Carolina Lords Proprietors

Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley (1675 - 1726) was a son of Anthony Ashley Cooper, 2nd Earl of Shaftesbury and Lady Dorothy Manners, daughter of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland. He married Catherine, daughter of William Popple - they had no children.

As the younger brother of Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, who was chronically ill for most of his adult life, Maurice Ashley was legally appointed to represent his elder brother in all things related to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina from 1699 to his brother's death in 1713.

Upon his brother's death in 1713, his share of Carolina was inherited by an infant son, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury, but the child's mother quickly sold this share to his uncle, Maurice Ashley, his deceased father's younger brother (this man).

Maurice Ashley was also asked to sign official documents on behalf of another minor Lords Proprietor, Joseph Blake, Jr., who inherited his father's (Joseph Blake) share upon his death in 1700. As the minor's guardian and mother living in South Carolina, Elizabeth Blake soon learned that she needed help in managing her son's affairs in London, so she requested help from Maurice Ashley until her son reached maturity around 1724.

In 1725, Maurice Ashley sold his share of Carolina to Sir John Tyrrell. Maurice Ashley died the next year, childless.


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