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Henry Rush 1 2 3

  • Born: 29 Nov 1805, , Darke, OH
  • Marriage (1): Rachel Douglas on 21 Feb 1828 in , Darke, OH 1
  • Died: 17 Feb 1873, Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe, IN, USA at age 67 3

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1830 in Greenville, Darke, OH, United States. 4 The 1830 census recorded Henry Rush with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 2
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3

2. Census in 1840 in Clay Township, Cass, Indiana, United States. The 1840 census recorded Henry Rush with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1

3. Census in 1850 in Adams Twp., Cass, IN. 5 The 1850 census recorded Henry Rush, farmer, 44, living with wife Rachel, 41; Mary J., 15; John, 12; James, 10; William, 6; Harry, 3; and George, 1. The parents were born in Ohio and the children in Indiana.

4. Census in 1860 in McDonald Township, Jasper, Missouri, United States. 6 The 1860 census recorded Henry Rush, farmer, 54, living with wife Rachel, 50; John W., farm laborer, 22; James A., 19; William, 16; Harvey, 13; and George W., 11. The parents were born in Ohio and the children in Indiana. Henry had no real estate value listed, suggesting he was renting his land; his personal estate was $300. Their post office is listed as "Oregon Lawrence Co., Mo." suggesting it was a good distance away in the adjoining counties.

5. Book: Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana: Volume 1: Rush Family, 1899. 3
William Rush, a retired citizen of Lafayette and a respected veteran of the civil war, was born near Logansport, Indiana, April 8, 1844, and is a son of Henry and Rachel (Douglas) Rush, both of whom were natives of Ohio and became the parents of nine children, seven of them still being alive, namely. Eliza, the widow of Alexander McLucas, who now lives at Dayton, Indiana; Mary Jane, who became the wife of Narcemus Beeker, of Battle Ground; John W., of Carroll county, Indiana; James A., of Otterbein, Indiana; William, our subject; Harvey, of Dayton; and George W., of Idaville, this state. The father was a farmer and came from Ohio to Cass county, Indiana, in 1829, and located there for a number of years in Clay township, where all but the two eldest children were born. He moved from Cass county, this state, to Jasper county, Missouri, in 1859, and when the war broke out he returned to Tippecanoe county, locating near Battle Ground in Tippecanoe township, where he resided until his death in 1873, in the sixty-eighth year of his age. His wife died May 15, 1865 [research note - her tombstone has May 22]. They were members of the Christian church and lived useful and honored lives. Mr. Rush was appointed paymaster general of the militia in Cass county about 1844-5.

The paternal grandfather was James Rush, a native probably of Pennsylvania and of English descent. He was a farmer by occupation and served as associate judge and also as captain of the militia for a number of years. He reared a large family and was a man highly respected in his community. Mr. Rush came to Cass county, Indiana, where he died when about sixty- eight years old and was buried in Clay township. The maternal grandfather was David Douglas, a native of Ohio and of Scotch descent. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and was present at the siege of Charleston, South Carolina. He was one of the early settlers of Cass county and died there when upward of ninety years of age.

William Rush remained upon his father's farm in Cass county until seventeen years old, assisting in the various tasks which fall to the lot of a farmer lad and during the winter months attending the district school. In 1861 he, with the other members of the family, removed to Tippecanoe county, and in 1862, although only a boy in years, he determined to offer his services in defense of the flag and the national government, and accordingly enlisted and was assigned to Company F, Ninety-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving about three years and being mustered out June 15, 1865. Among the celebrated battles in which he took part were the siege of Vicksburg; Jackson, Mississippi; Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Georgia; Kennesaw mountain, Atlanta, and on July 28 to the left of Atlanta; then at Jonesboro; Kingston. North Carolina, and many skirmishes, going all through the Atlanta campaign.

After his return from the war Mr. Rush carried on farming in Tippecanoe township for two years until failing health compelled him to give up this occupation. He then engaged in general merchandising and the grain business at Culver Station, which he conducted for ten or twelve years. In 1890 he was elected to the office of county recorder for one term of four years. Politically, Mr. Rush is a stanch Republican and has always been a loyal worker in the interest of his party. During the entire time of his residence at Culver Station, in addition to his other business, he acted as postmaster and freight and ticket agent.

On March 12, 1868, Mr. Rush was married to Miss Lucy Fewell, daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth (Gay) Fewell. They have one son, Frederick H., who is a clerk in a wholesale house in Lafayette. For many years our subject has been a member of the I. O. O. F. Financially, he is in good circumstances, owning three farms, two in Wea township and one in Washington, comprising in all two hundred and thirty-eight acres of land. He also owns the pleasant home in which he resides and which was built in 1893. Mr. Rush has been a resident of Tippecanoe county for thirty-seven years and is classed among its most highly honored and valued citizens.

Henry married Rachel Douglas on 21 Feb 1828 in , Darke, OH.1 (Rachel Douglas was born on 17 Jul 1810 in Greenville, Darke, OH, United States,7 died on 22 May 1865 in Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 7 and was buried in Battle Ground: Pretty Prairie Cemetery, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 7.)


1 FamilySearch.org, <i>Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013</i>, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8X5-ZVV Henry Rush and Rachel Douglass, 21 Feb 1828; citing Darke, Ohio, United States, reference item 1 v 1 p 83; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 1,030,772.

2 Ancestry.com, <i>Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011</i>, Certificate 6368. Mary Jane Beeker. Father Henry Rush. Mother Rachel Douglas. Spouse Norcemous Beeker. Informant Clyde R. Beeker.

3 <i>Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana</i> (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1899, 1075 pages), Pages 426-427, William Rush.

4 <i>1830 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH5L-J4D Henry Rush, Greenville, Darke, Ohio.

5 <i>1850 United States Census</i>, Year: 1850; Census Place: Adams, Cass, Indiana; Roll: M432_137; Page: 430A; Image: 489 Henry Rush.

6 <i>1860 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHZQ-2XW Henry Rush Mc Donald Township, Jasper, Missouri Page 51 Household 335.

7 <i>Find A Grave</i>, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7148311.

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