J.W. & S.E.
Feb. 13, 1859
Apr. 2, 1892
Aged 33 Yrs. 1 Mo.
Buried Smithland Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 19 September 2012. The epitaph on the bottom of the tombstone begins " Dearest Brother" and is signed "by Jettie."
William R. Bush was born to Capt. John W. Bush and his first wife, Sarah E. Proctor, who married 29 November 1857 Lyon County, Kentucky. John W., Sarah E. and William R. Bush were living in Eddyville, Kentucky in 1860, when they were enumerated on the Lyon County census.  Sarah E. bush died in September 1860. 
John W. Bush married Sarah A. Watkins 10 March 1861 and she reared her step-son, William R. Bush, along with the 10 or more children she and her husband would later have.
In December 1891, Charles Bush, while visiting in Marion, Kentucky, reported that the health of his brother, W.R. Bush, was seriously impaired with consumption.  Bush lingered for several months before succumbing to that disease. His obituary stated he died at home in Smithland; he was the son of Capt. J.W. Bush and that in 1878-9, William R. represented Crittenden and Livingston counties in the Legislature.
 Scarlett McDonald. Lyon County, KY Marriage Records 1854-1874, (Melber, KY: Simmons Hist. Pub., 1990), 136.
 1860 Lyon County, Kentucky Census, Eddyville, Roll:M654_383, p. 764, Ancestry.com.
 Find A Grave Memorial #133181994, Sarah E. Bush, wife of John W. Bush, born 2 Jan 1840, died 11 Sep 1860. Buried Hopewell Cemetery, Lyon County.
 McDonald. Lyon County, KY Marriage Records 1854-1874, p. 287.
 Crittenden Press, (Marion, KY) Thurs., 17 Dec 1891, p. 3.
 "Hon. W.R. Bush Dead," Crittenden Press, (Marion, KY) Thurs., 7 Apr 1892, p. 4.
Published 15 May 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/