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James Smith Bush

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Rochester, Monroe, NY, USA
Death: Died in Ithaca, Tompkins, NY, USA
Place of Burial: Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Obadiah Newcomb Bush and Harriet Bush
Husband of Harriet Eleanor Bush
Father of James Freeman Bush; Samuel Prescott Bush; Harriet Montfort Bush and Eleanor Howard Bush
Brother of Cornelia Bush; Sanford Bush; Elizabeth Bush; William Mack Bush; Cornelius Bush and 1 other

Occupation: Episcopalian Clergyman, Episcopal priest
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About Rev. James Smith Bush

Rev. James Smith Bush (June 15, 1825 – November 11, 1889) was an attorney and Episcopal priest and religious writer, and an ancestor of the Bush political family.

James Smith Bush was born in Rochester, New York to Obadiah Newcomb Bush and Harriet Smith (1800–1867).

[edit] Yale University Bush entered Yale University in 1841, the first of what would become a long family tradition, as his grandson, Prescott Sheldon Bush, great-grandson, George H.W. Bush, great great-grandson, George W. Bush, and great great great-granddaughter Barbara are all Yale alumni.

Bush supported the founding of Wolf's Head Society in 1883, known originally as The Third Society, along with over three hundred other Yale alumni, Charles Phelps Taft, Edward Phelps and Charles Harkness among them.[1]

Bush took the bar in 1847 after law studies at The University of Rochester.

[edit] First Marriage His first wife, Sarah Freeman, lived in nearby Saratoga Springs. They married in 1851, but she died 18 months later during childbirth.

This prompted Bush to study divinity with the rector of the Episcopal church there. Ordained a deacon in 1855, he was appointed rector at the newly organized Grace Church in Orange, New Jersey. In 1860 he was an Episcopalian Clergyman living in Orange, Essex Co., New Jersey.

[edit] Second Marriage On February 24, 1859, he married Harriet Eleanor Fay in Trinity Church, New York City. Fay was born in Savannah, Georgia.

[edit] Children James Freeman, b. 15 Jun 1860, Essex Co., NJ Samuel Prescott, b. 4 Oct 1863, Orange., NJ Harriet Montfort, b. 14 Nov 1871 Eleanor Howard, b. 7 Nov 1873 Samuel was named after Harriet Fay's grandfather, Samuel Prescott Phillips Fay.

[edit] Career In 1865-66, having been given a health sabbatical by his church,[2] he traveled to San Francisco via the Straits of Magellan on the ironclad monitor USS Monadnock with Commodore John Rodgers (a parishioner of his[2]), with international goodwill stops along the way. Officially, he was designated Commodore's Secretary,[3] but was considered "acting chaplain",[2] giving services on board and even conducting a shipboard wedding for a German American they encountered in Montevideo, an incident recounted by Bret Harte in his dispatches.[4] Coincidentally, the fleet observed the punitive shelling of a defenseless Valparaiso, Chile by the Spanish Navy during the Chincha Islands War, after mediation efforts by Rodgers failed.[2]

In 1867-1872 he was called to Grace Church (later Cathedral) in San Francisco, but troubled by family obligations, only stayed five years. His short stay along with that of photographic roll film inventor Hannibal Goodwin was to be satirized by Mark Twain in his weekly column in The Californian.[5]

In 1872 he took a call from Church of the Ascension at West Brighton, Staten Island. In 1884, during a dispute over a church raffle (a gold watch was auctioned, which he considered gambling[6]), he stepped down.[7]

In 1883 he published a collection of sermons called More Words About the Bible, a response to his colleague Heber Newton's book Uses of the Bible. In 1885, his book Evidence of Faith was reviewed by The Literary World as "clear, simple, and unpretending", and summarized as an argument against supernatural explanations for God.[8] According to the same journal, both works fit into the broad church movement.[9] The Boston Advertiser called the latter work "the best statement of untrammeled spiritual thought" among recent books.[10]

He retired from to Concord, Massachusetts, and in 1888 left the Episcopal Church altogether and became a Unitarian. The stress of this separation caused him health problems for the remainder of his life. He moved to Ithaca, New York.

-------------------- James Smith BUSH [Parents] was born on 15 Jun 1825 in Rochester, N.Y. He died on 11 Nov 1889 in Ithaca, N.Y.. He married Harriet Eleanor FAY on 24 Feb 1859 in Trinity Church, New York, New York, New York.

Harriet Eleanor FAY [Parents] was born on 29 Oct 1829 in Savannah, Ga.. She died on 27 Feb 1921 in Boston, Mass.. She married James Smith BUSH on 24 Feb 1859 in Trinity Church, New York, New York, New York.

