Pennsylvania Archives +

Following are brief extracts of Rusk entries from the published Pennsylvania Archives and other sources.  Sources for items not from the Pennsylvania Archives are noted in parentheses.  Following the extracts are index entries from the Pennsylvania Archives.

Useful maps to township and borough maps of Pennsylvania (including Menallen & Hamiltonban townships in Adams Co.).  Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Web site:
http://tinyurl.com/ywsvav

Bedford County:
1776.  James Rusk.  Uncultivated land tax: 6.0. Provincial tax: 11. Tax.

Chester County:
Rusks appear in Haverford, New London, East Fallowfield, West Caln, and East Whiteland Townships.  For a map of Chester County showing township boundaries in 1780, see:
http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=609913

1693-1740.  No Rusk/Risk entries.  Chester Co. Tax List 1693-1740 (N-R). Gilbert Cope Collection.  Ch 9A:5 (Historical Society of Pennsylvania).

1747.  William Rusk.  Haverford.  3/6. (**)
1748.  Rusk William.  Allowed (license granted).  Volume/Page:  List. (Chester Co. Archives online index.  Tavern Petitions Index, 1700-1800)
1749.  Rusk William.  Disallowed (no license granted).  Vol. 8, Pg 35. Township: Haverford. (Chester Co. Archives online index.  Tavern Petitions Index, 1700-1800)
1750.  William Rusk.  Haverford.  1/0. (**)

1748.  Humphrey Risk, witness to Will of Robert Smith, New London.  Sept. 21, 1748-Oct. 27 1748. To wife Jean 1/3 of Est. Real & Personal. To my chil viz. Jonathan, James, Robert, William, Jena & Jean. all rem. of Est. at discretion of Exp for the bringing up of the small child. Exrs to sell Plantation I now live on. Exrs. wife  & Bro Jas. Smith. Friends James Cochran & John Smith. Overseers & Guardians. Witnesses- Willm Gillespy. Humphrey Risk.
1748.  Deed Book K, Page 214.  Date of Record: 1748.  Grantee:  Risk, Humphrey.  Grantee Township: New London.  Grantor:  John Frew.  Property Location: New London.  Instrument:  Release (Chester Co. Archives online index.  Deed Books.  Grantee (Buyer) Index 1681-1779. R)
1748.  Humphrey Risk of New London.  On 2 Dec. 1748 John Frew & Catherine his wife for 200 Pounds granted to Humphrey Risk  a tract in New London bounded by land of William Gilispy, the London Company, William Alexander & Robert Smith containing 184 acres.  In presence of Robert McKee, Robert Finney & John Scott.  Recorded 3 May 1756.
1749.  Humphrey Risk. New London. 2/6. (**)
1750.  Humphrey Rusk. New London. 5/6 (**)
1753.  Humphrey Riske.  New London Twp.  Taxables.
1753.  Humphrey Riske.  New London.  4 (**)
1754.  Humphry Rusk.  New London  3/6. (**)
1756.  Humphrey Rusk. New London. 9/9. (**)
1757.  Humphrey Rusk. New London. 1/6 (**)
1758.  Humphry Risk. New London. 0/16/6 (**)
1760.  Humphry Rusk. New London. 15 – (**)
176?.  Humphry Rusk. New London. 6– (**).  Page is torn.  Likely 1762 or 1763.
1765.  Humphrey Risk.  140 acres, 3 horses, 3 cattle, 10 sheep, 0 slaves. New London Twp.
1766.  Humphrey Rusk.  140 acres, 3 horses, 3 cattle, 10 sheep.
1767.  Humphrey Rusk.  130 acres, 2 horses, 2 Cattle, 10 sheep.
1768.  Humphrey Rusk.  120 acres.  no horses, cattle, sheep, or servants. New London Twp.
1769.  Hump’y Rusk.  140 acres. 2 horses, 2 cattle, 8 sheep.
1771.  Humphrey Rusk.  New London Rate.  130 Acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 6 sheep.
1774.  No Rusk/Risk. (Chester Co. Tax List 1774. Ch 9A.18.  Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
1775.  No Rusk/Risk.  (Chester Co. Archives, 1775 Tax List – online index)
1785.  No Rusk/Risk.  (Chester Co. Archives, 1785 Tax List – online index)
1799.  No Rusk/Risk.  (Chester Co. Archives, 1799 Tax List – online index)

