Grace Ruth Rush

Brief Life History of Grace Ruth

When Grace Ruth Rush was born on 5 September 1787, in Virginia, United States, her father, James Henry Rush, was 27 and her mother, Molly M. Simpson, was 25. She married John Whitson on 15 February 1807, in Cumberland, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Jackson, Tennessee, United States in 1850. She died on 2 April 1872, in Wayne, Illinois, United States, at the age of 84.

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John Whitson
Grace Ruth Rush
Marriage: 15 February 1807
William Whitson
Mary "Polly" Whitson
Elizabeth Whitson
Jemima Whitson
1816–after 1870
Minatree Rush Whitson
Martha Ann Whitson
Sallie Ann Whitson
John W Whitson
James Wilson Whitson
Nancy Whitson
Grace Jane Whitson

Sources (4)

  • Gracy Whitson in household of Whitton Hale, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Grace Ruth Rush Whitson, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Tompkinsville KY Church Records 1799–1953

World Events (8)

1788 · The First Presidential Election

The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.

1788 · Becomes the 10th state

On June 25, 1788 Virginia became the 10th state. 


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English rishe, rush(e), rosh(e) ‘rush’ (Old English risc), either a topographic name for someone who lived in a rushy place, or a nickname probably denoting someone who wove mats, baskets, and other articles out of rushes.

English: nickname from Middle English rush ‘beehive’ (probably referring to skeps woven from rushes), perhaps denoting a bee-keeper.

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruis ‘descendant of Ros’, a personal name perhaps derived from ros ‘wood’. In Connacht it has also been used as a translation of Ó Luachra due to confusion with the Irish word luachair ‘rushes’ (see Loughrey ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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