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Summary/Outline/Excerpt/Description: RUSK 1775 Ireland 1791 SC 1825/40 GA 1840/1865 MS 1865/1875 TX 1897.

Surnames: RUSK, STARRITT, CLEVELAND, MERONEY, THRIFT, BRUCE, McWHORTER.

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Rusk

RUSK, STARRITT, CLEVELAND, MERONEY, THRIFT, BRUCE, McWHORTER    

John Rusk (    -1844) He came from Ireland in 1791 and resided
first at Fort Hill plantation which later became the home of John
C. Calhoun and is now the site of Clemson College, SC.   He built
the old stone church there in 1797.  He is buried in the church
yard of the old stone church (Presbyterian).  He married:
Mary (Polly) Starritt who lived and died in Pendleton/Pickens
Cos., SC.  

There children were:

Thomas Jefferson Rusk b.1803/6/8 SC, d.1857 Nacogdoches, TX
  m. 1827 Mary F. Cleveland b.1809, d.1856 
  both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, TX

Easther Sterritt Rusk b. 1811 Pendleton Dist., SC, d. 1886
  m. Nolen L. Meroney b.1813, d. 1867
  both buried in Maroney Cem., Nacogdoches, TX

Nancy Rusk - stayed in Georgia

David Rusk b.ca.1817, m. 1843

Jane B. Rusk b.1821, d.1891, m. John L. Thrift b.1821, d.1891
  both buried in Maroney Cemetery, Nacogdoches, TX

Mary M. Rusk b. 1823 Pendleton Dist. SC, d.1897 Nacogdoches, TS
  m. 1844 Habersham Co., GA to 
  John A. Bruce b.1822 Pickens Dist, SC, d. 1899 Chester, Choctaw
  Co., Miss. bur. Enon Cem, Ackerman, Miss.   
  She was buried in Maroney Cemetery, Nacogdoches, TX
  Lived:  Milton Co., GA in 1860; Choctaw Co., Miss. in 1870; and
          Nacogdoches Co., TX in 1896.

Rachel Rusk - stayed in Georgia

     My sources are the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Jan.
1931 and Thomas J. Rusk, 1944, R. J. Jaynes.

     From other notes I see three of the Rusk kids went to
Habersham Co., GA.  Thomas J. married there in 1827 and was a
lawyer in Clarkville.  Esther m. there in 1835.  Mary M. m. John
Bruce there in 1844 but by 1860 had moved SW to Milton Co.
(merged in Fulton Co. in 1911).  Rachel was shown to have
m.ca.1850 in SC.  

     In the northwest corner of SC are Pickens and Oconee Cos.
and between them is the Keowee river.  Touching Pickens Co.
across the Tugaloo river is Habersham Co., GA.  The Keowee
Courier 1849-1851, 1857-1861, 1865-1868, 1979 by Coleen M.
Elliott shows: 1)  p.12 Samuel McWhorter m.11 July 1849 Rachel W.
Rusk of this District; pub. Sat. 14 July 1849, and 2) p. 82
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Rusk at Bethel Church by Rev. J.
R. Hunnicutt on the 4th Sabbath of May 1860; pub. 12 May 1860.
This paper may have been published in Walhalla, Oconee Co., SC.
(JRD:  4th sabbath of May and 12 May don't make sense.)

     Willing to exchange info.

James R. Davis, 6708 Austin Way, Sacramento, CA 95823  (916)-393-9186 

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Prepared: 5/15/96. . Updated 2/01/98.
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