Sgt Andrew Rusk Cushman

Sgt Andrew Rusk Cushman

Ontario, Canada
Death 3 Jul 1903 (aged 81)
Burnham, Howell County, Missouri, USA
Burial Memphis, Scotland County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 2- Row 1
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Death of A. R. Cushman

Andrew Rusk Cushman died of muscular rheumatism July 3, 1903, at the home of his son-in-law, Lyman M. Love, of Burnham, Howell County, Mo., aged 81 years, 8 months and 20 days.

Deceased was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, Oct. 13, 1821. At the age of sixteen he removed to Southwold, London district, in the same province. From there he went to Marion County, Ohio, when he was twenty-three years of age. In 1851 he removed to Iowa and in 1856 he came to Scotland County, where he resided until 1895, when he moved with his son-in-law and family to Burnham, Howell County, Mo.

He was married to Eliza G. Walker, February 8, 1852. Of this union eight children were born, seven sons and one daughter, and of these four sons and the daughter are still living. His wife died in November, 1871, nearly thirty-two years ago. Her memory he sacredly cherished until the last moment when he went to meet her in a land where partings are unknown. The surviving children are Joseph, of Bethany, Mo.; Ed S., of Centerville, Iowa; Dr. George, of Chicago; Frank, of Chariton, Iowa, and Mrs. L.M. Love, of Burnham, Mo.

He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served his country from February, 1862, till March, 1865. He professed religion at the age of fourteen years and united with the M. E. Church in 1836 and remained a faithful and consistent member of same up to the close of his long and eventful life. During his long residence in this city he was one of the pillars of the church he so much loved. The splendid church in which his body rested for a few hours before interment is a monument to his zeal and the zeal of his brethren in the Master's work. While lovingly and loyally attached to the church of his choice, he was at home with all Christians and loved God's children of whatever name or order. This spirit was made manifest by his constant attendance upon all religious worship within his reach and by his helping voice and hand as opportunity presented. His last words were a prayer for the neighborhood in which he died and among whose people he did his last Christian work in the Bible class, Christian; Endeavor and prayer meeting. He was a direct descendant of Robert Cushman, the Puritan, born in 1580, and of Thomas Cushman, who for more than forty years was a ruling elder in the church at Plymouth, whose wife, Mary Allerton, was the last survivor of the Mayflower pilgrims. He was a great grandson of Nathaniel Cushman, who served three years in the Revolutionary War. This is a brief biographical sketch of Father Cushman.

After funeral services at the south Missouri home his body was brought to Memphis, Monday of this week, where final services were held at the First M. E. Church before laying the body to rest. Rev. Anderson, pastor of the church, preached the funeral sermon from the text, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil."

It was fitting that the body should be brought back to his old home and laid to rest beside the wife and companion of his young manhood, the mother of his children, and that old friends whom he loved in bygone days should assist in tenderly laying his body away in the cemetery. It was also fitting that the church to which he belonged so many years and where he worshiped so often should be the place where the final funeral services were held. It was fitting that his casket should rest a while in front of the altar where he had often bowed in communion and consecration services, and that the altar, pulpit and choir box should be decorated profusely with plants and flowers, symbolizing the beauty and purity of his long and faithful Christian life.

Andrew Rusk Cushman obituary, Memphis, Missouri, Memphis Reveille, 9 July 1903, p. 2, col. 4

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