Clay County

Biography - George W. Roush

GEORGE W. ROUSH, merchant, Louisville, was born in Richland County, Ohio. July 4, 1838, and is a son of Henry Roush (deceased), a native of Pennsylvania. Mr. Roush was brought up on the farm, and educated in a subscription school in a small log cabin, and sat upon a split pole and wrote on a board supported on pins in the wall. He came with his parents to Richland County, Ill., in 1845, where he farmed until the breaking-out of the war. and for some time after its close. He was a soldier for Uncle Sam in the late war in Company E, Eleventh Regiment Missouri Volunteers for over three years, and participated in the battles of luka, Corinth, siege and capture of Vicksburg, Jackson and others. He came to Louisville in 1874, and engaged in general merchandising, and is doing a good business. Mr. Roush was married, September 14, 1865, to Eliza Ratcliff, a daughter of John Ratcliff, of Texas, and a native of England. They have had three children, two living, Lizzie and Ida E.

Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 155.


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