Bush family papers

Bush family papers

Dates: 1846-1960

This collection includes letters, newspaper clippings, journals, certificates, and other personal items belonging to the Bush family of Tooele, Utah.

  • Extent: 8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bush family
  • Call Number: MSS 2217
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
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.
Conditions of Use
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.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2217; Bush family collection; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2217, LTPSC.
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.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Muriel C. Bush; 2000.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2217.xml
Subject Terms
Bush, Charles Clarence, 1873-1959; Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901; Clark, J. Reuben, Jr., 1871-1961; Grant, Heber J. (Heber Jeddy), 1856-1945; Lyman, Francis M. (Francis Marion), 1840-1916; McKay, David O. (David Oman), 1873-1970; Smith, Joseph F. (Joseph Fielding), 1838-1918; Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Hawaii; Immigration and American Expansion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Overland Journeys to the Western United States; Salt Lake City (Utah); Tooele (Utah)--History
Genre / Form
Articles; Diaries; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; David J. Whittaker and Judi Crisp; 2001.
Appraisal Information
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)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Bush family papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker and Judi Crisp
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-24T04:11-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

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.

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