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Brush Family of Long Island
Richard Brush were the founders of two distinct lines of the Brush
family. It has been speculated that they were the sons of John
Brush abt 1600, England. That information is included within this
file as speculation only. I know of no proof at this time.
Thomas Brush was in Southold, Long Island, probably as early as 1650 or
1651. Richard Brush was in Cambridge, Mass., in the spring of
1658. He was in
Long Island waters by the summer of that year. Soon therafter
owned adjoining lands in Huntington, Long Island. Though early
and land records mention both Thomas and Richard Brush many times, and
their children and grandchildren were prominent in the town for a
years, no hint of the relationship existing between the two has been
found. The intimacy between their families is so apparent in the
records it may be assumed they were brothers or perhaps cousins.
There is much evidence to show that a father and son relationship did
not exist; a relationship frequently stated in print as a fact.
It is indicated they were both Englishmen.
the American Revolution came, descendants of Thomas or Richard Brush
were to be found not only in central Long Island but also in
Westchester, Orange, Ulster and Dutchess Counties, in several towns of
Fairfield County, Conn., in Hunterdon and Gloucester Counties, N.J.,
and in Bennington, Vt. (taken from Genealogies of long Island
Families, Volume 1)
Special thanks to Varla for the addition of her
Brush family file which has been encluded in the update of this file
leading resource on Brush family history consider purchasing - THE
OF THOMAS RICHARD BRUSH OF HUNTINGTON, L.I., by
Stuart C. Brush, l982, is in its second printing. Containing 903 pages
and a listing of 5,700 Brush families, and having won an award for
excellence from the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, copies at $40
are available from the author at 63 Barn Hill Road, Woodbury, CT 06798.
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