Source: CMS Missionaries (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: D.M. ASHTON was born in England in 1829. He entered the C.M. College in 1851; was ordained deacon by the Bishop of London in 1854, and priest by the Bishop of Madras in 1856. He went to Tinnevelly in 1855. He married, as his second wife, a daughter of the Rev. John Thomas of Mengnanapuram, and was stationed at that place from 1860 to 1873. He returned to England in 1876 invalided, and died on arrival at Southampton. He was a good Tamil scholar; he was the compiler of a Tamil catechism and some Tamil tracts; and was a member of the Revision Committees of the Tamil Bible and the Tamil Prayer Book.