Philip Bush

On this day, 28 November 1852, Philip Bush (my spouse’s 4th great-grandfather) passed away.

Born on 6 August 1789, in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Philip Bush was the son of German immigrants Daniel Busch and Anna Catherina Baum. According to records, Philip may not have been the only child to be born to Daniel and Anna Catherina that day. Twin brother Christian Bush may have also been born, although some sources put his birthdate before Philip’s. Regardless, both boys did have other known siblings: Peter Bush, born on 8 April 1779; Elizabeth, birthdate unknown; and John, born on 16 June 1787.

The 1790 U.S. Census shows the following persons in the Busch’s Hempfield Township home: one free white male age 16 and older (Daniel), four free white males under the age of 16 (Peter, John, Christian, and Philip), and two free white females (Elizabeth and Anna Catherina).

Soon, more children would be welcomed to the Busch/Bush household. Daniel Bush was born on 3 July 1791, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Susanna Bush arrived two years later on 17 November 1793.

Three years after that, Catherine Bush was born on 19 June 1796, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

The following year, on 12 August 1797, Andrew Bush arrived in the family’s Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania home.

Three years later on 30 May 1800, Jacob Bush was welcomed to their family.

That same year, the Busch/Bush family was enumerated in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Residing in the household were five free white males under the age of 10 (including Philip, Daniel Jr., Andrew, and Jacob), one free white male between the ages of 10 and 16 (Christian), one free white male over the age of 45 (Daniel Sr.), two free white females under the age of 10 (Susanna and Catherine), one free white female age 10 to 16 (unknown), and one free white female between the ages of 26 and 45 (Anna Catharina).

Three years after this census, on 10 March 1803, Margaretha Bush was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Philip’s final known sibling, David Bush, joined the family on 14 September 1807.

Six years passed. Circa 1813, Philip Bush married Catherine Silvius, daughter of David and Catherine Silvius. The couple left Westmoreland County, setting up their new home in nearby Armstrong County.

That same year, 1813, Philip and Catherine welcomed their first child, a daughter named Sarah Jane Bush.

On 1 March 1815, the couple celebrated the birth of their son, Daniel Bush.

Two years later, daughter Catharine Bush was born on 20 March 1817.

The next year in 1818, daughter Mary Bush arrived in the household.

A couple of other daughters were born prior to the 1820 U.S. Census. We know this because the Philip Bish (Bush) family was enumerated that year in Toby Township, Armstrong County (now Clarion County), Pennsylvania. Residing the household were one free white male under the age of 10 (Daniel), one free white male age 26 to 44 (Philip), five free white females under the age of 10 (Sarah, Catherine, Mary, and two unknown daughters), one free white female age 26 to 44 (Catherine). The census also indicated that Philip is a farmer (one person engaged in agriculture).

Five years passed. On 4 July 1825, son David Byron Bush (my spouse’s 3rd great-grandfather) was born.

Another five years went by. During that time, several children, whose names are unknown, were welcomed to the family. We know this to be true because in the 1830 U.S. Census, the Philip Bush family was enumerated in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. Living in the household were four free white males under the age of five years (David and three unknown sons), one free white male between the ages of 10 to 15 (Daniel), one free white male between the ages of 40 to 50 (Philip), one free white female between the ages of 5 to 10 (unknown daughter), two free white females between the ages of 10 to 15 (Catharine and Mary), one free white female between the ages of 15 to 20 (Sarah), and one free white female between the ages of 40 to 50 (Catherine).

Sadness soon came to the Bush family, when on 20 June 1831, Philip’s mother Anna Catherina (Baum) Bush died at the age of 71 in her home in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. She was laid to rest in the Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Circa 1832, the couple welcomed their final two children; the first was William and their final child, Philip, came along less than a year later.

On 10 June 1834, Philip and his wife celebrated the marriage of their 17-year-old daughter Catharine Bush to Samuel Depp. They were wed in the Bush family home in Young Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. Around that same time, daughter Sarah Jane Bush married Michael Snyder.

Two years later, 2 February 1836, Philip’s father, Daniel Busch passed away in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and was buried next to his beloved wife in the Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

In 1840, Philip Bush and his family were living in Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Residing in the household were two free white males ages 5 to 10 (Philip and William), one free white male ages 10 to 15 (unknown), two free white males ages 15 to 20 (David and unknown), one free white male ages 20 to 30 (Daniel), one free white male age 50 to 60 (Philip), one free white female under the age of five (unknown), two free white females between the ages of 15 to 20 (Mary and unknown), one free white female age 20 to 30 (daughter Mary), and one free white female age 40 to 50 (wife Catherine).

Ten years later on 14 October 1850, the Bush family was once again enumerated in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Living on the property were Philip, age 64, who farmed the land; wife Catherine, age 59; daughter Mary, age 28; son William, age 20, farmer; son Philip, age 19, farmer; and Catherine Hopkis, age 13, possible granddaughter.

Two years later, Philip and Catherine Bush suffered great heartache when their daughter Catherine (Bush) Depp died on 10 January 1852, in Perry Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. She was only 34 years old. Her grieving family laid her to rest in the Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery, located in the town of Frostburg.

Ten months passed. Sickness swept through Indiana County, Pennsylvania, In early November 1852, Philip Bush contracted typhoid fever. The first stage of typhoid fever includes fatigue, dry coughing, headache, muscle pain, and a steadily increasing temperature. In the second stage, the fever typically levels off between 102 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit over a prolonged period (one or two weeks). During this stage, the liver and/or spleen enlarge, sometimes accompanied by abdominal pain. Diarrhea and/or constipation can also occur, as can delirium. In about one-third of cases, a mild rash consisting of flat rose spots appears on the chest and abdomen. The third stage of typhoid fever typically coincides with the third week of infection. More serious complications can show, such as delirium and intestinal bleeding, which can result in septicemia.

For nearly a month, Philip battled typhoid fever, but he was no match for this microscopic menace. On 28 November 1852, Philip Bush, age 63, succumbed to the fever, dying in his North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania home, surrounded by his loving family.

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