Tradition has it that the Sheffield Declaration of 1773, a statement of grievances against English rule, was drafted in Colonel Ashley’s study and that Ashley’s black servant, Mumbet, whetted her hunger for freedom on liberal ideas she overheard at the meeting. In a 1781 trial, Mumbet won her freedom and left the house forever. The Ashley House is available for viewing by the public.
At the Sackett Cemetery, also called the Ashley Falls Cemetery, which is located on Clayton Road in Ashley Falls, MA. there is a monument to Colonel John Ashley who died in 1802 (this monument also is in memory of his son and grandson erected in 1882 by the only surviving child of Maj. William Ashley, Jane Pelletreau Ashley, wife of William G. Bates of Westfield, MA.) However, Colonel Ashley is not buried in the Sackett Cemetery but instead his grave and his wife, Hannah, are buried in in the cemetery just south of Sheffield, to the east of Route 7 which photo is below:
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