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Rudd Hopkins


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  • Name Rudd Hopkins 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 69EF5ACCFB6E394D9283F8C170FFD2108C71 
    • History of The Western Reserve
      By Harriet Taylor Upton (1910)
      Edward Welton Bassett was born in Franklin township, Portage county, Ohio, March 19, 1834, a son of William and Eloise (Welton) Bassett. The parents were married in Connecticut on the 27th of February, 1817, and soon afterward they started on the overland journey with teams and wagons to the Western Reserve of Ohio, and, arriving in Portage county, they established their home in the then dense woods of Franklin township. In time they succeeded in clearing their farm there, and their names are enrolled among the earliest of pioneers of that community.
      Edward W. Bassett, the third born of their four children, three sons and a daughter, became associated early in life with the Cleveland and Pittsburg Railroad as a brakeman, and he had previously worked as a driver on the Erie canal. He continued his railroading work with the Atlantic & Great Western Company as a conductor and messenger for twenty-four years, then for eight years as an express agent at Ravenna, and during six months was a United States express agent at Youngstown. Coming to the city of Kent in 1886, he remained with the American Express Company until his death, two years lter, on the 17th of August, 1888. He married at Norton, in Summit county, Ohio, on September 6, 1856, Harriet Brewster, and their two children were: Charles E., who died in infancy, and Georgianna, who became the wife of W.A. Simmons and resides in Rochester, New York. This wife died on the 21st of September, 1868, and on the 12th of January, 1870, Mr. Bassett was married to Adelia Woodard, who was born in Franklin township, December 20, 1838, a daughter of James and Maria (Hopkins) Woodard, natives respectively of Ravenna and of the state of Vermont. Her grandparents on the paternal side, Joshua and Rebecca (Wooden) Woodard, came from the New England states to Ohio in 1806, and her maternal grandparents, Rudd and Ann (Scott) Hopkins, were from Vermont. Joshua Woodard worked for a time in a woolen mill in Portage county, and then moved to Illinois, but he later returned and died in Kent. His son James was the first white child born in Ravenna township, and in his early life he began farm work. During a few years he was the proprietor of a hotel in Kent, and then, returning to the country, he purchased a farm just northwest of Kent and died there on the 2nd of September, 1882. He served two terms as sheriff of Portage county, His wife survived him but two years, and died on the 23rd of March, 1884. Of their family of ten children, five are now living, namely: Adelia, who became the wife of Mr. Bassett; Stella M., now Mrs. Newton Hall, of Kent; Lucy A., the wife of George Furry, of Kent; Mary E., the wife of Richard Williams, also of this city; and Charles, who owns the old home farm at Kent. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bassett: Harriet E., who died on th 17th of August, 1878, aged four years and seven months; Bertha, who died in infancy; and Carrie L., who was born on the 18th of March, 1881, and became the wife of Frank L. Gallaway. They reside with her mother, and he is engaged in the raising of celery. Mrs. Bassett resides in the home which her husband erected in 1871. He was a member of the Disciple church, and he was a Sir Knight Mason at Akron and a member of the Masonic order at Kent.
    Person ID I1861  1B John Bassett of Connecticut
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2012 

    Family Ann Scott 
    +1. Maria Hopkins,   d. 23 Mar 1884
    Family ID F679  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart