Walter Edgecomb (1819-1893) and Laura Bassitt (1824-1904)
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Walter was "in his 13th year when his parents, Uriah and Betsey (Doud) Edgecomb, settled in Bath Township [Allen Co., OH]. He received a limited education in the district schools of his time, and when 18 years of age started life for himself, working on a farm by the day and month until he was 21."1
Laura and Walter Edgecomb
Copied from an original in possession of Lela Barber Baker c. 1977. On back: "Great Grandma, Great Grandpa Edgecomb". The original photo was glued to the back of glass which had broken. Fortunately the cracks in the glass did not extend over the faces. This image was scanned from a negative in possession of Steve Baskauf and retouched thanks to Alan White.
On 13 Nov 1840, Walter married Laura Bassitt2, daughter of Samuel and Elsie (Lewis) Bassitt. "After his marriage, our subject engaged in farming on a rented farm. He has owned two farms besides the one he now occupies"1 (in 1885). One of these farms was 60 acres in the southwest quarter of section 24 in Monroe Township (then in Putnam Co.) which he bought on 17 Jul 18383. This land was about two miles north of land purchased by his brothers Lansil and Ezra a few years earlier. However, it does not appear that Walter and Laura lived there, since they were listed as "of Allen Co." when they sold it in 18424. It is likely that they were living near where his father moved in section 11 in 1845. The 1850 census lists Walter's household after his father Uriah and his sister Clarinda Snyder and before Elias Everett who lived at the corner of Bluelick Rd. and the Dixie Hwy. This would also locate their family less than a mile from Laura's parents' farm. Walter also bought a 40 acre farm in section 12 in 1849, but this is probably not where he lived.
In December 1856, Walter and Laura moved to the farm in section 1 (near the corner of Sugar Creek Rd. and the Dixie Hwy.) where they spent the rest of their lives5, "all of which he has cleared and improved."1
As the Civil War raged through the southern states in the early 1860's, many families in the area felt its effect as their sons left home to join the regiments. On 13 May 1864, Walter Edgecomb's son, Alfred, wrote home to his Grandfather Bassett describing his experiences with the 12th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in Alabama:
But Alfred's wish to tell his grandparents some good stories face to face was not to be granted. Two months later he was killed in Atlanta, Georgia.
Walter Edgecomb "has been a farmer all his life, and by industry and close attention to business has acquired a competency. He served as township trustee a number of years, and is much respected by his neighbors."5 "Our subject is one of the leading farmers of Bath. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Edgecomb are members of the Disciples Church."1 According to his daughter Loretta Barber, Walter said that he would not live in a community where there was not a church and a school for his children to attend.7
Children of Walter and Laura (Bassitt) Edgecomb9:
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8. Tombstone of Walter and Laura Edgecomb, Old Beaverdam Cemetery, Richland Twp., Allen Co., OH Monument "WALTER EDGECOMB Died June 16, 1893 Aged 73 Y. 10 M. 10 D." entire inscription dates dates enhanced "LAURA WIFE OF WALTER EDGECOMB Died Feb. 28, 1904, Aged 79 y. 8 m. 12 d. inscription dates dates enhanced
12. Reuben White was the son of Adam and Rebecca (Walton) White. Rebecca Walton was the daughter of Deborah (Gilbert) and Joseph G. Walton who came to the McClure settlement in Bath Township in 1826. Deborah Arvilla Mitchell a.k.a. Gilbert was the daughter of Montaignai Mitchell and Pe-Aitch-Ta, a famous chief of the Shawnee Indians who lived in Allen County before their removal in 1832 and who figures prominently in the early history of the county. For more details, see "A Missionary, An Indian, and a Hill: Their story" from The Allen County Reporter, vol. L11 No. 1 (1996), published by the Allen County Historical Society.
13. Tombstone of Loretta and James H. Barber (Old Beaverdam, OH Cemetery).
18. Samuel is buried in the Sproat Cemetery, Wolfe Rd., Bath Twp., Allen Co., OH. His death date and age are illegible. (tombstone image) Family burials generally shifted from the Sproat Cemetery to the old Beaverdam Cemetery around 1880. So it is likely that he died at a young age, possibly in his teens. He was deceased in 1885 according to History of Allen. There are no known records of a marriage or children for Samuel, so it is likely that he had no descendants.
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