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Rush McComas

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Rush McComas

Birth
Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
Death
6 May 1903 (aged 73)
Santa Clara County, California, USA
Burial
Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, USA Add to Map
Plot
Block 3, number 3
Memorial ID
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Son of Hiram McComas and his wife Rebecca (Hatfield) McComas. Rush married 3 Aug 1853 in Platte Co MO, Ann Eliza Swope, the daughter of Jacob Swope.

Among the public officers of Santa Clara County there is no one who is held in more general esteem than Hon. Rush McComas. He was born in Cabell County, Virginia, in 1830. His parents, Hiram and Rebecca (Hatfield) McComas, were natives of that State, and in 1841 removed with their family to Platte County, Missouri, where the youth and early manhood of the subject of this sketch were passed following the pursuits of a farmer's son, and picking up the rudiments of an education in the country schools. In 1853 he was elected Assessor of Platte County, but subsequently resigned to engage in mercantile business at Parkville, Missouri, ten miles from where Kansas City now stands. At that time the site was known as Westport Landing, and consisted of a couple of dozen of houses and several warehouses on the flat under the hill; nothing more. During the season of 1857-58 he acted as clerk on a Missouri River steamboat, the firm of which he was a member being part owner, but continued in the general merchandise and produce business until the spring of 1861, when the shadows of war darkened the land, and by the following fall financial ruin had overtaken nearly every man in business in that part of Missouri, himself among the number.

In October he removed with his family to California, reaching Santa Clara, via Panama, early in November, 1861. For several years he worked as a day laborer during the harvest season. In 1864 he bought his present home of eighty acres, purchasing the claim from different individuals, but afterward discovering that it was Government land. This place he has gradually improved until now he has four acres of pears, four of quinces, ten of strawberries, and the rest in general farming. It lies on the Coffin Road, about four miles north of Santa Clara, and is watered by three artesian wells, which furnish an ample supply for all purposes. In 1877 Mr. McComas was elected to the State Legislature, serving with credit to himself and giving satisfaction to his constituents.

In 1878, under the existing laws, the entire support of the government fell upon the laboring and producing classes, money at loan upon mortgage not being taxed. To correct this and other evils, a constitution convention was called. Mr. McComas was elected a member of it, having shown much interest in the endeavor to remedy them. They met in October, 1878, in Sacramento, and, after a session of five months, succeeded in framing the present Constitution of the State, which was adopted by vote of the people soon after. The equalization of taxation effected by this has given a great impetus to all the material interests of the State. In 1879 he was again elected a member of the Assembly, served on the Committee on Education and Claims, and was Chairman of the Committee on Public Lands, and took a leading part in the successful effort to obtain the appropriation to build the present State Normal School in the city of San Jose. In 1884 Mr. McComas was elected County Treasurer, and again in 1886, being now the incumbent of that office.

He was married, in 1853, to Miss Ann E. Swope, of Missouri, her parents having removed thither from Madison County, Kentucky, early in its history. Mr. and Mrs. McComas have seven children: William, now living on the home farm; Cora, wife of D. W. Burchard, of San Jose; Ella, Harriett, Anna, Katy, Allen, and Henry. Most of them are still living under the parental roof.

Mr. McComas is a member of the Masonic Order, as also of the Patrons of Husbandry, the A. O. U. W., the Chosen Friends, the American Legion of Honor and Order of the Eastern Star. He is a stanch Republican, and believes fully in the protection of American industries. A man of rigid integrity and crystal probity, he has the fullest confidence of the people, as is evinced by the fact that he experienced not the least difficulty in furnishing bonds to the amount of $300,000, as County Treasurer and Tax Collector. Mr. McComas is a careful and conscientious public officer, and a leading member of the Republican party, receiving the unanimous vote of the convention which nominated him. While holding the highest esteem of his own party, he possesses likewise the fullest respect and confidence of every citizen.

Children:
William B McComas 19 June 1854 Platte Co MO
Cora McComas born 17 Nov 1856 Platte Co MO
Ella M. McComas born 24 Feb 1858 Platte Co MO d. 29 Nov 1944 San Francisco married 1896 William F Cole born Feb 1865 (son of Christopher Wry Cole and Mary A. Fawcett) died 28 Feb 1931 Santa Clara, CA (buried Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara Co CA). Children: Alice J Cole born 3 Mar 1897 CA died 11 Apr 1976 Cupertino, Santa Clara Co CA. She married Hyde Sydenham Ebeling b 25 Sept 1894 d. 21 July 1975 Santa Clara. One researcher said Ella and William lived in 1881 in New Brunswick, Canada, 1921 in San Jose.
Harriet McComas 6 July 1861 Platte Co MO
Anna McComas 16 Mar 1864 CA
Katie 'kitty' McComas 29 Mar 1866 CA
Allen McComas 10 Jan 1868 CA
Henry W McComas 25 Sept 1871 CA
Son of Hiram McComas and his wife Rebecca (Hatfield) McComas. Rush married 3 Aug 1853 in Platte Co MO, Ann Eliza Swope, the daughter of Jacob Swope.