They had the following children:

Samuel Prescott BUSH was born on 4 Oct 1863. He died on 8 Feb 1948.

Rev. James Smith BUSH Harriet Eleanor FAY Husband: James Smith BUSH Birth: 15 Jun 1825, Monroe Co., NY Death: 11 Nov 1889, Ithaca, Tompkins Co., NY Occupation: clergy Religion: Episcopalian Father: Obadiah Newcomb BUSH Mother: Harriet SMITH Marriage: 24 Feb 1859, Trinity Church, New York City, New York Co., NY Wife: Harriet Eleanor FAY Birth: 29 Oct 1829, Savannah, Chatham Co., GA Death: 27 Feb 1924, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Father: Samuel Howard FAY (1804-1847) — this line to the PRESCOTT connection Mother: Susan SHELLMAN (1808-1887) There's more on Harriet's ancestry online in the LDS Ancestral File.

Children: 1. James Freeman BUSH, b. 15 Jun 1860, Essex Co., NJ 2. Samuel Prescott BUSH, b. 4 Oct 1863, Ocean Co., NJ 3. Harriet Montfort BUSH, b. 14 Nov 1871 4. Eleanor Howard BUSH, b. 7 Nov 1873 Sources: 1. LDS. Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org). James Smith BUSH Birth: 15 Jun 1825, Rochester, Monroe, New York Death: 11 Nov 1889 Source: patron submission James S. BUSH Spouse: Harriett E. FAY Marriage: 24 Feb 1859, Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New York Source: LDS FHL Film/Fiche#0882993, Item #1: Trinity Church Parish, New York, New York, New York; Marriages, 1746-1861 (extracted by the LDS Genealogy Dept.) -------------------- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia James Smith Bush Born June 15, 1825 Rochester, New York, USA Died November 11, 1889 (aged 64) Ithaca, New York, USA Other names James Smith Spouse Harriet Fay Children Samuel P. Bush Parents Obadiah Newcomb Bush (father) Harriet Smith (mother) Rev. James Smith Bush (June 15, 1825 – November 11, 1889) was an attorney, Episcopal priest, and religious writer, and an ancestor of the Bush political family. He was the father of business magnate Samuel Prescott Bush, grandfather of US Senator Prescott Bush, great-grandfather of former US President George H. W. Bush and great-great-grandfather of former US President George W. Bush. Contents [hide] 1 Biography 1.1 Yale University 1.2 First marriage 1.3 Second marriage 1.3.1 Children 1.4 Career 2 Published works 2.1 Sermons 2.2 Books 3 References 4 External links [edit]Biography

James Smith Bush was born in Rochester, New York to Obadiah Newcomb Bush and Harriet Smith (1800–1867). [edit]Yale University Bush entered Yale University in 1841 (class of 1844), the first of what would become a long family tradition, as his grandson Prescott Sheldon Bush, great-grandsons George H.W. Bush, Prescott Sheldon Bush, Jr.[1] and William H.T. Bush, great great-grandson George W. Bush, and great-great-great-granddaughter Barbara are all Yale alumni. He is accounted among the over 300 Yale alumni who supported in 1883 the founding of Wolf's Head Society. After Yale, he returned to Rochester and studied law, joining the bar in 1847.[2][3] [edit]First marriage His first wife, Sarah Freeman, lived in Saratoga Springs. They married in 1851, but she died 18 months later during childbirth. This prompted Bush to study divinity with the rector of the Episcopal church there. Ordained a deacon in 1855, he was appointed rector at the newly organized Grace Church in Orange, New Jersey. [edit]Second marriage On February 24, 1859, he married Harriet Eleanor [Fay], daughter of Samuel Howard and Susan [Shellman] Fay, at Trinity Church, New York City. Fay was born in Savannah, Georgia. Her father is the sixth generation removed to John Fay, immigrant patriarch, born in England abt. 1648, embarking on 30 May 1656 at Gravesend on the ship Speedwell, & arrived in Boston 27 Jun. 1656.[4] [edit]Children James Freeman, b. 15 Jun 1860, Essex Co., NJ Samuel Prescott, b. 4 Oct 1863, Orange., NJ Harriet Montfort, b. 14 Nov 1871 Eleanor Howard, b. 7 Nov 1873 Samuel was named after Harriet Fay's grandfather, Samuel Prescott Phillips Fay. [edit]Career In 1865-66, having been given a health sabbatical by his church,[5] he traveled to San Francisco via the Straits of Magellan on the ironclad monitor USS Monadnock with Commodore John Rodgers (a parishioner of his[5]), with international goodwill stops along the way. Officially, he was designated Commodore's Secretary,[6] but was considered "acting chaplain",[5] giving services on board and even conducting a shipboard wedding for a German American they encountered in Montevideo, an incident recounted by Bret Harte in his dispatches.[7] Coincidentally, the fleet observed the punitive shelling of a defenseless Valparaíso, Chile by the Spanish Navy during the Chincha Islands War, after mediation efforts by Rodgers failed.[5] In 1867-1872 he was called to Grace Church (later Cathedral) in San Francisco, but troubled by family obligations, only stayed five years. His short stay along with that of photographic roll film inventor Hannibal Goodwin was to be satirized by Mark Twain in his weekly column in The Californian.[8] In 1872 he took a call from Church of the Ascension at West Brighton, Staten Island. In 1884, during a dispute over a church raffle (a gold watch was auctioned, which he considered gambling[9]), he stepped down.[10] In 1883 he published a collection of sermons called More Words About the Bible, a response to his colleague Heber Newton's book Uses of the Bible. In 1885, his book Evidence of Faith was reviewed by The Literary World as "clear, simple, and unpretending", and summarized as an argument against supernatural explanations for God.[11] According to the same journal, both works fit into the broad church movement.[12] The Boston Advertiser called the latter work "the best statement of untrammeled spiritual thought" among recent books.[13] He retired from to Concord, Massachusetts, and in 1888 left the Episcopal Church altogether and became a Unitarian. The stress of this separation caused him health problems for the remainder of his life. He moved to Ithaca, New York where he died suddenly while raking leaves in 1889. [edit]Published works

