Milum Lafayette Rush was the son of Lorenzo Dow Rush and Frances Irene
Harwood, born abt. 1828 in Rhea County, Tennessee. He had moved from
Meigs County, Tennessee to Carroll County, Arkansas with his parents.
He married Catherine Draden Deatherage, the daughter of Abner
Deatherage and Rebecca Davis (who had also moved from Meigs County,
Tennessee to Carroll County, Arkansas). He was a farmer who
resided in Carrollton Township. He had two children born in Carroll
County, Arkansas: Alfred G. Rush, born 1854 and Martha Draden Rush,
born 4 March 1857.
His wife Catherine, called "Draden", died around the time of their
daughter's birth in March of 1857, and leaving his two young children
at home in the care of his parents, he departed for California in
April 1857 to seek his fortune in the gold fields. According to his
father's deposition, Milum Lafayette Rush left Carroll County, Arkansas with
"The Baker Train", under the leadership of John Twitty Baker. This
could be a generalization on his father's part, when he stated his son
"left in company with John T. Baker and many others". (Milum
Lafayette Rush's brother-in-law, Robert
Fancher, was with "The Baker Train".) Milum Lafayette Rush's
paternal aunt Louisa D. (Rush) Huff, was married to Urial S. Huff, the
brother of Peter Huff, whose family died in the Mountain Meadows
Massacre. (Peter Huff died en route in Wyoming.) There remains a
possibility that Milum Lafayette Rush left Carroll County and met up
with "The Huff Train" (from Benton County, Arkansas) near Fort Smith.
He had from ten to twelve head of cattle, one rifle, three blankets,
knives, his wearing apparel, and about twenty five dollars in cash
with him. He was a 28 year old widower when he died in the 1857 Mountain
Meadows Massacre in Utah Territory.
© 2008 A.C. Wallner for the Mountain Meadows Association. All rights
IN THE VALLEY BELOW BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 7 AND 11, 1857, A COMPANY OF
MORE THAN 120 ARKANSAS EMIGRANTS LED BY CAPT. JOHN T. BAKER AND CAPT.
ALEXANDER FANCHER WAS ATTACKED WHILE EN ROUTE TO CALIFORNIA. THIS
EVENT IS KNOWN IN HISTORY AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE
MILUM L. RUSH, 28
Please note that the names of the victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows
Massacre that appear here are those who we have personally researched
and verified as actual victims. In some cases this list will differ
from the names that were inscribed on the 1990 Monument on Dan Sill
virtual flowers - MMA FIND A GRAVE
MILUM LAFAYETTE RUSH