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Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of Rev. James F. RUSH

         James F. RUSH was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, on March 13, 1836, a son of Alexander and Sarah Rush, who lived near Brownsville in that county and state. In Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, on April 30, 1866, James F. Rush and Leab (Leah?) M. McCarty, daughter of Ellis and Leah McCarty. Her father was deceased by 1884 and her mother continued to live in that county and state.

         James and Leab (Leah?) Rush had the following children: George J. Rush, March 17, 1867-died in infancy; Joseph K. Rush, August 11, 1868-?; Ellis F. Rush, November 23, 1871-?; Leah M. Rush, May 12, 1873-?; Alexander Rush, September 15, 1875-died in infancy; William A. Rush, August 7, 1876-?; and Levi B. Rush, April 10, 1879-died in infancy.

         James Rush had been married prior to Miss McCarty. On September 5, 1861, he and Mary J. McKee were married. She had been educated for the ministry, in the profession of Friends, but became a convert to the Baptist faith, the same as that in which Mr. Rush was engaged in the ministry. She died February 16, 1862. James Rush moved to Berkeley County in 1882, where he had accepted a position with the Baptist Missionary Board to preach at Falling Waters, where he and his family continued to live.

         One of James Rush’s ancestors was Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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