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Guide to the Bush Family Papers
1824–1936
 MS 3197

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 16, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bush (Family)
Title: Bush family papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1824–1936
Abstract: A small collection of deeds, address books, and financial items stemming from the Bronx-based Bush family, descendants of Scottish immigrant John S. Bush (1844–1913). Includes minutes of the John S. Bush Manufacturing Co., purveyors of ice, wood, and coal (1909–1919), and European travel diaries kept by Frances Maude (Morris) Bush (1928–1936).
Quantity: 0.63 Linear feet in 2 document boxes.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3197

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Biographical / Historical

Scottish immigrant John Stearns Bush (1844–1913) married  Mary Jane Berrian (circa 1846–1920), a daughter of  William Davis Berrian (1817–1903), in 1868. The couple had three known children—Marie Natalie (Bush) Balcom, John H. Bush, and William Berrian Bush—all of whom were officers or shareholders in the  John S. Bush Manufacturing Co., the Bronx-based ice, coal, and wood business incorporated by the elder Bush in 1909. William Berrian Bush married in New York, in 1904,  Frances Maude Morris (1871–1959).

[All names underlined are represented by documents in the present collection.]

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes deeds, mortgages, and title abstracts for properties in The Bronx and in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, from the period 1824–1893; some financial fragments—a blank checkbook, some blank deposit slips, and a bankbook in the name of William D. Berrian in trust for the children of his daughter, Mary J. (Berrian) Bush—dating from 1874–1899; four address books, circa 1887–1891; minutes of the John S. Bush Manufacturing Co., purveyors of ice, wood, and coal, 1909–1919; and five travel diaries kept in 1928–1936 by Frances Maude (Morris) Bush of her ocean voyages to England, France, Italy, and other European countries.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in five chronological series:

Series I.
 Real estate, 1824–1893
Series II.
 Financial, 1874–1899, undated
Series III.
 Address books, circa 1887–1891, undated
Series IV.
 John S. Bush Manufacturing Co., 1909–1919
Series V.
 Frances Maude (Morris) Bush travel diaries, 1928–1936

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Berrian, William Davis, 1817–1903
  • Bush, Frances Maude (Morris), 1871–1959
  • Bush, John Stearns, 1844–1913
  • Bush, Mary Jane (Berrian), approximately 1846–1920

Document Type

  • Address books.
  • Bankbooks.
  • Checkbooks.
  • Deeds.
  • Deposit slip.
  • Diaries.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Mortgages.
  • Title (property right)

Subject Organizations

  • John S. Bush Manufacturing Co.

Subject Topics

  • Coal.
  • Ice -- Manufacture.
  • Wood.
  • Real property -- New York (State) -- Bronx County.
  • Real property -- New York (State) -- Westchester County.

Subject Places

  • Europe -- Description and travel -- 1919–1944

Family Name(s)

  • Bush (Family)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: "Bush Family Papers, MS 3197, New-York Historical Society."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carol Bush Richter (accession no. MS-2019-045), September 13, 2019.

Processing Information

Archivist Joseph Ditta arranged and described this collection in November 2020.

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Container List

Series I. Real estate, 1824–1893

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Deed. Elizabeth Clark Estate to James Secor

Scope and Contents

Property at New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York.

1824 February 5
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Deed. Gouverneur Morris to Sebastian Jaclard

Scope and Contents

Property at Morrisania, Bronx, New York.

1849 January 1
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Deed. William Weeks and w[ife] to Sebastian Jaclard

Scope and Contents

Property at West Farms, Bronx, New York.

1850 February 23
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Mortgage. Francis C. Baptiste to John [G? I?] Horton

Scope and Contents

Mortgage on property at New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York.

1868 July 1
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Deed. The Manhattan Savings Institution to John S. Bush

Scope and Contents

Property at West Farms, Bronx, New York.

1885 September 1
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Abstract of the Title of John S. Bush to three lots of land on Carter Avenue, 24th Ward, New York City

Scope and Contents

Property on the west side of Carter Avenue near East 175th Street, Bronx, New York.

[1893]
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Abstract of the Title of John S. Bush to three lots of land on Carter Avenue, 24th Ward, New York City. Mortgaged to Francis B. Chedsey to secure payment of $3,000

Scope and Contents

Property on the west side of Carter Avenue near East 175th Street, Bronx, New York.

[1893]

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Series II. Financial, 1874–1899, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Third Avenue Savings Bank. Account book (59850), William D. Berrian in trust for the children of Mary J. Bush

Scope and Contents

William Davis Berrian (1817–1903) was the maternal grandfather of the children of Mary Jane (Berrian) Bush (circa 1846–1920).

1874
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Bank of America, New York. Checkbook (blank)
1890–1899
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Fifth Avenue Trust Co. Deposit slips (3)
1890–1899
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Chase Manhattan Bank. Envelope with keys (3)
[20th century]

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Series III. Address books, circa 1887–1891, undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Address books. "Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book" (3)
circa 1887–1891
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Address book (1)
undated

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Series IV. John S. Bush Manufacturing Co., 1909–1919

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Minute book

Scope and Contents

Includes tipped-in stock certificates and tax returns.

1909–1919
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Stock book

Scope and Contents

Blank except for tab "B," recording the names and information of John S. Bush, William B. Bush, and John H. Bush.

1909

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Series V. Frances Maude (Morris) Bush travel diaries, 1928–1936

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Travel diary

Scope and Contents

Embossed "My Travels." Record of voyage aboard the RMS Aquitania and visits to England and Belgium.

1928 September 12 – October 24
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Travel diary

Scope and Contents

Embossed "Mrs. William B. Bush." Record of visits to France, Italy, and Switzerland.

[1928] October 25 – December 17
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Travel diary

Scope and Contents

Record of visits to France and Germany.

[1928] December 18 – [1929] August 16
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Travel diary

Scope and Contents

Embossed "My Trip Abroad" and "Frances M. Bush." Record of visits to England, Scotland, and Baltic countries.

1930 June 3 – July 26
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Travel diary

Scope and Contents

A 1935 pocket calendar issued by Siefke & Rosenblum, General Insurance, 2 West 45th Street, New York, and used as a travel diary in 1936. Record of voyage aboard Queen Mary and visits to England and Wales.

1936 July 29 – September 15

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