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Here are some Bush stories and accounts over the years:

Paul Bush, Bishop of Bristol

Paul Bush was born in Somerset “'of honest and sufficient parents”' in 1490.  He was well-educated for his time and obtained royal favor during the reign of Henry VIII.  He became the King’s chaplain around 1540.  The King, on the foundation of the bishopric of Bristol, selected Bush as the first bishop of the new see.  Paul Bush also secured at that time the manor of Buckland and a pension of £100 a year. 

It was the time of the dissolution of the monasteries and the Bush family got their hands on the Edington estate near Westbury in Wiltshire.  John Ryve the vicar there had “the good fortune to die in 1638.”  So the seizure was undertaken without force.  It was Paul’s brother John who secured Edington at a knock-down price. 

Paul Bush ran into trouble when Queen Mary ascended the throne in 1553.  He had married earlier in the year and proceedings were taken against him as a married priest (even though his wife had died by that time). The sentence of deprivation was then passed on him.  He retired to the rectory of Winterbourne near Bristol where he remained until his death in 1558, coincidentally a few days before the death of Queen Mary.

Bushes in Westfield, Massachusetts

For some time it has been suspected that Samuel Bush of Westfield, Jonathan Bush, and Abiel Bush were all brothers, being sons of John Bush and grandsons of the Reynold Bush who emigrated on the Lion from Messing in England to the Massachusetts colony around 1640. 

There is evidence only that Abiel Bush was the son of John and thus the grandson of immigrant Reynold.  But the similarity of the DNA results for all six members of these Group A participants suggests that they all shared a common ancestor in the not too distant past.  That would in fact be consistent with Samuel, Jonathan and Abiel being brothers as the circumstantial evidence has suggested. 

Also among the Group A Bushes was Ebenezer Bush who inherited in 1709 what is now the oldest standing house in Westfield.  From then until the 1920’s the Bush family ran a farm on the land there.  The house later underwent a restoration thanks to John and Emma Bush Collins, Emma being the seventh generation of the Bush family to live in the house. 

There is a Bush family association of Westfield, Massachusetts.  Some have claimed that this Bush line also extended downwards to the Presidents Bush.  But these Bushes are Group B2, not A.

Bushes in America

Many more German Busches came to America than did English Bushes.

Britain (incl. Ireland)
German lands

Conrad Bush of Pompey, NY

Conradt Busch came to America on the King of Prussia in 1775 and soon enlisted in the Continental Army, serving as a matross or driver.  He was present at Valley Forge, at many of the subsequent battles of the Revolutionary War, and at the taking of Cornwallis. 

In 1790, for his services during the War, Conrad Bush was granted military lot 47 in the town of Pompey in upstate New York to settle.  It was said that when he arrived there he found a man and his nine grown-up sons living on that land and he ejected them.   He and his wife Mary from Ireland raised twelve children there. 

He lived a long life.  His age was given as 84 in 1840.  In 1848 he was listed as one of the few survivors of Colonel Lamb’s regiment in the War.  He died at 98 in 1854 and was buried in the Bush family cemetery in Pompey.

Rufus T. Bush the Slacker

Rufus was known in his family as RT.  He was by repute a slacker.  He came from a family of farmers, but he couldn't stand the hard work.  He didn't have any perseverance or "stick-to-it-iveness," according to family relatives. 

So when RT was old enough, he left his father's farm, did this and that, even joined the circus, and went into a couple of hare-brained business deals.  Finally, the story went, he ended up in New York City of all places and, by some fluke of luck, built the Bush terminals.   The way they told the story – it was not that he succeeded but that he just couldn't work hard at anything. 

In fact Rufus T. Bush started in business in the 1850’s by selling sewing machines in Chicago.  He then moved to New York and, after making some money from a number of business deals, invested in an oil refinery on the Brooklyn waterfront.  It was his son Irving, not Rufus, who built the Bush terminals. 

The oil refining business gave Rufus the funds to build his famous yacht the Coronet.  Rufus and his family circumnavigated the globe on the Coronet in 1888, stopping off in Hawaii, Japan, India, and elsewhere.  The Coronet was sold before Rufus's death in 1890.

Prescott Bush, the First of the Political Bushes

James Smith Bush, the son of Obadiah and Hannah Bush, entered Yale University in 1841, starting what would become a long family tradition.  He like succeeding Bushes down to President George W. Bush, were all Yale alumni and had all been members of the secretive and influential Skull and Bones student society. 

His grandson Prescott Bush played varsity golf, football and baseball, and was president of the Yale Glee Club.  He was a 6ft 4inch charmer with a rich singing voice and was the founder of the Bush political dynasty. 

In 1924, his father-in-law helped set him up in business in New York with Averill Harriman.   He and Harriman were directors of the Union Banking Corporation, an investment bank controlled by the German Thyssen family.  This relationship later had him and the bank suspected of holding gold for the Nazis. 

Prescott Bush survived these accusations and went on to become the Republican Senator for Connecticut in 1952.  He served there for ten years.

Under the Anheuser Bush

Under the Anheuser Bush was a popular early-1900s song commissioned by the Anheuser-Busch brewery.  The words were fairly simple: 

“Come, come, come and make eyes with me 
Under the Anheuser bush. 
Come, come drink some 'Budweis' with me 
Under the Anheuser bush. 
Hear the old German band
(at this point the band plays the first bar of Ach du lieber Augustin). 
Just let me hold your hand - ja-a!
Do, do come and have a stein or two 
Under the Anheuser bush." 

The English version was Down at the Old Bull and Bush.

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