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Joseph Rash

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Murderkill One Hundred, Kent County, Lower Counties on the Delaware
Death: March 13, 1836 (78)
Near Camden, Kent County, Delaware, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Rash, Sr. and Remicah Rash
Husband of Elizabeth Rash and Elizabeth Rash
Father of Moses Rash; Magaret Rash; Elizabeth Rash; Mark Rash; Sarah Rash and 12 others
Brother of Daniel A. Rash; Sarah Smith; Mary Anne Smith; Angela Ansley Whitby; Patience Walls and 4 others

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About Joseph Rash

Joseph Rash in Nancy Miller Thompson Smith's 2015 book The Genealogy of the Rash and Hammer Families:

JOSEPH RASH, Sr.
Born: 14 September 1757
Where: Kent County, Delaware
Father: John Rash (96)
Mother: Remicah "Micah" Wilson (97)
Married: ca. 1778
Wife: (1) Hester Hurd
Born: ca. 1762
Died: On or after 1 May 1796
Married: 1 August 1797 (Bond)
Where: Kent County, Delaware
Wife: (2) Elizabeth Davis
Born: 1769
Father: Joseph Davis
Died: 1844
Where: Kent County, Delaware
Died: 13 March 1836 (will dated 7 March 1836)
Where: Kent County, Delaware
Children (following this sketch).

For an additional sketch of Joseph Rash and his family, please refer to those of his son, Moses Rash; Moses Rash's son, Eugene Rash; and Joseph Rash's grandson, Joseph T. Rash, the son of James Rash.
On February 27, 1790, the first land transaction for Joseph Rash was recorded. This may not be the right Joseph Rash, but it probably was. He likely had prior deeds, but none were identified.
"Joseph Rash from Andrew Barrett, High Sheriff of Kent County for 80 pounds 100 acres in Murtherkill Hundred belonging to Jonathan Howell, late of Kent County for a certain debt of $700 . . . " (Deed Book E, Vol. 2, p. 33)
Additional land deeds of Joseph Rash:
May 16, 1792: "Joseph Rash from George Cummins, Late sheriff of Kent County for 35 pounds 100 acres of land belonging to Andrew Rash for a debt owed by Andrew Rash to Shadrack Shearman and Levin Nichols; said debt being 120 pounds." (Deed Book E, Vol. 2, p. 307)
January 16, 1801: "Joseph Rash and his wife Elizabeth to James McClyments for 350 pounds 134 acres of land situated in the forest of Murtherkill . . ." (Deed Book 1, Vol. 2, pp. 90, 91).
March 3, 1803: Joseph Rash from the heirs of John Rash, their father. Refer to John Rash, his father, and the other heirs. (Deed Book G, Vol. 2, pp. 250, to 254)
June 1, 1804: Joseph Rash from Isaac Davis, Esq., and Mary, his wife, of Dover for 1000 pounds 560 acres of land in Murtherkill Hundred. (Deed Book H, Vol.2, p. 257)
December 1, 1806: "Joseph Rash, farmer and Elizabeth his wife a mortgage deed to William Alliband for 2 parcels of land situated in the Forrest of Murtherkill, the first containing 200 acres more or less which Joseph Rash purchased from his brothers and sisters on March 3, 1803 along with an assignment of one half part of all that tract of land whereon Joseph Rash now lives containing 560 acres purchased from Isaac Davis and his wife Mary on June 1, 1804 and recorded in Deed Book N, Volume 2, Page 257." (Deed Book K, Vol. 2, p. 7)
April 10, 1807: "Joseph Rash from Araminta Wallace and Amos Fleming, Administrators of the estate of Jonathan Wallace. On April 15, 1797, Jonathan Wallace became bound unto Joseph Rash for the sum of 1200 pounds for all that land which Jonathan Wallace had purchased from Benjamin Jones being 253 acres more or less in the Forest of Murtherkill. Later the said Joseph Rash paid the purchase price, but no deed of conveyance was written. As the said Jonathan Wallace has since been deceased Araminta Wallace and Amos Flemings, Administrators of the estate of the said Jonathan Wallace are now become duly authorized to secure to Joseph Rash a good deed . . ." (Deed Book K, Vol. 2, p. 54)
April 11, 1807: "Joseph Rash, farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Murtherkill to Thomas Mason, schoolmaster for 78 pounds 15 shillings a lot of land whereon Philip Jones now lives which was surveyed by John Lockwood on February 14, 1803 containing 30 acres . . . " (Deed Book K, Vol. 2, p. 58)
April 11, 1807: "Joseph Rash, farmer and his wife Elizabeth to Martin Rash for 50 pounds a lot of land where on Philip Jones now lives which was surveyed by John Lockwood on February 14, 1803 containing 20 acres . . ." (Deed Book K, Vol. 2, pp. 58, 59)
May 12, 1807: "Joseph Rash and his wife Elizabeth sold to Jonathan Hunn for $476.33, 102 acres of land being part of the land which Joseph Rash purchased from the estate of Jonathan Wallace . . . " (Deed Book K, Vol. 2, p. 87).
May 12, 1807: "Joseph Rash and his wife Elizabeth to Daniel Rash, schoolmaster for 182 pounds 8 shillings 104 acres more or less being part of the land purchased from the estate of Jonathan Wallace . . . " (Deed Book K, Vol. 2, p. 86)
January 13, 1806: "Joseph Rash and Elizabeth his wife to James Williams for 155 pounds and 3 shillings 69 acres and 127 square perches situated in Kent County, Delaware." No chain of title or descent given. Recorded March 12, 1817. (Deed Book R, Vol. 2, p. 167).
January 25, 1817: "Joseph Rash and Elizabeth his wife to Joseph Rash Jr. for $100 a parcel of land in Murtherkill Hundred 15 acres of land being part of a tract called ‘Wieberry’ and reserving from the same ¾ acres for the use of a house of public worship." No chain of title or descent given. Recorded June 2, 1819. (Deed Book S, Vol 2, p. 214)
The will of Joseph Rash, Sr., dated March 7, 1836, named the above children except Joseph Rash, Jr. who died on March 11, 1821, and Letitia Rash Thomas who died in June of 1817.
His grandchildren were not named in his will, and in October of 1838, six of his daughters together with seven of his grandchildren contested his will.
"Joseph Rash was a devout Christian, A member of the M.E. church, and as his contribution to its cause, gave three-fourth of an acre of his land as a building site. For years the edifice bore his name," (Rash United Methodist Church) "it is now called Asbury church . . ." (Biographical and Genealogical Encyclopedia of Delaware, 1888, p. 841)

