The Rush Family
Marshall County, W.Va.

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Descendants of David Rush

Rush Family, 1901-1902, at Rush Home

STANDING (L-R): James Rush (1869-1940); John Rush (1860-1937); Harvey Rush (1856-1931); Leroy A. "Lee" Rush (1858-1933). SITTING (L-R): Charles Rush (1874-1956); Cassie Rush Antill (1866-1950) with Perry Antill; Robertie May Rush Poland (1872-1950); Arabella "Bell" Rush Phillips. Missing are Rebecca Jane Rush Lough (1864-1927) and Sara Elizabeth Rush (1860-1870). The picture was taken at the Commodore Perry Rush home, Slonaker Hill, Aleppo Township, Greene County, PA.

Commodore Perry Rush served as a private in Captain David Evans' Company C, 6th Regiment of Heavy Artillery, 212 PA Volunteers. He enrolled on the 13th day of September 1864 to serve one year during the war. He was discharged from the service on the 15th day of June 1865 at Fort Ethan Allen, VA. (Discharge document).

     “Captain John Rush who was a soldier in Cromwell’s Army later became a Quaker. In 1683 Captain Rush, his wife, Susanna Lucas, several children and grandchildren emigrated to America with William Penn and settled at Byberry near Philadelphia. Later most of the family following the lead of one of the sons-in-law, Rev. John Hart, became Keithians and still later Baptists. Some of the descendants moved across the river into New Jersey. About 1773 some fifteen or twenty families more or less related by marriage moved from New Jersey to Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania and founded what came to be known as the Jersey Settlement. In 1775 they formed the Jersey Baptist Church near the present village of Ursina. Among these were the families of William Rush, a descendant of Captain John Rush, Nathaniel Skinner, Senior, Robert Colborn, William Tissue, David King, Oliver Drake, Andrew Ream, Joseph Lanning, William Lanning, William Brooks, Obediah Reed and others. Jacob Rush, a son of William Rush, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and left many descendants, a considerable number of whom still live in western Pennsylvania and many others have been traced to other states as far west as California. Others of the New Jersey Rush tribe, Michael, William, Peter, and Jacob Rush, all nephews of William Rush of Lower Turkeyfoot moved to Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania. Descendants still live in that region. Sylvester R. Rush, a lawyer of Omaha, Nebraska, a descendant of Michael Rush, in 1916 published a genealogical account of his branch of the Rush family.” (From: Rush and Skinner Families of Lower Turkeyfoot by Harry Speer Rush. 1943)

     The Youghiogheny River separated Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County from Henry Clay Township, Fayette County, and the crest of Laurel Hill is the boundary between Lower Turkeyfoot and Saltlick Township (now Springfield Township), Fayette County. In the last years of the eighteenth century families of the name of Rush appeared in both Henry Clay and Saltlick Townships.

     DAVID RUSH, the great great great great-grandfather of the writer, along with his brother Nathaniel Rush is recorded in the Census of 1800 as living in Saltlick Township, Fayette County. In the Census of 1810 the name of a younger brother, William Rush appears along with David, and the name of Nathaniel disappears. It is known from other sources that Nathaniel had moved to Perry County, Ohio. In 1820 William Rush had moved to Perry County, Ohio and David is listed in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It is probable that the family moved to Lower Turkeyfoot to care for the father-in-law, Robert Skinner, who died in 1823. In the Census of 1820 Robert Skinner is listed as living alone. In the Census of 1800 and 1810 David and his brothers are listed adjacent to Reuben Skinner, Senior, (a brother of Robert Skinner) and several of Reuben’s children. According to the county records Reuben Skinner, Senior was in Saltlick Township as early as 1796. He built a mill and the region was referred to as Skinner’s Mill and also as Indian Creek. It is now Mill Run in Springfield Township. The minutes of the Jersey Baptist Church show that the organization at times met with its members at Skinner’s Mill, at a distance of ten or twelve miles over Laurel Hill from the Church Building. Reuben Skinner, Senior, was an uncle of Mary Skinner Rush, the wife of David Rush. It is likely that the Rushes lived near the Skinner families. The land records do not show any land in this region warranted to anyone of the name Rush, but the county history indicates that a family of the name of Rush lived on land which was warranted to a Meason.

