Biography of Gertrude Shults
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Shults, Gertrude. - Philetta Jane Bush, widow of the late Ira Bush, was born in Prattsburg, N. Y., April 3, 1826. Ira Bush was born at Milton, Saratoga county, N.Y., October 1, 1818, and died at Wayland, September 9, 1870. He was of Dutch and French descent, and settled in Wayland in December, 1866, where he carried on a mercantile business for about three years, when he retired from business. He was a broker for several years before his death. At Prattsburg, N.Y., November 12, 1845, he married Philetta Jane, one of a family of five daughters and one son of Rogers and Lydia Abel Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Bush had four children: Gertrude, who was born at Wheeler, Steuben county, N. Y., December 14, 1846, and married Alonzo Shults, January 15, 1868. They have two children: I. J., who was born May 25, 1870, school secretary of the New York State Reformatory at Elmira, and is a graduate of Buffalo Normal School; Clyde E., who was born April 12, 1876, a graduate of Geneseo Normal School, and is engaged in Alley's store in Hornellsville. Anna Amelia, who was born at Wheeler, N. Y., July 23, 1849, and September 26, 1871, married Everett M. Fowler, who died February 24, 1894; Ira Eugene, who was born at Prattsburg, N.Y., February 21, 1859, and died December 9, 1863; and Frank Adsit, who was born at Bath, October 1, 1860, and died June 14, 1866. Peter Bush, father of Ira Bush, was born July 19, 1785. He is of French and Dutch descent. In Dutchess county, N.Y., June 29, 1806, he married Elizabeth Dubois, who was born in Dutchess county, September 24, 1788, and died March 3, 1871, by whom he had eleven children: Abram, born September 22, 1808, and died in Illinois in 1889; Amelia, born September 22, 1810, and died January 18, 1818; Jane Ann, born July 14, 1812, and died September 15, 1841; Gideon, born June 3, 1814, and died in Bath March 15, 1840; Mary, born July 1, 1816, and resides at Cohocton, wife of Levi Mallette; Ira, as above; Elizabeth, born February 2, 1820, and resides in Hazelton, Iowa; Margaret, born January 6, 1823, and died January 9, 1823; Abigail, born January 30, 1824, and resides in Warsaw, Ind.; Aloonzo, born March 15, 1826, and resides at Beatrice, Neb.; and Elenore Ann, born August 25, 1828, and died April 29, 1848. Mr. Bush died at Avoca, N.Y., August 19, 1866. Elizabeth Dubois, grandmother of Ira Bush, was born March 10, 1759.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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