West Virginia Pioneers

William RUST

Male Abt 1634 - Abt 1699  (~ 65 years)

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  • Name William RUST 
    Born Abt 1634  prob in Suffolk Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Pioneer History of Meigs Co, OH to 1949:
      William Rust m. (1) Ann Medcalfe prior to May 17, 1662. She died before 1697.
      Wm Rust of Yeocomico, Cople Parish, Westmoreland Co, VA, was born about 1634, probably in Suffolk co, England.
      Arr, in colony of VA about 1650. Witnessed a will there in 1654.
      His son, Samuel (cont. in Samuel's)
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt Nov 1699  Cople Parish, Westmoreland, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2


      It was the original purpose to include in this volume record of all the Rusts in the United States; but the data collected of Henry Rust and his descendants has grown to such proportions that the idea was a??andoned and only a synopsis can here be given.
      What may be called the Southern branch of the Rust family is quite numerous and from it have sprung several attaining national prominence. The compiler has made a careful and per??stent effort to collect and arrange the records of this branch, but it has been very unsatisfactory on account of the loss and destruction of both public and private records during the civil war, besides there is much less interest manifested by the Southern branch than by the descendants of Henry Rust.
      The earliest record of any Rusts in the South is revealed by two wills. One is the will of William Rust, made in Westmoreland county, Virginia, March 18, 1696-7; proved 28 July, 1697, witnessed by George Rust and others. Children named: William, Ann and Margaret. Probably Samuel, and George who witnessed the will, were also his children. His wife's name was Margaret. Another will was made in the same county by William Rust and bears date 1699. This was probably the son of the first William mentioned, and it is supposed he had a son John. It is thought possible that earlier records may exist in Northumberland county, an older county than Westmoreland.
      Doubtless the large majority of the numerous Rusts of the South are descended from this William, 1696-7, and many of the present generation have been traced directly to him; but in other lines links are wanting. The records that have been collected of this branch are valuable and would make quite a volume.

      Database: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
      Name: William Rust
      Year: 1654
      Place: Virginia
      Source Publication Code: 1262
      Primary Immigrant: Rust, William
      Annotation: Date and place of settlement or date and place of arrival. Names not restricted to the Order of Founders and Patriots of America.
      Source Bibliography: COLKET, MEREDITH B., JR. Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657. Cleveland: General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 1975. 366p.
      Page: 250
      Source Information:
      Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Filby, P. William, edit. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, 2003.
    Person ID I2820  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 24 May 2005 

    Father John Warrick RUST,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Miss Gary,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    • The Warren Sentinel, Thursday, January 24, 1946
      The Register Man’s History

      At one time among the most influential families of Warren County, but by reason of death of the older members, and immigration to more prosperous fields of the younger, the family is no longer numerous, The progenitor of the Rust tribe was John Warick Rust, who left England in 1650 due to his Royalistic attachments and opposition to Oliver Cromwell.

      He settled in Westmoreland County. In 1658, a deed for one hundred acres of land “Right on the Mochadeck River” from his father-in-law, Frances Gary, was recorded.

      Benedict Rust, grandson of the emigrant, John W Rust, died 1751. He crossed the Blue Ridge and settled in what is now Clarke County, on the mountain side of the Shenandoah River. His sons, Matthew and George, served in the War of 1812, in a company of Riflemen, 51st Regiment, raised in what is now Clarke County. The former as Ensign.

      At the Thomas Rust sale in 1819, twenty-one negroes were sold at prices running from ninety to four hundred and fifty dollars.

      John, George and Peter Rust all married sisters.

      John owned a brick manor house of fourteen rooms on the Shenandoah river in the lower end of Warren County. He was a Gentleman Justice.

      Cass C.B. Rust was the father of Captain John Rust, Dr Charles Rust, Ashby and Ellen, the latter married Dr Thaddeus Hayne.

      The family originally located on the mountain side of the Shenandoah River in what is now Clark County, and here in 1763, John Rust was appointed to view a road from the river to the county seat in Winchester.

      In 1790, Peter Rust, a Revolutionary soldier, was awarded a pension of ten pounds ($333.33), and in 1794 he was appointed Captain of Militia.

      Benedict Rust was appointed Constable in 1790. In this year there seems to have been litigation in the Rust families, for the Court orders “Benjamin Rust to pay Samuel Rust three hundred and thirty pounds of tobacco, for five days attendance as witness in the suit of Benjamine Rust vs. Peter Rust. The witness collected for thirty five miles traveled, and twice crossing the Shenandoah River by ferry.

