George Washington Rush Genealogy
Born: 4/20/1839 in Raleigh NC, lived in IN, then KS
Parents: Noah Rush and Esther C Hendricks (or Hendrix)
Spouse: First wife Lucinda Jones
Appreciation to Betty Rush for Family photo
Family information, passed down & obituary:
George Washington Rush was the son of Noah and Elizabeth Elder Rush, born 4/20/1839 in Raleigh, Randolph Co, NC.. He moved with his parents to Springville, IN when he was a child.
In approximately 1866 - 67, George traveled west with a group of people from the Springville area. These pioneers were seeking a new place to live. He was accompanied by his brother, James Zebedee Rush, who was younger than George. Several members of the group stopped before reaching Neosho County, but Zeb and George continued to Neosho County where, in 1867, they homesteaded a farm 11 miles east of the present town of Chanute, which was surveyed in 1870. The remainder of their group traveled on westward to Thayer, KS and Fredonic, KS.
The two brothers built a log cabin out of material they prepared with their own hands. It consisted of one room in which was a door and a window. The Indians were very common and frequently came to their cabin. On one occasion, one remained all night with them, sharing their hospitality, then went his way without making a disturbance.
The brothers, along with others in that part of the country, found it necessary to go to the St. Paul Mission or Fort Scott to get provisions. One neighbor would drive his wagon and take the grist for several families to be ground into meal.
It was during the five years that they kept bachelors quarters that word was received of the death of their father in Springville, IN. Both of them could not leave, so they agreed that Zeb should make the trip and be present at the funeral of their father. The message had been, unfortunately, delayed and a month had passed before he arrived at the old home. A public auction of his father's belongings was in progress and he purchased a team of mules at the sale. He returned to KS riding one of the mules and leading the other. This trip took several weeks. That was one of the first mule teams in Neosho County. (Oxen were generally used on farms.)
George married #1 Lucinda Jones, #2 Mary Romine Lowry, b 2/6/1852. She had one son, Jesse Lowry. Mary and George married 7/7/1874 in Neosho Co, Erie, KS. They had 4 children. George d 10/1/1922, Mary d 5/1/1934, Erie, Neosho Co, KS. Both buried Shaw Cemetery.
George W. Rush's homestead home north of Erie is still standing. George and his wife Mary moved to Erie in 1911 due to his bad health. His brother Zeb lived about a mile north and east of Geo. before moving closer to Chanute. There was a Rush cemetery at the back of George's property. His first wife and a child were buried there and later moved to Shaw. It is on private land, not taken care of and just a few people buried there.
There was a Rush school house in that area also. This was around 1895. An article from the Erie paper lists the teacher and the students attending. This Rush school house was moved later to the Rush property and made into a granary. This was moved in 1952 when the property was sold to Virgil Olson According to a item written by Virgil Olson he stated that George and Lucinda Rush stopped in Sedalia MO for a yea on their way to KS because Lucinda was sick. He arrived in Neosho Co in 1868 and homesteaded the land where the Rush's built. Zeb's article said Geo and Zeb were bachelors when there father died, so this must have been after Lucinda had died. We haven't determined an exact death date for her She was alive in the 1870 KS ca. Just "Mother" is on her stone; no death date or information. She is buried beside Geo at Shaw...
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