Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Perfect Example of a Genealogy Chart

I was able to obtain this perfect example of a genealogy chart from our pastor, Rev. Eric Forgrave. He used this small video clip during one of his sermons recently. He believes it is by It is a family tree put into a descending chart form (names found in Genesis 5; 10; 11; 12: 1-5; Matthew 1). Be sure to turn on your sound.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Heritage Family Photo Albums or Scrapbooking

In addition to filling in the family history charts, you may also like to portray your ancestors' life(ves) in a scrapbook. David goes strictly for the information, however, I enjoy the stories about my ancestors too – what they were like, who they were, their occupations, how they felt about things, what the world like at that time they lived, and so forth. I also like timelines.

To the left is a HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED! chart I picked up at a scrapbook convention by C.K.Clips (to enlarge, click on photo). The example is one I happened to pick up for our son's scrapbook. In the center I will place a birth photo above his birth year. Around the perimeter of the page are the events pertinent to the year he was born such as the popular songs and television shows, films, newsworthy events, the President and Vice-President serving the year he was born, record-breaking sporting events, cost of living, and other stuff. There are websites online that cater to lists of events that happen each year. Scrapbooks are also a great place to store copies of birth certificates in pocket pages, a time-line of their life, favorite poetry, school memories, marriage photos, a mini copy of their wedding certificate, their children's photos, shots of their homes and cars, a copy of a completed family tree or chart and perhaps a photo of their gravestone. Be sure to use acid-free, lignin-free paper, pens/markers, and plastic sleeves to keep your information bright and readable for many years to come. DO NOT use those cheap magnet photo albums as your photos will deteriorate/fade over time.
To purchase a decent photo album, you may check your local craft store for supplies such as Hobby Lobby, Joanns, Michael's, etc. I started with Creative Memories as that is what my sister sold at the time I learned to scrapbook. There is no right way to decorate a photo album/scrapbook page, except to use acid-free materials. One may spend as little or a lot for decorations such as scrapbook paper, punches, stamps or stickers. The sales clerk can show you the things you'll need to purchase at first and some shops even have how-to classes if you feel you need extra help. There are a wealth of decorating ideas out there in magazines, books (craft stores, scrapbook stores, regular bookstores, library) and online.

Family History Charts

You'll find charts that one needs to begin family research with at this website Midwest Genealogy Research Center .

The first is a RESEARCH CHECKLIST with the types records that one can check X as you find information on your ancestors.

Begin at the beginning with your ancestor's name. Then document where they were born, married, and died and the locations for each – gleaned from family Bibles, family interviews, birth certificates, birth announcements, doctor or hospital records, church baptism/christening records, adoption papers, scrapbooks/diaries/journals/logs, saved letters, marriage license/certificates, church district or ministerial records, divorce decrees, county records, county historical society books, death certificates, funeral home records, newspaper announcements/obituaries clippings, cemetery/gravestone records, wills, etc.

Next check the US CENSUS RECORDS. Each state has census records county by county. If you know approximately where they may have lived, check the census & copy those records. Other documentation may be found in family Christmas card address books, church membership records & service bulletins, club membership records, land records, military records, photo albums, probate records, tax lists, telephone directories, voting records, etc. If they emigrated from overseas, you may be able to locate passenger lists. Historical societies/museums might have exhibits showcasing your ancestor(s) in the area (s)he lived. Information can be found off-line at research libraries/archives and on the internet too. As for the internet, make sure they cite sources as you are doing.  List title, author, date of publication and page number. If it's reference material found only at a certain location, note that also.

Next chart is the FAMILY UNIT CHART. This is a fill-in-the-blank chart for the information you found for your ancestor. You will need one for each family unit with descendants. Be sure to fill the chart in pencil as you might need to change information as you find it. If you don't have a computer program, it is handy to organize your family charts in a file folder or a 3-ring binder notebook. A good supply of pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, a filing system, small spiral notebook, tote bag, change purse (photocopies), a camera, water bottle, white cotton gloves, and a hole punch comes in handy when out doing family research field trips. A county cemetery map, walking shoes, bug spray, camera, scissors or hand gardening snips & soft bristle brush are great to have along when visiting cemeteries. A recording device is also helpful during family interviews. David finds much of his information at family reunions and later fills in the blanks with records not available at the reunion. Many bring extra copies of old photos to swap and show and tell their family scrapbooks. I have written many snail-mail letters/emails to family members that I cannot visit in person, sometimes enclosing a photocopy of the family unit chart to indicate the information I want or to check to see what I have is correct. DO NOT send your original copies—you may never get them back.