1749.  Andrew Risk.  New London. 6/9. (**)

1750.  James Rusk.  New London. Free.  9. (**)
1753.  James Rusk.  New London Twp. Freemen. Taxables.
1753.  James Rusk.  New London.  6. (**)
1754.  James Rusk.  New London.  6. (**)
1756.  James Rusk.  New London. Free.  9. (**)

1762.  Charles Rusk.  E. Fallowfield.  Free. 9 (**)
1779.  Charles Rusk, West Caln.  180 Acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 1 servant.
1780.  Charles Rusk.  West Caln Rate.  100 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 1 servant.

1765.  William Risk. East Fallowfield.  (Chester Co. Archives 1765 Tax List, P-R

1768.  Rob’t Rusk. 150 acres. 2 horses, 2 cattle, 5 sheep, 0 servants. East Followfield Twp. (Tax List of Chester Co., PA 1768, published by Family Line Publications, 1989).

1771.  Christian Rusk.  East Whiteland Rate. Inmates.

**Collections of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Chester Co. Tax List (N-R), 1747-1763.  Ch 9A:14.

Cumberland County:
1762.  William Rusk.  Carlisle. Taxables in 1762 (History of Cumberland & Adams Co.’s).
1785.  Samuel Rusk.  Tax: 10.0.

Delaware County:
1748.  William Rusk.  renter. asked license for a public-house. (History of Delaware Co. PA)

Lancaster County:
1737.  Robert Rusk.  300 acres.  Land Warranty. Survey: Sept. 12, 1737.
1739.  William Rush/k.  tract warranted Sept. 1, 1739. Deed book H.  sold to Stephen Poorman bef. 1761..
1814.  William Rusk. 2 shares for “Columbia Bank of Pennsylvania”
1814.  George Rusk. 2 shares for “Columbia Bank of Pennsylvania”

Northumberland County:
1787.  Dan’l Rusk.  Single man.  Tax. 10.0

Perry County:
1819.  James Rusk – Pensioner, age 73.

