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Busher, John

Born: 1811-06-01 England, United Kingdom

Died: 1898-04-20 Springfield, Illinois

Flourished: Springfield, Illinois

Busher was educated and completed an apprenticeship as a leather finisher in England before immigrating to the United States in 1833. In 1839, he settled in Springfield, Illinois, where he established John Busher & Co., manufacturer and dealer in harness and saddlery; he also later operated a tannery and a brewery in the city. In 1842, he married Emma Everson, with whom he had four children before her death in 1849. In 1852, he re-married to Emily B. Wyatt, with whom he had three children. In 1860, Busher owned real estate worth $10,000 and personal property worth $3,000. Politically, he was a Democrat.

History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 649; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Sangamon County, IL, 243; Illinois Statewide Death Index, Sangamon County, 20 April 1898, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.