Third is the SIX GENERATION CHART. Let's see how far back you can go. Start with yourself at the far left hand side, fill in your information, your father and mother, and your grandparents, great-grandparents and so forth towards the right side. On our computer program we have such a chart, but with an addition -- cropped head/bust photos can be inserted along with information which can be printed out.
For those who enjoy puzzles, this is a giant one! =0)
Enjoy and happy hunting!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


The Rush family used to quote favorite rhymes for fun. Ishmael used to say these:

"Entry, ventry, cutry, corn
Apple seed and apple thorn.
Wire, brier, limber lock,
Three geese in a flock.
One flew east, one flew west,
And one flew over the cuckoo's nest.
All the way out, you old dirty cloud,
Never saw a pretty girl, but what I liked her some."
"Let's go to bed," said Sleepyhead.
"Oh no," said Slow, "let's eat a bite before we go."
This one was accompanied by hand motions as a finger game. It never fails to amaze the little ones!

Two blackbirds
Sitting on a log,
One named "Jack"
And one named "Jill."
Fly away, Jack,
Fly away, Jill,
Come back, Jack,
Come back, Jill.
Marie's dad, Wm. Thornton, used to say this one:

"Penny-nip, clip, clap, clam, roady-hoady, brush-him-over, Peter Pan-Dan, sigh-all-lo-dy."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rush Reunion 2010

The day dawned beautifully; not too warm with just a nice breeze under the picnic shelter at the Eldon Air Park. I heard that Friday's pool party had a good turn-out, but we missed several at the potluck on Saturday. You know one can't beat a picnic to the park with good company and making memories with the kids and grandparents. I noticed that several young people stirred up a game of tennis up at the courts at the park. There were also basketball courts, a skatepark, and playground equipment for the little ones there. And a couple of dogs shared the limelight with the babies – a great dane and a chihuhua. I want to thank those of you who so kindly returned your Reunion Directory fill-in-the-blank address sheets and donated monies for the park shelter and pool rental and for the care of the Rush Chapel Cemetery grounds. There is still time for you to send in your addresses and/or contribute to the park, pool or cemetery care. We appreciate your help.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Recipes of Marie Rush

Marie said she married Ishmael without knowing how to cook. Couldn't even boil water and she taught herself. She said it was a good thing her husband had a cast-iron stomach, 'cause in the beginning he ate a lot of flops.
Fried Apples

(NOTE: The Rush family ate this for any meal, but it was a breakfast delicacy in my family. We always ate it slathered in white crumbled bacon gravy. Yum!)

6 large apples
4 tablespoons bacon grease (fat leftover in pan from frying bacon. Marie had a little crock in her kitchen just for that purpose which she poured the hot grease into. I store mine in a cup and keep it in the fridge door).
¼ cup sugar

Core and slice apples thinly, leave peeling on. Heat grease until melted, then dump apple slices in all at once. Cover & cook until tender, stirring from time to time, doesn't take long. Just before serving, stir in sugar.
Creamed Corn or Peas

1. Drain the water off a can of corn or peas and dump contents into a saucepan if needing this for a quick meal, otherwise, cut sweet corn off the cob with a kitchen knife until you have about 2 cups of corn or remove peas from pea pods, measuring 2 cups. Rinse and drain, put into saucepan.
2. Pour a cup of milk into a clean jar with a one-piece lid (storebought pint jar), add 2 rounded tablespoons of cornstarch into milk, screw on lid and shake to mix. Pour over vegetables and stir.
3. Place saucepan on medium-high heat to cook on stove-top and stir until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
Ishmael's Favorite Cracker Cookies

1 package white almond bark
1 package Ritz crackers
Peanut butter or white marshmellow crème

Make several sandwich cookies of 2 Ritz crackers and peanut butter or marshmellow crème. Melt the white almond bark according to package directions and dip the pre-made sandwich cookies into the gooey candy coating and place on wax paper to dry.
Marie's Directions on How to Roll Out Pie Dough

