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Newton Schofield


Edna's grave, 1891

Newton Schofield was born on Aug. 16, 1857 at Mt. Perry, Perry County, OH, the son of Joseph and Mary (Danison) Schofield

As a young man in 1880, at the age of 22, he was single and lived with his parents and brothers, working on their farm.

Newton married Emma L. Ardrey (1865-1944). The ceremony took place on March 27, 1883, in Muskingum County, OH.

They had six children -- Paul C. Schofield, Vesta B. Schofield, Leora Ethel Lawyer, Edna Luannie Schofield, Verna Rosella Lake and Harry Schofield. Only four of them survived into childhood.

They lived on a 62-acre farm at Mt. Perry. 

The Schofields lost two young daughters within a three year span. Daughter Edna Luannie, age two years, two months, died on Oct. 3, 1888. Her tender remains were laid to rest in Mt. Perry Cemetery. 

Three years later, daughter Vesta died at the age of three months, 15 days, on Nov. 18, 1891. Edna's grave marker -- an upright shaft still legible when photographed in the 1990s -- reads "Farewell" at the top, and at the base the following epitaph is inscribed: 


Little Edna, thou has left us, 
And our loss we deeply feel, 
It is God that hath bereft us, 
He will all our sorrows heal.


Newton died on Nov. 5, 1899. He was only 42 years of age.

Emma lived for another 45 years, and died in 1944.  They are buried together in the family plot at the Mt. Perry Methodist Church.


~ Daughter Leora "Ethel" (Schofield) Lawyer ~

Daughter Leora Ethel  Schofield was born on May 13, 1884. 

At age 20, on April 6, 1904, Ethel wed 24-year-old Carl D. Lawyer (1880- ? ), the son of Thomas H. and Cora (Holmes) Lawyer. Rev. A.J. Hanna officiated. 

They had two known children, Thomas D. Lawyer and Doris F. Lawyer. They were a dozen years apart in age.

Carl was a house painter and wallpaper hanger at the time of marriage, and resided in Gratiot, Licking County, OH. He was tall and of medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair. When required to register for the military draft during World War I, Carl and Ethel made their home in Gratiot. At the time, he was employed as an oil pumper by the Planet Company of Gratiot. But by 1920, when the census was taken, he had returned to house painting as his source of income. 


Columbus, Ohio, looking west on Broad Street, 1930s


By 1930, the Lawyers relocated to Columbus, Franklin County, the state capitol city. They resided on Harris Avenue, and Carl had expanded his business as a painting contractor. 

Nothing more of their lives is known. 

Son Thomas D. Lawyer (1909- ? ) was born in 1909.

Daughter Doris F. Lawyer (1921- ? ) was born in 1921.



Mt. Perry Methodist Church

~ Son Paul C. Schofield ~

Son Paul C. Schofield (1888-1909) was born in 1888 in Mt. Perry, Perry County.

He was a house painter. 


New Lexington Tribune

As a young man, Paul suffered with tuberculosis for a year, having contracted the disease while in Spokane, WA in late 1908.  He returned home in February 1909 but died that autumn, on Sept. 30, 1909, age 21. 

The New Lexington Tribune eulogized that "Everything possible was done to combat the dread disease but death claimed him as its own.  To every one it seemed to be a personal bereavement so deeply was he fixed in the affections and esteem of all.  He was a patient sufferer and always had a smile of greeting for everyone." 


~ Daughter Verna Rosella (Schofield) Lake ~

Daughter Verna Rosella Schofield was born on July 27, 1891. 

On May 31, 1911, at the age of 20, Verna married 24-year-old Ray Edward Lake (1886- ? ). He was the son of T.W. and Ella (Chappelear) Lake, and a native of Gratiot, Licking County, OH. Rev. W.R. Cox performed the nuptials in Mt. Perry. Ray was of medium height and build, with grey eyes and light brown hair. 

They had three known children -- James Lake, Rena M. Lake and Ralph Lake.

At the time of marriage, Ray was a store clerk in Mt. Perry. By 1917, when he registered for the military draft during World War I, Ray was a traveling salesman for H.J. Heinz Company in Columbus, Franklin County, OH. Their home was at 17 West McCreight Street in Springfield, Clark County, OH. The 1920 census shows Ray employed as "commercial traveler" for a "wholesale grocery" and by 1930 was "retail merchant" in a "grocery."

The family dwelling in 1920 and 1930 was on Rice Street in Springfield. Ray's aged, widowed mother Ella lived under their roof in 1930. By the late 1930s, they relocated to 23 East Clark Street in town. 

Suffering from Addison's Disease, an illness affecting the adrenal gland's ability to produce hormones, bronchial pneumonia and tuberculosis, Verna was admitted to Springfield City Hospital. She died there at the age of 48, on Nov. 26, 1939. Her remains were laid to rest in Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield. 

Son James Lake (1916- ? ) was born in 1916. 

Daughter Rena M. Lake (1922- ? ) was born in 1922.

Son Ralph Lake (1924- ? ) was born in 1924.

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