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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 387 - 388.


     AARON RUSH, farmer, section 3, Middle Fork Township, was born in Monroe County, Kentucky, December 8, 1826. His parents were Benjamin and Rachel (Springer) Rush, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of South Carolina. They were married in Kentucky, and reared a family of thirteen children James, Ezekiel, Martha, William, Dennis, Desire, Hiram, Joshua, Benjamin, John, Aaron, Rachel and Isaac. Aaron was reared on a farm, and obtained his education in the common schools. He was married in September, 1847, to Miss Harmer, born in Monroe County, New York, daughter of John and Sarah (Miller) Harmer. In 1849 he removed to Fayette County, Illinois, where he lived four years, thence to McDonough County, where he resided until the fall of 1865; then came to Ringgold County, locating in Rice Township, where he improved 160 acres of wild land. In 1869 he sold out and purchased his present farm, which had been partially improved. He has 120 acres, consisting largely of rich bottom lands on the west fork of Grand River, and it is one of the best stock farms in the vicinity. He has a good story-and-a-half residence, out-buildings for stock, a good bearing orchard and small fruits. Mr. and Mrs. Rush are the parents of twelve children James, John, Martha, Sirastus M., Rosetta, Loretta, Josiah Grant, Ella M., Emma O., Peter, Isaac, Narcissa. The deceased are Sarah, Elizabeth and Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Rush has been a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal church for forty years. Politically he is a Republican and a strong Prohibitionist. Postoffice, Delphos.

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