July 23, 2000
HISTORY OF THE RASH FAMILY #2- THE EARLY CENSUS YEARS, by Clifford W. Holforty
The U.S. census is marked by a characteristic which divides its usefulness into two categories of time. The first category being 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830 and 1840. The second category being those census years beginning with 1850 and going on through 1920 which is the last one to be released for public use. The fundamental difference between these two categories is that the early years only name the head of the household and tabulate the remainder of those present in the household by the number of persons in different age groups and by sex while the later censuses identify by name all persons residing in the household. The census indexes however still name only the head of the household. There are certain circumstances where census information does not exist or a substitute has been gathered to replace the original census which has been destroyed, or otherwise lost or been rendered unreadable. And, the census is of course not absolute in that mistakes occurred in spelling the surname, using middle names or nicknames as first given names and in recording the ages of the members of the household incorrectly, either because of forgetfulness or vanity on the part of the master or mistress of the household. Never-the-less the census remains the most valuable source in finding ones ancestors, that is until you have to go back earlier than 1790.
If you have read the HISTORY OF THE RASH FAMILY #1 which preceded this writing it may now occur to you that there are nearly two centuries of genealogical history of the Rash family on the American continent which evolved before the American Revolution and the commencement of the recording of U.S. Census and immigration and naturalization records. Before the census one must resort to the search for wills, church records, family bibles, land ownership records, ships manifests and other legal documents to authenticate our family lore which has been handed down for generations. And it doesn't hurt to read and know the history of the time period in the location that you are searching for your ancestors.
When you observe the raw data from the census which follows this introduction you can draw the conclusion that the Rash family and it's descendants expanded and migrated as the young American nation developed, flowing ever westward but, leaving behind the less adventurous and the older preceding generations. You will also observe that there are appearances of a Rash name in isolated and unexpected locations and you wonder how they tie in to the family at large. Was there more than one Rash immigrant to venture into the new world?
Observation of the early census years indicates the appearance of a Rash family in a location of the country in one census year and the blossoming of that branch into a multiple group of families in the next census and ten years following that an even larger contingent of families. Are they all tied together in one gigantic family tree or are there multiple family trees resulting from many immigrations? A brief listing of the early census indexes follows:
Prior to the first U. S. Census in 1790. Extracted from CD index entitled "Colonial America 1607-1789".
Daniel Rash in Wilkes County, North Carolina, 1787 State Census. Joseph Rash in Wilkes County, North Carolina, 1787 State Census.
Henry Rash in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1787 Fidelity Oath.
Diedrick Rash in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 1748.
1790 U.S. Census. Extracted from Census Index.
Andrew Rash, John Rash and Joseph Rash in Kent County, Delaware. Joseph Rash and William Rash in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
Catherine Rash in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
Jacob Rash and Jacob Rash in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
Jeremiah Rash and Jeremiah Rash in Hartford County, Connecticut.
Martin Rash in Carolina County, Maryland.
1800 U. S. Census. Extracted from Census Index.
Ambrose Rash, Andrew Rash, John Rash, Joseph Rash, Joseph Rash, Martin Rash, Mason Rash, Nathan Rash and William Rash in Kent County, Delaware. James Rash,
Daniel Rash and Levi Rash in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Thomas Rash in Iredell County, North Carolina. John Rash in Surry County, North Carolina.
Jacob Rash in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
William Rash in Granger County, Tennessee.
1810 U. S. Census. Extracted from Census Index.
Andrew Rash, D. Rash, D. Rash, Jr., Joseph Rash, Joseph Rash, Sr., M. Rash, Martin Rash, R. Rash , Robert Rash, Silas Rash and William Rash in Kent County, Delaware.
Asa Rash, Daniel Rash, Levi Rash and Luke Rash in Wilkes County, North Carolina. James Rash and Thomas Rash in Iredell County, North Carolina. John Rash in Surry County, North Carolina.
John Rash, Stephen Rash, William Rash, Jr. and William Rash Sr. in Clark County, Kentucky. David Rash and Richard Rash in Henderson County, Kentucky.
John Rash, Robert Rash and William Rash in Lunenburg County, Virginia.
Jacob Rash in Ontario County, New York.
Jesse Rash in Greene County, Ohio.
Michael Rash in North Hampton County, Pennsylvania.
1820 U. S. Census. Extracted from Census Index.
Andrew Rash, Daniel Rash, Daniel Rash, David Rash, John Rash, John Rash, Joseph Rash, Joseph Rash, Joseph, Jr., Martin Rash, Robert Rash in Kent County, Delaware.
Asa Rash and Luke in Wayne County, North Carolina and John Rash in Surry County, North Carolina.
John Rash and Samuel Rash in Bourbon County, Kentucky, Stephen Rash in Hopkins County, Kentucky and Perry Rash in Pulaski County, Kentucky.
John Rash and William Rash in Lunenburg County, Virginia, Mary Rash in Brunswick County, Virginia and Robert Rash in Greensville County, Virginia.
Elias Rash and Jacob Rash in Monroe County, Ohio.
Joseph Rash in Fayette County, Indiana, Samuel Rash in Virgo County, Indiana and William Rash in Franklin County, Indiana.
John Rash and William Rash in Jackson County, Tennessee.
Burrage Rash in Hartford County, Connecticut.
Mary Rash in Franklin County, Pennsylvania and William Rash in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
A large published Genealogy of the Delaware Rash family is to be found on CD along with several other descending Rash trees from different sources which are by-in-large substantiated by the several will references I cited previously in HISTORY OF THE RASH FAMILY #1. It identifies the two sons, Joseph (1686-1745) and John (1693-1760) Rash and their wives Sarah Unknown and Ann (Hanna) Jones. The parents of Joseph and John are identified only as First Rash and Mary Unknown. The family of Joseph and Sarah is recorded as John (b. Abt. 1712), Jamima (b. Abt 1715), Ambrose (b. Abt. 1717), Joseph (b. Abt 1717), Joseph (b. Abt. 1720), Sarah (b. Abt. 1722), Patience (b. Abt. 1722) and Grace (b. Abt. 1730). The family of John and Ann is listed as Samuel (b. Abt 1720), Joseph (b. Abt 1725), Mary Ann (b. Abt 1728), Sarah Ann (b. Abt 1730), Elinor (b. Abt 1732), Elizabeth (b. Abt 1733), Bartholomew (b. Abt 1733), Ann (b. Abt 1735), Hanna (b. Abt 1735), William (b. Abt 1736), and James (b. Abt 1738). The spouses of several of the children of Joseph/Sarah and John/Ann are also recorded.
Utilizing the references sited in HISTORY OF THE RASH FAMILY #1 we can speculate that the first Rash couple were John Rash who "emigrated from Wales" and Mary Thorel whose will disclosed that she died in 1732, the earliest will cited. The enumeration of the two sons of John Rash mentioned in the notation of his immigration from Wales as Daniel and Joseph are some what confusing and not exactly born out by the genealogy listed above. It is also interesting to observe that these first two generations largely predate the reference source cited in "The Complete Book of Emigrants In Bondage, 1607-1776". More on these subjects in the next episode.
Look for HISTORY OF THE RASH FAMILY #3 to follow within about a week.
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