     The minutes of the Jersey Baptist Church show that on June 25, 1825, “Brother and sister David Rush and his wife Mary applied for a letter of Dismission. “We grant their Request and order the Clerke to Prepair the same.” They moved to Marshall County, Virginia (now West Virginia) about this time.

     David Rush was born June 14, 1780 in the Jersey Settlement, Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA. His father was John Raphel Rush. His mother was Mary Raybold. His grandfather was William Rush (as mentioned above). His grandmother was Elizabeth Lewis. His wife, Mary Skinner, was born July 4, 1776, the daughter of Robert and his wife Mary (probably Willetts). Several years before 1800 Robert Skinner had a farm on Turkeyfoot Road three or four miles northwest of the Jersey Baptist Church. Later Robert Skinner seems to have inherited the farm of his father, which was located across the road from the Jersey Baptist Church. His parents Nathaniel Skinner, Sr. and wife, Elizabeth, are buried in the Jersey Baptist Churchyard. Robert is probably also buried there, but there is no stone at present. to mark his grave. The estate of Robert Skinner was entered in the Court Records of Somerset Co., PA, August 25, 1823. His wife, Mary, and the following children are named in the estate papers: John, Willetts Courtland, Frances, who intermarried with Burgett Minor, Mary, who intermarried with David Rush, Elizabeth, who intermarried with John Colbourne, Saly, who intermarried with John Small. In the papers are two receipts signed by David Rush and a note signed by Robert Skinner in favor of his son, John. He spelled his name with one "n". Mary Skinner Rush died October 17, 1830 and is buried in the Blair's Ridge Churchyard near Pleasant Valley, east of Moundsville, WV. She was originally buried in a private cemetery on the Blair farm, but about 1883 her son, Willis, had her body moved to the churchyard, which adjoins the farm. The Minute book of the Jersey Baptist Church shows that Mary Skinner was received into the church July 21, 1799 and that David Rush "gave in his experience and was baptised" August 4, 1804. David Rush is mentioned several times in later years. The final record is June 25, 1825, "Brother and sister David Rush and his wife, Mary, applied for a letter of Dismission. We grant their request and order the Clerke to prepair the Same." This is probably the time when they left Somerset County, PA. Harvey Rush, grandson of Robert Rush, said he remembered hearing his grandfather tell that they stopped on Hart's Run(near Cameron, WV) in Greene Co., PA. The boys built a corral and kept fires burning at night to keep wolves away from the few sheep which they took with them. He also said that they first went somewhere in Ohio and them came back to West Virginia. They were accompanied by a man named Hinerman and by George Lutes or Lutz. About 1840, David, Willis (Willets) and Ralph Rush moved to a farm east of McConnellsville, Morgan Co., Ohio. (See Photo) In West Virginia, David Rush married a second time, a Mrs. Mary Messecher. David's name is involved several times in land transactions in Marshall Co., WV, covering land formerly owned by Nicholas Massecher. It seems very likely that his second wife was the widow of Nicholas Messecher. Both David Rush and his son Willis, owned land in Marshall Co., WV, about 8 miles east of Moundsville. In Ohio as remembered by Sylvester Colborn Rush the second wife, Mary, was a hysterical invalid in bed. She wore David out waiting on her and after David developed asthma, they were both moved to the farm home of Willis Rush and he waited on her until the death of David. Her son was sent for and took her to his home where she later died.


Grave of David Rush
Lebanon Cemetery, Bristol, Morgan County, Ohio
("David Rush, Died May 28, 1852, Aged 71 Yrs., 11 Mos., 14 Ds.")


Grave of Mary Skinner Rush
Blair's Ridge Cemetery, Marshall Co., W.Va.
("Mary Rush, Died Oct. 17, 1830, Aged 54 Yrs., 3 Mo., 13 Ds.")

     The grave of Mary Skinner Rush at Blair's Ridge Cemetery near Pleasant Valley, Marshall County, is consistent with the birth and death dates and the move to Cameron and Pleasant Valley. One son and two daughters are buried in Slonaker Cemetery near Cameron, WV.


