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Families covered: Assheton of (Great) Leaver (Lever), Assheton of Malham, Assheton of Middleton, Assheton of Whalley Abbey
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Sir Ralph Assheton of Middleton, Sheriff of Yorkshire (a 1483)
m. Margaret Barton (dau/heir of John or Richard Barton of Middleton)
1. Sir Richard Assheton of Middleton (d 28.04.1508-9)
  m. (1480) Isabel Talbot (dau of John Talbot of Salebury)
  A. Sir Richard Assheton of Middleton (a 1513)
  BP1934 combines this Sir Richard with the Sir Richard we, following BEB1844, show as his son. BP1934 reports that he married 3 times with issue by his 2nd wife, Anne Strickland, whom we show as his son's 1st wife.
  m. Anne Foulshurst (dau of Sir Robert Foulshurst of Crew)
i. Sir Richard Assheton of Middleton (d 11.01.1549)
  m1. Anne Strickland (dau of Sir Thomas Strickland of Lonsdale)
  See note just above. Whilst BEB1844 identifies Anne as shown here, BP1934 identifies her father as Sir Thomas of Sizergh but the squire of that name was a generation too early. The connection we make is wholly speculative but is at least to a Thomas Strickland of the family of Sizergh.
  a. Richard Assheton of Middleton (d 1551-2)
  m1. Anne Gerrard (dau of Sir Thomas Gerrard of Bryn)
(1) Richard Assheton of Middleton, Sheriff of Lancashire (a 1595)
  m. (1550-1) Elizabeth Davenport (dau of Sir William Davenport of Bramhall or Broomhall)
  (A) Sir Richard Assheton of Middleton, Sheriff of Lancashire (d 27.12.1617)
  m1. Mary Byron (bur 12.01.1591-2, dau of Sir John Byron of Clayton)
(i) Sir Richard Assheton of Middleton (d 07.11.1618)
  m. Mary Venables (dau of Thomas Venables of Kinderton)
  (a) Ralph Assheton of Middleton (d 17.02.1650, MP)
  m. Elizabeth Kaye (dau of John Kaye of Woodsome)
  ((1)) Sir Ralph Assheton, 1st Bart of Middleton (b 09.07.1626)
  m. Anne Assheton (dau of Sir Ralph Assheton, Bart of Whalley Abbey and Lever) @@ below
((A)) Sir Ralph Assheton, 2nd Bart of Middleton (b 11.02.1657, d 05.1716)
  m1. Mary Vavasour (d 1694, dau of Thomas Vavasour of Spaldington)
  ((i)) Richard Assheton (b c1689, dvpsp 1707/8)
  ((ii)) Anne Assheton of Spaldington
  m. (15.08.1701) Humphrey Trafford of Trafford
  ((iii)) Mary Assheton (b c1695, d 18.03.1776)
m. (19.02.1716) Sir Nathaniel Curzon, 4th Bart of Kedleston (b 1675, d 16.11.1758)
  ((iv)) Catherine Assheton (b 1692, bur 30.08.1728)
  m. Thomas Lister of Arnoldsbriggin (b 08.10.1688, d 22.05.1745)
  m2. (sp) Mary Hyde (dau of Robert Hyde of Denton)
  ((B)) Richard Assheton of Allerton Gladow (b 04.05.1654)
m. Mary Parker (dau of John Parker of Extwistle)
  ((i)) Sir Ralph Assheton, 3rd Bart of Middleton (d 31.12.1765)
  m1. Mary Egerton (dau of Sir Holland Egerton, Bart)
  BEB1844 suggests that Sir Ralph's daughters were by his first wife Mary but, for the respective daughters, TCP (Suffield) and TCP (Wilton) report that her mother was ...
  m2. Eleanor Copley (dau of Rev. John Copley of Bathely)
  ((a)) Mary Assheton (bpt 26.11.1741, d 01.06.1823)
m. (07.10.1760) Sir Harbord Harbord, 1st Lord Suffield (b 01.1734, d 04.02.1810)
  ((b)) Eleanor Assheton (b c1750, d 03.02.1816)
  m. (1769) Sir Thomas Grey Egerton, 7th Bart, Lord Grey de Wilton, Earl of Wilton (d 23.09.1814)
((ii)) Elizabeth Assheton (dsp)
  m. Thomas Pigot of Manchester
  ((iii))+ other issue - John (d unm 09.1758), Richard (dsp 11.1758), Anne (d unm)
  ((C)) Mary Assheton (b 31.01.1658)
  m. Edward Thornicroft of Thornicroft
  ((D))+ other issue (dvpsp?) - John (b 31.01.1658), Anne (b 07.08.1655)
((2)) John Assheton or Ashton of Burn (3rd son) possibly the John who married ...
