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1878 to 1880 was the Rev. Joseph White ; ISSl, the ,
Rev. Dalzell.

Methodist Protestant.— Dr. Rutledge and Rev. J. G.
McCarty held services at Wharton Furnace, but there
is no organization. Rev. D. H. Myers, of this church,
resides in the western part of the township.


The late Sebastian Rush, known far and wide as
" Boss" Rush, and also popularly designated as the
"King of the Mountains," filled a large place in his
locality, Farmington, Wharton township, as farmer,
business man, and friendly adviser of a wide circle of
acquaintances who sought his counsel, and particu-
larly as the genial host of " Boss Rush's hotel" on
the line of the National pike, and over which he pre-
sided from 1840, when he bought the hotel, until he
died, Feb. 9, 1878. This hotel was a favorite stopping-
place of many of the great men of other days.
Henry Clay, Tom Ewing, President Polk, etc., when
journeying over the National road, and Jenny Lind,
in her famous tour through the country with the
great showman, Barnum, tarried overnight at "'s
hotel," and Mr. Rush while living, as does Mrs.
Rush, who now conducts the house, made his more
distinguished guests "twice happy" by honoring
them with lodgings in Jenny Lind's room (a species
of sagacity as well as gallantry worthy of imitation
by publicans in general).

Mr. Rush was an ardent politician, early in life an
old-line Whig, afterwards a Republican, and wielded a
great influence in his region, putting into local oflice
whom he would when his party was in power, and
was a Presbyterian in religion, which fact doubtless
added to his success as a politician. He amassed a
large property, owning at the time of his death about
twelve hundred acres of good land adjacent to his
house, as well as several outlying farms of consider-
able size, besides the country " store" opposite the
hotel, and which he for a long time conducted in
connection with his other business and other prop-
erty. He was also an extensive stock-raiser. Though
noted for his unusually good sense and " clear head"
in mature life, Mr. Rush enjoyed but meagre advan-
tages of study in his childhood, but in after-life was
notable as a reader.

He was a man of great physical strength, and
during the latter portion of his life of ponderous
size, weighing sometimes two hundred and fifty
pounds. When 'ne arrived at about twenty-two
years of age he was made a constable, and for years
filled his oflice with more than usual ability, but for
the first year or so he was obliged to execute its duties
on foot, lacking a horse to ride through pecuniary
inability to buy qne. From such a beginning his
great energy and sound sense built up for him the
fortune he afterwards enjoyed.

He was the son of Levi Rush (born 1783), who
came to Fayette County from Somerset County late
in the eighteenth century. His mother was Mary
Kemp, a native of New Jersey, but living in Henry
Clay township when she married. " Boss" Rush was
born in the same township, Nov. 20, 1808, and in No-

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vember, 1829, married Margaret Baird, a girl of fif-
teen years of age (born 1814), a daughter of James
Baird, a native of County Derry, Ireland. This was
a "runaway match," and though it proved a happy
one, Mrs. Rush, a vigorous and intelligent lady, now
conducting the hotel, as she and her husband so long
and successfully carried on the business, is emphatic
in pronouncing against " runaway matches," among
children especially. Mr. Rush died leaving seven
children, four sons and three daughters, three other
children having died before him, two in childhood.

George W. Hansel, a prosperous farmer and stock-
raiser, and since 1877 the principal trying justice of
the peace in this section of Fayette County, is a
highly-esteemed citizen of Farmington, Wharton
township, where he resides. He was born in Alle-
gany County, Md., of German stock. His father,
George, came with his family, among whom was

George W., in 1833 to Farmington, when the latter
was about seven years old, he having been born .Tuly
4, 1826. George Hansel, the father, died in 1844, at
the age of forty-two, leaving six children, and was
buried on the old farm, where George W. has resided
since his father's death, and which about 1850 he
bought, — a valuable farm of about four hundred acres,
lying along the line of the old National road. Mr.
Hansel has since made considerable additions to the
old homestead.

Mr. Hansel is in religion a Presbyterian, an elder
of Mount Washington Presbyterian Church of Farm-
ington, and though not ardent in politics, belongs to
the Republican party, and was formerly an old-line
Whig. He has always taken deep and intelligent
interest in the common schools of his town, having
belonged to the board of school directors since he
arrived at his majority.

Mr. Hansel married in 1852 Miss Mary Romes-
burgh, daughter of Mr. John Romesburgh, of Farm-
ington, by whom he has had thirteen children, all
living, — eight boys and five girls.


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