Schoolcraft County
Pioneer Families
Biographical Sketches
Edmund Ashford
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago;  Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, p. 163 - 164
EDMUND ASHFORD, who is now serving as County Clerk and Register  of   Deeds   of Schoolcraft county, Michigan, makes his home in Manistique. A native of England, he was born in the old and famed shire of Warwick on the 25th of March, 1853.    From an old family of that country he descended, and his parents, James and Mary (Perks) Ashford, spent their entire lives there. In their family were eleven children, nine of whom are yet living, namely: Joseph,Thomas, John, Mary, George, Walter, Edward and Earnest.
Edmund Ashford is the only one that ever came to the United States. He was educated in public and private schools of his native land and at the age of sixteen he bade adieu to home and friends, sailing for Australia. He located in Adelaide, South Australia, and was in the government service, exploring in the survey department. There he remained for some years, but at length returned on a visit to England, and while there was married, in 1876, to Miss Carrie Davis. In the same year he sailed with his bride for Canada, and secured employment with a lumber firm of that country for a year at Mad river. In 1878 he came directly to Manistique and engaged with the Chicago Lumber Company, continuing that connection until 1892. He is now engaged in real-estate transactions, the only real-estate dealer in the city, and is doing a good business in that line owing to his full knowledge 0f  land values and his straight-forward, honorable dealing, which commends him to the confidence of all.
Mr. and Mrs. Ashford have a pleasant home in this thriving little city and their friends in the community are many. Their family numbers three children, Harry, Adelaide and Frank; and they also lost five.  They are members of the Episcopal Church and in its work and upbuilding take an active interest.
Mr. Ashford is one of the leading and representative citizens of this community, and has been officially connected with Manistique almost from the time of his arrival here.  For two years he was Treasurer of Hiawatha township, served as its Clerk for one year and was Supervisor for four years.  In 1892 he was elected County Clerk, and his efficient service again made him the people's choice for that office in 1894, so that he will serve until 1896, for the term embraces two years. Socially he is a member of the Masonic lodge, the Knights of Pythias and the Knights of Maccabees. For eight years he served as Secretary of the first named, and at present is the Vice Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias lodge. He has been identified with nearly all the public enterprises of Manistique and is recognized as a citizen that the community- could ill afford to lose.  He has traveled much and seen much of the world, thereby gaining a knowledge of men and their methods which no amount of reading could secure him. In "merrie England," in Australia, in Canada and "the land of the free " he has found a home, but his allegiance is fully given to the United States and this country has no more loyal citizen.