David Rusk & Mary Bailey – Baltimore, Maryland

David Rusk and Mary [Bailey] (early 1700s – after Rev. War) (Maryland Branch)
A family historian, now deceased, believed that David was one of 4 brothers who sailed from Belfast, Ireland to America around the middle of the 1700s. She gave other brothers’ names as John, Thomas and Jeremiah. David settled in Maryland and saw Revolutionary War service.

1. DAVID RUSK, b. ca 1741, was married likely between 1763 and 1765 to Mary Bailey, daughter of John Bailey and Hellin Nusom/Newsome.  David Rusk is listed as being subject to a bachelor tax from 1756 to 1763 and has a child born in 1765.  David and Mary Rusk had the following children, all baptized in the Presbyterian Church at Baltimore, Maryland.

  1. +William Rusk, b. Sept. 8, 1765. baptized Oct. 14, 1766.
  2. -Samuel Rusk, b. June 30, 1767, baptized July 3, 1767. Died by 1800.
  3. Helen Rusk, b. July 2, 1768, baptized May 13, 1769. Helen Rusk is listed in land transactions resulting from the death of her grandfather John Bailey. She and her brothers Elam and Samuel leave Baltimore for Kentucky around 1806 and show up in Nelson Co., KY.
  4. -David Rusk, b. Aug. 20, 1770. baptized Sept. 12, 1770. Died by 1800.
  5. -Sarah Rusk, b. Aug. 2, 1771. baptized Aug. 16, 1771. Died by 1800.
  6. -Mary Rusk, b. April 19, 1773, baptized Aug. 17, 1773.  Died by 1800.
  7. +Elam Rusk, b. Feb. 27, 1775. baptized April 17, 1775. There is an Elam Rush who was married Oct. 29, 1800 in Baltimore Co., Maryland to Eleanor Sadler. Elam Rusk is known to have married a woman named Eleanor based on a Deed record involving the estates of John, John Jr., and Helen Bailey. It is likely that this marriage record refers to Elam Rusk. Also an Elenor Rusk, widow of Elam Rusk is listed in records from Nelson Co., KY. Elam along with his brother Samuel and sister Helen leave Baltimore for Kentucky about 1806 and show up in Nelson Co., KY.
  8. -Elizabeth Rusk, b. March 28, 1777, baptized March 20, 1781.  Died by 1800.
  9. +David Lewis Rusk, b. Aug. 23, 1779, baptized March 20, 1781. According to a biographical of Baltus Rusk, in Butler Co., OH, his parents were David Lewis Rusk and a woman named Elizabeth ——–.
  10. Samuel Rusk, b. Aug. 26, 1781, baptized May 15, 1784. Samuel along with his brother Elam and sister Helen leave Baltimore for Kentucky about 1806 and show up in Nelson Co., KY.

This is my line – DNA results show a 24 out of 25 marker match with James Henry Rusk of County Cavan, Ireland – see #6 in group 2. Also, DNA results show a 37 out of 37 marker match with David Rusk of Montgomery Co., Indiana – see #5 in group 1.

