The Bushey Family


Inscribed on the back of the above photograph are the names of those depicted, the location, and the date:

Father Bushey
Mother Bushey
Clay Bushey
David Bushey
taken at basement door at 134-5th ave
York PA

I first thought the surname was Busby and it took some trial and error to figure out it was Bushey.

Clay Allen Bushey (1900-1980) and David Diliah Bushey (1902-1963) were two of the sons of Jacob Wesley Bushey (1859-1941) and Cora E. Myers (1872-1906). The other children were Russel Myers Bushey (1895-1970), Earl Wesley Bushey (1897-1987), and Lawrence Wayne Bushey (1906-1907). If the photograph was taken in December 1914 as the inscription says, Mother Bushey must be Jacob’s third wife, Sallie Amanda Straley (1872-1934). Jacob survived three wives, the other one being the first one, Sallie A Brown (1863-1894), with whom he had two other children.

I could not find evidence that the family ever lived at 134 5th Avenue in York, but they lived in the vicinity according to the Census of 1910 and 1920.

It is a confusing family and I have found that genealogists working on it disagree on pertinent facts. For that reason, and because I have to paint a bedroom tomorrow instead of spending more time figuring out the Bushey family, I’m going to post this without a lot of the other information I’ve accumulated. If you’re a Bushey and you want to know more of what I’ve found, give me a holler.


3 thoughts on “The Bushey Family

  1. I am Sallie and Jacob Bushey’s great grand daughter. I have photos and information to share. I am short on Brown information but I have a lot for Bushey. Sallie was very beautiful. I hope you and I are related..

    1. Hi Linda! I’m a cousin of yours. Jacob Bushey was my uncle. His oldest brother Josiah Bushey was my 3rd great grandfather. The thing was, Josiah’s father was Michael Bushey, and Josiah’s wife Lizzie Aulabaugh’s mother was Eliza Wortz. Both Michael and Eliza were widowed, so they were married, making Josiah and Lizzie both Jacob’s half-siblings. Michael Bushey and Eliza Wortz are your 2nd great grandparents and my 4th.

      Jacob Bushey was married 3 times- first to Sallie Brown who died in 1894, then to Cora Myers who died in 1906, then to Sallie Straley who died in 1934.

      I’ve talked to a few of your cousins, mostly your great uncle Earl Bushey’s grandkids.

      I would really like to stay in contact with you! I also have a lot of information and pictures. Looking forward to talking with you!

      – Chris Bushey

    2. Linda, I am in communication with a relative of yours who asked me to send you his email address:

      His name is Chris Bushey and he found me the same way you did, through the blog. He is in communication with a lot of Bushey family members so I think the two of you have a lot to share with each other.

      Good luck! Please let me know how things work out.


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