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 Milum Lafayette Rush

Milum Lafayette Rush

Birth
Rhea County, Tennessee, USA
Death 11 Sep 1857 (aged 27–28)
Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Mountain Meadows, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 60416 · View Source
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*VICTIM OF THE 1857 MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE*

Milum Lafayette Rush was the son of Lorenzo Dow Rush and Frances Irene Harwood, born abt. 1828 in Rhea County, Tennessee. He had moved from Meigs County, Tennessee to Carroll County, Arkansas with his parents. He married Catherine Draden Deatherage, the daughter of Abner Deatherage and Rebecca Davis (who had also moved from Meigs County, Tennessee to Carroll County, Arkansas). He was a farmer who resided in Carrollton Township. He had two children born in Carroll County, Arkansas: Alfred G. Rush, born 1854 and Martha Draden Rush, born 4 March 1857.

His wife Catherine, called "Draden", died around the time of their daughter's birth in March of 1857, and leaving his two young children at home in the care of his parents, he departed for California in April 1857 to seek his fortune in the gold fields. According to his father's deposition, Milum Lafayette Rush left Carroll County, Arkansas with "The Baker Train", under the leadership of John Twitty Baker. This could be a generalization on his father's part, when he stated his son "left in company with John T. Baker and many others". (Milum Lafayette Rush's brother-in-law, Robert Fancher, was with "The Baker Train".) Milum Lafayette Rush's paternal aunt Louisa D. (Rush) Huff, was married to Urial S. Huff, the brother of Peter Huff, whose family died in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. (Peter Huff died en route in Wyoming.) There remains a possibility that Milum Lafayette Rush left Carroll County and met up with "The Huff Train" (from Benton County, Arkansas) near Fort Smith. He had from ten to twelve head of cattle, one rifle, three blankets, knives, his wearing apparel, and about twenty five dollars in cash with him. He was a 28 year old widower when he died in the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah Territory.

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IN MEMORIAM
IN THE VALLEY BELOW BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 7 AND 11, 1857, A COMPANY OF MORE THAN 120 ARKANSAS EMIGRANTS LED BY CAPT. JOHN T. BAKER AND CAPT. ALEXANDER FANCHER WAS ATTACKED WHILE EN ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA. THIS EVENT IS KNOWN IN HISTORY AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE

MILUM L. RUSH, 28


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  • Maintained by: Mountain Meadows Association
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60416
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Milum Lafayette Rush (1829–11 Sep 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60416, citing Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial, Mountain Meadows, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Mountain Meadows Association (contributor 47057798) .