John Ashe, an officer in the war of the American revolution, born in England in 1721, died in North Carolina in October, 1781. He was six years old when his father emigrated to America and took up his abode in Newton, now Wilmington, N. C. He was several times a representative in the colonial assembly, of which body he was speaker from 1762 to 1765, and is said to have been the first to suggest the provincial congress, in which he occupied a prominent position. He joined the army at the first outbreak of hostilities, led a force to destroy Fort Johnson in 1775, and as brigadier general took part in the movements of Lincoln on the Savannah in 1778 and 1779. In the latter year he suffered a severe defeat at the hands of Gen. Pre-vost, at Brier Creek. He was made a prisoner in 1781, but was released on parole.