Aspery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Aspery family
The surname Aspery was first found in Cheshire at Astbury, a parish, chiefly in the union of Congleton, consisting of the townships of Eaton and Somerford-Booths in the hundred of Macclesfield. 
This parish dates back to 1093 (shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066) when it was known as Astbury and literally meant "east manor or stronghold."  However, another source claims the parish meant "east castle or fort." 
Early rolls show that William de Astbury was listed here in Cheshire in the Assize Rolls of 1287. 
Early History of the Aspery family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aspery research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1688, 1743, 1690, 1720 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Aspery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aspery Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Aspery has undergone many spelling variations, including Astbury, Astbry, Astbrey, Asprey, Aspry, Astbray, Astburie and many more.
Early Notables of the Aspery family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Astbury (1688-1743), an English potter credited with innovations and improvements in earthenware associated with Staffordshire figures. He "introduced himself disguised as an idiot to the wworks of two brothers named Elers, of NÃ¼rnberg, who had settled at Bradwell, Staffordshire, about 1690. He discovered the secrets of their manufacture of red ware, and, obtaining his discharge on pretence of sickness, set up a rival establishment at Shelton...
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Migration of the Aspery family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Aspery were among those contributors: Henry Aspray, who settled in Virginia in 1666; Thomas W. Astbury, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1877; and John and Edward Catherton Astbury, who were recorded in Sacramento County, California between 1866 and 1871..
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