Among the public officers of Santa Clara County there is no one who is held in more general esteem than Hon. Rush McComas. He was born in Cabell County, Virginia, in 1830. His parents, Hiram and Rebecca (Hatfield) McComas, were natives of that State, and in 1841 removed with their family to Platte County, Missouri, where the youth and early manhood of the subject of this sketch were passed following the pursuits of a farmer's son, and picking up the rudiments of an education in the country schools. In 1853 he was elected Assessor of Platte County, but subsequently resigned to engage in mercantile business at Parkville, Missouri, ten miles from where Kansas City now stands. At that time the site was known as Westport Landing, and consisted of a couple of dozen of houses and several warehouses on the flat under the hill; nothing more. During the season of 1857-58 he acted as clerk on a Missouri River steamboat, the firm of which he was a member being part owner, but continued in the general merchandise and produce business until the spring of 1861, when the shadows of war darkened the land, and by the following fall financial ruin had overtaken nearly every man in business in that part of Missouri, himself among the number.

In October he removed with his family to California, reaching Santa Clara, via Panama, early in November, 1861. For several years he worked as a day laborer during the harvest season. In 1864 he bought his present home of eighty acres, purchasing the claim from different individuals, but afterward discovering that it was Government land. This place he has gradually improved until now he has four acres of pears, four of quinces, ten of strawberries, and the rest in general farming. It lies on the Coffin Road, about four miles north of Santa Clara, and is watered by three artesian wells, which furnish an ample supply for all purposes. In 1877 Mr. McComas was elected to the State Legislature, serving with credit to himself and giving satisfaction to his constituents.

In 1878, under the existing laws, the entire support of the government fell upon the laboring and producing classes, money at loan upon mortgage not being taxed. To correct this and other evils, a constitution convention was called. Mr. McComas was elected a member of it, having shown much interest in the endeavor to remedy them. They met in October, 1878, in Sacramento, and, after a session of five months, succeeded in framing the present Constitution of the State, which was adopted by vote of the people soon after. The equalization of taxation effected by this has given a great impetus to all the material interests of the State. In 1879 he was again elected a member of the Assembly, served on the Committee on Education and Claims, and was Chairman of the Committee on Public Lands, and took a leading part in the successful effort to obtain the appropriation to build the present State Normal School in the city of San Jose. In 1884 Mr. McComas was elected County Treasurer, and again in 1886, being now the incumbent of that office.

He was married, in 1853, to Miss Ann E. Swope, of Missouri, her parents having removed thither from Madison County, Kentucky, early in its history. Mr. and Mrs. McComas have seven children: William, now living on the home farm; Cora, wife of D. W. Burchard, of San Jose; Ella, Harriett, Anna, Katy, Allen, and Henry. Most of them are still living under the parental roof.

Mr. McComas is a member of the Masonic Order, as also of the Patrons of Husbandry, the A. O. U. W., the Chosen Friends, the American Legion of Honor and Order of the Eastern Star. He is a stanch Republican, and believes fully in the protection of American industries. A man of rigid integrity and crystal probity, he has the fullest confidence of the people, as is evinced by the fact that he experienced not the least difficulty in furnishing bonds to the amount of $300,000, as County Treasurer and Tax Collector. Mr. McComas is a careful and conscientious public officer, and a leading member of the Republican party, receiving the unanimous vote of the convention which nominated him. While holding the highest esteem of his own party, he possesses likewise the fullest respect and confidence of every citizen.

Children:
William B McComas 19 June 1854 Platte Co MO
Cora McComas born 17 Nov 1856 Platte Co MO
Ella M. McComas born 24 Feb 1858 Platte Co MO d. 29 Nov 1944 San Francisco married 1896 William F Cole born Feb 1865 (son of Christopher Wry Cole and Mary A. Fawcett) died 28 Feb 1931 Santa Clara, CA (buried Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose, Santa Clara Co CA). Children: Alice J Cole born 3 Mar 1897 CA died 11 Apr 1976 Cupertino, Santa Clara Co CA. She married Hyde Sydenham Ebeling b 25 Sept 1894 d. 21 July 1975 Santa Clara. One researcher said Ella and William lived in 1881 in New Brunswick, Canada, 1921 in San Jose.
Harriet McComas 6 July 1861 Platte Co MO
Anna McComas 16 Mar 1864 CA
Katie 'kitty' McComas 29 Mar 1866 CA
Allen McComas 10 Jan 1868 CA
Henry W McComas 25 Sept 1871 CA

Inscription

Blue spot on chart indicates the one headstone in relationship to the other burials for the McComas family

Gravesite Details

no HEADSTONE EXISTS FOR THIS BURIAL; McComas Block has one headstone but multiple burials around headstone



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