1. Put a little (handful) flour on rolling surface whether a kitchen table or bread board. She said to give yourself plenty of room with elbow space.
2. Knead dough a little – 8 to 10 times. Not too much she said or crust will be tough.
3. Pat dough into a smooth round circle.
4. Roll rolling pin across the dough in an east to west motion.
5. Lift pin and gently turn dough over, smoothing flour under it, over it, and on pin.
6. Roll dough from middle to outside edges (lift rolling pin at edges of dough and bring it back to middle) in all directions lightly.
7. Roll dough over rolling pin gently and lift into pie pan and spread out.
8. Crease edges & cut off edges to trim.
9. Bake or fill with pie filling.
Custard Pie
(makes an 8-inch pie; 450°F – 15 min.; turn down to 350°F. – 25 min.)

3 eggs
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups scalding hot milk
¾ teaspoon vanilla

Pour into a pastry-lined pie pan. Bake first at 450° F., then turn oven down to 350° F. Bake for the allotted times listed at top of recipe. Bake just until a case knife, inserted 1-inch from side of filling comes out clean. The center may still look a bit soft but will set up eventually. Serve slightly warm or cold.
(NOTE OF CAUTION: If you bake this pie too long, it will make the custard watery.)
Pumpkin Spread

Ishmael grew sugar pumpkins in his garden from which Marie made her pumpkin spread. I've used her cooking method to make mashed pumpkin from a jack-o-lantern pumpkin to be used for pumpkin pie.

1. Peel and seed one large pumpkin, cutting the flesh into 1 to 2 inches chunks. Place chunks into a soup pot or large crock pot, add a cup of water or so and cover. If cooking in a crock pot, cook chunks covered until fork-tender. If in a soup-pot, bake in the oven on 350° F. for an hour (check to see if fork-tender, if not, bake a little longer), or cook on stove-top until soft. Drain water & mash with a potato masher.
2. At this point, if saving for pumpkin pie to make later, place mashed pumpkin in freezer containers, cover, & burp air out. Label and store in freezer. If making pumpkin spread, add sugar, a little at a time, stir in, to taste. Place in freezer containers, cover, burp, & label. Store in freezer. Marie recycled margarine & cool whip containers as freezer containers.
Breaded Tomatoes

2 cups mashed, hot-water peeled tomatoes, fresh from the garden OR
1 can (16 oz.) tomatoes
1/3 cup sugar
3 or 4 slices light bread (homemade or store-bought)
Dash salt.

Cook tomatoes in a saucepan until mushy. Cut up if necessary. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Put in torn up pieces of light bread and fold in until bread has soaked up juices and is soft. Add dash of salt. Heat through and serve.
Cooked Turnips

1. Wash up turnips if they are fresh from the garden. Cut off tops, root end and thinly peel.
2. Slice turnips (abt. ¼" wide) into a saucepan and cover with water.
3. Bring to a boil and cook at least 10 minutes or until the slices are fork-tender.
4. Remove from heat, pour water off, then cover with fresh water. Return to medium heat, throw in a chunk of butter (abt. 1 tablespoon) and sprinkle with a teaspoon of sugar. Cook until butter is melted. Remove from heat and serve.

She said the first boiling removes the bitterness from the turnips. I've had these many times and they are very good.
Light Bread
(makes 6 loaves; 350° F.; ½ hr. to 1 hr.)
Marie didn't have a written recipe for her homemade bread, so I watched her make it one time when we were "down home" visiting, writing it down, step by step, as she made it. Store-bought bread has nothing on this bread, fresh from the oven, slathered with butter and her homemade pumpkin spread. Mmm! Mmm! Yummy!
1. Mix all these ingredients together in a small metal pan & let raise until bubbly = 1/3 cup barely warm water, 2 to 3 tablespoons of flour, 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar and 2 packages of yeast.
2. Meanwhile, mix next ingredients together in a huge bowl or large clean dishpan with an electric mixer = 6 cups water, ½ cup shortening, lard, or oil, 1 ½ cups sugar, 3 teaspoons salt and 5 to 6 cups whole wheat flour.
3. After this is mixed really well, take a wooden spoon and stir in yeast mixture. With spoon, stir in 1 cup at a time (10 cups white flour), then knead in (in pan) 2 more cups of flour. Knead 5 to 10 minutes (pull dough from edges to center & punch down. Continue this way until dough is smooth.)
4. Roll ball of dough over in pan & cover with a clean cloth. Let raise until double about 2 hours in a warm place. (NOTE: Electric oven directions = preheat on lowest temperature for a few minutes; shut it off. Insert pan. Gas Oven directions = Let raise with just pilot light on or insert a pan of warm water below bread pan on bottom shelf.) To test dough to see if it is double in size = lightly & quickly poke 2 fingers into the dough. If the dents remain, it is doubled in size. If the dent fills up rapidly, then let it rise a little longer.
5. When bread dough is double in size, punch down. Knead on a greased surface about 5 minutes. (Marie used her kitchen table.) Knead with knuckles, pulling outer surfaces to the middle. Cut big mound into hand-sized wedges for 6 loaves. Pat into shape in greased loaf pans.
Cover pans with cloth & let rise again until double (1 ½ to 2 hours) on top of counter. Put pans into a cold oven—then turn oven to 350° F. Bake ½ hr. to 1 hr. until bread is golden brown. Turn bread from pans & butter tops. Let cool.
6. Marie would save the bread sacks from store bought sale bread she occasionally bought and stored her homemade bread in them in the deep freezer.
Fruit Cocktail Cake

