Dr. Lawrence Ashton (1845-1902) was born in King George County, the son of Dr. Horace D. Ashton (1821-1894). He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in medicine. Lawrence settled in Falmouth, Virginia to practice and there married Ann Amanda "Nannie" Green (1844-1915). While residing in Falmouth, the couple lived in Robert Dunbar's house on Carter Street. In 1885 Dr. Ashton served as a school trustee for the Falmouth District. In 1890 he and Nannie moved to Dallas, Texas where he was president of the medical college.