David Rusk Chronology of events

  • 1756-1762. David Rusk, bachelor, showed as taxed of Baltimore Town, Upper Hundred as worth over one hundred pounds and under 300 pounds. The French War ended in 1763 and the bachelors ceased to be taxed.
  • 1763, Sept. 22. David Rusk is one of the original signers of the roll for the Mechanical Company of Baltimore.  David Rusk is mentioned as being one of the Mechanical members who took more prominent parts in the Revolution.
  • 1763-1765 Estimated date of marriage for David and Mary Rusk (based on above tax record, and date of first child’s birth).
  • 1765, Sept. 8. William Rusk, b. Sept. 8, 1765. baptized Oct. 14, 1766.
  • 1766, Feb. David Rusk joins the Sons of Liberty. (another reference states 1776.)
  • 1766 David Rusk signs a petition for/against the removal of the County seat from Joppa to Baltimore (probably for, since living in Baltimore).
  • 1766, Sept. 10. David Rusk is a subscriber of the First Presbyterian Church of  Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1767, Jun. 30. Samuel Rusk, b. June 30, 1767, baptized July 3, 1767. Dies before 1800.
  • 1767, Feb. 25. David Rusk witnesses a Deed record transferring land from James Calder to Jabez Bailey.  Land purchased of John Oram. Note: Jabez Bailey is David Rusk’s brother-in-law.
  • 1768, Mar. 22. David Rusk witnesses the sale of a Negro boy Ned from Moses Barney to William Goodwin.
  • 1768, David Rusk listed as an inhabitant of Baltimore Town who desires to send labourers to mend and repair the streets of Baltimore. Listed in first division (or ward).
  • 1768, Jul. 2. Helen Rusk, b. July 2, 1768, baptized May 13, 1769.
  • 1769 David Rusk subscribes to the purchase money (giving one pound, two shillings ) of the “Little Dutchman”, a small engine used for throwing water on the sails of the Dido of Amsterdam (a Holland vessel) to increase the ship’s speed. Was purchased for use against fires in Baltimore.
  • 1770, Sept. 1. David Rusk is a subscriber of the First Presbyterian Church of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1770, Oct. 1. David and Mary Rusk are witnesses to the marriage of Joseph Burgess and Mary Moore at Patapsco Meeting House. From Gunpowder Monthly Meeting, Quaker Records.
  • 1770, Aug. 20. David Rusk, b. Aug. 20, 1770. baptized Sept. 12, 1770. Dies before 1800.
  • 1771, Aug. 2. Sarah Rusk, b. Aug. 2, 1771. baptized Aug. 16, 1771. Dies before 1800.
  • 1772, Nov. 12. Assignment of a reLease of a mortgage from Thomas Cockey to the said Joseph Burgess Recorded the 19th day of November 1772.
  • 1773, Mar. 5. Conveyance of parts of Lott 1 From William Moore, John Moore, and Joseph Burgess to David Rusk.
  • 1773, Apr. 19. Mary Rusk, b. April 19, 1773, baptized Aug. 17, 1773. Dies before 1800.
  • 1773 Land record, conveyance from William Moore, grantor to David Rusk Grantee, lot 1 Balto. Lt, Book No. H, Folio 10.
  • 1773 David Rusk is taxed as having four taxables, Baltimore. (14) Baltimore Town West Hundred 1773, Baltimore County, Maryland. Source: Tax List of 1773 – Archives of Baltimore City.
  • 1773 William Rusk is taxed as having 3 taxables, Baltimore. (14) Baltimore Town West Hundred 1773, Baltimore County, Maryland. Source: Tax List of 1773 – Archives of Baltimore City. No relation known, but could be a brother of David Rusk.
  • 1773, July 19. David Rusk is a subscriber of the First Presbyterian Church of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1775, Feb. 27. Elam Rusk, b. Feb. 27, 1775. baptized April 17, 1775. Probably the Elam Rusk/Rush who married to Eleanor Sadler October 29, 1800.
    1777, Mar. 28. Elizabeth Rusk, b. March 28, 1777, baptized March 20, 1781. Dies by 1800.
  • 1777, Formation of the Whig Club. Possibly formed earlier than 1777, but first proof of existence of the club in late 1777. David Rusk a conspicuous member. The club held its meetings in secret at the dwelling of David Rusk, Market Street.  Market Street is now known as Baltimore Street, he owned three properties starting 165 feet west of Gay Street. All three properties are located on lot 1, Market/Baltimore Street.
  • 1777, Land record, Asst. mtg. from Thomas Cockey, grantor to David Rusk, grantee, Book No. (W) A, folio (G) 395.
  • 1778, Land record. Lease from Charles Ridgely, grantor to David Rusk, grantee, Pt. Howards Timber Neck 3/4 acres 28 p. Book No. A, folio 521.
    1778, David Rusk signs an Oath of Fidelity to the State of Maryland, before the Hon. James Calhoun.
  • 1779, Aug. 23. David Lewis Rusk, b. Aug. 23, 1779, baptized March 20, 1781.
  • 1781, Aug. 26 Samuel Rusk, b. Aug. 26, 1781, baptized May 15, 1784.
  • 1782 David Rusk, one of several owners who sign a petition to add the following lands to the town of Baltimore: Howard’s Timber Neck, Parker’s Haven, Kemp’s Addition, and Gist’s Inspection.
  • 1783 Land record. Lease from John Robert Holliday, grantor to David Rusk, Grantee. Lots 2, 3, 4 © East St. Book No. P, folio 102. East Street, or East Lane is directly behind the property David Rusk noted above for Lot 1.
    1783, Sept. 1. David Rusk is a subscriber of the First Presbyterian Church of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1786, Apr. 11. George Welch and David Rusk Certificate in Support of Mary Cox. (Maryland Historical Society).
  • 1786, Nov. 4. David Rusk gives Power of Attorney to David Poe to sell buildings on Market/Baltimore St.
  • 1790 Land record. Decree in Chancery from Elam Bailey, grantor to David Rusk &c, grantee. Book No. F.F., folio 313.
  • 1790, Aug. 7. Jacob Rothrock, Balt, has moved from sign of the Green Tree in Gay St. to sign of George Washington, Market St., Baltimore town, that Inn where David Rusk formerly lived and lately occupied by Frederick Yeiser, opposite Tripolit’s Alley.
  • 1790 David Rusk listed in census of Maryland, Baltimore County, listed with 1 male over 16, 3 males under 16 and 2 females all ages. no slaves or other free persons.
  • 1794, Sept. 4. ——– Rush, wife of David buried Sept. 4, 1794. St. Paul’s P.E. Parish, Balt. city. Possibly Mary Rusk, wife of David.
  • 1798, Oct. 1-4 David Rusk, #1223, Baltimore, MD. (1798), Manuscript File 218. October 1 to 4, 1798 Election held Court House, Balto. for purpose of electing Samuel Smith or James Winchester, delegate to represent 5th District in Congress. John Reinicker, Clerk. Of the 2704 persons voting Smith was declared winner; he received 1288 “legal votes” and Winchester 1010. Cornelius Howard Gist, Sheriff, Baltimore, opened and closed the polls. Records of Ida Charles Wilkins Foundation, 4325 Berger Avenue, Baltimore, opened and closed the polls. Records of Ida Charles Wilkins Foundation, 4325 Berger Avenue, Baltimore 6, Md. (1957/1958) William N. Wilkins, Founder.
  • 1810, July 6. Georgetown Road from the west side of Paca street to the junction of Cove and Charles Streets. . .proceeded to the grading of said road. . . Charles Street being at the beginning of a Deed of Conveyance from Charles Ridgely aforesaid to David Rusk which grade is to be the bottom of the gutter.

