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William RUSH, I

Male 1615 - 1691  (76 years)


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  • Name William RUSH 
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    Born 1615  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1691  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • William Rush I

      http://www.milaminvirginia.com/rush_family.html

      Lastly, let me summarize William Rush I for completeness sake. Most of the late 17th century Westmoreland County records can be definitively related to William Rush II who married Anne Gray, daughter of the wealthy planter, Francis Gray. There are a couple of Court records where the person is unclear and may relate to Rush I. The first definite William Rush I record occurs in August 1686 when "William Rush {I} as marrying Dorothy, the relic and Executrix of Christopher Thomas, doth petition that, having paid order of this Court and Clerk?s and Sherriff?s Fees beyond assets, he humbly desires Quietus." [53] The Court accepted his petition. By January 1691 / 1692, Rush I had died and his widow, Dorothy, petitioned the Court for her right of Dower. The Court "ordered that William Horton and John Pratt do lay out and divide the land of William Rush {I} together with housing and orchard..... into three equal parts and that, after division, the Sheriff do immediately put Dorothy Rush into possession of what 1/3 part she shall elect and make choice of....." [54] Ironically, the genealogical connection between this William Rush and the other William Rush(s) mentioned in Westmoreland County records is established by a Petition of this Dorothy for more Dower rights on 27 May 1702 after marrying yet again to William Bennett: "Upon petition of William Bennett and Dorothy, his wife, late widow of William Rush {I} praying 100 acres of land given by her husband during the coverture betwixt them to his son, William Rush {II}, without the privity or consent of Dorothy, maybe divided into three equal parts and that they may bee possest of 1/3 thereof as her Dower....." [55] Nine months later in February 1702/03, William Bennett died and William Rush II along with his son-in-law, Jossua Hudson, and John Lilly were appointed to appraise Bennett?s property. [56] This time "Dorothy relinquished all manner of Claim or title of his {William Bennett?s} estate". The estate by his Will was left to his young son, Cossum Bennett, and Daniel Field was appointed "to be trustee for the good of son". Bennett?s Inventory and appraisal were submitted to Court by William Rush II et al on 20 April 1703 and recorded. [57] I am still looking for a Rush I?s Will and Inventory.

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    • Biography

      In 1635, the immigrant William Rush arrived in America at age 20, aboard the ship Matthew of London.

      A "young man of Dutch descent, whom Sir Thomas Luntsford brought over with Thomas Terrell, John and Lawrence Washington and others." Originally the Rush family were English Quakers.[1]
      William Rush I, II, III, IV

      Following is my working conjecture of the four generations, based on how dates and other information from various sources might fit together (see Research Notes, below for how I got here). ~ Liz Shifflett, April 1, 2016

      William Rush (1615-1689 91/2), immigrant, arrived 1635, age 20, aboard the Mathew [left infant son in England[2]]. Acquired lands on the Machodeck river in Westmoreland County, Virginia, in 1644, as evidenced by deeds found at Montross, Westmorland County.[1]

      William Rush (c1635-1691/2), transported in 1650 by Sir Thomas Huntsford, Bnt., [joining his father[2]]. Married Ann Grey (b after 1639). Their children: William, Elizabeth (m Jossua Hudson), and Mary (m Philip Peyton). Married Dorothy (widow of Christopher Thomas) in 1686.

      William Rush (c1660-1707) m Elizabeth Perry
      William Rush (before 1687 - not a minor when his father died)
      Benjamin Rush (after 1687 - division of father's property indicated another son, but not named, indicating he was a minor), married Amy, widow of James Elkins

      William Rush (before 1687-1735) married Mary; moved to what became Orange County, Virginia, where he died.

      Anne Grey

      Wife of William Rush prior to 1658 and mother of Elizabeth, m Jossua Hudson, and Ann, m Philip Peyton.

      Anne was the daughter of Francis Grey by his wife Alice Moreman, who were married in 1638 and moved to Virginia (from Maryland) in 1647.[1]

      If Anne was born in 1639 and married at 16 (fairly common for the time and place), marriage to William Rush would have been 1655.

      Dorothy

      Probably the wife of the same William Rush who married Anne Grey, after Anne passed away, although the Milams of Virginia site has her as marrying that William's father.[3] Apparently no Rush children either way.

      In 1686, William married Dorothy, the widow of Christopher Thomas. Dorothy was shown as William's widow in January 1691/2 court records. Her next husband was William Bennett.[3]

      Research Notes

      I had originally estimated a 1625 birth year guess based on his marriage in 1686 to Dorothy (widow of Christopher Thomas), who was William's widow in January 1691/2 court records. (Dorothy's next husband was William Bennett.)[3]

      However, his son's birth year is estimated (in WikiTree) as 1630, based on a 1658 deed of land to him by his father-in-law Francis Grey. And that profile shows him (husband of Ann Grey) to be the same William Rush who married (2) Dorothy, widow of Christopher Thomas.

      From the Owsley Family Historical Society (OFHS), citing the following "lease and release of land recorded in Westmoreland County Deed Book 8-2, p. 145-147", we have three known generations of William Rush in Virginia:[4]

      "William Rush of Washington Parish, Westmoreland Co., Va. to Rev. David Stuart, of St. Paul?s Parish, Stafford Co., Va., being 100 acres purchased from Robert Howson by William Rush, the grandfather of the above mentioned grantor and lesser, and granted by deed of gift to William Rush his son, the father of the above grantor, as by deed bearing date the 22 July 1689, relation thereunto being had, may more at large appear, and now descended by inheritance to William Rush, the grantor thereof, the grandson to the above William Rush, the first purchaser hereof, the which tract was re-patented and granted to William Rush the first purchaser aforesaid the 10th January, 1704."

