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Francis Charles "Frank" Brush
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Birth: Jun. 12, 1825
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Death: Oct. 25, 1905
Waupaca County
Wisconsin, USA

Francis grew up in the village, settlement, or townland of Eskanabrogue approximately five miles northwest of Clogher. He was the son of Andrew Brush, a farmer. He and Mary Jane were married December 20, 1850 in St. Macartan's Cathedral, Parish of Clogher, County Tyrone by Church of Ireland clergyman, William Brownlow Ashe (witnesses, William Moor and William Walles). To their union were born ten children-George, Rolin, Albert, Samuel, Ida, Jefferson, Charlotte (Lottie), Robert, William, and Lucy.
Francis and Mary Jane left Ireland for America sometime in late 1853 or early 1854. Their first son, George, was born in New York Harbor on February 17, 1854. From New York, they moved to Changrin Falls, Ohio, where their second son, Rolin Charles, was born October 18, 1855. After 1860, the family was living in Black Wolf Township near Oshkosh, Wisconsin where they stayed for several years. They finally settled on a farm at Little Wolf near Royalton, Waupaca County, Wisconsin in 1868. Mary Jane's sister, Margaret, and possibly her brother, George Hunter, followed them to America in 1855.
Many years later, Francis and Mary Jane separated dividing up their farm and personal property. From then on they lived independent lives for the most part. Some records indicate they were divorced, but in reality, they may have just separated. Their son, Samuel, purchased Mary's farm shortly after her death in 1887. Francis spent his final years in very poor health and had to be taken care of by others at a care facilty.
(Sources: Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; The Family History Papers of Rolin Charles Brush (1855-1913) and Emelia Mary Heinke (1859-1913), Compiled by James A. Brush, Las Vegas, NV; et al; 1860 U.S. Population Census, Cuyahoga County, OH; 1870, 1880, and 1900 U.S. Population Census, Waupaca County, WI)


Mr. F.L. Brush died at Little Wolf, Wednesday, Oct. 25th at the age of 74 years. Francis Lovine Brush was born in Holland in 1831, went to England when about 20 years old and from there removed to Belfast, Ireland, where he married Mary Jane Humes. From Belfast he with his wife came to America, living first in Ohio. From Ohio he came to Black Wolf, Wis. and from there came to Royalton, in 1868, where he has since resided. He leaves five sons and one daughter-Mrs. Ida Heacock of Dawson City, Alaska; George of Raymond, S. Dakota, Rolland of Antigo, Wis., Wm. and Robert of Rhinelander, Samuel of Royalton. The funeral was held friday afternoon at two O'clock Rev. A.L. Tucker of Manawa officiating. The interment was in the Royalton cemetery.
(Source: This obituary first appeared in a local Waupaca County, Wisconsin newspaper, dated November 5, 1905. It was found in the collections of the public library in Manawa, Wisconsin by the late Gerry Trinrud. It is included in The Family History Papers of Rolin Charles Brush (1855-1913) and Emelia Mary Heinke (1858-1913), Compiled by James A. Brush, Las Vegas, NV; et al. Genealogical note-I believe this is a legitimate obituary for Charles Francis Brush. Outside of three or four contradictions, it is accurate in most details. Like so many public records that are compiled in haste and/or a state of mourning; errors tend to creep into the documents. Whether it is marriage, birth, death, or census records, mistakes can many times be found. The same is true with the obituary. The memories fade and become more difficult to recall. One doesn't purposefully try to falsify the past, it is that particular or single events in our lives become somewhat blurred with time and age. Almost all of the records relating to Francis Brush indicates he was born in Ireland. Ireland and Holland look and sound very similar when written or spoken. Variations of the written "I" can sometimes look like an "H", especially in 19th and early 20th century penmanship. The records also indicate that Francis' middle name was Charles, not Lovine. Further research will have to be conducted to find the truth. As far as Francis' birth date is concerned, it has varied from 1825 to 1831, but June 1825 is considered the correct date. Francis probably left County Tyrone, Ireland at the height of the potato famine in the mid-1840s (poverty, starvation, and death was everywhere), journeying to England to find work and/or stay with relatives. He returned via Belfast, where he became engaged to Mary Jane Humes, eventually marrying her in Clogher, County Tyrone. It is possible they left the port at Belfast on their journey to America, but at the present time, a ship's passenger list has not been located to indicate the name of the ship or port of embarkation.
Family links: 
  Mary Jane Humes Brush (1830 - 1887)*
  George Arthur Brush (1854 - 1926)*
  Rolin Charles Brush (1854 - 1913)*
  Albert Brush (1858 - 1901)*
  Samuel Brush (1859 - ____)*
  Ida Jane Brush Heacock (1862 - 1953)*
  Jefferson Brush (1863 - 1893)*
  Charlotte V. Brush Irwin (1865 - ____)*
  Robert B. Brush (1867 - ____)*
  William Ray Brush (1870 - 1938)*
  Lucy E. Brush Martin (1873 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Royalton Cemetery
Waupaca County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: Michael J. Fryman
Record added: Dec 23, 2010
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