Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of George Smith ROUSH


         George Smith ROUSH was born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia on March 30, 1841, a son of George and Margaret Roush, who always lived in Berkeley County. When the Civil war started, George S. Roush was a member of the Berkeley county company of cavalry that was ordered into active service in the Confederate army. After six weeks, he hired a substitute and returned home since his mother was left alone. Charles, brother of George Smith Roush, was a soldier during the same war, serving in the 1st Virginia Cavalry under General “Jeb” Stuart. Charles was wounded in a skirmish near Winchester.

         At the home of the bride’s father in Berkeley County, on October 2, 1866, George Smith Roush and Anmi Elizabeth Mong were married. The bride was born in Berkeley County June 30, 1845, a daughter of William H. and Mary C. Mong. The children of George Smith and Anmi Elizabeth were Carrie M. Roush, July 16, 1867-?; W. Arlington Roush, November 2, 1870-?; and Johnnie W. Roush, July 24, 1873-?.

         George Smith Roush was engaged in agricultural pursuits at Martinsburg in the Arden district, principally as a farmer and dairyman and, in January 1881, was made a director of the Peoples National Bank of Martinsburg.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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