Joe Ashley and Family

Written by: Jane Ashley Benson

Joseph George Washington Ashley was the son of Reuben Ashley Sr. & Amanda Minerva Dunlap. He was born March 31, 1875 in Heard County, Georgia. In January 1893, he married Lucanda Francis "Fannie" Armstrong. She was the daughter of James Isom Armstrong & Amanda H. Hardman. Seven of their eight children were born in Cleburne County, and the last one, born 1917 was born in Winston County, AL. Uncle Joe & Aunt Fannie raised eight children who married into the families of Arnold, Vaughn, Noles, Southern, Cagle, and Hilton.

According to the 1920 census for Winston County, AL, Joe Ashley was age 46, Fannie was 45, Mandy was 20, Alice was 16, Levi was 14, Bura was 12, Edna was 10, Eliza was 8 and Hazel was 2 1/2.

About the same time frame that Uncle Joe moved into Winston County, AL, his sister Elizabeth Ashley Norton settled in Lawrence County, AL, and his brother, Reuben Ashley Jr. settled just a few miles from the Winston/Franklin County line over in Franklin County, AL. Quite a number of Joe Ashley's family is buried at Littleville Cemetery while his brother Reuben Ashley Jr.'s family is buried at St. Paul in Franklin County. Uncle Joe's descendants still live on around the Haleyville area of Winston County.

The city of Haleyville provided a basis of livelihood for many members of these two brothers and with only a few miles distance from each other, they were closely associated both in business and in pleasures of daily life.

Uncle Joe and my grandfather, Reuben Ashley, Jr., also had another sister, Sarah "Sallie" Ashley who married Jesse T.C. Teal. Aunt Sallie & Uncle Jesse had 5 sons, one of whom was Cleveland Teal. Cleveland Teal was the present day Dr. Joe Teal, prominent citizen of Haleyville's, grandfather. Dr. Joe's father was Jack Teal, also of Haleyville.