13 JUL 1820 - Lancaster, VA
8 SEP 1859 - Lancaster, VA

Urbane Bush Bush

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Urbane was a carpenter in Lancaster and purchaser of the Bush Home-place. He died at young age when he was "accidentally shot."

Urbane Bush Bush was born July 13th, 1820 in Lancaster County, VA, the son of Thomas Bush and Elizabeth Y. Bell. He was baptized in 1841 at Lebanon Baptist Church. These dates were taken from the Bush Family Bible.

Satisfacory evidence was this adduced in Court to prove that Sally Dozier, the wife of Thomas Dozier, Mary Haynie, the wife of James Haynie, Thomsey R. Thomas, Harriott Alfred, Robert Alfred, Urbane Bush, James Bush, Naomi Bush and Elizabeth Y. Bush are the only heirs at law of Thomas Bell a Sergeant in the revolutionary war.
19 May 1834, Lancaster County Order Book 1834

Elizabeth died sometime before this 1834 court order and Urbane's father remarried to Thomsey Thomas at some point afterwards. The relationship between Elizabeth Y. and Thomsey is unclear. It is unknown if the Bush children actually received any Revolutionary War pension benefits.

In May of 1845 Urbane purchased 140 acres "land lying being situate in the County of Lancaster known & called by the name of 'Centerville'" from Walter Powell and his wife Jane from Fairfax County. Urbane paid $125. In 1850 Urbane purchased an adjoining tract of land from the widow of Thomas Dunaway to enlarge the farm. This property remained in the Bush family for over 100 years and became known as the Bush Home-place.

Urbane married Nancy Ann Haynie on January 20th, 1847 in Richmond County. She was the daughter of Hiram Haynie and Rebbecca Rogers.

Urbane and Nancy A. appear together on the 1850 census along with 2 year old Robert E. Bush. He works as a carpenter and has real estate valued at $900. His wife is marked as being unable to read or write. Urbane was a slave holder and appears on the 1850 slave schedule. He owned a 30 year old female, 12 year old male, 8 year old female and 10 month old female.

Also in 1850 Urbane Bush is listed on the Agricultural Schedule. No acreage is mentioned, but it does show that he owned a horse, a milking cow, four work oxen, 2 other cattle and 10 hogs. His livestock was valued at $165. His farm produced twenty bushels of Irish potatoes and twenty bushels of sweet potatoes as well as 100 pounds of butter. The value of animals slaughtered in the past year was $86.

In 1858 a Molly Bush died in Lancaster County with no will and no children. She may have been an aunt of Urbane. Her 75 acre estate was divided between Urbane and his siblings as well as several members of the Routt family. Urbane and 17 others signed a deed of sale for the inherited property, each received $5 from Samuel Downing.

Urbane Bush shows up in the Mortality Schedule attached to the 1860 census. It shows that he was "accidentally shot" and died in September of 1859, 11 days after the injury. It does not say who accidentally shot him or if he did it himself. The Bush Family Bible gives his date of death as September the 8th. His exact burial location is unknown, but it is probably somewhere on the property of the Bush Home-place.

Urbane was able to write a will between the time of his accident and death. He left his estate to his wife Ann until their son Robert turned 21. He instructed his administrator to pay his debts, and if not enough was left for his wife to live on, to sell the "small" slaves. He also suggested that for the comfort of his family it may be possible to buy Guano and raise wheat for the payment of his debts. He also instructed his administrator to attend to "groceries and all such things for the use of my family." The will was signed September 6th, 1859 and probated on September 19th.

In November 1859 an inventory and appraisal of Urbane's estate was made by E.E. Dunaway, Abner Riveer and Thomas Rice. The inventory listed five slaves by name and valued them all at $2,375. Other items listed included a rifle valued at $12, a double barrel shotgun valued at $5, books, a family bible and a wheat thresher valued at $75. Urbane's chest of carpentry tools was valued at $50, a lot of timber and a lot of shingles were also counted. Food stores counted were 175 bushels of wheat, 45 barrels of corn, 20 bushels of sweet potatoes and six bushels of irish potatoes. Livestock included a yoke of oxen, four cows, two calves, one horse, ten hogs, a sow with pigs and four shoats.

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  • Year: 1850; Census Place: Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: M432_955; Page: 281A; Image: 91
  • 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules
  • Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
  • Bush Family Bible
  • Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
  • Will book, 1690-1949 ; general indexes to wills, etc., ca. 1700-1977; Author: Virginia. Circuit Court (Lancaster County); Probate Place: Lancaster, Virginia
  • Nottingham, Stratton. Revolutionary Soldiers and Sailors from Lancaster County, Virginia: Muster Rolls and Pay Rolls of the Ninety-Second Regiment of Virginia Militia, Lancaster County, 1812. Onancock, Virginia: S. Nottingham, 1930. Print. Pg. 29.
  • King, George H. S. Marriages of Richmond County, Virginia, 1668-1853. Fredericksburg, Va: G.H.S. King, 1964. Print. Pg. 31.

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  • James Bush
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  • Elizabeth Y. Bush
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  • Naomi Bush
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Last Updated: 10/12/2019