This information was researched and submitted by Patricia Odiorne for the Southwick Historical Society.
ANDREW S. BUSH was born prob. in Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts 7 Sep 1836, son of Alpheus Bush. He was living with Alpheus (age 70) and his wife Polly (age 62) in Southwick in 1850. (Andrew’s age was given as 16.) Alpheus Bush was a veteran of the War of 1812. The obituary of his son Wingate Bush (1813-1895) states that Wingate was born at Fort Independence in Boston while his father was serving in the War of 1812. Alpheus Bush received a pension for his service as a Corporal under Capt. Brooks in the Artillery in that war. (#20271). Alpheus was living in Southwick as early as 1828, when he was taxed for 1 Cow and 1 Swine & 2 polls [2 male voters]. He continued to reside in Southwick in 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860, and he died there 20 Feb 1863. His widow Polly died in Southampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts on 24 Mar 1879. (The cover page of the pension papers has Polly’s maiden name as Gray, but later pages state that there was a discrepancy in the records as to that information. A transcription of her marriage record to Alpheus Bush has Polly Davis, with a question mark after Davis.)
According to Civil War records in the office of the Southwick Town Clerk, Andrew Bush enlisted for three years as a private in the 31st Massachusetts Regiment. His residence was Southwick; his father was Alpheus; his occupation was farmer; his marital status was not shown; and he received a bounty of $100.
At the August 1911 reunion of the 31st Regiment, held in Springfield, Andrew S. Bush of West Granby, Connecticut was on the list of deceased veterans of the regiment. (Springfield Daily News, Springfield, Mass., August 10, 1911 issue, p. 4.) But Andrew S. Bush was present at the August 1912 reunion of the 31st Regiment, held in Springfield at George M. Burnham’s home on Round Hill. Andrew’s residence was shown as West Granby, Connecticut. (Springfield Daily News, Springfield, Mass., August 8, 1912 issue, p. 4.)
The Civil War Pension Index online at Fold3.com has Andrew S. Bush in 3 different companies of the 31st: D, F, & H.
There was another man indexed as “Andrew S. Bush,” born ca. 1844, probably son of Henry J. and Elizabeth Bush, with whom he was living in Westfield in the 1865 Massachusetts State Census. He continued to live with his parents in 1870. That man was Andrew “L.” Bush who served in Co. H. of the 37th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. His dates are 15 Oct 1843 – 1932 and he was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield. (Find A Grave Memorial# 71519201 created by Mariana Giglio.)
An Andrew (S.?) Bush was living in Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut in 1860, age 25, born Connecticut. (This might be the correct person, especially since his first enlistment was from Suffield.) By 1880, Andrew S. Bush was back in Suffield, working as a hired man for Artemas King, and his age was 43, birthplace was Massachusetts, and parents’ birthplaces were Connecticut and Maine. On 26 Jan 1895 in Granby, Connecticut, Andrew S. Bush, age 57, resident of Granby, married Nellie Hanlon, age 28, resident of Wapping Falls, New York. Luci(en?) Reed, Justice of the Peace, performed the ceremony. Andrew’s birthplace was given as Westfield, Massachusetts and Nellie’s as New York State. According to the 1900 and 1910 U.S. censuses, the couple continued to reside in Granby. On 9 Dec 1914, Andrew Sacket Bush died in West Granby, Connecticut. His birth was given as 7 Sep 1836 and birthplace as Westfield, Massachusetts. His father was Alpheus Bush, and his wife, the informant, did not know Andrew’s mother’s name. Andrew’s widow Nellie (Hanlon) Bush died 7 Jan 1946 in Springfield, Massachusetts and was buried by his side in Granby Center Cemetery, Granby, Connecticut.