Individuals & Stories

Joseph Tapscott

Posted by Tamera1974 on October 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Allen County, Ohio, Biography

Joseph Tapscott

son of James and Maria (Rankins) Tapscott

JOSEPH TAPSCOTT, whose fine farm of 470 well tilled

 and finely improved acres is situated in Perry Township, belongs to one

 of the worthy old pioneer families of this section.  Mr Tapscott was

 born in Perry township, Allen County, Ohio, December 11 1850, and is the

 son of James and Maria (Rankins) Tapscott.

     Joseph Tapscott, the grandfather, came from New Jersey to Warren

 County, Ohio, and lived there until his death.  He took up 800 acres of

 land in Allen County, but never moved here.  His long life was spent on

 his land in Warren County, which he improved as he had opportunity, and

 which were divided among his children when he passed away.  He was a man

 of courage and enterprise and possessed many of the characteristics of

 his hardy Scotch-Irish ancestors which made him a typical pioneer.  He

 married Annie Schenck, of the Schenck family of New Jersey, one which

 for generations has been prominently connected with the affairs and

 public life of southern New Jersey.  They reared a family of nine

 children, the eldest of these being James Tapscott, the father of our


     James Tapscott was born in 1808 in Warren County, Ohio, and

 continued to reside on the old homestead until 1848, when he removed

 with his possessions to Allen County and settled on a 200 acre tract of

 land, which his father had entered at an early day.  He was a practical

 agriculturist and cleared a large portion of his land, making a

 comfortable homestead, where he spent a number of years. Subsequently he

 bought the farm which is now owned and occupied by his son, our subject,

 who also owns the old place, 470 acres in all.  Mr. Tapscott was one of

 the reliable and intelligent men of his community, and was elected to a

 large number of the local offices by the Democratic Party, of which he

 was a life- long member.  He died in 1884.

     On March 6, 1850, James Tapscott married Marie Rankins, who was a

 daughter of George Rankins, one of the early settlers of Perry Township.

 Of their four children our subject is the only survivor.

     Joseph Tapscott spent his boyhood in attending school and assisting

 in the work of the farm, which finally devolved entirely upon his

 shoulders.  For many years he has been looked upon as one of the

 township's most successful agriculturists and progressive citizens, his

 method being those of accepted scientific value.  His large acreage is

 not only productive under his management in an agricultural way, but the

 discovery of oil on some portions of the estate has given increase value

 to what was already considered one of the most valuable farms of the


     Mr. Tapscott was married November 28, 1872, to Elizabeth A.

 Crossley, who is a daughter of Ross Crossley of Lima, and they have

 these children: Jessie, who married William Hardesty, son of Joshua

 Hardesty, of Perry Township, and has five children; Mulford, who married

 Mattie Brown, daughter of Henry Brown; and William, who married Margaret

 Brown, daughter of William Brown.  the family belongs to the Methodist

 Episcopal Church, in which Mr. Tapscott has been very active for years,

 taking a deep interest in both church and Sunday- school, and serving as

 steward and as trustee.

     In political sentiment Mr. Tapscott is a Prohibitionist.  He has

 accepted no Public office with the exception of a trusteeship of the

 Allen County Children's Home.  Fraternally he belongs to the Foresters.

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