Notes for John Cleveland Rusk: John Cleveland Rusk was the second son of Thomas Jefferson Rusk.
According to Cleburne Huston in "Towering Texan," p. 137, in a letter dated Dec. 18, 1847 to Benjamin Cleveland, Thomas Jefferson said, "John wishes to become a lawyer and I intend, if I live, to give him a fair chance." "He is well behaved and has, if I am not greatly mistaken, talent sufficient to succeed."
According to Cleburne Huston's "Towering Texan," p. 161: "The lawyer son, John Cleveland Rusk, 26 at the time of his mother's death, had married Harriet Ann Patton, daughter of Capt. Robert S. Patton. His first wife died in 1860 and he married Cornelia E. Garrison of Cherokee County in 1862. He served ably in the army of the South in the Civil War. He died in 1898, being the last survivor of the children of Thomas J. and Mary Rusk."
John's first wife, Harriet Ann Patton, died in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Confederate Pension Application Files in the Texas State Archives lists " John Rusk" as a Confederate Pension Claimant (Pension Number 40092--Nacogdoches Co).
Also, "Mrs. C. E. Rusk of Van Zandt County" is listed as a Confederate Pension Claimant for John C. Rusk (Pension Number 04211). This must be Cornelia E. Garrison, John Cleveland's second wife.
According to "Heritage--The Historical Wealth of Nacogdoches County" by Lucille Fain (obtained from The Old Stone Fort Museum in Nacogdoches, Texas, "John was the most prolific of the children, having had eleven sons and daughters and more than forty grandchildren. His descendants lived in Terrell, Canton, Colfax (must be Colfax), Longview, Colorado City, Wills Point, Edgewood, Corpus Christi, Greenville, Sulphur springs, Childress, Gonzales, Dallas, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Africa. One grandson died in action in France during World War I."
According R. T. Jaynes, "Thomas Jefferson Rusk", Chapter XVII:
"Capt. John Cleveland Rusk, born Dec. 9, 1829, in Clarksville, Georgia, came to Nacogdoches, Texas with the family in December 1835, attended private schools in Nacogdoches, Rev. Rueter's College at Clarksville, Red River, Co., and West Point Military College. He was secretary to his father for two or three years, in the meantime studying law, and was admitted to the Bar in Nacogdoches, Texas at the age of 21 years. On November 1, 1849, married Miss Harriet Ann Patton, in Nacogdoches, daughter of Capt. Robert S. Patton. Capt. Patton and family were natives of Georgia. Capt. Patton was the owner of several steamboats which plyed between New Orleans and Jefferson, Texas, until the beginning of the War between the States. Capt. Rusk joined his father-in-law in the shipping business in 1850. In 1860, Capt. Rusk voted a 'Union Ticket.' However, after Texas withdrew from the Union he joined the Southern Army and raised and equipped at his own expense a company of soldiers in Nacogdoches County. Following the close of the War, he engaged in farming and teaching school, with the exception of one term in the State Legislature. Disliking the work of a Legislator, he refused to be a candidate for a second term. In 1860 Mrs. Harriet Ann Patton Rusk died in a hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and it is thought she was buried in Atlanta. She left four small children. On December 11, 1862, Capt. Rusk married Miss Cornelia E. Garrason (spelled 'Garrason') of New Salem, Cherokee County, and soon afterwards moved his family to Colfax in Van Zandt County. Mrs. Cornelia E. Garrason Rusk was born July 19, 1845. Capt. Rusk taught school for many years at Scott's Settlement and at the then thriving town of Colfax in Van Zandt County. He died and is buried in Colfax Cemetery. Mrs. Cornelia E. Garrison Rusk is buried in Colfax Cemetery. Captain Rusk was the father of eleven children, eight living to maturity.
More About John Cleveland Rusk: Fact 1: February 25, 1898, Colfax Cemetery.
More About John Cleveland Rusk and Harriet Ann Patton: Marriage: November 01, 1849
More About John Cleveland Rusk and Cornelia E. Garrison: Marriage: December 11, 1862
Children of John Cleveland Rusk and Harriet Ann Patton are: