- Sir Thomas Rush
Thomas Rush (or Russhe), (
1490- 1560), born in Sudbourne, Suffolk, England, was an English serjeant-at-armswho served Henry VII and Henry VIIIand was knighted by the latter at the coronationof Anne Boleynin 1533, the year before he was made sheriffof Norfolkand Suffolk.
Thomas Rush was a local politician in
Ipswichwho had served Henry VII as well as his son Henry VIII. He was a friend of Cardinal Wolsey(Henry VIII's first Lord Chancellor), survived the fallout from Wolsey's downfall, and attached himself to Wolsey's successor Thomas Cromwell. He was one of the King's sergeants-at-arms, the forerunners of the Yeomen of the Guard("Beefeaters"); Debrett's Knightagesays that he was one of those made a " Knight of the Bath" as part of the coronation ceremonies of Anne Boleyn. [Genealogical researcher Craig Scott of Maidenhead, England, in a 1998 email correspondence.]
Sir Thomas married Anne Rivers, daughter of John Rivers of Ipswich, and fathered six children: Arthur, Thomas, Leonard, Anthony, John, and an unnamed daughter. Leonard and John did not survive infancy. Sir Thomas later married a woman named Christian, but produced no more children. ["Benjamin Rush, M.D. (1745-1813), his origins and ancestry", by A.R. Rush.]
Sir Thomas is interred in St. Stephen's Church in
Ipswich, which no longer functions as a church. [ [http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/ststephenipswich.htm Suffolk Churches Site ] ]
Sir Thomas' most famous name-bearing descendant is Dr.
Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independencein 1776. Dr. Rush is Sir Thomas' descendant through the latter's eponymous son.
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