[edit]Sermons The Atonement. A sermon, preached before the convention of the Diocese of New Jersey, on Wednesday, the 27th day of May, A.D. 1863. 1863. OCLC 31430725. Death of president Lincoln. A sermon, preached in Grace Church, Orange, N.J., Easter, April 16, 1865. 1865. OCLC 21467720. Building on Christ: a sermon preached at the opening of St. Paul's Church, San Rafael, October 10th, 1869. 1869. OCLC 1022229. [edit]Books The priesthood and absolution. New York: ?. 1878. OCLC 949190. More words about the Bible. New York City: J. W. Lovell. 1883. OCLC 40115349. Evidence of faith. Boston: J. R. Osgood. 1885. OCLC 5816854. [edit]References

^ http://www.yaledailynews.com/crosscampus/2010/06/25/prescott-s-bush-jr-44-dies-87/, retrieved 6/27/10 ^ Phelps Association membership directory, 2006 ^ [1] ^ Vital Records of Southborough, Massachusetts, To the End of the Year 1849. Worcester, Massachusetts: Published by Franklin P. Rice, 1903. ^ a b c d Charles Edgar Clark (1917). My Fifty Years in the Navy. Little, Brown and Company. ^ "For the Pacific Coast: Departure of the Vanderbilt and the Monadnock". The New York Times. October 25, 1865. Retrieved 2008-01-06. ^ Bret Harte. The Cruise of the "Monadnock". ^ Years of Grace, Part I: Chapel to "Cathedral" - gracecathedral.org - Retrieved January 8, 2007 ^ "Resigned Because of a Raffle". The New York Times. December 30, 1883. Retrieved 2008-01-06. "The Rev. James S. Bush has resigned as Pastor of the Church of the Ascension, at West Brighton. A short time ago a fair was held in the church, when a gold watch was put up for chances and won by Erastus Brooks. The Rev. Mr. Bush was opposed to the raffle, which he considered gambling. There was considerable feeling in the church on account of the Pastor's wishes not being respected." ^ "A Pastor Chides His Flock; The Rev. Mr. Bush's Farewell Sermon at West Brighton". The New York Times. January 28, 1884. Retrieved 2008-01-06. "Peace now prevails in the Church of the Ascension at West Brighton, Staten Island, and raffles and such things may hold sway without let or hindrance. The Rector, the Rev. James S. Bush, who opposed the employing of games of chance to raise money for the church, has severed ..." ^ The Evidence of Faith. 1885. ^ News and Notes. 1889. ^ Books of Religion (advertising). Houghton Mifflin. 1891. As quoted by publisher. [edit]External links

http://www.svu2000.org/genealogy/George_W.pdf http://mssa.library.yale.edu/obituary_record/1859_1924/1889-90.pdf http://www.gracecathedral.org/enrichment/crypt/cry_20010221.shtml [hide]v · d · eBush family Prescott Bush ancestors Dorothy Walker Bush ancestors Samuel Prescott Bush (1863–1948) • James Smith Bush (1825–1889) • Obadiah Newcomb Bush (1797–1851) George Herbert Walker (1875–1953) • David Davis Walker (1840–1918) • George E. Walker (1797–1864) • Thomas Walker (1758–1799) Samuel P. Bush & Flora Sheldon Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895–1972) (m.) Dorothy Wear Walker (1901–1992) • Robert Bush • Mary House Bush • Margaret Clement Bush • James Bush Prescott Bush (1895–1972) Prescott Bush Jr. (1922–2010) • George Herbert Walker Bush (m.) Barbara Pierce • Nancy Walker Bush Ellis (m.) Alexander B. Ellis II (1922–1989) • Jonathan James Bush (m.) Josephine Bradley • William Henry Trotter Bush George H. W. Bush (1924–)

