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William Rush, III

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Westmoreland, Virginia
Death: January 1709 (40-48)
Westmoreland, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of William Rush, II and Anne Rush, of Machadoc
Husband of Elizabeth Duff
Father of William Rush, IV and Benjamin Rush
Brother of Elizabeth Anne Hudson and Mary Peyton

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From Rush Family of Westmoreland Virginia

William Rush III

William Rush ll and Anne (Gray) Rush also had a son, William Rush III, born about 1665. He married Elizabeth. Rush III died in January 1708/1709. Genealogists believe that William Duff and the former Elizabeth Rush were married around 1715.

On 31 May 1699, there is an interesting entry in the Westmoreland County Order Book on page 37. Seven Grand Jurors including a William Rush refused to render a decision: "they severally appeared and obstinately refused so to do in great contempt of his Majestie’s Laws and the Court then sitting.....Each fined 200 pounds tobacco for their default."  Six jurors remained on the Grand Jury and they found “Sara Newstubbs be summoned to answer to a {churchwardens’} presentment.....for having a bastard child”. [47] I suspect this is yet another example of a Quaker couple being harassed for not marrying in the Church of England which could be the reason seven jurors including William Rush refused to prosecute her. We know William Rush III’s wife, Elizabeth, was a devout Quaker and presumably William was also. Therefore it is most reasonable that this entry refers to William Rush III. [51] Compared to his father, Rush II, who was very active at court, there are few records for Rush III perhaps because he was a devout Quaker.

At Court on 26 January 1708/09 Elizabeth Rush was granted Administration of the estate of William Rush III, deceased. "Peter Skinner and Cossum Bennett {were certified} her Securitys for 50,000 pounds of tobacco for her due administration" - quite a large sum. [48] The Inventory of Rush III’s estate was presented at Court and recorded on 23 February 1708/1709. The total value of his estate was appraised at 19260 pounds of tobacco and included:

".....two feather beds and furniture...one bed with furniture...three chests...one trunk...one flock bed and covering...one table and five chairs...two old tables...6 flagg chairs...one small horse...one large mare...2 horses...three cows...one heifer...2 steers...1 bull 3 years old...four 2 year old heifers...six yearlings...four sheep...two lambs...16 barrows and sows two years old...29 pigs - 5 months old...one new saddle and bridle... one old saddle and bridle...cooking utensils...6 pewter porringers...2 tankards...26 old spoons...2 iron candlesticks...12 iron skures...1 flesh fork...1 brass kettle...3 iron pots and pott hooks...spinning wheel and cards...2 old Bibles...one Old Testament...yards of linen, surge, thread, woolen...1 parcel carpenter’s tools...one sett wedges...2 guns...". [49]

This was a handsome estate at a time when 40% of families did not have even one table in their estate’s inventory. [50] Perhaps of even greater interest was the comment that Elizabeth Rush made at Court as recorded by the Clerk, James Westcomb: "Elizabeth, relic of William Rush {III}, deceased, returned into Court an Inventory of her deceased Husband’s Estate (upon her solemne protestation according to Law) shee professing to bee a Quaker....." [51]


From Rush Family of Westmoreland County, Virginia


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Westmoreland, Virginia
Age 18
Westmoreland, Virginia
Age 21
Westmoreland, VA, USA
January 1709
Age 44
Westmoreland, Virginia