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Joseph Ashburn (abt. 1750 - 1782)

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Capt. Joseph Ashburn
Born about in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Old Mill Prison, Devon, Plymouth, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Sep 2015
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Categories: Prisoners of War, United States of America, American Revolution.

Capt. Joseph Ashburn served Prisoners of War during the American Revolution
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Capt. Joseph Ashburn was Prisoner of War during American Revolution.

Married Betsy Griscom Ross on 15 Jun 1777.[1]

Betsy would be married again in June 1777, this time to sea captain Joseph Ashburn in a ceremony performed at Old Swedes Church in Philadelphia.

During the winter of 1777, Betsy's home was forcibly shared with British soldiers whose army occupied Philadelphia. Meanwhile the Continental Army was suffering that most historic winter at Valley Forge.

Betsy and Joseph had two daughters (Zillah, who died in her youth, and Elizabeth). On a trip to the West Indies to procure war supplies for the Revolutionary cause, Captain Ashburn was captured by the British and sent to Old Mill Prison in England where he died in March 1782, several months after the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.

Betsy learned of her husband's death from her old friend, John Claypoole, another sailor imprisoned at the brutal Old Mill.

He died of illness in Old Mill Prison ,in Devonshire, after being captured on the high seas during the American Revolution.[2]


  1. Name: Joseph Ashburn Marriage Date: 15 Jun 1777 Marriage Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Ross Original data: Pennsylvania Marriage Records. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Archives Printed Series, 1876. Series 2, Series 6.
  2. Genealogy of the Claypoole family of Philadelphia, 1588-1893, page 77
  • "Pennsylvania, Church Marriages, 1682-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 February 2018), Joseph Ashburn and Elizabeth Ross, 15 Jun 1777; citing Swedes' Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, various churches and archives, Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 823,996.

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