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Bush family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2217
Contains letters, journals, newspaper articles, and other family correspondence, has been organized into folders by year, starting in 1846 and ending in 1960. Materials related to the Bush family of Tooele, Utah.

Dates

  • 1846-1960

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Bush family collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

8 boxes (4 linear ft.)

Abstract

This collection, containing letters, journals, newspaper articles, and other family correspondence, has been organized into folders by year, starting in 1846 and ending in 1960.

Biographical History

Charles Clarence Bush (5 July 1873-7 March 1959) was born in Clover, Utah, the son of Richard N. Bush and Hannah M. Green. He served a four year LDS mission in the Sandwich Islands. He and his wife, Martha M. Isgreen, settled in Tooele, Utah, where they and their family became very influential members of the community.
Biographical History Charles Clarence Bush was born in Clover, Utah, the son of Richard N. Bush and Hannah M. Green. He served a four year LDS mission in the Sandwich Islands. Him and his wife, Martha M. Isgreen, settled in Tooele, Utah, where they and their family became very influential members of the community.

Richard N. Bush

Richard Nelson Bush was born on 2 August 1850, in Farmington, Utah, to Richard and Maria (Pettit) Bush. His father was a member of the Mormon Battalion from 1846 to 1847. Richard’s mother died when he was just twelve years old, and by that time, his father was a partial invalid, making it necessary for Richard to provide for his own support. The only education Richard received was obtained from the proceeds of his own industry and research.

As early as the age of fifteen, Richard had many dangerous experiences on the frontier, such as being attacked by Indians. As a teenager, he made several hazardous trips driving teams of horses and herds of cattle to the west coast and back. Later in life, he worked for President Brigham Young and assisted in building the Union Pacific Railroad through Wyoming. In 1868, he drove a large herd of cattle to Tooele County, Utah, for his uncle. He stayed in Tooele as a cowboy taking care of the herds. It was there that he met Hannah Maria Green and married her on 31 October 1870. Together they had ten children, eight boys and two girls. After their marriage, Richard began to acquire land and devoted his attention to the occupation of farming and stock raising.

Richard and Hannah remained in Tooele County, where Richard served as constable for thirty years. He also held the office of school trustee for almost forty years, while also acting as registration agent. In 1914, he was elected county commissioner of Tooele County.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called LDS or Mormon Church), serving in several positions in the Church, including Bishop of the Clover ward, beginning in 1913. Richard N. Bush died on 25 April 1936.

Hannah Maria Green Bush

Hannah Maria Green was born on 3 August 1850, in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, to Richard W. Green and Ann Phillips. Hannah emigrated to America with her mother in 1853 on the sailing vessel “Martha Whitmore,” her father having sailed with the three older children in February of 1853 on another ship. After residing in Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska, she came to Utah in 1862 in an independent company. In Utah, she met Richard N. Bush and married him on 31 October 1870. They became the parents of ten children.

Hannah was very active in church affairs, such as being president of the Primary Association and Relief Society of the Clover ward. In 1937, she fell from a chair and broke her hip, causing her to remain at home until her death six years later. Hannah M. Bush died on 30 September 1943.

Charles C. Bush

Charles Clarence Bush was born on 5 July 1873, in Clover, Utah, to Richard N. and Hannah M. Green Bush. As a child, he learned rope-making from his grandfather and worked on a farm and with cattle. He married Martha M. Isgreen on 18 January 1896. Charles and Martha had ten children together. Charles served a four year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Sandwich Islands. His wife went with him on his mission. While in the Sandwich Islands, he served as president of the mission Sunday Schools. He was one of the first officers chosen to preside over the Hawaiian Mission Society.

Charles’s trade through life was clerical. His hobbies, however, included music, entertainment, recreational leadership, and playing in an orchestra for theaters and dances. He organized the Hawaiian Troubadours, a band made up of almost all Hawaiian members. Charles Bush died on 7 March 1959.

Bibliographic Note
  • Book of Remembrance of Sixteenth Ward–Riverside Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City: Sixteenth Ward Book of Remembrance Committee, 1945. p. 122.
  • Jenson, Andrew, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Company, 1920. Vol. 3, p. 36-37.
  • Tooele County Daughters of Utah Pioneers, History of Tooele County. Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1961. p. 433.
  • Utah Since Statehood, Historical and Biographical, Salt Lake City: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1919. Vol. 2, p. 622.
  • Arrangement

    The items have been arranged into folders according to year, starting in 1846 and ending in 1960. Box 1 comprises the years 1846-1897; box 2, 1898-1899; box 3, 1900-1903; box 4, 1904-1908; box 5, 1909-1917; box 6, 1918-1930; box 7, 1931-1944; and box 8, 1945-1959. The collection loosely follows the life of Mr. Charles Clarence Bush and his family. The last folders in the collection contain undated material of the same sort, Charles Bush's autograph book, and genealogical information of the Bush family.

    Other Finding Aids

    A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.
    Other Finding Aids File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2217.xml

    Custodial History

    This collection was donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library at Brigham Young University by Muriel C. Bush, the wife of Richard A. Bush, who was the son of Charles Clarence Bush. It was donated to the library in the early part of the year 2000. Muriel Bush also donated a folder of genealogical information on the Bush family.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated; Muriel C. Bush; 2000.

    Appraisal

    19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
    Appraisal This collection contains personal and family correspondence and diaries as well as biographical information pertaining to the history of the LDS church and the foramtion of the state of Utah.(19th & 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts Collecting Policy, 2003)

    Processing Information

    Processed; David J. Whittaker and Judi Crisp; 2001.

    Creator

    Title
    Register of the Bush family papers
    Status
    completed
    Author
    David J. Whittaker and Judi Crisp
    Date
    2001
    Description rules
    dacs
    Language of description
    Finding aid encoded in English.
    Sponsor
    Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

    Revision Statements

    • finding aid revision date not supplied: 2009 July 09 Updated to DACS and CCLA compliance by Jonathan 2010 December 15 Edited for compliance with DACS and CCLA standards.

    Repository Details

    Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

    Contact:
    1130 HBLL
    Brigham Young University
    Provo Utah 84602 United States