Joseph Rash, Sr (1757 - 1836)

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Birthplace: Murderkill One Hundred, Kent, Delaware, United States
Death: Died in Near Camden, Del
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About Joseph Rash, Sr

The following is all from the 1899 book Biographical and Genealogical History of the State of Delaware, Vol. 2. It has been edited to be chronological and take out repetitions. Farther down, after the edited version, is the exact text as pulled from the book.

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Joseph Rash was born about 1754 near Camden, Del. and died about 1836 at his home. He owned and cultivated a large farm near Camden, Del.; but after the death of his first wife, he sold this property and bought 300 acres of the Dickerson tract situated near Pearson's village, Kent County, Del. Mr. Rash made this the homestead, clearing and improving the land, and erecting suitable buildings. This land has been divided into four farms, on one of which his grandson, Joseph T. Rash, now resides. Intelligent and reliable, Mr. Rash soon became influential in the district. He was a Federalist, and afterwards a Whig, and was prominent in political circles. Joseph Rash was married near Camden, Del. The first wife of Joseph Rash died at her home near Camden, Del. Children of Joseph and unnamed wife are: I. Joseph; II. John; III. Hester Ann, married first to Matthew Cox, and afterwards to ----; IV. Elizabeth, married first to John Jones, and afterwards to Richard Wallace; V. Mary (Mrs. — Conly).

Joseph Rash next married Elizabeth (Davis) Hurd, 1769-1844, daughter of Joseph Davis, of Kent county. Their children are: I. Margaret (Mrs. David Vincent); II. James, born 1802, died 18—; III. and IV. twins III. Moses, 1810-1887, married 1831 to Maria Carson, and 1854 to Catherine Lawrence, and IV. Sarah (Mrs. Jonathan Green); V. Ann (Mrs. John Townsend); VI. Mark, married Sarah Carson.

JOSEPH AND ELIZABETH RASH were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Joseph was a devout Christian, a member of the M.E. church, and as his contribution to its cause, gave three-fourths of an acre of his land as a building site. For years the edifice bore his name; it is now called Asbury church.

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MOSES RASH was born December 7, 1810, at the homestead near Pearson's Corners, in West Dover hundred, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Davis) Rash. Moses died at his home in Kent county, Del., in 1887. He was educated in the public schools, and learned farming under his father's supervision. He had few opportunities of early education, a teacher being employed for perhaps two months in the winter for the neighborhood. At the age of twenty-two years he began farming on the lands of his father, at Pierson's Corner, where he resided for three years, and in 1836 went to Middletown, where ho remained one year. In 1837 he removed to Dover, where he resided for six years, being engaged in the livery business. He served as constable of the district for one year, and as deputy sheriff for two years.

In 1843 he removed to a farm near Pierson's Corner, which he inherited from his father, and in 1845 purchased a farm of 115 acres of excellent land and removed thereon.He first raised grain, and in 1843 began cultivating fruit for the market. In 1849 he erected his fine residence. In 1879 he built a store and granary at Pierson's Cross Roads. In 1857 he removed to Philadelphia, but after one year returned to Clayton.

At the breaking out of the war in 1861 Moses Rash took a decided ground against secession and was a devout supporter of the Union. He offered himself as a soldier for the support of his country's flag, but his age (51) being greater than the service allowed he was compelled to remain at home. He became a strong Republican and was frequently elected a delegate to state conventions. He joined the Methodist Episcopal church in 1845 and held the positions of leader and steward.

He removed to Wilmington in 1862, and returned to his farm at Pierson's Corner in 1867.

Moses Rash was twice married; first, July 28, 1831 (AGE 21), to Miss Maria Casson, who was born near Pearson's Cross Roads, daughter of Meyers/Henry Casson and Sally (Barber) Casson. Moses and Maria's children are: I. John, died in youth; II. Mayers, died in youth; III. Sarah (Mrs. John Cohn); IV. Mona (Mrs. Blanchard Smith); V. Eugene, born January 7, 1847; VI. Pennell, married Hester Looce.

Moses was again united in marriage, August 17, 1854 (AGE 44), to Miss Mary C. Lawrence, daughter of John Lawrence. Eight children were also born of this marriage: I. Josephine; II. William; III. Charles W.; IV. George B. ; V. Lawrence; VI. Addison; VII. Kate; VIII. Hattie.

