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Abraham Bush, Sr.

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Elizabeth City, Albemarle County, Colony of Virginia, British Colonial America
Death: February 14, 1687 (64)
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Colony of Virginia, British Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of John Neptune Bush, II and Elizabeth Bush
Husband of Martha Bush; Sarah E Edwards and Ann Bush (Alexander)
Father of John Bush; Katherine Miller; Abraham Bush, Jr; Richard R. Bush, I; Thomas Bush and 15 others
Brother of Elizabeth Bush and Mary Ann Bush
Half brother of Thomas William Bush, Jr.

Occupation: landowner in Virginia colony
Managed by: Private User
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About Abraham Bush, Sr.

Abraham married 1st Martha in 1645 and they had:

1. Daniel b. 1663 d. 1663

2. Thomas b. 1656 d. ??

3. George b. 1652 d. 1758

4. Abraham b. 1654 d. ?? m. Elizabeth

5. Mercy (Mersi) b. 1658 d. ??

• Land Grant, 1654, Lancaster Co., VA. To all Ye whereas Ye now know Ye that I the said Sir William Berkeley Knight Governor Ye gives and grant unto Abraham Bush and Peter Elmor Three Hundred Acres of land lying on the north side of Lancaster County bourrded as followeth runing from a marked poplar south one hundred and fifty poles from a marked spanish oak, west three hundred and twenty poles north one hundred & fifty poles East to the place where it began. The said land being due unto the said Abraham Bush and Peter Elmor by and for the transportation of six persons To have and to hold to ne held yealding and paying provided Date the fifth of April one thousand six hundred and fifty four.

• Headrights, 1657. 81 The earliest mention of Abraham Bush,known to date, is the record of his transportation by Thomas Powell in 1657. (If "headrights" are disputed in this case, it would also hold true for John Bush)

The first known record of Abraham Bush obtaining his own land is in 1663. The time span of 5/6 years between being transported, and obtaining land, would be a normal time of indenture.

Abraham Bush was at least 37 years old in 1657,but prior to 1657 there is no mention of him in Virginia records;deeds,tax lists,titables,court records. (The record used to document his age is Lancaster Court Order Bk. 1666-1680, p. 526. It is dated March 10,1679/80, and excuses Abraham Bush from paying taxes because "the saide Bush being upwards of sixty yeres of age and haveing a greate charge to mainteine and noe servt. to worke for hym..." If being upward of sixty years means in his sixtieth year, he was born about 1619/1620. If being upward of sixty years means 62, 63,65, then he obviously would have been born earlier.

Conclusion: Abraham Bush arrived in Virginia in 1657 and was probably indentured to, or otherwise working for Thomas Powell.

Will of Abraham Bush (3333 KB) 1686 (Click on Picture to View Full Size)

• Will: Why is Jacob not mentioned in father's will, but is mentioned in mother's?, 14 Feb 1686, Lancaster Co., VA. I have a copy of original will signed 14 February 1686 and recorded 10 August 1687. The following is a transcribtion from "Will Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia 1675-1689" by Ruth & Sam Sparaccio.

"In the name of God Amen. This being the last Will and Testament of my Estate as followeth,vizt. First, I doe give unto my loveing Wife,An Bush,this Plantacon I now live on and the Neck of Land thereto belonging for her life time and after her decease it to fall unto my youngest Sonne Isack. And I doe alsoe give unto my Sonne, George Bush and my Sonne,Abraham Bush,seventy five acres of land a peice lying all together joyneing the land of Job Hill up towards the Dry Bottom. I doe alsoe give unto my Sonne,John Bush,seventy five acares of land joyneing upon the Branch and the Neck I felt my Wife, and if my Sonne, Isack,should dye without leaveing lawfull issue behind him the land to fall unto my Daughter, Charity Bush, after her Mothers deceased,and after the decease of my Daughter,Charity,to fall to my Daughter, Elizabeth Bush,and after the decease of my Daughter, Elizabeth Bush, the sd. lande to fall unto the next heire: Alsoe I doe give unto my Sonne, Thomas Bush, one Neck of Land comonly called Peumen Neck unto him and his heires for ever. But is in case the ad. Thomas Bush should die without the leaveing of lawfull issue,the land to fall unto ye next heire: Alsoe I doe order it thus that if in all my Sonnes die without leaveing any lawfull issue behind them, then the whole divident of land to be equally divided between William Ellixander and my Daughters. And if my Daughters dye without leaveing any issue then the whole dividend of land to dedound to him forever, and his heires forever. Item. I doe order it then that my Sonne, George,shall stay and work with and for his Mother two yeares and work for her and then he is for himself,alsoe my Sonne Abraham,work for his Mother three yeares then he shall be himselfe: Further, I dispose of my Cattle as followeth, vizt.,First I doe give unto my Wife, one cow called Starr and three steeres & a bull. And Alsoe I doe give my Daughter, Marsi Bush, one Cow and all her female increase forever. Alsoe two pewter dishes and for all the rest of my Pewter unto my Wife. Alsoe all the other household moveables alsoe my Wife is to have all the Bull Calves of my Sons Cattle. The time they stay with her for her use: Alsoe, I doe give my Sonne, Thomas,one cow called Liley and her increase forever. Alsoe to my sone, George, one cow called Cherry with all her female increase for ever. Alsoe to my Sone, John,called by the name of Mad Braines one Cow and all her female increase for ever. Alsoe my old white mare named Bess unto my Wife & increase for ever and her heirs. Alsoe to my Sone, George, one Sorrell Mare called Jone, shee and all her increase for ever, excepting the first fold the sd. Mare bringeth to good bee it horse or mare & that for my Sonne, Thomas Bush. Also my Sonne, John, one black horse called Fanney. Alsoe unto my daughter,Marsy Bush,one bay Mare called Bonney,shee & all her increase for ever. Alsoe unto my Sonne, Abraham, one Roane mare with a bald face called Old Jeane & all her increase for ever. Alsoe I doe order it thus that my Daughter, Marsy, shall stay with her Mother the space of three years except she marryes in the sd. space, if not maryed in the sd. space shee to be cleared at the three yeares end. As Wittness my hand & seale this fourteenth day of February 1686/7. Signed Abraham Bush Wittnesses:Walter Welch, William Rowly,Richard Eaton. Probat Cur Com Lancastr:decimo die Augustii 1687. Oaths of Walter Welch and Richard Eaton and admitted to record. Test. Peter James Dept. Cl Cur."

• Concern or Conflict. From Message posted to the Bush forum by Georgianne Wakeham: "Some Bush researchers say that Abraham Bush Sr. was a son of "Neptune John" Bush who came to Va. in 1618, but they offer no documentation of that. I have done a great deal of research in primary and sencondary records and there is absolutely no evindence that this is true. An original document in Lancaster Co. Va. records states that Abraham was "transported" in 1657."

Agreed! Thank you Georgianne! Also see my notes under John "Neptune" Bush.

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Abraham Bush, Sr.'s Timeline

June 2, 1622
Elizabeth City, Albemarle County, Colony of Virginia, British Colonial America
Age 27
Orange, Orange County, Virginia, United States
Age 27
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Virginia, United States
June 2, 1654
Age 32
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Virginia, United States
July 1, 1655
Age 33
Rappahannock County, Virginia, United States
July 1, 1655
Age 33
Rappahannock, VA, USA
Age 34
Lancaster County, Virginia, United States
June 1, 1659
Age 36
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Virginia, United States
June 1, 1662
Age 39
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Virginia, United States
June 1, 1663
Age 40
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Virginia, United States