Surnames in bio: BASHFORD-RENSHAW-DUNLAP-TUTTLE-COOPER-
William Bashford came to Henry County in the spring of
1855, and was born May 20, 1821 in Jefferson Co.,OH.
He was the son of John and Margaret (Dunlap)Bashford,
both parents natives of Pennsylvania, of Scots-Irish
ancestry. They had 9 children, 3 of whom are living:
John M. a resident farmer of Louisa Co., IA; Eli D.
resides in Louisa Co., and was for many years a miner
in the Rocky Mtns.; and William, our subject. The
deceased are Robert C., James, Joseph, Elizabeth,
Sarah, and one who died in infancy.
John was a pioneer of Marion Co., OH, settling there
in June 1822, and died there July 7, 1847, aged 6
years. Margaret died about 1858.
William went to Seneca Co., OH at age 25 where he
spent one winter as a laborer on the railroad. He
married Nelllie Jane Tuttle, a native of PA, b.Sept.
7, 1830, daughter of Milton and Lana (Cooper) Tuttle,
both natives of the same state. After his marriage,
Mr. Bashford rented a farm for four years, then
emigrated to Iowa, first in Cedar County for a year
and then to Henry Co.
He enlisted in the 8th Iowa Vol. Infantry on Dec.
1, 1864, and mustered out May 8, 1866 at Mobile AL.
They had 8 children: Lavilda, b. Feb. 1852 and
died at age 13; Melissa, b. Oct 25, 1853, and the
wife of John Renshaw, they reside in Jewell Co. KS;
Ella, wife of Owen Crispin, she was b. Apr.2, 1857;
John Milton was b. Mar. 2, 1859, and resides in
Logan, KS; William Jr., b. Oct 31, 1861 married
Jennie E. Chamberlain, and still resides with his
parents; Lana, wife of William Marple, was born
Aug. 12, 1865, and resides in Jewel Co., KS; Levina
was born Oct 3, 1868 and resides at home;and Eli
Dunlap, b. Mar. 18, 1871, and died at age of one year.
The Bashfords are members os the Presbyterian Church.
Portrait and Biographical Album
Henry County, Iowa
Acme Publishing Company, 1888