Notable English Ashlocks
The Ashlock name originates from Denmark, during Canute's reign in England. The English Ashlocks were believed to be cloth merchants, an ancient armigerous family during King Canute's reign. The family settled in the East Angles and Danelaw, typical of the Danish Vikings. Their occupations as sheriffs and magistrates show their willingness to swear loyalty and defend the crown.
Most of the information about our English relatives started with a book written in 1952 by John Bennett, A Memoir Of The Bennett Family Of South Wilts." Bennett researched the Ashlock family connections and includes a detailed summary on the Ashlocks in England, which includes the Aslake Coat of Arms being quartered with five other shields: Bennett, Thorpe, Fastold, Bucton, and Pike. These shields were flown in the Great Yarmouth Church in Norwich, England.
Aslackby, England, located in Lincoln County is believed to be where our first forefather, Oslak Vel Aslak, struck coins in 1016 that Aslak's head on its face and King Canute's face on the head. Aslackton is also a city of great interest located in Norwich, which we believe might be named after Alac Aslac, the standard bearer to King Edward III. Alac held lands in both Lincoln and Norwich according to the Domesday Book in 1086.
1167 Oslac ve Aslac, magistrate Norfolk and Suffolk
1327 Alac standard bearer to King Edward III
1352 Roger Aslac, Rector of Badington, Norfolk
1374 John Haselock presented to the church at Hadbury, Worcestershire
1394 John Aslach of Bromholdm near Yarmouth had dealings with Edward de Thorpe
1402 John Aslac of Norwich, Seargeant at Arms to King Henry IV
1414 William Aslac, Rector of Petworth diocese of Chichester
1415 Walter Aslake ransomed a French prisoner after the Battle of Agincourt
1475 William Heselok of Hereford, the Sheriff of Wilts
1470 Thos Aslake
1631 Thomas Ashlock born New Market, Saint Mary
1657 John Ashlock born in New Market, Saint Mary, who emigrated to America
Coat of Arms
A Sable: a chevron ermine between three Catherine Wheels argent symbolized the torture and sacrifice of Saint Catherine.
The Crest: a talbot's head couped sable gutee d'eau.
The Motto: to be willing to die for the cause of Christianity.
In 1563, Thomas Bennett and Mary Ashlock of Heytesbury married, and resided on the family estate, the Pytte House of Tisbury, England. As typical of England's heraldy customs, both arms were quartered. The Bennett's registered the quartered coat of arms in 1623 with the Heraldry College and when the estate was refurbished in 1700, that emblem was engraved on the estate.