Mary Catherine "Molly" Rush was born in 1867 in or near Newburg, Preston County, WV, the daughter of John and Ruhama (Hanshaw) Menefee.
Few facts are known about her life story. On Feb. 10, 1891, at the age of 24, she married Elmer E. Rush (1862- ? ), a native of Pennsylvania, in Preston County.
The Rushes had four known children – Lulu August Rush, Bess Gertrude Rush, George Evans Rush and John Kenneth Rush, all born between 1895 and 1901.
When the federal census was taken in 1910, the Rushes lived in the Pleasant District of Preston County. That year, Elmer was employed as a weaver in a woolen factory.
By 1920, following Elmer's occupation, the family moved to Winchester, Frederick County, VA, where Elmer again was listed as working as a weaver. Daughter Lulu made her living as a stenographer in a bank, while Bess was a local teacher. They all made their home together that year on Piccadillo Street in Winchester. Their fates after that are unknown.
Mollie and E.E. are mentioned briefly in a lengthy profile of brother in law Frank Stuck in The History of West Virginia, Old and New, published in 1923 by the American Historical Society, Inc. (vol. II. page 501).
Thanks to the Menefee family association for sharing their information with us.
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