Jonathan Bush (1931–) George Walker Bush (m.) Laura Lane Welch • Pauline Robinson Bush (1949–1953) • Jeb Bush (m.) Columba Garnica Gallo • Neil Mallon Bush (m.) Sharon Smith • Marvin Pierce Bush (m.) Margaret Molster • Dorothy Walker Bush (m. 2nd) Robert P. Koch Billy Bush (m.) Sydney Davis • Jonathan S. Bush George W. Bush (1946–) Jeb Bush (1953–) Neil Bush (1955–) Marvin Bush (1956–) Dorothy Koch (1959–) Barbara Pierce Bush • Jenna Welch Bush (m.) Henry Hager George Prescott Bush • Noelle Bush • John Ellis Bush, Jr. Lauren Bush • Ashley Bush • Pierce Bush Marshall Bush • Walker Bush Sam LeBlond • Ellie LeBlond • Robert Koch • Gigi Koch See also David Davis The Bush Compound • Buckeye Steel Castings • G. H. Walker & Co. • The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty • Political line Categories: 1825 births | 1889 deaths | American people of German descent | American Unitarians | Bush family | People from Rochester, New York | People from San Francisco, California | University of Rochester alumni | Wolf's Head Society | Yale University alumni | People from Orange, New Jersey

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Rev James Smith Bush

Birth: Jun. 15, 1825 Rochester Monroe County New York, USA Death: Nov. 11, 1889 Ithaca Tompkins County New York, USA

The Reverend James Smith Bush (1825-1889), ancestor of the Presidents Bush, was rector of Grace Church, San Francisco, from 1867 to 1872. His father, Obadiah Bush, spent time as a gold miner in California. Young James trained as a Presbyterian minister but family financial troubles led him to abandon the ministry for law, founding the firm Root and Bush (pun intended) in Rochester, N.Y. He married Sarah Freeman, a devout Episcopalian, in 1851. Her death a year and a half later changed his life. Bush prepared for the Episcopal ministry, and his first pastorate was Grace Church, Orange, N.J., where he met and married Harriet Fay, known for her keen intellect. In 1865 Bush served Commodore Vanderbildt as his secretary and chaplain. They visited San Francisco and Bush returned two years later, accepting the call to Grace Church, where he served well for five years. In 1871 he accepted the call of the Church of the Ascension, Staten Island, where he remained until 1884. Holding increasingly Unitarian views, he resigned and moved to Concord, MA, and later Ithaca, N.Y. Bush taught in the Unitarian Church Sunday school there and at Cornell University until his death. His second son, Samuel Prescott Bush, was the father of Senator Prescott S. Bush, who was father and grandfather of the Presidents George Bush. The senior President Bush, an Episcopalian, is a friend of retired Bishop of California William Swing, once a Washington D. C. rector.

Source: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

"I searched the entire cemetery and could not find the grave. I have been through the entire cemetery, have not found a headstone for him and there is no record of a James Bush buried in the Ithaca City Cemetery." sjs953 (#46931676)

Thank you SJS953


Family links:

Parents:
 Obadiah Newcomb Bush (1797 - 1851)

Children:
 James Freeman Bush (1860 - 1913)*
 Samuel Prescott Bush (1863 - 1948)*

Spouses:
 Sarah H. Freeman Bush (1826 - 1853)*
 Harriett Eleanor Fay Bush (1829 - 1924)*
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Burial: Putnam Cemetery Greenwich Fairfield County Connecticut, USA


Created by: Dr Andree Record added: Aug 19, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 40846507

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Rev. James Smith Bush's Timeline

1825
June 15, 1825
Rochester, Monroe, NY, USA
1859
February 24, 1859
Age 33
New York, New York, New York
1860
June 15, 1860
Age 35
Orange, Essex, New Jersey, USA
1863
October 4, 1863
Age 38
Brick Church, Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States
1871
November 14, 1871
Age 46
Dansville, Livingston, NY
1873
November 7, 1873
Age 48
West New Brighton, SI, NY
1889
November 11, 1889
Age 64
Ithaca, Tompkins, NY, USA
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