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Joseph RASEY
Nancy __?__
Husband:  Joseph RASEY
Birth:  1797-1802, Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., NY
Death:  2 Jan 1887, Marion Co., OH
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  John RASEY
Mother:  Rachel BREWER
Marriage:
Wife:  Nancy (FERGISON? / FERGUSON?) SPRANGE?
Birth:  1811/2, NY
Death:  aft. 1880 census
Occupation:  homemaker

According to son John's death certificate, Nancy's maiden name was FERGISON.  A file at WorldConnect shows her maiden name as SPRANGE.  It's possible that Nancy had a prior marriage and that  FERGUSON is her maiden name and SPRANGE the surname of her first husband, or vice versa.  The fact that she is 23 years older than her first child with Joseph also makes it possible she was married earlier.

Children:
born in Bucyrus Twp., Crawford Co., OH:
1.  John C. RASEY, b. Oct 1835 
2.  Hannah H. RASEY, b. 1837/8

born in Bucyrus Twp., Crawford Co., OH, or Pitt Twp., Wyandot Co., OH:
3.  William RASEY, b. 1841
4.  Sarah Jane RASEY, b. 27 Jul 1843

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Sources (n.b., Wyandot Co. was formed in 1845 mainly from Crawford County, but also parts of Hancock, Hardin, and Marion Cos.; Bucyrus Twp. remained part of Crawford Co., Pitt Twp. became part of Wyandot Co.):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 18; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 OH Crawford Co. Bucyrus Twp. Roll 388 pp. 6 Ln. 17 Rasey Joseph 100 001 - 100 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = John (b. 1835)
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = Joseph (b. 1801/2) 
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Hannah (b. 1837/8
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Nancy (b. 1811/2)
This enumerator took no occupation information.  Listed three lines above Joseph's brother, Wooster RASEY.

3.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 22):  Pitt Twp., Wyandot Co., OH, Roll M432_741, p. 236B, 129/1019, enumerated 23 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Joseph Rasey 48 M   Farmer   NY
Nancy    " 38 F       "
John     " 15 M   Laborer   O
Hannah H " 12 F       "
William  "  9 M       "
Sarah J  "  7 F       "

4.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 23):  Little Sandusky P.O., Pitt Twp., Wyandot Co., OH, Roll M653_1054, p. 545B, PN 184, 1298/1316, enumerated 18 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Joseph Racy 60 M   Farmer 100 50 NY
Nancy 45 F         "
Wm 19 M         O
Listed next to Jacob & Susannah BREWER, parents of two of our subjects' children's spouses.

5.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 17):  West Hope P.O., Monroe Twp., Henry Co., OH, Roll M593_1221 (Book 1), p. 338B, PN 10, 67/67, enumerated 29 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Racey Joseph 73 M W Farming 600 400 New York
_____ Nancy 50 F W Keeping House     New York
_____ William 28 M W Farm Laborer     Ohio
Listed next to Joseph's brother, John RACEY.

6.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 18):  Marseilles Twp., Wyandot Co., OH, Roll T9-1079 (Book 1), p. 612A, PN 9, SD 1, ED 171, enumerated 7 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
90 94 Rasey Joseph W M 78     / Farmer NY MA NY
    _____ Nancy W F 69 Wife   / Keeping house NY NY NY
    _____ William W M 39 Laborer /     OH NY NY

7.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

8.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

9.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org):  a file there show's Joseph's wife's given name as, "Thankful."

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

11.  Email from descendant:  The informant on son John C.'s death certificate was John's son, Ira, who gave Nancy's surname as FERIGSON (born in NY).

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