John Wesley Bush,

Company "A" 17th West Virginia Infantry

Submitted by Cheryl Bush Richards.

John W. & Mary Catherine (Reynolds) Bush

Descendants of John Bush
G. A. R. Medal
Pocket Watch
Civil War Discharge
Silver Matchbox
Land Record (partial)
Pension Attorney Letter
Pension Increase Letter
Product Label
Merchants' Almanac

History of the Upper Ohio Valley,
Vol. I, pages 683-684. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

Few men deserve more credit than John W. Bush, a rising young man of Marshall county, W.Va. Mr. Bush came into this world in 1848. His father and mother, William and Matilda (Bonar) Bush, are both natives of this state. William Bush was born in 1830, and married in the month of August, 1847. His parents were John and Elizabeth Bush. Mrs. Bush's parents were James and Nancy Ann (Scyoc) Bonar. John Bush entered the service of his country at the age of sixteen, when he enlisted in Company A, Seventeenth West Virginia volunteer infantry. Young as he was, yet he is said to have discharged his duties as a soldier, faithfully and bravely, far better than many an older man. Farming has always been his chosen work in life, and he has made a practical, wise study of this necessary and difficult question, until he has come to be recognized as an authority upon agricultural topics. His neighbors have been pleased to show their appreciation of his merits, by electing him road surveyor by an almost unanimous vote, notwithstanding the fact that his opponent was a popular and influential man. With the exception of one year spent in Texas, Mr. Bush has always lived in Marshall county. Miss Mary C. Reynolds, daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Reynolds, of Parkersburgh, W.Va., became his wife in 1880, by whom he has had four children: Maudie L., Emmett L., Ellis B., and Seward A. These children are all at home and compose an interesting family. Mrs. Bush is an acceptable member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and she and her husband are both very estimable people.

(Submitted by Linda Fluharty)