Benton County


W. C. Rushing, (Willis or William Crawford) farmer of the Eighth District, was born in Benton County in 1826, and is one of a family of ten children born to Willis and Mary (Rasberry) Rushing. The father was of Welsh origin, born in Anderson County, N. C., about the year 1790, and was a farmer by occupation. In 1818 he immigrated to Benton County, W. Tenn., and entered 80 acres of land in the Fifth District, where he located and passed the remainder of his days. Rushing Creek was named for him, his brother Dennis and his cousin, Able Rushing. At the time of him death which occurred in 1855, he owned 1,000 acres of good land. His wife, Mary, was a native of North Carolina, and died in 1862 at about the age of sixty-five years.

W. C. Rushing was reared at home, receiving his education in Benton County, and making his home with his parents until he was twenty-five years of age. In 1855 he married Miss Sophiah Rushing, a daughter of Robert Rushing, born in 1834 and a native of Benton County. They have twelve children: Dora, wife of Silas Bullock; Robert W., Lee, Walter, John, Ida, Etta, Sophiah, Rachel, Holden, Nat and Finis. Mr. Rushing has always been a resident of Benton County, and during the many years has proven to be a man of honesty and integrity. By his energy, industry and good management he now owns upward of 1,000 acres of land and has a good home well improved. lie is a life-long Democrat, casting his first vote for Lewis Cass in 1848. Mr. Rushing is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Lodge No. 179 of Camden, and he and wife are influential members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Goodspeeds History of Tennessee

"Willis Crawford Rushing, known as "Croff" was the son of Willis and Mary (Polly) Rasberry. He was born 28 January 1826 and died 7 January 1916. He married Sophie Rushing, who was born 22 March 1828 and died 23 June 1913. Both are interred in the Rushing Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. He was 'a prominent citizen and tobacco farmer; the ruins of his large log (weatherboarded) house still stands on the Paris-Reynoldsburg highway near the Henry County line. He had bought his father's residence and contiguous tracts for $3, 257.50 from the other heirs in December 1865, where he had lived and continued to do so until he moved to the other place mentioned above, about 1869. (see Deed Book G, p. 487). His bio-sketch is given in Goodspeed's "Histroy of Tennessee, Benton County Biographies, p. 951, where he listed his father's date of emigration to the couonty as 1818." He left issue Dora B. , Sophie Ann."
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