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Captain Peter Stevens Rush Biography

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Captain Peter Stevens Rush, one of the prominent farmers and influential citizens of Metcalfe County, was born near the mouth of Meshack’s Creek, Monroe County, Kentucky, July 4, 1826.  At the age of six years he removed with his parents to his present residence.  Near the beginning of the late war he enlisted in Company K, Thirteenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, in the capacity of captain.  He was in the battle of Shiloh, where he was twice wounded; once in the neck and once in the shoulder, and besides was in a large number of minor skirmishes, one of which was near his home in Monroe County.  He was engaged in the service nearly four years.  His father, James C. Rush, was born in Monroe County, May 8, 1804.  He was a son of Benjamin and Rachel Rush, born , respectively, in 1782 and 1786, in Monroe County, Kentucky, and in Virginia.  Benjamin Rush was a son of James Rush, of Virginia, who settled at an early day in Cumberland County (now Monroe), two miles east of Tomkinsville.  He was of Welsh descent.  James C. Rush was married three times; first, May 18, 1825, to Nancy, daughter of Peter and Nancy (Wright) Stevens of Monroe County, Kentucky.  They had one son, our subject.  His second marriage took place February 23, 1833, to Elizabeth Whitlow, of Barren County (now Metcalfe).  They had no children.  His third marriage, was in 1874, to Mrs. Jane (Mize) Bradley.  They had no children.  Captain Rush has been twice married; first, May 2, 1847, to Eliza J., daughter of Samuel M. and Milley K. (Kinnaird) Moran.  To them were born Harriet A. (Reed), Martha E. (Sparks), Ann F. (Perkins) and Edward H.  Mrs. Eliza J. Rush died January 27, 1867.  His second marriage took place October 17, 1868, to Agnes F., also a daughter of Samuel Moran.  To them have been born Flora Y., Milley F., Mary I., Rob M. and Charles R. C.  Captain Rush had as good educational advantages as were usual in his day, but were confined entirely to subscription schools.  He started in the race of life without assistance; first engaged in farming with which he combined teaching, and in these pursuits, with industry and economy, he has become the owner with his wife of 300 acres of well improved and productive land.  He was for ten years a constable, and is at present in the tenth year of his service as a magistrate and a member of the court of claims of Metcalfe County.  He is a moral man; a believer in the doctrines of the Christian Church, and in politics is a staunch Republican.  He is one of the six Republicans who formed the nucleus of the present Republican party in Metcalfe County, and was an elector on the first national Republican ticket.

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