NEW info - not verified, prior to William Rush


Kent & Laura Rush Genealogy

Kent Rush

Born: 3/27/1897 Lawrence Co IN

Parents: Oliver P Rush, b IN
Laura Hatfield, b IN

Spouse: Laura Davis, b 3/24/1898 Lawrence Co IN

Married 9/29/1918

Lived in Bedford, IN during their early years, very near town.
Uncle Kent drove a truck for Standard Oil.
Moved to New Albany IN.

Aunt Laura sold Filter Queen sweepers and won many awards as the top salesperson.

genealogy laura kent rush new albany indiana  2215 Spring St, New Albany IN

Their house in New Albany was a city house with very tall ceilings, beautiful woodwork and hardwood floors. There was a small watermark on one of the downstairs walls near the ceiling from the Great Flood of the Ohio River in 1937. (One million people were left homeless, 530 died and damage was over $500 million in multiple states.)


Died: 1/11/1983 New Albany, Floyd County IN
Social Security Index
Name: Kent Rush
SSN: 311-09-8155
Last Residence: 47150  New Albany, Floyd, Indiana, United States of America
Born: 27 Mar 1897


Laura E Davis

Born: 3/24/1898 Lawrence Co IN

Parents: Theodore Davis 1852 - 1933
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Jane McConnell 1863 - 1933

Spouse: Kent Rush 1897 - 1983

Died: 10/30/1987 New Albany IN

1900 Census - Laura Davis family

1900 Census Davis







Native of Lawrence County Succumbed Today At Bloomfield- Rites There Monday.

Kent Rush 610 S Street was advised today of the death early this morning at his home in Bloomfield, of his father, Oliver P. Rush, 70 years old, after a short illness with complications.

Tentative funeral arrangements call for services at Bloomfield Monday with burial at Springville but the place and hour has not been decided. Oliver P. Rush was a native of Lawrence county and was born in Perry township to Mr. and Mrs. Noah Rush in 1864. He was united in marriage in young manhood to Miss Laura Hatfield of Greene county. She passed away in 1926.

Mr. Rush was engaged in farming in Perry township until 1916, when he moved to Bloomfield and he had since made his home there. Besides the son here he is survived by another son, Wayne of Bloomfield; two sisters, Mrs. Isabel Rainbolt, Lawrence County, and Mrs. Mary Rector, Atlanta, Nebraska; a brother D. B. Rush, Chanute, Kansas, and eight grandchildren. A brother John C. Rush of Perry township died last March.


Uncle Kent bought Lyons in farm.
Uncle Kent inherited farm in hills and Grandpa
Rush inherited the farm and little house in Bloomfield.
Aunt Laura Davis was sister of fletcher davis.
hannigan rainbolt related some way.

1900 United States Federal Census Record Laura Davis

Noah married 2nd wife Esther C. Hendrix, who was born in Randolph County NC, on 6/24/1858.

Noah and Esther Rush, Indiana (We put flowers on their graves each year)
These were part of a group of photos that Grandma (Maye Rush) & Grandpa (Wayne Rush) had.
They were all in one frame and Grandpa said they were always hanging in the
living room when he was growing up.

Esther had one son, William Fletcher Hendrix, b 1/12/1849, d.7/1929. William married Gertie Gray and they had 12 children.

Noah and Esther were married 6/24/1858.

Their Children:
1. Mary Ellen "Mollie", b 7/2/1859, m Rector, moved to Holdridge NB
2. John C, b 6/28/1861, m Laura "Emma" Wilson, b 7/15/1863. John d 3/5/1934, Emma d 3/17/1927, both in Lawrence Co, IN
3. Doctor B, b 6/28/1861, m Lydia Vest, moved to Chanute KS for health reasons; dryer weather.
4. Oliver P, b 11/3/1864, m Laura Hatfield, b 9/29/1870. They m 7/22/1888. Moved to Greene County, Bloomfield, IN.
5. Isabella C, b 7/22/1868, m Hannigan Rainbolt, b 11/1/1867. She d 2/16/1942 and he d 11/13/1949 in Lawrence Co IN, buried at Springville Cemetery.

Children: Aunt Belle, Uncle John C, Uncle Doctor B, Grandpa Oliver P Rush.
These were part of a group of photos that Grandma (Maye Rush) & Grandpa (Wayne Rush) had.
They were all in one frame and Grandpa said they were always hanging in the
living room when he was growing up.

Springville Cemetery

Springville Cemetery, where Oliver P and Laura Rush, Noah, Elizabeth,
Esther and some of the family are buried.
Springville Church, a few blocks from the cemetery.

Rush graves at Springville. Nearest one is Oliver P. Rush

Rush family with Neighbors, Norman & Milford Riddle, probably in Popcorn IN, where they farmed. Grandpa Wayne Rush put these names on the photo.

Doctor B and Lydia Rush, their family photo

John C, b 1814 in NC was a brother of Noah's. He cam to IN and m Mahala Holmes in IN in 1839, (b 11/16/1819 in Floyd Co IN) and they had 12 children in IN. John C & Mahala Rush settled in in Hobbieville, Greene County IN.

Oliver P & Laura Rush had 4 boys: Carl, Rollie, Wayne and Kent.

Carl, Rollie, OP and Laura, Earl and Ella Rush cemetery stones.


