Co.A 182 Ohio INF (CW)
s/o Ai & Bettsy (Crandall) Fassett
Ai Ransom Fassett, Jr. came as a boy to Oregon Township from Wyoming County, New York, with his parents in the early 1850's. They settled in the township on a homestead on what is now Stadium Road. When he was little more than a boy at 18 years of age during the Civil War, he joined Company A of the 182nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 31, 1864 with his older brother, Nathan, who served with the 2nd Ohio Heavy Artillery.
After the war Ai farmed with his father for a while. He became a hunting and fishing guide and took parties out into Lake Erie to fish, and to hunt from Maumee Bay all the way to Sandusky, Ohio. He built a cabin near the present site of Point Place from which he based his guiding operations. In 1875, he married Maryette DeKay, daughter of George DeKay and Catherine (Navarre) DeKay. Later, they moved to Oregon Township where they resided for the balance of their lives.
Over the years, Ai served his community as a member of the Oregon Township Board of Education, township clerk, road supervisor, ditch supervisor, and justice of the peace. He was a surveyor and surveyed much of the property in the township with chains, as trees and other natural growth hampered sight and would not allow use of a transit. He also served as a medical advisor in his early days, pulling teeth and caring for the ill.
Ai and Maryette also raised five daughters and a son on their homestead on Seaman Road. When the family outgrew their original house, he built a large home on the site, moving the "old house" to the rear and used it as a granary and storage building. The new house was built at a cost of $1,800, a goodly sum in those days.
Of his children, Josephine was best known as the pioneer teacher and superintendent of the consolidated Oregon School District. His daughter Myrtle, a spinster, stayed and cared for the home and her parents, Josephine, and their cousin Terressa Fassett, a teacher, for the remainder of their lives.
Ai Ransom Fassett was a softspoken man, who, when asked about his ancestry, would answer only, "I'm a 'Blue Bellied Yankee' ", referring to his service as a Civil War soldier, and member of the Grand Army of the Republic, all Civil War Veterans. He is buried in North Oregon Cemetery on the family burial plot.
(Written by great grandson Dale Sanders Redd, ed. by Pam Redd Warren)
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