George Washington Lushbaugh was a “cooper” meaning he made barrels, on Dowagiac Creek in Sumnerville, Michigan where he ran a cooper shop, until he took over his father’s farm near Galien, Michigan. He was 22 yrs old when he married. He grafted fruit trees and was a “bee” man and got his bees in the woods. The farm was still standing in Galien, Michigan in 1953. He belonged to the Mason’s and had a Masonic funeral. His hair was slightly auburn. He was a constant worker-he worked so late at night that he would go to sleep standing up. His wife, wakened by the sudden silence, would go and get him and see that he got to bed.
He gave up his cooper shop in 1870, when his father, George M. Lushbaugh (Loshbough) sent for him to come to Galien, Michigan, to take over his farm, which he was no longer able to manage (George M. was about 78 yrs old). George M Lushbaugh and his wife, Anna Maria–would then give the farm to their son in exchange for his taking care of them until their death. One year later, George M Lushbaugh died. He is buried in Silver Brook Cemetery in Niles, Michigan. Anna Maria (his wife) continued to live with George Washington L. and his wife Bridgette until she decided to accompany her other son, Francis Marion ( Polk) to Kansas (1880 census) in Louisburg, Montgomery County, Missouri, where she died sometime after 1880.
George Washington Lushbaugh worked as furiously on the farm as he had in Sumnerville. He hand hewed new barn doors, which in 1950-1953 were still in use. He grafted fruit trees and improved the strain. He collected many swarms of wild bees. He and some other farmers were out looking for bees when the man who was driving the horses -with a slack rein- drove under the limb of a tree which struck George Washington Lushbaugh across the back, injuring his spinal cord so severely that he was paralyzed from the injury down. He lived several months.
He died and was buried in Galien Cemetery, Galien Michigan in January 19,1876–His 25th wedding anniversary. He had the first Masonic funeral in Galien, Michigan. His headstone, broken years later was removed–only the base is left. A very small marker was placed at the foot of his grave, bearing his initials: G.W.L. (Lot 212-Grave 1 old section) He is buried in the SW corner of the lot. At his feet on the SE corner of the lot, his granddaughter, Laura Genevieve, is buried. She is the fourth child of George and Lily Lushbaugh.
George Washington Lusbaugh’s wife Bridgette wanted him to change the name to LUSHBAUGH from Loshbough and he did. On the cover of their Bible it said “Lushbaugh” which I have in my possession. There are many “stories” in their lives, which can be pieced together just from these details, but also from the “legacy” they left in oral tradition!