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Is John Bushman b1815NYd1865Mi the son of Andrew Bushman b1790Pad1858NY?
Posted by: Bruce Leonard (ID *****1443) Date: December 17, 2010 at 08:44:16
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I am descended from the 1875 Michigan marriage of Creighton Leonard and “Jennie” Bushman. I am convinced that “Jennie” is the Sarah Bushman found in the 1860 and 1870 census records for Calhoun County Michigan, likely a Sarah Jane Bushman. My John Bushman family lived in New York until 1848 and thence moved to Michigan.

Sarah/Jennie descends from the marriage of John Bushman/Juliette Smith, both of whom died in 1865, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Tekonsha Township, Calhoun County, Michigan. John Bushman (30 June 1815 to 26 July 1865), Juliette Smith (31 Aug 1826 to 2 Apr 1865). Both were born in New York.

In 1820 in New York, the only Bushman families I can locate with a male child under ten are Andrew, Henry, and John, all of Henrietta, then Ontario County, New York, each with just one. Henry left New York by 1830, and I believe the son of John to be a Jacob born about 1814. I cannot account for the son of Andrew, and no male child born prior to 1820 has been identified in any list of the children of Andrew Bushman (except the Jacob above which I can eliminate as a possibility see below).

I suspect that 1820 unidentified male child may be my John Bushman born New York 30 June 1815, solely due to an elimination of all other identifiable candidates.

I find the that a certain Jacob Bushman born circa 1814 is listed as both a son of John and Andrew in various net postings, however, in the 1840 census I can find five Bushman families in New York:
David Bushman of Conquest, Cayuga at 40 to 50 with no other males that fit my John.
John Bushman of Victory, Cayuga at 70 to 80, alone with wife, the original patriarch.
John Bushman of Henrietta, Monroe at 40 to 50, whose male children I can completely account for, Jacob b1814 in a separate household (above and see below), 1 male 20 to 30 (John b 1819 who married a C. Driver)), 1 male 10 to 15 (David), and 1 male 5 to 10 (George).
Andrew Bushman of Henrietta, Monroe at 40 to 50, with 1 male 20 to 30 (unascertained), 1 male 15 to 20 (Abner), 2 males 10 to 15 (Daniel and Andrew), 1 male 5 to 10 (Orrin).
Jacob Bushman of Henrietta, Monroe at 20 to 30 with two females under five and his spouse, which at a minimum tells me that Jacob born 1814 is the son of John (40 to 50) and cannot be the unascertained male child separately listed with Andrew also in 1840.

It seems highly unlikely that Andrew would not have named a male child “John” somewhere along the way. This indicates to me that unascertained is likely my John Bushman born 30 June 1815 in New York, and a son of Andrew.

Together with a few more “coincidences”, such (i) as my John ending up in Calhoun County, Michigan with what would have been his only surviving full blood sibling Mary Miller living in Calhoun as well (plus half sister Susan Janes for a time), (ii) Mary Miller naming her daughter Sarah J. likely after her mother Sarah and my John naming his daughter (and my ancestor) what I believe to be Sarah Jane Bushman, I am becoming convinced I have it right.

Any thoughts, guidance, comments or information welcome.

Bruce Leonard

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