Ruth PARSHALL Inscho of Tioga
Ruth Parshall was born in Chemung, New York on February 10, 1819, the thirteenth of seventeen children born to Asa Parshall and Susannah Keeney. On October 18, 1838 in Chemung, New York, she married Richard Jennings Inscho, the oldest child of John Inscho and Lavina Mitchell. According to census records they lived in Jackson Township for about 28 years.
When Richard’s widowed cousin, Caroline Prutsman, was forced to sell her property to pay her deceased husband’s debts, Richard purchased the land in Tioga Township where they lived until Richard’s death in 1875. Ruth then purchased a home on Park Street in Tioga Boro where she lived until her death in 1905.
Richard and Ruth were actually first cousins once removed since Ruth’s mother Susanna Keeney Parshall and Richard’s maternal grandmother, Ruby Keeney Mitchell were sisters. The given names in this family are an interesting glimpse into family naming patterns. Richard’s middle name, Jennings, is his paternal grandmother’s maiden name. Richard and Ruth’s first four children were named after their grandparents; Susan Keeney Inscho, Lavina Mitchell Inscho, Asa Parshall Inscho and John Inscho.
Richard and Ruth Inscho raised a large family. The oldest child, Susan Keeney Inscho married Seth J. Snell; Lavina Mitchell Inscho married Ira K. Ayers; Asa Parshall Inscho died as an infant; John Luther Inscho married Mary Eliza Miller; Jesse Parshall Inscho married Clara Brown; Albert Inscho died as an infant; William Wallace Inscho, my grandfather, married Katherine Dorothea Fuller; Ruth Louisa Inscho married Theodore F. Rolason; Mary Ella Inscho married Dr. John Wilbur Stewart; Eva Belle Inscho married Charles T. Rhodes.
Richard and Ruth apparently lived a very comfortable lifestyle. The
1870 census shows that they owned land worth $17,000 and a personal estate
of $4,000. When Ruth died on March 5, 1905 an inventory
of her estate included lace curtains, a marble topped table, four
feather beds, a bedroom suit, six rocking chairs, and a set of gold band
dishes. It is possible to look at the inventory and visualize the appraisers
starting in the bedrooms, progressing through the living room or parlor,
then to the kitchen and ending with a lawn mower, boiler, and garden tools
outside. The total value of her household goods was appraised at $97.95.
Ruth was buried in Evergreen Cemetery where a pink granite headstone marks
the graves of Richard and Ruth Inscho.
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 23 AUG 2003
By Joyce M. Tice
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