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James Rash, brother of Moses, father of Joseph T. Rash and son of Joseph Rash, was born at the homestead near Pearson's Corners in 1802. His educational advantages were limited but he was an intelligent lad, and pursued his studies at home, while learning farming under his father's supervision. After his marriage, Mr. Rash began farming for himself. He cultivated rented land until his father's death in 1835, when he inherited a part of the homestead. He was a careful farmer, and made many improvements, increasing the fertility of the soil and reaping abundant harvests. Mr. Rash was a Whig, but afterwards identified himself with the Republican party. James Rash was married to Mary Thompson, of Kent county, Del. Their children are: I. William F., died in infancy; II. Elizabeth (Mrs. William Jones), born April 17, 1826, died in Dover, Del.; III. Emeline (Mrs. Joseph Wilson), born September 15, 1829; IV. Joseph T., born September 11, 1832 ; V. Mary A. (Mrs. Levin P. Jones), born December 21, 1835

James Rash was a devout member of Rash's M.E. church, in which he was a class-leader. He was an earnest Christian worker, esteemed and honored in the community. Mr. Rash died at his home near Pearson's Corners, in 18—; his widow survived him eight years.

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JOSEPH T. RASH, P.O. Pearson's Corners, Kent county, Del., son of James and Mary (Thompson) Rash, was born on the Dickerson farm near Pearson's Corners, September 11, 1832. He was educated in District schools No. 16. He was only able to attend school during the short winter sessions of three months. He was, however, fond of study, and devoted his evenings and his few leisure moments to acquire knowledge. The son of poor parents, he was obliged to work hard; but he was brave and industrious. At twenty-six he hired as a laborer to the neighboring farmers, and during his father's sickness managed to do much of the work on the home farm in the evenings, that he might not lose his wages. He was a dutiful and affectionate son, and devoted his life to his parents, caring for them until their death. After farming for four years on rented land, Mr. Rash removed to the homestead in Kent County, where he now resides. He enlisted in 1862, as a private in Company G, Sixth Delaware Volunteers, for a term of nine months. The regiment was detailed for guard duty. Mr. Rash was discharged at Wilmington, Del., and was barely able to reach his home. He had a severe attack of typhoid fever, and for some time was not expected to recover. Since his recovery he has been engaged in general farming; and besides raising large crops of grain, has turned his attention to the cultivation of choice fruit. Mr. Rash is highly esteemed and honored in the district. He is a stanch Republican. He is a member of General Talbot Post, No. 3, G.A.R., of Dover, Del. Joseph T. Rash is an active member of the M.E. church, in which he holds the office of trustee and steward.

Joseph T. Rash was married to Caroline Butler, who was born near Denton, Caroline county, Md. Their children are: I. Andrew Manship Davis, of Kent county, Del., born in 1867, married Florence Gressford; II. Mary E. (Mrs. Nathan Hutchins), born October 12, 1869; III. Annie C., born January 15, 1871, died aged fourteen: IV. James, born in 1873, died in infancy; V. Howard, born in September, 1875; VI. Clara B., born June 12, 1878. --------------- Eugene and Joseph T. Rash were cousins, sons of Moses and James Rash, respectively. ---------------- EUGENE RASH, P.O. Pearson's Corners, Kent county, Del., son of Moses and Maria (Casson) Rash, was born at the homestead in Kent county, Del., January 7, 1847. He was educated in the public schools of Kent county. He remained at home and learned farming, but afterwards became a dealer in lumber, forming a partnership with his brother, Pennell Rash. He is a successful business man, is interested in local politics, and has identified himself with the Republican party.

Eugene Rash was married to Marion, daughter of William Wheeler. Mrs. Rash was born in Kent county, Del., and was still a child when her parents removed to Berlin, Md., where she lived until the time of her marriage.

The children of Eugene and Marian (Wheeler) Rash are: I. Ida (Mrs. Howard Thompson); II. Willard; III. Edward; IV. Annie; V. Minnie; VI. Elizabeth; VII. Jessie.

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The above is edited to be chronological and take out repetitions. Following is all the original from the source book:

1899 book Biographical and Genealogical History of the State of Delaware, Vol. 2

Page 840 in book:

JOSEPH T. RASH, P.O. Pearson's Corners, Kent county, Del., son of James and Mary (Thompson) Rash, was born on the Dickerson farm near Pearson's Corners, September 11, 1832. The Rash family, Welsh by descent, is one of the oldest in Delaware, and is remarkable for longevity, more than one of its members having been centenarians. John Rash, great-grandfather of Joseph T. Rash, the founder of the American branch of the family, emigrated from Wales. He had two sons: I. Daniel, died in the west, aged one hundred and three: II. Joseph.

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Joseph Rash, grandfather of Joseph T. Rash, was born near Camden, Del. He owned and cultivated a farm near Camden; but after the death of his first wife, he sold this property and bought 300 acres of the Dickerson tract situated near Pearson's village. Mr. Rash made this the homestead, clearing and improving the land, and erecting suitable buildings. This land has been divided into four farms, on one of which his grandson, Joseph T. Rash, now resides. Intelligent and reliable, Mr. Rash soon became influential in the district. He was a Federalist, and afterwards a Whig, and was prominent in political circles. Joseph Rash was married near Camden, Del. His children are: I. Joseph; II. John; III. Hester Ann, married first to Matthew Cox, and afterwards to ----; IV. Elizabeth, married first to John Jones, and afterwards to Richard Wallace; V. Mary (Mrs. — Conly).

