|I started this to track down the Rush name. I am kind of at a stop at my 3rd Great Grandfather Riley G. Rush a private with Co. A, 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry (C.S.A.) he was born 1829 in Georgia and died 9 Jun 1863 during the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana. If anyone has any information on his folks, I would love to hear from you.|
I have however got some very interesting and notable people on my wife's side. Follow the Andrew Reade line and you will find, George Washington (the George Washington), then from the Civil War there are 5 Union soldiers (by blood) and 1 Confederate (by marriage)(Gen. Robert E. Lee). There is also 1 shady sheriff from Kentucky.
The deeper I get, the more I find. I now have information of another 15 to 20 relatives that fought with the 10th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry (C.S.A). I am still researching this, but so far they all served at Port Hudson, La. right along side Riley G. Rush and the 1st Alabama.
I am still updating my family tree program, but I have got back to Scotland before their fight for independence from England. I found that Robert The Bruce VIII A.K.A. Robert The Brus VIII A.K.A. Robert De Bruce VIII is my 20th Great Grandfather (Known to most from the movie Braveheart).
And then I got back to 1084 Normandy, France.
Once I get it all typed in, I will upload it to this site.
While researching my Civil War project I came across some very interesting information. According to a Professor Wm. Winston Fontaine, Robert The Bruce VIII is the 15th Great Grandfather of Gen. Robert E. Lee. If this is in fact true, since Robert The Bruce VIII is my 20th Great Grandfather, then that would make Robert E. Lee my 14th Cousin 5 times removed.
Interesting concept since my wife is related by a marriage, to Robert E. Lee because of Pres. George Washington, now she is related a second time because of my blood relationship with him. One big happy circle don't you think?
I have now got back to 1593 England with the Rush Name. Thomas Rush the father of Capt. John Rush was my 10th Great Grandfather.
I have found a direct linage back to 843 Scotland with the first King of Scotland. Kenneth Macalpin(843-859)was my 35th Great Grandfather. We have the same blood, but as said above, I have only got to 1593 with the Rush name.
I would like to point out that I am in no way trying to act important with this information because I am just a regular guy, I just find it interesting.
My favorite saying when talking about my linage is:
"All this information and 50 cents still won't buy
a cup of coffee, but it's interesting to me!"
Unless of course, someone wants to give me my share of the family jewels!! Ha Ha
When people hear the term "Brother Against Brother" the automatically think of the American Civil War. With doing ones family tree, that term could be use for every fight for independence throughout history.
I have now found blood relatives on both sides of every major conflict in history. Starting with William the Conqueror, he fought against his own cousin for the thrown.
Other relations to me:
Scotland's independence, Robert the Bruce (20th Great Grandfather) and Edward Longshanks, they were 5th cousins once removed.
American Revolution, Benjamin Rush (half second cousin, 7 times removed), and King George (12th cousin, 7 times removed)
War of 1812: No names yet, but give me time.
American Civil War, Robert E. Lee (14th cousin, 5 times removed) and U.S. Grant (25th cousin, 3 times removed) which made them 23rd cousins twice removed.
These are just the key players that most people will know, but I am sure there are millions more to be discovered.
I guess if someone were to go back far enough, they will find a connection between most people.