born 00/00/1664 in Armagh, Ireland
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John Ashbrook was born in Armagh Co, Ireland, and sailed from Belfast on the ship "Antelope of Belfast," arriving in Philadelphia Oct. 9, 1682. He came as a servant for five years to John Atkinson. He was of the Quaker faith and eventually settled in Gloucester Co, NJ. He is recognized as a first settler of Runnymede and Glendora, selecting land in 1688 on the Gloucester River where an abandoned Indian village once stood. (In England in 1674, the Society of Friends (Quakers) had purchased West New Jersey--now South New Jersey--for colonization.) It is reported that John Ashbrook became "an active and involved citizen, serving as constable of old Gloucester Co in 1694." Three years later he was a member of the General Assembly of the Province of West New Jersey, although he was found guilty of "killing hogs in the woods contrary to law." He signed a pledge with other members of the House of Representatives to uphold the interests of the King on May 20, 1697. From 1705 to 1727 John served as "Ye High Sheriff" of old Gloucester Co, and as a county freeholder. In his lifetime he accumulated 443 acres, leaving one acre of land for a burial ground. He and his wife Mary had five children: Elizabeth, Susannah, Thomas, John, and our ancestor, Aaron Ashbrook.
Spouse ~ Mary Howell
born 1656 in Gloucester Co, NJ