Children (all born in Kent County, Delaware):
Mother: Hester Hurd
1. Miriam Rash was born 11 December 1779. She married ____ Purnell.
2. Letitia Rash was born ca. 1782. She married George Thomas on October 7, 1800, in Kent County, Delaware, and died there in 1817.
Children (born in Kent County Delaware):
a. Thomas Thomas was born ca. 1802. He married Mary ____ on July 19, 1823 in Kent County, Delaware.
b. Johnathan Thomas was born ca. 1804. He married Harriett Rash, the daughter of Joseph and Susanna Darling Rash.
3. Joseph Rash, Jr. was born in 1785. (continued)
4. Hester Ann Rash was born in 1786. She married (1) Matthew Cox, and (2) Eli Connelly.
5. John Howard Rash was born May 1, 1796. (continued)
Mother: Elizabeth Davis
6. Mary Rash was born ca. 1798. She married William Connelly on June 28, 1816 (Marriage Bond) in Kent County, Delaware.
7. Elizabeth Rash was born in ca. 1800. She married (1) John Jones who died June 6, 1835. She married (2) Richard Wallace. There must have been more children, but only one was identified:
a. Sarah Jones married Obadiah Thompson in Kent County, Delaware. He was the son of William and Mary Wallace Thompson. A sketch of the family of Obadiah Thompson is recorded in the following pages. Refer to James Rash who married Mary Thompson, a sister of Obadiah Thompson.
8. James Rash was born June 8, 1802. He married Mary Thompson. (continued)
9. Margaret Rash was born after 1803. She married David Vinson (Vincent).
10. Moses Rash was born December 7, 1810 (twin). (continued)
11. Sarah Rash was born December 7, 1810 (twin). She married Jonathan Green.
12. Ann Rash was born ca. 1812. She married John Townsend.
13. Mark Rash was born in 1814. He married Sarah A. Carson on April 4, 1840. Sarah died September 27, 1894, and Mark died October 30, 1889. Both died in Kent County, Delaware. They were the parents of six children, but only one is known:
a. Daniel Rash was born 1841 in Maryland. He married Harriet ____, and they were the parents of several children.
(Family Bible record of John Howard Rash and Martha Finstwait Rash, 1824).

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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.

Page 841:

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.


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.

Page 841:

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's Timeline

1757
September 14, 1757
Murderkill One Hundred, Kent County, Lower Counties on the Delaware
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, United States
1779
December 11, 1779
Age 22
1782
1782
Age 24