Biography of John B. Rush



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

Among the representative farmers of Sodus township we find John B. Rush, who was born in Frederick Co., Va., July 18, 1825. The father—Henry Rush—moved to Ohio about one year and a half after the birth of John B., settling in Greene County, seven miles from Xenia, the county-seat, where he purchased eighty acres of land, and engaged in farming for ten years. In 1836 he moved to Berrien township, Berrien Co., Mich., where he entered ninety-nine acres of land. June 8, 1851, John B. Rush married Mahala, daughter of Joses and Hulda Reames. Of this union were born eight children, viz., Hulda J., born July 2, 1852; Uceba B., born Sept. 20, 1854; Nancy E., born Aug. 15, 1856; Ida E., born Oct. 8, 1858; Henry J., born June 5, 1861; John F., born May 18, 1863, died June 27, 1867; William E., born July 12, 1865; Almeda E., born June 1, 1871. After his marriage, Mr. Rush rented his father’s farm for four years. In 1853 he bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Royalton township, now Sodus; moved on this farm in 1855; built a small frame house, which is still standing, and can be seen just in the rear of his new home, a view of which, accompanied by the portraits of himself and wife, can be seen on another page of this work. He settled in Michigan when to be a fanner here required something more than plowing the ground and sowing the grain; for felling the timber, rolling logs, burning brush, etc., was the work that preceded the easier and more desirable work in farming.

Mr. Rush has been a member of the district school board ever since he has been in the township. For thirty two years he has been connected with the United Brethren Church; ten years of that time has served as trustee of that church. Is in politics a Democrat. Mahala Rush died Jan. 11, 1873, in Berrien Co., Mich. In her fifteenth year she joined the United Brethren Church, of which she remained a faithful member until she heard the welcome summons, “Come up higher.” She was ever ready to help the afflicted, and had a kind word for all. The careworn servant of God always found a home at her house. Her husband and children deeply feel their loss.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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