Monday, May 24, 2010

The Life of Willard Theodore Bascom - His Childhood


Willard Theodore Bascom was born 4 January 1868 in Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana. He was the oldest child and only son of Robert Bruce Bascom and Olive Bovard.

Willard's father, Robert Bruce Bascom, had first married Margaret Littlefield on 1 March 1863 in Switzerland county, Indiana. To them was born one son, Edward Harry Bascom on 6 March 1864. Margaret died on 15 Mar 1866. On 4 November 1866, Robert Bruce married Olive Bovard. Robert Bruce and Olive had 8 more children after Willard, all daughters. They were Alice Luella, Catherine, Jessie Florence, Josephine, Grace Gertrude, Charlotte, and twins Martha and Mary.

Willard was found in his parents' household in the 1870 census in Cass township, Ohio county, Indiana.
1870 U.S. census, Ohio county, Indiana, Population, Cass township, enumeration district , page 3, dwelling 25, family 25, Household of Robert Bascom; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 10 Feb 2010), citing National Archives microfilm publication M593.

In 1880, the family remained in Cass township but had grown much larger.
1880 U.S. census, Ohio county, Indiana, Population, Cass township, enumeration district 146, 3, dwelling 53, family 56, Household of R B Bascom; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 Aug 2009), citing National Archives microfilm publication T9.

Next we look at Willard's marriage and children.

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