Benard Bushen was born 14 Feb 1826 in Prussia. He died 2 Aug 1875 in Walker County, TX.
Benard left his homeland, sailing from the port of Bremen in Prussia (now Germany) on 31 May 1852 on the ship Solon, arriving at the port of Galveston (approximately a two month journey).In the port records his hometown was given as Kirgenwies (has not been located on a map).
Bernard Bushen received a land grand for 143 acres in Walker County, Texas in 1875. The land is situated next to the Ethan Allen tract, where John McMillian's family resided.Apparentlythe families got along quite well, because four of John McMillian's children (Laura, Caney, William Robert and John) married three of Ellen High's children (William Fuller, Nancy Jane Bushen and Mary Zelpha Bushen).
Benard fought in the Civil War. He was wounded in the leg and taken prisoner. He died ten years later, reportedly from complications due to the war wound.
There are many recorded spellings of Benard Bushen's name. His given name has been spelled Bennett, Bernard and Bernhard. A common German name was Bernhardt.His surname has been spelled Bushing, Buschen, Bursing, Burzin and Bushin. In a document apparently signed by his own hand on 22 June 1976 (almost a year after the date of death on his grave marker), it is spelled Burzin.