Benjamin Franklin Brush

December 1844–
Felicity, Franklin Township, Clermont, Ohio, United States

The Life of Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin Brush was born in December 1844, in Felicity, Franklin Township, Clermont, Ohio, United States, his father, Israel Brush, was 50 and his mother, Mary E Meeker, was 46. He married Mary Elizabeth Willis about 1873, in Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Tate Township, Clermont, Ohio, United States in 1860 and Sterling Township, Brown, Ohio, United States in 1900.

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Benjamin Franklin Brush
Mary Elizabeth Willis
Marriage: 1873
Edward Brush
Essie Bertha Brush
Arthur Mitchel Brush
Roscoe Earl Brush
Ivoah Holden Brush

Spouse and Children

Ohio, United States


    Edward Brush


    Essie Bertha Brush



    Roscoe Earl Brush


    Ivoah Holden Brush


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World Events (8)


Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 16

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 31

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: of uncertain origin. It may be a nickname for someone thought to resemble a brush (Middle English brusche, from Old French brosse), or a metonymic occupational name for a brush maker. It could also be from a related word, brusche ‘cut wood’, ‘branches lopped off trees’ (Old French brousse), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a forester or woodcutter, or a topographic name for someone who lived in a scrubby area of country, from Old French broce ‘brushwood’, ‘scrub’, ‘thicket’ (Late Latin bruscia).2 Respelling of German Brusch or Brüsch, a topographic name from the field name Brüsch (Middle High German brüsch ‘heather’, ‘broom’ or ‘brush’).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Benjamin F Brush in household of Jerad Brush, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Benjamin F Brush in household of Isreal Brush, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Benjamin Brush, "United States Census, 1900"

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