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Submitted by Carol Graley

James W. Rust volunteered as a Kanawha Rifleman in 1861, then transferred to the 22nd VA Regiment CSA. He was born March 20, 1844, in Kanawha County, WV. James was the son of Samuel E. and Elizabeth (Rust)Rust who lived on the west side of Coal River.

James' father, Samuel, was born March 6, 1808, at Richmond, VA. Samuel was the son of James Rust and Mary Purcell. The Rust family arrived in Kanawha County in 1816. James' mother, Elizabeth, was born October 8, 1818. She was the daughter of Benjamin Rust and Jane Thomas. Samuel and Elizabeth were married 1836.

James W. Rust died at Fayetteville, September 10, 1862. He is buried in the Rust Cemetery at Coalsmouth.

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