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 can fruit cocktail
Mix 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup chopped nut bits together. Spread over top of cake batter.
Bake 50 minutes at 350 degree F. oven.
Poor Man’s Cake Recipe

Wash and boil 1 cup raisins in 2 cups water until there is only 1 cup of water left. Add ½ cup lard. And let cool. Then add 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon allspice, and ½ teaspoon salt. Beat well. Bake at 350* oven till it’s done.
Billy's Mock Apple Pie

16 crackers
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Break each cracker in about 4 pieces in bottom of pie crust. Combine all rest of ingredients in a pan. Heat until margarine melts. Pour this over the crackers and put top crust on pie. Bake until light brown.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ishmael L. & N. Marie Rush

Ishmael Lawrence Rush (1906-1999). Farmer. Ishmael was born April 8, 1906 to Ephraim David "Ephie" Rush and Alice Isabelle "Belle" Bittle, the seventh child of twelve children. Ishmael married Nanny Marie Rush (1909-1996), the second child of William Thornton Rush and Cora Lee Sullens, on October 19, 1929 at the St. Louis County Courthouse by Joe L. Schuler, J.P. Marie was born on February 5, 1909. They had four boys.

They attended the Mt. Herman Baptist church nearby after the Jim Henry Methodist church closed in the 1960s when one of their boys attended Vacation Bible School there. Eventually the whole family began to worship at Mt. Herman and Marie taught the senior adult women’s Sunday School class.

Ishmael cared for a kitchen garden with a small vineyard. He picked up the black walnuts that grew wild on their farm, kept some and sold the rest for pocket money. He also raised cattle, pigs, chickens, and horses. He had a coon-dog, hunted, trapped, and fished. Our son says his favorite memory of "grandpa with the tractor"  is playing checkers with him.

Marie taught herself to cook and can. She made homemade bread and the best pumpkin butter, grape jelly, and pies. She also sewed for her family, quilted and crocheted. She was in a ladies homemakers club many years. Marie loved to read, not only Capper's Weekly, the Grit, and good books but also her Scofield Bible.

They loved visiting their family, especially during Decoration Day and at the family reunion.

Marie graduated to heaven on November 12, 1996. Ishmael and his sister, Ruth, were killed in a car accident on October 11, 1999. All of them were laid to rest in the Rush Chapel Cemetery.

More to Read:
1. St. Louis, MO. Courthouse Picture Postcard (where they married)
2. 1976 Miller County, MO Land Directory.  Published by Directory Service Company. Provided by Farm and Home Publishers.  Landowners Index 015, p. 32.  Retrieved from website: Historic Map Works.
 3. 1976 Plat Map of Saline Twp. T42N-R14W, Miller County, MO. Published by Directory Service Company. Provided by Farm and Home Publishers.  Section 16, Retrieved from website: Historic Map Works.