      In 1831, John Rust was appointed Gentleman Justice with a seat on the County Court.

      In the War Between the States, William O Rust, Sargeant of the Warren Rifles, had several fingers shot off and was transferred to the quartermaster’s department.

      Bushrod Rust served in Company E of the 7th Va Cavalry and was later transferry to the 11th Cavalry.

      Dr John M Rust was a Surgeon attached to Floyd’s Division.
    Family ID F2747  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ann MEDCALFE\MEDCALF,   b. prob Westmoreland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef May 1697, Cople, Westmoreland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 17 May 1662  prob Westmoreland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • "Rust of Virginia"
      William Rust of Yeocomico, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia. . .

      His arrival in the Colony of Virginia appears to have been about 1650, probably somewhat earlier.
      . . .witness to a will in 1654.
      10/25/1661, William Rust and wife Anne deed a piece of property to Mary Cole.

      6/13/1677, Wm Rust is discharged on "Ye Good Behavior" which would indicate that he or one of his name had participated in Bacon's Rebellion.
      A William Rust, in 1676, took part in Bacon's Rebellioon, an uprising growing out of the annoying and oppressive conditions which surrounded the develoopment of the Colony of Virginia. The Westmoreland records show in the succeeding months the action taken against the "rebels" of that county. . . . Among these eleven [men] are William RUST and William RUSH, the latter of whom lived in the extreme northern part of the large county. This is further convincing evidence that William RUSH and William RUST are not identical.

      7/23/1661, a William Ruske made guardian of Jane Medcalfe, orphan of William Medcalfe, dec'd. William Being described as having married the sister of Jane. On the same day, William Ruske served on a jury, and at the time, Virginia law required "jurors shall be chosen of the most able men of the county." Hence, William Ruske should have been a legal resident of Northumberland county, but the author found no other mention of such a man, and concluded that the name should have been recorded as Rust, not Ruske.

      William Rust appears to have been well educated fot the time, for unlike many of his neighbors and intimats, he always signed documents with his signature, never by mark.

      The will of William Rust, Westmoreland Co, VA, Nov 29, 1699, contains only the first paragraph. The court record reads, in part:
      "The last Will and Testament of Wm Rust decd was this day produced in Court and Jno Tanner & Simon Robins severally deposed that they see the said Wm Rust Signe Seale and declare the same to bee his last Will & Testam't and that hee was of perfect sence & memory at the same tyme to the best of their Judm's. A probate was grtd Sam'll & George Rust Executors therin named and the Will ordered to be Recorded."

      "Rust and Allied Families" by Eunice Plunkett Mesmer, 1939
      The exact date of birth of Wiliam Rust is not known, but it is places at about 1625, as he was married before 1662.
      The first mention of the name in Virginia is found in 1650 in the earlier annals of Cople Parish in Westmoreland County. William had two brothers, Henry and John, of which little is known.
      Some of the records of the activities of William Rust at that early date are:
      1670, May 25, acknowledges deed for Mary Cole
      1673-74, February 22, deed, Nicholas Jones to William Rust.
      1699, November 29, will (missing) proved, naming sons Samuel and George Rust, executors

      William Rust was married first to Anne Metcalfe and second to Matilda, the widow of Samuel Earle, Sr.

      1662, May 17, (Northumverland Co) Anne Rust appoints her friend, Samuel Bonam, her attorney to acknowledge for her a land transfer to William Landman,
      1673, Oct 27, deed, Samuel Earle to Anne, wife of William Rust.
      1693, Sept 27, Samuel Earle, Sr, acknowledges conveyance of land to William Rust, St, and wife
      1697, Nov 24, William Rust married Matilda Earle (sometime after this date). She married again (beofre July 25, 1705), John Bennett.
     1. John Rust,   d. young
     2. William Rust,   b. BY PROB 1675, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 28 Jul 1697  (Age ~ 22 years)
     3. Samuel RUST,   b. Abt 1674, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 26 Mar 1718  (Age ~ 44 years)
     4. George Rust,   b. Abt 1682, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 22 Feb 1709  (Age ~ 27 years)
    Family ID F955  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Matilda [Earle],   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Aft 24 Nov 1697  [3
    Family ID F2766  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1634 - prob in Suffolk Co, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 17 May 1662 - prob Westmoreland Co, VA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S50] Pioneer History of Meigs Co, Oh to 1949.

    2. [S159] Rust of Virginia.

    3. [S162] Rust and Allied Families.