Wednesday 18 August 2021

WW: George Bush headstone

(This is the resting place of the first US settler in Thurston County, Washington, one George Bush. No, not that George Bush. This one died [at home, of natural causes] during the American Civil War.

He was also African-American.

But he's most remembered for his legendary generosity, lending food, equipment, draught animals, and seed to subsequent arrivals – often not insisting on repayment. He's a man much commented in the historical record, having literally laid the foundations of his community, and of whom I've yet to encounter a single criticism.

He was also the subject of a concerted [though fortunately unsuccessful] effort to deprive him of his vote and property, based solely on his race.

Beside him lies his wife Isabella, here in Thurston County's first public cemetery – which was established on a parcel of the Bush homestead that they donated for the purpose.)


  1. You are commendable for this tribute to this man, who is obviously a builder of his community.This time in the past is so hard to wrap myself around for a European.Have an enjoyable week! Emille (Jesh)

  2. It's always great to know the history behind some of those that are gone. I believe most people are kind and caring, they just don't get the news coverage because it doesn't grab headlines. I'm glad you shared this bit of history with us.

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!