August 27, 2011

Roush Family Ancestry - Surname Saturday

The Roush (Rausch) & Allied Families of America recently held their 83rd Annual Reunion, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Adam Roush. Although I was unable to attend this year, I did go to the 2010 Roush Reunion in Akron, Ohio, and had a wonderful time meeting many new cousins. I am a descendant of two of John Adam’s sons, Philip and Jacob. Here's a brief overview of my Roush ancestry:

Generation 1
John Adam Roush (Johan Adam Rausch), born about 1711 near Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany; immigrated to Philadelphia in 1736; died 19 October 1786 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. He married Susanna Sehler. She was born about 1713 in Germany, and died in 1796 in Shenandoah County. They had at least 10 children: Philip, Henry, John, Jacob, Daniel, Eleanor, Mary, Elisabeth, George, and Jonas.

Generation 2
Philip Roush, born about 1741 in Pennsylvania or Virginia; served in the Dunmore County Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War; died 1 March 1820 in Gallia County, Ohio. He married Catharine Kelchner about 1764. She died in 1833 in Gallia County. They had 13 children: John, Elizabeth, Susanna, Michael, Philip, Catherine, Henry, Sarah, Molly, Eva, George, Hannah, and Jonas.

Jacob Roush, born about 1746 in Pennsylvania or Virginia; served in the Dunmore County Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War; died in 1830 in Gallia County, Ohio. He married Catharine Fox on 21 February 1775 in Dunmore [Shenandoah] County, Virginia. She was born about 1758, and died before 1827 in Gallia County. They had 8 children: Rosanna, Dorothy, Catharine, John, Adam, Susanna, Paul, and Cornelius.

Generation 3
Adam Roush (son of Jacob), born 29 November 1785 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; died in 1846 in Gallia County, Ohio. He married Hannah Roush (daughter of Philip) on 12 April 1808 in Athens County, Ohio. She was born 30 December 1790 in Shenandoah County; died 26 March 1876 in Gallia County. They had 3 children: William, Gideon, and Lydia.

Generation 4
Gideon Roush, born 11 September 1812 in Gallia County, Ohio; died 31 July 1894 in Gallia County. He married Elizabeth Rayburn on 2 March 1837 in Gallia County. She was born 18 March 1815 in Virginia, and died 22 April 1855 in Gallia County. They had 8 possible children: Admiral Rodney, Benjamin, Adam, Wilson, Electa, Abner, William, and James.

Generation 5
Electa Roush, born 11 August 1845 in Gallia County, Ohio; died 30 June 1932 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. She married Newel King on 26 May 1869 in Mason County, [West] Virginia. He was born 17 January 1838 in Gallia County, served in Co. B, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, and died 17 September 1896 in Gallia County. They had 4 children: Wesley Berlin, Curtis Walden, Minnie, and Bella.

If you are a Roush descendant or are researching Roush genealogy, please contact me at I have extensive documentation on the families listed here, and would welcome the chance to share my sources and collaborate our findings.


  1. Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your information. I am directly related to John, he would be my Great Grandfather x8, Through is daughter, Eleanor, who married Alexander Waddell Sr., then through the George Keller family, Gallia County Ohio, eventually through the Gillian(Gillilan) to my Mom. My name is Todd Knauss, I still live in Ohio, my email is Thanks

    1. Delighted to meet you, Todd! I haven't researched Eleanor and Alexander Waddell much yet, but my preliminary research shows he served in the Revolutionary War, they had 12 children, lived long lives, and are buried in Gallipolis. That's quite a legacy! We will have to get in touch. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

  2. Hi Shelley, and thank you for this fascinating site and all the research that went into it. My name's Jeff McCallister and I'm also in Columbus (Worthington now). I descend down through John (Johan)'s son George. George's daughter Mary and her husband Michael Rickard had 10 kids, including a daughter named Susannah, who had 14 children with my great-great-great grandfather George Lazarus Blessing. George also had a sister Serepta, who married a man named John Roush, but I haven't looked at that line at all as yet. You could spend a lifetime going back through all the lines. Fascinating stuff.

  3. Hi Jeff, it's great to hear from you! You're right, I think you could spend a lifetime going through all the Roush lines. What's neat is that if we each figure out our particular pieces, and then combine them, we end up with a pretty well-assembled puzzle. Maybe we can get together and compare research some time (we're practically neighbors). Did you hear they are requesting submissions for a fifth volume of the Roush history? I'll have to do a blog post on that and try to get the word out. Thanks for reading and getting in touch!

    1. Hi Shelley!
      I saw your info on A Sense of Family! So awesome you know your Roush/Rausch ancestry! I am our family geneologist and my cousin Kathy & I have DNA AncestryDNA & i also have DNA on FTDNA. Both our autosomal DNA has ties to John Adam Rausch & his parents! I even have Y-DNA testng on FTDNA Our name was changed from Rausch/Rauch to Rusch when our greatest known grandfather & his wife Anna immigrated to Dobrinka,Russia in 1765. All the research and cross-checking seems to confirm our relationship through numerous matches Kathy & i have!
      Does anyone in your family have DNA testing?Direct Male Y-DNA testing would be the most specific but autosomal testing will be great too!
      Chriss William Rusch
      Littleton,Co c 720 369 0559

  4. Hi Shelley, thanks again for sharing and your earlier answer to my email tha led my here. This is extremely informative. I've enjoyed reading your steps into the past. I'm sure I'll enjoy my own journey as I persue Henry Roush, son of John Adam Roush. Thanks again, Barry Lewis

  5. Hi Shelley: Saw a link on Facebook to this article. Here's my lineage:
    Rebecca Roush (me)
    Albert Hollister Roush (father)
    Albert Jasper Roush (Grandfather)
    Martin Roush (G-Grandfather)
    John Roush (GG-Grandfather)
    John Roush (GGG-Grandfather)
    Jacob Roush (GGGG-Grandfather)
    John Adam Roush (GGGGG-Grandfather)
    Johann Nicholaus Rausch (GGGGGG-Grandfather)

  6. Hi Shelley:
    Has anyone yet discovered just where John, son of Jacob, lived out his life, or anything about this family? The few paragraphs in Vol 1 of the Roush Family does not include much about him, and/or why he was not included in his father's Will. Wondering if he died before his father? Would be very appreciative if anyone has any info to email me at Thank you to anyone who has a few minutes to respond.

  7. Hi, so theres no info about where he came from? John Adam Roush (Johan Adam Rausch), born about 1711 near Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany; immigrated to Philadelphia in 1736


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