|Since beginning my search for ancestors in 1999, I have discovered an ancestor who signed the declaration of Independence-(Benjamin Rush), an ancestor who was an attorney who traveled to England and won the case that brought a half million dollars in money and belongings that was used to establish the Smithsonian Institute, then he became Secretary of the Treasury and subsequently had a Coast Guard Cutter named for him (USCGC RUSH), and he also ran for Vice President of the United States-(Richard Rush), His Grandfather commanded a troop of Horse in Cromwell's army. After the war he married and embraced the Quakerprinciples in 1660. He traveled with William Penn to Pennsylvania in 1683 along with 7 children and several grandchildren. The furthest back we have gotten in this branch of the family tree is SIR THOMAS RUSSHE born Abt. 1490 in Sudborne, Suffolk, England, and died Bet. 1560 - 1574 in Sudborne, Suffolk, England.He married ANNE RIVERS, daughter of JOHN RIVERS.|
Sir Thomas Russhe was a politician who served under both King Henry VII and King Henry VIII of England. He was a friend of Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, and later a friend of Wolsey's successor Thomas Cromwell.
Sir Thomas was made a "Knight of the Bath" as part of the coronation ceremonies of Anne Boleyn.
Military service: 1533, Thomas Russhe was knighted for his services to the King.
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