The first wife of Joseph Rash died at her home near Camden, Del., after which he married Elizabeth Hurd. Their children are: I. Margaret (Mrs. David Vincent); II. James; III. and IV. twins III. Moses, married first to Maria Carson, and afterwards to Catherine Lawrence, and IV. Sarah (Mrs. Jonathan Green); V. Ann (Mrs. John Townsend); VI. Mark, married Sarah Carson.

Joseph Rash was a devout Christian, a member of the M.E. church, and as his contribution to its cause, gave three-fourths of an acre of his land as a building site. For years the edifice bore his name; it is now called Asbury church. Mr. Rash died at his home in 1835, aged eighty years.

James Rash, father of Joseph T. Rash, was born at the homestead near Pearson's Corners in 1802. His educational advantages were limited but he was an intelligent lad, and pursued his studies at home, while learning farming under his father's supervision. After his marriage, Mr. Rash began farming for himself. He cultivated rented land until his father's death in 1835, when he inherited a part of the homestead. He was a careful farmer, and made many improvements, increasing the fertility of the soil and reaping abundant harvests. Mr. Rash was a Whig, but afterwards identified himself with the Republican party. James Rash was married to Mary Thompson, of Kent county, Del. Their children are: I. William F., died in infancy; II. Elizabeth (Mrs. William Jones), born April 17, 1826, died in Dover, Del.; III. Emeline (Mrs. Joseph Wilson), born September 15, 1829; IV. Joseph T. ; V. Mary A. (Mrs. Levin P. Jones), born December 21, 1835

Mr. Rash was a devout member of Rash's M.E. church, in which he was a class-leader. He was an earnest Christian worker, esteemed and honored in the community. Mr. Rash died at his home near Pearson's Corners, in 18—; his widow survived him eight years.

Joseph T. Rash was educated in District schools No. 16. He was only able to attend school during the short winter sessions of three months. He was, however, fond of study, and devoted his evenings and his few leisure moments to acquire knowledge. The son of poor parents, he was obliged to work hard; but he was brave and industrious. At twenty-six he hired as a laborer to the neighboring farmers, and during his father's sickness managed to do much of the work on the home farm in the evenings, that he might not lose his wages. He was a dutiful and affectionate son, and devoted his life to his parents, caring for them until their death. After farming for four years on rented land, Mr. Rash removed to the homestead in Kent County, where he now resides. He enlisted in 1862, as a private in Company G, Sixth Delaware Volunteers, for a term of nine months. The regiment was detailed for guard duty. Mr. Rash was discharged at Wilmington, Del., and was barely able to reach his home. He had a severe attack of typhoid fever, and for some time was not expected to recover. Since his recovery he has been engaged in general farming; and besides raising large crops of grain, has turned his attention to the cultivation of choice fruit. Mr. Rash is highly esteemed and honored in the district. He is a stanch Republican. He is a member of General Talbot Post, No. 3, G.A.R., of Dover, Del.

Joseph T. Rash was married to Caroline Butler, who was born near Denton, Caroline county, Md. Their children are: I. Andrew .Manship Davis, of Kent county, Del., born in 1867, married Florence Gressford; II. Mary E. (Mrs. Nathan Hutchins), born October 12, 1869; III. Annie C., born January 15, 1871, died aged fourteen: IV. James, born in 1873, died in infancy; V. Howard, born in September, 1875; VI. Clara B., born June 12, 1878.

Mr. Rash is an active member of the M.E. church, in which he holds the office of trustee and steward.

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EUGENE RASH, P.O. Pearson's Corners, Kent county, Del., son of Moses and Maria (Casson) Rash, was born at the homestead in Kent county, Del., January 7, 1847.

Joseph Rash, grandfather of Eugene Rash, was Welsh by descent, and owned and cultivated a large farm near Camden, Del. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Rash sold his property and purchased the homestead, a farm of 300 acres near Pearson's Corners, Kent county. Del.

His second wife was Elizabeth Hurd. Their children are: I. Margaret (Mrs. David Vincent); II. James; III. and IV. twins III. Moses and IV. Sarah (Mrs. Jonathan Green); V. Ann (Mrs. John Townsend); VI. Mark, married Sarah Carson.

