Ashman, William an early Methodist preacher, was born at Colford, Somersetshire, England, in 1734. He was converted as a result of Wesley's visit to the parish in which he was born. From the: age of twenty-one to thirty he was a class- leader and steward; a local preacher at thirty-one; and, at the age of thirty- four, he left a lucrative business to preach, at Wesley's. request, in the east of Cornwall. He desisted from the work in 1798, and thereafter was a class-leader in his native place. He died at Halcomb, Somersetshire, Feb. 9, 1818. See Jackson, Early Meth. Preachers, v, 296; Wesl. Meth. Mag. 1818; Minutes of the British Conference, 1818.