BUSH GENEALOGY RESEARCH
From the copyrighted notes of Gene Levaughn Cato, Sr.
ABRAHAM BUSH, Sr. -- ABRAHAM BUSH, Jr.
..which one moved to Georgia with Sanders Bush ?
A number of persons have surmised that the Abraham Bush who moved with Sanders Bush from North Carolina to Georgia is Sanders' father, Abraham Bush, Sr.. However, a careful analysis of the records point to a different conclusion.
One of the first pieces of evidence that needs to be consider is the marriage status . One Abraham was married while the other Abraham never married. ABRAHAM BUSH SR, (the father of Sanders and his brother Abraham, Jr.). married a lady by the name of RACHEL. One of the early records indicating Abraham and Rachel were husband and wife goes back to 1769. In this record Abraham and Rachel witnessed the Quaker wedding of their neighbors John Kennedy and Sarah Cox at the Falling Creek Meeting House in Dobbs County, North Carolina.
A more conspicuous piece of evidence is the 1790 Census of Dobbs County, North Carolina. This census verifies that one Abraham was married while the other Abraham was not married..
1790 Census Dobbs County, NC
Page 135, BUSH, Abram 01 00 01 00 00 (Abraham, Sr. and wife Rachel.)
Page 136, BUSH, Abram 01 00 00 00 00 (Abraham, Jr. Not married)
Page 136, BUSH, Sanders 01 02 01 00 00 (Sanders, son of Abraham, Sr., Brother of
Abraham, Jr.) (Shows Sanders and his wife,
with their two sons that are under age 16)
The year following the 1790 Census (1791) Dobbs County was divided into Glasgow and Lenoir Counties. The Wheat Swamp-Falling Creek area where the Abraham Bush family lived fell into Lenoir County. They lived a short distance Northwest of Kinston, NC.
By the time the 1800 Census was made Abraham, Sr. and his wife Rachel were living with their son William Bush in neighboring Duplin County. Also by this time their sons Abraham, Jr. and Sanders Bush had already been living in Georgia for several years.
1800 Census Duplin County, North Carolina.
Page 400 William Bush 00 02 00 01 01 || 00 00 03 00 01
This census shows the following males:
William's 2 sons age 10 under 16
William age 25 under 45,
Abraham, Sr. age over 45.
This census also shows the following females:
Three females, William's 2 daughters and wife age 16 to 25,
Rachel age over 45.
Sometime after the 1800 census was made and before the 1810 census (probably about 1807) Abraham, Sr. died and most likely buried in Duplin County.
After her husband, Abraham, Senior, died, Rachel and her son William and his family (a total of seven persons) returned with her to their home in the Wheat Swamp-Falling Creek area of Lenoir County probably to close out their estate. While taking care of business in Lenoir County, the 1810 census was made.
Free Persons of Color,
On this 1810 Census the person taking the census simply list Rachel's whole family (all seven members, including Rachel) as "Free Person(s) of Color".
Studies have been made of the use of the terminology "Free Person of Color" in the Census records as well as in other records. What was found is interesting. In many cases it was used as a "catch all" term... it had been used for peoples of just about every race. Because of the vagueness of the term, by the 1820s and 1830s many surnames that had previously been mentioned as "Free Persons of Color" were no longer being identified as any race.
Some researchers have assumed that Rachel was the wife of one of the Bibby Bushes who lived in the Dobbs-Lenoir County, But we know differently. Clearly, Rachel was the wife of Abraham Bush, Sr.
By the time the 1820 census was made, Rachel was back in Duplin County. It is here in Duplin County that she probably died and was buried next to her husband, Abraham Bush, Sr.
A QUICK RUN DOWN ON WHERE ABRAHAM, SR AND RACHEL LIVED
--1769, Abraham and Rachel in Dobbs County, North Carolina.
--1790 Census, Abraham and Rachel still in Dobbs County.
(1794 Abraham, Jr. and Sanders in Georgia.)
--1800 Census, Abraham and Rachel in household of their son William in neighboring Duplin County, NC
--About 1807 Abraham Sr. died in Duplin County.
--1810 Census Rachel back in Lenoir (formerly Dobbs) County.
-- 1820 Census Rachel returns to Duplin County were she probably died.
The above evidence makes it clear that the Abraham Bush who went to Georgia with Sanders is NOT Sanders' father Abraham, Sr.. Plain and clear, Abraham, Sr. never left North Carolina. With Abraham, Sr. eliminated as the Abraham that went to Georgia with Sanders, that leaves only one other Abraham, Abraham, Jr. the brother of Sanders.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
-- Both Abraham Senior and Abraham Junior died about 1807. Abraham Senior in Duplin County, North Carolina, and Abraham Junior in Georgia.
--Sanders Bush died about two years after his father Abraham Senior and his brother Abraham Junior died.
-- Both Sanders, Sr. and his son Sanders, Jr. named one of their daughters "Rachel" probably in memory of their mother and grandmother, Rachel.
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