Hannah LEONARD and William MILLER were married on 21 February 1749 in West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. William MILLER, son of Joseph MILLER and Mary COMBS, was born on 29 March 1730 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. He died in 1757 at the age of 27 in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA.
Hannah LEONARD and William MILLER had the following children:
Hannah LEONARD and David ASHLEY were married on 1 May 1758 in West Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. David ASHLEY, son of David ASHLEY and Mary DEWEY, was born on 27 September 1727 in Westfield, Hampden Co., MA. He died on 22 October 1813 at the age of 86 in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA. David Ashley passed his early life in his father's home in Westfield. He was a soldier in the French and Indian War and nearly a year and a half in the service in Capt. Israel Williams' company, in which he enlisted 28 May 1755 and served until 18 Oct 1756. His name is borne on the roll at Colerain, Fall Town, Rice's Charlemont, Pontoosuck, Greenfield, and Northfield.
He lived in Westfield the year succeeding his marriage, and in 1760 removed with his family to the new settlement at Pontoosuck, now Pittsfield, MA. He had visited that locality before as a soldier, and his father had been interested in the town since its earliest settlement. He lived on the road running west from the center and was engaged chiefly in farming. He also owned a sawmill there, whose location is to be seen on the map of 1794.
During the Revolution there seems to be no doubt that David Ashley enrolled himself on the popular side, although one historian states that he and his brother were Tories. This assertion is refuted by his descendants, two of whom write that their family records state that "David Ashley was an intimate friend of Ethan Allen and was with him at Ticonderoga." This latter statement agrees with what the official records show.
David Ashley served as a private in Lt. James Hubbard's company, Col David Rossiter's regiment 17-22 Aug 1777. He reenlisted and served in Capt. Joel Stevens' company in the same regiment 12-25 Oct 1781, and marched on the alarm at Saratoga. His name is also on the roll of Capt John Bacon's company, Col. Caleb Hyde's regiment, 20-28 Oct 1781, and July 3, 1782. (Francis Bacon Trobridge, "The Ashley Genealogy," 1896.)
Hannah LEONARD and David ASHLEY had the following children: