Elsworth Absalom "Elza" Schofield was born in June 1853 at Mt. Perry, Perry County, OH, the son of Joseph and Mary (Danison) Schofield.
At the age of 20, Elza was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with 17-year-old Hattie Law Smith (1866-1951), the daughter of James and Louisa (Law) Smith, on Sept. 26, 1883. Their wedding ceremony was held at "the house of Rev. E. Rose," news that made the pages of the Perry County Tribune.
The Schofields lived their lives at Mt. Perry in Madison Township, and farmed for some 55 years. They were longtime members of the Mt. Perry United Presbyterian Church.
They together became the parents of four sons -- Ray E. Schofield, Joseph Schofield, Fred James Schofield and Carl Lee Schofield.
federal censuses of 1900, 1910 and 1920 show the family residing at Mt. Perry.
In 1910, their 18-year-old son Carl resided at home and worked as a salesman in a local general store.
Elza served as a trustee of Madison Township in 1907, as a Republican. The other two trustees, also Republicans, were J.E. Wilkins and O. Burgess. They together are listed in the 1905 book, Ohio - Federal, State, County, Township and Municipal Officers (page 229).
Hattie survived for another baker's dozen years and endured the heartache of the death of her son Ray, who passed away in 1941. (See below for more.)
She died of a stroke at the age of 84 on Jan. 7, 1951. They are buried at the Mt. Perry Methodist Church, in a row with his parents and pioneer grandparents, who originally owned the land on which the church and cemetery sit.
~ Son Ray E. Schofield ~
He was a lifelong bachelor and with his mother resided in the community of his birth.
Ray was employed for many years in the banking field. At one point he was employed with the State of Ohio banking department. For a decade, he was held positions with the Perry County Bank at New Lexington, the Junction City Bank and Citizens National Bank in New Lexington. In March 1935, he was appointed assistant cashier in the New Somerset Bank.
One of his duties was to collect real estate taxes for depositors, and in 1938 the total he remanded from the bank to the county treasurer was $4,555.76.
Ray belonged to the Somerset lodge of the Masons.
Sadly, Ray died of heart valve disease at the age of 57 years, nine months and 11 days on Nov. 21, 1941, just a few weeks before the United States was plunged into World War II. An obituary in the Zanesville Times-Recorder said that he had been "found dead in bed" and "had many friends and acquaintances."
Funeral services were held in the family home and then Mt. Perry Presbyterian Church, by the hand of Rev. H.F. McAllister. The remains were laid to rest at Mt. Perry Cemetery, and Ray's brother Carl signed the official Ohio certificate of death.
~ Son Joseph Clair Schofield ~
Son Joseph Clair Schofield (1885-1926) was born on Dec. 26, 1885 in Mt. Perry. He was a longtime farmer in Mt. Perry, and was of medium height and build, with brown eyes and hair.
On Oct. 20, 1910, at the age of 24, Joseph married 22-year-old Anna Shelly (Feb. 11, 1888- ? ), daughter of Jefferson and Louisa (Cooperrider) Shelly of Glenford, Perry County. Rev. C.J.E. Lautenschlauger oversaw the wedding. News of their marriage license was printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder.
They bore one known daughter, Pauline Schofield.
Their home farm was comprised of 60 acres in Glenford, Hopewell Township, Perry County.
During World War I, Joseph registered for the military draft, and disclosed that he was a self-employed farmer and that Anna was his next of kin. By 1920, as recorded by a federal census-taker, he worked as a day laborer.
Joseph was stricken with a serious case of appendicitis in the dead of winter of 1926. While under medical treatment, plagued by an abundance of pus, his health declined, and sadly he died at the age of 39, on Feb. 28, 1926. His remains were placed into eternal rest in Highland Cemetery in Glenford, Perry County.
Anna remained a widow for four years. Then on Oct. 11, 1930, when she was 41 years of age, she wed again to 55-year-old Glenford bachelor farmer Casper B. Hazlett (Feb. 15, 1875-1941), a native of Muskingum County and the son of William R. and Rachel (Allman) Hazlett. Rev. C.E. Linder of Glenford presided at the nuptials.
Casper was active in the community and, in January 1926, was treasurer of an organization which petitioned the court system to incorporate the village of Glenford.
The Hazletts enjoyed spending time at Summerland Beach in the summer months. But the marriage appears to have been troubled, and the couple divorced. Anna retook her first married name, "Schofield."
Sadly, Casper was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 64 on Nov. 18, 1939. The funeral was conducted in the Hopewell Methodist Church. Interment of the remains was in Highland Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Zanesville Times Recorder. His Ohio death certificate marks his marital status as "single," for which his sister Leah Hazlett of Glenford was the informant.
Anna lived to the ripe age of 98. She moved into the home of her daughter in Mansfield, OH and held a membership in the First Lutheran Church. She bore the heartbreak of the death of her daughter in 1987. She passed away in Woodlawn Nursing Home in Mansfield on Jan. 21, 1988, at the age of 98. Burial was with her first spouse in Highland Cemetery, reunited in death after six-plus decades apart. An obituary appeared in the Mansfield News-Journal.
The couple did not reproduce. Richard was employed for many years by Columbia Gas Company of Ohio. He belonged to the Quarter Century Club and the local lodges of the Elks and Masons. Their address was 311 Davis Road, and they were members of the First English Lutheran Church. Richard passed away at the age of 60, in Mansfield General Hospital, on Jan. 30, 1973. Rev. Jerry L. Schmalenberger led the funeral service, followed by burial in Mansfield Cemetery. His obituary appeared in the News-Journal, with the family requesting that any memorial donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Pauline outlived her husband by many years. She sold their home and auctioned its contents in 1985 and moved into Mansfield Memorial Homes. Death swept her away at the age of 74 on April 8, 1987. Her pastor Rev. Michael B. Goldner presided over the funeral, with burial in Highland Township Cemetery, Glenford. An obituary was printed in the News-Journal. As a memorial, the Pauline S. Treisch Fund was established with the Richland County Foundation. Among other bequests, the fund gave $6,000 to the Mid-Ohio Education Service Center in 2000 for programming in youth-focused conflict management training. Other fund grants over the years included to North Central Ohio Youth for Christ for after-school and tutoring (2001), the Center for Individual and Family Services for startup funds for classrooms serving emotionally disturbed students (2007), the Domestic Violence Shelter for heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment (2011) and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library for First Call 2-1-1 technology expansion (2011).
~ Son Fred James Schofield ~
Son Fred James Schofield (1888-1953) was born on Nov. 3, 1888 in Mt. Perry. He was tall and slender, with light brown eyes and black hair.
He married Flossie Campbell (1890-1931), the daughter of O.E. and Emma (Ramsey) Campbell. At the time of marriage, on May 21, 1908, Fred was age 19 and Flossie 17. Rev. H.J. McClure led the ceremony. The Schofield and Campbell families were close, and Fred's brother Carl wed Flossie's sister Faun.
They lived in Mt. Perry, where Fred initially worked as a railroader. By 1920, when the federal census count was made, Fred had turned to farming.
Heartache rocked this family the fall of 1919. Infant twins Ruth and Charles died shortly after birth, with Charles passing that day, Oct. 14, 1919, and Ruth living only 13 days, until her demise on Oct. 27, 1919. Their tender remains were placed into eternal repose at Mt. Perry Cemetery, with a curved marker standing at their grave.
The Schofields are known to have attended the fith annual Smith family reunion, held on Labor Day 1929 in the Mt. Perry School hall.
Flossie contracted a brain abscess in June 1931, and "was admitted to the hospital in critical condition for medical treatment, but an operation became necessary as her condition grew worse," said the Zanesville Signal. Sadly, she died of at the age of 40 on June 18, 1931, in Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville. Burial was in Mt. Perry.
Fred married again, in 1935, to Emma May Denison (1886-1976), a Glenford native and the widow of Raymond Denison. She brought three children into the second union -- Lucille Denison, Ralph E. Denison and Mary Ellen Smith.
The following year, they moved to Zanesville, Muskingum County, and lived at 813 Arch Street. Emma, said the Zanesville Times Recorder, "was a 50-year member of South Zanesville United Methodist Church and its CIC Sunday School class." Fred worked as an oiler in the Columbia Cement plant in Zanesville for 19 years. Circa 1946, they lived in Norval Park near Zanesville.
He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 64 on Feb. 27, 1953. His remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Perry Cemetery., with Rev. Clyde Hutchinson leading the services At the time of his death, said the Zanesville Signal, Fred was survived by 15 grandchildren.
Emma outlived Fred by 23 years. She died at age 90 on Dec. 13, 1976, after becoming ill while celebrating her 90th birthday at an open house. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Glenford.
Daughter Willabel "Bell" Schofield (1912-1999) was born on Oct. 1, 1912 in Mt. Perry. She was a 1931 gradaute of Somerset High School. Bell married Ralph L. Dickson (Feb. 2, 1912-2000) in Monroe County, OH, who graduated a year ahead of her at Somerset. The pair spent most of their married lives residing in Mt. Perry. Their only daughter was Sally Kay VanSickle. Bell at one time served as postmistress in Mt. Perry. A nephew remembered seeing her sort incoming mail and stamp-cancel outgoing envelopes. Ralph was a longtime banker and retired as assistant cashier at New Somerset Bank after more than three decades. The family held a membership in Mt. Perry Presbyterian Church. Bell eventually retired from the post office, and the couple relocated to the Harbor Hills section of Hebron, OH. She died at the age of 86 on April 16, 1999, as a patient in Newark Healthcare Centre. Funeral services were conducted in the family church, jointly led by Rev. Joel Morgan and Rev. Ralph Bauserman. Burial was in the sacred soil of Mt. Perry Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Ralph only outlived his bride by 10 months. He passed away in the emergency room of Licking Memorial Hospital at age 88 on Feb. 4, 2000. The Times Recorder also published his obituary.
Daughter Virgie L. Schofield (1908-2004) was born on Sept. 27, 1908 in Mt. Perry. She was an alumna of Mt. Perry High School. When she was 18 years of age, on Feb. 23, 1928, Virgie wed 21-year-old farmer Clarence "Roy" Beardmore (Sept. 14, 1906-2003), son of Albert and Rosa (Winland) Beardmore. The wedding was held in Mt. Perry. Their union endured the ups and downs of an extraordinary 76 years. The pair belonged to Mt. Perry Presbyterian Church and lived for decades on a farm in Mt. Perry. Together, they produced a brood of a baker's dozen children -- Helen Hatfield, John William Beardmore, Bernard Glenn Beardmore, Jennett "Jenny" Ackerman, Willis Beardmore, Thomas Beardmore, Michael Beardmore, Anthony Beardmore, Timothy Beardmore, Rose Clem, Carolyn Beardmore, Andrew Beardmore and Joseph "Joe" Beardmore. The clan moved from one dwelling to another on their farm in May 1957. Then on Dec. 2, 1957, the entire family was pictured in a Zanesville Times Recorder article headlined "Roy Beardmore Family Selected By Panel of Judges." They were chosen among 100 entries in a "Typical Family" contest and were noted for operating a 231-acre farm straddling the Perry and Muskingum County border, about three miles away from Mt. Perry. At the time, they raised barley, corn, oats and wheat as well as chickens, cows, hogs and sheep. The article went on to say that their children provided farmwork on a rotated basis so that no one individual had the same job all the time. At their 60th wedding anniversary, in 1988, the pair were pictured in the Times Recorder. Sadly, Roy passed away at the age of 97 on Dec. 20, 2003. Virgie only lived as a widow for another six months. At the age of 95, she was admitted to Somerset Healthcare Center and died on May 29, 2004. The Times Recorder published an obituary, which noted that her survivors included 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. As she had done for Roy, Rev. Diane Mowry presided over Virgie's funeral service, with interment in Mt. Perry Cemetery.
Son Philip Oliver Schofield (1931-2018) was born on June 16, 1931 in Mt. Perry. He was only four days of age when his mother died. At the mother's dying request, he was taken in and raised by his uncle and aunt in Mt. Perry, Carl Lee and Faun (Campbell) Schofield, among others in the family. He and his cousin John Beardmore are known to have had sleepovers at the Zanesville home of Philip's father circa 1938. Philip was a 1949 graduate of Glenford Hopewell High School, playing scholastic basketball and performing as a trumpeter in the school band. He and fellow gradautes Fred Winaldn and Dean Pargeon then took a sightseeing trip in the summer of 1949 to Washington, DC and New York. In 1951, he entered into marriage with Patricia Morton ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for 34 years. Together, they produced two sons -- Philip "Kevin" Schofield and Rob Schofield. Philip joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War, enlisting as a paratrooper. He was deployed to Germany as a construction foreman with the Army Corps of Engineers and attained the rank of sergeant first class. When his father Fred became seriously ill in January 1952, Philip was granted a special 30-day furlough home from Germany to visit his father in University Hospital, Columbus. Upon his discharge in 1954, he returned to Ohio, and the family moved that year to Cincinnati. In the Queen City, he was employed in engineering, manufacturing and sales in the aerospace industry. Said the Winona (MN) Post, he "made contributions in the development and deployment of composite materials, notably heat shields for Project Mercury, rocket motor nozzles for Apollo’s Lunar Excursion Modules and carbon-based brakes widely used on commercial airliners." Subsequent moves were to Orlando, FL and thence bo Southern California circa 1976. While in California, in his free time, Philip became a runner, competing in marathon and ultra-marathon races. Said the Post:
After the first marriage ended, Philip relocated to Winona, MN. There, he was joined in wedlock with Cathy Vogel ( ? -living). Two daughters born to this union were Sarah Bambenek and Erin Francsis. Following retirement, Philip spent his time running and walking, raising his garden and admiring classic cars. He and Cathy moved to Kansas City, MO, and then in 2018 migrated to St. Paul, MN. On the day of his death, Philip took his usual walk and covered four miles, but fell and never recovered from his injury. The angel of death spirited him away a week later at the age of 87 on Dec. 12, 2018. An obituary was published in the Post. His remains were cremated, and his sons arranged for inurement of the ashes next to the graves of Carl and Faun in Mt. Perry Cemetery.
Stepdaughter Lucille Denison ( ? - ? ) died in childhood.
Stepson Ralph E. Denison (1913-1996) was born on April 30, 1913 in Glenford. At the age of 12, he moved to South Zanesville. He was a graduate of South Zanesville High School and went on to earn his degree at Muskingum College. On Sept. 29, 1934, Ralph was united in matrimony with Gertrude Lasur ( ? - ? ). Their one daughter was Marlene Wilkins. Ralph was a teacher at the Bell, McHenry and South Zanesville Schools. He also owned Denison-Reo Truck Sales and was employed in sales by the Carpenter, Wayne and Superior bus companies. From 1948 to 1952, he served as a Muskingum County Commissioner. Gertrude at one time worked for Hazel Atlas Glass Company, J.C. Penny and Rink's. Active in the South Zanesville United Methodist Church,, he taught Sunday School, was a lay leader and speaker and held the post of lay leader for the Newark District of the United Methodist Conference. As well, he was a member of the Lafayette lodge of the Scottish Rite, Aladdin Temple Shrine, Zavi Shrine and Muskingum County Scottish Rite Association. Their address in the mid-1970s was 49 Beechrock Drive. The pair were pictured in a Zanesville Times Recorder article about their 61st wedding anniversary in 1995. Death swept him away, in Adams Lane Care Center, on Dec. 12, 1996. Burial was in Zanesville Memorial Park, following a funeral co-officiated by Rev. David Barber and Rev. Mark Fulkerson. An obituary was printed in the Zanesville Times Recorder.
Stepdaughter Mary Ellen Denison (1919-2001) was born on April 19, 1919 in Glenford. She wed Carl Smith ( ? -1972). They became the parents of a son, Gary Smith. During World War Ii, Carl served in the U.S. Army and was posted to several bases in the United States. Mary Ellen pursued a career as an educator and is known to have taught in the Monroe School during the 1930s and then in the Garfield and Munson elementary schools. The family lived in Zanesville and belonged to the South Zanesville United Methodist Church. Their address in the 1950s was 708 Lexington Avenue. Sadly, Carl died in 1972. Mary Ellen survived him by nearly three decades. Her address in 1976 was at 813 Arch Street. In retirement, she held memberships in the Muskingum County Retired Teachers Association, Zanesville Busiess and Professional Women and the YWCA's Blue Triangle Club. Mary Ellen passed into eternity at the age of 82, on Aug. 1, 2001, as a resident of The Inn at North Hills in Zanesville. Heer obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Rev. Brian Law presided at the funeral, followed by interment of the remains in Highland Cemetery, Glenford.
~ Son Carl Lee Schofield ~
Son Carl Lee Schofield (1891-1961) was born on Dec. 28, 1891 in Mt. Perry.
As a young adult, he was short and slender, with dark brown hair and eyes.
On July 23, 1913, when he was age 21, Carl was united in holy matrimony with 18-year-old Faun Campbell (1895-1992), the daughter of Oliver E. and Emma (Ramsey) Campbell. Rev. L.A. Kerr, of the United Presbyterian Church, officiated. The Schofield and Campbell families were close, and Carl's brother Fred wed Fern's sister Flossie.
At the time, Carl was employed as a clerk.
They were the parents of two sons, John F. Schofield and Donald L. Schofield. Nephew Philip Oliver Schofield also lived with the family for many years and was considered as their son.
Carl and Faun resided on the Mt. Perry farm where he was born. They were members of Mt. Perry United Presbyterian Church.
During World War I, Carl was required to register for the military draft. At the time, he stated he was employed as a clerk in the store of E.E. Thompson of Mt. Perry, and that he was married and had a three-year-old child at home. In 1920 and 1930, when the federal censuses were enumerated, Carl's occupation was marked as "Farmer."
Carl served in about 1938 as township clerk in Madison Township, following in the footsteps of his grandfather some three decades earlier. He also was elected vice president of the Farmers Institute in Perry County in January 1943.
Faun and their niece Willabel "Bell" (Schofield) Dickson attended the second annual O.E. Campbell reunion in Mt. Perry in August 1957. Reported the Zanesville Recorder, "43 persons [were] in attendance. A basket dinner was served and games and contests enjoyed."
Carl died at home after an illness of three years' duration on Nov. 19, 1961 at the age of 70. Rev. Paul Duncan conducted the funeral.
Faun survived him by more than three decades. She is known to have attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Thornville.
She passed away on Feb. 6, 1992, at the age of 97, in the Health Nursing and Convalescent Center. Her obituary was printed in the Recorder. She was survived by eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Rev. Lois Buchiane preached the funeral sermon, with burial in Mt. Perry Cemetery.
Son John Frederick Schofield (1914-1996) was born on March 6, 1914 in Mt. Perry. He was an alumnus of Somerset High School. John spent his entire life in the county of his birth and made a home in Thornville. On Sept. 24, 1937, he was joined in holy wedlock with Marjorie Smith (Sept. 9, 1918-2000), daughter of Jesse O. and Osa F. (Gordon) Smith of Glenford. Their union endured for a remarkable 58 years. The pair of children in this family were Daniel Schofield and Carol Parsons. Marjorie was an alumna of Glenford High School. John earned a living as a farmer and carpenter and at one time worked for Kaiser Aluminum. Marjorie was employed for 20 years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) in Somerset. She enjoyed attending meetings of the Lancaster Christian Women's Club. With his health failing, John was admitted to Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, where he died at the age of 82 on Sept. 11, 1996. An obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder said he was survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Trinity United Church of Christ, Thornville, by the hand of Rev. Dr. Harold Kaser. The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of the Thornville Lutheran Reformed Cemetery. Marjorie outlived her spouse by four years. As a patient in Fairfield Medical Center, she passed away on Dec. 9, 2000. Rev. Kathy Klamar officiated the funeral.
Son Donald Lee Schofield (1922-2000) was born on Dec. 19, 1922 in Mt. Perry. In 1944, he married Wilda Marcille Cotterman (July 12, 1923-2008). The pair stayed together for a remarkable 55 years. Together they produced two children -- David L. Schofield and Judith A. Vertikoff. The made their permanent residence in Cincinnati. Sadly, Donald died in Cincinnati at the age of 77 on Feb. 8, 2000. Wilda lived for another eight-plus years. Death gathered her away at the age of 85 on Sept. 14, 2008. Interment was in Arlington Memorial Gardens.
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