Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside Co. 1885
12 Feb 2008
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
HENRY BUSH is a farmer on section 9, Sterling Township, and is the oldest son of Luther BUSH, one of the pioneer settlers of Whiteside County. The father was born Aug. 12, 1794, and he married Eunice CORNISH, locating in Lewis Co., N. Y. whence he removed with his family to Whiteside County.
He was a mason by trade, which pursuit he followed all his life. His memory is cherished with the utmost respect, his mental capacity and moral rectitude being unusually prominent. He was a member of the first religious organization in Sterling Township, which was the foundation of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Sterling. Luther BUSH died Nov. 29, 1870, of dropsy. His wife, who was born July 28, 1800, is still living. She is 85 years of age. Their children were named Henry, Edward, Esther H., Andrew J., Alfred, Julia V. and Martin L. Edward died July 14, 1871, at the age of 47 years. Alfred died Feb. 25, 1860; he was 28 years old. Esther H. was married June 18, 1843, to John DIPPELL, and is now a widow. Julia V. married Joseph M. MARTIN and lives in Iowa.
Mr. BUSH was born in Lewis Co., N. Y., Oct. 17, 1822. In 1836 he came with his parents to Bureau Co., Ill., and accompanied them to Whiteside County. He acquired a knowledge of the business of his father and passed 15 years in its pursuit. He is now engaged in farming.
In political affiliation, Mr. BUSH is a Republican.
His marriage to Sarah E. JUDD took place at Sterling, Dec. 4, 1850. Of this union three children were born, as follows: Lewis C.; Jeannette G. died Sept. 22, 1855; Norton G. The mother died in Sterling March 9, 1857. She was the daughter of Charles C. JUDD.
Mr. BUSH was again united in marriage to Elizabeth J. (BRESSLER) NICHOLS, daughter of Isaac and Frances (NEFF)
BRESSLER, and widow of Norton J. NICHOLS. The latter died Jan. 7, 1854, at Sterling. The only child of that marriage was Amoret F., who was born Nov. 22, 1853, and died April 1, 1854. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. BUSH: Emma E., Phebe C., Isaac I. and Henry L. (twins), Nathan G. Mrs. BUSH was born July 10, 1822, in Lancaster Co., Pa. (See sketch of Isaac BRESSLER) The family attend, the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Bush is a member.