4. Findagrave #14087669

Places to Visit:
1. Mt. Herman Baptist (org. December 12, 1872) located at the cross-roads of Spring Garden Road and FF Hwy outside of Olean, MO.
2. the communities of Eldon, Etterville,  Mt. Pleasant, Olean, and Spring Garden in Saline Twp., Miller County, MO.
3. Rush Chapel cemetery, on Jim Henry road, between Mary's Home and Tuscumbia, MO.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

In Memory Of

Leaves that have fallen from the family tree:

* April 4, 2018: ROSCOE W. RUSH, 92, Mary's Home. Passed at the Miller County Care and Rehab Center in Tuscumbia, MO. Visitation with be April 9; 9:30 - 11:00 AM. Phillips Funeral Home Chapel. Mary's Home. Interment will follow at Rush Chapel Cemetery, Jim Henry Road, Mary's Home. 

* October 1, 2014: MELBA K. RUSH, 78, Bonner Springs. Passed September 29, 2014. Visitation 1-2 pm, Service 2 pm, Oct. 3, Alden-Harrington Funeral Home. Private burial. Published in the Kansas City Star on October 1, 2014.

* September 19, 2014: GENE E. RUSH, 80, Kansas City, Kansas, died September 14, 2014. Visitation 10 am, 09-19, Highland Park Funeral Home, 4101 State Ave, KCK. Burial Maple Hill Cem. Gene worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 42 yrs. & was a lifetime member of FOE1100.

* December 11, 2013: LORETTA A. SCHOLTZ, 90, Kansas City, Kansas, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Twin Oaks in Lansing, Kansas. The Visitation will be from 10 to 11 am Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Porter Funeral Home, 1835 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, Kan with the funeral service to follow at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Crossroads Hospice.
Loretta was born Feb. 20, 1923, in Eldon Mo, the daughter of Erda and Olive (RUSH) COFFMAN. She was a graduate of Eldon High School and had worked for TWA, and then was the manager of the Motherhood Maternity Store for 10 years. Loretta was a member of Grandview United Methodist Church, its United Methodist Women's Group and the Victory Hills Golden Age Club. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Donald SCHOLTZ on Dec. 6, 2011, her parents, and two brothers, Elmer "Joe" and Robert COFFMAN. Loretta is survived by a daughter and her husband, grandson, and a great-granddaughter, and a sister. Condolences may be expressed at the the website of the Porter Funeral Home & Crematory

* October 16, 2013: PHYLLIS A. RUSH = July 6, 1948-October 8, 2013.
Mrs. Phyllis A. Rush, 65, of Eugene, Missouri passed away Tuesday October 8, 2013 in Tuscumbia, Missouri. She was born on July 6, 1948 in Garden City, Kansas, the daughter of the late Dale R. and Jesse M. (Horton) Lightner. She was united in marriage with her husband on November 25, 1972 in Eldon, Missouri, who survives of the home.
She is survived by a daughter, two daughter-in-laws, two sons, a son-in-law, and six grandchildren. She is also survived by four brothers and three sisters.
Phyllis was a member of the Eldon Church of the Nazarene serving on the church board and was Sunday School Superintendent and Children's Bible Quizzing Leader. She enjoyed serving GOD and working on church mission trips around the world. She was a 4-H volunteer for thirty-seven years, a member of the Miller County Farm Bureau, and she and her husband were members of the FFA Alumni. She was the owner/operator of Country Curl Beauty Shop, co-owner and operator of the Rush Farms of Eugene, MO. She served as treasurer of Rush Chapel Cemetery and was a bus driver for Miller County R-3 school for twenty years. She loved children and was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and servant of Christ.
Visitation was on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO. and Rev. Jerry W. Frye officiated at her funeral service at the Eldon Church of the Nazarene in Eldon, MO on Friday, October 11, 2013. Interment occurred at the Rush Chapel Cemetery in Eugene, MO. If one wishes to donate to a memorial in Phyllis' honor, please consider contributing to the Children's Quizzing Program at the Eldon Church of the Nazarene or to the Rush Chapel Cemetery. Condolences may be shared with the family at Phillips Funeral Home Eldon, MO

