Susanna Lucas was born before 29 January 1626 in Guilsborough, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom to John Lucas (-) and Anne Jasper (c1610-) and died 1707 of unspecified causes. She married John Rush (1623-1699) 6 June 1648 in Horton-cum-Studley, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

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'The Rushes were Separatists who supported Cromwell while in England and the cause of independence here in America. Capt. John Rush commanded a horse troop in the Puritan army under Cromwell. Family legend indicates that Cromwell judged him among his best officers and he was given the name "Old Trooper".

'After the war John began farming and rearing a family. In about 1660 he became a Quaker, holding that persuasion throughout the Restoration, a harsh time for those who refused to conform to the Church of England. When William Penn opened his "holy experiment" for settlement, the Old Trooper, then age sixty three, sold all his holdings.

'Like a second Noah, he and his wife, Susanna, gathered together their many grown children and grandchildren, and in 1683 boarded the ship, WELCOME, for America. They settled northeast of Philadelphia in the Quaker community of Byberry, founded by William Penn as sanctuary for this persecuted religious minority.

'The number of Quakers grew rapidly and included many of the higher classes, including ministers of the Established Church, army officers and justices. Most notable were Robert Barclay and William Penn. In 1682 Penn created an asylum for this group in the colony of Pennsylvania and thousands of Quakers quickly settled there.

'Rush arrived in Byberry just a year later. By 1697, however, the family had become Baptist. Their 500-acre farm in Byberry Township was located twelve miles up the Delaware River from Philadelphia on Poquessing Creek. This was to become the family home for the next five generations. '


Offspring of Susanna Lucas and John Rush (1623-1699)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Rush (1649-)
William Rush (1652-1717) 21 July 1652 Horton, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom 1717 Byberry, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States Ann Grey (c1652-) Ann Grey (c1652-) Aurelia Unknown (-)
Thomas Rush (1654-)
Susannah Rush (1656-)
John Rush (1660-1690)
Francis Rush (1661-)
James Rush (1664-1671)
Joseph Rush (1666-)
Edward Rush (1670-)
Jane Rush (1673-)



Footnotes (including sources)

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  • Susanna's mother is thought to have been a sister of Margaret Jasper mother of William Penn, but dates do not tally well. The "c1610-" is a placeholder. Their father is said to have been born 1592-1595 but their mother, Alet Pletjes, is shown on as born c1605. Queries have been posted on and Wikipedia:Talk:Benjamin Rush.

Robin Patterson