  m. Elizabeth Fleetwood (dau of John Fleetwood of Penwortham) wife of John, presumed mother of Anne (who is identified in BLG1952 (Mitford of Mitford)
  ((A)) Anne Ashton
  m. (19.12.1684) Robert Mitford of Mitford Castle, Sheriff of Northumberland (b 31.10.1662, d 07.05.1707)
  ((B)) daughter
  ((3)) Elizabeth Assheton
  m. (1651) Adam Beaumont, younger of Whitley
((4)) Mary Assheton
  m. Christopher Banaster of Bank (d 1690)
  ((5))+ other issue - Richard (dvp 25.03.1631), Anne (d unm)
  (b) Thomas Assheton (yuongest son?)
  m. Susanna Trott of Coney Hatch
  (c) Dorothy Assheton
  m. John Legh of Booths, Sheriff of Cheshire (b c1601, d 16.04.1660)
  (d) Anne Assheton named Mary by Dugdale
  m. Rev. Paul Letham of Standish
(e)+ other issue - Richard (dvp), John (d young), James, William (rector of Middleton)
  (ii) John Assheton mentioned in Visitation (St. George, Lancashire, 1613, 'Ashton fo.9b')
  (iii) Winifred Assheton
  m. (sp) John Holte of Stubley (b c1577, d 1622)
  (iv) Mary Assheton
  m. Robert Holte of Ashworth
(v) Dorothy Assheton (d before 25.03.1603)
  m. (by 1602) James Anderton of Clayton (b 1576, bur 31.53.1658)
  m2. Mary Holte (dau of Robert Holte of Ashworth)
  (vi) Ralph Assheton of Kirkby Grange and Elmley (b 05.01.1595, a 1643)
  m. Catherine Brereton (bur 30.04.1667, dau of William Brereton of Ashley)
  (vii)+ other issue (d unm) - Susan, daughter
  (B) John Assheton (dvp)
m2. Catherine Bellingham (dau of Sir Robert (not Thomas) Bellingham)
  (2) Margaret Assheton shown by BEB1844 as daughter of 1st marriage
  m. William Davenport of Broomhall (d 1585)
  (3) Dorothy Assheton (dsp)
  m. Alexander Hoghton of Hoghton
  (4) Anne Assheton shown by BEB1844 as daughter of 1st marriage
  m. (22.11.1547) John Booth of Barton
  b. Mary Assheton
  m1. _ Gouland of Offerton
  m2. (18.07.1547) Sir John Southworth of Samlesbury
c.+ other issue - Robert (rector of Middleton), John (rector of Middleton), Leonard (a 1542), Ralph (had issue), Thomas (had issue)
  m2. (19.10.1541) Anne (widow of Sir Robert Bellingham of Burndside, presumably Anne, dau of Sir James Pickering)
  ii. Anne Assheton
  m. George Atherton of Atherton (d 1518)
  iii.+ other issue - Thomas, Edmund (rector of Middleton)
  B. Edmund Assheton (d 22.08.1522, rector of Middleton)
  C. Margaret or Margery Assheton
  m. John Hopwood of Hopwood
D. Dorothy Assheton
  m. Robert Holte of Stubley
  E. Alice Assheton (d 27.03.1529/31)
  m1. John Lawrence
  m2. Richard Ratclyffe of Ratclyffe Tower (b 1454, dsp 08.06.1502)
  m3. Thomas Booth of Huckensall or Halkinsall
  F. Elizabeth Assheton
  m. (1500-1) Robert Holland (son of Thurstan Holland of Denton)
2. Sir Ralph Assheton
  m. Margaret Lever (dau of Adam Lever or Leaver of Great Lever)
  A. Ralph Assheton of (Great) Lever or Leaver
  m. Eleanor Hulton (dau of Adam Hulton of The Park)
  i. Ralph Assheton of Great Leaver (2nd son)
  m. Margaret Orrell (dau of William Orrell of Turton Tower)
a. Ralph (or John) Assheton of Great Leaver, Whalley and Malham named John by Flower, Ralph by BEB1844 & BLG1886 & St. George
  m. Alice Hulton (dau of William Hulton of Farnworth)
  (1) Ralph Assheton of Great Leaver (a 1595)
  BEB1844 shows the wives in reverse order, but still with the children by Joanna, and identifies Joanna as daughter of Thomas Radcliffe of Wimberley and widow of Edmund Radcliffe of Todmorden. That seems wrong. Noting that St. George mentions only 1 wife (Johanna, dau of Edward Ratclyff de Todmerden), we follow BLG1886 which follows part of BLG1952 (Radclyffe of Foxdenton and Hyde) although that article is not fully consistent within itself.
