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Origins of Ashford

The town of Ashford was formed from Ellicottville on February 16, 1824.    It is centrally located in the north half of the county.    The surface is hilly, the ridges generally extending in a north and south direction, with its highest points being 300 feet above the valleys. Cattaraugus Creek, on its northern border and Buttermilk Creek, are its principle streams.    Maple sugar manufacturing was an important industry.

Ashford, (p.v.) is in the southwest part of the town, and in 1862 contained a grist mill and a sawmill. It had 2 churches and 36 houses.    East Ashford is a p.o. that was first settled by Henry Frank, and his two sons, Andrew and Jacob; from Herkimer County, who located on Lot 56, in 1816.    Other early settlers include: John Goodemote; Samuel Flagg; Griffin and David Wyley; Amos, David, Thomas, and Maley Sampson; David Oyer, Augustus Van Slyke, Calvin Woodruff, Marcena Brooks, Jacob and Michael Houghstader, John Quakenbush and his son, Peter. All of these settlers were from Herkimer/Montgomery counties and relocated to this area in 1818.    

The first child born was Elizabeth Frank (daughter of Jacob Frank) in the fall of 1817. The first death was to a child of Andrew Frank, named Phoebe, on Aug 30, 1818. Daniel Thomas and Norman Carter taught the first schools, in 1822-1823.    The first church organized was F.W. Baptist , by Elder Richard MCary in 1821.

Historical Transcripts

From  "The History of Cattaraugus County" published in 1879 by Franklin Ellis edited by L. H. Everts

Family Lore

Note: Information submitted by fellow researchers presented without verification.

I am compiling the family data about my Studley ancestors: Jonathan Andrew Studley b 1787 in Chesterfield, MA & died 1878 in Ashford,  Cattaraugus Co. NY.  He & his wife Lois Huntley Studley lived in Ashford & had 10 children who all lived in Ashford.  

My ggrandfather Jonathan Studley, known as Andrew or "Andy" Studley b 1823 in Ashford married 1st Lestina Hadley Studley & 2nd Harriet McCay Crawford Studley.  My grandfather, Wilber Andrew Studley was born in Ashford, went to University of Michigan, dental school & practiced dentistry in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

This family history collection will be deposited with the Bentley Historical Library when I compile the family histories.

Yours truly,  Jeanette Studley

Town Officials
Town Historian Town Clerk
William T. King
5360 Felton Hill Rd., POB 62
West Valley, NY 14171
942-3223 (H)

Erin Parish
9338 Route 240
West Valley, New York 14171
942-3017 (H)
Patricia R. Dashnaw
9377 Route 240.
West Valley, NY 14171
942-6016 Ext. 4 (B) 942-6746 (H)
Hours: Mon. 6-8 PM, Tu. & Th. 7AM-1 PM,
prior to board meetings 5-7:30 PM,
Additional hours Sept. - March & by appt.

From Cattaraugus County Directory, dated April 1, 2023
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Mt. Hope Cemetery Corner of Rte 240 and Roszyk Hill Rd 
St John's Roman Catholic Cemetery  Rosick Hill Rd 
Arabic Cemetery  Bigelow Rd 
Ashford Hollow Cemetery  Ashford Hollow Rd, Rte 219 
Franktown Cemetery  North of Ashford Hollow, Rte 219
Nagel Cemetery Dutch Hill Rd 
Scwartz Cemetery Scwartz Rd 
Ashford Heights Cemetery - (Lutheran Cemetery)  Dutch Hill Rd 
Henrietta Rd Cemetery -  aka Weber Cemetery Henrietta Rd 
Thomas Corner Cemetery  Rte 240 
Holland Cemetery Rte 240 
Riceville Cemetery Gooseneck Rd
West Valley Cemetery Hamlet of West Valley

Researched by Mr. Dean Williams and made available to this site by Mr. John Pfeffer.
Thank You


Dean Graydon Williams, born 17 May 1928 in West Valley, Cattaraugus, NY; died 15 June 2004 Buffalo, Erie County, NY after a short illness and was buried 19 June 2004 in Mount Hope Cemetery, West Valley, Cattaraugus,NY.

Dean was a prolific producer of information for this web site as well as many other genealogy sites. He will be sorely missed but his legacy will live on. R.I.P. Dean