Philadelphia City:
1733.  David Rusk married Jane Bodle.  Jan. 26.  1st Presbyterian Ch. of Phil. (1702-1745)
1756.  Joseph Rusk. Lieutenant.  Officers in the province of Pennsylvania 1744-1764.
1765.  William Rusk, iron-monger.  (Scharf’s history of Philadelphia)
1768.  William Rusk married Susannah Willoughby.  May 30.
1769.  Charles Rusk.  Tax.  Middle Ward.  Valuation 24.0.0.
1770.  Samuel Rusk marriage license with Christiana Gilbert.  Aug. 1.  St. Michael’s and Zion Church, Philadelphia.
1775.  John Rusk marriage license with Catharine Strale.  Apr. 26.  St. Michael’s and Zion Church.
1777.  Samuel Rusk, Private.  First Class.  Substitutes: Anthony Kern.  served his tour.  5th Battalion. Capt. Cooper.
1779.  William Rusk.  Oath of Allegiance to the state of Pennsylvania.  May 31.
1779.  Jacob Rusk. Private.  Muster Roll. Capt. Ezekiel Letts’ Comp., 1st Regiment of Foot, Philadelphia Militia.
1780.  Jacob Rusk.  Muster Roll.  Enlisted Aug. 10th, Substitute, on Command.  Capt. Michael Gilbert’s Company, 3rd Regiment of Foot.
1780.  Jacob Rusk.  Militia Men. Third Class, Philadelphia Militia.  Substitute for Bernhard Shamo.  served his tour.
1780.  William Rusk. Valuation: 13,000; Tax: 27.0.0
1780.  Samuel Rusk.  Militia Man. First Class.  5th Battalion. 8th Company, Capt. Isaac Cooper. Philadelphia Militia.  Paid. Oct. 15, 1780.  100.0.0.
1780.  Samuel Rusk.  Valuation: 4,000. Tax: 12.0.0.; For Budd, Valuation: 4,000. Tax: 12.0.0.
1780.  John Rusk. Valuation: 12,000. Tax: 36.0.0.
1780.  John & Sam’l Rusk; For Joseph Foxes’ es’te. Valuation: 16,000. Tax: 48.0.0
1781.  John & Sam’l Rusk; For Joseph Fox’s est. Valuation: 120. Tax: 1.11.0.  (Joseph Fox, est. Valuation: 640. Tax: 8.6.4).
1781.  John Rusk.  Valuation: 215. Tax: 2.16.9.
1781.  William Buzby, Jun’r farmer, Valuation: 90. Tax: 1.5.4; For Doct’r Rusk’s est. Valuation: 756. Tax: 10.11.9.
1781.  William Rusk.  Tax.  Valuation: 215. Tax: 2.15.11.
1782.  John & Sam’l Rusk’s.  Valuation: 120. Tax: 15.5.
1782.  John Rusk.  Valuation: 185. Tax: 1.3.9.
1782.  William Rusk. Tax. Valuation: 156. Tax: 1.0.0.
1782.  Sam’l Rusk.  Tax. Valuation: 89; Tax: 11.5
  For Will’m Coats’s est., Valuation: 75; Tax: 9.8.
1783.  John Rusk. Ensign.  Officers duly elected. May 7th, 1783.  3rd Battalion.
1784.  Sam’l Rusk.  Muster Roll. 6th Comp., 3rd Battalion, Philadelphia Militia.
1785.  Samuel Rusk.  Muster Roll.  6th Comp., 3rd Battalion, Philadelphia Militia.
1785.  John Rusk. Captain.  Muster Roll. 8th Comp., 3rd Battalion, Philadelphia Militia.
1786.  Conrad Rusk. Captain.  Muster Roll. 2nd Comp., 4th Battalion, Philadelphia Militia.
1788.  Robt. Rusk. Muster Roll. Private. 8th comp. ,7th Battalion, Philadelphia Militia.
1788.  Rabt. Rusk.  Muster Roll.  6th Comp., 7th Battalion, Philadelphia Militia.
1788. Samuel Rusk.  Muster Roll.  6th Comp., 7th Battalion, Philadelphia Militia.
1794.  William Rusk married Elizabeth Schneider.  Dec. 15.  St. Michael’s and Zion Church.
1799.  Samuel Rusk married Margaret DeFallies.  April 18.
1801.  A. Rusk marriage to Joh. Lutts.  Jan. 18.  German Reformed Church. 
1819.  Jacob Rusk. Pension List.  Private.  May 1, 1819; 79; died March 20, 1830.
1820.  Jacob Rusk.  Pensioners residing in PA, who servied in the War of the Revolution. Private. Pennsylvania Line.
1825.  Jacob Rusk. Pennsylvania Line.  Pensioners

Philadelphia County:
1756.  Joseph Rusk, [L.S.]  Captains, Lieutentants and Ensigns of the 8 Companies of Foot Militia, formed into a Regiment in the County of Philadelphia.  Choose Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel and Major for the Regiment.
1774.  William Rusk, butcher.  2 horses, 2 cattle. Tax: 4.16.6.
1774.  Samuel Rusk, Andrew Ashenbach’s estate. Tax: 4.8.0.
1780.  Will’m Rusk, butcher.  Tax. 1, 310; 23.16.0.
1780.  Sam’l Rusk, butcher.  Tax. 1, 368; 24.17.4.
  For Jos’h Budd, 840; 15.5.2.

Washington County:
1781.  David Rusk.  1 horse. Value: 13.  Tax.
1783.  William Rush. 2 horses, 2 cows, no sheep, slaves, or acres. Value: 12. (1783 Tax Lists and the 1790 Federal Census for Washington County, Pennsylvania, by Katherine Zinsser).
1783.  Jacob Rush.  200 acres, 3 horses, 9 cows, 8 sheep, no slaves. Vallue: 110. (1783 Tax Lists and the 1790 Federal Census for Washington County, Pennsylvania, by Katherine Zinsser).
1784.  ~Jacob Rush. Private. First Class. (1st Battalion, WA Co. Militia – Morgain Twp.)
1784.  ~William Rusk.  Private. Fifth Class. (1st Battalion, WA Co. Militia – Morgain Twp.)
1778-1783.  William Rusk (Rangers on the Frontiers)

York County:

Fawn Township is still located in York County; however, both Hamiltonban and Menallen Townships are now located in Adams County, Pennsylvania.  The following township maps for York and Adams County, Pennsylvania show the locations:

http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/maps/pa/county/york/usgs/
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/maps/pa/county/adams/usgs/

Chanceford Township
1790.  John Rusk.   1 Male over 16, 1 Male under 16, 2 Female over 16.

