Are you a direct male descendent of Richard Ascah, and if so have you ever considered doing the Y-DNA test through FamilyTreeDNA? With a 37-marker test (or greater) it might just break down that brick wall and make the connection to whatever family Richard originally came from. I wish I could take the test myself, but I'm a female descended in a haphazard way from him. :) I'd love to start an Ascah surname project over at FTDNA but so far no Ascahs seem interested in genetic genealogy. I'm going to Gaspe next summer, so I'll have to look for the house.