Nelson McWilliamsSarah Hutchinson or HutchinsChristopher Columbus HarnessAnna Roy

Benjamin G. McWilliamsMary Harriet Harness

Mahala Elizabeth McWilliams

f a m i l y
Children with:
Charles Richard Bush

Siblings:
Martha Jane McWilliams
Rebecca Frances McWilliams
Emily McWilliams
June McWilliams
Sarah Margaret McWilliams
Nancy Emma McWilliams
Charles Calvin McWilliams
William Nelson McWilliams

Children:
Flora Elizabeth Bush
Clara Evelyn Bush
Mahala Elizabeth McWilliams
  • Born: 24 Feb 1856, Somerset, Pulaski County, KY
  • Married 1872, Scammon, KS, to Charles Richard Bush
  • Died: 24 Aug 1933, Lawrence, Douglas, KS

    pict466.jpg [193x179] Elizabeth Mahalia "Bushy" McWilliams
    1910 United States Federal Census about Weak Mackes
    Name: Weak Mackes
    [Geo K Mackie]
    [Weak Macker]
    Age in 1910: 42
    Estimated Birth Year: 1868
    Birthplace: Scotland
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birth Place: Scotland
    Mother's Birth Place: Scotland
    Spouse's Name: Flora Mackes
    Home in 1910: Scammon Ward 2, Cherokee, Kansas
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Year of immigration: 1891
    [1871]
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Weak Mackes 42
    Flora Mackes 34
    Elizabeth Mackes 14
    Martha Mackes 11
    David Mackes 9
    Geo H Mackes Jr. 5
    Thomas J Mackes 1
    Elizabeth Bush 54
    Nera Dural 16
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    Also recorded as Elizabeth Mahalia McWilliams
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    From "Mackie History", Virginia French Mackie, July 1965:

    "Charles Bush was a mining engineer, of German Ancestry. He and "Bushy" and their two little daughters lived in Leadville, Colorado, where he was an engineer for one of the silver mines.

    "One evening, when he was coming home from work, a drunk staggered, shooting, from a tavern brawl on the opposite side of the street. One of the bullets ricichetted [ibid] and struck Charles Bush in the head, killing him instantly - dead at the age of thirty.

    "After his death, "Bushy" stayed on in Leadville for a while and supported herself and her two little girls by operating a hotel. She knew the Tabors and Baby Doe Tabor.

    "Bushy was a handsome woman and was afraid of nothing. She carried a revolver in the pocket of her petticoats when she lived in Leadville. But after a drunk tried to break into her home one night, she realized that Leadville was not a proper place to bring up her young daughters, and she brought them back to Neosho Falls, Kansas, about 1888, where some of her people lived.

    "When George Kerr Mackie and Flora Elizabeth Bush were married in 1894, 'Bushy' lived with them and helped to bring up their six children, all of whom adored her. When her younger daughter, Evelyn, married John W. Mackie, younger brother of George Kerr Mackie, she spent much time with them in Scammon and in Pittsburg, Kansas, and helped to bring up their three children. It was a comfort to her that her two daughters had married two brothers and that her family was so closely united.

    "She lived to see not only her grand-children, but her great-grand-children. She spent a year with David in Los Angeles when he was working there, and she often told me that it was one of the happiest years of her life. David's friends adored her and everyone called her 'Bushy'. She often visited Martha and Joe Daniels and their two daughters in Pelham, N.Y., and she visited us in New Haven. She was of Scotch-Irish parentage, and when she was almost 80, was still a handsome woman with snow white hair and deep blue eyes."
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    VITAL STATS: 1856 Births, p 3 - Pulaski County, Kentucky
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    Transcribed & Submitted by Valerie J. Davis, vdavis@blarg.net
    Date: 15 May 1999

    From Kentucky State Archives Film #994053: KY Birth, Marriage, and Death Records (1852-1910); Powell-Rowan Counties; Filmed Jan 1981 by The Division of Archives & Records, Frankfort, KY; Pulaski Co: 1852-1859, 1861, 1874-1878
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    Family Index is at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ky/pulaski/vitals.html

    1856 Births; page 3

    S/C = Sex/Condition (Alive or Dead)
    Co = Color (White, Black, or Mulatto)
    PC = Pulaski County, KY
    (Scroll to the right for full place info)

    p 11: "State of Kentucky Pulaski County Sct - I, William M. Fox, clerk of the county court for the county & state aforesaid do certify that the foregoing list of Births is truly & correctly copied from the original lists returned to my office, by the assessor and his assistants for the year 1857 ~ Given under my hand this 7th day of July 1857 ~ Will M. Fox Clk, Pulaski Co Ct"

    Birth Date Child S/C Father/Owner Mother Co Birthplace Residence

    24 Feb Mahala E. McWilliams F/A Benjn. McWilliams Mary Harness W PC
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    [Kansas, Cherokee County, Roll 474 Book 1, Page 140]
    Noted in the 1900 Federal Census as Elizabeth Bush, age 45, living in Mineral Twp., Cherokee Cty, KS with daughter Flora and son-in-law, George Kerr Mackie (and their family).
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    1870 United States Federal Census
    about Mahala E Mcwilliams Name: Mahala E Mcwilliams
    Birth Year: abt 1856
    Age in 1870: 14
    Birthplace: Kentucky
    Home in 1870: Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Post Office: Neosho Falls
    Household Members: Name Age
    Benjamin Mcwilliams 37
    Mary Mcwilliams 37
    Martha J Mcwilliams 17
    Mahala E Mcwilliams 14
    Rebecca F Mcwilliams 12
    Sarah M Mcwilliams 8
    Nancy E Mcwilliams 6
    Charles E Mcwilliams 3
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    [Kansas, CHEROKEE, Roll 434 Book 1, Page 234a ]
    Noted in the 1910 Federal Census as Elizabeth Bush, age 54, living in Scammon, Cherokee Cty., KS, with daughter Flora and son-in-law George Kerr Mackie (and their family). [Clara] Evelyn Bush is also listed as living with them.
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    [1920 U.S. Census Kansas Douglas Lawrence ED# 66 ]
    Noted in the 1920 Federal Census as Elizabeth Bush, age 63, living in Lawrence, Douglas Cty., KS, with her daughter Flora and son-in-law, George K. Mackie (and their family).
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    [1930 Federal Census - Kansas - Douglas - Wakarusa Twp. - ED 23-22]
    Noted in the 1930 Federal Census as Elizabeth Bush, age 74, living in Wakarusa Twp., Douglas Cty., KS, with her widowed (George K. Mackie died in 1929) daughter Flora Mackie, and grandsons, Thomas & William Mackie.
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    Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925
    about Elizabeth Bush
    Name: Elizabeth Bush
    Census Date: 1 Mar 1885
    Residence County: Woodson
    Residence state: Kansas
    Locality: Neosho Falls
    Birth Location: Kentucky
    Family Number: 2
    Marital Status: Married
    Gender: Female
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860
    Race: White
    Line: 6
    Roll: KS1885_142
    Household Member(s):
    Name Age
    Etta Linsey 9
    Elizabeth Bush 25
    Flora Bush 9
    Eva Bush 6
    (noted as living next door to her parents, Benjamin and Mary McWilliams, and family)
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