Mr. Rash died at his home in 1835, aged eighty years. His son. Moses Rash, was born at the homestead near Pearson's Corners, in 18—. He was educated in the public schools, and learned farming under his father's supervision. He began farming for himself on a part of the homestead. For fourteen years Mr. Rash was deputy sheriff of Kent county. He afterwards removed to Palmyra, N.J., where he took charge of a hotel. This business proving unsatisfactory, he secured a position as collector and city salesman for a commercial house in Philadelphia, Pa. Mr. Rash was afterwards engaged as a broker for William McCauley in Wilmington, Del. For four or five years he served on the city police force, and then secured a position in the United States detective service, and removed to Washington, D.C. Some time after this, his health failing, Mr. Rash retired to his farm in Kent county, Del. Moses Rash was married to Maria, daughter of Henry Casson, who was born near Pearson's Cross Roads.

Their children are: I. John, died in youth; II. Mayers, died in youth; III. Sarah (Mrs. John Cohn); IV. Mona (Mrs. Blanchard Smith); V. Eugene; VI. Pennell, married Hester Looce.

Mr. Rash died at his home in Kent county, Del., in 1887.

Eugene Rash was educated in the public schools of Kent county. He remained at home and learned farming, but afterwards became a dealer in lumber, forming a partnership with his brother, Pennell Rash. He is a successful business man, is interested in local politics, and has identified himself with the Republican party.

Eugene Rash was married to Marion, daughter of William Wheeler. Mrs. Rash was born in Kent county, Del., and was still a child when her parents removed to Berlin, Md., where she lived until the time of her marriage.

The children of Eugene and Marian (Wheeler) Rash are: I. Ida (Mrs. Howard Thompson); II. Willard; III. Edward; IV. Annie; V. Minnie; VI. Elizabeth; VII. Jessie.

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MOSES RASH, was born December 7, 1810, in West Dover hundred, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Davis) Rash. He died in 1836, at the age of eighty-two years (THAT DOESN'T ADD UP; IF HE DIED IN 1836 AT AGE 82, THEN HE WAS BORN ABOUT 1754). His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Davis, of Kent couutv. She died in 1844, in the seventy-fifth year of her age. Both parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. The father died 1836, and the mother in 1844.

John Rash, the father of Joseph Rash, was a large owner of real estate, and resided near Wyoming. He married Miss Micah Wilson, and had four sons and four daughters: I. Daniel, who went to North Carolina, where he died at the advanced age of one hundred and nine years; II. Andrew, who lived to be eighty-seven years of age; III. Joseph; IV. Martin, who also reached his eighty-seventh year; V. Hester, who married William Green; Vl. Letitia, who married Isaac Beer; VIl. Patuma, who married Eben Walls; VIII. Angela, who married William Whitby.

This family is one of the earliest in the state, and deeds are in existence showing their possession of lands in Kent county over two hundred years. Moses Rash had few opportunities of early education, a teacher being employed for perhaps two months in the winter for the neighborhood. At the age of twenty-two years he began farming on the lands of his father, at Pierson's Corner, where he resided for three years, and in 1836 went to Middletown, where ho remained one year. In 1837 he removed to Dover, where he resided for six years, being engaged in the livery business. He served as constable of the district for one year, and as deputy sheriff for two years. In 1843 he removed to a farm near Pierson's Corner, which he inherited from his father, and in 1845 purchased a farm of 115 acres of excellent land and removed thereon.

Mr. Rash first raised grain, and in 1843 began cultivating fruit for the market. In 1849 he erected his fine residence. In 1879 he built a store and granary at Pierson's Cross Roads. In 1857 he removed to Philadelphia, but after one year returned to Clayton. He removed to Wilmington in 1862, and returned to his farm at Pierson's Corner in 1867.

At the breaking out of the war in 1861 Moses Rash took a decided ground against secession and was a devout supporter of the Union. He offered himself as a soldier for the support of his country's flag, but his age being greater than the service allowed he was compelled to remain at home. He became a strong Republican and was frequently elected a delegate to state conventions. He joined the Methodist Episcopal church in 1845 and held the positions of leader and steward. Moses Rash was twice married; first, July 28, 1831, to Miss Maria, daughter of Meyers and Sally (Barber) Casson, by whom he had eight children. He was again united in marriage, August 17, 1854, to Miss Mary C. daughter of John Lawrence; eight children were also born of this marriage: I. Josephine; II. William II.; III. Charles W.; IV. George B. ; V. Lawrence; VI. Addison; VII. Kate; VIII. Hattie.

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Joseph Rash, Sr's Timeline

1750
1750
1757
September 14, 1757
Murderkill One Hundred, Kent, Delaware, United States
1760
1760
Age 2
1762
1762
Age 4
1766
1766
Age 8
1768
1768
Age 10
1770
1770
Age 12
1776
July 21, 1776
Age 18
Camden, Kent, DE, USA
1778
1778
Age 20
Camden, Delaware, United States
1779
December 11, 1779
Age 22