One of my relatives managed to put together some of the history of our DeBusk line many many years ago. If any of you want it in a microsoft word document just send me an e-mail, I'll just cut+paste for now(see below)
This record was compiled by Henry Franklin DeBusk of Gallup, New Mexico and
first produced in 1963.
The DeBusks are descendants of the French Huguenots. The word Huguenots is
a nickname given as early as 1525 AD to a Protestant sect in France. They
assembled at night near the gate of the city of Tours, France, to escape
persecution by King Louis IV and Queen Dowager Catherine DeMedici against
Protestants in France and continued by all Catholic kings until about 1750
Around 1750, legend says three brothers: Elijah, Elisha and Elihu, named
DeBusque, DeBoise, or Debaus came to the United States and settled in
Fairfax County, Virginia, which at that time, comprised the western half of
Early research on the DeBusk heritage by Henry DeBusk traced his lineage to
Elijah Debusk, but could go no further. The earliest known of Elisha's
descendants is found in Sumner's Annals of Virginia Law. In 1782, he states
that two orphans, sons of Elisha, were bound out to two families, named
Edmondson and Kithcart. Further knowledge of the family is unknown,
however, he found people of this name in Oregon Missouri, Texas, Kansas,
Oklahoma and Iowa who could not tell him of their ancestors.
The first general census of the U.S. was taken in 1830 and from this and the
1840 Washington County, Virginia census, was listed the families of Elijah
Jr., whose son John Debusk, founded the family of which I am a descendant.
John had 2 sons - John Debusk and Paulser Debusk
John Debusk married Sarah Eaken in 1818. John & Sarah had 7 children: John
Eaken, James, Ellen, Catherine, Elijah, Sarah & William.
I only one of the above I know something about was John Eaken DeBusk- who
married Mary Elizabeth & had 11 children in the mid-1800's (Paulser, Sarah,
Rebecca, Andrew, Martha, Elizabeth, Alameda, John Wesley, Thomas, Rachel,
These children married: Paulser DeBusk - Lucinda Thomas; Sarah DeBusk -
John Fitzpatrick; Rebecca DeBusk - Alfred Leedy & later William Davenport;
Andrew DeBusk- Mattie Marcum & later Susan Legg (children Laura & Eura
DeBusk still living in Dryden, VA); Elizabeth DeBusk- Calvin Hounshell; John
Wesley DeBusk- Cassie Aurora Baker; Thomas DeBusk - Emmaline Everroad & then
Ellen Beaver (Children: Alpha, Henry Franklin (myself); Mary; Charles
Tilden; Gail; John; Chauncey; Ramond; Opal; & William DeBusk).
Alpha DeBusk married in 1897 - child Bonnie Elnora. Bonnie married Glen
Mary DeBusk married Charles Winchester (children: Garnett, Mary & Charles).
Charles Tilden DeBusk married Dora Johnson & then Laura Gilliland (children:
Charles, Adrene, Harold, Sarah, Mary, Marjorie, John; & Donald DeBusk).
These children married: Charles - Violet Reddish; Adrene DeBusk - Glen
Lane; Harold DeBusk - Mary Ellen Mills; Sarah DeBusk - Howard Woodrow
Walker; Mary Gail DeBusk - Jacob Meier; Marjorie DeBusk - Harold Gommel;
John DeBusk - Betty Jean Pope; Donald DeBusk - Lois Oliver.
Gail Esther DeBusk - married Clarence Shumake
John DeBusk - married Opal Glasgow (child: Maxine)
Chauncey DeBusk - married Edna Reece
Raymond DeBusk - married Lena Frances Connolly (children: Raymond & Susan)
Opal DeBusk - married Oren Richardson.
William DeBusk - married Wilma Treon & then Rosaleen Price (children:
Michael & Deborah)
Rachel DeBusk - married John E.F. Witt
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