Ashmead, William a Presbyterian minister, born at Philadelphia in 1798, and graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1818. After studying under Dr. J. P. Wilson, he was licensed to preach in 1820. He labored in Lancaster till 1828, when he accepted a-call to Charleston, S.C., and entered on his duties there in May, 1829. Returning to the north for his family, he was taken ill, and, after one or two relapses, died at Philadelphia, Dec. 2, 1829. He was an accomplished scholar and a devoted minister. After his death appeared Sermons, with Sketch of Life (Philad. 1830, 8vo).-Sprague, Annals, 4:643.