Fawn Township
1781.  Thomas McCarrel and Helen Rusk of Fawn at Valley Field, married October.
1781.  James Rusk, Freeman. Tax.  Fawn Twp.
1782.  Widow Rusk. 1 horse, 1 cattle.  No tax. Fawn Twp.
1782.  David Rusk.  Single man. Tax. 4.0.0.  Fawn Twp.
1782.  John Rusk.  Single man.  Tax. 4.0.0.  Fawn Twp.

Hamiltonban Township
1767.  Robert Risk.  Rate: 1 L–. Tax: 1Sh. 6D?  Hamiltonban Twp. (Provincial Tax of 1767 (for 1768). Special Pub.#8 Surviving early records of York Co. PA.)
1771.  Robert Rusk, Hamiltonban Twp. (Collectors Warrants of York Co. PA, Dec. 1771.  Pub#11, surviving records of York Co., PA.  South Central Genealogical Society of PA).
1774.  James Rusk land in Hamiltonban Township noted as adjacent to James Marshall’s land called Mill Place that is sold to Edward Stiles.
1779.  Robert Risk. 0 acres, 0 negroes, 2 horses, 6 cattle. Tax: 3.18.0. Hamilton’s Bann Twp.  (Tax list of York Co., PA 1779, pg. 105)

Menallen Township
1762.  William Rusk.  Menallen Township.  Tax.  Township was later in Adams County, PA .  (An Alphabetical Listing of the Assessed Inhabitants of York County, PA, for the year 1762, book 2, by South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Soceity).
1779.  William Rish, Acres: 60; Horses: 2; Cattle 5; Tax: 40.0.0.  Manallen Twp.
1777-1780.   ~William Rusk.  Fines.  4th Battalion York Co.
1780.  William Risk, Acres: 50; Horses: 2; Cattle 2; Tax: 19.5.0.  Manallen Twp.
1781.  William Rusk. 50 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle.  Tax. 1.17.3  (refused). Manallen Twp.
1782.  William Rusk. 50 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle.  Tax 3.18.11. Manallen Twp.
1783.  William Rusk. 60 acres, 5 inhabitants.  Tax.  Menallen Twp.
1785.  William Rusk noted as husband of Sarah Wilson in the Will of George Wilson.  Executors: Benj. Wilson and Jonathan Wright.  Manallen Township.  Children: Benj., Lydia wife of John Griff, Sarah wife of William Rusk and (son in law James Hammond – wife’s name not given).  Grandchild: George Hammond.  (Abstracts of York County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1749-1819, by F. Edward Wright).

Unlisted Townships

  • 1790.  Saml Rusk, Mixed Township. U.S. Census.  1 male over 16.  Possibly 1 female over 16.  Listed next to James Moore, & George Gilbert.  Close by is a Nance/Vance. 
  • 1790.  Wm Rusk, Mixed Township. U.S. Census. 1 Male over 16, 1 Male under 16, and 3 Females over 16.  Listed next to John Johnston and Wm. Sweet.

Military and Non county specific:
1777-1781.  James Rusk.  Continental Line. First Pennsylvania.
1778.  James Rusk. Private.  Roll.  First Pennsylvania Regiment.
1812-14.  George Rusk.  Pay Roll. Capt. John Schweppenheiser Comp., 6th Company, , 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Pennsylvania Militia.  Col. John Thompson in command.  Pennsylvana Volunteers, War of 1812-1814.
1815.  George Rusk.  Muster Roll.  6th Comp., 2nd Brigade, 1st Division. Sept. 1814 – Jan. 1815.
1815.  Jonathan Rusk.  Fine of eighty dollars to forty – for non-performance of Militia duty in the year 1814.  Fine remitted to forty dollars in 1818.
1846-47.  Edward D. Rusk. Private Co. D., 1st Reg. Mexican War; mustered in Dec. 14, 1846 at Pittsburg. Deserted at New Orleans, LA., Jan. 11, 1847.

Rusk Index entries in printed volumes of the Pennsylvania Archives:

Series 3 Volume: XXX Chapter: General Index to Volumes XI-XXVI. RE-ZY. Pg. 118.

