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.


  1. Hi! I'm also of the Rush & Sullens line. I have entered many names into the for the Rush Chapel Cemetery (aka: Jim Henry cem). I have this couple listed as well. My great grandparents are buried there along with MANY other relatives. I'd LOVE to add your photo to their virtual grave if it's ok? Or you can. I am adding my own photo's as well & that's kinda how I ran across you from a tombstone added. ;)

  2. Here is one of my blogs.... it's some of the obits I've collected of my relatives, which includes the Rush line as well.

    And here is my family tree website:


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