My Grandparents

Oliver P and Laura Rush, my great-grandparents purchased 80 acres in Bloomfield, Indiana. This land is bordered by a country road that goes to the river and their property bordered on the river. They moved there from Popcorn, Lawrence County, Indiana when my Grandpa was 16. They wanted to be closer to a town. Grandpa Wayne Rush and his brother, Kent, helped their Dad, Oliver P, add a second story on the house after they purchased the property. Then they built the "little house" next door and a barn. They cleared land for a large garden and fenced more pasture for their horses and cows.

After my Grandparents, Wayne and Maye (White) Rush married, they lived in the little house across the field and Oliver and Laura lived in the big house. After Laura and Oliver died, Wayne and Maye inherited the big house so they moved there. At this time, their family had grown to 5. They rented out the little house. Uncle Kent and Aunt Laura inherited Oliver's other farm (not the one in Lawrence County) and they lived there for a while. It was in southern IN, maybe a county away from Bloomfield, but I do not know where.

Grandpa and Grandma both had striking light blue eyes and they were very tall. Grandma was shy around people but she was a wonderful Grandma. She always made our favorite foods and played games with us. I loved to go to town with them and ride in the back of the pickup truck. There was a handle by the windshield and I remember asking Grandpa what it was for. He said if he cranked it we would fly. He loved to joke around and enjoyed talking about politics. Grandpa always had a large garden with the best tomatoes, green beans and corn. They were hard workers, Grandma was always working in the garden and canning. She made lime pickles that were so crisp and sweet. I remember when they purchased their first electric washer and dryer, probably about 1960. That was a real luxury at that time. Grandma liked to paint and sew. She made beautiful quilts and afghans. Grandpa made quilting frames.

My Memories

My earliest memories of the Rush family are playing at the "big house". My cousins and I loved to play tag and hide and seek. We would run around the wooden porch, which went almost all the way around the house and the roof came out over it. The door everyone used to enter the house had a sidewalk from  the driveway and it went into the kitchen. Beside the door was the really long porch swing with pretty spindles across the back. Grandpa Wayne Rush made the porch swing from the playpen spindles that had been used by my Aunt Wilma, Mom and Uncle Bud. He said that he made it long enough for him to be able to lay down and take a nap on it, and he was 6'4". The kitchen has a wood-burning stove. The table was always covered with a red and white checkered table cloth. Off the kitchen was a small room that had a bowl and pitcher on a counter with a mirror over it on one side and shelves on the other. The living room was large with thin lace curtains over the long windows. pretty woodwork and a fireplace. There were two bedrooms off the living room that shared a double-sided fireplace. Both the upstairs and downstairs rooms had really high ceilings and tall baseboards. The stairs went up by the living room to two bedrooms. One had the brick chimney in it and this was where mom and Aunt Wilma slept during the winter, near the chimney, to keep warm. The floors were wooden and the walls were wallpapered, one pale yellow and one pale blue. These rooms were light and bright with high ceilings and several windows in each room.

This house had a summer kitchen and a smoke house, which were separate buildings  from the main house but attached by the wooden porch, which was covered by the roof. Near the smokehouse was an angled door into the ground. This was the cellar where Grandma kept her canned foods, milk and butter. There was a large fragrant lilac bush by the cellar. Grandpa built the garage and a large barn, which are still standing and appear to be in excellent shape. The little house is still there too. However, the big house was damaged by termites and torn down by the new owners. A brick house was built back further from where the big house was. No one has a photo of the big farm house. So sad, we all wish we did.
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The barn and garage that Grandpa Wayne Rush built, probably about 1930.

 Rush Cemetery

The Rush cemetery is in Greene County, next to the Lawrence County line, on State Rd 54.  The  property  has a really wide creek running through it and also had the family cemetery on it. To get to the cemetery, you must cross the creek, or you could wade across during the dryer time of summer. The cemetery is up a steep hill and around a ways; not easy to find. The land was still in the Rush family in the 1980's. The owner was George Rush. He lived in Indianapolis. He came down to our Rush reunion in Bloomfield and took me to this cemetery in his jeep. I took Grandpa Wayne Rush there and he remembered where the Rush house was and that there was a spring not far from the house. Grandpa Wayne remembered in 1949 going to the funeral of Artimecy "Timey", daughter of John C. A horse-drawn wagon had to take the casket across the creek.

The old Rush homestead was by the Rush Cemetery. The map and directions from Popcorn, IN, where Grandpa Rush grew up, are below.

Driving directions to Rush Cemetery, Springville, IN 47462

3.2 mi � about 7 minutes
rush property

Popcorn, IN


Head southwest on Byers Cemetery Rd/Popcorn Church Rd toward Popcorn Rd

89 ft


Take the 1st left onto Popcorn Rd

0.2 mi


Take the 1st right onto Popcorn Creek Rd/Popcorn River Rd

2.0 mi


Turn right at IN-54 W

1.0 mi

Rush Cemetery

Springville, IN 47462



Rush Cemetery and a marker there, I think it says:
John C, son of L. O. & E. D. Price, b ? d 1855


Lowder Cemetery in Lawrence County:

John C Rush
June 28,1861 - March 05, 1934
Son of Noah & Aster Rush

Married December 31, 1881

Laura Emma (Wilson) Rush
July 15, 1863 - March 17, 1927
Daughter of Giles & Louisa Wilson

Book G Pg 175, gravestones not located

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