* September 9, 2013: PEGGY SMITH HAKE, 77, of Independence, formerly of Miller County, MO, passed away on June 25, 2013, at home.
She was born in Iberia on August 10, 1935, the daughter of Oliver and Verlie (Wyrick) Smith.
Mrs. Hake was preceded in death by her parents, son Kevin Dean Warman, first husband Kenneth Warman and second husband Ambrose Hake.
After graduating from Iberia High School in 1953, Peggy left Miller County to work in St. Louis, but returned home after one year. After marrying in 1955, she started her family and became a homemaker, at times working to supplement the family income.
After becoming a single parent in 1968, Mrs. Hake moved to Kansas City, Kansas, where she worked full-time while raising her four remaining children in sometimes difficult and trying times. Before leaving Kansas City behind, she had worked her way up the ladder to become a vice president of the Indian Springs State Bank.
Upon returning to Miller County, Mrs. Hake started her career in newspaper, politics and community service. Her love of the written word and books was the basis for her "Windows to the Past" column that ran weekly in the Miller County Autogram-Sentinel for nearly 30 years, as well as writing three books about historical events in Miller county. Mrs. Hake's love for reading and writing also inspired one daughter to become a writer and a son to become a newspaper editor.
However, her true passion took off when she started her work in genealogy around 1975. Through the years, Peggy became one of the foremost experts in the history of the people of Miller County, central Missouri and the roots from which those families grew.
Some of her many accomplishments and service to her community include being a two-term Miller County Commissioner, actively involved in several Iberia community organizations and working on and leading the Miller County Historical Society, which honored her with its inaugural award for service to the society in 2010.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, one brother, three step-children and their spouses, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home in Iberia the last of June 2013 with burial in the Iberia Cemetery.
If you wish to share condolences with the family, please click here. 
Kinship -- Mrs. Hake was David's fourth cousin through the LOVEALLS.

* December 22, 2012: WILLIAM E. RUSH (1919-2012) We extend our sympathies to the family of William E. Rush. He was born Nov. 2, 1919 in Coffeyville, Kansas to William and Laura (SULLINS) RUSH and died December 14, 2012 at home surrounded by his loved ones.

* August 2, 2012: ARCHIE TRUEMAN RUSH, Jr. We just got word that Junior passed away. We extend our deepest sympathies to his children as they grieve the passing of their father.
* August 17, 2010: LARRY "KELAN" SPALDING, Age 74, passed away Friday, July 30, 2010, in Springfield, MO. See his full obituary at
* June 23, 2010: VIANNA LOUISE (FARLEY) STEEN, 72, of Independence, Missouri, passed away June 6, 2010. Vianna was born March 22, 1938, in Milan, Missouri, the daughter of James Franklin and Mildred Vianna (Forrester) Farley. She was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church, Independence, MO. To leave condolences in the guest book, visit

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Twelve New Gravestones

Last year, just before the annual Rush Reunion, two new tombstones were placed on the graves of brothers, James M. "Kain Tuck" Rush and John William Rush, who fought in the Civil War together in the Rush Chapel Cemetery. The Rush family collected enough money last year to replace ten gravestones that were badly deteriorated. They were replaced with new ones by the Kidwell Monument Company, Versailles, MO. in May.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Got A Question?

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How Rush Chapel Cemetery Came to Be

James M. "Kain Tuck" Rush (1826-1892). Carpenter. Farmer. Pioneer. James M. was born in 1826 to Henson and Margaret Stout Rush, the first son of six children.

James married 2 times, first to Mary Blake circa 1848 in Kentucky. They were the first Rush family to migrate to Missouri. The following year, after Mary died in childbirth in Booneville, he headed west to California's gold fields.

Enroute with his wagon train, he stumbled across a nearly dead man who had been fenced in because he had fallen ill. Rather than risking the spread of a possible deadly disease, wagon trains often left the sick in wooden pens to ward off wild animals, with enough food and water to last them for a few days. As the wagon train meant to camp close by a few days, James nursed the man, named John Walls, until he regained his strength and was able, with James' help, to keep up with the travelers when they moved on. Mr. Walls dubbed James "Kain Tuck," because James was a "Kaintuckian" (from Kentucky); he felt indebted to the man who rescued him.

James had little success in finding gold, so he returned to Missouri, sailing around South America. He married his 2nd wife, Theresa Jane Loveall (1835-1909), February 1, 1855 in Miller County. Seven children were born to this union.

James was listed as a southern sympathizer in August of 1862 after the Civil War began, automatically revoking his citizenship. However, since he served in the Union Army as a private in Co. B, 6th Regiment MO. Cavalry from June 11, 1863 to July 18, 1865, was honorably discharged with no injuries, his citizenship rights were restored in May, 1866.
Both were laid to rest in the Rush Chapel Cemetery, Miller County, MO.

