Saturday, May 25, 2013

Robert Bruce BASCOM and Olive BOVARD family

Robert Bruce Bascom was born 3 November 1839 in Indiana. He was the oldest son of Carley H Bascom and Elizabeth Potter. Robert served as a musician in the 16th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War.

He married Margaret Littlefield on 1 March 1863 in Switzerland County, Indiana. Margaret was born 25 December 1839 to Harvey Littlefield and Mary Ann Bovard. She died on 15 May 1866 and was buried in Bovard Cemetery in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana.

Robert Bruce Bascom and Margaret Littlefield had one child, Edward Harry Bascom (6 Mar 1864 - 21 Mar 1944). Edward married Jennie L Myers (21 Dec 1866 - 12 Aug 1951).

After Margaret's death, Robert married her cousin, Olive Bovard, on 4 November 1866 in Ohio County, Indiana. Olive was born 22 February 1847 in Ohio County, Indiana. She was the daughter of Isaac C Bovard and Ursula Shepherd.

Robert and Olive lived in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana. Robert was a farmer, then owned a store. He became postmaster of the Aberdeen Post Office in 1864 and 1869. In 1880, he was again appointed postmaster, but had the Aberdeen Post Office moved to his store in Bascom (or Bascom's Corner), Ohio County, Indiana.

Robert died on 10 March 1907 in Ohio County, Indiana. Olive died on 10 December 1926 in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana. They were both buried in Littlefield Cemetery in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana (across the street from Bovard Cemetery where Robert's first wife, Margaret, was buried).

Robert Bruce Bascom and Olive Bovard had 9 children:
  1. Willard Theodore Bascom (4 Jan 1868 - 30 Mar 1934) married Susan "Susie" Sanders (14 Mar 1870 - 16 Jan 1927).
  2.  Alice Luella Bascom (3 Mar 1869 - 19 Feb 1960) married 1st John W Cochran and married 2nd Benjamin Franklin Vanosdal (Aug 1859 - 12 Mar 1924).
  3. Catherine Bascom (20 Aug 1871 - 14 Mar 187?)
  4. Jessie Florence Bascom (7 Mar 1873 - 19 Oct 1904).
  5. Josephine Bascom (29 Feb 1876 - 1964) married Willard S Tyler (Oct 1867 - 8 Jul 1940).
  6. Grace Gertrude Bascom (6 Mar 1880 - 13 May 1929) married Albert Conner (27 Dec 1870 - 18 Oct 1945).
  7. Charlotte Bascom (1 May 1883 - ?) married William Galispie Miller (21 Jun 1879 - ?).
  8. Martha Emily Bascom (18 Jul 1887 - 20 Feb 1952) married Reuben Charles Kittle (22 Oct 1884 - 18 Jul 1963).
  9. Mary Emma Bascom (18 Jul 1887 - 1973) married John Wesley Dennis (30 Jul 1885 - 1961).

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