Morgan ASHLEY, farmer; P. O. Lockport; was born in Lewis Co., N. Y., Jan. 29, 1818; at the age of 17, he left the East and came West to Illinois, settling in Plainfield; here he remained two years, and then moved north of the village one mile, to a farm, remaining six years; he next moved to Dupage Twp., purchased a farm and remained there seven years; he next moved to Lockport Twp., and located where he at present resides. He was married Jan. 21, 1843, to Emily R. NORTON, a native of Ithaca, N. Y.; has seven children – Lourina, Eli, Annie (now wife of Alva CULVER), Harvey L., Gilbert M., Riley T., Preston D. Owns 200 acres, worth $12,000. Held the offices of Constable and Collector in Plainfield; was Justice of the Peace ten years in Dupage; he was appointed Postmaster at Dupage under the administration of Andy Johnson; this position he held about two years; at present School Trustee. In addition to his common school education, he attended for a time a select school at Martinsburg, Lewis Co., N. Y. Poor when he came West, he has accumulated his property through his own personal exertions, seconded by the aid of his faithful companion.
Source: History of Will County, Illinois; Chicago: Wm LeBaron Jr & Co, 186 Dearborn Street, 1878.