James Zebedee Rush Genealogy
James Zebedee Rush "Zeb"
Born: 12/3/1848 in Raleigh NC, lived in IN, then KS
Parents: Noah Rush and Esther C Hendricks (or Hendrix)
Spouse: Emma Florence Bohrer, b 9/1/1852
Married 8/22/1875 in Erie, Neosho County, KS
They had 8 children
Emma Rush died December 31, 1927.
Zeb married Emma's sister, Nettie Bohrer on February 17. 1929.
Appreciation to Betty Rush for Family group sheet
Family information, passed down, some from Herla Rush & obituary:
James Zebedee Rush was more commonly known as "Zeb" by his vast group of friends in Neosho County. He was the son of Noah and Elizabeth Elder Rush, born December 3,1848 in Raleigh, NC. He moved with his parents to Springville, IN when he was a small child. At the age of 19 he 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, George Rush, who was 10 years older than Zeb. 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 title of the original land homesteaded by Mr. Rush has never changed hands.
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, on 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.
Zeb's marriage to Miss Emma Florence Bohrer was solemnized on August 22, 1873. They shared in the task of laying the foundations of our present commonwealth and also the many privations of pioneer life. When I was told of the snow drifting through between the cracks of the logs of the cabin and many mornings it had to be brushed from the bed covers, I was reminded of the poem by Eugene Ware in the Rhymes of Ironquill in which the "Old Cabin" (Allow pop-ups to read poem.) is pictured and the proper place of importance was given the cabin families in early years of Kansas history.
Mr. Rush was converted and made public acknowledgement of his allegiance to Jesus Christ after his marriage and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, attending services at Fairview and the Rush school house. For several years he was the Superintendent of the Sunday School.
Mr. and Mrs. Rush became the parents of 5 daughters and 3 sons. Their family was growing during the time when fathers had time to spend the evening at home with his wife and children. One of the precious recollections of the children centers in the many times their father took them upon his lap and sang to them the songs that he loved, among them "Nellie Gray" - "Oh Happy Day" , "All the way from Earth to Heaven I will guide thee with mine eye." What a happy time they enjoyed. It is quite possible that he sang to them the "Cradle Hymn" by Isaac Watts, because it was among the most familiar children's songs of that time period.
Mr. Rush had very poor health for a number of years, and it was necessary for him to leave the farm. He moved to Chanute and remained here 11 years. After his strength returned, he built the present home, located 1.5 miles east of Chanute. Zeb and Emma Rush lived together for more than 50 years. Emma Rush died December 31, 1927. Zeb married Emma's sister, Nettie Bourer on February 17. 1929.
Surviving Zeb are his widow, 4 daughters; Mrs. Clara Miller (north of Erie), Mrs. Hattie Lindquist (Chanute), Lottie O'Neill (east of Chanute) and Mrs. Lula Lewis (east of Chanute), 3 sons; Rolla Rush (east of Chanute), Frank Rush and Herla Rush of Chanute, 3 half brothers; D. B. Rush (east of Chanute), John C. Rush and Oliver Rush, Springville, IN and 2 half sisters; Mrs. Belle Rainbow (note spelling is actually Rainbolt), near Springville and Mrs. Mary Rector Holdridge, NB; 13 grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives. One daughter, Mrs. Bertha Berry, died 16 years ago.
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