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John Hasson Rush Senior of Bedford PA Updated July 1, 2011
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John Hasson Rush Sr.married a Margaret Reiley in Bedford Borough PA at the Old Catholic Church of St. Thomas on February 2, 1832. Margaret Reiley was from Stoystown, PA. Her father's name was John. Both he and his wife are buried at St. Thomas. I have this information from the Rush family bible that was passed down through his son William Thomas Rush. I also have the notes that George Augustin Rush made on a trip to Philidelphia that have some truth in them but have also perputated a falsehood about our descent from the Signer. We are not direct descendents.
Family research has been difficult. I am aware of of the family of James Lawrence Rush and have had some contact with descendents of John Hasson Rush junior who moved to Indiana.
What I do believe is truth from Grandpa Rushes notes is that John Hasson Rush sr. had two brothers; Dr. William P. Rush and Benjamin Rush. Both brothers moved to Indiana. Nothing in the narrative indicates when this happened. In the narrative he indicates that John Hasson Rush's father was named John. I believe this is not accurate because he claims that John was the brother of the Signer. That family tree is well documented and our line is not in it.
I believe John H. Rush's parents were James Rush and Margaret Hasson. James had emigrated to the US from Ireland and died in Franklin County, PA. I do not know when he died, but some of his children may have been young.
The information I have also does NOT indicate that Margaret Hasson emigrated with him, so it is possible she was already here. George Augustin Rush does indicate that the father of John Hasson Rush sr. emigrated to Chambersburg, PA. This may also be true as Chambersburg was once part of Franklin County, PA.
A point of interest which I cannot find information about is that Grandpa's notes indicate he had in his possession a letter signed "Wilfred" from a grandson of Dr. William P. Rush. I do not have this letter.
Another point of interest is that this Margaret Hasson Rush apparently died in Louisville, KY.
My research has been very stop and go as my life has made it difficult to find the time to really go after it. However, I do have some information on the following from the family bible; James Lawrence Rush (one of his son's was named for my grandfather); John Hasson Rush Junior; Mary Margaret Rush McMullin; Annie Gertrude Rush Farrell; and two siblings who never married; and the descendents of William Thomas Rush son to John H. Senior.
My desire at this point is to connect the dots to James and Margaret Rush. Any assistance will be welcome.