The Rushen Trail Suffolk to Essex 1593 - 1775.

The paper trail for the modern day Rushen family with Essex ancestors can be traced with some certainty back to Thomas Rushing born circa 1700 who married Elizabeth Chancefield on the 1 September 1734 at All Saints Church, Great Braxted. Prior to this time there is circumstantial evidence to be found in the parish records of Suffolk and Essex that the earliest recorded families came from Clare in Suffolk. Were they then driven out of Clare by the Puritan influence and the visit of William Dowsing on the 6 January 1643 who,”brake down a 1000 pictures superstitious”, in the church? In 1665 the great plague struck and decimated the country, did this cause an exodus from the towns to the country? We will never know for sure, but move they did.

The first parish record is that for the marriage of Elizabeth Rushan to William Cole in 1525 at Sudbury. The first recorded family is that of Richard Rushen who married Elizabeth Fryer at St. James Church in Bury St. Edmunds on the 5 January 1588. I have documented below the records that have survived so that you may try to link these families together. Some are easy like William and William “the younger” of Clare. Some appear on the scene and quickly disappear again but as the name vanishes from Suffolk we can say with some certainty that the Essex tree started off in Suffolk.

William Rushing and unknown wife.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location
Wililm 15 July 1593 Martha Harvy, 29 Apr. 1615   Clare
Elizabeth 6 July 1695   20 December 1621  
Marya 2 August 1601      
Gabrille 16 April 1604      
Ales 17 August 1606 James Hobbord, 29 Mar. 1630    
Philip 8 April 1610   23 March 1615  
Susan 13 September 1610 Richard Stevenes    
Thomas 10 March 1615      

As there were no births in this family after 1615 the assumption is made that William died and was buried at Clare on the 27 January 1619.
Gabriell Rushen was buried at St. George, Pentlow, Essex, 6 August 1669.

William Rushin "the younger"and Martha Harvy.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location
William 27 October 1618     Clare
John 30 March 1620      
Thomas 1 October 1622      
William 20 May 1625      
Daniell 23 September 1627      
Daniell 19 September 1630      
Mathew 2 June 1633      
Sara 11 June 1637      

All christenings can be attributed to this family as the church always referred to William as "the younger" and Martha given as the mother.
Martha was buried at St. Peter and St. Paul on the, 18 June 1639.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

William Rushen and Ann Drury.

         

William Rushen and Ann Drury were married at Clare on the 1 December 1639. A William Rushen was a barber in Clare in 1642 occupying a shop owned by William Barron, innkeeper of the "Angel".

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Ambros Rushen and Ann Midson.

Grace 23 May 1634   23 May 1634 Clare

Ambros Rushen and Ann Midson were married at Clare on the 9 May 1633. Ann was buried at St. Peter and St. Paul on the 23 June 1638. It is possible that Ambrose was the son of William "the elder", no other record has been found for him.
It is at this point that these families disappear from the Clare church records. I will attempt to show they moved to other adjacent parishes in Suffolk and Essex.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

John Rushen and unknown wife.

John 2 December 1643     St. James, Bury St. Edmunds
Francis     2 April 1669 St. James, Bury St. Edmunds

This John lived in the parish of St. James. Francis was buried in St. James so has been attributed to this John.
A Jane Rushin married Samuell Cullum at St. James, Bury St. Edmunds on the 30 November 1676.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Thomas Rushen and Susan Golding.

         

Thomas and Susan, a widow, were married at St. Augustine of Canterbury, Ashen, Essex,in 1665.
Susan wife of Thomas buried at St. Augustine of Canterbury, Ashen on the 14 December 1676.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

John Rushen and Elizabeth Laurence.

Elizabeth 10 July 1668 Francis Turner, 29 April 1689   Bury St. Edmunds
Mary 5 August 1669     Bury St. Edmunds
John 23 April 1674     Bury St. Edmunds
Sarah 23 March 1675     Bulmer, Essex
John 12 December 1677     Bulmer, Essex
Thomas     5 October 1682 Bulmer, Essex

John and Elizabeth were married at St. Mary, Bury St. Edmunds on 10 December 1666.
John, husband of Elizabeth was buried at St. Mary, Bury St. Edmunds on 19 June 1689.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

John Rushen and Mary.

Margaret 22 August 1672     Bury St. Edmunds

Margaret Rushen married William Westerby at St. Mary’s on the 10 February 1678. It is possible this is the same Margaret who was christened late in life.
Mary wife of John was buried at St. Mary the Virgin, Burnham on Crouch 20 October 1702.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

John Rushen and Ann Docken.

John 14 September 1676   2 February 1710 Bury St. Edmunds
Mary 27 July 1679     Bury St. Edmunds
Thomas 28 April 1681     Bury St. Edmunds
William 29 September 1683     Bury St. Edmunds
Ann 21 June 1698     Bury St. Edmunds
Annie 3 September 1707     Bury St. Edmunds

John and Ann Docken were married at St. Mary's, Bury St. Edmunds on the 31 May 1675.
Ann Rushin, widow of Bury St. Edmunds married John Hilleston of Hepworth on 26 February 1711.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Thomas Rushen and Sarah.

Gabriel     8 May 1683 St. Augustine of Canterbury, Ashen
John 8 June 1685   8 November 1691 St. Augustine of Canterbury, Ashen
Constance 10 May 1693 Thomas Sidy, Halstead 1720   St. Augustine of Canterbury, Ashen
Thomas 18 March 1694     St. Augustine of Canterbury, Ashen

In 1669 a Thomas Rushen was a butcher in Ashen, Essex.
A Sarah Rushen was buried in St. Augustine of Canterbury, Ashen

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Thomas Rushen and Elizabeth.

