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Henry Frush

FRUSH, SHEPHERD, MOORE, QUILLEM, MCELDERRY, TANSEY, FREEMAN, SPENCER, HAMPSON, SMITH

Posted By: Volunteer - Rich Lowe
Date: 1/9/2002 at 18:25:19

Portraits and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties, Iowa: Lake City Pub. Co., 1890.

Henry Frush

Henry Frush deceased, was born in Baltimore County Maryland, October 15, 1802, and died at him home in Jefferson County August 22, 1874. He was a substantial farmer, and was respected by all who knew him. The family to which he belonged was of German origin. When about eight years of age, he parents removed to Belmont County Ohio, where he grew to manhood. In Wheeling Virginia on December 6, 1830, he wedded Miss Mary Shepherd, a native of Jefferson County Ohio, born August 7, 1810, and a daughter of William and Catherine Rippeth Shepherd. Her parents were natives of Maryland and Pennsylvania respectively, and were married and lived for some time in Jefferson County Ohio, after which they removed to Tuscarawas County. Mr. Shepherd laid out the town of Leesville, built the first house in it, and made other improvements. The dwelling, which he erected, is still standing. He engaged in merchandising for a livelihood. About 1840 he removed with his family to Van Buren County Iowa where his wife died at the age of fifty-two years, leaving eleven children. Afterward he was again married and removed to Appanoose County Iowa, where his death occurred at the age of seventy-five years. By his last wife he had three children.

Mrs. Frush is the third in order of birth in the family of eleven children. Upon her marriage with our subject, they settled on a farm in Belmont County Ohio, but later removed across the line into Monroe County, where the husband owned and improved a good farm. In 1850 they cast their lot with the early settlers of Jefferson County Iowa at the same time purchasing three hundred acres of land two miles north of Fairfield of which Mrs. Frush still owns one hundred and sixty acres. They lived in the city until a house of the pioneer style could be built on their land, and then removed to their new home. Mr. Frush was a stirring and successful farmer, who accomplished whatever he undertook. Politically, he was a Whig in early life, and later was a Republican, but took no prominent part in political affairs. The Methodist Church of the community had no more zealous members, and that organization also finds in his wife an earnest worker. The final summons came to Mr. Frush on August 22, 1874, and amid the sorrows and regrets of many friends, he was laid to rest. Though quiet and unassuming in manner, he was an honor to his calling and a blessing to the community in which he lived.

Eleven children were born of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Frush, as follows: George W, who served three years in the Union army during the late war, and died about three years after his discharge by disease contracted while in the service; William A., a legal practitioner of Kansas; Amanda M., widow of Johnson Moore; Sarah A., at home; Martha J. wife of John W. Quillem, a wool buyer of Fairfield; Isabel, wife of John R. McElderry of Fairfield; Mary, widow of John Tansey, who died some years after his return from the late war; James who served nine months in putting down the Rebellion, and is now on a ranch in Montana; Louisa, wife of Eugene Freeman a resident of Kansas; Caroline, wife of Burdett Spencer, of Peoria; John H., a farmer of this county. In addition to her own family, Mrs. Frush has reared two children—Angeline Hampson, wife of Asbury Shepherd, brother of Mrs. Frush; and Martha J. Hampson, wife of James C. Smith.

Although she has attained the age of four-score years, Mrs. Frush is still vigorous and retains possession of her faculties to a remarkable degree. She has lived forty years in this county and is blessed with a good home, children and many friends.
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