m1. Anne Talbot (dau of John Talbot of Gatehouse, son of Sir Thomas of Bashall)
  m2. Johanna Radcliffe (dau of Edward Radclyffe of Todmorden)
  (A) Sir Ralph Assheton, 1st Bart of Great Leaver and Whalley (b 1579, d 18.10.1644)
  m1. Dorothy Bellingham (dau of Sir James Bellingham of Levens)
  (i) Sir Ralph Assheton, 2nd Bart of Whalley (b c1605, dsps 1680)
  m1. Dorothy Tufton (dau of Nicholas Tufton, 1st Earl of Thanet)
  m2. Elizabeth Harrington (dau of Sir Sapcote Harrington)
  (a) son (d young)
(ii) Thomas Assheton
  m. Anne Clapham (dau of Sir Sheffield Clapham)
  (a) Thomas Assheton (bur 1670)
  (iii) Sir Edward Assheton, 3rd Bart of Whalley (b 1620, dsp 31.10.1695)
  (iv) Sir John Assheton, 4th Bart of Whalley (b 1621, dsp 19.6.1697)
  m. Isabel (or Catherine) Fletcher (dau of Sir Henry Fletcher, Bart of Hutton)
(v) Anne Assheton
  m. Sir Ralph Assheton, 1st Bart of Middleton (b 1626) @@ above
  (vi) Joanna Assheton probably of this generation, presumed of this marriage
  m. Peter Bold of Bold (b c1626, d 1658)
  m2. Eleanor Shuttleworth (dau of Thomas Shuttleworth of Gawthorpe)
  (vii)+ other issue - Richard, Alexander
  (B) Ratcliffe Assheton of Cuerdale (b 1582)
  m. Elizabeth Hyde (dau of John Hyde)
  (C) Jane Assheton (b 1573, d 07.1634/5)
  m. Richard Towneley of Towneley (b 29.04.1566, d 29.11.1628)
  (D) Alice or Margaret Assheton (b 1574)
  m. Alexander Standish of Duxbury
  (E) Elizabeth Assheton (b 1575)
  m. George Preston of Holker (d 04.1640)
  (2) Richard Assheton of Downham (a 1595)
  m. Margaret Hulton (dau of Adam Hulton of Hulton Park) wife of Richard, possibly mother of ...
  (A) Nicholas Assheton of Downham
  (i) Ralph Assheton of Downham (dsp)
  (3) Christian Assheton
  m. William Banaster of the Banke
  b. Anne Ashton
  m. Edward Bradhill of Whaley
  c. Alice Ashton
  m. John Cross of Liverpole (sic)
  d. Elizabeth Ashton
m. John Clopton of Sledwich
  e. Elinor Ashton
  m. Robert Bolton of Little Bolton
  f.+ other issue - Richard, Andrew (rector of Mungewell)
  ii. Richard Assheton of Whalley Abbey, Downham and Malham (dsp 09.09.1581), 3rd son
  m. Jane Harbottle (dau of Ralph Harbottle of Northumberland)
  iii. Margaret Assheton
  m. Robert Pendlebury of Smethell
  iv. Anne Assheton
  m. John Crompton of Prestolee
  v.+ other issue - Adam (d(vp)sp), Alexander, Nicholas (rector of Wickford), Patrick, Robert (parson)
  B. John Assheton (3rd son)
  m. Eleanor Constable (dau of Sir Robert Constable of Masham)
  i. Helen Assheton
  m. William Pickering
  C.+ other issue - Adam, Robert, Anne
3. Anne Assheton
  m. Sir John Talbot of Salebury (d 10.08.1511)
4. Margaret Assheton
  m. John Mansfeild
5. Phillippa Assheton
  m. Thomas Cowton
6. Lucia Assheton
  m. Rkichard Woodthorp
7.+ other issue - Thomas (priest), Edmond, John, 2 daughters

Main source(s):
(1) For Asshetons of Middleton : BEB1844 (Assheton of Middleton), BP1934 (Duff-Assheton-Smith), Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1664-5, 'Ashton of Middleton')
(2) For Asshetons of Leaver : BEB1844 (Assheton of Lever), BLG1886 (Assheton of Downham), Visitation (Flower, Lancashire, 1567, 'Ashton of Great Lever'), Visitation (St. George, Lancashire, 1613, 'Ashton fo. 42b')
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