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Rick Bushong (#47326612)
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Bio Photo Hello!

I first began researching my genealogy in 1980, and published a family book for my line in 1989 (now out of print). My full family tree can be seen at the Website link below.

I love old photographs, and am the recipient of my paternal Great Grandparent's photo albums as well as the Bushong Family Bible.

I am retired now and as long as I have my satellite internet, you can count on me to build memorials and do research. I live on the beach on a deserted part of an island in Belize, so I won't be taking many volunteer photos of stones, sorry to say.

About the Bushong Family
I have charted much of the Bushong Family including the entire 1930 Bushong Census and have published it as a GEDCOM on Roots Web at The Bushong United Family Tree currently has over 5000 Bushong direct descendants, and many other wives and in-laws.

I have identified most of the Bushongs listed on Find a Grave (over 3400), too. To Search click here...
Bushong United Family Tree. If they have a memorial on Find a Grave, it is listed in their "Notes" along with any dates, places and obituaries.

Of course I'm always happy to manage any Bushong memorials. Since the two lines of Colonial Bushongs - Hans and Andreas have been proven with genealogy and DNA analysis to be from the same family, we're probably related.

You don't even have to ask - just transfer any Bushong memorials to me. I'll take care of them until their close families are ready for them.

About the Civil War
In the Civil War my Great Grandfather fought with Co. D of the 21st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was captured at the Battle of Stones River, December 31st 1862, and paroled "on the field" the next day. After a year in noncombatant duty, he returned to the regiment and reenlisted to fight for the rest of the war.

I have walked the Stones River Battlefield, where he was captured and also been to Chicamagua and Snodgrass Hill in Georgia, where the 21st fought a desperate stand to help save the retreating Union Army and helped General Thomas to acquire his nickname as "The Rock of Chicamagua".

About the 21st Ohio Memorial
I am especially interested in finding the resting places of the other soldiers in the 21st Ohio and taking care of any Regimental Orphans' memorials, until their families find them.

I have located over 200 memorials for 21st Ohio soldiers and their officers. All ten companies have been linked, first through the Col Jessie Norton Memorial, and then by individual company to the men.

If you find any soldiers you would like added to the 21st Company Rolls, please email me their, memorial number, name, rank and any dates and I'll take it from there and send you any links to paste in.

About Transfers
I do transfer memorials, and if you're related, with few exceptions, will transfer memorials to those more closely related than me. If you would like a transfer of a memorial, just ask for it - use the "edit" tab and the "Suggest any other corrections" link to send me your membership number.

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Yvonne Reeves Nice
RE: Jesse Bushong
Hello Rick, It has been awhile since I have been back on line but if you still are able to do a memorial for my Mother, Serenia Isabelle Bushong it would be great, as I can not do it yet.If there is anything you need to know email me please, thanks much.
Added by Yvonne Reeves Nice on Nov 20, 2015 9:28 AM
RE: Stone photo in Syracuse Cemetery
I found the right photo, it's posted. Thanks.

Added by Hoby on Oct 23, 2015 5:14 PM
RE: Stone photo in Syracuse Cemetery
Rick, thank's for catching that. Is the one you refer to, Sarah A. 1852-1859.

Added by Hoby on Oct 23, 2015 12:30 PM
Studer - Boschung

From the 4th paragraph of the Studer History:

"The evolution of the name Studer is nicely illustrated by the following story. It involves the poor but proud peasant farmers of the beautiful little country of Switzerland. These poor peasants tilled the rather impoverished soil of the small valleys and hillsides of this often intimidating mountainous country. They eked out a meager living, surviving only through the protection and benevolence of their feudal lords. They fought the rocky soil on their miniscule plots of land, holding on as tenaciously as the many short, stubby, flowering bushes and shrubs which grew amongst the crags and the tors. In Schweisser-Deutsche or Swiss-German, the word for this type of low, ground hugging shrub is called "stude" or "staude". During the time period when everyone (including peasants) was taking a second family name, many of these Swiss farmers found that they could relate strongly to the persistent, stubborn little shrubbery of their homeland. These peasants took its name as their own, adding an "R" to the end of "Stude" personalized the noun and created the name Studer, which meant, quite literally "of the bush"."

Added by Family on Aug 21, 2015 12:09 AM
Boschung - Studer
Hello Rick,

Hope all is well. Out of curiosity I found this link and thought to pass it along to you.

"Studer Meaning: one who lived by a patch of uncleared, dense undergrowth."

The old Swiss surnames Boschung and Studer seem to mean almost the exact same thing, both being topographical surnames. I am not sure what to make of it? Perhaps the Swiss surname Boschung came into being simply as a "more descriptive" identification of the family and their place of residence when Michael Studer relocated to a new area of Switzerland, and created the surname Boschung? Or perhaps there was already a "Studer" family in the area, so he was asked by local government officials to come up with another name to distinguish his family from the "Studer" family in the area, and so he then created the Boschung surname? Or a local variation of the same descriptive topographical surname?

Very best,

Added by Family on Aug 20, 2015 4:08 AM
Carman DM
Hannah Bushong
Would you know which cemetery Hannah Bushong Miller Homan is buried in? I listed her in the Miller cemetery but thought maybe she is in Painter as her husband Jacob G. Miller is buried in Painter.
Thanks, Carman
Added by Carman DM on Aug 01, 2015 12:15 PM
Bushong Weiss
Keep up the great work!..
Added by Bushong Weiss on Jul 18, 2015 11:51 AM
RE: # 109970101

Thanks on all accounts! I will keep doing more research and see if the documents can match up with the stone. Keep up the GREAT work!

Will be in touch,

Added by Family on Jul 03, 2015 11:15 AM
# 109970101
Hello Rick!

Hope you are well. Found an old stockpile of pictures my father has. They went to visit this cemetery back in the 1950's where Isaac & Sarah Bushong are at rest. Loaded the pictures and linked one to the cemetery itself.

Double check the dates on the stone with the documents we have to see if they match (I don't think they do?).

Isaac born July 1st?
Sarah died !884?

Let me know what to do here. Also, have been keeping up with your BushongUnited database and all the research.


Take care,

Marcus Bushong
Added by Family on Jul 02, 2015 12:38 PM
Law-Miller Roots
RE: Pandora Cemetery
Hi Rick,

I'm sorry to say that I don't know if there is a Sexton for Pandora Cemetery. When we took photos, we used an online transcription to find the graves. I would think that you could contact Pandora Village Council for more information, though.

Ya know, there is another Find A Grave volunteer (teacherdeb) that has taken a lot of photos there, as well. I wonder if she might live closer and/or have more information? Her contributor #47460585. I guess it would be worth a shot...

Take care,
Added by Law-Miller Roots on Jun 25, 2015 10:01 AM
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