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James Ashworth was born about 1763 in England.
He died in 1826 in Choupique Bayou, Calcasieu Parish, LA. and is buried at Family Cemetery, Choupique Bayou, St Landry Parish,
He married Keziah Dial in 1789 in Pendleton, South Carolina. Keziah was born about 1768 in Pendleton District, South Carolina.
James Ashworth emigrated to Louisiana in 1799, coming first to Weeks Island and then to Choupique, south of Sulphur in Calcasieu
(originally St. Landry) Parish. He was a stockman.
The James Ashworth family was still in Pendleton District, SouthCarolina in 1790 and 1800 , but James moved with his brothers Aaron
and William to southern Louisiana about 1810. James was in the Louisiana census for 1810. Several of their children were born to James
and Keziah on the way to Louisiana, and some say that several children reportedly stayed inTennessee, though there is no proof. One
source states that James was in New Madrid, Missouri in 1813, Natchez, Mississippi in 1814, before moving to St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
before 1820. Another source says the Ashworths left New Madrid, Missouri after the great New Madrid Earthquake of 1811, but others say
they left before that seismic event.
Only in 1789 did the state of South Carolina create Pendleton District out of Indian Territory. The settlers previously had been under the
jurisdiction of Abbeville District, but a fire there in 1783 destroyed all of the property records and probably the records of the court of
common pleas (Family Tree, Sunday Life Section, Dallas Morning News November 11, 2007).
James Ashworth fathered a son who was born about 1799 who was named
Moses Ashworth. This is our direct ancestor
Other children of James Ashworth are:
A son, James Joseph Ashworth, Jr was born about 1788.
A son, Jesse A Ashworth was born about 1790
A daughter, Mary Ashworth was about 1792.
A son, William Ashworth was born about 1794
A son, Henderson Ashworth was about 1799.
A son, Andrew Ashworth was about 1801.
A son, Aaron Burr Ashworth was about 1803.
A daughter, Elizabeth Ashworth was about 1805.
A daughter, Sarah Ashworth was about 1807.
A son, Tapley Abner Ashworth was about 1809.
A son, Jasper Ashworth was about 1813.
A son, Lope Ashworth was about 1815.
A son, Rapley Ashworth was about 1817.
A daughter, Keziah Ashworth was about 1819.
A son, Lezine Ashworth was about 1820.
A son, Jacob Ashworth was about 1823.
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