HISTORY OF THE RASH FAMILY #1- EARLIEST RECORDS TO DATE, by Clifford W. Holforty
The following information was discovered by the writer while doing research for ancestors of his mother, Lilian M. Rash (b. 1899), who was the daughter of James Lawson Rash and Mary Rebecca Fry shown in the 1900 U.S. census of Mason County, Kentucky.
On Family Tree Maker CD ROM # 350 "The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776" and "The Complete Book of Emigrants In Bondage, 1614-1775" is found two Rash names.
1) From the reference source "The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776" we found the following statement which is an acknowledgment of the existence of a Rash on the American continent as early as 1717:
"30 March 1717. Deposition by William Halford, book-keeper to Robert Chester Esq. of London re: his master's dealings with Captain George Rash of Philadelphia. (LMC)."
2) From the reference source "The Complete Book of Emigrants In Bondage, 1607-1776" we find the following statement which is an additional acknowledgment of the existence of a Rash on the American continent as early as 1736:
"Rash, Joseph. Sentenced to transportation stealing malt September Transported December 1736 Dorsetshire to Virginia. Middlesex."
From the reference source "Biographical And Genealogical History Of The State Of Delaware Volume II 1899" on pages 840, 841, 842, 843, 844, 1369 and 1370 we have found a historical sketch on the Rash family with a long history in the state of Delaware and are likely the ancestors of a major portion of the Rash descendants in the U.S. today. The only locations that I know of where this reference is available but, probably not the only sources, are at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at Madison and at the Burton Historical Collection at the City of Detroit Main Library.
3) "John 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." There follows an extensive delineation of several generations in that reference source.
The "Calender Of Kent County Delaware Probate Records 1680-1800" discloses wills which were made or probated between 1732 and 1778. On page 109 is a will notation for Joseph Rash which identifies three sons, John, Ambrose and Joseph, three daughters, Sarah, Patience and Grace and his wife, Sarah. The will was made November 17, 1745 and it was probated on December 14, 1745. On page 130 is the notation for the will of Ambrose which identifies his mother Sarah, his brother John and three sisters, Sarah, Patience and Grace. The same as in his fathers will on page 109 but, no wife or child. This will was made on October 26, 1748 and it was probated on November 26, 1748. In addition there were also wills for John Rash probated on January 3, 1761, for James Rash probated on January 28, 1769, for a Mary Thorel who was married to an Unknown Rash which was made August 26, 1732, for Joseph Rash probated August 19, 1778 and for Samuel Rash probated June 18, 1755. All of these wills name the Rash descendants to whom portions of the will are bequeathed.
We also find in the reference source "Delaware Archives, Military Volume 1" published by the Public Archives Commission of Delaware by authority, the following persons listed, "Joseph Rash" and "John Rash, Jr.", as members of the Company of Captain John Caten during the French and Indian War of 1754-1763.
And last, I have discovered the notation of the death of Nathan Rash in the Revolutionary War at "Beams Station" on page 121 in "History And Biographical Papers Volume I" papers of the Historical Society of Delaware V.
Look for HISTORY OF THE RASH FAMILY #2 to follow within about a week.
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