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James Ashworth of North Carolina/South Carolina

Updated June 7, 2012

Kathryn Slatten-DeMarco

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Welcome to my homepage on the Ashworth family of North and South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas.

My direct lineage back to James Ashworth of South Carolina and Louisiana and his wife, Keziah Dial/Dyal is documented.
However, lineage back to James (I) is conjecture based on strong circumstantial evidence that James (II) was very likely the son of James Ashworth (I) of the PeeDee region of Colonial North Carolina/South Carolina. Most descendants who have done their own research do agree that James Ashworth (I) is probably our projenitor.

The earliest record found for James Ashworth (I), is from the South Carolina Archives where his name appears on the Muster Roll of colonial soldiers in the Cherokee Expedition of 1759/60. He served in Colonel Richardson's Battallion (who drew his men from the upper Santee and Wateree Rivers area), under Captain Leslie's Company in the expedition to Fort Prince George. James (I) entered the service on October 08, 1759 and was discharged in January of 1760. The Cherokee War opened the upcountry of South Carolina for settlement and land was offered tax free.

The second earliest record for James (I) is from the book, "Citizens and Immigrants - SC, 1768", Charleston court records. The following is an excerpt from pg. 298: "James Ashworth, for breaking jail." You can read more about this interesting episode below titled: Colonial South Carolina Outlaws and Rogues.

Below are my articles concerning Ashworth history and their controversial racial makeup of which there has been much theory and debate.

Note: My Ashworth family tree lineage and report have been removed. I have not decided if I will post them here in the future since my research has been copied by others and placed on the web without the courtesy of naming me as the original source.

Thanks for visiting my page. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Also, please check out the links at the very bottom of this page.

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Family Photos

  • Photo of me (4 KB)
    Kathy DeMarco
  • My mother at work circa 1960's (51 KB)
    Mother was a dedicated nurse who loved her work.
  • Callie Ashworth (215 KB)
    My mother: Callie Ashworth, age 3, photo taken 1913 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Callie was the granddaughter of Phillip H. Ashworth, son of Tapley ABNER Ashworth.
  • Alice Ophelia Ashworth-Field &son Hardy Field (102 KB)
    Alice Ophelia Ashworth, b. 1874, Orange, Texas, d. April 1950 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Phillip H. Ashworth and his first wife, Artimese Landrum. Her father, Phillip, was the son of Tapley ABNER Ashworth and Rosalie Gallier.
  • Alice Ophelia Ashworth - as a young woman (617 KB)
    Please use your scroll bar/arrow to move the photo to the left so you can view the entire picture. Alice Ophelia Ashworth was my grandfather's sister.
  • Oldest grandson of Phillip Ashworth (444 KB)
    This photo is of Ted Poimboeuf and was taken when he was in the US Army. Ted was my uncle. Ted's father was Hardy M. Ashworth son of Phillip Ashworth. Hardy assumed his stepfather's surname (Poimboeuf) before he started school in Leesville, Louisiana.

Related Files

  • Tawny Half-Breeds - Hybrid People of Color (2 KB)
    Re: The report by the Natirah Heritage Society with excerpts. I believe this is the answer to the elusive racial makeup.
  • The Forgotten Portuguese (3 KB)
    Excerpts from a review of Mira's book. Plus: My commentary on publications on our Ashworth family.
  • Last Will and Testament of Abner Ashworth (5 KB)
    Transcript of Abner's will written in 1851, Jefferson County, (Beaumont) Texas. Documentation of his siblings, wife and daughters. His son, Phillip, was born after this Will was written.
  • One Drop (1 KB)
    The old "one drop rule" and it's effect on the Ashworth family.
  • Colonial South Carolina Outlaws and Rogues (5 KB)
    The Regulator Movement in the South Carolina Back Country, 1766 -1769
  • The Handbook Of Texas Online (10 KB)
    Commentary regarding the misrepresentation of the Ashworth family on this website.
  • Old Newspaper Articles on Redbones (12 KB)
    Some of you are no doubt familiar with these articles but others may enjoy reading them.
    Miscelleanous Theories of Mysterious Racial Makeup
  • Mulatto Label in Early America (4 KB)
    1705 Virginia law defining mixed blood people and early Texas race laws. Note: "Free Colored People" does not necessarily mean Negro, or an admixture of Negro blood.
  • Record of Baptism (1 KB)
    Transcript of christening record for Phillip Ashworth
  • Evacuation of Charleston, SC by the British (7 KB)
    This document proves that a British officer by the name of James Ashworth left with the British army under permission of the Americans. Our ancestor by the same name did not serve in the American Revolution.
  • "Mauros" The Moors (2 KB)
    Who were they? No clear definition. Berbers were considered subordinate in the Arab world and treated as second class citizens. Considerating the early history of the Ashworths this rings a familiar bell...

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