Rev. Edward Everett Sullens, M.G. (1865-1940) Circuit Rider. Edward was born July 3, 1865 in Brazito, Cole County, Mo. to Peter Washington Green and Sarah Ann (Johnston) Sullens. Edward began preaching for the Lord when he was about 19 years of age.

Edward married Viola Catherine Loveall (1866-1940), daughter of Daniel David and Frances Ann "Annie" (Sweaney) Loveall, May 18, 1887 in Tuscumbia, MO. They had 9 children. He performed two of his children's marriages and two of his daughters married ministers – Alva married Rev. Harrison Gordon Butler and Flossie married Rev. Clifford Moody.

Rev. Sullens organized the Jim Henry Methodist Church in the late 1800s. The church and furniture were built by himself and his brother, Enos Asbury Sullens (1867-1934). James M. and Theresa Jane Rush donated part of the Rush Hill land for the church and cemetery. It was known as the Jim Henry Methodist church for many years because of the location – Jim Henry was an Osage Indian who lived in the area between Tuscumbia and Mary's Home. The township now carries his name. Later the name of the cemetery was changed to Rush Chapel in memory of the early Rush pioneers who are buried there.

The Jim Henry church was one of Rev. Sullen's early pastorates. The rickety building was torn down about 1962. All that remains is the cemetery and a small picnic shelter that was built in the 1980s. The Rush family continues to meet there on Decoration (Memorial) Day once a year to decorate their loved ones graves. A descendant of Ephraim, James M's brother continues to care for the cemetery grounds.

Edward died August 26, 1940 in Hitchcock, OK and Viola died 3 months and one week later the same year in Eakley, Ok. Both are buried in Hobart, OK.

More to Read:
1.) Peter Sullens and Mary Carson and Two Hundred Years of Decendents. By Maude Sullens Hoffman, 1971.
2.) The Rush Report. Compiled by Gaynelle Jenkins Moore. Research Assistance: David W. Rush. March 2003.
3.) The Loveall Report. Compiled by Gaynelle Jenkins Moore. April 2010.
4.) Place Names Of Six South Central Counties of Missouri. Frank Weber. M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1938. Repository: State Historical Society of Mo.

Places to Visit in MO.

1.) Rush Chapel Cemetery, Jim Henry or Rush Road, Mary's Home, MO.
2.) Miller County Museum, 2005 Highway 52, Tuscumbia, MO.

Postscript: Most of the Rush family attended the Jim Henry Methodist church until the 1940s when the church closed. Afterwards, most of the family began to attend the Church of the Nazarene, then some left the Nazarene church to attend the more conservative Church of God of Holiness, both in Eldon, MO. A few, like Ishmael & Marie Rush, eventually chose to attend churches near their homes.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

From the Paper Trail

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I have extracted information from cookbooks, old magazines, and vintage valentines for the Missouri State Genealogy Association Journal (MOSGA). One was a series of articles called "Missouri Contributors to National Women's Magazines" the first which was published in Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, 2014 issue.  My contributions ended in 2015 to the Journal.  A query was also published in 2015 concerning my ancestor, Martin White.


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In May 2015, my husband and I traveled to Lincoln, IL to give a presentation about my 3rd great-grandparents, Eld. Martin and Kiturah (Fletcher) White. Martin was Logan County, IL's very first elected representative in the Illinois State Legislature. This was the write-up in the paper advertising my very first program. 

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Contributed to GENERATIONS

 M.A.G.I.C., (Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition)'s Journal.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Genealogy Computer Software.

My husband, David, the Rush family historian, uses this software program to keep track of his family history research. It is by Broderband and is called the "Family Tree Maker 7.0." It is very easy to use. Before he bought it, he had many, many paper files in filing cabinets, cardboard boxes and photo albums. It was very hard to keep it altogether.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Beginnings of Rush History in America.

William RUSH (b. 1615) was born in Great Britain and immigrated to Westmoreland Co., VA in 1635. His descendants remained in Virginia for over 100 years, then began to migrate to NC, SC, KY, and TN. Henson RUSH was born in Virginia or in Kentucky Territory on the frontier abt. 1794. He settled in Adair Co., KY where he died in 1847/1848. His widow and grown children moved on to Miller County, Missouri. All known Rush families in Miller County, Mo. before 1950 are of this line. Henson RUSH married Margaret STOUT in 1825 and 3 of their 4 researched children married siblings, the children of Jonathan and Ruth Allen LOVEALL, also of Adair Co., KY.