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John Rush (#46910302)
 member for 10 years, 4 months, 8 days
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Bio Photo I am a retired/Disabled US Marine. Since my retirement; I find that I have more time to do what I love most. Researching my family and assisting others in their research. I orginially got started in the family tree research in Junior High and have never let go.

I love discovering the past and were my family comes from. I truly enjoy history which makes my research and photo taking a pleasure for me. I try and keep in touch with the local cemetery directors about when new stones are placed. My wife hates vacation trips with me - I make it a point to copy the list of graves needed for the area we are going to and swing in and get them. My wife is a decended of Elvis Presley and Gen John Bell Hood of the CSA. Which helps to get my kids interested in the family tree.

For those of you wishing to use my pictures on your personal or even online family trees. You are more than welcome to any picture I have taken. It was a honor for me to give your family a chance to see headstones that they may never have a chance otherwise.

I use generic URNS for my cremated memorials in order to place a memorial on this graves.

My current research revolves around the following families and their ancestors:

Dad's Side
Rush's from Texas - Alabama - South Carolina - Holland
Simmons' - Texas (Van Zandt) / Oklahoma
Duke's - Texas / North Carolina

Mom's Side
Simmons' - Texas (Collin) / Oklahoma
Smith's - Texas (Collin)
Rice's - Texas

Wife's side

Sprayberry (and other spellings)
Smith's (Marshall Co, Oklahoma)

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hood (15)
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Melissa Humphries
Hunnicutt daniell cemetery
Hi John I saw where you posted some pictures of the graves at the hunnicutt cemetery and was wondering if you had a contact person I could either email or call to see if I could get access to visit the cemetery. I live in Oklahoma City and would like to get permission to be on the land my great great great grandparents are buried there John and Rebecca Hunnicutt. Any information you have would be welcome.

Melissa Humphries
Oklahoma City
Added by Melissa Humphries on Aug 07, 2017 3:18 PM
Jeanine Kwasnik
Leon Pierce
Hi, John Rush.
Thank you for all your hard work! Just saw the updated memorial for my great grandfather, Leon Pierce #23898638. Please transfer to me.
Added by Jeanine Kwasnik on Apr 03, 2017 5:58 AM
Andrew Simmons Gravesite
I went to the Edgewood Cemetery to see if I could get you a picture of the headstone. Unfortunately about 90 percent of the headstones in that cemetery are marked as Unknown. I have a picture of a plaque at the front gate I will send to your email.
Added by Stanley on Mar 10, 2017 10:45 AM
RE: 48232031
This is not my memorial. Please contact:
Elizabeth Reed (#46561848)
Thank you.
Added by ReLyRoTh on Mar 05, 2017 4:48 AM
Lora Hammond Weber
Deborah Hill
Hi John,

I was able to fulfill your photo request for Deborah Hill in Groveton, Texas last weekend. Unfortunately, I did not have anything with me to treat/remove the fire ant mounds that cover much of the marker. I will probably be back in Groveton about this same time next year and will try to get a better photo then.

Added by Lora Hammond Weber on Feb 25, 2017 5:52 PM
Maxine Gaddy
Wiley Ledbetter Lunsford
I am Maxine Lunsford Gaddy. Wiley's brother James Pierce was my great grandfather,Wiley's daughter Berlina Ethel married James Levi Rush and had around 6 children,so in my searches I was trying to figure out how you,since you are a Rush,and I see where you maintain a lot of the family's memorials,came into the picture and if you know how WILEY was killed. I was lucky enough to get a picture of one of James Pierce's daughter, Florence Ann her husband and some of their children.If you can help with any information or pictures it would be greatly appreciated.
Added by Maxine Gaddy on Jul 28, 2016 12:48 PM
Martha Duke
RE: Duke Family
John, I have some free time to work with our Duke family, but I need some dates to work with. Do you know when William & Mandy were buried at Creagleville?
Contact me at please
Added by Martha Duke on Jul 23, 2016 12:23 PM
Randy Gilbert
RE: Boulter Family
Thanks for updating. I need to go out and get a picture of Mr. Boulter's grave to post. He was a very important figure in Smith County education in the first half of the last century. One of the stories I recall him telling was about his first school. There were some big, tough older guys who tried to intimidate him because he walked with crutches. He set up a chinning bar, and chinned himself with one arm. They treated him respectfully after that.

My Gilberts came to Texas from Alabama in about 1854. They wound up in NW Smith County and eastern Van Zandt County. The earliest one I can track was William Gilbert, C. 1780 - c 1855, Alabama. He had 21 kids by two wives between 1801 and 1849, so there were enough progeny to possibly have a tie.
Added by Randy Gilbert on Jul 07, 2016 12:31 PM
Jim Ogburn M.D.
Sgt James Patterson
Done! Thanks, credit given to you for contributing. Jim
Added by Jim Ogburn M.D. on Jun 27, 2016 6:11 AM
Stokes, David A. #20075669
Hi John, I am helping my sister with her husbands family. His mom is Pruitt, Sarah L. (Hood) #72686160. Her mom Hood, Lucy E. (Taylor). Her mom Taylor, Alice M. ( ). This would be my brother in laws great grandmother. I believe her parents may be Stokes, Willie & Nancy J. (Wilkens) who also had a son David A. born approx 1895. You posted a pic on the above David's memorial - do you know who his parents and siblings are? Any info/help would be much appreciated. Thank you, Diana
Added by Diana on May 16, 2016 7:30 AM
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