 1832 Shinntown, Harrison County, Virginia
m. abt 1723
  1. Ephraim Ashcraftabt 1724 - 1791
  2. Richard Ashcraft
  3. Jediah Ashcraftabt 1735 - 1794
  4. Daniel Ashcroft1736 - 1774
  5. Ichabod Ashcraftabt 1737 - 1803
  6. John Ashcraft1737 - between 1832
  7. Jacob Ashcraft
  8. Elizabeth Ashcroft1739 -
  9. Richard Ashcraft (3)abt 1740 - 1792
  10. Felix Ashcraft
  11. Rachel Ashcroft1741 -
  12. Margaret Ashcroft1743 -
  • HJohn Ashcraft1737 - between 1832
  • WCharity Evansabt 1738 - 1818
m. 1763-1764
  1. Uriah Ashcraft1762 - aft 1833
Facts and Events
Name John Ashcraft
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 1737 Pennsylvania?
Marriage 1763-1764 Chester County?, Pennsylvaniato Charity Evans
Military[2] 1781
Death[1] between 28 Jul & 31 Dec 1832 Shinntown, Harrison County, Virginia

Ashcraft, John (S6537)S2

Affidavit, Harrison County, Virginia, 28 Jul 1832.

John Ashcraft, aged 95 years, resident of Harrison County, states that he was drafted into service under command of Capt. Ashcraft of Fayette County, Pennsylvania [no specific relationship stated, but almost certainly his brother, Ichabod] in the spring of 1781. He marched to Fort Pitt, joined the army of Gen. Clark, and descended the Ohio River to Wheeling. There they were put under the command of Capt. Jacob Cline, then traveled to the mouth of the Kanawha River, where he was discharged at the end of six months' service. After returning home, he was again drafted into Capt. Moses Sutton's company; he marched to Fort Pitt, then to Hannahstown, then to Barr's Fort, where he was discharged after one month's service. After returning home, he was again ordered into service, undder Sergeant Brown and was sent up the Monongahela River to guard provisions sent to a blockhouse near Morgantown, Virginia. He was discharged after serving one month. After this, he was frequently called up and sent in pursuit of Indians "who continued to harass the frontier settlements." This period exceeded four months.

He lost his several discharges long since, "they having been considered of no value"' he has no documentary evidence of service.

[signed] John [his X mark] Ashcraft

Supporting statement by Uriah Ashcraft, son of John Ashcraft, aged 67 years, who recalls his father's service, but does not remember the details. He mentions "Evans's Blockhouse" on the Monongahela. Similar statement by Joseph Johnson, who testifies that John Ashcraft is blind and in need of assistance.

Granted pension of $40 per year in Nov 1832; no date recorded of last paymdent or death.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Neal, Martha Ashcraft. The Ashcraft Family: Descendants of Daniel Ashcraft. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, 1994), pp, 25, 29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revolutionary War Pension Application files.