The Edward Ashley Papers are located at the Center for Western Studies. The collection consists primarily of correspondence and documents relating to his various positions within the Episcopal Diocese and the Native American communities he served. Edward Ashley’s family emigrated to the United States in 1873 and settled in Muskegon, Michigan. He came to Dakota Territory in 1874 and was ordained as a priest in 1881. In October 1877, Edward married Elizabeth A. Martin who died in December 1915. In May 1917, Edward wed Harriet Elizabeth Goodbody. Ashley served as a teacher at the Crow Creek Mission (1874-79) and then at the Sisseton Mission (1881-1889). In 1885, Ashley was named Rural Dean of the Niobrara Deanery and served in that position until 1914 when he was appointed General Missionary of Niobrara. In 1918, he was named Archdeacon of Niobrara. He spoke and wrote fluently in Dakota.
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