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Kentucky Branch of the Rash Name

Kentucky Branch of the Rash Name

Posted: 963206336000
Edited: 1047861286000
According to the book "History Of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison And Nicholas Counties", Kentucky, Chapter XVI, beginning on page 134 the history of North Middleton Precinct No. 4 is recorded.

Page 135 relates that in 1819 that John Rash and his wife were among the first members of a new church and that John Rash was one of three men who were most prominent in establishing the church. Enoch Mason was the first pastor of the church and he later gave the following sketch of John Rash, "John Rash was born and raised in Clark County, and was converted at the age of thirteen, under the preaching of Elder Ambrose Dudley. He was conscientious, honest and candid, without guile and transparent as glass. He was firm almost to a fault, and if he had lived in times of religious persecution would have courted the stake if his Master's cause had required it. He died in 1842 in Nicholas County."

Family Tree Maker CD-Rom # 229 records that John Rash married Elizabeth Wright on May 15, 1805 in Clark County, Kentucky. Also recorded are John Rash m. Margaret Fuqua August 30, 1833 in Bourbon County, Morris Rash m. Elizabeth F. Bowley August 31 in Bourbon County, 1833 and Warren Rash m. Alvina Aedges (Hedges) in Clark County.

My mother's (Lilian M. Rash, b. 1899, daughter of James Lawson Rash and Mary Rebecca Fry) hand written notes of her ancestors identifies a John Rash m. Mary Wright as her ancestor and that John had four sons named John Rash m. Ms. Fuqua, Morris Rash, Warren Rash and Thomas William Rash m. Margaret Brothers whom Lilian was descended from. There were 5 sisters, Sallie, Mary, Tabitha, Susan and Nancy in that Rash family also.

John Rash m. Margaret Fuqua had three sons, Lawson Rash, Ben Rash and William Rash.

Morris Rash m. Elizabeth F. Bowley had six children, Steve Rash, John Rash, Jim Rash, Jane Rash, Sarah Rash and that one unidentified child married a Todd (Family Tree Maker CD-Rom # 229 records that John W. Rash m. Sardinia Todd on January 4, 1831 and that a Joseph W. Rash m. Mary L. Todd on March 12, 1835).

Warren Rash m. Alvina Aedges (Hedges) had three children named William Rash, Mary Rash and Sarah Rash.

Thomas William Rash m. Margaret Brothers had twelve children named Matilda Elizabeth Rash, John Davis Rash, James Lawson Rash, Ambrose Franklin Rash, Arch Miller Rash, Mary Davis Rash, Mariam Cassandra Rash, Henry Morris Rash, William Warren (Uncle Billy) Rash, Cordelia Jane Rash, Sarah Louis Rash and Nancy Margaret Rash.

Are there any other descendants from these families out there?

Clifford W. Holforty,


Posted: 965758080000
Edited: 994126028000

Yes, I am from the Teager line of KY. and your Matilda E. Rash married my John A. Teager in 1846/47 and they had one son Warren in 1868. Please contact me at for more information.

Sue B

Re: Kentucky Branch of the Rash Name

Posted: 1219608279000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Rash
I am looking for the parents & correct Rash line for Nelson Bell Rash (born May 1850). He died Aug. 30, 1916 in Middlesboro, KY. He married Alice Dudley Van Meter (B. 1861, Hardy Co., VA -now West VA) in 1884. Nelson Rash was a retail shoe merchant in Middlesboro, KY, sometime after 1910 (according to her obit.) I believe he was a breeder of short-horn cattle in KY prior to 1910 (although the 1900 Christianburg, KY census lists "farmer" as his occupation.) I would be very interested in any information you can give me regarding this line of the Rash family. It is my assumption that his mother's maiden name may have been "Bell", since it was the custom to use her maiden name as the middle name for a child. Thanks!

Re: Kentucky Branch of the Rash Name

Posted: 1219624125000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Rash
I have searched the genealogy of my Rash connection and do not find any mention of a Nelson Bell Rash. There does not seam to be a Nelson bell Rash in Mason, Fleming or Clark County's where my ancestors or their issue may have resided. Sorry I can not be of help.

Cliff Holforty

Re: Kentucky Branch of the Rash Name

Posted: 1219660522000
Classification: Query
Thank you for looking. :-)

Re: Kentucky Branch of the Rash Name

Posted: 1228305875000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Rash
RASH FAMILY. A notable name in and around Winchester for a century has been that of the Rash Family. The old Rash home is four miles north of Winchester (Clark Co.). One of its owners and occupants for many years was Rev. William Samuel Rash, who lived there while he preached at Friendship Church, the building of which stood in the present cemetery at Winchester. Rev. William S. Rash was born in Clark County February 13, 1783, and died June 9, 1859. He was a pioneer "Hardshell" Baptist Preacher. He also served as a soldier in the War of 1812 and was captured at the Battle of River Raisin by the Indians, but made his escape by night. One of his Kentucky comrades, Leonard Beall, was not so fortunate, and was made to "run the gauntlet" and was a cripple from the experience the rest of his life. Rev. William S. Rash married Elizabeth Berry, who lived to a great age. His son, Rev. A.D. Rash, was born June 22, 1823, and died March 18, 1901. William S. Rash owned about 500 acres, much of it owned by his son, Lewis Rash, but eventually sold.
Thomas Rash, a grandson of Rev. William S. Rash, was born at the old homestead January 27, 1836, and for a quarter of a century was a merchant at Winchester, being a partner with his brother W.D. four or five years. At a still later period he re-engaged in merchandising and continued that occupation for twenty years until 1904 when he retired to his farm on Boonesboro Pike, four miles from Winchester. More recently he returned to Winchester, and has erected a pleasant home on Crescent Creek.
At the age of 40 Thomas Rash married Mary Ogden, whose maiden name was Baldwin. She was born in Lexington, a daughter of William and Elizabeth Baldwin, who came from England to Pennsylvania and settled in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1835. William Baldwin and three of his sons were soldiers during the War between the States in the Confederate Army with Morgan. He was reported missing and is supposed to have been killed in battle. The son William was killed at Green River Bridge, while Samuel and John served all through the war. The families of William and John are still represented at Winchester."
Source: "History of Kentucky, by William Elsey Connelley and E.M. Coulter, PhD, in 5 Volumes. Vol 5, Pg286. The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1922."

I think your John was the brother to William Samuel Rash, who were sons of William Rash Sr.(S/O Joseph Rash Sr.) and Elizabeth Warren(D/O Samuel Warren) of Spotsylvania County Virginia. He came to Wilkes County Nc. (Late 1780`s)shortly after his brother arrived, but is believed to have moved to Clark County between 1800 and 1810
1850 Census says William Samuel Rash was born in Virginia, probably Spotsylvania County..He was a slave owner with about 24 slaves in 1850.

Richard Joseph Rash, NC.
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