Martha 12 March 1721     All Saints,Sudbury

A Martha was buried at St. Andrew, Halstead on 3 December 1729.
Also buried at Halstead were, Thomas a child, in June 1721 and the un-named wife of Thomas in 1729.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Thomas Russian and Mary.

Mary 1 May 1722   1 May 1722 All Saints,Sudbury
Mary 4 March 1725     All Saints,Sudbury
Mary 9 August 1728   9 August 1728 All Saints,Sudbury
Sarah 10 August 1729   10 August 1729 All Saints,Sudbury
John 4 August 1733     All Saints,Sudbury
Mary 2 September 1734     All Saints,Sudbury

Mary wife of Thomas buried 4 May 1722.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Thomas Rushen and Sara Cranfield.

Sarah 2 September 1726     All Saints,Sudbury
Sarah 9 September 1727   9 September 1727 All Saints,Sudbury
Thomas 28 December 1727     All Saints,Sudbury
Sarah 1 May 1730     All Saints,Sudbury
Mary 10 July 1731   28 June 1736 All Saints,Sudbury

Thomas and Sara were married at All Saints, Sudbury on the 15 September 1723.
Elizabeth Russian and Isaac Cranfield both of Sudbury were married at Great Cornard on 2 January 1747.
Sarah Rushin of Ballingdon and Joshua Spaldon of Bulmer were married at Great Cornard on the 21 February 1747.
Thomas Russian buried at Bulmer on the 6 January 1734.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Thomas Rushen and Alice Elger.

Sarah        

Thomas and Alice were married at All Saints, Sudbury on the 8 April 1740.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

William Rushen and Susan Langly.

William 1 August 1720   17 April 1732 St. Andrews, Bulmer
Elizabeth 14 June 1723   22 January 1732 St. Andrews, Bulmer
Ambrose 31 January 1724   4 November 1760 St. Andrews, Bulmer
John 28 September 1726   1 October 1731 St. Andrews, Bulmer
Susan 28 December 1728      
Abraham 1 October 1732 Frances    
Ann 26 May 1734      
Mary 27 January 1735      
Isaac 16 April 1738   27 January 1740 St. Andrews, Bulmer

Wilhelmus Rushen and Susanna Langley were married at Wickhambrook, Suffolk on the 1 April 1720.
William Russian was buried at St. Andrews, Bulmer on the 4 September 1739.
Susana Russian was buried at St. Andrews, Bulmer on the 28 December 1739.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Thomas Rushen and Elizabeth Chancefield.

James 25 November 1733 Judith Forster   All Saints, Great Braxted
Thomas 1 August 1736 Frances Edwards    
John 5 February 1738 Anne Appleton    
William 17 February 1739 Sarah Shelley    
Ambrose 26 February 1744      

Elizabeth wife of Thomas buried 5 December 1733. Could have been first wife dying through childbirth.
Thomas married Elizabeth Chancefield 1 July 1734.
Elizabeth wife of Thomas buried in Great Braxted 25 August 1759.
Thomas buried 30 March 1766 in St. Mary and All Saints, Rivenhall.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Mary Rushing.

James 10 June 1744     Glemsford

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

John Rushing (blacksmith) and Sarah.

Anne 8 February 1761     All Saints, Great Braxted
James 31 December 1762     All Saints, Great Braxted
Ann 24 February 1765     All Saints, Great Braxted

Sarah, wife of John buried in All Saints, Great Braxted, 30 June 1781.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

James Rushen and Judith Forster.

Judith 24 January 1762     St. Mary the Virgin, South Benfleet
Sarah 5 July 1764     St. Mary the Virgin, South Benfleet

James married Judith Forster at Rayleigh, 26 June 1759.
Two entries for the burial of a Judith, 27 December 1779.
James Rushing married Elizabeth Clark 20 November 1780 at St. Mary the Virgin, South Benfleet.
James buried at St. Mary the Virgin, South Benfleet 18 Januart 1781.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Abraham Rushian and Francis Pilgrim.

Mary 3 March 1765     St. Andrew, Bulmer
Abraham April 1766     St. Andrew, Bulmer
William 9 August 1767   27 December 1767 St. Andrew, Bulmer
Susan 26 February 1769   8 December 1779, Mistley St. Andrew, Bulmer
Ann 9 September 1770 10 October 1781   St. Andrew, Bulmer
William 24 November 1771     St. Andrew, Bulmer
Robert 6 February 1774 Mary 9 June 1855 St. Mary, Mistley
Sally 10 May 1778   18 March 1783 St. Mary, Mistley

Abraham buried 1732 at Bulmer.
Robert buried as Robert Rusher at Birch.
Abraham Rushen buried at St Mary, Mistley, 8 April 1779.
Frances re-married, 3 April 1781 to Thomas Pryer at Mistley.

Name Christened. Married Burial Location

Abraham Rushen and Alice.

Elizabeth 8 October 1775     St. Mary, Mistley

Jemima daughter of Sarah Rushen christened 14 January 1781, Rivenhall, St Mary & All Saints.
Jemimah Rushen buried at St Mary & All Saints, Rivenhall 27 July 1783.
Anne Rushen, a pauper, buried at St Mary & All Saints, Rivenhall 30 March 1786.
Sarah Rushen of Rivenhall married William Averitte at St Mary & All Saints, Langdon Hills 23 January 1787.
Elizabeth, illegitimate daughter of Mary Rushen christened 27 October 1793, Rivenhall, St Mary & All Saints.