And the hits just keep on comin’!
That was a line I most likely first heard on KXOK sometime in the 1960s. I don’t know where to go with that metaphor so I’ll just mix them up a bit. We have hit the paydirt in the mountain of Maplewood History once again. We have struck a historical gold vein. Wow! Crazy but if one tasked themselves with finding these images of one of our pioneer families, you simply wouldn’t be able to do it. It is one shot in a million, the historical needle in the haystack of history.
Again we have Rachel Potter to thank for most of this material. Rachel is a direct descendant of Elizabeth Rannells, daughter of Charles and Mary.
Let’s get started. This is a bit complicated so pay attention. If you need to review some of the earlier material here are the links.
Woodside and the Rannells Family
Edward “Ned” Rannells of Woodside
The Historic Papers of Woodside 1838-1914
On Edward “Ned” Rannells
Jeremiah and Ann Aston Warder
Pre-restoration Photos of Woodside
The Last Will and Testament of Ann Aston Warder
This is the image of Mary Warder Rannells that I received from Glenn and Elise Rannells Todd. I just discovered from the material that Ms. Potter sent that I had been displaying a reverse of the image. The above is how it should be displayed.
This is how I figured that out. This is a photograph of the above painting.
I made an overlay with Photoshop. They match almost exactly.
Extremely rare is this image of Charles Samuel Rannells. This is the only known photograph of him. (Correction: This may be a photograph of a painting as well. See Ms. Potter’s comments below.) Only one other image of him is known…a painting. There is a name and a date written on the right side of the oval.
I can’t make out the name. The date looks like it is 188?. Curious since Rannells died in 1877.
Another mind bending discovery! The elderly woman is our Mary Rannells. The two younger ones are presumed to be her daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) and granddaughter, Margaret. Betsy married William Howard Brown. Margaret married Jesse Warren Wyrick. This image is lent courtesy of Dolores Wyrick through Rachel Potter.
This is a portrait of Mary’s baby, David, who died as an infant. It was painted later so is idealized. This painting certainly hung in Woodside for many years. This is also courtesy of Dolores Wyrick.
I found this online about Mary Warder Rannells parents. Her brother, Ben, was a big deal. He started a company that eventually became International Harvester. His article on Wikipedia follows.
Ben’s bronze sarcophagus weighing 3500 pounds. Cool or what?
John Aston Warder, born in 1812, was another brother of Mary’s. According to Ms. Potter, he founded American Forests.
I’m shaky on this one. I think this is a photograph of Charles and Mary’s grandson, John Rannells’ sister and brother, Frances and Ted with their grandmother, Sarah Amelia Baldwin Cartmell on the lawn at Woodside in Maplewood. Courtesy of Rachel Potter. Please correct me if I’m wrong, Ms. Potter.
And finally, this is (was?) a Warder family residence in Springfield, Ohio. I’m just not sure which Warder. Thanks to Ms. Potter for this as well.
Well folks, if that’s not enough Maplewood history to hold you for awhile, you’re insatiable. Believe it or not there is still more to come.
As always, I truly appreciate all who contribute to and support this effort.
Doug Houser October 12, 2021