5 Responses to “David Rusk & Mary Bailey – Baltimore, Maryland”

  1. Terri Mclain Says:

    I am Terri McLain, sorry for the previous confusion.
    Thank you for sharing your research on David Rusk.

    David Rusk has come to my attention through a citation of a court action that names William Rusk and other Rusk family with Sarah Calvert. The court action is related to property that was given to Sarah Bailey by her father Hector Macklane in his will. I believe Sarah Bailey is Mary Bailey’s mother whom married David Rusk.

    Also, the property Gist’s Inspection you reference orginally belonged to Sarah Bailey’s uncle Richard Gist.

    I believe that Hector Macklanes grandson John was in the “Son’s of Liberty” with David Rusk.

    There was also a court action in relation to a lot in Baltimore called McLane and Rusk in 1805.

    Are you familier with any Macklanes or McLanes or McClains associated in your records?

    • johnlamont Says:

      Terri,

      I sent a more detailed to reply to your e-mail. I’m familiar with the case and the McLanes. Mary Bailey’s parents were John Bailey and Helen Newsome. John Bailey was the son of George Bailey and Sarah McLane. Look forward to hearing from you.

      John

  2. Georgia Bailey Says:

    I have researched the baileys up thru Enoch to George Bailey who married Sarah Maclane (Daughter of Hector Maclane and unknown) )granddaugher of CAPT Thomas Morgan.

    So far I haven’t found any info on the Maclanes. I traced THomas Morgan to wales, but don’t know of the ancestry of his wife or Hector Maclane’s family. I “assume” by the name they are Scottish, but then again, I have learned never to assume. Any help would be appreciated!!

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