|Birth: ||May 20, 1821|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1893|
Son of John and Margaret (Dunlap) Bashford
Husband of Nellie Tuttle
Father of Lavilda, Melissa, Ella, John, William, Lana, Lavina and Eli
William Bashford came to Henry County in the Spring of 1855. He was born in Jefferson Co., Ohio, May 20, 1821, and is a son of John and Margaret (Dunlap) Bashford, both parents natives of Pennsylvania, of Scots-Irish ancestry. They had 9 children, 3 of whom are living: John M. a resident farmer of Louisa Co., IA; Eli D. resides in Louisa Co., and was for many years a miner in the Rocky Mtns.; and William, our subject. The deceased are Robert C., James, Joseph, Elizabeth, Sarah, and one who died in infancy.
John was a pioneer of Marion Co., OH, settling there in June 1822, and died there July 7, 1847, aged 60 years. Margaret died about 1858.
William went to Seneca Co., OH at age 25 where he spent one winter as a laborer on the railroad. He then proceeded to Columbus, Ohio, and from thence returned home, where he was engaged as a farm-hand until April 10, 1851, with the exception of two summers, during which he worked at the carpenter's trade.
Mr. Bashford was united in marriage with Nellie Jane Tuttle, a native of Pennsylvania, born Sept. 7 1830, daughter of Milton and Lana (Cooper) both natives of the same state. After his marriage Mr Bashford rented a farm for four years, at the end of which time he emigrated to Iowa, stopping first in Cedar County, where he spent one winter, and in the following spring came to Henry County. Purchasing ninety acres of land on section 19, Scott Township, he and his wife soon made for themselves a home. A handsome and commodious residence has been erected upon
their nicely improved farm. Industry and perseverence are elements necessary to success in life, and Mr. Bashford has both. His fine farm and his elegant residence were secured through his own efforts. He earned his first money by chopping wood at twenty-five cents per day, but now he has
a comfortable competency laid up for old age.
He enlisted in the 8th Iowa Vol. Infantry on Dec. 1, 1864, and mustered out May 8, 1866 at Mobile AL. They had 8 children: Lavilda, b. Feb. 1852 and died at age 13; Melissa, b. Oct 25, 1853, and the wife of John Renshaw, they reside in Jewell Co. KS; Ella, wife of Owen Crispin, she was b. Apr.2, 1857; John Milton was b. Mar. 2, 1859, and resides in Logan, KS; William Jr., b. Oct 31, 1861 married Jennie E. Chamberlain, and still resides with his parents; Lana, wife of William Marple, was born Aug. 12, 1865, and resides in Jewel Co., KS; Levina was born Oct 3, 1868 and resides at home; and Eli Dunlap, b. Mar. 18, 1871, and died at age of one year. The Bashfords are members of the Presbyterian Church.
(Portrait and Biographical Album, Henry County, Iowa; Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888, p. 496)
Margaret A. Dunlap Bashford (1775 - 1862)
Nellie Jane Tuttle Bashford (1830 - 1910)*
Lavilda Bashford (1852 - 1864)*
Melissa Bashford Renshaw (1853 - 1941)*
Ella Jane Bashford Crispin (1857 - 1938)*
John Milton Bashford (1859 - 1944)*
William Bashford (1861 - 1937)*
Lana Bashford Marpel (1865 - 1957)*
Lavina Bashford (1868 - 1953)*
Eli Dunlap Bashford (1871 - 1872)*
Robert C Bashford (1813 - 1879)*
William Bashford (1821 - 1893)
Sarah J. Bashford (1830 - 1855)*
Winfield Scott Township Cemetery
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Record added: Mar 05, 2010
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