Biography of Walter Edgecomb
Allen County, OH Biographies

WALTER EDGECOMB, farmer, P. O. Beaver Dam, was born in Trumbull County, Ohio. August 6, 1819, son of Uriah and Betsey (Doud) Edgecomb, natives of Connecticut, who settled in Bath Township, this county, in 1832, locating on the farm now occupied by John Blaine, which they cleared and irnproved. They had a family of thirteen children: Uriah (deceased), Marilla (wife of Josiah DeLong), Ezra (deceased), Lansil (deceased), Clarinda (deceased), Robert, Walter, Lydia (deceased), Amy (deceased), Ann (wife of Elisha C. Pangle), Marquis, Sarah (wife of Lewis Bassitt) and an infant son (deceased). Uriah Edgecomb afterward purchased the place now known as the Hiram Protsman farm, where he resided up to 1857, when he removed to Richland Township, this county, and died on the farm now owned by his son, Marquis, in 1861, at the age of seventy four years. Our subject was in his thirteenth year when his parents settled in Bath Township. He received a limited education in the district schools of his time, and when eight.een years of age started in life for himself, working on a farm by the day and month until he was twenty one. He was married November 18. 1840, to Laura, daughter of Samuel and Elsie (Lewis) Bassitt, who settled in Bath Township in 1836, and by this union there were eleven children: Ann E. (wife of Reuben White), James (deceased), an infant daughter (deceased), Lewis A. (killed at the Battle of Atlanta, Ga., July 21, 1864), Loretta (wife of Hiram Barber), Sarah E. (wife of Allen Philips), Alba, Mary J. (wife of Willis White), Elsie (wife of S. Philips), Samuel S. (deceased), and Lansil. After his marriage, our subject engaged in farming on a rented farm. He has owned two farms besides the one he now occupies, clearing and improving a part of both. In 1856 he located on his present farm, all of which he has cleared and improved, and where he has resided ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Edgecomb are members of the Disciples Church. He filled the office of trustee for many years, and held several other minor offices in the township. Our subject is one of the leading farmers of Bath. In politics he is a Republican.

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