Rusk, ———, xvi, 12
Rusk, Charles, xii, 156, 255; xiv, 154
Rusk, Christian, xi, 688
Rusk, Daniel, xix, 745
Rusk, David, xxi, 571; xxii, 782
Rusk, Humphrey, xi, 244, 352, 415, 579, 717
Rusk, Jacob, xxiii, 515
Rusk, James, xxi, 367; xxii, 132; xxiii, 579
Rusk, John, xv, 364, 366, 685, 687; xvi, 518, 520; xxi, 571
Rusk, Robert, xi, 411; xxiv, 506
Rusk, Samuel, xiv, 406; xv, 359, 487, 680; xx, 771
Rusk, Widow, xxi, 570
Rusk, Wm., xiv, 394; xv, 358, 487, 680; xvi, 512; xxi, 408, 512, 758; xxiii, 203
Ruske, Wm., xxiv, 507
Rusker, Henry, xvii, 347.
(Also, many entries for Rush).

Series 7 Volume: IV Chapter: Pennsylvania Archives. Index to Sixth Series. Pg. 2756 [Risk], Pg. 2835 [Rush], Pg. 2837 [Rusk]. 

Risk, Charles, 6th S., III, 949, 958, 1072, 1078, 186, 1092, 1137, 1288; XI, 134.
Risk, Wm. James, 6th S., III, 1072.
Rist, George, 6th S., IX, 48.
Rist, Henry, 6th S., X, 407.
Rist, John, 6th S., II, 485, 668.
Rist, Peter, 6th S., VIII, 936.
Riste, John, 6th S., I, 672.

Rush, Daniel, 6th S., I, 15.
Rush, David, 6th S., II, 652.
Rush, Enock, 6th S., V, 134.
Rush, Garret, 6th S., VIII, 207, 209; IX, 229.
Rush, George, 6th S., VII, 39.
Rush, Henry, 6th S., III, 37, 775, 780; IV, 23; V, 366, 373; XI, 10, 12, 13, 14, 33, 34, 41, 42, 46.
. . . .[ several other Rush]
Rush, Lewes, 6th S., IV, 52.
Rush, Lewis, 6th S., III, 1226, 1303; IV, 236, 458, 657, 782, 786; VII, 85, 885, 902; VIII, 271, 273, 277, 283, 290; IX, 42, 47, 789, 794.
Rush, Lewish, 6th S., V, 535.
. . . several more Rush
Rush, Samuel. . .
Rush, William. . .
. . . .
Rush, . . . Several pages of. .

Rusk, Edward D., 6th S., X, 411.
Rusk, George, 6th S., VIII, 773; IX, 162
Rusk, Jacob, 6th S., I, 71, 223, 234.
Rusk, John, 6th S., I, 262; III, 1069.
Rusk, Rabt., 6th S., III, 1195.
Rusk, Robt., 6th S., III, 1194.
Rusk, Saml., 6th S., III, 1060.
Rusk, Samuel, 6th S., I, 355, 362; III, 1066, 1195.
Rusk, William, 6th S., II, 20.
Ruske, Jacob, 6th S., I, 216, 718.
Ruske, Will., 6th S., V, 497.
Rusko, Wm., 6th S., III, 504, 509.

Series 6 Volume: XV Chapter: Index. Page: 1961. Index to the Fifth Series.
Rusk, James, I, 363, 366; II, 668, 737; IV, 112.
Rusk, Joseph, I, 49.
Rusk, William, I, 150;  IV, 420, 727.
Ruske, Wm., VII, 731.
Rusko, William, VII, 765, 780.
Rusko, Wm., VII, 443.

3 Responses to “Pennsylvania Archives +”

  1. Pennsylvania Archives « Rusk Roundup Revisited Says:

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  2. Ken Says:

    There is a Robert Rusk (Rush) with a land tract record in Guilford Township, Cumberland County (later Franklin) who was killed by Indians on his property 26 Sep1757.

  3. johnlamont Says:

    Thanks, Robert. I came across the Robert Rusk who was killed with John
    McCracken in “A Record of the Descendants of John McCracken, Born Central Pennsylvania, 1776, Died Xenia, Ohio, 2 Jan. 1828: Researched and Compiled 1972-1978 by Constable MacCracken,” but I don’t have any additional information. If you know more, I’d love to hear about. Also, can you tell me more about the land tract record in Guilford Twp?

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