      The Milams of Virginia also has this entry, headed 25 JUL 1733 WILLS AND DEEDS, page 223 ? 224, and another following, 26 JUL 1733 WILLS AND DEEDS, page 224, in which Mary, wife of William Rush {IV}, relinquishes her dower rights.[3]

      this site attributes Willam m Mary as {III} & born-died before 1687-1735 in Orange County, Virginia. That site shows the following generations:[1]

      William b 1615 (m Ann, born 1639, in 1655)
      William b 1666 (m Elizabeth) d 1707 (later in site shows b 1659-60)
      William b before 1687 (m Mary) d 1735

      The OFHS site also notes:

      "Two men named William Rush are known to have come to America in the first half of the 17th-century. The first William Rush arrived in 1635 aboard the Matthew when he was 20 years old. The second William Rush was transported in 1650 by Sir Thomas Huntsford, Bnt. It seems likely that one of these men was the father of...William Rush [who married] married Anne, daughter of Francis Gray."

      Text on the WikiTree profile page for William m Anne Grey (Rush-700) appears to combine the the William Rushes that the Milams of Virginia website refers to separately as {I} {II} and {III}.

      William Rush b 1615 (arrived 1635 aboard the Mathew) {OFHS; needs better}

      William Rush married by 20 November 1658 to Anne Grey {deed}; still married 7 June 1667 {date of her father's will}

      William Rush b 1637-9; m Anne 7/21/1652; died 1707[1]{needs better}

      William Rush, Attorney for Mr. Thomas Davis and his wife Ann, Oct. 1663 {court record} Milams site attributes as {II} & includes related entries - 1654, a Captain Thomas Davis gave 100 acres of land to William Rush (apparently same land Mr Davis now selling by way of William). Captain Davis rec'd 1651/2 600 acres in Northumberland Co. for transporting 12 persons.

      William Rush died by Jan. 1691/2 {court record} Milams site attributes as {I}

      27 JAN 1691/92 ORDER BOOK, page 46. On petition of Dorothy Rush (relic of William Rush {I}, and earlier relic of Christopher Thomas)....ordered that William Horton and John Pratt do lay out and divide the land of William Rush {I} together with housing and orchard, etc.... now in possession {lease} of Charles Ashton

      William Rush gives land Jan 3, 1673/4 to Jossua Hudson:{deed}

      "for natural love and affection I bear unto my daughter Elizabeth....as also a marriadge contracted and solemnized betweene Jossua Hudson of Upper Machoteck and my said daughter....100 acres. Same 100 acres that Francis Gray, deceased, in consideration of natural affection he bore unto his daughter Anne did give unto William Rush, husband unto Anne...."
      Note: Milams attributes to {II} (who married Ann Grey), but the text reads more like it should be {III}, who married Elizabeth. (Dates make that unlikely, though. Marriage contract in 1673, if daughter was 18, would call for birth in 1655.)
      OFHS site also shows William m Ann as father of Elizabeth m Hudson.

      William Rush died before 26 Jan. 1708/9, relic Elizabeth {probate/inventory} Milams site attributes as {III} and shows activity by William Rush after that as {II}, who isn't attributed as having a will or a reference in a deed as "dec'd"; this page has death in 1707 for the William m Ann Grey[1] (Milams site has William m Grey as {II})

      William Rush of Washington Parish, Westmoreland Co., in 1678 gave 200 acres to Philip Payton, husband of William's daughter Mary Rush. {deed} Milams site attributes to {II}

      Wiliam Rush, son and heir of William Rush, deceased... (land purchased from Robert Howson on 12 Jan 1664/5) {22 July 1689, grant} Milams site attributes to {II} and {III}

      William Rush deceased early 1691 (Milams site, attributing to {II})

      Conclusion? Distilling the information from the different sites, I think the following might be a possibility. ~ Noland-165 01:10, 1 April 2016 (EDT)

      William Rush (1615-1689 91/2), immigrant, arrived 1635, age 20, aboard the Mathew (left infant son in England[5]). Acquired lands on the Machodeck river in Westmoreland County, Virginia, in 1644, as evidenced by deeds found at Montross, Westmorland County.[1]
      William Rush (c1635-1691/2), transported in 1650 by Sir Thomas Huntsford, Bnt., joining his father. Married Ann Grey (b after 1639). Had William, Elizabeth (m Jossua Hudson), and Mary (m Philip Peyton). Married Dorothy (widow of Christopher Thomas) in 1686.
      William Rush (c1660-1707) m Elizabeth Perry
      William Rush (before 1687-1735) married Mary

      Sources

      ? 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 William Rush, compiled by Nancy Werner
      ? 2.0 2.1 sheer speculation on my part - Noland-165
      ? 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 William Rush Chronology, Milams in Virginia
      ? from this site, the Owsley Family Historical Society (OFHS)
      ? sheer speculation on my part - Noland-165
    Person ID I11082  Johnson & Hanson
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    Family Dorothy 
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    +1. William RUSH, II,   b. 1635, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1707, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
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  • Histories
    The William Rush Family of Westmoreland County VA
    The William Rush Family of Westmoreland County VA
    A History of Their First Century (1650 - 1750)

    A detailed history of the Rush family of Westmoreland County including the influence of the Quaker, William Duff, and his nephew, Robert Green (Orange County Virginia Burgess 1736)