Ashenhurst DNA

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About us

Family tradition states that American immigrants, William and Nancy Ashenhurst, were descended from Col. John Ashenhurst, a Cromwellian who moved to Ireland after the Restoration of the Crown. Another immigrant, Ralph Ashenhurst, may have been a son.

There are Ashenhursts in Canada, and throughout the English-speaking world. Do they all descend from a common patriarch? DNA will answer that question. I hope that Ashenhursts world-wide will participate in this project.

I maintained an Ashenhurst distribution list for several years in the 1990s, and maintained the website,, which has not been updated for years. To my knowledge, no similar page exists. This one should serve for now. There is a little-used, but ongoing, Ashenhurst discussion at