Bible of Robert Rush, s/o David & Mary

Early Marshall County Records naming David Rush:


     * The law to erect the county of Marshall passed the Assembly of Virginia, March 12, 1835. It originally belonged to Ohio County, and was taken therefrom in the year mentioned. The act of forming it is herewith appended, which reads as follows:
     An act forming a new county out of a part of the county of Ohio.......


     The court present. License was granted William R. McClurg and Susan Parrot to keep an ordinary. Michael Wilson licensed to keep a house of private entertainment at his house.
     Robert Shoemaker, Joshua Burley, Samuel Gatts, Jesse V. Hughes, and Thomas Stewart were appointed constables to serve for the term of two years.
     Van Caldwell was licensed to keep an ordinary.
     Richard Morton and William Woodburn were commissioned to execute the office of coroner.
     Thomas Buchanan was appointed to celebrate the rites of marriage.
     Isaac Hoge, Jr., was commissioned by this court in chancery to take depositions for the court.
     John Riggs, Jacob Leives and George Dowler were appointed overseers of the poor, of this county.
     The following persons were appointed by the court as


     Edward Gregg, James Ramsey, Bennet Logsden, David Lutes, R. B. Howard, Thomas Howard, John Ward, Wm. O. Rowell, Samuel Venice, Richard Ruling, John Barts, Joseph Mayers, Joshua Garner, Job Smith, Andrew Jenny, David Jenny, David Wells, Miner Burge, James Standiford, Jacob Reed, James Chambers, James Ewing, Ebenezer Gorby, David Rush, Henry Ewing, John Stricklin, Edward Dowler, John Gray, Silas Price, B. S. Gregg, John Minson, James Nixon, Thomas Pollock, William Vanscoyoe, John Rine, Michael Dowler, Samuel Dowler, Phillip Jones.

*History of The Pan Handle; Being Historical Collections of the Counties of Ohio, Brooke, Marshall and Hancock, West Virginia. Compiled and written by J. H. Newton, G. G. Nichols, A. G. Sprankle. Published by J. A. Caldwell, 1879.

     On Monday, June 20th, 1836, court convened in the county jail.
     The court proceeded to lay the county levy for the year 1836, as follows:

To the Bank of Mt. Pleasant,                              $1,500.00
To Joseph McClean, for books,                                 11.00
To J. Masters, for county seal, &c.,                          17.00
To Benjamin McMehen,                                          26.41
Bridge at Jim's Run,                                         150.00
One dozen and a half chairs (common),                         18.00
Tables for the court,                                         15.00
Benches for the jury room,                                    12.00
James Dunlap, for costs,                                       3.00
Thomas Clegg, for three days' work on road,                    1.50
R. B. Howard, seven days' work on road,                        3.50
Robt. Davis, two days' work on road,                           1.00
Isaac Hubs, work on road,                                      3.00
James Nixon, work on road,                                     3.00
E. Lambert & Co., advertising for public buildings,            7.00
L. H. Davis, same,                                             7.00
Wm. Airey,                                                    50.00
Public buildings,                                            665.00
Jacob Crow, two days on road,                                  1.00
Samuel Venies, five days on road,                              2.50
Joshua Garner, two days' work on road,                         1.00
Samuel Dorsey, three days' work on road,                       1.50
John Scott, five days' work on road,                           2.50
Benj. S. Gregg, five days' work on road,                       2.50
James D. Morris, clerk,                                       40.00
E. H. Caldwell, Attorney for commonwealth,                    50.00
S. Howard, sheriff,                                           50.00
S. Howard, jailer,                                            35.00
James D. Morris, stationery,                                   5.00
S. Howard, sheriff, for commission,                          200.00
David Rush, seven days' work on road,                          3.50
     It appearing to the satisfaction of the court by the return of the commissioners of the revenue that there are thirteen hundred and thirty-four tithables in this county, it is ordered that the sheriff collect off each tithable in this county the sum of two dollars and fifty cents as a county levy for the year 1836.
     In 1837, the court made a levy of $2,952; and in 1838, a levy of $3,347.96.

More about the Rush Family in The History of Cameron, WV