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The Bright and Ashall Families in Yorkshire

This page lists members of two families whose origins we are researching. Entries in italics are inferred or uncertain, or have been supplied by other researchers and not personally verified by us. The list does not include children known to have died in infancy. Please contact Chris and Linda Warren if you feel that the family listed here is connected with your own research.

Our ancestors included a George Ashiel Bright, who lived in Devonport and later in Liverpool, where he called himself George Thomas Dawe (see the Dawe surname page). According to George's 1864 marriage certificate, his father James was a retired military officers' drill master, then in Melbourne, Australia. We have traced James Bright's origins to Sheffield in Yorkshire and to his maternal grandfather George Ashall (often spelt Ashel in early records). Our picture of the Bright and Ashall families is still incomplete, but we have identified the following people who are related to this line.

Some of the names below are linked to a more detailed record in the on-line family tree (people marked with an asterisk do not have a full record). When you click on a link, the linked record will be displayed in a separate window. There you can see the family relationships as we understand them, together with notes on what we have found in parish registers, census returns and other records.


George Ashall*
Baptised 1732/3 (Mar 4) Rotherham, Yorkshire
Married 1763 (Apr 4) Sheffield, Yorkshire
  (children listed in table 1 below)
Buried Attercliffe, Yorkshire (date uncertain)


Ruth Hoole
Baptised 1742/3 (Feb 27) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Buried 1815 (Dec 21) Attercliffe, Yorkshire

1. Children of George Ashall and Ruth Hoole

Ruth Ashall
Baptised 1764 (Nov 5) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Married 1790 (May 6) Rotherham, Yorkshire
  (children listed in table 2 below)
Buried 1798 (Feb 27) Attercliffe, Yorkshire


Edward Bright
Born about 1761 Sheffield, Yorkshire
Buried 1837 (Dec 5) Sheffield, Yorkshire
George Ashall*
Baptised 1767 (Sep 10) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Married 1794 (Feb 10) Sheffield, Yorkshire
  (children listed in table 3 below)
Buried 1836 (Nov 8) Sheffield, Yorkshire


Mary Wilde
Baptised 1760 (Jun 19) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Buried 1819 (Oct 17) Sheffield, Yorkshire
Nancy Ashall
Baptised 1769 (Jun 22) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
William Ashall*
Baptised 1771 (Dec 26) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Married 1798 (Mar 26) Chelmsford, Essex
  (at least one child born in Chelmsford, Essex)
Died 1857 (4th Qtr) Sheffield, Yorkshire


Mary Branch
Baptised 1774 (May 8) Stebbing, Essex
Died 1864 (May 14) Sheffield, Yorkshire
John Ashall
Baptised 1779 (Sep 3) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Served in the British Army from 1801 to 1816
Benjamin Ashall
Baptised 1783 (Feb 20) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Buried 1818 (Jan 16) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Elizabeth Ashall
Baptised 1787 (Nov 19) Attercliffe, Yorkshire
Married 1813 (Jun 16) Sheffield, Yorkshire


William Davison

2. Children of Edward Bright and Ruth Ashall

Elizabeth Bright*
Baptised 1790 (Aug 15) Sheffield, Yorkshire
Married 1815 (Mar 27) Sheffield, Yorkshire
Buried 1851 (Apr 6) Sheffield, Yorkshire


Michael Joseph
Buried 1841 (Feb 14) Sheffield, Yorkshire
Sarah Bright
Baptised 1792 (Dec 30) Sheffield, Yorkshire
James Bright
Baptised 1795 (Nov 1) Sheffield, Yorkshire
Married (date and place unknown)
  (children listed in table 4 below)
Married 1844 (Oct 23) Chelsea, London
Died 1875 (Jan 6) Sandhurst, Bendigo, Victoria


Sarah Towers
Died 1843 (Apr 26) Westminster, London
Selina Jane Fisher (née Barrett or Bassett)
Died 1851 (Sep 7) Adelaide, South Australia

3. Children of George Ashall and Mary Wilde

William Ashall
Baptised 1800 (Jun 20) Sheffield, Yorkshire
Married 1837 (Oct 13) Sheffield, Yorkshire
  (children born in Sheffield, Yorkshire)
Buried 1852 (Sep 20) Sheffield, Yorkshire


Elizabeth Hilton
Born about 1810 Bradwell, Derbyshire
Died 1887 (2nd Qtr) Sheffield, Yorkshire

4. Children of James Bright and Sarah Towers

George Ashiel Bright
Born 1832 (Feb 22) Wells, Somerset
Married 1864 (Aug 11) Devonport, Devon
  (children listed on Dawe surname page)
Died 1920 (May 25) Liverpool, Lancs


Mary Selina Dawe
Born 1844 (Mar 24) Ashburton, Devon
Died 1924 (Jul 7) Liverpool, Lancs
Elizabeth Bright
Baptised 1834 (Mar 23) Brighton, Sussex
Married (date unknown) South Australia
Married 1871 (Apr 19) Melbourne, Victoria

Died 1914 (Apr 14) Melbourne, Victoria


William Thomas
William Lauder*
Born 1831 (Oct 1) Gordon, Berwickshire
Died 1899 (Mar 4) Melbourne, Victoria
Edward Bright
Born about 1836 Liverpool, Lancashire
Married 1863 (Jul 27) Robe, South Australia
  (children born in Victoria, Australia)
Died 1924 (Sep 2) Bendigo, Victoria


Harriet Botten*
Baptised 1838 (May 13) Bearsted, Kent
Buried 1921 (Sep 6) Bendigo, Victoria
John Bright
Baptised 1838 (Nov 18) Bristol, Gloucs
Married 1859 (Jun 17) Robe, South Australia
  (children born in Victoria, Australia)
Died 1900 (Jul 8) Melbourne, Victoria


Mary Butler
Born about 1840 Kilkenny, Ireland
Died 1910 (Feb 28) Melbourne, Victoria

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