It is interesting to note in the personal histories of many of the representative citizens of Fayette county, Ohio, that a large number of their forefathers fought in the War of 1812. Ohio was a battle ground for many years between the whites and the Indians and from the organization of the Northwest Territory in 1787 to the final treaty of General Wayne in 1795, there was hardly a year passed by when there was not a pitched battle between the two races. However, the Greenville treaty of 1795 did not put an end to Indian depredations, the British constantly inciting the Indians to murder the few pioneers scattered over the state of Ohio. During the War of 1812 practically every able bodied man in the state enlisted for service and the Ohio troops served with gallant distinction wherever they were placed. The first members of the Bush family settled within the present limits of Fayette county, Ohio, early in the nineteenth century, and this representative, Daniel Bush, the grandfather of the immediate sketch, was a soldier in the War of 1812. His widow was one of the very last pensioners of that war in Fayette county, where she lived until over ninety-four years of age. Daniel Bush was born in Pendelton county. Virginia, and his wife, Susan Baughn, was a native of North Carolina. They both emigrated to this county with their parents and were married in Fayette county, and lived here until their death. They had a family of fourteen children, thirteen of whom lived to maturity, married and reared families of their own.
John S. Bush, the father of Edward L. Bush, and one of the fourteen children of Daniel Bush, was reared in Fayette county, where he was born. He was a mere youth at the opening of the Civil War,but this did not deter him from offering his services to his country. He enlisted twice and served with distinction until the close of the war. He died in 1893, while his wife died in 1877, being only about thirty years of age at the time of her death. They liad a family of six children: Elmer R., deceased; Cena, the wife of D. F. Osburn. of Milledgeville, Ohio; Edward L., whose history is here recorded; Corwin C, of Waubay, South Dakota; Almeda, unmarried, and Armetha, widow of Dr. J. O. Lieuellen. Almeda and Armetha were twins. The parents of Jane Creamer, the wife of John S. Bush, were Henry and Isabel (Burnett) Creamer, natives of Ohio and pioneers of Fayette county. Henry Creamer taught school in the early history of this county and in later life followed the occupation of a farmer. Henry Creamer and his wife were the parents of three children. Jane, Corwin and May.
Edward L. Bush, one of the six children born to John S. and Jane (Creamer) Bush, was born in Union township, this county, September 19, 1869. He was reared on his father's farm in Union township, received the best education which the district schools afforded and then entered the Ohio Normal University at Ada, Ohio. After leaving the unixersity he taught school for vive years in this county, and in the meantime reading law with the intention of entering the legal profession. He was admitted to the bar on October 24, 1894, being twenty-five years of age at the time, and immediately began the active practice of his profession, locating at Jeffersonville, this county. He moved to Washington C. H.. December 16, 1902, to take the office of prosecuting attorney, to which he had been elected. He served in this capacity for two terms of three years each, after which he opened a law office in the county seat, where he has since practiced. He does a general legal business and is recognized as one of the ablest members of the Fayette county bar.
Mr. Bush was married June 5, 1895, to Edith O. Carman, a daughter of Isaac H. and Rhoda (Hyer) Carman, and to this union has been born one daughter. Mabel Dorothy. Mrs. Bush, as well as her mother, was born in Fayette county, while her father was a native of New Jersey. Her parents are now living in Union township, where they have reared a family of eleven children; Mrs. Myrtle Harrop. Etta Hyer (deceased), Edith O., Alden G.. William L., Mrs. Eva Braden, Earl, Fred D., Mrs. Charlotte Eichelberger, Madge (deceased) and Paul R.
Politically, Mr. Bush is a Republican, and has always been active in the affairs of his party in this county, which honored him with two nominations for county prosecutor. and his subsequent election following each noniination bears ample testimony of his popularity as a citizen and his standing as a lawyer in the county.
Mr. Rush is connected with many of the business interests of the county, and is a member of the board of directors of the Farmers Bank of Jeffersonville, the Fayette County Creamery and the Masonic Temple Company. Fraternally, Mr. Bush is an active Mason and a member of the Jeffersonville Lodge, Fayette Chapter, Fayette Council, Garfield Commandery, Knights Templar, and Royal Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)